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28.4.12

Caillou's Outdoor Adventures on DVD

As we all know, Broxton is a big Caillou fan.. 
We love watching Caillou... Playing with our Caillou Doll... 
Looking at Caillou online... and of course singing the Caillou song..

I was so excited to get the newest Caillou DVD for us to add to our library.

We watch all the time, but there are times when Broxton just really needs to see his "brother" and come on, they just don't play Caillou 24/7... Although I am sure Broxton would love that!

The latest DVD is Caillou's Outdoor Adventure.


There are several great episodes on there and one of my favorites is the one where Grandma sets up all sorts of activities for Caillou and his friends to compete in the backyard for different ribbons.  Why is this one of my favorites?  Well, Clementine comes over and has on a ribbon that she just won and then Leo starts talking about how he won a ribbon before too.... Caillou was upset that he had no ribbon to talk about.. Instead of Grandma just giving him a ribbon, she sets up fun events for the kids (Rosie and Gilbert get in on the action too!) to try and win ribbons.. At one point, Caillou is upset and his mom talks to him.. Then, he realizes it is about having fun, not always winning.  I love the Caillou episodes because it shows how creative little kids can be... Caillou has a very creative imagination and I love seeing it portrayed in each episode!



This DVD has 12 episodes, some of which include:
Caillou the Sports Star: Caillou imagines he's an Olympic Athlete and tries his best to win ribbons for the fun and silly games that Grandma has created.

Caillou Outdoors: Caillou and Mommy make a scarecrow to keep the birds from eating the seeds in their newly planted garden.
Springtime for Caillou: Daddy surprises Mommy with a bouquet of roses for Valentines Day.  At playschool, the children make valentines for all their friends and Caillou imagines he's cupid when he is delivering his cards.
Caillou Can Do It: Caillou helps Grandma water her flowers and fill the birdbath.  When Caillou gets thirsty, Grandma shows Caillou how to make fruit juice from scratch.  


This is another great collection of Caillou episodes...  
Head out and grab a copy to add to your collection! 


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Around Kids? You Need The Kid Dictionary!

If you are one that loves to laugh, (and who doesn't?)  You will find yourself cracking up when flipping through The Kid Dictionary by Eric Ruhalter.
Photo Credit: The Kid Dictionary
We were sent a copy for review and I admit it, I was literally laughing out loud at some of his words..  
You see, Eric took situations that those around kids are all way to familiar with and made up words to go with them.  
The first word in the "dictionary" is FEELABUSTER.  Definition:  To pat down your toddler before she leaves a play date at someone else'e house to make sure she isn't stealing any toys.  
Ha ha... No, we have not had to deal with that yet... But I can only imagine... That right there was the opening, so I knew it was going to be good...

Has your child ever been "FULLISH?"  I know Broxton has on more than one occasion... 
What is FULLISH?  Oh, it is "too full to eat more carrots, yet fully prepared to consume an ice cream sundae!"  Come on, you know your kids have done that at least once, right?

Soon enough, we will be letting Broxton play sports... and I am sure I will have a "FILTHLETE" as in  " a child who goes out of his way to make sure his sports uniform gets as dirty as possible."  I just feel that in my bones that he will be that kid!  

As you can see, it is quite entertaining..
I am thinking that this would be a great pick me up gift to a friend...
It would also be a great gift idea for a friend expecting... be it the mom or the dad... 
It would also make a great "CONGRATS" gift to a friend that just got a job in a nursery or preschool!
I loved reading it and have picked it up on more than one occasion to get a quick laugh..
It is a little over 200 pages, so I hope that Eric makes another book soon!


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What TV Show is This? Answers!!!!

If you stopped over for my Wordless Wednesday Post last Wednesday, you saw these pictures...
Today, I wanted to answer where you might know the scenes...

WALKING DEAD 
Up first:   This was the abandoned house that Daryl goes to looking for Sophia.
Remember the Cherokee Rose in the back yard?


This is the campsite for the finale.
Remember Rick says "this is no longer a Democracy."


Ha!  Did you guess this?  This is the entrance to the bar where Rick and Glenn find Hershel drinking.
(Later the boys from Nebraska show up... Remember that?)


The back door where Hershel and Glen escape from the bar... 


Now, can you guess this?
This is the pharmacy on the left (where Glen and Maggie got supplies)  and then the "carriage house" on the right is where Randal jumps when he's shooting at them... later getting his leg impaled on the fence. (No, there is no fence there in real life... it was a prop.)



So, how did you do?  Did you guess them?

27.4.12

Novica For ALL Your Gift Giving Needs

Photo Credit: NOVICA
I admit, I had seen Novica ads on several blogs before, but the idea of all of these products being handmade and from other countries?
There was NO WAY I could afford that... 
Then, I actually had the chance to work with them and I am glad I did...
There products are great and the best part?

They ARE AFFORDABLE!

I tell you this, if you are one that wears Sterling Silver Jewelry... 
You will be amazed at all they have to offer... 
There was so many to choose from and I am in love already! 
Especially when I looked at their Silver Pendant Necklaces...   The turtle one was just adorable and I have several friends obsessed with owls!
If you are like my mom and love all different earrings, you can spend the day choosing between which ones you want to settle on.  I had no clue what she would want, but I was thinking that the Amethyst Dangle Earrings would be great ones... what did I finally decide on?  A beautiful silver ring!  

Photo Credit: NVision Photography


I did have the chance to get a little gift for myself... (and Marc... heck, for everyone as it sits on our television now!)I had so much fun looking and wishing for everything... to the point that I started making a NOVICA Pinterest wish list page!  lol... 

Photo Credit: NOVICA

Honestly, I am a bit obsessed with all the wooden statuettes like the one I picked.  Ours is called "Indivisible Love"  from Bali & Java.  

Let me share a secret with you... When you start your exploration on Novica's site... You not only learn about the product you are looking at... You also learn where it is made... and more than that, you learn about the artist.  Now... hold on, it gets better... When you purchase from Novica, you then learn even more about the area, as your gift is wrapped in the traditional wrappings of that area... Including a card written in the language of the area... and translated into English!!!
Photo Credit: NVision Photography
Here is the funny part about me... I made it a point to purchase different things from different area's... Hey, I wanted to see the beautiful wrappings!!!!  They are absolutely gorgeous...  The ring that I got my mom? It was from Thailand... so, she of course has to brag about that when showing it off (I gave it to her as a birthday gift!)  She not only brags about where it is from, she then tells them all about the beautiful box it came in... Ha ha... she has even mentioned that she might start carrying the box to show it off as well. To be honest, I almost kept the box for myself and just handed her the ring, glad I didn't as she has it sitting on her dresser as display!   Yes, I took a picture of it for you:

Photo Credit: NVision Photography
For those of you with kids... or that are child like at heart... 
Broxton has decided that he is crazed over finger puppets... Not sure how or why... but as soon as he saw them on the site, he wanted to get some... so, we ordered him the hand knit set from the Andes... it comes with 5 animals... and he has played with them like you just would not believe.. from making stories.. to using them as a microphone... ha ha.. he is creative :)
Photo Credit: NOVICA

If you are looking for great mothers day ideas... head on over now...   Not to mention great gift idea's in general...   (They will tell you if you order by such and such, it will ship by such and such to help you with your gift giving times!)

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Recycle in Style - Rubbermaid Hidden Recycler #Giveaway

If you did not know it, let me just tell you now.. 

Marc and I should have stock in Coca Cola with the amount that he drinks.  
I think at times he thinks that they are going to stop making it, so he has to try and drink all he can before then! Okay, he is doing much better now that he is drinking flavored waters, but still... We do keep Coke on hand!
That being said, I was so glad to have the chance to review the new Rubbermaid Hidden Recycler!  
You see, we tried saving to recycle before, but there just wasn't anywhere to do it.


Our county doesn't recycle and we didn't want bags or boxes just sitting around to collect the items in.  
Our pantry isn't big enough to hold 2 trash cans, so we just did not do anything to help, just added more trash to the landfills! 



The times, they are a changing!  
We were sent the Rubbermaid Hidden Recycler and it was so easy to assemble that I did it in about 3 minutes... (That included taking it out of the box.)

Image Credit: Rubbermaid Site

You basically just took it out of the box, slipped the handle on the bag, slid it into the holder and then placed it where you want it to go.  There are two little "over the door" hooks that allow you to hang it where you want it to go, as well as move it if need be.

Image Credit: Rubbermaid Site
Their pictures showed it in the cabinet space, under the sink and I was so excited about that... BUT, ours did not fit there.  I am not sure if it was because of the wooden separator between the doors, or the piping/garbage disposal, or maybe even both... but it did not work.  That did not stop me, I just moved it to the pantry area!  Yep! It now hangs in there on the bottom of our storage shelves!   As I mentioned, it is easy to move, so if you are having a party or something, you could move it to a more accessible location for easy recycling!  

Image Credit: Rubbermaid Site
The final plus of it all? The "system" has a easy to remove bag so that you can just pull it out and take it to the recycling center when you are ready to.  Just pull the bag handle out and go... Not to mention it is made of a material that is easy to wipe off with a cloth.  
We have been impressed with it so far and are excited that we are finally doing our part to help the environment!  

Just a bit more information, from the Rubbermaid Site: 

The Hidden Recycler attaches to the inside of a cabinet door to collect recyclables out of sight and keeps your counters clear. The bag is durable, machine washable, and made of recycled material. Collect your recyclables and then easily lift the bag from the lid and cabinet by the handle to take them out to your recycle bin.
  • Hinged lid attaches to cabinet door with over the door hooks or screws
  • Bag is made from 65% post-consumer resin
  • Bag is machine washable
  • Comfortable handle for transport
  • 5 gallon bag holds 36 uncrushed cans and is large enough to fit 1 gallon milk jugs
  • Great for single stream recyclers
  • Great for apartment living


Isn't it just pretty neat?!  Now, who would like to win one?!

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26.4.12

I SEE ME Contest

This was too good not to share..
How can you pass up the chance to win such a great package?
Let me know if you win!!!!

  

***** I have reviewed I SEE ME books in the past.  I was not required to post this, just thought you might like to enter! *****

The Bear Went Over the Mountain by @IzaTrapani is a Nightly Read Now

We had the chance to review a new children's book not to long ago and it has a permanent place beside the bed for night time reading!!!!
The Bear Went Over the Mountain by Iza Trapani is such a cute book!  
Photo Credit: Amazon
When we first got it, I read it to Broxton a few times..

We looked and talked about the different items in the pictures...
From counting to finding to talking about the different senses...

Then, Broxton had Marc read it to him one night..

Marc started reading it and was like "this is like a song to me" ... It was then that I showed him the music in the back if he wanted to sing it!


I had no clue that this was a "classic children's song" but I am glad that it was made into a book.

We have had so much fun discussing the five senses... 
We had been talking about them a little, but with the book, I have noticed that we talk about it a bit more now.  We also have been talking about the four seasons.  I never really thought about the fact that Broxton would need to know them, but thinking back, I remember talking about them in school.


I guess we can never start too early!

Broxton has decided that he enjoys reading this book, so it is read almost every night.


That means that either Mommy or Daddy reads it... Then, Broxton turns around and "reads" it back to us!
I love the sing song of the story.. the message and of course, the illustration.



In The Bear Went Over the Mountain, Bear starts off on a journey to go over the mountain... 
He climbs the mountain... smells flowers... gets pricked by a porcupine... so many events in this one book!

You know you want to join bear on this adventure!!!!
After visiting Iza Trapani's site... there are so many other books that I just have to get soon!
(How Much is that Doggie in the Window?  and Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush are just two of many that caught my eye!)

Have you ever heard of  THE BEAR WENT OVER THE MOUNTAIN before today?

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25.4.12

Can You Donate to Relay for Life?

Hey all ...
One of my best friends, Billie, is doing the Relay for Life Walk this Friday, April 27th.
She will be walking from 6pm to 6am at Roswell High School in Georgia.
If you are in a position to make a financial donation, I would love for you to visit her donation page.
You can click BILLIE'S RELAY FOR LIFE PAGE here...
(It says they will take donations as low as $5.00)
If you are not in a position to donate, I would love for you to keep her in your thoughts and prayers as she does this to raise money.  
Thanks so much and have a great day!

Image Credit: American Cancer Society

24.4.12

What TV show is this? W/W

While the boys were here for Spring Break, we took a little ride and went to see where a certain TV show is filmed... 
I will do another post to tell you the answer, but I would love for you to see if you know what show it is based upon these pictures....









ANY GUESSES???
Happy Wednesday!!!!!

23.4.12

ZeroWater FLASH #GIVEAWAY

Image Credit: ZeroWater

We all know that we are not the biggest water drinkers in this house..
But, I will drink bottles of water... I just do not like the thought of a tap water glass at dinner...
That just isn't me....  not really sure why, but it could be because where we used to live (before Marc deployed) was just WRONG.  I mean, really REALLY wrong.
That water was so funky... It had an odor to it when you drank it, yes... that also meant it affected the ice.
Anyways, that ended our quick sips of water... and we were bottled water drinkers from then on.

I finally realized how much WASTE was being made by our house with the trash from drinking bottles of water and I decided that we should try the water pitcher idea.
Actually, that was what I asked my brother to get me for Christmas and it worked pretty good for us.
We were able to drink water ... without all the trash.
Image Credit: ZeroWater

I was recently given the chance to try the ZEROWATER pitcher and you guessed it...
I am impressed!
So much that I have now figured out what I am giving my grandparents for Christmas!
(Side note, my grandparents have always been tea drinkers, but last time my mom was there... tea was no longer offered... it was just water... yep, from the faucet!  Seems as though my grandmother thinks that is best for my grandaddy, so that is what is going on.)
After trying this pitcher out...  Let me tell you why this is the one of choice for them in my opinion.

It has an easy set up:
Open the box and unwrap the plastic from the pitcher. (I liked that it was in plastic wrap, as it made me feel safer that it was clean... Yes, I still washed it, but just overall, this settled my "germophobe" a bit)
Wash everything.
Screw in filtration system to the pitcher area.
Pour your water in and then wait.

Besides the ease of setting it up, I love that it had not only the option to use it like a pitcher and pour it from the top, it also had a water cooler type nozzle that makes it easy to just stick your glass under it and press for the water to flow.  That was a big one for me... I know that some people are not able to pull a pitcher out... Maybe the strength is gone to do so, or maybe their balance is off... this would be great... (totally thinking of my grandaddy in this one!)  I also liked that for our house thinking about when the boys are here for the summer... I can just sit this pitcher out on the porch and they can run over and press the button to get more water when they want it!

Finally, it comes with the water tester... Now, it reminds me of a pregnancy test how it is just that stick and you place it in your water... I admit, as soon as I opened it, I was like "great, this is something else to have to keep up with?"  But, it actually has a little spot on top of your pitcher to place it for storage when you are not using it!

I tested our water straight from the tap and it was a 056 (I think)  I then tested it a few more times... still a 56 and then I finally tested the ZeroWater pitcher... 000.  I think I tested the tap water a few times as I was trying to trick it into thinking it was from the ZeroWater pitcher, but this is the real deal!

If you are like me and really want water that is good for your house...
Head on over and purchase a ZeroWater Filtration Pitcher for your house now!  
Lucky for you.. You can enter coupon code MC30, which will give you 30% off a 10 Cup ZeroWater pitcher

Also, I get the chance to host a giveaway for two lucky winners...
So, Who would like to win a ZeroWater pitcher for their house?!

 “I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of ZeroWater and received a water pitcher to facilitate my review, two pitchers to giveaway, and extra filters to thank me for taking the time to participate.”



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Comfortable and Classy When Wearing @zutano

I admit that I love looking at how cute kids look wearing different outfits.  Sometimes I think that parents are crazy to spend the amount of money on some clothes... I just do not get it... Why spend hundreds of dollars on a dress for a 3 month old baby girl?  Why spend tons of money on shoes that they will outgrow before you can think about it?

I was wondering what made Zutano clothes special enough to be a bit higher priced than what I normally pay for Broxton's clothes...
Zutano cargo shorts:  $30 
Zutano t-shirt : $22

Then they came.  Wow.. Super cute.. Super soft... I could not wait to put him in this outfit!!!!


We were sent a cute pair of cargo shorts and an adorable t-shirt for Broxton to review.

It was orange and greens and blues... and just fun and festive and happy ... very spring/summer like.. 

So, we decided that he would wear it to the Easter Egg Hunt at the Harley Dealership...
(Harley Davidson = orange... so I thought it was cute!)

The print style is "Golden Gate" and it has tons of cars/buses and trucks on the shorts...  The shirt features a bridge with several modes of transportation on there as well!  (Every little boys dream!)

I admit, I was a bit nervous about him fitting in the shorts..
You see, Broxton wears 3t shorts.. and 4t shirts now...
We were sent 2t shorts and a 4t shirt...
It was a perfect fit! 
Oh... the best part?!
(Besides how cute they were)
THEY ARE THE SOFTEST articles of clothing I think I have ever felt.
We wash all of his clothes before he wears them, but these were just super soft coming from them!  I was very impressed right off the bat!  So much that I commented on their softness and made Marc feel them as well! 
 See how cute and comfy he is coloring a picture to send to a deployed soldier?
Broxton did really good in the Egg hunt... and he was able to move fast with the way the clothes from Zutano fit him just perfect!


I will admit, I have wanted to dress him in this outfit several times since it arrived, but I also want him clean, so that hasn't worked!!!!  We will be having more pictures in this outfit soon, so stay tuned!!!!
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