All Around Miracle!

I have this hair that has the potential to look so lovely, and it’s a late -in-life gift so I baby it like CRAY. Z. My fellow fine-haired buddy recommended this little bottle of AWESOME & I’m like yeah

From seriously stringy to super smooth!

I use this stuff every other day and, although I’ve been told that’s too often, I have sleek hair with no build up. Miracle!

Now on to next miracle! My hair is pretty long and, although fine, there is a bunch of it. So I use a lot of conditioner, even though this one is great because just when you think you are out you can add some hot water and voilà! A few more days use! However, I still have lots of plastic bottles to throw away/recycle… Unless I repurpose them!

LT just loved target practice with the impressively powerful jet of water the squeeze bottle created. Great for fine motor skills and it will work for vision therapy too! (Quick Note: Please be sure to rinse out the bottle with soap before using it as a toy. Leftover conditioner is slippery and slippery is dangerous!)
Do you have this awful shower?

It’s insanely tricky to clean, and LT using the jet like spray gave me the idea to use an old bottle as a “mini power washer”!

It’s great! I almost want to clean my horrible shower. Ha ha… Almost

So, that’s my triple Miracle conditioner. I have not been asked to promote this product.. just lovelovelove it! 

Hope you liked this one – Missy

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Mermaid University & Swashbucklers Acadamy at the Scottsdale Princess

My bestie is a huge proponent of staying in-state for vacations. She loves to take a few over the course of the summer! We got a killer deal on one of those group coupon sites for the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, so we decided to give stay-cations a try… And I’m so glad we did!

They had the Mermaid University and Moon Mermaid story time (complete with her Pet Pirate).They had Swashbuckler Academy, with a pirate show before the dive in movie which was followed by fireworks. 

However, my favorite part of coarse was the beautifully appointed Spa with a Zen garden,  roof top infinity pool… and of course the obligatory piña colada.

I can honestly say the Scottsdale Fairmont Princess is one of the most beautiful resort hotels I have been to in Arizona.  I was in no way compensated for this review; I just wanted to share my great experience at this super fun resort. These programs go until Labor Day  weekend, so if you’re interested better hurry! 

What is the best Stay-cation you’ve ever taken? I’d love to hear from you!

Missy

Dude- Pokèmon Go. 

Am I right? 


I totally I called it… Pokèmon summer. I had no idea. 
I’m not afraid to say I like trendy things. I love to be doing the new fun thing! A lot of my friends are this way too, so when they started talking about Pokémon Go and catching Pokèmon at the Walmart YEAH I was curious.

I was super excited to get it for LT until I saw the crazy train permission requests. Like, my Windows 10 gave me less  trouble. Well, almost. After only a little research  I started seeing some serious technical and physical safety concerns and I had to lay the fatwa on P-Go.

Now my husband, who used to play ingress, actually downloaded the Pokémon go app without me knowing. I’m over here researching the cumulative safety concerns… He’s catching Pikachu and leveling up. He thought it was a good family-time app, and I saw his point! After several days of discussion about the best ways to protect LT’s safety I conceded defeat.

My Recommendations:

  • Use the Pokèmon Trainer Club login option
  • Play on an old iPhone with limited content (we were lucky enough to have an old one)
  • Share data and WATCH IT
  • Create a gmail for P-Go usage
  • Set the ground rules pre-download. (I admit. Time limits have been hard to stick with because it is so FUN.)

I’d be a terrible Pokèmon Trainer, but look how happy they are. 

So yes, I caved. I choose to look at it this why: I got new information and it changed my mind. That’s a good lesson… I think. 

Are you and your kids playing? Do you like it? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @missymrsmom

Gotta go… Gotta catch em all 😉 Missy

I Can SO Make Fizzy Surprise Eggs

We went to the zoo yesterday & LT wanted a “Fizzy Surprise Egg”, which is actually pretty cool but… $5?! I’ve got the supplies to make that at home… Right now!

I told LT I could make those at home. He straight up told me I could NOT make those at home. 

Challenge accepted, kid. 

I was barely in the car before I found this this recipe from”Soapy Hollow” on Instructables: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Make-Bath-Bombs/step4/Mold-quickly/

However, after doing a some research I noticed bath salts and cornstarch can be irritating to sensitive skin and LT has really sensitive skin so I decided to use this old hand-written recipe (that’s how we did it before Pinterest) I found in my bath crafting tote. 

Ingredients I used:

3/4 cup Baking Soda 

1/4 Citric Acid

1 teaspoon Sweet Almond Oil

1/2 teaspoon Water

1-2 drops Food coloring (Heads up: a little goes a long way & I didn’t want blue tub rings!) 

A small spritzer of witch hazel

3 small toys that will easily fit in the middle of your eggs. 

(This made 3 large eggs)

Mix dry ingredients well. No clumps, nice and smooth. Be sure to sift them, or if you don’t have a sifter, tap your mixing container several time to settle the ingredients. 


Shake up the SWO, food coloring and water in a jar to mix. Add while stirring. You should use a whisk but mine is in the bathtub so a fork had to do. It should be like damp sand or brown sugar. If it’s too dry or crumbly, spritz it a few times with the witch hazel. 

Mold it quickly; it dries fast! I used big Easter eggs because that’s what I had. 

Fill up the bottom part of the egg making sure to pack the mixture. Push the small toy into the middle (not all the way, it will stick out) then fill up the top part of the egg, being sure to smooth it and pack it in, leaving a small indentation for the toy. Combine the pieces and tap it down to pack it well. 

Let them sit for at least an hour. I froze them because I was in a hurry,  and I think that’s one why one didn’t fully adhere and came out and broke in half. I just sprayed each part with witch hazel and tapped it down to pack it and it came out very nice!


LT is thrilled! He had a blast helping and especially testing them! I’ll post a video of it on my YouTube channel. 

I think they’re pretty great, the only thing I’ll try next time is spritzing the inside of the egg first (they are a little tricky to pop out) and both pieces before I connect them. 

What do you think? I really want to know! Let me know in the comments or say hi on Twitter @missymrsmom

See you soon- Missy

Mermaid Tail, Crochet Fail

Oh sure, it looks cute…


But. 

It took 7 hours & 3 skeins of fancy yarn. So, basically this thing is worth about $100, LOL. 

I love to crochet, but I get bored halfway through. I’ve made some pretty neat things, but completion isn’t always my strong suit! Once it is finished, I’m off crochet for ages. 

There will be no tutorial to follow, because never again. 

Until the next time, anyway 🙂

Do you have any projects you wish you’d never started? Tell me about it! 

Missy

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

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?


Please visit me on Instagram @missymrsmom

Missy