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Moving your family? Considerations before choosing your home in a new community

It’s also about…HOUSE, HOUSE, HOUSE.

Or is it? Choosing a new home for your family isn’t just about the property you are purchasing, it’s also the community where you’ll spend years of your life in. It’s true that home is where your heart is, but what if your heart doesn’t know where it should be?

From great education system to low crime rate, there are literally hundreds of variables you need to consider before hiring your residential movers and choosing that perfect place you and your family can call home

Choosing a place to live

Start by determining what is most important to you and your family. If you’re single, living near or in the city might be an ideal choice for you. However, if you have a family, a small town that offers amenities your whole family needs is your best bet.

One good example is the community in Adelaide where you can find homes nestled in nature while still having the luxury of facilities and other family-necessary amenities. If you buy a house in Adelaide, you’ll be in a community where your entire family can live for decades and beyond.

Affordability aside, here are some more tips that helped me in my journey towards choosing a place to live in.

Proximity to family and friends. Starting a new life doesn’t mean moving yourself too far away from your friends and family. If you have an extended family, chances are you’ll spend holidays with them. If extended family and friends are important to you, then choose a place within reasonable distance by vehicle or plane.

Crime rates and statistics. Who wants to live in a place where crimes are rampant? By researching the crime rate and statistics in your desired area, you can learn more about the safety of its neighbourhood.

If you already know where to live, stop by the local police station to discuss the neighbourhood. They’ll be happy to discuss any concern you have in the area.

Climate. Climate plays a big role in our lives as it impacts our behaviour, hobbies, and even our jobs. Living with a climate which you are most comfortable will contribute to your physical and mental health. So choose wisely.

Education system. A good education system in your selected area is vital to setting up children to better handle their own lives as they grow, therefore the importance of good schools cannot

Sofia The First Birthday Theme!

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Shelby loves everything Disney Princess related and we knew for her fourth birthday we wanted to so a Sofia the First Party theme. She adores watching Sofia the First and was so excited for such a fun party!

We picked to have the kid’s party at Chuck E Cheese so that we didn’t have to deal with a lot of clean up especially since we knew we would have about twenty kids and twenty adults. Each of the kids had their own side of the table and we made sure they had plenty of activities to do while sitting down!

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We picked everything up that we needed for the party at Oriental Trading Co. which has tons of Sofia the First theme items. I love that I can get everything we need at such a great price and all at one store. I didn’t have to drive from store to store trying to find what we needed.

For the goodie bags we had lots of toys and of course candy! Everything we got from Oriental Trading. I put everything into the purple bags and then tied them up with a crown for each of the girls.

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I love how the cake turned out to. Simple but perfect for Shelby!



You can pick up everything you need for a Sofia The First Birthday Party at Oriental Trading Co!

*A product was provided.

Dinosaur 1st Birthday!


It reall is crazy how fast a Baby’s First Birthday comes. And with having a little boy I wanted to do a total boy Birthday theme. I saw the adorable Dinosaur 1st Birthday theme and I knew it would be perfect for out little Mikey.

I received everything we would need for a great birthday for Mikey from Oriental Trading. They have this adorable Dinosaur Pillow that I knew would be perfect for Mikey’s cake smash photos. I made him his cake and his little fondant dinos for the cake. We used streamers I got from Oriental Trading to make a streamer banner as well as balloons. I love Oriental Trading because I can get everything I need for parties in one stop at a great price.

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For the Birthday Party we choose to have it at Chuck E Cheese so we combined Mikey’s party with Shelby’s. But all the boys had their special boy side. We just love the first Birthday Cone Hat too!


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No party is complete without the cake!


You can pick up everything you need for a Dinosaur Birthday Party at Oriental Trading Co!

*A product was provided.

Which cut flowers will die quickly?

WelcomeToWinning with ProFlowers (2)A bouquet of flowers is an excellent gift to give in order to make someone feel special. If you are going to buy flowers for someone then you want to make sure they are going to last as long as possible. Obviously, no cut flowers last forever, but it’s good if you can get the best out of a bouquet for at least ten days. This is a good average time for flowers to last, although certain flowers, like zinnia, should last longer.

One of the most important aspects of making sure a bouquet will last for as long as possible is to order it from a reputable florist such as; that way you can make sure you are buying flowers that are fresh. Another important aspect is what happens after the flowers are purchased.

Which cut flowers die quickly?

This is not a straightforward question to answer; the truth is that any cut flower can die quickly if it is not well cared for. If you are buying flowers for someone they can expect them to last for at least seven to ten days, and often longer. It’s important to note that this will only happen if they take time to look after the flowers. Anyone who receives a bouquet of flowers should:

  • Place them in a clean vase filled with warm water.
  • Use any flower food that is included with the bouquet.
  • Use 2 tablespoons of vinegar or sugar as an alternative nutrient for the flowers.
  • Cut the stems at an angle (approximately 1.5 inches).
  • Remove all the leaves from the bottom of the stems.
  • Change the water at least every other day, replacing the flower food.

If these steps are followed then the flowers should last longer; this applies to any variety of bloom.

Is it easier to buy fake flowers?

You may be thinking that it’s easier to just buy fake flowers, to save anyone from having to spend time caring for fresh ones. It’s true that fake flowers only really need cleaning and that they do last a lot longer than fresh flowers.

The thing is that they are exactly what they are named, fake. You can buy very realistic looking silk flowers, although they do tend to be expensive, but they do not really have the same presence as fresh flowers. Each fresh flower has its own appearance, slightly different from next; fresh flowers can also have a distinctive scent. Fresh flowers may not last as long as fake flowers, but this may be a good thing. Every time a new bouquet is bought it can be a little different, bringing a new piece of decoration to the area around it.

Obviously, all fresh flowers do die, but any fresh flower can be made to last longer if it is given the right treatment. If a bouquet of flowers is cared for as it should be then it will last as long as possible. If it is placed in water and ignored then it is likely to die pretty quickly.

It’s Time for Spring Cleaning #SpringClean16

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It’s that time of year when everyone is gearing up to start their Spring Cleaning, I know I have. We don’t live in a gigantic house and have only been here for two years so luckily we don’t have a ton to clean out and organize but none the less I do have some suggestions on when it’s time to start tackling those Spring Cleaning goals.

The first thing I recommend doing is making a list of everything you want to clean, clean out, fix or maybe replace/buy new. I like making lists because then in case I forget “what else I want done” I have it right there in front of me. The biggest one I am not looking forward to is cleaning out the garage and getting rid of the baby gear.

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Then I would make sure to have all the spring home essentials stocked up and ready to go! Viva®, Scott®, and Cottonelle® offer products available at Walmart, that are go-to necessities to get your home and kep it clean and organized.

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I like to start with some of the smaller spaces too, like the hall closet. Even though it is small I dread it because it kind of holds everything in it. Having just the small spaces organized in my house makes me feel like the house is less crowded. I like that I can head to Walmart to get all of the organizational things I need at a nice low price.  Baskets make for a pretty look in your hall closets and everything has a spot where it goes.

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Walmart has a ll kinds of essentials for Spring Cleaning. You can stock up and learn more about great ways to get the house clean by heading to Walmart. Be sure to check out my Pinterest Board to see more great ways to Spring Clean.

*This post is sponsored by Kimberly-Clark and The Motherhood.

Shopping for Big Families the Smart Way

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While you’re single or living with just your partner, those flyers that build up in the mailbox just seem like a nuisance. As your family grows, you realize that junk mail from the grocery store is actually a godsend, and that snapping up a good deal can go a long way in extending your weekly budget. One of the biggest issues with bargain hunting can be keeping all of those paper ads in order. Every week they seem to pile up with out-of-date information, and you wind up taking the wrong ones to the wrong stores.

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Luckily, there are smarter ways Canadians can score deals. Smartphone users can keep all their weekly specials in their pockets and use a variety of apps to replace the coupons of the past. Flipp is an app that takes weekly flyers from retailers of all kinds, from Sobey’s to Best Buy, and lets user quickly search through them. They can even take digital clippings of the buys that catch their eye to save for instant access. Even better, Flipp can ease the arduous process of the hunt itself. When users make their shopping lists inside the application, Flipp goes ahead and finds the best deals in your area for produce, meat, eggs, dairy, and snacks.

Canadians can now also access PC Plus on their mobiles, allowing them to save points, find special offers that load more points, and cash them in for groceries at Loblaw’s, Provigo, Zehrs, and No Frills. Getting in on loyalty programs mean you’ll be able to cut down your bill when you go to the store to stock up. It can be difficult deciding between immediate savings and accumulating rewards that don’t pay off until later. Before you start going out of your way to collect, crunch some numbers to figure out just what a point is worth and what it will get you in the long run.

Big families don’t have to mean big bills if you’re savvy at shopping, and you can extend your eagle eye for a bargain beyond the grocery store. As those kids become teenagers, they’re going to start asking for smartphones themselves. Save a mint by buying them used on Kijiji, which now lets you check the average price for used phones across its listings.

Buying second hand is a money saving trick as old as money itself, but you don’t have to wait for yard sale season to hunt for toys, clothes, and accessories. Millions of Canadians use Kijiji to buy and sell second hand goods, and many people find everything from strollers to car seats in their baby items section. Baby items are the ideal second hand goods; children grow out of things long before they’ve stopped being useful. Plenty of moms can make their budgets go further by buying used, while others can offset the costs of new purchases by trading lightly used goods.

Smart parents know that it isn’t hard to save with smartphones – and it isn’t hard to save on them, either.

Summer Camp: Robots-4-U – Southern California


If you live in Southern California and looking for summer camps for your kids we have a great offer! ROBOTS-4-U has some amazing deals right now!

You can Save 60% Off  ROBOTS-4-U Summer Camp with Code: TEX1660M15  (Expires 3/31)

Campers having a BLAST, while learning and playing in a dynamic environment. Learning about Robotics and Science, in an independent and exciting way!


Some of the camps available:

– Robot / Science / Engineering / Day Camp / Challenges
– Camps Girls and Boys – Aged 7 to 14
– Robot Camps and Dynamic Art Camps offered during June, July and August
– Hands on Learning, Self-Paced. Beginners to Expert!

Each camp is 1 week (5 days) long. The Days: Monday to Friday Times: 9:00-11:30a.m. and 12:30-3:00 p.m.

Parents will be happy to hear that the Campers Ratio is 1 Instructor to 16 participants. Each Camper Individually uses a ROBOTICS or DYNAMIC ART Kit. Robot kits do not go home with campers but are available for purchase!

You can visit and to see dates and locations for these day camps. Register early as camps do fill up quickly!

Happy 4th Birthday Shelby



Happy 4th Birthday to our sweet girl! We had a lot of fun celebrating her at home and then at Chuck E Cheese!


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Happy Birthday to our little man. This year flew by so fast. I can not believe he is one today! This past month he has been trying to walk. He takes 4-5 steps before he falls down but prefers to crawl because he can go faster. He is about 22 lbs and 28 inches tall (I’ll measure him later) he has two new teeth coming in one is a molar! He loves to eat and will eat everything! He loves to watch jeopardy with daddy. I know it sounds funny but when the show comes on he crawls to the tv and starts dancing. He waves bye and tries to say hi. He fully says mama and dada now and also puts the phone to his ear and says “iiiii” I love watching him play he tries to put kids on things and likes to throw balls. He still wakes up 3-4 times at night. We all adore him and his little laugh

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Must Have Baby Items for 2016

It is crazy to think a year ago we were waiting the arrival of our fourth baby and now here he is almost one.  The first few months of a baby’s life flies by in a blink of an eye and while you are creating a baby registry some new parents forget about a few must have items. We definitely have used all kinds of awesome products this past year for Mikey and I have a handful I say are must haves.

Like the Closer to Nature Manuel  Breast Pump. This pump is discreet and easy to use. Also, we love the Easy Scoop Feeding Bowls and Feeding Spoons. The bowls and spoons are perfect for when you introduce solids to your baby.

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The Tip it Up Collection is the perfect starter bottle set.  It goes from bottle to trainer cup and is one of the only cups Mikey will use. We love it because it is small and has handles. This makes it much easier for babies learning to hold a cup.

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Another item we really love is the Tommee Tippee Simplee Diaper Pail.  The tommee tippee simple 2-in-1 diaper pail is the simple, convenient and easy way to keep your baby’s room clean and smell-free. Fragranced film and a smart seal lid keep nasty odors contained, saving you numerous trips to the outside trash bin.


Another great item for nursing/pumping parents is the new Pump and Go Complete Breastmilk Starter Set,  ThePump and Go range makes everything easier. By using a single pouch to pump, store, warm and feed, there’s no need to transfer milk at any stage, so you’ll never lose a precious drop!


Diaper Pail, Spoons, cups, bottles, spoons and breast pump (for nursing moms) are definitely must haves in my book. You can find all of these awesome products tat Babies R Us too!  These all make excellent baby shower gifts so don’t forget to add them to your baby registry.


Kids And Traffic Safety

2.17.13sTeaching your children basic traffic safety is one of the most crucial aspects of being a parent. Children are not nearly as experienced as their parents when it comes to navigating the streets and certain traffic nuances elude them completely. Ensuring that your children are well versed in traffic system is a major responsibility. Let’s take a closer look at the lessons that hold the most importance.

1. Focus On The Why

While you can save money on reflective jackets and lately even such popular shops as Neiman Marcus sometimes offer safety accessories that can be purchased at budget prices thanks to coupons, your children are still going to want to know why they have to wear them. Being a pedestrian can still be dangerous and kids need to know why they have to stop at certain crossings. Explain the dangers of speeding cars to them, as well as those who decide to come around corners suddenly, so that they have full awareness when making their way through the world.

2. There Are Always Teachable Moments

Your lessons will go a lot further when you take the time to teach your children while you are walking places together. This gives you chances to watch your child put the lessons into practice and will make you feel much safer about the prospect of allowing them to walk around your town or city on their own.

3. Eye Contact

A child needs to know that a driver is not always going to instinctively look out for them, especially those who are driving larger vehicles. They may not see a child until it is too late, which is why they will need to make eye contact with drivers before they cross the street. While some vehicles may have excessive tints and make this task impossible, this lesson still needs to be instilled in the child from day one.

4. Traffic Signals

In order to obey traffic signals, a young person needs to learn more about all of them first. A parent’s job is to point out each individual road or traffic sign and explain the meaning to their child in a manner that is clear, concise and easily understood. The younger your child is when you start to pass these lessons down, the better their chances of maintaining a strong understanding as they grow older.

5. Crossing Between Vehicles

A lot of children (and even some foolish adults) will try to cross the road in between cars. Crossing between cars, even those that are parked, can be dangerous. This is because a child who chooses this method for crossing the street is even harder for a speeding vehicle to spot. They are also not able to see what is coming from the other side of the street. Children should also be taught to exercise the same level of caution when they are walking past a driveway.


Happy 11 Months Mikey!

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I can not believe my little guy is 11 months old today! He is such a ham too. He weighs around 23 pounds and is 28 inches tall. He can stand for a few seconds at a time and cruises along furniture very quickly. He is a total ladies man and gives the biggest cheesy smile he can when he sees anyone. He has started waving bye and says bye, hi, mama and dada. He eats everything he can get his hands on and loves spaghetti. He still gets up 4-5 times at night and takes two naps a day sometimes three . He is such an easy baby and adores his big sisters. Oh he basically wears all 12-18 month clothes he is a beast. I gave him his first hair cut and now his wild hair lays flat which makes me sad. One month until he is one and I can’t even believe that!#11monthsold #mikeymilestones


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New Baby and Formula For Happiness #formulaforhappiness


I still can not believe that my little boy is turning one next month I feel that time is just flying by so fast and I am trying to savor and hold onto ever little moment I can with him. Every time he achieves a new milestone I am so excited for him.

I still remember that very first day home with Mikey and I have a few tips for a great Formula for Happiness and bonding with your newborn.  The first day with Mikey we were home just a few hours after he was born, the perks of having your baby at a Birth Center. It was absolutely wonderful to just be in my own bed with Mikey and getting to know each other. Cuddles, nursing and looking at every single detail of my little guy. That first day is exhausting yet it goes by so incredibly fast!

One way I found to be a great way to bond and get stuff done is Babywearing! I totally agree that babywearing is a great way to Formula for Happiness when you are trying to still care for other children and keep a happy newborn.

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Lastly, because Newborns grow soooo incredibly fast take photos! Take lots of photos. Of their little hands, feet, back of their head. If you can hire a photographer to take month photos do it!!! Here are a few of the professional photos from birth to 4 months of Mikey.

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What is your Formula for Happiness? Head over to Gerber and learn more.

My New Year’s Plan: Hammer and Chisel

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As you know I gave birth to baby number 4 ten months ago. I still can not believe he is almost a year old. Last year at this time the only thing I thought about was adding a new baby to our family.

A few months after Mikey was born I started using Beach body 21 Day Fix. I absolutely loved the program and after giving birth I lost nearly 40 pounds and dropped three pant sizes! I was very happy with my results.

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Well, the Holiday’s hit and I slacked off with my diet and exercise. So here we are a new year, a new workout plan and a goal that  know I can achieve!  The recipes with the 21 say fix became some of my favorites and even my family loves them!

So I am currently on day four of my The Masters Hammer and Chisel and Performance Challenge Pack. I am loving the program and happy to not be nearly as sore as I thought I would be!  Hammer and Chisel works the same comcept of the 21 day fix but it more intense and for those who have completed the 21 Day Fix.


Sagi and Autumn don’t mess around. These workouts are intense, but if you insist on feeling and looking incredible, grab your weights and a bench and get to work. Not only will you get their expert resistance-training system that will transform your physique into the ultimate work of art in 60 days, but you’ll also get the pre-workout energy to help you hit your workouts with everything you’ve got and the post-workout support to help your muscles come back stronger and ready for more.‡You can even start streaming The Master’s Hammer and Chisel workouts because your Performance Pack includes 30 days of FREE access to Beachbody®On Demand!

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You get everything you need to get your best results—faster:

  • Beachbody Performance Energize Pre-Workout supplement with key ingredients to help boost your energy, sharpen your focus, push harder, and last longer—delivered on Home Direct, our monthly autoship program.*

  • Beachbody Performance Recover Post-Workout supplement, with key ingredients shown to help combat exercise-induced muscle soreness and speed muscle recovery to help you accelerate your fitness results—delivered on Home Direct, our monthly autoship program.*

  • The Master’s Hammer and Chisel program, featuring 12 hardcore workouts, a set of 7 portion-control containers, a shaker cup, and the Program and Nutrition Guide with your simple, customizable nutrition plan that will help you reach your unique fitness goals.

  • A FREE 30-Day Trial Membership in the Team Beachbody® Club, so you can start streaming The Master’s Hammer and Chisel workouts, and hundreds of other proven Beachbody workouts, plus find all the support you need to succeed in your challenge. After your 30-Day Trial Membership is up, you will be billed quarterly for Club Membership, which you may cancel at any time.

  • A SET OF 7 PORTION-CONTROL CONTAINERS & SHAKER CUP – It’s a fact—good nutrition is essential to crafting a masterpiece physique. That’s why Sagi and Autumn include a set of 7 portion-control containers and a shaker cup in The Master’s Hammer and Chisel program. So whether you want to lean out, sculpt, or build muscle, you’ll see how simple it is to customize your eating plan, portion out your meals, and get the results YOU want. – Green – Veggies – Purple – Fruits – Red – Proteins – Yellow – Carbs – Blue – Healthy Fats – 2 Orange – Seeds & Dressings – Shaker Cup – Drinks

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I’ll talk more about the supplements and the program! I am excited to work hard and get to where I want!

If you want to learn more about the program feel free to reach out to Coach Joe! You can also follow him on Facebook.


*A product was provided.

The Best Way to Boost Your Health

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Every individual, be it a man or a woman, regardless of their current age, is interested in improving their health. As the old saying goes a healthy person has many wishes, but the sick person has only one, so no one wants to be in a position where they will be left with only one wish – to be healthy again. If we want to avoid situations like this we must do two things – follow a healthy diet and practice some physical training. The first option is relatively easy because we can find many healthy foods and all we need to do is to create tasty meals using natural ingredients. On the other hand, the second element might be difficult to many people because they don’t have enough time or lack the necessary motivation to keep training. One good way to solve a problem like this is to travel to Thailand and join a Muay Thai training camp in this beautiful Asian country.

Even if you have not visited Thailand before, there is a great chance that you have seen images or videos from this beautiful holiday destination. A beautiful sandy beach, a turquoise sea, a wild nightclub party or a Muay Thai match – these are some of the typical images that cross our minds when someone mentions Thailand. We will now focus on Muay Thai training because by practicing Muay Thai you can literally boost your health.

Even though Muay Thai was designed for combat purposes, most people today use this martial art as a highly-efficient fitness activity. Muay Thai training consists of series of interesting and engaging exercises that won’t leave any student inactive for a long period of time. They are very fun and they will surely provide the necessary motivation that you might lack. The training classes in these camps are monitored and guided by professional instructors who will make sure that you are getting the most from each class while keeping you safe from injuries or any other problems. You can read more at Reasons You Should Take Muay Thai Classes | SuwitMuaythai .  In the end, don’t forget that Thailand is an excellent holiday destination for your entire family.