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Children, Reviews, Sans Ads

Hallmark Poster Sized Kids Cards

September 2, 2014
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If I wanted to I couldn’t speculate on how many birthday cards for kids as well as gifts that I’ve purchased on behalf of my children for their friends. There is a particular part of the year where it seems like everyone I know had babies at the same time and its birthday party after birthday party after……
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Children, Living, School

Back to School Days

August 7, 2014
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August 4th and August 5th symbolized the first day of 3rd grade and Pre-K for Adrian and Addison. I would be telling a huge tale if I didn’t disclose the fact that I walked Adrian to the bus stop with a smile on my face and and nearly skipped while walking Addison into her classroom for the first day.

I love my children and we had an amazing, action pack filled summer but it is time and I am happy that they are back in the classroom challenging their little minds!

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Children, Health, Sans Ads

{#FreshNaturally} Banishing Pre-Teen Underarm Funk with Tom’s of Maine

June 26, 2014
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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #FreshNaturally

The saying they grow so fast when referring to children is nothing but the pure unadulterated truth. A few months ago my son got in the car from school and it immediately smelled….let’s say not so fresh in the car. It didn’t dawn on me until we got home that at the young age of 7 it was time for him to start wearing a long-lasting deodorant, or anti-perspirant.

I wanted to cry from the fact that my sweet baby boy, my first born was moving on to a new stage in his life, and a few tears were also shed when I asked him to lift his arm so that I could make sure that it was his pits  and not some onion stench left on my hand from chopping vegetables for dinner.

It was the prior.

Immediately I told his father to speak with him about his new daily task while my mind started to think of some of the bad things I  heard were included in main stream deodorants.

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Bad things like:

Aluminum: Absorption into the skin has been linked to various forms of cancer

Parabens: Found in a variety of the products we use has known to disrupt hormonal balances and trigger early puberty in both sexes.

Anything to not speed up the onset of puberty in pre-teens is a lifesaver for both parties in my book.

While I don’t consider myself “crunchy” by a long shot, the more I educate myself on the foods we eat and the products we put on our bodies I am certainly becoming more conscience about what I feed and put on my children. I figure if I teach them early they will consider these things the norm, instead of scrambling to change their lifestyles later on in life like we are having to do.

I live in an area where we don’t really have access to a ton of stores that carry natural beauty products. I grab what we need when I am in the city but often times it seems a little over priced so I am glad to see Amazon carrying Tom’s of Maine products so that I can easily order and have our new family essential item on our doorstep in a matter of days. The switch was not just for him but for all of us and I was able to order a multipack in Fresh Apricot.

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Within a few days our package came

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That was the easy part. Now the hard part is making sure he remembers to put it on daily.

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Tom's of Maine

What age did you start wearing deodorant? I feel like I didn’t start this early. Are you becoming more aware of what you are feeding and putting on yourself and your children?

Children, Family, Family Fun, Life, My Babies, Summer, Weekend

{Weekend in Review} Chill.Mode

May 26, 2014
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This weekend was the perfect kick off to Summer.

Addison’s last day of school was last Wednesday and Adrian’s was Friday. Come Saturday morning we had a house full of children to include my nephew, as well as my niece and her friend.

By 11a everyone including the Mr. and I was outside playing.

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When it was too hot to play outside the older children ventured inside to help my MIL make a cake. I just love this photo, as we know Big Mama doesn’t exist any more and it was such a joy to see them in the kitchen with Grandma.

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While everyone was sucking up the air inside and taste testing cake batter I was left outside with a sweet little girl who got a new bike and was dead set on riding and roasting in the afternoon sun.

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Hold on Doc….Hold on!!

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Once it cooled off  everyone made their way back outside for a little evening breeze. My niece caught this photo of the Mr. and I. You know he makes rare appearances around here.

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Later in the evening my bestie Erika stopped by with her family. While watching the playoff game #GoHeat,  we snuck in a few #Usies

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Sunday, we ventured to Chuck E. Cheese for a birthday party.

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Today/Monday we are planning to stay close to home. We may take a visit to a local park that has a dedicated memorial section for our fallen soldiers. Maybe I’ll try to recreate this photo from last year

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A HUGE thank you to all who have served and are serving. Please be sure to tell Service Men/Women thank you when you see them.

Have a great Memorial Day!!!

Alpha Kappa Alpha, Children, Event, Gardening, Weekend

Parties, Relay for Life, & Carrots | A Weekend in Review

May 5, 2014
Aladdin Luncheon

Maaaaaaan, I am sure at sometime today I will need to use some of the toothpicks that held my stuffed chicken breasts together for last night’s dinner. This time I’ll be using them for my eyelids, while gulping down a large amount of coffee without coming up for air. This weekend has been draining…..but fun.

My weekend kicked off on Thursday with an amazing luncheon with Momtrends that was sponsored by Aladdin and Party BluPrints. Talk about a good time. I’ll give more deets later in the week.

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Aladdin Luncheon

With the Mom 2.0 Summit blogging conference in town last week there were a number of parties happening around town. Thursday evening after getting home and getting the children settled in I slid back out to a party at the Swan House sponsored by Dixie Crystals. There was a table set up where we could mix and match Dixie Crystals sugar with different oils to create body scrubs. I must say mine turned out to be the bomb. A little sugar, some rosemary and grapeseed oil….Bomb.com.  I also had a lot of desserts. A lot.

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Children, Parenting

Take Me Out to the Ball Game….Like Every Day

April 23, 2014
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When we have children, maybe I’ll speak for myself.

When I had children I just couldn’t wait for them to get of age to get involved in extracurricular activities. Piano lessons, sports, dance lessons etc. I wanted my children to be just as involved and well rounded as I was growing up.  I surely wasn’t thinking about  the logistics required to have two children involved in multiple activities. Every day of the week we are gone and don’t mention the weekends. Saturdays start early and end late.

The baby is taking her first foray into sports and is playing Tee Ball this year. Talk about something hilarious. Either everyone is running for the ball, including members of the batting team or my child is pointing at the ball as it rolls by. Baseball

Moments in the dug out are spend socializing, not at all paying attention to the game.

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I will say she will get out there and give that ball a real whack….with her Hello Kitty bat that I had to go to 3 Targets to find. Anything for my baby. She’ll run as well, maybe not to the correct base but those little legs move.

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I am a fan of children playing sports because it teaches them sportsmanship. She has to learn that every time won’t be her turn. Remember those days of being impatient because you wanted it to be your turn. She’s on that. She earned this trait honestly. I won’t tell you how many times my Mama got me together on the field because I was being a poor sport.

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As tired and ragged as I feel I wouldn’t have it any other way. I read somewhere the other day that we may complain now about how many activities our children have, or how messy they are or about the 238,038,581 questions they may ask in a day but the truth is one day they will grow up and we will look back on these moments and long for them.

I guess.

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Where my sports Moms at? Do you have snacks packed in your purse to nibble on? Do you talk to the other Moms? Are you the Team Mom?