Party Favors

Once again it's birthday party time. My Girl Mini is turning 6 next week and we are celebrating this weekend.

I've mentioned before that my husband does not like the Party Treat Bag tradition. I don't really care for it either but I don't want to be the mom that doesn't send the guests home with a treat bag.

My solution this time was to make an edible favor...one for each kiddo. These were super easy to make.

I bought sugar cones, M & M's, clear treat bags, ribbon and decorative craft tape (mine has cupcakes on it).

I put M & M's in the cone, slid the cone into the corner of a treat bag. Then I wrapped the bag around the cone and used the decorative tape to keep the bag cone shaped. Then I topped off the cone with M & M's. Finally, I tied off the top with ribbon. And Voila! You have cute cone shaped party favors.

Fighting Back

You may have noticed I haven't been posting on Java Talk as often as usual. I apologize. I have been really struggling with depression and anxiety over these past few weeks.

These have been very dark days for me. I've been so easily overwhelmed by every day life. But I am fighting this. I am talking to people. I am keeping busy. I am still exercising. It is exhausting. The ups and downs. The heavy emotions that I can't escape. But I am fighting this.

So I thank you for your patience as I get my feet back under me. And as always, thank you for reading Java Talk.


I Did It!

Saturday was a big day for me. I spent all day being trained to become an instructor for a fitness program called R.I.P.P.E.D.

This was an 9 hour day with a 1 hour break for lunch. I did it! I passed! I can now go out and teach R.I.P.P.E.D at a gym. I do not actually have a job lined up yet but that's okay. Getting certified was much more about achieving something for myself. And I did it. Boxing is still my passion and I am still getting certified to teach boxing. The date keeps getting pushed back but I have not given up. I am going to get certified and find somewhere to teach. This is another step forward for me. Learning new skills and finding what I want to do with my time.


My Summer Hit!

I bought a Fruit Infusion Pitcher. I love it! It's a simple glass pitcher with a removable chamber. This chamber has holes in it. You choose your fruit, cut it into small chunks and place in the chamber. Finally, pour water into the pitcher.

I drink a lot of water. Water and coffee are what I exist on. I love the idea is the fruit infusion because it favors the water without any added sugars or artificial sugars. So far I've tried strawberries and peaches. I think liked the strawberry water better but my kiddos have said they favored the peach. I'm going to try kiwi and lemon and I think I'll try apples with cinnamon too!

Such a simple idea but I have a feeling it is going to get a lot of use at this house.


A Little Getaway

A friend and I were out walking one night and decided we wanted to get away for a night. This idea was pretty exciting for both of us so we quickly got planning. We decided our destination would be Baltimore, MD. Its far enough away to feel like a trip but close enough to home that we didn't spend our whole trip in the car. What an adventure we've had!

The only plans we had were a scheduled massage. This was a great way to begin our relaxing Momcation. One thing I've never done was ride in a taxi. This may sound silly but goal of mine for this year was to ride in a cab. I did it! We took a taxi to the next big thing on my list. I got a tattoo! This is something I've wanted to do for years. This was not planned before we left home but as we sat over lunch the idea came up and there was no going back.

We had a great time. Laughed a lot, relaxed and enjoyed spending time with a friend.


A Beautiful Day!

As I was driving around this morning, I kept being drawn to the gorgeous sky. The blue so clear and the clouds so full. What a beautiful day to begin our Summer Vacation from school.


Last Day

I'm going to take a moment ...and have a Moment. Yesterday, my Girl Mini finished school. She is now a First Grader. Today my Boy Mini has a half day. This morning, he was running up the stairs chanting, "I'm a second grader! I'm a second grader!". In a few short hours, that will be true. Wow! I'm the Mommy of a first and a second grader.

I had to chuckle when last night my Little Man asked why he had to go to school for a half day? Why couldn't they just be done? I remember having the same thoughts. Although, I think I was in middle school at the time. The reality is that the last day of school will still be the last day of school no matter which day it is. It will always be a blow off day that is more fun than any other thing. And that is okay. These kiddos have worked hard all year. I hope they enjoy their last day as First Graders!


Teacher Gifts

This year I decided to make the end of year Teacher Gifts. Like last year, I made Bath Cookies. I think it's a great way to make something that is personal, something for the teacher to enjoy and something that most likely no other child will give.

These were very simple to make and they will hopefully provide a few quiet moments for this teacher to relax and enjoy over the next few months.

Just toss one or two cookies into warm running bath water and the cookie will dissolve and work it's magic.

What gifts have you given to the teachers in your life? And at what grade does this gift giving tradition end?

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