Weekly Love Letters: Week 1

I’ve always wanted to send my sons some special messages that I could share with them as they grow up, but I knew I’d be horrible if I attempted to do 365 love letters. I mean, I know I would miss a day here and then… then a week.. then they would just stop. So, I’m starting with a weekly love letter (or statement for them). It will probably be like something I’ll want to share with them, or for them to remember. And it will keep me posting pictures of the boys, so that you guys can get some updates. These boys are my life, so if I can share at least a little bit of their awesomeness with you, I will. love letter 1

“Go Green” with Daniel Tiger this Earth Day – and beyond!

This coming Tuesday April 22nd is Earth Day!

We always try to so something with the boys to help them understand Earth Day and this year isn’t different. We haven’t done anything extremely major, but this last year, the boys have been learning how important it is to recycle. We are very thankful that the City of Columbus has implemented a recycling program in the last year and the boys understand how to seperate the trash and anything that can be recycled.

Here are some easy suggestions on what you can do with your children this Earth Day brought to you by Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and The Fred Rogers Company.

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  • Reduce, reuse and recycle! – Encourage your child to help sort out recyclables and match them up with the appropriate bins. Get creative with “throwaways” by turning them into a craft project, helping to teach them how recycling and conservation works at the same time. For example, try creating a toy vehicle from an empty milk carton!
  • Ease up on the electricity! – Remembering to turn off the light when leaving a room isn’t always so easy, especially for a little tiger. Help your child create a “Lights Out” bulb-shaped sign as a reminder and post it near light switches. And don’t forget to unplug chargers from the wall when not in use to save even more electricity.
  • Zap the tap! – Remind your child to turn off the water while soaping up their hands and turn it back on to rinse them. When cleaning paint brushes, swish them in a cup or jar, instead of holding the brushes under running water for a long period of time.
  • Go for a walk! – Spring provides the perfect excuse to get outdoors. Encourage the whole family to take a break from screen time and play outside. If possible, plan a walking or biking trip to your destination and enjoy the fresh air together along the way!
  • Bring your own bag! – Bring along reusable shopping bags when going grocery shopping. Keep a supply of bags on hand so you don’t forget to bring them on your next shopping trip. And involve your preschooler in helping to pack up the items in your Earth-friendly bags, so they’ll be doing their part in protecting the planet, too!

Happy Earth Day!

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Mighty Mito Superhero by Makenzie Lawrey

Mighty Mito Superhero

I was sent this book to review and share with my readers. All opinions listed below are my own.

Have you ever heard of Mitochondrial Disease?

Before this book, I hadn’t either. You’d think we’d hear more about a disease that kills more children then pediatric cancers combined. Mitochondrial disease is a group of disorders caused by dysfunctional mitochondria, the organelles that generate energy for the cell. The disease isn’t the same for every person which is why it is important to make sure people understand it. There is also no cure.

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Disney Frozen Matching Game (ends 4/30)

Disney Frozen Matching Game

My family was sent these products to enjoy and review. All opinions are my own.

Noah turned 3 this past November and we started working on teaching him a bunch of different things. Potty training is one of them of course, but that’s a different post. I have this game on my phone that involves matching so I was excited to be able to review a couple matching games with Noah. He is all about winning right now (especially against his brother) so we’ve been having fun learning how to find matches with the Disney Frozen Matching Game.

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Grab hugs from the Caillou Talking Doll #CaillouDoll

Caillou talking doll

My family was sent the Caillou doll for review purposes and were not otherwise compensated. All opinions below are my own.

I don’t know about you, but Caillou is one of those shows that stays in viewing rotation in our house. Hayden watched it when he was younger and Noah is following in his footsteps. I think its all the “make believe” is what draws them in. His imagination is so large and the boys love to watch and see what he’s going to get himself into every episode. If you didn’t know, Caillou has consistently ranked as one of the top 10 television series for preschoolers nationwide since its premiere in 2000.

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Try KidFresh for healthy and natural meals #FrozenKidfresh (ends 4/25)

Kidfresh

I was sent coupons to do this Kidfresh review. All opinions below are my own.

I know my children don’t eat enough veggies. They just don’t. We try to get them to eat everything, but they like what they like. And even when they like it, they don’t always want it. Hey, I’m like that as well so I don’t blame them but to help them grow big and strong, I’m trying to add more veggies into our diet. Thanks to Kidfresh, they don’t always have to know they are eating vegetables.

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DIY: Homemade Laundry Detergent

homemade laundry detegent

I’ve been trying to be more cost effective and deciding to make my own laundry detergent came from the fact that it seems no stores around Columbus seem to sell the detergent I like to use. You see, I am a Charlies Soap girl. Loved it from the first time I used it. However, everytime I took the time to find it, it took me longer to find the powder version. I found a way to order it online but I learned that they were discontinuing the free shipping, especially since I found a way to have it automatically shipped.

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Tickety Toc: Spring Chicks Time (ends 4/21)

tickety toc: spring chicks time dvd

I am happy to share this post and giveaway with my readers thanks to being a Tickety Toc Ambassador! They sponsored this review and giveaway.

Yay! A New Tickety Toc DVD for my boys (and to share with my readers!). I know you all love Tickety Toc as much as I do so I’m excited to tell you that Tickety Toc: Spring Chicks Time was released last week and is ready for your viewing! Here is more information on what you will find on this DVD!

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier In Theaters! (4/4)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

I was given passes to see the screening of this movie. All opinions listed below are my own.

I realized on my way to see this movie that I have to admit to something:

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Having a #HoneyBakedEaster with HoneyBaked Ham (ends 4/13)

HoneyBaked Ham

This post was sponsored by HoneyBaked Ham. All opinions below are my own.

Anytime I’m hosting Easter, I worry about making sure I don’t forget a specific item that any member of the family loves. Not only that, but I also spend so much time in the kitchen instead of being with my family. One Christmas, I took turns between cooking and taking care of my son once I started. It sucked.

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