Monday, June 11, 2018

This Isn't "Goodbye", It's "See You Later"...

            Hey folks! I'm lacking the words (and time. Always with the time!) to east into this, so I'll just cut right to the chase: I have decided to quit blogging for an undetermined amount of time. It could be a few months, it could be a few years. I don't know. I do know that I need a break. I seriously need to cut some added stress out of my life right now, and blogging is the quickest and easiest one. Plus, I would be lying if I said I hadn't tossed around the idea before.
            I would also be lying if I said I had thought this decision over carefully. I didn't. I was having a particularly bad day recently and felt like I was having some kind of breakdown. I want and need more time with my kids and to get more done around the house and farm. I need to focus more on planning homeschool activities. I need more time for myself. I knew something that wasn't completely necessary had to go. Immediately. Before I go insane.
            Now that we have three kids, I NEED "me time" after the kids go to bed...And NOT spend catching up on blog promotion threads on Facebook. As much as I love writing, blogging is just not worth my time or effort any more. I spend more time than I like on the computer. My blog post views have dropped significantly since one of the main groups I participated in on Facebook stopped doing threads. Like I told my husband, if I were making more (or any, right now) money off of blogging, it might be different. But I'm not, and the time I put into my blog compared to how many views (or lack thereof) I've been getting is disheartening, to say the least.
So with that, I bid you adieu...For now. ;)

Lucy At Home UK parenting blogger

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Create the Perfect Father's Day Gift with PrestoPhoto!

            Hey folks! As I'm sure you're aware, Father's Day is right around the corner! Have you gotten the dad in your life a gift yet? If not, I'm here to help you out!


             PrestoPhoto specializes in custom gifts you can make with your own photos for that extra special touch! You can never go wrong with personalized gift, even for the person who has everything. PrestoPhoto has really reasonable prices too, so if you haven't gotten a Father's Day present yet, you definitely want to check out all of your options on their website. You're sure to find something he will like.
             I recently had the pleasure of creating a Father's Day coffee mug on the PrestoPhoto website. They have several different options to choose from. You can put a picture on a plain ole coffee mug, choose one of the templates to add your own photos to, or you can choose from one of the graphics on their site. I was just going to do a simple picture one, but had trouble getting all of the image to fit on the mug. (More on that in a minute.) Then I happened to notice they had several FREE templates to choose from, so went that route to add some more pizazz anyways!

             Even though I ended up not putting one of each of our children in each letter, I thought this one was perfect since we have 3 children! My husband loves drinking coffee (a little too much, but that's a whole other story ;), so I think he is going to love this mug! My mother in-law got me a coffee mug several years ago with a picture of my husband, oldest daughter, and me for Mother's Day and it is my favorite mug. Now we can both have something special to drink our coffee from to deal with said children. ;) ha ha

             PrestoPhoto is running a special right now for Father's Day. So, when you go to create your own product, be sure to follow this link and enter the promo code: MBM2013 at checkout to receive 10% off! Note: If you're like me and not very technologically savvy, be sure to familiarize yourself with all of the photo options, like cropping, resizing, background colors, and whatnot, before you really get into making your mug. In other words, play around first. Happy creating and Happy Early Father's Day! :)

I received a free product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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Throwback Thursday: Softies Nursing Pads Review (If You Breastfeed, You NEED These!)

            Hey, ladies! I don't know about you, but I found it hard to find any nursing pads that were actually worth a damn when I started breastfeeding! It's really annoying to wake up soaking wet every night, amiright? I tried several different brands and types, including some I made, and they just weren't cutting it.
            I was so excited to try out the Softies nursing pads from Fairhaven Health because they looked so soft and, more importantly, absorbent! Now that I'm on my second time around using these, I can tell you they are totally worth the investment! They are big enough to not shift around much at night and hold an incredible amount of milk without leaking. Do yourself a favor and skip trying other brands like I did and go straight for these. You won't regret it!

             Hey breastfeeding mamas! Is there anything worse than leaky boobs? Well, ok, there are a lot of things that are worse, but work with me here. How many times have you woke up in the middle of the night with a wet shirt plastered to you or had an “uh oh” moment in public? Whether you pump or give it to your baby straight from the source, chances are one of these things has happened to you at least once. With that being said, I think we can all agree on the importance of investing in a good quality nursing pad!
             I recently had the chance to try out Softies nursing pads from Fairhaven Health. I've been meaning to make or purchase some more absorbent reusable nursing pads, especially for nighttime, for awhile, so I was more than happy to give them a shot! Softies consist of three layers, the inner layer being microfiber and the layer next to the skin being bamboo rayon, making them nice and thin, but surprisingly absorbent! It should go without saying that they are super soft too! Much softer than any of my other reusable nursing pads.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Bath Time Fun Giveaway

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QueBébé / Baby Tooshy / Coconut Essentials / BabyDam

Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy

Winner Will Receive:

a variety of Bath Time Fun products from 4 sponsors! 

A $163+ TRV Giveaway! 

** Prize List Includes:**


QueBébé Bath Kneeler and Elbow Cushion ($46.95 RV)! 


BabyDam will customize your tub so you only have to fill it with the water you need to bathe your baby! ($44.99 RV!)

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Set of (6) - 10x10 Baby Tooshy Bamboo Velour Baby Washcloths! Winner's Choice of in-stock color! ($17.97 RV!)

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Open To US entries and must be 18+ to enter
Giveaway Dates ~ 6/4 9:00 AM EST through 7/4 11:59PM EST
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Homeschool Update: Getting Back Into the Swing of Things!

            Hey folks! We are finally getting back into the swing of things with homeschooling, so I thought I would share what we've been up to!

             Usually I will decide on a theme to roll with for a week or more based on what Myka is interested in at the time. I had NO clue what I wanted to do this week, but I knew I wanted to keep the ball rolling with school stuff. I hadn't planned on doing a specific butterfly theme, but it just kind of turned out that way this week. (What Bob Ross would call a “happy little accident”.)
             We ordered painted lady caterpillars again this year. Long story short, they sent us an extra one and we think they ran out of food, so only one of them ended up hatching...And since we waited so long to see if the other ones were going to cocoon, he started coming out while still in the cup instead of the “habitat”. Oops. Because of that, he was all dried out and was never able to open his wings all the way. Oops. They're kind of curled and gnarly looking. It's the saddest butterfly you've ever seen. 

            Luckily, though, we have had TONS in the yard, so, while we weren't able to see them go through their life cycle, we have caught quite a few painted lady butterflies to observe in our butterfly habitat for a time before letting them go. The one pictured here is a black swallowtail! We had a nice little impromptu nature lesson the day I caught it, identifying it and learning what it likes to eat. I want one of the pretty orange ones with black spots or tiger swallowtail to check out, but they are wily things!
             We checked out a really neat book at the library titled Science and Craft Projects with Insects, Spiders, and Other Minibeasts, which is part of a Get Crafty Outdoors series. Fun! Sounds right up our alley, right? After all it pretty much combines our two favorite things!

             Anyways, we did a few projects from that book this week. It was great because even my 2 year old could do them with some help AND they had two pages before the craft/activity that talked about the related critter. The girls made these cute little handprint butterflies, painted caterpillar rock garden decorations, and we made a worm farm in a bottle! (We also finished some lady bug and bee kindness rocks we started a few months ago, as you can see in the picture. Lol)

             We also made butterfly life cycle crafts (Pinterest). Ripley actually did most of hers on the left. I was impressed! She was trying to do hers like Myka. It was so cute!

             We've also been investigating some other nature critters around the farm. A bird built its nest in the corner of the school room on the outside and became Myka's obsession until they flew out. She checked on them multiple times a day...Even in her Barbie car. Lol

             We happened to see a turtle in the yard one evening, so that was fun! We came across lots of Easter Box Turtles last year, but this was only the second we've seen this year so far. I like that we seem to have a lot around here because they are threatened, possible close to being endangered, if I remember correctly. Myka has been keeping a more casual eye out for his reappearance in the front yard. ;)
             John and I noticed some frog eggs (and by some, I mean TONS!) in our pigs' mud pit today. Naturally, we had to save some of those too. :P As long as we don't forget to keep an eye on them and make sure they don't get too hot, I look forward to watching frogs go through their life cycle with the kids! (We just learned about frogs recently too.)

Are you still chugging along, or is it time for summer break for your family?

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