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15.9.12

Time For You -" Lola Versus" Movie Tips

All of us can use a little "me time" every now and then...
Right?!
If you remember, I reviewed the movie, Lola Versus, a little bit ago..
To go along with the September 11 release of the movie, today I am sharing a list that was passed on to me for us all to have a little time for ourselves... 
Lola’s Guide To Me Time

Greta Gerwig sparkles in this offbeat romantic comedy about looking for answers - and finding yourself - in a complicated world. When 29-year-old Lola (Gerwig) is dumped by her fiancé Luke Joel Kinnaman) just three weeks before the wedding, she embarks on an emotional, year-long adventure of self-discovery filled with love, loss, hilarity and heartache. Guided (and often misguided) by the well-meaning advice of her close friends and eccentric parents, Lola's chaotic journey en route to the big 3-0 proves that a single tumultuous year can yield the lessons of a lifetime.

We’re busy women these days.  Juggling, work, school, relationships, family – it’s sometimes hard to find time for YOU! Here Lola will outline some tips on how to help you carve out some time for reflection and relaxation. 


Schedule a Regular Yoga Class
Find a local yoga studio and make a commitment to take a class at least once a week. The mental and physical benefits of yoga will leave you feeling stronger and more at peace. An added bonus is having a good-looking instructor so check out a few different classes until you find the perfect match.

Shut Off Your Gadgets
It is rare to be by ourselves since we are constantly connected to others via Facebook, Twitter, and emails. So set aside a time during your day to shut down all your gadgets for a couple hours to experience true, quality alone time. You may find that you can think more clearly and feel less stressed without a constant flow of beeps and buzzes.
  
Write Your Heart Out
A great way to release our pent-up emotions is to write them in a journal or blog. You can do this anywhere too – at the local coffee shop, bookstore, or neighborhood park. Writing will give you a great sense of freedom to express whatever is on your mind.

Take Yourself Shopping (Shoes!!)
Now this may be a dangerous move post break-up but what the hell…. go shopping! And rather than doing your typical online browsing, take yourself to the local mall or shopping center so you can try on new looks and outfits. You may surprise yourself with what you find without anyone else’s opinion to cloud your tastes.

Relax at the Beach or Spa
One of the most relaxing solo activities is to take a nap in style. If you live near the beach, this is a perfect setting to get a tan and sleep to the sounds of the crashing waves. An equally satisfying alternative is to get a massage at a spa. Allow your mind to shut off while your body gets the treatment it deserves.

*** I was sent a review copy of Lola Versus... I was not required to post this, but figured all of us can use a little "me time" every once in a while. *** 

14.9.12

Good Night, Pajanimals! Pajanimal Plush Line Headed Our Way!


If you ever watch Sprout at night, I am sure you are familiar with The Pajanimals. 
These cute "kids" go on adventures each night before heading to bed and Broxton just loves this show.

We normally watch the show, then he has me sing the Pajanimals song again...
(You know, La-La-Lullabye... that one!)\


Well, come to find out... 
TOMY (toy line) has worked out a deal with Jim Henson to extend selling to the US... 

That means Pajanimal plush animals will be available for sale over here this October!

We love all of them, so I was excited to have the chance to review one for you guys!
We were sent CowBella and she is just so soft!
I love that they are in nice, comfy pajamas... Just like you would expect them to feel from seeing them on television!  Soft = more cuddling, so that works great for me!  I know that Broxton will love snuggling up with CowBella while watching Pajanimals at night, so I can not wait for him to open this one up!
The Pajanimal logo is sewn into the pajama's to make it look like the pajama's and not so much "branding."
CowBella getting cozy on our couch!  
The logo on the pajamas
I was trying to show how soft she is.. but the picture does it no justice!
The TOMY line will carry a 9 or 15 inch plush toy ... As well as nightlights and more... 
Of course, they will have all four of the characters...   CowBella, Sweetpea Sue, Squacky and Apollo.
(I am thinking that Apollo gets cuter each episode to me, so we might have to get that one next!)

I do like that they will be offered in two different sizes, that makes this mom very happy!  

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Baby Your Baby With @GentleNaturals1 #giveaway

Having a baby is full of so many different emotions... 
I know for us, it was a time of excitement... 
but it was also a time of learning... 
Marc was deployed and I was determined NOT to have anything (even teeny tiny) go wrong...
So, I was researching and reading, trying to learn everything  I could to be the perfect mom!  
With that, I was quite surprised when Broxton had this nasty red rash looking thing one day.
I totally freaked out!  
It was in the folds behind his knees, in the folds where his arm bent... 
I had never seen anything like it, but I knew it just had to hurt... 
You know what that meant... I called his pediatrician!  
Come to find out, he has eczema.  Now, truth be told, I had heard of it... but really did not know what it meant.  Thanks to the Internet, I was able to research and learn. 

Now, whenever I have the chance to try and learn about a new product for eczema, I will always say yes!  
So, when I had the chance to review for Gentle Naturals, I was all over it!  
Sure, I would love to check out your products!  
Especially with winter coming, as his eczema gets pretty bad when it is really hot... and then again when it gets really cold... the in between temperatures do not really seem to affect him!

Gentle Naturals has a great product line for babies... 

From eczema wash and cream (we have been using both, Broxton may not be "baby" age, but he is MY baby and he still has eczema)  to Cradle Crap Treatment... 
The eczema wash and cream have been used... with no tears from Broxton.  Some of the products we have tried in the past have left him (which leads to me at times) in tears, so when we used this wash and cream with no tears in the end... I was a happy mom!  I am not saying the eczema vanished right away, but it did clear it up in a short time! 
Now, I do not remember if Broxton ever had cradle crap or not.. I want to say that I thought he did at one point, but I was just the paranoid mom freaking out... but I am not really sure... When you purchase their cradle crap treatment, it includes a little massaging brush for you to work it on their head... It also has a little spot where you can place it on top of the bottle when not in use! 
Gentle Naturals also has  Homeopathic Teething Drops.  
I DO remember Broxton teething and it was just horrible... 
He seemed like he was hurting so much at times and I wanted to do anything I could to help him out!  
I would have bought this in a heart beat then... so I am glad to know "if" we ever have another baby that this is out there...  
I have been really happy with the eczema line, so I would be more apt to try the teething drops from Gentle Naturals versus someone else that I had not heard of!  
Finally, they have a Tummy Soother.  
We were not sent this, but since it is for ages all the way up to age 6, it is something we might look into.  
Not only does it have chamomile, it also has ginger and I have heard that both are great for soothing upset tummies!
So, if you have a baby... or are looking for a couple items to give as a baby gift...
I would recommend checking out Gentle Naturals!  

Gentle Naturals is giving one Jumpin Beans reader a chance to win their products... 
Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win!  

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13.9.12

Pirate's Booty IS A Real Treasure!



In keeping with my Pirate Theme from yesterday, today I want to share with you a Yummy Treasure I have recently discovered!  
How many of you are familiar with Pirate Booty Snacks?
These delicious snacks are actually BAKED and ALL NATURAL... made from puffed rice and corn!  
I will admit, before I paid attention, I thought that it was just flavored popcorn... 

Then, I actually read the description... and we are now reviewing them... 

Not a chance!!! 
This is so tasty... and so much better for you than plain ol' potato chips!
We were sent a treasure box full of the Aged White Cheddar and Broxton was a bit confused!!! 
Lol, he was trying to figure out what they were... as they taste awesome... but are super light and airy.. Meaning he had never tried them before... I am still trying to decide how much he likes them, as he has been sharing them with me... and normally he hordes the foods for himself... 
I know that I like them and that I think they are much tastier than other snacks that we have had around here in the past... 
I am eager to try the veggie flavored... and the sour cream and onion.  I see they offer chocolate, but I am just really uncertain about that... 

If you are looking for a healthier alternative to add to your kids lunch.. or to your afternoon snack.. 
Look no further!
Photo Credit: N Vision Photography
Want to have a little fun?
Pirate's Booty is actually hosting a Capture the Caption Contest...
Just head over to Facebook and visit their Capture the Caption Contest page... 
Then, have a blast checking out all the entries for the contest... 
Make sure to vote, as you have until September 17th.

One more thing... 
Talk Like a Pirate Day is September 19th...   
What Will You Be Doing, Matey?!

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12.9.12

Ahoy Mateys! It's A Pirate's Life Around Here


In  keeping with my Halloween post from yesterday, I wanted to go ahead and let you in on what Broxton just might be for Halloween.  
I decided that this year he could be whatever he wanted and at first, he was thinking about being a superhero of some sort...  We went to check out the costumes that were new for 2012 as he is old enough to look and tell me what he wants.  No, there were some that I would not let him be if he chose, but for the most part, he could pick anything he wanted... 

I was surprised when he looked and looked and decided that he wanted to be ...... 
Can you guess who he is?!
I really like his Halloween choice!  
Now, a little about my thoughts on this costume.  
I love that it fit him so well.
The pants are a bit long, but nothing that can't be fixed when we put it on right and hide the extra length under the boots.
It just has a couple little Velcro connection points on the back, no snapping or anything.
The "boots" are just slip covers that go over their own shoes, so no need to be worried about the shoes not fitting...
If you notice, Broxton had worked his toes to be out from under them, but they cover his foot, he was just being silly!
The only problem we came across was the bandanna... 
They have it with a velcro spot on there as well, but it was made either really small or Broxton just has a really big head.  Truth be told, it is probably Broxton, because I have a big head and I think I might have passed that to him... It was an easy fix, as we just tied it instead of using their Velcro.
The other thing was the material... 
It is so iffy here with weather...
I would rather put more clothes on him than have him too hot and not wanting to wear his costume, so this worked for us... It was made of a light material that would work for us...   It was pretty warm out the day Broxton tried it on and he could've cared less about the temperature... 

Bottom line, if you are looking for a cute Halloween Costume this year, head on over and see what Wholesale Halloween Costume has for you!
I like that they not only have cute costumes for kids, but they also have great idea's for adults too!

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11.9.12

The Monster Mash - Halloween Kidz Bop

It is almost mid September, which means Halloween items will be lining the shelves soon..
(If not already in some stores!)
I am not one that goes all crazy for Halloween.  
Nothing against it, but back when I was working, I used to work it... 

Then, once I was a mom... It went like this:
First year, Broxton was 8 months old, we didn't do anything except give candy out... 


Second year, we learned that our neighbors do not do ANYTHING at all for Halloween... 
Third year, we went to another neighborhood and Broxton was able to enjoy his first true Halloween.

This year, I want to get in the "spirit" of things, but we still will not do anything too much... 
I would love to one day have a house and decorate and get more "into" it... 
But until then... 
When we drive to go to the neighborhood for Trick-or-Treating, this year... We will be more festive... 
How is that?

Because we will be listening to the latest Kidz Bop - Halloween!



Songs on here include:
Thriller
Disturbia
Candy Girl
Witch DOctor
Ghostbusters
Werewolves Of London
The Addams Family
Monster Mash
Scooby Doo, Where Are You?
A Nightmare on My Street
Somebody's Watching Me
Purple People Eater
Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead
I Want Candy

Marc says's he will be playing Thriller and Werewolves of London...
I want to Hear The Addams Family and Monster Mash... 
(I know Broxton would like the Monster Mash song, but I know he will LOVE Scooby Doo the most!)  

If you are looking for a great "Halloween Theme" CD, look no more...
Best of all, Its Kidz Bop, so they even have Kids singing the songs!!!!!!!

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Twice Blessed Consignment

Are you one that does consignment?
I will be honest... I never did... 
Until Broxton.  
Now, as fast as he goes through clothes... 
I love going to a consignment sale and getting cute clothes at a HUGE discount...


The church we go to is having their Fall - Winter Consignment Sale.

Here is the schedule:  
  • Thursday, September 13th – 5:00pm till 9:00pm
  • Friday, September 14th – 9:30am till 6:00pm
  • Saturday, September 15th – 9:00am till 1:00pm *** Many items 1/2 off ***
  • *** For safety reasons, no strollers please ***


McEachern United Methodist Church.
4075 Macland Rd
Powder Springs, GA


 *** I was not asked to post this, I just wanted to share since I know I will be there shopping!  ***

AZ Books Has Crossed the Pond - Great Selection


AZ Books LLC has entered the market in the USA!  
Whooo Hoooo

Okay, I know you might not be familiar with AZ Books, but that needs to be followed with a YET..
As in, you are not familiar with them YET... 
But, if you know kids under the age of 10, I bet you will be learning about them soon.
Image Credit : AZ Books

I had the chance to review one of their books and we were sent the AZ Books, Amazing Space, Encyclopedia with Flaps!  I actually took this on a road trip, as it gave Broxton something to look at.  Each flap is somewhat "hidden" on the page... So, besides just looking at the pictures, he was able to look for the hidden flaps...  
We flipped through and looked at several pages talking about what all we learned... 

This book was pretty fun because we were able to learn about so much...

It starts with us learning about the sky and the stars... 
We even got to look in a space ship and see the cargo area and what they would pack for a trip... (food in tubes!)


We even learned about the planets and how the characters in the book envisioned the future!  

I thought that the book has plenty of information in there and I loved how it had words and pictures.. 

This is a great book for a young child to learn about space.  


Head on over to AZ Books to see everything they have to offer!  


You can even search their site for books based on price or age groups!
I like that they have fairy tales books : Italian, British, Asian ... 
Also, I really want to look at the "making the" books.. They are books that show you how to make things with modeling clay, from zoo animals to machines! 


If you are like me and are already planning your Christmas list.. 

You will for sure want to take a look at AZ Books!  

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

10.9.12

They Said What? Preschool Gems

We know that kids can say the craziest things... 
Broxton has said numerous things that I always wish I had written down, but then I forget about them... 
I need to make a habit of trying to be better at that!!!!

Luckily, for those of with kids... or even those of us that just love kids, Leslie McCollum wrote things down... and out of the mouth of babes, we have Preschool Gems.

Preschool Gems is a book that is 109 pages of sayings... 
From " "Tell us a story from your brain."  to "I remember when I didn't know you" you will smile reading them.  Now, I will be honest, some just didn't do anything for me... 

I think more would have been funny had there been a back ground story to it... 
But, that is just my opinion on that one... 


I did enjoy it... 
So, out of the mouth of babes... if we could only have days like this:
" I fell because I high-fived so hard!"


Preschool gems has tons of one liners sure to put a smile on your face!



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Teeny Mates Review @LilTeammates Does It Again!

Broxton loves all sorts of toys and figures...
We have army men, football men, firemen, and of course, wrestlers and super heroes...
In the past, we reviewed Lil' Teammates and now we are getting the chance to review the Teeny Mates

I have to admit, these are the cutest little quarterbacks I have ever seen!
They are so teeny, I purposely took a picture of them with the average "wooden blocks" that almost everyone has seen at some point in their life...   These Teeny Mates are so small, but that makes them that much cuter in my opinion!
Broxton was so excited when he opened them up!  He was so surprised at their size, but he has placed them up against the "big boys" and they have held their own!  

NFL TEENYMATES FAST FACTS:
  • 1" tall, officially licensed NFL figures for kids and collectors alike, ages 4 and up.
  • Entering the immensely popular mini-collectible market as the only official NFL figures available.
  • Amazing detail for such tiny figures.  Great for play, and fun to collect and trade!
  • Each foil bag pack comes with 2 random quarterbacks and 2 puzzle pieces, adding mystery and excitement to each purchase!
  • Collect all 32 NFL quarterbacks and all 35 double-sided puzzle pieces.
  • Plus: 3 hard-to-find rare figures - a Throwback QB, a Metallic Gold QB, and a Glow-in-the Dark QB!
  • Double-sided puzzle allows you to build either a collector mini-poster featuring all 32 QBs, or a football field display set.
  • Now available at Target, team shops, and sporting goods, gift and toy stores across the nation!
  • MSRP: $3.99


If you are looking for something for a great gift...
Look no further!
You can use these as "stocking stuffers" this year... 
You could also use them as part of the decoration on a package that you are giving to someone!
I love that they come in a little foil bag, so you have no clue what teams you are getting... 
What a fun surprise and what a great way to build the entire collection!
Not to mention, when you do buy the bag, you not only get 2 quarterbacks, you also get 2 puzzle pieces!
Broxton was excited not only for the football men, but also to get the pieces to the puzzle.  
(One side is the football field!)
Oh, did I mention there are a couple "collectible" ones?  One even glows in the dark!
I know that we will be collecting the rest of these, just hope that we can find the collectible ones ! 
Be it a gift or a great "hobby" collecting these teeny mates will be loads of fun for "kids" of all ages!  

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9.9.12

Happy Grandparents Day!!!!

I have a wonderful family and I know I am super blessed... 
I hope you and your family have a wonderful grandparents day!
(It almost slipped past me, but since Sprout is talking about it ALL day with a Caillou marathon... You know we have it on!!!!)  

Here are a few family photo's of Broxton and his grandparents!!!!

Broxton, his brothers and Grandma Ball and Grandpa Ed. 
Broxton with Marcs dad.

Broxton with my dad's mom... So, his Great Grandmother.
Broxton with my mom's dad... So, his Great Grandaddy.
Broxton and my mom's mom.. So, another Great Grandmother.
Broxton and my mom... 
One of my favorite photo's....
Broxton and my dad at a UGA game...  I love the happiness on both of their faces...

Hope you and your family have a wonderful day!

 
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