Friday, November 14, 2014

We have been busy!!1

Busy in First Grade!
We have been missing in action....but very busy in school!  We read a story called Leaf Man and then went out and found our own favorite leaves.  We then made our own leaf creatures!  The kids were so proud of them!  I had to take a snap shot of each one!

Pumpkin Predictions
We worked in our science journals the entire month of October and did a bunch of activities with pumpkins!  We had to predict if different sizes of pumpkins would float!  Most of us guessed incorrectly....did you know that no matter how big a pumpkin they will always float?

Election Day
We learned about election day and why it is important to vote!  What better way to learn hands on then to cast our own election....we were not exactly voting on a new governor or bond but instead.....cookies!  Which would you prefer Chocolate Chip or Oreos?

Next week, we will get to see our Thanksgiving shenanigans!


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Family Means LOVE

Family Means LOVE
Family.  What does that mean to you? Working in education and seeing kids come in and out each day makes me thankful of the family I have.  I have a family that has ENCOURAGED me.  Encouraged me to fulfill my dreams, step outside of my box, and accomplish things I could have only dreamed of.  I have a family that LOVES OUR LORD.  Loving and serving our Lord is important to me and seeing that my children value that as well lets me know that I am leading them in the right direction.  I have a family that ENDURES.  They endure all things that come to us the good and the bad.  We learn to overcome and live through it.  I have a family that LAUGHS.  Laughter that fills my heart with joy.  There is nothing like hearing the laughter of your own children and husband.  Laughter that comes from the gut....laughter that shows the smile of happiness.  I have a family that LOVES.  We love one another.  My kids love hugs, love giving kisses, love saying "I love you!"  Jeff and I love to see the blank stares on our kids' face and the sheer giggle when we hug or smooch.  The sense that they know what love looks like is humbling!

Love Your Family.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Good Ones Clothing Co. Review... Get Ready to "Rock" OUT!

Our family was fortunate to receive yet another outfit sent for me to review! Doing the product reviews have been something I really enjoy doing! I was given an outfit from The Good Ones, a brand new company founded by One Lucky Guitar (a design and marketing boutique) and Matilda Jane Clothing. They exist to fulfill one purpose to:

"Create products celebrating the kids that 
light fireworks in our souls!"

There are many reasons why I loved the clothing sent to me! First, my Little Man is 20 months and... BUSY! I need to put him in comfy durable clothes, that of course are cute! The Good Ones Clothing is make-believe! They have created a make-believe band, that plays in make-believe locations, and likes make-believe things. The journey of The Good Ones is make-believe... how appropriate since when asking kids about make-believe it is something they do everyday! When I shared this fabulous company with my husband, he loved the musical feel. Being a musician himself (and tech geek!) the little details of amps, guitars, etc. make this line fun to look at and intriguing! The Good Ones created their own band: The Final Hurrahs! It features Adrian, Bullfrog, Franklin, and Stuart. Even though The Final Hurrahs may be a fictional band, they let their voices be heard on every article of clothing.
Do you notice the little touches this brand does? Look carefully at the little paw prints.....yep, they are the names of the band members! I also love the little details they add like The Good Ones logo on the bottom of the pant leg or the little emblem with The Good Ones name on the back of the pants. My daughter said "Hey, Dad! It is the top of your guitar!" Maybe it is suppose to look like that, would fit perfect with the whole band feel!

I bet you are dying to find out what The Good Ones sent me! Let me share! I was sent their Paw Print Straight and Narrows (pants) and the Roadside Rex Onsie! The clothes are made of 100% cotton and are very soft and comfortable. Check out the details about each product! The Paw Print Straight and Narrows our their new charcoal gray pants ready for serious play! Even though they say straight and narrow they are loose fitting and sized perfectly. My Little Man is chunky and these are perfect for him! He even wore them working out in the garage with Dad...perfectly comfortable and playable!

I was also sent the Roadside Rex Onesie! Can you say adorable!? The first thing out of my son's mouth was "ROAR!" of course because he recognized the dinosaur! If you look closely you will notice the headphones on the dinosaur! Priceless! The fit of the onesie was perfect and the coolest thing is is that you can get a T-shirt that matches for your older kids too! I love the back of this onesie, the hatching egg with The Good Ones' name in it is very trendy and adds a uniqueness to the outfit. How many of your little ones "hate" the tag in the back of their shirt? Both of my kids were always tugging on the top of their shirt or telling me their shirt hurt, well....The Good Ones has made this cute onesie tag-less!

The Good Ones is all about the details!
I will leave you with my last thoughts on The Good Ones products! First, my husband said "I would wear that!" I should have purchased a few items for my husband so my two boys (Daddy and Lil' B) could "ROCK" The Good Ones gear together! Second, I REALLY think The Good Ones Company needs a cute little model like my Lil' B to model their wonderful clothes! (I'm not biased at all!!! :) )Third, if you are looking for clothes that are unique, imaginative, comfortable, and wearable you need to check out The Good Ones website and see what treasures you can find! I will leave you with a few more pictures of my Lil' Man "rockin" in his gear as well as a quote I loved from The Good Ones website!

"Tapping your toe is the first step toward rocking out!"

*Disclaimer: The clothing products given to me were for review purposes only I was not compensated in any way. 
All opinions are my own!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Have You Heard.... (Pssst....This is a Giveaway!)

Have You Heard?
Hello Everyone,
I am so ecstatic that Spring is finally here!  Was anyone else just itching to get outside and let the kids!?  I know our family was.  I find it funny that you don't see anyone out during the winter months and BAM! once it warms up the entire neighborhood comes crawling out of the woodwork!

With warmth, comes a new clothing line from Matilda Jane!  Yes, you heard it from me AND I have a product review to share with you.  Matilda Jane graciously sent me an entire outfit for Little Miss Ellie!  I was so excited to get it!  If you are not familiar with Matilda Jane, their girl's lines are extravagant, fun, and very colorful!  There are two things that I really appreciate about how Matilda Jane tailors their clothes for little girls.
  1. COMPLETLY COMFORTABLE: If your daughter/Little Miss is anything like mine, it has to be comfy.  Actually, Ellie asks daily for "comfy" pants.  Comfy pants are any pant that is soft and NOT, I repeat NOT jeans!  Matilda Jane is all about the comfy!!
  1. MATCHING....NO NEED TO MATCH: many times have you had the battle of "No, we aren't going to wear that." (This would be the striped leggings, polka dot shirt, and rain boots kind of days)!  Matilda Jane does a fabulous job of creating clothing that can be miss-matched.  With this said, some of the patterning can be a bit wild but most of their clothes can be paired with practically everything they carry!
Matilda Jane sent me three items from their "Its a Wonderful Parade" line which is their most recent clothing line.  These colors are bright, vibrant, and very fun! Their sayings are a perfect representation of who they are: UNPREDICTABLE and SOMETHING DIFFERENT AT EVERY CORNER.

Cloudy Puffer Tee: This tee is fabulous! The fabric has a soft (very soft) jersey type feel. This tee can be used as an individual shirt or paired with pretty much anything from dress to shirt. This top is a 3/4 bucket sleeve. It flares out near the bottom of the sleeve. On Ellie this was a full length shirt, which I didn't mind. Room to grow, right! The length of the overall top was longer on Ellie but I didn't mind that either!

Sweetheart Ruffled Leggings: We LOVE these!  Some of Matilda Jane's ruffle leggings/pants can have a pretty big ruffle, these are perfect for my liking.  The coral color and cream hearts are adorable, not to mention the small ruffles on the cuff of each pant leg.  Ellie loved how comfy they were! I was a bit worried that a size 6 would fall right off of her, but they fit very nicely.  If you don't know Ellie, she is a peanut! The length is said to be at the ankle, however they were actual pants for Ellie.  So, I guess we have more room for growth!!

Love Bug Knot Top: This top is similar to a knotted dress, just a shortened version.  The prints range from simplistic little cherries to bold color patterns.  This wasn't my favorite piece as the color blocking was a bit abstract for me, however, the colors are simply stunning.  I loved the red flutter sleeves!  This top was long enough for me to create a short knot top style dress.  I tried a few different ways to make this an outfit.  The thing I love about the knot tops is you can pair them with Matilda Jane leggings, tights, or skirts but also a simple pair of jeans if you prefer a more reserved look.

This is the Love Bug Knot top shown as a dress.

This is the entire set put together!

That is it! Matilda Jane does not disappoint! They have a great sense of detail and understanding of who their shoppers are!  I asked Ellie what she thought of her new clothes she said: I like the comfy pants!  My shirt is so twirly!  Ellie and I leave you with a giveaway from Matilda Jane!  They have given my readers a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to shop Matilda Jane!
*Disclaimer: I received products for review purposes. No other compensation was received. Though the product were free, opinions are 100% my very own.
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