8 Simple Tools For Raising Great Kids

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** I was sent a copy of this title for the purpose of this review. However my own opinion was used and not influenced in any way.   8 Simple Tools For Raising Great Kids Great read on this rainy day #ontheblog #parentingishard #great read A photo posted by Krista (@mrs.krista.w) on Apr 15, 2016 at 8:42am PDT Recently I received a copy of 8 Simple Tools For Raising Great Kids. As most of you know I currently have a "tween" as she calls herself. She is just starting into the folded arms, eye rolls and back talking. It is driving me and her father insane. Sometimes it is easy to lose our temper. Especially with someone who is testing out her boundaries and just coming into her own as a pre-teen. Because of a few difficult things we have had going on with our daughter I knew that this book was for me. Honestly I did not even make it through the first chapter before I was crying. This book was filled with words that I needed to read and I honestly feel like it was … [Read more...]

DIY Diaper Bouquet Using Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers!

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SnugHugs #CollectiveBias  DIY Diaper Bouquet Using Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers!   My daughter was in diapers when I first moved to my new town 10 years ago. Being new to town I didn't know much about the shopping or the stores. I do however, remember that I was excited to have a Sams Club. My husband had been a Sams Club member for year. But we were not able to make it to Sam's Club very often from where we lived before. As soon as we moved, I knew that that was about to change. Upon visiting Sams Club for one of the first times since I moved to town, I discovered that they had amazing prices on diapers. I loved that I was able to get huge packages at great low prices. As most of you know, we welcomed home a new baby girl in November. As soon as I found out I was pregnant, we started stocking up on diapers and such. Thank goodness I had the great experience … [Read more...]

Baby Shower Keepsake Game Idea AND Keeping My Clothing Stain Free With Baby!

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #allfreeclear #CollectiveBias   Baby Shower Keepsake Game Idea AND Keeping My Clothing Stain Free With Baby! As most of you know I had a baby in November. Time sure seems to be flying and we recently started feeding my little one solid foods. It has been a great experience so far...for the most part. But on the flip side I am really tired of ending up with baby food all over me. I was so tired of getting stains all over my clothes each time I tried to feed her something new. Especially her first experiences with peas and zucchini. Honestly it seems like anything green ended up all over me and none of it in her mouth. That is why I am so happy to have found all® free clear detergent and all® free clear Mighty Pacs® at Sam's Club. Without all® free clear detergent I honestly don't know how I would be able to get the baby food stains out of my clothing. I mean I can … [Read more...]

Norm of the North is on Digital HD today!

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  ** From Press Release     Norm of the North is on Digital HD today!         The North Pole Takes on New York City When the Hilarious Animated Family Comedy Arrives on Digital HD March 29 from Lionsgate   Available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD April 19   SANTA MONICA, CA (Feb. 22, 2016) – This winter’s coolest family comedy, Norm of the North, slides onto Digital HD March 29 and Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) April 19 from Lionsgate. Telling the ultimate tale of a loveable underdog who proves anything is possible with determination and a posse of loyal lemmings, Norm of the North features the voices of Rob Schneider (Grown Ups), Heather Graham (The Hangover franchise), Ken Jeong (The Hangover franchise), Colm Meaney (Con Air), Loretta Devine (TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy”), Gabriel Iglesias (Magic Mike), Michael McElhatton (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”) and Bill Nighy (Love Actually).   Life … [Read more...]

My Daughters First Pimple + DIY Tween Hygiene Kit!

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #acnefree123 #CollectiveBias   My Daughters First Pimple + DIY Tween Hygiene Kit!   Two weeks ago my daughter had one of the worst days of her life. She woke up to her first pimple. As she looked in the mirror for the first time that day I could hear her scream! It scream was like something out of a teen movie. Both of my girls were getting their Easter pictures taken that day  and she could not believe that she was going to have a HUGE zit showing for everyone to see! It was bright read and awful looking. Ok...so I hardly noticed but to her it was the end of the world. Getting her first pimple opened up the door for me to talk to my tween about her personal hygiene and the things she needs to start doing to care for her skin and body. Of course her skin care routine was the top of the list of items we disused and she asked me if we could head to Walmart and … [Read more...]

Loved+Blessed Subscription Box – Gift the gift of love!

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**I was provided with product for the purpose of this review. However, my own opinion was used and not influenced in any way. Loved+Blessed Subscription Box - Gift the gift of love! I am loving all these subscription boxes you can get. From foods to toys it seems there is a subscription box for everything! Including this amazing box that is filled with hope and encouragement. Now who does not want/need that? Recently I was sent a loved+blessed subscription box. I can honestly say that after it arrived I got on my computer and made an order to gift a few boxes to some friends and family members who I knew would benefit from the contents. That is testament in itself how much I loved this box. Ok..so each monthly box will contain a different theme that will not only brighten your day but the days of others. The box I received was focused on Beauty. It arrived in all of it's Pink glory and when I opened it I seen a cute sticker card attached to the top of the box. It … [Read more...]

Baby Girl is 2 Months + My Formula for Happiness!

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Baby Girl is 2 Months + My Formula for Happiness!   My baby girl just turned 2 months old. She is such a joy and blessing to our little family and I am so happy to be her Momma! As some of you might have read my little has not been putting on the weight that she is supposed to put on. She was born a whopping 9lbs 6.6 oz and now that she is 2 months old she weighs in at 10 lbs 5 oz. Not even a full pound has been gained. After several doctors appointments and such we have learned that there is nothing medically wrong with her. Her doctor feels that genetics are just kicking in and she is not meant to be a big baby. She is just growing at a slower rate and because of this we have been supplementing a bottle or two a day to help her get some extra calories and to ensure that she is eating enough. For her supplemented bottles I have turned to the #formulaforhappiness initiative by Gerber® with their all new Non-GMO Infant formula. My husband loves giving her a bottle before … [Read more...]

PAN – On Blu-Ray, DVD & Digital HD

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** I was provided with a copy of this title for the purpose of this review. However, my own opinion was used and not influenced in any way.   PAN Have you ever stopped and wondered just how Peter Pan ended up in Neverland? Where were his parents? How did the lost boys get there and how did Peter become their leader? All your questions and more will be answered in this great tale by Warner Bros. Entertainment. I was so happy to be able to have a family movie day with my family. We were able to watch Pan together which was nice. It is not very often you can find a great movie that the whole family will love with a family friendly PG rating. Plus the movie features some of my most favorite actors including Hugh Jakcman as Blackbeard, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily and Amanda Seyfried as Mary! This was a great movie and defiantly something my family will enjoy watching time and time again!   On the Back Peter (Levi Miller) is a mischievous 12-year-old boy with an … [Read more...]

Dawn of the Croods on Netflix!

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** I was provided with a family fun kit for the purpose of this review. However, my own opinion was used and not influenced in any way.   Dawn of the Croods on Netflix! We  are huge Crood fans at my house. As soon as we seen the first movie we were hooked. It was so cute and funny! Recently you might have noticed that there are some great Dawn of the Croods episodes added to Netflix! That's right! Now you can see the fun-loving Croods more often! Right in the comfort of your own home!   Synopsis from Press Release: The world’s first family is back and funnier than ever in this all-new original family sitcom! Eep, Grug, Thunk, Ugga, Sandy and Gran are taking the prehistoric Croodacious era by storm as they deal with modern-day problems for the first time ever in history. School, slumber parties and elections are some of the hilarious wonders of modern life The Croods are discovering!   Little A's Review - 10 Years I would love to be a member of the … [Read more...]

Don’t Stress About Your Holiday Party Plans With These Tips

Don’t Stress About Your Holiday Party Plans With These Tips Throwing a holiday party is a great way to bring your friends and family members together for an evening of fun and fellowship. If you are planning on hosting your own event, chances are that you may find yourself stressed out trying to plan the event. If that sounds like you, then there are a few simple tips that you can keep in mind to make sure your party is a success without all of the stress. If you are planning your party don’t be afraid to ask your guests to help out. It’s common to have these parties be a potluck style affair. Create a list people that have confirmed attendance and ask them to bring either a dish, appetizer, dessert of bottle of wine. While you should still be providing a bulk of the food, having guests bring some appetizers or finger foods is a great way for you to instill some ownership in the group. If you are making food, then you may want to get your ingredients well ahead of time. You can … [Read more...]

Chicken Soup for the Soul Merry Christmas

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** I was provided with a copy of this title for the purpose of this review. However my own opinion was used and not influenced in any way.   Chicken Soup for the Soul Merry Christmas       Christmas is the best time of year. People seem to be more friendly and helpful. They have joy and magic in their hearts and things just seem to be more peaceful. I love this time of year and the uplifting movies and stories that go along with it. This year I was so happy to read Chicken Soup for the Soul Merry Christmas. There were so many stories that uplifted me and really helped to get me in the Christmas Spirit. I also enjoyed reading many of these stories out loud with my daughter. We started reading one each day in December to help get us in the mood for Christmas. It was such a special way to start our days. Thanks Chicken Soup for the Soul! We love this book!   On The Back The elves at Chicken Soup for the Soul have done it again, with a … [Read more...]

Celebrate Las Posadas With This Easy Mexican Shrimp Cocktail Recipe!

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Celebrate Las Posadas With This Easy Mexican Shrimp Cocktail Recipe! Las Posadas is such a great holiday. It helps me and my family put focus on the real reason for the season. To me Christmas is about the birth of our Savior and also about family, friends and loved ones. During the holiday season I try to spend as much time as I possibly can with my loved ones. Especially for Las Posadas which is a holiday that is centered around family and friends. I love the tradition of visiting family members houses during #LasPosadas. It is a great time to catch up and make memories but is also a great time to eat some amazing food. Thanks to #HERDEZ I am always able to create a great dish for my family and loved ones. This year I decided to make Mexican Shrimp Cocktail! It is a family favorite and something extra special for Las Posadas! Ingredients: 2 lbs Jumbo Shrimp (cooked) 3 medium tomato diced 2 cucumbers seeded and sliced 1 small white onion diced 1/2 cup finely … [Read more...]

Disney’s Sheriff Callie’s Wild West!

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** I was provided with a copy of this title for the purpose of this review. However my own opinion was used and not influenced in any way.   Disney's Sheriff Callie's Wild West!  My Thoughts This is the first time I have heard of or seen Sheriff Callie's Wild West. I was so thrilled to be able to share this new animated cartoon with my kiddos. I also love that she is a member of the Wild West as my kids think they are cowboys/cowgirls! Sheriff Callie is all about girl power as she works hard to keep her town safe and take down the outlaws. Alongside her friends Peck and Toby you will be able to watch Sheriff Callie learn many lessons and teach a few as well. Kids will learn about courage, fairness, bravery and honesty. I love how the kids will be learning important life lessons and skills while being fully entertained with great story lines and characters! This is a show the whole family will enjoy.   On the Back Yippee-ki-yally! For the first time ever, … [Read more...]

My Babies First Month With Members Mark Advanced Infant Formula

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Perrigo, the makers of Members Mark Infant Formula for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.  “This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Perrigo, the makers of Members Mark Infant Formula. All opinions are 100% mine.”    My Babies First Month With Members Mark Advanced Infant Formula Some of you might remember my post last month about the Sams Club Members Mark Advantage Infant Formula. I told you all about how I was stocking up before the birth of my daughter. Well I am so happy to say that on November 6th at 9:38am she was born! She weighed in a whopping 9lbs 6.6oz. That was a huge difference compared to my first daughter who weighed 7lbs 9oz at birth. Little L is perfect and we would not change a thing about her!  Meeting Sister For the First Time The first two nights were tough with this little one. All she wanted to do was eat! Before we left the hospital the nurses weighed her and we discovered that our … [Read more...]

Chicken Soup for the Soul Raising Great Kids

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** I was provided with a copy of this title for the purpose of this review. However, my own opinion was used and not influenced in any way.   Chicken Soup for the Soul Raising Great Kids Raising kids is one of the hardest things I have ever done. It is not easy being a parent and coming up with discipline methods, knowing when to discipline and when to hold your tongue. It is also not easy to teach kids the important things like stranger danger, being kind to others, staying positive asking for forgiveness or forgiving those who have hurt you. Thank goodness Chicken Soup for the Soul wrote this inspiring book to help me along my journey of parenting. Plus this book really helped to comfort me and show me that I am not alone and as long as I do my best my kids will turn out just fine! On The Back   We all want to give our kids the best possible start in life, and that means sharing our values with them. Parents and grandparents teach children to become the best … [Read more...]