Tsum Tsum Tuesday FOREVER

It all started in Las Vegas. A cute little “BunBun” caught LT’s eye. Sure, we’d seen Tsum Tsum before but suddenly- LOVE. He won just ONE…

Which quickly turned to eight

Which became twelve. 
Then LT’s birthday party happened.
Sweet baby Jane, we gotta lotta cute around here. 

Of course, I know it’s impulsive ADHD-driven behavior. However, when one has very generous friends and a kid that sometimes has trouble differentiating between a new interest and a total world-altering, life-defining obsession… There is going to be an issue.A cuteness issue. You know you want some…

It’s certainly no secret that the acquiring of ALL THE TSUM TSUM is the goal. Pinterest introduced me to an TsumTsum Instagram trend that took up the majority of my Monday night. Add that Tsum Tsum Tuesday AND THE APP… 

I’m ALL IN. Somebody stop me? 
Nah… Follow the cuteness on Instagram @missymrsmom instead! See you soon, cutie!

Las Vegas- BOOM Goes the ADHD Brain 

LIGHTS! SOUNDS! PEOPLE! Must be Las Vegas! MrDad had a Convention, so we made it a tag-a-long road trip. 

LT was in overdrive immediately. After being stuck in a car and then stepping into the wildness that is a casino lobby he was in  full-body-boogie mode. Keeping him from accidentally kicking an innocent bystander was a full time job! We checked in and after a few minutes in the room MrDad suggested the “Fun Dungeon “, the hotel’s arcade, thus setting up the theme of our trip…

The Arcade. The ARCADE. THE ARCADE!!!


We planned ahead.  We instituted a budget for LT of $20 a day for spending money, with the ability to earn a tally mark (A tally mark equals a quarter ) for each sentence read while we were out and about and spontaneous good behavior. This was my way of including math and reading in our vacation!

LT blew through $36 on the first day and had two bouncy balls, three bendy flowers, one yellow duck and one dolphin keychain to show for it. He deemed it pretty good day.


Bun Buns – These are like Tsum Tsum but cheaper… yet more expensive if you’re trying to win them! He  won the orange kitten, Cutest, but we bought the rest at the gift shop… best seven bucks we spent!

Circus Circus was the best arcade hands-down in our opinion. 

“The Strip” was  also a great joy for his Ferrari -brain. The new sites came up so  quickly that they matched his attention span for once. So much to see, do and especially buy! We had a great time visiting the mall, they have a great big Disney store, and a great Lego store. If you are a Lego VIP member, don’t forget your Lego passport to get a Las Vegas stamp!

These guys were a trip! The caught us right at the bottom of the Excalibur/ NYNY escalators that cross over the “Strip” and lead to the M&M store. Usually LT hates having his pic taken, but he begged for this snap! Although, I wasn’t thrilled about Cap asking for a $20 donation… But that’s Vegas! 

The M&M store brought us this little gem AKA THE MOST ANNOYING TOY EVER. I took out the batteries and LT agreed it was a better toy for it, ha!

Of course, Serendipity!

These are the things that made our trip manageable, from an ADHD POV:

*We made a budget, so there were less arguments and meltdowns over acquiring things,

*We had a loose schedule that allowed for spontaneity but not loose enough that it encouraged impulsivity,

* We set aside Quiet Time each day. We lowered the lights, lounged on the bed and had no noise or only very quiet, mellow shows/movies/music,

* We took the bus instead of taxis. Not only was it extremely cost-effective but it forced us to pay attention to the schedules which helped structure our time. Riding also allowed us to look around while still getting two different destinations.

*Usually on vacation I try to make sure that we have lots of exercise in the morning but On this trip, even with our bus pass,we were walking upwards of six miles a day on our travels… so that was not a problem.

We had a terrific time on our vacation… Although we came home with a novel new penchant for stackable plush! 

Visit me on Pinterest (MissyMrsMom) to see the arcade-inspired birthday party for LT!

Until next time – Missy

Easy & Fun DIY Puppets Kid-Can-Do!

LT saw some really cool horsey marionettes at a street fair not long ago. They were neat, I’ll admit, but not 17.99 neat!

So of course I hit Pinterest and found this awesome pin…

http://www.artbarblog.com/recycled/collage-animal-marionettes/?m

However, that looked like an awful lot of prep work … with the cutting and the gluing and so on and so on. Not just prep work but time and LT’s got a pretty short attention span. So I made a little bit of a shorter version and, of course, added a couple of tweaks of my own.

Note: This  Kid-Can-Do still has a lot of mom-prep, but generally speaking this is a great project for kids to show off their creativity while also utilizing fine-motor skills!

You need: A couple of paper towel or toilet paper rolls, a thick needle, string or something similar for the legs and neck,  glue beads buttons, sharpies, 2 popsicle sticks and packing tape. 

Poke Holes in the bottom of the toilet paper roll for the string legs.

Poke One hole for the neck string

Cut a small portion (of another toilet paper roll) for the head. 

Lace the strings through the holes. 

String the legs with beads. I used buttons on the feet of the ‘giraffe’ and it was adorable!

Add beads to the neck string and string the head. 

Add a length of string at the opposite end of the neck string. 

Glue Popsicle sticks into an ‘X’.  Tape the back string and head string to each end of one stick. 

Make another and have a show! We had a happy cat and angry French giraffe. It was a silly and fun afternoon!

Please feel free to share your puppet photos in the comments, I’d love to see them – Missy

Easy DIY Tiny Dog Toy

I love our little Chihuahua terrier mix but… Sometimes she needs more attention then LT! She often wears me out, so I have to get creative.

I used: An old cat toy, an old Son, a small jerky treat, and a pair of scissors.

I cut a hole through one of the spaces in the cat toy, then I broke up the dog jerky treat, and poked cut up lengths of an old kid sock in the holes (to make the jerky treats a little bit hard to get to). As you can see the cat was also very interested.  That’s it!

This was a fast easy project; especially because I had all of the items I needed on hand. It kept my dog busy for an hour so I could write this post! 

Hope you’re having a great summer-Missy

Flip Flop Deco Fun!

Last year’s flip flop wreath did not hold up in fall/winter storage. Super glue isn’t the best medium for plastic in the Arizona heat!


I still love the flip-flop theme, especially for summer. So, I decided to give this wreath a re-design. 

I used the top seven as a half-wreath and made the bottom three into a cute little welcome sign. (I still used superglue… I guess I never learn!)


I think it turned out adorable, but what do you think? Please visit me on Pinterest at MissyMrsMom for more fun & crafts!

DIY Funko Fun!

My first-grader, LT, is a humongous Captain America fan and I’m a nut for anything Marvel and/or kid-can-do… So this was an absolute no brainer for us!

I got this awesome product (see link) from Amazon this week and we had blast with it. 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01E61EPC2/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1465794383&sr=8-1&pi=SY200_QL40&keywords=little+treasures+clay&dpPl=1&dpID=51tAIzIILlL&ref=plSrch#immersive-view_1465794425994


It wasn’t a simple project. The modeling compound is tricky; it was very light and dried out quickly. It is also very squishy so it was tough for LT’s little hands to manipulate. When we do Cap, we’ll do a trial run with Dollar Tree modeling clay. Also, the instructions we’re slightly more specific than ideal for a true Kid-Can-Do, but we “eye-balled it” and it turned out pretty darn cute!

This has given me the idea to make a whole DIY Funko Avengers Team. I love this stuff!

Check out my Pinterest boards (MissyMrsMom) for more fun kid crafts! If you’d like to follow me on Twitter @missymrsmom, I sure would be glad to have you. 

Thanks for visiting 💞 Missy 

Impulsive Fixation & Our ADHD Family 

Hyper focus is a debatable characteristic of ADD/ADHD… if you ask the experts. If you ask me (and my kids) you will get no debate; it exists and it will jack you up if not deliberately managed. 

The first step to controlling the characteristic is to identify it. I didn’t really recognize it in my own personality until I started noticing it in my youngest son. His impulsive nature leads him to leap from an interest  in a certain subject, fandom, toy line etc., to a total all-encompassing infatuation in no time flat. 


In the past 3 years or so, LT has cycled through a passionate and total absorption in The Wiggles, Octonauts, Max & Ruby, Superman, Trains, Ninja Turtles, Hot  Wheels,  Power Rangers, Baseball Cards, Captain America, Iron Man and Pokèmon… And with each newfound interest he becomes overwhelmed with the “desire to acquire” (as I call it). He becomes completely captured by the intense fascination and has an unbelievably difficult time transitioning to the things that need to be done. Like schoolwork. And chores. And eating. 

It’s my job to guide my ADHD children on how to manage the different aspects of their lives, and I must be especially careful to address their focus issues. It’s heart-breaking to have to tell them that they are different, and the only balm I have is to give is a positive spin gleaned for decades of self-examination. 

Hyper focus has some useful applications in real life. Recognizing the trait can be a wonderful discovery; it speaks to an ability that we may not have known was even possible! It can allow people that struggle to regulate attention span to balance interests and necessities by giving a brief but intense capacity to accomplish tasks. If we give ourselves permission to immerse ourselves in the joy of our latest obsession after we accomplish our set tasks and chores we are training ourselves to employ a more “normal” time-management style. 

So, I manage LT’s time for him. As he’s just six, I think it’s okay but I believe it’s crucial that I explain everything we do.  I want him to eventually manage himself, so I keep my instruction brief, repetitive and use short phrases like:

*Lets spend five focused minutes on cleaning so we can spend ten fun minutes on Legos!

*If we focus on this homework, we can knock it out and have time for two “Phineas and Ferb”s!

I used to worry that I was making daily tasks too much of a negative but then I decided that they are called chores for a reason. So, we treat them as such by getting them out of the way and moving on to our most recent, and probably fleeting interest. 

Just a soon as I’m done with this blogpost… Does anyone want to play Pokèmon?


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Missy