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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Get a SKIN-tervention with Clear Proof Acne System #Giveaway

Within the past few months my skin has started to go bonkers.  I'm sure my hormones that are trying to get back to normal aren't helping the situation much, but I literally cannot handle having the skin that looks like a fourteen year old going through puberty.  I'm flipping 31 years old.

It was time for a SKIN-tervention.

I'm a creature of habit so any kind of change makes me panic.  But it was time.  My skin was a mess and I seriously couldn't handle it anymore.  I needed to find something that would stop these breakouts, cleanse and tone up my skin and moisturize my face without making it feel like I just used a pound of Crisco on it.  Recently I was asked to try out the Clear Proof Acne System for Mary Kay.  I wasn't sure if I should take this as a sign from the skin gods answering my pimpled face prayers or rather a subliminal message that is trying to tell me to edit my blemishes a little bit better with the photos I post for the blog.  Either way I was excited to try out this new cleansing system.  I've always been a fan of Mary Kay products (the eyeliner has been a fav for years) and knew the name offered quality products for women like myself.

What exactly is so great about the Clear Proof Acne System from Mary Kay?  Well, let me share with you some of the facts:

  • The key to a clear complexion is using a skin care regimen that uses combination salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide as its acne fighting ingredients.  The Clear Proof Acne System from Mary Kay uses this approach!
  • Salicylic acid exfoliates dead skin while benzoyl peroxide reduces bacteria. Together, these ingredients visibly reduce the number of acne blemishes, their severity, and prevent new pimples from forming.

The kit contains four cleansing components:
--Clarifying Cleansing Gel gives the skin a deep clean, removing dirt, excess oil and impurities. The salicylic acid formula helps to reduce the shine and unclog pores to help achieve clearer skin.

--Blemish Control Toner removes dead skin cells to help keep pores from clogging and prevent new pimples from forming. The salicylic acid-based formula cleanses skin completely to help tighten pores and appear less noticeable to give you healthy, clearer skin.

--Acne Treatment Gel penetrates and clears pores to target bacteria and visible reduce a pimples redness. The benzoyl peroxide product absorbs bacteria quickly to help reduce the number of pimples, and allows the skin to heal and prevent future breakouts.

--Oil Free Moisturizer is a fast- absorbing, lightweight, non-pore-clogging formula that helps provide your skinniest the balanced hydration it needs. The formula helps control shine and excess oil to leave skin feeling nourished and healthier.

I've been using the Clear Proof Acne System for about three weeks now and I am absolutely thrilled with my results.  My skin has had minimal breakouts and my pores look amazing.  At first the four components seemed intimidating.  However, I'm obsessed with each of the four cleansers, especially the Blemish Control Toner.  I don't think I will ever go without a toner in my cleansing regime again.

Now I'm sure you are ready to try the Clear Proof Acne System for yourself, right?
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For more information or to order your Clear Proof Acne System from Mary Kay (retails for $45) check out their website or find them on Facebook!

Disclosure:  The Clear Proof Acne System, giveaway and information, have been provided by Mary Kay.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Perfect Timing

I continue to battle with balance in my life lately.  However, tonight was all about the kiddos and they were cracking me up.  It was as if they knew I needed a non-grumpy and playful evening like this to help me move beyond my funk.

Funny how smart kids truly are...

Cohen was adamant about this pillow fort and Lola was adamant about figuring out who was in there.

Yo, Bro.  You in there?



There were no Lolas hurt in the sequence of these pictures.  But can I say that my photography was spot on during this pillow fort exchange.

Still laughing...

Monday, September 15, 2014

Shake It Up with Shake the Crave Shake Mixes

I have never been a breakfast girl.  And if I do choose to eat breakfast it is usually a greasy breakfast sandwich I grabbed on my way to work.  While the choice at the moment was amazing, my metabolism hates me and continues to remind me that I'm almost 31 and a mother a two.  I can't be eating like this anymore.  I also go on meal kicks and eat copious amounts of items for three weeks straight -- like my amazeballs yogurt parfait.  However, I can only eat so much yogurt, berries and granola.  I needed a break but wanted something that would fill me up and give me the energy I need to keep going during my never ending days.

Recently I was approached to try Shake the Crave shake mixes that can be made for breakfast, lunch or an easy snack.  It seemed legit and perfect for my breakfast problems.  But I have tried these shake things before and it lasted a whole two days before I was craving my greasy sandwiches again.  I was given both vanilla and chocolate to try.  My first go around with vanilla was not my fav -- but I've never been a vanilla girl.  However, I recently made up a chocolate Shake the Crave shake and threw in a banana to add some fruit to my meal and my friends it was terrific!  The shake was thick and creamy and it didn't leave that flat after taste that I've had with these meal shakes before.  Honestly, I was really surprised at how great the chocolate Shake the Crave was, especially after my vanilla experience.

I have to be honest, I was skeptical when it came to testing out these Shake the Crave shake mixes.  Recently I had the opportunity to try a well known brand of shake mix and it was all I could do to gag it down.  For real, it reminded me of how my mouth would taste if I ate beeswax.  But, I decided I wouldn't hurt to try something new, especially if I could use my fancy blender to make up a breakfast shake.  I'm really glad I did.

As I'd tell my students, I totally was a risk-taker by trying something new.  

Here are a few things that were super appealing about Shake the Crave shake mixes:
--100% pure ingredients 
--No artificial flavors or sweeteners 
--Made with real vanilla bean and cocoa bean
--Boosts energy levels
--Good source of protein and calcium
--120 calories per serving

If you're in a breakfast bind and are looking to shake things up, check out Shake the Crave's website for your free sample!

Disclosure: I was provided a product sample for my review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Keep Your Pup Healthy with Banfield and ProHeart 6 Preventative Shot + Giveaway

Disclosure:  Banfield Pet Hospital provided me with the information, Optimum Wellness Plan and giveaway.  

Meet Brady.

My lazy, old man puggle dog.  Some of his best qualities including being the world's biggest bed hog, having the worst dog breath manageable and having catlike ninja skills when it comes to getting Cohen's pizza at dinner. But he's ours, all ours and he really is just the sweetest dog possible.  I had never owned a dog before Brady.  To be honest, I rescued Brady on a whim.  But I learned quickly the responsibilities that come along with taking care of a dog.  I remember thinking it was almost like having a baby but I could put him in a cage when I left for work, which really was quite a reasonable connection.  You spend weeks getting up in the middle of the night for potty trips and I bought a new container of carpet cleaner every three days for at least two months straight.  But I also had to make sure I stayed on top of his shots, heart worm medicine and flea and ticks treatments just like a mother keeps up with her own child's vaccinations.  Being new to this pet ownership I wasn't sure where to start!

I had seen the Banfield Pet Hospital in Pet Smart at one of my triweekly trips to the store.  (Hey, PetSmart is to new dog owners like Target is to mothers.)  After doing a little research I realized what an amazing deal Banfield was so I scheduled an appointment for Brady, signed up for the Banfield Optimum Wellness Plan and have been a part of this amazing place since!  Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plans can be customized based on the needs of the individual pet.  You pay a low monthly fee for the plan and it includes physical exams, routinely recommended vaccinations and screenings, unlimited free office visits, service discounts and more into one affordable veterinary care package.I like to think of it as Brady's "doggy insurance."

I have taken Brady to two different Banfield Pet Hospitals and been absolutely pleased with both places.  Each veterinarian that has taken care of Brady has been so caring, very informative and shows a genuine love for my sweet dog, which definitely is a plus for me as a pet owner.  Banfield believes in preventive veterinary care as the best way to improve the quality and longevity of a pet’s life by reducing the risk of developing serious, costly and sometimes fatal diseases, such as heartworm disease.  Heartworm testing  can be administered during a routine office visit. Office visits are always free through Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan®, and many plans include annual heartworm tests.

So what exactly is heartworm disease?  Well, here are some facts that were helpful to me:
  • Heartworm disease is one of the most serious and potentially fatal parasites affecting dogs and cats. Pets can contract heartworm disease through a single bite from an infected mosquito.
  • Treatment of heartworm disease in dogs is difficult and painful for the dog, as well as expensive for the pet owner. Heartworm disease can be deadly to cats and there is no approved heartworm treatment in the U.S. for cats today. 
  • Check out the heartworm relevance in your state using this interactive mapfrom Banfield Pet Hospital’s State of Pet Health™ 2014 Report.  
  • Heartworm prevention is easy, safe and affordable. To properly protect pets from heartworm infection, Banfield Pet Hospital recommends annual heartworm testing and year-round preventive medication for both dogs and cats.

I had always used a topical treatment on Brady that was supposed to prevent not only heartworm but fleas and ticks too.  But Brady had his mid year check up at Banfield this week and his veterinarian mentioned the Proheart 6 shot for dogs.

Here's the lowdown on the Proheart 6 injection treatment for dogs:
  • ProHeart® 6 is an injectable heartworm preventive that can be prescribed to healthy dogs over the age of 6 months, which delivers six months of protection in a single dose—offering both convenience and peace of mind to pet owners.
  • ProHeart® 6 can protect dogs from dangerous heartworm disease by preventing immature worms from maturing into adults that cause damage in the pet’s heart.
  • Before a pet can start on heartworm preventive, he/she needs to be tested to make sure they are free of adult heartworms —this is done through a quick, simple blood test at your veterinarian’s office.

This was a sounded like a great option for me and Brady!  I now only have to worry about flea and tick prevention and Brady can get his heartworm shot every time we have his exams.  Plus I found a coupon for $10 off this 6 moth injectable heartworm treatment.   This was a win win situation if you ask me!

I do have to add that one of my favorite things about Banfield Pet Hospital is how their veterinarians sit down with you and go over all the test results, concerns they may have or answer any questions I have about my dog.  It's a good feeling to know that your pet is in great hands because he's still your baby, right?

Win It!
One lucky winner has the opportunity to win a free office visit at Banfield Pet Hospital for a dog to receive a free heartworm test and free 6-months of Proheart® 6 (for dogs only).  Just enter the Rafflecopter below!

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Weekend Shanannies -- Grandparents, GloRun and Ninja Turtles

Once again the weekend has come and gone in the blink of an eye.  I got the majority of my stuff knocked off the list but there's always just a few more things that could get done if I had another day or two to finish up my list.

Yesterday we woke up to rainy and gloomy skies.  It was a glorious day anyway in our household because both kids slept in until after 8.  Thank you Jesus.  My parents came into town for the weekend.  We hadn't seen them since July when we stopped briefly in town on the way back from our family vacation.  Cohen was absolutely thrilled to be able to spend time with them.  And let's be honest, do you really know any grandparents that come empty handed when visiting their grandbabies?

Mikey in a Hummer -- cowabunga dude.

Later that night my friend and I met up to run the GloRun downtown.  It was pretty cool running at night however this was not the race to try to work on your time.  If I got a $1 for every person I got stuck behind blocking the path because they were taking a selfie mid race I'd have enough to buy a new house.
For real.
I  get it.  It was dark.  It was night.  There were glow sticks.  But next time peeps how about you find a place to take your selfies when there isn't a path that is about 4 feet wide with thousands of people trying to get through all at once?
I then rewarded myself with a Summer Shandy and a piece of Jet's pizza post race.

Then I spent all day Sunday doing laundry and catching up on my ridic Lifetime movies.  Oh and I got to hang out with this cute face all day long.

Princess Pie Pie is finally cutting those top two teeth.  I mean it has only been four months since she cut the bottom two.  I may have started to think that she was destined to be the toofless wonder.  She proved me wrong, thankfully.

Now it is way past my bedtime and I'm sitting here trying to push away those Sunday Blues.
Why do you go fast weekends?

What did you did this weekend?

Friday, September 5, 2014

Ease Earaches with Kids Relief Ear Relief Oral Liquid

Now that Cohen is older he can easily let me know when he doesn't feel good.  Like two weeks ago when he said he was going to throw up.  He so kindly informed me he was going to get sick moments before he upchucked all over my back.
True story.
However, when Lola was still a wee newborn, Cohen came down with his usual respiratory issues.  For him the cough and cold travels quickly to his chest and then out comes the trusty ol' nebulizer.  While the poor kid has had bronchitis and upper respiratory infections more than my husband and myself combined we have luckily escaped the horrid ear infection issues and hopefully surpassed the need for tubes (knocking on wood as I type this.)  Unfortunately at this cold go around my kid was miserable.  He woke up crying hysterically at 4:00 A.M. and grabbing his ear telling me, "Mommy it's pounding!"  Right then and there I knew it was an ear infection.  Lucky me I had over four hours until the doctor office opened...

This was one of these moments that I really wish I would have had some relief for my poor little guy.  Kids Relief Ear Relief Oral Liquid would have been the perfect option for Cohen's 4:00 A.M. ear infection issues.  It is a homeopathic oral liquid medicine that can help reduce fever and the throbbing pain and inflammation that come along with these terrible earaches.  Ear Relief Oral Liquid contains ingredients like purified water and citric acid as well as several other active homeopathic ingredients that are safe, great tasting and provide fast acting relief for your little ones.  

I'm a huge fan of the Kids Relief brand.  As a mom it is comforting to know that the medicines you are giving to your child are safe without harmful side effects.  These medicines, including Ear Relief Oral Liquid, help alleviate pain without the risk of overdose or drug interaction.  Be sure to check out their website to learn more about Kids Relief Ear Relief Oral Liquid as well as their line of other homeopathic medicines.

Disclosure:  I was provided a product sample for my review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Monday, September 1, 2014

It's That Time Again...

This kid.

I'm in denial that he will be 4 in a month.  Seriously - a month!  Cohen continues to supply me with a mix of emotions on a daily basis.  One minute he is so sweet and cute hugging and kissing Lola and the next minute he is trying to ride her like a horse.  He is definitely his own little person that's for sure and I could squeeze him to pieces most of the time.  However, as if my job wasn't exhausting enough this kid sure pushes me to my maximum exhaustion point.

School has started again and I'm deathly afraid that he will bust out some of his inappropriate Cohenisms.  I have learned (the hard way unfortunately) that Cohen is a parrot.  He repeats and says almost everything he hears - the good, the bad and the wildly inappropriate.

Here's another installment of Cohenisms.

While we're in the car, Fancy comes on.  "Mom's so fancy.  She already knows," he sings.
The kid is wicked smart I'm telling you.

One evening when my sister was over, she was playing around with Cohen when he stops and says,
"Meme, you have a mustache like Papa."
I still can't stop laughing at this one.
And for the record -- she really doesn't.

On a weekly trip to Target, I look down in the cart and Cohen has completely opened a package, shredding it in the process.
"Cohen! You can't open that yet!  We haven't bought it!"
"Mom, are you going to be pissed at me?"
Seriously, how does he even know to use it in the right context??

Last week as our house was fighting the sickies, Cohen woke up in a panic at 4:00 A.M.
"Mom! I have a diarrhea!"
Oh honey.  It's more than just one...

Sunday when Cohen got up, he came into our bedroom.  I turned around to see him wrapped up in our curtain like it was a cape.
"Mom, you must bow to me now."
He's destined to be a Royal someday.  I'm convinced.

Lately he has been busting out these amazing buzz words when he talks.  My favs so far have been:
"Wow Mom!  This is inpedible!"  (Potato - potato.  Inpedible - incredible.)
"Mmm! Deeeeewishis!"

I hope when you get older we can look back at these posts and laugh together.  Cohen you are probably one of the funniest kids I know.  Now let's make sure that starts to outweigh the downright stubborn turd that you are capable of being some days.

Mom -- gimme your money!

Love you Monk!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Baby Got Class with Labels for Education #Labels4Edu #cbias

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
#Labels4Edu #CollectiveBias

As I packed up the pool toys and folded up the nicely clean beach towels I had to sadly sigh in realization that school is back in session.  This year is different because now I have a big boy attending Pre-K.  Yes, I said it.  Pre-Kindergarten.  I don't think you understand how hard it was to type that out.  While my heart is breaking at the fact that my sweet boy is growing up, I am absolutely thrilled with his new teachers and classroom this year, as is he!  Cohen loves school these days.  He woke up on Saturday and even asked if he was going to school.  It truly comforts me to know that he loves going to school so much even if my heart continues to ache just a little bit with the reality that he is such a big boy now.  But being a teacher myself, there are some things that I really appreciate about his teachers this year and that is their open communication with us about things going on in his classroom.  On the first day of school we received a packet of information about curriculum and lesson plans, a calendar of events for the month and a few other pieces of important information about his school, including their participation in the Labels for Education program.  Basically by clipping labels on participating products I am helping Cohen's school earn points to purchase free items!  It seemed like such an easy way to help support his school even if I wasn't able to be there as often as I wished.  Plus it was a way to help out on my own time even with my current super busy schedule.

Every Sunday I meal prep food for dinners and lunches for our family for the week.  Basically I spend about an hour cutting, slicing, bagging and pouring things out for lunches or meals to make my life less hectic during the week.  My first priority is making a list and heading to the story to stock up on the items I need for my weekly preparations.  If you've been around long enough then you are familiar with the fact that I have a picky eater of a son.  The kid seems to be a creature of habit and only likes to eat the same things for lunch so I always include those on my list as well as a few new items to make sure I at least offer him the opportunity to try to something new.  So as I made my way through Target to grab my items for our weekly meals, I remembered how Cohen's school collects the labels as part of the Labels for Education program.  I was shocked to see how many of the items I normally purchase already have these labels on the back!  It kind of bummed me out to think of how many wasted labels I had thrown out prior to this shopping trip.  But I stocked up on our items and headed home only to raid the pantry and find several more items that had these labels on them.

We've started a keeping a little bag of all our labels and I decided we'd turn them in once a month so his teacher didn't have to deal with random labels here and there.  I also started keeping a list of the products that are part of the Labels for Education program to keep my mom and mother-in-law in the loop so they can save their labels for Cohen too.  I printed off several coupons from the Labels for Education to help me save big on the items my family uses and help us add to our labels bag.  When I was on the website I noticed the Labels for Education Sweepstakes in which 1000 schools can win $1,000!  I'm definitely crossing my fingers for Cohen's school to hopefully win one of the $1,000 prizes.

As much as I wish I could be more involved and hands-on with Cohen's school, my own job just doesn't allow the flexibility and time.  But now that I am aware that his school participates in the Labels for Education program I feel more connected knowing that I can help out by collecting these labels at home on my own time.  Every label counts towards points for his school and while I may not be able to attend every field trip or class party, at least I know I'm doing my part and giving back to his school that we both love so much!

I know buddy.  I am just as shocked that you are this big already.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hey Mustang Sally! Let's Race Across America with Walgreen + Giveaway

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are 100% my own.

If you live in Indianapolis then you are familiar with all things racing.  I have to be honest, I am completely fascinated with the sites and sounds of the race cars speeding down the track in the midst of a neck and neck race.  This fascination totally helps me understand Cohen's obsession with cars.  We seriously have over fifty Hot Wheel cars in every shape and size.  Each time we take a trip to the store, Cohen makes sure we take a quick pass through the car aisle to see if there are any new tracks that he wants for his birthday and Christmas.  This kid's list gets longer by the minute.

You thought I was joking?

One can only imagine the excitement Cohen had when I showed him real pictures and video of the ROUSH Stage 3 Mustang.  Recently Ryan Reed, a NASCAR Nationwide Series driver, stopped by Indianapolis to film a webisode for Race Around America.  Roush Fenway Racing is teaming up with Walgreens and their Balance Financial Prepaid Mastercard and basically building and test driving this amazing ROUSH Stage 3 Mustang around the country.  But they are using the votes from their fans to choose the upgrades for the car as well as help determine the race outcome across the country.   Together Cohen and I had a blast voting on this race and sharing our input on the different upgrades for the Mustang.  It was fun to check out the route options and vote on where we wanted Ryan and the team to take this car.  But it was even cooler to see Ryan with the ROUSH Mustang in the different fun landmarks around our own city of Indianapolis!  Cohen loves the sleek look of the Mustang and I may have imagined myself driving it down 465 with the wind blowing in my hair...

But as we were admiring the beautiful ROUSH Stage 3 Mustang I noticed more information about the Balance Financial Card from Walgreens.  Basically it's a prepaid card you can use anywhere that accepts Debit Mastercard but with all the the perks and rewards -- like a chance to win this super fancy ROUSH Stage 3 Mustang!  So I can stock up on school supplies for my classroom or grab Kleenex and snacks for Cohen and purchase my items with my Balance Financial Card which then automatically enters me in the sweepstakes once I've registered my card.  It's a win-win situation!  You know how I will be using my Balance Financial card this Back to School season.

Head on over to Race Around America to cast your vote on the upgrades for this fancy ROUSH Stage Mustang and help decide where it will travel to next!  Don't forget to register your Balance Financial Mastercard for your chance to win the Mustang...because you know I already have registered mine!

What? A girl can dream...

Be sure to catch Ryan Reed's webisode too!

Ready to grab some Back to School must haves at Walgreens?
One lucky winner will win a $25 Walgreens gift card and some autographed Roush Fenway racing merchandise!

Miss Lola is 9 Months Old

Oh my sweet little punkin!  How I can't get enough of her these days!  Going back to school has been really hard this year.  Both Lola and Cohen are growing up so fast it breaks my heart just thinking about it.  After each month that passes I am always thinking, "Woah! Already?"  But this is my favorite age and lately it is all coming back to me as to why I love it so much!  Plus one look at this face and you will understand why I have such a hard time leaving her.

Size: Lola girl is a little thing - just 17 lbs 8 oz.  She is 25% in her weight and height...but 90% for her head.  Big brains I will assume of course  She still fits in 6-9 month clothes with ease and she has a few 9 month outfits but she still has room to grow in them.  We are still sporting the size 3 diapers and Target you still have not failed me with your diapers!  

Eating:  Lola gets 4 bottles a day and will eat anywhere from 18-22 ounces a day.  Her morning bottle is her favorite and I love laying her in the Boppy pillow and feeding herself.  I'm basically done pumping and will move to formula within the next few weeks.  My friend asked if I was sad about it and really I'm not sad to stop pumping but I will be sad when I start paying $25 a week for formula.  Wah.

This kid loves her food!  She is now eating more table foods and it is so fun to try new ones out with her.  I love to cut up string cheese, avocados, bananas or steam corn and peas and put them on her tray.  She will go to town while I cook dinner.  Then I will giver her a bit of chunkier pureed food for a little bit more.  The past few nights she had quinoa, zucchini and spinach and girl loved it up!  The diaper the next day however...

Sleeping:  The kid is ready to zonk at 7 if not earlier.  She isn't napping as long at her babysitter's but I'm hoping that will change once she gets used to it more.  Sweet girl is battling a little cold as well as some teething so last week was a bit rough.  But she still sleeps 7 to 7:30, if not longer!

Milestones:  This has been a huge month for my baby girl!  She is officially crawling and into EVERYTHING.  I'm constantly closing doors after people, picking things up off the floor and saying, "No no Lola!"  She can also go from belly to sitting and has been trying to pull herself up on things.  Kurtis walked into her room last weekend and she was just standing up in her crib happy to see her dad!  Shortly after the crib was lowered all the way down.  Lola loves to dance to music and will clap along with people.  She also loves to wave and when you tell her no, she shakes her head letting you know she heard you.

Likes:  Lola loves bath time!  I have put away the baby tub and let her sit in the tub like a big girl.  She gets so mad when I take her out and has this little fake cry she lets out to share her frustrations.  Apparently she likes popsicles too as I caught her brother sharing one with her the other day.  He looked at me said, "What mom? She likes it."  Lola also loves her swing on the swing set in the backyard.  She looks so cute swinging and smiling away.

Dislikes:  Don't walk into a room and ignore this kid that's for sure!  It's kind of funny because Kurtis and I will walk in and if she sees us she will put her arms up for us.  We have started not making eye contact with her or then you will be sucked into picking her up.  

She also hates, I mean HATES getting her face or nose wiped.  Bring on the tears whenever I wash her face or wipe the running snot off her nose.  

It's crazy for me to think that in three short months we will be celebrating this little punkin's first birthday!  What's even crazier is to think that her brother is turning 4 in two months...but I'll save those tears for another post.

Sweet Lola girl how we love you so much!  Thank you for being such a sweet and precious little baby who puts up with anything -- including your rough big brother.  Now stay little and sweet forever and don't ever turn into a diva.

Photos courtesy of ChixpixPhotography -- local Indianapolis peeps check her out!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Wise Words of Lola: Keep Baby Happy with Parent's Choice Diapers

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #BabyDiapersSavings #CollectiveBias

This past month has been a big one for me!  I turned nine months old, started eating some of the same foods as my brother and figured out that I can get to places much faster by crawling.  While I really don't mean to, I think I constantly keep my mom and dad on their toes with my moving.  Everything is just so interesting and fun to explore!  I heard my mom say the other day that with all my moving she is tired of my diapers leaking or not meeting my absorbency needs.  She really wants to find diapers that have great absorbency and are just as great as the national brand of diapers but at an affordable cost.  I'll be honest, I just want a diaper that will keep up with me and my new skills.

My new favorite area in the house is the dog bowl.  I mean that water is just so much fun!  But I guess I'm not supposed to put the chewy pieces in my mouth, so Mom said we had to go to Walmart to get a few things to keep me from getting in Brady's food bowls.  While we were there we made a pit stop in the baby aisle to grab some diapers for the week.  I'm not sure how Mom can decide with all of the different types of diapers to choose from there!  However, she had a coupon for Parent's Choice diapers so she grabbed a couple of packs.  She said it was a great deal with the already low prices plus the coupon on top of it and was able to grab two packs for the price that it would cost for just one pack of the national brands. Let's be honest - I will be the one who can truly put these diapers to the test!

When we got home, Mom changed my diaper into the Parent's Choice diaper, put up the new baby gates and let me go explore.  I got to do it all -- crawl, jump, climb, sit.  Boy I sure have fun!  We even got to spend the warm summer evening playing in the grass in nothing but my leg warmers and Parent's Choice diaper.  But I noticed my diaper stayed put even with all of my moving and grooving around. These Parent's Choice diapers have flexible sides that move and stretch with me as I go.  Mom also knew right away when it was time to change my diaper because of the wetness indicator stripe that's on the front of the diaper.  I liked that because nothing is worse than a saggy diaper!

Later that evening I overheard Mom telling my friend's mom what a great quality and price these Parent's Choice diapers are for our family.  I think I have to agree with her.  I mean if I can stay comfy and Mom can save some money (an average of $240 a year!) then Parent's Choice diapers are a great fit for us.

Now let's see if I can find that dog bowl...

Love,  Lola

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Rub a Dub Dub

As we set out our clothes for the new week and prepared for our first day at school and daycare, Cohen decided it would be fun to take a bath with Sissy and share his toys with her.  (If you have a threenager you know that one is a big lie.)  However, it was the first time for Lola in the big tub so I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone and bathe them both at the same time. 

It turned out to be a super sweet moment for these two.  You can tell how much Lola loves everything her brother does...even if he does pour three full cups of water over her head.

Happy Wednesday!