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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Glass Dharma Straws Review & Giveaway

 I was provided the below mentioned products in order to provide a review.

     We like to use drinking straws at home and away.  Not sure why, it just seems easier.  But I hate going through a bunch of plastic straws that just get thrown away afterwards.  Recently I was contacted by GlassDharma about trying their glass straws.  I had heard of glass straws before, but never tried them.  So of course I said yes I'd be interested in trying them.

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     Did you see the picture of student and mom Karlesha Thurman?  She snapped it at her California State University graduation ceremony and it went viral.  Some people complimented her and showed huge support while others bashed her for publicly breastfeeding.  What side were you on?  I personally commend her.  I am a breastfeeding mom myself and feel like breastfeeding should be more accepted as it is natural.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Back to School: Apparel n Bags Gemline 5340 Impulse Backpack

I was provided the below mentioned products in order to provide a review.

     Going back to school means school supplies.  One thing that pretty much all kids need for school is a backpack.  They need something to carry their supplies and homework to and from school.  I have mentioned before that Jayden's school is pretty strict on supplies and apparel.  One of the requirements is that backpacks must be a solid color with no graphics on them.  It is not always easy to find a good backpack in a solid color.  There are tons out there with cartoon characters and prints, but not so many solid.  Plus I want Jayden's backpack to have a side pocket that can hold his water bottle.  He takes one to school each day.  When Apparel n Bags was interested in a review and I searched their website for the perfect backpack for Jayden.  I found one that I thought would do the job.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Back to School: Staples Review & Giveaway #MakeMoreHappen

 I was provided the below mentioned products in order to provide a review.
     Going back to school always means time to buy school supplies.  As a kid I always liked shopping for school supplies.  I wanted all the fun school gadgets and stuff.  But when I was younger the schools didn't have supply lists that we needed to bring in.  We bought what we wanted, but for the most part schools had everything for us.  But now schools don't have the money to provide these supplies so we as parents need to supply them.  And to be honest I don't mind too much.  They are caring for and teaching my son a big portion of the day, the least I can do it provide the supplies he will use.  So when school started I armed myself with Jayden's list of supplies needed and gathered them all for his first day of school.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

{Never} Wordless Wednesday ~ My Baby is Going to Be 2 Years Old Tomorrow!!

     I honestly can not believe that Evan is going to be 2 years old tomorrow. He is growing so fast.  I swear it was just a couple months ago we brought him home from the hospital.  He has so much personality too.  I don't know how he contains himself with all the personality flowing out... well to be honest he doesn't much.  He is all boy and all toddler for sure.  He started a toddler preschool this year and is doing great.  He loves his teacher and all his friends.  He is happy to say hi to everyone when he gets there and is so adorable when his little friends hug him goodbye.  Above is a couple of the photos Kathy Romero Photography took last weekend for Evan's 2 year old pictures.  They turned out great and I can't wait to see the others.  

Some things about Evan's:
Loves is Bubber (Jayden)
Loves crackers, prefers goldfish but will eat any crackers
Loves pizza
Loves the PBS app on my kindle for watching his favorite shows.
Loves Elmo and Cookie Monster
Loves spoons... I know funny, but the kid loves to take my spoons (large plastic, wooden, or silverware, he doesn't care).  He likes them all.  
Still loves to nurse... He is a bit of a stinker if I say no... he has quite the tantrums.  
Loves to hit the ball with anything like a bat or golf club (often the spoons come in handy for this)
Loves to copy anything and everything that Bubber does.  
Loves to swim and thinks he can do it on his own.  
Loves the rain and being outside (the mosquitoes like him.. :()
Loves cars and anything that goes
Loves babies and calls any child about 10 years old or younger baby
Loves to get his way and gets very angry when he doesn't 
Started potty training and has used the potty a couple of times
Gives lots of hugs and kisses
Talks ALOT!!!  

Monday, August 18, 2014

Trailhopper Wearable Performance Blanket for Babies On-The-Go by Cozey7 Review & Giveaway

Cozey 7®

     Evan is my go, go, go child.  He is everywhere.  He loves adventure and just can't sit still for long.  Sometimes it is hard to keep up with him and when it is cool outside it is often hard to keep him covered.  Lucky for us we live in Arizona and it is not cold much, but sometimes it does get cold.  The weather now is rather hot, but when the monsoon storms move in the temperature drops outside.  When I was asked if I'd be interested in trying the Trailhopper wearable performance blanket by Cozey7 I was interested.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival Coming to Arizona #AZ #Disney

I will be  provided tickets in exchange for this post.
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     My boys love Disney and Evan is really getting into Mickey Mouse.  I'm excited to announce that Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival is coming to US Airway Center next month.  I can't wait to take my boys to this fun event.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

{Never} Wordless Wednesday ~ RIP Robin Willams

     By now you have heard the tragic news of Robin Willams death.  I am sad that this has happened.  I love Robin Williams.  He is such a great actor and funny comedian.  And although I never met in him person it just seems like he is a super nice guy.  I would have loved to meet him.  There are so many memorial able roles that he has been in.  I loved Good Will Hunting, Patch Adams, Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, and SO MANY more great movies he was in.  And of course no one can forget Mork and Mindy.  I watched it as a kid.

I Just wanted to send out prayers to Robin and his family.  He will be truly missed.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Little Tikes 4-in-1 Trike Sports Edition Review

     Little Tikes is a brand that I think highly of.  We have quite a few Little Tikes products and they are all great.  Little Tikes really does their best to make products children enjoy.  Recently I decided I wanted to get Evan a tricycle.  But I really wanted one that would grow with him.  He is not quite at the age to petal on his own, but will in a few months of less.  When Little Tikes offered the 4-in-1 Trike Sports Edition I was excited.  It was exactly what I wanted for him.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

{Never} Wordless Wednesday ~ First Day of School

     Well today was Jayden's first day of school for 1st grade.  I still can't believe he is in 1st grade already.  Jayden struggled at the beginning of the year last year with crying.  So I was not sure how he would take it this year, but I had hope it would go well.  Turns out it went really well.  I had to work so John took him to school as he does everyday.  He walked him to class and said that Jayden put away his backpack and lunch, then sat in his chair.  He began talking to his friends.  John said bye to him like 3 times, but didn't think Jayen even heard him.  He was immediately comfortable and fine for dad to go.

     When I got home from work I asked how school was.  He said it was great.  I asked if his new teacher Ms. Blake was nice.  He said she is so very super duper nice.  I am so glad we moved to this school.  He loves it so much and so do we.  The teachers are awesome and he learns so much.

     Evan also started school recently.  He started about a week and a half ago.  He is not attending a toddler class at one of our high school preschool centers.  The first 2 days he didn't really cry, but then started to cry at drop off.  He would have teary moments during the day.  But this past couple days he is doing much better.  He does cry when I leave, but the crying is short.  He is not teary any more all day.  He is playing and interacting with the other kids too.