Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Nuby Traveltime Bowl Set {Review}

Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of Nuby and received promotional items to thank me for my time.  All views and opinions regarding Nuby and the Traveltime Bowl Set are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

Little M loves to eat.  And I enjoy making homemade baby food for him.  He is the only one in the family who eats everything I make.  Since we eat out on Friday nights, I knew I needed something to make eating out easy for Little M.  The Nuby Traveltime Bowl Set is perfect for us!



These bowls are perfect for at home or on the go.  They are made of break-resistant polypropylene and fit perfectly in your little one's tiny hands.  The lids (not pictured) snap on tight for freshness and on the go. This set includes a long handled spoon with rubberized grips that make it simple for feeding.

You can purchase the same Traveltime Bowl Set Little M has for $5.99 or choose from a variety of other colors.  This set is available at BuyBabyDirect.com, Diapers.com, Amazon.com, Cookieskids.com.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Life Verses for Children

My kiddos are my heroes.  They are so brave and courageous beyond my understanding.  They are fighters and survivors!  But I must say, my faith was shaken during their battles.

Big C was just an infant when she contracted meningitis.  I was so scared she wouldn't make it. There were many times I asked God why and often relied on others to carry me through.  Even though I questioned God, I turned to Him anyway, creating a life verse for Big C.  These were the words I prayed over her, often . . .

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.


Big C conquering meningitis in the hospital.

Little M's battle was much different.  Not even born yet, but thriving inside me, after my water broke. I struggled every day to stay strong in the hospital.  But the shots, blood work at 4am, monitoring, IV line changing every 3 days, lack of sleep and unable to get out of bed, made me want to give up.

When Little M was born 5 weeks early, he amazed us all.  But one thing I saw early on was that he wasn't thriving in gross motor skills.  Of course as a mama, I began to worry and asked for help. Though he is still behind, he is moving forward.  It's been really hard for me to watch him progress so slowly.  So I knew I needed to focus on a verse just for him, too . . .

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Little M at tummy time.

I know God will move mountains for Little M, just as He has done with Big C.

Have you picked a life verse for your child?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Applegate Half Time Kit {Review and Giveaway}

Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of Applegate and received promotional items to thank me for my time.  All opinions regarding Applegate and the Half Time kit are my own and were not influenced by outside sources.

What is one of your least favorite chores?  Mine is preparing for the next day - getting lunches prepped and bags packed for whatever we have in store.  I know I can't do it the morning of, or I would probably go crazy.  So I was pretty excited to see Applegate has made this chore a little bit easier.

Applegate has teamed up with Stonyfield and Annie's to create the first pre-packed lunch kit with natural and organic ingredients.  HALF TIME includes Applegate natural meats and cheeses (which have no artificial ingredients or preservatives, and are antibiotic- and hormone-free), Annie's Homegrown crackers and snacks, and Stonyfield Organic YoKids Squeezers.

Now you don't have to compromise between convenience and quality!  This kit has been such a life saver for our family.  We often rush home for lunch and everyone is cranky, tired and hungry. It made it super easy to just pull the kit out of the refrigerator for Big C and sit down to get the baby fed.

Big C is very familiar with all three brands, so having it all come packaged in a fun box made it so exciting for her.  She also received a fun lunch box that she could design her own picture on, as well as, an activity book.  And for me, I got coupons and convenience!  Thank you Applegate for making my life a little less stressful.


Applegate is giving away a HALF TIME kit to one blessed reader!  This kit includes all three varieties of HALF TIME - Turkey and Cheese, Ham and Cheese and Bologna and Cheese, a draw your own lunch bag, a set of permanent markers, coupons and an activity book!

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

He Turns 8 Months Old

I think I blinked, because Little M turned eight months old last Friday.  With his growing belly and personality, this boy is changing every day.

Little M continues to devour solids.  He eats twice a day and is practicing picking up puffs with his fingers.  I'm not sure why he won't bring them to his mouth, because he has no problem sticking everything else in his mouth.

He's starting to do better on his tummy.  He'll even sleeps on it.  Though he already knew how to roll from back to belly, he recently learned to roll from belly to back.  He's also able to hold his chest off the ground.  And he can sit unsupported for a few seconds.

Recently, Little M's physical therapist did a mini evaluation on him.  Though he is right on track with oral and fine motor skills, he is still well behind in his gross motor skills, performing at about a 4 - 5 month old.

Little M has one tooth and another is on it's way.  Teething hasn't been terrible, but we have had a couple rough hours, allowing me to cuddle and snuggle with him.

Ready to see Little M's growth?  Goodness, he has come a long way!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Baby Hat Island {Review and Giveaway}

Disclosure:  I wrote this post on behalf of Baby Hat Island and received a promotional item to thank me for my time.  All opinions regarding Baby Hat Island and the crown are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

Big C has changed her mind about what she wants to be for Halloween several times.  First it was a pirate, then robot, gum ball fairy, dinosaur and then she finally settled on Cinderella.  So of course I changed my mind on how I would dress up Little M.

Here's a little sneak peak of Little M's final Halloween costume.  Can you guess what he will be?


Jennifer, from Baby Hat Island, created this adorable crown for Little M.  Baby Hat Island was inspired by Jennifer's first child.  And her Etsy shop began to grow as customers requested specific items.  Jennifer loves to keep her customers satisfied with her beautiful creations!

We were more than satisfied with Little M's crown.  I was a little nervous, because Little M has a big head for his age, but it fit him perfectly.  The quality and workmanship of the hat is more than I could ask for.  And obviously Little M loves it too!

Other items that you will find from Baby Hat Island include summer hats and totes, animal hats (which would make really cute costumes too), flower hair clips and dresses for girls, fun fleece hats for boys, and more!  Baby Hat Island also takes custom orders, which is what I selected for Little M.

You can purchase the same crown Little M has for $15.99 at Baby Hat Island or choose from a variety of other products for your baby, toddler or child.  Be sure to stay connected to Baby Hat Island on Facebook for all the latest products and deals!

Baby Hat Island is giving away a $20 shop credit to one blessed reader!  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter.  Good luck!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Brave Girls Bible Stories {Review and Giveaway}

Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of Tommy Nelson and received promotional items to thank me for my time.  All opinions regarding Tommy Nelson and the Brave Girls Bible Stories are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

I can not remember when I didn't know Jesus.  My whole life I've been blessed to have a relationship with him.  Through adulthood, I feel like it's only deepened.  I want my children to know the word from the very beginning, too.  And I want them to never remember a time when they didn't know Jesus.  But I've been having trouble explaining to Big C in ways she can understand it.  The Brave Girl's Bible Stories has made this so much easier!

The Brave Girl's Bible Stories is a new brand that teaches girls about the Bible and growing into godly women of character.  It focuses on important lessons from more then 30 women of the Bible. Girls will learn Bible stories along five modern day brave girls who are just like them.

Big C is really enjoying this book.  She pretends to be one of the characters each night.  And I can tell she can relate to each one.  I love that her knowledge of the word is growing day by day.  And that this book is teaching her to stand firm in her faith.


The Tommy Nelson team wants to share a little more insight into what Brave Girls is all about! Check out their special letter just for you!

Dear Parents,

If you have a daughter, you know that the deepest desire of any parent’s heart is to see
her happy, confident, and most importantly, deeply aware of God’s love for her. For her
to know how courageous and strong she can be, and that God has a plan to use her life for
good!

Strong, confident girls and women are making a splash in pop culture. From Disney’s
Merida in Brave to Veronica Roth’s Katniss in The Hunger Games, girls are taking their
place as the heroes of the story, and rightfully so!

Women have been a crucial part of God’s story for generations, and the Bible is full of
brave girls whom God used to make a difference. Ephesians 3:20 tells us, “With God’s
power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or think of.
To Him be the glory!”

We are overjoyed to tell you about a new brand making its debut this September that we
hope will speak these truths to your daughters’ hearts, Tommy Nelson’s Brave Girls!
Brave Girls Bible Stories, the first book from the new brand, will help girls grow in their
knowledge of the Bible and in their faith. Your daughters will get to know our Brave
Girls – Hope, Gracie, Glory, Faith, and Honor – five modern-day friends – as they
journey through the Bible together.

The girls are each very different, but they all love Jesus and love each other. Readers will
find parts of themselves in each of the five Brave Girls as they share their strengths –from
sports to fashion – and struggles, including making new friends and working through
dyslexia.

As the Brave Girls narrate, readers will learn such valuable truths from more than thirty
women in the Bible who dared to follow God.

Sincerely,

The Tommy Nelson Team

You can purchase the same book Big C reviewed for $16.99 from TommyNelson.com or choose from a variety of other faith products.  Stay connected with Tommy Nelson on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest for all their latest products, updates and giveaways.

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

His Plan Is Perfect

I feel like this whole year God has been shaking me to trust in His plan.  But for some reason, I keep focusing on my own plans . . .
birth plans
breastfeeding plans
day to day life with an infant and toddler plans
and now our move to Florida plans

It's true, our family was planning on moving back to Florida after we searched out areas to live on our summer vacation.  I was initially very torn between where we live now in Colorado and moving back to Florida.  I desperately want to be close to family, not only for support in raising our kiddos, but I don't want to miss out on another wedding, birthday, dance recital, baptism, holiday or just giving support to family and friends when they need it.

But I also don't want to give up our community or home in Colorado.  This Florida girl has learned to embrace the seasons (most of the time) and found a church that our family can call home.  We have so many family friendly activities near by that I do something educational and fun with my children almost everyday.  And I've gained some meaningful friendships that I would truly miss.

But we decided to go all in, put our house up for sale and move home.  However, the house still sits unsold. And all our plans came to a halt.  Not knowing when and having to trust God with His plans has been challenging for me.  I almost wanted to hold back, stay still and not really live just in case it was time to move.

I've decided to try to take in as much as I can while we are still here.  And since October is my favorite month in Colorado, we started with taking in God's breath-taking views of the Fall leaves.


We my husband is currently finishing the basement.  Once that is complete, we will put the house back on the market.  Not knowing when we'll be moving is hard.  Even in the little things, like planning my daughter's birthday.  A December birthday party in Colorado is very different then a December birthday in Florida.

But God's plan is perfect . . .

As for God, his way is perfect: the Lord's word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him. Psalm 18:30