Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Ending the Waiting

 It wasn't until recently, but I realized I've spent my whole life waiting. Waiting for the next big thing,  whatever that may be. When I was in High School I remember waiting for prom, waiting to graduate and to go away to college. When those stages came, I began to wait for marriage & then once I was married I longed for the day I would become a mom.

   Now that I have accomplished all of the above, I've come to realize that I missed so much by eagerly waiting. My baby just turned 7, seven years since my biggest desire became a reality. How did that happen? I'm at an age where I often have that thought, "How did that happen?". How has it been 15 years since I graduated High School, 10 1/2 years since I got married and a good 7 since I became a mom. Thirty-two years of life and I realize I spent a lot of it waiting, not simply and patiently waiting, but eagerly waiting for what could be around the corner.

   I think it's safe to say that I am not the only one who tends to live life this way. My second born just turned 4, two weeks ago, and he has already said several times "I can't wait until I'm 5." So I have to think that, like him, my waiting must of began even earlier than I can recall.

  It's time for that to change, instead of waiting I want to bask. No more looking for the next great thing, but delighting in what is now.  I won't stop having goals, but those goals or dreams will not define how I live today. Today I am a wife, a mother to 4 little one's , a homeschooling mama , a part time blogger, a friend , somewhat of a foodie & a follower of Christ.

  Today and who I am now is what is promised to me, so I will enjoy these moments. The days where I wake up to the baby spitting up in my hair or the one's where I wake to a sweet hug from one of my toddlers. The mornings that I get a hot breakfast made before everyone is awake, or the one's where I stumble tiredly to the kitchen with 3 energetic children chasing me for the bowls of cereal. The days where I can't believe the morning is over because we've been playing together and having lots of laughs, sometimes those precede days where it seems nap time will never come. There are evenings where there is nowhere I'd rather be but in the company of the other 5 people who dwell in my home & there are days where it is all too much.

    No matter how my day goes, its beautiful, most of the time it is beautifully chaotic...but it is amazingly beautiful. Life contains a beauty that isn't always obvious, but I truly believe when we embrace where God has us, we will see it.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

GoodNites* TRU-FIT*

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for GoodNites* TRU-FIT*. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating

   Did you know, that bedwetting is a very common condition that a child can not control or be trained out of? This is something that I wasn't aware of until our first child was about 4 years old. He potty trained very early on, he was only 21 months old. However, he continued to need a disposable training pant at night. I thought that in just a bit of time he would stop, but he is almost 7 and still wets the bed.

  After talking with his pediatrician we have learned that nocturnal enuresis, or bedwetting affects 1 in 6 children between the ages of 4 and 12! Recently this has caused our Buddy to become self conscious. He has a brother who is 3 years younger and a sister who is 4 years younger, who both go to bed in undies and almost always wake up dry.  So, it's not only been hard on him; but also on Hubs & I. We want to praise our younger children for waking up dry, but knowing this is something Buddy can not control, we don't want to make him feel bad.

 Buddy doesn't often stay away from home over night, and when he does it is with my parents, but even at home he doesn't put on his training pants until he is in his bed. He will climb under his covers and discreetly put it on and he takes it off as soon as he wakes up. Like many parents, I am frustrated for him; not at him, but that he feels bad about something that he has no control over.

   About a month ago my mom was in Wal-Mart and told me she saw a new product called GoodNites* TRU-FIT* . She told me that they were real underwear that were used for bedwetting. To say that I was intrigued would be an understatement. I couldn't wait to check them out for myself. 

   GoodNites® is a brand that we have used often with Buddy, so to see that they offer a product that can help my guy know he is going to bed in regular undies like his brother and sister is awesome! Each starter pack, either for girls or boys, comes with 2 pairs of underwear and 5 disposable inserts. The disposable inserts are to be tossed each morning , and the underwear can then be washed. Having something to keep him ,his pj's and bed dry while being so discreet will give him a large boost of confidence. 

  GoodNites* TRU-FIT*  is available at Wal-Mart stores and other select retailers in size S/M and L/XL with colors and patterns for each size. If you're ready to give these a try, you can download a $2 off coupon, here.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

ekids Review

    My kids , like many, are huge fans of  Disney and they love electronics. When I was introduced to eKids, a distributor of cutting edge electronics in collaboration of Disney & iHome; I knew my kids would fall in love.

    eKids offers many great products like speaker systems and alarm clocks featuring characters such as Phineas & Ferb , Minnie Mouse and more! Like many other little one's around the globe, my 2 year old daughter is in LOVE with the movie Frozen. eKids offers 5 products with the Frozen theme, I thought the headphones  ($19.99) would be great for her. 

   The Frozen headphones are kid safe, so they protect hearing while offering clear acoustic performance. The graphics are fun and bright, and the soft ear cushions provide added comfort and durability. 

   Sweet Pea loved trying out her headphones. I am really excited about these for our long car rides. We have a DVD player in our van, but since she is still rear facing, she is unable to watch. Now she can use the iPad paired with her headphones for some entertainment on the road.

    Another of Sweet Pea's favorite Disney characters is Sofia the First, and she loves to go around the house singing. eKids puts the two together with their Sofia the First Boombox with Microphone ($29.99). 

  Sweet Pea loves singing along with the built in songs, from Sofia the First. The design of this boombox is so cute. It features Sofia and looks like a cute little purse that your little girl will love carrying around the house. You can also connect this to your MP3 Player, so that your child's favorite songs can be sung along too.

  Sweet Pea loves her items from eKids, and you'll even find her brother's sneaking them for some fun. You can purchase eKids products directly from their website.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

#SpringIntoCarters Review & Coupon Code

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Carter’s. I received a complimentary gift card to facilitate my review and thank me for my participation.

    Spring is in the air, which means more outdoor time for the kids, flowers will soon be blooming & new clothes are needed. I love to shop, and since becoming a mom 7 years ago I think I enjoy it even more. However, the shopping I love now isn't so much for me ,but for my kids. 

  I recently spent some time shopping at Carter's, which has been one of my favorite brands since becoming a mom. Everything from their adorable onesies to their fun pajamas are great for my kids at almost every stage. It's a bittersweet moment that now at the age of almost 7, my oldest guy can't wear their clothes anymore. Larger sizes can be purchased online.

   When I stepped into our local Carter's store I was greeted with gorgeous bright colors...and even better , a lot of sales signs & doorbusters. The prices can't be beat! From now until March 25 you can find your mix & match playtime favorites, tees and shorts, for $6 or $8! Carter's also has some great dresses and outfits for Easter. Now with their swim wear Carter's has absolutely everything your kiddo needs from the start of their day through bedtime. 

 Hubs and I did our shopping during a date night, and we easily found items for our 3 youngest children. Sweet Pea definitely received the most items...but she's the only girl, so no hand me downs like the boys have. One great thing about Carter's is I could have easily found an abundance of boy clothes too, had I needed them.

  Our girl is in love with animals, especially puppies and birds, so finding these prints on many of the Carter's clothes was so fun! I think they are beautifully done..so much so that the white skinny jeans with birds are way too big for Sweet Pea..but I had to get them! I was shopping for size 3t, but the smallest they had in this style was a 4t. I went ahead and got them, knowing that one day she will fit into them & in the meantime we can roll them up. We absolutely love all of the outfits we got for our girl.

  I'm even crazy about the clothes I scored for my two youngest boys. I remember when I was a momma of one, and I would go out shopping for clothes for my guy; only to be so discouraged. The choices for girls were so amazing, and the boys clothes always left me underwhelmed. Thankfully Carter's has only gotten better over the years with their clothing for the lil guys. 

   I love the prints and the colors of these outfits for my lil guys. What's even better than me loving an outfit, is when my kids and I both love them. Obviously the baby isn't too concerned with what he will be wearing in a few months..but Lil Stinker LOVES his outfit. From the moment I brought it home he couldn't wait to try it on.

    You can find any of these adorable outfits and so much more at a Carter's store near you, or online. From now until March 25th you can also receive an additional 25% off with this coupon.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Combi Fold N Go Double Stroller Review

   As a  mom , I am always searching for baby gear that is going to be dependable & safe for my kids. A couple of years ago we were introduced to the company Combi & we immediately fell in love.

  Combi began in 1957 in Japan, and in 1989 they came to the USA. Combi USA strives to produce stylish, practical and innovative juvenile products. We have had the pleasure of using several of their products and have found them all to be great in design. The comfort and practicality that they offer our family has been so useful.

  We recently had the chance to try out the new Fold N Go Double Stroller ($329.00). We've had some chances to try out some great strollers...I have sort of developed a love for them. When you have kids, it is so important to have an easy way to run your daily errands. Most of us know that strollers can either be a huge help, or they can complicate things. Thankfully, we quickly learned that the Combi Fold N Go is a huge asset to have around. 

  The day that our new stroller arrived, we had about 8 inches of snow on the ground. But, I was really excited to see this baby, so I took it out of it's box and finished assembling it. In just a few minutes the wheels and cup holders were added, making the stroller ready to go!

  The first thing I noticed about the Fold N Go Double Stroller was just how easy it is to unfold. Getting a stroller open and ready to go easily, is a must. Kids can be anxious , so simplicity is key. If it was so easy to unfold, I could only hope that it was as simple to fold. Thankfully it was, with just a push of a button & a pull of the cloth handle under the seat it was ready to fold. 

  Even though we had so much snow when our stroller arrived, it was almost completely melted just a few days later and the temps were near 60. So, during Hubs lunch break, since he works from home, we decided to go out for a stroll. Sweet Pea (2 years old) & Lil Stinker (3 years old) asked if we could take the new stroller..they were so excited to try it out! 

   One of the favorite features on the Fold N Go, for the kids & myself are the cup holders. I remember hearing once, that the # of cup holders in a car is a huge selling point for many. This is very true of me and strollers. We actually already own a double stroller, but there are NO cup holders on it. The Fold N Go from Combi has 3 cup holders, one on the back & two on the front. On the front of the stroller, between the seats you will also find a snack holder. My kiddos think this is great, and so do I! No more worrying about them dropping snack bowls & I don't have to worry about anyone getting thirsty or snacky = whiny! Combi has made the perfect double stroller with this one!

  We set out for our walk & quickly realized it has so many other great features. The canopies are extra large, offering great coverage from the sun. You will also have plenty of room for all of your necessities with the underneath storage basket & canopy pockets.

   The Fold N Go Stroller handle is so comfortable, and the stroller is easy to push around. The kids also stayed cozy in their seats & they were safely buckled in with the 5 point harness. When we were done with our walk, Hubs went to put the stroller in our van & commented on how light the stroller was.  This is a definite win in our books! 

  If you are looking for a stroller that is sleek, comfortable and very user friendly; then look no more. You can purchase the Combi Fold N Go Double Stroller in Black, Caribou or Salsa for $329.99.

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