September 1, 2014

Boogie Boards and Awareness

Linking up with Lisa Leonard again for Hello Monday.  I love Hello Monday.  It the start of a brand new week and reminiscing on last weeks happy moments.

Hello September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  
Go Gold in September! Spread Awareness. Donate.

Hello an awesome day at the beach on boogie boards.  
Hello My Erin Condren Life Planner is coming on Thursday! wooohoooo. 

Hello to finally finishing my laundry.

What are your hellos this week?


August 25, 2014

Back to School Readiness Week-- Stewie Boomstein Starts School Book Review

disclosure:  I was given a pdf copy of the following book in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

As I have been writing about, my daughter just started Kindergarten.  While it wasn't a terrible first few days, she had a lot of worries and anxieties about starting a brand new school without the teachers and friends she had come to know in preschool.  There were some tears too.

She didn't know what to expect, and she was definitely worried about it.  All summer off and on she would tell me about something she was worried about as she anticipated Kindergarten.  It brought back all the same anxieties I had when I went to school.  I would miss my Mom and Dad terribly, I worried about making friends and when I was going to get picked up for the day.

Most children are worried about something when it comes to starting school, and that is why it is important to try and make the transition as easy as possible.  Studies have shown an improved academic achievement beyond Kindergarten when transition practices are put into place.

That is why I am so excited to share this new book for Back to School Readiness Week!

Stewie Boomstein Starts School by Christine Bromstein and illustrated by Karen Young is a funny story that follows Stewie on his first day of school and how it doesn't go how he thought it was going to go. What I really loved was that Stewie's family helped him figure out what would make him more comfortable and happy going to school.

Not only did I love the book, but my brand new Kindergartner did too!  She absolutely loved the illustrations too, as did I.  

Not only does this book help children feel more comfortable about what to expect when they go to school, but there is a great section just for parents that gives tips from two renowned child and education specialists on how to make the transition to school easier so they are ready!  

I must say the expert tips and advice took away even my back to school mommy anxieties.....because as we all know many of us have sat in our car the first day back with tears in our own eyes!

Like Stewie on FB here. 

Buy the book on Amazon

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Learn more about the author and book  on Popsugar and on LilSugar here

Be sure to check out Nothing But the Truth for an art project that your child will enjoy after reading the book.


August 23, 2014

emilie m. Handbags review- Cute Handbags for the On the Go Mom

disclosure:  I was sent the following bag by the emilie m. company in return for an honest review.  All opinions are 100% mine and not swayed by others.

This review has been a long time coming.  I got a little behind when I had to take my hiatus, therefore, here it is!

I was so excited to try out my very own emilie m. handbag.  I got to review their Jane Satchel in the Rose Ostrich/Cognac Color .The handbags looked totally cute and there was so many color options and style options.  I love that!

The M charm comes separately, so if you don't want to add it to your bag you don't have to, but I personally love the added touch.

The bag did not disappoint.  The quality is amazing.  It has a large pocket with a smaller interior zipper pocket.  I love that the zipper snaps on the side giving you more room to stuff things in, if that's the kind of Mom you are!  I sometimes have to bring the kitchen sink with me.

The material is very well made and I think it will be very durable, in my opinion.  Being a Mom it is so important to have a good durable bag, but one that looks pretty too!  You don't have to miss out on being a hip Mom while having a functional bag.

This bag in the pictures that I reviewed is out of stock in the color that I received, but there are other colors available and many, many other totally cute bags on the site. You can get the Jane Satchel in Salmon, just not with the Ostrich pattern on it. or you can get the ostrich which is still available in three beautiful colors of mink ostrich, sand ostrich and cream ostrich.

all of the leather is Made from animal friendly products and no animals are harmed in the process.

What I also love about the website is that at the bottom of each bag description there is a stylist note that tells you a little more about the bag and what kind of outfit it might look good with.

emilie m. also offers what they call the essentials box which includes:
  • Wallet with Detachable Shoulder Strap
  • Cosmetic Case
  • Scarf
  • Pocket Mirror
  • Sunglasses Case
  • Key Ring
the colors of the essentials box change with the season.  You can purchase it on its own or with a bag for a discounted price.

also, be sure to check out their site, they are always have great sales!



August 22, 2014

Never A Dull Moment-- Meet The Teacher Edition

We were so excited the other day to be attending our first meet the teacher for our soon to be Kindergartner.  Well now she IS a Kindergartner.  I couldn't wait to see her classroom, cubby and see who was going to be taking care of my girl for the year!

Well I decided maybe I should go a little early since there isn't a large amount of parking at her school, and well even going early didn't work out!  It started pouring rain on the way there and when we got there, there wasn't even a piece of grass to park my car on.  So with the rain and the parking I decided to drive back to the house and pick up my husband and other daughter so that they could just drop us off and then come back and get us.

As we approached the school, I could see the dark clouds piling up in the distance, which is a very normal sight for a summer afternoon in South Florida.

I held my sweet, quiet and a little nervous, newly turned five year old's hand and we found her classroom that she would be spending her Kindergarten year in.  I was very happy with where she was placed and I was pretty impressed with her teacher.  All great things.

As I was filling out paperwork, I heard the storm getting worse and worse outside.  Again, not out of the norm for South Florida, but wow the lightning and thunder was really, really bad.  Now you see most of the schools have outdoor hallways down here.  All covered but you are still outside.  We had to walk to the cafeteria to get her P.E. clothes and her school folder.  I also had to fill out my volunteer paperwork in case I wanted to do anything with the class or in the classroom.

So we walked outside and the lightning was intense.  It was really bad out.  We get to the cafeteria and you could just tell this storm was a bad one and it was right over the top of the school.  As we are standing in line for the P.E. clothes....the lights go out, and flick back on...but only half go back on.  Now remember I have a very nervous five year old holding my hand and seeing her school for basically the first time.  So it wasn't great when the lights went out and people screamed.

So we then moved to the computers so I could do my volunteering paperwork, and the principal goes over the intercom putting us into lockdown because of the storm!

My poor daughter.  This was her first experience at school, going into lockdown!  Then someone couldn't find their child.  He was quickly found.

I must say, the administration did a great job of the entire event.  It was very stressful, being that the entire campus was filled with parents and kids, and they kept everyone safe.  I'm sure they never imagined that they would have to go on lockdown on meet the teacher day!

In the end we all finally were able to leave, but it had to happen in a hurry.  They were closing down the school because another storm was on its way.

So it was quite an interesting way for my little girl to meet her teacher and school!

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