the only rap I know {Passive Juice Motel}

I am a country music girl. Chris told me once that when he came home from work and country music was playing, he knew it had been a good day. However, there is one rap I know by heart. Okay I don’t think it is really a rap, but compared to Brad Paisley, we are going with it. I know every line. And I randomly bust it out quite often. There’s just something about it.

After seeing that, half of you are busting out a little “Now, this is a story all about how my life got flipped-turned upside down.” The rest of you either are too young, too old or grew up without cable. For those of you lost, here is a link for your personal enjoyment.  A few weeks ago, Katie of Passive Juice Motel posted a picture of a kid’s tank with the line “chillin out maxin relaxin all cool”…from the Fresh Prince theme song (rap). I wanted an adult version! Katie had made a set of dolls that looked like my family when we were still waiting to bring Little One home last year. I shared a link to those dolls, and it still gets lots of hits. Problem is Katie’s business, Passive Juice Motel, has taken a new direction over the last year and they no longer offer customized dolls.

When Katie asked me about updating that post, I jumped on the opportunity to get my hands on a Fresh Prince tank! Katie let me pick out some shirts for my big clan – so fun.

I’ve been working on some things for the phone photography course and bought a little tripod thing and remote (Belkin LiveAction Remote). The kids and I were having fun with the remote. Sidenote: to use the remote you have to use the camera app that comes with it, and that app takes terribly grainy shots inside. The remote is fun, the grainy pictures are not.

“You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Party”….”Chillin Out Maxin Relaxin All Cool”

She’s standing on the table, because where we put the phone was too high to capture her on the ground. She thought it was her stage.

See how grainy these are? Boo on that app. You can see the remote in her hand.

My tank was a little big, so I tied the straps in the back. My son’s shirt says, “I think everybody should like everybody.” Suits him. This photo makes me smile. My shirt is pretty much the opposite of my life right now. Not much chillin or maxin or relaxin happening here.

The next three pictures were taken with my regular iPhone camera…so much clearer. I really wish the remote worked without the app.

Katie also sent this pillow for my 7 year old naturalist. Pretty much perfect. He is a lefty and the scissors say “Lefty”. That was an awesome detail. It has wood grain fabric on the back side.

Chris got a Paul Bunyan shirt and my oldest got one that says “Let’s swim to the moon”. I could never get those two in a shot in their shirts. I picked out the one for my oldest because it is so opposite of him. He is very technical and analytical. He likes to talk in percentages and fractions, “The chickens are 74% through the process of becoming ready to lay eggs.” “One fourth of me wants to play that, one half wants to go outside and the last quarter wants to eat.” What? I knew he’d read his shirt and inform me that you cannot swim to the moon. It is 100% impossible to swim to the moon. And that is what he said. BUT, it was a fun discussion on dreaming and taking chances and using our imaginations.

You can visit Passive Juice Motel’s etsy shop by clicking here

They also have an instagram account (passivejuicemotel) that is updated with new items…how I saw the Fresh Prince tank in the first place.

Yo Homes, smell you later.

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  • Christi - “And I’d like to take a minute – just sit right there – I’ll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel Air”.

    Love me some Fresh Prince… and all of you in your shirts. Adorable!

  • Catherine - Have you seen the video of Will Smith and his son doing the rap on a british show? And then Carlton comes out and dances too?? Oh man, I dance and sing to it when I’m having a bad day. ha!

  • Amy @ Paint Wine Repeat - Love the shirts — and your adorable fam!
    And of course, fresh prince. Classic.

  • Lynnsey - When I saw this shirt the other day I had to have it! It’s the only rap I know, too. I’m pretty excited to who asks me if I’ve been “shootin some bball out by the school” 🙂

  • Amy Renea - OH MY GOODNESS YES — 6th grade — Aaron Burelson taught me every. single. word. and to this day it is the single rap I know by heart 🙂

    (…and country music playing when the husband comes home? YES. That means a happy day…unless it is Miranda — then sometimes that means it was a Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad day (but getting better…)

  • andy - love the designs. they are great.

  • Laura - What size shirt did you get? We are about the same size (i’m guessing) and i like the way yours fits you.

  • Chantel - It’s totally one of those songs that gets stuck in your head! I’ll be grooving to that rap all day (ha, who am I kidding, this white girl can NOT groove!). Love their shirts and have looked at their site many times!

  • brittany - so cute! This is pretty much the only rap song I know as well, we heard it in Spanish the other day – it was just pretty awesome!

  • AshleyAnn - Laura – mine is a small. It is a little big, so I tied the straps in the back together

  • Ingrid - Ha! I so know that song! I cannot wait and pray that I get into you iphone session! Is there a waiting list I can go on right now?

  • molly - this post really made me smile. I love the “it’s 100% impossible to swim to the moon” comment. very analytical!!

  • Tamara - Haha.. i loved this theme song even before i learned english 😀

  • Jenny - this. post. is. AWESOME!
    totally taking me back and of course, I know this rap too!
    the shirts are SUPER DUPER fun! Will have to check those out.
    Also, nice touch at the end of the post 😉

  • Necole@seriouslysassymama - I need one with my favorite Ramones song, or my fav Waylon Jennings song. I am so a lover of old country music.

  • Sarah - You have an engineer on your hands!

  • Jen - Loving this post! It’s so fun and laid back. And I have been meaning to try to search out this chillin out tank you have…I HAVE to have one 🙂

  • Lex - Oh my word, I died laughing at her “plush” stuff. Awesome!

  • Misty - I was lucky enough to get a doll set from Katie, she was super sweet to work with!!! Now I want a couple of her shirts 🙂

  • Emily - Love the Moonrise Kindgdom pillow…just saw that movie a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it! Very quirky:)

  • Kara M - I got in one lil fight and my mom got scared said “you’re movin with ur auntie & uncle in Bel Air!”

    ~Story of my life! Oh wait…no, just many after school hours!

  • Tricia @ The Domestic Fringe - Cute shirts! Love the photos and I absolutely starting singing (rapping) to the Fresh Prince theme song in my head. Loved that show!

  • Kristi - Ah! That MoonRise Kingdom pillow is amazing!! Thanks for sharing.

  • Bek Ryder - …and i will have this song stuck in my head the rest of the day. 🙂 really cute shirts!

  • Melissa - now all you need a pair of overalls to wear with it!

  • Julie - Ahahahaha! I love how you ended the post! 🙂 Love that shop — so quirky and fuN!

  • nancy - You mean I’m not the only one who lets my kids dance on the table? Whewwwww!

  • Suzi Kern - That’s a Moonrise Kingdom Pillow!!! I adore it!

  • jamie - haha- love this post. I was a kid in the 80’s and the rap will forever be in me as well!
    The shirts are great- I will check them out. Also, love you with long hair, and where are your jeans from? Super cute.

  • kimberly oyler - i can never decide who i would be better friends with, you or firecracker. and i love your jeans. you’re so stylish.

  • Kirsten @ Wild Oak Stream - Yes. This post made me giggle, smile, and want to get up and do the Carlton-dance. YESSS!

  • kasia - So I just discovered you and am loving your family! You crack me up, look forward to reading about your journey! (and yes, I will definitely have this song in my head all day as well)

  • Cecelia Smith - Hey, sounds & looks like fun at your house! Never a dull moment. I’m a lefty (eating & knife cutting but scissor cut & bowl with my right) & so identify when I see another one. Grateful that my mom was one too as well as my youngest. I don’t have an iphone but my daughter does & she’s always posting instagrams of the beach & her three daughters. Happy days!

  • Ingrid - this post made me smile 🙂

  • BeckyH in MA - Ashley — check out the App called Camera ZOOM FX. It has a timer (increments going up to 60 seconds) and also allows manual settings for ISO, shutter and etc.

    This App is for both Droid and iPhone, but I can only vouch for Droid. And I love it because I can do manual instead of auto.

    It’s not free ($3.99). There are several add on features you can download, but those are all free once you have the basic App.

  • Nancy - Love the shirts, so much fun!! I thought I was the only crazy person who busted out the Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme song. Glad to know I am not alone.

  • AshleyAnn - Thanks BeckyH!

  • AshleyAnn - Ingrid – I do…at least I have for one year!

  • Jacci - Straight up gangsta okie.

  • Renee - I saw the shirts on your Instagram pics and had to have them so ny girls are getting the shirts for Christmas! (It’s a bit cold in Australia for tshirts at the moment!)

  • Julie - Such an awesome tank! I love that ‘rap’, too. I remember my friends and I singing that song at the top of our lungs while riding roller coasters at Six Flags in Junior High.
    And, I had to share this acoustic cover of the song 🙂

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Story time : Nate was watching Fresh Prince with dad the other morning before he left for work. As I came downstairs, he said, “mom, you would love this show. This guy is funny!” 🙂

  • AshleyAnn - Kate – that is sad & funny!

  • AshleyAnn - Julie – that cover is amazing! Thanks for sharing it with me…she is super talented.

  • Birdy and Bambi - Amazing Shirts! What a perfekt gift would that be;-)

    I laughed out loud when I saw your post! made my day!

    Love from Germany
    Birdy and Bambi from -fatcatconnection-

  • Julie - Loving the color and mad rhymes on that tank! Yo homes, smell ya later!

  • Christina - SO glad i’m not alone! I bust that out ALL the time and my husband just looks at me weird. 🙂

  • hannah singer (@wifeysinger) - i mean, if you only know one rap, that’s the one to have tucked away.

    we love their work! elijah wears his ninja turtle shirt alllll the time.

  • Hannah - Oh I love the fresh prince!! And those tops are amazing!

  • Nicole - Great family pix! So sad to hear those customized dolls are no longer available!

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  • Marinda - Passive Juice Motel is now off etsy and has their own website; their turn around time is inaccurate and their customer service is horrible.