Monday, August 25, 2014

Since I have a 5-year-old and 4-year-old, I don't have much "fancy stuff" around my house.  It's all been carefully wrapped and put away until I know it won't have as much of a chance of getting broken.  Recently though, I was offered some pottery from, and I was THRILLED to choose a pretty piece.

After spending a ton of time going through all the beautiful bowls and spoon rests and other great pieces, I ended up choosing the cup and saucer pictured above and below.

A friend of our family is a big coffee and tea drinker, and I was thinking what a perfect gift this would be for someone like her.  And the prices are definitely reasonable.  Gorgeous 7" plates for $22.38 (20% off right now) and 4" bowls for $15.18.  I think the Polish Pottery & Stoneware they offer is really unique, and absolutely worth perusing!  Visit

Disclosure--I was provided product for review, but not otherwise compensated.  All opinions are honest. 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Since I just sent my first daughter off to kindergarten, I'm definitely looking for ways to keep my bond with her.  (She feels so far away all the way down the street!)  These adorable "mommy and me" socks from are a perfectly cute way for us to have a common bond. 

According to their website:
Me & Ewe socks come in a pack of 4; a pair for mommy (one size fits all), and a pair for child, aged 1 to 5. Mommy gets the grown-up animal, regardless of maturity. These socks are both high quality and super stretchy. Even dads up to size 13 have been known to wear them.

We got the mommy/baby dinosaur and butterfly/caterpillar sets of socks.  They ARE really stretchy and comfortable...not too mention cute.  If you have mommy/kid classes that you visit, these are perfect!

They're $17 for a set, but I got a note with mine that said proceeds go to the ASPCA. 

Check out it all out at

Disclosure--I was provided product for review, but not otherwise compensated.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Spinal Muscular Atrophy Fundraiser

I had never heard of Spinal Muscular Atrophy until my adorable 4-year-old cousin found out she was dealing with it. 

SMA is the #1 genetic killer of children under the age of 2

1 in every 6,000 babies is born with SMA

1 in 40 or 7.5 Million Americans are carriers

I'm going to be running a 5K in the Kansas City Chapter 14th Annual Cure SMA Race-n-Roll in October.  If you'd like to donate online to me and my team, you can do so on my fundraising page.  Even $5 would be fantastic!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Starbucks Treat Receipt

Today is the last day to take advantage of Starbucks' Treat Receipt!

Bring in your morning receipt after 2 p.m. the same day at participating stores, and get a Grande cold beverage for just $2.*
Try something new like one of their Teavana® Shaken Iced Teas, or stick with a classic like a delicious iced coffee. Treat receipt lasts until August 17th!
*Offer valid 7/22/14–8/17/14. Save your morning Starbucks receipt (prior to 1:59 p.m.), bring it back the same day after 2 p.m. and get any handcrafted Grande (16 fl. oz.) cold beverage (Teavana® Shaken Iced Teas, Fizzio™ Handcrafted Sodas (in participating stores), Frappuccino® blended beverages, Starbucks Refreshers® beverages, iced coffee, smoothies) for $2.00 plus tax (if applicable). At participating Starbucks locations. Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. Receipt cannot be transferred, sold or reproduced.

Friday, August 15, 2014

How I Survived the First Day of Kindergarten

The night before my daughter's first day of kindergarten, I was lying in bed thinking about the day she was born.  I thought about how relieved I was when she finally came out healthy after 14 hours of labor, including three hours of pushing.  I thought about the horrendous, gut-wrenching feeling a few days later when the poor lighting from her window combined with her purple onesie to make her skin look a strange color, and her tiny sleeping body look lifeless.  My blood curdling scream to my husband instantly awoke her, and made me feel like a ridiculous, paranoid, first time mom.

I thought about our many trips to the park, the store, and the pool.  I thought about the picture of her with blue yogurt all over her face, and the silly babbling monologues she gave as a one-year-old.  I thought about the time she fell down the basement stairs and scared me to death.  

I thought about how much I love when she asks me to lie in her bed with her and talk.  I thought about how scared she was when she lost sight of me in a store just a few weeks ago, and how tightly she clung to my leg afterward.

I thought way back to those first days when it was just us, rocking and falling asleep for hours with no schedule to answer to.  And I thought about the first time I saw her write her own name, and hit a baseball, and do gymnastics in her cute little leotard.

I cried as all the memories flooded through my head the night before kindergarten.  Fortunately, as morning came and we hurried to eat oatmeal, get the new school shoes on, and ride bikes to school on time, I was able to distract myself from the old memories and focus on the ones being made right now.

B heading out for her first day of kindergarten

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Fun House Bouncer Giveaway

Sponsored by: - Organized by: Mom to Bed by 8

Please take a moment to read Mom to Bed by 8's Little Tikes Fun House Bouncer review and see how a boring summer day can be changed in less than 5 minutes!

Kids can get their wiggles out with the ultra-fun Little Tikes State Fair Fun House Bouncer. This circus-themed set features lion, clown and dog silhouettes on the outside. A convenient exterior storage pocket offers a place to leave shoes. Three distinct areas, including a slide and ball toss area, provide plenty of room for play. High walls keep children within the unit as they jump, for reliable safety. The weight capacity is appropriate for up to three children. Assembling the Little Tikes Bouncer requires just one person, and the unit is constructed with heavy-duty PVC material. Mesh windows help parents keep a close eye on their jumping children.

Special thank you to our supporting co-host bloggers: Newly Crunchy Mama Of 3, Memoirs of a Clueless Woman and Everything Mommyhood.

Over the summer, I constantly hear "I'm bored".  We have to be careful with our money, so much of the time, we have to find things to do at home or free activities.  This bouncer is an awesome way to not spend money (just WIN it!), and let the kids burn off some energy! 

One winner will receive a Little Tikes Fun House Bouncer.

Giveaway ends August 28th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. Excludes Quebec. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!

Little Tikes Fun House Bouncer Sweepstakes

Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. Contact if you have any additional questions or comments.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Hoodsbee Kickstarter

My daughters love anything that changes from one thing into another.  They would've LOVED Transformers back in the day.  When I saw this Kickstarter for Hoodsbees, not only did my daughters want one, I did too. 

Check out the video, and if you want to help support them, visit the Hoodsbee Kickstarter page!

Monday, August 11, 2014