Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mates & Mermaids!!!

...This past Saturday, we attended a program called Mates & Mermaids at our local pool. We had our choice of dressing up as a girl pirate or a mermaid. Girl pirate was too easy so we opted for AR the Mermaid! Now, of course, if Nanny wasn't here this summer, we would've gone the other route. Ta-da!!! $13 later and here's my girl in true mermaid fashion!

A lot of my co-workers were there with their kids. Here's AR telling this friend, "Thanks for all the hand-me down clothes!" Oh and hey J, I know you're reading this!

Each kid got a treasure map and they went from station to station to complete each task and get a sticker. Here they had to walk the plank!

Luckily the lifeguards saved us from the scary alligators!

Then they had to pin the tail on the mermaid.

Here's AR with Miss Liz helping her put her sticker on her map.

Then they split into teams and had to swab the deck aka squeeze the water into the bucket.

AR with Luke who wanted nothing to do with hugs!

They went "fishing" at this station and AR is inspecting her "catch."

Ring/Hook Toss

All the kiddos whose moms work together!

After the activities, they had to find the treasure chest. Inside was a smaller treasure chest with each kids name on it-how cute is that! Inside was jewels with stickers...

So we went back and decorated our chest.

Then we ate pizza and blueberries for lunch...

AND finally she got to go swimming!

She had a blast and surprised me by "diving" in from the edge of the pool! I banged up my knee pretty bad but over all it was a great day wrapped up by naps by both of us!

Now here's hoping the mermaid outfit still fits come October...

Ozeri Body Tape Measure and Body Fat Test Caliper Combo Pack...

...Ugh...I got off track and I've gained back most of the weight I lost last fall. Want to know how I know? Because I used the Ozeri Body Tape Measure and Body Fat Test Caliper to confirm my suspicions.

The Ozeri Body Tape Measure and Body Fat Test Caliper empower you with the critical tools needed to measure and track your weight management program. These tools provide a simple and accurate method of determining your waist and other critical measurements, along with your actual body fat. Measuring in both inches and centimeters the Body Tape measures up to 78 inches (200 cm), features push-button locking and retraction for easy and accurate measuring, and is constructed with a durable ABS Cover and Vinyl Measuring Tape for long lasting use. The Body Fat Test Caliper employs a simple and time-tested mechanical means of determining body fat, without relying on electrical and battery powered devices. It includes a body fat chart for men and women that categorizes and helps you understand your body fat levels. Best of all, the Ozeri Body Tape Measure and Body Fat Test Caliper take seconds to use, and everything can be done from the convenience and privacy of your home. Simply EVERYTHING you need, backed by Ozeri's 100% Hassle-Free Satisfaction Guarantee.


Review: It was simple to use, it got it's point across (much more than I wanted) but the best part was that no one knew except me. I'm ready to get back into the swing of things again, eating right, working out...I've got weddings to go to and pictures to look good in! Now I can track my progress with this at home...Wish me luck!


*I received this for free in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Save the Date Book Review by K.S. Thomas...

I recently finished reading Save the Date by K.S. Thomas. I met K.S. in our Romance in a Month class and she's quickly become my late night brainstorming, bounce-ideas-off-each-other, venting about anything and everything friend! I love her almost as much as I loved this book and her soon to released book Saving Avalon. 

Calista Luvalle has mixed feelings when it comes to love. On the one hand, working in the bridal business means she’s basically dedicating her life to love and the dream of happy ever after. On the other, she’s a jaded, love hating cynic who isn’t about to fall for any of that crap herself.

Except of course, she already did. When she was six.

Emerson Barrett isn’t worried about finding the right woman. After a tumultuous past, he’s happy just dedicating his life to his work. Content in knowing what to expect day in and day out, he’s thrown for a loop when he’s suddenly standing face to face with little Lissy Luvalle again.

Only now she’s not so little anymore… 
This is a real story of soulmates! Despite planning weddings for a living, Lissy Luvalle is skeptical of love. When a family wedding emergency evolves, Lissy joins her family in Kentucky where her path crosses again with the hot, hunky cowboy Emerson Barrett. When she was only six, Emerson who was 16 at the time, spent the summer looking out and taking care of her. Almost twenty years later, he picks up right where their relationship left off. It's obvious to everyone except Lissy and Emerson that the two were meant to be together. It's a modern day Romeo & Juliet when you toss in the "other side of the tracks" drama. Their budding relationship and emotions kept me turning the page wanting to know when they'd finally get it together. As a sentimental person, I loved all the ties back to their childhood and adult life. This is a sweet story that will make you want to find the one to save the date with!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Shop and Learn Cash Register Review...

...Friday AR was pretty stoked when she came home and saw this Shop and Learn Cash Register waiting for her. She's done such a good job potty training and been getting good reports from the sitter that I figured we could indulge a little.

Kids love to role play and the Shop and Learn Cash Register gives them the opportunity to play grown up shoppers! Three play modes encourage kids to shop, count, identify food and determine values. This electronic talking register guides children through learning with encouraging words, amusing sounds and fun games. Kids will have a great time scanning food, entering coins, sliding the credit card and opening the cash drawer. Shop and Learn Cash Register will quickly become a favorite! Requires two AA batteries (included). Recommended for ages 2+ years.

She was so excited about this and couldn't even wait for me to take the cardboard off before she played. That sucker was tied in tight to it's box!

Finally, Mommy got it all out and she figured out how to turn it on herself, where the coins went, etc...It took her a second to figure out where to slide the food but she did great picking it out. It works on counting, numbers, colors...the possibilities are endless!

We didn't get to play too long with it on Friday night but first thing Saturday morning, she saw it and immediately wanted to play. I went in the kitchen to make breakfast and I heard the machine saying over and over, "Find the yellow cheese." Finally, I asked her to bring me the yellow cheese which she did. I went back in to see what the deal was and like I said, she just needed a little guidance as to where to slide it then we were all good. Later, I was on the phone with Jenni and she kept saying into the phone, "I have broccoli, Jenni!"

This is the perfect toy for her age so I think I know what we might be getting her friends for their birthdays. 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Photo Dump...

...Sometimes your kid just does silly, crazy things and you grab your camera. So that's what this post is...silly, crazy AR! For instance, running around the basement with a fishing net on her head!

Or jumping on her trampoline with her Pooh bear!

Or Mommy going to dinner with friends expecting her baby to be in bed when she gets home but instead finds this...

Or driving 45 minutes to meet Cat in the Hat and having a horrible experience but at least you got a picture, right?


Friday, July 18, 2014

Cakeway to the West: Part 12.4...

...Cakes 183-193, we covered a lot of ground in this trip!

Cake #183 Emma Kunz House

Cake #184 Skyview Drive-In
We stayed for the movie here!

Cake #185 Kathryn Dunham Museum
We had planned on picking up a few more cakes Saturday morning. For those of you not from this area, East STL is the place that you do not want to accidentally wind up in. I was really worried about getting these cakes and we'd planned on going sometime when we didn't have the girls. However, it was eight Saturday morning so I said let's do it! We knocked out 4/5 East STL cakes although rumor has it that one of the ones that haven't been placed might be there too.

Cake #186 East St. Louis Municipal Building

Cake #187 Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center
Of course, this place wasn't open and the cake was behind a fence. I pulled out my DSLR and snapped the best shot I could get which wasn't easy. It was so hot and humid that my lens was fogging up but I think it turned out alright.

Cake #188 Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park
This was the last Eastside cake we got for the trip. It's an overlook onto the Mississippi. O...M...G! It was so high and a LOT of walking. I did this one myself and as I was huffing and puffing, I heard, "HI MOMMY!" and looked down to see this.

Totally worth it though! Awesome view!

Cake #189 Basilica of St. Louis, King of France (Old Cathedral)
Back on the MO side of the bridge...This church is gorgeous. Of course, the cake wasn't facing it and the church was under construction anyway.

Cake #190 Missouri Athletic Club

Cake #191 Campbell House Museum

Cake #192 Le Grange de Terre (Big Mound) Memorial
No clue what a "mound" is because it didn't look that big.

Cake #193 Ashley Street Power House/Riverfront Trail
This ended up being the scariest cake so far. The directions took us in front of an abandoned warehouse with the windows broken out yet we could see people in it. Then it told us to turn down this road that wasn't really there. We were done for the day after this one.

So less than 60 cakes to find and we still haven't even hit up Forest Park yet! We have one more Illinois trip but the area is currently under water so we'll have to wait for the river to crest before we hit up that part!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Cakeway to the West: Part 12.3...

...Cakes 172-182, lots and lots of miles between these cakes!

Cake #172 Church of the Holy Family
I loved this building!

Cake #173 National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows

Cake #174 Cahokia Mounds Historic Site

Cake #175 World's Largest Catsup Bottle
Totally bummed that it was directly under the bottle so no way to get both the cake and the bottle in the same pic!

Cake #176 Madison County Courthouse
This is the only pic AR made it into on this trip!

Cake #177 SIUE

Cake #178 Greenville Public Library
All models were sleeping by this point.

Cake #179 Clinton County Courthouse
Models still sleeping so up to us moms to do the pics! Also here my sister commented, "I feel like we should take our time and do something at each cake." I looked around and said, "Well, we can go get a tan and our nails done" since the only thing around us besides the courthouse was a tanning and nail salon.

Cake #180 Scott Air Force Base
I love this picture!

Cake #181 Eckert's Belleville Country Store

Cake #182 Victorian Home Museum