Ting's Mom

Monday, October 27, 2014

Weekend Happenings

Apparently Mondays are becoming the day I tell you all the boring details of our weekend. Ready for another installment??!!

Weekend Happenings | #weekend #justlikefamily

Friday morning I dropped my kids off with their bags packed. They were spending the weekend with their grandparents! After a very stressful day at work, Hubby and I headed out Friday night for a date. There are no pictures, because Hubby is anti-selfie (if you know him in real life, please feel free to give him a hard time about it).

We went to a restaurant in the next town over that is supposed to have really good steaks. We ordered an appetizer and then both ordered steaks. Our appetizer sounded really good on the menu, but ended up being something you can buy at Sam's and deep-fry at home. The complimentary bread was really tough (and cold) and almost impossible to chew. And the steaks? I've had fundraiser steaks that tasted better.

BUT... I got to spend the evening with my Hubby and that is all that really matters anyway.

Saturday morning I woke up with one goal - clean out Bug's room. His room is pretty small to begin with, and it is overrun with toys. There is so much in there that he can't even sit down and play. So I took everything except the bed out. And I mean everything!

Weekend Happenings | #weekend #justlikefamily

Since I had it cleared out, I washed all the bedding, blankets, and curtains. I even wiped down all the walls. And then I went by each toy and only put back in things that were age appropriate, and things I knew he would play with. He was SO excited when he got home Sunday. He hadn't played with many of his toys in so long, he acted like they were new.

Sunday afternoon Hubby and I went to a wedding. We got all dressed up, looking good, and again no selfie. It was a nice wedding on a hot October day, haha!

We had company Saturday night so we ordered fish from the local burger joint. Apparently we eat there a lot because when I pulled up to the window to get our food the girl didn't ask my name. She just handed me my food!

Sunday was church, lunch, naps, and playing. And then we all snuggled down for a good night's rest.

How was your weekend?

 photo KarenSigCute_zps5a51e351.jpg

Thursday, October 23, 2014

VTech Bundle Giveaway {#winvtech}

We are so thankful that the folks at VTech sent us this toy bundle in exchange for our honest review and promotion. VTech is also the awesome supplier of the giveaway! All opinions are still our own.

Toys! Toys! Toys!

I'm sure your kids love toys as much as mine do, and they are always excited when new toys come to our house. And this mom is always excited when those toys can provide a bit of education during playtime. But, I'm not going to ramble along about my kids. I know you're here to see the awesome toys anyway.

So let's get started. Remember - one reader is going to win all of this. Good luck!!

VTech Bundle Giveaway | #sponsored #winvtech #giveaway #kidstoys #tingsmom

First out of the box is the VTech Chomp & Count Dino. Isn't this the cutest little thing? A funny little story: the first few days we had this, Bug carried it around like it was a stuffed animal. He still sleeps with the thing, lol.

VTech Bundle Giveaway | #sponsored #winvtech #giveaway #kidstoys #tingsmom

The Chomp & Count Dino comes with "food". These food pieces are all different colors and have different colored food on them. As you feed them to the dino, he can either count them, tell you what color they are, or tell you what food is on them - he's a smart little fella like that. He also has buttons on him that teaches shapes.

VTech Bundle Giveaway | #sponsored #winvtech #giveaway #kidstoys #tingsmom

Next, we have the VTech Sit-to-Stand Cruiser. Bug loves anything he can ride. I find him trying to ride his tractors and dump trucks around the house, so I was pretty excited to see an actual ride-on toy in the house.

VTech Bundle Giveaway | #sponsored #winvtech #giveaway #kidstoys #tingsmom

The steering wheel of this ride-on has a ton of buttons. The buttons teach colors, animals, sounds, and so much more. There are bright lights, blinkers, a gear shift, and more. Engine and horn sounds come from the ride-on, and animals talk to you. Bug literally rides this all. over. the. house. all. the. time. It's a favorite!

VTech Bundle Giveaway | #sponsored #winvtech #giveaway #kidstoys #tingsmom

And then we have the VTech Grow-Along Music Center. This toy can be made short for sitters, or taller for preschoolers like Bug. Although Bug hasn't spent as much time on this one, Ting has had her share of fun with it.

VTech Bundle Giveaway | #sponsored #winvtech #giveaway #kidstoys #tingsmom

The microphone comes with four settings and changes your voice to either a girl, boy, robot, or normal. It also has keys that play notes, a drum, guitar, and a horn.

VTech Bundle Giveaway | #sponsored #winvtech #giveaway #kidstoys #tingsmom

And last, but not least, is the VTech Smart Shots Sports Center. This has been a hit at our house and includes both basketball and soccer. It features a working score board, and all kinds of fun sounds.

VTech Bundle Giveaway | #sponsored #winvtech #giveaway #kidstoys #tingsmom

As a basket, or goal, is scored, the scoreboard lights up and counts your score. Kids cheer for you, and all becomes right in the world, haha! Buttons around the base feature shapes, numbers, and colors. One side even features gears to keep little hands active.

VTech Bundle Giveaway | #sponsored #winvtech #giveaway #kidstoys #tingsmom

Just a quick little bit about all the toys, and then to the fun part. All of these toys did require assembly out of the box (except the dino). However, assembly was quick and easy using a phillips head screwdriver. Batteries were also included in all the boxes. All the toys have automatic offs, so after the kids walk away, the toys turn off. And luckily for mom, they also feature an "off" switch so bedtime actually becomes quite!

So here's the giveaway widget. I've given you lots of options to pick and choose from. The more you do, the better your chances of winning. The giveaway will close at 9pm CST on October 29. I'll email the winner and you'll have 48 hours to respond.

Good luck!!

 photo KarenSigCute_zps5a51e351.jpg

Monday, October 20, 2014

Weekend Wrap-Up

It's Monday, y'all. Yea I heard that groan, but how about a recap of our busy weekend.

Friday night I FINALLY watched Moms' Night Out. I have heard such amazing things about this movie and have been wanting to watch it for a while. It did not disappoint.

Weekend Wrap-Up | #tingsmom #justlikefamily

I literally laughed so hard my chest hurt, and I had tears streaming down my face. And then I cried big I'm-a-mom-and-I-can-relate tears. And then it was back to uncontrollable laughter tears. Moms - you need to see this movie.

Saturday the hubby worked at the deer camp so the kids and I were on our own. We started the day being lazy and watched Annie on Netflix. Two things about Annie: I didn't remember it being so long, and I didn't remember it having such bad language.

After our movie we headed to Subway for lunch and then to the store for our weekly grocery run. Our Subway is inside our Walmart. I told the kids we were going to Subway, then Bug got so mad when we pulled into the Walmart parking lot. He said "You said we gonna eat lunch first."

Weekend Wrap-Up | #tingsmom #justlikefamily

By the time we finished our shopping it was past nap time, but I know better than to let Bug skip his nap so he took a late one.

After nap time we went to the city park. There were quite a few other kids at the park. Ting, who is usually timid and shy, made new friends and played hard. Bug, who is usually outgoing, sat on the bench with me for a while. He said "too many people, mom."

Weekend Wrap-Up | #tingsmom #justlikefamily

Weekend Wrap-Up | #tingsmom #justlikefamily

He did eventually go play, but he played alone.

Sunday we made cookies! They were supposed to be candy corn cookies, but the dough was really sticky and I didn't want that big of a mess so we made regular cookies.

I did let the kids put icing on, which still made a huge mess.

Weekend Wrap-Up | #tingsmom #justlikefamily

Weekend Wrap-Up | #tingsmom #justlikefamily

Also, Ting has her first loose tooth (and likely has lost it by the time you are reading this). We are all on tooth watch. Can't believe we are already experiencing this. Where has the time gone?

How was your weekend?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Random Saturdays

It has been the longest week. I don't know what is going on, but it seemed like the weekend was never coming.

Ebola. Really?

I have the worst skin on my face so I am always on the search for the best products to use. I found SebaMed face wash at Walmart earlier in the week. So far I think I like it. I'll bring a full report later.

I got a new battery in my van this week. Then I discovered I needed some secret code to turn my radio back on. After a couple minutes (and millions of questions) with the Honda folks, I had my radio back.

I can't seem to find Ting a Halloween costume. First she wanted to be Elsa, but I'm not paying $50 for a costume. Then she wanted to be a pumpkin, but I can't find one of those. Then she decided on a cat, but I can't seem to find a cat costume that isn't sexy. I'm thinking I might have to just make one.

Got my flu shot this week. Have you had one yet??

 photo KarenSigCute_zps5a51e351.jpg

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cooking With My Kids: Foodie Friday

Remember back when I was doing the "Ting's in the Kitchen" series? It was monthly posts highlighting my cooking sessions with Ting. It kind of fell off because... well, life happens.

But I've decided to bring it back! Only it won't be "Ting's in the Kitchen" anymore because Bug has decided he enjoys being in the kitchen with us as well.

I'm kicking off my new series "Cooking With My Kids" today over on Arkansas Women Bloggers. Head on over there and check out our Easy Apple Cake we made.

And then be sure to come back here each month to see what all we are creating in the kitchen.

Happy Friday!

 photo KarenSigCute_zps5a51e351.jpg

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tommy Nelson: Brave Girls

I'm a Tommy Mommy Blogger with Tommy Nelson. That means they send me cool stuff, and I tell you all about it. No other compensation is received - unless you count the excitement on my kids' faces every time a new package arrives :)

Noah. Moses. David. Paul. Job.

We all know about the men in the Bible. We've heard their stories since the day our parents dropped us off for the first time at the church nursery. We've heard preachers teach their stories from the pulpits. And we've even noticed Hollywood's attempt to make movies about them.

But what about the women? What about Biblical heroes that our girls can aspire to be like? We know about Mary and Eve, but it turns out there are actually tons of brave women embedded into story after story all throughout the Bible.

I can't tell you how excited I was when Tommy Nelson introduced the Brave Girls - five girls who are teaching our girls all about the brave women of the Bible.

Tommy Nelson Brave Girls | #tommymommy #sponsored #tnbravegirls

The day our book arrived Ting wanted to start reading. We read through each girl's profile, and Ting immediately decided she likes Glory the best. (I'm a fan of Hope, myself) Each story highlights a woman in the Bible. We are still in the Old Testament stories and I have to admit that I've never heard of many of the women we've learned about so far.

The stories are told in conversational language that seems as if these girls are actually just telling the story to a friend. Ting hangs on to every word and even talks about the story after we have finished. I love that not only is Ting getting an extra glimpse into the Bible, but she is learning that there are so many women in the Bible that she can be like. Women who she can aspire to be like, and women that she can pick as role models in her daily life.

Tommy Nelson Brave Girls | #tommymommy #sponsored #tnbravegirls

Tommy Nelson has other Brave Girls books and products scheduled to launch in the coming year. I invite you to read this letter from the Tommy Nelson Team, and then share this video with your daughters. I know that if you get the Brave Girls into your daughter's hands, they will become instant favorites. (You can preview the book here)

Check out the Brave Girls, and other Tommy Nelson news, on their Facebook and Twitter feeds.

 photo KarenSigCute_zps5a51e351.jpg

Monday, October 13, 2014

Bathroom Makeover

When Hubby and I purchased our house right before we got married we had two things in mind: we wanted to make improvements to every room in the house, and we didn't want to live there forever.

Well, nine and half years later we are still here and we have improved every room except one - the bathroom. Let's face it, it's kind of hard to completely remodel a bathroom when you only have one bathroom to begin with. But we finally took the plunge and decided to get it done.

For three weeks we tracked back and forth across our backyard to use the bathroom in our camper, and every night took the kids to my parents for baths. It was inconvenient, but it was well worth it. We had the entire bathroom completely gutted, took in an extra closet that just happened to be in the exact location we needed, and then got new everything.

For those in the area, I highly recommend Complete Home Care if you need any work done. Matt is just getting started with his business, but he is good at what he does.

Here are a few comparisons from the same angles.

Bathroom Makeover | #bathroom #homeimprovement

Bathroom Makeover | #bathroom #homeimprovement

Bathroom Makeover | #bathroom #homeimprovement

And here are a few more just because..

Bathroom Makeover | #bathroom #homeimprovement

Bathroom Makeover | #bathroom #homeimprovement

 photo KarenSigCute_zps5a51e351.jpg