Friday, October 17, 2014

Reading List

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.
Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A Lucky Child by Thomas Buergenthal
Thomas Buergenthal was not quite six years old when he and his parents were forced into a Jewish ghetto in Poland. Four years later, they were placed on a train bound for Auschwitz, where Thomas was separated from his family. Alone, ten-year-old Thomas managed by his wits and some remarkable strokes of luck to survive Auschwitz and the infamous death march.
Filled with the stirring and true insights of a child, this acclaimed memoir conveys the sheer force of will and determination that even the youngest victims of the Holocaust evinced. From teaching himself to ride a bike belonging to an SS officer to sneaking a heavenly sip of milk, Buergenthal demonstrates that beauty can abide in the face of the greatest adversity. A Lucky Child is a compelling reminder of the power of grace and the resilience of the human spirit.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio
August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

I have to say I loved this book and think everyone should read it! It's a great story about self acceptance, friendship and compassion.

What have you been reading?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Feltman Brothers Dresses

Feltman Brothers children's clothing has been a tradition in my family for a long time. I wore Feltman Brothers clothing as a child, Brody wore them and now my girls are wearing them. In fact, Sadie and Samantha even wore some of the dresses I wore as a baby. All four of us wore special Feltman Brothers dresses and romper (for Brody) for our baby blessings.

Feltman Brothers has been making beautiful, hand embroidered clothing since 1916. The quality is amazing! Even looking at the  dresses I wore over 34 years ago they are still in impeccable shape. The classic styles are timeless. I can't wait for my children to pass on to their children, not only their Feltman Brothers clothes but mine as well.

I was so excited when Feltman Brothers sent Samantha and Sadie the white and pink dresses from the Rose Garden Collection to try out!  The detail is so beautiful! The smocking, pin tucks, and hand embroidery is perfect. They are made from high quality fabric and wash up so well. The girls get complements every time they wear their dresses!

I was provided with product to review, although all opinions and love of the company are 100 percent mine!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Halloween Erasers

What do you do when you see the cutest little Halloween erasers at the Target Dollar Spot? You make a fun little gift out them. My son and I couldn't resist all the darling erasers at Target so we decided to share in the cuteness.

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All we needed was the erasers, paper, plastic bags and washi tape. Get your own Halloween erasers at Target, you get 50 erasers for only $1.00

Monday, October 6, 2014

Easy Toddler Meals With Re-Play DIshes and a Giveaway!

Feeding two toddlers can be a difficult task but my new favorite dishes from Re-Play make this task much easier! Re-Play feeding essentials are made in the USA from recycled milk jugs. You can buy them online but they are also sold at Wal-Mart, Whole Foods, and Kroger.

The Re-Play Divided Dishes are the perfect size for my little ones. They are durable, dishwasher safe and come in a variety of colors. 

I love these dishes so much I am going to be giving away a set to one lucky winner, but first here are a few suggestions for some easy toddler meals.

1) Strawberries, corn and diced ham
2) Raspberries, peas and turkey roll-ups

3) String cheese, strawberries and chicken nuggets
4) Cheerios, apple sauce and German Pancakes

5) String beans, strawberries and turkey strips
6) Apple slices, Snapea Crips, diced ham

Can you tell my girls really love ham and strawberries?
What do you like to feed your toddlers?

Okay, now onto the giveaway!

One lucky winner will this green Re-Play set!

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Reading List

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child.
So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! She HATES the gym) and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over…

A quick, easy read. It made me think about my past and the steps I have taken to get to where I am. I kept thinking about how different my life is now then from ten years ago.

Bellman and Black by Diane Setterfield
From the instant #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Thirteenth Tale comes a “poetic and mysterious” ghost story that will haunt you to your very core.
Caught up in a moment of boyhood competition, William Bellman recklessly aims his slingshot at a rook resting on a branch, killing the bird instantly. It is a small but cruel act, and is soon forgotten. By the time he is grown, with a wife and children of his own, William seems to have put the whole incident behind him. It was as if he never killed the thing at all. But rooks don’t forget…
Years later, when a stranger mysteriously enters William’s life, his fortunes begin to turn—and the terrible and unforeseen consequences of his past indiscretion take root. In a desperate bid to save the only precious thing he has left, he enters into a rather strange bargain, with an even stranger partner. Together, they found a decidedly macabre business.
And Bellman & Black is born.

When I first started reading this book I couldn't wait to see what Dianne Setterfield would do with the book and where it would go. Not long into the book I was disappointed. If you are going to read one of her books I would suggest The Thirteenth Tale and pass on this one. 

Girl Unmoored by Jennifer Gooch Hummer
Apron Bramhall has come unmoored. It's 1985 and her mom has passed away, her evil stepmother is pregnant, and her best friend has traded her in for a newer model. Fortunately, she's about to be saved by Jesus. Not that Jesus—the actor who plays him in Jesus Christ, Superstar. Apron is desperate to avoid the look-alike Mike (no one should look that much like Jesus unless they can perform a miracle or two), but suddenly he's everywhere. Until one day, she's stuck in church with him—of all places. And then something happens; Apron's broken teenage heart blinks on for the first time since she's been adrift.

I really liked Apron's character. A pretty decent read overall.

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Pajamas!

Have you heard about the new collection at Gymboree? It is awesome! The World of Eric Carle is a limited edition collection of pajamas and play wear that are sure to make your kids happy!

Eric Carle's whimsical books come alive with fun, vibrant clothes. My kids couldn't wait to get into their new pjs. And of course Brody wanted to read our very loved copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar to Sammy and Sadie.

You can also find Eric Carle books in your local Gymboree store, along with a stuffed Very Hungry Caterpillar. 

Make sure to stop by the Gymboree website for free downloads of coloring sheets and activities inspired by The World of Eric Carle. They also have a photo and game app for your phone. Also check out how to enter to win Gymboree money, clothes, storybook set and Eric Carle autographed print.

Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post although all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Twins: 18 Months

Today Sadie and Sammy are 18 months old. Has it been a year and a half already?
I can barely remember all those sleepless nights, all those feedings and all those blow out diapers to change.

These girls bring so much joy into our lives and I love just sitting back and watching them. They fight over blankets, binkies and toys a lot but they also are good at sharing with each other and play really well together and with Brody. I can find them playing peek a boo (hiding behind a table) with each other or squealing as Brody chases them around the house.They like snuggling their baby dolls,playing outside and going on wagon rides.

They have finally transitioned to one nap a day (happened at 17 months). They are really good about going to sleep, all I have to say is "night time" and they grab their blankets and binkies and walk to their room. Once I put them in their cribs they go right to sleep. I can thank babywise for this. Oh, and a lot of hard work!

I can not for the life of me get Sadie and Sammy to keep bows or headbands in their hair. If by chance I can get them to wear them, they pull them out of each others hair. 

Favorite foods: strawberries, steak, chicken nuggets, pineapple, yogurt smoothies and applesauce.

Favorite movies: Beauty and The Beast, Frozen, The Lorax.

Height: 31.75 inches
Weight: 24.8 pounds

Sammy loves to dance and will start dancing as soon as music is turned on. She likes to say " uh-oh" and wave good bye.

Height:32.75 inches
Weight: 24.12 pounds

Sadie is a climber and a goofball. She makes funny little faces and then giggles. She can  say "buh-bye" as she waves, she also says "baby" and "sss" (please).

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