Meet the Sullivans: FIVE on FRIDAY

February 7, 2014


I'm linking up with the sweet and fabulous ladies behind The Good Life, Carolina Charm, A. Liz Adventures, and Hello Happiness for 5 on Friday today! Here are five of my favorite things from this week:

8 Easy Alternatives to Family Dinner - Does your family sit down for dinner each night? We try to, and on most nights it's successful. A successful family dinner for us means we scarf down our food, and Owen eats at least a little something too. These dinners are important to me because I know that someday they might be the only time we get to connect as a family all week.

Owen's eating and the length of time we spend at the table is slowly increasing, so I know it is all worth it, but sometimes I feel discouraged. It can be stressful for us all, especially when Owen screams and fights getting into his seat. He just wants to play with his dad when he gets home, and I don't blame him. This post written by my blog friend, Erica, really provides some reassuring information for the nights when family dinner doesn't work out. At least we know that if we can only get our families to sit down a few times a week together, or not at all, there are still other ways to connect with each other and reap those benefits.

The 39 Best Noncandy Valentine Ideas For Kids - I love all the great ideas PopSugar shared for noncandy Valentine's for kids to give out. Growing up I always gave out some fold and rip Valentines from Long's or something. These ones are so creative and SO much cooler! I wish I had seen this list before crafting Owen's for this year. My favorite is the one with the bird and the trail mix in a bag (a healthy treat instead of candy!) and the "you make my heart race!" card with a little car attached. There's always next year, right?

Crockpot Corn Chowder - Look at that! I made it to #3 before I talked about food. Amazing! Anyway we had this Corn Chowder for dinner last night and it was awesome. I love getting dinner preparations out of the way in the morning while Owen eats breakfast, because it frees me up for more playtime with him in evenings!

Old Navy Shopping Haul - My sister-in-law watched Owen Thursday morning for a little while so I could run out and find him some clothes. He is growing so fast and so all of a sudden we have no play clothes. Owen loves going to his Aunt Kelly's to play and I don't blame him! She takes great care of him and does all sorts of fun things. It feels so good to be able to leave him with someone who will take great care of him. PS!! All the kids + baby clothes are 30-50% off right now through 2/14! I stocked up on t-shirts, including one with a cape! Owen was very excited about that one!

Lung Leavin' Day Last week a woman named Heather contacted me to share her story. Heather is an 8-year survivor of mesothelioma – a rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure. When she was diagnosed, she had just given birth to her little girl and was told she had 15 months to live. After undergoing a risky surgery, which required the removal of her left lung, she beat the odds and created Lung Leavin’ Day as a way to commemorate that day that changed her life forever.

Lung Leavin’ Day is now used to encourage others to face their fears! Heather says that one important thing cancer taught her is the importance of acknowledging the apprehensions that prevent us from living life to the fullest extent. Each year on February 2, friends and family gather at her house for a bonfire where they write their fears on plates and smash them into the fire.

This year, she is asking bloggers to face their fears and raise awareness of this event by virtually participating in Lung Leavin’ Day! She created an interactive page that tells the full story of this special day, which can be found here:

I smashed by plate and smashed by biggest fear, which is that something would happen that would keep me from being with Owen and my family.

I hope you'll head on over to Heather's site, smash your fear and then ENJOY the weekend with your loved ones!



Jess at Just Rainbows and Butterflies said...

THANK YOU for letting me know about the Old Navy sale. Sawyer is out growing EVERYTHING and needs new clothes ASAP. This is a life-saver.

the girl in the red shoes said...

We bought some of those same things at old a good sale!

Christina @ Still Lucky said...

I went to Old Navy on Wednesday and was so overwhelmed, so many great things to choose from! I'll have to check out that post about family dinners, I know all too well about what you mean with a screaming toddler in the high chair!

Erica Layne | Let Why Lead said...

Hi Colleen! Thanks so much for passing along my post about family meals. We've been there too! My sister commented saying that her daughter is going through the same stage as Owen must be, and I said that was probably when my husband started disliking family dinners! They do improve(!), but it really is nice to know that it is more about the continual connection than the meals. Have a great (rainy!) weekend!

Jodi said...

Making family dinner a priority is important for us. Old Navy is really rocking the clothes this season. And I love all the fun valentine finds on Pinterest. There are just too many cute ones to choose from. I already think I have next year's planned;)

Elizabeth [Chasin' Mason] said...
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Elizabeth [Chasin' Mason] said...

I love corn chowder and am always looking for a good recipe. Corn chowder + a crock pot = amazing! Will have to try it!

Unknown said...

I love the non candy valentines.

Ashley Brickner said...

I just posted about how important family dinners are becoming to us!!! :). Happy weekend to you!!

Jess Norden said...

I love this list!! We tend to feed Cam earlier (around 5), but we just aren't hungry yet. We do sit with him and make it a family time, though, because we have such a small amount of time together between work and bed time!

I love anything in the crock pot, but this corn chowder sounds delicious!!! Thanks for sharing!!

Chrissy@SimpleJoysBlog said...

Visiting from the link up. Looking forward to reading more on your blog.