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The Old Ball Game with the Dayton Dragons

What is more “summer” than an afternoon at a ball game with the boys of summer?


We recently got to check out a minor league baseball game with the Dayton Dragons at Fifth Third Field here in Dayton, Ohio. We had a great time dancing in our seats to the music and cheering on the team. Of course, the highlight for my daughter was getting a huge bag of popcorn.


While we were treated to seats, the real way to go with kids is getting lawn tickets. You still get a great view of the action while kids can stretch out. There is also a A & S Play Zone with games and bounce houses if your little ones need a change of scenery.

If you have a minor league near you, I suggest looking them up. The tickets are typically very reasonable and they are small enough to have an inclusive feel. It was great to be able to go right up to the mascots.  Kids were able to give high fives to players walking by. Everyone looked like they were having a great time.


Unfortunately, it was raining off and on and when the skies opened up we decided to head out instead of waiting it out. I would definitely take my daughters back another time. With entertainment, tasty food and a great environment, this is a great way for a family to spend a summer afternoon or evening.


You can check out the Dayton Dragons here, and get more information about games, promotions and their Kids Club. The McDonald’s Friends and Family Nights look like a great deal – lawn seats are $11 and stadium seats are $15 for a ticket, McDonald’s meal voucher and Dragons hat (the next one is July 23, 2014, 7pm). There is also a Hometown Heroes Celebration Night on August 16, 2014, 7pm which will pay tribute to all service men and women associated with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Springfield Air National Guard Base.


Military families:

On July 29, Cincinnati Reds Baseball Game. Big Thanks to Coca Cola & Kroger, they have partnered with the USO of Central and Southern Ohio to provide 550 FREE admission tickets plus a free hot dog & soda to military members & their families!  Limit four per family, click here to register.

You can also get information about free tickets and half-priced tickets for military here.

Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure Giveaway (Dayton & Cincinnati, OH)

Ticket Giveaway!!

Wow! My 3 year old is going to love this show. We are a bit of a Disney family and she loves both Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Sofia the First so I know she is going to be up on her feet and singing and dancing along to the Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure and Doc McStuffins Pre-Show Clinic when it comes to Dayton on July 25. It will also be in Cincinnati on July 26. Visiting the characters and watching the Disney Jr. Live! Show was one of the highlights of our last trip to Walt Disney World.


In this original storyline, Mickey and Minnie lead the audience on an exciting adventure that will have families rooting for their favorite pirate, Jake, and Disney’s first little girl princess, Sofia. Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure begins with a special interactive pre-show featuring the loveable six-year-old doctor to toys and stuffed animals, Doc McStuffins. Children and their parents will sing the “I Feel Better” song, along with Doc as she provides tender love and care.

Audiences will then embark on a journey to the magical world of Enchancia, where Sofia, her step-siblings Amber and James, and the entire kingdom are preparing for the annual friendship festival. Sofia has the honor of delivering the perfect gift to her royal subjects at the celebration, and the one-and-only Cinderella visits the castle to help Sofia in her mission to find the right present.

The excitement continues when families cast away to Never Land where Jake and his Yo Ho pirate friends, Izzy and Cubby, are in a race against time to locate a mysterious treasure-filled volcano. Danger, thrills and adventure lurk around every turn when our swashbuckling friends battle Captain Hook for the ultimate prize. Peter Pan makes a special appearance, aiding the team in their heroic quest, and with the help of Tinker Bell’s pixie dust, Jake and his crew fly above the stage in their journey.


To find out more about Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure presented by Feld Entertainment and to purchase tickets, visit, or visit us on Facebook at Disney Live! and follow us on Twitter @DisneyLive!

Nutter Center
Fri 7/25/2014 (1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm)

U.S. Bank Arena
Sat 7/26/2014 (1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm)

Here’s your chance to win!

Enter this a Rafflecopter giveaway  for your chance to win a family four pack of tickets to a show of your choice between the Dayton and Cincinnati show dates and times above. Share, share, share! since this giveaway is quick and will be over on 7/16/14. Must be 18 or older to win. Winners tickets will be held at will call at the appropriate venue.

While you wait for the show to get here, check out these coloring pages and get a preview on YouTube.

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BabiLovLin​ks Child-Friendly Jewelry Review and Giveaway

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Thanks for visiting my review of BabiLovLinks Child-Friendly Jewelry and welcome to the Red, White, & Blue Giveaway Blog Hop!

I am happy to share about these Made in the USA necklaces that I received to review. They  can be used as teething necklaces but I enjoy wearing it as necklace even without baby. My preschooler likes to wear it and play with it, too, with supervision. They look like the popular statement and pendant necklaces but are very functional for Mom. While I liked the artistic quality of the Mia design, I opted to try the Kara design to give my daughter something to manipulate, since the pieces come apart on the string and are easily put back together.


BabiLovLinks beads are made from high quality food grade plastics.  The beads contain no phthalates, BPAs, PVCs, lead or latex, and the pigments used in the jewelry are free of heavy metals. I like that is washes easily with soap and water and, unlike a silicone piece I have, I don’t have to worry about dust or animal fur sticking to it.

These necklaces also have a sturdy break-away clasp. I have yet to have it come off on its own while wearing it but it will pull off with pressure. It has been a great addition to the babywearing accessories. It gives baby something to safely play with and put in her mouth that doesn’t take up space and still looks cute once I have put her down. They are available in a variety of color combinations to match your wardrobe.


The best thing about them is that they are designed by Eva Murry, a grandmother of 12, family owned and operated, and completely made in the USA. Stop by BabiLovLinks and check them out today! Use code BLLBLOG2 for 10% off of a BabiLovLinks internet purchase.

Win one! Follow the link below to enter to win a BabiLovLinks necklace of your choice. Giveaway ends July 15, 2014. Your prize will be sent to you by the company. Then, keep scrolling for more information about the Red, White, & Blue Giveaway Blog Hop.

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Welcome to the 2nd Annual Red, White, and Blue Giveaway Hop – a Hop where we celebrate Independence Day, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network. We’re celebrating the 4th of July with giveaway for a whole 2 weeks, so be sure and hop around to all the great blog giveaways that are linked up in this hop. And be sure to let Step2 help your child go Red White and Blue with this patriotic Choo Choo Train! Don’t miss out on that fantastic Grand Prize!

Click here to visit the Grand Prize giveaway and find the links to the other giveaways in the hop.


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So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Red, White, and Blue participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

*I received product for this review. All opinions are my own. BabiLovLinks LLC is responsible for prize fulfillment. Post may contain affiliate links.*



Jellystone Owl Pendant Necklace Giveaway with Diaper Junction


I am excited to be bringing you a giveaway for a Jellystone Designs Owl Pendant Teether Necklace sponsored by the folks at Diaper Junction!

Jellystone Designs is an Australian based company offering silicone jewelry and baby teethers. Jellystone necklaces are free from BPA, Phthalates and PVC with a fabulous soft-feel and texture. These practical jewelry products are suitable for modern women with (or without) children.

Jellystone teethers are also made of silicone and are free of BPA, Phthalates and PVC. Jellystone JChew teethers are available in a variety of colors as well as super fun shapes that your baby will want to sink their teeth into!

While Diaper Junction discontinued the owl pendant, you can purchase a Jellystone Designs Owl Pendant Teether Necklace – Purple Grape on Amazon. They make great shower and birthday presents, too.

Win one!

One lucky winner is going to receive a Jellystone Designs Owl Pendant Teether Necklace from Diaper Junction (Diaper Junction chooses color). Follow the link to the entry form below now thru 7/15/2014. Winner will be notified by email and have 24 hours to claim their prize. Good luck!

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*I was not compensated for this post. Diaper Junction responsible for prize fulfillment. Post contains affiliate links.*


Catching Fireflies and Catching Up

Each day seems to go by slowly but I blink and the week is over. With an infant pulling my attention often, I don’t always feel like I get a lot of one-on-one time with my now 3.5 year old.

She ended up taking a later nap today so, between that and a messy 9 month old after dinner, I did early baths and we came back downstairs to watch a movie and wait for the fireflies to come out. The past few evenings, they have been out and I have been able to go out and watch them but Kelsey’s bedtime is before the sun goes down right now. Thankfully, the baby went down early enough that my husband and I were able to spend a little time with her outside this evening.

When I told her we were going to try to see some she was so cute and said, “We go outside to look at the fireflies. They light our way.” It didn’t take her long to spot them and figure out how to catch them in a jar. She particularly enjoyed letting them go.


Once we came in it was time to get her settled for bed. I usually have the task of getting the baby down but instead I was able to lay down in her bed with her. She has a little bit of a fascination with camping right now (even though she hasn’t been yet) so my husband made a tent over her bed with a sheet to sleep under the past few nights.

It is crazy how all of a sudden a few months ago she started stringing these long accounts of the day and her thoughts together. So, laying under her tent, she told me all about the fireflies we just saw and how she caught two, and how you can’t run to catch them, you have to walk slowly. When I don’t have a baby squirming on and off my lap, or I am not trying to do 3 things at once or I don’t have a laptop open next to me I don’t really mind laying there listening to her talk.

I just couldn’t help but smile and enjoy the moment. It seems like no time has passed and 100 years have passed in the past 3 and it catches me off guard every now and then how much she has grown and how smart she is. Just another reminder to make the time to spend with her.

Spark of Amber Teething Necklace Giveaway

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Welcome to the Spark of Amber Giveaway sponsored by Spark of Amber and hosted by All Natural Mom 101.


One lucky reader of Domesticating Michelle and AllNaturalMom101 will win an Amber Teething Necklace from Spark of Amber.

The Giveaway Starts June 12th-June 24th.

Open to US residents only.

Be sure to check out All Natural Mom 101’s Review on Spark of Amber Teething Necklace HERE!

Enter the giveaway via Rafflecopter below.

Good Luck!

Disclosure: This Blog and all other promoting bloggers have not been compensated in any form for this publication, nor are they responsible for the fulfillment of the prize. Please contact Kaitlyn at  if you have any questions, comments or concerns. Thank you

Tea Collection’s Semi-Annual Sale: Up to 50% Off Entire Morocco Line

Tea Collection’s Semi-Annual Sale: Up to 50% Off Entire Morocco Line at Tea Collection

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

It is here! Just in time for pool parties, backyard barbecues and summer adventures; Tea Collection’s Semi-Annual Sale is featuring the entire Morocco line at up to 50% off! This line is bold, filled with the brilliant hues found in the Marrakech medina, and buzzing with patterns that line Morocco’s streets in the intricate tiles. And now, all of these beautiful styles are on sale—desert and surf inspired graphic tees for boys, twirly patterned dresses for girls, colorful floral onesies for babies and more—all filled with the magic of Morocco.


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