I’m in one state and my kids are in another one. Brag.

I’m not making a metaphorical ‘state of mind’ reference. My kids are actually in a different state than me!  It’s the second annual Camp Grandma and Pappa going on right now, which means my husband and I are in Georgia while the kids are with them in South Carolina. It’s only the second day of our stay-cation but I’ve learned and accomplished so much already:

    • It only takes 10 minutes to clean out a refrigerator and freezer when no kids are there pulling food out and claiming they’re ‘saving their half-eaten popsicle from last month for later’.
Zoku Slow Pops, popsicle molds, summer 2014, summer activities with kids, etsy blog
Zoku Slow Pops
    • I don’t have to yell at my husband to sit down at the dinner table because he actually sits and eats without asking what’s for dessert. He’s good like that.
    •  When my boss asks if I can stay past 3PM for a meeting, I don’t have to call in 50 favors trying to figure out who can watch my kids.
    • We get to enjoy wine with dinner as opposed to whine. I’ll have seconds of that, thankyouverymuch.

etsy blog, amazon.com, Acrylic Wine Tumblers, plastic wine cup

  • There’s enough time in the day to bring my car into the dealer so they can take off the driver-side panel to remove the wad of gum my kids somehow managed to stuff in there. The guy who inspected my car said he’s never seen anything like it. Awesome.
  • I had the opportunity to walk into a clothing store for no reason at all. I just walked around. By myself. And I never even peeked into the children’s department.
  • I have even MORE time do some Etsy stalking for items like these:
24K necklace, long gold chain, etsy blog, etsystalkers.com, Wild Air Co
24K Gold Edged Gray Druzy Necklace

 coach store locator

Rope Bracelet, oliki, etsystalkers.com, etsy blog, Rhodochrosite Bracelet, Pink Bracelet, Boho Bracelet, Personalized Bracelet, Beaded Bracelet, Bridesmaid Bracelet
Rope Bracelet
Geometric Decorative Pillow, Modern Kids Pillows, Orange Teen Pillow, Nursery Pillow, Throw Pillow, etsystalkers.com, etsy, lovejoycreate
Geometric Decorative Pillow

Stay tuned for new developments over the coming week. I’m thinking of going to our neighborhood pool ALONE. I’ve lived in our house for six years and have yet to experience alone time at the pool. Cliff hanger, I know…

My love for summer camp didn’t skip a generation. Thank gawd.

I grew up going to summer camp. I would count down the school days until it arrived because they were my most favorite days of the year. And while my kids have gone to little camps in the past, this is the first year we’ve sent our son to a true traditional outdoor summer camp. Being the shy and somewhat reserved kid that he is, I was super nervous that he would come home miserable and unhappy.  Boy was I wrong to worry. I’ve never seen him so happy (as in he woke me up at 6:45 this morning asking if it’s time go to camp yet.)

Tree Note Cards; Notecards; Personalized Stationery; Summer Camp; Woodlands;  Forest; Camping; Pine Tree; Scouts; etsy blog
Personalized stationary for kids going to overnight camp.

It’s been just a few days and so far he’s: Canoed Climbed a rock wall

Rode a horse

Passed the deep water test

Gone down the water slide a zillion times

Made friends with a kid nicknamed Guacamole (he sounds delicious)

Cooked outdoors (again delicious)

Lost two water bottles (tomorrow he’s learning about the camp lost and found) And so much more to come…

Amazon.com; etsy blog; Etsystalkers.com; Deluxe Misting Fan; water bottle fan
Fan + Water bottle = awesomeness

I literally don’t think I’ve ever seen him so excited. And you know what makes me the happiest? They tire him out so much during the day that he passes out before 7PM every night (which gives me insight into why my parents sent me to camp every summer). Since I assume many of you are sending your kiddos to some sort of day or overnight camp, I’ve gone ahead and compiled your must-have list to get them, and you, through the summer:

Summer camp message pillow; etsy blog; etsystalkers.com; pillow for camp
Camp pillow!
Amazon.com; etsystalkers.com; etsy blog; Letters from Camp Mad Libs; summer 2014; summer camp; etsystalkers.com
Mad Libs never gets old. Ever.
Mabels labels; summer camp; summer camp labels; etsy blog; etsystalkers.com
I love a good package of labels.
summer camp; Kids Personalized Little Brown Reusable Canvas Lunch; snack bag;  personalized camp bag; etsy blog
Reusable lunch bag


Crazy 8; summer camp; crazy 8 discount code; summer 2014; kids clothes; etsy blog; etsystalkers.com
Kids need clothes too.
etsy blog; SUMMER CAMP BAG; Drawstring Duffle; Rainbow Colors; Chevron and Polka Dots; etsystalkers.com; urban creative
Cute summer camp bag.


I peed in my pants. Not really. Well, sort of.

My son played baseball this spring and it was serious. Between practices and games, we were at the fields about three times a week. At first I was annoyed about the schedule, 6:15 weeknight games, eating dinner on the go, chasing my daughter around, etc. But then it happened, I became (drum roll please) a baseball mom.

The excitement can really get to you. One minute you’re at work acting all responsible and business-like,  the next minute you’re sitting in the stands yelling, cheering, sweating and high-fiving with moms that were strangers only a few weeks prior. The best part? My son’s team was good. Like really good. And we made it to the championship game. And oh what a game it was.

There was laughing, cheering, crying, and well possibly some peeing (I can only imagine what the kids were doing in the dugout.) In the end, we lost the championship game, but it was such a great experience that taught my son (and me) that fun can come when you’re least expecting it. Now that baseball season is over and the last day of school is in sight, it’s finally time to concentrate on how totally unprepared I am for SUMMER. In my newly found free time, I stumbled upon all of these awesome items. Enjoy…

Fun Monogrammed Totes, Lightweight Tote , Beach Bag, Pool Bag, etsy,
Monogrammed Tote | $20
Amazon.com, etsystalkers.com, Coleman Road Trip Beach Shade
Coleman Road Trip Beach Shade | $41.79

Beach towel, Mural Max Etsy, etsystalkers.com, summer 2014
Personalized Beach Towel | $48
Amazon.com, etsystalkers.com, Stearns Kids Puddle Jumper Basic Life Jacket, etsy
Life Jacket | $14.99