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Adorable Hair Styles with Goody

Were Going back to School with Goody

As you know my girls love getting creative with their hair styles! They love pony tails, headbands and buns!

Sarah was beyond excited for the Goody Bun Making Kit. The Goody Bun Making Kit and Ouchless Hair styling brush are perfect for making an adorable hair style in minutes! The Kits come with five pieces and we love the added bow on the bobby pin for extra flair.

This set is perfect for my girls when they have dance days! They can put their hair up in buns in only a few minutes.

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How to Solve the Biggest Problems with Remodelling Your Kitchen

You will agree that a kitchen isn’t just a place for cooking, but the heart of your home. This is where the whole family bonds, children do homework, and friends congregate. Having the ideal form and function to put up with the busy living can be an uphill task. Nonetheless, remodelling your kitchen calls for more than just adding new cabinets, an island or counter tops. You are bound to encounter some problems in the course of remodelling. Today, we explore some of the common problems and how you can solve them.

Poor Work Flow

Your home may have been built with a poorly-planned kitchen. The island may be over-sized, awkwardly cutting off the sink from the ovens and refrigerator. With this, you make many unnecessary steps when cooking. You can solve this by having a designer plan for two appropriately- size islands featuring a work isle in between.

Sometimes your kitchen may have the refrigerator and pantry at either end of the room, doubling up the steps involved when unloading the groceries. Proper food storage and putting the two together will be the best remedy.

Tight Walkways

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Space may be limited in your kitchen to have an island but you always have the option of having a potable island. It’s normally recommended that you have a 42″ minimum walkway and 48″ minimum walkway for one and two cooks, respectively.

Poor Venting
Your kitchen systems may be under-powered or poorly ducted, resulting in persistent food odours and grease dispersal. You should factor in a functional ventilation system for the kitchen too.

Inadequate Storage Space

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Even in a tiny kitchen, you can still find a storage solution. You can consider modifying the eating space to curve out some space for cabinetry. If your home features a kitchenette and a dining room side by side, you can eliminate the wall between to create one large eat-in kitchen. You will then have a semi-formal table in the eating area and a snack counter in the working area of the kitchen.

Poor Lighting
To enhance the lighting in your kitchen, you should consider three kinds of lighting – Task Lighting, General lighting and Creative lighting. While task lighting is installed on the counters and appliances, general lighting belongs to the walkways and the general area. Creative lighting, on the other hand, serves to set the mood, show off the products, as well as highlighting the art.

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While tile and stone floors look more attractive than vinyl, they can take a toll on your feet and back when you stand on them for stretched periods of time. You can use a cushioned mat underfoot if you have to stand for long.

Style Doesn’t Flow with Your Home
The style that doesn’t flow is a common problem with remodelled kitchens. You may want Tuscan kitchen that does not visually blend with your home’s contemporary Florida architecture. Or else, you have replaced your old-fashioned kitchen’s leaky faucet with a new oversize commercial-style faucet. In all these instances, your kitchen’s functionality will not be undermined. However, they will both strike discordant notes

The costliest room in your home with regards to remodeling is the kitchen. You, therefore, need to plan carefully to avoid disappointments. If you look to have a polished and professional looking remodeled kitchen, you will need the services of a designer, an architect, as well as a general contractor like Joel & Co. Construction. While kitchen remodeling may be expensive, you need always to consider quality and durability over cost.

Join in on Knott’s Merry Farm’s Holiday

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Joy is in season at Knott’s Merry Farm! Snoopy and a cast of world class ice skaters perform Merry Christmas, Snoopy!, a whimsical ice show bursting with characters and remarkable skating. In Santa’s Christmas Cabin, guests can share their wish lists with jolly ol’ St. Nick and savor some of Knott’s world famous holiday treats.

Take a trip back in time and celebrate Christmas in the Old West town of Calico. Climb aboard the Calico Railroad for Christmas on Engine 41 and meet Ghost Town residents eager to share their holiday plans with you. Those looking for great gift ideas can shop Knott’s Christmas Crafts Village, a shopping wonderland where local artisans demonstrate their craft and sell their unique gifts.

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In the evening, join Snoopy as he lights up the night in the Snoopy’s Merriest Tree Lighting show, then take a stroll through Ghost Town where snow gently falls while thousands of sparkling lights dance to the beat of holiday music.

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The perfect stocking stuffer is now on-sale! A 2016 Season Pass includes one free admission in 2015, unlimited visits in 2016 with no blackout dates, discounts on select food and merchandise, and access to exciting year-round seasonal events. For affordable year-round fun for everyone on your “nice” list, Season Passes start at just $81.00, the best price of the year for a limited time.

Make fun part of your holiday tradition at Knott’s Merry Farm November 21-January 3.

*Tickets to the media day is provided by GigaSavvy.

8 Months Old!

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Mikey is 8 months and growing so fast! He is still 27 inches tall but a good 20-22 pounds. He is wearing mostly 12 month clothes already!!

He started cutting teeth 3 and 4 just days after turning 8 months. He celebrated his first Halloween and had a lot of fun! He loves his baths, he loves food and loves playtime.

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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

Save on the Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker 2015 North American Tour. USE PROMO CODE: JOY  @moscowballet @usfg

 

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

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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.

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

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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”

or

“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……

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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%).

For more information on #ParentOn, come join us online at www.parent-on.com.

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

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Hey guess what? We don't need that advice! #ParentOn *Giveaway ends Sept. 24th*

Note: This giveaway is open to US shipping addresses only.

Please make sure to follow ALL Giveaway Rules. Please read sweepstake rules HERE.
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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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Now save with Groupon Coupons!

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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If you scroll to the bottom you can see the entire list of stores that Groupon Coupons has coupons for. As you can see there is tons of retailers in fact as of right now there are 79,097 free coupons at 9,186 stores!

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Head on over to www.groupon.com coupons and start saving!

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!

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

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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.

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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 picmonkey.com to get the perfect size of the smaller frames, plus I was able to edit the photos perfectly.

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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 whitewall.com

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