Disclosure: I received product for review. All opinions are honest and are my own.
We are long time fans of Kidorable products so we were really excited to receive a new pair of rain boots for review. My 4 year old chose this adorable fireman raincoat last February for review so we picked the fireman rain boots to match. So far he is planning on wearing this for Halloween and I think he will be the cutest fireman on the block.
On our adventures we found this amazing spider and he wanted a picture.
My boys have worn Kidorable boots for years and love them. They are comfortable and easy for them to run around in on their outdoor adventures.
So many things to see.
Exploring in the Secret Tunnel. We could spend all day at the children's garden.
Looking for bugs under the stepping stones. He can't resist checking...just in case.
The boots are flexible and really soft on the inside making them extra comfortable.
They have an extra grippy sole to prevent slipping.
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I actually wrote these notes to myself in my journal quickly one afternoon. It must have been about a year ago and I really needed some encouragement. Being a stay-at-home parent can be lonely sometimes and there seems to be a lot of pressure to do it all. I know I feel the pressure to keep a clean house, raise well-behaved, well-rounded children, plan and prepare healthy and delicious meals, help with yard maintenance, and contribute to the family finances by saving money and earning income (usually blog income and ebay sales). When you think about it, stay at home parents contribute A LOT to the family. Yes A LOT is in bold because really it's like a TON.
So here is some encouragement for all of my fellow stay-at-home parents.
Let me start with this, you are doing the most important job in the world! It doesn't seem like it most days, but when you look back at your life, your children will mean more to you than any job ever did. The days will seem long, even mundane in the everyday tasks that must be performed, but each task that you do and each moment that you spend with and for your children is essential to the happiness and well being of your family.
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In case if you are wondering, no I am not pregnant. If I was, I wouldn't share it here until I was really far along anyway. Last time, I was 6 months pregnant before making a public announcement on the blog. That little bundle of joy in the ultrasound picture is turning 4 this week. Wow, the years have flown by.
I hope to be making another baby announcement one day, but at this time we have some big transitions in our lives that could mean a move in the near future so for the moment, we wait.
Anyone have exciting baby news to share? Or anyone trying to conceive, what do you think about the new comfort sure design?
Disclosure: I received a copy of Absolute Mayhem for review purposes only. All opinions are honest and are my own.
I am really excited to share this new childrens book with you. One of my best friends is friends with the author, Kelly Suellentrop.
Kelly wrote and illustrated this clever and whimsical book which shows how our imagination enables us to see a whole new world full of adventure and of course... a little Mayhem.
As Lulu and Milo go about their mundane, normal, weekly routine of chores, homework, and eating vegetables, their minds will occasionally wander and they anticipate the fun adventures that await when the weekend arrives, and with it, Absolute Mayhem.
My boys and I really enjoy reading this story. They love when Lulu and Milo start imagining and the colorful tentacles of Mayhem start to enter the black and white weekday scenes. The colorful scenes in which the characters' imaginations are running wild are so vivid. Our favorite scene involves some playful monkeys' silly shenanigans, as they roast marshmallows and scavenge outside of Lulu and Milo's tent. My five year old laughs out loud and points and tells me all of the things he sees in this scene.
Let the Mayhem begin. You can order your very own copy on Amazon or Kelly Suellentrop. These would make great Christmas gifts!
Enter to win. One lucky reader will win a copy of Absolute Mayhem!
Disclosure: I received a copy of Absolute Mayhem for review purposes only. All opinions are honest and are my own.
I can't believe my baby is five years old today. I was reminiscing recently and found this video of him when he was just a few months old. It seems like yesterday.
To my little man:
In case you read this someday...I treasure you more than you can possibly imagine. I love you more than words can say. I love you forever.
I like to display all the cool things the kids create, but we run out of room on the bulletin board and it becomes a crazy mess on which you can never find anything important ever again...like that very important prescription or chinese takeout menu.
So I hung some yarn up in a zig zag pattern with push pins and have been hanging the kid's artwork up with clothes pins and chip clips. They love seeing their art on display and I think it's cute and whimsical.
So we've had this up for a while...it's starting to get a little crowded, but the boys love it and request to have their work displayed.
You may have noticed I haven't been here much lately. Did you notice I haven't posted a menu plan in I don't know how many months? I've been too busy and I've had some pretty big things to deal with. So I have given myself some grace.
God doesn't expect us to be perfect so why should we expect the impossible from ourselves. All we can do is give the best that we can give at any given time. Sometimes this may look like perfection and sometimes this may be far from it and that's ok. We can't expect perfect. Not from ourselves or from those we love.
Yesterday about 5-10 minutes before we needed to leave for my 3 year old's afternoon preschool, I discovered that he and my 4 1/2 year old had gotten into glue sticks in the office supplies drawer of my desk. My 3 year old had bright yellow glue plastered to his head. His white uniform polo shirt was covered in multi-colored streaks of glue. On top of this, he had a pull-up explosion that had leaked through to his uniform shorts. Oh yeah and my blue and white quilt and white sheets had huge streaks of hot pink glue running up and down them. I let the bed go until later, it could wait. Preschool could not.
I somehow managed to handle the situation gracefully. Instead of yelling, I kept it together and got my 3 year old into the tub for a serious cleanup. There was some lecturing about staying out of Mommies things, but no harsh yelling. I'm sure I raised my voice, but I felt like I was keeping my cool. I found a uniform in the clean laundry and got him ready for preschool again. We were 10-15 minutes late, but it was ok. (Luckily we live about 5 minutes from the school.) Life went on and he had a great afternoon at preschool.
I read an article today at thrivingFamily.com titled Perfect Isn't the Point. It really resonated with me. I have been trying to change my perspective and become more flexible when it comes to my expectations for myself and my family. A couple of months ago, my husband told me that I yell at our children too much. He was right. Too much yelling becomes ineffective anyway. I have been reflecting on this and trying to come up with better ways to redirect our boys and calmly handle messy situations. Simply stopping what I am doing and focusing on my children and their needs seems to go a lot further than yelling.
Our house is not always a peaceful and quiet retreat. It's often loud and rambunctious. There is always a mess to clean up, but there is also a lot of love and increasing amounts of grace. I am and will always be striving to give us all a little more grace.
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There is a huge sale on Frozen gear at Zulily. Party favors, clothes, pj's, watches, books, toys, backpacks, etc. Just about anything you can think of for the little Frozen fans in your life.
Zulily is great. I've ordered from them for years and gotten great deals on gifts and things for the kids. I think you'll like zulily—they always have the best brands, at up to 70% off retail prices. There's something new to see every day, so why not take a look? Membership is free!
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I made these lego cupcakes for my son's 7th birthday party. They were super cute, but I made a yummy chocolate butter frosting that was not strong enough for the weight of the lego candies. They were sliding off and we had to reposition a few of them when distributing the cupcakes to party guests. I would suggest either refrigerating cupcakes frosted with a butter frosting prior to your party or using a frosting made with butter and shortening.
I bought some candy wafers for melting at Hobby Lobby. You can find these in many colors at most craft stores. I ordered Lego silicone candy molds from Amazon.
I followed the simple microwave melting instructions on the candy melts package and spooned the melted candy into the molds. I then put them in the freezer until firm. Once firm, they easily push right out of the candy molds. Start making these a day or two before your party so that you have plenty of time to make multiple colors and the quantity that you need.
I used extra lego candy pieces to decorate the party table.
I had a hard time finding anything lego themed for the birthday party that wasn't super expensive and only available online. I was able to find the silicone molds for around $5 for a set of two on Amazon, but couldn't find much else. I went with neutral themed bright colored tableware that I bought locally and on sale.
If you have any awesome ideas or resources for a lego party please share in the comments.
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We had a great 1st day of school morning. Good weather and good spirits (although now it is raining) as we walked and rode bikes to the bus stop. The whole family went for the big send off. He looks so much older than he did last year.
I love these printable signs for the first and last day of school. You can find them at 3 Dinosaurs. You can print signs for preschool through 12th grade.
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