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Thursday, March 30, 2017

When I Carried You in My Belly

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When I was pregnant with both of my children, I always loved to read to them. I have had a passion for reading and books since I was a small child and I wanted my children to come into this world with the same love. I also wanted them to hear my voice as much as possible. When they were active in the womb, my voice calmed them as I softly read to them. When they were born, I continued to read, and even now that they are both older and able to read on their own, I still read to them. My son especially loves his nightly story and lullaby even though he will be turning 5 soon. My daughter is 10 and often just prefers to read by herself most nights, but I'm thrilled when she asks me to read to her, especially at her age. 

I love telling my children all the things I did for them while I carried them, not just reading, but singing and yoga, among other things. 

When I Carried You in My Belly is a wonderfully written book by Thrifty Umrigar with absolutely beautiful illustrations by Ziyue Chen.  The book is a sweet story of all the beautiful things a pregnant mother does while she carries her darling baby in her belly. 

I can't tell you whether I liked the story more or the illustrations more, because I loved them both! They fit together so well, and is a great story for any mother to read to their little one, even while they are still in the womb. This book makes a wonderful gift and can be read and shared for years to come. 

When I Carried You in My Belly will be available to purchase April 4, 2017

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wipenote: Reusable Notebooks

We go through a lot of notebooks in this house. Whether I'm using them to keep track of my blog posts and payments, or the kids are using them to practice spelling words and writing, we can easily fly through paper. That's not very good for the environment, and lets face it, it's also pretty expensive. These wipe off notebooks from Wipe Note prevent both of those things. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Treat Mom to A Sweet Spa Day Any Time

What mom doesn't enjoy or need a nice relaxing spa day, or what lady in general, for that matter? I, myself, look forward to Sunday nights after my children are in bed, so I can relax in a bubble bath, with a nice glass of wine, some great soothing music, and my face slathered in my favorite facial mask cream. I've always enjoyed receiving bath products as gifts, because it's like my friends and family are telling me, "Here, take some time for YOU." Because lets face it, baths are things you take when you actually have time. Showers are what you take when you only have a 5 minutes before someone is barging in the bathroom, asking for a cup of juice or where their flashlight is. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Crazy Cups Coffee Flavor of The Month: Chocolate Covered Almonds

I love that with Crazy Cups Coffee I can have dessert every since morning, without feeling guilty about it. Every dessert flavor you can think of, you will find as a coffee flavor, and if it's not been made yet, they are certainly working on it. I've shared my supply of Crazy Cups with family, friends, and coworkers, and everyone everyone seems to have the same response: 

"This is my favorite coffee company, EVER!"

Friday, March 24, 2017

Flash Back Friday: Home Update Progress

Original Realtor photo

We purchased our home in August of 2013 and it was already a cute little house, however, we really wanted to do some updates to it just to make it our own. In addition, the kitchen and the bathroom really needed updating. Despite the fact that our home will be completely paid off in three years, it will probably be in a constant state of remodeling for the next 5-10. Between a complete basement remodel (My office, yay!), new siding, windows, and shutters, and hardwood floors and new paint through out the house, it will be a long haul, but a rewarding one.

Total Trivia

I've been told that I'm a walking encyclopedia of useless knowledge. I love trivia. Those are my favorite games to play, and we have an entire closet of trivia games, most of them being music trivia. My love for trivia is so bad, that my family and friends refuse to play with me because, once again, I'm a walking encyclopedia of useless knowledge. 

So imagine my joy when I was scrolling through Facebook one day and discovered an ad for an app called Total Trivia. It's a trivia game where you compete with others to win prizes and discounts on some rather excellent merchandise. We are talking things in the hundreds, even thousands, of dollars. Obviously I downloaded it!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Namaste: Food For Everyone + GIVEAWAY!

Namaste Gluten Free

With so many people who have food allergies and restrictions, it's surprising how hard it is to find food that fits every diet. Whether you are Dairy or Gluten free, vegan, or just want organic foods, depending on how large your city is, the selection could be very small or completely no existent. I happen to live in a town with a small selection of healthier alternative foods. 

Namaste lives up to their motto of: Food For Everyone, by making a line of products that are organic, gluten, dairy, and nut free. We don't currently have any dietary restriction in our family, but I do like to eat healthy and encourage my family to do so whenever possible.