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.


Sammy
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.


Sadie
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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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Dinosaur Train Classic in the Jurassic at Utah's Hogle Zoo and a Giveaway!


KUED Kids has a fun event planned on August 8th at Utah's Hogle Zoo and you are invited!

When: August 8th 10:00 am- 1:00 pm
What: Dinosaur Train Classic in the Jurassic
Where: Utah's Hogle Zoo

Families will experience life as a dinosaur through hands-on activities and obstacle courses, get a sneak peak of the new Dinosaur Train hour long special – Classic in the Jurassic, enjoy an icy snack, and try the new Dinosaur Train mobile apps at the KUED Kids Cleone Peterson Eccles Mobile Lab. 


The one-hour special Dinosaur Train Classic in the Jurassic premieres Monday, August 18, 2014 on KUED 7. This special follows the Pteranodon family as they travel to the “Classic in the Jurassic,” an Olympic-type competition in which different dinosaur teams representing the three Mesozoic time periods compete in various contests.

Download the Classic in the Jurassic app or play online at PBSKIDS.org/dinosaurtrain.

Sign up for the new KUED Family Membership to receive $1 off each Hogle Zoo ticket to the Dinosaur Train Classic in Jurassic event.  The KUED Family Membership comes complete with monthly discounts at local businesses, quarterly events, a special prize at events for members, and member benefits included in the standard KUED Membership. To learn more about the new KUED Family Membership visit www.kued.org/family.

Today I have joined with KUED Kids to give you this fun dinosaur giveaway!
 Winner will receive:
6 Dinosaur books
Dino Train pencils
Dino Train photo holder
Dino Train tattoos
Dino Train stickers

To enter the giveaway fill out the form below 
This giveaway is closed. The winner is Lori S
Giveaway ends at midnight on August 8, 2014
Winner will be chosen by Random.org

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

It's Just Another Stylin' Sunday


I haven't done one of these in a LONG time but I couldn't pass up these pictures from last Sunday. If you follow me on Instagram you already saw one of them. I love Sadie's face but watching Sammy's face progression cracked me up.  Church can be hard!




Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Play Traffic Cones

 Earlier this year we received some orange traffic cones from Oriental Trading Company. Brody thinks they are about the coolest things ever! We love to use them for obstacle courses in the back yard.

And of course Brody also uses them to create parking spaces for his cars, bikes and toy tractor. But the orange cones are also great for games, sports practices, blocking off areas at parties, athletic events and other pretend play. We like to set them up on the driveway and make lanes of traffic for Brody's bike.

What would you use the cones for?




This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinions or experience with the product listed above. I was provided the sample free of charge by Oriental Trading Co and I provided my honest opinion. No other type of compensation was received for this review.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Baby Clothes From Rae Gun


Awhile ago a won a giveaway, 12 months of Rae Gun and want to share some of the cute clothes I won.
Rae Gun sells darling baby and children's clothing. I love the retro look of her ruffle diaper covers and one piece outfits.
  I can't wait for Sadie and Samantha to fit in some more of the outfits we won! Rae Gun also has some awesome Halloween costumes. Stop by her shop and check them out!