Friday, December 19, 2014

Fun Snowman Craft Activity

It snowed a little bit yesterday. It wasn't enough to play in, make snowballs, or make snowmen. My two year old got excited when his sister got home from school. He put on his shoes and said "Doh snow balls!" (Throw snow balls!) (He even put on his shoes by himself, though they were on the wrong feet. I was very impressed!) Well, I had to let him down and tell him that there wasn't enough snow to throw snow balls. He was still asking about it today. So, after nap and lunch time, I asked him if he wanted to make snow men. Of course, his answer was YES!!

I gathered up some crafting supplies I had around. These are the ingredients for the snowman craft!
- "Woodsies" - little wood shapes (triangles, ovals, teardrops, circles, and squares)
- Pipecleaners
- Construction Paper
- Glue
- Paint

Get creative and do whatever you want with the supplies you have! T-Rex got to pretty much do what he wanted, though I placed the mouth and arms for him. Little K needed more direction, so I pretty much did his for him and let him paint and mess with the paper.

T-Rex's snowman looks like maybe he fell down. Or maybe he is dancing. I'm not sure.

And this is Little K's snowman, mostly designed by Mom.

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Splurge V Save 2014 #1

Friday, December 12, 2014

Splurge V. Steal - Fashion Post

How exciting! I've been playing around with Polyvore. I just found how I can post the outfits I create there on my blog in one easy step! Be looking forward to more of my creations.
Meanwhile, you can Follow me on Pinterest and find more of my creations on my Polyvore board.

Splurge V. Steal #3

Monsoon platform pumps
$100 -

Clare V navy tote bag

Cell phone purse

Fallon pearl jewelry

1928 jewelry

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Little K's Incredible Journey - 11 months old

My little boy is growing up! You are 11 months old already and you sure are growing fast! You have started eating baby food for at least 2 meals a day, but still having mommy's milk as well. You don't seem to want to stop that any time soon! (Mommy even wrote a song about you wanting that milk, wherever you are. All About the Breast (No Bottle). You like it when mommy sings it and you dance to it too!)

The biggest development in the past month is that you have started taking steps. Though you are still quite content hanging on to furniture to walk around, from time to time you will take 4 or 5 steps. You are becoming more confident in your step-taking abilities and I'm sure you'll be walking everywhere soon!

You are also talking more. I decided to make a list of the words you know. Hopefully I don't miss any.

-kitty/cat - ("dee", "ca")
-Dog - ("daw")
-Num num
-Your sister's name (well, one syllable of it)

I'm sure there will probably be more to add by next month. You also love to sing. You are very dramatic when you cry. Dad thinks you are going to be the artist of the family, whether it is acting or singing. I do agree. You definitely have the looks to be a famous actor, my handsome boy!

Next month, you will turn 1 year old. I am so excited for your first birthday party! You are a lucky baby too! They will be lighting off fireworks just for you! (Ok, so it will be for New Year's Eve, but let's just say they are for you!) I love you, Little K!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Teething doesn't have to be a nightmare with Baby Orajel Naturals Nighttime Teething Gel!

I was given a free sample of Baby Orajel Naturals Nighttime Teething Gel from Smiley360 in exchange for my honest review.

My Little K is 10 months old and he already has six teeth. Lo and behold last night before bed he was getting super fussy, way more than normal. I looked in his mouth because he'd been chewing on his hands and what did I see? Tooth number seven is making an appearance and he sure is not happy about it. This might explain the night time wakings this past week when he's normally pretty good about sleeping through the night. Since I'd received this sample from Smiley360, I decided this was the perfect opportunity to try it out. I rubbed a little bit on his gums (just a pea sized amount is all you need) and waited to see what would happen. He did start to calm down, but I also was breastfeeding him so I'm sure that had something to do with it as well.

It was 10 pm when he fell asleep. (Don't judge. He took a nap until almost 6 pm, so he wasn't ready very early.) He did not wake up until 8:30 am the next morning. Now I don't know for sure if it was the calming and soothing ingredients of chamomile or passion flower that did the trick or that he just happened to get back on his schedule of sleeping through the night last night. I guess we will wait and see. But I will definitely give this a shot again if he appears to be experiencing teething pain. I feel much more comfortable giving him this medicine than others since it is Benzocaine free, Belladonna free, Paraben free, and dye free. Remember, it should only be used on infants ages 4 months and older unless your doctor says otherwise.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

The First Christmas Ever - Book Review

I got the chance to review a Christmas children's book for Book Look Bloggers.
It was nice to have this opportunity at this time of year.

The First Christmas Ever is Illustrated by Dennis Jones. It is a retelling of the Christmas story (the birth of Christ) in a way that children can understand. The illustrations are fun and colorful. I think it does a great job of telling the story of Jesus' birth in an entertaining way as well. There's extra detail added like the KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK on the innkeeper's door. One of my favorite parts of the book is when Jesus is born. It says, "All babies are special, but Mary's baby was extra special!" That's for sure! This book also has a couple of pages at the end that tell about what Jesus did as he grew up. It keeps it pretty simple, saying that Jesus started doing God's work and preaching about God's love, but that the birth of baby Jesus was "just the beginning of something wonderful for the world." Reading this book got me interested in checking out some of Dennis Jones' other illustrated Bible stories. This is a good book to read to your children for Christmas. If you have a young child and you want to teach them about the true meaning of Christmas, I suggest picking up this book. At the low price of $1.99, it's a great stocking stuffer!

I receive these books free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookLook Bloggers book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Thursday, November 13, 2014

O is for Others

On Sunday, I attended my cousin's fiancee's baby shower. It was full of family and friends and fun shower games. My aunt always puts on great baby showers. One of the games we played was the A through Z of baby necessities. You were supposed to list something you need for a baby that started with each letter of the alphabet. When we finished, we passed our papers to someone else and if they saw anything that they thought was questionable on the paper, they brought it up to the whole group. We then raised our hands if we thought it should not be counted.

For the letter O, I put "others". Others. As in other people. I was voted down. I was told it should not be counted because, according to my aunt, she didn't need anyone. She raised her baby by herself while her husband was deployed.

Let me tell you what's wrong with that. My aunt did not raise her baby by herself. She lived away from the rest of her family at the time, but I'm quite sure she called them up on the phone from time to time for advice. I'm quite sure she talked to her mother, who had raised a very large family. I'm quite sure that, even though her husband was on deployment, she was able to talk to him or write to him. She thought about him and he thought about her. She was not "on her own".

I see this theme going with single mothers. They talk about doing it "on their own". Sure, I will give you that there are some women who truly are out there without any friends or family around. But that's my point. They are really struggling to get by, aren't they? They can't do it on their own. What about the baby sitter who watches their child while they are working to put food on the table? What about the teacher who teaches their child when she gets old enough to go to school? No one can do it on their own. If they think that they can, they are sorely mistaken. We are social individuals and we need each other to thrive. So don't ever let anyone tell you that you don't need others to help your child grow and thrive. You are the most important part of your child's life, but don't discount the contribution of others. Don't ever take it for granted.