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Stay Connected to the Earth’s Surface and Benefit Your Health with Juil Shoes

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Shoes have always been a love of mine. I am intrigued by unique brands that have something new to offer. In recent years I've gotten more intrigued by green, eco-friendly or earth type shoes. I was recently introduced to Juil and received a pair for review. Their information really grabbed my attention. They help us stay connected to the earth's surface and also benefit our health! Got your attention, too...right?  To put it simply, our sandals … [Read more...]

Pregnancy Journal – 33 Weeks Pregnant (and FINALLY a belly shot!)

33 Weeks Pregnant Belly Shot

Pregnancy brain in full effect here...I've had to look at my preggo app many times in the past few days because for some reason I had it in my mind I was about to be 34 weeks pregnant instead of 33! LOL It was Christmas so there was a lot going on...right? That's my excuse?! haha! 33 Weeks Pregnant About Baby This Week: (from BabyCenter.com) This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds and has passed the 17-inch mark (about the size of a … [Read more...]

Celebrate with New Year’s Eve Toddler Activities

New Year's Even Toddler Activities

With two toddlers and a baby on the way, hubby and I won't be going out for New Year's Eve! Instead we'll be enjoying the day at home with our New Year's Eve toddler activities and cherishing the family time! Many people don't know what they can do with toddlers or young children to celebrate New Year's but there are lots of things to fill your day with excitement without having to go out to a party! 1) Art & Crafts I love doing arts and … [Read more...]

gDiapers are Our Eco Friendly Disposable Diapers & Perfect for Sensitive Skin

Eco Friendly Disposable Diapers

We are a cloth diaper loving family. With that being said, there are times that we have to use disposable diapers. We chose to use eco friendly disposable diapers for many reasons: we care about the Earth and want to leave the least amount of waste possible, we want to prevent chemicals from reaching our baby/toddler's bum, and with Addy's super sensitive skin we really don't have a choice in going with many other diapers. We've selected gDiapers … [Read more...]

Pregnancy Journal – 32 Weeks Pregnant

Wow, 32 weeks pregnant already! Can you believe it?! Time is flying, isn't it? This week had some of the same challenges but I worked through them. Check out my week below... 32 Weeks Pregnant About Baby This Week: (from BabyCenter.com) By now, your baby weighs 3 3/4 pounds (about the size of a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You're gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes … [Read more...]

Christmas Traditions to Start with Toddlers (It’s not too late!)

Christmas Eve Activity Box

Christmas traditions are fun to start and keep! When the kids are toddlers, it's the perfect time to start traditions! You aren't too late, here are some great Christmas Traditions you can start, even at the last minute! Now that my little ones are getting old enough to really understand some parts of the Christmas season I wanted to start some fun, memorable traditions with our family. Every kid deserves fun family memories of their … [Read more...]

A Gift Every Toddler Could Use this Holiday – Pediped Has the Answer!

Pediped Giselle

As fun as it is buying toys for the little ones, we also have to (or should) think practically and buy them things they could really use. I LOVE giving shoes as a gift because they are always needed with the way kids grow so fast! One of our favorite brands year round is pediped® and I was thrilled to receive a pair of pedipeds® for Addy for review this holiday season! They really do make the perfect toddler gift! One reason I love … [Read more...]

Holiday Help: Quick and Easy Meals with Annie’s Organic Pizza (New Flavor, too!)

Annie's Pizza Quick and Easy Meal

With Christmas being next week I've been trying to get so many things done around here that cooking has taken a back burner. Not only that, but with the pregnancy issues cooking REALLY hasn't been on my list of things that has been getting done. I really don't like eating out all of the time so I've been looking for quick and easy meals for our family. This time of year we all need just that so we can focus on getting other things ready for the … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: Christmas Tree and One Hat, Two Hat

Christmas Tree

With the way I've been feeling lately I've not gotten much done at all. We typically decorate for Christmas, at the latest, the weekend after Thanksgiving. We JUST got out tree up this past Sunday. Yes, only 10 days before Christmas. I'm so glad it's up though...I love Christmas decorations and I love watching the kids enjoy the lights and all! Here's a pic of the little ones by the tree: Yes, I took it with my iPhone and it was during the … [Read more...]

Pregnancy Journal – 31 Weeks Pregnant

I'm determined to be more positive this week. I know I've been complaining a lot and that's probably just making things worse. SO....it's a new week and I am going to look at things in a more positive light! 31 Weeks Pregnant About Baby This Week: (from BabyCenter.com) This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. He weighs about 3 1/3 pounds (about the size of a coconut) and is heading into a growth spurt. He can turn his head from side … [Read more...]

Christmas Lights will Last Longer with LightKeeper Pro (Giveaway)

LightKeeper Pro

It's that time of year, the time when we are all excited about the decorations and the baking and the holiday spirit. What we don't expect, or appreciate, is when something goes wrong. Like those times that you realize you forgot someone on your Christmas list, or that part of a strand of Christmas lights decides to stop working at the wrong time? This year we were introduced to the LightKeeper Pro when they sent us one for review and I can see … [Read more...]

Warm Up This Winter with Caza Trail Coffee #MC

Caza Trail Coffee

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Sturm Foods, Inc. I received a promotional item and product samples as a thank you for participating. We just got our first big snow of the year here in Michigan this weekend. Hubby, the coffee drinker in our household while I'm pregnant, was outside clearing not only our driveway and sidewalks, but he also did two of our elderly neighbors' driveways and sidewalks. I had the … [Read more...]

Home for the Holidays Giveaway Hop

Home for the Holidays hop

Welcome to the Home for the Holidays Giveaway Hop, hosted by So Easy Being Green and Viva Veltoro! We are right in the middle of the Holiday Season! The stockings are hung by the Fireplace, the smell of an Evergreen fills your Home...ahhh, I love this time of year! I've teamed up with a great group of bloggers that want to fill your home with even more! The Home for the Holidays Giveaways are all centered around products that are perfect for … [Read more...]

Spoil Mama with Organic Body Care from Moksa Organics this Holiday

Moksa Organics

I've worked with Moksa Organics previously and if you follow me on Instagram you've probably seen me post a few times with products I've ordered from them. I LOVE Moksa Organics. It really is body care that pampers and nurtures skin! I recently received another order from Moksa Organics with some organic body care products that I ordered and they sent me some hand soap for review, too! I couldn't do a holiday guide and not include Moksa … [Read more...]

Celebrating Christmas with a Holiday Build-A-Bear (Giveaway)

Build-A-Bear

I've been past the Build-A-Bear store in our local mall what seems like a million times in recent years. Every time I go by I glance inside and think to myself how fun it will be when the little ones are older and we can go inside and let them "build" their own bear. I was also very curious about the quality of the animals and every other little detail. When Build-A-Bear recently sent me their holiday Build-A-Bear Clarice reindeer for review … [Read more...]

Safe Babywearing Tips with Boba

Safe Babywearing Tips

Babywearing has become a passion of mine. I read so much about it when I had LA. Being pregnant right now with back issues, I cannot wear Addy at all and I really miss it. If you are new to babywearing, thinking about wearing your little one, or even if you have been wearing your baby for some time, it's a great time to look at some safe babywearing tips brought to us by Boba. Research shows that carrying baby facing inward helps baby attach … [Read more...]

Joovy Presents: The Santa in Us, A Holiday Giveaway You Don’t Want to Miss!

Bicycoo

You all know I am a fan of Joovy! We love their products and the people at Joovy! This holiday they are showing their giving spirits in The Santa in Us Holiday Giveaway! Joovy has created an amazing gift package for one lucky winner: the prize is worth $355 and it includes Bicycoo, Noodle, Toy Caboose, Toy Room2 and lastly, a Foocot!!  What an amazing package that is, right!? The winner will be drawn this Saturday and products will be mailed … [Read more...]

Pregnancy Journal – 30 Weeks Pregnant

WARNING: Complaining and info about a bad week below. I'm sorry, but I haven't had a good week. I can't wait til good weeks/days return. 30 Weeks Pregnant About Baby This Week: (from BabyCenter.com) Your baby's about 15.7 inches long now and weighs almost 3 pounds (about the size of a large cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will shrink as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Her … [Read more...]

Pregnancy Journal – 29 Weeks Pregnant

It's been a really, really rough week. I had my doctor appointment and what a difference three weeks (since my last appointment) can make. I'm at 29 weeks pregnant and praying for strength. 29 Weeks Pregnant About Baby This Week: (from BabyCenter.com) Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (about the size of a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is … [Read more...]

Menu Challenge Monday – December 2

I think I did much better this past week in terms of not eating out as much. I'm also super excited about the meal planning this week because there isn't much of it with the holiday! That means less thinking, planning, shopping and cooking! I get a legitimate lazy week! haha! Last week... Monday: Crock Pot Roast - This happened! :) #Success Tuesday: Leftover Crock Pot Roast - This happened! :) #Success  Wednesday: Slow Cooker Chicken … [Read more...]

Start Your List with Best Buy Holiday Shopping

Free store pick up

Disclaimer: I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. Over the past few weeks I've been getting my holiday shopping list prepared and I've even started a bit of shopping for the kids. The kids of course want toys, the teen wants gaming products and hubby wants an iPad mini. Outside of that a few family members want tech items, so I've decided I'll definitely … [Read more...]