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Sprinkle some Love – Popcorn Kernel Review

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011 by by

Good afternoon! Today I’m coming to you with an awesome review on something that I use more than once a week! You should definitely check it out when you can!

Yes! Kernel Season’s, Popcorn Seasoning! I eat my popcorn at least once a week. One day, while I was tweeting with Kernel Season’s, they were talking about a new “Seasoning” that was coming out, and I was telling them that I loved them and had popcorn weekly. So they said they would send it to me and I could do a review on it if I wish! Bam! Like 5 days later, here they were on my door step.

So that was it, I tried them and, of course, I loved them. Let me tell you, I am NOT a fan of one of the items, but on popcorn, wow, it just tastes soooo good. Check out the new flavors:

How brilliant are they?! They have over 10 seasonings to begin with, and now they added these two. (more…)

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Bilibo

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 by by

How has your weekend been so far?! Our has been pretty awesome… My girls are watching Kung-Fu Panda, and we just finished having a great breakfast. It’s a chilly day out, and in a bit we are going to head over to grandmas to finish helping make tamales, which are a tradition in my family & culture. YUMMY!

Today I wanted to share with ya’ll another review of an awesome children’s toy that I actually stumbled upon because I won a gift card to Overstock.com a few months ago and didn’t know what to get. As you know, Overstock.com has so many different things to choose from: clothes to toys and dishes to linens. So I thought I would get the girls a Christmas gift (which I couldn’t wait till Christmas to give it to them). I saw BILIBO!

It looked like such a unique and different toy. I read up on it, and it was designed by engineers in Switzerland and had won many toy awards. My girls were perfect candidates, because at the time my 6 year old was taking kung-fu classes and needed to practice balancing. It also is great for creativity play for my toddler. Just look at all the cute things that can be done with it…. (more…)

BabyLegs *Review*

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 by by

Has it started to get cold in your area?! Does it effect your babies?! It sure doesn’t effect mine. They are still as crazy as ever. My toddler sweats even though it’s under 50 degrees outside, and being in Texasm the summers are super hot as well.

I just wanted to share with ya’ll how I keep my toddler cool in the summer and warmer in the winter….

BABY LEGS!!

Baby Legs are the best invention since socks! When it’s hot, she can sport a pair of baby legs with UV protection and a little tee. When it’s winter, she can wear a tee with a sweater, jeans, and then a pair of babylegs around her ankles to keep the cold air out, or on her arms to keep her arms warm! My 7 year old has used them to keep warm as well! They also make adorable socks as well.

The prices of these things may be a little steep for you… average of about $10. But they always have some great sales going on. Right now you get 50% off when you buy $50 (plus u get FREE shipping)!  (more…)

My take on Handwriting Without Tears

Friday, September 2nd, 2011 by by

Let me preface this by saying we’ve been using the program for a grand total of two days now, so I am subject to change my mind on this at a later time. But I don’t think I will: everything I’ve seen thus far with our new Handwriting Without Tears workbooks has me excited. I did some research over the summer (but mostly I lounged around the house in the a/c), and I knew this particular line of books existed, but I had never paid much attention. Everything I’d heard from friends touted its greatness, but I personally like to see and feel my books in a store before making a purchase, so if Wal-Mart or Books A Million didn’t carry it, I didn’t own it.

I was thoroughly impressed with the HWT website; they seem to have included just about everything: samples, PDFs of actual pages, research, lots of reasons to use their curriculum because of their unique approach, and even access to free online tools. If nothing else, they have a slick marketing team. (more…)

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Book: HomeSchooling At the Speed of Life

Thursday, August 11th, 2011 by by


Whether you’ve been homeschooling for a while, are just starting out, or think you could never manage it – this book is for you! Marilyn Rockett offers a wealth of knowledge and ideas for balancing home, school, and family in the real world. In addition to the abundance of workable systems and solutions, she also features an array of encouraging Bible verses and other quotes throughout to support her ideas. The included CD-Rom in itself more than pays for the book, as it offers a bounty of helpful, printable files for your endless use. Health and school records, household chores and routines, student assignments and lesson planners, menu and project minders, field trip minder, test records and high school transcript files, and more! You have it all. It doesn’t matter whether you are organizationally challenged or could just use a few more tips to stay on the ball, you’ll love this book. HomeSchooling at the Speed of Life. It’s amazing. How do you possibly manage to keep up with the laundry, pay the bills, make the meals, and teach Latin, math, and science in a day? It may be a work-in-progress, but it is possible! Buy the book and find out!

Big update – alternatively titled I’m not dead.

Thursday, June 30th, 2011 by by

I can’t believe I haven’t had the energy to post anything in 6 months.  Where do I start?

I’m 34 weeks, 5 days pregnant today.  4 or 5 more weeks (or less) and I’ll have a new baby boy.  Yes, boy!  We are very excited.  Neely and I are naming him Keelan (Gaelic, meaning small or slim) David (my brother’s middle name).  I expect him to arrive at the end of July, at the latest.  He’s giving me the run around right now.  We do not know if he’s head down or breech, but we should know within the next week, and we’ll make a decision on how to proceed.  The thought of a c-section is not something that I really want to consider, but I dislike the thought of a external version even more.
Gabby is now 6 and a half months old.  She’s crawling, sitting up on her own, and even starting to pull herself up to a standing position on her own.  She has one tooth on the bottom, and the second one is just starting to poke it’s way through.  She’s such a joy and is mostly a happy little thing.  Sarah is doing such a good job, and I really only have to nag at her once in a while.
James is good, too.  He recently moved to Kentucky to live with my parents and got a job as an HVAC apprentice.  He trained in HVAC in high school, so he’s got the skill, just no experience.  He’s liking it so far.  I’m missing him like crazy, but I really think this is a good move for him.  He was in an accident in April (alcohol related) and totaled his sister’s car, was flown to shock trauma, but miraculously only had a bump on his head.  Wish I could say the same for the telephone pole that he hit, but that stuff is replaceable.  I do think he learned a very valuable lesson, and I’m happy with the progress he’s made emotionally since the accident.
Will just finished 6th grade.  The last few weeks of school were difficult, to say the least.  He ended up in two fights, suspended twice, and kicked out of English class for insubordination.  He spent the last few weeks of the school year grounded.  We’re not sure why he was making such poor choices, but I think there were lots of contributing factors, not the least of which is relationship with his mom.  We are seeking out counseling services for him right now, because budget cuts have left the school without a counselor.  He has worked with this counselor for the last two years and was making really good progress with her.  I feel like this is a set back for him, but we’re going to do what we can to get him talking through his issues.  He’s a really good, smart kid, and I love him dearly. I just wish I knew how to help him better.
Clayton just finished 4th grade and is looking forward to 5th.  He has a girlfriend who lives around the corner and was in his class this year.  He told my dad that he had kissed her.  Of course, Dad teased him after that.  He’s a bundle of energy and always getting himself into trouble, because he can’t keep his hands from exploring everything, even things he knows he shouldn’t be touching.  He recently broke my netbook by twisting the top in the wrong direction, this just days after breaking the blinds on the back (deck) door.  It’s impossible to figure him out, because if you ask him if he knew he shouldn’t touch something he knows that he shouldn’t have, but he just can’t control his impulses.  All in all, he’s fun to have around though.
I’m feeling pretty frustrated with step-parenting right now.  I feel like I never get a chance to enjoy them because I am constantly on their case about their behavior.  I know a lot of it is not their fault, because they had so many bad habits before they moved here.  I know they don’t purposely do things that annoy me, but it’s still hard because lots of their behaviors baffle me.  I know this is something that I need to work on on a personal level though.
Daniel is super silly.  He’s about to turn 6 and will hopefully start 1st grade this year.  He’s a little behind on reading, and there was some concern that he wasn’t ready for first grade.  He was the second youngest child in the school this year, his birthday just 4 days before the cut off to be able to start school.  We had several meetings with his teacher and the principal about whether or not to have him repeat K or go ahead and move him up and just work with him closely this summer and over the next year to get him up to speed.  As is stands right now, we are not making a decision till after he attends a 3 week summer program in July.
So that’s my update.  I’m sure I left some stuff out, but I’ll be back to posting as usual.  Pinkie swear.

Looking for a Life Jacket? Puddle Jumpers are AMAZING!

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 by by



Attention all moms: I wish I had always known about Puddle Jumper life jackets! I would have never spent a dime on anything else for swim training, including those famous water-wing thingys. They are seriously the best life jackets on the market. A friend of mine recently introduced me to them when we took all the kids swimming, and I’m convinced they are just the coolest option out there. Not only are they Coast-Guard approved as a PFD, but the kids have amazing mobility in them, they aren’t awkwardly floating from the back, and it’s giving them the confidence to truly practice their swimming skills! I am one happy mama! Don’t spend your money on anything else! Here is the link, check them out! Puddle Jumper Life Jackets

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Even though they are home…

Friday, June 24th, 2011 by by

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Life is not all good, especially for the Belly.

Belly has missed the boys horribly. She hasn’t enjoyed this time of being an only child. She loves having the boys around. Ryan plays with her, and Zach pampers her… usually.

Since they’ve been home, they’ve wanted nothing to do with her. Each time she tries to play with them or hang out with them, they just tell her to leave them alone. They don’t want to play with her, they don’t want to sit and watch tv with her. They don’t let her watch her shows. To her, right now, life is pretty sucky.

I feel so bad for her since she has missed them so much, and them being home isn’t as wonderful as I guess she thought it would be. She’s spent much of the time since they got home crying or throwing fits. It breaks her little heart that they don’t want to play with or be around her.

As they are five and seven, I can’t completely blame them for not wanting to play with their two year old sister who doesn’t understand the rules of their games, does more destroying than playing, and watches “baby” shows. It doesn’t mean that the way they are treating her isn’t also bugging the crap out of me, but like I said, I can understand.

Life with the boys home isn’t too great for me either. They are fighting like crazy, constantly complaining about this, that, and everything in between. Plus, they are causing the Belly to be in a horrid mood. Despite all that, I am glad they are here. I hope once they are done with the room cleaning they’ve been working on since yesterday, their moods will improve. Hey, a mom can hope.

Trimmed in Tutus

Saturday, June 4th, 2011 by by

I love pictures of babies in tutus. Depending on how the picture is set up, they can make babies look soft and sophisticated, or spunky and full of character. I decided a long time ago that Eve would be wearing a tutu on her birthday. When I heard that my friend and former co-worker had opened up a business called Tessa’s Tutus, I knew just where I was going to get it from!

Tessa’s Tutus is a mommy run, out of home business that, like several of the other businesses that I review, was inspired by her own child. Several styles and options are available, and if you don’t see exactly what you need, it is very easy to customize your order. I had already bought the “Birthday Girl” shirt, and I knew that I wanted the tutu to match. I contacted the owner, sent her a picture of the shirt, and roughly described what I wanted. I was very impressed with all of the options for customizing. Not only are there several colors to choose from, but also several different kinds of embellishments such as ribbons and flowers. I was emailed back shortly with a couple of choices. I really appreciated that she took the time to make sure that she knew what I wanted.

When the tutu arrived and we opened the box, I was very excited to see that it was just what I had wanted it to look like. I have ordered tutus from several vendors on etsy, and bought them from department stores and boutiques. This tutu blew the others out of the water. I was very impressed by the fluffyness of it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve bought a tutu from someone who claims that their tutus have a lot of fluff, only to be disappointed by a flat and thin tutu. Tessa’s Tutus need very little primping and fluffing to achieve that full bodied skirt look. I was also very pleased with the way that the ribbons were incorporated into the tulle. They matched the lettering on the shirt very nicely and gave the tutu just the right amount of character and texture without being too over the top. When I first placed the order, I was afraid that it would turn out gawdy, and the multicolored ribbons would just be too much. I was very pleased with the way that all of the components were incorporated.

The Diva will certainly be dressed like a princess on her big day. Thank you to Tessa’s Tutus for helping us to pamper our little angel.

**Obligatory disclaimer of transparency: The tutu that was reviewed in this blog post was paid for in full. I do have a prior affiliation with the owner of Tessa’s Tutus, but only in that we were coworkers at a nursery school several years ago**

Meg a Roo’s Extended Tab Prefold Review

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 by by

I first heard about the Meg a Roo’s Extended Tab Prefold on Facebook. There was a lot of chatter about how great they were. I looked them up and decided that they were genius. Why didn’t I think of that? The simple addition of longer tabs at the back of the prefold gives you much more fabric to work with when putting the prefold on the baby. This really gives you a little more wear out of them and make life easier in general. Plus, these prefolds can be purchased in fun prints or colors.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ For a prefold, these are easy. You can see in my video that it didn’t take very long at all to pull it over my son and secure it. Once the baby gets to prime wriggling stage it might get harder but those tabs will help. Honestly, people think prefolds are hard but it takes less time to snappi these easy prefolds on and put on a velcro cover than it takes to put on some of the snapping pocket diapers.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩ Usually when you hear prefold you expect a very low priced diaper- between 2-6 dollars each. Because these are not mass produced, DSQ, regular plain ol’ prefolds they cost more. They come in designer prints, they are handmade, and they are just a little more special. The infat is 8.00, mid-range is 10, and premium size is 12.

Performance ✩✩✩✩ I loved these prefolds for overnight! They are actually less bulky than many of my fitteds (but bulkier than a pocket or AIO) so they fit a little better under my son’s pajamas. My son is an average wetter and these were absorbent enough for all night without having to add any extra doublers. (more…)

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