A cool NEW shoe accessory!!

Have you heard of Hickies? If you have small kids it’s a great shoe accessory that turns sneakers into slip on shoes. #ad

Turn any pair of shoes into custom-fitted slip-ons with HICKIES lacing system. Perfect gift for any age from kids to adults. https://www.hickies.com/

HICKIES are great for any adult or kid with a wide range of colours. An unexpected, fun and extremely functional product.

One size fits all!
Amazing stocking stuffer prices at $11.99 (HICKIES Kids), $14.99 (HICKIES Adult) and $17.99 (HICKIES Metallics)

The travel, parenting and fitness hack that you never knew you needed, until now.

Save 20% on HICKIES lacing system! – Save 20% on HICKIES lacing system! Use code USFG at checkout to save. Only valid on https://www.hickies.com/
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UPDATE: We received two pairs of Hickies  a week ago…pink and black / gold.
I put them on my daughter’s gold hightop sneakers (kid size) and the pink ones on my shoes. Overall I like the concept. It states it’s one size but it was snug on my shoe (adult size) and on my daughter’s I had to snap the top two straps after she got the shoes on..so it wasn’t a true slip on. But I’m sure it would have worked fine on a regular sneaker. Of course we were rushing to get out the door that day and the gold shoes matched her outfit  #lol

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(I received the product mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”)

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{Unique} Holiday Cards

Can you believe it’s the holiday season already? Even though everything is digital I still love the feel of a nice printed card! I have a box full of cards from over the years and it’s so nice to sit down and go through them on the not so great days. The unique square sizes look great!

Save 40% off holiday cards from Adoramapix!
USE Code: PXUSFAM40 Ends: 12/20/2016
UPDATE:  I received my cards in the mail!!!  Instead of doing a holiday theme card I decided on THANK YOU cards for my clients. With so many communicating via the internet or texting I am still old-fashion and like sending out personalized cards to my clients.
As a graphic designer I look for the design to match the print…these cards came out great!!  Can’t wait to send them to my clients!
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Mama and Me {photo book}

Once again…if you’re like me and have a little one you have probably taking a million pictures and they are still on your phone, right? They grow SO fast!!! I decided to create a mommy and me book, maybe I’ll let her have it when she graduates high school:)   AdoramaPix is having a promotion on their photo books {15% off}. Turn those cell phone photos into nice coffee table books or gifts for family and friends. It would even be a great idea for a mini photography or graphic design portfolio.

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AdoramaPix helps people turn their digital photographs from abstract computer files into beautiful keepsakes designed to last a lifetime. Their custom photo books display your captured memories in rich color and vibrant detail. Thick, durable, professional grade photo paper resists fading and ensures that your photos will be just as colorful for future generations. The binding is lay-flat, so even panoramic images can splash across two pages without any separation. Your memories deserve to live in a stylish, archival home with AdoramaPix photo books.

Your memories deserve more than a lifeless screen! Breathe life into your photos and turn them into beautiful keepsake photo books that will last for generations. Adoramapix’s custom books are high quality and display your images in rich detail. Choose from gorgeous linen, hardcover and leather covers as well as 6 stunning paper finishes. Stop swiping and start printing your family memories with AdoramaPix photo books!

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15% off photo books.
Use code: PhotoBook15 Sale ends 11/05/2016 11:59 PM

 

 

 

 

UPDATE:
I received the new book “Mama & Me” 10×10 in the mail and it looks great! (Now my husband wants one that says “Daddy and Me” #lol)  I went with the same layout as the first book. I like a clean/modern look. This time I also received a keep sake box to put the book.

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(I received the product mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”)

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Easily identify your kid’s stuff!

2015-11-11 10.56.24If you have toddlers in school you know they like to share and trade things. And if they are at a private school were they wear uniforms and carry the same type of backpack, their things can easily be mixed up.

Recently I had the opportunity to try Labeldaddy. A site that sells labels to personalize and identify your child’s belongings. They have labels for cups, clothes, backpacks. They even come in different shapes, sizes and have characters from Disney to the NBA.

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I decided to try the zipper tags. It came in a pack of 10 tags with Princess Tiana on one side and my daughter’s name on the other side. So far we have placed them on her backpack. She loves them!! The only downside I can see is the tags are very small, about the size of a dime. I wish they were a little bigger but the quality is nice.

 

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(I received the product mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”)

 

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The day my 3 year SHUT DOWN a theme park!

If you live in Florida, one of the first BIG adventures you want to accomplish with your kids is take them to Disney World or one of the other major theme parks in Orlando. As a mom of a now three year old little girl, I contemplated when this adventure would take place….what age should we take her? Is three too young to go? Will she remember it?

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With my husband’s hectic schedule this year, we decided to take a mini vacation at the end of September. Vacationing in the fall and during the week meant there would be smaller crowds, because school was back in session, and cooler weather, which made walking around and standing in line more bearable.

Planning before you go.
Before we decided which park we would take our 3 year old to, I did some extensive research. Yes, I admit that I may have an A type personality (lol). First, I asked other moms who I know have taken their toddlers to theme parks what their experiences were like. Second, I looked at which parks had age and height requirements. Most parks don’t necessarily go by the child’s age for safety requirements on the rides, but rather by the child’s height. Third, as a military spouse, I had my husband check the Information, Tickets and Travel (ITT) office on base to see if their tickets were cheaper than online or the Florida resident discounts.

Where did we decide  to go….drumroll pleaseLegoland Florida !!! Located about 45 minutes southwest of Orlando! Our 3 year old was tall enough to ride on about 90% of their rides as long as she was accompanied by an adult. Just make sure you look at the ride first before getting on. There were a few roller coasters with deep dips and turns, so we decided to pass on them, even though she met the height requirements.

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On the military base, the ticket prices start at about $52 per adult. However, by purchasing ours on base we saved almost 50% off. Bonus: Military veterans get in FREE with valid ID! NOTE: Parking starts at $17. Before you go make sure you check the open dates for the water park (an additional fee)…it apparently has different hours from the rest of the park. Although the Waterpark was not open during our visit, the rest of the park had a few water rides.

What should you bring?
Moms of little ones know you have to pack “everything, but the kitchen sink”, when traveling. Even though 3 year olds aren’t babies anymore, they still need many of the basics. Especially items like water and snacks; these items can be very expensive inside the park. And if you have more kids….mo kids, mo money! I also suggest bringing cash for a frozen treat or souvenir. Below is a list of things we brought with us:

  1. Small backpack
  2. Water
  3. Non-perishable snacks
  4. Change of clothes
  5. Baby wipes
  6. Hand sanitizer
  7. Sunscreen
  8. Cool clothes/comfortable shoes
  9. Clorox wipes
  10. Cash

I would rate our overall experience at Legoland Florida a 4-star. We arrived at the park around 1pm after lunch at Zaxby’s and left right at 5pm (Yes! We shut the park down!). Did I mention our 3 year had an EPIC melt-down because she didn’t want to get off of the Safari ride…did I mention it was an EPIC meltdown?! Who else is going through the toddler stage? Ya’ll know the struggle is real!! Unfortunately, no matter how much you plan, there’s always the unexpected. (This is the reason for 4-stars)

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(This Ford SUV is made out of ALL legos…created from more than 380,000 LEGO bricks!)

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We were able to walk to entire park, ride about 6 rides, see a show in Heart Lake City, play a few basketball games (my husband won our daughter a stuffed Minion), tour the AMAZING city displays – all made of Legos and have a yummy frozen treat.

All in all, I have to say it was a Good Day! (In my Ice Cube voice)

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