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Our Weeks in pics! (week 128-131)

These four weeks were crazy busy! We found out baby #4 is a boy, Sarah was baptized, the girls started dance and all their activities! PHEW!!! What a way to Start September!

Samantha started 6th grade in Jr High and loves her teacher and school. She has quickly made new friends and loves all her activities!

Sarah started 3rd grade and made new friends an adores her teacher!

Shelby is learning her ABCs and loves to color/draw!

week 128 – Aug 23-29
week 129 aug 30- sept 5
week 130 Sept 6 – Sept 12
Week 131 Sept 13- Sept 19

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Ever since I found out we were expecting baby #4  I couldn’t wait for September to come! I knew I would start feeling better and we would find out the gender of the baby!!!

When we had our ultrasound I was beyond shocked to see with my own eyes the gender of the baby. I was also completely shocked seeing a perfectly formed baby growing. No matter how many babies you have it never feels real that you are pregnant until you see the baby or feel the baby move.

We waited almost a week before we told the girls the gender. I wanted to do it as a family and surprise the girls. We decided on the fun balloon where we let the girls open it and the color of the balloons would tell them if they were having a brother or sister!

 

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Make a Natural Difference with Smucker’s *No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies* #NaturalDifference

*This is a sponsored post and I have been compensated by Smuckers to share information about Make a Natural Difference.

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My family loves to travel. Whenever my husband has a chance to take a few days off work we always are making plans to visit some kind of national monument, or park! Visiting State or National Parks can be some of the most rewarding trips you can take with your family!

What I love about visiting National Parks is that my children get to learn about the importance of keeping our parks clean and “leave no trace”. These amazing parks are here for people to enjoy, learn about nature and the surrounding areas! I can’t wait to visit our local home parks too!

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We are excited to partner with Smucker’s again and sharing about Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter’s partnership with the NPCA! To celebrate the partnership and encourage fans to get out and visit  National Parks,  Smucker’s is hosting the Make a Natural Difference Photo Promotion where nature fans can submit a photo of their visit to a National Park for the chance to win a Sony DSLR camera, Shutterfly gift cards and more!

We have a really easy and yummy recipe for you to make and take while you visit your local park! My girls love making No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies. They are so easy to make!

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No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies
Recipe Type: Dessert
Prep time:
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Serves: 24 cookies
super easy no bake cookies!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup of milk (any milk will work)
  • 1 cup Laura Scudder’s Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cups quaker oatmeal
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan bring to a boil sugar, cocoa, milk, and butter.
  2. Once boiling, allow to boil for one minute only!
  3. Turn off heat and add peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal.
  4. On waxed paper use a spoon to drop cookies.
  5. Let them sit to cool down and harden
  6. *can be stored in freezer

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ONE winner will recieve a Smucker’s Prize Pack  (ARV $125):

  • $100 Shutterfly Gift Card
  • Laura Scudder’s Natural Peanut Butter products and stirrer

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

Please make sure to follow ALL Giveaway Rules. Please read sweepstake rules HERE.
This giveaway will end on Sept. 24th

Yummy Paleo Desserts – Perfect for Back to School

*This post is compensated through Foodie.
Paleo Desserts

Check out Yummy Paleo Desserts

by Amanda Acuña at Foodie.com

Earlier this year I started switching a lot of my diet to Paleo, Some meals my kids are excited to try others not so much. It’s ok if they say no but I do try to get them to try new foods. Slowly they are becoming more accustomed to eating more natural foods and the best part is that they want to get in the kitchen and help!

Now with these healthier meals I thought I would find some tasty desserts that our entire family will enjoy. Desserts that still taste good but have no milk or gluten in them.

One reason I try not to use milk too often is because Sarah has a food allergy to milk and breaks out in a rash if she drinks too much. So I have created a collection of some of my favorite recipes that kids will love. You can create your own Foodie Collection as well.

Need other recipe ideas? Foodie.com also has some of the best recipes all in one place!

Baby #4: Pregnancy Week 15

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In all honesty I feel like I have been pregnant forever!!! I  have had the worst morning sickness I have ever had and as soon as I started feeling better from the constant nausea I started having headaches!

This past week I have had to deal with the lovely Sciatic Nerve! Seriously when am I going to just feel fine? I already am chasing after my two year old and running my older girls to and from their activities I would love to feel some what normal for just a little bit.

OK, done complaining lol!  What I really have missed is my daily exercise and running four miles five days a week! I said once I felt better I would get back to jogging/walking but now with my sciatic already acting up I just am feeling so blah.  Hopefully as my body gets used to baby growing and balancing I can get out and walk before the weather gets cold!

We also know the gender of baby #4!!!!

Baby at 15 Weeks:

The baby this week is about 5 inches and 2 ozs. That is roughly the size of a navel orange and weights that of a chicken egg.

Our Week in Pics (week 125 – 127)

The beginning of the month.. ok the first two weeks the girls spent most of the time with their Grandparents and friends out and about having fun. Week 125 – Aug. 2-8

Week 126 Aug 9-15

Week 127 Aug. 16-22

Our Week in Pics: Weeks 119 – 124

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Week 119 (June 21st-27th)
Week 120 (June 28th-July 4th)
Week 121 (July 5th-11th)
Week 122 (July 12th-18th)
Week 123 (July 19th-25th)
Week 124 (July 26th-Aug. 1st)

An entire month! I have been really sick this past month with morning sickness but my older girls have been extremely busy!  Samantha went to Washington DC, the took Tennis Lessons, lots of swimming, went to a Dodger’s Baseball Game and had lots of fun! I don’t have a ton of photos as lots of their activities were with their grandma!

How are you Savoring Summer? #SavorSummer

*A product was provided. This post is sponsored by Dixie.

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This summer has been full of lots of adventures for my kids! I am extremely lucky to have family that lives close by that love to get out doors and take the kids on fun adventures.

This summer Samantha wake boarded for the very first time and Sarah had her first Tennis Lessons! Shelby is over coming her fear of the water at the pool! It’s a blast watching my girls try new sports and learn about team sports.  While watching my kids try new things I see that they are learning about self motivation and even if they fall down or do something wrong they will learn how to get better.

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As a parent I love watching my children learn new things, overcome fears and make memories! We still have another month to go of Summer and my kids are already signed up for a Junior Lifeguard Training and lots more swimming this summer.

We are so excited for the final month of the  Dixie Ultra Savor Summer Sweepstakes, where all throughout the summer entrants have had the chances to win some pretty awesome prizes.

This month is about Outdoor Sports! Are you planning a fun family adventure? Show off your outdoor sports skills by uploading a photo and you could win a gift card to purchase sporting equipment for the entire family. Just enter between July 13th and August 9th for a chance to win.

Check out and follow Dixie Products on Twitter @DixieProductsInstagram @DixiePinterest and on Facebook.

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Fitness Friday

Friday June 13th: Walked 3 miles. 4 miles total for the day.
Saturday June 14th: Almost 2 miles for the day.
Sunday June 15th: I didn’t wear my zip
Monday June 16th: 1 mile total for the day.
Tuesday June 17th: walked 3 miles. 4 miles total for the day.
Wednesday June 18th: I was at school helping with 5th grade. Only 2.5 miles total for the day.
Thursday June 18th: I didn’t wear my zip.

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Our Week in Pics: Week 118 (June 14th – 20th)

Wow! Our last week of school. I swear this week would never come and boy was it bittersweet! Sam is now no longer in Elementary school. I was able to go and spend one of the days with Sam at her 5th grade carnival. Sam also received awards for National Physical Fitness and as part of conflict manager at her school We spend the afternoon at the lake. Friday was another extremely busy day with prepping Sam for her Washington D.C. trip with 5th grade and Sarah had dress rehearsal for Spring Showcase!

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Our Week in Pics: Week 117 (June 7th – 13th)

I absolutely LOVED this week! We were completely busy but I loved every moment of it. The girls both had Nutcracker Auditions which they did great in. Sam and ballet 1/2 girls all decided to jump into the lake afterwards which was too funny! Sam had her friend come over and and we had fun at e pool.  Then that Sunday we spent at Softball tournament with Sam. Her team ended up come in 4th out of 5 teams overall but 3rd in tournament.  We had Open House at school and Sarah had her last Girl Scout meeting.  We ended the week with Donuts with Dad at school. Samantha’s very last one since she is moving up to Junior High now!

Fitness Friday

Friday June 6th: half a mile walking
Saturday June 7th: walked almost 3 miles while the girls were at Nutcracker Auditions. 5.10 miles total.
Sunday June 8th: We were at softball tournament all day. From 9 am to 6 pm. I was exhausted when I got home. 1 mile total for the day
Monday June 9th: Didn’t wear my zip
Tuesday June 10th: Didn’t wear my zip
Wednesday June 11th: walked/jogged 4 miles.  5.4 miles total.
Thursday June 12th: 1.37 miles total for the day.

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Potty Training Tips with Pampers Easy Ups #PampersEasyUps *Giveaway closed* {Plus Twitter Party Info} #DDDivas #sponsored

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I can’t believe that Shelby is over two years now and the past month we have been working on potty training. We have had her own potty since her 2nd birthday but she showed no interest in it until this past month. She loves her little potty and will use it all day long if she is not wearing any bottoms. I figured that now we need to get the potty training while using Pampers Easy Ups. I was trying to just use cotton undies but I think she was thinking they were her cloth diapers so the Easy Ups will be easier for us to use while we potty train.

We used Pampers Diapers the past two years along with our cloth diapers so I already like the brand. I was confident that the Easy Ups would work for us and helping Shelby feel like a big girl. We have not had any leak issues, or out of the norm. rashes with the Easy Ups and she LOVES that they have Dora on them!  Papers Easy Ups come in both pink for girls and blue for boys.

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Shelby is my third daughter to potty training so over the years I have found a few tips and tricks that have helped with my kids. They might not work for everyone but they did for us.

The first thing we id was got Shelby (and each of our kids) their own little potty. After they mastered their little potty we had them use the big potty. For us I think my kids liked having a little potty to sit on, it wasn’t big and intimidating and no loud sounds.  Shelby usually runs to her potty when she needs to go and yells “potty” She is very excited and happy with herself after she goes and we all give her tons of praise and clapping. Toddlers love that encouragement.
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You can also have fun toys and books for encouragement. The Potty Time with Elmo is a great book that toddlers can push the buttons for sounds and learn about the potty.

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Don’t forget about when you are on the go! Toddlers learning to potty train need consistence. so be sure to stock your car with Easy Ups and even a portable potty. So many times we have been out and about and the convenience of having an on the go potty was great. Keep a package of Lysol wipes to keep it clean and extra baggies and you are good to go.

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We also have mini m&ms and while not everyone is ok with bribing we have used them for every time they go #2 in the potty they get one m&m. We never had to use the bribing with Sarah our middle child as she took to potty training in a matter of a few days. It really comes down to you, your family and the child.

Join in on the #PampersEasyUps Twitter Party!

Thursday June 10th

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Prizes Include:

  • 100 ct Easy Ups,Sesame Street Portable Potty
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One winner will Receive 100ct Pampers Easy Ups, Portable Potty, Fun items to kick off Summer for your Child (RV $100)!

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ONE winner will receive a a Pampers Easy Up Prize Pack!

  •  100 ct Pampers Easy Ups
  • Portable Potty
  • Fun items to kick off Summer for your child!

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Potty Training Tips with Pampers Easy Ups #PampersEasyUps *Giveaway ends June 24th* {Plus Twitter Party Info} #DDDivas #sponsored

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

Please make sure to follow ALL Giveaway Rules. Please read sweepstake rules HERE.
This giveaway will end on June 24th


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Our Week in Pics: Week 116 (May 31- June 6)

We had a fun yet extremely busy week! The weekend started with Samantha going off to Junior Jam. It’s a camp for our local Girl Scouts that are Juniors. They have an absolute blast camping. When we picked Samantha up we took all the kids out to Chuck E Cheeses for some fun and then the next day Samantha had her end of the year Strings Performance. It was really neat because they had just the 5th graders perform together.

We had some fun pool time with our friends the rest of the week!

Fitness Friday

I seriously want to say that this past weekend I did really really bad on food and so bad I actually was sick to my stomach on Monday!

  • Friday May 30th: Mostly walked 3 miles.
  • Saturday May 31st: Swam until 2pm and then went home and slept the rest of the day. Although if I had been wearing my fitbit I probably walked a good mile in a circle while waiting for Hubby to get home from the store.
  • Sunday June 1st: Spent all day driving to pick up the girls from Girl Scout Camp. Ended up with almost 2 miles though, even though we were in the car driving for nearly 5 hours.
  • Monday June 2nd: only ended up wit 1.5 miles total.
  • Tuesday June 3rd: 4.5 miles and it was great! 
  • Wednesday June 4th:  4.25 miles and 6 miles total for the day!
  • Thursday June 5th:  2 miles for the day
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FOOD:
I don’t even want to say my food up until Tuesday!!!
burgers, pizza, salad, steak, mashed potatoes, a few drinks, chips, chocolate.. everything I shouldn’t be eating!
Tuesday: tea with some creamer which equals about 100 calories or so, lunch I had a honey Dijon dressing salad with crumbed egg on spinach, snack was a ready pack fruit/cheese tray that was 150 calories. Quite filling snack too!
Wednesday: don’t remember
Thursday: don’t remember