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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Last Minute Gifts for Teachers

I totally fall into this category!!  I canNOT believe Christmas is literally right around the corner!!   

If you are anything like me...procrastinator may begin to describe you. And you may be throwing curse words as you scurry to get things in order and try to put a big bow on top to make it look like you have your shit together. 

We are here to help...via the help of Pinterest.

Source: @myblissfulspace


Source:  @alittlecraftinyourday

Source:  @thecreativehomeschoolmom.wordpress.com

Source:  @tatertotsandjello



Time to get to work!  

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Braylon is 5 Months!

(Actually he is just about 6 months...)

But at 5 months Braylon is the sweetest little baby boy!   

--He is weighing in at about 15lbs.  
--Wears 3-6 month clothes
--Size 2 diapers
--Rolls from belly to back and back to belly.
--Does not love tummy time.
--Does not take anti-reflux medication any longer
--Wakes 1-2 times a night
--Is falling into a natural nap schedule of 3 naps a day....one in the morning, one in the afternoon, and a short one in the evening.  He always gets his afternoon nap in his bed, but morning naps tend to be on the go.  He naps about 45 min-1.5 hours.
--STILL sleeps in the bassinet.  (I know...I know....) but takes naps in his crib.
--Eats baby cereal once a day.



Here is the sweetest 5 month old baby boy in the world!



I mean, REALLY?!    I am SO grateful I get to be his mommy!!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Let's avoid a fire this holiday.

Since we have SO MUCH free time during 'nap time' and after the kids go to bed, we like to make a little pocket change off our blog posts occasionally...to afford lip gloss, wine, and diapers. =)  So FYI this post is a sponsored post that we partnered on with Kidde but, as always, we wrote it from the heart.

One of my biggest fears in the whole wide world is a house fire or carbon monoxide leak. Even my husband, the Safety King, rolls his eyes as I unplug devices, turn off all the lights and double check that my straightening iron is cool (even though I haven't used it in months) before we leave the house. We keep fresh batteries in our alarms and we have 2 fire extinguishers. FYI- Did you know that you can get a discount on your homeowner's insurance for having a fire extinguisher in your home? Total bonus!
Kidde Fire Extinguisher
I think my obsession started when we started doing fire safety stuff in grade school. I was cool with stop, drop and roll but when they started showing videos of what the inside of a home on fire looks like...forget about it. And don't even get me started on the countless episodes of Rescue 911 I watched having to do with kids and house fires. I remember telling my parents we needed to have a fire drill at home and telling them where our safe spot was going to be outside.

Before I was a Mom I worked at a very safety conscious food/chemical company. We were required to start our meetings with a "safety moment"- just a quick, random blurb about anything safety related. We talked about everything from sun burns to car accidents with lots of fire thrown in there. One day I went into work to find out there was an extremely tragic accident involving a CO (carbon monoxide) leak, several people died. It was very tragic and I'll never forget hearing about the accident.

You can only imagine my horror 2 years ago when my mom's CO detector went off while we were visiting over holiday break. She had a house full- myself, husband, son and daughter plus my brother and sister-in-law. When the detector went off she walked over, pulled it out of the wall, hit a button in the back and said "it does that all the time". 

Um. What? My mother is obviously an insane person. 

We called the fire department while she sat there fuming because she had stuff to do and "would not evacuate the house" (I believe she was working on cookies, because those can't wait ha!). My brother, who is also certifiably insane, decided he would stay inside while my husband, sister-in-law and I sat outside and waited for fire men to arrive. 


We all kind of laughed as they pulled in with the big guns. I honestly just thought they'd come in a small truck with a little CO detection device but no, sirens were blazing. That picture makes me smile because, thankfully, it was a false alarm. My mom's CO detector was a million years old and was beeping because it was on it's last leg. As I'm writing this I realize that I'm not sure she has replaced it. Maybe she needs to YouTube old Rescue 911 videos because obviously the fear is not in her.

So if no one else reads this but my Mom- please, PLEASE update your CO and fire alarms. Your family is your most precious possession. Keep them safe!

We visited with Kidde last May at the Mom 2.0 Summit. I honestly didn't recognize the brand but checked out our fire and CO alarms when I got home and, guess what? They are all Kidde worry free alarms! I am excited to work with them on their #RecipeforSafety campaign. Did you know that-
  • Cooking is the number one cause of home fires and injuries.
  • The winter months are the deadliest season for home fires.
  • Most fatal home fires happen in homes with no smoke alarm or no working alarm. 
  • Nearly five times as many Americans know the shelf life of a Twinkie than know the recommended operating life of a smoke alarm. (source: recent Kidde survey)
 It is so easy to get distracted in the kitchen over the holidays. Kidde as a cute recipe card they put together with kitchen safety tips that not only focus on protecting fires, but protecting your kids and pets as well!


While we are on this subject- please keep your trees watered. It is so hard to remember so this year I have an alarm set on my phone to go off for #1- moving our Elf on the Shelf and #2- watering our tree. I do them at the same time everyday and the reminder has been great!

We are wishing everyone a very happy and very safe holiday this year!

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