November 4, 2014

Hello Again and Halloween

Halloween is over and I am kind of happy about it.  I don't know why Halloween stresses me out but it does.  I had to go through at least 4 Elsa costumes to find one that didn't itch my five year old, but my 3 yr old was easy and exclaimed "I want to wear the itchiest Anna costume".  They crack me up.

I made it though and the girls had a fabulous time, except for the itchy Elsa wig that was immediately taken off after a few pictures.  We have a few pounds of candy and I walked about five miles but the girls went to bed with a smile on their face and we have some very cute pictures.

I am looking forward to the Holiday season, and I am excited because we are going to be having our very own Thanksgiving here.  My girls want to help me make apple pie and pumpkin pie and I am starting to get my menu together.

In the next few weeks I am getting an overhaul to the blog.  I hope you will like the new changes!  I am also going to be having a huge and amazing giveaway that I think many of you will love!  hint:  Erin Condren.  It is run by me as a gift to my blog readers.  When all the details are ready you will be the first to know.  Also, be sure to follow me on Facebook so that you get the latest updates!

How was your Halloween?  What were your kids this year?


September 24, 2014

Kidecals- Stylish and Durable Labels Review

disclosure:  I was provided the following product by Kidecals in order to do a review for my readers.  all opinions are my own and are not swayed by others.

I was so excited when I got the opportunity to do a review of Kidecals labels.  My girls are now at the age where everything has to be labeled for school or camp, and it is so awesome to get a product that works and stays on.

I chose to try out the Banner Monogram label.  I liked how I could choose the colors of my label and it gave me a proof right there in front of my eyes.  It was so fun and easy to make my totally adorable labels!  

Kidecals is committed to durability, which as parents we know is very important!  Not only are their labels durable, but they are fun and stylish too.  They aren't your ordinary label, but if you want an ordinary label you can get one from them too.  Kids will find the colorful and custom labels fun to have on their things.  
Not only do they have labels for clothing and food containers, you can also get fun keyboard stickers, wall decals, chalkboard stickers, allergy labels and many, many more!  You can even teach your kids which shoe is left and which is right with their cute rainbow shoe labels.  One of my favorite products is their doorbell stickers which can come in very handy if you are finally getting a much needed nap and have finally gotten your baby to sleep!  Perfect baby shower gift if I may say so myself.  Wish I had that 3 years ago.

I did a test for all of my readers to show how well the labels that I purchased stood up to the washing machine and dryer.  They came out the exact same way they went in!  Totally surpassed my expectations, the colors of the labels stayed exactly the same too.  No fading, no running and it did not lose its stickability.  Is stickability even a word?  Not sure, but you get the picture!

aren't their mailing envelopes adorable!

Here are my waterproof banner labels

I love that they show you your sticker and what's inside!

peeled very easily and stuck perfectly to my daughter's cotton shirt

Here it is going in the washer

Here it is going into the dryer.  It looks exactly how it did before the washer!
Here it is dry!  Looks like it never even went through the cleaning process.
Totally thrilled with this product and all Kidecals has to offer!  Customer Service was great and my labels came in a very timely manner.  Thank you Kidecals for this great opportunity!

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September 22, 2014

Be The Leader in Your Own Motherhood

Some days I feel like I am drowning in a sea of not living up to the right expectations of being an awesome Mom.  I lay in bed worrying that I am not an awesome Mom.

but what makes an awesome Mom?  

Some may say:

A perfectly dressed Mom that has her hair perfect and washed everyday.  A Mom whose house is perfectly clean and organized.  A Mom that has her kids behaving at all hours of the day.

Does she exist?

Another person may think:

Someone that lets her kids be kids, brings them to the beach to take it all in, lets them wear what they want to wear and eat what they want to eat.

My point.

My point is that we are all awesome.  We try our best.  Our best may look very different and it may take many different ups and downs than another Mom's best.  Always remember it is your Motherhood, not theirs.  

Be the leader in your own Motherhood (or Fatherhood)

Remember that saying that you want to be a leader and not a follower.  Yeah well somehow when we start having kids the Mom or for that matter the parent peer pressure starts. We start becoming followers of a life that isn't ever going to be ours.  Its great to have goals to reach for, but make sure they are your goals and not someone else's.

If you thought that this post was going to give you a list of how to take control of Motherhood, yeah you are mistaken, because there is no such "right" list.  Just like there is not just one person that knows the "right" way.

So you aren't going to find that special, secret list here.  You are just going to find me and my way of being a Mom.

I see so many people telling others how to parent and that they "should" not be doing this, and "should" be doing something else.  Who gave you the almighty Mom crown.  Is there someone that made you the person that we are supposed to follow?  I'm just not sure.  Now of course if this advice is coming from a professional, that is a totally different story, but if your neighbor down the street feels that you aren't using the right stroller or taking your kids to the right school, just keep on walking friend.  Give yourself permission.  

so go out and be your own awesome Mom, but if you find out the secret....maybe you could help a girl out!


September 16, 2014

The Perfect Chore/ Responsibilty Chart for Young Children

disclosure:  this review does contain affiliate links.  I was not provided any products for this review.  This was purchased by me and I wanted to share it with my readers.  All opinions are my own. 

I have been on the lookout for a good chore chart for a long time. 
Don't get me wrong, there are some beautiful one's on Pinterest, but little Miss Terrible DIYer isn't about to attempt them.  I must admit I would rather just buy one, pull it out of the box and stick it on the wall.  

With that being said I did need to find the right one.  The girls are 3.5 and 5 now so I am not going to be having them mop the floors and put the dishes in the dishwasher....although I secretly wish I could.
My search for the perfect chore chart took a while, and then I found it.  It is perfect and exactly what I need.  I can put both age appropriate chores and behavioral accountability on the exact same chart.  The items also have pictures, which is exactly what I needed since the girls can not read yet.

The Chore/Behavioral Chart that I went with is the 

This chart has made such a difference in our home.  My older daughter was having a difficult time getting up and dressed in the morning and this chart alone has changed her outlook in the morning.  Bath time has always been a challenge but since the chart has been incorporated I see a big change there as well with both girls.

I also choose to get the school and behavioral supplemental pack.

What I like About this Chart and Why it works for My Family:

  • I love that it has pictures
  • I love that it can grow with them and I can change up the chores and responsibilities
  • It Was easy to set up
  • Easy to see and easy for children to work with
  • Children know exactly what they are working toward
  • Doesn't take up too much room
  • It is colorful 
  • Has a magnetic backing 

This is what is included with this chart:
  • There are 20 different, colorful chores and behaviors to choose from in your chart!
  • It comes with 45 reusable plastic stars that kids love to earn!

Chores/Behavior Included:

  • Get dressed
  • Go potty
  • Brush your teeth
  • No whining
  • Get along with others
  • Good manners at the table
  • Make bed
  • Set the table
  • Help with dishes
  • Go to bed and stay in bed
  • 3 blank labels
  • Good manners while Mommy is on the phone
  • Say please and thank you
  • No mean words
  • No yelling
  • Eat your veggies
  • No harming others
  • Feed pets
  • Share your toys
  • Water the plants
  • Clean your mess

 Then you can buy supplemental packs that include other chores and responsibilities

Chores Supplemental Pack includes:
  • Put Clothes Away
  • Empty Dishwasher
  • Sweep Floor
  • Pull the Weeds
  • Check the Mail
  • Mop the Floor
  • Clean Toilet
  • Help with Laundry
  • Dust
  • Vacuum
  • Mow the Yard
  • Rake the Leaves
  • Walk the Dog
  • Help Wash Car
  • Take Out Trash
Kenson Kids also has other reward charts and a Potty Training System. They are a great company with many great products to help make life maybe a little bit easier for us parents, and to help our children learn the importance of accountability at an age appropriate level.

I just really think that their charts are functional and easy to follow for children, which is half the battle when you are trying to incorporate a behavioral system into your home.

Have you found any good chore/responsibility systems that you have liked?


September 15, 2014


Last week on Friday I went to the Opthamologist for the first time in a fairly long time.  I'm only 34 and I don't really, well at least I didn't have any major optical problems.  Just some moderate astigmatism and nearsightedness.  However, I had recently noticed I was having some trouble at night and thought I might need my glasses adjusted.

So I went in and well I basically couldn't believe what happened next.

The assistant was doing my glaucoma check (where they check the pressures of your eyes and then use a slit lamp to check the angles).  My pressures were within normal limits....thankfully!

but when she got to the other check, my angle wasn't good.

I was diagnosed with Narrow Angle Glaucoma.  It is extremely serious (rarer than the other kind) but it can make you blind in an instant.

I have absolutely NONE of the risk factors for it, except I guess that I am a woman.  It usually happens to women over 60, with nearsightedness.  Certain eye shapes make it more common, as well.
It was kind of a shock to us all, even the assistant.  She said well your just one of those people that don't follow the rules and that is why we check everyone and don't just go by risk factors.

I had to have laser eye surgery immediately to save my vision.  I go back next week for the other eye.

So my PSA for you is to make sure you get your eyes checked when you are supposed to.  Don't put it off just because you don't really have any eye problems or risk factors for anything.

Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness and it literally can blindside you, like it did me.

Remember I did not know, and I did not have any of the risk factors.  Be Aware.

Glaucoma is the Thief of sight.

Glaucoma Infographic in English

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