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I have searched for one of the interactive stuffed animals for my daughter. After visiting her friend’s house, she was completely obsessed with a singing stuffed animal, and started bringing each of her stuffed toys to me, and asking me to make the little guys sing. Ah, to be 2 1/2 again and think that mommy has the magic to make that happen, right?!? I was excited to hear about the new toy from VTech- Cora the Smart Cub. Not only does Cora play songs, but after a quick set up online (super intuitive for mom and dad!) she will tell stories (including your child’s name and favorite things!), play nap time/bedtime music, and Cora’s internal clock allows her to interact during your child’s regular routine. Seriously – this gal has an internal clock…how cool is that? Even more cool though is that she will turn off on her own if your child is not using her, so she does not scare the daylights out of parents at random times. This factor is VERY important to me with all toys. Clearly she really is Cora the Smart Cub.
The ages which Cora is supposed to be for are 6 months through 3 years old. I am going to be honest – my son is interested when my 2 1/2-year-old is playing with her, and I think that the new baby will be loving her up pretty soon as well (especially the music part!). She is super cute as well – pink, cuddly, with a heart that lights up, and icons on her which are easy to follow. I also was impressed that she is only $19.99
We are loving Cora in our house – and with today’s giveaway, you can enter to win one too Fill out the rafflecopter entry below!
Sauces are one of the easiest things to make, freeze, and reheat. Let’s be honest though – how many times can you have tomato sauce? Today’s Roasted Red Pepper Sauce is a great variation, and I found that it tastes very similar to a Vodka sauce…but the difference is I can make this one successfully I have made the Roasted Red Pepper Sauce with both sausage and chicken, and it is delicious both ways. If I make with sausage, I will brown it, and include it with the frozen sauce, chicken, I will make the day of serving.
I know I have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest. It has made me realize that my house is a poorly decorated mess, I don’t have a mantle display which changes with the seasons, and my outfits rarely have matching jewelry, shoes, purses, and hair accessory (really – who does their hair perfectly ALL the time?!). I was talking to a friend who is getting married recently about all this, and her comment to me was “you have no idea what Pinterest has done to weddings.” Oh my, I can’t even IMAGINE! I remember when I was planning my wedding six years ago, I was overwhelmed…today, I would be totally screwed.
In July, attended the wedding of one of my husband’s close friends. One of those weddings you knew you were going to be attending years ago, because the couple seemed to fit together so well. The wedding was filled with so many perfect details, you couldn’t help but feel like the bride just shared her heart with us so much on that day. Being massively pregnant and completely sober (which is a slightly rare occurrence for me at a wedding), I feel like I got to enjoy all of her details. I was kind of obsessed with everything at the wedding and freakishly was walking around the reception before people arrived, snapping pictures. Why not, right? I thought it would be fun to step out of mom-land today and celebrate weddings instead. I am so grateful that the bride let me share her day, and hope she enjoys looking at some of the pictures again (this is a small excerpt of my album of over 100 pics – told you…freak). Here are some of my favorite details from the day:
Really – who doesn’t love adorable dogs?Add in a tie and leashes that match the wedding decor, and everyone was in love with these little guys
LOVED this idea to have old keys with everyone’s name and table assignment – perfect way to welcome people!
The couple hung pictures of their family member’s weddings on a picket fence – such a great way to display pictures. If you saw my recent post about my daughter’s room redo – you know I love using those picket fences!
Okay, so they didn’t bring in the Moose head, but check out the initials hanging from the Moose? I loved how they put that big old guy to work during the wedding.
The centerpieces for the tables were so unique, and so so pretty when they were lit up. I loved how the couple “named” the tables as well. Hubby and I did a similar idea as well….we picked places which were meaningful to us from our relationship (maybe our wedding could have survived Pinterest??)
This was one of my favorite pieces from the wedding…and luckily it was a favor, so I now have two in my house! The groom (yes, only the groom could do this…) – cut up pieces of branches with a chainsaw into coaster size pieces…he then took an iron brand, put it in the fire, and branded each of the coasters with a bison and the word love. Yes…you read that right…chainsaws, iron brands..all capped with a little love. These were absolutely awesome though!
Have you been to any weddings lately that have had amazing details? Anything from your own wedding to share?
As we all know, Wednesdays I love to feature Mommy Brain moments….the reason why i do this is to show that we all screw up, and its ok, as long as we can laugh about it. Moms often get a bad rap though,but let’s be honest, dads have their own share of messing up! Last summer I shared some stories from my husband and my brothers “daddy brain” moments (If you missed it, click here), I thought it was about time to share another…
The other morning my son and daughter were sitting on the floor playing cars together as I was feeding the baby. It was a kind of perfect moment as they were playing so well together, so I was listening especially closely as I just adore those times (yelling and whining I mostly tune out…). My son pretended one of his cars was a police car, and had it go through a very realistic “pull-over” experience. I sat there wracking my brain about where he could have heard all of this.
“Sir, do you know how fast you were going?”
“License and Registration please.”
and capped with…
“where are we heading today?”
I asked my son where he could have heard all of this…the answer?
“Well,Mommy, one day we got pulled over by a police officer when daddy was driving.”
Ahhh…I see. I asked if the police officer gave Daddy a ticket.
“No – and daddy said we were so lucky because you wouldn’t know either. Oh…um, whoops?”
Ah – looks like Daddy brain was in full effect. Hubby forgot that mommy always finds out! What do you think my husband is thinking when he reads this on his commute home tonight?
So tell me – have there been any “daddy brain”moments in your house lately? Don’t forget – you can always leave a comment with an anonymous name!
One of my big projects before the arrival of our baby was to kick her big sister out of the nursery into her big girl room. I was on a very strict budget to redo her new room, as we knew that if we had a girl, someday they would share a room. The big girl room would be temporary, but I still wanted to make it as cute as possible!
When I asked my daughter what she wanted for her new room – she said “A lotta pink, a lotta purple, and soooooooo pretty!” Um, ok. Great direction from the 2-year-old! Her original nursery was based on the Cocolo Sugar Plum Nursery which includes purple, and of course, butterflies. I tried to build her big girl room incorporating a lot of the decorations which were up already. I also had two ideas which I HAD to use…
Picket Fence Headboard (For more details on the Picket Fence Headboard, click here)
Tutu Table (For More Details on the Tutu Table, Click Here)
The Cocolo Sugar Plum Nursery lamp is used on my daughter’s table, and the toy chest is in the background
I also had some smaller projects which I did including:
Repainting an old rocking chair that was in my room when I was a little girl. We dressed it up with a blanket crocheted by Grandma, and a Cynthia Rowley pillow my daughter picked out at HomeGoods:
Repainting a “tag sale” dresser and some IKEA white shelving to the cream color that I had done in the rest of the room:
Last up….I had to find something to hold my daughter’s clips, headbands, and bows! I thought it could be fun to make it into a decoration for her room, and found this Hair Bow Holder from Lisa Ann’s Creations on Etsy. I thought this was so fun, and better than shoving all of her beautiful accessories into a drawer!
Our big girl room is complete! I love how it turned out…my husband adored the budget I stuck to, and my little girl is excited to show off her room to anyone that comes to our house…including the UPS guy. Which is a little weird, but whatever works, right? At least she is happy!!
Do you have ideas for anything else we can do in her room? What do you think?
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