Monday, September 29, 2014

Review: LeapBand by LeapFrog

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We were recently given the opportunity to review the new LeapBand by LeapFrog, and I may have done a jump kick or two, because awesome! I mean, it's an activity bracelet similar to my adult tracker, but LEETLE. And if I'm being honest, waaay cooler, too!

For those of you who haven't heard of the LeapBand — it's an "activity tracker just for kids that encourages active play and healthy habits with a customizable pet pal". The only kids' activity tracker currently on the market.

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In a day and age where it can oftentimes be difficult to get your kids up and moving, LeapFrog has entered the wearable fitness technology market to help combat this laziness. With this device, kids are motivated to get going, as well as taught a healthful lifestyle.

In a way, I feel like I've outsmarted my children with this band. They're having so much fun doing challenges and earning points/rewards that they're almost completely unaware of the fact that they're doing something good for themselves. I think they put it best when they say this device is "fit made fun", 'cause I really can't think of a better way of describing it.

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Right now, Lola, my almost-4 year old, has been the one utilizing this device the most. She loves picking and naming her pet (robot, unicorn, monkey, etc.), as well as earning points by doing a range of activities (i.e. a silly chicken dance, jumping like a kangaroo, popping like popcorn, etc.). With these points (jewels), she can earn a range of rewards, such as the ability to activate new pets, feeding and bathing her current pets and earning additional toys. Very much in the vein of LeapFrog's past creations, but with physical activity.

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Some of my favorite things about the LeapBand are:

  • Audio Instructions - Lola isn't reading yet, so the fact that everything is told to her is very helpful.
  • Parental Controls - the band can be set to "quiet time" mode during school, nap time and nighttime.
  • Water Resistant - I cannot tell you how nice it is to not have to remove this band the 10+ times a day I'm washing tiny hands.
  • Rechargeable Battery - we recharge this guy quite often, so not having to replace the batteries each time is a plus.
  • Durable - my kids are ROUGH on toys, to say the least…but this band is sturdy; definitely built to last!
  • Built-In Watch - not only does it display/tell you the time, but it teaches you about time by relating it to current daily happenings (i.e. suggesting it's late & you must be tired).
  • Built-In Stopwatch - useful for when my kids want to time an activity.

The only minus is that we have just the one of them, meaning my kids are constantly arguing over who gets to wear it for the day, lol. It's that cool.

If you're looking for a way to get your 4-7 yr. olds off the couch and active, then I highly recommend LeapFrog's new LeapBand. It's currently available in three colors (pink, blue & green), and sold at most large retail stores, including Target and Toys R Us for a low $39.99.

Disclosure: LeapFrog sent us this product to review free of charge, but I was not compensated in any other way for this post. As always, all opinions expressed here are my own.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Insta-life {July 2014}

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boop // happy baby is happy

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Cici's w/ dees fools // 'merica

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sandbox fun // dem babiez!

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deep thoughts // 6 month doctor visit (pre-vaccinations)

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favorite lunch (weird combo, but GUD!) // first Dippin' Dots experience

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first train ride (a day of many firsts) // baby cereal, round 2

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tree trimming watches // yo

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baby food makes // tire swing fun

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tiny "Squints" (from Sandlot) // serenading the day

Brock Paper Scissors InstagramPlanes: Fire & Rescue viewings // three amigos

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first time swangin' // attempting to carry his almost-as-big-as-him sister

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errands w/ dis guy // Lola Grace: lover of apples

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my little tomboy carrying an old purse of mine // floor hangs

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tubing // belly laughs

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i see you // free cheesecake on "National Cheescake Day"

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Is This Thing On?

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As I opened up my laptop this morning, I realized that it's been exactly ONE MONTH since my last post. Whoops! I guess it's time for a little update.

If you know me in real life then you know that a whole lotta change has been going on. First, Dan recently got out of the Navy (well, technically he's still IN until the end of Oct but is on leave), so we're now living back in the Dallas area (our hometown). Right now we're looking for work, which is just a leetle more challenging than either of us were anticipating. The job market is a whole different ballgame than it was when I last worked 7 years ago (sigh, I'm old). Though I do have an interview on Tuesday that sounds promising.

For the time being, until we're employed and can better determine what area of the DFdubs we want to live in, we are staying with my dad and stepmom. Not exactly where I hoped to be at 32 yr. old, but it's free living. It has gone about as good as staying in someone else's home with 3 children can expect. Though we're hoping it's only a temporary solution, because hi, space.

Other than the stress that comes with all of this change, things are really good, guys! We love being back on our old stomping grounds, and it just feels RIGHT. Nowhere else really felt like home to us. This is most definitely where we belong. Hashtag Texas forever.

As far as this space, my goal is to post 1-2x/wk. Currently, most of my computer time is dedicated to job hunting, but I think once a week (maybe more!) is doable. Hopefully, once we get all of this ish figured out and get into the groove of our next chapter, I'll be updating the old blarg a little more often. Until then!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Review: Lily Jade "Baby Bag"

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Since Silas was just a wee guy, I've been on the hunt for a baby storage solution for the car. We don't exactly live in the boonies, but anywhere that's at least a 1/2 hour drive to Target? May as well be. That said, anytime we run errands we usually make a day of it, or at the very least a morning or afternoon. Meaning when we leave the house, we're armed with a TON of stuff.

Up until recently, all of these baby goods were basically just shoved into any and every place we could utilize in our minivan. Which if you know moi + the neat freak I can be, then you know that this didn't mesh well with my Type A personality. Lucky for me, I was given the opportunity to try out the new Baby Bag from Lily Jade, the creators of the gorgeous designer diaper bags (including my favorite: The Caroline) I'm sure you're all familiar with.

Jump kicks were most certainly in order because this bag? Lifesaver. Deemed "holder of all the things" in our house, because it quite literally holds ALL THE THINGS. Just peep the contents I'm able to load up in the Large Baby Bag (aka the mothership) for proof.

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Contents of My Large Baby Bag:
  • 7 diapers
  • large pack of wipes
  • change of clothes
  • 2 large bottles
  • formula case + formula
  • nursing cover
  • 2 jars of baby food
  • 3 spoons
  • Blabla doll
  • paci wipes
  • hat
  • sunglasses
  • Wubbanub paci
  • hand sanitizer
  • diaper cream
  • sunscreen
  • teether toy
  • and 8 baby toys (EIGHT!)

And you know what? It could hold more. No, really. Which is fortunate for us considering we'll be moving back to TX (by way of car) next week. Cue the Home Alone Kevin slap face, 'cause scurred. So glad we have this bag to keep us organized!

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And here it is loaded up in the car, fitting all perfectly in the floorboard:

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If you're looking for an organizer, I highly recommend the Baby Bag! We use it in the car, but it would also be perfect as a diaper caddy in the house (and WAY cuter than the ones found in stores!) or as a divider inside of a large purse/tote/camera bag. Definitely THE bag to fulfill all of your organizational needs!

Disclosure: Lily Jade sent us this bag to review free of charge, but I was not compensated in any other way for this post. As always, all opinions expressed here are my own.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Insta-life {June 2014}

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mornin' walks // doc office hangs

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they bicker a LOT, but THIS // sleeping beauty

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pretty napkins // layin' down tracks

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best girl // "Si Si", her real life baby doll

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airplane // unsure bout dis whole Bumbo device

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pneumonias aren't fun // doing MUCH better after spending the night @ the hospital

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bros // my non-napper napping = success

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on the mend // "I blog wike mama!"

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morning scene // baby beefcake

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family selfie whilst celebrating Father's Day // going in for the smooch

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jelly of her wardrobe // first time eating cereal #nope

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coffee parties // woke up super early but in the BEST mood

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Kinder Celebration Day // Birk lurve

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hail to the new Lana // slept in the tent even after big bro ditched her for his bed

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goooal! // such a sweet + bright + funny little dude

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grooming "bud bud" // morning chats (lots to say)

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three point five hrs into summer break & already bored // all the yarns for weaving

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dees guys // sparkly new sandals for my lady

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floor hangs // sweet card Nico gave me before my ankle surgery

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Silas Rhodes - 6 Months

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Our little not-so-little Si guy turned 6 months on the 10th. What a big boy he is! Doing ALL THE THINGS dees days. This stage is SO much fun. Loads better than the three-and-a-half year hell we're currently in the midst of with Lola. No bueno.

There aren't quite as many photos to share of the duder this month 'cause WIGGLY. The majority of 'em ended up a big blur. Hah! He's not crawling just yet, but is definitely getting there. He can sit up and when on his tummy he's rocking + kicking like cray. My guess is that it's just a matter of time. Though if I had it my way, he'd hold out for another couple of months because SO NOT READY. #nope He was just born after all.

They sent us back to have a 2nd ultrasound done on his head last week (again, just a precaution) and everything still looks good - just has a big 'ole noggin'! Taking after his older sibs, dis guy. Did I mention that Lola's worn an adult-sized helmet since she was two? It's all dem brains!

STATS:
Weight // 18.19 lb. (64%)
Height // 27.36in (81%)
Head Circumference // 47.5cm (99%)

See? Big head. HUGE. Though he's not a shrimp in the other categories either. I think he's gonna be tall like Daddy (who's 6'5", btdubs).

LIKES: all the FUDS, talking, jumping, sitting up, playing with his toys, splorin', drinking water, watching cartoons with his bro & sis (which never happened this early with #1 & #2, but YOLO), thumb sucking (cayute!), being outdoors

DISLIKES: forever + always his carseat (which should make for an interesting road trip back to TX next month), being put down, naps (sigh), teething (double sigh)

EATING: We've been alternating between the carrots and sweet potatoes I made him with the Beaba over the past couple of weeks, and he LOVES it. Like whoa! #babyfoodie Also, we recently offered him oatmeal again (which up until now? FAIL) but this time mixed it with fruit (alternating between apples & pears), which has been going over well. He's really digging all the NOMS, so I think we'll add some more options to the mix soon - maybe squash and bananas? We'll see.

SLEEPING: Still not digging the naps, but that week after my ankle surgery where I was on pain meds and nursing? Lots of naps happened then, LOLZ. I thought he had actually become a pro napper, but then I stopped taking 'em and BAM! Back to no naps. Womp. Still sleeping through the night most nights though!

So much talking going on this month! He's started saying both "mamamamamama" and "dadadadadada" constantly (mama the most though, hah!). I don't think he knows what they mean so much as they're probably just the easiest to say, but I'll take it! I really need to take a video, because CUTEST.

Another thing I suspect we're in the midst of is teething. He's constantly chewing he fist, sucking his thumb + drooling like a large dog. There are 4 teeth that look like they're ready to pop through, though it's hard to be certain. I think it may be time to invest in an amber teething necklace - I've heard only good things.

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It's hard to remember what life was like without you in it, little man. You fit right into the crazy of our family so seamlessly. We love you so, Silas boy!
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