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Hello Flo video

By on July 31, 2013

Remember when I did a review and giveaway for Hello Flo? Well, go check out their site now because they have a hilarious video on teenage girls getting their period for the first time.

 Seriously, I was dying when I watched it. First of all the “red badge of courage” come on, I cracking up and when she is sitting in her bed twirling the tampons I couldn’t handle it. Well, done! This video is really funny and takes the crazy seriousness and awkwardness out of getting your period for the first time.
I must say I think the idea of a young girl getting a period package each month is cool. It makes them feel like it is something special for them and when you are still in that awkward stage of life who wouldn’t love a little surprise each month to make it a little better. Check out Hello Flo’s options now!

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Ace | life | Toddlerhood

Gymnastics Medal!

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Today was Ace’s 2nd to last class of his gymnastics summer session so they handed out gold medals to all the kids in his class. It was so cute. These pictures are from my phone and blurry but my friend got better ones so whenever I get a copy of those I will post but his face in the first one was too cute not to post.

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Trendy Tot Tuesday: Gushy Shoes

By on July 30, 2013

First I want to congratulate Christel for winning the Skinny Wrap Pack. Go check out Modern Camelot to see who won The Anchor & Bows gift card too!

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Ace has this saying when he wants to get all snuggly with blankets. He will say “Get gushy, Mommy” and we get all snuggled up with a blanket and he gets this cute smile on his face and wiggles around. It is so cute. We have no clue where this came from but its stuck. Anyway more on that later…

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I got these adorable shoes from Yochi and when I picked them out I just thought they were black skull shoes and they would be perfect for Halloween. Little did I know they were squeaky shoes. They are hilarious. Ace runs around in them and makes them squeak and what does he call them? GUSHY SHOES! Ha! I have no clue how he made the connection to the word gushy with the shoes but it is so funny that he calls them that. They are super soft and comfy so that might be it but either way he loves these shoes.

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Overall these shoes are the perfect shoe for toddlers. I actually thought they would be perfect for Disney since its so crowded and if he walks off or something we will just listen for that little nugget to find him.

Does your little one have a pair of shoes or accessory they just love and have to wear?

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Ace | Birthday | DIY | life | Party

Ace’s 2nd Birthday Party

By on July 29, 2013
I know, I know, I am so late on posting Ace’s Birthday Party details but things have been quite crazy around here.
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Ace’s Pirate outfit from Zulily
First of all we did a Jake and the Neverland Pirates theme. Ace loves Cubby on Jake so we knew it was the perfect theme.
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Ace’s cake done by the Amazing Barbara
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Cake table before the cake arrived
I hunted down every Jake party idea on Pinterest and went to work. We had some cute party games that were perfect for a wide range of ages. We had toddlers to 12 year olds so it worked out really well.
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A couple days before my friend Erin and I went to town on making all the goodie bags, she was a lifesaver when it came to cute ideas on how to cut them and make them look like loot bags. We just used brown paper bags and pirate stickers and frayed the edges for the toddler’s bags and did zig zag cuts on the bags for the bigger kids.
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I used ribbons for the bandanas, eye patches from Target, stamps from a Disney store and Michaels
When the kids walked in they got to become a pirate with red, blue or pink ribbons to tie around their head, an eye patch and a “tattoo” which was stamps. Bran also made telescopes from these cardboard poles that were in the packaging for our patio furniture. He just taped the edges and painted them gold.
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First game we had the kids play was Feed Tic Toc Croc. I got a one of those 3 sided poster boards and just drew Croc on there then cut a hole where his mouth was and used some bean bags from a game from Ace’s Carnival theme party last year. The kids loved it.
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After that we did a Dig for Treasure game. This was a game I thought only the little kids would really like but I was wrong.
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First I filled a bucket half way with rice and then added some prizes I got from Party City. I covered those with rice, then added more toys and continued to do this till it was full and all the toys were covered. I made sure the kids could see parts of some of the prizes, added a big shovel and it was complete.
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We ended up covering the floor with a black garbage bag and let the little kids go first, well all the toddlers basically just played in the rice and didn’t even care about the toys so we let them bigger kids take turns grabbing 3 toys each while the little kids played in the rice. Everyone was happy and we could have let the littles do this for hours and they would have been happy.
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Since it was super rainy out we didn’t get to do all the outside things we wanted to do till the very end of the party so it ended up being kind of a hot mess with bubbles going everywhere and kids slipping but eventually we were able to set up the bounce house and get the kids energy out.
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Overall Ace had a lot of fun and so did his little friends. It was a fun theme and we loved being able to be creative with it.
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Happy Monday + a Giveaway!

By on July 22, 2013

Happy Monday!

This past weekend was spent dealing with a cranky sick toddler so I have nothing exciting to post there but earlier in the week was Ace and Branden’s birthdays and then I went wedding dress shopping with my bestie!

She found the most gorgeous dress. I can’t wait to see her walk down the aisle.

And stick around because later in the week I will finally have Ace’s 2nd birthday party pictures up. I know, slacking here!

So I know a lot of you out there are also on a health kick and trying to lose the LB’s so here is an awesome giveaway for you all!

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Remember when I did a review for Skinny Wraps? Well, I have another friend who is awesome enough to be giving away a Wrap Pack! You get 4 wraps and a sample of the defining gel.

The deal is you use the 4 wraps and should see amazing results because it’s not just a one shot deal. The defining gel helps this process along.

The Skinny Wraps are said to firm, tone and smooth cellulite-prone areas, gently smooth and firm skin, minimize a spongy appearance, restore youthful-looking body contours and leave skin supple, soft and satin-smooth.

Sounds awesome, right? The entries are super easy too! Go “Like” her Facebook Page for an easy entry and you are on your way to winning a Skinny Wrap Pack!

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Happy Birthday Bran!

By on July 18, 2013

I want to wish my husband a very happy birthday today!

He has been my best friend and the person who has seen me through the hardest times in my life.

There will never be a person who will understand me like him and I am grateful for what we have.

He has given me the most beautiful son I could have ever imagined and for that I will be forever thankful to him.

I love you Branny!

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Guest Post: Writing Your First Child into You Will

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Many people think that writing a will constitutes a final act; something they do before they die. However, more people are writing wills at younger ages, especially if those people own property and businesses. It is important to update your will when certain changes occur in your life, for example – having your first child. Here are some things to think about when writing your first child into your will.
  • What would you like to leave your child?
Aside from the obvious point of ensuring that they are well provided for by leaving part of your estate to them, are there any particular heirlooms or family possessions that you would like to pass on? Using your will to keep family traditions going is a nice thing to do, so it is worth thinking about things other than property to leave to your child.
  • Appointing a guardian
It isn’t a nice subject to approach, but something could happen to you and your partner, meaning that your child would be left without a parent. It is vital that you use your will to stipulate whom you wish to take over caring for your child in your absence. If this is not mentioned, then care of the child would be passed over to the courts to decide, and this is not something anyone wants to happen. Although a will can be disputed, the question of whether challenging a will is the right thing to do always arises. So it is best to tackle this situation early, to avoid any problems with the court.
  • Inheritance Tax
If your estate is valued over a certain amount (£325,000 at the time of writing in 2013), then 40% tax is levied on your estate. Although your spouse or civil partner is exempt from having to pay tax on anything you leave to them, your children are exempt from this rule and anything you leave to them will be subject to tax.
Once you have revisited your will, and got these important things out of the way, then you are free to enjoy the happiness that the birth of a new child can bring.  Visit specialist solicitors like Disputingwills.co.uk on inheritance queries you may have. 

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Ace | life | Monthly Updates

2 Years Old!

By on July 16, 2013
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My beautiful boy! You are two years old. This past year has been quite a difficult one for me because of the loss of my parents and I never would have survived it without you.
You have brought so much joy to our family in such a hard time. You make everyone laugh and smile.
I still can’t get over how chatty you are. You love to talk and are very silly. You have always loved to entertain and meet people.
You have the bluest eyes like your Daddy and pinkest cheeks like your Mommy and PaPa.
Birthday Post photo DSCN1835_zpsed47dacb.jpgYou randomly will ask for someone in our family and go through everyone in their immediate family and ask where they are as well. I think it is so funny that you know who goes with who.
You are very busy and love exploring. I really love how independent and outgoing you are. Your favorite thing to do is play in the backyard, you are obsessed with your water table, trike and coupe.
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You have been taking swim lessons and gymnastics. You love gymnastics, swim lessons not so much. You like to swim with us but have started hating going to class. You like to jump in the pool and will go all the way under the water and just recently was able to swim to me.
You refer to yourself as “Baby” which I find super funny and cute. You love doing more things on your own like buckling your carseat chest clip. You will say “Baby buckle”.
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You can count to 4 and sometimes will do more if we are lucky. You are figuring out colors and letters.

We are so blessed to have you in our lives and can’t wait to see what the next year brings! 



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