What Makes Mommy Awesome

Always fun to get a preschooler’s perspective on why they love you! (and I have no idea why she’s obsessed with lions…and it’s only when I’m taking a video..she’s a hoot) Mother’s Day is coming up so be sure to check out the Mother’s Day Cards from Tiny Prints! I know that the older my kids get the more and more I appreciate my own mom, grandma’s and mother-in-law! What better way to tell them so than by sending a heartfelt card?

I’ll be receiving a gift certificate for product for posting this, but as always you get me 100% honest and true! 🙂

Love2Read Book Review

With his new job Bob has to be gone a lot. I knew it would have to come at some point, he is in the military after all, but playing “single mom” with a toddler and a newborn is proving to be a little tricky! I also knew it would be hard on Amber to have Daddy gone working all the time when she’s so used to having him at home. When I got the chance to pick a love2read book out to create and review I knew the My daddy… one would be just perfect for us!!!! Each page begins with My daddy… but I was able to completely personalize it with my own pictures and the rest of the sentence. I love how it turned out and Amber does too. Plus I think it made my husband feel really special when I showed him the book we made where he’s the star! The quality is great and the pages are made of thick glossy card stock so they’re easy for Amber to turn and won’t wrinkle easily. These books are super affordable too! I’ve already recommended them to several friends after getting mine in and definitely plan on purchasing more in the future! With tons of different themes there are so many different books you can create!

To show you how amazing this little book is here is a video of Amber “reading” it with me!

Love2Read Book Review

6/19/2014 Update — so now many years later this little book is still one of our favorites! Amber (who is now 6) read it to us last night and it makes a perfect “early reader” book. She loved giggling over the old pictures and she found the page where “you and Daddy are in loooooove” to be especially giggle worthy. So happy we have this book and now I’m inspired to go make a few for Tyler!

Barefoot Books Baby Boy Blog Shower *Giveaway & Review*

***This Giveaway is now CLOSED Congrats to itsme who won***

It’s no secret we’re huge book fans around here! So me and Amber were both super excited to receive Mother Goose Remembers from Amy of Barefoot Books! I remember growing up with all the Mother Goose nursery rhymes and was literally just thinking that I needed to find a book for Amber and Tyler that had them in it. This book is absolutely perfect! It is a collection of all the most popular Mother Goose rythmes, like Hey Diddle Diddle, Three Blind Mice, etc. and some that I hadn’t ever heard of before.
As you can see from the video Amber absolutely loves it! In case you’re not fluent in toddler (lol) the video starts out with her “reading” Pat A Cake, then she sings Three Blind Mice (pretty sure you got the “see how they run” part, haha) and Three Little Kittens, then she ends with Polly Put The Kettle On. I’m amazed at how much she picks up and it seems like she’s quoting a new rhyme every day! I’ve had to read the entire book to her once or twice a day since we got it!
I love the book too. I think it’s awesome to have a complete collection of the classic nursery rymthes and love how they pages are pictures that look like they’re made of felt and buttons and stiched. It adds a really unique and fun flavor to the book!
Books are really the perfect baby shower gift in my opinion! You know that moms are going to get a ton of clothes and when Amber was born I got way too many bibs and blankets! You can never ever have too many good quality children’s books though!
Amy is offering my readers a special 20% Discount on your first order! Just use the coupon code WELCOME to receive this special offer!
Also one lucky reader will recieve both the Animal Playground CD and the The Animal Boogie!
This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years and older only
As always be sure I have a way to get your email address so I can tell you that you won! If I don’t have an easy way to get it I will automatically choose a new winner. Also leave a separate comment for each additional entry that you do! One comment = one entry!
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Visit Amy’s Website and tell me one more book you think looks awesome!
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Because you just can’t have too many good children’s books!
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Win an Animal CD & Book from Barefoot Books! @book4kids @coastiewife321 http://tinyurl.com/y3kbgsg ends 5/1 #giveaway Pls RT!
1 Entry for every 3 people you email about this! (As in if you email 9 people you get 3 extra entries) CC me da_angel_321@yahoo.com
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1 Entry ~ Fill in the blanks to these Mother Goose Rythmes and email me da_angel_321@yahoo.com your answers. For every 5 you get right you will earn 3 extra entries (4 extra entries possible in all)! (NO cheating please-i.e. googling answers, I want to laugh at some if you get them wrong 😉 )
1) Mary had a little lamb, it’s _____________ was white as snow.
2) Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any _____________?
3) Mary, Mary, quite _____________, how does your garden grow?
4) Rub-a-dub-dub, three men in a tub, and who do you think ____________ _____________ ?
5) Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, _________________ ________________!
6) Little Jack Horner, sat in a corner, eating his ______________ pie;
7) Little Miss Muffet, sat on a tuffet, eating her ________________ and _______________.
8) Peter Piper picked a peck of ____________ _____________.
9) One, two, buckle my shoe, three four, _____________ at the door.
10) Peter, Peter, pumpkin-eater, had a wife but couldn’t ____________ her.
11) Old Mother Hubbard, went to the _______________.
12) There was an old woman, who lived in a _______________.
13) Jack Sprat could eat no fat, his wife could eat no ___________.
14) Hey diddle, diddle, the ____________ and the fiddle.
15) Rock-a-bye baby, on the __________________.
This Giveaway will end 5/1/10 at 10:00 p.m. EST
I will choose the winner via random.org contact them via email and post them on this blog. They have 48 hours to claim their win before a new winner is chosen.
Good Luck!!


Amber took her first steps today!!! She’s been taking a step here and there for about the past week but today when I was over at Lara’s visiting today she took about 4 steps all on her own!! My little girl is growing up so much it’s just crazy!! She’s really not a baby anymore!!! Of course when I grabbed my camera she wouldn’t do it again…but I’m sure she’ll be at it more and more now so I’ll keep it handy and try to grab some of her toddling on tape so I can show everyone!!