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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.

photo borrowed from: www.rottentomatoes.com

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.

Back to School Event: French Toast Uniforms Review & Giveaway

 I was provided the below mentioned products in order to provide a review
     French Toast
     I can't believe that it is time for school already. We went last night to Jayden's school Meet the Teacher night. I am just astonished that he will be starting first grade next week. I can't believe that my baby boy is now a 6 year old starting first grade. I am excited to see what this year brings for him. He will be starting the school year at the school we love. Last year he began at a different school and transferred soon after the beginning to this school. So we are excited that he will begin this school from the beginning. The school that Jayden attends requires a specific uniform. The shirts require the special school crest to be on them. So you can't just purchase the shirts just anywhere. Luckily my favorite school uniform store French Toast carries the exact shirts we need with the crest and all.

Monday, August 4, 2014

HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Plus Sleep Sack Giveaway

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

      Having been a new mom more then once I know what it is like to be sleep deprived. Being sleep deprived many moms choose to bring their babies to bed with them or use a baby sleep system near their bed. HALO has come out with a great new item for moms and baby. The HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper is now a great new option for sleep deprived moms. This unique infant bassinet is able to move to allow baby to sleep as close to mom as she wants. It gets much closer then any other bassinet. It allows for baby to be in his or her own safe space while still being right next to mom as close as on the bed. With baby in his or her own safe space mom can sleep better.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Back to School Event: Speekee Spanish for Kids Online Review & Giveaway

     Knowing a second language is a wonderful advantage.  At the high school I teach at we have about 60 different languages that are represented on campus through students.  I think that is amazing how many languages can be in one school.  That also means all of those students have to also know English.  But what about the English speaking students?  How do they communicate with their peers?  I have worked with children and families that speak other languages then me, mainly Spanish, but a few others.  It is not always easy to communicate.  I always wished I knew more Spanish.  Sure I have taking some classes and I have had co-workers help me to learn some, but it is not fluent at all.  I have heard before that the best time to learn a new language is before the age of 8.  Something about the way a person produces different sounds are set by age 8.  So after age 8 it becomes more difficult to make the different sounds that may be in another language.  That is why I am happy that Jayden's school provides Spanish instruction daily.  He has an actual Spanish teacher that comes in his classroom daily and teaches, right now some basic Spanish.  He is enjoying learning a new language, but of course it is not easy.  When I saw that there is an online program for kids to help teach them Spanish I thought that would be a good addition to what he is already doing.


    Speekee is an online Spanish program for kids.  Speekee was developed in 2006 and has worked to build their reputation as a quality Spanish learning site ever since.  The Speekee Spanish Challenge is the most comprehensive Spanish learning program for children online.  Speekee is designed for children between the ages of 2 and 11.  Speekee has some free Spanish speaking videos, but if you sign up for the paid version you get access to many more videos.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Beachin' Event #Giveaway #BeachinEvent Value: $800+

I did not receive any product for this post, nor was I compensated.  

It is Summer 

And It is time for The Beachin' Event!!

     Arizona MamaAndersons Angels, Joy Of Momma Joyner and The More The Merrier love the Summer Season! To celebrate, we have teamed up with an awesome group of bloggers and wonderful sponsors to bring you great products that anyone would need for a great beach trip or beach themed party! 
ONE WINNER will walk away with this whole prize package worth over $800!