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

I Actually Hate August 

August is the worst. It’s a miserable month.


It’s hotter than hell, not to mention sticky  and buggy. It’s a huge month of transitions also. When you’re hot, sticky and bug-bit it’s not a great time for change! 

I’m really struggling this August because I’m nervous about school; the College Kid is not getting the classes he’d like, Sassy is at a crossroads educationally and LT is intimidated by our over-zealous schools second grade curriculum. Don’t even get me started on the road blocks that are constantly being down in front of me on my own educational path.

Usually I like to find something “hard” to tackle every month (organization, writing my prayers and hot yoga have all the things that I’ve done and concurred… however minimally some months, haha). This month I just don’t know where to even start. Does just getting through August count?

I’d really adore some advice, comments and/or interesting/funny/awesome anecdotes about August… I sure can’t find much to get enthused about.

Looking forward to hearing from you-Missy

Bye-Bye Summer Bloat!

Do you get all bloated from all that easy, yummy convenience foods we snack on during lazy summer days? I do! My Detox Tea go to fix was so popular I thought I’d share!


I think I got the idea from a Jillian Micheals pin a couple years ago.  This totally helps with water retention!

It’s just a gallon jug full of; distilled water, 100% cranberry juice, a couple squeezes of lemon and three bags of dandelion root tea. Drink half gallon in the morning before 12. If you drink it later that you’ll be up all night. Keep drinking your regular water also; this tea is a flush and thus dehydrating. 

Also, if you have any health conditions double check that dandelion root tea is appropriate for you!

Do you have a good water weight flush? Let me know if you like this one in the comments or on Twitter @missymrsmom

Enjoy the last bit of summer- 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

White Cup Deco- Fun! New! Thing! 

I love to doodle and draw but I don’t really have that kind of down time. I’ve been seeing these adult coloring books and while they are adorable and my friends rave about thier relaxation benefits I just didn’t get it. 

Then one day I got stood up on a coffee date. I was melancholy, because I paid $3 for a coffee and now I had no mom-chat to blow off steam. I remembered I had some sharpies in my bag and JUST LIKE THAT a favorite thing was created!


I totally get my friends adult coloring book enthusiasm now and agree wholeheartedly that the mindless repetition is totally relaxing. Now I often hit up the coffee shop ‘happy hour’… Just for the cheaper canvas… I mean cup. 

I liked it so much I incorporated it into our monthly MNO (Mom’s Night Out) and it went beautifully. After a bit of “What should I draw” angst, everyone had a good time creating. 


Have you ever been lured in by that lovely blank canvas? What do you draw? Let me know in the comments and visit my Pinterest for ideas!

Have fun doodling- Missy

Monday Morning Detox

I’m a weekday warrior- Yoga in the morning, a little fruit, veg  and protein at every meal, swimming and careful sugar consumption. 

But then the weekend comes…


So. Much. Crap. 

In fairness it is summer and the weekends are our fun time with MrDad but by Monday I feel like…

Sketch inspiration: https://www.behance.net/gallery/32155753/Yoga-by-Ele-2016-Calendar-Design

So, I get back on track. I eat better (not perfect) and focus on the good stuff. My Monday morning go to (post coffee, of course) is this yummy mixed tea. 

Everyday Detox Lemon tea bag, Green Tea tea bag, a spritz of lemon, a dash of 100% cranberry juice and water/ice to bring to 48 ounces. 

They are both decaffinated, and the everyday detox has burdock root, stinging nettle and dandelion root to flush out the lingering bad stuff… Green Tea is just all around good stuff! It also takes care of just about half my daily water intake. FYI, the Starbucks Venti cup in 24 ounces, so I drink all my water from this handy reuseable sweetie because it fits in my cup holder… So I have no excuse not to take it everywhere!

What do you use to beat the weekend bloat? Can’t wait to hear from you-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

Writing My Prayers-July Challenge 

Each month I try to challenge myself to doing something I find difficult. This month: Prayer Journaling!


I’ve always like to journal. However in this digital world, I lost that need to put pen to paper. With my birthday party and LT’s birthday party these past couple months I’ve been writing a lot of thank you notes… And my hand hurts! I knew I had to make a change so I chose to get back into journaling. 

This notebook was a lucky find; half price at my local B&N. So I’m ready!

Do you journal? Do you prefer ink and paper or digital? What do you like about it? I’d truly love to see your comments! 

Hoping your summer is going well – Missy

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