Weekly Love Letters- week 17

This week happens to be the first week of school. The reason I didn’t post the Weekly Love Letters yesterday was because today is Noah’s first day at Preschool… I wanted to include 2 pictures this week. One is of Hayden’s first day of the Second grade and the other is Noah’s first day of half day Preschool. I’m so proud of both of my boys. They both are super excited to be in school and I can’t blame them.

Hayden misses his friends so he’s been asking to go back to school since last week. He’s the type to be a leader and a great friend so I know his teachers will enjoy having him in class. He had a great first day yesterday and is ready for the year.

Weekly Love Letters
Noah’s preschool runs on the same calendar as Hayden’s school so technically the first day they were open was yesterday. However, I only put Noah in classes on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. So I took him and he left me right away.. only like Noah does. He doesn’t need mommy.. he ws ready. I cried. Like a baby. I’ll admit it. But he’s growing up.

Weekly Love Letters
Don’t cry like I did. Ok, maybe you will, I can’t stop you. Enjoy the years you have with your kids. I’m cherishing as much as I can.

Staying organized with DotMine Day Planners

I was sent a DotMine Planner to use, review and enjoy. No other compensation was given. All opinions are my own.

I’ve been using DotMine Day Planners for while before the stopped making planners. I was heartbroken. I’ve always used planners but these were the first ones that I loved and used the longest. Earlier this year, I was excited when I received an e-mail saying they are coming back! The same planners I loved were available for pre-order for the 2014-15 planners. So I of course put in an order when I got the chance.

What is so different about DotMine Day Planners?

DotMine Day Planner

First of all, they are a business owned my a mother, who know what families, professionals and students. I love that they offer personal organizers that make great school planners, family planners and professional agendas! The Time.Mine planners are made for students. Super cute and have plenty of space for everything a student needs. Family_Time.Mine planners are planners made for the entire family, making sure mom and dad can keep track of all the schedules of the entire family. My favorite planner is the Life_Time.Mine planner. This planner creates a work and life balance that is perfect for a mom who works but also keep track of the family.

DotMine Day Planners

I love how the planner has plenty of space for both my work (with an extra column on the left) and space for everything going on in our busy home life (with an extra column on the right). I also have lots of space in each day. So there is plenty of space for everything that you might need to schedule in your day. I even have space for my post-its!

Looking to purchase a DotMine Day Planner for yourself? Head to the website to check out all the options and choose the one that’s right for you and your family. You can also win one here! Fill out the giveaway tools form below to enter. This giveaway is open to the US only and ends September 6th 2014 at 11:59pm est.

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Be a Hunger Hero with Sam’s Club and Champions for Kids

Hunger Heroes

I participated in this program on behalf of Champions for Kids and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

Did you know that 16 million American children live in poverty? Its a big number to swallow. Some of these kids don’t have access to nutritious meals that will help them thrive and succeed both academically and socially. Some communities are making strides to help the situation: Here in Columbus, Columbus Public School have made both breakfast and lunch free for all families. I’m always looking for opportunities to give and am thankful to hear about Champions for Kids.

I love the core values of Champions for Kids: All children should have: Someone who cares; a Place to belong; Hope for tomorrow and provisions for their journey. All children. They believe that helping others doesn’t have to come in large doses. They seek to foster a “habit of giving” among youth and their parents in America. This is why I’m challenging all my followers to be Hunger Heroes!

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So.. you need to buy a car seat?

car seat

Its about that time… time to buy a new car seat.

Whether you just need to upgrade, or you had a child (congrats!), there are always so many car seats to choose from and so little time. How do you choose which seat is perfect for you is the question. First things first, let’s look at what each car seat type is made for.

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Have you decided whether to Lease or Finance?

buying vs leasing

Its a decision everyone has to make who isn’t paying in cash: Should I lease or finance the car I want to take home? If you’ve only ever financed, have you ever looked into leasing a car? Here is some information you should consider when choosing between whether to lease or finance.

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Trying the new Luminess Air Epic System

Luminess Air

I was sent a Luminess Air system to review and to you about. No other compensation was given. All opinions below are my own.

Hello! My name is Ashley and I am makeup challenged!

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Weekly Love Letters: Week 16

weekly love letters

A week from today is the start to the school year for both boys. Hayden didn’t do preschool because he was with a babysitter who could give him the same thing a preschool would.. and she didn’t have a ton of kids. Now that Noah will be home with me during the day, I want to make sure he gets that interaction with other children and gets the education he needs to go to kindergarten. I’m not the only one who feels this way right?

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What car options are important to you?

car options

So you’re buying a new car?

We’ve gotten past the point of deciding what car you want but now its time to decide what options you want added to the car. You think its something simple but if you keep adding on options, the price of the car keeps going up. So, its your job to decide what options are the most important to you and go with it.

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Having tons of family fun at Magic Mountain!

Magic Mountain

My children and I headed to Magic Mountain for a review of the fun. No other compensation was offered. All opinions are my own.

I was super excited to have the summer with my boys since this is the first time I haven’t worked full time outside of the home. After a couple of weeks however, I was getting a little bored. We have passes to the zoo or to the science center but we can’t do that everyday. I was running out of choices and I knew the boys were getting a little bit bored. I’m glad I was told about the deals at Magic Mountain.

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How do you choose the right kind of car?

kind of car

Have a growing family? Maybe you are looking to cut back on the size of your car because your children are growing up and moving out? Either way, you have to decide what size and type of car you’d like to drive around and of course feel comfortable in. Sometimes, its not as easy as you’d think. But hopefully I can make it slightly easier for you.

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