December 2, 2014

How did I get here?

Sometimes I wake up amazed.

My life has been turned on it's head. In a good way, but still, it's not the life I was leading just a few months ago.

I wake up curled up in my bed trying to stay nice and warm - because it's cold! I live in a beautiful historic home in Massachusetts.  How did I end up in New England? I am a CA desert girl.

I live in an amazing community, with friendly people and friends that are always there to help.

There have already been three snow days - which thrills my son.  He is learning about seeing your breath and mittens and warm hats :)

I have an amazing job. I am trusted with an amazing responsibility and am so proud to be doing what I am doing. How did I get here?

I am a mom of two boys. Two. Mr. A loves swimming, legos, hugs and Santa. He is thoughtful, smart, funny and loving. Baby D is mellow, sweet, cuddly and a mama's boy. 

I wake up in a strange state as a mother of two with an amazing job in an awesome community with wonderful co-workers living in a beautiful house and think - how did I get here?

I am so glad I did.

This post was inspired by the novel The Mill River Redemption by Darcie Chan, about two estranged sisters who are forced to work together in order to uncover the hidden inheritance by their mother. Join From Left to Write on December 2nd as we discuss The Mill River Redemption and enter to win a copy of the novel. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

Head on over to From Left to Write to win your own copy!

November 24, 2014

Leap into Gaming with #LeapTV

Disclosure: I received free products in order to host the LeapFrog sponsored MommyParty.  The opinions expressed here are my own. 

The very first video that A was allowed to watch was "Letter Factory" by Leap Frog. He still asks for it as his first choice the majority of the time. "Froggies," as we call it, did an amazing job teaching the little guy his letters and their sounds. Scout was also a staple in his life when he was smaller. So as you can see, Leap Frog products are some of our favorites.

Which is why I was so excited to have the opportunity to try out the new LeapTV, a new gaming console built especially for kids 3-8. The console and games are all about getting the kids into the action and teaching core skills like math and reading. With nine games currently, and an anticipated 100+ games and videos by the end of the year, there is something for everyone.

The system was very easy to set up, about 10 minutes total. In the box there just are a few simple components to set up. Once you have it set up, there are three ways to play:
  • Motion- Using the camera, the game senses movement and the kids don't even need a controller. Children become the controller! The child’s moves are captured on the motion-sensing camera and mirrored on screen. They can dance, run, hop, jump, karate chop, and more with their own body movement.  
  • Classic Controller-  This controller was built with a child’s small hands in mind. With an easy to hold shape and easy to reach buttons at their fingertips. In classic control mode kids can go on a high speed race car, tilt and shake to manipulate their vehicle.
  • Pointer- With just a twist and a press of a bottom the controller quickly transforms into a pointer. In pointer play kids can slice, swing, and snap all with the movement of their controller.
We had a fun time playing two of the new games:
  • LeapTV Dance and Learn:  A's favorite game! In LeapTV Dance and Learn children shake, spin, flap and hop to the tune of nine dance games. Our favorite is the Dino dance :) Children learn reading skills while having a dance party.
  •  LeapTV Sports!: Enter a whole new arena of sports fun with your favorite LeapFrog characters in LeapTV Sports. Children can bowl, block, chop, swing and swim through nine active games. 

I do have to say that there were some challenges playing with kids on the youngest end of the spectrum. The loading time can take awhile - which doesn't work well for three year olds.  Also, we found a glitch - which technical assistance was quick to respond to - where the camera didn't recognize the second player. That said - it is also great for the little ones. It wasn't too sensitive to less -than-precise movements, and they loved seeing themselves on the Television! Great for friends :)

Overall, it was a positive gaming experience. I recommend the LeapTV and think that it would make a fun Holiday Gift. You can see more about the LeapTV at I would like to e thank Leap FrogMom Select, and Mommy Parties for giving me the opportunity to play, review and share LeapTV with you!

To learn more go to Leap Frog LeapTV!

November 17, 2014

The Hardest Day

It's that day.

The one I have been dreading.

The one where my heart breaks a little.

It isn't any easier with the second child.

He is so little. So snuggly. He is my heart.

I hand him over to someone else for the day. I drive away. I cry and cry and cry.

This is the hardest day.


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