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I jumped at the chance to try out the new and improved Huggies Little Snugglers diapers through the Mom Central Consulting campaign. Expecting mamas, keep reading for instructions on how you can enter to win a year's supply of these great diapers!

With a 5 month old baby, we tend to go through... a lot of diapers. Rebecca and I have tried at least 6 different kinds of diapers in her short life, as we are constantly searching for the best diaper at the best value. We had tried a different kind of Huggies when she was a newborn, but the fit wasn't great on her chicken legs.

I'm really glad to say that we love these new Little Snugglers!!

Let me tell you about our experience, from the beginning...

One of the reasons I was so thrilled about this opportunity was because the Huggies Little Snugglers are sold at Target (and on Target.com). We are there at least once a week, but usually twice or three times. I know, it's crazy. So, on one of our usual trips, I saw that these diapers were on sale, and there was a promotion if you buy two boxes, you get a $5 Target gift card. I easily found all five of the sizes offered (preemie through size 3), grabbed the size 3 diapers (which fit from about 16 to 28 pounds), and bought two of the biggest boxes available.
 
I have a 5 month old baby.
How did that happen?
She's like a big, squishy, chubby, rolling, army-crawling, raspberry-blowing, belly-laughing baby.
 
 
It's so fun.
And so hard.
And so worth every sleepless, stressful moment.
 
 
July was a busy month... My husband and I had our third wedding anniversary. My mom came to visit. The kids and I went to North Carolina, and we survived to tell the tale.
 



My big boy is starting 3rd grade next week. Now THAT's crazy.
 
My husband told me about a conversation he had with his coworker. She has a son, and he didn't know how old she was when she had him, so he asked, "Were you a teen mom?" And she said "NO!", with some kind of shock/offended tone, and he said... "Oh, my wife was."
 

And it reminded me that, yeah, I was a teen mom. I was barely 19 when I had my son. And look where we are now. That's something to be proud of.

That's something to be proud of
That's a life you can hang your hat on
You don't need to make a million
Just be thankful to be workin'
If you're doing what you're able
And putting food there on the table
And providing for the family that you love
That's something to be proud of

And if all you ever really do is the best you can
Well, you did it man

That's something to be proud of
That's a life you can hang your hat on
That's a chin held high as the tears fall down
A gut sucked in, a chest stuck out
Like a small town flag a-flyin'
Or a newborn baby cryin'
In the arms of the woman that you love
That's something to be proud of
 -
Montgomery Gentry

XO Steph

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Photographs (all but the first one) were taken by Kelli C. Photography.
 

My gorgeous little girl is four months old!

She is giggling, smiling, and rolling all over the place. She loves her brother and sister, and she's enjoying having the crazies home for the summer. Her little personality is so much fun!!

She still loves to be worn in our woven wrap, or the Ergo. I also just got a mesh ring sling to wear in the water, which she seems to enjoy.

She is turning out to be just like big sister... which means not much sleeping or napping goes on here.


 She still won't go near bottles or pacifiers, but she loves to chew on teethers and toys. She pretty much mastered getting her fingers in her mouth, and she's starting to grab for things. Oh, and the car... she hates it more than ever.

We don't have a doctor's appointment until almost 5 months, so I'm not sure how long she is, but she weighs somewhere around 15 pounds. She's so squishy!!! 

Oh and those gorgeous pictures were taken by my super talented friends. The first one is thanks to Francesca, and the last two are by April. If you're in the Bay Area and need pictures, be sure to check April out! *Not sponsored, just friends* :)

We've been keeping busy this summer with parks, crafts, painting, our backyard pool, and "school work". We get to take a last minute trip to NC to meet up with my whole family, so that's exciting!

Oh, and tomorrow is hubby and my 3rd wedding anniversary!

Hope your summer is awesome,
XO Steph

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My kid is extraordinary. Yours is, too.

What makes my kid special? Well, a lot of things.

He's always been special to me, of course... but, these days, more and more friends and acquaintances point out to me what a great little person he is. B is 7.5 years old, but has always been wise beyond his years. He CARES about people, especially his family members and SISTERS, with his whole being. He watches out for them, and he kisses them for no reason, and he just loves them. And I love that. I hope he never changes.

I don't tell him enough how great he is, but today, I was able to make a short little video for him that showed him what I love about him.

Stanford Children's Health is helping us show our kid(s) how much they mean to us by making a quick video: using their platform, you upload 11 pictures, add a few sentences, and voila!

You can see the beautiful video I made for B HERE :)

He said he liked it a lot, and gave me a big kiss! He didn't know I was practically in tears... happy tears... realizing that I might not have screwed this whole parenting thing up too badly.

Share your love, hope and pride for your extraordinary kid by creating a personalized video that captures what makes them one-of-a-kind.

Your kid is extraordinary. Show them how much you enjoy every moment together by creating a special video of your own!"

Stanford Children’s Health is the largest Bay Area healthcare provider with an exclusive focus on children and expectant women. Their doctors can be reached within 10 miles of most homes in the San Francisco Bay Area. How lucky am I to live in a place with such amazing medical care right in my "backyard"?

Please share a link to your video in the comments below, should you chose to make one! It's a great way to make your child feel special, as they should :)

XO Steph

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

You might be familiar with Time For Kids, and their Big Book of Why series. If you aren't, this is an awesome series of books that cover the millions of who, what, where, when, and (most importantly) WHY, questions that your kids may ask. Answers in each book are accompanied by either a photo or an illustration to explain the reasoning - which is essential for most children to really grasp these concepts.
 
TIME For Kids recently came out with four new books in their series.
 
These books feature the most popular content taken from Big Book of Why about people and places in history, sports and science, the animal kingdom and space. They are currently on sale on Amazon for $4.49/book, making them an affordable summer read!
 
The four books are:
 
 
provides fun facts about humans and animals, including the answers to: Why do we have eyebrows? What’s the difference between a crocodile and an alligator? How does aspirin know where to go in the body to take care of pain? What’s the fastest a human is capable of running? Why do animals’ eyes glow in the dark?
 
 
provides more than 250 facts, including the answers to: Why does a curve ball curve? Why does a Super Ball bounce so high? How can David Beckham make a soccer ball “bend”? Why can eating chocolate make people hyper?
 
 
 TIME For Kids Book of Why - Really Cool People & Places
answers the hundreds of questions about history, such as the following: Why did the Maya build pyramids? Did Vikings really have horns on their helmets? Why did Christopher Columbus sail to America? Why did the Titanic sink? Why is the London Bridge in Arizona?
 
  TIME For Kids Book of Why - Amazing Sports and Science
answers the why, what, when, where, who and how questions about earth and space that kids commonly ask, but adults can rarely answer. Why don't we fall off the planet? Why is the sky blue? Why are diamonds so rare? Why is the sun so bright? Where does our solar system end?
 
My kids are loving these new books. My son's favorite is the Sports and Science book, and my daughter's is the Animal Kingdom. They are more age appropriate for my 7-year-old (as the books are targeted for ages 8+ or 3rd grade and above), but my 4-year-old loves having my son read them to her, and enjoys the bright and colorful pictures. It's never to early to start learning these fun facts, and these books take the pressure off of parents for having to know (or look up) the answers to every question your child might throw at you. To be completely honest, I've learned a lot!

Follow the links above to find more information about this awesome series on Amazon, or find them wherever books are sold locally.

Do you have any of the Big Books of Why?

XO Steph

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Disclosure: My kids received a copy of these four new books for review, and the links above are Amazon Affiliate links. As always, all opinions are my own, and 100% honest.