Swimming Jellyfish Craft

I’m a stickler for paper plate crafts. We always have them and there’s so many things you can do with a paper plate. I saw this craft on Facebook and knew it would be a fun activity to do with Liam while Bennett took his morning nap.


  • paper plate
  • small piece of cardboard (I used an old teddy graham box. I often recycle my snack boxes, they are a great substitute for cardboard)
  • blue paint/blue marker
  • pink paint (or color you’d like to paint your jellyfish)
  • paintbrush
  • colorful yarn (we only had navy blue, but you can use a rainbow of colors)
  • googly eyes or google eye stickers
  • jumbo craft stick (large popcycle stick)
  • Elmer’s Glue
  • scissors (I used adult and child size, I had Liam help cut the yarn)


Colored our paper plate with blue marker



Painting our jellyfish pink. He learned that mixing white paint and red paint make pink.


Glueing our jellyfish tentacles. They were really sticky


Our final product!!

I like to let my son make it his own, perfection is not in the product. Of course this does drive me nuts seeing as I’m a perfectionist. He gets so excited knowing it’s unique and he did everything by himself.

Refer to the I Heart Crafty Things page for step by step instructions. Have fun crafting 🙂


FREE FUN Summer 2017

I love the smell of sunscreen in the morning! Welcome to summer where the sun is hot and the days are long. This will be my first summer with both boys and I’m so excited for all the fun. I have so many exciting things planned and wanted to share our free fun ideas with you.


Indoor places:

Other places to visit:

  • RDU Observation Park (we bring sand toys to play in the sandbox)
  • Abbott’s Creek Community Center (they have a fence enclosed playground on a rubberized safety surface and a shade canopy covering the equipment. Inside the Community Center they have a free Tot Time (5yrs and under).  You can register either online, which I prefer with an impatient 3 year old, or on site.

   Mon/Wed/Fri    7:00-12:00pm

Tues/Thurs   1:00-3:00pm Open


I know the title says free, but I wanted to include some places we go that cost under $10 a person

  • The Tumble Gym in Wake Forest (check website for open play)
  • Jumpin Jojos in Wake Forest
  • Galaxy Fun Park in North Raleigh (Toddler Time (Children 5 & Under) held EVERY Tuesday from 10 am – noon for $7 per child. Includes:
    • One (1) FREE Parent With Each Child Signup
    • Re-Usable Jump Socks Free With First Visit Only
  • Hillridge Farms in Youngsville (they have a splash pad)
  • Marbles Kids Museum in Downtown Raleigh
  • Falls Lake in North Raleigh (cost is for parking)

I also like to use Fun 4 Raleigh Kids. It’s a great website for looking up events and activities to do with your kids all year long.

Keep an eye out for future posts on the places we visited and the fun we had. Looking forward to this adventurous summer and the wonderful memories we will create.


Bathing suit

“Bathing suit”

Why is it when I hear this word I want to run and hide under my covers in my sweats!! Yes I’m almost 6 months postpartum, but this world only shows perfection and “mommy bods” aren’t exactly the ultimate fashion statement. Even celebrity mommies go into hiding till they have the pre baby body they once had. No I do not have a nanny or personal trainer to help whip me back is shape. I’m also not breast feeding so that’s not helping either. Self love is a tough one for me, I struggle with just loving myself and the body God has given me. I heard someone say once, “If you don’t like yourself then your always around someone you don’t like”. That statement really hit me right in the heart. How can you be happy and feel love if you can’t feel that way about yourself. I’m a boy mom so I don’t have a young girl looking up to me, but I do have boys looking at my husband who calls me beautiful and gorgeous. He even has my oldest come to me and tell me I look pretty. I would usually say thank you, but then criticize something like my hair doesn’t look right or my favorite dress I wore last year pre baby doesn’t fit, or that I  just woke up and still have morning breathe. Now I try to think of that statement and how I have these men in my life who love me for me; no make up or even the extra 20 pounds can change that.

Talking about self love, it’s pool season and yes that mean less clothes and a bathing suit. If you’re looking in your drawers and don’t like anything you see, buy a new one!! After having Liam I purchased a one piece that made me feel pretty and covered everything I needed covered. I came across a video on Facebook just after having Liam, her name is Jessica Rey and she had created a bathing suit company for woman and girls. Her focus was to make woman look beautiful without showing too much skin. I fell in love with her message and checked out her website, I immediately found this beautiful swimsuit, I was looking for something that had ruching (to hide the post partum belly), padded bra, and supportive straps. This suit was perfect, plus it was named after an Audrey Hepburn character!

Things to think about in a new suit after having  a baby:

  • Comfort
  • Does it cover everything
  • Support. This is for the girls (breastfeeding or not) also your baby will like to grab on your suit well into elementary age.

If you get to the pool, new suit and all, and you’re just not ready, buy a really cute cover up that can get wet. Just remember that no one is really looking at you anyway, they’re all looking at that beautiful baby!

ann in seaspray

Ann in Seaspray $120

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Women’s Woven Cover Up Dress – Merona™ $19.99




Sweet Potato Nachos

We made these babies for dinner! It’s Weight Watchers friendly and gluten-free. You won’t want to miss making this delicious meal.

Servings: 4                      Weight Watchers Smart Points: 13 for one serving


  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 cup Black beans, canned
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup Green onions
  • 2 Sweet potatoes, large
  • 4 strips of bacon


  • 4 tbsp Salsa

Baking & Spices

  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 Salt and pepper

Oils & Vinegars

  • 1 tbsp Olive oil


  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese, sharp
  • 1 Greek yogurt or sour cream (use greek yogurt for accurate weight watchers points)

Inspired by


Wife, Mommy, Homemaker

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I’ve officially been a stay-at-home mom for a year. Over this past year I think of all the changes our family has gone through. My husband starting a business, Liam turning 3, and adding a sweet baby to the mix. The transition from a family of three to a family of four has been very smooth, it’s like it’s always been this way. Liam has taken on the big brother role so well. Of course “be gentle” has been said hundreds of time and might stick someday. Bennett adores his big brother and is always looking for him. I thank God every day for giving me two sons that will grow up following Him and being best friends.

Being pregnant through most of my sons 2nd year of life has become a blur. I do know there were days I had no energy, not happy, and just plain mean. I remember back at the person I was and am so glad Liam doesn’t remember her. She was not a fun mommy and had no patients. I’ve been so hard on myself and make a daily prayer to forgive myself and work on the mom I want to be for both my boys.

Going on month 6 as a mom of two I am ready for summer and the fun memories we will be making.



Breaking Bread Bakery

Breaking Bread Bakery

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My husband Alex has been dreaming of opening up his own bakery since we started dating almost 7 years ago (more on that story later). His talent for cooking and baking started as a kid in his moms kitchen. He has wonderful memories helping make dinner and sweet treats for family and friends.

God definitely had my back when choosing a man for me to marry. I’m not one to be creative in the kitchen so thankfully Alex takes that job. All the other household chores don’t seem so bad when you know a talented chef  cooking in your kitchen. My three-year-old doesn’t seem to appreciate the yummy meals, he’s a chicken nuggets and peanut butter and jelly kind of guy; there’s hope for the baby!

Baking is his true passion and has lead him to creating Breaking Bread Bakery. Artisan sourdoughs are his specialty and our best seller. The time and dedication that goes into making beard is a true art and Alex does it beautifully. We have both a Facebook and Instagram page where you can order bread and see our delicious loaves.

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Help us keep growing and one day open up a place to call home.

…they broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts. -Acts 2:46