Friday, February 27, 2015

Pretty Pintastic Party - Link up 43

Are you trying to grow your Pinterest following this year?  We are too and would love it if you follow us!  We will follow you back! Coffee With Us 3
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 Important!!! It has come to our attention that some of you are not repinning the features! This is a key to making this party successful so please don’t skip it!! If this trend continues, we will begin to pick features only from those who repin.

But as always all posts are pinned; features pinned by all!
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First, let's meet the hosts:
Jamie, Kerry, & Lucy from Coffee With Us 3 Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter 
Here's what your hosts have been up to this week!
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Every week we will have a fabulous co-host!
Our co-host this week is Sharlee from My New Lines.  Sharlee blogs her adventures at a wife, mother and friend.  She shares stories, tips and more. She recently posted about spring cleaningd7e8f7d84eb01a34d486bbb68126df93 
Show Sharlee some love by following on Pinterest, Instagram, or Twitter.
Now on to the Party!!
This is a super relaxed party! You show up with your fabulous posts and we pin every single one! We only ask one thing from you!
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  This week's Features:      
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 Easy 6 Layer Rainbow Cake from Kerry Cooks
Afghan and Amigurumi Bunny Set from Over the Apple Tree
Girl Scouts Samoas Larabars from Little Family Adventure
Easy Homemade Garlic Powder from Saving Everyday with Sonya K
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Toy Fair 2015 My Top Game Picks

I recently experienced my 1st Toy Fair New York and wow talk about a lot of toys and a lot of play. It's amazing how many things are out there. I only attended the Toy Fair for 1 day (it's a 4 day event), and felt like I only covered about 20%, but I made the most of time.


I put my focus on games, both educational and family fun. We love playing games individually, as a couple, with the kids as a family or having friends over for game night. So I was on the look out for what's I think is gonna be hot this year.


Spot it - I love the Spot It games. I play by myself or with the kids or as a group. This year they have some fun ones coming out. To start they have a 15th Anniversary Edition, Sports, Disney Frozen Numbers and Shapes and a few more fun ones.


Quick Cups - This game is addicting. You flip the card and stack or line up your cups in the color order. Easy, fun and all ages can play. What's better is it supplies enough cups for 6 players. (Available in the Fall)

Zingo Sight Words - With E getting ready for Kindergarten we are starting to work on Sight Words. This game combines education and fun to give both kids and parents a good time. They also have letters, numbers and many more. What's better no batteries!

Frankie's Food Truck Fiasco Game - We love this game. Food trucks are all the rage so why not make it a game and work on matching shapes and fine motor skills. I also love that this game puts some strategy in mind for little ones.

Scrabble Twist - I am a horrible speller, but I became addicted to this game within seconds. I love that it's handheld, you can play and pass or go solo, have sound on or off and it's easy to throw in your purse or carry on bag. (Available in the Fall)


Tiki Toss- We love to play outdoor games in the warm weather. I loved how rewarded I felt for hooking the ring. This game is perfect for your backyard BBQ or just hanging out enjoying the wonderful weather.

Rainbows & Storms - This game allows the kids to create the board by adding the color tiles and rainbows. Perfect for little ones who need to work those hands and fine motor skills, plus it's something they can be proud of even before they play.

Sushi Draft - Not only will this game make you want sushi it will also help you work those team playing skills and numbers. Quick and fun and in a handy easy to transport tin. (Coming out soon!)

Loopin Chewie - Star Wars fans will freak over this fun game. It's not just for kids, but anyone who loves to laugh, and have a fun time. (Available in the Fall)

Bonus: Monopoly 80th Anniversary Edition: We all know the classic game of Monopoly, but the 80th Anniversary Edition has taken the game back to it's roots with wooden houses, and pieces from each decade it's a great way to share the game and have a history lesson!

So there you have it. A brief look into what I'm excited about for 2015. There were a lot more games out there, and I'm hoping to share more on them as the year goes on with reviews and giveaways.

So tell me what game are you excited about for 2015?
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Early Intervention Update: Aging Out

Wow it's hard to believe that Camden will be turning 3 next week. It also means he's aging out of the Early Intervention Program. Which makes us a little sad, especially saying goodbye to our therapists.


Since we started this journey back in July it's been a lot of emotions, with a constant drive of moving forward and learning (for everyone). Our therapists have helped us to understand our son better with each session and have opened our eyes to what helps him learn and remind us that we need to let him try things on his own.


We have loved the time spent with Miss Ann, Miss Teresa and Miss Lara and they have touched not only Camden, but all of us with their dedication and support to both him and the program. Their encouragement and advise has been priceless and we feel very lucky to have been given such dedicated and kind therapists.

Our journey is not over, we are currently getting Camden evaluated for the next program which takes the sessions out of the home and into a school, so more will come on that later. For this moment I would like to thank our therapists and say to anyone hesitant to look into the program to push the fear aside and just do it. The changes it's made to our family have been invaluable and we will forever be grateful for the love and passion this program gives to its students and families.

Want to know more? Check out our journey: Month 1 Update, Camden or Batman, 6 Month Update.
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Friday, February 20, 2015

Pretty Pintastic Party - #42

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Did you notice the new welcome banner???  Yep, we've added new hosts!  The party is now on 16 blogs, with 15 hosts!  We think this will help our party grow even bigger!  Because of this, we will also be giving you more of a chance to be featured!  Starting this week, we will have 6 features!  
But as always all posts are pinned; features pinned by all!
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First, let's meet the hosts:
Jamie, Kerry, & Lucy from Coffee With Us 3 Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter 
Here's what your hosts have been up to this week!
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Our co-host this week is Katelijn from KusKat.
 Katelijn blogs her unique designs and fun creations.  Check out this gorgeous Natural Color Linen-Cotton Apron! apron Show Katelijn some love by following on Pinterest, Facebook, or Twitter.                    
Now on to the Party!!
This is a super relaxed party! You show up with your fabulous posts and we pin every single one! We only ask one thing from you!
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  This week's Features:       PPP42 Features PPP19-Features
5 Ingredient Red Velvet Cupcakes from Living Better Together
Dresser to Media Center from Redo It Yourself Inspirations
20 Bacon Recipes from Dreaming of Leaving
Leftover Ham Pot Pie from Atta Girl Says
Red Velvet Cake Mix Yogurt Dessert from Sewlicious Home Decor
Cinnamon Candy Popcorn from DIY Beautify
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By linking up, you give anniesnoms.com, mommylikewhoa.com, simplicityrelished.com, wetherillssayido.com, mandablogsabout.net, thetiptoefairy.com, coffeewithus3.com, gloriouslymade.com, anallievent.com, sarahsofiaproductions.wordpress.com, recipesforourdailybread.com, ouramericantravels.com, suburbanwifecitylife.com, dandeliondiscoveries.com, divasrunforbling.com, seekinglavenderlane.blogspot.com or any co-host permission to feature your post on social media and our blogs using a photo, title, and link to your site. Proper credit and links will be given to you.          

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Broccoli Cheddar Soup - Panera Style with a Zing!


It's winter time which means it's cold and windy out. As I walk home from the train or bus all I want is a yummy cup of soup to warm up with for dinner. My personal favorite is Broccoli & Cheddar Soup. I really love the kind Panera makes so I worked hard to find something that came close to theirs, but I added a special zing to it.


Ingredients:
1-2 broccoli heads depending on how much you like
1 Block (8oz) Cheddar Cheese shredded
1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
1/2 medium onion chopped
1/4 cup melted butter 
1/4 flour
2 cups half and half
2 cups chicken stock
1/4 tsp nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste
secret ingredient: Old Bay!


Step 1: In a small pot saute onion in 1 tablespoon of butter until transparent
Step 2: In your soup pot/dutch oven over medium head make a roux using the 1/4 cup melted butter and 1/4 cup flour. Whisking continually for about 5 minutes.
Step 3: Slowly add in half and half, continuing to whisk
Step 4: Add chicken stock, stir and let simmer for about 20 minutes
Step 5: Add in broccoli, carrots and sauteed onions. Stirring it all together
Step 6: Allow to cook over low heat for about 20-30 minutes depending on stove
Step 7: Stir in cheese until melted, add nutmeg, salt and pepper and a splash of Old Bay!
Step 8: Dig in and Enjoy!


I always like to eat my soup with bread on the side so make sure you've got some handy. This recipe is relatively easy and while it's not the healthiest, it is pretty darn tasty and perfect for those winter/snowy days. I also like the little zing from my favorite spice Old Bay.

What kind of soup do you like on a cold day?


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Friday, February 13, 2015

Pretty Pintastic Party -#41

new-welcome-banner Big News! I'm one of the new hosts for the Pretty Pintastic Party!

Did you notice the new welcome banner???  Yep, we've added new hosts!  We think this will help our party grow even bigger!  Because of this, we will also be giving you more of a chance to be featured!  Starting next week, we will have 6 features every week!  
But as always all posts are pinned; features pinned by all!
new-host-picture First, let's meet the hosts:
Jamie, Kerry, & Lucy from Coffee With Us 3 Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter 
Here's what your hosts have been up to this week!

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Every week we will have a fabulous co-host!     
Our co-host this week is Katelijn from KusKat.  Katelijn blogs her unique designs and fun creations. Check out this fun quilt project!
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Show Katelijn some love by following on Pinterest, Facebook, or Twitter.                    
Now on to the Party!!
This is a super relaxed party! You show up with your fabulous posts and we pin every single one! We only ask one thing from you!
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 This week's Features:       features41 PPP19-FeaturesBig Boy Nautical Room Makeover by Inspiration for Moms Rocky Road Cupcakes by Living Better Together Brownie Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookies by The Baking ChocolaTess "Sprinkled With Love" Valentine's Printable by Happiness is Homemade  If you were featured, grab a featured button!!    
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         Everyone else grab a button and help us spread the word about our party!!  Thanks!   button         
 
By linking up, you give anniesnoms.com, mommylikewhoa.com, simplicityrelished.com, wetherillssayido.com, mandablogsabout.net, thetiptoefairy.com, coffeewithus3.com, gloriouslymade.com, anallievent.com, or any co-host permission to feature your post on social media and our blogs using a photo, title, and link to your site. Proper credit and links will be given to you.          

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Valentine Pirate Hat

I love giving my kids something special for the holidays. With Valentine's Day only a few days away, and on a Saturday, I want to give them something they can play with. So I thought about what they like and knew immediately I should make them a Valentine Pirate Hat!


I was excited about my idea, but really didn't want to put a lot of time and energy into pulling out my sewing machine to make this so I decided to use things I already had around the house. 


Supplies Needed:
Red Felt - You need something bigger than a square so a 1/4 yard will give you lots of hats!
Pink & White Foam
Scissors
Newspaper
Glue

Step 1: Take some newspaper and draw the shape of your hat. I did a simple design
Step 2: Make sure to layer your felt on top of each other. 
Step 3: Cut the felt using the newspaper pattern
Step 4: Add the sticky back for fabric Velcro® to the inside of the hat on one side, then place the other piece on top and push the fabric down. 
Step 5: Repeat on other side
Step 6: Cut a circle with the white foam
Step 7: Cut a heart with the pink foam and 2 arrows
Step 8: Use the Velcro® to stick the white circle on the center of the hat 
Step 9: Use glue to put the heart and arrows on the white circle
Step 10: Give it to your favorite Matey!


It's seriously a 10 minute project and your kids will love it! I have to admit since discovering the sticky back for fabric Velcro® I find my DIYs can be done so much quicker that keeping it stocked in the craft supplies is a must!

So tell me do you give your little ones Valentines? What do you like to do?

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. I did receive items from a press event. As always all opinions are my own. 


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