Celebrating National Princess Week with LEGO DUPLO

did you know that the week of April 22nd – 28th is National Princess Week!!! our family is so thrilled that we finally have a little princess in our house. we’ve had almost 16 months with our little princess, and it’s been so much fun. playing with dolls and girly toys is something i have been dreaming of doing with a little girl, and it’s been especially fun dressing up Miss Dani Kat in ruffles and bows. she is definitely our little princess.

to celebrate National Princess Week, i dressed Dani in a Belle inspired party dress and we had a tea party with the LEGO DUPLO Belle’s Tea Party. Dani is just getting old enough to play with LEGO DUPLO. she has been watching her brothers play LEGOS since she was born, so it is exciting for her to be able to join in the fun. her motor skills are getting stronger each day, and watching her little fingers put together the DUPLO pieces is so fun. LEGO DUPLO has some pretty adorable Disney Princess sets such as Cinderella’s Magical Castle and Rapunzel’s Castle.

but Belle reminds me of Dani, so this became our first DUPLO LEGO® set.

LEGO DUPLO products are specially designed to be fun and easy for little hands. they are suitable for ages 2-5, but i supervise Dani at 16 months while she is playing with them, and she is loving them. i enjoy them just as much. did you see the cute skirt that Belle can wear.

the LEGO DUPLO Belle’s Tea Party includes the Disney character figures – Belle, Mrs. Potts, Chip and Cogsworth. plus it includes DUPLO pieces that are easy-to-build into a castle, fireplace or magical kitchen. it also features a fireplace with opening door and a table with 2 chairs. by playing with DUPLO LEGOS at an early age, i am sure Dani is developing early construction skills and will be ready to play with regular LEGOS sooner than later.

we can’t wait to collect the rest of the LEGO DUPLO Disney Princess sets! they are so cute and perfect for us Disney fanatics…psst, i probably want them even more than Dani.

Grandma Is Staying Active in the OC with Bay Alarm Medical

This is a sponsored post.last June, i wrote about how we got my grandma a Bay Alarm Medical alert device. she lives alone and still is very independent, so we wanted to make sure that in the case of an emergency, she’d have the help she needed. it’s been 8 months since she’s been set up with the Bay Alarm Medical alert device, and so far, she loves it. it’s been such a great experience, and i wanted to share with you how things have been going. plus, i wanted to share about the new addition that we got for her device.

we spend a lot of time with grandma out and about in Orange County. it’s so beautiful here, i would hate for her to be cooped up at home. she needs to enjoy the sunshine just like we do. just a few weeks ago, me and the boys…and baby Dani too, took her out for our weekly date night. it was a build-your-own pizza kind of day, so we headed over to one of our favorite local pizza joints. we always LOVE the time we get with grandma. and it’s very special to have my boys spend time with her…i hope they always remember these special dates.

grandma has been living on her own for the past 5 years since my grandpa passed away, and we always worry about her safety. she has had a falls…luckily not too terrible. but it’s scary thinking about if no one was there to help. this is why it has been a great piece of mind having her use a Bay Alarm Medical alert device. what would she do if she had an emergency and there was no one there to help?

just recently, she told me a story about one of her cousins. her cousin, who lived alone, fell in the hallway of her home. she was very overweight and was unable to pick herself back up again. it was days later until someone finally found her. they came to pick her up for church but she never answered. unfortunately, she had already passed away when no one came to her aid. the doctor said that she had been laying there for at least two days before she died.

this is a horrible story. and to think that if she would have had a medical alert device, she maybe still would have been alive today. this is one of the reasons why my grandma agreed that setting up Bay Alarm Medical was the best idea. hopefully she’ll never have to use it, but it gives her the piece-of-mind to know that if she needs help, it’s just a click of a button.

we’ve added GPS to grandma’s Bay Alarm Medical alert device.

after using the medical alert for a few months, my grandma expressed interest in being able to us the alert system when she was outside her home doing errands and going places. her regular device is not meant to be worn outside the home…although she likes to wear her bracelet at all times. so we recently added the outdoor GPS feature to grandma’s Bay Alarm Medical alert device. it was very simple to upgrade to The Bundle Package, which is a great (cost-effective!) option for individuals looking for at-home and cell coverage. it includes the GPS medical alert device that is made for outdoor use – if she is out and about and has an emergency, she can just push a button for help. we have loved having the in-home device so much, that this was the logical next step.

basically, its a handheld device that you can wear or put in your pocket or bag. it’s great to have at night, especially when you are driving. if there’s an accident or you get lost and are in danger, you can press the button and Bay Alarm Medical’s trained 24/7 emergency operators will be there to contact family, friends, neighbors and if necessary, local 911 emergency services. you can choose your emergency call list. in my grandma’s case, her son and daughter will be called.

now we have piece-of-mind that when grandma is out of her house, she can call for help immediately if she needs it.

at lunch, i asked grandma how she has liked having the Bay Alarm Medical alert device.  she told me that she will continue with the service for the rest of her life. she loves it that much! having a Bay Alarm Medical device in her home has not only given her family piece-of-mind, but her as well. it has calmed her nerves. she also mentioned that by wearing it all the time, it has reminded her to be more careful in her footing – not to take corners too fast and to pay attention more to her balance. this has helped prevent some falls she probably would have had.

i would never forgive myself if something happened to my grandma and she didn’t have the access to call medical personnel. she really likes her Bay Alarm Medical alert device, which will help her stay independent for as long as possible. help is just a click away. for anyone who has aging family members or friends, i highly recommend Bay Alarm Medical…piece-of-mind is a priceless thing. don’t forget to read about our journey to getting Bay Alarm Medical here.

we love our grandma…she deserves the best!

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Our Home Just Got More Awesome With Sengled Smart Light Bulbs

This is a sponsored post.

currently, our family is in the middle of a big move. this past weekend, we’ve finally moved to a bigger house after fourteen years. now that baby Dani has arrived, we no longer had any extra space in our home, and no place to put a crib or a bedroom for her. so we made the decision to get a bigger house. wow… you’d be amazed at how much a family of 6 can accumulate after fourteen years. slowly but surely, we have finally moved most of our belongings to the new house. it’s been fun starting over fresh. each room is getting decorated and organized to meet each family member’s needs. i have been able to declutter and simplify and it feels GREAT. i’ve also been able to add some fun touches to each room….like Sengled Smart Light Bulbs.

i rarely get super excited about technology…that is my hubby and boys thing, but i am loving the Sengled Smart Light Bulbs. i never would’ve thought a light bulb could have functions like Sengled light bulbs do…but wow, light bulbs have come a long long way.

for the little kids, we are using a combination of the Sengled Element Plus light bulbs and Sengled Twilight light bulbs.

the Sengled Element Plus light bulbs allow you to set the lights to turn on whenever you want. you can program them to turn on before you get home from the kids after school activities or while you’re on vacation. also, you can control the lights or set schedules remotely using the Element app directly from your mobile device. from anywhere!!!  the Sengled Element Plus light bulbs can even be set to mimic the sun rising by automatically turning on and becoming brighter as your wake-up time approaches. this is GENIUS!!! it has helped so much when getting them to wake up for school. the younger boys are hard to wake…so this helps them rise without being so grumpy.

other awesome features include – being able to adjust brightness, color temperature, lighting schedules from the app. they can integrate with your existing wall and dimmer switches and also be set to create mood lighting. whether it’s cool bright light while working or a soft warm glow for a romantic dinner, you can adjust Element to suit your mood.

BONUS! for every Element bulb sold, Sengled will plant a tree that will negate any carbon emitted while the bulb is in use – turning one eco-friendly act into something truly green.

the Sengled Twilight light bulbs have been the newest lifesaver in our home. especially using them in the little boys room. every night we used to hear fighting between the boys, arguing over which one of them would have to turn off the lights. they didn’t like having to run back to their beds in the dark. now that isn’t the case. once you turn out the light, there is dimming for a period of time after being shut off, perfect for youngsters in your home.  the courtesy delay helps with navigating out of a dark room and can provide a calming transition to bedtime for children.

the Sengled Twilight is a long-lasting energy efficient LED bulb with the added benefit of an additional 15 seconds of dimmed light after the power switch is turned off. Twilight can be used in any room of the house in any standard light fixture and will last for over 20 years with average usage.

for my oldest son, we set-up his room with Sengled Pulse light bulbs. a JBL® Bluetooth® speaker system has been built into a light bulb that is App-controlled and Bluetooth-enabled. it turns any light socket into your own personal sound system. if you are looking for a great gift for teenagers this upcoming holiday season, this is it!  in fact, this is great for any age – teens, tweens, young adults and adults.

with the Singled Pulse light bulbs, you can play music and adjust lighting in every room. the Pulse light bulb system lets you add and control up to 8 bulbs in your home for whole-home audio, and puts the power of sound and light in the palm of your hand. this is an award-winning innovation! the Pulse Starter Kit includes one Master bulb and one Satellite bulb, with additional Satellites that are sold individually.Jackson, my oldest son has loved the Pulse light bulbs. it has been fun to see him in his room doing his homework while enjoying his favorite music.

setting up the Sengled Smart Light Bulbs in our home has been awesome. it has made our move to a bigger and better house even more exciting. i can see us using them throughout the whole house, and can’t wait to get them for or family members for their upcoming birthdays and holidays. these light bulbs are that cool!

{Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. }

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Caring For My Grandma with Bay Alarm Medical

This is a sponsored post.

every Friday night, me and the boys…and now little baby Dani too, head over to my grandma’s house for a date night. we love to go get a burger or pizza and come back and watch a movie. she is such a special person in our lives, and we love this time we spend with her. we try and get over to visit her as much as possible, but once a week doesn’t seem like enough. ever since my grandpa passed away 5 years ago, she has been living on her own. when we are away from her, we always worry about her safety. that’s why our family has discussed getting her a Bay Alarm Medical alert device.

grandma is very active and on-the-go, but has suffered from many falls. it’s scary. what if she needs help when she is all by herself at home. life’s has many unexpected twists and turns, so everyone in the family has agreed that setting up Bay Alarm Medical for our grandma is the best way to to think ahead. hopefully she’ll never have to use it, but it gives her the piece-of-mind to know that if she needs help, it’s just a click of a button.

so we did it! we got grandma a Bay Alarm Medical alert device.

it arrived and was easy peasy to set up. we just plugged it into the wall and pressed the button. the Bay Alarm Medical team answered and took down grandma’s information. we also filled out a card and mailed it in. that’s all! she is now set up in their system.

now, when a button is pressed, Bay Alarm Medical’s trained 24/7 emergency operators will be there to contact family, friends, neighbors and if necessary, local 911 emergency services. you can choose your emergency call list. in my grandma’s case, her son and daughter will be called.

each Bay Bay Medical alarm system comes with either 1 necklace or 1 wrist button. you can choose which is best for you. Bay Alarm offers a separate a fall detection option for those who might be unable to push their button due to Dementia/Alzheimer’s, strokes, etc.

you also get a wall HELP button. the wall button should be placed near the ground in high-risk fall places such as commonly used rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, or garage.


in the Bay Alarm Medical package, there is a Vial of Life packet. it is where we added grandma’s list of medications, medical information and allergies. this will help emergency personnel in the event that she can’t speak. we placed the Vial of Life on the refrigerator, it needs to be somewhere easy for EMTs to access.


the Bay Alarm Medical devices are not meant to be worn away from the home other than the front or backyard. they are waterproof and can be worn outside. this means that grandma can still do her gardening. Bay Alarm Medical does offer a GPS medical alert device for those that may need that service.

there is also a lock box which can be placed near her home entrance that can help emergency personnel access her home without breaking the door or a window down.

i let grandma get used to her Bay Alarm Medical for a few weeks before i asked how she felt about wearing and having it in her home. i was actually nervous to ask her because i thought i would get an answer like “i don’t know why you guys think i need something like this!” but this was not the case. i wasn’t expecting to hear how much she LOVED it. she realized that having a Bay Alarm Medical device in her home has not only given her family piece-of-mind, but her as well. it has calmed her nerves a bit…because she has had some falls and small emergencies in the past. just what if those small emergencies were just a little bit more serious.

this made my heart happy.

i would never forgive myself if something happened to my grandma and she didn’t have the access to call medical personnel. i can tell that this Bay Alarm Medical alert device. is going to be just what grandma needs to stay independent for as long as possible. help is just a click away. i couldn’t recommend it more to anyone who has aging family members or friends…piece-of-mind is a priceless thing.

we love our grandma…she deserves the best!

{Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. No kidding…we were already going to purchase a Bay Alarm for my grandma. I am so glad we did.}
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6 Reasons Why Babies Suck

Tracking Pixeli have been in newborn bliss over here since the birth of my daughter in January. i just love babies…and the fact that she is mine, is the best thing in the world. i just want to cuddle and kiss her all day long. yep, babies are just so cute and we love them to pieces! but at the same time, there are also times when babies just plain suck! why sugarcoat it? there are times when being a parent is really hard. that is why i have partnered with one of my favorite baby product companies Boon, to share with you some of the ways that babies suck.

6 Reasons Why Babies Suck

number one…

Baby Nails are Hard to Cut. why the heck are babies’ nails so thin and little? i remember with my first baby trying to be so careful not to cut the skin around his little nails. hold still…let me do this oh so gently… and oh crap…i cut him. after tears from him and myself (mostly myself) i decided that i would never try cutting them again until he got older. i’m still having nightmares about it. four kids later, and i still have extreme nail cutting anxiety.

(WAIT! you didn’t think i would share with you my reasons why babies suck and not give you solutions to the problems did you? of course not.)

finally, with my fourth baby, i found out how to make cutting my baby’s nails suck so much less. these Boon CARE Nail Clippers have a large handle that makes them easy to grip. they have seriously made clipping baby’s nail a whole lot easier and my nail cutting anxiety is gone.

they really do work so well. i haven’t had a mishap yet!

number two…

Babies Can’t Blow their Noses. who loves snot? i sure don’t. babies’ nostrils are just so teeny tiny, and when they’re clogged it sucks a lot. if you’ve tried using those nose bulbs you get from the hospital, you might notice that babies hate those things. nothing makes clearing little noses harder than having to do it while they’re screaming and crying. and who knows what is lingering inside those things? yuck!

luckily, Boon CARE Nasal Aspirator isn’t like other nasal aspirators. it’s super soft and gentle on baby’s nose. plus, it uses cotton balls or tissue as a filter, and is clear so it’s easy to clean and easy to see that it’s clean.

 

number three…

Babies Get Cradle Crap Cap. that layer of dead skin (or crap as i call it) that can be so hard to get rid of. my third son had it so bad that when i went to try and clean it away, some of his baby hair went down the drain with it. it made me feel so bad! cradle cap is probably the reason i had a completely bald baby for almost a year. i am surprised that his hair even grew back after that fiasco, LOL.

luckily, skip forward to baby number four, and i found this Boon CARE Cradle Cap Brush. with soft bristles to gently massage scalp and remove dry skin without removing any of that soft and adorable baby hair.


it works great in the bath. baby girl loves getting a scalp massage…while i get jealous that i would like one too.

the Cradle Cap Brush has worked out awesomely to keep baby girl’s hair on point. i mean…look at that hair, it’s just the cutest, and doesn’t suck one bit.

number four…

Babies Can’t Brush their Teeth. teeth are important! you can never start too early when it comes to proper oral care, but brushing teeth isn’t a skill most people are born with. and most babies aren’t usually fond of those rough bristles anyway.

the Boon CARE Silicone toothbrush is gentle on gums, and slips right over your finger so it’s more like a using a teething toy than a rough tooth brushing session. great oral care habits right from day one with no tears from baby.

number five…

Babies Get Sick. we don’t live in a bubble and we can’t avoid all germs all the time. especially when babies have older siblings who go to school, church, sports, activities, and who knows where else. babies are just more susceptible to catching whatever is going around.

luckily, we have a Boon CARE Quick Read Thermometer with a flexible tip and 8-second readings. when a bug hits, it’s not a huge struggle trying to keep track of the baby’s temperature.

number six…

Babies Don’t Take Medicine. as we already established, babies are going to get sick. and sometimes that means they’re going to need medicine. when they’re really tiny, getting them to swallow their medicine is a huge challenge! syringes can sometimes squirt it too hard, and medicine spoons are usually too big for babies’ mouths.

luckily, Boon CARE Medicine Spoon has a removable soft spoon tip and easy fill dispenser. it’s a medicine syringe and spoon in one, with a soft tip to make giving a sick baby their medicine safely and comfortably.

so yeah, babies suck sometimes. but the Boon CARE Health & Grooming Kit helps make everything suck a little bit less.


the Boon CARE Health & Grooming Kit is made with high-quality materials free from BPA, PVC and Phthalates. think of it as a good parenting kit, with 6 essentials. (Seven if you count Peace of Mind.) and each product that Boon sells has been made to focus on problem solving and ingenuity, and has simple yet effective design.

so stylish, and even tucks neatly into a sturdy, zippered pouch for storage. Boon thinks of everything!

yep, we couldn’t be happier. life is good…and definitely doesn’t suck!

(This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Boon.)