Capturing Memories with AdoramaPix

I'm a Snapfish member and a Shutterfly member. I've dabbled with other sites like Collage.com as well. I love a good deal and I love having different patterns and styles and options when it comes to organizing my digital photos and making something tangible to enjoy the memories over and over. 

Well, I recently heard about AdoramaPix to display our captured memories in rich color and vibrant detail. I love the lay-flat design (often this means additional fees on other sites) and they have gift ideas too. I'm happy to have become a new member -- it is always a good thing to have your photos uploaded to several sites just in case. 

Do you have a favorite site? Are you a member of many? I don't think it ever hurts to spread the love and the photos -- I also enjoy email newsletter perks from several sites--you can too!

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Our Holiday Favorites for Kids

Remember last year when we were dreaming of Christmas in July? Well, this year we held off a LITTLE longer before thinking everything holiday-related! My son felt the chill in the air during a recent low pressure system and he decided we needed to watch some good children's programming. 

First the request was Vegimals. And the Vegimals we have are part of an Octonauts (The Very Vegimal Christmas!) This was shortly followed up by Dino Dan. And again, we have Twas a Dinosaur. Last stop during our rainy day was Caillou's Holiday Movie!

If you haven't picked up copies of these movies yet, since I urged you to last year, I'd highly recommend them still today! My personal favorite (yes, they are all highly tolerable if not enjoyable for parents too) is the Very Vegimal Christmas. Sometime around June my son was humming a little tune and my husband and I recognized it, but couldn't place it. It was hummed for weeks. Finally, we asked him what it was, and he said "vegimals!" He hadn't seen the disc in months and the tune was spot-on! It was also catchy as all get out, so we were all humming it all summer!

These are children's favorites, popularized by television broadcasting and can be enjoyed whenever the rain (or snow) threatens to stomp on fun. I appreciate having wholesome programming in our home (since grandparents assume that Cartoon Network is still just Looney Tunes...wrong!) This is an easy way to ensure my son isn't watching Adult Swim at four years old!

I won't lie, I've even caught myself watching a few episodes while my son is away or napping. About ten minutes in I think: "Why am I watching kids shows when I can watch anything I would like?" I think the truth is, I like them!

Disclosure: I have partnered with NCircle to bring you my holiday favorites. All opinions are my own.

Just Another Way You Could Be Doing it from Home


As a mostly stay at home mom, I know that the temptation is always there to try to make some extra money for the family while still being able to be at home. Garage sales are frankly a lot of work for little results. Taking on another persons child comes with the burden of another families' schedule. Have you ever considered participation in market research? Companies value the opinions of their consumer base and pay to have this feedback. 



One of the top companies conducting opinion research is Focus Pointe Global, a national company with a location in Atlanta. You can register to become a panel member at http://bit.ly/fpgmom, The studies are diverse: including baby products, social issues, taste tests, appliances, beverages, cell phones..

I have found that many of these programs are easy to do at nap time or after bedtime and can amount to a few hundred dollars for just a few hours of my time. It might be worth it for you to consider!  

Disclosure: I wrote this article in partnership with US Family Guides. All opinions are my own. 

How to Create the PERFECT Lunch for Your Preschooler

When he was a baby, I was a breastfeeding Nazi -- absolutely unabashedly steadfast with organic everything when he was older. We used natural soap and cloth diapered. Now that my preschooler is a big boy, I often find myself making organic Mac 'N Cheese only to put hot dogs in it at his request. When the little ones can speak up and request foods that aren't what you would like them to have and certainly are not what the doctor ordered, how can you make a lunch that is perfect for them AND you?

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1) We had to find the perfect lunchbox. In fact, we had to have THREE. We have Skip Hop ZOO buddies -- hippo and monkey. We also got a Paw Patrol lunchbox. Pick whatever you feel they will appreciate and adore and keep track of!

2) Make a simple JELLY sandwich -- having peanut butter on it will utterly offend my son. Too much protein you say? Okay. Jelly it is. [Making a mental note to up the ante with the protein in another department!] Cut off the crust. Crust is also unacceptable. Make it fun with the Press 'N Seal you got from The Pampered Chef. Voila! Entree: done.

3) Pack Yo Kids Squeezers [my son likes Strawberry] -- Blueberry/Lemonade and Cherry/Berry are other options, but not at our local store. We find the Squeezers at Target. You also get 2g of Protein in these little squeezy tubes, so rest easy knowing there is a healthy snack in there!

4) Add in simple classic snacks like goldfish crackers, an apple, raisins, or a small baggie of GORP--which I make at home since I think it tasted better than pre-packaged trail mix! [I use Craisins, M&Ms, dry roasted peanuts, and dried Turkish apricots.] 

5) Kiss 'em goodbye for the day as you drop them off and then run to the vehicle as the hot tears refuse to stay put in their ducts! Take solace mama, the kid has a great lunch and you have done a super job!

Disclosure: This perfect lunch was created in a partnership with Stonyfield Organics. I received complimentary Yo Kids Squeezers to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.
 

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