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Reason #9 Why Having a Preschooler Rocks

easy bake ovenThere’s something magical about the memories that are evoked through the sense of smell.

Nothing transports me back in time quicker than a scent tied to memory.

Yesterday, Katie and I used her new Easy Bake Oven for the first time and as I stood there in the kitchen with her, I was a little girl again.

It’s amazing how so many things change, but some things always remain the same.

The smell of the baking mix and frosting are exactly the way I remember them.

As I assumed my role as Katie’s helper, my mind travelled back to my childhood, with my mother by my side as I stirred, baked, frosted, and sprinkled.

Being a mother to a little girl is such a gift.

Katie brings such tremendous joy to my life, just as Matthew does, but she also allows me to relive some of the happiest moments of my own childhood.

And that is an amazing gift.

Are there any things that you do with your children that take you back in time?

Sharing Childhood

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My childhood was filled with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. They were a huge part of my world and I am ever grateful for that.

But, our children are having an entirely different experience, as my whole family lives in Maine and Craig’s is spread over the West Coast, with his nearest relative nearly three hours away.

Their grandparents and other relatives see only the photos that we email, put on Facebook, or print and mail.

And, well, I’m not so great at printing and sending photos and Facebook is so busy that pictures and videos seem to get lost in the shuffle.

So, our family hasn’t had the opportunity to watch our children grow up.

This is why I’m so grateful for LiveOn.

Now, I can share life events with my family.

I have so many photos that I wasn’t even sure where to start. I began with Katie’s birth, then did Matthew’s, and then I did Matthew’s 2nd birthday. I’m planning to back way up and tackle our wedding and honeymoon next.

What I love is that LiveOn not only stores and helps me to share important memories with those closest to me, but they are committed to preserving my photos and memories long after I’m living. How do I know that? This is their promise…

We promise to keep your memories forever. Not 100 years, not 500 years, but forever. We have an intricate backup system of servers that will act as your personal vault, ensuring your stories are here for all future generations to enjoy. This promise of memory preservation is the number one focus of our company and we will do everything in our power to keep this promise to you.

There are so many other features that I love about LiveOn. I’ll be back in the coming months to tell you more about them! In the meantime, please go poke around. I think you’ll love it.

While I will always wish that we lived closer to family, I’m grateful to LiveOn for offering me a meaningful way to share our memories across the miles.

I’m so excited to share a code with you for LiveOn Rewind, a service that safely converts your VHS tapes to DVDs and digitizes your printed photos. Here’s your code: cgc06

Thank you to LiveOn for this sponsored opportunity to blog about storing and sharing my most important memories with those closest to me. Although story ideas were provided, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Please LiveOn to learn more about sharing and preserving your most important memories. I was selected for this sponsorship by Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Candy Corn, Glitter, Pinterest, and the Crafting Rule of Three

Before I begin, let me make something super clear.

I am not crafty.

At all.

I own a glue gun, but I’m too scared to use it, as I’m certain I’ll end up in the emergency room with third degree burns and four fingers glued together.

When it comes to crafts, I have one rule…there may be no more than three steps from start to finish.

I’ve done a pretty good job of avoiding crafts until Pinterest came along.

This past weekend, Katie and I tackled not one, but two of the projects that I have pinned to my Autumn Pinterest board.

Here’s the first…

candy corn decorations, Halloween crafts, easy craft projects

And here’s how we did it…

1) Find a glass vase

2) Dump in a bag of candy corn

3) Insert a pillar candle

See? Super easy.

And here’s the other project that we tackled…

halloween craft, glitter pumpkins, crafts and pumpkins

 

halloween crafts, autumn crafts, pumpkin crafts

 

And here’s how we did it…

1) Brush mini pumpkins with white glue (we used a bag of fake pumpkins and gourds from Michael’s)

2) Sprinkle fine glitter all over pumpkins

3) Allow to dry on a baking rack

 

See? Three steps each.

Happy daughter, uninjured mother. Win, win!

All is right with the world…

I often tell Katie that in a family, it’s important that each person is a team player.

I’ve always wanted her to understand that she is a part of a larger whole and that she has a responsibility to the rest of us.

Craig left on Friday to visit a friend in Southern California for a much-deserved boys’ weekend.

To say that the weekend without him was rough is an understatement.

There was a plenty of whining. And plenty of wine.

Yesterday, Katie was truly lost in thought. When I asked her what she was thinking, she replied, “Daddy is on our team. I need him to come home.”

And my heart just melted.

I was more than ready for him to come home, too.

Katie, Matthew, and I were at the airport 30 minutes early today because we truly couldn’t wait to see their Daddy.

And now that he’s home? All is right in our world.

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