Friday, May 29, 2015

Spread the love with Huggies! And HUGS! #UltraHug

Thank you to Huggies for sponsoring today's post and inspiring me to try Huggies Snug and Dry Ultimate Diapers!

As a mom of 2 young kids, 2 & 3, Hugs are some of the most precious gifts.  In my family, we are all about some  lovin!  I have always been a huge Huggies fan, their diapers and their natural wipes are the best!  It's so important to me that my kids are in something comfortable and...secure!  No leaks please!  Gianna is in big girl panties now, but she has spent her fare share in Huggies and even their pull ups.  Huggies can be found in many stores, but specifically these new Huggies Snug and Dry Ultra can be found at Walmart.

These Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra Diapers offer long-lasting leakage protection you can count on, so you can focus on all of your baby’s daily adventures. The range of sizes fit babies from newborn to 35 lbs. Only Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra Diapers have a new, unique quilted liner to lock away wetness better.. They have a conforming, gap-free fit to keep your active baby dry throughout the day The trusted Leak Lock® System has quick-absorbing layers for up to 12 hours of protection.  The new Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra Diapers are....the bomb!  And, they will hold a bomb nicely too, bahaha.

Huggies is also sponsoring an awesome campaign to spread the love in our communities!  We are happy to join this movement and would love to support our local Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (Forsyth Location).  It has been the biggest blessing to have such an amazing hospital nearby.  Not only for when our kids are sick, but Miles, our baby boy has suffered from both Torticollis and Plagiocephaly, so having this resource has been A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!  Some moms have to travel hours each way for a helmet visit for their kids so I  am beyond grateful to CHOA and their amazing staff.  They sponsor so many great camps and activities for children, they could no doubt use the $2,000 for great things.



About the #UltraHug Selfie Contest

From April 20th until June 25th, Huggies will be accepting all selfies of you and your baby with the hashtag #UltraHug, and featuring them in a collage on the campaign landing page. On July 6th, voting will begin to narrow down the 20 finalists to 10 winners who will win a $2,000 grant from Huggies for their nominated community initiative.

How to Enter the #UltraHug Selfie Contest

• First, take a selfie of you and your baby and upload that selfie to Twitter or Instagram. Make sure to use the hashtag #UltraHug
• In your same post, make sure to include a text nomination (approximately 100 – 120 characters) including a name and/or identifying description of a community project in the US, which you would like to nominate. Make sure the community project is something near and dear to your heart.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Hunter Boots Turned WHITE!!! All is not well with my Wellies!

Anyone else experience going to the closet to pull out your rain boots and they are white!!!  Well, I did, only a couple months after buying them.  I freaked!! Then, I googled and what do you know, it happens to lots of people.   So, what do you do about it?  You can go in your pantry and grab olive oil, or you can go in your garage and grab Armor All.  They BOTH work GREAT!!! Just get a towel or wash cloth put some on and rub your boots in circles- like new!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

On Turning 30...

Well, today is my last day as a "twenty-something" and you know what that means- Tomorrow is the day!  The day I officially turn 30!  My husband and I spent my last weekend in my 20's in San Francisco, kid free.  We had a blast!  Now I am home and going to ring in the day in my most favorite way, day off work, spending it with my family.  Nice, casual dinner and of course birthday dessert!

My twenties have been amazing!  10 years ago if I were to say where I wanted to be when I was 30, I would have said right here!  I have 2 beautiful, healthy, absolutely amazing children- very lucky to have both a boy and a girl.  I have a really great job, my career has had ups and downs over the past 5 years, it took off really quick, then I took a step back to move close to home and have babies.  I recently received a promotion and am working my way back up the corporate ladder at a company that is close to home and a great place to work.  We have a beautiful home, my mom is nanny to my kids, I am healthy and I have a super great husband!  Life is great!  

My 20's weren't always exactly as I would have thought.  I never imagined to be getting my colon removed- yep, total colectomy.  I also never imagined to be a healthy 26 year old shooting myelf up with estrogen and progesterone and having to visit a fertility doctor to have babies.  I also never imagined I would be excited to be buying a mini van.  But....I gotta say, with all the ups and downs, this has been the best decade of my life. Met and married my husband, had my 2 fabulous kids and completed my family!  My twenties were amazing and I am sad to see them go, but very much looking forward to everything my 30's have in store for me.

I want to rock my 30's! I want to start right away, to step up my fitness, set some slightly healthier habits for my kids, travel, have fun, make memories, work hard in my career while being a great mommy and give back to my community!  I don't know that anything can live up to the milestones of my 20's, however, I think my 30's will most definitely be super, duper amazing! I can't wait!! Let's do this!!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Fall Favorites!

Fall is officially here and I couldn't be happier.  Summer is filled with fun, but Fall is too and the weather is the greatest.  Here are the things I love most about Fall, what about you?

1. Cooler Weather
2. Apple Picking- which means HUGE apple fritter with vanilla ice cream...YUM!
3. The Fair
4. Birthday's (Gianna's and mine)
5. Pumpkin Patch
6. Pumpkin Donuts
7. Boots
8. Holidays and starting my Christmas shopping!
9. Baking- I love to start baking yummy treats!
10. Long, refreshing runs!

There are a few things that come along with Fall that I am not a fan of- kids sick season, but with the good comes the bad, so I am doing my best to keep my family healthy and hope we all make it through with minimal sniffles and aches.

Happy Fall Ya'll!




Sunday, August 24, 2014

Encouraging Imaginative Play with Fruit Shoot

This post is sponsored by Fruit Shoot, but all opinions are my own.  Thanks Fruit Shoot for sponsoring such a fun campaign!

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We are a pretty active family and want to be sure to keep our kids active and healthy.  We love to get outside and although they are still very young, we are already getting them involved in team sports and being active.  We also like to keep them semi healthy, I say semi, because we are definitely a family that loves our french fries and ice cream, but all in balance.  Our oldest is almost 3 and is a very picky eater, however, beverages are something we have kept pretty healthy and we are proud of that.  She drinks mostly water and milk and until she was 2, never even tried a "juice box".  She does enjoy a glass of orange juice and occassionally has juice at a party or special event.  

When I learned about Fruit Shoot, I thought, "wow, this is great!".  It comes in fun colors and yummy flavors, but the liquid is clear, no fructose corn syrup ... and a spill-proof cap- Score!  It is the perfect size and a great treat to take on the go.  Perfect for those Saturday games, outdoor adventures in your back yard or at the park, or for those long car rides.  I love that the company is focusing on fun and adventure with your kids.

Fruit Shoot comes in 4 flavors including Orange, Apple, Berry Burst and Strawberry/Raspberry and is also available in low sugar versions.

You are invited to capture and share the exciting imagination of your child by filming a short video of your child’s tricks and stunts with a Fruit Shoot bottle and a ball of your choice. The winning video each week will get a treatment in a similar style to the video featured on the campaign landing page! Entrants will receive a free bottle of Fruit Shoot when entering the contest. AND, if you buy 6 bottles of Fruit Shoot in-store, you will also receive a Waboba ball!  Check out my video here:
 Here are some ideas for you to create your video:
Theme #1 Imaginative Activity Ideas
Theme #2 Movie Star
Theme #3 Imaginative play
The ‘Have a Ball Stunt Hunt’ competition is a great demonstration of Fruit Shoot’s commitment to imaginative play and has a reward that is priceless. Here’s how it works:

1. Visit the contest homepage to upload a video of your kids showing off their best tricks, stunts, and super-cool abilities with a Fruit Shoot bottle and any ball. To qualify, please make sure your video is under 30 seconds.
2. Share your video with friends and family and encourage them to vote for your video

3. Every week, we’ll chose a winning video, give it the full-on Hollywood special effects treatment, and release it on our contest homepage for the world to see! 

So what are you waiting for go buy some Fruit Shoot and have some fun with your family by creating a video and entering the contest.  Promotion ends September 1, 2014.




Wednesday, July 2, 2014

We Kicked Some Potty Training A$$

We did it! We did it! We did it Yeah! Who would think that potty training would be so easy?!

I have thought about tackling potty training for a while now, but I knew I needed to take a day off work and stay with Gianna. Why? Because when you have a little one crawling around trying to stick his hand in the potty or climb into it, it makes your 2 yr old very upset. So a good day came and I decided let's do it. I had bought a bunch of little toys, wrapped them up and put them in a box from the "Pee Pee Fairy". I also bought a Dora Sticker Chart, Panties and mini M&Ms.

We woke up that morning, picked out our panties and started just sitting and sitting. Then, she said, "mommy I have to pee pee", rushed to the potty and sat down, but didn't get her panties down in time. Ok, no biggie, clean panties and try try again. More sitting in front of the TV on the potty- yes in the living room. This time, right after we sit, we run upstairs for literally 5 minutes, she says,"Mommy I have to pee pee" and I pick her up to race her to the potty, pees on me! No problem, new panties and try again, by the 3rd time, we were nailing this potty thing. Nap time came, diaper, woke up, panties and more sitting. Left the house for 1 hour to eat. Sat on potty at restaurant, but nothing.

Day 1 was not too shabby.

Day 2 started with more sitting, more and more, but no pee. Getting concerened. Finally 5 hours after waking up she pees!! Yeah. The rest of the day goes pretty smoothly. A pee pee in the potty (not on mommy) equals 2 mini M&Ms, a present and a sticker and duh- it wouldn't be complete without the pee pee dance! Day 2 she even wanted to nap in her panties, you go girl!

Day 3 was great, even went to breakfast, park and the grocery store with NO accidents! Napped in panties again and even pooped! We ran out of presents but continued with stickers, M&Ms and the pee pee dance. At this point, the Fairy had moved the potty to the bathroom because "Gianna was OFFICIALLY a big girl who pee pees on the potty!"

So far, we have been rocking and rolling and kicking that A$$! 2 weeks of dry diapers and we will attempt overnight. Daniel Tiger says it best, "When you have to go potty, stop, and go right away. (Wipe) Flush and Wash and be on your way."

Feels good!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

1st Birthday Luau!

 
My baby boy is officially 1 year old! Time Flies! We had his first birthday party Luau this weekend, complete with a Kona Ice Truck that I forgot to take pictures of. It was a blast! On the menu:
 
Chicken Salad Crabwiches
PB&J Starfish Sandwiches
Pigs in a Blanket
Let's go for a Dip Station
Tropical Fruit Salad
Goldfish
Seashell Pasta Salad
Kona Ice Truck Icees
Cupcakes
 
Kids goody bags contained:
Sunglasses
Hawaiin Rubber Duckies
2 Tropical Ice Pops to enjoy later
 
My baby boy is such an amazing blessing and it was so nice getting to celebrate him!