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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Happy First Birthday!!!

Happy First Birthday Sweet Little Malcolm!

Friday, March 30, 2012

The Many Faces of Margaret in March

7 Quick Takes: Happy Birthday Baby Boy!

My Quick Takes this week is all about Malcolm, who is one year old today! Check out other Quick Takes over at Conversion Diary.

What started as this...
 ...quickly became this:


Little became




A few months quickly became




Happy Birthday Sweet Boy!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Product Review & Giveaway: A Perfect Pet for Peyton Book

A Perfect Pet for Peyton is a heart-warming birthday adventure the whole family will enjoy. Packed with beautiful full-color illustrations, this book offers children the chance to learn how we all give and receive love differently. Based on Dr. Gary Chapman's book The 5 Love Languages, the books contains illustrations with hidden details as well as a quiz to help children more fully understand their own personal love language.

This is an all-around feel good book. The authors do a wonderful job exploring each love language within the book. The text is simple enough for my six year old to read independently, yet mature enough to hold my ten year olds's interest. The hidden details of the pictures allow even the younger children to get involved in the text.


I liked it. I liked how their was gurls (girls).

I liked it because, well, every page you are supposed to find at least one insect. I really like trying to find things. I also really liked how it was a theme park mixed with a pet store mixed with a petting zoo mixed with a museum mixed with a birthday palace.  

I thought the book was really good because it was educational but it wasn't boring. I especially liked how Peyton didn't think he was going to get a pet but then at the end he got the perfect pet and was really happy. I liked how it was by Gary Chapman and the man who owned the pet palace was Mr. Chapman.

I liked the parts where they are in the buildings and by the map and they are having their cake and riding the roller coaster. I also really like the dinosaur rooms.

You can buy A Perfect Pet for Peyton at several on-line retailers including amazon and Barnes & Noble. List price for this book is $16.99 for a hardcover. Want to win a copy for free? Simply leave a comment on this post and I will choose a winner on Monday April 2. It's that simple!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising.

Friday, March 23, 2012

7 Quick Takes


Yesterday was my friend Theresa's birthday. I know she reads my blog, sorry I missed your day! I hope your birthday was wonderful!


Speaking of birthdays, today is my brother's birthday. Happy Birthday!


It was 84 degrees here yesterday so we busted out the kiddie pool.


Did I mention that yesterday was MARCH 22 ?!?!? Here are some photos from March 23 of last year:


Okay, so that last one was really from March 13 of last year. But I pretty much looked the same on March 23. Speaking of that, can you believe that Malcolm is going to be ONE YEAR OLD next Friday? Where did this year go?


A total package of cuteness!


And then one more of these shots because I can't get over how awesome that child looks wearing goggles.

Check out more Quick Takes over at Conversion Diary.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Twin Lakes Skate Park

I took the kids and their new blades to the skate park at Twin Lakes. They had a blast and came home no worse for wear. A few new bruises and one little scrape was all! Not bad for three boys at a skate park!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

We have the nicest friends

They sent us beautiful (and tasty) fruit bouquets to brighten our day!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Happy Tenure!

We celebrated Michael getting tenure with a neighborhood soccer game and potluck!

We have the best neighbors and friends EVER!

Product Review: Action Alert

It's every parent's nightmare: your child is on the computer doing research or playing an online game. They click on something and boom! Pornography or other inappropriate material appears. Action Alert was designed so your computer could be completely safe for all ages to use!

Action Alert allows you the control and the knowledge of what is being viewed on your computer. You can receive alerts about content being viewed on your cell phone and/or personal computer. You even have the ability to shut down your computer remotely from your cell phone. In addition to these features, Action Alert offers logging of chat and emails, site blocking, 60 hours of activity recording, ability to control the amount of time used, content filtering, and keystroke logging.

Featured on the Today Show and winner of Disney's iParenting award, Action Alert offers two affordable options for your family: Free Protection and Maximum Protection. Some of the differences are that Maximum Protection offers additional Facebook safety and the ability to protect more than one child and computer in the home. It is completely customizable and is only $29.99 for installation.

We do not allow our kids time on the computer and so blocking inappropriate content is not an issue for me right now. I can tell that as the children get older and utilize the computer more for school things that this will be an area which I will need to address. Action Alert is an affordable and easy way to get the protection I need to make sure my computer remains "family friendly."

Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Homeschool Review Group, I wrote this review in exchange for a free trial to Action Alert. I received no other compensation.