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Moody Gardens Coupon Code

Moody Gardens


I’m so excited that our whole family has been invited to visit Moody Gardens in Galveston next week! We have never been, so we are all looking forward to exploring everything there is to see. They are especially pumped about the zip line course!

I’ll be leaving the rest of the family to look around the aquarium pyramid while I get a special sneak preview of the brand new Sponge Bob SubPants Adventure with our newly turned 5 year old.

Check back here and my Smockity Facebook page for photo updates of all the fun!

If you plan on visiting Moody Gardens before June 30, 2015, use code MGBLOG06 for a discount.

Your discount includes $5 off the price of a Moody Gardens One-Day Value Pass (actual price: $59.95, discounted price: $54.95) *Please note that this discount code expires on June 30, 2015, and is limited to up to 6 one-day passes for one transaction*

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Meeting the Duggars

THSC Conference Summit Workers


Last weekend I manned a booth for The Homeschool Moms’ Winter Summit at the Texas Home School Coalition Convention. I had a ball with all my Summit friends, and we talked to SO MANY women who nodded in agreement when we told them there was a real need in the homeschool community for a ministry dedicated to encouraging and refreshing homeschool moms so they could go home and do the same for their families.

Those moms were so excited to hear that the Homeschool Moms’ Winter Summit is exactly that! We are just a bunch of homeschool moms who want to help each other finish well the race we have started. Find out more about how and where you can attend The Homeschool Moms’ Winter Summit here.

While I was there, I was fan girling over the fact that the Duggars were just walking around chatting with people just like the rest of us homeschoolers! They were so approachable and friendly.

So naturally I chatted it up with them whenever I got the chance. My kids wanted proof of this, of course, so I had to get some selfies, right? It was for the children.

Jim Bob Duggar

Meeting Jana Duggar

Here I am with Jana,

Jinger Duggar

and Jinger. They are all so tiny!

Meeting Jessa Duggar

Here are Jessa and Ben.

Meeting Michelle Duggar


And here I am with Michelle. She is just so nice! She gave a talk with Jim Bob and they were both very honest and encouraging about how they deal with behavior issues that come up with their children, how they deal with negative comments about family size, and so much more.

It was such a fun weekend!



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Schlitterbahn, HERE WE COME!

Schlitterbahn Waterpark

We are super excited to be able to visit Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort in Galveston this month! We have never been before, but we have heard about their 37 rides and the famous indoor park.

Schlitterbahn is designed to have something for every age – inland surfing on the boogie bahn is very doable with a lesson or two, splash zones are designed to be safe for the littlest guests. And with free life jackets and kids tubes even cautious moms can feel safe.

Have you been to Schlitterbahn before? What tips do you have for having a blast with the family at a waterpark?

I am offering 2 free tickets to be used in the month of June to a commenter on this post!

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So Much Life to Live

Hello old friends,

I have been away from the blog lately because there is just so much life to live over here in Smockityville. Most days when I have a homeschooling success or a parenting failure I think, “I should write a post about this. Everyone needs to know this important discovery I have made through trial and error. I can save my posse from making the same mistakes I made/almost made.”

And then another important, time consuming event happens right on the heels of the previous one, and so on, and so on, until more than a month has passed before I have a even a moment to come up for air.

Here is a brief, incomplete list of recent events that have been keeping us busy:

  • My mom moved back into her own home after living with us for 3 months while her broken leg healed.
  • I jumped back into teaching weekly homeschool co-op classes.
  • My mom went back into the hospital to have emergency gall bladder surgery.
  • My son finished high school and has been offered some college scholarships.
  • My 7 year old started ballet and tap.
  • Soccer season started back up for my 9yo and 13yo.
  • I moved my 20 year old back home from college for the summer.
  • My 11yo qualified for nationals in gymnastics.
  • My 15yo got registered to attend a novel writing camp this summer.
  • I collected and scanned 80 baby, toddler, and adolescents pictures of my son for his senior banquet.

Is it any wonder I am tired? And of course, as all moms know, there is no end in sight. Next weekend I am manning a Homeschool Moms’ Winter Summit booth at the Texas Home School Coalition Convention. Please, stop by and see me if you are there!

I’m also staying busy taking care of the members who have signed up with Young Living Essential Oils. We absolutely love our oils, and use them for all manner of issues to keep us well and healthy. My children often request for me to rub an oil on them for one reason or another, and I love helping others get started on the journey to taking charge of their health with Young Living.

Besides staying healthy with the oils, being a member of Young Living has also allowed me to pay cash for the balance on my daughter’s college tuition. BONUS! I am so thankful for this company!

YL Premium Starter Kit Special Offer

If you have been thinking about joining the essential oils bandwagon, NOW is the time because for the very last time, and ONLY THROUGH APRIL, I am giving a $20 Amazon gift card to everyone who signs up with the Premium Starter Kit. Find out how to join here.

So, that’s the story of Why Mama Has No Time to Think Thoughts. One of these days, I’m determined to write all my many thoughts down in a book. But for now, there’s just so much life to live.

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How to Make Giant Bubbles

How to make Giant Bubbles


If there is ever a perfect time to learn how to make giant bubbles, spring time is it!

giant bubbles

The weather is perfect, and everyone is ready to get outdoors after months of cold rain, ice, and snow. So all the Smockities have been on a quest to find the perfect recipe and the best method to make giant bubbles.

Popping giant bubbles

Here is the recipe that we found great success with.

Giant Bubbles Recipe

  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 cups blue Dawn dish soap

1. Mix the water and corn syrup thoroughly.

2. Add dish soap slowly, and stir, trying not to make bubbles.

giant bubbles


We experimented with the design of the bubble wand before we settled on our final model.

Emelyn with giant bubbles


Here’s how we did it.

  • 2 dowels
  • 2 pieces of string (one longer than the other)
  • washer (for weighing the lower string down)

1. Tie the ends of the short string onto the ends of the 2 dowels.

2. Thread the washer onto the long string.

3. Tie the ends of the string onto the dowel near the first string.

4. Dip string into bubble solution.

giant bubbles

In this photo, you can see the washer on the bottom string is weighing it down, so no one needs to hold it as in the above pictures.

giant bubbles

We had so much fun with these easy to make giant bubbles!

Outdoor Play Challenge


Give them a try and check out the rest of these great outdoor activities in the Great Outdoor Play Challenge.


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Those 3a.m. Phone Calls Though

beer bottles

It may or may not have recently happened that a certain young adult in our family became a nanny for the teen offspring of a celebrity couple.

Above mentioned young adult was commissioned to spend nights in luxurious mansion looking after said teen.

Said teen may or may not have taken it into her head that while naive young adult was on watch would be the perfect time to throw a covert overnight party, complete with boys and beer.

Young adult calls home around 10 p.m. when this plan was discovered, and in whispered tones asks how she should handle it. The very wise mother of the young adult encourages her to let the teens know that no such party would be allowed and they should all leave the premises pronto.

Young adult expresses that she is unsure she can muster the authority to enforce such action on a group of rowdy teens since she has no experience with this type of behavior and she is not more than a few years older than the teens herself.

Very Wise Mother instructs the young adult to listen to the tone of her voice and channel all the lectures she has ever been given by Very Wise Mother, march in to the party confidently with shoulders back, and with as steady a voice as she can fake, command the teens to leave.

Young Adult does so, but calls back to say the teen in her charge nervously tried to convince her not to set the security alarm because her mother “never does that.”

Very Wise Mother advises Young Adult that it sounds very much like Sneaky Teen was planning to continue her party after Young Adult went to bed, so she should definitely set the alarm and have a thorough look around teen’s room before turning in.

Around 3 a.m. Very Wise Mother gets a third phone call from Very Scared Young Adult notifying her that the security alarm is going off. Very Wise Mother tells Young Adult that she is sure a leftover teen partier has stayed in the house to continue the party, and that Young Adult must go to Rebellious Teen’s room to check it thoroughly, including under the bed and in the closet.

3:15 a.m. Young adult texts that everything is fine now.

3:30 a.m. – Fourth phone call. Another alarm sounds after Fake Asleep Teen pretends not to know what is going on.

Very Wise (and Mean) Mother strongly suggests Young Adult should call 911 since Fake Asleep Teen reported that she did not have anyone in her room, and that could only mean an intruder is in the house.

4:00 a.m. Fifth phone call to report the police came and checked the residence, not finding anything out of order. Very Mean, Sleepy Mother instructs Young Adult to phone Celebrity Mother to let her know what her darling has been up to. She also tells Young Adult to prepare to be fired for doing what was called for.

4:30 a.m. Very Worried Mother calls Weary Young Adult to ensure she is alright. All seems quiet in Celebrity Mansion and Young Adult assures Mother she can handle things.

8:00 a.m. Young Unfired Adult drives Grounded Teen to school in the Rich People Car and tells her to have a great day.

Did you enjoy reading this? Try the true story, “And Then A Scorpion Fell Out of My Pants.” 

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