Sunday Sundae's with Wet-Nap + A Free Printable

“This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Wet-Nap but all my opinions are my own.

Summertime in our house typically means filling up the freezer with every popsicle and flavor of ice cream known to man in an attempt to beat the North Carolina heat. However, if you live in the south, you know two things:
  1. There's no getting around this heat.
  2. Enjoying ice cream on a sunny day can be a messy experience, especially if you have a toddler.
This weekend, we decided to celebrate our first full month in our new home by having an ice cream party. Much fun was had. But a huge mess was created in the process. Because I'm no stranger to messes, before even purchasing the ingredients for our party, I stocked up on Wet-Nap. I suppose two years of parenting will teach you to cover all your bases first.

Of the three of us, Little J had the best time. We set up on the balcony so we could soak up the sun and have a yummy break in the process. Cue the melting of the ice cream. Even though we had bowls, it was still a messy experience. But the other thing that motherhood has taught me, is that most times, the messiest experiences are typically the ones worth remembering.

Like any dotating/overprotective father, Mr. A likes to capture moments like these for future blackmail for Little J's future potential suitors. Poor kid, she has no idea what she's in for...

We've decided to make ice cream parties a normal part of our summertime routine. With a view like the one we now have, we'd be crazy if we didn't. Especially if the clean-up process is as easy as it was this time around. That's another thing motherhood has taught me, if something makes your life easier, buy it--in bulk.

Which brings me to the final lesson that motherhood has taught me, when something makes your life easier, buy it in bulk-- especially if there is a sweet coupon to go along with it. So, before you head out to the stores to stock up on your spring and summertime sweets, be sure to print out this coupon to and save $.55 off your next Wet-Nap purchase while supplies last. As the queen of all things frugal, I picked mine up at Walmart, where the prices always low. So be sure to check out your nearest Walmart for Wet-Naps.

As a thank you for tuning in to my families latest shenanigans, enjoy this free 8x10 printable for your next ice cream party! Click on the Download button below to print the large version. Enjoy!
Click here to download the 8x10 version. 

Weekend Wrap-up

This weekend was pretty amazing. The kind of weekend that you're thankful-you- bring- your- camera- along- because- every- moment- needs- to- be- captured, kind of amazing. We started off our Saturday by lazily lounging in bed. By 9 a.m. we were still dressed in our pjs, and Mr. A and I were engaged in a battle of the wills on who would make breakfast. He lost. After breakfast we headed out to Pullen Park. It sort of a big deal here. The kind of place where people drive for hours just to get here.

Once we arrived, we understood why it's such a huge deal. Trains, paddle boats, a huge carousel (that moved a bit too fast for my taste), kiddie boats, it's definitely worth a trip or two--or three. After we rode the carousel until Little J's heart was content, and played at the playground, and rode the train, we decided to head back to our place to regroup, and okay, nap...

After naptime, we managed to catch the tail-end of the Spring Fling in Cary, which was also a big deal. Basically everything was free.

And free cotton candy and snow cones definitely makes for a happy mommy. Do people still do peace signs. Oh well, I guess I still do...

We let Little J play in the mosh pit of children wrestling with beach balls. They were a bit rough for my taste. But eventually I calmed down to the point were I was no longer darting into the pit to save my baby. Hey, it happens.

That was Saturday. A fun-filled, gorgeous day of memory making. How was your weekend?

Confessions Pt II

I confess, spell check has made me lazy.

I confess, my best memories have their own soundtrack. When Mr. A and I officially became a couple, "Slide" by GoGo Dolls was playing in my head.

I confess, I sometimes forget my actual name. The only person who calls me by my given name is James' s grandmother.

I confess,  I seriously believe my daughter is the most adorable child ever... Especially when she's asleep.

I confess, I secretly wish I were short. I look like a giant when I wear heels. I feel a bit like Godzilla taking a stroll through Tokyo.  Only I have no tail, and am considerably less scaly.

I confess, the amount of ice cream I eat is directly correlated to my mood. Rough day? Two scoops. Rough week? Three scoops. Rough month? Screw the scoops I'm eating straight from the carton.

I confess, if I could meet any person in the world it would be Oprah. Sorry Dali Lama, you guys are cool too, but it's Oprah...

So, who's up for some confessions? I would love to hear your deepest, darkest, most chocolate-filled desires. Leave me some confessional love in the comment section below.

Until next time,

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Note: Although I was compensated for this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.