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Our Week in Pics (Dec. 27th – Jan. 2nd)

Happy New Year! We had a wonderful new year and the girls had fun sledding on the first real snow storm of the season! My older girls also went adn watched The Rose Parade in Pasadena and had a wonderful time!

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Our Week in Pics (December 20th – 26th)

Merry Christmas! We had a wonderful Holiday! We definitely stayed busy and I was very ready to get home and relax! We spent time with lots of family and friends and the girls all got what they wanted for Christmas and more!

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas too!

Our Week in Pics (December 13th – 19th)

What a fun and yet very busy week we had! This was the last week of school for the kids before winter break. Sam had a min-performance with Orchestra and then we had friends over to make Gingerbread Houses.

Hubby and I also celebrated our 11th Wedding Anniversary!

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Merry Christmas 2014

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from my family to yours! I hope that each and everyone of you has an amazing Holiday and are able to share this time with your friends and family!

2014 Nutcracker Photos

I was so excited to get the girls Nutcracker Photos from this year! The girls had an absolute blast dancing and making new friends.

Sarah was a Chocolate and Young Guest and Samantha was a Baker. Both girls are in Ballet 1 together. Next year Sarah hopes to be a Baker too!

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Our Week in Pics (Dec. 6th to 12th)

Another fun yet extremely busy week for our family! We started the week off with both of the girls being in our local parade. Sam was with orchestra playing her violin and Sarah with her troop. They both had a lot of fun and so did Pat, Shelby and I.

Then during the week the girls had fun at school with Christmas activities and I helped with Sam’s Girl Scout Troop’s Christmas party!

oh I also locked my keys in my trunk so I waited for about two hours for my father in law to bring me my husband’s key to my car. I entertained Shelby by getting her ice cream. It worked because she was good while we waited.

Finaly took my 29 week belly pic although I was closer to 30!

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My Favorite Products of 2014 for Toddlers

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I can’t believe that another year is about to end!  Shelby’s Birthday is the beginning of March so she has been two pretty much the entire year. Shelby has grown so much this past year that we have found some must have items for a two year old!

The last time I did a Must Haves Roundup was when Shelby was seven months old so I figured it was time to add to our list of products I recommend! This list is for toddlers (2 years) and the products that we use on a daily basis!

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At the beginning of the year Shelby turned two which meant that we would start potty training with her. She also loves Minnie Mouse so we thought the First Years 3-in-1 Potty System in Minnie Mouse would be a great option. It is a lot of pieces but for me I don’t mind because I can really break the entire potty down to clean it really well. Plus we like the option to move the top of the potty onto a regular toilet for Shelby.

With any two year old sippy cups are a must have item. One that doesn’t leak is also extremely important. My favorite is the Tommee Tippee Explora Insulated Drinking Cup. We take these cups everywhere with us. They are extremely easy to clean and the valves inside can be taken out to clean. I have learned that it’s easier to store the valves separately while the cups dry.

The Green Toys Stacking Cups I found on sale at TJ Maxx and Shelby plays with them on a daily basis! I seriously recommend these toys for every toddler. No batteries, nothing to break and they are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning!

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Shelby has really gotten into pretend play and loves play food. The LeapFrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket is one of her favorite toys. She loves to put the food in the right space on the plates and then feeds everyone.

You can find all of these products at stores like Babies R Us/Toys R Us!

 

Our Week in Pics ( Nov. 29th to Dec. 5th)

Happy Birthday to Sarah! We had a fun week celebrating Sarah’s 9th Birthday, Thanksgiving and then taking Sarah to American Girl Place in LA for her birthday!

We also went to our town’s Bon Fire that is put on annually by the fire fighters. It was a lot of fun!

We had a blast at our #PlayNintendo Kirby: Triple Deluxe Holiday House Party

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Over the weekend we had so much fun bringing over a few of the girl’s friends to come check out the Kirby Triple Deluxe game and play the awesome Nintendo 3DS XL!

Devour trees, obstacles, and huge chunks of stages with Kirby’s Hypernova ability and inhale enemies to copy epic new moves like Archer. It’s a grand new Kirby adventure PLUS a new multiplayer battle mode, Kirby Fighters!

When a mysterious being kidnaps King Dedede atop a giant Dreamstalk, only Kirby can save the day! Jump from the foreground to the background in dynamic 3D side-scrolling environments while using new and returning copy abilities to defeat enemies. Duke it out in Kirby Fighters, a fierce 4-player* battle mode where you fight using a chosen ability like Sword or Ninja. The last Kirby standing reigns supreme. Whether you’re new to Kirby or an old fan, the Kirby: Triple Deluxe game offers a triple threat—action, adventure, and a battle mode.

From snacks that the kids could easily snack on one handed so they could still play on their new 3Ds’. I’d say they all had a lot of fun playing Kirby!

I sat and asked the older kids what they thought of Kirby Triple Deluxe and how it compared to other Kirby Games and they all said that there were more options in the game including Kirby is stronger and the Hypernova is a lot of fun.  They said he can jump higher and they also really liked that gyro-Controls. These controls are available on the 2DS and 3DS.

All the kids also connected their 3DS XL so they could play games and trade keychains with each other.

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Some of the features of Kirby Triple Deluxe:

  • Kirby’s powerful copy ability returns, allowing him to inhale, spit and transform
  • Jump from the foreground to the background in dynamic 3D side-scrolling levels
  • Employ new and returning abilities, including:
    Archer – Kirby wields a bow to strike silently from a distance
    Beetle – Kirby grabs foes with his horn and slams them into the ground
    Fire – Kirby can roll into a fireball and scorch through the air
    Sword – Kirby dons a green cap and wields a sword
  • Kirby’s new Hypernova ability lets him inhale obstacles and big chunks of levels!
  • Use the Download Play feature to duke it out in Kirby Fighters, a fierce battle mode for up to 4 players*! You can also sharpen your skills by playing solo
  • Enjoy a selection of additional game modes including Dedede’s Drum Dash and Arena
  • Collect hidden keychains in every level, each resembling legacy Kirby characters
  • Unlock improved items and new keychains by using the StreetPass function to tag other players

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The 3DS XL also offers tons of fun games in itself! Samantha and Joe quickly found all the other games that are built right into the 3DS XL.

The 3DS XL is your portable gateway into Nintendo’s beloved game worlds, with screens that are 90% larger than those of the original 3DS to immerse you more fully in the games you play.

Games are displayed in 3D on the unit’s top screen without requiring special eyewear, so you’ll feel as though you’re peering into living, breathing game worlds. The bottom touch screen allows you to tap, swipe and draw your way through your in-game adventures with the included stylus. The 3DS also brings you a multifaceted photography suite so you can take photos in 3D, edit them and add some Nintendo charm.

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Both Kirby Triple Deluxe and the 3DS XL are going to be one hot item this year on Holiday Wish Lists! Paired together and you have hours of fun game time! You can purchase both the 3DS XL and Kirby Triple Deluxe at Best Buy.

Home Safety While Baking This Holiday Season! *Giveaway closed* #RecipeForSafety

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This time of the year is my absolute favorite! I love the weather, I love all the Holiday Cheer and most of all I love the Holiday baking!  Ever since I was little I helped my Aunt in the kitchen during the Holidays baking up tons of yummy candies and cookies. I knew how to follow a recipe in third grade and had so much fun. Now as a mom (soon to be 4 kiddos) I love to bake with my kids. I love sharing all the recipes I used growing up.

But a lot of people forget about home safety during the Holidays. There are a lot of dangers that a lot of people need to remember this time of year. From cut Christmas Trees to Baking.  Did you know cooking is the number one cause for home fires? Did you also know that most fatal home fires happen in homes with no smoke alarm or no working alarm?

We have a really fun Recipe for safety for every family to check out this Holiday Season!

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You can also check out FEMA holiday fire safety for your family along with NFPA Christmas tree fire safety, Both of these offer tons of safety information to keep your family safe this Holiday Season!

But the number one safety item you need to think about is having a working fire alarm in your home. Choosing a fire extinguisher for your home doesn’t have to be stressful. Kidde has made it easy for you to buy a great smoke alarm and fire extinguisher  like the Kidde Worry-Free alarms and the Kidde kitchen fire extinguisher.

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The Worry-Free Smoke Alarm has a 10-year lithium battery life. Kidde’s new Worry-Free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms use one battery for the life of the alarm to provide 24/7 fire safety protection, eliminating the hassles of low battery chirps and battery replacement. Additionally, the smoke alarms also have location-based attributes which makes it easy to select the right alarm for the right location in your home.

The Kitchen Fire Extinguisher is the perfect size to fit under your kitchen sink and offers that safety in your home for emergencies. It is extremely easy to use and has a shelf life of 12 years.

A few other products to consider having in your home is the Kidde 3 story escape ladder (great for families with multi-story homes) and the Kidde Worry-Free carbon monoxide alarm with digital display.

Combing all of these products together in your home can offer your family safety and peace of mind. You can connect with Kidde on FacebookTwitter and  Instagram.

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ONE winner  will receive a Kidde kitchen fire extinguisher.

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Home Safety While Baking This Holiday Season! *Giveaway ends Dec. 19th* #RecipeForSafety

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 Dec. 19th 

Our Week in Pics ( Nov. 22nd to Nov. 28th)

Last week of November and boy were we BUSY!!! This was the start of Nutcracker week, and Thanksgiving!

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Happy 9th Birthday Sarah!

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This sweet girl of mine turned 9 years old! It’s crazy to sit here and see how much she has grown over the years.  That is one thing I absolutely love about this blog is that I can look all the way back to when she was born! I can’t believe I blogged when she was born and now 9 years later I can look back at that sweet little face along with my thoughts!

This year has been challenging for her to say the least. She has always been my quiet, gentle hearted little girl and this year she has found her voice and a passion. She has to be heard!

She adores dancing. Literally every day she dances around the house and doing the splits whenever she can. She still loves the color green and mac and cheese is her favorite food!  She loves to play with her American Girl dolls and Barbies.

Happy Birthday sweet girl, here’s to the last year before you hit the double digits!

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Merry Fluffy Christmas Red Dog Studios Cloth Diaper Prize Pack *Giveaway closed* #‎fluffyxmas‬

*A product was provided for Giveaway as part of the Merry Fluffy Christmas Giveaway!
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Welcome to the greatly anticipated 5th annual Merry Fluffy Christmas Giveaway Event!! There are over 20 blogs that are giving away cloth diapering prize packages $50 and more! Make sure you enter here and then hop to all the others!! There are hundreds in fluffy prizes to be won!

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I am beyond excited to partner with Red Dog Studios this year! Red Dog Studios offers a great selection of WAHM made cloth diapers and clothing for babies.

A few of the things you can find from Red Dog Studio is Hybrid Fitted Diapers and the ever popular Pocketloone Pants which are perfect for those fluffy bums!

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One size fits “most” hybrid fitted diaper. This is a serged diaper with cased elastic and overcast with stretch nylon thread which is soft against baby’s skin. Size is adjusted via the fold down rise. The diapers have a hidden layer of Windpro® fleece which helps moisture re-absorb back into the insert creating a fitted diaper that will stay dry to the touch on the outside a bit longer than a conventional fitted. They do still require a cover to be absolutely waterproof but go ahead…be wild and go coverless knowing you’ve bought yourself a little bit of time to be fancy free and footloose. Red Dog Studios does not recommend going coverless for naps, overnight or for any outings where bums sit in seats. Fleece is still prone to compression leaks when wet enough.

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Included is a snap-in day time fold over soaker w/(2) layers of heavy organic bamboo fleece, (1) layer of organic bamboo fleece + (1) topper layer of coordinating velour for a total of (8) layers in the wet zone. A snap-in booster of (3) layers of organic bamboo fleece also included.

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One size fits most ~10-35+ lbs depending on the build of baby

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Pocketloone Pants
Perfect for fluffy, cloth diapered booties, these pants are unique in how they adjust and grow with the child. Fold up the cuffs and waistband for the smaller babies and unfold as the child grows. The pocketloones have a hidden side seam pocket and are intend for as play pants, not sleepwear.

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You can learn more about Red Dog Studio and all of their adorable offerings by visiting www.reddog-studio.com and also connect with them on Facebook.

This year, there are also two HUGE Grand Prize packages, on both of the host blogs, And Then There Were 5 and Mommy’s Favorite Things! So make sure you enter to win those as well! Good luck!

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ONE winner will receive a Cloth Diaper Prize Pack by Red Dog Studios Retails for $91 (winner will receive prize pack shown):

  • 2 Fitted Cloth Diapers
  • 2 Snap in Inserts
  • 1 Size one (medium) pocketloones which roughly fit children ages 12 months – 3 years.

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Merry Fluffy Christmas Red Dog Studios Cloth Diaper Prize Pack *Giveaway ends Dec. 7th*

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 Dec. 7th

You can help others by joining in on #GoodshopSunday

*My family is huge on helping others. I am really excited to spread the word about Goodshop Sunday and how you can help others while shopping.

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One of the biggest things I have been trying to implement is teaching my children about helping others. During the Holiday Season there are so many families out there in need and I want my kids to understand about giving and not always receiving.

One of the easiest ways is to find a local organization in our community that is hosting a drive, like toys, food or clothes. I have found quite a few in our small town and already have been giving to them. Next week we will be joining a toy drive where I will have my kids give gifts for our community toy drive.

There are tons of other ways to help too! Especially for us that shop for holiday gifts online! From Black Friday to Cyber Monday, some may not know about Goodshop Sunday! Goodshop Sunday is on November 30th and is the day where thousands of merchants will be offering great deals and coupons AND donating a percentage of nearly every purchase back to the shopper’s favorite nonprofit or school!!

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Leading up to the day, thousands of stores (including Amazon, Old Navy, Target, and Kohl’s) will have the best coupons and deals listed on Goodshop.com and will donate a percentage of nearly every purchase to the users’ favorite cause – for free! In addition, on Goodshop Sunday, select retailers are offering double donations, while others are sharing exclusive deals– so people can feel extra good about their holiday shopping!

By visiting Goodshop you can find a whole list of retailers along with the percentages of donations back!
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For me, one of the biggest online shops I use during the Holidays is Amazon. So I clicked on Amazon to check out their deals and also the donations given back. Amazon for me is a one stop shop so I look there first to see what deals I can find.

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Plus, while there will be special deals on Goodshop Sunday, shoppers can find deals and donations all year long. Goodshop helps shoppers save more than just money!

Here are some deals:

Amazon Coupon – Free shipping on purchases over $35 (1.5% donation)

Sephora Coupon – Choose 1 of 3 Holiday Deluxe Sample Bags with any $25 purchase with code (2.5% donation)

Sears Coupon – Get extra $5 off orders of $50 or more with code (2% donation)

Best Buy Coupon – Free shipping on orders $35+ (3% donation)

Join the cause by taking the #GoodshopSunday pledge – to buy 1 gift that gives back this holiday season!  Take a photo of yourself forming the “hand heart” and share it across social media using the hashtag #GoodshopSunday— This is a visual confirmation of your pledge and the promise that holiday shopping can make a difference.

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Our Week in Pics (Nov. 15th – 21st)

Lots of playing, errands, dance, Nutcracker Rehearsal and 26 weeks pregnant! I felt like the days just ran together!

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