06 October 2015

Times Have Changed

I remember the days when sitting down to write was so much easier. So much more.... comfortable. This has always been a way to sort of "vent" or share moments I never wanted to forget. It was also a means to update family and friends.

Times have definitely changed.

I find myself challenged to carve out time to just write. To find the time to put up a meaningful post.

I also find myself sitting and wondering, how much should I share about my life? About my kids lives? Is it time to start thinking a little bit about their privacy?

Often times, I wonder is anyone reading here anymore? Will what I have to say actually have an impact on anyone?

To answer my own questions, I have definitely started to reign in the amount of information I'm willing to put out here on the world wide internet. I'm trying to be cautious about the things I share, both about myself & my family. Of course, there are some things that I feel are important, and should be talked about. For instance, Bennett's recent diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. That should not be swept under the rug and ignored. My little boy deserves to be celebrated and I need to step up and be an advocate for him, and other children with Autism. And in fact, I have a post about that coming soon. (I hope). And I still feel a desire to share bits and pieces of my own life as well, but have been holding back for some reason. Can't quite pinpoint what that reason is, but I'm trying to figure it out. Maybe I'm getting a little more protective of myself the older I get? I'm not sure.

And my last question. Does what I say matter? I feel like maybe it doesn't, so I've just sort of... stopped. I remember when I used to share everything, every little experience, every adventure, every milestone. Things are different now, so much different. The way I approach blogging has changed. But, I'm in a place where I absolutely want to get back to writing for me. I just need to navigate how much or how little I want to write about. And of course, find the time to do it.

But for now -- we are still here! We're happy, and we're excited for things to come! And there are a lot of fun things just around the corner! :)

30 September 2015

Boys Fashion - Shark Bite!

It's officially Fall Y'all!! I actually wasn't really excited about it a few weeks ago, because I'm a Summertime kinda gal. But, so far I've been pleased with the warm transition into Fall here in the Seattle area. It's still in the 70's and sunny, so I can't complain.

The kids are getting adjusted to their new school schedule and routines, and we're just pluggin' away. I think I'll get them both started back in gymnastics and/or swimming for the Fall to give them something physical and active to do since we won't be outside as much in the coming months.

Stopping in today to show off Bennett's new FabKids outfit this month! It arrived just in time, because this kids long, lanky arms have almost outgrown every long-sleeved shirt he has.

Outfit: Cargo Shark Bite Outfit
Shoes: Colorblock Canvas Slip On
*I was provided this outfit for the purpose of this review, however, all opinions are my own.

Let's talk about FabKids for a minute!

FabKids is JustFab's newest fashion club, started by a team of parents, including mom and actress, Christina Applegate. FabKids makes it super easy & convenient for parents to shop because you get monthly selections of affordable, high-quality fashions that are personalized just for your kids.

You can order through their website at anytime with a regular membership, but the awesome VIP Memberships include tons of perks! Such as:
  • First outfit is 20% off, plus free shipping!
  • Save up to 50% off retail prices
  • Skip any month you want
  • Exclusive VIP pricing
  • Earn FabKids rewards points
  • Cancel anytime!
So now all you need to do is head over to the FabKids website and take a style profile quiz about your kiddo, so that they can get to know your child. And then based on those results, FabKids will give you outfit suggestions. You can buy an outfit, or not. Or just shop around the site. But I dare you not to buy something.

He's pretty much obsessed with things with sharks on it, so that's a win for him. And I'm loving these casual cargo pants. They're perfect for school and play, and very comfortable. At least according to Bennett. ;-)

These little canvas slip ons are so awesome, too. Easy to get on, with no laces to mess with -- yes please. I just love that FabKids has carries shoes now as well. Because afterall, shoes complete the outfit, yes?

27 September 2015

JORD Handcrafted Wood Watch - Review

I'm not lying when I tell you that I have been on the hunt for the perfect watch for.... two years? At least. I'm actually a very decisive person, but for some reason, I was having a very hard time figuring out which watch to get.  I wanted something different & unique, but that was also versatile and timeless. I kept going back and forth and back again, so eventually I just gave up on the watch search.
Wooden Wristwatch
And guys, I think I have finally found the perfect watch for me.

*I was provided this timepiece for the purpose of this review, all opinions are my own. 

Let me introduce you to the JORD Wooden Wristwatch! Yes, WOODEN WATCHES. Honestly, I've never seen any other watches like this one before. I always just assumed I would end up getting your typical stainless steel style watch. But I'm super glad I hesitated and waited so long, because this little baby was exactly what I didn't realize I wanted. ;-)

JORD makes modern handcrafted wood watches, for both men and women. I really liked what I saw online, but I was extremely interested to see what it wood actually look and feel like once it was on my wrist. Truth? I was pleasantly surprised with how lightweight and comfortable it was.

And It seemed quite appropriate that my wooden wristwatch arrived in a perfectly adorable wooden box. I feel like the presentation actually makes quite a difference in regards to my first impression of things. So I was stoked to see how lovely this timepiece looked both in & out of the box.

JORD offers a variety of watches, made from all different wood materials from sources around the world -- such as Rosewood, Sandalwood, Maple, Bamboo, Ebony... etc. 

The watch I chose is from the Fieldcrest series, made of Zebrawood & Maple. I specifically chose this material because of the neutral color, and how versatile it is, I really can wear it with anything. I was a little bit surprised with how large the face of the watch was, though. I think I was just expecting it to be a little bit smaller. Although, truth be told, most watches are huge on me because I have pretty small wrists. However, after wearing the watch for a few days, the size of it actually grew on me quite a bit. And I certainly enjoy not having to squint to see what time it is. ;-)

Some must-know info:
The Fieldcrest timepieces are made with scratch-resistant mineral glass, and is considered to be "splash-proof," but should not be submerged in water. <---- Definitely good information to know with two little boys around. ;-) Also, lemon or orange oil extract is best for cleaning, which is awesome because I actually have some of those oils lying around.

And lastly, JORD now offers free shipping worldwide! So, hop on their website and take a peek, you just might fall in love. In fact, I promise you will.

22 September 2015

How The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK Benefits Our Family

*Make sure you stick around to participate in the giveaway at the end of this post! :)

With Bennett's recent diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, one of the first questions on my mind was "How can I best help my son?" The reality is, that his speech and communication often times get in the way of his learning ability. And on top of that, his attention deficits are a major factor as well. So beyond the therapy he's receiving, I'm always looking for other, more creative ways to help him progress.

There is always a big debate as to weather or not kids should have access to electronics. And then the question follows, "how much time is acceptable." Listen I'm not here to debate this, because I'm truly believe that each family is different, and each parent knows what is right for their kids.

However, I feel there are many many benefits to kids + screen time. Especially for a child like Bennett, where one of the only things he can actually focus on, is a touch screen device. They intrigue him and he's willing to attend to activities on a screen far longer than he is with paper, pencil, or a book in his hand. And in fact, the psychologist encouraged us to use his fascination with electronics to our benefit.

Let's talk about some of the benefits for a minute!

Portability & Flexibility
This one is a given, right? You can take your screen anywhere with you. Which is actually so helpful, because sometimes amidst a meltdown, letting him use a device such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK will calm and refocus him. Kind of like a restart button.

Improve on Coordination
Using apps on a touch screen device actually helps improve on hand-eye coordination. And for children who struggle with fine-motor skills & coordination, these devices make things much more accessible to him.

Computers and touch screen devices are such a great way to facilitate learning with children. And especially with those that have learning disorders or attention deficits. They can often hone in on with an app on an electronic device better than anything else. Plus, you can customize their device to have relevant apps, games, books, and tools right at your disposal.

Language Development 
Bennett pays much closer attention to books being read to him from his device, than he does when I read him a book. Crazy, I know. But being read to is a very important component of language development. So... I'll take it! :)

I am a firm believer that touch screen devices are absolutely essential to helping Bennett in all of those areas. And of course, he's not the the only one that benefits from them. I do as well. ;-)

The new 8" Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK is the thinnest & lightest device from Barnes & Noble and Samsung. It's lightening fast, which makes it easy for you to toggle between movies, apps, books, and the web without a lag.

With the new 8" NOOK by Samsung will give you access to the enormous NOOK store which offers over 4 million best selling books and comics & graphic novels. There are more than 110,000 children's books available, including a selection of interactive picture books. You will also have access to 100 bestselling U.S. magazines, a huge collection of NOOK apps that the whole family will love. One of my favorite features, is the large selection of movie and TV offerings from major networks and studios, available for purchase or rental. And then of course, there is the internet access, where you can browse anywhere you have a connection.

And I bet you wouldn't have guessed this about me, but I am a huge huge fan of the Fast & Furious franchise. I have seen every single movie, including Tokyo Drift. lol. My point is, with the new NOOK by Samsung, Mama get's a few minutes to unwind as well.

Bottom line is, electronic touch screen devices enrich our lives in so many different ways! Everyone in the house can benefit from them. Visit the website for more info on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK, or do one better and stop by your local Barnes & Noble to purchase yourself one! :)

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