Things Have Happened.

Andrew Ashley

I know I haven't done a good job at all with keeping up with my once-beloved blog over the past year. I've been neglecting what was once my main source of income and my creative outlet. Here are things, ordered semi-reliably from least to most impactful, that have happened in my life in the past 6-ish months: I've gained 20 pounds, sitting at about 170 right now. The reason for this is, on paper, simply explained by overeating and not exercising enough. It's not an excuse, but a big factor is the fact that .... I work full time. More than full time, really, if we're getting picky, but I love my work, so I've got that going for me. I moved from the suburbs of San Tan Valley, Arizona to Scottsdale, Arizona. This was insanely life-changing, mainly because I work in North Scottsdale, and I was commuting about 2 hours each way, Monday through Friday. In the past year, I wrecked my Prius twice during those commutes, totalling it with the second wreck. It was pretty gnarly (we were … [Read more...]

Dreaming of Spring with Carters! #CartersSpringStyle #ad + GIVEAWAY!

Carter's Spring Style

I participated in this program on behalf of Carter's and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own. I know that most of the US is still buried under a bazillion feet of snow, but here in Arizona, we're loving our bragging season -- Spring! I always like to do two big hauls for the kids clothes -- one at the beginning of the school year, and one right before spring break. Our summers are hot and long, so we have to find a TON of great warm weather outfits for all of the kids. We've lucked out in that we have a Carter's store here in the Phoenix metro, so I've been day dreaming about cute outfits for the kidlets. Is it wrong that I want some of this stuff in my size? I mean. Seahorses. I have a thing for seahorses, and I'm so not above making my kids love what I love, haha! I'm really big into coral and mint right now, too. I don't think you can go wrong with that combo! Isn't this the cutest outfit? Dress it up or dress it down! Just so y'all know, the Carter’s Baby and Kid Up … [Read more...]

This ain’t your mama’s dictionary. It’s the Clorox Ick-tionary! #sponsored

Clorox Icktionary

This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Clorox blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. To read more posts on this topic, click here. If you have kids or have spent longer than about five minutes with a child that's under 6 years of age, you have an idea of how gross they can be. I kind of wish I could be so carefree -- walk around with tomato sauce all over my face, water on my shirt, or jelly in my hair. Who cares, right?! I've got places to be! No time to clean up. Besides, it's hardly noticeable! That's definitely what my kids are thinking. And it's pretty embarrassing when we walk into the grocery store and I notice that one of them has half of their lunch still hanging out on their shirt. I want to put a sign on them saying "I bathe them! I promise!" but I know that when I walk down the produce aisle, the other mom shopping with her three kids can totally commiserate. Her kid has chocolate milk stains, too. Solidarity fist bump, mom. I … [Read more...]

Beating Summer Blues with Netflix Just For Kids! #sponsored #NetflixKids

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of NETFLIX. A few months ago, we cut the cord. We finally kicked DirecTV (and their $170/month bill!) to the curb. Now, we get our TV on with Netflix! I was nervous about the switch at first, because I really rely on the preschool programming in the mornings -- sometimes I just need to get a little work done, y'know? But I have been pleasantly surprised by Netflix! So what do they have on Netflix, anyway? A lot of stuff, that's what! We're big on Disney in our house, so I was so pleased to see that Netflix has added a ton of Disney programming like Cars Toons: Mater’s Tall Tales, Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, and Jake and the Never Land Pirates. I was even more pumped to see some of the classics like The Aristocats, 101 Dalmations, and Pocahontas! I may or may not sing "Colors of the Wind" at the top of my lungs. I get a kick out of embarrassing my daughter, that's for sure ;)! There's other great shows from … [Read more...]

A new part of our routine: GoodNites Bed Mats #sponsored

GoodNites Bed Mats | Freckleberry Fit

Tonight, our bedtime routine was one that we've been doing for the past few weeks. It wasn't too different from months ago -- we change into jammies, say our "I love you"s, and turn out the lights. But now, before Micah even climbs into bed, we put down a fresh GoodNites bed mat.   Potty Training vs. Bedwetting Micah is a just-turned-four-year-old who deals with nocturnal enuresis, or bedwetting, which is involuntary urination while asleep after the age at which bladder control usually occurs. It's different from potty training, though, and I want that to be clear. Potty training is the process of teaching a child to use the toilet. Micah's got that down, no problem. But at night, it's a totally different story. Nocturnal enuresis is something that a child cannot be trained out of, but will outgrow naturally. I posted a video a few weeks ago about how we've been giving GoodNites Bed Mats a try. We are still so very pleased with the product, and it's not only … [Read more...]

The Time I Called Poison Control. #ad

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When Maisy was a little peanut, my life consisted of being a milkmaid and blogging from my couch. Maisy was a tiny little gal, and I was constantly feeding her in an effort to make sure she kept gaining weight and that my supply was maintained. All new breastfeeding moms can sympathize, right? It's something that pretty much takes over your life. You've got to make sure you have a comfy nursing spot, because you'll be spending a lot of time there! One nursing session turned into a really, really scary situation. While I was nursing Maisy on the couch, Emma (then 4) and Micah (then 2) were playing throughout the house. We lived in an open floorplan home, and I could easily hear what was going on around the home while I sat on the couch. Maisy was probably a month old at the time, and was in the beginning stages of colic. She was exhausted, hungry, screaming, and fussy while I tried to feed her. I had become so preoccupied with the baby that I hadn't realized that Micah had gotten … [Read more...]

Tea Time with Sophia Grace and Rosie Children’s Book #Review and #Giveaway — SO Good!


Do you guys remember the two little girls from across the pond who rapped to Nicki Minaj's song "Super Bass"? I fell in love with them, and so did Ellen DeGeneres! With imaginations as big as these girls have, I knew they were destined to do something amazing. Rosie reminds me so much of myself when I was a kid. Loud, creative, and possessing more energy than should be allowed ;). These girls have put their talents to great use and have written a children's book! Tea Time with Sophia Grace and Rosie TEA TIME WITH SOPHIA GRACE AND ROSIE is the perfect book for you and your daughter to share!  Sophia Grace and Rosie share all the proper tips for hosting the perfect princess tea party!   The totally sweet book is based on the adorable cousins who quickly became YouTube sensations after appearing on the ELLEN show numerous times.  Sophia Grace and Rosie have resonated with large audiences by dressing up in pink tutus and living out young girls' princess fantasies! I read … [Read more...]

We shopped ’til we dropped at #CookiesKids! #Cbias


Emma is starting to grow out of her back-to-school clothing purchases, and she's coming home with ripped knees in her jeggings from playing so much! I'm glad she's having a blast at school and all, but I needed to pick up some more bottoms for her. I'd looked at some big box stores, but they have a ton of Spring stuff -- shorts, skirts, and the like. Even though we live in Arizona, it's still chilly! She needed some jeans, and so I figured I'd just find her some online. I had seen other bloggers post about how they found great stuff for pretty affordable prices at, so I wanted to check it out! I was pleasantly surprised with how much of a selection they had! Not only did they have clothing for all seasons (including new Spring fashion!), but they had clothes for all of my kids! In 1972, a young man named Cookie and his brother Marvin went into business together. They rented a 1600 square foot store in Jamaica, Queens, fixed it up, bought inventory and Summer and … [Read more...]

Mega Bloks® Barbie® Build ‘N Style Pet Shop #Review & #Giveaway


Growing up as a girl I had tons of Barbie® dolls and would get together with friends and we would create huge cities out of our entire basements for ourdolls to live in. Well now Barbie® and Mega Bloks® and have come out with Mega Bloks® Barbie® Build ‘n Style sets. This combines a great love of building blocks and Barbie® dolls that a ton of girls (and boys!) can really enjoy. We were excited to be able to review Mega Bloks® Barbie® Build ‘n Style Pet Shop. My daughter, who is almost 4, was so excited when she saw the box. It is geared toward kids 4+ and while she can help with snapping them together she understandably needed help with assembling it. When we first opened the box there were quite a few small bags with all the parts in it. We opened the box and sifted through them so I could check out the pieces first and then we started building. I followed the directions it came with and it took about 10-15 minutes, including sticker placement, to assemble … [Read more...]

The New Step2 Easy Turn Coupe is here! Win one while helping the Saving tiny hearts Society! #Giveaway


Holy. Awesome. That's what I said when I opened up my door to see the new Step2 Easy Turn Coupe. "But I have a coupe for my kids!" you might be saying. Oh no, my friends. You don't have a coupe like this. Step2 is at the 2013 Toy Fair this weekend debuting the new Easy Turn Coupe, and in celebration, I'm going to give you guys a sneaky peek! This bad boy is a lovechild of two really incredible products. I've always seen parents pushing their kiddos around in ride-ons like the Sportster, but the Easy Turn Coupe brings it to another level. I love the idea of a pretend car, but I didn't like that I couldn't see my kid! That's the biggest plus (for me) about the Easy Turn Coupe -- the see through roof! Assembly was pretty simple, and Andrew had it put together in about an hour or so. The kids were itching to get into it, and we had to struggle to keep them out of it while it wasn't fully assembled, haha! Here's some of my fave features: See Through Roof (obvs!) Cup holders! … [Read more...]