Happy 4th Birthday!

Little man –

How are you four years old already?! Time is just flying by! Three was a good year overall, but “threenager” is a very accurate term! lol Things steadily improved as you got closer to four, though.

You’re really into superheroes now (Transformers, Iron Man, Power Rangers, Ninja Turtles, etc.), but you still like dinosaurs, too. You love to tell stories, and attempt to sing the theme songs to your favorite shows. You prefer to be outside (especially swimming, which you’re much more confident with this year than last). Everyday you ask me if we’re going to school, so I guess that means you’re looking forward to starting Pre-K in a couple of weeks. lol

I can’t wait to see you become a big brother, and teach your little brother everything that you know!

Love you lots and lots!

~ Mommy

Happy 4th birthday to my firstborn! I love you to the moon and back! #birthdayboy

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Current stats:

weight: coming soon…

Shorts: 3T
Shirts: 4T, and even some 5T depending on the brand
Shoes: Size 9

Likes – strawberries, apples, corn on the cob, pork chops, mac & cheese
Dislikes – Still not a huge fan of veggies, but he does try most things at least once, which is an improvement!

Birthday interview coming soon! (See last year’s interview here.)

A Few Changes for the Upcoming School Year

As you may remember, last year I homeschooled DS for preschool.  Overall, it was a positive experience.  By May, however, we were both burnt out and just let a lot of things slide.  We have been doing some review this summer of basic concepts, like letters and numbers, but we have not been terribly consistent.

Rather than homeschooling DS this year, DH and I decided to enroll him in a 2 day/week Pre-K program.  With the new baby coming, I’m just not sure I can devote a lot of time to a curriculum, so I think this is the best option for all of us at this point.

I’m still very interested in homeschooling in the future, if that’s where our journey takes us.  And maybe we’ll still throw in some stuff from ABC Jesus Loves Me on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  :)

20 Weeks (Round 2)

I am officially halfway (or more) through my pregnancy. Which is just crazy. On one hand, I feel bad for not documenting Every. Single. Detail. Like I did last time. But quite honestly, it’s been a very similar experience. I’ve felt pretty much the same, had a lot of the same cravings. The main difference this time is I haven’t gained that much weight (which is common with second pregnancies, according to my doctor), and I’m not complaining. Lol

Baby is measuring 5 days ahead, which is not far enough to change my due date, but I have a feeling he’ll be born in December (maybe a New Years baby!)


Big Plans for 2016!

You may have noticed that when I get super quiet around here, something life-changing is happening.  When we moved last year, I stopped blogging for like 6 months.  lol

So, it’s time to share our latest news…


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Yummy Snacks from Funley’s Delicious {Review}

** I was compensated for the following review, but all opinions are 100% my own.

Over the last week, my family and I had the opportunity to review several snacks from Funley’s Delicious. Funley’s Delicious products are 100% Natural, GMO Free, and have NO Preservatives, Trans Fats, or High Fructose Corn Syrup. Their products come in resealable bags, which make them easy to grab and take on the go.


Funley’s Super Crackers each have a hidden superfood in them (to get some extra nutrients in those picky eaters!) We tried three of the flavors: Pizza n’ Stuff (hidden Carrot), Cheddar n’ Stuff (hidden Broccoli), and Cornbread n’ Stuff (hidden Sweet Potato). If you’re a fan of a particular brand of crackers that are shaped like a fish, you will really love the pizza and cheddar flavors! They are nearly identical in taste to the other brand, but Finley’s has a much shorter and healthier ingredient list. My 3.5 year old had no idea there were veggies hiding in these crackers until he saw a carrot on one of the bags, and even after that, he didn’t really care. We weren’t huge fans of the cornbread flavor, though. It was too bland, in my opinion, and I didn’t notice much of a cornbread taste until I ate several of them. The Pizza flavor was a winner for the whole family. They also offer Ranch n’ Stuff (hidden Spinach), which I would definitely try!

Thumbs up for Funley's Pizza Crackers!

Thumbs up for Funley’s Pizza Crackers!

In addition to the crackers, we tried all three flavors of Wholly Granolly Clusters. DH liked the Peanut Butter Pretzel, but I didn’t notice much of a peanut butter taste myself. DS’s favorite was the Wild Apple Berry. I only got to taste a couple of them before he ate the rest of the bag, but I really liked the combination of crunchy granola and a bit of chewy sweetness from the fruit. The Double Chocolate Chip was my favorite, because…chocolate! I may have hidden this bag from everyone else, so I didn’t have to share…lol

Overall, I was very impressed by Funley’s Delicious, and I’m looking forward to trying some of their other products! You can find these, and other Funley’s snacks online, or at your local store! Be sure to check out Funley’s Delicious on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates and coupons!

{I received six samples of Funley’s Delicious snacks in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.}

How I Celebrated National Cereal Day! {Review}

** I was compensated for the following review, but all opinions are 100% my own.

Last Saturday, March 7th, was National Cereal Day. (Yes, that is a real thing!) To celebrate, I tried out a few new (to me) cereal brands! I’m trying to clean up our act as far as what we eat, so having the opportunity to review products that are non-GMO and have fewer ingredients was pretty exciting to me!

Erewhon Corn Flakes – Since 1966, Erewhon has led the organic revolution. Their foods are made of non-GMO ingredients. While I’m not a big fan of corn flakes, I do love that there are only TWO ingredients in this brand – organic milled corn and sea salt! They must have been pretty tasty, because my 3.5 year old ate them both with and without milk.

Peace Cereal Walnut Spice – Peace Cereal only uses premium ingredients that have been verified by The Non-GMO Project. The Walnut Spice cereal was my favorite! My husband liked that it stayed crunchy in milk, and I thought the cinnamon flavor was awesome! We both felt like the walnut pieces could have been bigger, though. They kind of got lost in the bowl with everything else.

Uncle Sam’s Raisin Bran – An American Original since 1908, Uncle Sam’s high fiber and heart-healthy cereals are made from simple and non-GMO ingredients, and have nourished families for over 100 years! Uncle Sam’s Raisin Bran only has four ingredients (Whole wheat kernels, Raisins, Salt, and Barley malt), and I think it’s better than the other brand we all know! It could use a few more raisins (in my opinion), but it’s definitely not lacking in flavor!

I was very impressed by these cereals, and I’m looking forward to trying other Erewhon, Peace Cereal, and Uncle Sam’s products. You can find these, and other Attune Foods brands, at a store near you!

{I received three full-size boxes of cereal in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.}

American Girl Sale at zulily – Save up to 30%!

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Our New Toy Storage Solution

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When we first started house hunting last year, one thing at the top of our must-have list was a playroom for DS. We were fortunate enough to find a house that has one, but (not surprisingly) the toys still migrate all over the place. Since DS’s toy collection has become large quantities of small action figures with tiny little pieces, I knew we needed a new system to get things organized.


I started with Sterilite Tall Weave Baskets that fit perfectly in our existing Ikea shelving unit. Then, I had to figure out how to label them. Sticking a label to the bin didn’t seem like a good plan because the bins are textured.

After browsing for ideas on Pinterest, I decided that I definitely needed hanging labels of some sort. So, I ordered these horizontal badge holders. (The colors are so fun!) I used free online clip art for the pictures, and Sharpies to add wording.


The labels are attached to the handle with simple zip ties.


I’m not a super crafty person, but I’m pretty happy with how this project turned out. The toys are all sorted by category, making it really easy for my 3.5 year old to find what he’s looking for. (We all know how preschoolers get when they can’t find the ONE toy that they want!)

I hope this post gave you some ideas for controlling the toy clutter in your own home! Happy Organizing!

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