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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Jude's Big Boy Bed!

We finally made the switch!  Mister Jude is officially in a Big Boy Bed.  As of last weekend he is no longer in a crib...yes a crib.  We never converted to a toddler bed with Jude because he LOVED his crib.  Instead we went big and did this...

I always thought we would convert to a toddler bed but there was no need.  But now Jude is the owner of a full size bed! He is very excited and he has done surprisingly well with the transition.  Thank goodness!!  

We are currently in the middle of updating his room to a theme he picked - Robots.  More on that as soon as we have the room finished!  

It is so weird to walk into his room and see an adult size bed instead of a crib.  Growing up so quick.  

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NEW Purex® No Sort® for Colors Detergent #giveaway

Okay, confession time.  Who really sorts their laundry?  I do...sort of.  Not the best I could but I do separate the whites from the colors...sometimes.  I like taking chances I guess.  The truth is...laundry never ends in our house so when I saw this great new product by Purex I was so ready for some laundry.  

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Hey mom - did you read that???  No more sorting clothes!  Can you even imagine?

This is a big deal for us.  Talk about a time saver not to mention that my son decided on the brightest more colorful bed sheets for his new bedding.  Now I can throw those sheets in with the rest of his laundry with out worrying about his prized WHITE Spiderman t-shirt! 


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Disclosure:  The Purex brand provided me with a sample of Purex No Sort for Colors detergent in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Keep Good Going: Be You

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of New York Life for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Isn’t it amazing how much impact one person can have on your life?  Support, love and encouragement can go so far with young minds.  Take this video called “My All-Star Daughter” as an example. 

With the support of her father, she went far, she was successful and most importantly had fun!  Parenting is a full time job and that job even extends to the ball field, stage or classroom.  

My parents have always brought me many life lessons growing up and I appreciate each one of those lessons, even if I didn’t appreciate them years ago!  31 years ago I was adopted by my parents and from that day forward I feel like my parents were there to support and love me in every way possible.

Dreams can be huge, some unattainable but with the support that my parents gave me growing up I felt like I could do anything with them behind me.  I left home for college and moved to a different state, I was nervous and scared but with my parents telling me I would do well – I did!  I achieved a degree that I am proud of and more importantly made lasting friendships, grew up to be a self-sufficient young woman and met the love of my life.

The Keep Good Going Life Lessons are welcome nuggets of wisdom and insight that are derived from life experiences.  They are often simple but always profound because they touch on the truths that hold life tighter.  They are personal (not social or community) good, about you and those close to you. 

Without my parents support, love and trust I would not be where I am today.  I was never told that I couldn’t do something, instead I was always encouraged.  What a great way to parent.  My life lesson is to never give up and do what makes you happy and proud.  I will instill this in my children as well.  If my son wants to join gymnastics and my daughter wants to play football…I will sign the papers.  

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Teagan's 18 month Stats and Milestones

Teagan had her 18 month "birthday" on Easter Sunday.  What a treat.  Don't you just love her Easter outfit? Goodness I spend too much money on clothes for this girl!  I am creating a fashionista I think!!  Oh well, she is adorable!

Things I do not want to forget:

  • Teagan is obsessed with Elmo.  Elmo everything!
  • Teagan is finally sleeping better - will be transitioning to her new room in a couple days (more on that later).
  • Teagan loves milk!  We have finally gotten her to eat fruit everyday by her using the squeeze packages of applesauce.  Better than nothing!
  • Teagan is just like Jude, she doesn't walk...she trots or runs everywhere.  On the move!
  • Teagan still gets one bottle at night...spoiled. 
  • Teagan is a talker.  We estimated that she probably has a good 50 words she says all the time.  Her newest well pronounced words include:  Book, Milk, I don't know, Duck, Poppa (grandpa), JUDE!
  • Teagan is wearing 12-18 month clothes, size 4 diapers and size 4 or 5 shoes. 
  • Teagan has had her first dentist appointment and haircut.  
  • She loves to read and carry around her purses (anything with a strap)  When she does this she ways BYE BYE!!  So cute. 
  • She seems like she will be a tom boy with glitter.  

We had her 18 month appointment on Monday April 21st.  She got shots - NOT happy.  She actually worked herself up so much on the way home that she threw up in my car.  Oy!  After that she chilled out and rested on Grandpa all day.  Poor girl.  The doctor said even with her eating issues she is growing perfectly.  No concerns!  And she as really impressed with how much she talked!  That's our girl!

Official 18 months stats:

Height:  32 1/2 inches (74%)
Weight:  23.3 pounds (59%)
Head:  18.2 inches (54%)

We have another tall child on our hands!  Not nearly as tall as Jude but pretty tall for her age.  In fact she is a 1/2 an inch taller than her 2 year old cousin!  

Overall check - up = Healthy, Happy Girl!  

Happy 18 months little lady!!!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

$100 Amazon Gift Card #giveaway from Makobi Scribe

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Easter 2014

Easter 2014 was full of fun, smiles and eggs!  We started our Easter weekend with a local Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday afternoon. We went to the same one as last year and it was a lot of fun again!  This was a great year for Teagan and Jude.  Jude was old enough to really understand what an Easter Egg Hunt was and Teagan was old enough to participate in her first one!

Teagan was total Elmo for this hunt.  She is obsessed with Elmo so when I saw the Elmo Easter basket at Target I had to buy it for her!  She loved Elmo so much that she would not let us take her basket from her when we got to the car.  Silly girl!  

Jude did good!  Now if you remember last year he we left this Easter Egg hunt with 1 empty orange egg and a Twizzler.  HA!  This year he did good!  Check out all those eggs!!

This picture melts my heart!  A girl and her Daddy.  Walking back to the car after a fun Easter Egg hunt.  

Ready for church in our Sunday best!  What goofballs!!  Happy Easter!!!

Hunt number 2!  This time at church.  After church we let the kiddos do another hunt with the church.  Don't you love her outfit???  Adorable!!

Check out that concentration.  Oh so tempting!  Jude did good waiting for the Hunt to start.  

Teagan certainly got the hang of this Easter Egg thing.  

So many eggs so little time!

Um, notice the full basket of eggs.  We had to tell Jude to stop because his basket was full!  Goodness!  That was a BIG Easter Egg Hunt!

Okay, these two!  Adorable.  They really do love each other!!  

Happy Easter!!  We hope that you and your family had a blessed day!  

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Surviving my kitchen helper with SCOTT® Towels #ScottValue #ad #PMedia

Disclosure: This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Scott Brand, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #Scottvalue

For my long time readers you know that we are a Montessori family and we try to use some of the great Montessori teachings in our home every day as well. One of those teachings is independence. We practice that independence and learning in our kitchen with Jude. My little kitchen helper can create quite a big mess but it is totally worth it! Not to mention with the help of Scott® Towels we can clean up our big messes with no problem. Oh and that cleaning becomes a teachable moment as well! Bonus!!!

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I am a perfectionist, {there I admitted it} so having my special guy help me in the kitchen for dinners is quite an experience for me. I am THAT person that cleans up messes as I go but with a 3 year old helping me we do not stop!  Using high quality  Scott®  Paper Towels make the perfectionist in me not freak out as we create our recipes.  

Thanks Maria!  We are trying every day and I think we are succeeding.  Every day I see Jude grow and do every day things on his own and I know we are making the right choices with following Maria Montessori.  

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Before we start any of our cooking or meal prep the first step that we make is by getting our  Scott® Paper Towels out and ready for use.  Even Jude knows that if we do not have any paper towels we are going to have to stop and find some.  We are teaching Jude about cleanliness while cooking and getting meals ready as well.  The  Scott®  Paper Towels help me keep Jude's hands free and clear of germs and boogers....yup we are in that stage!  Good times!  #boymom  

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This was just what Jude left us after getting a small smoothie made.  Easy clean up with Scott!  The paper towel from  Scott®  Choose-A-Sheet paper towel roll is high quality and ready for any small or big mess.  More importantly...Durable for those tough messes that toddlers and children are so well known for.  

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I always make sure that we have our pantry stocked full of the durable  Scott®  Towels and I can find the best deals at Kmart.  Coupon and deal hunters here is a great one for you!  Jump on this!  Check out Kmart's Shop You Way Rewards for great coupon offers on Scott Tissue products this week! This is when I stock up! I know we use them every day and with a deal like this it is a great time to stock up at Kmart.

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My very favorite part of the Scott® Towels is that even though I am using paper products I can be choosy about how much paper I am using.  For example - when I use Scott® Towels Choose-a-Sheet when I am cooking by myself I usually only need 1 sheet of towel.  When Jude helps me we need about 2 sheets to get cleaned up, really not too bad - hello durable!  Now that Teagan wants to do everything Jude does I sometimes end up with a HUGE mess and that requires 3 or more sheets!    

I have recently started talking to Jude about conserving our resources and making better choices to have a healthier earth and these Choose-a-Sheet have been a big hit with Jude.  He knows that he should only use what he needs to clean up after he helps in the kitchen.  So many great moments with my kitchen helper!  Bring on the mess and the memories!  

Make sure you stay connected with Scott® Towels on Facebook and find more coupon deals here!  Make Scott® Towels do your clean up so you can enjoy the memories and teachable moments that can be made in the kitchen with your kiddos!  

How do you allow your children to help you in the kitchen? 

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