Living to the Full at the Big 12 Tourney!

This post is sponsored by Phillips 66. #partner

March ranks up there as one of my favorite months.  Warm(ish) weather, Daylight Savings, Spring Break, St. Patty's Day.  It's such a breath of fresh air after the long and dark winter.  I'm even a big fan of basketball during the month of March.  So when Phillips 66 reached out with an opportunity to attend the Big 12 tournament, and with a husband and kids who adore sports, I couldn't say no!

I loaded up the boys after school on Thursday and headed towards downtown to meet Craig, who had been there all day for "work".  We made a quick stop on the way at Phillips 66 to fill up with gas using their new Mobile Pay option on the My Phillips 66 app.  It was super easy to use and the app has so many great features, like displaying the nearest Philips 66 as soon as you open it.

Once my gas tank was full, it was onward to downtown.  I wasn't about to brave the traffic (and parking situation) near the Sprint Center, so I parked a ways away and we hopped on the street car!  Riding the street car may have as big a highlight as the rest of the night!  (Thanks to the sweet girl who took our photo while waiting for it to arrive.)

When we finally made to the Power & Light District, we met up with Daddy and visited the Phillips 66 game zone outside of the Sprint Center.  To say the boys loved the games would be a huge understatement!  The came away with some Phillips 66 goodies that they think is a pretty big deal!

Craig goes every year, but I had never been to the Power & Light District for the Big 12 Tournament.  Not that I was surprised, but uber impressed with how this city transform in order to host such an ordeal!

We finally made our way into the game and got to see Texas Tech defeat Texas.  It was the boys' first college basketball experience and though we missed seeing the Jayhawks play by a few hours (darn work schedule) but we were donning our Rock Chalk apparel anyway!

We only stayed for the first - of two - evening games and once again, enjoyed a ride on the street car en route back to our van.  It's always nice to do something unconventional, especially on a weeknight, especially when it means exploring this city that we very much love!

Our strategy as parents has always been to not allow our children to rule our lives or to stop us from doing the things we want, which goes right along with Phillips 66's tagline "Live to the Full."  So, a huge thanks to Phillips 66 for helping us to do just that while also giving our kids this new and exciting experience!

Last thing, along with Phillips 66, I am giving away five $25 gas cards over on Instagram!  The giveaway ends tonight and right now, your chances of winning are extremely high! 😉

I Dig You, Valentine!

Oh hey, it's the day after Valentine's Day and I'm posting about the boys' Valentines.  Apparently, that's how I roll these days.  But because I like to share and I like to make someone else's life a little easier, I don't care!  So here's a thought--you like the idea and want to use it next year?  Go ahead and pin it to your Valentines board so you don't forget next February. 😉

Anyway, I came to the realization last Friday night that Valentine's Day was just five days away and my children had nothing yet to give to their little school friends.  (Again, that's how I roll!)  While I would have loved buying those cheap little cards and having the boys sign them, the crafty, control-freak in me just couldn't do that.  (Maybe next year.)  However, Walmart did come to the rescue with their cute, pre-made, pun-worthy Valentines.

I bought a box of 10 "I Dig You" Valentines for under $2 (that included mini shovels), threw in some conversation hearts and baggies, and designed my own printable to replace their version.  Holden helped me stuff the baggies and we stapled the printout to each baggie after each boy signed his name.  Looking back, I wish I would have created the printable to fold over the top of the baggie so that the contents were visible, but I didn't and it was what it was!

What You'll Need:
White cardstock 
A color printer 
Scissors or a paper cutter 
 Individual boxes of conversation hearts
Mini toy shovels*
Snack-size baggies

*Look for a box of 10 in the pre-made Valentine section at Walmart!  Otherwise, maybe a dollar store.

 What You'll Do:

1. Download and print this free printable that includes four "I Dig You" Valentines per sheet of paper.

2. Cut length-wise at the 4.25 mark (so you'll have two columns of paper, each 4.25 x 11 inches).  Then cut each Valentine so it measures five inches from top to bottom.  Have your child sign each Valentine.

3. Place box of conversation hearts and shovel into a small baggie.  Seal baggie and staple the Valentine printout to the front.

That's it!  So easy and so cute!

Want some other DIY ideas?  Here are our old Valentines!

Valentine, You Rule
Color Your Heart Out (printable / how to)
You're a Great Catch

Splurge vs. Steal

It's no surprise I enjoy cheap clothes.  Target, Old Navy...those are my stores, my jam.  And here's why.  Why buy expensive when you can get a very similar item for much less money?!

1. Splurge ($188) vs. Steal ($49)

2. Splurge ($79) vs. Steal ($18)

3. Splurge ($78) vs. Steal ($22.97) 

4. Splurge ($98) vs. Steal ($22) 

5. Splurge ($129) vs. Steal ($32) 

6. Splurge ($89) vs. Steal ($20)

7. Splurge ($54.99) vs. Steal ($18.99)

8. Splurge ($68) vs. Steal ($23.99)

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Speaking of, I converted my School in Style from a group on Facebook to a page.  If you haven't "liked" it here, I'd love for you to! 

Rhett's Donut-Themed First Birthday Party

I have yet to blog Rhett's eight, nine, ten, eleven, and twelve month updates, but his birthday party?  Now that I can do!  Because it's way more fun to recap a cute party.  Especially when the party consists of donuts and drinks at 9:00 in the morning!  I'm certain our neighbors appreciated that. 😉

Anyway, I may have decided on a party theme (buffalo plaid) last December, but I can assure you I didn't start planning until two weeks beforehand and most of my plans came together two days beforehand.  My goal from the get-go was simple.  Instead of making an invite, as I have typically done in the past, I bought one on Etsy.  And instead of sending invites via snail mail, I imported the invite into Paperless Post and send it via email.  Easy, free, and quick.

Yes, you read that 9am start time correctly.  I know, that's crazy early, but hear me out.  December is such a busy time of the year and I didn't want to interrupt anyone's weekend holiday-prep plans.  I wanted it over and done so people could get on with their days.  And besides, I wanted to serve donuts so 9am seemed about perfect.  And you know, because we're "cool parents", we also served Bloody Marys, mimosas, and coffee with Bailey's.  Because let's be honest.  First birthday parties aren't that fun.  Alcohol is generally appreciated.

I ordered the O N E balloons and buffalo plaid party supplies from Party City, made the monthly-photo banner, and borrowed all of the tree stumps from Vanessa.  The cake was from Price Chopper, a local grocery store, and I added the burlap banner to the top myself.  Donuts (including the ones that spelled HAPPY BIRTHDAY RHETT) were from Daylight Donuts.

The details of a party are always my favorite part and they definitely didn't disappoint!

And yes, I bought a shirt to match the party theme.  Because when it's your third and final baby's first birthday, that's just what you do!

Rhett's gift from us was his PB chair.  He has no idea that it spells his name, but somehow he knew right away it was his.

I couldn't tell you what anyone else got him because opening gifts with an uninterested 1-year old and about eight interested 3-5 year olds is very stressful.  (And oh look--the party guests matched the theme!)

Next and final birthday activity - the smash cake.  He loved it, if you can't tell by the next series of photos.

Despite "ending" at 10:30, our neighbors stuck around until after noon.  It was a perfect, perfect morning celebrating our baby and exactly what I had envisioned for his donut-serving, buffalo-plaid themed first birthday party.

Happy birthday, Rhetti Pie!