Apr 23, 2014

10% Off Purchase at eShakti.com

I am a sucker for pretty summer dress. I've been known to go shopping for something simple like a picture frame and leave the store with two new dresses for myself instead. I'm telling you my husband just loves this habit! Which is why I wanted to review a dress from eShakti. I was given a dress to facilitate this review, no further compensation was provided and all opinions are mine.

I choose this purple dress because I loved the shape. I like that it's tight on the top and then full on the bottom. I think it looks sexy without being over the top, in your face sexy. It's a look that is hard to come by once you're a mom. Plus did you notice that the dress has pockets? I don't know why that made me excited, but it did and still does.

I like that the dress is washable since there is no way I'm going to buy something that needs to be dry cleaned. I didn't like the length of the dress though. When I looked at the eShakit's website, it looked like the dress would be about knee length to just below the knee. On me the dress goes about 3 inches past my knee. There is an option on their site to have the dress custom made for you measurements which I think is a good idea if you're concerned with hemlines.

Overall, the dress fits really well and the fabric is lightweight which is perfect for summertime in the south. Right now you can get 10% off any order with the code tmoes now through 5/5/14. Code has to be entered in the ‘promotional code’ box. It is not case-sensitive. Code can be used any number of times until the validity period. It can be clubbed with any other promotional offer, gift coupon or gift card in the same order unless explicitly specified otherwise in the offer conditions. This discount code is not applicable on clearance / sale, gift cards & overstock categories. Not applicable on previous purchases. 

Apr 21, 2014

Why Having Kids Close Together in Age is Awesome

My husband and I both come from families with three kids which makes it a perfect fit for us to have three kids. Unlike our parents, we had our kids very close together, they are a whopping 21 months apart. Now I wouldn't have it any other way but there are some unique aspects of parenting 3 young children at the same time that just suck. There is no nice way to put it. There are also plenty of reasons why parenting multiple small children at the same time is awesome! If you have multiple small children, you just might relate to these truths.

No need for playdates. Don't get me wrong, I love getting out of the house and meeting up with friends but my kids don't need it. They have built in playmates and they are never bored. I'm almost afraid to type out these words but my kids have never said "I'm bored." Why would they when there is a sibling handy to create a new game or build a train out of Legos. This is my favorite part about my kids being so close in age.

Can you say hand me downs? My daughters are currently one size apart. This means clothes typically move from Isabella's side of the closet to Molly's side. I'm convinced that if my kids wear clothes one year apart they won't go out of style and Molly will always want to wear her clothes. I hated getting my sister's clothes 4 years later since they were no longer cool.

No leftovers! Unless I plan for leftovers and put them in the fridge before we set down to eat there is no leftover food. I have no idea how I'm going to feed these kids where they're teenagers at the rate they eat now. I also almost never throw away spoiled food. Seriously my kids are little garbage disposals, they are eating me out of house and home.

Same Interests. I love that my kids are into the same things! Everyone likes Little Einsteins and playing with the same toys which makes life easier on mama. It's really nice having their skill levels close together so they can do the same crafts and activities. I never hear that something is for babies or this is too hard for me unlike my friends with kids far apart in age.

Everyone Naps! My oldest napped until she went to Kindergarten. Now she has quiet time while the twins nap, but everyone is in bed for a few hours. Do you know how awesome that time is for a work at home mom? I'm so glad my kids are close enough in age to stay in the nap stage together. I know my nap days are numbered with my twins being 4 1/2 so I'm enjoying every minute of them!

Sometimes I find them together! 

Someone always has your back. This one applies to the kids not to parents. If you pick on one of my kids, be prepared to face one if not both of their siblings. They will not tolerate you picking on their sibling, that's an in-house job.

These two are fiercely protective of each other!

My Kids Are Friends. I was so far apart in age with my siblings that I never got to be friends with them until adulthood. But my kids are the best of friends most of the time, they are human after all! The three of them play together really well and they refer to each other as friends. It's really sweet for me to watch them love on each other.

There are times when parenting three kids close in age is tough but I really wouldn't have it any other way! I just love these three little miracles and I feel very blessed being their mama. It will be fun watching them navigate life together with siblings who are friends that always have your back.

Do you have kids close together is age? What is your favorite part about the spacing of your kids?

Apr 17, 2014

Pulled Pork Pizza Recipe

I love pulled pork! I have an amazing recipe to make pulled pork in the Crock Pot that I use every single time I'm going to make a pork butt. I usually buy a 10 lb pork butt which makes a ton of food. Typically I make it on Sunday or Monday and then live off the leftovers all week. While I love pulled pork on it's own, I need to make things with it like tacos and enchiladas so I don't get bored with it.

Last summer my husband and I went to a pork festival where we had pulled pork pizza for the first time. We've been hooked ever since! I've tried a few recipes from Pinterest but none of them were as good as the pizza we had at the festival. What's a girl to do?

Why ask the pizza place that made the original pizza what sets their pulled pork pizza aside of course. You have to love small town restaurants since they actually told me what I was doing wrong. In all fairness it's not on their normal menu and only made for the festival. Which is a serious error in judgement if you ask me.

They didn't. I told them anyway.

The secret to their pizza is the spicy barbecue sauce they use in place of pizza sauce. I would never have guessed that since the pizza is not spicy, but it does explain the flavor that I was missing.

Last Friday I made this pulled pork pizza and it was amazing! I added some veggies which the original pizza didn't have since I like veggies. Plus I can convince myself that pizza isn't junk food if there are veggies on it.

My husband said I have to make pulled pork soon just so he can have this pizza again. The next day my kids had some leftover pizza and 2 out of 3 kids liked it. Which is the story of this mom's life.

1 pizza dough - I buy it, feel free to make it
Country Bob's Apple Chipotle All Purpose Sauce is my favorite, use your favorite
8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 cups pulled pork
1 medium sized onion cut into thin strips
1/2 green or red bell pepper cut into thin strips
1/2 jalapeno sliced and deseeded
2T olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven according to your pizza dough instructions. Every dough is different so make it according to the package directions. Mine asked me to cook my dough half way before adding toppings.
2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the oil and cook onions. Add salt and pepper to taste. These are going to cook down as you caramelize them.
3. Add bell pepper stripes to the pan and cook until soft.
4. Spread about 1/2 cup of apple chipotle sauce over the pizza dough. You want a thin layer but you may need more sauce depending on your crust size/preference.

5. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the pizza.
6. Add the caramelized onions, bell peppers, and sliced jalapenos over the cheese.

7. Take about a tablespoon of pulled pork and drop it onto the pizza. Strategically place the dollops of pulled pork around the pizza.
8. Grab that bottle of Apple Chipotle sauce and drizzle some over the top of the pizza. I didn't measure, I just drizzled it until it looked good to me. This is a preference thing on how much sauce you use.

9. Bake the pizza according to your package directions.
10. Serve and enjoy!

Apr 16, 2014

Purex No Sort for Colors Giveaway and Sweepstakes

It's long been established that I love Purex laundry detergent. In fact I have a load going right now. Oh how I wish that the laundry wasn't my never ending task but that is the life of a mom with three small children. I do have a little secret about my laundry habits. It's something that horrifies my mother in law but that's OK, she still loves me.

I don't sort my laundry.


I just might be the world's laziest mother when it comes to my laundry skills. I know that the proper thing to do is to get all your laundry together and sort it according to whites. colors, darks, jeans, and towels. Yeah, that is never going to happen in my house. I just grab laundry baskets and dump them into the washing machine. I do towels separately but that's easy since I just grab the towels off their hook, wash and dry them, and then hang them back on the hooks.

I told you I was lazy about laundry, I wasn't lying huh?

Well now Purex has a new formula for laundry, Purex No Sort for Colors. I was sent a sample bottle of Purex No Sort for colors detergent in exchange for this product review, however all opinions are mine.

What is Different about the Purex No Sort for Colors?
It features a breakthrough anti-color-transfer technology which traps loose dyes in the wash which reduces color bleeding. Without color bleeding accidents your clothes come out bright and clean.

My Thoughts
I will be really honest that I didn't see any difference in the new formula versus the previous formulas that I've tried in the past. I didn't think that I would since I already didn't sort my clothes. My clothes came out just as clean as they always do and they smell fresh. If you're not like me and you're nervous about the color bleeding accidents in the wash then this detergent is a must try! Join me on the lazy laundry train and stop sorting laundry today!

Purex is running a contest where you can win $1,000 and a year's supply of Purex laundry detergent. I don't know about you but I could use both $1,000 and a year's supply of laundry detergent. 100 people will win a free bottle of Purex No Sort for colors detergent.
Enter the sweepstakes

I have three coupons to buy a bottle of the Purex No Sort for colors detergent so you can try it for yourself. Enter to win on the Rafflecopter form.

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Apr 14, 2014

Looking Great for Date Night with P&G Review and Giveaway

I've written many times on the importance of dating your husband. Partly because I love my husband and there is nothing like us stealing away from the kids for a few hours to reconnect. And partly because I truly do think it's vital to reconnect with your spouse while you're raising kids so you don't drift apart. When we do get a date night out of the house, I want to look my best. I can do that easily with some of the P&G product sample I was sent to facilitate this review as a member of SheSpeaks Blogger Society. All opinions are mine.

I'm a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl. You'll never catch me in yoga pants since I hate them. I'm aware that most of my female readers now think I'm crazy. Just to make sure you know that I'm crazy, I also don't like chocolate. Just letting it all hang out there but on date night I like to get dressed up and I actually curl my hair.

Unless we're going to a baseball game and then I'm all for casual date attire.

For my date night I used the CoverGirl line exact eyeliner, outlast nail polish, and flamed out mascara. I will say that I really liked the eyeliner and mascara that was sent to me. I don't normally wear black eyeliner which made my eyes look completely different from my normal routine. My daughters were so cute when they saw me all dolled up, they told me I looked like a princess. That is the highest of compliments from a 6 year old and four year old girl!

I wasn't a huge fan of the nail polish though. The color in the bottle shows a pale pink, but on my nails it looked clear. My husband thought that I used clear nail polish. This is just my preference, but if I'm going to put out the effort to paint my nails, I want to see some color.

Also included in my kit were Crest 3D white strips, Secret Clinical Strength deodorant, Old Spice body wash, and Mr. Clean magic eraser. My husband has used the Old Spice body wash for years and he loves it. He also loves Old Spices' deodorant too which wasn't included. If you have kids and you don't have any Mr. Clean magic erasers I don't know how you clean. They are little miracle workers that get crayon off the walls. Trust me, you will love them!

One of the things that I loved about my kit was that I already use all of the products. Basically I was sent some of my favorite products to use, you have to love that! I like P&G products since they are great quality and also because I get an awesome coupon book every month in my newspaper. I'm a girl that loves to save money on my favorite items! You can buy P&G products at your favorite drug store or mass merchant store and on P&G's website. Currently they are offering free shipping on orders over $25.

You can try out some great P&G too! One lucky winner will receive a sample pack from P&G. You can enter to win on the Rafflecopter form.
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Apr 10, 2014

Another Diagnosis?

I'm normally a pretty upbeat person but sometimes I feel like life is just throwing me curveball after curveball. Actually more specifically life seems to be hurling them at my son's head.

First we adjusted to my son being diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. It was hard at first but we learned how to do all his therapies and we adjusted to our new normal.

The next adjustment was to Mark being developmentally delayed in school. It was beyond painful hearing how far behind Mark was compared to his peers but again we adjusted to our new normal.

Now we have another potential diagnosis and it just breaks my heart. Doesn't Mark have enough to deal with already? Can't this kid get a break?

I want to crawl under the covers and hide from the world. Oh how I wish that was possible! Instead, I will wait for the results from the specialist and then we will go from there. Sometimes being a grown up really sucks.

Apr 7, 2014

Things I Swore I'd Never Do as a Parent

Once upon a time there was a sweet young woman in her twenties that swore she would never do   fill in the blank   once she was a mother. Fast forward 7 years and meet the lady who has learned the meaning of letting things go.

The lady who no longer cares if her kids eat off the floor.

Or in the bathroom.

The lady who no longer cares if we arrive to church with the kids in clothes that match. Now the bar is set so low all I care is that they don't arrive places naked.

The lady who takes pictures of her kids' tantrums instead of being horrified by them.

The lady who no longer cares what the neighbors think of her, the kids need a place to yell and scream. It's not going to be inside, do you think she's crazy?

The lady who lets her child play in the backyard in her flower girl dress because the wedding is over and the dress was too expensive to only wear once. 

The lady who has learned to ignore how dirty her children get everyday in order to preserve their childhood and her sanity. 

The lady who does her kids hair crazy just to make the day a little brighter.

Yep, I was sure I would have kids is cute clean clothes with their hair always neat. My kids would never wake up the neighbors since I wouldn't send them out before 10 on weekends. And of course I would never allow my kids to throw a tantrum in public.

Hahahahaha, what an idiot!

I'm older and it's a toss up between me being wiser or just too tired to care about things that don't really matter.

Anything you swore you would never do once you were a parent?
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