So Long, Life With Captain Fussybuckets! {giveaway, too!}

So Long, Life With Captain Fussybuckets!

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Big changes are coming to this blog and I'm SO excited!  Back when I first started Life With Captain Fussybuckets, the Captain was 2, Baby D was just a few months old, we were between jobs, and well, that was FIVE years ago!  This blog has become more than I could have ever imagined and I am so thankful.  

I have always written about our entire family, and after our third son arrived, it became clear that the blog needed a rebrand.  I began thinking about it then, almost three years ago, and it has been a goal ever since.  I wanted a space on the web that could be for sharing recipes, DIYs, crafts, gardening posts, parenting stories, and just posts about our life and sharing things that we enjoy.  I believe Life With Captain Fussybuckets is just that, but there are a few issues with the name.

1.  It is wordy.  I remember this each and every time I have to type it out or say it aloud.

2.  It is about only one child, who is still sometimes fussy, but that isn't really our life anymore. 

3.  It is not a representation of our whole family.

4.  Without going into specifics, sometimes it's accidentally misconstrued or letters get mixed up, producing a word (or words) that are not exactly family friendly.  Let's just leave it at that.  (ha!)

The Captain, who is 7, is not really okay with this change.  He loves having a blog named after him, even if it is a silly baby nickname.  He has always been proud to be THE Captain Fussybuckets and of course, he always will be!  He is growing up, though, and I think he should be represented in a new way.  I have yet to decide what I will call him on the new blog, but I think the Captain might have stuck.

All this to say….I thank you for reading this post, reading this blog, and being here.  I appreciate everyone who has ever read this blog!  Right now, things are going on behind the scenes to create a great new space for this blog.  It will have a new look, a new name, new social media names, but everything else will be the same.  Everything will be redirected to the new site.  What does this mean?  If you go to captainfussybuckets.com, it will redirect to the new blog.  You will be able to find your favorite posts from Life With Captain Fussybuckets on the new site, it will just look different.  You will still be able to find me on social media, I will just have a new name.  I am keeping my pictures the same, so you will be able to still recognize me.  Everything will change over accordingly.  Don't worry, we can get through this together.  đź™‚

As a huge THANK YOU for sticking with me, I am giving away one $50 Baskin Robbins gift card for you and your family to enjoy during this hot summer.  The giveaway is over on Facebook, however, so click over to enter!!  

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Cool Down With Easy Chocolate Slushies!

Cool Down With Easy Chocolate Slushies!

Chocolate Slushies

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Last year, I scored an awesome, new-in-box snow cone/ shaved ice maker at a garage sale.  It is so simple because you can freeze a block of ice and within a few hours, make a super smooth snow cone!  I did cave and buy some snow cone syrup but wow….that stuff has a TON of sugar and food dye, so we started using juice with our shaved ice.  

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See What’s New at SEA LIFE Aquarium – Grapevine – CLAWS!

See What's New at SEA LIFE Aquarium – Grapevine – CLAWS!

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This post has been brought to you by SEA LIFE Aquarium. All opinions are mine.

The boys have always been fascinated with life swimming in the sea.  We have taken them to SEA LIFE Aquarium in Grapevine, Texas, a few times now, and each time is so magical.  We discover new things each and every time we go….and this time was no different!  The new CLAWS! exhibit was so much fun for all of us.

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Encourage Confidence and Fun While Learning with Osmo at Best Buy

Encourage Confidence and Fun While Learning with Osmo

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The reviewer has received the product for free.

This summer has been speeding by!  It is so crazy how our days just slip by, whether they are filled with lots of activity or just relaxing all day.  We have had many busy days and a few lazy days.  I am thankful that they enjoy drawing, writing, and usually reading, but I also appreciate the help of educational toys and games.

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Enlist the Help of Others to To Avoid Running Out of Essentials (Featuring Chore Cards)

Enlist the Help of Others to Avoid the Running Out of Essentials (featuring Chore Cards)

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This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks and Walmart. All opinions are mine.

Summertime.  The long days, relaxing time with family and friends, no school, no worries, no problems….right?  No.  If you are a parent, you know that summer can be chaotic, tiring, and just hard.  The first few weeks of our summer were fun…Daddy went to camps and we went to visit family and the boys and I really had a good time together.  But then the Captain got sick and everything came to a halt.  I felt like I either had to entertain the boys the entire day or they would be stuck in front of a screen until I forced them to move.  So, I had to do something.  We still use the reward system based on good behavior from two summers ago, but that just is not enough.  The boys have been in school and need some sort of structure, even though all I want to do is fly by the seat of my pants.  It's what I do best, but it is not the best for the boys.

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Mommy Monday Linkup – Summer Crafts

Mommy Monday Link Up – Week 22 – Share A Summer Craft

Mommy Monday

Welcome to Mommy Monday!

Mommy Monday is a prompt based link up party with a theme.  We'll supply the prompts and you link up your related posts.  Anything and everything family friendly, old, new, even reviews and giveaways are welcome, as long as they relate to this week's prompt.

This Week's and Next Week's Prompt

This week's prompt is to share a summer craft.  Add your link to your post with this theme in the linky below.  

This will be the last Mommy Monday link up…at least for awhile.  Thank you all for linking up!

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The BFG Printables and Games

The BFG Printables and Games

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Coming to theaters July 1st is the Disney movie, "The BFG" (Big Friendly Giant.)  Three of the world's greatest storytellers, Roald Dahl, Walt Disney, and Steven Spielberg, come together for the first time to bring the classic book to the big screen.  Directed by Spielberg, Disney’s "The BFG" tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of "Giant Country."

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Crispy Breaded Chicken Tenders Will Be The Hit of Your Fourth of July Party!

Thank you Dare Crackers for sponsoring this post. Get summer party ready with Dare Crackers – your friends will thank you!

Crispy Breaded Chicken Tenders will be the Hit of your Fourth of July Party!

Crispy Breaded Chicken TendersI have fond memories of the Fourth of July.  Our extended family would always have a reunion, of sorts, at my grandmother's house.  Sometimes we went swimming, sometimes we would hang out and find cool stuff behind her house, but we would always eat lots of yummy food…of course!  From time to time, we have big Fourth of July get togethers now, and food is always a big part!  It is essential to have delicious food at your Independence Day party!

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Mommy Monday Link Up – Your Favorite Family Vacation

Mommy Monday Link Up – Week 21 – Share Your Favorite Family Vacation

Mommy Monday

Welcome to Mommy Monday!

Mommy Monday is a prompt based link up party with a theme.  We'll supply the prompts and you link up your related posts.  Anything and everything family friendly, old, new, even reviews and giveaways are welcome, as long as they relate to this week's prompt.

This Week's and Next Week's Prompt

This week's prompt is to share your favorite family vacation.  Add your link to your post with this theme in the linky below.  

Plan ahead!  Next week's prompt is: Share a nature or summer craft you do with your children.

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Safari Run – Get Active with the Kids This Summer…Indoors! {giveaway, too!}

Safari Run – Get Active with the Kids This Summer…Indoors!

Safari Run Plano, TX

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The hot summer temps have hit Texas and unfortunately, they're here to stay until September.  Thankfully there is a brand new place to take the kids!  Opening June 19th, Safari Run is an air-conditioned, indoor activity and entertainment center for kids of all ages.  

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