Promote Kindness with Netflix!

With school back in session in most parts of the country (or close to it!), it’s easy to focus on teaching or reinforcing school-related subjects. Even though Trent doesn’t go to school yet, he also doesn’t go to daycare, so it’s up to us to teach him what we can to set the stage for when he does go to school. Of course, we concentrate on letters, numbers, shapes, colors, etc. but we also teach him other things…like how to be polite and treat others with kindness.

We promote saying hi and bye, please and thank you, and we also are big on teaching him to share, especially since he has a little sister that has already assumed control of all of his baby toys ;)

If you want to promote kindness and acceptance with your kids, here are some suggested titles from Netflix to help!


12 Netflix Titles to Promote Kindness and Acceptance

For your big kids:

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And your little ones:

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If you’re also looking for a fun activity to promote kindness, check out this Kindness Punch Box idea!

Kindness Punch Box

Inspire your kids to do good by turning random acts of kindness into a fun game. With our Kindness Punch Box, your kids can break through each tissue-papered hole to reveal a kindness challenge, like smiling at everyone you meet or making a sweet treat to share with your neighbors. Click here to learn how make your own.


This post was written by me as part of my membership in the Netflix Stream Team. All opinions are my own and honest. Thanks for reading!


Baby Age Blocks by Pretty in Polka Dots {Review & Giveaway}

One of Brett’s most popular photography packages is the Baby Plan…where parents can get professional photos of their baby as a newborn then at 3, 6 and 9 months, and then finally, 1 year old.

Of course, we are no strangers to personally taking progress photos. I took pregnancy progress photos with Trent and some with Aubrey, and we also took a monthly photo of Trent through his first year. We hope to take a weekly photo of Aubrey!

The possibilities are endless with progress photos! First day of school for each grade, pregnancy months, child months/weeks/years, anniversaries….it’s always so fun to look back on the progress no matter what it is.

Pretty in Polka Dots has just the product to help you take any kind of progress photo for kids…Baby Age Blocks!

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Baby Blocks

What makes Baby Age Blocks from Pretty in Polka Dots different:

1.       We PRINT directly on our blocks with a flatbed printer.  Our blocks are more vivid, clean, safe, & permanent that any other on the market (no more peeling stickers or chipping paint!).  We purchased this printer recently solely for this purpose (though it has opened other markets for us).   We do all of the work and printing in our home (myself, my husband and my littler helpers – 3 children under 4… EEK!)

2.       We cut, sand & inspect every one of our blocks by hand to make sure they’re perfectly safe for babies and of the best quality.

3.       We gift wrap every set of blocks and include an optional hand written note if requested.  We are also now branching into the world of wholesale and offering retail packaging when required.

4.       Because we print, our blocks are COMPLETELY customizable.  On our website, we let our customers select their own colors, font outlines, block finishes & more.


Of course, we just had to use these blocks for Aubrey’s progress photos! Look who is 1 week old today!

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What we really like about these blocks is that the letters and numbers are printed directly onto the blocks…they aren’t stickers, so that means no peeling! The use of UV stable ink means these blocks will last a lifetime.

These blocks come in a variety of color options.


We chose blocks in Primary Colors, but because of their special printing process, the blocks can be customizable to match décor, favorite colors, etc.

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The blocks are made from solid “poplar” hardwood with permanent UV Printed letters and numbers. The two smaller number blocks are 2.5 inch cubes. The larger word block features the words: weeks, months, years, and grade. It is 2.5in x 2.5in x 5in.

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What you get on the blocks:

  • Word Block: weeks, months, years, grade
  • Number Block 1: 0,1,2,3,4,5
  • Number Block 2: 0,1,2,6,7,8
  • Expansion Block: 3,4,5,6,7,8 (optional)

NOTE: The number 6 is also number 9 when turned over

With the expansion block, your options are endless! It allows for extended number combinations with the Baby Age Blocks from 0-99.  The typical Baby Age Block set without the expansion blocks can only go from 0-32 before begging to skip number combinations such as 33, 34, 43, 44 and so on.

Pretty in Polka Dots sends these Baby Age Blocks in the cutest wrapping, making them ready to given as a gift – perfect as a baby shower gift, for a photographer or for parents, to name a few. Shipping was incredibly fast, too!

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Pretty in Polka Dots also offers some other unique items:

Personalized Name Blocks

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Baby Announcement Blocks


Wood Plank Picture Frames



To learn more about Pretty in Polka Dots and to Buy, visit their website here

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Baby Age Blocks Giveaway


Lucky you! Korie, the owner of Pretty in Polka Dots, has kindly offered for one lucky reader to win a set of Baby Age Blocks in the color of your choice!

Prize: 1 set of Baby Age Blocks in your choice of color

Eligibility: Worldwide

Ends: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST

How to enter: Use the Rafflecopter form below!

Good luck!

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I received this product in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own and honest. Thanks for reading!


Twinkles of Joy Musical Baby Blanket {Review}

No matter where you live or what the temperature is, a nice, soft blanket is always a good thing to have around for your newborn. It’s also easy to get carried away with baby items, so it’s also nice to have items that perform double duty. That was the goal with the Twinkles of Joy Musical Baby Blanket!

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The creators of the Twinkles of Joy Blanket dedicated the last two years to create the first interactive, washable baby blanket that enhances infants and toddlers early cognitive development and motor skills. Working along with some of the leading neuroscientists in their field, their design team is the first to integrate neuroscience technology into classically designed baby receiving blankets and security blankets. This new technology is crafted into each item and provides very gentle stimulation for both infants and toddlers by combining light, touch, music, color and sound as well as comfort.

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All Twinkles of Joy products are:

  • Extensively child product safety tested and approved to meet worldwide standards
  • Machine washable and dryer safe
  • Long lasting battery life of 2 years or more
  • Our technology is patented in China and patent pending in the US and Canada

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Each Twinkles of Joy Blanket comes designed with a button to press to play music to entertain baby.

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We received the Hearts Luxe Blanket, which has a subtle heart design all over it. It is a pretty large blanket compared to other baby blankets I’ve seen. The material is super soft….why don’t they make these in my size?!

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The Twinkles of Joy Baby Blanket is a great addition to your baby’s nursery!

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***Special Promo Code***

Now through September 30th, you can get 20% off your order of a Twinkles of Joy Blanket! Just use code Q7O1097S5KK during checkout at


I received this item in exchange for sharing this promo code. Thanks for reading!



Hormel Foods Recipes Back to School Twitter Chat

BAck to School Twitter Chat

As the kids are getting ready to go back to school, Hormel Foods is here to help make the transition as smooth as possible for the kids and mom & dad.

Join us on August 26 from 1-2 p.m. CST on the Hormel Foods Twitter handle (@HormelFoods) to ask questions and share your tips around the Back-To-School theme.

Everyone who participates will be automatically entered to win a $500 gift card!

Join the conversation using the hashtag, #HFBTS.


This post was shared as part of my involvement with the Hormel Family Blogger Program. Thanks for reading!



Meet Aubrey

In case you don’t follow us on Facebook or Instagram, you may have missed that we welcomed the newest member of our family on Wednesday morning.

Meet Aubrey.

Newborn Princess

Well, Princess Aubrey, to be exact. :)

Brett took that photo from the hospital – he can make a studio anywhere! lol

Aubrey was born at 9:40 am. 8 lbs 12 oz and absolutely beautiful.

While I definitely plan on making more of a birth story post in the near future, I do want to share one of my favorite moments…Trent meeting Aubrey for the first time.

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Just when you think your heart can’t get any more full of love…

1st Meeting

Trent has been pretty good. He visited twice, but wasn’t at the hospital too much, mostly because that place is like a Chuck E Cheese for a two year old…so many buttons and wires to mess with. I was shocked he didn’t accidentally press the nurse call or emergency button!

We headed home yesterday (Friday).

Going Home

An attempt at “nap time” yesterday took some coordination between Brett and I swapping children. Trent naps so much better when I’m the one that helps, and he ended up taking one for 3 hours…lots of excitement with family members and friends must have worn him out!

A sweet friend brought us some dinner. It was so delicious and we’ll have leftovers for days.

Mommy meal

Last night took even more trial-and-error…but that’s just how it will be for the next, well, 18 years? Haha. Luckily, I did get some sleep, more than I got in the hospital, in fact!

Right now, Brett and Trent are out shopping and picking up miscellaneous items while Aubrey has been introduced to a favorite item from Trent’s first few months…the zCush Nap Mat!


It will be a nice difference from my last maternity leave…Brett was only home for 2 weeks and then went back to work…this time, he’s here the entire time and I am off for twice as long. Of course, having a toddler makes a big difference too!

I have a few review/sponsored posts that will be going up over the next few days…giving birth kinda throws your blogging schedule off a bit! I never logged on to the computer while in the hospital because the wifi was almost non existent, and I was far too unprepared to actually be a good blogger and schedule posts to go up while I was there (we weren’t expecting Miss Aubrey for another week!) so I hope you guys don’t mind me playing a bit of catch up around here :)

Hope you guys have a lovely weekend and I hope it’s a little cooler where you are!