Prepare for Paddington With Chuck E Cheese

I so bummed that people don't seem more excited about the Paddington Bear movie! Am I the only one who was obsessed with Paddington Bear as a child? I mean it's a bear in a yellow coat, what's not to love? Also bumming me out, the fact that I am just now writing about the Paddington Bear promotion Chuck E Cheese has going right now. They sent me a card to use back in December for a visit and we weren't able to get there until right before school let out. I am kicking myself because it's such a great deal. (For free) you get an adorable Paddington luggage tag and three tokens (though they didn't give those to us, harumph) and then every time you bring the tag back before the 16th, you get three more free tokens. And how cute is the tag? Scurry on over to Chuck E Cheese to get your own and come back next week with your tag to celebrate the movie opening. I know a lot of people are Chuck fans but I find it's a great place to unwind with your kiddos, especially on cold days … [Read more...]

Meet the Merry Stirring Mice

A series of crazy events have led to not quite the Christmas season I imagined, so we haven't gotten to all the Christmas traditions I wanted. But we have managed to do one of my favorites: nightly Christmas stories. A new favorite is Merry Stirring Mice which I was sent for review by The Brand Connection. The girls are captivated by this tale, especially Desmonda Drama... Love, love, love our newest Christmas book: Merry Stirring Mice. #BloggerPerk A photo posted by @guavalicious on Dec 12, 2014 at 4:46pm PST … [Read more...]

Everything Passes

I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for The Motherhood on behalf of the makers of Children’s MOTRIN® and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own. This month I have been sharing some of our holiday traditions. It was especially important for me to make this season special because our Christmas last year was so hard. We went into the winter break worried for our daughter. She was having a tough time at school and home and we were at a loss at how to help her. Parenthood is hardest for me when there isn't a clear answer. Or even an understanding of the situation. Unfortunately, we also had an emotional upheaval over the holiday so by the time we limped into the new year we all felt bruised and frankly fractured as a family. It took months for us to put us back together. We made big changes like switching schools and readjusting how we spend time together. For the first time ever we took … [Read more...]

A Northpole Breakfast

Its' December first and I am sharing our "Welcome to the Christmas Season" breakfast in a compensated partnership with #CollectiveBias and Hallmark's #NorthpoleFun collection. The opinions are all my own though! Over the next twelve days, I will be sharing the traditions that make our Christmas special. This breakfast is such a fun way to start the season. It's the first school day after Thanksgiving and the first time we put our Christmas dishes on the table. This year it's all about Santa and the Northpole (I am soaking up these last years of believing as long as possible!) Here is how it all came together... … [Read more...]

The Amazing Zhus Review

We received a selection of The Amazing Zhus for review on the blog. Hot Toys 2014 reviews are running a bit behind on the whole bloggity blog. I feel like unconsciously I was perhaps delaying this one because I wanted ALL THE ZHUS for myself. I mean the girls, yes for the girls. That's the ticket. We have just had WAY too much fun with these. And they are already selling out everywhere. Basically Zhus are those little crazy hamsters that everyone loved a few years back but got stuck in kids' hair (seriously, don't hold them next to your head.) But this version is magical. Not even joking around here. They do all sorts of magic tricks. The girls loved them and we have spent hours playing with them. Read on for what we played with and what were our favorites. … [Read more...]

Hacking Halloween with Life 360

As an ambassador for Life 360, I feel a little like a cult leader. I can't help it though. This app is an awesome family (or should that be frambily) communication tool. To encourage you to try it, I have come up with some fun ways to use it to make your Halloween more fun and way safer. … [Read more...]

Limb Differences Are Not Scary

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Playtime : Moxie Girlz

#spon: I’m required to disclose a relationship between our site and MGAE. This could include MGAE providing us w/content, product, access or other forms of payment. The girls don't always love it when I have to work but they do love it when a package arrives in the mail and it's something new for them. Reviewing toys is definitely a perk of being a blogger's kid. Though it's not a regular feature on this blog, leading up to the holidays I will be sharing many more because when it comes to spending holiday money, you want to make sure you are spending on something your kids are going to love. I think Moxie Girlz Insiders fit the bill. Just look at these happy faces! … [Read more...]

Hacking Education with the AIO

#spon: I am in a partnership with Intel. Through this partnership I gain access to content, product, or other forms of value. After a touch school year last year, I have strong feelings on education, mainly that you have to have a strong hand in directing your child's path. There have been numerous articles in the past year on "hacking education" as well as incredible home school innovations. And while we are not ready to take on all or even most of the advice, we are rethinking how we learn. And it's only natural that we integrate the AIO into that. … [Read more...]

Those Smiles

This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Right before I sat down to write this post, the girls and I had our usual post school mortem. You know, what games were play on the playground, who sat by who, what they want for snack tomorrow. It seems silly but I am treasuring these moments. I can already see some pre-teen sneaking into the girls. I want to stop the clock! I mean look at these sweet smiles... They look so old!! And darn it, those smiles are going to need some braces. … [Read more...]