It’s 3:15 PM. My kids are napping. I just took a shower and brushed my teeth for the first time today and am currently eating a Hot Pocket for lunch. Wait, did I eat breakfast today? It’s been a rough one. Today was another one of those days.

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My husband is one of the hardest people in the world to shop for. He’s not a complicated guy, quite the opposite actually; he’s pretty simple (not in the dumb sense, in the low-maintenance sense). Fancy things are lost on him unless said fancy things are firearms or fishing rods, neither of which he needs. Real talk. So when I ask what he wants for [insert all gift-giving holidays] he literally always says, “nothing”. I mean, we’re the kind of people who just go out and buy whatever we need. And, before I left my job, we always went out and bought what we wanted (within reason), too. What I love about Todd, though, is that he values experiences over things any day of the week. So when I caught wind of the Xtreme Xperience, I knew that he would love it. And I was right. Although our day at the track was just this past weekend, Todd actually received the Xtreme Xperience as his birthday gift back in March and he could barely contain himself, having to wait so long to use it. Xtreme Xperience travels a circuit around the US so they’re always somewhere different. So, we had to wait awhile for them to come back to Atlanta. Here’s how our day unfolded.

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Have you ever been scrolling through Instagram and found yourself thinking, Man, I sure wish I could be super #basic like all of the Instagram Moms I love, but I don’t know where to start? Well, you’re in luck! Having been in the blogging/Instagram game for one year now, I’ve picked up a thing or two. And, because I’m such a kind-hearted, generous, #BasicAndProud gal, I’ve decided to share my learnings with you. Stick with me and you’ll be a #Basic Instagram Mom in no time.

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Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of when I hit “publish” on my first blog post here in this little spot of the web. My blogiversary. In some ways it feels like I started a few weeks ago. In other ways I feel like I’ve been doing this forever. But life is so different now. So much has changed.

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This year will be my first summer at home with my girls and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t super excited but kinda nervous at the same time. I mean, what the heck are we going to do all summer? I live in Georgia and in case you haven’t heard, let me tell you – it is H-O-T here. They don’t call it Hotlanta for nothing (by the way, no one who actually lives here calls in that). I’m originally a FL girl (where it’s even hotter) but definitely prefer the comfort of AC inside over the blazing outdoors. My kids, on the other hand, well… that’s a different story. Summer for them means one thing: water. We like to set up what we fondly refer to as “Bennett Beach” in our driveway and let the girls loose. The problem with that is they’re not old enough to be out there unsupervised, which means I have to sit out there with them. So today I’m going to share what I consider to be a mom’s essentials to surviving the summer with kids.

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