Friday, December 19, 2014

Where we've been




I still haven't got used to not having a computer. I was hoping blogging from the iPad would be ok but it's still so much easier from a computer. I need to get over it and just use my phone and iPad. Especially since I'm terrible at using the actual camera and all my pictures are on my phone.

Anyway! We have gone to Japan and Florida and I went to VA for a acro yoga workshop. So busy! But now it's all caught up to us and we are all sick. Elinor has it the worst. It's so sad.

I'm hoping to do an update on our trips soon. If anything just to talk about what we ate. It was easier to find vegan places this time around in Japan. Also disney seems to offer a lot more options too.

Have a happy weekend!



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Monday, December 1, 2014

YumEarth Giveaway

yumearth giveaway Last year I was lucky enough to be introduced to YumEarth , the organic candy made using only fruit extracts and without high fructose corn syrup, artificial dyes, gluten. peanuts, or tree nuts. These are a dream come true now that I not only have a bigger kid, but also have a toddler who just discovered candy recently. Like most small ones, he is obsessed. While I would love to just ban candy in general, My husband and I also have a sweet tooth so I opt to buy candy that is as healthy as possible. Instead of the junk, YumEarth candies are made using real fruit extracts from family owned sustainable farms, and their organic lollipops and organic drops are also certified kosher! You can read Lemon and Laughs' full review and Fruit Snacks Cookie recipe here, and enter to win $50 worth of YumEarth candy (fruit snacks, sour beans, lollipops, and gummy bears) below! Good Luck!
 
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Xfinity home lunch & learn

*I received a Samsung Galaxy for attending this Xfinity event. All opinions are my own.

Last week I was invited to the Philly Magazine Design Home for the Xfinity Home Lunch & Learn. We have Xfinity and there is so much that they offer that I had no clue about! What better way to find out then in an amazingly gorgeous house with lovely fellow blogger.

Ever forget to lock the door? Or your guest shows up before you make it home? There's an app for that, the Xfinity home app! You can even adjust your temperature, check your security cams and even turn on or off lights. We don't have Xfinity Home but it would be really cool to have. One of my favorite features is that the system can learn the most effective heating or cooling pattern to save you money. All of this starting at $30 a month.
The basement is an in law suite, man or mom cave or maybe even a a nanny suite. The coolest pat was the workout room. I was so excited when I saw it. I had to bust out a #stopdropandyoga pose.
We do have Xfinity but didn't have the X1. If you have Xfinity but not X1 call for an upgrade now! There isn't an additional charge for it. Whenever we are somewhere new it takes me awhile to pick up how to use the new cable. The X1 seems so user friendly and easy to pick up. Still having problems, use the Xfinity TV remote app and just use voice commands. I also love that you can easily find age appropriate shows by filtering through by age groups on demand.
I love this little girl room so much! That light!
The master bedroom was also amazing. This picture does not do it justice. There was also 2 huge walk in closets which were more like rooms and a sauna!
How about a shower that you can fit your whole family into?
The top floor is the kids space. Such a cool fun area. Complete with a craft table, reading nook and tv with games.
Outside of course was just as cool as the whole house.
I really didn't want to leave. It was such a beautiful today. Im so glad I got to learn about things like the Xfinity Wifi app where you can search for nearby hotspots. Some hotspots are even in parks.
Thank you Philadelphia Magazine Design Home, Xfinity and Real Mom Media for a great day! They sent each of us home with a Samsung Galaxy. Real Mom Media also hosted a challenge on Instagram asking us questions like what our favorite room in the house was. My yoga picture won me an awesome prize pack with tons of goodies!

 

*I received a Samsung Galaxy for attending this Xfinity event. All opinions are my own 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Mama May I toys

*I received this product to review. All opinions are my own.

When I was pregnant I had big plans. No tv, no plastic toys...yea that didn't stick. Even though she has tons of musical plastic toys that I occasional try to hide, she also has some amazing natural homemade toys. Even better when they are local!

 

Mama May I provides amazing homemade learning toys for babies to preschoolers. We were able to preview the colored cups and balls playset. From the second they arrived Elinor has been using them for everything from just scooping the balls in the cups to having a tea party.

 

My favorite was when she hosted a tea party for Elsa and Anna. She served them each a certain color of tea with soy milk of course. Then she poured each color ball into the bowl saying a coordinating fruit or vegetable. The things she was coming up with was amazing. Sometimes I think she is way too focused on the princess world. I try so hard to break her out and act out real life things. She did this one all on her own.

 

Mama May I toys will be on our Christmas for sure! I really can't wait to check out the Animal Action chips. They are wooden chips with a verb and an animal printed on them. I think they would be great for this winter.

If your interested in trying out a Mama May I toy, get $5 off $30 with the code fourthstpayphone.

*I received this product to review. All opinions are my own.

 

 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Japan

Hi! We made it to Japan! Did I mention we were going? I forget. I meant to make a few schedule posts for while we are gone but I got too busy packing/working/etc. I will try to update a little since we have wifi at the hotel. 


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Rhythm Babies

Last week we attended a free a Rhythm Babies class to review. I have been to other class like this when I was a nanny and I was super excited to see how this one was.

The class was being held at My Fabulous Mama, a super cute boutique on south st. They offer a variety of classes and services including the rhythm babies class run by Julie.

Elinor had just woke up when we got to class. She was a little shy at first but Julie was so sweet that Elinor warmed up pretty quickly. She never pushed Elinor to join in if she didn't want. They got to experience a couple of different instruments like a drum, maracas, and sticks. They would sing a variety of songs we knew and some new to us ones. Even a couple of free for all songs when the kids could rock out with their instruments or dance.

Besides introducing instruments, Julie brought out bubbles, a parachute, and even read a book. I don't know how she squeezed so much into a hour class without it feeling rushed. My favorite part was when she passed out animal finger puppets to each kid. She then sang a farm song saying each animal in Spanish. It was cool how quick they would pick up on the Spanish words.

Join in on a Rhythm Babies class at Fabulous Mama! Only $10 to drop in or $70 for an 8 week session.

 

Thank you My Fabulous Mama, Rhythm Babies and Paige from Spit That Out for a super fun class!

 

 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Bubba Fairy

I'm so behind and so many things have happened. A few months ago, I decided we really need to kick Elinor's bubba (pacifier) to the curb. I think she knew it was coming. She had started becoming so obsessed with it, more than ever before. She wasn't sleeping through the night because she would wake up and couldn't find it.

A friend had told me that the pacifier fairy came to their house. Why hasn't anyone told me about this before?!! I started bringing the fairy up every once in awhile, asking Elinor what she wanted from the fairy. Build a bear! She had been begging for a my little pony build a bear for weeks. How perfect?

 

Finally one night I asked her if she wanted to write the fairy a note. She said yes! I let her write a note and she read out loud "bubba fairy, please take all my bubbas and give them to Sophia and janelles baby. I would like money to go to build a bear. Love Elinor". It was so sweet. We put all the bubbas in a box and left the note out.

 

The next morning she found her empty box and note from the fairy! We headed straight. to the mall. She loved the whole process of building her pinkie pie. She told the worker about her bubbas and how the fairy left her money. At the end she pulled out her $20 and paid for her own pony. She was so proud.

 

Since then she has only half asked for her bubba. She remembered quickly where they went. It was one of the quickest, easiest transitions ever.

Have you ever had to take a pacifier away at some point? How did you do it?