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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

We are officially at Half Time in Dexter's Life

I will never forget the article I read a couple years back about when a child reaches 9 years of age, half-way to 18, they are officially at the "Halftime" in their lives. This is half-way to being out of the house after high school. How we got here in such a short amount of time, I am unsure! What I do know is that every moment is appreciated and before me is a young boy growing bigger, braver and more amazing everyday.

At 9 1/2, Dexter is truly one-of-a-kind. He is thoughtful, caring and he is a friend to all. He is funny, goofy, spontaneous, and articulate. He is everything I could have ever asked for in a child. Being with Dexter is like being with someone you have known for a million years. He just has a way about him!

It seems like yesterday that I started this blog writing about cloth diapering baby Dexter  and now I am teaching him how to cook complex dishes, how to start laundry and how to care for what he calls his "luxurious locks". He is wanting to grow his hair out for a "man bun"! He is quite the dude.



Dexter loves to make people happy. He is a true lover. He enjoys snuggling and watching movies. He is a giver. He is always giving and sharing with his brother just so that Oliver doesn't go without. Case in point, Dexter has been asking for a wallet for a while now. While back to school shopping, he wanted to go to Hot Topic. He found a Pokémon pokeball wallet that excited him beyond belief. I was just excited that it was on sale for ten bucks! He then found the Masterball keychain (see pic above) that he was jazzed to put on his backpack. Long story short, Oliver was mad because he wanted a wallet. He threw a fit about it until Dexter gave him the wallet he just found and fell in love with. I insisted that I would buy Oliver another one but he insisted. It wasn't until Daddy took them out for a Daddy-date that he bought Oliver his own. I mean, how amazing is his heart?

I could go on and on about how fabulous my child is but I will save that for another day. I just hope that he knows just how much I love him because he is the best thing that ever happened to me. He made me a Mom!!




Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Grocery Game-Practicing Math at Home with Your Kids



The Grocery Store 

Parents, how many of you take your elementary-aged children to the grocery store with you? It can get hectic, and little voices will chime in at every turn asking you to buy this and that. Other times, your children may be upset that they've been "dragged" with you to the store. What if you worked with your kids to give them certain levels of independence on your next grocery shopping trip? 

Children like to be helpful and independent. So here's an activity that can teach your children about money while also helping them to become more engaged in math practice and real shopping experiences. Once they are more familiar with money and the idea of a budget, you can give them opportunities to purchase items in a real store, weighing their options of which products and brands to buy. It is always a lot more fun to go shopping when you are able to participate in the process. Here's to making grocery shopping, with the whole family, more fun! 

What You Need: 

  • Various grocery items, such as pasta, crackers, sugar (anything on hand)
  • Grocery list
  • Paper for price tags
  • Marker
  • Money
What To Do: 
  1. Create a grocery store with real items. Whatever is available at home can be used to stock the store. Put price tags on each item
  2. Provide your child with a grocery list. For example: three bags of sugar, two cartons of eggs, one gallon of milk.
  3. Give him a specific amount of money to spend and discuss what a budget is and why it's important. As he goes through the grocery list, he will need to calculate if he has enough money to spend.
  4. Give him time to do the calculations. If he realizes he does not have enough money, then he will need to divide the quantity of the items. For example instead of purchasing two cartons of eggs, then he would only purchase one carton, or instead of purchasing one gallon of milk, he would need to get half a gallon, since it would cost less than a gallon.
  5. Once he seems ready, a fun activity to apply those math skills would be to help him make a grocery list and go to the store so he can purchase real items.


What are some ways that you practice math at home with your kids?

Friday, March 10, 2017

StarKist for National Pack Your Lunch Day

Did you know that today is National Pack Your Lunch Day?  Whether it’s for your little ones, other half or just you, these Honey BBQ Tuna Sliders are delicious, different and have 29 grams of protein! All that fuel will keep you going all day!



·       Prep Time: 5 minutes
·       Cook Time: N/A
·       Recipe Yield: 4 sandwiches, 2 each
Created by StarKist®
Ingredients:
  • 2 pouches (2.6 oz.) StarKist® Kid’s Creations™ Honey Barbeque
  • 4 slider buns
  • 2 slices cheddar cheese
Directions:
  • Place 2 slider buns on a plate.
  • Top each with half of the tuna from one pouch. Top each with a half a slice of cheese.
  • Place top of bun on the cheese. Repeat with the other sliders and tuna.

Visit StarKist to get even more fun recipes!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Mother Nurture Sale with Amazon #MotherNurture


Maria Bailey recently created Mother Nurture. She says, "It was my goal to provide expectant mothers with a way to stay hydrated with a little flavor and extra nutrients for her baby. When she wants a treat, I don’t want her to feel guilty so I created chocolate truffles that are only 70 calories each and contain DHA and Folic Acid for her baby. Moms who taste Mother Nurture love it. I’m so pleased with the response."



What are you waiting for? Head over to Amazon now to take advantage of this great deal!!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Nature's Recipe-Fueling Blu's Adventurous Lifestyle



Most of you know that last June we welcomed Blu into our lives. He was the most handsome and unique puppy I had ever laid eyes on. It was love at first sight. Today, Blu is 10 months old and he is as perfect now as he was at 9 weeks old when we got him! He has become the most perfect addition to our family! We are all very smitten. I want the whole world to get to know Blu because he is truly very remarkable! He has his own IG and you can follow him as @BluAmericanBulldog 

 

Dogs are meant to live big, joyous lives—full of little moments that count every single day. From chasing after birds around the backyard, to jumping on your lap when you come home from a long day at work, in a dog's life, it's the small moments that count. 

Just as they bring happiness into our lives, we as dog parents should make it a priority to help our four-legged friends live big, vibrant lives—and I make daily choices to support that philosophy. That's why I chose to try Nature's Recipe, which is made from nature's best ingredients, to help my dog live a natural, healthy life.  

In addition to providing my dog with the best nutrition possible, I like to sprinkle special activities throughout the week to help him enjoy all the wonderful beauty that spring has to offer. 

Here are a few activities you and your dog can do to make every moment count this spring:

1. CAPTURE THE MOMENT
The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and the weather is gorgeous. Take advantage by taking your dog out on a stroll snapping a photo of him enjoying nature. I personally choose a trail near water so my dog can play at the edge (or dive in if he's feeling brave enough)—it makes for great photos!

2. PLAY YOUR DOG'S FAVORITE GAME
Now that the sun is out, my dog and I take a weekly trip to our local dog park. This gives my dog the opportunity to interact with his friends and make new ones. One particular activity we both enjoy playing is catch. We usually take an old tennis ball, but switching out an old favorite for a new toy is always a great way to treat your pup.

3. PLAN A CAMPING TRIP 
A quick weekend trip in the great outdoors truly makes my dog happy. It lets him visit a new place and explore the scents that fill the air during this time of year. It also lets me enjoy some time out of the house and admire all the beauty spring has to offer. Whether it's a quick day trip, or a longer one that lasts several days, your dog will be thrilled to be outside exploring nature. 

Since I decided to give Nature's Recipe a try, it has become Blu's favorite way of starting the day and refueling after an adventure. Nature's Recipe is nutritious, affordable, and easy to find at Walmart, Kroger, and Meijer. Check out the website to see which of your local retailers carries Nature's recipe [www.naturesrecipe.com/where-buy], and see how it helps you and your dog make every moment count.

I'd love to hear how you plan on taking full advantage of spring with your pup. Leave a comment below, or share a photo with Blu via Instagram @BlueAmericanBulldog using the hashtag #naturesrecipe 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Happy 9th Birthday, Dexter


Where does the time go? Seriously!!! It feels like yesterday I was taking pictures of him with some walking toys and making my first post here and the next thing you know, I am the mother of a NINE YEAR OLD!!! In fact, just a week before his birthday, he got glasses for the first time. Talk about a tear jerker!



Dear Dexter,
      How is it that our journey together is already celebrating 9 years of love today? From the very first moment I met you, I was forever-changed. You captured my heart from the very first time I saw your little heartbeat and I, wondrously enamored, would follow you to the ends of the Earth and back a thousand times over.

Our first picture together!

In your 9 years of life you have not only showed me how to love fully and without reservation but you have also given me the strength and confidence that only a fulfilled soul knows. From the moment our eyes met, I felt as though I had known you for a million lifetimes. Right away I knew that you were the reason for my being and I would stop at nothing to give you everything you deserve in this world.

You are the epitome of awesome. Your soul is radiant and you do everything at full-speed. You are extremely loving and kind and there isn't a secret I wouldn't entrust with you. You are loyal, funny and your smile and mad-dance moves can light up any room. You are a friend to all and one of the most kind-hearted people I know. You always know the right thing to say to brighten my day and you are the first to offer a hand when you know I need it most.

We have a very special relationship and I am so very proud of the young man you are becoming. You love to share everything with me and it is my wish that this never stops. Thank you for the every day snuggles, all the help in the kitchen, all the silly faces you make to all of the over-the-top stories you like to share with me. Your joie de vivre is infectious and I am so honored that you call me Momma!

All of my love forever, first born~
Love, Momma!











Monday, January 30, 2017

Gululu Interactive Water Tracker for Kids Now on Amazon







Meet Gululu: The interactive bottle that encourages kids to drink water through a friend, tamagucci-like pet. Gululu gives parents peace of mind as they can measure their kids' water intake.









When Dexter was younger he was so active that I would forget to make him drink throughout the day. His lips became dry and he would end up very thirsty at night before bed (once he was slowed down for the day and thinking about it!) So I created the "water challenge" where I would fill up a small and a large glass of water. I would yell "Water Challenge!!!" and he would come and "race" me to see who could finish their water first. It was always a fun little game between the two of us but boy, I am sure he would have loved Gululu so much more!!

Gululu valuesHealthy kids, (developing water drinking habits), 
Fun (through befriending with the pet), 
Familyfriendship (the bottle bonds kids and parents together, and kids to pet, and kids to other kids that own Gululu as the pets in 2 bottles can join and play if 2 bottles are shaken together)




  • Meet Gululu, the interactive water bottle that keeps us playful and healthy - perfect for children 3+, Gululu motivates kids of all ages to be happy and hydrated
  • Let your child choose their favorite whimsical pet to embark on a journey of health and discovery — play, track stats, connect with friends, and drink to your health!
  • Technology meets wellbeing: durable, safe, waterproof and wireless, with auto-updated educational game content that keeps your boys and girls engaged
  • Our easy cloud-based app connects you to your child’s progress and friends; plus, modular design and easy-clean spout make your life simple
  • We are on a mission! Your purchase of Gululu provides clean drinking water for life to a child in a developing country through our partnership with generosity.org. Because water = life.

Alongside to the Amazon Exclusive launch, Gululu is launching a new partnership with Generosity.org. Now, for every Gululu bottle purchased, you will be providing clean drinking water for life to one child in a developing country. We want to give back and Generosity.org is the perfect partner. A humanitarian organization that is helping to end the clean water crisis in developing countries, one community at a time, with 778 projects funded, Generosity.org has brought clean drinking water to more than 450,000 people in twenty countries.

Now you can buy Gululu on Amazon, making your life that much easier! They just launched there, so hop on over and show your support by adding Gululu to your wishlist or your shopping cart!