A Letter to Three Year Old Tyler

3 Years Old

Dear Tyler,

Today is July 23, 2013. That means that today you are 3 years old. My baby is truly no longer a baby at all. Instead you’ve turned into quite the little boy–who wants so very much to become a BIG boy. You get so upset whenever you’re not quite big enough, strong enough, quick enough, or coordinated enough to do something. The older you get the happier you seem with life–finally able to express your (strong) opinions and to have a choice in  things.

You’re always in a hurry–I literally think I’ve only ever seen you walk a few times in your entire life. Normally you’re a continual ball of motion–never moving slowly but constantly running, skipping, hopping, jumping, or leaping to your next destination. You’re happiest when we are out and about, going somewhere and doing something, you hate to just be stuck in the same place for hours on end.

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Bible Stories Painting Book 2

Bible Stories Painting Book 2
Legalese Nonsense: Since Amber loves to paint I will always say yes when offered a chance to check out a great painting book! All buddy artistic talent, careful evaluations and paint splotches are our own.

Bible Stories Painting Book 2

I have really been enjoying the Candle Children’s Book series–especially their workbooks like My Very First Noah’s Ark Playtime and My Very First Easter Story Sticker Book. I hadn’t gotten a chance to check out any of their painting books before now, and since painting is one of Amber’s very favorite things I was looking forward to seeing how Bible Stories Painting Book 2  held up to our testing!

This vacation has been a little bit different, as we have been spending most of our days over at my Grandma’s house. While the extra time with her has been great it’s also meant that I’ve been left scrambling to come up with things to occupy my kiddos in a small space without a lot of resources.

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How to Update Your Fashion for Less with Tracy’s Closet

Tracy's Closet
I received credit to Tracy’s Closet for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.

How to Update Your Fashion for Less with Tracy’s Closet

While I love fashion and buying new clothes, I also love saving money even more! Since we moved to Texas I’ve learned to love “thrifting” as my sis-in-law calls it. By thrifting she means purchasing clothing and accessories second hand for a fraction of the price! Some of  my new favorite outfits are ones that I bought second hand—and you’d never even guess unless I told you that I had! For example I bought my blouse, necklace, and shoes all second hand in this picture I had snapped yesterday! (notice the Wyoming desert in the background–and pardon my squinty eyes! I should have been wearing my new Firmoo shades but that’s a different post….)

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Why Our Family Loves Netflix this Summer

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Netflix.

Why Our Family Loves Netflix this Summer

I have to admit, we were a little late hopping onto the Netflix wagon-now, not too late, but it seems like some of my friends and my in-laws had used it for a few years before we began to. Through their assurances of how awesome it was, combined with the fact that our new apartment in Boston was 3 stories up, I had 2 kiddos I was often alone with, and we would have had to driven to Timbuktu to rent, Netflix became a staple in our life and has never left! Our family definitely loves Netflix–and it’s come in handy more than ever this summer!

Through the years Bob and I have really enjoyed having such a huge variety of shows at our fingertips and have gotten hooked on ones like Top Gear from BBC that we probably would have never discovered otherwise. We also love that Netflix is great at getting popular movies up to watch instantly without too much of a delay, a family favorite that hubby recently re-watched while he was away working for the summer is Thor. It’s great that he has access to a ton of movies that he can watch from his laptop or iPad even in a motel room while he’s traveling for work across the country!

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Affordable, Fashionable Glasses For Less!

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Affordable, Fashionable Glasses

You might remember that I wear contacts and glasses. So this means that between sunglasses that aren’t prescription, and glasses that are, I have a pretty constant need for eye wear.

In the past when it came to sunglasses I would just pick up the drugstore variety about once a year. The last time I did that I ended up with some that got scratched almost immediately, and the tint was such a weird one that after wearing them for just a bit they gave me a headache! At that point I had a little chat with myself pointing out that if invested in some nice quality sunglasses not only would they look better, last longer, and not give me headaches–because of all of those reasons I would actually end up saving money in the long run, which is the whole reason I had for buying cheapies in the first place. Hubby has always bought higher quality sunglasses and swears by them–but I’m just now admitting he’s been onto something all along!

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Decorate your Summer in lights

While I’m in and out on  vacation I thought it might be nice to bring you a few guest articles-here’s one  submitted by Monique!

Now as we enter the full swing of summer the number one thing that all of us are thinking about are Christmas lights. That’s right, there is much more to these lights than just illuminating your house during the winter holiday festivities, you can, and should use them all year round to add a little ‘pop’ to your everyday decorating. We can see some great examples on channels such as TLC during Christmas time. Some people can go all out when decorating their home. After all not every light is the same.

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Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil Giveaway

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.

Remember how I shared my amazing homemade chocolate hard shell recipe the other day? Well in case it made you want to try out some Coconut Oil for yourself I have good news!

Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - 32 oz.Win 1 quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!

Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil?

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Homemade Hard Shell Chocolate Topping for Ice Cream

Homemade Hard Shell Chocolate Topping for Ice Cream
Legalese Nonsense: The stars aligned when Tropical Traditions sent me some coconut oil at the same time we had homemade ice cream and I found the recipe. Sometimes, you just have to let things take their course! All pictures, love of sweets, and ice cream devouring are my own.

Homemade Hard Shell Chocolate Topping for Ice Cream

Summer time is well underway and a favorite special summer time treat at our house is Homemade Ice Cream
! There is just something about homemade ice cream that is so super special and delicious! I don’t like vanilla ice cream from the store but give me a bowl of homemade vanilla and YUMM!!!

The other day I was reading my magazines (of course!) and found the most wonderful recipe in the July Issue of  Family Fun Magazine  for homemade hard shell chocolate topping. You know–the kind you get at your favorite local ice cream place? I was super excited to try it out and it turned out so amazingly that I just had to share it with you! It’s so super easy too!

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Freedom

Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal

As a female I’m allowed to vote, allowed to go to college.

Across the ocean a woman my same age dares not even voice her opinion on politics, for fear of retribution–she’s not supposed to have an opinion. She has no education beyond the minimum, because she has no “need” for it.

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