Sep 2, 2014

Em: 12 Month Update

Dear Sweet Baby Girl,

You are now ONE.

One whole year has blown by.  You are a bundle of endless energy.  The only time you slow down is to run over and tackle me for cuddles and hugs.  

Our little spitfire- you tackle your brother constantly, always with hugs and kisses, but still you can take him down faster than a football player.  You and your brother "talk" all day and play side-by-side.  You both prefer to swing next to each other and on the off chance that one of you wakes before the other? You both wander around calling for the other.  I love how much you love each other.

You love to explore and most of the time you are off on your own and will just glance over your shoulder to smile at me and continue on your way.  If ever something scares you, you run toward me and bury your face in my as you attempt to climb up me.  

You can run now.  Sometimes you run too fast and you literally somersault over yourself and then get up and run some more. You are fearless when it comes to pain and rarely will there ever be something that brings you to tears... which is scary seeing as how many bruises are starting to pop up as you are now climbing furniture.  Chairs, rocking chairs, tables, boxes... you name it and you've attempted to climb it.  You have no idea how many more gray hairs I have because of your fearlessness. 

You love to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  You will "read" books on your own and pick out your favorites to bring over to me.  You love to figure out how to do/fix/find each item for activities.  You love running into your room and tackling your giraffe and you squeal with joy when you get him.

You stack blocks, carry around socks, and shoes- they are your favorite.  And you ask for things that you want by showing us what you want.

30 inches
12 Month Onesies & Clothes
18 Month Sleepers
Size 4/5 Shoes
4 Teeth
A TON of Hair

Favorite Food: Blueberries, Chipotle, Waffles, Frozen Yogurt

You LOVE to go to the zoo and see all of the animals- that is only trumped by your love for the splash pad. The zoo has both and it is your jam.  We go three times a week right now and you are the one running around getting soaked.  You LOVE water!

I can not wait to see what this next year brings!

Love you so much baby girl.

Love always,


Aug 27, 2014

Dark Hope Book Review{& GIVEAWAY}

Dark Hope: Book One of the Archangel Prophecies is a new young adult saga about the love between a human and an archangel.  The book delves deep into the struggle and frank reality of human trafficking in our society.  The main character Hope is a survivor who finally gets the chance to start over at a new high school in Atlanta, Georgia.  Hope meets a mysterious, handsome teen who could be exactly what she needs or her complete undoing.   

You will not want to put this book down.  That is a warning, but in my humble opinion, means that it is worth your time to grab a copy of your own!  The author Monica McGurk will keep you rapt to every word as you dive deep into the saga.  The book definitely has the feel of the Twilight story line with danger, young love and an air of mystery.

My alone time is little and very precious.  VERY PRECIOUS.  I loved being able to sit down during nap time, reheat my coffee for the third time that day, and put my feet up.  Slippers were not optional.  A little escape and me time? PERFECT.  This book was incredible and I can not wait until Book Two is released!

I really appreciated the Question and Answer section.  Not enough author's take the time to do this for their readers!  Check out the Reader Guide- and see all of the fabulous questions available- these two were ones that really stood out to me as I was reading.

Questions to think about from the Reader Guide:

The scenes involving domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) and the men and girls involved in them were very dramatic.  Did these scenes change your thinking about the trafficking of humans in the United States?  Did you realize that these things are happening in ordinary American cities?  What do you think you can do to spread the word about human trafficking and try to bring it to an end?

Who do you think is at risk of being trafficked and sold into prostitution?  Foreign children or native citizens?  Young girls or young boys?  At what ages?  From what socioeconomic backgrounds?  What risk factors increase the odds someone is victimized in this way?

ME TIME. Love sitting down-feet up-slippers on-coffee reheated-AND a good book!


Now YOU can take a little time out with this marvelous book!  Monica McGurk is giving away one hard copy of Dark Hope: Book One of the Archangel Prophecies to one of my readers!

There are FOUR total possible entries for this giveaway.

1.  Leave a comment on the bottom of this post on why you would love to win a of 
 Dark Hope: Book One of the Archangel Prophecies.

2.  Like As Cute as a Bug's Ear on Facebook and comment on the bottom of this post saying you did.

3.  Follow @Littlefamblog on Twitter and comment on the bottom of this post saying you did.

4. Follow @Littlefamblog on Instagram and comment on the bottom of this post saying you did.

Please leave your email in one of the comments so that you may be contacted if you win. Winner will be chosen by and emailed.  Winner will have 24 hours to respond before a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway ends 09/08 at 5PM Mountain Standard Time.

You can connect with  Author Monica McGurk on TWITTER, PINTEREST, and FACEBOOK for all of the latest news and announcements.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

I was compensated and received the book in exchange for your review, but all opinions expressed are always 100% my own.

Aug 25, 2014

Weekend Update

Friday Favorite- National Geographic Kids. The skies opened up and poured on us.  Luckily we were prepared and The Toddler's donned their swimsuits and hit the splashpad.  Great music, toys, treats, and friends!

Friday night we let The Toddler stay up late.  I put Em to bed and then we all quietly snuck outside to roast marshmallows and look at the stars.  The Toddler loved being outside past his bedtime and was thrilled to see all of the stars start to appear.   

Sweet Em will do anything-AND I MEAN ANYTHING- that The Toddler does.  Over the past two weeks I have been trying to get her to start eating yogurt... and low and behold I told The Toddler to eat a spoonful of yogurt and BAM- Em now loves yogurt. Hence the coat of white, gooey stuff.

The great toy purge... well that was our intention.  After smores and tucking The Toddler into bed on Friday, the husband and I went through ALL of their toys. I now have two boxes of "baby" toys for our garage sale and all of our Legos-Puzzle Pieces-Tools and such are now back in their rightful spot.  We know this won't last long, but it was nice to finally be able to find certain toys.

Saturday we went on a family bike ride and then hit our favorite park.  Great afternoon at home after dual naps for the toddler's and BBQ for dinner.  The husband and I had a "date night" and watched one of my favorite movies- The Goonies. Anybody else love that one? Plus- do any of you remember the octopus scene?  My husband thought I was crazy when I was talking about it because apparently it is not in our copy- BUT- it did exist... and is in the deleted scenes.  After much research, my husband found that indeed I was not crazy, but that Disney had aired the version with the Octopus in the 90s on TV. Goodtimes.

Sunday Funday was spent at the zoo!  The Toddler's loved exploring the zoo- we saw a ton of animals, danced to ghost tiki drums, said hello to all of the farm animals, and hit the splash pad. 

PERFECT way to spend a Sunday.

Lot's of fabulous surprises going on behind the scenes these next couple of days!  
Can't wait for you to see what I have you, my fabulous readers!

Don't forget to enter to win a set of Splish Splash Cups from Nuby- HERE.

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

But seriously- does anybody else remember the octopus in Goonies?!?

Aug 22, 2014

Splish Splash in the Bath{& GIVEAWAY}

Nuby Splish Splash Stackable Cups

HANDS DOWN my toddler's favorite toys in the bath! 

These two have had the pleasure to use these cups for the last two months... and boy do they not disappoint! 

As a former teacher I love toys that help them learn and figure out how to manipulate their environment while improving the dexterity in their hands.  These cups? Are exactly that.  They stack-they each have different shapes-different colors-different amount of water streams. We pretend a big storm is coming and that they are raining.  We pretend to "wash" our toys hair. The Toddler even attempts to wash Em's hair- he is lucky that she is such a good sport. 

Two months of non-stop fun for bath time with Nuby's Splish Splash Stackable Cups. Two months and I don't see them stopping anytime soon. Do yourself a favor and pick up this pack pronto! Oh, but guess what? Nuby is letting me giveaway a set to one of my lucky readers! Whether for your own kids-or your sweet nieces-nephews-or even grand-kids- this is a must for bath time fun! 


Now YOU can know how marvelous this set is!  Nuby is giving away one set of Splish Splash Stackable Cups to one of my readers! 

There are FOUR total possible entries for this giveaway.

1.  Leave a comment on the bottom of this post on why you would want to win the Splish Splash Stackable Cups.

2.  Like As Cute as a Bug's Ear on Facebook and comment on the bottom of this post saying you did.

3.  Follow @Littlefamblog on Twitter and comment on the bottom of this post saying you did.

4. Follow @Littlefamblog on Instagram and comment on the bottom of this post saying you did.Please leave your email in one of the comments so that you may be contacted if you win. Winner will be chosen by and emailed.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway ends 08/29 at 5PM Mountain Standard Time.

Available at these fine retailers: 
  • www.buybuybabycom & Buy Buy Baby
  • Bealls
  • Tuesday Morning


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*Disclaimer - I was provided a product for review as a Nuby Mommy Blogger. No other compensation was received. All opinions are honest and 100% my own.

Aug 21, 2014

Our Little Kitchen{Updates}

40+ Hours of sweat and tears were poured into this kitchen when I was 30 weeks pregnant.  The cabinets were sanded, the bottom cabinets received a layer of  bead-board, all were primed(two coats), painted(two coats), rehung, the kitchen walls were painted, and my kitchen decoration received a fresh coat of spray paint to go with the more muted vibe of a farmhouse kitchen.


White Flat Cook-top Stove
Farmhouse Sink
Quartz Counter-tops


Chalkboard labels are the jam to my jelly. We jar the majority of our cooking staples, which we buy in bulk once every three months, to keep down on costs. Seriously, our two little ones eat as much as we do.  With how many food allergies we have between the Toddler and I making sure that everything is labeled is PARAMOUNT to our safety.  The Toddler is extremely allergic to over 26 different foods and we carry around two double-packs of Epi-Pens for him at all times. 


Cute labels? Yes please. 

These fabulous label's can be found at Kidecals- right now they are running a special for 15% OFF, ships within 48 hours and is FREE. I definitely plan to buy the Allergy Alerts Stickers for when The Toddler goes to Preschool this fall.

The labels are durable AND water resistant.  We hand wash our jars so I'm not too concerned about wear and tear.  The quality is much better than those at my local craft stores and even Target. And you all know how much I love Target! I can't wait to use the canning labels for personal birthday treats and holiday gifts!

The chalkboard labels make me smile when I open up my pantry. It's the little things folks. 


I may or may not have an unhealthy attachment to Ball Mason Jars. But I just love how they can be used for just about anything.  AND let it be known I am not late to the party in my appreciation for these.  I have used these jars before Pinterest even existed. Goodness, someday I will be able to look at my kids and say, "I was born before the invention of the Internet." 

Minds will be blown.

*I was given a product for my review. No other compensation was provided. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% honest.

Aug 20, 2014

Adventures with Nana

We felt especially lucky to have Nana here for Em's first birthday.  Family is far away and we cherished having her for nearly a week!  She just got her ankle replaced(yes, that is a thing) and kept up with us at our local splash pads, tumble tots, and backyard shenanigans.  Watching your children start to really love a family member-one that is not local-as none are-is incredibly heartwarming and heart-wrenching. The Toddler is already counting down the weeks until she visits again... thinking about doing a paper-chain :).