A Look in the Book: The Dark by Lemony Snicket, Illustrated by Jon Klassen

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This week I am excited to give you a peek inside The Dark by Lemony Snicket with illustrations by the amazing Jon Klassen. I hadn’t heard of Jon Klassen until fairly recently and he has quickly become one of our favorites, both as an author and illustrator. I am not as familiar with Lemony Snicket. Of course I’ve heard of A Series of Unfortunate Events but I haven’t read them. When we checked this book out of the library I was excited to see what he was all about. 

A look in the book: The Dark by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen

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Treat Diaper Rash Simply with CJ’s Spritz o’ BUTTer

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I have been a fan of CJ’s BUTTer cloth diaper safe rash cream almost as long as I have been a fan of cloth diapers. I have tried the regular BUTTer pot, the BUTTer stick, Carcass Cleaner, wool wash, and Spritz o’ BUTTer.

What is BUTTer Spritz?

To put it simply, it is the spray version of their popular BUTTer and it comes in all of the wonderful scents that you’ve come to expect from CJ’s. But why would you want a spray instead of a cream? 

CJ's Spritz O Butter

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GroVia Knocks it Out of the Park with Lotus and Topaz

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What do you think of these new colors from GroVia? While their prints have always been very well-done I have found GroVia’s colors to be a little…meh. Not this time! I love both of these colors. They’re so bright and fun and if you’re someone who matches diapers to outfits, I’m sure these will work with many of the outfits in your little one’s wardrobe.

New colors from GroVia: Lotus and Topaz #clothdiapers

What do you think? Will you be adding Lotus or Topaz to your diaper stash?

The Great Bedroom Redo

Our kids have needed bedroom upgrades for a while now and finally with their birthdays coming up, we decided to do it. Better late than never, right? I hope so because Procrastination is my middle name.

We finally got a new bed for Red and Dub inherited the headboard that Red has had since he was about six. Almost fifteen is about time for a more grown-up space. Dub was finally moved out of his toddler bed and into a brand new twin bed which probably should have happened, oh, about a year ago. Now we’re finally using the bedding set that we’ve had in the closet for more than two years. For Christmas he will be getting some new pirate accent pieces to replace the ones from his nursery/toddler set. About time, right?

the great bedroom redo

We also didn’t forget ourselves. We have company coming for Thanksgiving so I needed to get some pillows and blankets for them. If it was going to be just my mother again this year we would be fine but my grandmother is also coming along. An 88-year-old woman from Florida needs blankets. Lots and lots of blankets. So I took the opportunity to finally get a new comforter that actually matches our current bedroom so we no longer have the vampy goth bedroom. 

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My Imaginary Friends

My imaginary friends: my online birth club almost 15 years laterYes, I’m a grown woman and I still have imaginary friends. Forty-five of them to be exact. No, I don’t have multiple personalities and I don’t live in some fantasy dream land. I am the member of an online mom group and have been for almost fifteen years now. From time to time we have affectionately called each other imaginary friends. 

We have been through pregnancies, births, marriages, divorces, second marriages, grandchildren (yes, grandchildren!), and now we have sadly experienced the death of a spouse.

This year marks the year that most of our kiddos started high school while four of them, including mine, started tenth grade yet we’re still together sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly. These women know more about me than anyone else on the planet, including my husband since I’ve known these ladies quite a bit longer. 

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#WeBeatDEET with Guardian Wilderness Repellant

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Using an insect repellent without DEET is very important to me. While there is conflicting information out there I have found that there are more natural ways to keep mosquitoes and ticks away so why risk it?

Guardian Wilderness is a plant-based, non-toxic, DEET-free repellent that claims to provide eight-hour protection against mosquitoes and four hour protection against ticks, but does it really work?

#WeBeatDEET with Guardian Wilderness

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Now is the Perfect Time to Shop for the Holidays at Gymboree and Crazy 8!

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Gymboree has long been my go-to stop to shop for cute kids clothes. They offer great quality, cute designs, and you never ever have to pay full price with their frequent markdowns, sales, and coupons. Right now is no exception!

Not only is Gymboree having a 40% off sale, you can also get 40% off at Crazy 8!

Easy Brunch Casserole with Eggs, Sausage, and Hashbrowns

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We don’t have brunch every Sunday, or even breakfast for that matter. I admit that I’m not much of a morning person and while my husband is more of one than I am, as a family we tend to grab something simple to eat in the morning. Every once in a while though we do plan to make a big breakfast or brunch. Last Sunday I chose to make an easy, delicious brunch casserole that my whole family loved!

Brunch Egg Casserole with Sausage and Hashbrowns #BringHillshireHome #ad

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Tyvek. Who Knew? Find Out More About Verdiva Reusable Shopping Bags

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About twelve years ago I worked for a furniture cover company that made covers out of Tyvek. Yes, the same stuff that is used in construction, mailing envelopes, and hazmat suits. I thought it was an odd material to use for outdoor furniture and grill covers but it worked! It’s a strong, waterproof material so it makes sense.

When Verdiva approached me about reviewing their Tyvek shopping bags I was very interested. I received three in these bright, beautiful patterns.

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Stocking Stuffer Idea: Tommee Tippee Explora Water Bottles #TommeeMommee

I am a member of the Tommee Mommee blogger program. I have been compensated for this post but all opinions and experiences are my own. 

It’s that time of year again; the time to start planning your Christmas shopping. It seems to come earlier every year, doesn’t it?

Thinking of the larger gifts is usually the easy part but what about stocking stuffers? I don’t like to waste my money on stocking stuffers for the purpose of just filling the stocking that will likely be tossed to the side in a matter of hours. Instead I try to think of useful or fun items for my kids’ stockings instead. One of my favorite stocking stuffers for the past couple of years has been the Explora Spill Proof Sporty Water Bottles from Tommee Tippee.

Holiday stocking stuffer idea: Tommee Tippee Explora water bottles #TommeeMommee #christmas #holidaysHoliday stocking stuffer idea: Tommee Tippee Explora water bottles #TommeeMommee #christmas #holidays

These bottles are great for many reasons: kids love their bright colors and designs and the water bottle spout design is great for toddlers and preschoolers. They’re also perfect for the car or the nightstand in case your little one gets thirsty during the night. But most importantly, they don’t leak.  

Really, they don’t leak AT ALL and even though my son is almost four we still use the Tommee Tippee Explora Spill Proof Sporty Water Bottles at night and in the car. He still loves them because they don’t look like sippy cups and I love them because they’re easy to use and leak-free. I highly recommend these and the rest of the Tommee Tippee Explora cups. They are all we use and we love them!

Even more reasons to love Tommee Tippee Spill Proof Sporty Water Bottle:

  • Automatic sport-seal spout thanks to the truly non spill, Easiflow technology for easy drinking
  • Lid interchangeable with all Easiflow® Cups
  • 12 oz. Truly Spill Proof Sporty Water Bottle – great for on-the-go drinking
  • Dishwasher, microwave, sterilizer safe
  • Suitable for babies aged 12 months +
  • BPA-free