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We’re working on our summer bucket list and as part of my mama summer bucket list (yes of course I want in on that list action) I’m making sure I document every ounce of summer fun!

A few weeks back we went berry pickin’ at Wild Berry Farm. It was hot and humid and Weston may have pulled his pants down right in the middle of the berry bushes and peed the biggest pee I’ve ever seen. Nonetheless it was gosh darn fun and we now have another (oh yes this has happened before) pee story to tell Weston when he’s older!

Even though we were a hot and sweaty we stayed to enjoy all that the farm has to offer after we picked our berries! The boys loved the kid play area, the tractor ride, the farm animals, and Kent and I enjoyed the yummy berry themed menu at their cafe.

If you’re local I definitely recommend dropping in and filling a basket up with summer goodness!

Pretty sure this was right after he peed.
He was proud.
I was five shades of red.

How has your summer been?

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Hi friends!

I took a couple weeks off from posting so I thought it would be fun to sit down, chat about what we’ve been up to, and have a cup of coffee together!

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A little update on Weston and his summer program woes (which I chatted about in the vlog).

He’s loving summer program! It took him a day to get adjusted to the change but he’s having blast and was tickled to make new friends. Whew I was a but nervous but he was excited to go each day and I think in the long run it will be good for him to experience the change of meeting new teachers and making new friends.

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Summer isn’t really my jam. We live in Texas aka HOT HOT HOT and y’all the heat and I aren’t really friends. We just kind of tolerate each other, you know what I mean? To get myself jazzed up for the scorching hot days coming our way I needed to create a little summer excitement.

Enter our summer bucket list!

I created a fall bucket list in the past. It was fun and I noticed the years that I made the time to craft a bucket list I was more focused to get that fun in. If it’s on the list it has to happen, right? Okay I’m not that strict about it. If it happens great, if not no big deal. The list just helps set the plan in motion and get my boys as well as myself excited for what’s to come.  I’m more apt to look into events around town and ways to keep us active and enjoying the season if I have a plan in place.

The boys and I set down with paper and crayons and created our list together. I made a rough draft while Weston drew a picture of the things we were adding to our list. Weston came up with some great ideas (Backyard Camp Out, Go to the Movies, See a Puppet Show, Trip to the Carnival) all in his own. He’s so very excited and keeps asking if it’s summer yet.

I wanted to share our list with you in hopes it gives you a few ideas to sprinkle a little fun into your summer!

I’ll be back next week with my summer bucket list! I have some fun things I’m excited about! I plan to sit down with the camera for that one so we can have a little chat while I go over my summer plans with you!

PS……..
In the next few days I’ll be checking in with the ladies in my private Facebook group to chat about all things summer! We’ll also be doing a summer bucket list challenge where we check in and share how our adventures are going. If you would like to join in you can find our group  HERE. It’s a more private place to connect and chat verses our blog’s Facebook page.

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I love to plan lessons for my boys around books as well use books as a tool to get my boys ready for an upcoming adventure. Our most recent adventure was a trip to the zoo! About a week before our trip I stopped by the library and chatted with one of my favorite librarians about all things zoo themed.

She asked if I was interested in looking into anything off the list I had brought in (courtesy of Pinterest) to which I said “YES!!!” She left for a few moments and came back with arms full of books for our library bag even a zoo themed CD.

Hugs to all the awesome librarians out there!

I checked out the zoo themed books I found on Pinterest along with the books she recommend and headed home with a full and happy library bag!

My boys are fans of reading and rereading books over and over annnnnnnd over so to say we loved on those books that week leading up to our zoo adventure would be an understatement. The books I found on Pinterest were fine but the ones that got the most love were the books our librarian recommend. They know their stuff!

Since they were such huge hits I thought I would share them with you!

Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo:
This was their favorite and one I’m sure we’ll be checking out again! It’s a quirky story about how the Flu um I mean Floo came to be. While it focuses is on Felicity’s trip to the zoo it would also be a good tool in talking about keeping our germs to ourselves.

 

The Baby BeeBee Bird:
The boys thought this book was hilarious! It’s a cute story about the zoo animals welcoming their new friend the BeeBee bird. The BeeBee bird keeps the other animals up all night. Tired and cranky the animals work together to find a fix for their sleepless night problem.

 

Wild About Us:
I’m a sucker for beautiful illustrations in children’s books and oh boy does this one have it! Not only is a beautiful book it’s provides a great opportunity for a powerful conversation about embracing our differences. This is one I’ll be purchasing for our book self and giving as gifts at childrens birthday parties….shoot I know a few adults that can stand to learn this lesson as well!

 

That’s Good That’s Bad:
We actually lucked into buying this one at a local thrift store. It’s been a hit in our home for a few months so I excited to see that our librarian give it her stamp of approval with her recommendations. Another book with great illustrations and a powerful life lesson. It’s fun to read, my boys get a good laugh out of it, and I can think of tons of lessons we can use it for. Even if you’re not looking for zoo themed books this one as well as Wild About Us would be great library rentals for your littles.

 

Giraffes Can’t Dance:
A much loved hit and while it’s not zoo focused per se it’s packed full of animals you will see at the zoo. It’s a fun story about a giraffe who loves to dance but takes a little time to find his way past his long wobble legs.

 

Bonus Tip: Throughout the week I hyped up a fun movie night to round out our week of zoo themed goodness. I rented the old Jungle Book from the library (please tell me you love on your local library). We talked about the characters in the movie during the week and had fun pointing out the animals we were seeing at the zoo that we would also be seeing in the movie later that night. A movie night was the perfect chill activity after a busy day at the zoo!

Our zoo trip was a hit and I know these books aided in my boys excitement for our adventure!

What are some of your favorite zoo themed children’s books?

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I’m a bit of a podcast junkie and have several that I like to check in with from time to time. When I’m not with boys I usually have ear buds in listening to podcast or the occasional audio book (I just finished the audio version of “Where’d You Go Bernadette” so so good!). Having a little audio entertainment is the perfect fit for the season I’m in as I’m able to be productive during those kid moments while still getting a bit of a mental escape.

In a previous post (you can find it here) I shared my favorite variety podcast. There’s a little bit of something for everyone on that list but today I want to focus on some of my favorites that are centered around motherhood.

Most of these podcast are formatted very closely (host + co host + guest being interviewed on various topics). I’m not going to go into too much detail about each podcast since they are so similar format wise but I will note the ones that are a touch different in my description below.

Coffee + Crumbs:
Bloggers and now podcasters these mamas are so fun to listen to as they chime in on different topics centered around motherhood and lifestyle. I always feel like I’m sitting with some of my girlfriends having a chat when I tune in. Their honesty and realness about topics such as miscarriage, marriage and motherhood make this one of my most favorite motherhood podcast.


The Longest Shortest Time:
I love the variety of the topics on this podcast from family planning, to kids views on politics to how friendships change when babies are born. If you love to learn about diversity in families and the different paths people take to become parents I have a feeling you’ll love this podcast as much as I do.

 The Thrifty Little Mom:
A variety of topics all with a thriftiness in mind.

Motherhood in Hollywood:
This is a bit hard for me to explain but let me try…..
Heather the host interviews people in “the business” such as musicians, reality stars, actresses to name a few. During their interviews they chat about the ins and outs of the business and share how they are handling motherhood. I really enjoyed the recent interview with Lisa Loeb. I love her yet I had no idea she’s now writing children’s music or that she’s from Dallas. Ummm I live in Dallas HOW DID I NOT KNOW THAT!?! The host is a bit chatty in the begging but I promise the interviews are fun and interesting.

Lighten Up:
I love Melanie’s fun personality!

Respectful Parenting:
This is one I could have saved for my parenting podcast list but it really helps on my hard mama days so I figured I would toss it in with the motherhood list. Janet’s podcasts are short and to the point. I love hearing what she has to stay about the different struggles in parenting. A viewer writes in a parenting question and Janet dives deep into ways to support. It’s usually on those days that I’m struggling to find patients for the boys that I tune into this podcast. Janet’s voice is so calm and her views on parenting are just what I need to hear on those rough mama days.

This is the part where I’m going to start getting a bit redundant if I continue with podcast descriptions (remember what I mentioned above about similar formatting).
I will say that each of the podcast below bring their our flair and personality which is why I so enjoy listening to them but as far as formatting (host, co host, occasional guest) the post cast below are delivered in a similar style.


The Mom Hour:
Host Megan and Sarah are so fun. I find myself binge listening to this one from time to time.

Power of Moms Radio

The Mom Life

The Masterpiece Mom

Marvelous Moms:
I always enjoy her guest who are usually mamas doing awesome things through motherhood!

Extraordinary Moms

This Inspired Life

The Mom Inspired Showed

That was some list huh?
I sure hope you found a few new to you podcast. f you haven’t seen my other podcast post be sure to check that out as there’s a little something for everyone on that list.

What are your favorite podcast?

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  • Jessica Awad - I’ve been looking for podcasts like these. Thank you for taking the time to research and give us your favorites!!ReplyCancel