Monday, July 25, 2016

Two + Life Lately

Well, it's happened. My baby girl went ahead and turned two and is officially not a baby anymore. These last two years have flown by- I know it's super cliche to say, but I really don't know where the time went. It doesn't seem all that long ago that I was sharing my pregnancy announcement here on the blog and then taking her home from the hospital as a mom of three. 

I'm not afraid to admit that the transition from two to three was a bit rocky in the beginning for me...after all, there is a 7 year age gap between my youngest two. I had gotten so used to it just being my two big, self-sufficient kids. Throwing a newborn into the mix definitely shook things up a little! But we wouldn't trade having Harper for the world. She's literally brought new life to the family and is doted on by everyone, including her siblings. They just adore her, really, they do. Now that she's two she's been playing with her big sister a lot more, and they bond over things like baby dolls, princess movies, and her new kitchen set we got for her birthday. It's so sweet to see my two girls playing make believe together. Even her big, cool, almost 12 year old brother will sit down and play pink legos with her or scoop her up, grab her favorite book, and snuggle in the chair with her all on his own. No one can resist that cute face!

Harper's birthday celebration was super low key. It was just the five of us at home- I made a chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting and sprinkles and she got to open her presents. Nothing fancy, no party, no one else came over. I had originally wanted to do just a small backyard barbecue with a few close friends, but I decided even that was a little too much work for me at 33 weeks pregnant. My kidney has really been bothering me (still) and I never know if I'm going to have a good or bad day pain-wise, so I threw out even the tiniest idea of a party and decided that it should just be us. It was perfect! Harper was beaming and laughing when we sang Happy Birthday to her. 

It's crazy now is to think that in just a few weeks my baby is going to be a big sister! We're somewhere around 40-45 days away from meeting our sweet little guy and I can't wait to see Harper with her baby brother. I'm a little nervous again about making the jump from three to four kids, but I know we'll all figure it out after those first few postpartum weeks. I've never had this close of an age gap between my kids either- Ayden and Lily were exactly 3 1/2 years apart and Ayden was fully potty trained by the time Lily came along. Harper and this baby will be just over 2 years apart and she's still in diapers and is nowhere near being self-sufficient. I just pray that I can handle her toddler meltdowns and super neediness while being sleep deprived and breastfeeding a newborn. I figure if other moms out there can do it, I can too, right? 

Can you believe those ultrasound pictures we got from the doctor last week? Technology is crazy, I tell ya. I've never seen that clear of a picture with any of my other babies! I can't wait to see who this little guy looks like. 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Target love: Cottonelle Clean Care Box

Anyone who knows me knows I love Target. It's my happy place, where I enjoy long walks down the aisles, aimlessly searching for new health and beauty items with an iced coffee in hand. Recently, I've fallen in love with Target's sample boxes, and I was thrilled to be on the list of people who got their latest one sent directly to my front door!

The Cottonelle Clean Care Box came loaded with 7 premium personal care items that promise to deliver a better clean, a better texture, and a better experience from brands I already love and trust. This adorable little box was offered for a very limited time on for just $5 (with free shipping!) Unfortunatly, these babies flew much more quickly than anyone anticipated and sold out in just two days. I'm hoping Target brings them back again very soon because it's an amazing deal valued at over $25 worth of products! Keep checking this page to see if the Cottonelle Clean Care Box comes back in stock. 

What's inside:

Cottonelle Clean Care Bath Tissue | This bath tissue is thick, unscented, and designed to clean better with Cottonelle's CleanRipple® Texture. It's designed to give you a better clean! I hate thin bath tissue, so this one is a staple in my house.

Kleenex Facial Cleansing Wipes | This is a brand new product that I've been wanting to try. They are alcohol-free, pre-moistened, dermatologist tested, and come in really cute assorted patterns. The cloths are multi-layered and textured so they are effective yet gentle, and are infused with a pro-vitamin complex to give the natural radiance of a freshly washed clean in just one step.

Cottonelle Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths | These unscented, flushable wet wipes have been a must-have in my bathroom for a few months now (since I first discovered them). If you're a mom with small kids, you need these. Trust me! 

Kleenex Facial Tissue | A trusted brand of soft tissues I already use and love, these slim little packs of 10 tissues are designed to fit in your pocket or backpack. So cute! I love all of the designs. 

Skinfix Ultra Rich Hand Cream | I've recently fallen in love with the Skinfix brand and this award winning hand cream doesn't disappoint. My hands have been so dry lately from swimming. This luxurious cream softens and deeply hydrates the driest, eczema-prone hands. 

Skinfix Lip Repair Balm | I'm the type of person who always needs something on my lips, so this lightweight balm is a new favorite for me. It contains 40% coconut oil and helps banish dry lips on contact.

The Bathery Delicate Sponge | I actually needed a new bath sponge. This one comes in assorted colors and works really well to exfoliate.

The Cottonelle Clean Care Box also came with a little coupon booklet for Cottonelle, Kleenex, Skinfix, and The Bathery products at Target

I really hope Target brings back this box- it's so practical and is such a great value. Did you snag a Cottonelle Clean Care Box while they were available? You can still get these products individually at Target- don't forget to check the Target Cartwheel App for special savings!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Easy ways to support your child's school

No matter what type of school your children attend, I think it's safe to say they could use all the help they can get these days. Parents and guardians are busier than ever and a lot of schools seem to be bursting at the seams with kids. Teachers and faculty are overwhelmed, overworked, and underpaid. It's so important for the parents to set a good example and help out wherever possible. Even if you work and have a busy lifestyle, there's always something you can do to give back and lend at hand at your child's school. Here are a few easy ways to support your child's school:

Volunteer in your child's class. This is a big one that will be appreciated by your child's teacher so much. They might put you to work grading tests or papers, organizing things in the classroom, reading to the class, helping out in a group activity, or preparing homework packets and future projects. Whatever it is, they will be so thankful for your time! Plus, it's fun for the kids to see you in the classroom and for you to see what daily school life is like.

Join the PTO/PTA. If you have the time, this is one that always seems to be in demand. It doesn't require a ton of time- just a few hours a month at meetings to help organize school events and whatnot. I know our PTA is always in need of parent volunteers, so if you have a few hours to spare this would be a good place to pitch in. Plus, you'll get to know the teachers and faculty better, as well as other parents who are involved.

Help fund raise. Whether it's attending school functions and fundraisers, donating to food drives, or simply collecting Box Tops For Education, fundraising for your child's school is huge. Collecting Box Tops is so easy too!

So many of Reynolds Consumer Products brands participate in Box Tops, and at $.10 each they add up pretty quickly. We buy so many products with Box Tops on them! Last year my children's school raised just over $2000 from Box Tops, and that money is put to good use for things like new equipment and technology, books, field trips, extra curricular activities, and more. 

Collecting Box Tops is easy and you can solicit your friends and family to collect for you too. Seriously- just ask grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends to save Box Tops for your kiddos and let them know what they can do for the school. We get tons of them from our extended family and relatives! I like to clip mine and keep them in a plastic baggy on the fridge. Everyone in my house knows to clip the Box Tops and put them in the bag, and then when the bag is pretty full (every couple of months) my kids take turns handing them into the school. It's kind of a fun game to them- our last Box Top donation to the school at the end of the year was over 200! We're always trying to beat our previous record and see how many we can turn in at a time. 

You can earn extra Box Tops for your school by participating in the Hefty and Reynolds Box Tops for Education "School Supplied" sweepstakes and daily instant win game. They are giving away thousands of product prizes PLUS the chance for 5 lucky schools to win 10,000 eBoxTops! Just think of what your school could do with all of those! Enter here:

Do you collect Box Top For Education for your child's school? Did you know how easy it is? Make sure to enter the School Supplied sweepstakes for your chance to win and help your school even more!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


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