Wednesday, June 29, 2011

What I'm Listening to and What I'm reading...



Summer means road trips, right?  ESPECIALLY for those of us who live in the SWELTERING DESERT where temps are 110 degrees even at 10:00 at night.  {It's true!} I don't know about you...but I like to have LOTS to read in the car and LOTS of FUN tunes to listen to on MY road trips.  {Sadly, the kids' and I's FUN tunes do not = Joe's FUN tunes...good thing he has a set of ear phones and an iphone, right? *Smile*}  

Here's the latest COOMBS FAMILY SUMMER MIX that I've made:


Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) - Beyonce {per London's request, of course!}
Just Can't Get Enough - The Black Eyed Peas
E.T. (feat. Kanye West) - Katy Perry
Party Rock Anthem (feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock) -LMFAO
Dynamite -Taio Cruz
Black and Yellow- Wiz Khalifa
Stereo Hearts (feat. Adam Levine) -Gym Class Heroes
Let's Get It Started-The Black Eyed Peas
Give Me Everything (feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer) - Pitbull
Who Says - Selena Gomez & The Scene
Where Is The Love -The Black Eyed Peas
Maneater -Nelly Furtado
Sexy Chick (feat. Akon)  - David Guetta

The boys have already held 2 dance parties with the neighborhood kids in my craft room and rocked out to each and every song! So funny to watch.

As for my reading materials...here's what I've picked up at the library:





Finally!  This has been on my 'to-read' list for forever now.  I figured since the movie was coming out soon...it was mandatory reading material.





Jack Ballentine became a Phoenix police officer in 1978 and quickly rose to the top as one of the world’s most successful undercover operatives. His specialty: posing as an undercover hit man. None of the people who hired him had any inkling that he was actually a cop, and his work led to a perfect rate of twenty-four convictions out of twenty-four indictments on murder conspiracy charges.



I love an easy read.  I'm just afraid this book will be too easily comparable to London and I. {Wink!}





I love me some True Crime reading. And I vividly remember following this story in the news a few years back.


So now the question is...What are YOU reading and listening to???

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Kate's Ice-Cream Parlor.

Today....my cute little niece celebrated her 4th birthday.  




It was ALL things ice-cream and my sister {as usual} went all out.  Care to see the details?  They are pretty amazing.




Isn't this banner darling?  I want to throw MYSELF an ice-cream party just so I have an excuse to hang it in my own house.  Stephanie made it with scrapbook paper and die-cuts.







These were the invite's handed out.  The actual cone part had BUBBLE GUMBALLS inside of it!  How fun is that?!


Games included:




Sweet Shoppe BINGO!  Bingo markers were M&Ms of course!






Pin the Cherry on the Ice-Cream cone.  And also...musical chairs....with songs like "I Want Candy" and "Lollipop, Lollipop".  {Have I mentioned my sister is 'detail-oriented'?}


The treats were equally as amazing......






Scoops of 4 different types of ice-cream... 



...to go in your choice of a cone or cup {darling cone covers and ice-cream cups purchased at Michaels in their $ bins.  Love that!}





Six different toppings...plus chocolate, caramel and whip cream!




To-die-for chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.


 Cupcakes in a cone. {These were my absolute FAVORITE growing up!} 




And homemade chocolate chip cookie ICE-CREAM sandwiches.  They were divine!


Then there were favors:



Cute little ice-cream cups from Michaels {$ bins again!} filled with ice-cream bubbles, candy flavored chapstick, bubble gum and ice-cream themed note pads.  


Great job Stephanie!



P.S. Have I mentioned that London is obsessed with Grandma?  Anytime another grandkid even THINKS about sitting on her lap....it's an all out war.  And London usually wins.


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Watermelon Lemonade.




As much as my family LOVES watermelon...we ALWAYS seem to have some left over each time I cut it up.  Allison at Oopsey Daisy has solved this problem for me though with her SUPER YUMMY recipe for Watermelon Lemonade.  I cannot wait to try it this week with my new handy dandy blender!  Click HERE for instructions.  

Thursday, June 23, 2011

More Fabulous 4th Fun Finds.

Try saying that 10 times in a row!  I don't know about you but I am SUPER excited to celebrate the 4th of July this year! I keep finding darling ideas around the blog-o-sphere with ways to add a festive touch to your celebrations.  Like this one from the blog It is What it Is.


How fun would these be to hand out as favors?  This cute blog GIVES you the printables FREE for you to print out on your own.  LOVE that!  And the possibilities with what you could fill these baggies up with are endless.  I'm thinking....hot tamales. Click HERE to see more.

And how 'bout a cute little way to serve drinks:




The blog Two Shades of Pink gives you the step by step tutorial on making these 'Mason Jar Sippy Cups'.  All thats needed {besides the jars} is scrapbook paper!  Click
HERE to see for yourself.


And while we're on the subject of jars:









Aren't these Jell-O snacks served in baby food jars darling?  Found over at Green Acres Hobby Farm HERE...she shows you the step by step process in making these.  HOW FUN!



Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Random Wednesday.



* London has been giving THIS song a big thumbs up lately.  So much so that when she first hears it on the radio...her eyeballs bulge out of her eye-sockets.  That's how much she loves it.  It might just be our summer anthem because the boys love it equally as much.  I {liked} it.  Until last night when I was trying to go to bed and it kept ringing through my head.  Now?  Not so much.  {Note to self:  stop watching TV and listening to the radio right before bed}.

* I really wish Jimmy Fallon was on BEFORE Jay Leno.  He is so...much...funnier!  Leno has lost his mo-jo.  Jimmy's 'thank you notes' kill me!  And I love The Roots.

* I really really really hate it when you invest a good 2 hours into a Dateline episode...only to find out that THE CASE HAS NOT BEEN SOLVED.  What gives?  Why would they even do this to us?  If it's to notify the public of a suspect or gain information.....then that's what America's Most Wanter is for! I LOVE Dateline.  But what I love MOST about it...is seeing the scum-bag in the end get prosecuted and thrown into jail.

* Speaking of TV {yes...I watch a lot} have you seen the show 'Freaky Eaters'?  It's disturbing. Don't get me wrong...I get on my {kicks} of obsessions with certain favorite foods.  Otis Spunktemyer cookies.  Mint Chocolate Chip Ice-cream from Water and Ice.  Cracklin Oat Bran cereal.  But come on!  I get over it in about a week.  These people are literally OBSESSED. It's nasty.  

*And speaking of nasty {and TV of course} have you seen the show 'Hoarders'.  Another disturbing show that I can't seem to get enough of. Although lats night....I HAD TO TURN IT OFF.  It was an episode with a guy who hoarded RATS!!!!  I couldn't stomach it.  They were everywhere.  They even nested in his MATTRESS!

* Why are fireworks even allowed in the state of AZ?  I mean sparklers...yes, I can understand.  But anything else should be banned.  Have we not all been watching the raging wildfires burning through out our state so far this summer?  I think we, as a state, can go without our pyrotechnics for just ONE year.  Agreed?

* THIS seems to be my new favorite song lately.  Love this singer.

* My kids eat chicken nuggets and french fries AT LEAST one meal a day.  Everyday.  Sue me.

* It's that time of the year again where I count 'swimming in the pool' as a 'bath' or 'shower' for my kids.  Come on...in my defense...it's chlorinated!  Germs are killed . 

*And now for my random thoughts on NBC's THE VOICE:

  -  Javier is my HANDS DOWN favorite.  His rendition of THIS song last night was AH-mazing. 
  
  - Cee-Lo speaks mumble jumble.

  - I am pleasantly surprised at just how much I enjoy Blake Shelton.  He is so funny and somewhat charming, no?

  - Yes, my crush is still in effect for Adam Levine.

- And yes.  This is still my favorite new show.


 

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day Coombs Style.


Joe told me he wanted a FATHERS DAY WEEK this year.  {He's caught on to the fact that I really like to drag Mother's Day out for as long as possible.  He's really just following in my footsteps}. I said 'your wish is my command' {well...something along those lines} and his week included seeing the movie Super 8 not once but TWICE and also going to not one by TWO Diamondback games.  I'd say he was pretty lucky. I'd say I'm pretty lucky to have him as my hubby.  

The kids insisted on decorating him a cake.



 Doesn't it look appetizing?  





He got his very own refillable Thirstbuster.  {This will save us thousands this summer on our road trips!}






The kids made Joe lots of cards and pictures.  My favorite thing about Carson's art work is the fact that Joe and Carson's legs come right out of their heads.  Priceless!




We had dinner with Grandpa Scott and the Coombs Clan.  So grateful for such a GREAT father-in-law! 





And we ended the night off with sparklers in Grandma and Grandpa's backyard.  Does it get any better than that?  I think not.

Tomorrow we continue the celebrations with my family...


Which will include dinner OUT with no kids.  

I sure love holidays.  And the men in my life.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

I {heart} Mustaches.




Let me be clear.  I {heart} mustaches on decor.  And for party purposes.  But for Joe?  No way. I like my man clean-shaven!

Now that that little disclaimer is out of the way.....

I've been having SO much fun with these clever little adhesive felt mustaches found in the $ bins at Target.  I need to go and stock up on more.  {They come in packages of SIX!} My nephew Ryan turned 18 yesterday! {gasp!!} and this is how I wrapped up his surprise.  Chances are...if you are receiving a Father's Day present from me....you'll see one of these mustaches on YOUR package as well.  I don't know why...but I think mustaches are so funny.

Which is why I ALSO LOVED this idea from the blog Remarkable Home via Everyday Celebrating.


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Paper plates  with MUSTACHES stamped on by food coloring!  PURE. GENIUS!  The possibilities of this whole stamping on paper plates thing are ENDLESS! Click HERE for instructions.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

More Father's Day Fun.

I have a list a mile long of things to get done around my house today.  But what do I use my time doing?  Searching the internet for fun ideas.  And lucky for you...these fun finds do not disappoint since Father's Day is just a FEW days away!

Fun Father's Day printables via How Does She on Anna and Blue Paperie.

Click HERE to print some off for your own dads!




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Yes...this is a SHIRT cake.  It really looks do-able too.  They use breath mints as the polka dots on the ties...LOVE THAT!  Found at Family Fun
HERE.



mustache and tie bacon







bacon tie and mustaches 2


And how about a bacon flavored tie?  Or mustache?  I am not even kidding.  This is TOO funny.  And TOO clever. Thanks to 1 Fine Cookie.... Click
HERE to see for yourself.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Patriotic Eye Candy.

For those of us who are {somewhat} obsessed with any and every holiday on the calendar....this post is for you.  Better Homes and Gardens has done it again.  I am in awe at the darling ideas they have up their sleeves for the 4th of July.  Here are a few of my favorites:
Patriotic Table
They had me at {polka dots} and {daisies}.  Simple yet stunning.
Tie the knot
Who on earth is genius enough to think of checkered SHOELACES as napkin ties?  BHG thats who!

napkin rings
USA stamped onto metal tags and used as napkin rings.  Brilliant!




Dual Role


I really do LOVE the 'new' concept of serving things {other} than sno-cones....in snow cone cups.
Very unique! You can also make your OWN snow cone cups by just using scrapbook paper and rolling it into a cone and securing with an adhesive.



Sweet Spot


This idea leaves me speechless.  I might keel over in awe if someone had me over for a dessert displayed like this.  LOVE it! {It's a make your own sundae bar!}

To see even MORE patriotic goodness...click HERE to see some of BHGs other ideas.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Things I'm Loving about Summer...

Grant.  In all his summertime glory.


* Sleeping in and taking naps.  Today I somehow was able to talk all three of my kids into taking a nap.  At the same time.  For 3 hours.  It was refreshing.  And worth the 20 minutes of whining from my boys as we were all trying to fall asleep.  

* Swimming, swimming and more swimming.  We just can't get enough.  Grateful that London actually enjoys it this year.  What a relief!

* Otter Pops.  And ice-cream bars.

* The library summer reading program.  Fun prizes plus I LOVE reading to the kids {and having Grant now be able to read books to ME!}

* Date nights DURING the week since babysitters are now at our fingertips!  Wa-HOO!!!

* So You Think You Can Dance.  The Voice.  And late night TRU TV.  

* London in summer-y dresses.  And the boys in muscle shirts. 

* Summer movies.

* Watermelon, watermelon and lots more watermelon.

* The fact that we get to head to southern Utah soon for cooler temps and the 4th of JULY!

Things I'm {not so much} Loving about the Summer so far:

* Early morning swim lessons.  {The Coombs are not early morning people.  Shocker...I know}. Certainly grateful for the boys' fabulous and fun teacher though!

* The fires up north.  Especially in Greer.  And Eager.

* The fact that my kids can pretty much go 90 mph from sun up til sun down.  I'm pooped by at least noon!

* Running errands with all 3 kids.  In the heat.



So there are definitely more pros than cons.  We LOVE not having a schedule and being able to plan our day as we go.  So happy to have 3 such cute little best friends in my life.









Saturday, June 11, 2011

Father's Day ala Martha.

One week left until Father's Day.  Guess I should start shopping for it, right? Honestly though...what do you get for the man who has everything and wants absolutely nothing?  It's always tricky.  L-O-V-I-N-G Martha Stewart's ideas this year.  Her stuff always has such flare.  Here are a few of my favorites:


Free Retro clip-art for Dad







This bow-tie wrapping is just too clever.


I really do love shadow boxes.  What dad wouldn't love something to this effect for his office?



Click HERE to see all of her Father's Day goodies.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Random Wednesday {posted on Thursday}.

This little sassy-frass has been keeping me busy.



* Joe and I love going to the movies.  Any chance we have....we take it.  I have a major pet peeve about movie go-ers though.  It's when they show up like 2 minutes before the movie STARTS and proceed to look ticked off that they can't find a seat.  Seriously people?  You really have no right to get mad when you show up RIGHT before the movie starts. {Granted....I have somewhat of an obsession with showing up like WAY early to movies. I love it.}

* I saw a lady in about her 60s yesterday at the store with a nose ring.  A full on nose ring.  And she was a grandma.  Things that make you go hmmmmm......

* Why do celebrities think that they can get away with cheating on their spouses and NOT get caught?  You are a CELEBRITY for crying out loud.  The tabloids follow you EVERYWHERE!  I just don't get it.  And while we're on the subject...why do these same celebrities {Arnold...Tiger...I'm talking to you...} cheat with people WAY LESS ATTRACTIVE than their BEAUTIFUL wives?  So super sad.

* Last night I didn't get bed until 2AM because I had
THIS annoying song stuck in my head. Worst. Night. Ever.

*Carson knows ALL of the words to
THIS song.  It's his favorite.  We've jammed out to it in our car close to a thousand times now.  And that's counting just this summer.

* Speaking of songs...why do some people feel the need to SING in STORES? It's usually these same people that THINK they CAN SING.....and they can't.  Yesterday I saw a girl down the makeup aisle of Target singing her little heart away AND holding her finger in her ear. As if she had a real ear-piece in there.  It was awful.  

*AZ should be proud. CNN ran an article on a new 'Walmart of Weed' preparing to open.  Sigh.  You can read all about it HERE.  I'm not lying.

* I can tolerate {most} kids shows.  The Backyardigans and The Upside Down show however, make me want to throw my TV out the window.

* Bait Car on TRU TV is my new favorite show.  What ding-a-lings.