Christmas 2013: Part One

This year, I tried something new with my Christmas shopping.  I spent September and October buying all the kids presents.  I am basically finished with their Christmas now, which leaves me the month of November and December to get everyone else done.  I thought I’d share what we’re getting the kids this year, since I actually got my act together before the week of Christmas for once! Christmas this year for the kids is all about replenishing and replacing things in our game closet.  I’ve blogged about our game closet…

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Giveaway Winner and Bedtime

It was the first day of school for me today. I welcomed 120+ students into a new school year, and, let me tell you, that is some exhausting work! I am BEAT! And I wore super cute shoes, but I am not used to being in wedges again so my feet are swollen and blister-y tonight. A small price to pay, though. I needed the coral shoes to tie in my coral cardigan… duh! Bean had his first day of preschool today, too. He was so excited to start. Chris…

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First Day of School, 2013

Today was the first day of pre-planning for me, and the first day back at daycare for the kids.  I worried for weeks about dropping them off.  I was sure there would be tears and pleas to not leave them.  But when I dropped them off today, both of them kissed me goodbye and walked into their classrooms without ever looking back.  Not one tear was shed. So, then I cried out, “DOESN’T ANYONE LOVE ME ANYMORE?!?!?” And then the daycare receptionist told me I should step outside so that…

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Review: Bud to Bloom

This past weekend while I was in Atlanta with my sister, I noticed a sticker on her front windshield that made me gasp, “That’s BRILLIANT!” I can’t count how many times during one of my pregnancies I’d come out to my car, only to find someone had parked so close to me that I couldn’t fit between the cars to get in! It’s embarrassing and frustrating and downright rude! Which begs the question, WHY HAS NO ONE DONE THIS SOONER?!?! As I was squealing and shrieking about the sticker in…

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GIVEAWAY: Eric Carle Lacing Cards

** WINNER!!  WINNER!!  #88: Maryellen – Congratulations!  Contact me at katie@marriageconfessions.com to claim your prize!  Thanks to everyone for entering! ** I debated whether to review this product because I’ve already reviewed an Eric Carle product recently, but it’s too darn good not to share.  For Gracie’s  birthday, my mother-in-law, Jackie, brought Bean a few little goodies, too.  One of them were these fabulous Eric Carle lacing cards. The box set comes with 10 cardboard lacing cards, each with a Eric Carle drawing on it, and 10 different colored strings.…

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GIVEAWAY: Eric Carle Flash Cards

** UPDATED:  So, I’m about two weeks late posting the winner of this giveaway.  Sorry, guys.  The winner is commenter #1:  Betty!!  Congratulations, Betty!  Email me at katie@marriageconfessions.com to claim your prize.  Thanks for playing everyone!** I have been meaning to post about these flash cards since Bean got them for Christmas (or maybe his birthday?) last year. Chris’s mom gave them to him. She is always finding the most educational and creative gifts for Bean and Gracie. Jackie gives things that most people don’t find and so her gifts…

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Gift Idea: Broward Patch Camera Straps

In the next few weeks, I’m going to be previewing some of the websites and products that are my go-to gift resources for friends and family this year. Hopefully, you’ll get some good ideas for those last minute Christmas gifts. I can’t talk about go-to gifts without talking about handmade camera straps from Broward Patch. I have a Broward Patch strap on my camera and I love it. For one thing, the padded strap is much more comfortable to carry around (and a lot more fashionable, too!) than the standard…

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WIENER!!

(Can I just say that the word “wiener” is one of the most versatile and awesome words in the English language? I just needed to get that off my chest. Thank you.) The winner of the Nugget Baby Beanie is…AshleyG! Ashley, email me at katie@marriageconfessions.com to claim your prize. But, really, we’re ALL wieners because Briana at Nugget Baby Beanies has so kindly offered a discount to all Marriage Confessions readers. Enter the code NUG123 to receive FREE SHIPPING on your Nugget Baby Beanies purchase! Thanks to everyone for playing…

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Giveaway: Nugget Baby Beanies

When I was pregnant with Gracie, a friend from church gave me the most adorable little pink crocheted hat. I immediately packed it in my hospital bag. I thought it’d be cute for a couple little pictures in the hospital when Gracie arrived, but when I put it on Gracie, everyone went crazy for it! She looked adorable! We ended up keeping her in it for the first week of her little life. It was warm and well made, so it served a purpose, but it was also so stinking…

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Blabla Boogaloos

Newborns aren’t that interesting. Sorry. I know that’s not what moms are supposed to say, but it’s true. They’re pretty boring. They don’t do much yet. Don’t have many preferences. Don’t have much of a personality. They’re adorable and they smell like a delicious combination of soap and milk, but generally speaking, they don’t do much. As much as I love her, Gracie is no different. She sleeps just about 23 out of 24 hours in the day, waking only to toot, eat, and occasionally protest a diaper change. But…

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