Grow Your Garden Giveaway 4/1-4/24

Welcome to the first ever Grow Your Garden Giveaway event!
We have many amazing sponsors and co-hosts who have teamed up to bring you an awesome gardening-related prize pack worth over $535! The prizes include a variety of gardening tools, planters, outdoor decor & more!
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Click-A-Brick Review

It seems like all kids go through the building blocks phase. At some point, every parent has found themselves stepping on tiny, vicious little building blocks in the middle of the night.

You know what I'm talking about.

Annoying? Yes. Worth it? Heck yes.

4 Things to Consider Before Buying a Teething Necklace

There are so many teething necklaces out there anymore. It can all seem a little overwhelming trying to pick the right one. Everyone has their own style and taste, but what else should you be looking at? Here are a few things I make sure of before buying any teething necklaces/toys.

Step2 Igloo Wagon with Cooler Giveaway! (For you AND a friend)

Hey Kid, I'm Sorry I Yelled.... But Not Really

Dear Child,

     I wish I were the kind of awesome, patient, soft-spoken parent that you probably deserve. Unfortunately for you, I am none of those things. I'm loud, just by nature. Come to think of it, that's probably why you seem devoid of this mythical "inside voice" I've heard other kids use. I wish I could say I'm a patient person, and maybe compared to some I am, but no, not really. Between you and your younger siblings I am usually all tapped out of patience by 9am.

     Part of me is horrified every time I yell or snap. Sometimes it's for a very good reason, concerning safety and other things that you could really care less about. Sometimes it's because you are simply dancing on the very last nerve I have that day. I'm not the first parent to yell at their child and then feel horrible about it. I'm human. We're all human, but I still feel bad about it.

     Then again....

     You know what? I'm not really that sorry. I mean, I'm sorry that I'm not that awesome patient parent, but I'm not sorry that my moment of weakness has the ability to transform into a teachable moment.

     I may yell at you (and I'm sure you'll tell your therapist all about it one day), but just remember what comes after. When I've calmed down or taken a moment to breathe, I go to you. I apologize. I explain why I raised my voice and how I was feeling. I hug you, I tell you I love you. I apologize again. I work harder to reign in my temper, and I hope you can see that as well.

     You are still going to get yelled at, and some of those scoldings will be very well deserved. But the other ones - the ones where it was me and not you - well, let's just say that as much as I don't like how I feel about myself afterwards, I hope that I am still teaching you something.

     I hope I am teaching you that even mommies are human. That sometimes we lose our temper. That it's important to examine why we were so upset in the first place. I hope you learn the importance of self control, and how it is something we must always work on. And most importantly, I hope I am teaching you how to apologize when bad decisions are made.

     One day you will lash out at someone, and with any luck you will apologize and strive to do better next time. So I'm sorry I yelled at you, but I'm not sorry for teaching you humility and forgiveness. Those are two very important lessons to learn



Beabies Teething Necklace and Bracelet Review

Recently I was blessed enough to be sent 3 different teething necklaces and teether toys to review from Beabies. So this particular set (while lovely!) was sent instead to a close friend of mine to try out with her son. Her little man is already a little over 5 months, and was a perfect little tester for us. ;-)

Beabies Teether Toys Review 

If you have a teething kiddo, you know how important it is to find something...anything...that can provide a little relief. Some people stick with a bit of tylenol, others use amber teething necklaces, and many, many of use use some type of teether (usually in conjunction with other methods)

Beabies recently sent me a set of teether toys, and my son absolutely loves chewing on them.