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Talk. Read. Sing. to your little ones

Today’s post is sponsored by First 5 California, but my love for their Talk. Read. Sing. program is all my own!


As a parent to four I know how important those first few years of our baby’s life is especially all those learning moments. I have two little ones who are not in school yet and we spend a lot of time playing, singing and having fun.

Shelby is three and loves to sing. She also loves everything with crafts. I try to spend time with her one on one with preschool activities so she will be ready for school and will be ale to socialize with other kids easily. I have found that with her and having a new baby we have to have a routine.

After the older kids go to school and after Shelby has had her breakfast we sit down and do a few activity pages.


First 5 California has some amazing ideas on Activities you can do with your little ones. Even Mikey being 7 months old I do a lot of activities with him. From playing with toys, to singing. He also has his own cute little books!

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Get down and play with your toddlers and babies. They learn in so many ways. Talk to them, sing and play. Make it fun!  Learn more about First Five California.

Moscow Ballet’s Nutcracker 2015


The Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is coming to Los Angeles Dec. 20-21! My Readers Can Save on Tickets Now with this exclusive offer from US Family Guide .

It’s the ultimate holiday tradition and creates memories for a lifetime. The production includes over 200 romantic costumes and 10′ tall playful animal puppets; shimmering colorful, backdrops splashed with 3-D effects; life-sized Matrushka (Nesting) Dolls and a puppet show for shadowing the Nutcracker Story at the opening Christmas Party. During the battle with Nutcracker Prince and the 3-headed Rat King, a golden cannon shoots roses! In the Magical Snow Forest an authentic Russian style Troika Sleigh, known as the fastest sleigh in the world, is escorted by Father Christmas (Ded Moroz) and Snow Maiden (Snegurochka) on their way to Act II. The Great Russian Nutcracker is known for its dedication to world peace with Act II named the “Land of Peace and Harmony.” The first scene of Act II features a stunning “Dove of Peace” with a 20′ wingspan and danced by 2 dancers each with one feathered wing. All ages feel the spirit of the season at Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! Use the code JOY to get the biggest discount of the season for your family.

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Set your little one free with Huggies Little Movers #SetBabyFree

Many thanks to Huggies for sponsoring today’s story and encouraging me to try Huggies Little Movers Diapers.

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Ever since Mikey figured out how to move he has been on the go. He wont stop moving! We have already had to re arrange our living room furniture to make it safe for him to move around. We also already have had to put up baby gates to create “baby safe zones” for him.

Huggies Little Movers is our go-to diaper for Mikey these days. I really like the quality f the diapers and they now have an extra double grip strip and I love how the diapers are not as easy to get undone (by baby) and when they are moving all over the place!

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As you can see Mikey doesn’t sit still more than a second to see where he wants to go next!

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Join us and upload a photo of your baby on the move. Just use the #SetBabyFree hashtag in your social media posts for a chance to be featured on Huggies pages.

Mikey is 7 Months Old


Seven months and he is so much fun!  Time is just flying by and we are enjoying every moment with you! You have had a hard time falling asleep the past few weeks with not feeling well but man your smile brightens my day! You are crawling love food, got your first tooth and say dada.

You pull up and are everywhere! You started climbing up onto the fireplace ledge and put everything in your mouth.




Hey guess what? We don’t need that advice! #ParentOn *Giveaway closed*



Our sweet baby boy is already six months old. Time has been going by so quickly I can’t blink or else I’ll miss those sweet little milestones.

So as most of you know our boy came after we had three girls. I am used to girls, everything girl! So I am sure you can imagine the advice or more like “advice” I received from all those “expert” parents on how to deal with a boy. But also the comments…

When your baby wants to taste his sister's popsicle - why not? #ParentOn

When your baby wants to taste his sister’s popsicle – why not? #ParentOn

I can not even believe how everyone has opinions on how we should raise our children or the comments they make like

“Oh I see dad finally got a boy”


“well now you have a boy you’re done having kids right??”

I didn’t realize that everyone else got to decide on how many children we have, or that we better not let him play with his sisters tutus or dolls.

This is what I have to say…

If my son wants to play with tutus and dolls, I will let him. Why? Because boys can be ballerinas, and think of the imagination he will have dancing with his sisters? If he wants to play with dolls, I hope he does. He will learn how to care and nurture for a baby and become an amazing father one day.

Because I am going to #ParentOn and trust my instincts!  #ParentOn encourages parents to ignore the unsolicited advice they may receive, trust their instincts and embrace all of the perfectly imperfect parenting moments as their children grow!  ….. This is what you can do with that advice……


Tommee Tippee also released the results of its #ParentOn Poll, revealing that more than half of moms feel overwhelmed by unsolicited advice.

The survey also found:

  • Moms crave shut-eye, with 42% citing “more sleep” as the one thing that would have been most helpful to them as a new parent.
  • Weary moms are also hoping to grow an extra set of hands (13%) and magically acquire telepathic powers to better understand their baby’s needs (13%).
  • More than half of today’s moms (54%) say they feel more pressure to be the perfect parent than their own parents did.
  • Although they’re feeling more pressure, nearly half say they are more prepared than the previous generation (46%) and are having more fun than their parents (48%).

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ONE winner will receive a set of feeding bottles and pacifiers from Tommee Tippee.


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Happy 6 months Mikey

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Happy 6 months Mikey! Time is going too fast and I’m trying to enjoy every single moment with him! He loves to play, suck on your face, roar like a dinosaur, rocks on all fours, loves being sung to, sits on his own for a few minutes and his smile melts your heart. You cut your first tooth too.




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We have officially been back in school for a week, and boy can I tell you the lsit of things my kids are already telling me they need for certain activities, or tennis shoes for PR. I know we have already spent a ton of back to school shopping so in order for me to get the rest of the things they need I rely on finding coupons that I can use online.

Groupon has recently partnered with 8,500 national retailers to launch a service called Groupon Coupons.  Unlike the regular Groupon, you don’t have to register or purchase anything upfront. It’s a collected and curated group of 55,000 coupons and promo codes from top stores like Macy’s, Office Depot, and Sephora.

I am so glad that Groupon Coupons is here to help me, and come another month when I start Holiday Shopping! Groupon Coupons shares the latest coupons and all you have to do is lick on the “get coupon code”  and it reveals the code.

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Happy 5 Months Mikey!

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Wow, another month has flown by! Another month of so much fun with Mikey! The girls are staying busy with all their summer activities and love to see Mikey watching them play and swim!

Mikey loves to go in the pool, he loves water!

This Month Mikey started sitting up on his own at 5.5 months(well 9 days before he turned 6 months old)!

At 5 months Mikey is 26 inches tall!

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September 2015 Norwex Host Specials!

For those that don’t know I have signed up with Norwex. I am in love with the products and love that I am cleaning my home with out using harsh chemicals… in fact no chemicals at all!

I’d love for you to host a party and get some amazing goodies! Look what hostesses can receive the month of September!


Product Feature: Must have baby product those first few months! (and beyond)


tommee tippee nursing cover

The first few months with a new baby is challenging. You and baby are getting used to a whole new world and routine. If you are like me than exclusively breastfeeding your newborn is hard too. It really doesn’t matter if you are having your first baby or fourth baby, every new baby brings new challenges.

And with new babies comes new products. Everyone telling you what to buy and you have to have this or that. It can be so confusing and frustrating.

So I have to say that one item I have now used with two babies is my Tommee Tippee Nursing Cover.  I have really loved my cover, it allows me to adjust the neck and I can still see baby. The underside of the cover is terry so I can use it for spit ups or like a burp cloth.


Being an active mom to four I find myself out and about a lot with my kids. I love that I can nurse in public using my cover. I can nurse him any time, any where and not feel uncomfortable exposing myself.


Show off Your Children’s Artwork in a Wall Collage with WhiteWall

Show off Your Childrens Artwork in a Wall Collage with WhiteWall

This year I have really been trying to do a lot of new decorating in the house and changing the walls up from canvas prints that are eight years old to current photos of the kids!

My kids are always bring home amazing artwork and I just don’t have the space to showcase it all so I thought what better way to show off all their work than with an Art Collage?! I had photos of each of the kids printed using WhiteWall‘s online photo printing services. I really love that I can print photos out all all different sizes. I chose an 8×10 print because I could find 8×10 frames easily. (I purchased the frames on amazon as a set of 12 for only $31.99)

Then to make the Art Collage print I used to get the perfect size of the smaller frames, plus I was able to edit the photos perfectly.



Price Breakdown:

  • 10×8 Photo Prints from WhiteWall: 8 at $6.95 each= $55.60 (plus tax)
  • 10×8 black frames came as a 12 pack on amazon for $31.99
  • Total price for this project was $87.59 (unless you need to buy a package of nails)

WhiteWall offers tons of print options at all different prices. I really liked going with a print in a frame because it will be easier to replace them and I can update the photos whenever I want. The print quality is awesome and I really love how the Wall Collage came out!

Check out all WhiteWall has to offer at


Hey new mom.. It’s ok you are doing fine! #ColiefMOMents

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Being a new mom to four babies you would think I know what to do with each one right? That bringing home a newborn is a piece of cake because you did it before and you are a pro… ohhh no! Every new baby brings new hurdles and challenges. No two babies are the same.

All four of my kids have been different as babies. My first baby had colic the first few months and would cry and cry for hours at a time. I would be so upset because I just had no idea what to do with her or how to help her.


I would sit with her tummy side down stretched out on my lap and pat her on the back. Endless nights of standing and swaying her, trying just about everything to help her calm down from the colic.

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Colief Infant Digestive Aid is a gluten-free dietary supplement for the reduction of colic-associated crying resulting from temporary lactose intolerance (TLI) in infants. Different from other colic solutions, Colief Infant Digestive Aid is not given directly to the baby, but added to the formula or breast milk before each feeding, making it easier for them to digest the milk by breaking down most of the lactose. Available online and at Walgreens stores nationwide, or more information about Colief Infant Digestive Aid and tips for new moms or to order online, visit and join the online community at and also the YouTube Page.


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  • This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. All opinions, text and experiences are my own. Colief Infant Digestive Aid is a dietary supplement to provide relief due to colic-associated crying from temporary lactose intolerance (TLI). These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

    Bonding with your Newborn #formulaforhappiness #gerbergoodstart

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    I still can not believe that my little boy is already five months old. 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  was 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!

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    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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    Baby needs to also bond with Daddy and Siblings! Mikey is already in love with his family. Everyone spends time with him each day talking to him and singling to him!

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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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    Be sure to also make a FREE appointment with Gerber’s new certified sleep consultant, or with a nutritionist or certified lactation consultant at

    Wonderful 4th of July with Tommee Tippee


    4th of July with Tommee Tippee
    4th of July is one of my favorite times of the year. I love spending time with my family and celebrating our country’s Independence! We usually spend 4th of July out on the lake boating and swimming followed by a wonderful BBQ and then head back to the lake for Fireworks!

    This year we did it all different with a BBQ at the house with friends and the whole family. Then in the evening we headed out to the Lake where my husband and his band Doobius Distinction played a concert on the lake! At 9pm the fireworks started and we had such an amazing time!

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    Tommee-Tippee-2-Pack-9--pTRU1-20012248dtOf course we had our trusted Tommee Tippee cups with us for Shelby! The Insulated Straw Tumbler has quickly become her favorite cup. Perfectly designed to keep your toddler happy and hydrated. Insulated base to keep drinks cool and encourage drinking. Straw flips down between sips to stay clean and stop spills. Super soft straw makes drinking easy and is gentle on gums. All tommee tippee cups are BPA free, with swappable parts.



    DIY Backyard Retreats

    DIY Backyard Retreats

    With Summer in full swing many people are thinking about ways to spruce up their back yards into a fun retreat. A place to sit and spend the summer days or evenings relaxing and having fun.

    We love the idea of creating a special space outside where you can call it your own little retreat! It can be for you, or even a place for the kids. From an outdoor bar to a reading nook there are tons of ways you can create your own special space.

    The great thing is you don’t have to spend a ton of money either. You can purchase a ready to go shed from Tesco then paint and customize it how ever you like.

    A few ideas:

    shed for teens to relax

    Using a Mercia 8 x 8 Dutch Style Shiplap Shed is a great retreat for teens. You can paint it and add in a couch and other goodies that teens love to have like a mini fridge and snack bar.

    space for mom

    I love the 7×7 Timberdale Overlap Double Door  Shed. You can replace the doors with window doors and create a special place for mom to go and read or have some girl time. Using plastic shed window option also is a good idea to not worry about glass breaking.

    kids house

    You can turn the simple Lifetime 10 x 8 Plastic Shed into an amazing playhouse for kids! You can add a kitchen set and a little table. It is a great space for kids to go and use their imagination!

    Do you have any ideas on using sheds as a Backyard Retreat? Tell us in the comments!