How to Dress Your Kids for Snowy Weather

Proper Winter Gear for Kids

It’s been an especially harsh winter, darn that polar vortex. The girls were out of school all last week. And to keep sane I kept getting them to go outside and get their yayas out. As I learned during our year in Minnesota, the key to getting your kids outside is dressing them properly. And with areas that normally are mild getting inches of snow, I figured it was a good time to pass on some tips!
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Monday Giveaway : The Last Snowman

The Last Snowman Giveaway

Somehow I kept thinking when the cold and snow and no school ended, I would get back on track. Since that doesn’t seem to be in sight I am sweeping the snow out of my virtual home and lighting up the hearth. It’s good to be back!

And there is no better way to start than with a giveaway from one of my blogging friends, The Animated Woman. Here book The Last Snowman is one of the girls’ favorite Kindle books so I jumped at the chance to give away a copy of the actual book. It’s a tale any parent will love and will definitely take the sting out of the endless snow days.

This giveaway includes:

  • A paperback copy of The LAST Snowman by JC Little. (definitely don’t want to download it for your Kindle (or Kindle app) though! It’s a steal at $3 and the story is designed to ‘animate’ in the page flips of Kindle. It’s a totally different reader experience from the paperback version.
  • A mug featuring one of the illustrations from the book; perfect for a little hot chocolate after playing in the snow (a personal gift from JC Little!)
  • A Boiron swag bag with Oscillo, Coldcalm and Chestal, all products we use throughout the winter in our house! Boiron is the world leader in homeopathic medicines for the whole family and I love them!
  • A custom Dot & Lil soap just for The LAST Snowman blog tour: Limited edition “Hot Chocolate Swirl” soap! It’s chocolate scented and has chocolate soap sprinkles on top. And as a bonus, their Shea Rescue Butter for lips and nails.

Awesome right?  I wish I could win!
Click through to enter!
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A Pumpkin and Peppermint Parent Playdate

Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client Nestle Coffeemate

Cbias CoffeeMate Shop Peppermint and Pumpkin Playdate

Forget Friendsgiving, I am all about Momsgiving. Friendsgiving is all the rage in the blogosphere but the thought of making another big meal? Pashaw. What I really want to do is hang out with my friends. After all, tis the season to be thankful and I am super grateful to have a supportive group of friends, especially during the hectic holiday season.

So I decided to have a parent playdate. Because we parents need to see our friends too!
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NickMom Thanksgiving : No More Fun For You

Occasionally I think I am funny. Thank you to Social Fabric and NickMom for agreeing and sponsoring my post!

Thanksgiving PostKids MotherFunny Cbias Shop

Do you ever look back on your pre-kids self and think “Bless Your Heart?” I am blessing all over the place when I think about how much I used to enjoy Thankgiving. “A holiday with no expectations! How lovely!” I used to think. Oh dear me. Little did I know that when you have kids, Thanksgiving is turned from a wine swilling Friendsgiving type atmosphere to a atmosphere more reminiscent of the fraught royal courts of yore. And in case you think you should have a crown on your head, oh no my friend. Your kids are the royalty; you are more of the lady in waiting.
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My Medical Mystery Tour


I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to write this post or not. But since I have been absent from the blog for a few weeks and I have been sharing snippets on Facebook, I thought it was time to update people. For this reason : my mother in law recently asked on Facebook why people share such personal things there and I responded that it is an easy way to tell a large group of people about something quickly. It seems silly not to include this idea on my blog.

Also, journaling is a a great way to both extract my feelings on the subject and keep track of what is happening. I very rarely get personal on this blog, but I think it’s time for me to.

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From One Parent to Another, Smiling it Forward

I’ve been looking forward to sitting down and writing this post for awhile. Because what a lovely topic, right? Smiling it Forward. It’s not often that I get paid to write about something like it. (By the way, I have received information and products from McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., the makers of TYLENOL®. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks. Yada, yada.) But instead this post turned into the story of why it was so hard for me to write this post. Meta.

Smiling It Forward

That smiling imp above is my girl.
And that smile on her face is so lovely to see. Because so often her face in contorted in pain.

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Gift Guide : Everpurse

EverPurse : The Purse that charges your phone!

Have a tech diva on your list? This year’s must have crossover tech and fashion accessory–also known as wearable tech–is the Everpurse. It is a clutch purse that charges your smartphone. Yep, you read that correctly. A chic and stylish handbag that keeps your phone charged on the go with an integrated smart phone charging pocket. A perfect holiday gift for the lovely lady in your life (hint, hint.) Or yourself!

In case you’re interested, here’s a great review by Cristi of Motherhood Unadorned. And if you’d like to purchase your own, go to and enter this special code THEGUAVALICIOUSLIFE13 for 5% off your purchase. (Please enter this code at checkout where it asks for a gift card code.)

Available in fabric and leather in many beautiful colors, Everpurse is small enough to be used inside a larger purse or used by itself as a clutch. There is also an optional wrist strap or shoulder strap available.

Retail price: $189 to $329.
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Gift Guide : Mighty Leaf Tea Gift Sets

As a tea drinker, I sometimes feel left out of the red cup craze of the holidays. Gift sets for coffee drinkers abound while us poor tea drinkers are left clutching our tea bags and seeking the aisles for holiday blends. If you have a tea drinker in your life, indulge them with one of the Mighty Leaf tea gift sets. I was lucky enough to receive the Chai Tea Collection set to review.

Chai Tea Collection Gift Set description:
“Take a journey to a colorful and aromatic street market in Bombay with the Mighty Leaf Chai Tea Collection set. Become your own chai wallah (a chai tea maker in India). Steep Mighty Leaf Tea Bombay Chai in our insulated stainless steel mug with lid. Add steamed milk and sugar and and inhale the aromas of cinnamon, ginger, pepper, cardamom, clove and star anise.

The 12 oz mug is 18/8 stainless steel and double-wall insulated to keep tea hot or cold longer. Includes 15 pouches of Mighty Leaf Tea Bombay Chai, a lively whole leaf Indian black tea flavored with spices. Retails on for $24.95.”

I have spent many wonderful Fall mornings drinking chai on the go from my mug.
Especially since I have been using their brewing tips!

• Prepare your tea with filtered or bottled water. Avoid tap, distilled, or mineral water.
• Be sure not to over-boil the water as it makes flat tasting tea.
• For black tea and herbals, hot water is key! Please do not let the water sit and cool before adding the
tea pouch.
• Immerse the tea pouch completely in the hot water and move it back and forth several times to maximize
water flow through the bag.
• Steep 4 to 5 minutes for black tea
• Store tea in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

Click through for a great twist on eggnog and a chance to win a Bombay Chai gift set!
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Gift Guide : The Why Book

The WHY Book Great Gift for Kids

The average six year old asks why 122 times a day.

(Is that all? My kids are positively advanced then!)

The Why book gives you at least one day off, addressing more than 200 questions. With colorful photos and vibrant illustrations, X-Why-Z delivers age-appropriate answers to questions ranging from “Why do I sneeze?” to “Why is grass green?” Crafted by the editors of the award-winning TIME For Kids classroom magazine, is age appropriate, informative and entertaining. It’s a great reference book for children and a fun conversation starter for parents and kids.

From animals to plants, from the human body to history, the new book X-Why-Z helps children ages four to six better understand the world they live in. Presented by Time Home Entertainment Inc. and the editors of TIME For Kids, X-Why-Z (Time Home Entertainment Inc.; $14.95) is on sale now and available at and at retailers nationwide.

Here’s some questions from the book for you; amaze your kids at dinner tonight!

Q. Why do I get goosebumps?

A. Goosebumps help your skin keep warm. Your hair stands up to protect your skin from cold air. Each tiny hair makes one bump.

Q. Why do cats lick you?

A. Cats lick people to show they care. It’s like a mother cat cleaning her kitten.

Q. Why do tree leaves change color?

A. During the spring and summer, leaves are filled with green chlorophyll. The chlorophyll helps the trees make food, and it makes the leaves look green. In the colder fall weather, leaves lose their chlorophyll and show their bright colors.

Q. Why does the moon seem to change shape?

A. One side of the moon always faces the sun, and one side is always dark. Here on Earth, we can only see the part of the moon that is lit by the sun. For a few days every month, we see the whole lit side, and we call it a full moon. The rest of the month, we only see part of the lit side, so the moon looks smaller. When we can’t see any of the lit part, we call that a new moon.

Wednesday Drinks : Sparkling Candied Apple

Sparkling Candied Apple Halloween Cocktail

In honor of All Hallows Eve, here’s a spooky Hallowen cocktail perfect for pre trick or treating.
And it is so easy to make!
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