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Friday Favorites: Girls Mesh Tutu Skirt from Walmart

Friday Favorites TitleA wide selection of tutu’s and sparkly skirts have always been a staple in my 5 year old daughter’s wardrobe .  Sometimes outfits are coordinated around the skirts, or often they are simply added on top of the outfit I have chosen for the day.  Tutu’s are worn for almost any occasion or activity including school, birthday parties, bike riding, running through fountains or even hiking!

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Friday Favorites: Baileys Pumpkin Spice

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It is September so that means all things pumpkin spice are hitting the shelves!  I do enjoy pumpkin spice, but I think the craze has gotten slightly out of hand.  I normally try to glaze over the various new limited edition pumpkin spice flavored items, but when I spotted this in the liquor store flyer I was willing to make an exception:

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Friday Favorites: Sing-A-Long Elsa

We had a lot of great moments on our trip to Disneyland this past February, but I think my absolute favorite moment was my 2 year old belting out her own rendition of Let it Go during the Frozen Sing-Along.

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Friday Favorites: “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” Jewelry Box

Today marks 2 years since Frozen was released in theaters.  The movie is still a huge hit in our house, and judging by all the Frozen merchandise in stores this Holiday season, I have a feeling my daughter is not alone.

When shopping with my 3 year old we always inevitably end up in the princess filled aisle so she can check out all the latest and greatest in dolls and dresses.  While checking everything out on a recent shopping trip, she was immediately drawn to this “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” Jewelry Box* by Jakks Pacific.

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Friday Favorites: Playmobil

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For Christmas this year, I have decided to venture into the world of Playmobil.  The teeny tiny pieces have scared me off in the past, but since we now have Lego scattered all over the house I figured what’s a few more tiny pieces to deal with?!  Plus, I figure the really small stuff can be tucked away if need be. Continue reading “Friday Favorites: Playmobil”

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Friday Favorites: Qixels

Back in September we went to Toys R Us for their annual Play Day event and one of the toy samples we got was this fun little Qixel sword.  My 5 year old son is huge into Minecraft at the moment so when he received the small pack of 8 bit pixel beads to create a Minecraft-like sword, he was very excited to get home and try it out.

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For the First Time in Forever

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Okay, well maybe not FOREVER, but it has been over 2 years since my husband and I have actually been out to dinner alone.

We celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary on July 17th and today we are dropping off the kids and checking out a local restaurant.  Somewhere without coloring books and crayons, or chicken fingers on the menu!

How is this possible?  It is all thanks to My Gym!  I enrolled the kids in a weekly class in June and was delighted to discover they also offer a monthly Parent’s Night Out that allows us to drop off the kids for 3 full hours of uninterrupted adult time.

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I was hesitant to book the Parent’s Night Out when I first enrolled the kids since they have a history of not liking the activities I sign they up for.  Ball Hockey was a big flop for my son last year and my daughter wanted absolutely nothing to do with soccer this Spring.  I actually only decided to try My Gym when I came across a half price Groupon – if they ended up absolutely hating it, I wouldn’t feel bad about “wasting” a lot of money.

Well, I am happy to report that they absolutely LOVE My Gym.  The instructors are all amazing and my kids are actually excited to go to class each week.  They do a variety of gymnastics skills and exercises, with free play and songs thrown in for good measure.  The classes are a full hour of activity and my kids always come away with a big smile plastered across both their faces.  It is a little pricier then some of the activities I have tried the kids in, but because of how much my kids enjoy it I was happy to start paying full price after our Groupon was used.

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One other huge bonus for me is that I have even been able to have my two different aged kids enrolled in the same class!  I think this has really helped my youngest get comfortable in a class setting and I love that it keeps things simple for scheduling on my end.  And, when their weekly class isn’t enough for them, we have been taking advantage of the Practice and Play sessions.  I can see this hour of free gym play being particularly handy come winter rather then paying admissions to other indoor playgrounds.

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I am really looking forward to our Parent’s Night Out because I know our kids are in good hands and will be having a ton of fun while we finally enjoy some adult time.  It is a Halloween theme and my son is excited to go in costume to play and eat pizza.  I know I could have hired a sitter a long time ago to get a night out with my husband, but I have always felt guilty leaving the kids – this seems like the perfect win-win solution for all of us to have a great night.