Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Reflecting on a Year

K3 turned one yesterday. One!  I'm having all the emotions about it because it feels like he was born yesterday and forever ago all at the same time. It's one of those "the days are long, but the years are short" things,  but sometimes it feels like the days just aren't long enough. 

1 year old

We aren't celebrating with a big party until next month because we are in the middle of moving hell, but all the boys are enjoying little celebrations of everything we have accomplished as a family this year. We adapted to being a family of 5, we planned and enjoyed a big wedding, we traveled, I returned to work, Keith changed jobs, we sold two houses,  and next week we will buy our dream house.  It's been a whirlwind of good things happening, which I have not taken for granted, and I feel is reflected in the super joyful disposition of K3.  
toddler 12 months
so many of my pics of him are blurry- but I still love this one
cute toddler standing

He knows how to work a room, and everyone who meets him falls in love.  We have had so many laughs this year because of this little guy, and the happiness he brings to our family is immeasurable.  As much as I yell at JD and O to be kind to each other and play nicely, when it comes to K3, I have only had to remind them to give him some space and don't smother him with snuggles.  They adore their baby, and I hope that doesn't wear off once he gets tall enough to reach all the toys.

I will have posts about the wedding (so many fun projects!) and the move (the projects will never end), but right now that can all wait so I can enjoy this summer at home with my boys.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Parker Time Potions Review & Giveaway

I'm not going to lie.  I rubbed the Parker Time Relax Potion on myself more than I did my infant.  The last month has been NUTS.  We got married (MARRIED!), finished up a school year, and are going through all the processes involved in selling two starter houses and buying one big forever house.  Anything that helps anyone in this house relax is priceless!

Parker Time Potions Pediatric Massage Oils showed up at my door at the right time!  It's specially formulated, all-natural body care that offers numerous moisturizing properties.  I love that it's a mom-created product born out of necessity, and also that a portion of all proceeds funds autism research.  

Each bottle contains a blend of sunflower oil, jojoba oil, calendula oil, and Vitamin E that work to safely moisturize even the most sensitive skin.  The gift pack comes with three varieties: Original, Play  (infused with sweet orange essential oil to not only promote the parent child bond but to also promote play) and Relax ( with Lavender Rose essential oil to promote calmness). 

And now you have a chance to win a set of your own to try out.  
**Disclosure: Park Time Potions sent me products to review and is providing products for the giveaway. All opinions are my own.

Monday, May 25, 2015

BooginHead Review & Giveaway

BooginHead is a mom-owned business that specializes in parenting essentials that make life easier (and more stylish) for us all.  
It all started with the mom-invented SippiGrip, which can be used with bottles and cups of different shapes and sizes and is available in a wide variety of colors and patterns. It has an adjustable length to use with strollers, car seats and high chairs, and my favorite feature is that it is machine washable.
It keeps K3 from throwing everything off his highchair- and keeps me from constantly fetching everything he throws.
Now that three of us bring a packed lunch every day, Keith and I made a big effort this year to be as green as possible in our packing.  I stocked up on all different kinds of reusable containers, and Booginhead's Eco-Friendly Pack'Ems Reusable Snack Bags are a great addition to our stash.  They come in two sizes, have a convenient stand-up design, and are dishwasher safe.
They are much more cheerful on my desk than a plastic sandwich bag.
It is no secret that we love squeezy pouches in this house.  They are a fun, on-the-go snack for the bigger kids, a quick thing to grab for my breakfast on-the-run in the morning, and an easy-to-pack meal for K3.  Squeez'Ems Reusable Food Pouches are a much Earth-friendlier alternative to disposable store-bought premade food pouches, because they are refillable and reusable.
We can use them for our homemade purées, smoothies, applesauce, yogurt... just about any of our favorites.  It's all one piece (there are ENOUGH pieces floating around our kitchen from bottles and sippies) and has a 100% leakproof seal.

And thanks to BooginHead, you can win all of these products!

**Disclosure: Booginhead sent me products to review and is providing products for the giveaway. All opinions are my own.
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