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Friday, October 13, 2017

When A Not So Long Drive Feels Like Forever

Happy 125th Birthday to the Milwaukee County Zoo. 
We recently loaded up our girls and took a trip to my favorite neighboring city of Milwaukee. We were heading to the Milwaukee County Zoo. We’ve done this ride multiple times over the years. But this drive, oh my goodness, it was so different. I’m not sure what was going on with my 5-year-old. She is typically entertained with window watching, playing with her toys, and listening to music. But as soon as we got on the highway it was all yelling and crying and are we there yet. We’d ask her to be quiet so daddy could concentrate on driving and she’d do it for about a minute and start up again. My husband and I just went down a list of items. Did she sleep well? Yes, we are pretty sure she did. Did she eat breakfast? Yes of course we all did. Was she uncomfortable in her car seat? Nope, she actually responded to us.


So after about an hour into our trip she just kept going on about how bored she was and demanding we give her one of our phones. I’m sorry, but when you start demanding things from mommy and daddy, that is a surefire way of not getting what you want. But in all honesty, deep down I really did just want to give her my phone so we could have some quite, however, I knew I couldn’t do that because, one, we’d be giving in, and two, my 2-year-old would then be the next to start crying. No win-win here. 
I really love that many of the animals walk up to the glass so
the small children can have a really good look at them.
We are about 10 minutes away, and of course there is a vehicle accident. It must have just happened as there was a young lady in tears walking out of her car trying to get out of the traffic. Anyway, thankfully no one seemed hurt, just immobile cars in the shoulder and left lane. So my daughter is frantically crying that she wants to be where we are going now. Meanwhile my husband is trying to maneuver and he himself not get involved in another accident. She would just not listen about being quiet for a minute. I had to turn around and yell at her “SHUT UP”. I don’t normally yell at her, and I have never said shut up to her. I just don’t like how it sounds to me. Well that got her attention, and then waterworks because I yelled at her. I felt horrible having to yell at her like that. And after what seemed forever, we finally got to our destination. At the zoo, it was as if nothing had happened, just her usual cheery self. Luckily the ride home was the total opposite. Both girls were so tired out by the fun at the zoo that they were practically asleep before we left the parking lot. I've sprinkled in our happy zoo pictures so enjoy, and definitely check out the Milwaukee County Zoo. They have elephants! I'm worn out from our drive!

Have you ever had a bad road trip experience? How have you handled the situation? I know all families are unique, but sharing any advice for future trips could benefit us all. Next time should I invest in portable DVD players, tablets, etc? Please share in the comments. 


The Milwaukee Zoo is currently in Halloween mode.
Lots of fun decorations. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Zulily - Helping Women Entrepreneurs Reach Their Goals


Have you shopped zulily? Do you know what zulily is? If not, zulily works with thousands of brands from up-and-comers to household names, you order from them, then they place one large order for all their customers, saving you money by being able to offer lower prices. It’s always fun to see what is being offered, as they offer new sales every morning.

This month, October, is Women’s Small Business Month. zulily is celebrating with over 100 amazing brands owned by equally amazing women. For four weeks of sales events, zulily will be featuring female small business owners and the amazing products they’ve created. By working with zulily, many of these female entrepreneurs have been able to expand their businesses and quickly reach their goals.  I’m excited to support these women, and look forward to checking out the sale (especially home d├ęcor and children’s clothing). If you shop the event, please share what you got! I’m already eyeing a cute Apron from Handstand kids & Simply Whimsical. Visit zulily.com and do some shopping and don’t forget to check back daily as more items are added.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Max and Bird - A Friendship Book


Now that my daughter is learning to read I'm on the lookout for fun easy reading books that she can learn from. We received an advance copy of Max and Bird, by Ed Vere. Madeline, who is five, has been excited about reading. Now she gets to hold the book and try and sound out the words. The story is great for kids of all ages. It shows what friendship means and also what persistence to reach a common goal can lead to. Madeline has chosen to read this book for the past two weeks almost every day. She says she really likes that Max and Bird has some really nice illustrations. I think they are pretty cool too. Check out the book and tell us what you think. By the way my favorite part is when Max makes a pros and cons list. Now Madeline wants to make her own lists too.


Max and Bird
ISBN: 9781492635581; September 2017
$17.99 U.S.; Hardcover; Juvenile Fiction/Picture Book

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Olivia's Messy Alphabet Book - A Personalized Book From Put Me In The Story

Olivia's Messy Alphabet Book!
I received a free book product in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

I really love that my girls are really into books. And after receiving a personalized copy of Sesame Street: The Messy Alphabet Book for Olivia, I knew it was only a matter of time before Madeline would be asking for one of her own. We’ll see which book I surprise her with in the near future.

“You know, it seems like every alphabet book I read is full of nice, clean things like cute kittens, cuddly puppies, and shiny new toys. I think it’s time for a new alphabet book, a MESSY alphabet book.” — Oscar the Grouch

Oscar the Grouch is tired of the same old ABCs. They’re too predictable, too perfect, too clean. In his version, your child finds out that G stands for gooey, M stands for mud-coated, and S stands for slimy (yuck!). Your kiddo will have a blast learning their ABCs in this silly, scribbled take on alphabet books.  You know what Oscar? We couldn’t agree more! 


We love this new take on learning about the alphabet, and it really suits my messy little monster Olivia. She’s already finding it fun to learn her alphabet using the fun pictures in the book. What kid would pass up the chance to be silly, really silly? In Sesame Street: The Messy Alphabet Book, a new personalized book available at PutMeInTheStory.com, Oscar the Grouch and his Sesame Street friends teach your child their ABCs by splashing and crashing their way through the alphabet together!

You are able to personalize with your child’s name and photograph. Olivia was excited to find herself in the book. “That’s me”! I was even able to write my own dedication to her.


At the end of the book, your child can decorate their initials using all the tricks they learned from their Sesame Street pals! We're waiting for a day we have spaghetti for dinner. 



And if you enter below your child can get the opportunity to love their own personalized book.
Enter through the Rafflecopter link to win a Sesame Street Personalized Book Bundle & Elmo Plush from Put Me In The Story! http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/54ca7af7566/ (giveaway is sponsored by Put Me In The Story)

$34.99 personalized book

A is for applesauce dripped down the wall.
B is for birthday cake wrecked by a ball.
C is for cookies all covered in goo.
D is for doughnuts all frosted with glue.








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