Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Cow Appreciation Day July 14th at Chick-fil-a - DIY Cow Outfit

In anticipation for Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-a, my daughter and I have been busy putting together a quick, easy, and fun shirt.

For those of you who don't know, if you you visit your local restaurant on July 14, you can get some free food!  Just dress up in your best cow attire!

Fully dressed as a cow means an effort to be dressed like a cow from head to toe. Partial cow attire means just a cow accessory such as a cow-printed hat, vest, or purse. People dressed in partial attire will be awarded an entree vs a full meal. So put your A game on so you score a whole meal!

You can find additional info at http://chickfila.tumblr.com/faq

So for my little Maddie she (well I) decided we would work on our own little costume and dress her up as a little cow. A mini cow onesie will also be made for baby.


I rounded up our materials (below). Basically just had to run out and purchase some black felt and glue, as we already had everything else at home.



First we cut out a bunch of odd shapes to make our cow spots and placed them on the shirt before gluing so we could see how many spots we needed. We placed them in no particular pattern, just where ever Maddie decided they would land.



Next we glued them in place using some felt glue.






We let the shirt dry for about an hour before handling our finished product. I think she did a pretty good job. We will pair this with some black leggings and use the thick black pipe cleaner as her ears. With the blank white piece of paper, string, marker, and red pencil we will be making a sign for her to place around her neck that says their tag line "Eat Mor Chiken". You can see the end result on Tuesday when she heads to Chick-fil-a!  Follow Maddie on Instagram @MaddieInTheCity or me @OlgaDavis30






Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Hungry? Chicken Tinga Slow Cooker Tacos

So I've been home a while and just discovered my love for my slow cooker. I've had since I got married, but rarely used it until now.

This a yummy recipe. I love the chipote's smokey flavor!


What you'll need:

Slow Cooker

2-3 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 chopped onion
1 can of tomato sauce (15 oz)
1 can of chipotle chile peppers in sauce, seeded and chopped (7 oz)
1 large jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tbsp salt

1 dozen tortillas or tostadas depending on your taste



Add chicken and all of the above ingredients (minus tortillas/tostadas) to the the slow cooker and mix.

Cook on Low until chicken is no longer pink in center, about 2-3 hours.

Remove chicken and shred using two forks.



Return to slow cooker and cook on low for an additional hour.



Now that you are done you can add to your tortillas or tostadas and eat! You can also add a little extra toppings if you like. I like to add sour cream, queso fresco, tomatoes, and a bit of lettuce. I can eat this meal for days. If you want your meal to have more of a spicy kick go ahead and add an additional jalapeño!





Home with Baby - Month 2

Has it been two months already?! Having a baby and a toddler at home really makes the time tick by faster. I don't know how other mom bloggers do it, what's your secret? I have no energy, but hope to get it back soon.

Now that baby is older my days have consisted of less naps and more errands. I once again live at Target! LOL. It's my escape. But I've learned to control my impulse purchases from there, going with a list and only buying what's on it. (Of course if I see something I like I just add to the list for next time, ha)!

Getting back to working out has been a little harder this time. I still get my toddler ready for day care and immediately try to go back to sleep soon after as long as baby stays asleep. That gets me about an extra hour on a good day. But starting next week I'll be staying up and baby and I will be going for walks. Lets get back to at least 10,000 steps a day. I see many zoo trips in our future. And then hopefully soon after I can start going for either morning or evening short runs.

I'm also looking forward to shopping for wardrobe essentials as I head back to work in about 4 weeks. That will either be fun or stressful depending on baby's mood. I'm basically donating most of my current wardrobe and starting fresh. A well deserved treat, as I feel I've owned my current wardrobe since before I got married.

And now it's time to get back to household chores. Crazy how it takes me all day to get them done, but while I was working 8 hours I could get them done when I got home. Must be a state of mind thing, since I know I have all day (kinda, not really, I do have a baby to feed every two to three hours)!


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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Welcome To The Newest Member Of The Family!

It's been a crazy couple of weeks.  The last couple of weeks of the pregnancy was very exhausting especially having a toddler.  For a while there I was stressing out because I had been scheduled for a C-section  due to a low lying placenta.  Luckily my doctor decided to do one final ultrasound the day before and we found out that it had moved and no C-section was needed.  This would've been at 37 weeks so needless to say the next three weeks felt very long.  I felt like the day would never come.  I finally went into labor at 39 weeks six days, one day shy of 40 weeks. As with my first it was a pretty fast delivery.  Contractions started at about 4:30 AM, water broke around noon, and the baby arrived at 3:30 PM after only pushing for about 10 minutes (about three sets of pushes). I opted for the epidural which felt like forever before they gave it to me but it sure felt good after receiving it making it easier to deliver. Thank you Science!



Our baby girl Olivia came into the world weighing 7 lbs. 14 oz. and measuring 20 inches.  She was a lot bigger than I thought she would be and about double the weight Maddie was.  Maddie has adjusted very well to being a big sister.






After three weeks I'm finally getting my energy back and I can't wait to get back into shape.  Happy to say baby is breast-feeding wonderfully and I know that's helping with the weight-loss.   After gaining almost 30 pounds I have only six more pounds to lose to get back to prepregnancy weight.



This Mother's Day was wonderful. I was spoiled by everyone. Love my necklace from the hubby. M&O for my little girls. I was also surprised by the my godmother who flew in from Arizona  to visit family.  So glad she got to meet baby Olivia.



Now I'll be keeping busy planning Maddie's third birthday party!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Kangu - Where A Small Donation Can Make A Big Difference

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central and Kangu. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.



As many of you know I am currently pregnant with my second child. I am looking forward to twice the love, the hugs and kisses! Now that I’m a mom, I can’t imagine how my life would be with out my daughter and soon to arrive second daughter. With my first baby, she came a little early but thankfully I had a great hospital and great doctors to see me through till delivery. I am so blessed to live in such a great country like the US where delivering a baby, no matter how complicated, can be achieved. But many other women aren’t as lucky. That is why I wanted to bring your attention to Kangu.

Kangu is a non-profit organization with a big dream: that every woman in the world has a safe birth. And I think that is a great dream! Kangu utilizes a crowdfunding platform. Using this type of fundraising helps put an end to preventable maternal and newborn deaths. It helps donors put funds towards the well being of mothers and their babies.



It is really sad to find out that every day, 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth, most being in developing countries.  So what can we do to help? Through Kangu you can make a donation and help these women and babies. You can log onto www.kangu.org  to see which women are in need and contribute to their pregnancy wellness, so they too can have a safe pregnancy.

When you log on you are able to see the profiles of mothers who need funding. I’ve learned that in developing countries, and through the help of Kangu partners, the cost of care is very low compared to the US. So every donation no matter how small you think it is can make a difference. If you make a donation as small as $10, you will also be updated on the mother and child after birth! How great to know that your donation went somewhere good, plus its tax deductible (the accountant in me).

I’m also happy to see that a country close to my heart is one of those being helped. Mexico, although not as developing as other countries, does suffer from poor pre-natal care in very rural areas. And I’m more than happy to make a small contribution. No pregnant mother should have suffer or lose a child from something that could have been prevented.

Join the conversation on social media! Follow with #IC and #KanguMama

Contest
Influence Central is sponsoring a contest for Kangu where you can enter to win a donation on your behalf! Up for grabs are 5 - $100 donations to a mother in need. Good luck to all that enter!






Kangu - One Mama at a Time

Thursday, February 19, 2015

#DisneySide @Home Celebration Party Villains Theme

I received free products in order to host a Disney Side @Home Celebration from Disney Parks and MomSelect. The opinions expressed here are my own.

I’d like to thank my friends and family for coming out and helping me celebrate my birthday by showing our #DisneySide. We had a blast thanks to the sponsors who sent us some nice goodies.



This year I was chosen to host an @Home Celebration to show off my Disney side. I thought it would be a great way to get friends and family together and have a fun time, and well, who doesn't like a birthday party. This time around Disney had given out different themes, from Princesses, to Cars, to multi-generational, and tween/teens. I was given the opportunity to do a tween/teens Villains party. This meant embracing those characters we often don’t see in the best light. For me specifically it meant channeling my inner Maleficent!



Below are some of the awesome host items we received:

* Disney Side Villain inspired Napkins, Cups, Plates, Tablecloth and Decorations
* Nail Polish, Manicure Supplies and Nail Art Cards
* Disney Themed Games
* 2 Disney Villain Puzzles
* Mickey Mouse Cake Pan
* Duff Goldman Tie Dye Cake Mix
* Wilton Sprinkles
* My Image Bracelet Maker
* HP Create Memories You Keep Packs
* ALL Laundry Packs
* Samples of Wisk Detergent 
* Two boxes of Twinings Tea
* Disney Vacation Planning DVD*
* Disney info pack with luggage tags for guests

I made some green cupcakes and topped them off with purple frosting and sprinkles. It really went well with the decorations and the kids (and adults really liked them). The intimidating part was trying to make the tie-dye cake. I wasn't sure what I was doing, but in the end the cake looked awesome! I can’t wait to try it again. I wish I would have gotten a picture before we ate it all up! Usually I would have gone a head and decorated the cake the “right” way, but I was a pressed for time and decided just to frost my Mickey cake in chocolate frosting and add sprinkles!




Guests enjoyed playing some fun games like bingo, pin the smile on Mickey and word search.



We also got to give our little girls some manicures using the included polishes. Although we wanted to try and make designs on them, their little fingers were just to small, but they loved the colors.



The best part of the party was making everyone a custom name bracelet using the My Image Bracelet Maker. You can even print your own images on your printer! The girls all picked their letters and designs. It was easy to use the machine!




Everyone also got to go home with HP Create Memories You Keep Packs so they could print their favorite memories at home, and a Disney luggage tag!

We had such a great time. I’d like to send a special thank you to  Cuties and CrunchPak for helping supply some delicious healthy snacks for my guests!





I received free products in order to host a Disney Side @Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own.


Friday, February 6, 2015

First Big Baby Purchase!

Now that we are officially less than 3 months away from the arrival of our baby girl, I finally had the chance to let it all sink in. We made our first big baby purchase this past week. The nursery furniture! We opted to go the same way as we did with our first daughter as the quality and sturdiness of the furniture was superb. Plus the pricing was right. It was the Baby Appleseed Stratford Collection from Buy Buy Baby. First time around we chose Espresso, but for this little girl we are going with Pure White. It is 4 pieces (5-Drawer Dresser, 6 Drawer Dresser, Hutch, and Convertible Crib), and just makes the room come together so nicely. Of course we have to wait anywhere from 6-12 weeks for it to all arrive, but lets be honest, baby won’t really be using any of it for a while so if we do not get it before she arrives, which of course will drive me crazy, it won’t be the end of the world. I would like to get the nursery all finished by mid-March, so wish me luck. I’m still going back and forth with what I really want the room to look like. I've at least settled on a color theme…I think!



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

#DisneySide @Home Celebration Kit Has Arrived

I received  a  free product in order to facilitate my party. All opinions and thoughts are my own. Thanks to Disney Parks and MomSelect. 


I can't contain my excitement! We are so excited to be hosting a #DisneySide @Home Celebration along with my birthday this coming weekend. Can't wait to see the how much fun my daughter, my nieces, and friends will have. I'm ready to find out what is in the box! The theme given to our family is Disney Villains Tween/Teen.

To be continued!


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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Family Winter Fun at LEGOLAND Discover Center Chicago!

I received a free tickets in order to facilitate my review. All opinions as always are my own.


Its bitter cold and snowy in Chicago so what can we possibly do to entertain our toddler without having to freeze outside? Easy, get out and do something fun indoors!  This past weekend we were invited to visit LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago, which is located in Schaumburg, IL near the Woodfield Mall. This is a great alternative to visiting the City, as parking is free, and traffic is light!

I wasn't sure what to expect other than there would probably be tons of Lego blocks to play with. I have a 2.5 year old and was glad to hear that on Tuesdays they offer a special Toddler time. I couldn't make it out on a Tuesday, but we still had fun. Maybe this summer we can visit again.

There are two levels. The first one is mostly Lego creations, which of course Maddie wanted to hug all the ones she could reach, and the upstairs is the interactive things. There is also a cafeteria, so you can play and eat. My husband and I were most excited to see MINILAND® Chicago. It’s always fascinating to see our city in mini view. I loved the fact that they had winterized it for the season!




Maddie visited the DUPLO® Village and quickly took to going down the slide and playing in the gym, a perfect way to tire out a very active toddler. They also had two separate areas for the Lego. One was the small blocks and the other section was the bigger blocks, just the right size for Maddie's tiny fingers. She decided she would spend her time building a bridge with her daddy.



I was surprised to find out they had two rides! One, Merlin's Apprentice Ride, Maddie was just too short for, but looked like tons of fun, you pedal to go up and stay up. Once you stop, you come down. The other ride I wasn't sure if Maddie should ride, but she insisted that she wanted to fight the dragon and save the princess (Kingdom Quest Laser Ride). Being pregnant I had to skip this ride. But from Daddy’s feedback, it was fun, but probably not the best idea for a toddler as it can be dark and scary. She was fine though.  We received a mini LEGO® Factory Tour of how the Lego are made, and even received a tiny souvenir. There was also a short 4D movie we could watch, but by then we had a really tired toddler. But sounds quite fun with added effects such as wind. A list of attractions can be found here.



Depending on the time arrival you could pay anywhere from $12-18, discounts are provided if you purchase in advance online. Children 2 and under are free. (Toddler Tuesdays is $7 as long as you arrive prior to 11am and book online). All of the above attractions are included with your admission. I would recommend visiting LEGOLAND at least once. Your kids would really enjoy spending a couple of hours there checking out the fun.