Wednesday, November 12, 2014


What would Christmas be without the family gathered around the warm glow of a TV watching their favorite holiday classics?

The Christmas TV Schedule 2014:

– Nov 26, 8:00PM: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (ABC)
– Nov 27, 9:00AM: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (NBC)
– Nov 28, 8:00PM: Disney’s Prep & Landing (ABC)
– Nov 28, 9:00PM: Frosty the Snowman (CBS)
– Nov 29, 8:00PM: The Flight Before Christmas (CBS)
– Nov 29, 9:00PM: The Story of Santa Claus (CBS)
- Dec 1: ABC Family’s “25 Days of Christmas” starts. For the daily schedule of the holiday shows they will be airing, click here.
– Dec 1, 5:00PM: Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (ABC Family)
– Dec 1, 6:00PM: Christmas Vacation (ABC Family)
– Dec 1, 8:00pm: CMA Country Christmas (ABC)
– Dec 1, 8:00pm: Elf (ABC Family)
– Dec 1, 12:00am: Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (ABC Family)
– Dec 2, 6:00pm: Elf (ABC Family)
– Dec 2, 8:00pm: Toy Story That Time Forgot (ABC)
– Dec 2, 8:00pm: The Santa Clause (ABC Family)
– Dec 2, 8:30pm: A Charlie Brown Christmas (ABC)
– Dec 3, 8:00pm: Christmas in Rockefeller Center (NBC)
– Dec 4, 6:00pm: The Year Without a Santa Claus (ABC Family)
– Dec 4, 7:00pm: The Polar Express (ABC Family)
– Dec 5, 6:00pm: Disney’s A Christmas Carol (ABC Family)
– Dec 5, 8:00pm: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey) (ABC Family)
– Dec 5, 9:00pm: A Very Grammy Christmas (CBS)
– Dec 7, 8:00pm: I Love Lucy Christmas Special (CBS)
– Dec 8, 8:30pm: Elf (ABC Family)
– Dec 9, 8:00pm: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (CBS)
– Dec 11, 9:00pm: Scrooged (ABC Family)
– Dec 13, 8:00pm: It’s A Wonderful Life (NBC)
– Dec 13, 9:30pm: Frosty Returns (CBS)
– Dec 13, 10:00pm: Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (ABC Family)
– Dec 16, 8:00pm: A Charlie Brown Christmas (ABC)
– Dec 16, 8:00pm: Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas (NBC)
– Dec 16, 8:30pm: Home Alone (ABC Family)
– Dec 16, 9:00pm: America’s Funniest Home Videos Christmas Spectacular (ABC)
– Dec 20, 8:00pm: I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown (ABC)
– Dec 20, 9:00pm: CMA Country Christmas (ABC)
– Dec 24, 8:00pm: It’s A Wonderful Life (NBC)
– Dec 24, 8:00pm/24 hour marathon begins: A Christmas Story (TBS)
– Dec 25, 10:00am; Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration (ABC)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Target's Top Toys for the Holidays

I can't believe we have less than 75 days until CHRISTMAS! Target released their annual Top Toys for the 2014 Holiday Season last month and I've broken them down into age categories. Which are your favorites? 

9 months - 2 years 

3 years - 4 years 

5 years - 7 years 

8 years - 11 years

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Stop that Stomach Bug Right in it's Tracks! (Every Mama Should Know This!)

It's that time of year again! Yes, the holidays are quickly approaching, but I'm talking about that oh so wonderful stomach bug that seems to knock everyone out. It totally stinks and we all wish that we could just keep it from being passed around and far away from our families.

Two words: GRAPE JUICE. 

I know it might sound a little bizarre, but trust me on this. IT WORKS! If you're anything like me, just the thought of someone throwing up makes you want to throw up. A few years ago, I did a Google search on “preventing the stomach flu.” I found a post from Kristi over on i should be mopping the floor . I was skeptical that something so simple could really work, but we completely escaped the stomach flu that year and I attribute it to the 100% Grape Juice.

Kristi recommends  drinking a glass a day all during the winter months and then upping it to two or three when you know you or someone in your family may have been exposed to the bug.
She also suggests that adults put 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar in theirs. I've never personally done that. Grape juice is really high in sugar so we just drink a glass a day when we know the stomach flu is going around.
I started making my kids chug down the grape juice a few days ago and the nasty stomach bug is already making it's way around the schools. So far, no one has fallen victim and I hope to KEEP IT THAT WAY! There really is something magical about the acidity in the grape juice and those nasty little stomach bugs don’t like it.
When you purchase your miraculous grape juice, make sure you get the pure stuff. 100% Grape Juice, don’t get light, don't get white, no "essentials", no cocktails. Just plain ol’ 100% Grape Juice.
Good luck and don't let those pesky stomach bugs intrude on your precious family! 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Younique 3D Fiber Lashes

Today I'm reviewing Younique 3D Fiber Lashes. They promise to give a 300% increase in the volume and thickness of your lashes. I was definitely curious to see if they did what they said they would. 

Cost: $29.00

It comes with one tube of the Moodstruck Transplanting Gel (left) and one tube of the Moodstuck Natural Fibers (right). They come in this cute carrying case that totally reminds me of an eyeglass case that makes it really easy to pop in your makeup bag or purse and go.  

How to use it

1. First, you apply mascara (whatever kind you'd like) as you normally would and let it dry. I use Loreal Voluminous. 

2. Then you apply the Moodstruck Transplanting Gel. It looks similar to a tube of mascara.

3. Immediately after you apply the gel, it's time to apply the Moodstruck Natural Fibers. It looks like little fuzzy pieces. I wiped off the excess on the bottle first before applying it. I was advised to only apply them halfway up my lashes so the fibers did not get into my eye.

4. Apply another coat of the Transplanting Gel to seal everything in. You can stop here, or do more rounds with the fibers (I chose to do another round).

I have super duper short lashes and the Younique 3D Fiber Lashes made a huge difference! Totally worth it! 

Interested in ordering a set for yourself? My friend Jenna has the hook up. 

Jenna Crowley
Order here: Lashes For Beauty

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Mallory's 3 Year Check Up!

Mallory turned 3 years on February 28th, so it was time for her 3 year old check up! I realize I haven't posted about her birthday, but that's coming soon. 

Before her appointment, I reminded her that she didn't have to get any shots this visit. Josh started teasing her and saying that she'd have to get 20 of those bad boys and she just rolled her eyes and told him, "In 13 years!" She knows her daddy so well and never falls for his little jokes. That's my girl! :)

After we checked in and were called back, the nurse took her vitals and went to get her weight/height. Miss Mallory weighs 32 lbs and is 36.5 inches tall. (25% for height and 65% for weight) Is it bad that I automatically think of Disney World rides when I hear the height of one of my children? As soon as the nurse said she was 36.5 inches, I thought, "She's tall enough for Barnstormer!" Maybe by the time we go next year, she will have grown to 40 inches.. oh the possibilities! But I digress...

Anyway, the nurse was done and said, "Betsy will be with you in just a few minutes." I remembered that they had mentioned a new NP on the phone when I made the appointment but didn't think anything of it. When the doc walked in, I automatically recognized her and got so excited. It was Betsy Giannuzzi! She was Jake's pediatrician until we moved down to Stafford and I absolutely loved her!

Side story: I had been wanting to move the kids to a new pedi's office for awhile now, but kept putting it off because I didn't feel like dealing with the hassle of getting copies of their medical files, paying the fees, having a new doctor go through the file, etc. Now I know why! God knew my fav doctor was coming our way! 

She looked over Mallory and declared her perfect. She seemed super excited that she was fully potty trained and that made Miss Mal so proud. 

Chloe had an appointment at the same time to check out a rash that I thought had turned into a yeast diaper rash. I had been trying all the old tricks, Lotramin, Maalox/Aquaphor, etc and nothing was clearing it up! One look at it and the doc determined it was an allergic reaction to the diapers she wears. I felt SO bad. I guess I thought that she since had worn those forever, she wouldn't develop a reaction, but of course that's not the case. That's exactly how an allergy builds up! So, she told us to use hydrocortisone 3 times a day for 5 days along with a baking soda compress and it should clear up pretty fast. As soon as we got home, I threw out the current diapers and we're only using Huggies/Pampers from now on. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Interview with a 6 year old ~ Jacob

What's your name? 

Whats the meaning of life? 
Caring for one another. 

What do you love? 

What makes you most happy? 
My family.

What do you want to be when you grow up? 
A heart doctor.

When do you feel the most loved? 
When I'm around people I know. 

What are you afraid of? 
Being alone. 

If you had one wish, what would you wish for? 
A brother! (Be still my heart)

What is the funniest word? 

What is the hardest / easiest thing to do? 
Hardest ~ Spelling big words
Easiest ~ Remembering things

What is the best / worst thing in the world? 
Best ~ Books are the best thing in the world! (I absolutely love that he adores reading so much)
Worst ~ Tarantulas and Black Widows. They just scare me! Ew.

What makes you mad? 
Not being able to do what I want to do whenever I want to do it. (It's a tough life I tell ya!)

What is the meaning of love? 
Helping another when they need help.

If you had all the money in the world, what would you do with it? 
Buy everything! A limo, Disney Infinity toys, Pokemon cards, Skylanders.

Who loves you? 
My family ~ Mom, Dad, Mallory, Chloe... the whole family!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Chloe's 1st time actually eating solids!

At Chloe's 6 month appointment, the doctor gave us the go ahead to start her on solids. Out of my 3 children, she was the only one I waited until 6 months to start. Jake started at 4 months old and ate like a champ. He was my only formula fed baby and I think that had a lot to do with it. Mallory was offered oatmeal at 5 months and she seemed to enjoy it, but it took her a week or two to get the hang of it and did awesome when I introduced other purees and gobbled them right up.

Chloe was a different story. Like Mallory, she was/is exclusively breastfed and so I figured it would be the same thing with her. I completely skipped the oatmeal with her and just went straight to veggies. We started with Squash. As I started feeding her, I noticed she still had the "tongue thrust" that babies tend to grow out of around 5ish months. No big deal, we'd just wait and I'd offer it again in a few days or a week. I knew that it wasn't necessary at this point, but that it was just introducing her to new tastes and textures.

Chloe absolutely REFUSES a bottle of pumped milk, so I figured with adding in some solids, she'd be able to go a little longer between feeds if I ran to the store when Josh was home, etc.

It took us 2 months, but today was the first time she actually opened her mouth when a spoon was offered and swallowed! I was so excited :)

A week shy of turning 8 months old and Miss Chloe ate a whole jar of Earth's Best Sweet Potato and Chicken!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

So, I found a blog on Pinterest (oh, how I love that site!) with a post titled: HOPESandDREAMS: 30 Things

I liked the idea and since I just started this blog, I've decided to make a post about each of these over the coming month or so.

Ok, here ya go:


1. List 20 random facts about yourself.
2. Describe 3 legitimate fears you have and explain how they became fears.
3. Describe your relationship with your parents.
4. List 10 things you would tell your 16 year-old self, if you could.
5. What are the 5 things that make you most happy right now?
6. What is the hardest thing you have ever experienced?
7. What is your dream job, and why?
8. What are 5 passions you have?
9. List 10 people who have influenced you and describe how.
10. Describe your most embarrasing moment.
11. Describe 10 pet peeves you have.
12. Describe a typical day in your current life.
13. Describe 5 weaknesses you have.
14. Describe 5 strengths you have.
15. If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
16. What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?
17. What is the thing you most wish you were great at?
18. What has been the most difficult thing you have had to forgive?
19. If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
20. Describe 3 significant memories from your childhood.
21. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and what would you do with it first?
22. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?
23. List your top 5 hobbies and why you love them.
24. Describe your family dynamic of your childhood vs. your family dynamic now.
25. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat?
26. What popular notion do you think the world has most wrong?
27. What is your favorite part of your body and why?
28. What is your love language?
29. What do you think people misundertand most about you?
30. List 10 things you would hope to be remembered for.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Here we go!

I'm ready to start documenting our crazy, beautiful life. Let's do this.