Monthly Archives: November 2014

#BeMyNeighbor Twitter Party

#BeMyNeighbor Twitter Party Details



What: We are so excited join the Fred Rogers Company for a #BeMyNeighbor Twitter party as they launch the new Won’t You Be My Neighbor website! is an amazing destination that celebrates good neighbors! You can share a special story about being a good neighbor or you can recognize someone else you’ve seen demonstrate neighborliness. Your stories will be shared on the site and inspire others to do neighborly acts of their own! Join us for the #BeMyNeighbor Twitter party to learn more ways you can do good in your neighborhood and share your own ideas with others!

When: Wednesday, November 19 at 2 p.m. ET

Where: We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #BeMyNeighbor hashtag to track the conversation. You can see the details and RSVP via this Vite:

Hashtag: #BeMyNeighbor

Prizes: We will be giving away five prizes throughout the party for correct answers to trivia questions. Each prize pack includes a Mister Rogers quote book & t-shirt and a Daniel Tiger mini plush, book & DVD. Prizes are limited to U.S. participants only.

Hosts: @TheMotherhood, @TheMotherhood25, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann

Co-hosts: @MoreThanMommies, @DancingHotdogs, @DonnaChaffins, @EmilyARoach, @gogrowgo, @AsCuteAsBugsEar, @EatSleepBe, @JessicaMcFadd, @JustJillyBlog, @CoconutRobot, @2kidsandacoupon, @MyBaybah, @ohMariana, @PittMommyBlog, @Tiffanyblogs


Please join me Wednesday- my twitter handle is: @AsCuteAsBugsEar.


I would love to see you involved and am proud to work with the Fred Rogers Company.


#Leap TV- Leap Into Gaming #MommyParty


The LeapTV Gaming System is available this Fall and goodness gracious has it become a fast favorite in our house!  Gaming just got smarter with LeapTV active video gaming system.  Kids can learn through motion as they jump, dance and learn! With a library of 100+ LeapFrog educator-approved game cartridges, game downloads and videos, kids will never run out of fun!



I do solemnly proclaim that this is the Holiday Must-Have of the season! I can not wait to get this for some of my favorite nieces in Hawaii! Shhh… please don’t tell them.




Dance & Learn is all about moving and grooving while learning about reading.  Dance, sing and move to the music!  There are nine dance games where they use: age-based starting points, level climber, answer guidance, auto-adjusting curriculum, and instant hints.  The three game modes keep the fun going! Just remember: Dino Dance. Your welcome.

Sports is all about getting into the action while playing nine different sports! The learning features include: age-based starting points, cross-game learning memory, instant hints, auto-adjusting curriculum, level climber, and answer guidance.  You can choose from Quick Play or Events to keep the fun going! Swimming was a family favorite!




My children love mail surprises and were BLOWN AWAY by this package! They cackled, screamed, and did a little dance I would like to call a “jig”. After we opened up the goodies we immediately set-up the LeapTV Gaming System and got to playing.  Set-up was a breeze.



Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.



We learned quickly that the video motion detector worked better for us below our TV and I am glad that it gives you lots of cord length to be able to fit the space you need.  This was just as easy to connect as our Fit Made Fun LeapBands.




Pet Play World- designing and taking care of your very own pet.  Raymond helped put the finishing touches on Emma Marie’s favorite, a panda.  He then helped design, feed, and take care of his Dragon who he promptly named “Rowan”.



Using the controller to help feed their pets!



Dino Dancing Extravaganza





After learning and playing with our LeapTV we started planning our Leap Into Gaming Party.



#LeapTV Leap Into Gaming MommyParty


When guests arrived I made sure there were lots of activites for all of our little friends.  Pet Play World a game on the LeapTV Gaming System was brought to life on our kitchen table.  We made sure to have lots of copies of all of the animals so that each child could pick out their favorite to customize with crayons- much like making your own pet in the game.  The Dragon, Panda, and Unicorn were the favorites at our party and everyone had a blast trying to find the perfect name for their new little pet. Priceless for all of the moms to watch!





Raymond picked out the Dragon, a favorite in our house and colored every inch of him in.  He named him “Rowan”.





Emma Marie picked out the Panda and worked hard on trying to color her new little buddy.

Party Menu

As a food allergy family we find it important to note all allergies of those at our party and we plan accordingly.  All foods were free of nuts, treenuts, and gluten.  We served plenty of fresh blueberries, bell peppers cut into strips, gluten-free chips with organic salsa, pear strips and cheese sticks.  All of the toddlers and preschoolers at the party gobbled up the food and I was thankful that I had made three times as much as shown to replenish the table.



The first games the group wanted to play were from LeapTV Sports.  There are NINE games to choose from and we got through them all… watching kids being able to participate in Soccer, Karate, Baseball, Bowling, Swimming, Rope Climbing, Weightlifting, Skateboarding, and Snowboarding was so much fun! I love how many skills there are involved in these games!

Seriously, the kids used additon skills, pattern recogniton, subtraction, and shapes to make their way through the games in the Olympics! You can also choose to do Quick Play where you can just go to your favorite event and play as many times as you want.


By and large the swimming was Raymond’s favorite… so far.  He has so much to learn and I am so excited that these games promote learning and problem solving!  The former teacher in me pats myself on the back. It’s not often that you find a Game System that is this enjoyable that is educational. MOM WIN.

The next game we played was LeapTV Dance & Learn.  I have never laughed so hard.  The screams of hysterical laughing that echoed in my tiny house were priceless.  The Dance & Learn Game promotes reading skills with working on learning new vocabulary, phonics, the alpahbet, and compound words.  Educational? Check. Physically Active? Check. Fun? CHECK.

The Dino Dance will live on in our house as the resounding favorite of both Emma Marie and Raymond.  The stomping, soaring, and running involved gets everyone up- moving and grooving!




Children, all children I think love to see themselves on screen.  This Gaming System lets the children see what they are doing and interact with the games.  There was a viewing gallery off to the side with two benches of moms breaking out their iPhone’s catching their little ones dance their hearts out.  It may have come up(multiple times) that this is the product to get this season.  And I couldn’t agree more!



Best Friends.





The LeapTV Gaming System is designed with kids in mind.  Children ages three to eight years old will learn by combining activity and movement with best-in-class educational curriculum from LeapFrog.  There are three unique ways to play: body motion, pointer play, and classic control.  LeapFrog games draw from 2,600 skills across core subjects like reading, math, science and creativity.

As a former educator I LOVE that LeapFrog is incorporating the act of play into learning.  There are too many games that children just sit and passively play.  Like the LeapBand, LeapFrog is promoting a healthy lifestyle with learning.  Young kids are up and moving which is EXACTLY what they should be doing more of.

This is definitely a system that will grow with your child.  I can say as a matter of fact that this will definitely help supplement learning in our house along with art, preschool, and outdoor activities.  Go out and grab one while you can!  I’ve heard from some of my mom friends that they are flying off the shelves this holiday season!


You can connect with  LeapFrog on TWITTERPINTEREST, and FACEBOOK for all of the latest news and announcements.



I received free products in order to host the LeapFrog sponsored MommyParty. As always, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Another Heart to Care For


On Monday we received some bad news.  At his three year well-check we found out that Raymond has a murmur.

My heart sank.  Both babies now have murmurs. Em is healing. And I’ve talked about her heart problems before.

Now Raymond.

I can’t stop myself from wondering if it’s because of me. I have heart abnormalities, although mine wasn’t discovered until pre-op for a cholecystectomy when I was twenty.

Here we are again.  Awaiting another appointment and testing from our beloved Pediatric Cardiologist.

Once more people are kindly trying to erase my fears. I don’t take well to, “Don’t worry-he’ll be fine.” In all reality we don’t know. So please don’t say blanket statements, even out of love.





Please send good thoughts and prayers. Simple, sweet, and much needed right now in our house.

I Mustache You Some Questions


The lovely Giselle of My Healthy Happy Home tagged me in this fun post and as we hit the middle of Movember I must say the tagline is perfect!


Four names that people call me, other than my real name:

Momma- Sweet Em and Raymond call me Momma- probably my favorite thing to hear in the whole world.  Raymond is trying to cut it short to Mom and I have mixed feelings on that.

Babe- from my dear husband.

Hol- It’s a derivative of my name, most of my friends and sisters call me Hol.

The Hawk- loving called Holly the Hawk as a baby… my poor mother listened to me “LOVE” my voice when I was little.


Four jobs I have had:



Ssecretary for College of Education



Four movies I’ve watched more than once:

Indiana Jones(all FOUR of them)


Love Actually

National Treasure


Four books I’d recommend:

Treasure of Kahn

Black Wind

War & Peace

Night Probe


Four places I have lived:

Tacoma, WA

Tucson, AZ

San Diego, CA

Blytheville, AR


Four places I have been:

British Colombia





Four places I’d rather be right now:

At the Beach

Disney Land(family favorite)

With Family(our family lives all over the place) Hawaii, Washington, California

Australia- I’ve never been, but it’s on my husband and I’s wish list.


Four things I don’t eat:

Pepsi Anything

Brussel Sprouts


Shellfish- seriously allergic.

Four of my favorite foods:

Olive Garden(the dairy problem exists, but it’s still oh so good) EVERYTHING

Large 14 Ounce Steak- I’m picky and rarely eat red meat now, Raymond is allergic, but a couple of times a year I will treat myself to a large. perfectly seasoned and BBQ steak.

Radishes- I could eat radishes for the rest of my life.  The spicier the better!

Black Olives- family favorite from when I was little.


Four TV shows that I watch:



Big Bang Theory



Four things I am looking forward to this year:

Meeting my niece for the first time! Our family is traveling out to the desert for the holidays this year and I can not wait to snuggle my two adorable nieces!

Watching my best friend walk down the aisle in her wedding in March.  She is going to look gorgeous in her gown!

My mother is planning on moving closer to us… I am beyond HAPPY about my little ones growing up with family close. Words really can’t describe how happy this makes me.

Disneyland trip with my little family next summer.


Four things I’m always saying:

Goodness Gracious

Come here sweetie.

Oh crap. (Need to work on this, don’t want my two littles to pick this up).

What a sweetheart.


Four People I Tag:






Happy Veterans Day to all those who serve! Sending special hugs to my Brother-in-Law out in Hawaii!

Three Years Old: Birthday Celebration




























Usually I am all about the “perfect” Pinterest-Worthy set-up for birthdays… but this year, at three it was his choice.  He picked out every little detail and loved all of the surprises we planned throughout the day.


The night before I put up all of the decorations, got out all of his favorite goodies, and baked him an allergy-free cake.  When he woke up in the morning he literally “ooohhed” and “ahhed” downstairs and took his time looking at everything that was for HIS birthday.  He remembers clearly when Em had her first birthday and was so excited that his big day was finally here!

We jumped right in the car and headed to go on our coffee date.  A cup of whip-cream befitting a king was bestowed upon him at Starbucks and he proudly showed the other patrons before slowly devouring the cup.  After licking the cup clean we hit the rode to the zoo.  One of his most favorite places in the whole world.  We looked at all of the animals, rode the carousel, played with the sting rays, and visited his favorite of the day, the rhino(changes weekly).

On the way home, we told him we would go to Chipotle and he screamed in glee! One of the only places we can eat(allergy-friendly) and his favorite food of all time.  He kept saying what he was going to eat, his order, over and over until we arrived.

He proudly announced that it was his birthday and relished in the attention during lunch.

When we got home after Em napped we opened presents, blew out candles and ate way too much sugar!  I loved that he picked out the plates, the napkins, the cake, the type of cake and frosting, and all of the colors.  Such a special day for our little man.

The next day he proudly proclaimed that he was now, in fact, a big boy.  Big boys go potty on the potty(he does), and walk instead of being carried as he explained to me.

Love my big boy.

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