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7.7.15

Bears and Apes, Oh my! Check out the newest titles from @randomhousekids

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I know it is summer, but it is still a great time to read and work on getting great books in our personal library. I am so lucky that Broxton likes to snuggle up in my lap for us to read and I hope that Savannah enjoys it as well.  We are working on our library for Broxton and then to pass along to Savannah.  Thankfully Random House Kids sent us a few more books to add to our collection!   
 A fun book we just read was Apes A-Go-Go by Roman Milisic.  This was a cute book.  It is a hard covered book with pages full of colorful illustrations.  In this book, we head to a cute little town that is set to win the "tidiest town competition" for the third year in a row... but one thing after another happens and the "tidy town" isn't so tidy anymore! When the Apes call one another, they yell " Bogo! Pogo! Apes A-Go-Go!"  I think that was Broxton's favorite part, when it was time to call more apes to help out!   Grab the book and see what ends up happening to pull the town back together.

I really liked the book, Welcome Home, Bear by II Sung Na.  This is another hard back book that has great illustrations throughout.  In this book, we meet Bear as he decides that his home is not where he wants to live anymore.  He goes all over visiting each of his friends in their home habitat to see if that is where he wants to be...   Up on a cliff to the goat, down deep in the water with the octopus, so on and so forth.  Where do you think he ends up?  You need to grab the book to find out!  

Do you read over the summer? 

6.7.15

Take Care of your Skin This Summer with @ceraveskin

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It is not a secret that Broxton has been dealing with eczema since he was born.  We are lucky that it isn't always an issue, but it does flare up from time to time.  Mostly when it is really cold and his skin gets dried out, or when it is really hot, he gets flare-ups where the knees and elbows bend.  We have tried many products and some work, while others make him scream in pain.  I don't have eczema, so I have no idea what it feels like, but I know that I hate watching him suffer.  We ran out of the product that we had been using and I went to find another.  I could not locate it, so I asked the local pharmacist what they would recommend.  She ended up pointing me to CeraVe and said that it was really great.  I read on the packaging that it was dermatologist recommended.  I ended up buying it (it was on sale) and figured we would give it a try. 
After bath that night, I busted out the CeraVe cream and started putting it on Broxton.  Normally he is crying or saying it burns, but he let me put this on, with no issues.  He actually commented that it felt really good and wanted us to use this on him every night.  Each night as he gets ready for bed, he asks for his cream and we apply it to his arms and legs.  This is the first (that I can remember) that he actually REQUESTS to be put on.  The pack that I bought was actually a combo with 2 jars....  So when we started running low on jar one, he was quick to point out that we needed to go ahead and get another jar, so we would not have an issue in finding it.  When he saw I had a back up jar, he was so excited. 

When we get products for review, he really could care less (unless it is a new toy or something) but when the latest came in... He was so excited! 
We were sent the CeraVe cream that he LOVES and we were also sent their newest product, the hydrocortisone anti-itch cream.  We have not tried it yet, but as soon as I see the eczema flare up, you better believe we will be trying it out! 

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream- for the face and body, delivers vital hydrating ingredients to the skin helping chapped,   cracked,   dry   ski fee renewed   and replenished. MVE® technology provides a controlled release of nourishing essential ceramides, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, water and vitally needed fatty acid esters to the skin, so the moisturizing effects of this cream continue for hours. CeraVe® Moisturizing Cream is non-comedogenic, fragrance-free and absorbs quickly and easily into the skin.

Formulated  with  the  anti-itch  ingredient,  hydrocortisone,  as  well  as  three essential ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide,  CeraVe Hydrocortisone Ani-Itch Cream helps relieve itch flare-ups due to eczema while essential ceramides also help to repair and restore the protective skin barrier. It contains Hydrocortisone 1%, the highest strength hydrocortisone available without a prescription to temporarily relieve itching. CeraVe® Hydrocortisone Anti-Itch Cream features Itchshield™ Technology that seals in maximum strength hydrocortisone for 12 hours! Designed for use on the affected area to relieve itch due to minor skin irritation, inflammation and rashes associated with eczema, soaps, detergents, cosmetics, seborrheic, dermatitis and psoriasis. CeraVe® Hydrocortisone Anti- Itch Cream is free of fragrance and contains essential ceramides for extremely dry skin

Make sure you check out the CeraVe website, as of this posting they have a coupon on there for $2 off a product. 

Pajama Styling with Little Twig and Sparrow PJ Sets

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Broxton is getting at the age where he doesn't always want to wear cartoon character clothing.  Now don't get me wrong, he still does at times, but other times he thinks he is too grown to wear them and we have to have other options.  Lucky for us, we were sent a couple cute and adorable (to me) PJ sets from little twig and sparrow.  They look to be super comfortable and they are not covered in characters that make him feel like a "kid."  (Side note, he is a KID to me.. he is 6, why do they need to grow up so fast?) 
We were sent the brown one ( we call it the puppy dog outfit, since the dark brown with light brown patches reminds us both of a cute little puppy) and also the blue one (we have since started calling it the race car one, since he thinks the stripes on there remind him of a racetrack!) 
He loves wearing them and although they are long sleeves and pants, he still loves wearing them in the summer.  I guess the material is light enough that it doesn't get too hot for him. 
I think he is adorable in them and he seems to really enjoy them!  If you are looking for a comfortable and stylish pair of Pajama's, make sure you check out the ones from little twig and sparrow!   (  FYI, they come in a cute little pocket/ pouch bag that is great for gift giving, but also just what a little boy (or girl) needs to hold all of his/her odds and ends one collects on a daily basis!) 
Your Little Ones Will Be as Snug as a Bug in a Rug in Their Modern, Comfy Little Twig & Sparrow PJ’S, Parents Will Love PJs That Are Good For Their Kids & Good For The World They Live In

For families getting a little tired of super hero and princess pjs, this is their chance to give their kids the healthiest possible start in life with pajamas that are exceptionally durable and, therefore, more sustainable for the environment. Meet Little Twig and Sparrow. Little Twig & Sparrow pajamas stand out through modern style, extraordinary quality and in keeping with well regarded values of conservation, frugality-parents wanting to give their kids the very best start in life with only fashions and gear that is good for them and for this world.

These gorgeous contemporary pajamas are made from Peruvian Tanguis cotton (reputed to be one of the finest, most durable fibers in the world, created from a plant that requires very little water, thus being very friendly to our environment) with a luxurious feel and perfect for sleepwear, lasting many washings and many pillow fights:). Mom and dad will likely even be able to pass them down to a younger sibling! Talk about a good investment! The stylish, modern design comes in a soothing palette of colors, soft breathable fabric that is comfortable and stylish, and adored by both girls and boys alike. Truly quality vs. quantity.

We call it Puppy Dog

We call it Race Car
 
Aren't they just soo cute and comfortable looking?  As of this posting, they are on sale at AMAZON for $19.99 (regularly $39.99)  They have sets for boys and girls! 

5.7.15

A few more #InsideOut book titles from @DisneyHyperion

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I hope you have seen the movie, Inside Out.  It is a cute movie and I love the message behind it.  Since it is new and popular, Disney has gone ahead and released several books for all ages to enjoy this story.  I love that they released them during the summer, when some kids stop reading.  Maybe this will be what they need to get those juices flowing!   The two books I am sharing today (I shared two yesterday, go check it out)  are for two different age groups. One is for older kids (9-12) and one is for the younger ones (3-5)  either way, great books and a great message!  Enjoy!  If you haven't seen the movie, I hope you do soon! 


Ages: 9-12
This unique chapter book reveals unseen stories from Inside Out. Each chapter offers a different retelling of the film from one of Riley’s Emotions: Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust.
 
Ages: 3-5
 Dive inside Riley’s mind and get to know the Emotions that know her best with this unique format. With five fun storybooks, each devoted to a different Emotion, as well as a die-cut slipcase, fans of Pixar’s upcoming film, Inside Out, will treasure this special collection of Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust.
 
 
 

Unwind and Relax with #Bausch+Lomb Thera Pearl Max

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I love laying down and relaxing when I have time, but having a very active 6 year old son makes it impossible most days.  Yes, I would love to prop up and take a nap from time to time, but how fun is that for the child?  They want to go and do and play and be active.  Now, I can rest and relax and even pamper myself before bed and it works great for me!  
We were recently sent the Bausch + Lomb Thera Pearl Eye Mask and it is wonderful!   I have one and then Marc has his own.  There is nothing like it!   The Eye Mask is plastic with all of these little bead type things inside it. (Hence the "pearl" in the name.)  They are soft enough to conform to your face and be used for many head sizes. 
I have not used it warm yet, although it says it is great for that.  The Heat is good for dry eye, nasal congestion and even to reduce swelling.  I have used it numerous times for the cold.  The cold is for puffy eyes, sinus pressure, brow wax and more!   I put it on my eyes once and it was a bit too cold for my eye lids. I ended up moving it up a bit more and had it on my forehead.  It was great, then once some of the chill went away, I moved it to my eyes and it was great.  Talk about relaxing!
  

Make sure you keep the box that it comes in, so you know how long to heat it or chill it (until you can remember.) 

 
This unique eye mask, which may be used cold or hot, contains hundreds of tiny pearls of gel that contour to the shape of your face, delivering soothing relief from puffiness and “beauty fatigue.”
·         Use the eye mask cold to help relieve puffiness, helping your eyes to look and feel better. The soothing cool should be applied to closed eyelids for no more than the doctor recommended time of 20 minutes.
·         Use it hot to help alleviate tension and deliver soothing relief to sinus headaches. Simply microwave for the time indicated on the package and apply to closed eyelids.*
 

This has been a great product for me to use, not only now while I am pregnant, but also for my husband... Meaning it is great for men and women, boys and girls!  No age limit! 
I think that this would be a great gift to give a mom - to- be, as a little something to treat herself!
 

4.7.15

Need a Vacation Spot? Why Not @BeauBiloxi ?

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Normally at this time of the summer, we are planning our vacation to Biloxi.  Nothing like the beautiful weather and great time at the Beau Rivage.  Well, this year, we had  a surprise, when we found out that our little girl would be coming... So the trip was cancelled.  I have been looking back at all the photos from last year and man, I hate that we will miss it...
I did want to share with you a little, so maybe you can plan a side trip for a few days to enjoy!
  

A view of the Beau at night from their parking deck.
 
We normally go to Biloxi and spend a few days there. The staff is always so nice.  They have plenty of dining options, a kids arcade and a great pool.  (That is besides the casino.  They also have a spa and other amenities, but having a child with us on the trip, we normally only visit the arcade and dining options. Yes, I check out the casino at times, but its more a family vacation than a casino trip.) 
If you are not familiar with the Beau Rivage, they have several dining options.  We normally always check out the buffet, as it is great and if you can't fill up on things you love, well, you must not like food!  We also go to the cafĂ© and eat at least once or twice.  Normally our tradition is breakfast down there.  Of course, we head to the Roasted Bean!  Nothing like fresh beignets and coffee to get you going.  This last time we went (last summer) we had to go and check out Scoops. 
It is their little Ice Cream Parlor (right outside the arcade) and it was oh- so - good!
  
The face of a happy kid enjoying his Ice Cream from Scoops! 
 
Each year, the Beau Rivage has new show come for a couple weeks.  This year, they have a show called YAYE.  I am not sure what it is, but we have never been disappointed in a show yet, so I would recommend it.  Also, don't forget that Biloxi has a local baseball team there now.  They are right across the street from the Beau Rivage and the view (from Instagram) looks pretty amazing!
Make sure to follow the Beau Rivage on their social media -
Facebook  &  Twitter
 
If you decide to go, make sure you send me some Beau Rivage baby items!    :)
Seriously, tell me if you have been or if you plan to go soon!

Healthy Options (Even if you are on the go) from @theprobar

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If you are looking to try and eat a bit more healthy these summer days... Look at the options from ProBar!    Maybe you are choosing a healthier lifestyle, maybe you are just on the go so much since it is summer and the kids are out, either way...  ProBar probably has a product for you to enjoy!  Have you tried ProBar yet?


Easy to digest energy gummies that are all-natural, delicious and scratch the itch for high-intensity workouts/races. Certified USDA organic, Vitamin B-rich, caffeinated with yerba-mate extract, and infused with apple, acai, blueberry and pomegranate powders to create a delicious all-natural flavor. Absolutely zero nasty, unrecognizable weird stuff. Flavors include: Berry Blast, Orange, Raspberry, and Strawberry.

PROBAR packed 20 grams of plant protein and plenty of real, recognizable ingredients into this bar. And it does more than build your strength – it boasts chia seeds for hydration and recovery too. With flavors like Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Mint Chocolate and Brownie Crisp, CORE will be one of the best-tasting protein bars you'll ever eat.

The original meal-replacement bar now comes in four new and delicious flavors: Oatmeal Raisin, Mint Chocolate, Chocolate Coconut and Superberry & Greens. These meal-replacement bars are guaranteed to satisfy your hunger and deliver plenty of clean-burning natural energy.
 
 
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