Friday, September 12, 2014

The Doc is IN!

 *This post is brought to you by Click Communications.

When Doc McStuffins came out a couple of years ago, my little Shari was immediately in love. Doc loves everything my daughter does:  Stuffed animals, imaginative play, and singing! She was absolutely thrilled the other day when we received the brand new Doc McStuffins School of Medicine DVD.

With Shari starting 1st grade this year, it was the perfect DVD to get her geared up! The DVD features 5 episodes, including:

Thursday, September 11, 2014

NUK Brings the Cuteness!

It seems I am forever in search of the perfect sippy. One that is cute, doesn't leak but is able to drink from, and one that safe for my child. After trying out the Gerber Graduate Hard Spout cup, I'm still looking, though this one does come very close.

The cup is adorable, I had no complaints in that area, NUK cups are always cute. My daughter had no problem drinking from it, but in recent months, she has become absolutely determined to spill the water out of her cups! It can be so frustrating to me, as her mom to see her intentionally pouring water all over herself.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Effortless Meals

*Thanks to the Coca-Cola company for providing compensation for this post.

Do remember a few weeks ago, how I told you about how horribly I'd been feeding my family and how I was trying to turn that around by starting a new diet? Well, here's the thing - I still need to feed my family. It can be tough cooking a delicious meal for your family, smelling the wonderful aromas and knowing that you aren't going to be able to partake - especially when you are just getting started.

I didn't want to just get them fast food, because we have already eaten way too much of that junk while we were moving this summer. Besides, while I'm okay with some unhealthy treats every once in a while, I like to make sure my kids are choosing healthier options for the most part.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Back-to-School Decorating

*This post is brought to you by WallMonkeys.

With the move that we made last month, we have gained a much larger space for our homeschool classroom. I have been busy painting, decorating, and hopefully hanging new curtains soon. With the new school year underway, I have been a little behind in getting my school decorations and visuals in place, but I think we are all aware that I'm not always completely together!

Even though I'm not completely done yet, I got started last night by hanging the Periodic Table of Elements. With my oldest entering 5th grade this year, it's a little bit above his level, but I like to put a mixture of completely relevant posters and ones that get kids thinking about new concepts. The colorful chart that I got from WallMonkey does just that!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Urbini Avi Jogging Stroller

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Urbini. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and as a thank you for participating.

I discovered jogging strollers for the first time when my son was a baby nine years ago. With every child since, I have chosen jogging strollers for their versatility, smooth ride, and ability to go on terrain that traditional strollers cannot. Even though I'm not much of a jogger, these are great for walking on trails or paths.

Red Urbini Avi Jogger

I am now on my third child and my third stroller. This latest is the brand new Urbini Avi. The Avi is different in some very key ways from the other two. First, the Avi's back wheels are a bit wider, giving it more stability than a more traditional jogger. Looking up just slightly, you see shocks, which are more than just the plastic that many others offer, they are actual springs. This gives your child a really smooth ride and truly makes it comfortable on all-terrain!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookies

*This post is brought to you by Hormel.

Peanut butter is something that we use in my house a lot. My kids love it on sandwiches, celery, even on the occasional sweet treat. I was recently introduced to a new kind of peanut butter, from Skippy. It's peanut butter - but with dark chocolate added! Even better is the fact that it's natural!

Instead of using it with our usual foods, I thought it would be fun to try it in a peanut butter cookie. They. Were. Amazing! Just the right amount of peanut butter and chocolate to really make your taste buds sit up and say, "Hello!"

Sofia the First: The Enchanted Feast

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When Sofia the First came out, I knew it would be a family favorite. Our youngest, Sophia, had just been born, and my older kids were so impressed that she had a princess "named after her." Because we all love the sweet Sofia character, we are always interested when a new episode or movie comes out.

My daughter, Shari, was especially excited with the release of the new Sofia the First:  The Enchanted Feast because not only does it include five great episodes, but there is an 'Enchanted Hand Mirror' inside the DVD case!