Our Jonas Paul Experience

Recently we had the joy of working with Jonas Paul Eye wear. If you have little ones in glasses you know what fun it can be picking out and trying on different frames. Being that Bristol has been in glasses since she was 4 months old, we have had a lot of trouble finding frames that fit well. After dealing with issues like driving an hour to try on frames then having to order online and bring them somewhere to get the prescription filled, the idea of trying on the frames in the comfort of our home sounded wonderful. Plus the frames looked adorable and I’m partial to all things with the name Jonas. Having a Jonas of my own. 🙂 Read on to read about our experience and check out https://jonaspauleyewear.com/ if  you’re interested in purchasing any eyewear for your little one.

First we ordered the kit online. You can choose black or tortoise for the home kit. The frames in the kit are really just so you can get an idea of the fit and  shape so later you can order whichever color you want of that frame.

Bristol was so excited to try on these frames. She wanted one of each pair, each in pink.

 

 

 

The kit comes with 7 different style frames,a postage paid shipping label to send the kit back and a ruler for Pupillary measurements.

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Processed with VSCO with a5 presetThe quality of the glasses was by far the best we have tried in a while. The seven styles were just adorable and we had a difficult time deciding which frames were our favorites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Picking out her favs

Bristol debating whether or not she would look good in them as a ballerina, with short hair or with many other expressions.

After much thought, we narrowed it down between the Lauren or the Paige. We decided on the Paige frames. I think they are perfect.

Bristol had a hard time sending them back but we got them back out and in the mail. The process of ordering was super easy. We ended up ordering 2 pairs since I loved the tortoise and Bristol insisted on the pink. We measured out her Pupillary distance using the ruler they sent and then emailed them her prescription with the measurement. It wasn’t too long before we got a response and her glasses were on the way.

Here are the finished pairs. ❤

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Paige in Blush Pink Matte
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Paige in Striped Maple

 

Overall I would say I would definitely order again and recommend to friends. Costumer service was fast and friendly with any questions I had. The kit was so convenient and made the process simple and all the frames were great quality and adorable.

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Ways I get my Children to Eat

We have all been there. You make a meal and scoop a few veggies onto your child’s plate and you feel in the pit of your stomach the dread you see on their face. Will they actually eat it? Bristol, my 4 year old is never predictable. You could make her the same meal 2 days in a row, the first day she eats it all up and the second day she acts like you poisoned it. The full on tears and gagging make me feel a little insane. Jonas is older so you’d think by now he would have figured this out. He will sit at the table forever with a chewed pile of mixed meat and veggies piled in the side of his cheek. I realized how desperate I have become to make them eat more veggies when I was thinking of the many ways we have gotten through dinner. Here are just a few,

*Please note, I do not recommend any of these ideas. These are desperate attempts from a “winging it Mama” This is an advisory to parents to know what NOT to do! 😀

 

 

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Eat the same amount of bites as their age.

“Only 4 more bites and you are all done!” (Or 9 if its’s Jonas) This one I remember from my mother. It kind of works but makes dinner last foreverrrrrr. Jonas will also claim he ate all 9 bites when all his food combined was only 5 bites anyway.

The Bribe

“If you finish your food I’ll give you a piece of candy. As I hear the words coming out of my mouth I realize how useless this is. By forcing them to eat that last bit of veggie I am then giving them junk which basically crosses out the fact that they ate that veggie and I may as well just let them not finish and forget the candy!

Just Straight Up Begging

“PLEASE finish your food” starts out nice but soon becomes ” COME ON JONAS JUST PUT IT IN YOUR MOUTH AND CHEW!!” ” You are such a Big Girl Bristol, come on now put your food in your mouth!”

Feeding them

This only works for Jonas. Since he is nearly 9 the idea of us feeding him like a baby actually is one of few tricks that sometimes works.

 

 

 

 

You Can Dip It In Whatever You’d Like

For Bristol of late it’s been Ranch and for Jonas it’s Sriracha. For the most part Bristol will just lick the Ranch off and maybe take one bite but Jonas will eat just about anything if it’s covered in Sriracha. We are talking some weird combos but whatever just eat it. This tip actually may be one of the only useful tips I can offer.

Competition

One of the perks of having more than one child. We can make it a competition! “Okay, however finishes this bite first gets ___!” (yes this goes right with the bribing but there is an added twist) Bristol hasn’t quite figured this “game” out yet but she enjoys me trying to hurry her into eating faster!

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Hoping Boredom Kicks In

“Well maybe just maybe he will realize how much time he is wasting if I tell him he cannot get up until his food is done?” Who am I kidding?! This kid doesn’t care if he is there until midnight.

Allowing Them To Also Eat Dessert With Dinner

Okay, I have to admit this was not one of my brighter ideas, but here and there if they have been chewing a piece for a while, I may have allowed them to stuff some dessert into their mouth with the other food. (Insert embarrassed hands over face emoji)

Threatening To Go Vegan

This only works for my oldest but he knows of all the times have I gone on a Vegan cleanse and while Daddy and Him eat whatever, Mommy only eats veggies and fruits. I have tried to let him know if he keeps this up we ALL are going Vegan and that noodle is outta here!! “One day you’ll open your lunch box and have only a salad and fruit with maybe some granola!” I’d like to think he actually believes me but I think he is catching on to the fact that Daddy would never let that happen since he is an extremely picky eater as well.

Looking back on all the ways I have tried keep my children from being picky eaters, I see that maybe it’s because I’m trying so hard to make them eat it, that they decide not to eat it. Either way I’ll keep trying and they will keep resisting I’m sure. As many times as I tell myself ” Do not negotiate with terrorists”, I still end up negotiating … a lot.

Thanks for reading about my crazy kiddos and my desperate parenting. Feel free to comment below and let me know who you get past your picky eater!

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Old Glory Berry Pie

Hope you all had a wonderful Independence Day Celebration! I shared a picture of this delicious pie I baked for the special day and had so many requests for the recipe.  So weather you’re feeling ‘Murica everyday or want to change it up and decorate the top with whatever you like, try it out and let me know how you liked it.  Trust me this pie was super easy and not a Pinterest fail!

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Enjoy this recipe at

http://tiphero.com/old-glory-berry-pie/

Or the helpful video at

https://www.facebook.com/tiphero/videos/old-glory-berry-pie   /10154980257458761/

   OLD GLORY BERRY PIE

   Makes 1 9-inch Pie
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes

   INGREDIENTS

–Pie dough, enough for 2 crusts
–4­½ cups fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
–1­½ cups fresh blueberries
–½ cup granulated sugar
–⅓ cup corn starch
–½ teaspoon almond extract, divided
–1 large egg, beaten
–Sanding sugar

   DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (220 degrees Celsius).
  • On a lightly-floured surface, roll out the dough for one of the pie crusts into a 12-inch, ⅛-­inch-thick circle. Fold into quarters and place into an ungreased 9-­inch pie dish. Unfold and press against the bottom and sides of the dish. Trim excess dough to ½ ­inch from the edge of plate. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine the granulated sugar and the corn starch until well-mixed.
  • Take ¼ cup of the sugar mixture and ¼ teaspoon of almond extract, and add to a small bowl with the blueberries. Toss to coat.
  • Add the remaining sugar mixture and ¼ teaspoon of almond extract to a medium bowl with the strawberries. Toss to coat.
  • Fold a piece of aluminum foil in half several times to create a 2-­inch-wide strip. Fold the ends in so that the strip fits inside the pie dish, and place into the dish, dividing the crust into ⅓ and ⅔ sections. Press gently into the dough.
  • With your hand on one side of the foil, gently pour the blueberries into the ⅓ section. Pour the strawberries into the remaining ⅔ section. Gently level out the fruit and carefully remove the foil.
  • On a lightly-floured surface, roll out the remaining pie crust into an 11-­inch circle.
  • Cut 5 ¾-inch wavy strips of dough to make the stripes of the flag. Place the strips over the strawberry portion of the pie, leaving space in between each and trimming as needed. Fold the bottom crust over the edge of the strips and crimp the edges with a fork.
  • Using a 2-inch star cookie cutter, cut 7 to 8 stars from the remaining dough. Arrange the stars over the blueberry portion of the pie.
  • Brush the pie with the beaten egg wash and sprinkle generously with sugar. Cover the edge of the crust with a crust shield or a 2-­inch strip of aluminum foil.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, then remove the foil/crust shield. Reduce the heat to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius) and continue to bake for 60 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling.
  • Cool the pie for 1 hour before serving.

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Top 5 Obsessions

 

For my joint monthly blog with my lovely friend Krys over at becomingkrys10.weebly.com we are doing a top 5 list of things we each are currently obsessed with or cannot live without. Here are my current obsessions and don’t forget to check her list out here.

 

1. Pop Socket

You may have seen these and wondered what they are. Basically it’s a small “socket” that sticks to the back of any phone, or case, which you can pull/pop out to give you a handle for your phone. They may seem strange or useless but I am constantly dropping my phone so this is a lifesaver (phonesaver 😉 ) for me. I feel like I have something to grip onto rather then trying to wrap my hand around my giant yet thin phone. It also works great for propping your phone up so you can watch something hands free and it can be used to wrap your head phones around so you don’t have them dangling or knotted. It flattens down so it isn’t always sticking out. Also the designs on it are really cute and there are many designs! I really love mine and have had many people ask about it. It’s totally worth the money.

They are about $9 online BUT if you don’t mind waiting a few weeks it is only $2 on WISH.

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Charcoal Diy Review

DIY Charcoal Face Peel and Teeth Scrub

For my joint monthly blog my friend Krystan and I are doing a product review. Rather than purchase we decided to so something “diy”from our pinterest boards. Lately I have seen a lot of Charcoal peels trending so we thought we would give it a try to make our own. Since I had quite a bit of charcoal and not many reasons to use it, we decided to give the Charcoal Teeth Whitening scrub a try as well. I was surprised how easy each of these were to make, since,I don’t know why, but I thought it would be a lot of work, and the self pampering was fun too! Here is my review of each and click HERE to see Krystan’s review of each as well.

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Meet my Best Friend 

Doing something a little different on the blog today. Many of you either know me personally or follow my “mom-stagram” and know my little family is the blog. Jonas, Bristol and Brandon are the main attraction around here with my occasional “stream of consciousness” blog. But today I’d love to do something very special and introduce my best friend of about 12 years, Krystan. She is my person , she is my “go to” for advise and venting, and she is definitely one of my favorite people. She also is a talented writer and has been on and off again blogging for some time now. (Check out her blog: HERE) Life has brought her some wonderful changes, and unfortunately for me 😝,she has moved 13,000 miles away, all the way to TX. Her and I are always finding creative ways to make the distance feel shorter, by video messaging, snapchat, random Facebook tags and constant texting. (Even though I am thee worst at texting back) Recently we decided, since we both have blogs and enjoy writing, to start a joint monthly blog. One blog a month where we will post about the same subject but from each of our own perspectives. I hope you will join us and enjoy reading our posts. To start off, today’s blog is an introduction, where we interview each other. So here is my Krys, and her answers to our BFF interview.

 

Btw, this is my favorite photo of her ❤

 

Krystan, what embarrasses you the most and/or what’s been your most embarrassing moment?

KRYS: To be honest, I don’t get embarrassed easy. I’m clumsy and goofy and an overall klutz, so I’ve learned to just go with the flow. My most embarrassing moment though was one night when I was sleeping over at my bestie’s, Hannah, house. I was sleeping on the couch and, apparently, I was talking or mumbling. Her husband, Brandon, had come upstairs to check on her youngest child and heard me mumbling. He walked over to see if I was awake or what the hooey I was doing. He leaned over the couch to look at me and, being a light sleeper, I woke up. For whatever reason, in my groggy state, I thought Brandon was actually Jonas, Hannah’s son. I reached up and stroked his cheek with my hand. He drew back and I suddenly realized “Oh crud! That’s not Jonas!” I was so, so embarrassed, and still am when I think back to it!

Who do you look up to the most, and what qualities do you love about that person?

KRYS: This question is so difficult for me, as there are so many people I look up to. I’ll narrow it down as much as I can. The first person I look up to is my bestie, Hannah Ashley. There is a lot she’s gone through, but she never lets it keep her down…she pushes through with a smile on her face. The second is my sister, Ralynn Hann. She is who she is and if you don’t like her, it’s your loss…she’s taught me to love myself and accept myself and just be me! The last person is my grandmother, Shirley Peoples. She gives and gives and gives, until she’s threadbare and tired, then she gives some more. She’s handicapped (knee and back problems), but she doesn’t let that stop her, especially when it comes to church. She’s probably the hardest worker and most dedicated saint of God I know.

What would be your perfect day? Plan it out from breakfast to bedtime

KRYS: First would be no breakfast…my perfect day would be sleeping in as late as I can! Lol. I am NOT  a morning person! I would then spend the day reading to my leisure, sipping coffee (black, of course), eating cookies (and not gaining any weight from said cookies! Lol) and ending with game night with all my loved ones, snuggling my sweet nieces and godchildren.

What’s your biggest fear?

KRYS:I’ve struggled for a long time. I just want to make it on my own…have my own car, my own job, my own little apartment, and my own pet. I want independence. So many people have told me I can’t do that, I can’t live on my own, can’t support myself. I’m trying so hard, but my biggest fear is that I’ll never be able to do that…that I’ll always have to depend on others.

How do you like to be comforted when you’re sad or upset?

KRYS: It’s funny. I’m a very emotional person, and a hugger at that. When I’m upset though, I want to be left alone. I want to cry or get mad and punch my pillow, cry and scream, and pray, all alone. Then I want to call up Hannah or Ralynn and vent vent vent. Lol.

What’s your favorite memory?

KRYS: This is another difficult one. I have so many wonderful memories! Probably my favorite is the day my sister got married. She married an absolutely wonderful man who treats her like a queen. I was a bridesmaid in her wedding, which was beautiful. It was a rustic theme, with burlap and lace and wood. When my grandfather, all dressed up in his navy blues, walked her down the aisle, I’m not going to lie…I plain out ugly cried! I was so happy for her.

What’s your favorite thing you own?

KRYS: My books, for sure! I don’t have many, but I’m starting to collect a few, including books by Francine Rivers, and the “House of Winslow” series by Gilbert Morris. There’s just nothing like a good, good book!

Who was the last person who made you cry and why?

KRYS: My pastor’s son, Kendall Wood. He preached Wednesday night about “The blessing of being a servant.” He had us sing “Thank you for Giving to the Lord” by Ray Boltz and it really, really touched me. That’s all I want in this life, is to make a real difference in someone’s life.

Where do you hope to be 5/10/15 years from now?

KRYS: 5 years- remarried with at least one child, 10 years-a housewife homeschooling my house full of kids and working part-time at my own bookstore, 15 years-Gah, I’ll be so old! Lol. Probably in the same place as the 10 years.

If money were no object, what would you buy?

KRYS: This is easy…I’d buy round trip plane tickets for all my family and pay for the hotel rooms. It’s difficult for my grandparents to travel, but they want to see all our loved ones so bad. I don’t think some of them understand the difficulty of traveling when you’re elderly, and the others simply don’t have the means to travel, so someone paying all expenses might be the only way to get them here.

When have you felt the most proud?

KRYS: Hmm. Probably when my brother joined the Air Force. We come from a very, very military family, and I can’t think of a better career for my brother to be in!

When have you felt the most challenged?

KRYS: When I taught Preschool, especially teaching the two-year old classes. Trying to teach and entertain 20+ kids every day, sometimes with little to no help, is very challenging. Throw in potty training, some demanding parents, some accusing parents, and little pay and appreciation for all your hard work…yes, it was very challenging…but extremely rewarding. I absolutely loved it!

Do you have any regrets? If so, what are they?

KRYS: My whole teenage years. I was so awkward, and looking back I said and did some very, very embarrassing things. Why anyone who knew me then still talks to me, I’ll never know! Lol.

When was the moment in your life you laughed the hardest?

KRYS: Probably the night I slept over at Hannah’s house and we decided to stay up all night long. We tried vlogging on a website and answering questions from random people. Some of the things these people asked us to do were absolutely ridiculous. We were beyond exhausted and absolutely everything was hilarious. We laughed so hard at some of the stupidest things, my stomach was killing me and I couldn’t breathe!

Which celeb would you want as your other BFF and why?

KRYS: I don’t really give a hooey about any celebrity, as I know not once single celebrity gives a hooey about me, so this question is very difficult. Hmm…maybe Francine Rivers, to get writing tips from. I don’t know. Lol.

What did you dream about last night?

KRYS: It was actually bizarre. I had a dream that I was getting married. A huge Rottweiler was my ring bearer, and my groom was dressed up in a chicken suit, so I couldn’t see who he was. My bridesmaids were all people I don’t know, and were wearing animal costumes, and my gown was white, puffy, and had cow spots all over.

Which family member are you closest to?

KRYS: This would be a tie between my sister and my grandmother. Both have been there for me and have helped me through some very difficult times. I don’t know where I’d be without either.

What do you do when no one else is around?

KRYS: I turn my favorite Disney songs on and sing with a passion and dance and just be silly. I only do this when I’m completely alone, as I don’t fancy strait jackets and padded rooms.

Where do you want to travel?

KRYS: Australia, Greece, and California. Australia and the aborigines are fascinating (and those accents!!!!!), I would LOVE to have authentic Greek food IN beautiful Greece, and I was born in California, but don’t remember it as we left before I was a year old.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

KRYS: I’m very, very emotional. I try to hide it and keep it to myself, but I have spent many a night crying over something so silly…for example, once I was in a waiting room and a Gerber commercial came on the T.V. It showed all these adorable babies and their parents loving on them and I lost it. All I’ve ever wanted is to be a mom, and it seems so far away, so unattainable. When my GPop passed, I comforted my little cousin, then went to the garage and cried. Another cousin came out and caught me and told me not to cry alone.



Thanks for reading this far! Would love to hear your feedback. Feel free to check out my answers at http://justkrys10.weebly.com/  ❤

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To Do 2017

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I hate saying I’m making a “News Year Resolution” to do something. Why? Because I always break it. It’s like the automatic jinx, if I just say the words, I break it. Over the past few years I decided I would start the year with a few things I thought I would try to make a habit of and most of them stuck. It felt less like a commitment since I obviously have commitment issues. 😉

 For 2017 I have some new goals and  little ways to improve my year.

BE CONTENT

Enjoy life. Stop looking at all the ways which my life could be different and enjoy where I am in life now. Stop comparing my life to others. Enjoy the life I have and improve on what I can.

FOCUS ON THOSE WHO CARE  cut out those who don’t

This has been on my “list”every year. I want to surround myself with positive, caring people who have equal interest and investment in my life, as I do in theirs. Not only just cutting out those who bring me down, but uplift those in my life who care and are involved my life.

STOP OVERTHINKING

This is probably the hardest for one me, yet something I desperately need to stop. I overthink. Everything .A lot of times I overthink something so much I end up either ruining it, forgetting about it or stressing about it. I was reading a random article about tips to help you wake up even earlier and something that stuck with me was “Don’t think about it and just do it. Get up go put clothes on and not think.” I actually noticed in using this for other things that it really works! Just stop trying to be a perfectionist and do it. No one cares that much anyway and if you are thinking about other peoples projection of whatever it is, then you probably shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.

MAKE TIME

Do more within your week. Stay busy. Make plans. Do your nails. Schedule family time. Plan ahead!

BE POSITIVE

I am defiantly a realist with a dash of pessimism. It’s so much easy to look at things negativity and I want to be more positive and stop putting myself into a positive mindset by being negative.

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I have to admit. This is something that falls into another category I wrote about above. I over think this blog. I think about who wants to read that and if I should even bother but then I hate seeing that I haven’t written anything in months. This is something I enjoy whether or not others read it, years from now I will love come and read about my life and things that were on my mind and on bad days when I’m “overthinking”, read this very post.

READ MORE

When I was younger it was all I did.Everywhere, anytime I had a book in my hand. Now that I have 2 kids and a every excuse not to make time, I can barely read one book a month. Reading not only is enjoyable but will encourage my children to do the same. So much of a good education relies on reading.

BE HEALTHIER

Don’t obsess over weigh. Even though sometimes it does, it shouldn’t define my happiness. Eat less, drink more water and move more. Healthy habits!

TAKE TIME FOR ME

Self care can be lost in a “mom bun and “leggings everyday after becoming a SAHM. Not that we don’t all have those days or that there is something wrong with it. But it’s amazing how much better you feel after taking the time to put some eye liner on straight. 😀 Take time to spend a few minutes doing something for me. The fact that Bristol dresses better than I do, is a shame to the old me. 😀 But that doesn’t mean I cannot make the time to do a workout in the morning, or get my nails or do a new hair style, or maybe even go to the store for some kid free me time and go on a mini make up spree.

 SPEND LESS ON THINGS

Of course we all want to stop spending money on things we don’t need but I’m talking about instead of spend money on things spend it on experiences. Some of my favorite memories are of day trips or little things we did as a family that cost a bit of money but not only were enjoyable but memorable. Years from now that $40 dress will be gone, ( or more likely not fit) but that $40 trip to the Zoo you will remember. Collect memories, not things.

 

LIST  OF SMALL THINGS TO COMPLETE

  • Start meal planning. Take the time to write out what meals we are having in a week and make ingredient list before I get to the store
  • Organize every drawer and cabinet. Donate anything I haven’t used at least 1 time in the past year
  • GET RID OF THAT HORRIBLE JUNK DRAWER (We ALL have one)  I happen to have 2 of these. #selfshame time to gut it and throw all that random stuff I’ll never use away!
  • Drink at least 72 oz water. I have two 24 oz water reusable bottles. I was doing so well at refilling through the day but lately have slacked off. Its only 3 bottles! That’s do-able!
  • Start to learn a new language – I thinking French.
  • Try to do at least 1 random act of kindness a week.  More importantly include the kids in this, go give flowers to the elderly at the Hospice center.Even something as small as a genuine compliment to a friend.
  • Organize all my photos. The ones on my hard drive and computer and about 100 SD cards, plus google photos and hard copies. Get them all in 1 or 2 places.
  • Put phone away an hour before bed. Spend bedtime not only cleaning up but also focusing on family no distractions.
  • Send thank you cards to those in your life. A spontaneous handwritten note can meet so much to someone who may not know that you appreciate them. Life is too short to not let those around you know that you care.

I know this is late (maybe I should add being on time to my list) but,

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I hope you enjoyed my blog and maybe liked it enough to add some to your list of 2017 “to-do”.

Thanks for reading!

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