Friday, April 18, 2014

Pull-Ups® helped us #StartPottyTraining and Succeed! #MC #sponsored

Disclosure:  I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Pull-Ups. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Pull-Ups® helped us #StartPottyTraining and Succeed! #MC #sponsored

My Ambassadorship with Huggies Pull-Ups® is coming to an end but I have great news!!   First a little background on our Potty Training days.  When I first started this program with Huggies Pull-Ups® I was focused on Teagan.  She was showing some interest in the potty because of us always working with Jude to get trained.  Jude will be 4 in June and he has really struggled with getting fully trained.  He has been dry overnight for a year but would still have the occasional accident while at school or when he was really involved in playing and didn't want to miss out on something.   So through out the last couple of months our focus has gone back to Jude rather than Teagan.  We were still sending him to school with Huggies Pull-Ups® on just in case.   Thankfully we love Huggies Pull-Ups® so it wasn't a big deal but we desperately wanted him to be officially Potty Trained!

FRIENDS!  We are there!  Mister Jude went to school this week with out a Pull-Up® on!! No accidents!  He was so proud and so were we.  Not going to lie...I was super nervous that he wasn't going to make it but he did!  He is getting so much better at telling us when he needs to go and that is great.  




The last 15 months has been really rough.  Potty Training a stubborn, busy BOY for 15 months is exhausting but the reward is that we are done.  The blue packages of Huggies Pull-Ups® are gone from our drawers.  Now we need to focus on our spit fire little lady. Goodness knows we are going to need Huggies Pull-Ups® to get us through.  


My hope is that Teagan will be easier than Jude to Potty Train.  She seems way more interested in the idea so we will continue to let her try and explore the idea.  We will use Huggies Pull-Ups® through her training as well. They work so well and help the toddlers get the feeling of Big Boy or Girl undies!   We will also use the Pull-Ups Big Kid App.   This App is available for Android and Apple smart devices and is a must download for any family entering the Potty Training phase.  The app offer videos and songs and a Big Kid checklist to help your little one in his or her nighttime routine.



Because Pull-Ups® brand is amazing they have recently partnered with The First Years, a maker of potty training systems and seats.  The First Years offers a range of different potty training systems and seats - we have the Disney Princess one for Teagan and we love it!  It adds a little more fun to the Potty Training days!  If you purchase one of The First Years potty systems you will also receive a FREE sample pack of Pull-Ups® Training Pants to tackle the potty training journey!  What a great partnership and deal!! 

I hope that when you #StartPottyTraining you remember to use Huggies Pull-Ups® - they will help your little one be confident and independent while you both get through your Potty Training Fun.  

What is your biggest success while dealing with Potty Training?  


For more information on Huggies Pull-Ups® , visit the Website, follow them on Facebook and Twitter.


Disclosure:  I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Pull-Ups. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

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Munchkin LATCH Event Recap - Real Baby Denver Colorado


Last week I had the pleasure of attending a great local event with the well known baby brand Munchkin. This event was celebrated at a great baby boutique just minutes from my work in North Denver called Real Baby.  I absolutely adore this store so when Jamie from The Denver Housewife invited me to this event I was there!



Real Baby and Munchkin hosted this event for moms to come and learn all about the latest bottle that Munchkin released called The Latch.  The boutique was packed with new moms, experienced moms, babies, toddlers and expecting moms.  We were all having a great time learning all about this great new bottle that is perfect for any baby but especially the baby that is being breastfed and bottle fed.  Munchkin knows that breastfeeding is the best but at times it cannot always be achieved so they went above and beyond other bottle brands and created The Latch.



The Latch bottle is not just designed to look like the breast like other bottles but it is actually made to function like the breast.  I personally have not used this bottle but saw 2 moms use this newly released bottle while at the event.  Both of the babies drank from the bottles perfectly, even the lactation consultant was happy with the way the bottle moved and worked.  Munchkin has done it!  This bottle would have been perfect for me when I was pumping with Jude and Teagan - a great bottle for those families that want to breastfeed and use a bottle while mom is at work or out with friends.

The LATCH bottles will be available in a variety of pack sizes ranging in price from $9.99-34.99. The full LATCH bottle and accessories line will be available in May 2014 on Munchkin.com, Amazon.com, Babiesrus.com, Diapers.com, Target.com and at Babies“R”Us and Specialty retailers nationwide.

Bottles come in 4-ounce and 8-ounce sizes. Also available are 3 nipple stages with advancing flow rates to meet baby’s needs, cleaning accessories, transition cups, pacifiers and clips, and gift sets. For more information on LATCH and to view demonstration videos, please visit www.latchbottles.com.

I had such a good time visiting with other local moms and checking out some new products.  Our hosts were amazing and they even brought cupcakes!  What a fun afternoon!




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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Jude's Parent Teacher Conference

A couple weeks ago we had Jude's second Parent Teacher Conference.  It really is amazing how much he has changed and grown since August.  I am very happy with our choice of sending Jude to a Montessori Preschool and plan on continuing as long as we can afford it.




Ready to hear all about how Jude has been doing?

Jude has achieved comprehension in the following areas:
*Separates easily from parents
*Takes care of personal needs
*Respects classroom materials
*Works independently the majority of the time
*Follows classroom rules
*Right Hand Dominate
*Identifies colors: red, yellow, blue, orange, green, purple, brown, black,white, grey, pink
*Recognizes first name
*Knows last name
*Participates in discussions during group time
*Understands "More than and less than"
*Able to put coat on
*Uses art materials

*Can count from 1-12
*Recognizes and can name numerals 1-5


Jude needs to work on the following concepts:
*Interacting positively with classmates
*Focuses on his own work
*Needs to work on pencil grip

*Needs to work on cutting with scissors
*Needs to work on not interrupting

*Work on printing name
*Needs to work on fastening his coat (zipper club!)

Jude's teacher is very impressed with what he has achieved in the last 7 months.  He is a young preschooler so next year we will really work hard the concepts mentioned above.  

In August, Jude will start going 3 days a week and will stay with the same teacher.  We are very proud of our little man.  He is growing and learning every day!  

And now a little of Jude's art work!  We are fully aware of his creativeness but have a feeling that he will be more of an athlete than an artist.  To each their own.  Here is Jude's piece - SPRING.  



A masterpiece!  


Sofia the First- The Floating Palace DVD is now available!

I don't know about you but Sofia the First is a favorite in our home and I am okay with that.  The first time we watched Sofia the First I was really happy with the morals and lessons that Sofia has for kids.  Not to mention Jude adores Sofia!  

So when we first saw the previews for The Floating Palace we had to set our DVR for that day.  Jude was so excited to come home from swimming class and watch Sofia meet some new Mermaid friends.  I love Sofia she is a great role model for children.  She is caring, kindhearted and will always recognize when she has made a mistake.  Great character traits.  

If you have any Sofia the First fans in your home you have to pick up this DVD.  It is now available and believe me, your little ones will want to watch it over and over.  Great gift idea for any upcoming birthdays!  



Synopsis:                                
Do YOU believe in mermaids? You will – when you set sail on a magical full-length adventure under the sea with Sofia the First! After Sofia helps a young mermaid named Oona, Sofia’s amulet grants her the power to transform into a mermaid and visit her new friend’s secret underwater kingdom. But when Cedric (disguised as a sea monster) plots to steal Oona’s enchanted Mermaid Comb, danger surfaces for both worlds. With a little help from special guest, Princess Ariel, Sofia embarks on an adventure to rescue Oona. Overflowing with oceans of song-filled fun – plus three more exciting episodes – Sofia the First: The Floating Palace proves that when families and friends work together, they can weather any storm and save the day!
Background:                         
Disney Junior’s “Sofia the First,” which follows the adventures of Disney’s first little girl princess, Sofia, who is learning how to adjust to royal life after her mom marries the king, is the #1 TV series with Girls 2-5.* The November 24, 2013  premiere of “Sofia the First: The Floating Palace” became the #2 telecast in cable TV history in Kids 2-5 and Girls 2-5, and the #2 preschool cable TV telecast ever in Total Viewers and Women 18-49, behind only “Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess.” **
                                                   
Talent:                                    
Ariel Winter (ABC TV’s “Modern Family”) as Sofia; Sara Ramirez (ABC TVs “Grey’s Anatomy”) as Queen Miranda; Wayne Brady (TV’s “Let’s Make A Deal”) as Clover; and Tim Gunn (TV’s “Project Runway”) as Baileywick


Disclosure:  I was provided a copy of Sofia the First- The Floating Palace DVD for my review purposes.  

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tools4Wisdom 2014 Weekly Planner Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I am a busy lady, in fact there are days that I have no idea what is planned for the day and what I need to complete or do for the day.  Not good!  As a blogger and full time working mom of 2 children I need to stay organized. Something needs to change.  

Right now I use my outlook calendar to track our appointments and work schedules but to keep my blog on schedule I use pen and paper.  Basically I make lists.  It works...sometimes.  I was on the look out for some sort of binder or planner that would help me keep my work life, home life and blog life in one spot.  

Then I found this Weekly Planner from Tools4Wisdom.  I was hooked.  

Tools4Wisdom 2014 Weekly Planner

This Weekly Planner is more than a planner.  It is a high quality spiral bound book that not only keeps me organized and ready for the day but also helps me set goals for the future.  These planners are geared toward Moms but I think these could also be geared towards bloggers.  After I sat down and learned how to best use this planner I have found myself more on schedule with with our home life but especially with my blogging.  

Tools4Wisdom 2014 Weekly Planner

Watch this video all about this great Weekly Planner!  I think you will see why it has really helped me get organized and ready to rule the world!  ;)  





Planner Features:
- Spiral-Bound Weekly Planner
- 2014 Calendar
- Yearly and Monthly Goals Sections
- Weekly Planning Sections
- Journal Pages
- 1-year unconditional money-back guarantee

Planning pages include:
- 12 goal setting pages
- 12-months weekly planner with 2-page/month goals pages
- 2-page/month calendars
- 2-pages/week planner
- journal pages



I really enjoy supporting small businesses and Tools4Wisdom is one of those.  This company has started small but with hard work and dedication and great products I think we will see Tools4Wisdom around for awhile.  

You can purchase these great Weekly Planners on Amazon for a great price.  


Stay connected with Tools4Wisdom on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!




Disclosure:  I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


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Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars #Recipe

Remember when you walked into the school cafeteria and you saw that Peanut Butter Bars were on the dessert menu?  I do!  Yum!  There was something so great about the HUGE pan of Peanut Butter Bars that made the afternoon so much better in grade school.  I recently found out that one of my classmates had the coveted Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars recipe - I had to recreate these treats!  I was pleasantly surprised at how easy this recipe really was.  Yum!  

Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars #Recipe

Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars
Free Printable Recipe here.  


Ingredients:
For the Peanut Butter Base -
*1 cup of butter
*1 1/2 cups of creamy peanut butter
*2 cups of smashed up graham crackers - no clumps!
*2 cups powdered sugar

For the Chocolate Topping -
*1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
*4 TBSP peanut butter

Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars #Recipe

Directions:

1.  To make the Peanut Butter Base.  Melt the Butter and Peanut Butter in a microwaveable bowl for 90 seconds.  Mix well.  

2.  Combine the Graham crackers and the powdered sugar in a separate bowl - mix well.

Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars #Recipe

3.  Add the Butter mixture to the cracker and sugar mixture.  Mix well.  

Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars #Recipe

4.  Spread Peanut Butter Base in a 9x9 pan.  

5.  To make the Chocolate Topping.  Combine the chocolate chips and 4TBSP of peanut butter in a microwavable bowl.  Microwave for 30 seconds, mix well, microwave for 30 seconds, mix well.  Continue until the chocolate and peanut butter mixture is smooth.

Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars #Recipe

6.  Pour chocolate over the peanut butter base.  

7.  Refrigerate until chocolate is hard and set.  

8.  Cut into squares and enjoy! 

Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars #Recipe


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Win a $100 Amazon gift card #giveaway

Building Our Story is working with Makobi Scribe again - enter to win $100 to Amazon!  Good luck!  I hope one of my readers wins!!  

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Makobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon Facebook blast where one lucky reader will win a $100 Amazon gift card. The giveaway is open to everyone and provided by Makobi Scribe. Good Luck! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for this blast here.



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