Friday, June 28, 2013

Celebrate the 4th with these great ideas....

The 4th is next week.  Next week!?!?!?  I can't believe it.  One reason is probably because we just got out of school, but the 4th always seems to creep up on me and it's one of my favorite holidays.  I love the parades, I love the fests, I love the fireworks, and I for sure I love the food.

This year however, we will not be home for the 4th, we will instead be at....DISNEY WORLD!!!  We cant' wait and I can't wait to share our trip with you.

In the meantime, I have some wonderful 4th of July eats and treats.  Have a great weekend!
Two Pea's and their Pod's Blueberry, Strawberry and Jicama Salad
SnoCone Cupcakes from Bakerella
Cookin Cowgirl's Firecracker Cookies
Free 4th of July Printable from My Fabulous Life

Patriotic Popsicles from Just Another Manic Momday
Just A Taste's Pinwheel Cookies
Red White and Blue Jello at Brown Eyed Baker

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Wordless(ish) Wednesday

Schoool is finally out!!!! I am so happy and can't wait to relax with Jack.  This will be our last Summer just the two of us so I want to be sure to do tons of fun things.  We will start by going to Disney next the mean time, I wanted to share a few new photos of Jack (and lenny).


Friday, June 21, 2013

The "I just had a baby" Summer Bucket List

The following is a guest post written by Lindsay, who blogs over at The Naughty Mommy. We are participating in A Grande Life’s Summer Blog Swap! Check out Lindsay's blog to see my guest post, "50 Summer Fun Activities."

 Last week I gave birth to my second child. I also have a two-year-old. Let’s just say that I expect this summer to be about SURVIVING. Hence, my summer bucket list is not going to have cool things like “go deep-sea diving off the coast of Florida” or “go see one of my favorite bands play in concert.” No, my summer bucket list is going to have “mom things” on it. I present to you my list of challenging feats that I will attempt to accomplish during the months of June, July, and August. I call it… The “I Just Had A Baby” Summer Bucket List:
  1. Get dressed in something other than nursing shirts and sweatpants.
  2. Take both kids to the store (any store), by myself.
  3. Enjoy a summer cocktail…well, several summer cocktails.
  4. Go for a run alone. Without a dog, without any kids, and without the jogging stroller.
  5. Wear a bikini again. In public.
  6. Tell my husband I’m sick and then marathon the 25 episodes of old-school Real Housewives of Orange County that have accumulated on my TiVo.
  7. Figure out how to set up the darn sprinkler in the backyard.
  8. Learn how to blow better bubbles so my two-year-old doesn’t always say “Oh no, bubbles broken!” when I try to do it.
  9.  Eat a meal that doesn't consist of my toddler's leftovers or a granola bar.
  10. Get a full night of sleep. (Just once, pretty please??)
  11. Start pumping so that I can go out sans baby for more than twenty minutes at a time.
  12. Eat dinner out at a restaurant with my husband.
  13. Make it to the beach somehow!
  14. Get my daughter to kick her Caillou's starting to look like a full-fledged addiction.
  15. Figure out the trick to a baby boy NOT peeing on you every time his diaper is changed.
Be sure to follow Lindsay on Pinterest and Facebook as well!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Sprout Organic Toddler Snacks #sponsored #SproutFoods

I really make an effort to add more organic, healthy foods into Jack's diet.  . I want him to have quality snacks that do not have any additives or fillers and will start him off on the right foot when it comes to liking fresh fruits and veggies. 

I was so happy when Sprout recently sent us samples of their toddler snacks: Fruit & Veggie Crispy Chews and Fruity Yogurt Bites.
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I love the flavor combos like red berry and beet or tropical fruit and pumpkin.  What's even better is Jack loved them too..they are even a snack I wouldn't mind bringing to work with me!

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The first time Jack tried these he was a bit unsure, but after  a few days, he asked for them, and now tells me he wants the "new fruit snacks" all the time.  

Now until June 30th you can get $1.00 of your purchase of Sprout snacks at  Just enter code SPROUTSNAX at checkout!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Winners all around...

I first wanted to announce the winner of the Olay Prize Pack:

#17 Christina Gomez, you are the winner!  Contact me at to claim your prize!

Speaking of winners, I have a winner of a photo:

We are so excited to add to the fam this December.  This may explain for the lack of posts the past couple months.  I've been sick.  Like super sick...and exhausted.  Something I never had with Jack.  But now I am feeling better and ready for #2. 

Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Last Minute Father's Day Gifts

I am always last minute with gifts.  I always THINK I have time, but then the day comes and I am scrambling to give the perfect gift.  Well if you are like me, I have put together some gift ideas.  These should make every dad happy, and although they may not come in time, a little picture of what's to come will still make dad's day. These have all been approved by my husband. :)



And now for my Chicago peeps some great Chicago themed gift ideas....


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Olay Regenerist Giveaway!

 I'm very excited about today's giveaway, because it features one of my all-time favorite skincare products!
I love Olay products.  I have been using Olay products regularly for years.  I've always heard good things about Olay products and started using them in my mid 20's, But when I discovered Olay Regenerist, particularly the Micro-Sculpting Cream, I fell in love. This cream is velvety-smooth and moisture-rich, but it never feels heavy on your skin.  It is a fantastic product for the price, and I see and feel the improvements it makes in my skin every day.

Olay also has a new eye care product in the Regenerist line too....the Micro-Sculpting Eye Cream and Lash Serum Duo. This is a dual-ended tube with the eye cream on one side, and a clear lash serum on the other side (you apply it with a mascara-style brush.) I started using this a few weeks ago when I received a sample in the mail and I like this as well. The eye cream is a lot lighter in weight than my usual eye cream, and it has the same luxurious, velvety texture that the skin cream does.
I could go on and on about how much I like these products, but let's get to the good part... one of you will win BOTH of these to enjoy! 

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For a chance to win this Olay Regenerist Anti-Aging Skincare package, which includes one full-size Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream, one full-size Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Eye Cream & Lash Serum Duo,and one Regenerist Cleanser simply enter via Rafflecopter below! 

This giveaway ends Wednesday June 12 at 11:59pm CST.

More about these Olay Regenerist products:
To help you start looking younger, Olay is introducing their latest anti-aging innovations.

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2 Weeks: Skin is noticeably firmer, and skin elasticity is improved.
4 Weeks: Reduces the look of up to 10 years of wrinkles.

New Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Eye Cream & Lash Serum Duo
The future of eye care is here! The new Regenerist Eye & Lash Duo takes anti-aging beyond skin care to target lines, lids and lashes. It combines a hydrating eye cream with a nourishing lash serum to provide smoother-looking lids, firmer skin, and instantly thicker-looking lashes. You'll see younger-looking eyes that are brighter and firmer in one week.
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