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Glider Gloves Review (For People That Like Using Smartphones in the Winter)


Glider Gloves are my new favorite cold weather accessory! In short, the entire glove is conductive and allows you to easily use your smartphone or tablet with it on. Now more freezing your fingers off to snap a photo for Instagram of your kids playing outside!

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I had given up on trying to use the gloves with the one little finger section so I was skeptical if these would work. In addition to being able to use my phone with them on, I like the rubber grips on the inside of the hand that help me hang on to my phone. They have been keeping my hands warm in the early morning chill but these are the lighter weight “Urban” so I’ll have to pick up on a the heavier “Winter” set for the coldest months.

These look very neutral and the material is soft, not at all scratchy like I thought it might be. A nice little bonus is that the tag doubles as a microfiber screen cleaner.

At about $20 a pair (plus free shipping with Amazon Prime) Glider Gloves will make a great present or stocking stuffer for anyone on your holiday shopping list. Get 20% off with code: YV2KLBBS!

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Day After Thanksgiving in Dayton

After a hearty Thanksgiving meal and day spent taking care of a couple things around the house, we were ready to get out a little on Friday. Friday afternoon we headed towards downtown Dayton to check out the Dayton Holiday Festival by the Downtown Dayton Partnership. We only did a few of the activities available but had a nice time getting into the holiday spirit.

We started out looking at the Wonderland Windows featuring the Rike’s Holiday Window Display. Rike’s Department Store once stood where today’s Schuster Performing Arts Center now stands and these displays are over 50 years old, purchased shortly after World War II. The girls enjoyed looking at all the details and moving figures.

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Next we let our 4 year old visit the Tike’s Shoppe. Speaking with one of the representatives from YES! for Youth, the organization the Tike’s Shoppe benefits, she told me this has been a local tradition for over 70 years with grandparents who participated as children bringing their grandchildren to experience it.

Parents identify a shopping list and provide a budget for each child, then each child is paired with a volunteer that helps them shop. I peeked through the door a couple of times to see how she was doing and seemed to be engaged in selecting just the right present for her Mom, Dad, and sister. She had help wrapping and labeling each gift and was very proud of the surprises she picked up for us.

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Next was our first visit with Santa of the season. Aubrey, the 2 year old, wasn’t too keen on getting close to the big guy but liked Mrs. Clause, sitting on her lap a few times.

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The Junior League of Dayton sponsored a Holiday Hunt for kids to do activities and collect stamps that children traded in for a book. There were way more activities in the Holiday Village than we had time for but our girls really enjoyed them and there was even a free photo booth so we snapped a picture of the four of us.

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We had to make a stop to check out the Virginia Kettering Holiday Train Display. I’ve been doing a little research on Virginia Kettering for work and suggest looking her up if you are interested in Dayton area history. Long story short, much of what we enjoy and are lucky to have Dayton would not be here without her contributions.

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We will definitely be making plans to see and do more next year with a whole street fair and horse-drawn carriage rides as part of the festivities – including going early in the day to play in the life size snow globe! We didn’t stick around for Children’s Parade or The Grande Illumination of the tree this year which draw huge crowds.

Instead, we headed home for turkey leftovers (turkey, gravy and cranberry sauce on a toasted bread with green beans) and Warped Wing Brewing Company’s Esther’s Lil Surprise Milk Chocolate Brown Ale (featuring chocolate notes and named for the founder of Esther Price Candies). We closed out the day with Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

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I still have a few Christmas gifts to pick up on so I’m spending the rest of the weekend keeping an eye for deals on what I’m looking for. Here’s a quick round up of some holiday gift ideas:

  • FabKids clothing for kids
  • Wild Republic toys (not too late to make a purchase that also makes a donation to Project Night Night and enter a giveaway!)
  • Glider Gloves make a great stuffer for adults that like to use their phones but don’t like cold hands
  • Sound Intone HD30 Headset for kids or adults
  • Beabies teething necklace sets for the new mom
  • Diaper Junction has Sitebuster Deals all weekend for those into cloth diapering and babywearing

I’ll also be working on getting my Shutterfly holiday cards addressed and mailed out. If you still need to get cards, Shutterfly has 10 Free cards for you to enjoy using the code 10FORME at checkout. Plus, enjoy 50% off hard photo cover Photo Books and 40% off everything else using the code BLACKFRIDAY plus free shipping on orders $39+ or more with promo code SHIP39. Deals good until 11/29.

If you are in Dayton or Cincinnati, Ohio, be sure to enter to win tickets to Marvel Universe Live! in December. I hope you are enjoying your holiday weekend!

 

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Enjoying the Last Days of Winter

Yay! We’ve been healthy enough to venture out again a little bit and thankfully we are starting to thaw out a bit. After a couple of rough weeks, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and soon enough I’ll be complaining it’s too hot.

Last weekend we finally made it to Mad River Mountain last since we’ve been back in Dayton and we had a great day snow tubing. We even took the 18 month old down the mountain once. She didn’t cry, but she didn’t seem to particularly enjoy it so we only did that once.

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My husband and I took turns taking the 4 year old down the mountain. She loved it!

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I can’t say enough, however, how much I needed a nice relaxing day out. No temper tantrums were had. Minimal whining. I must have done well with the layering because it no one was cold – except that the 18 month old kept taking her gloves off. Everyone ate something for lunch. No one cried in the car – likely do to the DVD player with Sofia the First on.

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It was lovely.

This weekend was a little more laid back, getting a couple errands taken care of. On Saturday, we had lunch at 2nd Street Market and picked up a few goodies. It was actually warm enough to play outside and stomp in some slushy snow in the yard.

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Spring is on it’s way folks! Now, do I jinx it by washing and putting away the snow suits?

 

*I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.*

Is Winter Over Yet?

I have been having a bit of mommy guilt lately. It seems like we’ve had more sick days than good days lately and I can’t help feel like it’s because they are in daycare all day now. Via Facebook, I know it’s not just us dealing with a steady stream of viruses and there are places getting way worse weather than we are here in Dayton, Ohio. However, none of it makes me feel any better when the past few weekends we have just ended up home all day because someone can’t be far from a bathroom or box of tissues.

With a forecast of a record low highs, I am taking a moment to think about the fun moments we’ve had this winter. I realized that I never finished my Christmas post. We were able to have some fun times over the holidays.

My baby turned 4 in January. Four! Sometimes it feels like she’s always been here and other times it seems like I just blinked and I have a little girl where a toddler was just standing.

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For her birthday, we ended up with a snow day and school was cancelled so her and her sister hung out with Daddy and played in the snow most of the day. To celebrate her birthday, we took her ice skating and went to Proto Build Bar to let her play the Giant Claw. She got a ball bouncy ball which I am surprised has not knocked something over in this house yet.

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My mother made her a gorgeous Elsa dress for her a while back that she seemed to finally grow into overnight. A good snow gave us a chance to head to a local park and quickly have a little fun taking some pictures. (She has a couple pairs of pants and fuzzy boots on underneath and we were only out of the car for a few minutes. Besides, the cold never bothered her anyways.)

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We have been taking advantage of time to play in the snow whenever we can. Of course, we have been bringing the snow inside when we can to let the girls play with it. They have been putting the arctic animals play set they got for Christmas and Frozen figurines to good use. With so much “crud” going around I don’t want to go to any indoor playground areas right now. When the weather is warm enough we go to the playground nearby or just play outside. We even made our first snowman!

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Kelsey also started dance lessons at Jeraldyne’s School of Dance. She has been loving it and can’t wait until the next week. Both girls have also enjoyed getting to watch the big kids, which is actually the second company modern class, before and after Kelsey’s class.

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Not to be left out, how cute is Aubrey with this little ponytail? The ladies at her daycare started putting them in since her hair is starting to get into her eyes.

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At least I am fortunate enough to have a job that allows for some flexibility. I was able to go ahead and get a new car which was an overdue purchase. I have even had both girls in the office with me at different times when they couldn’t go to school but Mom and Dad had to work.

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This past weekend Kelsey was sick Thursday – Saturday, my husband was sick Sunday (we were supposed to be going to see the Dayton Ballet), and then Aubrey got what ever it was on Monday-Tuesday. I feel like I am a ticking time bomb while hoping I don’t get it and that it will be gone from our house soon. Where we these “immunities” they are supposed to be building? It’s been a never ending cycle lately since it seems like the moment every one is good, someone catches something again. All I know is at least we have a washer and dryer and don’t pay for water.

I am still working on the whole work/life balance thing but I think it will get better eventually. I am definitely looking forward to being get out more on the weekends. We may even get crazy and make it to a ski mountain this winter and go snow tubing. Let’s just get through the next couple days first.

Stay warm out there.

Happy Holidays 2014!

You know those times when you think you are going to have some time to catch up on things so you start thinking “hey, I’ll just wait until then to do this,” but you end up putting WAY too many things on that list and then end up sick and wanting to do nothing but bury yourself under a blanket on the couch on those days? Yeah, that’s how my holiday “vacation” went.

I had grand plans of sewing and scrapbooking after shampooing carpets and cleaning out the garage, storage closet, and baby clothes. Exciting stuff, I know. I didn’t get much done on my personal to do list, but still did plenty.

We didn’t have any plans to go anywhere for the holidays so we tried to make the most of some local fun in Dayton.

For starters, I had the chance to start introducing my girls to the world of working for a dance company. It’s great to be able to share moments with them. I was able to bring my older daughter out to a matinee performance of The Littlest Angel by Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. It was a gorgeous performance and my daughter really enjoyed watching the dancers. A week later, I ended up bringing my younger daughter with me to a master class at the studio that we were hosting. Kiesha Lalama was in town working on a piece with the company and taught a great class. I loved that my 1 year old not only wanted to watch most of the time, but kept wanting to join in, too.

dcdc kids CollageNext up, we started our many Santa sightings. We were also on a mission to see some Christmas lights displays this year. We went to University of Dayton’s annual Christmas On Campus event, said hello to Santa at the mall, and took our annual pictures with Santa (in the gorgeous Aby’s Kids dresses).

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We then attended an event at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium sponsored by USO of Central and Southern Ohio and Ohio Operation: Military Kids. For a great rate, we got to visit with the winter animals like polar bears and reindeer, have some dinner and make some crafts while meeting Santa and then catch a little of the Wildlights show. The lights were beautiful; I’d love to check it out again next year and hopefully my little one will be better with evening activities by then. An hour drive with a crying 1 year old can put a damper on the holiday spirit, but we still had a great time.

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If you are in Ohio with kids and connected to the military, go like Ohio Operation: Military Kids on Facebook for updates on other fun events – they have an aquarium sleep over coming up in Cleveland but my kids are still too young to participate and a family ice skating day.

We also still got to do some activities that have become traditions like putting up the felt Christmas tree for the girls, and making cookies for Santa. We made cookies in the morning on Christmas Eve which was apparently so much fun that they wanted to play making cookies with play dough in the afternoon. I just brought out the red and green play dough, a selection of stamps that look like cookie cutters, and thankfully had some play rolling pins and rollers for them to use. I also put a blanket down under the table to protect the carpet from little bits of dough getting mashed into it.

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The girls had plenty of presents to open Christmas morning and then spent the rest of the day (and weekend) playing with them. It was a Frozen Christmas for my three year old with two different Elsa dolls, books, shirt, and other Frozen themed items. They are also given adorable stacking rings my mother-in-law made for each girl, so cute.

Christmas dinner was basic but tasty. We snacked on ham for the rest of the weekend and still had plenty to put away for meals in the future. We are still working through the freezer meals we made after Thanksgiving so, between stocking up for the two holidays, our grocery bill has been pretty small lately.

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We finished out our Christmas festivities by visiting an assisted living facility to do crafts with the residents the next day and then run around a local mall for a bit. There are lots more things we are hoping to get to do this winter or in future years as the girls get older but I like that we are starting some traditions while they are young.

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Idina Menzel’s Holiday Wishes Album Review

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I am aware that it is November but we’ve already hit single digit weather and had to shovel snow. When I’m all bundled up, I can’t help but get a little pick me up when I here some jingle bells. Getting to hear Idina Menzel’s new album Holiday Wishes was a perfect little surprise this week. Idina Menzel’s voice is so smooth and pleasant and the sings chosen fit her perfectly. I am one of those people that actually enjoys holiday music in general so it’s nice to be able to add another great collection of songs to the mix.

My two personal favorites were the Baby It’s Cold Outside with Michael Bublé (the video is really cute, too) and When You Wish Upon a Star. I may be a little bias since my husband and I had our first dance to Michael Bublé and well, Frozen. I love that she covered the quintessential Disney song. My daughter enjoyed the songs, too, especially when she realized “Elsa” was singing them.

Visit Idina Menzel on her website, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. You can get a copy of Holiday Wishes on iTunes and Amazon.

Enjoy your turkey and football next week, but then, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

 

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About Idina Menzel and Holiday Wishes

Holiday Wishes, a Christmas album recorded by Tony Award-winning singer/actor Idina Menzel, is out now on Warner Bros. Records.

The album was produced by Grammy Award-winner Walter Afanasieff (Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey) and features such classic favorites as “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” as well as Joni Mitchell’s Christmas-themed “River,” one of Menzel’s favorites.

Another highlight is a duet with international superstar Michael Bublé on “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” An exclusive Target edition of Holiday Wishes features two bonus tracks, including “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”.

Idina’s career has traversed stage, film, television, and music. She was most recently heard as Elsa in Disney’s global box-office smash Frozen, in which she sings the film’s Oscar-winning song “Let It Go.” After her performance of the multi-platinum song at the 86th annual Academy Awards, she made history as the first person with both a Billboard Top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting.

Idina currently stars as Elizabeth in the original Broadway production of If/Then.

Holiday Wishes Track Listing

Do You Hear What I Hear

The Christmas Song

Baby It’s Cold Outside (Duet with Michael Buble)

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

All I Want For Christmas

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

December Prayer

When You Wish Upon A Star

Silent Night

River

Holly Jolly Christmas

White Christmas

Bonus Tracks on Target Exclusive:

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

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** I participated in the Idina Menzel Holiday Wishes album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own. **

Aby’s Kids Pajamas Giveaway!

It is my pleasure to introduce you to a fabulous, family owned clothing company, Aby’s Kids. Based out of Miami, Florida, the designer, Miriam Pozo, has created some wonderful designs for kids, men and women. Most of the clothing is made from linen and they feature many guayabera designs for the whole family. Welcome to a little of my Cuban American heritage – the guayabera is a very popular shirt for men in tropic regions and eventually adopted for women and children, too.

I enjoyed reviewing dresses by Aby’s Kids and they were generous enough to also want to share their holiday pajamas line with you. They come in red and white and blue and white, for babies, kids, women and men, from size 3-6 months to adult XL. Some sizes come with sleeve and pant length options. That means you could match the kids, the whole family, or even the grandparents, too for some holiday fun and photos.

Visit Aby’s Kids and check out the whole line of Holiday items. Then, drop by Aby’s Kids on Facebook and Twitter and say “hi!”

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GIVEAWAY! Win a prize sponsored by Aby’s Kids: a pair of Family Christmas Pajamas ($34-$56.00) in a size and color of your choice. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. This giveaway ends November 26, 2014, 11:59pm. Winner will be notified by email and have 24 hours to claim prize. Prize fulfilled by Aby’s Kids.

a Rafflecopter giveaway Don’t forget to stop by the Girls Christmas Dress review and giveaway (ends November 24, 2014)!

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