Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Green Your School Year with Resqueeze {Spotlight}

Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of ReSqueeze and will receive compensation to thank me for my time.  All opinions regarding ReSqueeze are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

Send your kids back to school healthy and happy with ReSqueeze.  These pouches are perfect for lunchbox applesauce, yogurt and frozen smoothies.  Parents can buy or make applesauce in bulk to save money and help the environment by using ReSqueeze.

ReSqueeze was created by parents who wanted to keep the messes and cost down and provide healthy options for their child.  The pouch is designed with rounded edges to prevent boo-boos and a wide opening to make filling easy.  These pouches can be yours for a very reasonable price and come in 6 oz. (left) and 9 oz. (right).



Head on over to ReSqueeze to pick the perfect pouch for your family.  Stay connected with Resqueeze on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for all their latest products, specials and recipes.

What recipe would you make with ReSqueeze?

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sibling Similarities

When I found out I was pregnant with Little M, I thought I would have it all under control.  I'd been through it before and this was going to be way easier.  But these two kids are as different as night and day. I try not to compare them, because that's just frustrating to me and not fair to them.  But I do love to look at their similarities.  Here's some side by side pictures around the same age.  Big C is on the left and Little M is on the right.

Just Born


First Time Baths


Daddy Snuggles


Sitting Supported


First Swim


I love to watch them as they change too.  It happens so quickly, especially the first year.  

If you have more then one child, what are their similarities?





Monday, July 28, 2014

Green Your School Year with Back to Blocks {Review}

Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of Back to Blocks and received promotional items to thank me for my time.  All opinions regarding Back to Blocks are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

My 3 year old daughter is so eager to go to school.  I was planning on signing her up at our church preschool a couple of times a week.  But when registration started, I was in the hospital on bed rest. Once our little guy was born and things started to settle down, I called to see if they still had openings.  Unfortunately, they did not.  We were placed on the waiting list.

As a former teacher, there is definitely many things I can do with Big C at home until she gets into preschool.  Free play is definitely one area that I think is very important.  Big C received Back to Blocks to review and incorporate in "homeschool."

I allowed Big C to free play with her set of wooden block when we first received them.  One day, we learned about space at a special outing, so I had her build me a space ship when we returned home. Or sometimes I'll call out shapes that she has to use to try and build something creative.  The Back to Blocks set has been endless fun and learning experiences for us.


Back to Blocks are made in America from poplar and maple wood.  The poplar is light weight, affordable and can come in many different colors.  Maple is very hard, heavy and durable, but can be a little more expensive.

The wooden block sets come in specific combination of sizes and shapes.  You can also order individual blocks.  All block sets arrive in buckets of red, yellow, blue or white.  Back to Blocks is a perfect gift for teachers, daycares and special needs children, too.

Ready to start building with your little one?  Head on over to Back to Blocks to purchase the perfect set for your child.  And get connected with Back to Blocks on Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest for creative ways to use your building blocks.

What's the first thing you would help your child build?

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Mommy's Bliss Sweet Slumber Set {Review}

Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of Mommy's Bliss and received promotional items to thank me for my time.  All views regarding Mommy's Bliss and the Sweet Slumber Set are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

Big C was such an easy baby.  She fell asleep easily whenever she felt tired.  And could fall asleep anywhere.  So I was really taken aback when I realized Little M had so many sleep troubles.  I've been desperate to try almost anything.  I couldn't pass up the opportunity to review Mommy's Bliss Sweet Slumber Set.

This set comes with baby wash, massage cream and mist to relax your baby into a bedtime routine to create a good night's sleep.  I'm very picky about what touches my children's skin.  Needless to say, I was impressed with the Mommy's Bliss safe and natural ingredients.  


As you can probably tell from the picture, Little M enjoyed every minute of this new bedtime routine. And we both enjoyed the pleasant scent of Sweet Slumber.  Mommy's Bliss also gave me 10 steps to help my baby sleep better.  Check them out below.


What sleep advice would you give a new mom?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Night Night Prayer Children's Book {Review and Giveaway}

Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of Tommy Nelson and received a promotional product to thank me for my time.  All views regarding Tommy Nelson and A Night Night Prayer book are my own and were not influenced by other sources.  

After each long and exhausting day, Big C and I snuggle close with a book to read and end the night with a prayer.  Big C gets super excited when we receive a new book from Tommy Nelson.  She loves to help her mama review them so I can share them with you!


This board book helps little ones to see God's blessings all around them as they help the little alpaca say "night night" to the things around him.  A Night Night Prayer includes fun, rhyming text and whimsical art throughout the book.  And is perfect for children ages 1 to 4.

What a great book to hand down to younger siblings, as well.  Big C can't wait to share it with her little brother.  Grab your copy by the best selling author, Amy Parker, at TommyNelson.com for $9.99.  Stay connected with Tommy Nelson on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for all their latest updates, products and giveaways!  

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Our Florida Summer Vacation

Most of our family and friends live in Florida, so we usually travel there once a year for a little vacation.  It usually ends up being us running around to visit all our family and friends.  So it never feels like a real vacation.  This was the first time where I felt like it was a perfect mixture of both.

But boy did it start out crazy!  We arrived at the airport with a super long line to check our bags. When we finally got to the desk, the lady told us we were 3 minutes pass the cut off and we would have to catch a flight the next day.  There was no way I could prep two kiddos and do this all over again.  She let us through, but told us if we missed the flight, we still had to pay for it.  After getting through security, we didn't even have time to put on our shoes.  We booked it to the plane, sat down and took off.

A couple days after arriving in Florida, my best friends since middle school were all in town.  So we decided to recreate pictures we took during our senior year of high school.  This one is my favorites.


The following day was July 4th.  We celebrated with a pool party and sparklers.  Many of our family members were able to join us.  


Grandma and Pop Pop have a pool, so we made sure to take advantage of it.  It was Little M's first time swimming.


We spent an evening at our favorite beach, swimming with cousins and catching the sunset.


For my birthday, Grandma and Grammie treated Big C and I with pedicures.  This was Big C's first time.  She wasn't too sure about the process, but she loved the results.  


My husband and I had a date night for the first time in about 4 months.  Can you tell I'm excited?  We needed it!


Big C had more ice cream in the 2 weeks of vacation then she's had her whole life.  


Little M met his 97 years young Great Grandma for the first time.  And we enjoyed hanging out with Grandpa too!


And near the end of our vacation, we had a blast at a hotel water park with cousins and Downtown Disney.

There was so much more to our vacation, but I just couldn't possibly fit it all into one blog post. Minus the airplane rides and car accident (no one was hurt), we had a wonderful vacation.  And it was so great to have my family and friends love on my kids and give me an extra hand and sleep!

Have you taken any special trips this summer?











Thursday, July 17, 2014

Little M Turns 5 Months Old

Today, Little M turned 5 months old (approximately 4 months adjusted) and I'm not sure where this month went.



What's new with Little M:

We didn't have a well visit this month, so I'm not sure what Little M's stats are.  But I can tell you, after lifting him in his car seat today, he is getting heavy!

Last month, I shared that his head grew very quickly and he is in the 99%.  With worry on our minds and hearts, my husband and I opted for the head ultrasound.  Praise God, everything came back normal. He just has a big head.

Little M is behind in his gross motor skills.  We now know that this is probably due to his large head size.  He is unable to hold his head steady for long periods of time.  He is scheduled for his physical therapy evaluation early next month.

I'm hoping he is able to get head control soon, because I'm so excited to make his baby food!

Little M is such a little smiley pants, loves to laugh and giggle, especially when he watches his big sister.

He also went swimming for the first time and stuck his feet in the ocean on our vacation to Florida.

Watch Little M Grow