Adorable Buglet Bracelets for a cute way to repel bugs!

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We native Floridians know a thing or 2 about bugs~ Mosquitoes and Florida go together like beans and rice. My children love to play outside, but I have to restrict their evening playtime due to the risk of contracting one of the many mosquito based diseases. While I could cover them in bug repellant……I will then have to fear if the poisons that are hiding in the repellant are greater or equal to the risk of the disease. DEET is a seriously nasty ingredient- classified as a pesticide and also used as a solvent, it is known to disrupt the central nervous system (think motor function disabilities). For many of us Moms, we have covered our children in this harmful chemical out of disease fear and the lack of other options. But now……I present a better solution. 

Buglet bracelets offer Moms a botanical solution~ an all natural and STYLISH bug repellant! Buglet bracelets use a DEET free~ 100% essential oil based natural bug repellant that is safe for kids to use! My daughter LOVES IT! 

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Buglet bracelets are silicone one size fits all “slap” bracelets. They have a few different colors and designs to choose from including an owl, monkey, or bunny! They each feature a tile in the center to allow you to drop on as much or as little as you need to repel those bugs! 

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The plant based oil bug repellant has a pleasant smell that repels bugs and lasts all day. My kids reported relief the first day we wore them- which was in the Everglades. They are the perfect solution for an all natural bug repellant and even better for children with sensitive skin since this simply goes on the wristband versus their skin. It’s a solution I wish I had thought of myself- simply genius. 

BUY IT: Buglet Bracelets are $17.99 for the wristband, and $6.99+ for the oil repellant (depending on size). 

 

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Friends, Family, and #Dunkinathome…..What more could a girl want?

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I love the weekends~ I will forever have memories from my childhood of Church, donuts, coffee, and family on Sundays.  I want my children to have the same memories of days spent loving on grandparents around the aroma of fresh brewed coffee, although the aromas have changed quite a bit since my childhood. The regular Joe-schmo coffee has morphed into pure magic with hints of cinnamon rolls, chocolate glazed donuts, and jelly donuts filling the air…….and these specialty coffees once only available at your local coffee shop, can now be brewed from the comfort of your own home with #Dunkinathome. Your Welcome. 

Dunkin Donuts has an amazing line of Bakery Series coffees including Jelly Donuts, Chocolate glazed donut, old fashioned donut, blueberry muffin, caramel coffee cake, and their newest addition of the cinnamon roll coffee! 

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To celebrate faith, family, and coffee we had our friends and family over for a #Dunkinathome party! We fellowshipped over jelly donuts and jelly donut coffee. The smells are just out.of.control.wish. I. could.make.a.scratch.and.sniff.blog.screen. The Dunkin Donuts Bakery series coffees are rich, smooth, and oh so delicious……..even the coffee veterans approved! 

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The newest addition to the Bakery series bagged coffee is the Cinnamon Coffee Roll- hands down my favorite of the series! Rich in aroma and rich in flavor~ no pastry needed……although why would you want to miss out on donuts? Just have both! 

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Hungry Girl has some great recipes for Dunkin Donuts bagged coffee~ including Chocolate Malt recipes and the recipe listed below using my favorite Cinnamon Bun coffee! Sticky Bun Coffee recipe…….total bliss! 

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Everyone gave the Dunkin Donuts Bakery Series Cinnamon Coffee Roll coffee a thumbs up! Good thing they gave us lots of bags of coffee and Munchkins to keep everyone of all ages happy! 

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We had a great time enjoying coffee and each others company~ we may have to plan another day like this on September 29th for NATIONAL COFFEE DAY!!! Coffee in my opinion does not needed a special day as I drink it every day but if it means we can celebrate than sign me up!!! 

You can find Dunkin Donuts Bakery Series bagged coffees are retailers everywhere or take a trip over to your local Dunkin Donuts to pick up some yummy donuts to pair with your coffee! 

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Dear Diary~ Day 2 of #CountryLiving

Read Day 1.

 

Dear Diary~

Today is our second full day of living in the country and it was just as interesting as the first day. 

To start the day, Emory and the juvenile female native communed with nature in the pig pen again.  They didn’t shut the gate properly so the pigs came to commune with them.  The native adult male said that they shouldn’t leave their pen because it’s safest in their pen and had to wrangle them back in.  It was a humorous spectacle.

wrangling pigs

At lunch time, the oldest male juvenile native brought a peace offering of some sort in the form of a dead frog he found in the yard.  He made all the girls sequel and screech and I later found out that it is a common pastime of male juveniles to try to gross out female juveniles.  He followed up the frog by wiping his sweaty head on all the juveniles present {including myself} and later wiping food from his hands on all the females at the dinner table.  Apparently, this type of “shock-value” behavior ends upon the death of the male in old age.  

dead frog

Later, I took it upon myself to educate the 3 juvenile females.  They loved learning together and we plan to do this every day.

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Today, my legs seem to be screaming in protest at the amount of pure physical strength it takes to live in the country.  I think that I have gotten soft while living in my “city part of the country” in PA.

As always, the bugs are out in swarms of gogleplex and enjoy me the most.

 

 

Dear Diary~ Day 1 of #CountryLiving

Dear Diary~

Recently, I was promised to a male and female native in the “country” for a months worth of labor.  I was allowed to bring all the girls and we soon set off for 2 full days of travel to reach our new destination.  This is our experience:

Today was our first full day in the country.  We arrived to our new home away from… well, everything late last night.  A quick walk around the grounds confirmed my suspicion that the bugs outnumber the humans infinity to 1. 

This morning started like any morning in the country.  Emory and the juvenile female native went to commune with nature.  Of course, the only place to do that properly is the pig pen.

pig pen 1

The communing must have worked because several minutes later, Emory was running free with the pigs.  It brought tears to my eyes.

run free

Latter that night, the female adult native let me leave the grounds to stock up on supplies.  After I acquired everything on the list that I was forced to write, I saw the most curious thing.  Some inquiries lead me to believe that this is a special machine that other natives use when the terrain is muddy. 

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No harm has come to us yet.  The male and female natives are very nice and treat us like family.  We were given our own quarters in which to sleep and the night hours are our own.  I was very tired from our first days activities and was asleep before midnight.

 

 

 

 

Seventh Generation for clean little hands and a clean house! #FreeYourBaby #MC

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We strive to only use eco-friendly sustainable products in our home, like those from Seventh Generation.  Seventh Generation as mentioned in our previous post regarding their amazing forest supporting diapers and wipes, is a proud supporter of families and their future. By choosing to only produce products that are free of synthetic dyes, fragrances and chemicals known to harm our families~ they are helping me to raise happy and healthy children not held back by toxins. So, what are you doing to #Freeyourbaby ? 

Seventh Generation offers products for every room in the house from dish soap for the kitchen to laundry soap in the laundry room. We have enjoyed Seventh Generation diapers and wipes for many years with our 4 children and really enjoyed all the new products they have come out with since then! Out of pure necessity, I ♥ their new selection of hand soap! I have 4 dirty little children who wash their hands 15 million times a day~ that would be a lot of chemical exposure! But Seventh Generation plant based hand soaps are free of dyes, synthetic fragrances and Triclosan. 

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Many of us Moms are germ phobic and we rely on hand sanitizers or anti-bacterial soap to get our little ones grimy hands clean. But Triclosan is not the best choice for your baby’s hands. It was first registered as a pesticide, and is a known muscular and hormone disruptor and has been linked to allergies in children. Many companies are opting to remove Triclosan and are going back to the olden days of just good ol’ fashion hand washing. #Freeyourbaby and teach them to scrub those little hands for 20 seconds- Happy Birthday x 2! 

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My family has switched out all our toxic sprays and cleaners for gentler more eco-friendly products that have one additional bonus that makes all the other perks seem not as important…….my kids can use them!! WOOT WOOT!! 

Yes, I have these children scrubbing counters and wiping windows! Seventh Generation plant based cleaners are free of VOC solvents and harsh fumes. I can feel safe knowing no matter what surface my baby touches, they are safe from toxic chemicals caused by cleaning products. Just another step we are taking in the #Freeyourbaby movement. 

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Seventh Generation products can be found all over our home~ not because we took part in this campaign but because we truly support this great company and trust them with our children. It is very freeing as a parent to know that my making a big switch like this means sooooo much less worry!!! Stay tuned for more information on great family products from Seventh Generation! 

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Eitech Construction Sets~ Keeping Boys Busy!! Review and #Giveaway

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There is such a great selection of toys to choose from these days, that it is quite easy to find a great fun yet educational toy! My boys are very hands on learners, preferring building toys over anything else. The more pieces……the better in their eyes. Science toys are great way to introduce concepts like engineering and architecture. Eitech Toys offers children fun creative projects that enhance science skills and fine motor skills all while being completely entertaining. 

Eitech has a wide selection of building toys (I know because my son made a list of EVERY ONE is wants to build next!), with multiple categories of building sets including basic, Classic, Exclusive, Solar, and experimental! 

My boys were super excited to receive the new Trail Bike kit and the Train with rail car set………..They set off building immediately! The Trail Bike kit is geared for ages 8+ and includes 60 pieces. The 60 pieces come together in one bag~and tools are included! My son thought it was great that he had a mini screwdriver! This kit requires determination, patience, and the ability to concentrate on one thing…..all traits I desire my boys to have. 

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The instructions were clear and my 8 yr old had no difficulty constructing without adult assist. Some of the steps require building in very small spaces, my son needed some assist there ~ I can see why it builds fine motor skills! The instructions feature pictures to follow along with. 

Trail Bike Eitech building set

It took approx 1.5 hours from beginning to end to complete the Trail Bike Construction set, and he spent 4 hours playing with his bike the first day! He had every Playmobil guy on it! His front wheel leans forward and we can’t figure out why……he calls it his Chopper! 

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The Train with Rail car construction set is quite the bigger more elaborate set containing 180 parts!! My oldest son wants to be an architect when he grows up, and just truly enjoys building and designing things. This was the perfect project for him! He sister was determined to make it difficult for him though! 

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As mentioned above, there are many times when you need to screw a bolt into the tiniest space~ the train features many of those times. It took a little assist by Dad to get it together. My son enjoyed the challenge though! 

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The Eitech kits have high quality, thick stainless steel pieces that will withstand brutal boys. The kits are well priced, and can easily be incorporated into homeschooling. He was quite proud of his finished Train with Rail Car

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Whether your kit comes with 100 pieces or 1000 pieces, all the pieces are interchangeble opening up a WHOLE NEW WORLD of creativity! My sons are already drawing up their designs for their next project! For now they are enjoying running their trail Bike through the mud! 

You can find Eitech toys online at www.Eitechtoys.com or Amazon and  locally at Toys R US! Prices start at $19.99, *priced best on Amazon! Connect with Eitech on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to stay on top of new construction sets and of course Holiday deals!

Thanks to Eitech Toys, one lucky reader will win a Eitech Construction set of their own!! Enter below! 

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#LeapTV is almost here!

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Leap Frog fans unite! We are so excited to announce that LeapFrog’s new LeapTV is almost here! We just can’t wait. LeapFrog is all about interactive educational fun. And this gaming system is no different. With three ways to play, kids will be able to choose their own style of gaming.  

Check out the latest behind the scenes video starring the LeapFrog CEO “Child Executive Officer” 

 

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Berry Berry Quinoa Breakfast Recipe #Vegan #Recipe

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We  ♥ quinoa around here! If you didn’t know, it’s pronounced Keen-wah.  It is such a versatile meal starter and a nutritional powerhouse! It is a COMPLETE protein (So no more “Where do you Vegans get your protein?” ). We are talking 8 grams of protein in 1 cup, along with magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, and potassium. It is non-GMO and Gluten free for all those healthy people out there :) 

There are 3 different colors of quinoa out there……black, yellow, and red. We love yellow and black quinoa mixed with veggies, and save our red quinoa for breakfast! It has such an earthy flavor and the perfect substitute for oatmeal * We love oatmeal too- but we change it up with quinoa*. 

Before we get into the recipe…..let me tell you how to cook this stuff! It’s just like RICE!!! 2 cups water for 1 cup quinoa! Bring water and quinoa to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, cover with lid and simmer for 20 minutes. Just like that! 

This breakfast must-make, is easy peasy so onto the recipe!! 

Berry Berry Quinoa Breakfast
Quinoa powerhouse breakfast- with fresh berries and raw nuts!
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Cook Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. Red quinoa
  2. Natural sweetener (raisins, Medjool dates, or apple pieces)
  3. Fresh Berries *raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries) Pick some or all.
  4. Raw nuts- we like walnuts best.
  5. Maple Syrup *The real kind*
Instructions
  1. Cook quinoa as directed above BUT add in your sweetener 2-3 dates, 1/2 raisins or 1/2 cup apple pieces.
  2. When completed, top with fresh fruits, nuts and drizzle with maple syrup.
  3. Eat and enjoy!
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Leap Frog LOVERS- Get excited for the new #LeapTV!! ***TEASE ALERT***

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If your a Mom………your a Leap Frog fan! How could you not with their amazing selection of educational products for our little ones all at great prices and convenient availability!  Every year they come up with bigger and better products and this year with the holidays approaching is no exception. Leap Frog has recently announced their newest addition of the LeapTV! We are UBER-EXCITED!! 

The LeapTV is gearing to get minds and bodies moving, with an easy to use interactive video gaming system for kids! The LeapTV can be used in multiple ways including motion activated or with classic controller- for multiple ages with age selection! And with the 100+ games available, this system will become a favorite in your home! 

Get the FIRST look below! 

Aren’t you excited that now you have a justifiable excuse to allow them to play video games! It’s almost trickery! BAHAHAHAHA The #LeapTV system will be available for pre-order on September 2nd……..stay tuned for more behind the scenes info!! 

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#FreeyourBaby and Get Outdoors with Seventh Generation Diapers #MC

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Seventh Generation has developed the first diaper FSC certified made in the United States of America~ but what does that mean for us? 

My family loves the outdoors~ everything from camping, hiking, canoeing, beach, tree top climbing, to just going outdoors to explore. That’s why I support brands that support my lifestyle and my desire to protect this precious world so that I can watch my grandchildren play outdoors.

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It is brands like Seventh Generation that are taking a stand against pollution, deforestation, and usage of toxic chemicals in our everyday products. It is companies like Seventh Generation who know that I spent too much energy and hard work creating my bundle of joy, just to see it broken down with toxins. 

The FSC certification means:

* Encourages healthy tree growth, and prohibits the harvest of rare, old forests.

* Prevents loss of natural tree cover in our forests

* Prohibits hazardous chemicals to be used

Seventh Generation is recognized for it’s sustainable practices that perfectly align with how we choose to raise our children. I don’t want my children to be held back by the toxins in our everyday products. Our children should be free to play, free to explore, free to help clean (like that happens often), free to explore, free to climb, and just free to be. 

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#FreeYourBaby ………….. Seventh Generation diapers and wipes are FREE of fragrances,  FREE of latex, FREE of chlorine processing, and FREE of petroleum based lotions. They are hypoallergenic and provide great absorption! We have used Seventh Generation diapers for 5 years, they are trusted not to leak and trusted to protect my baby and Earth. 

Have you used Seventh Generation diapers and wipes? What are you doing to #FreeYourBaby? Shop Seventh Generation for natural baby options.

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