Monday, September 5, 2011

Another great Giveaway from is having another great giveaway! Birthday In A Box!
I personally had never heard of this company before today, but after seeing all their cute products I bookmarked their page for future birthdays!

Not only do they have birthday stuff, but they also do amazing personalized items and holiday decorations!

Check out this post from

Birthday In A Box *Giveaway ends Sept. 19th*

I have been a fan of Birthday In A Box for years! So of course I couldn’t wait to work with them again to check out their awesome coloring books!
Create custom party favors with our new Personalized Coloring Books! Each coloring and activity book features the child’s name on the cover and includes sixteen 8.5″ x 11″ coloring and activity pages with the child’s name throughout. Send these personalized coloring books home as party favors or use them to keep the kids busy at the party.
As soon as my girls saw their adorable Coloring Books they couldn’t wait to start coloring. Samantha read her book first and loved that her name was featured throughout the story.

Kids will love that the coloring pages offer larger pictures and lines that are easy to color in. These coloring books are perfect for any child, any age who loves to color.
Birthday in a Box has been creating kids birthday parties since 1996. They offer more than 130 themed birthday parties, helpful birthday party ideas, and fun party supplies – shipped to your door, making it easy to celebrate the big events in your child’s life!

The Little People Animal Sounds Giveaway Sponsored by

One thing I really love about blogging, is the giveaways you come across. I hoping someday to get my blog up to a point where I can start doing giveaways. is a blog written by Mom, Amanda, about her two adorable girls and life in general. Amanda always has awesome giveaways. Currently she has a giveaway that ends Sept. 18, 2011.

Here is some information from her blog.

Fisher-Price is inviting the readers and followers of Mommy Mandy to enter into the Little People Animal Sounds Contest with help from celebrity Zoologist and children’s television show host, Jarod Miller!

The Little People Animal Sounds Contest calls on parents to submit a video of their child demonstrating his or her best roar, grrrr or squawk (oh my!) for the chance to win a $10,000 cash prize and a trip to Fisher-Price headquarters in East Aurora, N.Y. for a special photo shoot!

Fisher-Price is thrilled to launch a contest of this magnitude that also gives people the chance to submit their entries via an iPhone or Android mobile device and taps into social media trends by encouraging consumers to share their video links on Facebook and ask their friends and families to vote.

The contest runs from now until November 30th. For more information and complete contest rules, visit the Animal Sounds Contest website at

And don’t forget to pick up your toddler one of the brand-new Little People Zoo Talkers Animal Sounds Zoo that just hit retail shelves. When you place the lion, polar bear, gorilla or any Zoo Talkers™ animal in the hut, you’ll hear its name and the sound it makes! It recognizes lots of animals! (Additional animals sold separately.)

There are other fun sounds too, and lots of action, with a water slide, drop-through cave, a swing for the animals and more! Includes Zoo, Zookeeper Zack figure, Polar Bear, Gorilla and Lion Zoo Talkers™ figures. Additional features include an easy-carry handle, and all the animals (& more) store inside the cave. Requires 3 AA batteries (not included)

And because she is awesome like that Amanda is giving away on brand-new Little People Zoo Talkers Animal Sounds Zoo!!

Check out her blog to see how you can enter to win!

And while you are there check out her other great giveaways and posts!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Movie Day!!

Today was another one of those days when the husband comes home, looks around and wonders just exactly what has been done.

We started the day out with a sick little guy running a fever and two others whining to play games instead of cleaning. By lunch time I was pretty much just done with the day. So of course that is when I decided today was a movie day!

Mayme, my sister who is fifteen, invited her fun and darling friend, Kaelin, over to have a "High School Musical" party!

Yep you read that right. We bought some snacks, popped some popcorn and vegged on the couch watching High School Musical and High School Musical: 2.

Now normally I am not in to the teen-bopper, horrible acting, horrendous choreography, type movies, but I admit I really like High School Musical. The movies bring back those whimsical memories of thinking that everything in life came easy and as long as you had friends nothing else in the world mattered. The dreams of what true love really is and the fantasy that your life will be just like the Troy's and Gabriella's.

Along with High School Musical, and a million Diego's, we watched Tangled.

Oh my! I love Tangled. The story for me is humorous, the songs enchanting, and that Finn Ryder is C-U-T-E. Yes I have a weird obsession with the way animated characters look. I remember as a little girl being in LOVE with Dimitri from Anastasia. He was so real looking and appealing to my younger self. Finn Ryder has officially replaced Dimitri.

While watching Tangled I started having this weird feeling that I knew Mother Gothel. It wasn't until I watched Tangled a second time that I realized she has a strong resemblence to someone I know in both physical features and attitude.
Some of you may know who I am talking about when you see the following picture.

And if that were not enough for you, her attitude and the way she talks is a 100 percent replica. Watch the movie, I know you will agree with me.

So all in all today was a day that nothing got accomplished, but some much needed relaxation and cuddle time.

Oh and for the record, yes I did have to stop the movie once to clean up a puke mess. That just goes with the territory of being a mom!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Do you want to win the iPad2 or $500 paypal cash??

If you watch her show on Ustream you know that Shari Criso is energetic, caring and full of such great information that you might not be able to get anywhere else. Shari has done an amazing job educating new and old moms about the importance of breastfeeding, natural products for your child and staying healthy.
Her DVD, Simply Breastfeeding, has helped moms who have worried about or struggled with breastfeeding get over their fears and have a wonderful breastfeeding relationship with their children.

I purchased Shari's DVD in May of this year and it helped me get past the many obstacles I faced with breastfeeding. From proper latch to overcoming my fear of nursing in public.

Shari has helped so many people and now she is going above and beyond again.

In honor of having so many new fans, Shari has decided to kick off a fan contest!
That's right! Shari is going to pick one winner to give an iPad2 OR $500!!

Check out Shari's contest page at My Baby Experts and enter for your chance to win!!

Real Dads Play With Their Kids....What About Real Moms?

Today I read a post from Single Dad Laughing, a blog written by single dad Dan about his life and his experiences with his son Noah. The post was Real Dads Play With Their Kids. As I read through the post I thought about John and how he takes the time to spend with our boys playing each day.

It is not always physical play. Somedays they build legos, others they play games together on the Xbox or computer, but no matter what they are playing the boys go to bed each night happy, content, and knowing that their dad loves them.

As I got to the bottom of the post I started to read some of the comments. I also started to notice a pattern, mainly from moms, saying they wished their children had a dad like Dan in their lives. They commented about their children missing out on so much, because they didn't have the same kind of male role model.

It was these comments that prompted this post.

If REAL dads can play with their kids, why can't REAL moms?

I have an amazing friend that I have been getting to know more closesly over these last three months. I watch her often with her kids and I always think to myself, "Now there is a REAL mom! I want to be that kind of mom!" I watch her play with her kids, love on her kids, wipe their tears, and laugh with them. The absolute love and adoration these kids have for their mom is amazing!

On the drive home from a family dinner last night I told John how much I wish I could be a REAL mom. The kind of mom who worries less about her house, the outside world and to be honest facebook. I told him how much I wanted to be the kind of mom who my boys could talk to about anything, run to when they needed tears wiped from their cheeks, and the mom who could rough house, play legos and just spend time with my boys.

Then John said something that made me question how I look at it all.

"So why don't you? Why are YOU keeping YOU from being a REAL mom?"

After the intial anger and resentment that felt at being told it was my fault, and trying to come up with reasons on why I couldn't be that mom, I realized he was right!

Why am I keeping myself from being a REAL mom? Why do moms assume because there is no male role in their home, or no positive male role, that they can't fill in that gap.

Obviously there are things a dad supplies to a child that a mom can not. The same goes for the role of a mother, but what is stopping us moms from playing with our kids?

Why is it we don't get outside and throw a football, teach our kids how to play baseball or soccer, play in the sandbox, roll in the grass and just have fun? Why is it that moms are judged on the way they look, the order of their house and the food they put on the table?
When you hear people talk about good moms, usually the dialogue is something like this;
"Keri is a such a good mom she always has a clean house, yummy dinners and she looks amazing!"
"I wish I was a good mom like Sandy, her kids are always so clean! So is her house! And have you seen how amazing she looks after having four kids!"

Why don't we ever here:
"look at that amazing mom! She is covered dirt, grass stains on her knees, and her kids are climbing all over her! I wish I could be that mom!"

My sister in law told me last night that we as moms need to start watching ourselves. There is a darkness slowly taking over our homes, as we spend more time figuring out how we can make money, going to get our hair and nails done, and cleaning our house, than we do watching and playing with our kids as they grow.

Moms, your kids are growing so fast and one day you will be able to have the immaculate house, the model perfect body and the gourmet chef dinners.

So today I challenge us all! Get up off the couch, turn off facebook, throw something in the crockpot or marinade some meat for the BBQ, and get out there and play with our kids! They only stay little for so long and you really will miss out on the best years if you don't do it now!

So get dirty, get rough and be a REAL MOM!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Start At The Very Beginning

When I first decided to start blogging I became intimidated. I had no idea where to start, which topic to post about first, or where I really wanted this blog to go. In the week since deciding to start a blog, I have been reading other blogs and trying to get ideas. I admit I am still unsure about where I want this blog to really go and what I am hoping to get from this blog in general. However, I decided the best place to start would be at the very beginning. Like the famous song goes, "....start at the very beginning, it is a very good place to start! When you read begin with ABC...." So here are the ABC's of my life!

I started out my life very young. At age 15 I had been everywhere and seen everything! Or at least I thought so. I had experienced enough of life and I was ready to be an adult. Fast forward through a life with a non-existent mother, a manipulative and controlling step-mother and the joys of high school, I finally arrived at graduation less prepared for life than I thought I was. I eventually met the one person in my life who has become my rock and my stability. At the ripe old age of 20 I was married and ready to take on the world. 12 months and 11 days later I had become a mommy. It wasn't until just recently, like a week ago recently, that I realized I truly was a baby having babies. I love my boys and would not trade them for the world. However, I will always strongly caution any child against getting married and having babies before you are 25. Go to college, date lots and enjoy young adulthood! It only happens once!

Roughly 20 months later we welcome baby boy #2 into our lives. Life was complete! We both were working dead-end jobs, had gained a ton of weight, and were barely making it through. We lived in a small 2 bedroom apartment that we began to notice we were not the only inhabitants of! I love all of God's creatures, but mice are one of those things that moves in and never moves out! To this day we are unsure why we had mice. We were the only apartment our landlord could walk in to without wearing a gas mask and needing personal protective equipment on. Maybe mice like clean as much as the rest of us. Needless to say we were extremely grateful when John landed an awesome job with a growing company! We took the money and the chance to move and got out of there!

Shortly after were were surprised to learn that we would be expecting! Again! A boy! Again! We had talked about another baby. It was all just talk. However, as we learn in 10th grade health class, talking can lead to so much more! So with a 3 turning 4 year old, an almost 2 year old and nice new apartment, we welcomed baby boy #3 into our lives! And let me tell you, this little guy lives up to his name! He is a blaze of fire and terror! Have you ever wondered what would happen if a tornado, a hurricane and a wildfire all came together? That would be my baby #3! I truly do love him though and life would never be the same without him! Maybe a little less chaotic, and definitely more boring!

Eventually we decided we were really ready to take the amazing and terrifying plunge of buying our first home. To all of you out there who have yet to experience this, I now can see the correlation between the economy dropping and divorce rates. Buying a home has to make the list of top 3 reasons people get divorce. Followed closely by money and in-laws. For all those in-laws out there reading this, I promise I did not make up that statistic. I read it....somewhere....

We did finally compromise and find a home that would suit us for the next few years. At least that is what we thought until I got the baby hunger! Now I have to be honest and say that John was more than just a little bit done with having kids. He would have been okay after number two. On the other hand I have always wanted four kids and I knew I would not be happy without having four. I just though the last two wouldn't hit so suddenly. I have heard that major life changes stimulate a release of hormones in women that makes them want to have a baby. Apparently for me the life changes all centered around moving. So I had my IUD removed and we once again talked about having a baby.

Now here is where it gets weird. I love my boys, but I have always wanted a little girl. So I decided to try and sway for a girl. I did everything I could find on Dr Google and other sites, to make it so I was having a girl. I timed it all and short of the turkey baster, yes that method is highly recommended when trying to sway for a gender, I did everything imaginable to conceive my daughter. Imagine my surprise when I heard the words, "Congrats! Definitely all BOY!"

WHAT??? How did that happen? You must be wrong! Check again! Apparently, that was the day God decided to show me just exactly who was in charge and how little control I really had over everything!

So that is the beginning of this journey! Where this journey is going to take us I am not sure, but I do know it is going to be a fun and bumpy road! Hope you stay along for the ride!