Friday, May 29, 2015

Spread the love and get $2000 for your community with HUGGIES SNUG AND DRY ULTRA

Ever since Mila could crawl, we spend most of our time at the local parks. No matter if its snowing, sunny, and sometimes raining, we try to spend as much time outside as possible. Especially with all the technology today, I want to make sure she gets to have the type of childhood I had. One spent playing outside with friends and going on adventures.

Most days we spend more time outside than indoors, and thanks to Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra Diapers I don't have to worry about countless trips inside to change her wet diapers. The trusted Leak Lock® System has quick-absorbing layers for up to 12 hours of protection. No more leaks or the need to change her pants several times a day!

From April 20th until June 25th, Huggies will be accepting all selfies of you and your baby with the hashtag #UltraHug, and featuring them in a collage on the campaign landing page. On July 6th, voting will begin to narrow down the 20 finalists to 10 winners who will win a $2,000 grant from Huggies for their nominated community initiative.

I am nominating the Harold Avenue Rec Center in my hometown, Port Charlotte. This place is near and dear to my heart as I spent most of my time there after school as a kid. I would ride my bike there everyday after school and play basketball and other sports with friends. It kept me active and away from the pressures of drinking or doing drugs like most teens are susceptible to. I hope that in the future, my children have a place like this where they go to be kids and have fun.

How to Enter the #UltraHug Selfie Contest:

• First, take a selfie of you and your baby and upload that selfie to Twitter or Instagram. Make sure to use the hashtag #UltraHug
• In your same post, make sure to include a text nomination (approximately 100 – 120 characters) including a name and/or identifying description of a community project in the US, which you would like to nominate. Make sure the community project is something near and dear to your heart.


Saturday, May 23, 2015


After living in Germany for three years, our time was supposed to come to an end last month.
We were sad but ecstatic. So ready to see our families more than twice a year, for date nights (what's that?), and all of the amenities that America has to offer.
However, due to some military circumstances out of our control, we are now here in Germany until October. As disappointed as I was at first, I am actually happy to be staying....What?! 
We have a trip to Greece planned this summer, a few more places we want to see, and what's a few more months on top of three years?

That is the thing about being uprooted to a new country...your whole perspective on things changes. You grow, you become more independent, and things that would have scared you before don't even phase you.

Do you guys remember the whole passport debacle before we were supposed to move here? My husband and I were supposed to fly here together but my passport didn't arrive on time, so I was forced to come alone. A 24 hour flying/traveling day by myself. I had never even been on an airplane alone, let alone switched three flights and flown to another country. I remember crying every night the week leading up to the trip because I was terrified. It was completely out of my comfort zone.
Since we've moved here I've made the trip 5 times, alone. 4 of those times I had a baby with me.

Europe is all I have known for the past three years. How weird is it going to be moving back to America?! I am beyond excited for Target and Olive Garden. and of course my family. The list of things I look forward to is miles long. Mila's first time living in America, getting a new house, figuring out what state we even want to live in, leaving the military, being civilians again, it could go on forever....

The sad thing is, who knows how long it will be before we get to see Europe again. We have gotten to travel to London, Rome, all over Germany, and Paris twice! How many people can say that? Its nuts!

But change is good. Nothing good ever came from comfort zones. We have to step away from them and start over again back home. And it is just as scary as it was moving here for the first time.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Messes are a walk in the park with Huggies® Wipes!

Now that my toddler is becoming more independent, she wants to do everything completely on her own, including walking the dog.
Every few hours she will go over, grab the leash, put it on our dog, Monster's collar, and ask "walk, potty, outside?" like clockwork.

She has been doing great with holding on to the leash and making sure Monster doesn't get away but the two of them like to go off on their own adventures. 99% of the time these adventures involve dirt and mud. By the time we get home at least one of them needs a bath but thanks to Huggies® Wipes I can keep the messes to a minimum. After every walk all hands and paws are wipes down before we go inside.

 Huggies® Wipes are the only wipes with the Triple Clean Technology that no other brand can stand up to. They are a great way to clean up any family’s mess, not just babys!

Be sure to check out Walmart's landing page, filled with fun videos of little ones putting Huggies® Wipes to the test! 

101:  HUGGIES® Wipes, the ONLY wipes with TripleClean* layers.  Because Kids Outgrow Diapers, Not Messes.* #tripleclean
Explorers:  Don’t let a little mess get in the way of a lot of fun!  HUGGIES® Wipes helps ALL explorers stay in the adventure. #bestfriend
Pasta Baby:  Question: What happens when babies and pasta collide?  Answer: HUGGIES® Wipes with TripleClean* layers.
Playtime:  Playtime can be a dirty job.  HUGGIES® Wipes. Keep the play. Not the dirty.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

GUEST POST: Skull Bliss

If we break it down to one sentence to describe what "Skull Bliss" is about we would say:
Products that intertwine with history, tradition and hope.

So what do we mean by that?

As long as we can remember we were in awe when it came to the sacred tradition of bone art and we always admired the typical, long horn bull skulls with their charismatic appeal and majestic horns. However, when we discovered the outstanding Indonesian animal skulls that were transformed into masterpieces by extremely talented Balinese Master Carvers we truly understood what the term 'craftsmanship' was about.

Our admiration for Indonesian skull art and outstanding carved skulls was born and we wanted to share it with the world.
We got to know many, extremely talented Balinese craftsmen who had an expertise you can only achieve with a lifetime of dedicated practice and who were blessed by nature with 'magical hands'. Nevertheless, they were struggling to earn enough money for themselves - not even mentioning supporting their families.

Most Balinese are Hindus, which means they are deeply religious people and truly respect every living being. Still they have to kill animals for food, however they didn't want to waste any parts of the animal and they had the idea that something should also be done with the byproducts. So they cleaned the bones and started to carve traditional and religious symbols and ornaments into them. We were blown away by the idea to use the bones to create unique and breath-taking animal skulls - simply pieces of artwork for eternity and we just loved their approach to give each animal their dignity back by transforming them into pieces of artwork which are nothing less than captivating.

The process of cleaning the bones, preparing them for the carving procedure and adding the finishing touch to them (plus adding luscious black horns after everything else is done) is a process which takes around 1-2 weeks. The carving itself takes up to 3 full days where the craftsman carves numerous symbols and tribal ornaments into the bones. Usually their inspiration comes from their religious background like the Hindu god Ganesha or they carve other typically Asian symbols like dragons. 

We as the Western management help the artists to find admirers for their artwork and people that are willing to pay for their extraordinary skills. So we built a website where people can get an overview of the huge selection of painstakingly carved cow skulls, bull, ram and horse skulls. Our aim was to offer a transparent customer experience as we provide information through-out the whole order - updating customers with an order confirmation and tracking information later on. We manage the process from ordering the skulls and making sure that a skull is perfectly wrapped and packed for the shipping in order to arrive in crisp condition.

In case customers want to get creative themselves and have a specific design in mind we also do custom skulls. Meaning that we give people the chance to design a totally unique skull themselves which we will carve according to your drawings and sketches.

We´re so grateful that we can spread the word about a product which has a long, Indonesian history and which is a greatly respected tradition in the Balinese society. Through purchasing a beautiful skull from us you support Indonesian craftsman that can continue to make their passion their profession - for their sake and especially for the sake of their families.

History, tradition and hope - that's what "Skull Bliss" is about.

I have been drooling over this company's products since I connected with them on instagram a few months ago. Seriously, how gorgeous are their hand carved skulls?! They are perfect for any room in the house. You better believe it is on my wishlist and we will be getting one once we are back stateside! 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

NUBY REVIEW: Foam Bath Letters and Squid Squirter

We always look forward to bath time in this house. It is the best way to wind down from the day and have some quiet play before bedtime. Lately, thanks to Nuby's Foam Bath Letters and Numbers, I can squeeze in some learning time too! The first night we used the letters, she learned 3 letters and can pick them out instantly. I was so shocked at how quickly she picked up on them and how much fun we were having as well. The foam letters and numbers have also helped her learn a few colors as well. Her favorites are yellow and purple. This set is so much more vibrant and fun than any sets I have seen in the past. They are very durable and are fun even out of the tub. We have used them while traveling as well!

The Squid Squirter was also an instant hit. She cant quite figure out that she has to hold it under water to fill it up, but once it is full she loves squirting water everywhere. It definitely encourages some development and hand coordination. Our current favorite bath game involves her filling up cups of water with the Squirter and pretending it is juice. Both products are BPA free! 

Disclosure: I received this product for a review, but all opinions are 100% my own.

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

DIY Wireless Router Box

Throughout the next month I will be sharing some of my past blog posts that have gotten the most hits! I cant believe this was already 3 years ago, when we first moved here to Germany! We still use this router box and I couldn't be happier with it. And don't worry, all of these books have been used for other projects, including my book page wreath.

Monday, May 4, 2015

FREE TO BE ADVENTUROUS with all® free clear

It seems so hard nowadays to just let kids be kids. When I was young, we were always outside. I remember building forts in the woods, fishing for tadpoles in our backyard, and riding my bike 3 miles every day to meet my friends in town. When my parents were young, they were riding their bikes even farther, staying outside until even later, and doing this I would have never imagined. Today, this is not the case at all. It seems like over time, we start worrying more and more about our kids being out on their own. We don't let them do anything on their own, explore, or just get dirty. I want my daughter to be able to go to the park, ride her bike, and explore the outdoors with her friends. I want her to dig in the dirt for worms, go fishing, and have those fun experiences that I still remember, even as an adult.

Thanks to all® free clear, a few of those worries I have about her being outside and exploring on her own are erased. I no longer have to worry about her grass stained knees and mud covered shirt from playing at the park. Or her chalk covered hands that she will inevitably wipe all over her clothes. all free clear detergent is not only tough on stains but gentle enough for the whole family. With my husbands sensitive skin issues that have been passed down to my daughter, we are all for products free from perfumes and dyes, and 100% hypoallergenic products.

all free clear detergent, fabric softener and dryer sheets have even received the National Eczema Association (NEA) Seal of Acceptance™. What does this mean for you? Products with the NEA Seal of Acceptance™ are those that avoid certain chemicals, dyes, perfumes and residues that are known to be unsuitable for use by persons with eczema or a sensitive skin condition.

I am one of those parents who hates when their kids get dirty. I don't know why. I just cringe when I think about her new outfit getting dirty and ruined. This quality of mine has rubbed off on my daughter and she acts terrified of getting dirty. This ends now. Our play dates at the park will no longer include me telling my daughter to put down the sticks and to stop playing in the dirt. It's time to let our kids be kids again. Let them have their own adventures and have some fun!

Do you also want your children to be #FreeToBe Adventurous? all free clear is the #1 recommended detergent brand by Dermatologists, Allergists, and Pediatricians for sensitive skin.