Saturday, May 28, 2011

Swing Sets!!!


The kids Great Gramma is getting them a Swing Set for their Birthdays/Christmas Present!! I am having such a hard time deciding on which one I want... I am looking for something long term that way DJ and Reagan will still want to play on it when Allen is old enough to really play on it!

Please Help!!!

A. Flexible Flyer Big Adventure Metal Swing Set -
What's Included:
- 6' Wave Slide with Handrails and Ladder Rungs
- 2 Swings featuring Kid-Comfort Design
- "Shoe Loop" Stand / Glider Swing
- 2 Passenger See-Saw
- 2 Passenger "Rocket Rider"
- Deluxe Trapeze Bar
Ages: 3 years to 10+ years
B. SportsPower Super 8 Fun Metal Swing Set -
What's Included:
- 2 Blow-Molded Swings
- 2 Person Roman Glider
- Blow-Molded Rocking Horse
- 6' Double-Walled Wave Slide
- 2 Person Flying Saucer
Ages - 3 years to 10 years
C. Sheffield 6-Leg Swing Set -
What's Included:
- 6' Wave Slide
- 4 Passenger Lawn Swing
-2 Passenger Glide Ride
- 2 Sling Swings
- Molded Trapese Bar w/Rings
- See-Saw
Ages 3 years to 10 years
D. Newcastle 6-Leg Metal Swing Set w/ Slide -
What's Included:
- 6' Wave Slide
-2 Super Sling Swings
- Deluxe Trapeze Bar
- Air Glider
- 4 Passenger Lawn Swing
Ages: 3 years to 10+ years

Please help me!! I have until June 1st to decide...!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Field Trip to the County Fair!!!

We had DJ's field trip to the county fair today and we all had a blast!! All of the kids had so much fun and rode all of the kiddie rides!! We also got the kids ID & Fingerprints done.

{Warning: Photo Overload!!!}


{The kids petting a cow for the first time!!}

{Allen bored....}
{Not quite sure about all of the new smells....}
{Lunch time!!}
{Kids from class with Zinger the Sacramento River Cats Mascot!!}
{The kids petting a Scorpion!!}
{Reagan petting the snake.... *gross!*}
{DJ & Easton on the Tea Cups!}
{Playing for a Prize!!!}
{Can you guess who won?!?}
{Going down the big slide!}

{Reagan was the youngest and littlest, but somehow beat all the other kids out of the fun house!! Everyone was running into the walls... hahaha}

{Reagan and the Chick Filet Cow!}

{Trying to rope a cow!}

{Helping out with a magic trick! When she asked what his name was, he said "pause.... David!}

And a video...

Monday, May 23, 2011

Freebies & Websites

Here are just a few places that I get my coupons and freebies!!!
Smart Source - Here

Red Plum - Here

Target Coupons - Here
{You can match these up with Manufacture Coupons}

Beech Nut Rewards - Here
{Plus, if you join their newsletter, they will send you coupons through email.}

Gerber - Here
{Sign up and get formula & food coupons}

Huggies - Here
{Sign up and get Diaper Coupons}


Freebies 4 Mom - Here

Mamas on a Dime - Here

I love Free Things - Here

Sunday, May 22, 2011

My Shopping Trip!

Today was a successful Shopping/Coupon trip! I collected the coupons from the paper and online, got my spreadsheet made and Reagan & I were off! I found all of my manufacture coupons in the Red Plum & Smart Source inserts in the SacBee.

TC: Target Coupon
MFC: Manufacture Coupon
MC: Mailer Coupon (sign up and they send you coupons)

Here is everything I got:
{ $12.05 before tax}

Carefree Panty Liners (2)
Original Price: .99 cents each
TC: .50 cents each
Total: .98 cents for both

Beech Nut Homestyle Baby Food (2)
Original Price: .84 & .40
MC: up to $1.50
Total: FREE

Beech Nut Homestyle Cereal
Original Price: $1.42
MC: up to $2.00
Total: FREE

Nivea Happy Sensation Lotion
Original Price: $5.04
MFC: $3.00
TC: $1.00
Total: $1.04

Nivea Body Wash
Original Price: $3.99
MFC: $1.00
TC: $1.00
Total: $1.99

Degree Deodorant (2)
Original Price: $2.34 each
MFC: .75 cents
TC: $1.00
Total: .59 cents each

Suave Lotion (2)
Original Price: $2.69 each
MFC: $1.00
TC: .75 cents
Total: .94 cents each

Original Price: $16.99
Clearanced: $4.98
Suave Dry Shampoo Spray
Original Price: $2.79
MC: up to $3.00
Total: FREE
Suave Volumizing Spray
Original Price: $2.79
MC: up to $3.00
Total: FREE
Febreze Spray
Original Price: $2.99
MC: up to $3.00
Total: FREE
Glade Carpet Powder
Original Price: $1.97
MFC: $1.00
TC: $1.00
Total: FREE
Munchkin Spoons
Original Price: $3.00
MC: up to $3.00
Total: FREE

Saturday, May 21, 2011

DJ + A.D.D. =

A very, very tired and stressed out mommy...

DJ is such a lovable and caring little boy, but he is every bit a little terror. He was such a calm baby until he turned one, and since then he has been so crazy and will not sit still if his life depended on it. Every day seems like a battle with not listening or acting out. Some days I feel like crawling in my closet with a bottle of wine {I know that sounds bad, but its the truth.} and crying.

I will ask him to calm down and watch his cartoon/movie or turn off one of his toys, he will tell me no and throw a tantrum. We have tried time outs in the corner, washing his mouth out with soap, taking toys away and even spankings... Nothing works or phases him. No matter how many times I tell him to do something or tell him "No," he just ignores me and does whatever it is. Once he turns Four, we can get him evaluated and if necessary Medicate. I am not one for medicating a child, but sometimes it is necessary. I have tried so many things to get him to calm down or just listen, and nothing works. I love my son more than anything in the world, I just wish he would listen and calm down. Dave had childhood ADHD and my sister had ADD as a child, so it was inevitable that one of my kids would get it.

Here are some of the following indicators of A.D.D. {Bold are DJ}

- Difficulty keeping attention on work or play activities at school and at home
- Losing or forgetting things like toys, pencils, books, or tools needed for a task
- Avoids or dislikes activities that require sitting still or a sustained effort
- Seems disorganized and doesn't pay close attention to details
- Has trouble with tasks that require planning ahead
- Forgets things and is easily distracted
- Does not follow directions or finish tasks, often skipping from one uncompleted activity to another
- Does not appear to be listening when someone is speaking
- Does not pay attention and makes careless mistakes
- Is forgetful about daily activities
- Has a tendency to daydream
- Becomes easily distracted by irrelevant sights and sounds
- Rarely follows instructions carefully and completely
- Throws temper tantrums

To complicate things further, different symptoms may appear in different settings, depending on the child and the demands of different surroundings:

- A child who can't sit still will be noticeable in school, but the daydreamer may be overlooked. Yet both may have different types of ADD.
- The impulsive child who acts before thinking may be seen as a 'problem child', while the child who is sluggish may be seen as 'unmotivated'. Yet again, both may have different types of ADD.

All info here

I just want my baby to be happy and healthy...

Friday, May 20, 2011

What We're Loving: 4 1/2 Months...

I can not believe that Allen is 4 1/2 months old already. He is growing up so fast.. He is learning and soaking everything up. Here are a few new things we are loving!!

K Kid's The Hungry Pelican - Allen loves this toy because the wings are filled with the crinkle paper and the feet have rattles in them. He will play with this for a good 30 minutes before getting frustrated or bored with it.

Johnny Jump Up - He absolutely loves this, as you can see! He will lounge, jump and chew on it and be content for a while!
Bright Starts Start Your Senses Peek-a-Pal - We have this on his car seat and he giggles every time he pulls it because it vibrates. When we are home, we take it off so he can play with it on the floor too!

Bright Starts Lots of Links - He will chew on these and bang these around. He loves making noise!

We are still loving:

- Swing
- Lovie
- Teethers
- Evenflo Exersaucer Triple Fun
- Aquaphor Gentle Baby Wash & Shampoo
- Huggies Diapers