Friday, September 27, 2013

Fall Savings Time




Are you ready for fall??  I know I am!  I love NWA in the fall! So I have put together a great list of Corn Maze Coupons and Fall Festival savings nationwide.  Download valuable coupons for Corn Mazes, Pumpkin Patches and Fall Family Activities.  

Arizona
Schnepf Farms - Queen City
Tolmachoff Farms- Glendale, AZ

California
Forneris Farms - Mission Hills

Colorado
Anderson Farms - Erie

Flat Acres Farm - Parker
Fritzler Maze - La Salle
Sunflower Farm - Longmont
Mile High Farms - Bennett
Wishing Star Farm - Calhan
Harvest Farm - Wellington

Texas
Devine Acres Farm - Devine
Fiesta Farm - San Antonio
Yesterland Farm - Canton
South Texas Maize - Hondo
Dewberry Farm - Brookshire
Brazos Valley Maize- Brenham

Louisiana
CM Farms - Dry Creek

Georgia
Lane Southern Orchards - Fort Valley
Poppell Farms - Odum

Florida
Harvestmoon Farm- Masaryktown FL

Michigan
Farmer Charley's Corn Maze Adventure - Monroe

Indiana
Amazing Fall Fun - Waterloo
Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch - Lowell
Hobson's Fun Farm - Rockville
Guffey Acres- Kokomo

Illinois
All Seasons Orchard - Woodstock
Kuipers Family Farm - Maple Park
Odyssey Fun Farm - Tinley Park
Siegel's Cottonwood Farm - Lockport

Maryland/DC
Summers Farm - Fredrick County

Massachusetts
Sauchuk Farm - Plympton

Missouri/Kansas

KC Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze - Gardner
Shuck's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch - Pleasant Hill

Mississippi
Seward Farms Maze - Lucedale

Minnesota
Afton Apple Orchard - Hastings

Montana
The Maize at Grandpa's Farm - Billings

Nebraska
Camp Fontanelle - Nickerson

NewJersey
VonThun Farms - Monmouth Junction
Sahl's Father Son Farm - Egg Harbor City

New York
Wright Family Farm - Warwick
Harbes Family Farm - Mattituck

North Carolina
Patterson Farm Market and Tours - Mount Ulla

Ohio
The Corn Maze at the Sharp Run Market - Millersburg
Meadow View Growers - New Carlisle
Pennsylvania
Hurricane Hill Farm - CoatsvilleTriple B Farms - Pittsburgh
Reillys Summer Seat Farm
 - Pittsburgh
Rhode Island
Confreda Greenhouses & Farms - Hope (Western Cranston)

Virginia
Cows-N-Corn - Midland
Wayside Farm Fun - Berryville
Belvedere Plantation - Fredericksburg

Utah
Cornbelly's Corn Maze & Pumpkin Fest - Spanish Fork

For Daily Updates on these coupons and coupons for other family attractions please visit and bookmark:http://www.usfamilycoupons.com 

Happy Day


Oh Snap!! I received my first MaMaVoxBox today! Can't wait to try these awesome products!  Reviews coming soon.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Pleygo - The Lego Rental One Stop Shop


I get so tired of my three year old not wanting to play with any of his toys... he would much rather play with a cardboard box that contained something that we ordered rather than the billions of toys that we have for him in his play room. (He even has his own designated "play room"). Crazy!!!

Introducing Pleygo! Have you heard of it? 

If not you need to check it out!  Basically Pleygo is a rental for Lego's.  You go on to their site at
 http://www.pleygo.com/ and pick which plan you would like. They have 3 different plans ranging from $15 to $39 a month depending on how many Lego's your kids will build. Once you have chosen a plan then comes the fun part! You get to pick which sets of Lego's you want to receive.  

We received our first Lego set from Pleygo at the perfect time, with a new baby in the house occupying mom and dad's time away from my three year old, it helps to have something that the whole family can enjoy (minus little RLB of course).  It was fun for CWB to set down and build this Lego set with mom and dad. Plus he enjoys anything that comes in the mail (I mean who doesn't love receiving a package via mail right?). 




We built our first set in a day pretty much and then I let him play with it.  He even had fun tearing down the Lego set so that we could send it back to Pleygo.  Every day he asks me if we are going to play with the "new Lego's". :)

What is awesome about Pleygo is not only do they get to chose from awesome Lego sets, they also let you purchase the gift of Pleygo for someone else. Holiday season is upon us, plus grandparents this is an awesome gift for children. It's the gift that keeps on giving!! Score!  If you are unsure of what to get your kids for the holiday's and they love Lego's then this is what you need!  Plus they have a one month free with sign up going on right now! 


I received the products show/mentioned above as courtesy of Pleygo for this review.  These opinions are entirely my own.




Sunday, September 22, 2013

Childbirth + Aftermath = This Sucks

If you are a new mommy or about to be a mommy again... There is tons of advice out there. New moms seem to still go into the hospital without any idea of how it's gonna be...

Well I'm here to tell ya... If your squeamish or get disgusted easily... Ignore this post. 

Childbirth... It's amazing!! The fact that your body can produce another little human and even feed it is AMAZING!! Talk about feeling super proud of yourself!! 

Then come the hormones (Gee can't a woman get a break?) and your a freaking bawling basket case while trying to take care of a newborn (plus or minus other children). I know as a first time mom three years ago... I had an idea of what was coming but then reality set in. People can tell you... Time and again... But in no way is it going to prepare you for your new life.  The not knowing... the second guessing... The guilt... It goes on and on. The hormones don't help this either.

Reading over my sons baby book today I could tell my naive ways when he was a newborn... Not that I am in anyway a seasoned veteran now. It amazes me how much we change and how much we grow and mature in such a limited time (or some of us do). 

For instance when my son was born, after a few days when the new wore off and reality set in, when it would get dark I would cry... And get anxious because I knew that time was coming that I wouldn't get the sleep I so needed.  I actually had anxiety when it got dark... crazy right? Apparently I am not the only one.  I have had friends express this same anxiety/feeling when darkness set in.  Sad right? But it happens... I am sure that hormones played a part in this as well. Regardless, it did pass as all things do and things got better to where I did not dread the darkness and nighttime anymore.

But I feel that new mommies should know about these things...as I was not prepared, and had I been prepared I would have been better equipped for it (at least I think).

With my second baby the darkness fear did not seem as bad, I didn't cry every time the sun went down, but the first night I had anxiety because of having my little bitty newborn and my three year old to take care of. I did get over that pretty quickly when I had to wake up my little newborn to eat. Aaaawww the life.

Here are some things that you should be prepared for (beware these are gruesome and gross):

  1) After birth contractions during breastfeeding -- yes you will feel like you are still having contractions after having your baby while you breast feed.  That's the good thing about breast feeding, it will help your uterus go back to normal quickly... but the bad part is it will hurt.  I made sure to take my Ibuprofen as much as I could so that it would help with the contractions.  After a week or so it decreases but sometimes still hurts.

  2) Post baby body -- when you leave the hospital you will feel so skinny... because you don't have a big baby in your belly.  Alas, when you try to put on your pre-baby clothes you will not fit them.  It will take awhile for you to be able to fit back into your clothes. If your anything like me... it will take FOREVER!!!  Some skinny girls can fit back into their clothes in no time... but let's be honest. How many of us are skinny girls? HA!

  3)  Bleeding -- will go away and come back for six weeks or more... seriously it's horrible.  But you must know these things... that way your not surprised.  So be prepared by having the proper supplies on hand. Also another thing that will be helpful while you are recovering... I don't know about most people but I worried about bleeding all over my nice pretty mattress while I was passed out asleep (the little time I do get to pass out) so I used my three year old's GoodNites Disposable Bed Mats so that way if I did have an 'accident' it wouldn't ruin my mattress.  I love products that serve double duty!!

  4)  Hormone changes -- you are going to feel like a crazy person.  Reading the story "Love You Forever" to my three year old makes me tear up... (seriously WTF?) Hormones people... hormones. They are freaking crazy!!!  Just prepare yourself that you will feel like a crazy person for a while (if not until they grow up).

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  5)  Breast Feeding vs Formula Feeding - you will feel guilty regardless of which one you decide is best for you, your baby, and your family.... and people will make you feel guilty... people everywhere.  My decision to breast vs bottle feed is my choice (you must keep telling yourself this), because people will make you feel like you are the worst mother on this planet (not like you don't already give yourself enough guilt) but as long as your child is thriving, gaining weight, making plenty of wet/poopy diapers... then just breathe.... your baby will be fine if you do not feed her/him exclusive breast milk (boob), when that child grows up he/she is not going to look at you and say "GOD mom why didn't you feed me breast milk?? Seriously!!"  Your child is going to be fine as long as you love them, feed them, comfort them, take care of their needs, and do your best. Because doing your best is all you can do. Ignore the critics and just smile and shake your head at them and keep telling yourself this... "I have to do what's best for me and MY family." that's all that matters.

 Parenting is fun... and hard. Just prepare yourself for that. Your life is now changed FOREVER, it will never be the same. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

My Weekend in Review #7

Basically this weekend was the same as the last two weekends. :-) NaNa kept CWB so that we could rest... and it was nice and quiet around our house. Minus the occasional crying from little RLB, which is only when you make her really mad... or are making her bottle. :-)  Here are some pictures of our weekend.


Playing outside in the beautiful fall weather. I love fall!

Trying to get her to wake up... and it of course didn't work. Trying to teach this little one the difference between daytime and nighttime. :-)


I LOVE this face!! So serious... and makes me laugh!

We of course watched our Hogs play as well on Saturday... and we won again! 3-0 baby yeah!


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Yummy Yummy Food Sunday #3 - Doritos Casserole



Doritos Casserole is my favorite.... oh me... oh my... it is so YUMMY!! And so easy to make it's insane! You MUST try this, because you will love it like I do! Now granted it's probably not healthy and loaded in calories, but it is so delicious you will not care!



 See this and many other yummy recipes on my Pinterest page. Follow me there! Check out my Yummy Recipes Board.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Tuesday's Toddler Tales - Toddler Educational Fun

Tuesday's Toddler Tales

Toddler Educational Fun

Since becoming a stay at home mom and with my first born just turning three... which means Pre-K is just around the corner. I wanted to start reviewing important things with CWB that he will need to know for Kindergarten or to be prepared for Pre-K.  These are some things that I found that are good for them to know.  

I found this list on education.com and thought I would share it...

  •     Writing - Practice writing letters, child's name,
  •      Letter Recognition - Help your child recognize letters
  •     Beginning Sounds - Help your child recognize sounds that each letter makes.
  •     Number Recognition and Counting - Show your child numbers and discuss, and count things       during the day (crackers, trucks, toys, or in our case stairs in our house).
  •     Shapes and colors - Help your child recognize different colors and shapes.
  •     Fine Motor Skills - Let your child practice writing or coloring to strengthen their fine motor         skills, let them play with small objects so they can practice their hand/eye coordination.
  •     Cutting - Get a good pair of child safe scissors and let them practice cutting.
  •     Attention and Following Directions - (HAHA) Read stories, give your child 2 or 3 step               directions, play Simon Says.
  •     Social Skills - Let your child interact with other children during a play group or during a social     group setting. 
We have also started discussing what day it is and what season we are in. Every morning we change our calendar that I made by printing our free printables I found online. We also count various things throughout the day like the stairs every time we go up or down them (there are 17, so he is proficient to that number usually).  I have also made flash cards, and bought cheap flash cards at the dollar store to start reviewing.  Of course this has been my plan but with the new baby occupying a lot of my time, I have been unable to fully dedicate the time I wanted to to start this every day.  It will all come in time though...

Today we went over matching cards.... these are just some cheap matching cards form the Dollar Store.  He enjoys playing with these even though he may not actually know what they say, at least it is something educational he is playing with.


Playing matching cards.


Check out Our Piece of Earth for more Tuesday's Toddler Tales.

Monday, September 9, 2013

And baby makes five...

I say five because the dog counts as part of the family. I do love my Daisy May... But  she is more work sometimes than we realize with her diabetes and having to eat at a certain time, shots, and pills she takes.  Our family wouldn't be complete without her though.

Adding that other human to the mix has been quite an experience I must say. Sleepless nights with others to take care of in the morning that rise at daybreak regardless... Makes if difficult for a momma to get rest. You forget the work that's involved with a newborn... Such as cleaning of bottles, pump parts, clothes, things she's peed/pooped on... This all takes up my should be napping hour.

Not to mention the questions that come from a three year old about breast feeding... "What's that mommy?" "That's milk for baby sister???" Knowing that at some point that is going to come out embarrassingly at a store or somewhere where you cannot control the situation.

Here are a few things though that I think every mom should either have on the ready before baby (to make it easier when baby comes) or just to know about....

1) Newborn diapers - Okay like duh... who doesn't have these already?? But... seriously... I had some that were given to me at baby showers but I nowhere had enough for the time that I needed them. So off to the store the hubby goes when baby is two weeks old because she has pooped SO MUCH that we have went through the few packages we had. Let me tell you newborn diapers are not cheap either!! But babies poop or pee all the time... I think she poops after every feeding... so that's at least 10 diapers a day. Was NOT prepared for that.

2)  Poop - if you already have children you may remember what their poop looks like as a newborn, if you haven't you need to research it!! Do it before baby is born!! If you already have children and have forgotten what it looks like then google it... NOW! There is so little time to be researching things when you have a newborn, a toddler, and bottles/laundry to do. So do it before baby comes! Trust me! Of course there is the meconium... but what about the yellow seedy poop that comes with breastfeeding? Or the green poop that comes with formula? Are you prepared to change that first breastfeeding diaper and not freak out by the contents?? Prepared makes for an easier minded momma, and that way you can tell dad that what the contents of that diaper are... are completely normal.

3) With all that poop comes a sore baby bottom... :( enter butt paste... I have never had good luck with Desitin. Which every baby is different. I rotate between butt paste and a triple paste cream.



Whenever we have a horrible diaper rash In our house ( which we had a lot with my now three year old) we use this triple paste. Works like a charm every time!! Have some on hand before baby comes! 

More tips to come when there is more time! :)


My Weekend in Review # 6

My weekend in pictures... because pictures are so much better than words sometimes. :)


Gam Gam came to visit.


Smiling babies make me happy. :)


Razorback football season is in full swing here at our house. 



Saturday, September 7, 2013

Pleygo - Rental for Lego's


Do you ever get tired of buying toys for your child, only for them to play with them for 15-30 minutes and then ignore them like they aren't even interested?? That's me on a daily basis... it's very tiring as I am sure you know.

Enter Pleygo 




Pleygo is a Net-Flix like service for Legos!  Subscribe, rent, play, and exchange sets of LEGOs unlimited times per month.  Shipping is always free both ways and sets are sanitized when returned.  We offer a convenient, quick, and inexpensive solution that relieves clutter and saves space at home while saving money.  Co-Founded by influential parenting blogger and creator of A-List mom Elina Furman, Plegyo is the perfect way to supply your child with endless developmental tools and allow for that much needed quiet time at home!

Three levels of subscription starting at just $15 allow you to find the plan that best suits you.  We offer credit towards your account for sets and mixed bricks that you donate to us, and we provide the shipping label too! 

Pleygo is a perfect gift for a family friend, loved one, or birthday party.  Purchase a gift subscription and send it with a special message from you!  We are constantly expanding our inventory with more sets!

Go check out their site today and receive your First Month FREE at  http://www.usfamilycoupons.com/coupon.php?bid=11329&dealid=1389®ionid=75 or directly at www.Pleygo.com to register!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Thrifty Thursday #6 - Walgreens Balance Rewards




Normally most people view Walgreens as just ether a drugstore or some quick place to pick a few necessary items or a snack. While I used to be in that population too... Since becoming more money conscious as a one income family... It makes you pay attention to those little quick trips. Those add up.

Walgreens has a program called Balance Rewards... You can save money by making points on certain items that you buy. They have also added points for healthy living. They give points for each mile you walk/run in a day. They also give you points for weighing in. The points add up pretty quickly and they equal cash in store.

Go check out Walgreens site here for Balance Reward Information.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Rug Rat Wednesday #5 - Playdough Fun




Playdough Fun

Little ones love playdough... even big kids (adults) love playdough.  I have been wanting to buy things that we can use to make our playdough even more interesting.  Since we have become a one income family and are on a strict budget... I had to look towards other resources to find fun things to do with playdough for my three year old.  Here's what I have found.

Pinterest of course is a wealth of information. You can find all these awesome ideas on my Pinterest board Kid Fun Things
Playdough Prewriting Fun

Using playdough to practice pre-writing.

Using different objects to make imprints in the playdough. Things you can use:

Whisk
Cars
Legos
Cookie cutters
Straws
Tounge Depressors


CWB really loved the straws. I will definently play this again with him... And more advanced next time. 
 


Tuesday's Toddler Tales - Labor Day

Tuesday's Toddler Tales


Our Labor Day consisted of resting... See NaNa has been keeping CWB for the past week so we could rest, recover and get to know baby RLB. So today we had to get him back... I was just missing him too much! 

We made sure to rest before he came home so we could handle the both of them and our new schedule on life. If you seen past posts you know I love my schedules. :) especially with a new baby in tow. 

Needless to say our Labor Day was rest and grilling hot dogs. Couldn't have been better. Now we are all home and under one roof... And so far so good. 

I hope everyone had a fabulous Labor Day.

Happy "No Labor" Labor Day...


I do hope that you are enjoying a "No Labor" Labor Day... 
meaning you are not at work, or working... just enjoying the day off and resting/enjoying time with your family, swimming, grilling, or involved in something fun. 

My day is going to be involved of changing diapers, feedings, burping, rocking, and overall just admiring the cuteness of my new little one. 

Happy Labor Day to you all! Enjoy the day off with your family and give thanks for living in our awesome country!



Sunday, September 1, 2013

My weekend in review #5

This weekend consisted of a lot of diaper changes, feeding, burping, and healing.


Introducing RLB... The newest member of our family. She's such a sweetie...
Momma and daddy couldn't be more happier! 


Love the little smiles and big smiles. :)
Hope you all had a great weekend!