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pediped® Reveals Limited Edition Web-Exclusive Styles

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Award-winning children’s footwear brand pediped® is launching their Limited Edition styles today at 11am (PST).

You can purchase these limited styles on their website at www.pediped.com/limitededition.aspx

The Charlie Herringbone and Faith Snake limited edition Originals® baby shoes have a small run of 72 pairs each. Each pair in this exclusive series will come with an individually signed and hand numbered card.

Dressed in a brown and tan herringbone pattern with chocolate leather accents, Charlie is sure to bring a sophisticated and classic style to any baby’s wardrobe. Wrapped in sparkly and colorful faux snakeskin with a large black velvet bow accent, Faith exudes major chic attitude and is here to grab all the attention.

Don’t miss the opportunity to own one of these Limited Edition styles! The 144 pairs are expected to sell-out quickly so keep an eye on the pediped® Limited Edition webpage to make sure you grab your pair.

Save at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

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Travel through the mists of time to a forgotten age and a tale of devotion, courage and love—at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Imagine the pageantry and excitement that would have been yours as a guest of the king ten centuries ago. That’s exactly what you will experience at North America’s most popular dinner attraction.

See the  electrifying show featuring heroic knights on spirited horses displaying the astounding athletic feats and thrilling swordplay that have become hallmarks of this unique entertainment experience. Enjoy a “hands-on” feast as the dynamic performance unfolds before you. A sweeping musical score and brilliant lights provide a fabulous backdrop for this spellbinding experience that blurs the boundary between fairy tale and spectacle!

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My family and I have never been to Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament and we are super excited to be going! We drive by it in Buena Park all the time and the kids are so excited!

My Readers save at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament.  CLICK HERE and use this exclusive promo code MT3629 through 2/17/17 and receive Adults for just $36.95 and children (12 and under) only $29.95.

*A product was provided through USFamilyGuide.com.

How to choose the best tuition service?

In today’s scenario of increasingly difficult exams, students find themselves inundated without a tuition center. Tuition has become a necessity nowadays, as self-study sometimes can be difficult for students. In order to aid our students into the right direction of learning, we must know how to select a good tuition service.

SOMETIMES, IT CAN BE A BUMMER

Finding a tuition centre can be really a painful task, in order of consideration of cost, teacher qualifications, experienced for how long. When you finally get your hands on a list of a few teachers, you can’t seem to decide whom to select or who would be the most beneficial to the student. This difficulty is what most parents face. It seems like there should be some sort of a checklist which we can tick away and which would help shortlist one or two tutors or a tuition center with good qualified and reputed professors who would be absolutely be the best option to go for.

WHAT MAKES A TUITION CENTRE EFFECTIVE?

  • Size of the class. The class size should be small, close and personal. The small size of the class will allow the tutor to understand his student’s strengths, weaknesses and method of approach. Small groups tend to give a one on one learning experience, where the tutor can impart creativity to the students and improvise concepts and cognition. Personal attention is advantageous for a Student’s intellectual development.
  • Testimonials. Nothing is more assuring than referrals from parents or students who already are benefitted from the center. Some centers do not have qualified teachers with proper data. It is wiser to do a first-hand research on the center you are going to enroll your child in, than wasting time and money by enrolling him to some center with no proper background or history.
  • Method of teaching. More than audio cognition, visual cognition is a better approach. Most of the centers employ visual and audio both to suit all kind of students, some who prefers to listen to a lecture and take his notes, and others who prefer to see it in action, using a photographic memory to understand and comprehend what follows what.
  • Parent-to-teacher discussion. A good tuition center will evaluate a student monthly and assess him on the basis of that. He would be able to understand where he’s lacking or where he may need extra practice. The assessment discussion is very necessary for a tutor to make it with the parents.
  • Child’s feedback. A tuition center may be great, but if it fails to meet your child’s requirement, then it’s pointless. Have a talk with the student after the tuition. A good tuition center will be well-versed to his students’ need.
  • Classroom management and disciplineis also an added point here.

This guide will help you choose a good tuition Singapore that would cater to your child’s academic requirements. Every student is different, and a well experience teacher knows if the student needs a strict method or a playful and friendly environment to learn in.

Starting Jan. 1, California Requires Rear-Facing Car Seats up to 2 Years Old

Here is a short podcast to help parents understand the changes that are coming and how they can best be in compliance. It’s hosted by Erin Royer-Asrilant, an LA-based parenting expert and founder of Your Village, a one-stop parenting resource:
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In this episode, Erin discusses:
  • Current car seat safety laws and changes that go into effect on Jan. 1, 2017
  • Where you can find information about your state’s laws
  • How to choose the proper seat for your child’s age, height, and weight
  • Car seat setup and places you can go to get help in proper installation
  • Common errors when strapping in kids and infants that can be dangerous/fatal
  • Tips on getting toddlers into their seats!

Thanksgiving Crafts for Preschoolers

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Shelby is absolutely having so much fun in preschool. She is learning to write her name, her ABCs and even simple math problems but I think her favorite thing to do is all the fun crafts!

With it being November and Thanksgiving around the corner I thought it would be fun to make Turkeys with Shelby’s class! They loved it!

We used  Jumbo Turkey Shapes and Bulk Feather Assortment, and added googly eyes! I received the items from Oriental Trading .

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The Jumbo Turkeys come in four different colors and a pack of 12. You can do all kinds of fun crafts with them. They will make adorable decorations on Thanksgiving.

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Oriental Trading  is our go -to online store to get all the crafting supplies we need at an inexpensive price.  So many awesome Thanksgiving craft ideas you can find too! Here are just a few more to choose from.

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Foam Smile Face Leaves Wreath Craft Kit

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Color Your Own Jointed Turkeys

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Peanuts® Color Your Own I Am Thankful For…Wheels

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doTERRA’s 2016 Holiday Gifts

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The new Holiday Gift Giving items are available now from DoTERRA!

 

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In a season of giving, knowing that your generosity goes to those who need it the most heightens the experience. Every dollar used to purchase the Bulgarian Rose essential oil–infused hand lotion goes directly to the Doterra Healing Hands Foundation. Whether this lotion is a gift for others or a blessing for yourself, many will benefit as we beautify the world one lotion at a time. (100 ml)

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Created with versatility in mind, this case holds your most needed oils in a beautiful and fun printed storage case. Six 10 ml roll-ons tuck securely in the top bands of the lid with 16 oils in the base fitting 5, 15, and 10 ml bottles standing up. This makes for the perfect travel, storage, or gifting case of the oils you can’t be without.

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Escape the winter cold with the warm spice of Doterra Cinnamon Drops. Each drop is infused with our  Cinnamon essential oil and comes in a custom Doterra tin, each with 30 cinnamon drops.

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Spread happiness and joy this season with the gift of Doterra SPA Passion Lotion. This light, silky lotion leaves skin feeling soft and smooth while delivering the warm aromatic benefits of the exclusive Doterra Passion Oil Blend.

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Enjoy a rejuvenating bath with the Doterra SPA Blooming Bath Oil and Doterra Bath Pillow. Simply swirl a cap of bath oil into the tub and watch the oil disperse. Enjoy the aroma of Douglas Fir and Grapefruit while resting your head on the soft, beautiful bath pillow. Bath pillow case can be removed and laundered for many uses.

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Hearken back to a simpler time with the traditional holiday scents of Wild Orange, nutmeg, pine, Cassia, Cinnamon Bark, and vanilla. Fill your home with memories as you tantalize your senses with the inviting fragrances of the season, embracing all who gather with the warmth of the holidays.

Classic dolomite diffuser with oil drop cutout. Add a few drops of oil and hang in your home, car, or Holiday decor to diffuse your favorite scent. Wood grain imprint and gold elastic ribbon allow for a timeless diffusing ornament.

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The story of the Rwandan peace basket is one of triumph over tragedy. One hundred days in 1994 became known as the Rwandan genocide. Officially known as the genocide against the Tutsi, an estimated 70 percent of the Tutsi population in Rwanda was killed during a few short months. While the stories of loss and tragedy are innumerable, the real story is told through the people, the landscape, the children, and mostly, the future. Communities of people joining together in traditional basket weaving cultivated healing and harmony. Gifting the baskets to others continued the united pledge to establish peace.

Love and nurturing pulsed through the streets of Rwanda. As women gathered together building pieces of art, they left behind healing, hope, strength, and honor. In the same beautiful countryside that once rang the sound of destruction, the sound of laughter and love echoes off the beautiful, joy-filled faces of the Rwandan people choosing each day to build peace.

Interested in ordering any of these items you can contact me here.

5 Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget

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The older we get the more we seem to realize how important eating clean really is. Eating the right foods carries tons of benefits; nutrient rich foods can prevent illnesses, boost energy, keep you looking slim, reduce stress, help you sleep better at night, and even contribute to a clear complexion and healthy hair and nails. But eating healthy can also be extremely costly. If you’ve ever wandered into a grocery store and taken a look at organic foods, you’ve probably also taken note of their costly price tag. Fortunately, there are many tips to eating healthy on a tight budget. Here is our list of 5 ways to eat healthy on a budget!

  1. Skip Fast Food, Eat At Home

This seems like a simple enough tip, but the amount of money and pounds you’ll save skipping fast food meals, make it worth mentioning. While it may seem like the cheapest route to buy your lunch or dinner on the Value Menu, all those trips to your favorite fast food place add up quickly, often without you even realizing it. You’ll actually save more if you prepare your own meals at home. This is especially a saver if you’re able to make a large serving and ration it out for a few days.

  1. Plan Meals and Stick to Grocery Lists

Again a simple, yet really effective tip. Planning your meals in advance saves you from that last minute confusion of not knowing what to make for dinner and resorting to ordering that dreaded pizza. This tip also saves you at the grocery store. When you’ve got a list of things you need, you’re more likely to stick to that list rather than buying whatever catches your eye on the shelves. This way you’re only purchasing items you know you need and will use in the meals you’ve planned!

  1. Try Online Supermarkets

Websites like www.Ocado.com make shopping for groceries easier than ever. Ocado is an online supermarket that allows you to shop for whatever you may need, including frozen items, baked goods, fresh meat and poultry, and even organic foods. After filling up your cart, you can then choose a delivery time, select a payment method, and then just sit back and wait for your order to be delivered! What makes this a great money saving tip is being able to use coupons and promo codes on your order to save even more, all within the comfort of your own home.

  1. Keep an Eye Out for Sales

This is an important one. Make sure to check out your local grocery store’s ad’s every week and take note of upcoming sales. A lot of supermarkets have sales on their meats, which allows you to buy in bulk and then freeze the meats you don’t need to use immediately. In the end, you end up saving a ton of money on these sales.

  1. Couponing

We already talked about the genius of using online promo codes and discounts for online supermarkets, but what about in-store coupons? You don’t have to be an extreme couponer to save, but one of the easiest and smartest ways to save is simply to collect coupons for items you use and cash in those coupons at the checkout.

Whether you’re looking to buy groceries or find coupons on your favorite restaurant. A good resource is Mamma.com, a coupon related search engine that features all of your favorite grocery stores and restaurants!

There they are, the 5 ways to eat healthy on a budget. Remember, eating healthy doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank. All it takes is some planning and wise spending and you can eat healthy, organic foods on a tight budget. Instead of eating out, try preparing your meals at home and save up the money you’d be spending on junk food instead.

 

Free Printable Holiday Planning Pages

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Stay Organized this Holiday Season with these great and FREE Printable. Keep track of who you have bought presents for, sent and wrapped. Keep track of who you have received Christmas cards from as well as who you have sent them to. Also there is a list of Christmas to-dos.

 

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My Christmas Wish List

This Christmas wish list is perfect for everyone! Print out how ever many you need from your kids, spouse, mom, dad, nieces nephews and anyone else you like to shop for. This list has a little bit of everything for the gift giver to get an idea on what to shop for. Clothing size, favorite movies and even items that the receiver may really need.

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Christmas Gift List

Keep track of who you are giving gifts to and what you are getting them. This list is also perfect for keeping track of the presents you have:
– Bought/ordered
– Received (by mail), and
– Wrapped and/or posted

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Christmas Card List

Keep all of your names and addresses in one place. The list helps keep track of who you have sent to and received from. Next year you will have an updated list of addresses. (mostly up to date)

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Christmas To Do List

A great way to keep track of everything you need to do over the Holidays. From putting up lights, grocery shopping to gift buying.

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Christmas Shopping List

Print one out for each shopping lists you need. Christmas parties, Christmas Eve, Christmas day etc

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Countdown to Christmas   25 Family Traditions

We have complied a list of fun things to do with your family to get ready for Christmas.

You will see a few games on the countdown! We found these games to be fun! Here is where you can find the printable for Christmas BINGO and Christmas Memory Game.

Christmas Minute to Win It Games from The Link Home, Happy Home Fairy, LifeWay, Your Homebase Mom.

We are also including a blank countdown in case you already have some family traditions this way you can create your very own Calendar!

 

Amazon Debuts Original Live-Action Special An American Girl Story—Melody 1963: Love Has to Win

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Amazon announced its first Amazon Original Special An American Girl Story—Melody 1963: Love Has to Win is scheduled to premiere on Friday, October 21 on Prime Video in the US and UK. The first of four original American Girl specials for Prime Video stars Marsai Martin (Black-ish) as the title character Melody.

Based in 1963 Detroit during the civil rights movement, An American Girl Story—Melody 1963: Love Has to Win centers around 10-year-old Melody whose eyes are opened to the racial inequality surrounding her, including the 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing. As a result, her belief in the “indivisible” promise of our country’s Pledge of Allegiance comes into question as she challenges her teacher on the validity of this given the horrific tragedy. After an emotional journey of self-reflection, her mother gives her the courage she needs by instilling in her that love brings out the best in everyone; reminding Melody that it’s important to “stand up for what’s right, even when it’s hard or scary.”

“The American Girl Melody special is an empowering and inspiring story that will quickly become a favorite for young girls, while bringing families together to help start a healthy dialogue,” said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. “Although our special is historical, the themes presented are sadly very timely and relevant for the world in which kids today are exposed.”

The Amazon Original Special is based on American Girl’s Melody character and inspirational stories. In addition to the special debuting exclusively on Prime Video, Amazon and American Girl have collaborated to create a destination for fans of Melody’s stories to find a wide selection of American Girl Melody products.

Go to www.amazon.com/americangirl to shop an 18-inch Melody doll, historically accurate 1960s doll outfits, a Motown-inspired recording studio that plays and records music, and more. “We are always looking for new ways to bring our great content to life both on and off the screen,” said Eva Lorenz, Category Leader for Toys. “From toys to books to crafts, Melody’s biggest fans can now discover and shop a wide selection of items available with free Two Day Shipping for Prime members.”

 

Happy Healthier Halloween from Pure Organic and Sunkist Snacks!

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Looking for some Happy Healthier Halloween treat ideas? We have some great ideas from from Pure Organic and Sunkist Snacks!

Pure Organic’s Fruit Sandwiches and Fruit & Veggie Strips are great healthy options available for Halloween shoppers and trick-or-treaters. Unlike the traditional chemical, sugar-filled treats, Pure’s Sandwiches and Strips are made with no added cane syrups, artificial flavors or colors. Pure’s Fruit Sandwiches and Fruit & Veggie Strips are made with organic, non-GMO, vegan fruit and vegetable puree, and you can learn more here.

Quick tip: Cut these treats with Halloween cookie cutters for a festive, DIY snack!

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Sunkist® Snacks

Sunkist® Snacks, the fruit-lovers, better-for-you snack brand, has delicious snack alternatives for kids this Halloween. An alternative from traditional sugar-filled treats, Sunkist Fruit Lover’s Trail Mix single-serve bags provide sweetness from premium dried fruit and premium tree nuts. Packaged in perfectly-portioned grab-and-go bags, trick-or-treaters will gobble up these delicious Strawberry Banana and Pineapple Coconut blends. You can learn more about Sunkist Snacks on their website here.

Quick tip: Add these to your Halloween trail mix recipe for a fruit-lovers spin!

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Kids and Head Injuries

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It’s inevitable. Children are going to hit their heads on all sorts of things throughout their lives. From tipping over into coffee tables because they are learning to walk to riding their bikes into the garage door because they haven’t gotten a hang on the whole breaking thing.

Whenever your child takes a spill your first thought are often, “Are they okay?” or “Am I going to need to head to the ER?” or “What should I do?”

Indications of Serious Head Injuries

The first thing to remember is to stay calm. There’s no situation that panicking won’t make more difficult. The next thing you can do is check and watch for indications that your child has suffered a serious head injury. Common symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • Nausea and vomiting;
  • Difficulty remembering the accident or how the injury occurred;
  • Feeling lightheaded or dizzy;
  • Severe headaches and light sensitivity;
  • Loss of consciousness;
  • Problems understanding or forming words;
  • Difficulty walking or maintaining a steady gait;
  • Sleep disturbances;
  • Emotional outbursts, including fits of anger and depression;
  • Feeling excessively nervous or agitated.

If you are seriously concerned that your child has suffered a severe head injury contact your family physician immediately or go into the Emergency Room.

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According to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) 564,000 children head into the emergency room every year due to head injuries. Fortunately, 89% of those children admitted head home that day and don’t need to be hospitalized.

Still according to the Brain Injury Association of America the leading contributing factors for serious head and brain injuries are as follows:

  • Motor-Vehicle Accidents: This includes car, motorcycle atv and other types of motor-vehicle accidents.
  • Pedestrian/Bicycling Accidents: Injuries caused by children being struck by motor vehicles while walking or riding a bicycle.
  • Falls from Considerable Distance: Falls out of open windows, balconies
  • Physical Violence: Injuries as a result of abuse from parents or caregiver.

Unfortunately, there’s no sure way to prevent your child from getting hurt. However, our best advice for avoiding these injuries include:

  • Teach your children to road and crosswalk safety
  • Encourage the use of helmets and other protective gear
  • Never leave a window open that can easily accessed
  • Never drive distracted
  • When you are frustrated with a child be sure to take a step away and call someone who may be able to come and help

Information and Infographic created by the Los Angeles Head and Brain Injury Lawyers at Fisher & Talwar

 

 

 

 

Embrace, Encourage and Teach them to Go Big! #YoplaitGoBig

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This past week has been pretty rough at our Junior High School, one of my daughter’s friend was kicked and punched and the video of it happening went viral pretty fast. It broke my heart watching this sweet girl getting hurt by another class mate. Many, many other students you can see are yelling for the girls to fight, not a single student is trying to break it up not anyone yelling for an adult to help. When I asked my teenager about it she told me she was across the playground and was trying to get over to help break it up.

Last school year it was my teen who was punched in the face because she WAS the one breaking up a fight between two girls she knows.

This incident is a HUGE reminder to us parents the importance of teaching our children respect, encouraging our teens to stand up against bullies, and to remind them that they are amazing people who can be the good when there is so much negativity.

My almost fourteen year old has the heart of gold,  sometimes I forget how wise she is for her young age, and all of us parents need to remember that these teen years are some of the hardest years you go through! So much from your body changing, your emotions, preparing for your future, it is crucial for us parents/adults to help shape them into adults who can be self sufficient in life. Who will be the one to stand up against the bad.

I wrote this letter to Sam because she needs to know how amazing she is!

Dear Sam,

Sometimes I forget to tell you these things with the craziness of our days. But I see you. I see you every day working hard. You work harder than any teenager I know. You are amazing. You stay up late after I have asked you to help me to work on your homework. I can not believe how hard you work in school keeping a 4.0 GPA is not easy and I commend you for that. 

I see you and hear you working on your music, the violin, piano and signing. Sure sometimes we need the quiet but I love it when you’re in the bathroom singing your heart out in the mirror. I never knew that singing in the bathroom actually helped you hear yourself better.

I see you in dance, and wow you are such an awesome dancer! I love watching you dance. You have a passion for it. Never give that up! 

I see how dedicated you are in sports. Snowboarding and Softball I know much you enjoy it. You never give up, even when you fall you get back up and try again.

I see how you love your friends deeply. You are there for them, all of them and you always have a shoulder to cry on when they need it, or a respectful ear to listen to. You don’t judge others and you see the good in everyone.

No one could ever measure up to you Sam! Keep up everything you are doing, you are going to be one amazing adult in this world and I am lucky I get to be apart of it. I love you and all your craziness that makes you truly amazing,

Love, Mom

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I also have a tween, she is about to turn eleven and looks up to her older sister. She cried when she saw the video of the other student being kicked in the face after she was on the ground. She has a gentle soul, she cares deeply for every living being.

I wanted to write Sarah a letter too.

Dear Sissy,

I know the last week has been pretty hard for you. That report that was due today was weighing heavy on your mind, I know it can be overwhelming with school, music and dance and I think you are doing a really good job at trying to juggle everything. These are just learning lessons that will continue for the rest of your life. I know you had a hard time understanding why other kids can be so mean to each other. Hearing of what happened at Sam’s school to how your friend made you feel bad yesterday is not easy. Sometimes our friends say mean things because they are hurting, or upset for a different reason and they lash out and hurt us. But remember that I know how amazing you are and I know how much you try to show kindness to everyone.

I want you to know that I see how much you look up to Sam and how you just want to be her friend not just her sister and she will see that soon. She will want to be close to you but for now you continue to be you, and keep showing her kindness and love.

I absolutely love watching you in your activities! Watching you play the violin and dance brings me so much joy! I could never do what you do. I am shocked and amazed when I watch you dance. You are so dedicated in dance and you work incredibly hard. All that hard work will pay off!

Continue to reach for your dreams because with how hard you work you will be able to achieve them.

Love, Mom

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When I heard of Yoplait’s Go Big Contest and how they know teens are amazing I completely agree! I couldn’t wait to write a letter to my girls.  It is so important that we remind our teens how amazing they are. everyday!

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Yoplait Go Big is the fuel to help teens crush it, single-handedly in their everyday life,  Go Big is a new, large yogurt pouch designed specifically with teens in mind. Go Big is made with real fruit and just the right amount of sweetness. The Go Big pouch contains the right amount of yogurt to satisfy a teen’s growing hunger.  The Go Big pouch is like nothing you’ve seen before, just grip & rip! Very easy, great for on-the-go!

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I bet your teen is amazing too. Why not let Go Big spotlight that amazingness? For a chance to win the spotlight for your teen, go to the Go Big Amazing Teens contest page and share how your teen inspires you. Go Big will select three teens with amazing stories and give them a platform to show the world! For more information, full contest rules can be found on the Go Big Facebook Page.

 

This post is produced in collaboration with Yoplait Go Big, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Fall Fashion for Toddlers

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I absolutely love fall! It is my favorite time of the year. The kids are going back to school in their new outfits. The weather is cooling down, the leaves are changing and it is crock pot season again.

One of my favorite things is picking out some super cute fall outfits for my little ones! You don’t have to spend a lot of money on outfits for little ones. I like to shop the sales and I will also buy a head of time (sometimes)

For little boys:

Jeans –  They go with everything! You can pick up a couple of jeans and you are set all fall long!

Button up Shirts -These shirts you can find in just about every color. Dress them up or down depending on where you may be heading to.

Hats – My little guy is obsessed with hats! He loves to wear them everywhere. So we are just buying him a bunch of toddler size hats to match his shirts.

As you can see Mikey also has to take his Tommee Tippee Pacifier. Look he even picked his Patriotic pacifier to match his shirt.

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I just have to share some of my favorite outfits of Shelby’s too! Shelby started preschool this year and between my mother and I we had fun picking out some cute clothes for her.

Honestly, the majority of her clothes came from either Zulily or TJMaxx.

For little girls:

Fun Leggings – Leggings can be paired up with anything. From Tunics to Sweaters, even dresses.

Sweater Dresses –  Again, on cold days you can pair them with leggings or tights.

Sweaters/Sweatshirts -These are pretty much staples for boys and girls. You can see where I paired a white button up shirt under Shelby’s blue sweater.

Comfortable shoes for school – This is a must parents! I took Shelby to the shoe store and let her pick out the Tennis Shoes she liked. so light up sketchers it was.

BOWS – You have to admit her outfit says it all with her adorable bows.

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Shelby looks adorable and we do love hitting up the bargain stores or online!

What are some of your favorite Fall Fashions for your Toddler and Preschooler? 

 

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Mickey’s Halloween Party Returns to the Disneyland Resort, Sept. 9 through Oct. 31

MICKEY'S HALLOWEEN PARTY (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – Guests will celebrate Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort as they interact with some of Disney’s most beloved characters decked out in seasonal costumes, including Mickey Mouse. Mickey's Halloween Party returns for 17 nights in 2016 beginning Friday, Sept. 23. Guests are encouraged to dress up for a ghoulish good time and enjoy seasonal scares such as Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion Holiday. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

MICKEY’S HALLOWEEN PARTY (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – Guests will celebrate Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort as they interact with some of Disney’s most beloved characters decked out in seasonal costumes, including Mickey Mouse. Mickey’s Halloween Party returns for 17 nights in 2016 beginning Friday, Sept. 23. Guests are encouraged to dress up for a ghoulish good time and enjoy seasonal scares such as Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion Holiday. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

Halloween time, a season for fun-loving spirits of all ages, adds spooky excitement to the Disneyland Resort from Sept. 9 through Oct. 31. Special Halloween-themed attractions–Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy–return to Disneyland Park, while the haunts who reside year-round at The Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror invite guests to “drop in” at Disney California Adventure Park.

The separately ticketed Mickey’s Halloween Party also arrives at Disneyland in September with a thrilling new surprise: The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow rides through the park, bringing new chills to the family friendly party. The character is from Disney’s animated feature, “The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.”

MICKEY'S HALLOWEEN PARTY (ANAHEIM, Calif.) –  Jack Skellington presides over  the “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular, which lights up the sky surrounding Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park as part of the entertainment exclusive to the annual Mickey's Halloween Party. Returning for 17 nights in 2016, beginning Friday, Sept. 23, Mickey’s Halloween Party is a time for guests to dress up for a ghoulish good time and enjoy seasonal scares such as Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion Holiday. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)

MICKEY’S HALLOWEEN PARTY (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – Jack Skellington presides over the “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular, which lights up the sky surrounding Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park as part of the entertainment exclusive to the annual Mickey’s Halloween Party. Returning for 17 nights in 2016, beginning Friday, Sept. 23, Mickey’s Halloween Party is a time for guests to dress up for a ghoulish good time and enjoy seasonal scares such as Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion Holiday. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)

Highlights of Mickey’s Halloween Party, a separate-ticket event, include:

  • Highlights of Mickey’s Halloween Party, a separate-ticket event, include: New for Mickey’s Halloween Party in 2016, The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow rides his ghostly black steed and carries his flickering jack-o-lantern through the heart of Disneyland, heralding the arrival of Mickey’s Halloween Party character cavalcade, presented on the 17 nights of this special party.
  • Entry to Disneyland Park before the party is included with a Mickey’s Halloween Party ticket. Guests have the opportunity to play in Disneyland park for three hours before the party starts, and then go trick or treating – for candy and healthy treats – in the ultimate Disney neighborhood.
  • The “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular, presented exclusively for guests of Mickey’s Halloween Party, is hosted by “Master of Scare-omonies” Jack Skellington. Party guests will rock out at Tomorrowland Terrace in a family-friendly dance party.
  • Guests can “Party Like a Villain” as Disney villains appear in select locations for photos and character greetings. Mickey Mouse and his pals will appear as well, dressed in their Halloween costumes.
  • Enhancing the eerie atmosphere along Main Street, U.S.A., animated Halloween images – ghosts, bats, pumpkins and skeletons – appear and disappear mysteriously on the facades of buildings throughout the evening.
  • The ghoulish Cadaver Dans quartet performs Halloween tunes aboard a drifting graveyard-themed raft, on the fog-filled Rivers of America in New Orleans Square and Frontierland.
  • Nearly all the favorite Disneyland rides and attractions, plus Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, will be open to party guests.

For more information about Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, see www.Disneyland.com/Halloween. Entertainment and attractions are subject to change without notice. Guests may visit the site for additional details.

Big Savings with Luvs this Week! #SharetheLuv

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The official diaper of experienced moms, Luvs is offering big savings in this Sunday’s paper. Get your scissors out because there will be a high-value coupon that could save you up to $2 on any one Luvs Diaper Pack.

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Keep an eye out for this Sunday’s newspaper (Aug. 28, 2016) for an insert from P&G with a Luvs coupon offering $2 of any one diaper pack. Use this coupon at any mass, discount or grocery store where Luvs Diapers are sold.

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