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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Soothe Shirt Giveaway!

I am SO excited to do this giveaway!

The Lalabu Soothe Shirt is an essential for you and your new baby.

The Soothe Shirt provides a pouch that creates a natural swaddle agains mom, calming and comforting your newborn.

It is easy to slide your baby in and out of the pouch.

The Soothe Shirt allows mom to breastfeed easily while the shirt covers your stomach while nursing.  

I wear my soothe shirt at least twice a week.  My one month old loves it as much as I love the convenience of it!

We are giving away a soothe shirt to one lucky winner!
The winner will be chosen next on July 31st and will get to choose their own color and size.  Shirts will be mailed within one week.  Winner must be a US resident.

Here is how to enter:

FYI- here are the boooooorning, but necessary, terms and conditions for this giveaway-
Prizing & samples courtesy of Lalabu: Simple Babying
Giveaway open to US addresses only.
Giveaway ends at 12 AM on July 31 , 2014. Open to Residents of the US only. Prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes. Winner will be selected by random and be notified by email. Winner have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Please note that Naptime Tales is not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. I have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. I will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. I will make every effort to assist you obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 30 days for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you. The product provided for the review was free of charge from the company. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.

Monday, July 21, 2014

NTT update

We have been busy...SO BUSY this summer. Ash W is still figuring out life with 3 kids and Ash B is in the middle of a backyard renovation project and a 2 week trip to visit family. WHEW! So you may have noticed we've been a little quiet on the blog lately...sorry! We promise to get back in the groove over the next few weeks.

For today we thought we'd share how much FUN we had together this weekend. Our kids just don't get enough time together and it makes us suuuuper sad. :( So when we do get time together we spend every second of it playing and enjoying each other's company. 

Ash B included a stop to Ash W's house in her tour of Illinois (lol). We got to spend 2 WHOLE DAYS together and it was a blast. We caught up on our blog to do list (lots of great stuff coming up), we watched our kids play, play and play some more. Oh and we had a totally hilarious photo shoot that we can NOT WAIT to share with you. Seriously...hilarious. 

Here is the first picture of all 5(!!!!) of the cousins together for the first time. We just love watching them grow together. :) 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Traveling with Kids SUCKS

I've done a handful of posts on traveling with kids, including tips and tricks, over the last few years. Unless you have read this post, you might think I'm some kind of master of kid travel. I'm not. I hate traveling with my kids. End of story.

We are currently in Illinois visiting family. To say that our trip down here was rough is an understatement. It sucked. The amount of screaming and crying that took place was out of control. I never want to get in a car again.

We started this trip as prepared as we've ever been. Two large totes FULL of toys, activities, books...etc for the kids-

HOURS of movies and app fun on the iPad-

We were all smiles until we got about 1.5 hours away from home. We knew we were stopping at the 2 hour mark to visit the Grand Rapids zoo. We thought we'd run the kids hard there and then my inlaws would pick us up while my husband drove home so he could work through the week.

My poor in-laws drove us for about 5 hours out of the 7 hour trip and I don't think they will be volunteering to that anytime soon. Pretty sure they've ever heard so much screaming in their lives. We THOUGHT my youngest would be worn out from the zoo and take a good nap in the car.

After approximately 24 hours of screaming he did finally fall asleep...

For about 20 FREAKING minutes out of the entire 7 hour trip (that was actually longer thanks to construction). This is how he ended up falling asleep, again, after another round of screaming. This picture was taken about 15 minutes from our final destination.

My sweet daughter was all smiles and SO good through the whole trip. Bless her heart, she has turned into a master traveler. I can only hope that there is a light at the end of the tunnel for her brother.

Traveling is tough on kids. Little did I know that the actual drive wasn't going to be the end of my misery. My poor guy has had a ROUGH time sleeping since we've been away from home. He can't wait to get back into his own bed.

Tomorrow we make the trip to Ash W's house (about 3 hours) and then will head home Saturday (5.5 hours from there). Everyone send us happy/safe travel vibes. And sleep vibes...we could use those too!

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