Friday, May 29, 2015

The Magic House and the China Exhibit...

...My family always loves to go to the Magic House. There's so many activities for the littlest of littles to the biggest of bigs. Our group consisted of kids ages 3-15 and none of them wanted to leave! One of our all time favorite exhibits is the Bubble Room but this time, we spent most of our time in the China exhibit. The older kids enjoyed the crafts and the toddler loved taking care of the pandas! Can't wait until we go back again!

As you can see, all ages having fun in the giant sandbox!
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A little Picasa!
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Paper flower in the China exhibit
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Wowser-that's a big hockey puck!
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The giant bubble!!!
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Helping her panda down the slide!
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Toddler Pillow Review...



...This pillow is just the right size for my daughter! She loves being able to have one like Mommy and Daddy now. It's soft, small, and easily portable. Now we have to buy one for Grandma's house too! This pillowcase fits perfectly over the Little One's Toddler Pillow. I do wish it came in different colors or prints BUT we plan on getting some fabric markers to let her decorate it herself.










Our toddler pillow is made out of 100% organic cotton and filled with a special polyester fiber. It is very soft, supportive and machine washable. It measures 13 in X 18 in, and is best suited as a first pillow for kids between ages 1.5 and 3 years old. Makes a fantastic travel pillow too!

We will also offer a premium, handcrafted pillowcase, custom made for our pillow. With the certified organic cotton and with a 357 thread count, this pillowcase has not been treated with any chemicals and is ultra soft.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Slide the City!!!



Don't you love the old days of summer? A simple slip-n-slide in the backyard to cool off. What if you could do a slip-n-slide that's the size of three football fields and enjoy a block party!!! Well then check out Slide the City! #Slidethecity

On Saturday, July 11th - Market Street will be transformed as participants ride inflatables down this giant slide spanning three city blocks. With music, local vendors, and giveaways, this family friendly event promises to be a highlight of the summer. My readers SAVE with promo code USFAMstl -- Get your tickets here! https://secure.slidethecity.com/affiliate/usfamilyguide/st-louis

A portion of the event proceeds will be donated to Saint Louis Area FoodBanks. The St. Louis Area FoodBank feeds the hungry by distributing food through a network of more than 500 partner agencies and engages the community in the fight against hunger. Participants can purchase a one, three or unlimited slide pass. Tickets are now available, starting at $13.


Is there an age or height limit?
All who are over 46 inches tall and over 5 years old are invited to slide, but remember if you're under 18 you'll need to get a sign off from your legal guardians.


Are there group rates available?
If you have a group with 20 or more participants send us an email.

What do you do to address water conservation?
Water conservation is also a priority at our events. We strive to have zero environmental impact on the community. The Slide was designed to have zero water loss, and it treats and recycles the water safely and efficiently throughout the day. When permitted, we donate the water back to the community. Methods of disposal include local reclamation centers, parks, golf courses and other places dependent upon local regulations.

Don't forget, my readers will SAVE with promo code USFAMstl

Monday, May 25, 2015

Birthday Celebrations at the Farm!!!

...AR and her grandpa (Matt's dad) have birthdays only three days apart. We decided to spend the weekend out at the farm and celebrate both their birthdays together. First, we had to drive there. Check it out, she even was using the gear shifter!
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Her and grandpa picked strawberries and had them as dessert for lunch.
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Matt and I went on a four-wheeler driver.
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AR ready to go fishing. She didn't catch anything but Matt found a snake that bit him!
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The furbabies went too. Emma, she's getting older, but I insist that she's going to live forever.
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And Shadow, such a handsome boy!
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Her baby wanted a ride on the four-wheeler too.
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And she read to her baby, too.
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My child is a fan of celery... glad one of us is!
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Her Aunt EB got her her very own birthday cake!
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Of course, what's a weekend at the farm without s'mores!
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She climbed trees and deer stands all weekend cause she's a monkey.
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On Sunday, our favorite veteran and Matt's bestie, Dusty came to the farm with his dog and we had a good time hanging out with him. I found a tick on AR's back but luckily, Dusty came to the rescue to take it off.
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One thing about camping is that by the end of the weekend, we all have some crazy hair... especially this little girl!
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So happy birthday AR and Grandpa!!!

Let the music begin!!!


...Lately, my daughter is obsessed with "being in charge of the music" while we're in the car. I love that she's so into dancing and music but then once we're home, I haven't really capitalized on that interest yet. I searched the market for something that she could play but all I came across was tons of obnoxious toys that needed LOTS of batteries. Then I saw this wood egg shaker and I thought, hmm, it's worth a shot. It's not super loud, it's actually kind of soothing, and she can shake it all day long without having to replace the batteries. It's not a big instrument but it's already helping her to find the rhythm!
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Excellent musical instrument for all musical skill levels
  • Great gift for children, kids and babies


  • Sharp rattle (not muffled) with warm, mellow sound and pleasant-level loudness that does not become obnoxious over any period of listening


  • Countless sounds possible, depending on how you play it


  • Each one is unique in terms of both aesthetics and acoustics



  • I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

    Monday, May 18, 2015

    My Sweet Girl Turns Three!!!

    ...As I type this post, three years ago today, we still didn't know for another couple hours if we were having a boy or a girl. Today, I can't imagine life without my daughter! After her birthday party on Saturday, the festivities didn't stop there. We went to dinner that night with Aunt Jo. AR got a free dessert and here she's showing off her duck lips... thanks H.
    #ARturns3 dinner and dessert @54thstreet AR led our table in singing Happy Birthday!We were both exhausted after a long day but never too tired for silly faces!
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    Sunday we woke up bright and early to take Nanny to the airport. Then she did an end-of-year-program at her preschool church. THEN we went to Sophie's birthday party for more fun!
    Happy 3rd birthday Sophie!!!
    After the birthday party in Chesterfield, we drove out to Moscow Mills for Matt's cousin's graduation party then back home for the night. This child was still going strong and Momma was WORE out!
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    Lovin' with our Shadow before she went to bed as two-year-old one more time!
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    Today was her official birthday! I woke the birthday girl up bright and early. She had a yucky nose and felt warm, not to mention super clingy so I was a little worried. I left work to take her to final Time for Twos class at the library but when I got there, she was not sickly at all!
    Got to take AR to her last Time for Twos class @youranswerplace on her birthday! #ARturns3 #lovemyAR #ARgraduates
    We were kind of bummed that our regular teacher, Ms. Julie wasn't there, but they played the Color Game and AR was happy. They even made adorable flower wreaths!
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    She got a graduation certificate!
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    And Ms. Julie left her a birthday present. This is seriously one of the coolest books. If you haven't checked it out, you have to go get it!
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    I had a big night planned for us to celebrate as a family tonight but the birthday girl changed her mind and well, it's her birthday so she called the shots. We went to dinner at Chick-Fil-A because she wanted to play in the play area. Then we got snocones, came home, opened gifts (I got her a dollhouse but it wasn't put together so it was kind of a fail-boo!), and she wanted to play outside.
    This time 3 years ago, we still didn't know if we were having a boy or girl. Tonight we're celebrating our amazing daughter's third birthday and there's nothing else I'd rather be doing. For all of those who prayed for us during our journey to parenthood,
    I'm sure we'll be indulging in lots of snocones this summer!
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    Papa, TT, and the boys sent her three pink flowers. I think she liked them, check out that smile!
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    Every year I try to buy her a piece of jewelry to go with her party theme. It's just something fun to start her jewelry collection. She LOVED the Care Bear necklace I got her!
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    Sunday night I snuck into her room and hung up steamers from her fan and a Happy Birthday sign on the wall. She thought it was all pretty cool.... especially when the fan is on!
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    She still gets to celebrate at the sitter's tomorrow, preschool on Wednesday, with Matt's family this weekend, and my dad's family in two weekends. So technically the birthday celebration isn't over yet but isn't that the best kind?

    My baby girl gets sweeter every day and I love being her mother. There's nothing better in the world than to hear my daughter tell me, "I love you, Mama!" I only hope that she knows how much I love her and that she'll always love her Mommy the way she does now. She has changed my life in so many ways and I love her more than she will ever know. My sweet AR, I hope your birthday was fantastic and that Mommy made it extra special for you. May all your birthday wishes come true, may you learn lots, grow stronger, and continue to be the kind, compassionate person you are. I love you!!!
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    Saturday, May 16, 2015

    Bluetooth Talk n' Walk Headphones...


    ...One thing that used to be the pits about working out on a treadmill was where to put the cord from your headphones. No worries with that now that I have these Bluetooth Talk n' Walk Headphones. All it takes is a little charging before you use them. It's dummy-proof to connect the headphones to your phone (or tablet or laptap). The sound was crisp and clear. I honestly think I have an odd shaped head so I typically hate wearing headbands/phones like these but these were comfy and not too tight. Now, I just have to keep them out of reach of my kiddo or I'll never see them again!



    Full Audio with Microphone and mobile control for answering calls. 40mm audio drivers for maximum sound Included Accessories-USB Charge Cable, User Manual.
  • Compatible with ALL bluetooth devices including smartphones and tablets. Pressure-relieving ear pads for long-wear comfort. Lightweight & adjustable. Wireless bluetooth headphone range up to 33ft


  • Adjustable headband for maximum comfort. Soft Ear Cushions. High energy chipset drivers within bluetooth headphones deliver powerful bass & clear treble


  • 365 Day Satisfaction Guarantee! Shop with Confidence. No Hassle Returns & Refunds. (1YR MANUFACTURER WARRANTY)


  • Compatibility: Iphone 4, 4S; 5, 5S, 5C, 6, 6 Plus, iPad 1, 2, 3, 4, Air 1 & 2, Retina, Mini 1, 2, 3; iPod Touch, Samsung-Galaxy S3, S4, S5; PCs-Windows, Macbook Air, Pro, iMac, Microsoft Surface Pro, Nexus,Dell Venue 7 & 8, Samsung Tab S, Lenovo Yoga, ASUS T200, Nvidia Shield, Lenovo ThinkPad 10, Sony Xperia Z2, HTC Flyer and Evo view, Motorola Xoom, LG G Pad, Nokia Lumia, NEC, Any bluetooth phone, tablet, or computer


  • I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.