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Favorite Blogs of 2012

By on December 31, 2012

I asked, you answered, here are your favorite blogs of 2012!

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Your Favorite Baby Names of 2012

By on December 30, 2012

With the year coming to an end the age old question is “What is the top Baby Names of the year?” With names like Hashtag and a woman naming her twins after Barack Obama and Mitt Romney we decided to ask what names you liked. It was tough narrowing it down to just ten names but here are the ones that popped up the most. We also put together a list of the trends you all have noticed going on.


2012 Naming Trends

K names: Kylie, Kaylin, Kaylee, Kyle, Kenzie, Kynzie, Kinsey

Names from the Movies

  • Twilight: Jacob, Isabella (Bella), Alice, Jasper, Emmitt, Esme
  • Hunger Games: Katniss, Rue, Clove, Dale, Primrose, Cato

Vintage Names: Eleanor, Evelyn, Penelope, Hazel, Caroline

Places: Georgia, Scotland, Ireland, Charlotte, Tennessee, India, Savannah

Not so Surprising Celebrity Baby Names

  • Blue Ivy (Jay-Z & Beyonce)
  • Tennessee (Reese Witherspoon)
  • Livingston (Matthew McConaughey)
  • Maxwell (Jessica Simpson)
  • Wilhelmina (Taylor Hanson)
  • Keeva (Alyson Hannigan)
  • Exton (Robert Downy Jr.)

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Baby Growth Chart Widget for Your Blog!

By on December 27, 2012
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When Ace was really small we would all joke about the size of his head. He had the roundest head and since he was really tiny we always called him Charlie Brown Head. Poor kid, right?
He still has a nice round little noggin’ but thankfully we have always been reassured that his head was always average sized. Yes, we would actually ask his doctors if his head seemed abnormally large.
Thankfully there is now an online widget that can ease your mind in between doctor visits on how your child is growing. Not only can this help with your own curiousity on how your little one is growing but you can now add this awesome widget to your blog or website.
Baby Growth Chart Widget is a great way to keep tabs on your baby and you can even add this awesome widget to your blog or website so others can also use it! It uses international standards by the World Health Organization so the percentiles in the growth chart represent child growth rates in an optimal environment.
This widget is also a great way to engage your readers because it fits nicely on most websites and can appeal to a wide variety of your followers since it uses the metric measuring system as well as the U.S. measuring system. As your readers babies grow so will their need to check out this awesome tool!
This is a great way to increase traffic and increase search engine ranking.
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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

By on December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! We are spending the day opening presents, seeing family and enjoying everything we have to be thankful for. Here was my favorite memory from last year’s Christmas. We spent Christmas in Orlando and were at Celebration where it “snows” every hour. We were dancing and listening to the music with my parents. This makes my heart just ache knowing this will never happen again. We had planned to do it this year but couldn’t since my Mom was in the hospital. I just have to keep this beautiful memory in my head and try not to dwell on them not being here.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day. I know this will be a difficult day for my family after the loss of my parents but we know they would want us to be happy and together and that is just what we are doing.

What is everyone else’s plans for Christmas?

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Trying to Get Back to Normal

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We have been trying to get back into the hang of things since my parents passed away and it has been tough with somethings. Some days I just think oh I need to ask my Dad about this or I want to ask my Mom to go to lunch. It sucks.
Thankfully I have the cutest little nugget to help me through this. Doing fun things with him has been a great distraction. Yesterday we went to Old Navy to do some Christmas shopping and then came home and played in the yard. He finally 
figured out how to go down his slide on his own! He was very excited.
Letterman Cardigan: Au Natural Baby
Jeans: Old Navy
Shoes: Payless
It was chilly so I was able to put him in some of his cold weather clothes and he looked so adorable. Today though he has been pulling at his sweaters arms and then his hand is covered. No clue what is going on there but even when I fix it he does it again. Stinker!

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Primp & Prep with HPNOTIQ

By on December 18, 2012

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With New Years Eve approaching, I know I am not the only one looking forward to getting for a fabulous night out.  Since Branden has to work I will be having a girl’s night out for New Years Eve! We will all get together before hand and do our hair and make up and listen to awesome music. The best part? Hpnotiq now has an awesome place on their site called Primp & Prep where you can get ideas on the best nail color for your Horoscope, some amazing heels, and other fun things to read while getting ready. Who doesn’t want to catch up on celebrity gossip or check out hilarious pictures of animal photo bombs? 

You can’t forget about the drinks section, this is Hpnotiq of course. They have some amazing drink recipes like their Stilleto Sangria, yum! Makes you just want to say “hair down music up!” 

I am also loving the fact that they have 10 Ways to Sexy Hair! I am always up for trying new hair styles and New Years Eve is the perfect time to try out a new look. Now only can you find amazing hair styles but the hottest make up trends are also right there. How awesome is it that all this stuff is all in one place for your night out? 

I can’t wait to get ready on New Years Eve and check out Primp & Prep for all of my style needs. 



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Guest Post: Parents Say the Darndest Things!

By on December 17, 2012

There’s some things you expect to tell your kids:  Be nice, don’t hit, use your inside voice.  But there are other things that you find yourself saying as a parent that you never dreamed would come out of your mouth.

The list below are 30 things my friends and I never expected to say to our kids…but we did.

Don’t lick your brother.
Don’t pet the spiders.  They bite.
Don’t hang off the bunk bed by your feet!
Don’t hide apple cores under your mattress!
Don’t pee in the lego box…EVER!
We don’t kiss the computer screen–even if there are cute puppies on it.
We don’t lick spilled milk off the floor!
We don’t eat electricity.
We don’t chew on sandpaper.
No, we can’t have cake for dinner.
No, you can’t ride the dogs.
No, you may not go on the roof!
No, you can’t slide down the fire tower railing!
No, we can’t swing from the balcony
No, you can’t hang a rope off the ceiling fan and swing from it.
Get off the refrigerator!
No feet on the toilet!
Food in the trash stays in the trash! 
Yes, that does make a circle…but don’t bite me again.
Take my bra off your head…that’s not a toy.
The toilet plunger is not a gun.  Put it back.
The kitchen knives are not pirate swords!
Lollypops are not for sharing.
My shirt is not a kleenex!
Toy planes can’t really fly.  If you throw them off the balcony, they break.
I’m sorry, I can’t kiss the boo-boo on your tongue.  Maybe a hug will do?
If you climb up the walls, you get to clean the footprints off.
You have to stop digging there–you’re exposing the foundation of our house.
Larry the Cucumber and Bob the Tomato need to go back in the fridge now.
What do you mean you have gone to school all week without underwear!?

So, what’s the strangest thing you’ve ever had to say to your children?

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Ace | Monthly Updates

17 Months Old Update

By on December 16, 2012
Wild Child!

Dear Acey,
You are 17 months old today.

This month it seems like you have turned into such a little person, it is crazy to me. This was a hard month for me with the loss of your Grandma and Grandpa but having you has made it easier on me. Your beautiful smile and funny personality has been such a blessing to myself and our family.

Because of the loss of your Grandma and Grandpa you have also had a lot of people to entertain. You have been showing off quite a bit this month with your dance moves, talking and signing. Everyone who meets you describes you as funny and such a happy baby. You can have your moments but they are usually short and rare.

Your favorite thing to do is go to the park, play with brooms, dance and watch the beginning song to “Yo Gabba Gabba”. You don’t have much interested in TV (thankfully!) but you love when a song plays and you shake your butt back and forth. It is hilarious.

Daddy’s Crazy Boy

You surprised us by signing “keys” randomly one day when you were looking for someones keys to steal. We haven’t used the sign in about a month because you learned to say keys and didn’t seem to catch on to the sign but when you did it on your own we were so proud of you. You are also speaking so much more now. Your newest and favorite words are “alright!” and “up” which you also use when you want to get down. You also say “Yo Gabba Gabba”. If we tell you to say a word you can usually say it in your own way. I am impressed with how much you can say and how well you communicate. You use signs and speak so I think that helps keep you from throwing tantrums.
And I can’t forget this cute milestone. You now say “hi” to everyone you see when we are out. People go crazy over it. You also blow kisses when we ask you to say goodbye to people.

What you have said this month: hi, bite, alright, awake, up, baby, mommy, daddy, Yo Gabba Gabba, Kayla, Grandma (mama), Grandpa (papa), swing, yuck, tickle tickle and the list can go on and on…

A try at a Family Pic

Newest signs: keys, baby, please and thank you

Shirts: 24 months
Pants 12 months, if we are lucky some 18 months
Shoes: 5.5
Diaper: 4’s, cloth you are still on the middle rise
Teeth: You finally got a new one so you now have 8! I couldn’t believe it when I saw it had cut through. You never even complained.

Christiaan, Ace, Brianna, Gavin and Adrien (Ace’s cousins)

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