Home Try-on | Help Me Choose My New Frames

I like easy. Do you like that too? Being a stay at home mom that works out of the home I try to get things done mostly online. I’ve been on the market for new frames for a long time. I have myopia and my prescription from the exam I did in the beginning of the year is starting to bore a hole in my wallet, taunting me. Continue reading “Home Try-on | Help Me Choose My New Frames”

Baby’s First Year #WaterWipesMom

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Becoming a parent happens in an instant. There’s really no amount of training you can do to fully prepare you for what’s about to happen in baby’s first year.

Even if you take care of children, it will always be different when it’s your own child. The first year with a new baby is full of exciting, scary, and I don’t know what I am doing moments.

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Who am I kidding? They are mostly about I don’t know what I’m doing it and we’re going to wing it. A lot of trial and error goes on, lots of reading online articles (like this one) or webMD (Lots of this).

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Planning Successful Play dates That Wow!

“This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.”

Planning successful play dates isn’t difficult. It does take a little bit of planning ahead but with these tips you’ll be rocking your next play date like the rockstar mama or dad that you are. Parenting is overwhelming as it is, these tips will let your breeze by these play dates.

I’ve noticed more and more how much my son craves interaction with other children. He truly loves being around other children and asks me to take him places to play with other kids. He says hi to every single child he sees, he’s so eager to play with them.

I invited a few children for a messy artsy play date and these are the steps I’ve followed. Not to brag or anything but the kids had to be dragged out crying cause they wanted to stay. I’d say that makes for a very a successful play date.

Tip 1: Decide on a few activities

Little ones get bored easily and will leave an activity as quickly as they picked it up, only to go back to it a few minutes later. Having multiple play options will hold their attention better/longer and make for more successful play dates.

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For this play date you’ll need:
  • Watercolor Paints
  • Regular Paints
  • Play-doh or modeling clay
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors (I’m teaching my 2.5 year old handle scissors early, but can be used with older children)
  • WaterWipes (For easy & safe clean-up)
  • Old or new plastic shower curtain

TIP 2: Pick up supplies and set up ahead of time.

This includes any snacks you might be serving. I had a variety of snacks laid out, pão de queijo(Brazilian cheese bread) and juice. I have to say snacks were overlooked with the cheese bread laid out. The kids were fed first and during play time. Fed kids always behave better in my honest opinion.

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TIP 3: Downtime & Clean-up

This goes back to my first tip. Toddlers have an attention span of a fish, so having something to divert their attention from the messy play and easing into closing credits is a must. I wipe all of their little hands, arms, legs and faces with WaterWipes.

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WaterWipes contains only two ingredients, 99.9% pure Irish water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract. Safe and effective for cleaning up even the fun messes. Natural ingredients safe from harmful chemicals.

We then set them off to Water play. Kiddie pool and or Water table will work or even a pouring station (Large recipient and smaller recipients to transfer water to and fro)

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** Extra tip: The shower curtain is to make your life even easier. Can be easily thrown if too much of a mess was made or can be washed and re-used for the next play date.

And Voila! You have just delivered a successful play date mama! Congrats to you for rocking it. Here’s to many more successful play dates in your near future. Thanks to WaterWipes to keeping the safety and well-being of our little ones in mind.

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Birthday Party In Style With Jord Watches

I grew up in a family that loves birthday parties. Ever since my first birthday, Snow White themed. My father and I share the same birthday month and since we live a few hours away from each other we mom decided on planning a a joint party.  We had my mom, dad, brother and SIL drive down from Jacksonville and the peeps from south Florida come up.

We had a FULL house, a change of pace from our empty home since moving away from everyone. Nonetheless we had a great birthday party, the kids played until they couldn’t anymore and our bellies were inundated with such delicious food thanks to my awesome mother.

Since it was my father’s 60th birthday we chose to showcase our ages as the party theme and I’m not ashamed of getting older so I was a trooper. I’m obsessed with all things Rose Gold at the moment so obviously it was the color I chose for my side of the party. My father went with a traditional “man color” of blue. (That’s my grandma praying over us, and we’re taking photos… we eventually bowed our heads I promise)33 birthdayparty

To add to the festivities I got to showcase a lovely Rose Gold wooden from watch from Jord Watches.

I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity of owning a real wood watch. I tend to buy wooden toys for Nico and furniture for the house but never anything for me. When I was approached by Jord Watches to review one of their wooden watches, I immediately looked over all of their watches and of course asked for the Rose Gold one.

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Ask and you shall receive! The watch I got is from their Cora Series: Koa & Rose Gold. This watch retails at $275 but their watches start at $129. Some features to point out are:

  • Automatic (requires no batteries, I have a few watches sitting in drawers because I don’t want to go get new batteries, but don’t we all?.)
  • Sapphire Crystal Glass
  • Swarovski Crystal Markers
  • Very light on the wrist
  • Elegant
  • Dress it up or Down

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You can check out all other specs on the Cora Series here or head over to their website for their full men & women line up. Also be sure to check out their Instagram feed  and follow them on twitter & facebook to keep up with their latest info.

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As a bonus Jord Watches is offering my readers a chance to win a $75 vouchers towards a purchase one of their fabulous watches but not to worry, even if you don’t win they are kindly giving away a $20 coupon to everyone else!!! (Ends June 5th)

Enter the giveaway below! Don’t forget, Father’s day is coming up on June 19th. Dad would be more than happy to sporting Jord Wooden Watches.

Click here to enter the $75 voucher giveaway

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Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, however I did receive a sample for my review. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

Books To Read:

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1.For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
2.The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
3.Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman
4.Praying Circles Around Your Children by Mark Batterson
5.Motherhood Realized: An Inspiring Anthology for the Hardest Job You’ll Ever Love by Power of Moms

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Help Minimize Sore Throat Pain + Giveaway

Hey Lovelies, Dealing with a sore throat?
Ever since I can remember I’ve suffered from recurring sore throats, to the point where I just got used to the pain and moved on. I knew I would have recurring sore throats so I would always carry around lozenges.
*This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.

But I’ve found Pine Bros throat drops. Pine Bros has been around since the 1870’s! Can you believe it? Their secret recipe of premium plant glycerin and imported gum acacia, natural flavors and softish consistency are sure to please anyone in the family.

They are available in 4 different flavors for everyone’s different tastes (Click on each flavor to read specific ingredients)
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I’m especially a fan of the Lemon Lime flavor. Sorry Cherry lovers. These Throat drops provide relief without numbing your throat. I hate that numb throat feeling!  It’s active ingredient glycerin is derived from nature. Used as an oral demulcent to soothe mucous membranes for centuries. The soothing natural qualities of plant glycerin along with the healing properties of gum acacia make a powerful combatant of the occasional soreness.

Great for speakers, singers (like myself), teachers and the like. Pine Bros throat coat drops is here to take care of your family’s throat needs by soothing that uncomfortable pain, dryness and hoarseness.

Directions:
  • Adults and children 3 years and over: dissolve 1 or 2 drops slowly in mouth.
  • Repeat as needed. Best if not chewed.
  • For children under 3, ask a doctor.
You can find Pine Bros softish throat coat drops at: Target or For a full list of retailers, click here or buy them online here.

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If sore throat is severe, persists for more than 2 days, is accompanied by fever, nausea, swelling, rash, headache, vomiting, consult a doctor promptly.
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Books To Read:

*These are affiliate links, by purchasing through the links below you help me keep up with costs associated with running a blog at no additional cost to you. Thanks in advance!

1.For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
2.The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
3.Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman
4.Praying Circles Around Your Children by Mark Batterson
5.Motherhood Realized: An Inspiring Anthology for the Hardest Job You’ll Ever Love by Power of Moms

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10 Reasons Why I’m loving our New Air Water Dispenser WAT40B – A Review + Giveaway

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Have you ever thrown a party and seen so many barely touched water bottles? I have. Way too many times. I’ve been guilty of it too, although it irks me when I see it happening. I’m so thankful I got the New Air water dispenser.  As a mom in charge of everything in the home, buying all the groceries, keeping our bills in check and everything in between is all me.  Having said that, going to the market with a toddler is not my idea of a good time. But I must in order to have food and water.

Before I was approached NewAir I had a discussion with my husband about us getting something to help us control the water waste happening in our home. I wasn’t thinking of a Water dispenser like this. No kidding! And then New Air contacted me about reviewing one of their products. It didn’t take long for me to say yes.  It’s like they read my mind. Yes, I know what you are thinking.. water cooler? Not very attractive right? Wrong!  There’s no huge 5 gallon water jug hanging on top of it. That’s already a plus in my book.

I don’t know about your family but we are water bottle drinkers here, and the amount of water bottles I had to purchase weekly to keep a healthy family that lives off of two types of water, regular and sparkling; my trips to the grocery store were becoming a little too much.

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10 Reasons Why I’m loving the New Air Wat 40B Water Dispenser:

  1. BPA Free
  2. Discreet Water Compartment.
  3. Bottom loading makes it easy to maneuver, unit stand 41 inches high.
  4. Cold is just the right temperature. (39-45°F)
  5. Hot water dispenser, great for tea or coffee, instant noodles and more, plus has a safety feature in case smaller children try to use it. (185°F & Up)
  6. Energy Star approved, provides hot and cold drinking water using less energy
  7. It’s super quiet
  8. Water Waste is practically zero
  9. Takes up very little space
  10. My husband gets to do the heavy lifting in picking up those 5 gallon water jugs up and bringing them home, not me. No more lugging around packs of bottled water from the car to the house.(Although I could, I just don’t want to)

Okay, number 10 is mainly just for me, but you get the point. It’s a great little machine with a sleek design.  I would definitely recommend getting one for your home or office.

Here’s a quick video review:


Head over to New Air’s website to see more, also head over to their Facebook page; it’s filled with great information on this and their other great products.

Interested in buying one for yourself?  You can purchase one for $249.95 here (shipping is free) Feeling lucky? Want a chance to win one of your own? You can enter their giveaway here for a chance to win a water dispenser of your choosing.

Thank you so much for reading!

*Disclaimer: I received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  

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Books to Read:

1.For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
2.The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
3.Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman
4.Praying Circles Around Your Children by Mark Batterson 
5.Motherhood Realized: An Inspiring Anthology for the Hardest Job You’ll Ever Love by Power of Moms

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Mess Free Painting Craft + Fun Giveaway

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Now that my son is a couple of months shy of TWO! (It has gone by terribly fast) 🙁 He is constantly on the move, on to the next thing. There are only a couple of hours of Peppa Pig and Egg surprise videos this mama can handle. What is it about those videos? Oh my goodness.  Anyways. I’ve been thinking of different ways to entertain him other than being glued to the iPad. Mess free painting can be a solution.

Painting can be fun but messy, but I’ve come across Kwik Stix and mess free painting is now possible.

Being that he’s 22 months, his attention span is limited and I’m not about to set up a whole elaborate play time for something he might not even try or will do for a few seconds. It needs to be practical, easy to clean and fun.

I was approached by the guys over at Kwik Stix for a review and after reading over their product. I said YES of course.  The claim is that these markers paint similarly to real paint but dry within 90 seconds. So your kiddos work of art doesn’t have to hang anywhere to dry, no glitter involved, glues, and macaroni. I gave it a try with my kiddo and he loved it as much as a kid his age can. But mostly I loved it. Mess free painting? YASSS!

Don’t get me wrong I still need to supervise the kid or else he’ll draw on my walls and furniture and that ruins all the fun. But this is definitely something you can sit your kiddo down for, give them ample space to work if they are young like my little one.

FEATURES: 

  • Ease of use – similar to markers/glue stick containers
  • Glides on paper with little effort – great for little hands that lack dexterity
  • Colors are nice and bright 
  • Dry time is exactly as advertised  – 90 Seconds
  • Mess free painting
  • Works on paper, canvas, posters, and even wood – so be careful with your furniture as with anything that a child can draw with. 

The pack I received had 12 colors, which you can find here. There are also different options available, a 6 pack & 96 pack; these would be great for a classroom. If you know a teacher going crazy with the mess the kiddos make, these would be a great Christmas gift.  
 
To find more info on their company by visiting their webpage, Facebook page and amazon product page to make a purchase. I highly recommend these Kwik Stix. You can also check out some of their other products. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win one of your Kwik Stix.

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Books I’m Reading & Recommend

For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman

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Bloomsy Box Review + Giveaway

You know those flowers at your local supermarket? Leave them be! You’re so much better than that. I have been know from time to time to pick those up too. I don’t typically write posts on flowers but this time I decided to take BloomsyBox up on their offer to review their subscription box service. First because Well, I love flowers. I don’t know anyone that doesn’t. Secondly, I just celebrated my 7th wedding anniversary and flowers would be a great way to start the celebration (also let the hubby off the hook, yes dude, you’re welcome!)

I’m somewhat of a newbie to subscription boxes, I have signed up for a few before but I never thought about getting flowers delivered monthly.  I received a medium bouquet of roses, but blooms will be vary monthly.

How does the subscription box work? 

 Bouquets come in three different sizes: Small $34.99/mo, medium $38.99/mo & large 48.99/mo.  They also have different payment plans which – Month to Month, 3 Month Prepay, 6 Month Prepay and 12 Month Prepay. Prepaid plans will lower the monthly price slightly. Bouquets will be different every month. All plans auto-renew & may be cancelled online at any time.

Where does the flowers come from? 

They are shipped from farms directly to your door.  Blooms come from South Africa, Holland, France, and South America. They are handpicked and delivered fresh.

My take on the service?

My flowers were beautiful, delivered to my front door, thorns removed (except for a few missed ones) All I did was cut the stems slightly under running water and placed in a vase. There were a total of 24 roses 12 were long stemmed and 12 shorter. They lasted a whole week. I think this would make a lovely anniversary gift, especially the 12 month plan.

Here’s how the arrangement looked on day 8.

Share this post with your husband and give him a big hint!

Now onto the giveaway. Enter to win a 1 month subscription box to Bloomsy Box below.  Winner will be announced after the giveaway has ended. Open to US Residents. Good luck!

Want to find out more? Visit their website at www.bloomsybox.com for details.

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Books I’m Reading & Recommend

For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman

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