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If your house is anything like mine... full of crazy kids who just need a little positive reinforcement to encourage them to be the best little people they can be... then you need to hear about this adorable product called the Awesome Deck of Awesome.

It's a pretty simple idea: A deck full of Awesome Cards that tell kids just how awesome they are. There is a girl deck, a boy deck, and a boy/girl deck (which I got).

Photo Credit: ADoA

The best thing about this reward system is that it can be completely tailored to your family's needs. Smaller children might find that the idea of earning an Awesome Card in itself is enough of a reward, and you might find that collecting these cards is all the reinforcement they need to behave!

Older children, like mine, will probably better respond to having some type of greater reward that they can work towards. For my 4-year-old, she has currently 6 out of 10 cards that will earn her a new toy at the toy store. How did she earn those? By doing a WIDE VARIETY of things that I would otherwise have to beg, plead, and cry for her to do (like wiping her own butt, or cleaning up the playroom). We have major issues with independence, and it has only gotten more complicated with the arrival of baby sister! I also want to incorporate some one-on-one time as a reward for S somehow... maybe 5 cards earns her a trip to get ice cream with me, or some time at the park with dad.

My 7-year-old has earned 5 cards, and already turned them in for an hour on the Nintendo DS playing his favorite Pokemon game. He could've saved for 10 cards to get a toy just like his sister, but he values playing his game more right now.

I love surprising them with cards when they do great things without being asked! We have been doing this for a few weeks now. At first, they quickly became obsessed with earning Awesome Cards, and I had to kind of let it go for a bit so they would stop focusing on it. I wanted it to be more of a random system, instead of... "If I do ___, can I get an awesome card???" type of situation. Now that we started back up, it's more relaxed and fun for all.

And one of the best parts is that the ADoA message is... well... awesome:


The individual decks retail for $12.50 and have 35 Awesome Cards, and the boy/girl deck for $20 has 70 cards. You can get them on Amazon.com through these affiliate links:
Awesome Deck of Awesome for Boys, Series I
Awesome Deck of Awesome for Boys and Girls, Series I
Awesome Deck of Awesome for Girls, Series I

What do you think of this kind of positive reinforcement system? Do you do anything like this at home?


XO,
Steph

Disclosure: Thanks to ADoA for letting us try out these Awesome Cards!

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I can officially say that hubby and I (and Rebecca, of course) will be attending MommyCon SF this Saturday! It will be taking place at the Wyndham Parc 55 from 10am-5pm.
 
I'm totally geeking out about seeing some of my favorite bloggers speak, as well as... Alanis Morissette! 

Here is the schedule for the day: 

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I will definitely be visiting the babywearing lounge and the nursing lounge, checking out The Baby Guy NYC's workshop, and the Breastfeeding Support Group (where I'm hoping I can get an IBCLC to look at Becca's lip tie!!). 

There are also CRAZY AWESOME giveaways that will be happening throughout the day, and a super fabulous SWAG BAG that every attendee will receive!

If you are interested in attending, you can still buy tickets online using my (affiliate) discount code for 10% off! Just enter: MOMSGONECRAZY at the end of the registration form.

Let me know if I will see you there!!

XO,
Steph

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Oh goodness... where does the time go?

Our little miss is one month old!



ONE MONTH:

What Becca likes... 
- being held
- being worn (Mobywrap is our favorite right now)
- nursing on demand
- co-sleeping
 - her swing, if she's asleep
- her siblings
 

What Becca doesn't like...
- the car seat
- her swing, if she's awake
- sleeping


 
I truly cannot believe how quickly time has passed. Balancing life with three awesome kids has kept me very busy. We were so fortunate to have my mom stay with us for almost a month! She and my dad left this morning :(...

My goals are pretty low for myself right now, as I adjust to all of the changes. Making sure all of the kids feel loved and secure, and are fed and clothed is my number one priority.


Thankfully, the older kids LOVE Rebecca. They smother her with hugs and kisses all day, and never get frustrated with her for being needy. I can only hope their love for each other continues to grow!

Time to go scarf down some lunch before I go get S from school!

XO,
Steph

PS - My friend Sophia took the three adorable pictures at the bottom :) I'll post the rest along with her contact info when she sends them!

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Fresh Express Salad Swap
I'm excited to be trying out the Fresh Express 30-day Salad Swap, thanks to some coupons from Mom's Meet!

The Salad Swap website, which just takes a moment to register, has tons of great ideas for swapping your not-so-healthy cravings for much healthier versions that include Fresh Express salads, and other wholesome ingredients. Same satisfaction, healthier lifestyle! Like this swap of one of my favorites... pizza
 
Pizza Antipasto Salad 
 

The website also has great coupons, incentives, and more, to keep you on track towards your goals.

Besides great lettuce mixes, Fresh Express has a ton of different salad kits now. The kits come with dressing, mix-ins, and toppings.

One of my personal favorite kits is the CaesarLite salad kit, which comes for everything you need for a delicious (but lighter) Caesar salad. All I do is add some grilled or sauteed chicken, and I have a full dinner!

If I could give one tip about the Fresh Express salads, it would be to make sure you check the dates! This is fresh food, so it doesn't have a long shelf life. Double check the dates, take a peek at the lettuce, and make sure you are getting the freshest salad available :) 

Be sure to "like" Fresh Express on Facebook, and follow them on Pinterest for great, healthy ideas! You can also pick up a coupon at greenmomsmeet.com/freshexpress for use anywhere Fresh Express is sold (Target, Safeway, etc!).

XO Steph

Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC. or the manufacturer of the product.

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