Friday, August 29, 2014

What Summer Taught Me

This Summer has been a big learning experience - for both Lil Man and myself. Who knew that an amusement park could be such a learning experience for both of us.

I watched as my little boy, all on his own, climbed stairs among strangers, learned how to wait his turn, slide down a water slide, and do it over and over again. I watched as other kids shoved him out of their way, cut in front of him as he stood patiently 'waiting for his turn'. Groves of bigger kids kept cutting in front of him, and I held back and gave him time to respond. This for me was a learning experience. See, people have to have room or space to grow. So I learned how to let go, let out the leash a little, and give Lil Man some space.

The first time the kids pushed him aside, he really didn't know what to do. After a few minutes of this, I did intervene. I told him to get in line. Take his turn, and when it was his turn he was to go. And the next time as other kids pushed past him, it only took a few before he stepped up into line and took his turn. And I was so amazed at how patient he was with waiting in the water park.

Now waiting in the amusement park was a little harder for him as he would get a little antsy. At the beginning of the summer, this was really hard. By the end of the summer, he knew that 'all of those people in front of him' would go first. And for the most part, he handled that well.

I watched as he smiled at strangers, and said 'hi'. I watched him as he watched others and would follow their lead when it came to certain things. If someone was playing with a sprayer then he would too.

I watched as he decided to lay on his stomach feet first and go down a water slide. After a few times of listening to his happy squeals, I watched as other kids followed his lead. They started going down on their stomach feet first also. And I could see the joy in Lil Man's eyes.

I watched as Lil Man cut in front of someone in line. Uh oh, that's not good. So I intervened and told him to wait his turn. He didn't cut in line again. I watched as he learned how to follow me (well sort of) in a crowd of people without me having to tug him along by hand.

I watched as we were riding the Coal Cracker for probably the 5th time that day and he asked me right before the big drop "If I was ready?" and then he told me to "Hold on Momma".

It's like I watched him grow up before my eyes this Summer is so many ways. And as I step back to reflect on our memories, I grew as a Mom in many ways also.

I'm a little weepy today because time is going too fast. It's all moving so fast. He's 3.5 and growing up in so many ways. I know in the blink of an eye, this time will be gone. So I'm trying my best to cherish all of these moments.







We have had a great adventurous fun-learning Summer. School is almost here, with Fall nipping at our heels soon. I'm excited to see what fun adventures Fall will bring for us also.



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Win A $500 Disney Gift Card

We love Disney. Lil Man (thanks to hand-me-down clothes from friends) started a love of Disney before he even knew what Disney was. Now he's watched several of the Disney movies over and over. And of course he knows about Mickey and Minnie. I am excited to be a part of this awesome giveaway. 

One winner will receive a $500 Disney Gift Card.


Giveaway ends September 19th at 11:59pm, open to US, ages 18+. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!

Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. Contact teri@mompoweredmedia.com if you have any additional questions or comments.




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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Window Bird Feeder By Yellow Beaks




Lil Man has been beside himself since the Clear Window Bird Feeder by Yellow Beaks arrived in the mail. He couldn't wait to get it up and outside. He's very anxious for the birds to come.




I wasn't sure how the suction cups would hold up. I've never, in the past, had much luck with any type of suction cup. But so far it's been a week with varying temperature changes, and the suction cups are holding strong. The construction seems sturdy, and it looks to be well-made. It also will be easy to clean out. I know with bird feeders they can get a little yucky sometimes, but this will be easy to remove, spray out and clean up. 

So far the birds haven't visited us yet. Our neighbor has several bird feeders and he is keeping all of the birds over there (ha). But Lil Man is checking daily, sometimes multiple times a day, for a bird.
So I can't report how the birds like the feeder, but I have to say that we honestly do.  You can find the Window Bird Feeder by Yellow Beaks here on Amazon.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/b00jveb3q6

We like it, and I think you will too. 

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

iMyne $1,000 Back To School Cash #Giveaway

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Have you heard of iMyne? Did you know you can shop, earn, and donate all at once? You are already shopping online or on your mobile devices, so why not donate to a good cause while doing so. iMyne allows you to do just that. Many of the retailers you already know and love actually offer money back as an incentive to shop their sites, but these incentives are rarely cashed in on. iMyne works with these sites to send those savings back to you as well as your favorite charitable cause. Charities iMyne

iMyne is also very easy to use. Most cash back websites are hard to navigate and are complicated, iMyne is different. Once you are signed up with iMyne you simply click on the iMyne activation button that will be in your toolbar, as a plugin. If the button is green then you are ready to shop and earn! If you're on the go and using your mobile device such as your smart phone or tablet, you simply just use the SHOP tab located on iMyne's site. iMyning for change

Another great incentive that iMyne offers is referral cash. You can invite all of your friends through Facebook, Twitter or email to join iMyne and you will get up to $1 referral cash back for every $10 they earn. Your friends will then sign up their friends and you can earn even more. The more friends you have in your iMyne network, the more money you will earn for yourself and your charity! Why Shop with iMyne

Any cash back that you earn will automatically be added to your account, log in to view your funds and keep track, or you can cash out. You can always send your funds to the charity of your choice as well. There are no forms to mail, no points to redeem and no fees. You earn rewards for you and your cause in real cash, automatically. This is a great service.  Sign-up for iMyne and start earning your rewards now. 

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One winner will receive a $1,000 Back To School Cash from iMyne.

Organized by: Social Swayy ♥ with special guest: Mom to Bed by 8.

Giveaway ends September 10th at 11:59pm, open to US, ages 18+. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below.


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Monday, August 25, 2014

KitchenAid 5-Quart Artisan Stand Mixer Giveaway!

I am so excited to be a part of this awesome giveaway. Welcome to the foodie fantastic KitchenAid Artisan Sweepstakes.

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This attractively styled KitchenAid 5-Quart Artisan Stand Mixer is reason enough for you to get busy in the kitchen. With a powerful 325 watt motor, it can handle any task you put to it. Includes:
  • Flat beater
  • Dough hook
  • Wire whip
  • Pouring shield
  • 5-quart, polished stainless steel bowl
  • 325-watt motor

One winner will receive a KitchenAid 5-Quart Artisan Stand Mixer.


Enter to win. You never know - you just might be the winner! :) 


Giveaway ends September 25th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. Excludes Quebec. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!
Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. Contact teri@mompoweredmedia.com if you have any additional questions or comments.



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