Ting's Mom

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Inside My Brain

My life is crazy right now. All my physical things at my house are jumbled (more on that much later), and it makes my brain jumbled. I'm ready for everything to be back in its place.

To help with my jumbles, I've started using my lunch break to walk on the walking path at my work. It's amazing what some fresh air and some exercise can do for a jumbled brain. Instead of spending my afternoons in a slump, I feel like I've been much more productive.

My love for reading has exploded and I'm loving my book blog. Problem is, I've added so many books to my "to read" list, there is no way I will ever get them all read. I guess that's a good problem to have.

Last night, right after Hubby and I crawled into bed, the most horrible smell filled our room. Apparently a skunk thought that just outside our window would be a good place to spray. We have a window unit in that particular window (it gets hot in Arkansas, y'all) so our entire room was filled. It was the kind of stink that burns your eyes and throat. We eventually went to sleep and the smell was gone this morning.

I posed a question on Facebook a little while back about ironing. I hate to iron, but I also hate the way wrinkled clothes look. The result is that I put it off for weeks and weeks and weeks, and then I have huge pile that takes me hours to get done. My Facebook post led to a discovery that most people only iron on an as-needed basis, if any at all. As much as I hate it, I'm still an iron-before-it-goes-in-the-closet kind of girl.

I've had some exciting opportunities lately for the blog. A really big giveaway is coming up in late October for moms of toddlers/preschoolers.

I'm in love with my new phone, but I never realized how many words I had taught my old phone. Autocorrect is killing me!

What's going on in your life?

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Monday, September 29, 2014

LG Tone Pro {Verizon}

I'm required to disclose a sponsored partnership between my site and Verizon. I have been compensated in exchange for this post in the form of payment, product or experiences.

Music is a part of my life. I always have it on in my car, and I always have it on in my office. One of the places I would love to have my music is at home when I'm doing chores. Problem is, my family doesn't necessarily want to listen to my music, and I can't very easily do my chores with all the cords flying every where.

I was pretty excited when Verizon sent me these purple LG Tone Pro ear phones to try out. Really, they could have sent me anything purple and I would love it, but that's a different post for a different day :)

LG Tone Pro from Verizon | #sponsored #connectedlife

Unlike other ear buds I have used in the past, the LG Tone Pro is so comfortable to wear. The base sits around your neck, but is so lightweight you forget it is there. All your controls for power, volume, and more are right there on your neck. The ear buds are attached to the base and sit comfortably in my ears. They are the perfect fit for me and don't fall out like others seem to.

The LG Tone Pro connects to blue tooth capable devices. That means I can listen to the music on my phone, or I can also watch videos on my laptop without disturbing the family (using the blue tooth connection on all devices).

LG Tone Pro from Verizon | #sponsored #connectedlife

But these LG Tone Pro come with even more perks. They are part of the Hopeline brand accessories from Verizon. For ever Hopeline accessory sold during September and October, Verizon will donate $3 to domestic violence prevention.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Weekend Wrap-up

Our weekend last weekend was a busy, but very fun, one. We started on Friday with a date night for the Hubby and me. My in-laws kept the kids and we headed to Texarkana for an evening out. We ate an amazing meal at Longhorn Steakhouse (thanks to our brother and sis-in-law for the gift card), watched an intense movie, and then headed to our hotel.

When we got to our hotel and checked in, the front desk person gave us our key and our room number. We headed up the elevator, found our room, stuck the key in the door, and opened it. Only the door wouldn't open because the latch was closed. Because someone was in our room!! This is actually the second time this has happened to us.

On Saturday we got up, had a yummy breakfast and then roamed around Academy for a little bit. Then we met up with my in-laws and our kids and headed to Mt. Pleasant. We attended a birthday party for Hubby's grandpa. He turned 80 this week.

Weekend Wrap-up | #birthdayparty #familyfun

Weekend Wrap-up | #birthdayparty #familyfun

Hubby's grandpa is who Bug (and Hubby, and my father-in-law) is named after. I always enjoy getting a picture of Senior, Junior, Third, and Fourth together.

Weekend Wrap-up | #fourgenerations #birthdayparty

On our way home we stopped by the Verizon store and spent a good amount of time there. My kids acted great and really enjoyed the kid area in the corner of the store. Even better - we all left with new phones!

Weekend Wrap-up | #birthdayparty #familyfun

When we got home, we went to my grandparents to pick up my Aunt Molly. Aunt Molly spent the night with us while my grandparents were out of town. My kids loved having a dog in the house and they all played for hours.

Weekend Wrap-up | #birthdayparty #familyfun

Sunday the kids and I baked a cake (you'll have to wait until October to check the ARWB blog for that event), and then crashed.

It was a long weekend. But it was a weekend full of memories.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Back In My Day: ARWB

Happy Tuesday! Today I'm guest posting on the Arkansas Women Bloggers site about something from "back in my day".

Why don't you head over there and check it out!

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Monday, September 22, 2014

I'm a Verizon Ambassador!

I'm here today to give you some news that I think is pretty exciting. I've been named a Verizon Ambassador. But why do I think this is so exciting? Glad you asked...

Verizon Ambassador | #connectedlife #verizon

When I was fifteen years old my parents bought me a car. They also handed me my very first cell phone.  The cell phone was almost as big a deal as the car!

The phone was in a bag and was bigger than the phone we had at our house. It only had power if it was plugged into the lighter. (I think my mom had a fancy model. It had a battery that lasted about three hours). But the thing I remember the most was that my parents threatened my life if I used the phone for anything other than an absolute emergency. It cost over a dollar per minute back then!

Wow how things have changed!

Today we depend on our phones - the ones that are basically computers in our pockets. Our phones are connected to everything from our email, to our baby monitors, to our favorite pizza place. Our phones have accessories and devices that make them work smarter and more efficiently for our lives.

Verizon Wireless knows that people depend on their devices and their service options. And Verizon wants everyone to know about all the options available to them to make their lives run smoothly. And that is what #ConnectedLife is all about.

And that is why I'm excited to be a Verizon Ambassador. I'll have the opportunity to try devices and services offered by Verizon, and then be able to give you my honest opinion about them. I'll also be telling you all about Verizon sponsored contests, events, twitter chats, and more on all my social media channels. So be sure to follow me (I'm @TingsMom on most channels) and follow the hashtag #ConnectedLife.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Introducing Ting's Mom Books

As you may (or may not) know, I started a second blog a few months ago. I've rediscovered my love of reading and wanted to share my reviews with the world. But I didn't feel like this blog was the place to do that. So, Ting's Mom Books was born.

Ting's Mom Books | #bookreview #blogdesign

I've been chugging along over there since April, and finally decided to make the leap to "brand" it to the Ting's Mom brand. So today, I'm inviting you to head over to Ting's Mom Books and check out the new look.

And if you love to read book reviews, please subscribe/follow/bookmark the page so you can come back. You can also get there through the "What I'm Reading" tab above.

The design was created by Sweetie Baby Designs, the same person who did the design for Ting's Mom. If you're looking for great designs and very affordable rates, go check her out.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Staying Dry, Saving Money with Parent's Choice Diapers

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

Anyone who has been with this blog from the beginning knows that when Ting was born, we tried every diaper available trying to find one that worked for us. I really wanted to use the private label diapers, but I found them all to be stiff, bulky, and leaky. We ended up using an expensive diaper.

Three years later Bug came along. A few weeks after that, we became a single income family. The expensive diapers were no longer an option, but I was very worried about private label diapers after my experience with Ting. Then one day I noticed the "New and Improved" label on the Parent's Choice diapers. I gave them a try. I was impressed folks. 

These diapers were truly new and improved, and we've been using them ever since. Of course, Parent's Choice diapers are available only at Walmart, and are found on this aisle that all parents are all to familiar with. But why do we love Parent's Choice diapers so much? Well, I'm glad you asked.

Staying Dry, Saving Money with Parent's Choice Diapers | #BabyDiapersSavings #CollectiveBias #shop

For starters, I'm saving a ton of money. Parent's Choice is consistently the least expensive diapers at my local store. It makes me feel good when I put my diapers in my cart and notice the difference in what I'm paying and what the other brands cost. I also love that Bug has a diaper that fits him well and works with our lifestyle.

Staying Dry, Saving Money with Parent's Choice Diapers | #BabyDiapersSavings #CollectiveBias #shop

My kids spend approximately two hours a day in the car. I can't imagine that car seats are all that comfortable on a short-term basis, but my kids are in them longer than usual. I love that Parent's Choice diapers are not bulky and uncomfortable for Bug. He can get settled into his seat, and I know that he is good for long trips. Not once have we reached our destination and discovered a leaky diaper.

Staying Dry, Saving Money with Parent's Choice Diapers | #BabyDiapersSavings #CollectiveBias #shop

Bug. Plays. Hard. 

I had never been around little boys before Bug came along, and I have been amazed at the amount of energy this kid has. He starts his morning by literally jumping out of his bed, and he goes full speed all day long. He runs. He jumps. He climbs, rolls, crawls, and flips all over the place. I love that Parent's Choice diapers move with him. They are flexible enough to keep up with a busy preschooler, yet sturdy enough to stay put and not leak.

Staying Dry, Saving Money with Parent's Choice Diapers | #BabyDiapersSavings #CollectiveBias #shop

And when our busy day is over, Bug crashes just as hard as he plays. As soon as this precious head hits the pillow he goes to sleep, and he sleeps all night long. Nothing is more annoying than waking a kid up and discovering wet pajamas and sheets. We've never had that problem with Parent's Choice diaper. Bug sleeps approximately 11 hours each night, and these diapers are absorbent enough to last all night long.

Staying Dry, Saving Money with Parent's Choice Diapers | #BabyDiapersSavings #CollectiveBias #shop

Parent's Choice diapers are found exclusively at these Walmart stores, or Walmart.com. They come in newborn to size 6, and have cute animals and shapes on them. They are available in small packs all the way up to the jumbo boxes. You can also print off these coupons to use the next time you are in the store. Give them a try and I know you will enjoy the #BabyDiapersSavings that you find.

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Go! Go! Smart Animals {Giveaway}

The nice folks at VTech sent us a complimentary Go! Go! Smart Animals Tree House in exchange for my honest review and promotion. All opinions are my own (and my kids').

My kids' rooms are so completely full of toys. We have toys of every shape, size, color, noise, and price. Because of this crazy toy overload, I have become very picky about what kinds of toys we add to the collection. Ideally all our toys would be capable of capturing my kids attention for more than a few hours, and something that we can expand upon to keep things interesting.

When the Go! Go! Smart Animals Tree House Hideaway arrived at our house, I knew that we had something special. As soon as Bug saw the box he got SO excited. He stood right over my shoulder chanting "Hurry Mama, Hurry Mama" the entire time I was putting this toy together. Thankfully, assembly was both quick and easy!

GIVEAWAY ENDS 9-23-14 | Go! Go! Smart Animals | #sponsored #giveaway #vtechtoys

This tree house is one thing - AMAZING

The bright colors and multiple tracks are attention grabbing for sure. But it is more than just fun - it's educational. The panda that comes with it (you can purchase additional smart animals) "communicates" with the smart points on the tree house. Any the panda passes, or sits on a smart point, it sings a little jingle. Some of the jingles are just for fun, while others are educational about the animal.

Not only can you expand this toy with the additional animals, you can also purchase additional Go! Go! Smart Animals play sets that will connect to this one. You could end up with an entire Smart Animals village, haha!

In addition to moving the animals along the track, the tree house also has a shape sorter and comes with three shapes. As the correct shapes are pushed through the top of the house, they also travel through the tree and magically appear on the bottom of the track. Bug thinks this little game is hilarious.

GIVEAWAY ENDS 9-23-14 | Go! Go! Smart Animals | #sponsored #giveaway #vtechtoys

We have had this tree house for nearly three weeks now, and Bug continues to play with it all the time. He loves it, and I can hardly wait for the additional sets and animals to become available in my local stores.

But you may not have to wait! One of my readers will win a Go! Go! Smart Animals Tree House Hideaway of your own. Just pick and chose your entries using the Giveaway Tools widget below. I'll contact a winner Tuesday evening.