Thursday, April 25, 2013

Connor's Dedication

Connor was dedicated at our church this past Sunday. My parents came for the occasion and we had lunch for our friends and family at our house afterwards. It was a nice ceremony and Connor fell asleep right before it started. He had a pretty rough morning because he is teething so he wasn't really cooperating for pictures, but that didn't stop us from trying.


I wish he would have been looking at the camera for this one

He did not want to look at the camera at all which is pretty unusual for him
The next 3 pictures crack me up. Connor is spitting up and Grace is refusing to stay still to take a picture. I love how you can see our dogs chasing each other in the background.


 Someday we'll be able to get a decent family picture!

Grace slept through most of the service and woke up right before we went to front for the dedication. She wanted me to hold her and started getting really fussy when I told her no because Connor was asleep in my arms. Mike had to take her to grandma and she calmed down. Connor happily slept through it.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Real Kids Shades Review & Giveaway!

I've been wanting to write this review for weeks, but due to cold and cloudy weather, we've been stuck inside. Thankfully, we've had some warmer weather over the past couple of days and we've spent some time outside. Real Kids Shades sent both of my kids a pair of sunglasses to use and enjoy this summer!

Real Kids Shades prides itself in making sunglasses for kids with the same great materials and tough standards as adult sunglasses.  While most of us remember to put sunscreen on our children during the summer, we forget that the sun's rays can cause irreparable damage to their eyes. Real Kids Shades block 100% of UV rays.

Real Kids Shades is a leading maker and provider of sunglasses for children. By advocating sun safety through our Safe Eyes Everyday program, RKS helps parents provide serious sun protection for babies, toddlers, and kids up to age 12. All Real Kids Shades provide comfort, durability, and safety. Our rigorous product testing program assures all Real Kids Shades are CPSIA Compliant, CE Certified, and FDA Approved to provide 100% UVA and UVB protection.

Grace received the My First Shades in Pink Daisy. They are adorable on her but she wouldn't let me get a decent picture.


Each pair has a neoprene® band that comfortably and securely keeps the glasses in place. The band will float if it is dropped in water ensuring that the glasses won't get lost while swimming! This will come in very handy for us. Grace enjoys taking them on and off and she isn't exactly gentle. They are shatterproof and made to withstand the rough lifestyle of a kid

Connor received the Xtreme Elements Shades in Navy

 
 
He looks so adorable and he seems to like wearing them. I really worried that he would just pull them off, but so far they've stayed put because of the band.

I would highly recommend these sunglasses. We will be using them a lot this summer! The quality is great and they come in tons of cute colors and styles. Find out more about Real Kids Shades by visiting their website or their Facebook page!

Giveaway

One lucky Moments That Take My Breath Away reader will win a pair of Real Kids Shades of their choice!

How to Enter:
This is a Rafflecopter giveaway.  Follow the instructions on the widget to enter. All current likes/follows count! Please contact me if you run into any technical difficulties with Rafflecopter.  The giveaway runs through Tuesday, April 30th at 11:59 PM CST! Open to US residents. The winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond. If they do not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

Good luck!


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I was not compensated for this post. I received the item(s) free of charge for reviewing purposes. All opinions are honest, and my own. 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Moments That Make My Heart Melt

I was reading old posts this morning and came across this one that I wrote shortly before Connor was born about how worried I was about Grace's life changing. I was worried that she would resent me and that she wouldn't like having Connor around. I am happy to say that she has adapted very well and most of the time she absolutely loves him. Over the past month, she's started to realize that he can play with her and it is amazing to watch them together. He absolutely lights up when she acknowledges him and she loves to make him giggle. I know that as he starts to get mobile, they will be able to play together even more and I look forward to them really bonding.

I was able to capture one of their "play times" on video the other day and my heart just melted over how sweet Grace was being and how happy Connor was.


These moments make my heart melt and make all of the difficult days worth it!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Pampers Baby Dry Coupon & Sweet Sleep Giveaway!

Pampers knows that a great day begins with a dry night's sleep. I know that going in to find your baby's PJs and sheets soaking wet is not a great way to start your day! We have a great system of using cloth diapers during the day and disposables at night. Connor is an extremely heavy wetter and the only diapers that we trust at night are Pampers. Pampers is celebrating babies sweet sleep time in April and I know that I can ensure both Grace's and Connor's sweet sleep time with Pampers Baby Dry diapers. They offer 12 hours of overnight dryness with three layers of absorbency (vs. two in other leading brands.)

We have a routine to ensure Grace's sweet sleep time that includes gathering up all of her stuffed animals to sleep with, reading books, and cuddling with Mommy, Daddy, and Brother.  She wakes up happy and dry 11-12 hours later! I can't wait until we get a set routine with Connor as well.

Sleepy girl
And sleepy boy
Pampers wants to encourage parents nationwide to ensure their little one's sweet sleep time! Join the fun now!

Pinterest Giveaway: Parents are asked to join the Pinterest giveaway promotion between April 10th and April 24th by creating a special board entitled “Pampers Sweet Sleep Time Party”, using the hashtag #PampersBabyDry, pinning the special “Sweet Sleep Time” giveaway image and at least ten images that best represent your favorite sleep time solutions, rituals and products – including Pampers Baby Dry diapers – for a chance to win exciting prizes that enhance baby’s sweet sleep time. Pampers will be offering several prizes throughout the duration of the party, including "Sweet Sleep Time" packs which contain items ideal for baby's uninterrupted night of rest. One grand prize winner will even win a gift card to create their baby's dream nursery, alongside a year-supply of Pampers Baby Dry diapers, which help keep baby dry with up to 12 hours of overnight protection.

Moment of the Week:  Parents can post photos of their little ones enjoying a dry night’s sleep on the Pampers Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Pampers) and on Twitter (@Pampers; #PampersBabyDry) for a chance to be featured as the “Sweet Sleep Time Moment of the Week.”


You can purchase Pampers Baby Dry diapers at select retailers nationwide and online at the P&G eStore, www.PGestore.com. Through June 30th, you can go to www.coupons.com to get a  $1.50 printable coupon to use on your next purchase of Pampers Baby Dry diapers at your nearest retailer.

For more information about Baby Dry diapers or any other great Pampers products, visit www.Pampers.com or tweet Pampers using the @Pampers handle and #PampersBabyDry hashtag. 

Giveaway

One lucky Moments That Take My Breath Away reader will win an Sweet Sleep Gift Pack from Pampers. This is an amazing gift pack with a retail value of over $100! It includes:


  • Pampers Baby Dry diaper pack ($13) 
  • Pampers Baby Dry diaper coupon ($13) 
  • Pampers Wipes ($5) 
  • Pampers Wipes coupon ($5) 
  • Constellation B Glow Animal ($30) 
  • Good Night Moon book ($10) 
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear Book ($10) 
  • Where the Wild Things Are book ($15) 
 

How to Enter:
This is a Rafflecopter giveaway.  Follow the instructions on the widget to enter. All current likes/follows count! Please contact me if you run into any technical difficulties with Rafflecopter.  The giveaway runs through Thursday, April 25th at 11:59 PM CST! Open to US residents. The winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond. If they do not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

Good luck!


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Disclosure: I was provided a gift pack for myself and a winner by Pampers for my participation in this blogging program. All opinions are honest, and my own.  

Monday, April 15, 2013

Must Read Monday: Grace's Favorite Books

It's been a long time since I've done a Must Read Monday post and I'm thinking about bringing it back! We spend a lot of time reading in our house and we have a ton of books. I try to limit buying her toys, but I can't resist buying books! Here are some of her favorites:

1. Good Night, Gorilla- This is by far her favorite book. She would read it about a million times a day and she knows it by heart. There aren't many words so we talk about the pictures and identify each animal.


2. Biscuit's First Trip- We got this book as a prize for the Summer Reading Program at the library last year and she has really attached to it lately. It's a cute little book and I think she loves the dog in it.


3. I Stink!- This is one of my least favorites but she adores it. Several of the pages include words like "boom" and "beep beep" which she thinks are pretty funny. She's memorized those pages and says them before I even say anything. I don't like it because it's gross. It's about a garbage truck and what it "eats." So glad she didn't discover it while I was pregnant and nauseous all of the time. Overall a good book for this age but not great if you are easily grossed out!


4. Dear Zoo- I bought this for her for her birthday last year and it is still a favorite. It's a lift the flap book about different animals from the zoo and she loves "finding" each animal and identifying them and their sounds.

5. Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear? sound book- She recently discovered this one in her bookshelf downstairs and I often find her flipping through it by herself. She loves that she can push the button for the sounds of each corresponding animal. You can't go wrong with an Eric Carle book!


6. Four Little Puppies /Three Little Kittens- These books are pretty adorable with cut outs of the dogs and cats complete with googly eyes and soft ears. The rhymes are short and sweet and she enjoys turning the pages.


7. Barnyard Dance!- Can I just say how much I love Sandra Boynton? Any of her books are sure to be a hit in our house. This is probably Grace's favorite because of all of the animals. She bows and turns when the animals do. She also loves Boynton's Doggies book.


8. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!- This book is funny and the illustrations are a nice change from normal children's books!



9. Where's Spot?- Do you see a trend running through a lot of these books? Grace loves animals so much, especially dogs. This is a great lift the flap book.


10. Pride & Prejudice: A BabyLit Counting Primer- I love these BabyLit books and Grace is really starting to enjoy them too! It's a fun book to help her work on her numbers. Plus the illustrations are really pretty.

11. Baby's First Library Numbers- We spend a ton of time each day counting all of the animals and items in this book. Grace loves identifying everything and while the math in it is too complex for her, it's a book that can grow with her.


What is your child's favorite book? 
 
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