Planner-palooza & ErinCondren.com Giveaway!

PLUMP6For the past few months I have been on the hunt for the absolute perfect planner. I love paper planners and I love stationary, so I am really picky when it comes to this stuff.

I have made two purchases and was sent one to review. I’m going to break down these 3 planners (Personal-Planner.com, ErinCondren.com Life Planner, and Plum Paper Family Planner) so you can decide which one of these would work best for you!

The Planners

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Pros:
  1. A very interactive WYSIWYG ordering process.
  2. Near endless customization with your front and back covers.
  3. Comes with an elastic closure and ruler in color of your choice along with a plastic sheet protector.
  4. Adorably compact and easily fits in a purse/bag.
  5. Coloring pages! The only planner that I know of where adding coloring pages is an option.
  6. Customized modules to add to the bottom of weekly spreads (to-do lists, workout schedule, blank/lined sections).
Cons:
  1. This the smallest of the three planners, which may or may not be a bad thing depending on what you’re looking for.
  2. The daily/weekly pages are the same color and design as you choose throughout the entire planner. I’d like to see variation in colors and styles for each month.
  3. The cover paper is pretty thin and could get ruined easier than a laminated cover. The plastic cover does help somewhat with wear and tear.

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Heroes of the City Bundle Pack & App

heroesofcity1It was Christmas all over again when my kids saw what we got in the mail a couple of weeks ago! My kids have always liked car characters like Lightning McQueen, Mater, and Thomas, so needless to say, The Heroes of the City bundle pack was well received.

My kids were ecstatic to race their die cast Heroes of the City cars while watching the Volume 1 DVD. They were so excited to see their character car on the TV. I love that these toys are high quality, heavy duty die cast cars. No cheap plastic toys here! They are adorably chunky and squatty, too!

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Promptly after getting these little cutie characters out of their boxes, the kids begged me to read the book to them while they held their cars close. The book is full of bright, colorful pictures and held the kids’ attention. It is also a very heavy duty item. My kids are book destroyers and so far this one has survived!

The App

heroes3Screen Shot 2014-03-30 at 8.41.32 PMMy 5 and 3 year old have been playing the games on this app every. single. morning. Really, it’s the only way to keep them occupied so I can sleep in a little, so of course I absolutely love this app too, haha! The games are right on target for the age group and my kids have not become bored of them yet (which is a huge task to fill).

It’s hard to find an app that will entertain my kids for as long as this one does and with so many different games and activities to choose from.

This app has become the ‘special’ reward time for the kids when they have finished their chores and display good behavior. It has been a huge motivator for them! Look at just some of the things your kids can do with this app: [Read more...]

Tatay’s Gift: A Project Worth Backing

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I have never backed a Kickstarter project until today. Of course, I’ve seen a few projects that I thought, “oh cool” or “that’d be nice to have,” but I never took the time to actually pledge… until I came across Tatay’s Gift. The beautiful illustrations immediately caught my eye. I. am. in. love. with them. They are stunning, bright, beautiful…! As I read further into the project, I also fell in love with the idea behind the book:

Screen Shot 2014-03-20 at 8.59.47 PM“In Tatay’s Gift we get to join a young Filipino boy as he goes out to work each day with his Tatay (Tatay is the Tagalog word for dad). The boy and his Tatay do a different job each day of the week, from selling popsicles by the beach to driving a Jeepney through the city. As they work, he learns the lesson of serving and giving to others by watching his Tatay everyday. This vibrant, and colorfully illustrated book is based on stories from Brad’s time spent in the Philippines and the wonderful people he met there. Tatay’s Gift not only celebrates the hardworking, loving, kind, and giving attitudes of the Filipino people, but it also teaches the valuable lesson of giving back to to your community and helping those in need.”

This book demonstrates the importance of giving to and serving each other inspired through real life experiences of the co-author in this husband and wife author/illustrator team.

Not only that, the goal of this project reflects the values taught in the book. How sweet is that?

“We need your help to make this book a reality and get the first print run completed. We also would like to raise enough money to allow us to be able to move forward with our mission and help those who still need help after typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. There is still a demand for basic needs such as water, shelter, and medical attention. We also plan on continuing to spread the message of positive morals, and community lessons through children’s books.”

A Look Inside

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Pledge Your Heart Out

72% and 7 days to go! Pledge, like, comment, pin, and share your heart out! This is a project worth backing and sharing with your friends, especially those with small children. Let’s get this project funded! (Because I reallyreally want this book, and you should too).

Aqueduck, The Faucet Extender

aque1My kids love washing their hands. L.o.v.e. Well, I don’t know if it is necessarily the cleaning part that they love. It’s probably more of the fact that they love playing in the water (and usually making a huge mess when doing so).

We’ve had a step stool that we’ve kept in our bathroom to assist the little ones in reaching the faucet. I can’t tell you how annoying it is. It gets moved all around the bathroom and we end up tripping over it or constantly having to move it out of our way. Ugh.

I learned about the Aqueduck when I joined the Moms Flourish network, so this product is mom-invented (which is totally awesome)! The Aqueduck is an adorable and easy slip-on faucet extender to help the littlest family members reach the faucet/water when washing up.

Isn’t this just the coolest invention?! It’s one of those things that makes you go, “Hey! Why didn’t I think of that!?” It’s so simple, and yet so incredibly helpful!aque2

Peachy Co, the makers of the Aqueduck, also have a new handle extender product to assist the littles in turning the faucet on, too! Now they can be totally independent, which (as you know) is pretty darn important to a toddler. If your toddler is like mine, he or she avoids help like the plague.

Also, you should really visit Peachy Co’s website, it’s absolutely adorable! Goodness, I love that little duck mascot!

shareDuck See?!  Aww… love, love, love.

The only con to the Aqueduck that I’m facing right now is that I don’t have one in every bathroom!

Do you have toddlers? What have you done to help them reach the faucet and be more independent? I’m positive that whatever you are doing right now with them isn’t as cute and fun as the Aqueduck Faucet Extender! [Read more...]

The Family Command Center

I had to re-do my ‘family command center’ after pinning a bunch of really nice looking ones through Pinterest. This is what I started with: a key holder and an ugly dry erase calendar from Walmart.

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Blah! I didn’t like all the blank space and mismatched wall hangings. I took measurements and had (too much) fun designing a layout in Adobe Illustrator.

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Keeping Your Kids Safe in Parking Lots

Getting more than one kid in and out of the car is such a monumental task. If your kid(s) are like mine, they will run around the car and play tag after you unstrap them and begin to get the next kid out. In the parking lot. Full of cars. Yikes!

Enter the Parking Pal Magnet.

parkpalcollageDenise, the inventor of the Parking Pal, is pure genius. Being a mom of 3 boys, she understands the concerns for child safety in busy parking lots. She made a magnet that sticks to the side of your car to keep your kids nearby and safe as you load or unload during trips.

I’ve been using the Parking Pal Magnet for at least 2 years now. My kids no longer run around the car playing tag or leave my sight as we load and unload the vehicle. Now that I have 3 kids, the Parking Pal Magnets are, literally, a life saver. I recommend them to anyone and everyone with a toddler.

I have several designs that my 5 year old and 3 year old can choose from just before we leave for a car trip. When we arrive at the destination, they get out, place their magnet on the car, and stay put, distracted… and safe!

Take a look at this video and tell me that this doesn’t make you want to run out and buy a Parking Pal Magnet:

Too scary, right?

Now, I know what you’re thinking. When I tell others about this product, this is what they’ll say to me:

“I already have my kids do this; I don’t need a magnet!”

True, they can just put their hand on the dirty vehicle and stare at nothing. Believe me, I’ve had my kids do this before and they don’t stay put nearly as long and it isn’t as much fun for them. The Parking Pal Magnet is a win-win here!

Speaking of winning… you’re in luck, because I’m giving away a PlanetPal Parking Pal Magnet for one of you to win! The PlanetPal design is no longer being printed, so this isn’t available to purchase through the Parking Pal Magnet website ( …as if you needed any more of an incentive to enter)!

Enter the Giveaway!

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The Unveiling of the Nursery

I began nesting very early in September with baby M. It was my first opportunity to take a room and completely overhaul it – paint, furniture, theme, design – to match what I had envisioned. What once started as a boring office/business space is now an adorable baby girl nursery. Now, on to the pictures! (Unfortunately, the office room was so boring that no pictures of it exists in its previous form).

I used leftover paper poms and lanterns from my baby shower as decorations! Other items in the nursery I received as trades from Etsy: the changing pad cover, the pictures above the crib, gray and white paper poms, and a Boppy pillow cover.

As for the stripes, it was my first time painting ‘for real’! I used this article to learn how to paint super clean lines.

I absolutely love everything about baby M’s nursery! I could spend all day in this room… and, well, I pretty much do!

Have you decorated a nursery for your baby?

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How I Entered The World of Cloth Diapering

2014-01-21 18.42.35Throwback to when I wrote a lengthy post on poop (the adorable boy in this one is now 5 years old!):

Ah yes, poop receptacles. I’m obsessed with them. I have enough pictures of Eli’s bum to prove it.

Let’s just call this my ‘adventures in cloth diapering’ instead of ‘Kimberly’s obsession with things that hold poop’.

Yeah, I’m sick. I enjoy touching and washing poopy, urine soaked diapers instead of tossing them in the trash. Now, I’m not going to tell those of you that use disposables that you are ruining the environment, polluting the earth, are wasteful, despicable people who should go hug a tree. That is how most of the cloth diapering community would respond. Me? I just want to save a buck. I’ll admit that if we had the money, Eli would probably still be in disposables. Cloth diapers leak once in awhile (usually very little), because it takes time and research to learn the best cloth combo to hold in your baby’s super pee. True story. And the poopsplosion? Hasn’t happened.

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