Cinco de Mayo.

Started out the day with a note for Hadley’s lunch and a festive napkin!

Finally had a reason to wear my “Mama Cita” shirt for Cinco de Mayo!

We went to our favorite Mexican joint, Cancun to celebrate the day!


Cheers everyone!

Teacher Appreciation Gift.

Happy Teacher Appreciation week! The first full week of May is when we celebrate these amazing people that teach our children. An entire week devoted to teachers to show them how much they are valued.

I found this cute saying on Play Party Plan, “Orange you glad you teach my kid?” I added each teachers names on the note myself. Hadley has four teachers in Kindergarten, one in the morning and three in the afternoon.

Items in each bag:
– Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
– Trident gum
– Tic Tacs
– Kinder Joy
– Orange post it pads
– Orange hand soap

We originally were going to put an Amazon gift card in each bag also, but I ran into a little dilemma at Kroger. All four gift cards were not in the bags when I got home! After I paid for them and everything! Needless to say, the teachers aren’t getting gift cards because I wasn’t going to pay double. Kroger wouldn’t do anything other than advised me to file a police report because no one had turned the gift cards in. =(

Hadley decorated each bag for her teachers, how sweet is that?

Teacher appreciation gifts don’t have to be anything major, just simple small little things so they know they are appreciated. And most importantly after the past year we’ve had with COVID, every teacher deserves some kind of acknowledgement. So share your appreciation and gratitude to the teachers in your life!

Kevin’s half birthday.

Happy half birthday to Kevin!

Do you celebrate half birthdays? Why not right? It’s always fun to have a reason to celebrate something!

We made him half of a cupcake! Something super small, but he appreciated it. Today is also his anniversary of getting on at the fire department! Three years ago today he started his dream job, and he couldn’t be more happier!

Love ya babe!

Happy half birthday!

Birthday project – Week 6/52.

This is my birthday project for the next 52 weeks. You can read more about it here!

Week six! Stretch for 20 minutes. Since I’ve been working out more regularly, I’ve noticed it helps tremendously if I stretch. Sometimes I stretch for no reason, just to give the muscles and joints some time of their own. I’ve heard some say you don’t have to stretch at all, but the older I get the more I realize it’s pretty important to do so. It can’t hurt, so why not right?

I found these stretches on Pinterest, and did the ones I liked the most. You can google pretty much anything now! The only one I’m not sure about is the crescent lunge, I’m not so sure that’s what that stretch really is but that’s what the picture looked like.

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This is week 6 of 52.

I am attempting to tackle 52 weeks of self care projects for the next year.
You can follow along here on the blog, or on Pinterest.

The meaning behind the blog name.

Do you ever wonder why people pick the names of their blogs or websites?

It was hard to pick this name, but after lots of thinking I decided to go with Mandy Joy Loves. The reason I picked that name is if you don’t know already, Mandy Joy is my name. And what better way to keep a forever online journal if you will of this life! Mandy Joy Loves….all the things!

You can read the About Mandy section located above in the header photo. The About Mandy section goes into a little more detail but you pretty much get the gist.

Super super short post today, but sometimes people wonder about blog names so I thought I’d share. Hope you enjoy reading the blog as much as I enjoy coming up with things to share!

From the weekend.

Friday had dinner with the girls. Margaritas, tequila, and girl talk. Fun fun!

Saturday had my cousins baby shower. It was so nice and great to see everyone! My Aunt Cindy from Florida came in town for it too!

Saturday pictures from the fire fighter never get old.

Sunday went to the zoo with my Aunt and Uncle and family visiting from Mississippi! It was a beautiful day.

Sunday had a volleyball game at night, since Kevin was working my cousin Becca filled in for him. Hadley is just the best kid. Sitting there entertaining herself, until after each game when she can bump the ball in between games.

What a busy weekend it was! I met my steps goal both days just about, and man my feet hurt! Lots of walking, lots of talking, and lots of patience. We had great weather, and it looks like the next few days are looking to be amazing too. Looking forward to a great and hopefully easy low key week!

Earth Day.

Photo via : Bing

Happy Earth day!

Do you ever go to Bing? I just love the photos they have each day, and if you didn’t know, you click on the bottom right and it gives an explanation of the photo. See below…

I remember a year ago this week, I was furloughed and home an entire week with Hadley. It was right in the beginning of Covid, and I had a theme planned for each day of that week. One of those days was Earth day!

Here is the photo from last year on Earth Day. I remember this day so much! Started our morning with Hadley doing my hair. After breakfast, we went to the office and watched a video on the planets which Hadley still remembers a year later! And then we made Earth cookies! They don’t look so good in the above photo, but they were delicious. Hadley put on gloves because of the green and blue food dye. The cookie recipe we used can be found here.

Photo via: Almanac

To be honest, I’m not much of an “earthy” person. Meaning, we don’t recycle at our house because you have to pay for it. We don’t do compost, which most of our neighbors do. The things we do to help the earth are things like, we don’t litter, we turn the lights off at home, we turn the water off, we plant flowers, and we donate old toys and books. Things like these small simple things can help Mother Earth everyday! So do your part!

Birthday project – Week 5/52.

This is my birthday project for the next 52 weeks. You can read more about it here!

Week five! Face mask. If you’ve seen my Instagram stories, you’ll already know that I’m soo obsessed with face masks. I have one drawer in my bathroom that is bursting at the seams with nothing but face and eye masks. Some weeks I do them every night, some weeks I do them once a week. It all depends. But when I do them, nine times out of ten I fall right asleep.

Some masks are white like this one, some are black, some are red, it all depends on the brand. The particular brand I’m using in this photo is from Vitamasques, and it’s called the Vegan Collagen Lychee Face Sheet Mask. You can read more about this mask here. The majority of the face and eye masks that I have are from the FabFitFun subscription box, every few months they have sales where you can buy products at half the cost! Thanks to my beauty product guru friend Kristin, I’m addicted. On occasion, I do buy masks at the local grocery and drug stores like Kroger, Walgreens, and Target. You just have to try them out and see what works for you!

Face masks have become part of my self care routine for awhile now. Something so simple as putting on a face mask before bed is super relaxing!

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This is week 5 of 52.

I am attempting to tackle 52 weeks of self care projects for the next year.
You can follow along here on the blog, or on Pinterest.

Movie Night – The Sandlot.

Every once in awhile, we will do a movie night! It’s usually a super random on a whim night. Which means I end up throwing things together at the last minute, but it doesn’t take much when you have little kiddos!

Photo via: Pinterest

Sometimes the kids pick the movie, other times it’s a surprise. This nights pick was The Sandlot! It’s definitely an oldie, and one I remember watching as a kid. I thought it would be a good pick since Hadley just started playing softball.

We do movie nights in our basement where we have a little bar area, and put up some small decorations. I always go with the idea that less is more. Hadley is six years old, and she doesn’t need much when it’s just her and I doing a movie night. Dad was at work, and the big kids weren’t with us.

Printed out a baseball from Google images and taped it to the TV.

I bought the small candy bars that remind me of baseball, and the main idea of the movie has to do with Babe Ruth! So I bought some mini babe ruth bars too. If you don’t know about Babe Ruth and how he ties into this movie, then you need to go watch it!

For the ice cold beverages, I bought all kid friendly drinks in the old fashion glass bottles! Shirley Temple, Ginger Ale, and Root Beer. Of course my picky kid didn’t like any of them, but she did try them! I had this small wooden crate, and printed out an “ice cold” sign and taped it to the front of the crate.

Added two small bags of classic Lay’s chips, and some boxed candy from the dollar store. For the plates, all I did was print out a baseball, cut it out, and taped it to the paper plates. Super simple!

We had a fun movie night! Just love introducing Hadley to the older movies I watched as a kid. She was a little scared of the big mean dog, but I kept telling her he’s just like a big Beethoven. She loves bringing her blankets, and pillow down to the basement, and getting all comfy with her snacks. It’s a fun tradition to do with the kids!

From the weekend.

Friday after school she asked for not one, but two apples for her after school snack!

Friday bought some summery plates that gave me all the summer vibes!

Saturday we went to the lake and took the boat home to get her all ready for the season!

Saturday was Kevin’s first time towing the boat behind his truck, and boy was he happy! It was rainy and not the best weather to clean up the boat. My BIL/SIL, and cousin came over and helped us de-badge the boat. We took the “Mastercraft” letters off both sides and we love it!

Sunday we were at it again, with much much better weather! My BIL and SIL came back over, we waxed, and did a clear coat wax, did a deep clean on the inside, and it looked awesome! Our neighbor let us park the boat in his driveway since it’s flat. We are taking it back down to the lake this week, now that she’s all clean and shiny! We’ve been in our home three years later this year, and we’ve never met this neighbor until about a week ago. Sunday, he must’ve spent all afternoon with us! It was so nice. After a fun filled day of boat cleaning, we had a 6pm volleyball game. Miss Hadley was exhausted, but she was a trooper as always.

It was a busy, productive, and fun weekend!