#365dog – Week 29

July 24, 2014 by  
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Day 197
I made Karli give the Chick-fil-A cow a kiss before she could get some dinner!

Day 198
dance nationals
Karli had dance nationals in Kalahari. I thought the girls performed their very best and while they didn’t take home the top scores, they gave it their all.

Day 199
Second day of dance nationals. On the way home we stopped to have a Sonic burger and milkshake. Karli thought it was so delicious and said we need a Sonic by our house. We actually have one about 15 minutes away, but have never eaten there. So was pretty excited to hear that!

Day 200
I am a genius. Getting the kids a pool toy that encourages more fighting.

Day 201
boys room
Painting the boys room and they wanted to keep the red stripe so LOTS of trim work. Painting over the blues with a light gray for Bedford colors NOT Ohio State, haha!

Day 202
boys room
All done and boy is my back feeling it.

Day 203
I’m loving this season of the Bachelorette. It’s crazy to think how many years I have watched this show…from the beginning. I can’t imagine anyone is confused about who she is going to choose. Pretty easy to see!


Chubby Bunny Challenge

July 23, 2014 by  
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Our most requested video thus far has been the Chubby Bunny Challenge. At the beginning you will also get a taste as to what it’s like to film a video with Chase and Karli. They are a riot, but they also drive me batty at times. But hey, that’s their job I suppose. I hope you all are having a good summer!

On a sidenote… we are really starting to make some decent money off of our videos. So sorry if this blog has turned into just video after video, but right now that is really what I have been enjoying and with the limited time that I do have that is what I have been focusing on. I’ve also found that the older our kids get there is less and less that I really feel I can write about. Our blog is public and is shared with family and friends and I can’t just write about whatever is on my mind. If I did I would probably tick a lot of people off. Haha!! If you do watch our videos, please feel free to comment on YouTube or at least give it a thumbs up. Both of those things help our channel immensely. Thanks!!


Protecting Tech Devices in Summer Heat

July 22, 2014 by  
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  Many people may not realize it’s important to protect your devices from both the harsh heat and the bitter cold.  And that there some cool apps out there to help you beat the heat and be...

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Prepare for the Outdoors with OFF!®

July 22, 2014 by  
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When I was a kid, summer meant waking up in the morning, throwing on my swimsuit, flip-flops and a pair of shorts and heading outside for the entire day.  It meant hours at the neighborhood...

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Disney On Ice – Presale Code (Yes, FROZEN Characters Are In It)

July 22, 2014 by  
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Here’s the special pre-sale code for the Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes show coming Oct.16-19 to The Palace.  Hot off the presses, this show now features our beloved characters...

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#365dog – Week 28

July 16, 2014 by  
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Day 189
Finished the second book Where She Went in one day. So good! If you like mushy young love kinda books

Day 190
ice cream
Yummy in my tummy!

Day 191
big brother
Crazy season of Big Brother…loving it!

Day 192
andrew thumb
Ouch! Andrew sliced his thumb open at work. Thank goodness no stitches, just glue and some steri strips. Oh and paper duty at work for a few days. LOL

Day 193
Blake 14th
Blake was finally able to celebrate his birthday with some friends!!

Day 194
pups sunbathing
Spending Sunday sunbathing with the pups!

Day 195
karli's book
Karli is writing a book about a girl named Lexi who is a gymnast and wants to be in the Olympics someday. This is her book cover.

Day 196
just because
Roses from Ken, just because :)


Could this be why my daughter doesn’t like to read?

July 15, 2014 by  
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I thought McKenna would be easy to homeschool. She is very smart. She retains words quickly and she’s very inquisitive. Preschool was great and kindergarten started off great until we progressed into harder levels of reading. Guess what her favorite thing to say about homeschool is? I love school with Mommy but I don’t like to read!

This girl has me so confused. She knows SO many words but she doesn’t want to put them together. She doesn’t even want to try. If we open a book and she doesn’t know that she will be able to read it perfectly she refuses to attempt it at all. I try not to compare my children but Parker and McKenna are the same age and it’s hard to watch him progress through the reading levels and enjoy books while she doesn’t want to read at all.

I’ve tried so many different techniques to get her over the hump this year, knowing that once she gets past her quest for perfection she will love books as much as I do. But nothing is working and oh.my.gosh I’m glad it’s summer so we can both take a break from the pressure of reading.

We recently saw a neuropsychiatrist to look at some of the long term issues McKenna has and she was reassured by her scores despite having a cerebral hemorrhage soon after birth. She noticed a discrepancy in her intelligence level and the work she was able to produce but did not spend much time on this issue so I wasn’t too concerned.

Until I watched this video.

hidden learning disability

This is only the first in a four part series on stealth dyslexia from MomAssembly and I came away with so much information to help me help her.

So much of this rang true for McKenna and I’m relieved I watched this now so that I have something to talk with her specialists about rather than going through another frustrating year without any direction.

I spent a long time looking through the MomAssembly site and all of the videos are just as good as this. They are conducted by well-versed specialists and don’t just talk about the issues that us moms have already read about in baby books but give real, hands-ons solutions to help get through every age and every issue with our kids.  I’m diving into their library again to get some help with my five year-old’s sleep schedule (or lack of).

MomAssembly, co-founded by Jill Spivack and Jen Waldburger is such a huge wealth of information. I rarely spend money on online subscriptions but this is one site that is worth the very affordable cost. It’s $3.99/month annually or $7.99 a month if you want to pay monthly and either subscription comes with a free 7 day trial.

But wait I have good news!  (Do I sound like an infomercial yet?)

The first 10 readers to complete sign up for a subscription plan through this link will receive their first month free!!


So run, or just sit on your couch and click away, to get your subscription to MomAssembly. It is well, well worth it.

MomAssembly compensated me for my time and provided me with a subscription for this review but all opinions and stubborn children are my own.

Art Fair Round-Up 2014

July 14, 2014 by  
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    There are so many wonderful Art Fairs and Shows coming up in the next few months.  Here is a list of a few of our favorite ones.  If you know of others that you would like to...

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July 13, 2014 by  
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Huge Frozen toy giveaway!

July 9, 2014 by  
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Frozen toys giveaway

Do your kids eat, sleep and breathe Frozen? My kids are obsessed and I may have the Disney store on speed dial so I can check if they’ve gotten a shipment of Elsa dolls in every Monday. These toys are next to impossible to find. Luckily, Stephanie from Binkies and Briefcases just so happened to be at Target at the exact same time that they were restocking the shelves and she scored an entire lot of toys from Disney’s Frozen. Yes, she even found an Elsa doll! Now a group of us are working together to give them away. That’s $120 worth of toys, and we’re giving them all to one lucky winner.

elsa doll and frozen toys

What better way to cool off in July than with some Frozen treats?

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

One Color Change Elsa Doll

One Color Change Anna Doll

One set of toddler Anna and Elsa dolls

And one Magical Lights Palace play set

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, ages 18 and up. No purchase necessary to win. Binkies and Briefcases is responsible for prize shipment. One winner will be notified via email and receive a prize package via US Mail. In the event the winner does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be selected.

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