01 September 2014

Ready to POP Giveaway Hop

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Welcome to the Ready to POP! [a Labor Day inspired Giveaway Hop] hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network!
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19 August 2014

ABC's of Life (According to My 4 Year Old...)

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Four years ago today, we welcomed the force of nature that is Thing 1.  He has given us joy and laughter...and driven us to drink.  My little whirlwind never stops moving, never stops questioning and, despite all the frustrations and trials, never stops making me smile.  In honor of his 4th birthday, I give you: The ABC's of Life (well...our lives, anyway).
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12 August 2014

FUNding Knowledge

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It's that time of year again.  Summer fun is winding down, families are taking their last vacations of the break and buying clothes and supplies for back to school.  Parents are, quite possibly, doing happy dances (not that I'd EVER do that.  Nope.  Not me....)

I know it's a busy time of year, especially if you're an educator trying to prepare for the year ahead, so I'm not even going to make you read a whole post full of my opinions and philosophies on educator appreciation.  Here's the Cliff's notes version:

  • Educator's rock!
  • That means homeschoolers too!
  • Win stuff!
Have a great week!
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29 July 2014

Motherhood: The Naked Truth

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Last night, I had a dream.  I dreamt that I gave birth to a beautiful baby.  And I felt radiant, powerful, and content.  Then, I woke up to reality:  a belly sans uterus, riddled with stretch marks and surgery scars and, if I'm being completely honest, gone a bit squishy.  That squishy bit was likely why said belly, still sore from last week's hysterectomy, was partly covered by splayed limbs and a tuft of blonde hair belonging to a very precocious and energetic four year old.  My belly, the comfy pillow.  Oh yes, I had a dream.
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14 July 2014

Confessions of a Biblioholic

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Hello, my name is Amber, and I love books.  I mean it.  I. Really. Love. Books. I love to read them, buy them, read ABOUT them, talk about them, organize them, lovingly caress them (only occasionally, I swear...).  But really, I'm constantly on the lookout for new books, both for myself and for the kids.  Despite his generally spastic nature, Thing 1 can sit still and focus on a book like nobody's business.  He's always been a lover of books, just like his mama.  Not sure where the spastic thing comes from.  So, for the past 4 years, I've encouraged him (and Thing 2, when she came along), to use books to explore, discover, and re-imagine the world around him.  That's why, after attending an Usborne book party, I was so excited.  Come on with me, and we'll take a look...inside a book...(High five to all of you who got that reference.)

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08 July 2014

Win a Free Doctor On Demand Call!

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Alright my lovely readers, in addition to the awesome giveaway for the Amazon gift card that we are running, Doctor On Demand has given me 10 free call codes to give away.  That's right, 10 WINNERS!!  That's a $40 value folks.  A free trip to the doctor, right from your own home.  Go now!


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Doctor on Demand

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Doctor On Demand, however, all opinions are my own.


We've all been there. And if you haven't, well...I don't believe you. It's the worst possible time (weekend, holiday, late night...you get the idea) and your child suddenly starts acting strange(r). Or develops a rash. Or gets a nasty cough and/or fever. You are faced with the decision to wait it out and hope for the best, or head to the local ER/Urgent Care...and hope for the best. Sometimes, waiting it out really doesn't seem like a great option and, especially if you have more than one child, going to the ER or Urgent Care center isn't a great option either. Maybe it's just the germophobe in me (ok...LIKELY it's the germophobe in me), but when I think of the ER or "doc in the box", as we call the Urgent Care centers, I envision foul cesspools of mean, sharp-toothed germs. I have to sterilize my hand after using the pens, and I apparently always wear a sign that says, "Puking/plague ridden person, please sit as close to me as possible!". Which means I have to burn my clothes and scrub my skin down Gattaca style when I get home. Ok, I'm not really THAT bad. But still. So, if that's not your cup of tea, or if the thought of the exorbitant cost of such services makes you cringe, what's a person to do? I FINALLY have a good answer to that question!
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