Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Liebster Award

Nicole from Momma On Wheels was kind enough to nominate me for a Liebster award! How exciting! *Blush* I would like to thank the academy….. 

Seriously, though I’d like to thank my children for existing, and providing such great material! And of course, my wonderful husband who supports me in all my adventures. 

The Liebster Award is given to bloggers who are up and coming. Which I guess means that I am up and coming! Yay!

The rules for me to accept the nomination are that I have to:
1. Link back to the blog that nominated me.
2. Nominate 5-11 blogs with less than 3,000 followers
3. Answer the questions posted by the blogger who nominated me
4. Share 11 random facts about myself.
5. Create 11 questions for my nominees
6. Contact my nominees with their award

I accept! I accept! But first, I did some detective work. I wanted to see when and where this started, and get as much information about it as I could. This brought me to Sopphey Says, who basically answered all my questions! Thanks, Sopphey!

Anyway, here goes:

How do you spend your free time? Free time? What is that? I vaguely remember doing things like reading, scrapbooking, and embroidery before the kids took over.

What is your favorite movie? My favorite movie of all time is ‘The Princess Bride’. It is super cheesy, but I love it anyway!

If you won the lottery what would be the first thing you would buy? I would have to say that I would buy a house with my husband’s dream kitchen…he says he would cook more if he had one! ;)

Why did you start blogging? I started blogging as a guest poster for Mommy’s Craft Obsession. From there, I decided to take the plunge and start my own blog!

Do you have a pet peeve? I have several pet peeves, one of which is people smoking at playgrounds, or places dedicated to children.

Where were you born? I was born in Kentucky.

Do you have any phobias? Unfortunately, yes. I am really afraid of spiders! Yikes!

What is the best thing about you? The best thing about me is my children.

What is an item on your bucket list? Hmmm…this is a tough one. I would have to say that I have always wanted to travel in Europe.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor? My favorite changes all the time! I love Mint Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Cookie Dough, and plain Vanilla the best.

Do you have any pets? No. We had a dog, but the kids were afraid of her, and we weren’t able to give her the exercise she needed. We found her a lovely home with a child-free couple.

11 Random Facts About Me:

1. My family and I lived in Japan for 3 years (We LOVED Japan!)
2. I have been skydiving.
3. I met my husband on board the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt.
4. I have a tattoo on my ankle, but almost never show it off as I live in pants. (People scream and run away when they see my ghostly pale legs.)
5. I am a much better baker than I am a cook.
6. I homeschool my kids.
7. I actually like and have a good relationship with my Mother-in-law.
8. I am allergic to cats, which is fine, since I'm a dog person anyway.
9. I’m actually a pretty reserved person, which makes it pretty weird that I write this blog!
10. I was a total tomboy growing up. You could usually find me up a tree somewhere.
11. My first car was a 1986 Ford Grand Marquis LS.  His name was Walter.

I Nominate


My Questions for these Bloggers:

1. How long have you been blogging?
2. What is your favorite holiday and why?
3. What is your inspiration?
4. What is one thing about you that no one would ever guess?
5. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
6. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
7. Would you rather be the smartest person in the world, or the most attractive?
8. What is the furthest away from home you have ever been?
9. If you could have dinner with any one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
10. What is your pet peeve?
11. How many siblings do you have?

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Preventing the Public Meltdown

Before I had kids, I always swore that I wouldn’t be ‘that mom’ in the store whose kid was throwing a tantrum, or being demanding and whiny. Of course, before you have kids, you know all about how a mom should be, what she should do, and how she should teach her kids. So, basically, I was an idiot.

Even the best kids are going to have a meltdown in public a time or two. My kids are not an exception, although they are pretty darn great!

With that said, there are a few things that I have learned after having three children. Here are my best tips for getting good behavior from your kids when you are out and about:

1. Talk to them beforehand about what you expect. When we are driving somewhere, often times I will ask my children, “What is a way we can use our manners today?” They will then respond, telling me that they will say please and thank you, they will say “Yes Sir/Ma’am, No Sir/Ma’am,” etc. My son holds doors for ladies, the elderly, etc. (By the way, if a little boy is holding the door for you, please say thank you! It makes it easier to instill that value in him, and makes him feel great for helping someone.)

By reminding them of what you expect of them, and not in lecture format, they are more aware of their behavior before you even enter a store/public area. It allows them to check themselves before you have to.

2. If you know you are going into or near the toy aisle, but don’t plan on buying anything for your children, warn them beforehand. Most kids think that if you are going into the toy aisle, you are going to buy them something. As moms, we know this is not always the case. There are other kids to buy for, or sometimes you are just going through that area to get to another aisle. In either case, it can be quite a let-down for a child who thinks he is going to get a toy and then doesn’t. That let-down can then lead to all kinds of complaining and whiny behavior. And that reminds me…

3. Do NOT, under ANY circumstances buy your child something that he or she is whining for! If you give in, even once, you are rewarding bad behavior and they will continue to do it for a long time to come, simply because they know it works.

4. If your child is misbehaving, don’t make empty threats. Your kids know you better than that. If you make a threat, carry it out. If you follow through a couple of times, they will catch on and start taking you more seriously. 

5. Don’t punish your child in public. It is embarrassing not only for your child and yourself, but for the people around you as well. Remember, not everyone looking your way is judging you. Some of us are just thanking the Good Lord that it isn’t our kids causing a scene! (And some are just really, really, glad that their kids are grown and their public outbursts can no longer be blamed on their parenting!)

This certainly isn’t an exhaustive list, and like I said, my kids aren’t perfect. I have learned most of these by trial and error…mostly error. 

What are your tips for teaching your children to behave in public?

Friday, June 28, 2013

Ame & Lulu Cross Body Bag Giveaway!

Hosted by: Savory Savings

Sponsored by: Ame & Lulu

Ame & Lulu strives to make trendy and usable accessories (purses, totes, makeup holders, sports bags, travel bags and more) for women on the go.  For all you active women interested in fun, fashionable and durable accessories, Ame & Lulu might be for you!  Krista over at Savory Savings recently had the chance to review the Wet Swimming Suit Bag from Ame & Lulu and found a love for a new product. Take a minute to check out her review!  These bags are beautiful, well made and can hold up to your sporting use. As an extra bonus, Ame & Lulu is sharing a coupon code to save 20% off for our readers!  When you check out, use promo code "SUMMERBLOG" to save!
So who would like to win a bag from Ame & Lulu?  The amazing founder of Ame & Lulu has offered to give one lucky reader this Cross Body Bag that is loaded with pockets to keep you organized, an adjustable strap and a slip pocket for your cell phone!  This bag, valued at $47.90 could be yours if you enter with the Giveaway Tool below!  This giveaway will run from June 28, 2013 through July 12, 2013 at 8 PM CST.  Open to US Residents only, ages 18 and older.
Savory Savings did not receive any compensation for this post.  Disclosure: I did receive the products for free and am sharing my opinion with you.  My opinion may differ from yours.  Savory Savings and More Than Mommy are not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.  This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook.  We hereby release Facebook of any liability.  Winner(s) will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours after the giveaway ends to respond before another winner is selected.  All entries will be verified. 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Joovy Groove Stroller Giveaway!

It's summertime and most of us will be on the Go! What better way to take your little one everywhere you head off to this summer than in a Joovy Groove Umbrella Stroller.

Welcome to the Joovy Groove Umbrella Stroller Giveaway Event!
Hosted by Conservamom

First thing you notice when you open up the box is this techy looking super strong rectangle aluminum frame attached to the cleanest looking fabric ever!
Available in Joovy's bestselling colors, Blueberry, Greenie, Orangie and Black.
Pop the huge canopy open and step back... you are the proud owner of the best looking and most functional umbrella stroller available today at any price.

The Best Part! You get to enter to win one here! Just fill out the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win! 

All Entries will be verified, Void where prohibited. Open to US & Canada residents.
Good Luck!

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Disclaimer: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. More Than Mommy is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. This giveaway is in no way associated,sponsored with Facebook,Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or any Social Media outlet. This event was organized by Conservamom please contact with questions,comments or concerns.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Baby Shoes by Jen Galaxy

Who doesn’t love a new pair of shoes? Better yet, who doesn’t love a pair of custom fit baby shoes?  I know I do! Jen Galaxy is a shop that makes all kinds of items for baby. She has blankets, onesies, and more. My favorite item from her shop are her shoes!

I have never bought shoes that did not come from a physical store. Buying online can be kind of iffy with the sizing. That is why Jen Galaxy is so amazing! Not only does she have a great selection of shoes, she can custom make them to fit your child’s feet.  This is so great for those kids who don’t fit traditional shoe sizes, or for those of us who just don’t like a lot of the generic options out there.
Jen makes all kinds of shoes, from ballet flats to boots. I was so excited to receive a pair of Mary Jane’s the other day. They are perfect for my little ones developing feet, and they have been custom made to fit her especially. 

Soft soled shoes are what podiatrists recommend for little ones who are learning to walk or who will be learning soon. This allows their feet to develop more naturally, and Jen’s shoes allow them to do it in style! You can customize them by adding fleece to the inside or leather to the bottom, making this the perfect shop to get shoes for any season. 

My little girl wears a lot of dresses, so the formal white dress shoes are the perfect pair of shoes for her. She looks adorable in them! I love that they are soft, which means that she will be comfortable in them, while she is looking so cute. Another plus is that they can go with so many different outfits!

The top straps use velcro, so they won’t be falling off every five minutes. It also makes it really easy to adjust them for chubby feet! The stitching on these is really top notch. The velcro isn’t just glued on, it is stitched on, so it will not pull off at the drop of a hat.

Jen is giving away one pair of shoes to a lucky winner! Simply enter the giveaway below, or if you just can’t wait, you can purchase them HERE.

*I was sent a pair of shoes to review, but was not compensated monetarily. Everything is 100% my honest opinion.
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