Saturday, July 6, 2013

$50 Amazon or Pay Pal Giveaway

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Organized by: Mom to Bed by 8
This giveaway is special!!! There are no pages to "like" or "follow". As bloggers we like to have conversations with our readers....this is just a way to get the conversation started.

Super easy entries, a chance to go shopping, plus you will visit some amazing blogs!

One lucky reader will receive their choice of $50 via paypal or a $50 Amazon eGift Code!
Giveaway ends July 13, 2013 at 11:59pm, open worldwide, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

LifeProof July 4th Sale

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 Happy 4th of July!
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Why buy a LifeProof case?
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Santa Fe Chicken Recipe

Some days we can become so busy that we have no time to prepare supper. Between appointments, summer fun, and running errands the days disappear so quickly. Days like this are when I really appreciate my slow cooker and rice cooker. My rice cooker has a delay timer, so I can set it up in the morning, and set the timer to start when ever I need it!
When it's hot out, a slow cooker can be your best friend! Start cooking in the morning with out heating up the house.

One of my favourite recipe is for Santa Fe Chicken, and it can be made easily in a slow cooker or rice cooker.


3 cups uncooked White rice
2 cups salsa or 1 can diced tomatoes with liquid and spices of your choice (chili powder, cumin, etc.)
3 cups water (if you use a can of tomatoes use 2 cups of water)
1-2 lb. diced chicken uncooked
1 onion diced (optional)
1 green pepper chopped (optional)
1 small can black beans drained (optional)
1/2 cup cream cheese

My family does not like this recipe with beans, so I omit them. Too bad, because I liked it!

Slow Cooker Directions:
Reduce the water to 2 1/2 cups. Put all ingredients except the cream cheese in your slow cooker. Cook on low 6 hours or high 4 hours.

When cooked, mix in the cream cheese and serve!

Rice cooker directions:
The same as with a slow cooker, only start 45 minutes before you want to eat.

This meal has gotten me tons of compliments! Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Focusing on Speech

Hearing your child's first words is a joy for every parent. it doesn't matter how many children you have, each time is new and exciting. What happens when that moment isn't coming? When you suspect that your child might have a speech delay?
Each region has different resources, but in most areas like with any specialist, there is a wait. So what now? How do you encourage your child to speak, or help improving the quality of the speech they do have?
We have been through speech therapy twice now, and are receiving some for Little C right now. It is very difficult when your little one isn't talking, but there are things you can do to help.

Have them drink from a straw
I wish I had known this one! Little S's therapist let me know about this one. When you use a straw, you are using the same muscles that are used in speech. Developing these muscles assists in the easy formation of words. Whether your child is just learning to drink a sippy cup, or already in school, a straw can help. 
There are many straw cup options for kids of all ages. The earlier they start, the greater the benefit. 

Use Baby Sign Language
Yes, believe it or not this helps speech. Not only does signing help prevent frustration in babies, and help you comunicate with your child at an earlier age, many studies show children who sign speak earlier, and have a bigger vocabulary than children using speech alone. In our family I noticed an incredible difference when I introduced signs to my children.

Play the "Echo" Game
When your baby or toddler babbles, repeat what the "say" back to them. This teaches them about conversation, and about turn taking. Repeat them a few times, and try using similar sounds back to them encouraging them to echo you. The more they enjoy it, the more likely they are to "echo" you. Gradually increase the difficulty moving from vowel sounds, to consonants, and finally words.

Name the Objects Around
The best thing you can do to help your child is model speech for them. Name objects, show them what speech is for, even with your infants.

These are only a few things, but it is amazing how much these few things can help! 

Choosing a Deck

This post brought to you by Royal Building Products. All opinions are 100% mine.

Right now my house has a tiny little wood deck, just big enough for us to stand on to unlock the door. It might have been nice once upon a time, but that time is long gone! The paint is peeling, the wood is splitting, and one day I am sure that it will fall to pieces. I can't count how many times I have pulled slivers out of my children's hands and feet. 

Building a new deck has always been on my to do list. I never realized how many options there really are for decking materials

After doing some reading, I am really considering trying a Royal Deck system. It is made of  high-quality cellular PVC, and is weather and insect resistant, features that are very appealing to me. That combined with the fact that it is safe for my children. With a crawling baby, splinters are a big concern. Little C not only crawls, but she also scoots on her bum, dragging it as she goes along. I will not let her play on most decks, and I have a dream for my house. I want to build a deck that I can have screened in, big enough for some patio furniture, a barbeque, and room for my kids to play. 

After visiting Royal Building Products I have a much better picture of what I want in a deck, and what options are available to me. I even got some color ideas. I am thinking of using graystone, and painting the house a bolder color. 

Visit Royal Building Products and check out their decking materials. You will love it! What would you pick if you were rebuilding a deck right now? 

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Planning Summer Vacations

This post brought to you by Insurance Hunter. All opinions are 100% mine.

It's summer, the kids are out of school, and now it's time to fit in all the activities you have been waiting all year to have time for. Summer goes by so fast. If you are not prepared, then it will be gone just as you begin to relax. That's why it pays to plan ahead. Planning your dream vacation is easier than you might think, so worth it.

Admit it, you have a destination in mind, maybe one you have never even told anyone about. A dream that you long to fulfill, sights you can picture in your mind. We all have one place that speaks to us

My hubby and I recently took my dream vacation, a Caribbean Cruise. I always dreamed of going on a cruise, and it was a dream come true. I was amazed at how many details we had not planned for! Here I was planning and planning, but some details are often over looked. 

Insurance Hunter has a great post all about preparing for your dream vacation, filled with tips like getting travel insurance, keeping your booking documents handy, and planning your activities. You would be surprised how much time you can waste by not being prepared. 

For our little vacation, we had done some traveling in Florida after the cruise, and we found we had wasted time and money by not planning our routes better, and buying insurance ahead of time. All little things, but the little things add up and take away from your perfect vacation. Planning pays off. What good is a vacation if you  spend all of it researching venues, switching hotels, or driving around looking for things? 

Whether your dream vacation is this year, next year, or not yet booked, visit Insurance Hunter and save your self some troubles! 

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Vitacost $100 Giveaway

Have you check out Vitacost yet? Vitacost is an online store geared to take the cost out of healthy living. You can find everything from vitamins, baby products, health and fitness products, and more. Brand name products that you are used to finding, all delivered right to your door. Plus, they offer free shipping on orders over $49. Shipping costs can really add up! 
One lucky reader is going to get a $100 Vitacost gift card. You fill out the rafflecopter below.
Good Luck!
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