Friday

Kolton's new Smart Baby Sound Machine by AuCuTee

I think after 6 days, of almost non-stop playing, this compact Infant Sound Machine from AuCuTee has finally lost its charge.  That's a long time for a single charge!

Kolton loves this little noise machine and we take it everywhere!  The compact design is perfect to take with us in the car, attach to his stroller, bouncy seat, or even when we're just out and about.  Of course, it's also great for his crib but we really utilize the soothing sounds throughout the day too!

In addition to the simple on-off feature, the unit is voice/ sound activated so when he cries or there's any abrupt noise around it, it's activated to whatever setting we have it on. With the noise activation feature, it plays pretty much non-stop during the day. Of course we could turn it off all together, but Kolton really really likes the music so it's pretty much near him always.  There is a 30 minute automatic shut off which is good for at night but I love that it's activated when he starts getting restless in the middle of the night. It's really helped him stay asleep longer and I appreciate that more than words can say!!

 There's six different sounds that are easily adjustable by twisting the bottom but we usually keep it on the lullaby as it's sweet and calming. The others are a mother's shush, fetal heart beat, rain, white noise, and ocean waves.  The volume and on and off is also controlled at the top by twisting so there's no sharp knobs or buttons for Kolton to pinch himself with.

The clip is handy to attach the machine to his diaper bag, stroller, and even his car seat but I think we're going to take if off because he uses it to throw the machine.  On another note, it's been dropped from about 5 1/2 feet, (over my head he tossed it) and it still plays perfect! Yea...... It's a preference  I'm sure!

We love our newest AuCuTee Infant Sound Machine and even if this one does bite the dust, or hit the dust for that matter, we will definitely be ordering another one because Kolton loves it too!





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Thursday

Finding the perfect gift with Miss Linda

Maison is getting so hard to shop for.  Maybe it's a teen thing, but to actually buy him a gift, that's just for him, is sometimes tough.  Luckily, last month, I found Linda, a Platinum Gift Director for Fine Gifts La Bella Baskets.  She's my hero!










We picked out this super packed Boredom Buster Gift Basket which was just perfect!  It came a couple weeks early and I was excited to see everything in it but guess what... It was packaged so secure, there was NO peeking! So a great gift if you have a snooper too!








So what's in it?  Of course I read the description, so I kinda had an idea, but as Maison was opening it up, I just couldn't believe how many things were really tucked into this cute box!  I think he was surprised too because he just kept pulling more and more out!










The Boredom Buster Gift Basket included;
  • Word search book
  • Deck of cards
  • Wooden puzzle brain teaser game
  • Camouflage hackie sack
  • 2 Quaker Oats granola bars
  • Smiley face stress ball
  • Juicy Fruit gum
  • Chex Mix
  • Oreo Cookies
  • Combos Cheese filled pretzel nuggets
  • Kraft Gift Box





I think it's safe to say Maison enjoyed his Boredom Buster Gift Basket.  WOW that was a super easy gift to get ordered and it arrived really quick!

Linda was excellent at helping us find something just right for our occasion but I'm in awww over the selection she offers.  We will be including several items from her site in our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide because the selection is just endless. She offers something for everyone from the gals at the office to the mail man there's really something for everyone!  Or.... if you just need a little self pampering, that's the place to shop!







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Construction Themed Bedding



So many vibrant colors and shapes!  Kolton is loving these sheets from Thread Nebula!  


I ordered these sheets off Amazon a couple weeks ago for the spare bed when we have kiddos spend the night. I thought how much fun is this construction sheet set and wouldn't it be perfect to help the kids wanna tuck into bed? Fun sheets are always great for helping get the kiddos in bed when they're spending the night away from home and these will do just the trick! 










This cotton sheet set includes a the fitted and flat sheets, and 1 pillowcase.  The construction scene has vibrant colors and several different patterns and scenes through the set. 

I brought the flat sheet outside to get some pictures because the lighting in our house isn't very good.  And as I was laying it out, Kolton was just watching and watching so I decided to lay him down on it to play for a little while. 

It was so cute watching him pull himself to the different trucks and construction scenes trying to figure out why they wouldn't come off the sheet. 











 This is a great sheet set for the kiddos!  Especially if you have a little man who is transitioning into a big boy bed or spending the night away from home. The construction theme coordinates well through the whole set and this will be perfect when the kiddos come to spend the night! Oh I love this fun set!  



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Creating a Masterpiece with String of the Art

I know I don't express it nearly enough on here, but we absolutely love crafting!  I'm working on showing off more projects here in the very near future and have about a million and one pictures to share with all of you! But life goes on and kids keep us busy and sometimes there's just not enough time in the day.  
One of the neatest projects we're working on right now is actually a pre-packaged string wall art kit from String of the Art.  Right out of the package, I was super impressed with the presentation of the kit.  Even the box is adorable!


String of the Art puts together pre-packaged kits that include a 16" x 12" hand sanded and stained dark walnut board, high quality string, nails, and plenty of directions.  On their website, the shown completed works of art are magnificent! They are so fascinating and beautiful they look professionally completed.  
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When we opened up the package, I really didn't know what to expect.  How could we really create something so beautiful?  I mean, those totally look professionally completed right?   The String of the Art kits are designed to be created by anyone of all ages.  The kit includes  incredible instructions that give a step-by-step description of how to recreate the Sunflower String Art pattern.   THIS IS TOTALLY POSSIBLE!  WE CAN DO THIS!






Jeramiah started this one for us getting all the nails in place using the provided template and begining on the string.  He walked away from it a couple times not understanding that the stem and leaves are a "free pattern" thinking he had to get it just right.  After I explained to him that meant he could twist and turn them any direction he wanted to he was a little more relaxed with it.  (even though it said so right in the directions....)







Everyone's been taking turns with this one.  Originally I had planned on Layla and hubby working on this one for a bonding project but the days have been so short lately with the kids's schedules.  I think it's really neat though how it's become a family project and can't wait to see how it's finished. 

I know.... It's not done yet, but almost!  These are so worth every penny!  They are an intensive art project and do consume quite a bit of time for someone doing their very first one.  But they are absolutely stunning pieces of work that anyone can do! 




  We love craft projects and had seen string art in commercial places but never thought we could make something like that at home.  These kits are too cool and would make an excellent gift even for an non-experienced crafter. I think Layla's going to give hers for a gift for Christmas and that's just absolutely perfect!




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Singing Machine Fiesta Plus was the perfect entertainment!

I really have to admit, the birthday party this weekend was probably the first time I've ever been halfway relaxed at an event I was hosting.  I'm usually stressed out about every fine detail but this time, I got it under wraps way early!  It was really nice to be around our family and friends and watch everyone enjoy themselves.

I started planning last month, which for me is early...   We had the pool to keep the kids cool, really cool games from FunSparks that I'll tell you about later, and this beauty, The Fiesta Plus Singing Machine.  There was plenty to keep the kiddos busy and even the adults joined in on the fun. 

The Fiesta Plus Singing Machine was perfect for radio style music or kareokee!  I can't go on enough about all the different features, functions, and abilities this design holds. And how incredibly easy it is to use!

We have been dragging this thing all over the house and the yard.  The kids also enjoy singing to Kolton almost nightly and he loves the attention, and the disco ball lighting that's on the top.


I say dragging, but what I really meant was wheeling!  On the back of the Fiesta Plus is a suitcase style handle that easily folds down with a press of a button.  Up when you need it, down for easy storage!  The machine is also rechargeable, yes I said it rechargeable so we can take it anywhere in the yard, no extension cords needed!










The Fiesta Plus has quality and very powerful 8" speakers.  This was the perfect system to have set up outside in such an open area because the music stayed pure to the sound and we barley had the speaker turned up and it was pretty loud.  These speakers pack a punch when their turned all the way up too!



Dad used an app he has on his phone through the blue tooth feature and was able to read the lyrics off his phone.  The Fiesta Plus also comes with a 8GB flash drive, with built-in software that can transfer the songs from your computer to the machine. And it comes with 10 free songs off their library! That was really helpful!

 There's plenty of options to this karaoke system all of which are easy to follow and understand on a 7' color LCD display.  The videos that it plays on some of the songs are fun!  A lot of them are the same video but it's entertaining anyways and the screen is perfect quality!  The whole system is actually All-Digital HD so I just can't go on about it enough!












Both mic holders on the side are collapsible, again for easy storage.  One mic even acts as a remote and allows you to control the machine without approaching it.  Instead of sitting here and listing all the details, here's the exact list from the Signing Machine Website


  • All-Digital Karaoke Systems
  • Auto Voice Control
  • Balance Control
  • Bluetooth®
  • Built-in Speaker
  • Connect to your TV via the HDMI output jack
  • Echo control for voice effects
  • Integrated user interface
  • Interactive Wired Mic-Remote Control
  • Line in to connect to other audio devices
  • Multi-colored LED light show synchronizes to the music
  • Plays HD karaoke videos from USB
  • Record vocals to USB
  • Resting Tablet Cradle
  • Supports two microphones for duets

The features on the Fiesta Plus Signing Machine are endless!  Of course it's a really nice sound system if you just want to play some music outside, but the karaoke features like the voice control and effects really make this system comparable to a professional karaoke system.  I had some friends that own a karaoke business and I used to go out with them weekly but years and years ago.  The Fiesta Plus is definitely comparable to professional system when it comes to the different features,  but way more compact, and easier to use. 

The Singing Machine Fiesta Plus really made the party roll on.  The kids spent hours singing, well the guest as you can see, spent hours signing and listing to music.  It was nice and really helped for a smooth event. We will be using this for many many events to come!

So where can you get your own party maker? 

The Fiesta Plus can be found at Sams and Costco and some third party sellers on Amazon

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Now if you don't mind a sideways video, because I have tried and tried and tried to find software to rotate it and can't seem to get a grip on it, here's a little of the action! (And still working on it!! UGH)




   
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Wednesday

Happy Birthday Layla! She loves Brackitz!

Here's another little gem I've been holding onto.  A few weeks ago, I came across the Brackitz website and thought the toy building company was kinda interesting and that the kids might enjoy seeing what they could come up.  These neat Brackitz attach to traditional planks at any angle allowing the kids to build ANYTHING.  I seriously mean anything!

I saved the Brackitz 100 Piece Inventor Series for Layla's birthday last weekend because when it came, I really started to understand that the possibilities were endless and this was a really great gift!











Well the box didn't last long.  Layla's about as graceful as I am when it comes to things like that.  So I found a decent size zipper bag and totally made this Brackitz set portable!  She can take this with us to ball games and use the bleachers as a table.

She never looks thrilled when we're taking a bunch of pictures of her.
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I just can't believe how much she's been playing with this set! She's made animals, money and a money safe, a garage, and picture frames.  Brackitz really encourages her creativity and I love it!  She's even been sharing with Jeramiah but he ran off before I was able to snap any pictures.  It was really neat to see them both play with the set and really enjoy it, even with the age difference between them.   




She brought me her picture frames and after I "messed them up" as she said, I realized how thick and sturdy these pieces are.  I'm really impressed with the quality in the pieces because these are sure to last a long time! They slide together easily but click into place to be secured.  They are easily removable and she can build and explore without any help.  The days of separating Legos with your fingernails are over! 







Layla's kinda hard to shop for. She's greatful for everything but doesn't always really play with everything we get her.  There's art kits in her closet from last Christmas that I doubt she will ever get down... So to see her really enjoy the Brackitz is a relief and I'm so glad we got them for her!

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Tuesday

Back to the Classics with Cubbie Lee Toy Company

So I kinda have to admit, I was a little sad when I opened these toys from Cubbie Lee Toy Company.  Instantly I was reminded of the classic wooden toys my sister and I received as a child from our grandparents.  Boy that brought back some memories.  The Wooden  Pull Along Zebra reminded me of a flapper duck on a stick.  Ya pushed it along and the wheels were the ducks feet.  Gosh we played with that for hours.... I'm so glad I found Cubbie Lee Toy Company so Kolton can have such great wooden classic toys too! 

Oh just look at him with the Ring Stacking Penguin. He loved how colorful it was and played with it for the longest time! I love bringing him outside for some fresh air and actually having something keep his attention besides me. But he is the sweetest!

The ring stacking toys are one of those classic toys that's been around forever and ever because they are so great for physical and mental development. The bright colors are encouraging and I'm thrilled that this simple toy can help him develop those fine motor skills.

Cubbie Lee Toy Company takes the quality of their toys to another level. They use a third party lab to test their toys and guarantee them safe plus every toy either meets or exceeds the regulations set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. I thought that was pretty neat and kinda feel guilty for purchasing toys that don't meet these regulations. It was really something to think about.
The craftsmanship and quality in these Cubbie Lee toys is top notch. They are super smooth and very appropriate for Kolton. I don't have to worry about him bonking himself with a sharp corner or edge and they are just the right thickness for him to hold with a steady grip. It's like they were made just for him! 

I guess I couldn't stay sad for long.  I loved watching him play with this Pull Along Zebra too.  He was just fascinated with the turning wheels and the body of the zebra.  It's so much fun to watch him grow and learn!







You have to check out Cubbie Lee Toy Company for yourself!  Not only are their toys incredible, but they also offer a 5 year guarantee that if anything does happen to go wrong with your toy, their fix it or replace it. Your purchases are risk free!  Can you say that about other toy companies?

















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Simple Quinoa Dishes from Pereg!

A few weeks ago I published a recipe for Peanut Butter Quiona Flakes utilizing Pereg Gourmet Foods and would you believe it's been viewed over 1000 times already! It really is a yummy recipe that I tweeked just a little bit. Plus, it was something different that even Maison enjoyed. You can read about it here; CLICK HERE






This week, we have finally made our way through the Quinoa dishes that Pereg sent. Hubby and I really enjoy trying new foods but the kids not so much. So we usually wait until a kid free evening and see what we can come up with.  These Quinoa dishes are great as sides or as a meal themselves.  

I'm really impressed with the flavor in each of these especially with how easy they are to cook!  Just boil 2 cups of water in a small cooking pot and pour in the contents.  Lightly cover and let cook until the water cooks down and continue to stir.  Fluff like rice... Super simple!!  Simple enough the kids could have made them... 

These little boxes pack the punch!  The portions were even pretty big once all cooked up. They all fluffed really nice.   I did make one mistake though.  I made the Quinoa Vegetables one evening because I was excited to try them and before I ever poured the packet in the water the boys said they looked like bird seed and wouldn't even give it a second chance.  Since when did I get picky eaters?  Little stinkers (for choice of better words...) 



Look at all those veggies!  The plate with the roll is the Quinoa Mushrooms and it was by far my favorite.  But a little secrete about me is I don't always care for mushrooms.  I like morals when hubby goes and picks them but that's really it.  So the fact that I enjoyed this one so much really surprised me!  It's full of flavor and paired nicely with Pink Himalayan Salt, oh and a roll.  And before we mom shame, no I did not eat all that lol I told ya those boxes made a lot!
 

These Quinoa dishes are super yummy and really easy to make!  Pereg Gourmet does an incredible job preparing these and we will definitely getting more in the future!  

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Monday

Unicorn Snot Sunscreen

We received this Unicorn Snot SPF 30 Sunscreen just two days before the big birthday party and it couldn't have came at a better time! This is my new favorite sunscreen and not just because it shimmers and shines.  Which ya know... is always a plus with your having fun!

Oh my gosh it's like a bottle of body fun goodness that actually serves a purpose!  The heat is back! For a few more weeks anyways and the kids just can't go outside without sunscreen.  They burn so easily....  Then, if your kids are anything like mine, you know how much they just love to stop playing so we can douse them down in sun protection.... Grumbling and complaining here they come....

Unicorn Snot Suncreen fixes that...... The girls had a blast covering themselves in "boogers" again so they shimmered and shinned in the sun.  They were like cute little vampires glittering away!







The Unicorn Snot Suncreen is my new favorite sunscreen! Seriously, this stuff goes on better than any other rub on sunscreen I've ever used! Just a few drops go a long ways, and it rubs in really easy! Like unbelievably easy! Just a couple rubs back and forth and the white was perfectly gone leaving behind shimmers of glitter fun!


  

Unicorn Snot uses cosmetic-grade holographic glitter in their sunscreen and it's water-resistant for 80 minutes.  The smell is super light, of course it smells like sunscreen, but if I didn't know what it was I would really have to think about it for a few minutes because you can barley smell it at all.  That's another first for sunscreen that I've tried!  I've never smelled sunscreen that actually had so little smell.

It's also great for people that have sensitive skin!  It's really lightweight even though it is leaving behind a beautiful display of glitter... The non-greasy moisturizing formula is actually made with beeswax so my skin's soft not greasy and that's a big difference!  Yes, I had to try it out for myself.  I mean I could just ask the kids what they thought and they would say "FUN!" But that's not really gonna help is it?  Don't worry I also tried the green Unicorn Snot Lip Gloss but that story is coming later! 
I'm really impressed with the Unicorn Snot products and I have several more to tell you about.  But I just couldn't help myself with this Sunscreen.  We will be lifelong customers for sure. Glitter or not, this is my new favorite sunscreen! 

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A beautiful party food table with the plateshoppe

Party planning really can be stressful between and one goal I always set is to get everything completly done before our guest arrive. Of course that's never the way it works out but sometimes I can get close and minimize the amount of time I'm away from our guest.


One thing I attempted this year was to have all the food prepared and ready to go before our guest arrived. That so-so worked...

Thanks to the plateshoppe, we have these adorable hand painted plates plates and platters. My thought process? Well as these yummy treats get gobbled up, I'm not left with a random bowl here and a random plate there. This beautiful fiesta design is just fine being left on the table until I'm ready to clean up after the evening.



The plateshoppe produces these durable break resistant melamine plates and platters right here in the United States. They are of course made from non-toxic material and are BPA free. The craftsmanship is beautiful! 

Can I say one more time though that they are break resistant?  That's HUGE!  Especially considering I did use a couple bowls yesterday and of course broke one of them.  I'm just a little clumsy at times, and the kids aren't any better.  At times I think I'll never have anything pretty around the house until the kids are grown and gone because if it can get broke, it will....  These plates are great for our household!  

We've actually been getting quite a bit of use out of them and they are holding up really well.  And yes, one of the boys has already managed to drop a plate on the tile floor.  But not a single scratch! 

Hubby and I also really enjoy the 15 ounce coffee cups.  I bring attention to the 15 ounces because in the morning we like to sneak outside to the swing for our morning coffee.  The bigger mugs are great because that means less trips back in the house for a refill and less chances of waking the kids back up.  

The bright floral design is really pretty on these ceramic mugs which are dishwasher and microwave safe.  I never realized how cheery a mug could could make you first thing in the morning, but a good cup of coffee, in a beautiful cup, with a good honey beside ya is the perfect way to start the day!

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