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LullaBible: Baby’s First Bible Stories & Songs {Giveaway!}

When I was pregnant with our first child, I dreamed about rocking him to sleep, singing lullaby after lullaby from the vast repertoire of children’s music in my music-teacher brain…

Big J Sleeping

It was a sweet thought, but after he was born, mommy brain set in and, even though he loved to be held and rocked, I would sit in that chair with not a single song coming to mind! Not. Even. Kidding.

Little J Sleeping

Little J didn’t like to be rocked and didn’t really care whether I sang to him or not, so I was kind of off the hook there!

Double J Sleeping

And fast forward to baby #3 – he won’t have anything to do with being rocked to sleep either, BUT he loves it when I sing to him, so I am loving the adorable LullaBible: Baby’s First Bible Stories & Songs from Tommy Nelson!

LullaBible

This sweet book is full of Bible stories and lullabies to share with your little one! To make it a special keepsake, the LullaBible also includes journaling pages to record those beautiful memories you make with your child! Go ahead, take a look inside the book by clicking here!

The lullabies in the LullaBible include hymns, old favorites, and some new songs by the author, Stephen Elkins. I have so enjoyed curling up in the rocking chair with Double J to read and sing about our wonderful God and His love for us as we get him ready for bed!

For music types like myself, the sheet music is included for each song. And for those who would rather not sing the songs themselves, all of the songs are on the enclosed CD as well!

You can purchase the LullaBible on Amazon or Christian Book!

And you could win one copy here today! Just follow the directions below to be entered!

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*I received a copy of this book to review as a Tommy Mommy. I was not compensated in any other way for this post, and all opinions are 100% my own!

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Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40 {And a Babies R Us Giveaway!}

Last weekend, I was hosting an event for Graco at Babies R Us and I found myself saying over and over again, “Where was this carseat when I first had kids?!”

{Thanks for the pictures by PJ!}

I was talking about the brand new Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40!

 The Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40 – the first and only newborn to two-year infant car seat that actually grows with your baby from four pounds all the way up to 40 pounds. The car seat is designed for a parent on the go. The infant car seat can be easily removed from the base and used as a carrier when the infant is small, providing portability and convenience so you can easily move your infant in and out of the car without disturbing them.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, toddlers are up to five times safer rear-facing when riding in the car and the Click Connect 40 was designed for just that reason. And there are so many amazing features to this carseat!

A few of my favorite feautres…

  • The base adjusts with 8 recline positions for most leg room of any rear-facing car seat for baby comfort!
  • The Simply Safe Adjust™ harness systems allows parents to adjust the harness and headrest with just one hand to fit their baby’s height as their baby grows, all without having to rethread the harness for extra convenience. {Totally awesome!}
  • Click Connect™ attachment which allows parents to easily transition their babies from the car seat to the stroller through a simple, but secure, one-step “click.”

The Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40 is only available at Babies R Us {online and in stores} for $219.99, a great deal for a carseat you can use for two whole years!

I had the most lovely time hosting this event with PJ from Bunny and Dolly. We had never met before that day, but we’re both boy mamas and she is super fashionable so I think we should be friends :) And she can speed Instagram with the best of them!

We also had the privilege of giving away two of the Graco SungRide Click Connect 40 carseats! Talk about a great door prize!

And how about a great prize for YOU today?!

Babies R Us is giving away a $25 gift card right here to celebrate!

To enter, leave a comment here!

For extra entries, tweet about this post using the hashtag #gracosafety and/or post on Facebook! Leave another comment for each way you share!

This giveaway will end Monday, October 29th at 9:00 p.m. CST! The winner will be chosen at random and notified by email.

{More great PJ pictures!}

Thanks to Graco and Babies R Us for a fun event and a great giveaway!

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently made the recommendation to keep all children in rear-facing car seats until the age of 2. Graco set out to make this product so parents can keep infants rear facing longer while still keeping them comfortable.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Graco. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Happy Family: Organic Food for Babies and Kids!

We have moved into the solids phase with Double J now and while rice cereal is oh so delicious {where is the sarcasm font when I need it?!}, I was thrilled to learn about Happy Family brand baby and kid foods!

Happy Family offers a complete line of organic foods and snacks for optimal nutrition at various ages and stages. And we are able to buy it at Target! That whole Target thing makes it even better :)

We tried the oatmeal baby cereal with Double J and he seems to be loving it! I am impressed with the quality and much prefer the canister packaging over the annoying, leaking boxes of rice cereal!

I’m also getting ready to travel with Double J in a couple weeks and a friend recommended taking along the squeeze packets of baby food instead of worrying about a spoon! Genius! I tried Happy Family’s mixed carrots with him this week and I think he ate better from the packet than he does from a spoon! He thought it was fun!

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Messy baby face pictures are always cute, right?!

We were also able to try out several options from the Happy Family snack line for kids!

Little J especially loved these fruit snack-like carrot orange apple chews! I was a big fan of the Sunny Buddies sunflower butter and berry jam bites – yum!

He also loved the spot on the box to draw on…

It’s the little things, isn’t it?!

And if you’re packing these healthy snacks in a lunch, you can add your own little note or drawing for your kiddo…

Good nutrition + happy kids + fun packaging = a VERY happy mama!

Happy Family is giving away one Kid Snack Package worth $25 here today!

Leave a comment here to be entered and, if you’d like, do any of the following and leave a separate comment for extra entries!

This giveaway will be open until Sunday, September 9th at 9:00 p.m. CST. One winner will be chosen at random and notified by email!

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*I received these products to review from Happy Family. I was not compensated in any other way for this post and all opinions are 100% my own!

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Sunbathing Baby

Somebody thought it was time he join his brothers for some backyard pool fun…

The chub! The cheeks! The smiles! This baby boy has stolen my heart!

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Pinterest Post Party: Crochet Owl Love!

I love to cook and bake, so I went with recipes last week for Mindee’s Pinterest Post Party. I also love to crochet and that is what you’re getting today!

Confession: I went MAJORLY crochet happy while pregnant with Double J. It kept my hands and mind busy. I made lots of baby items for him and for friends’ babies. Baby hats are just so cute and quick to make!

I came across this pattern for a crochet owl newborn hat just a few weeks before Double J was born and I just had to give it a try!

My favorite yarn to use for baby items is Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton – it is soft, washable, inexpensive, and comes in many colors! I found all of the colors I wanted for the owl hat and got to work!

Believe it or not, the hat only took me a few nights to finish while watching TV after the kids were in bed! I really thought something this detailed would take much longer, but the directions were easy to follow and, like I said before, baby items whip up fast because they are so teeny tiny!

I didn’t take any pictures in process, but I think the completed project turned out pretty darn cute…

Yep – I made that! The baby AND the hat! And I only had help with one of them :)

{Thanks to my friend Megan for this adorable newborn photo of Double J!}

Oh, and did I mention the pattern was FREE?! Pinterest is a great resource for finding free crochet patterns all of kinds! You can check out my other Pinterest crochet finds here!

By the way, I’ve done absolutely ZERO crocheting since Double J was born. Go figure…

Check out more Pinterest-inspired posts and link up your own every Tuesday and Thursday in May over at Mindee’s blog!

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What I Wore: Baby Edition! {Giveaway}

pleated poppyI’ve been a little out of the “What I Wore” loop lately, but I’m jumping back in today with a little different take on the subject that is relevant to life with a new baby…

In my almost six years as a mommy, babywearing has saved my sanity more times than I can count!

This is even more true as our family has grown! I’m pretty sure this little visit to see a friend’s farm when Big J was two and Little J was brand new could not have happened without my trusty front pack…

Both older boys loved being worn, even through vacuuming and dishes and countless other tasks!

When I was offered the chance to try out a baby wrap from Boba, I was thrilled! I had heard wonderful things about wraps and wanted to see for myself with Double J!

Boba - Baby Carrier and Baby Wrap

Boba offers several different babywearing options! I chose the Boba Baby Wrap in grey {lots of colors to choose from!} and then we just needed Double J to arrive!

And here he is {on our first trip to the zoo yesterday}…


I love the weight of the stretchy fabric, the comfort it provides for myself and the baby, and how easy it is to put on! There are helpful hints on the Boba website – everything from written and picture instructions to how-to videos! Their customer service is amazing as well!

I’m not a pro at the wrap-wearing yet, but I’m getting the hang of it and Double J LOVES it too…


There is not much better than having your baby this close AND having your hands free to get other things done! I’m thankful for the many babywearing options out there and Boba has made me into a wrap lover!

And guess what?! Now you can…

Enter for your chance to win a Boba Baby Carrier, a Boba Baby Wrap or a Boba Travel Pack!

All products can be seen on the Boba website. With Boba products it is easier than ever to enjoy Freedom Together as a family and Boba wants YOU to get a chance to use their products!

To enter, leave a comment here telling me why you love babywearing or why you want to give it a try!

For extra entries, you can…

*“Like” them on Facebook

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*Share this post on Facebook and/or Twitter

If you tweet, just copy and paste this: I want to do some #babywearing with @Boba! I’m entering to win from @homewiththeboys! http://bit.ly/HdXn5J

Just leave a comment for each separate entry!

This giveaway is open until Saturday, March 31st at 9:00 p.m. One winner will be chosen at random and notified by email!

Disclosure: I was given a Boba Baby Wrap to review for this post. I was not compensated in any other way for this post and all opinions are 100% my own!

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Daddy’s Littlest Dude

I’d forgotten how amazing and wonderful and lovely it is to watch the hubby fall in love with each of our babies from the moment they arrive, but I was quickly reminded this week…

Nothing like watching a little ESPN with Daddy.

This life with all boys pretty much rocks, especially because of The Hubby, my best friend and partner-in-crime.

Hubby ~ you’re the best. I love you and I really am having the time of my life :)

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Baby Brother Love

I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen two boys so in love with their baby brother…

And they made sure to show Daddy some love after taking Double J on his first walk…

I am so blessed…my heart could just burst.

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The Wait Is Over!

And the wait was TOTALLY worth it…

Baby Boy 3.0 finally made his appearance into this world Wednesday, March 7th at 6:20 p.m….

He weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 20 3/4 inches long – bigger than his brothers were!

And we shall call him Double J :) {Big J, Little J, and Double J}

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your prayers and sweet words – YOU are such a blessing to us!

Now, excuse me while I go back to snuggling… {more birth details and a plethora of pictures sometime this week!}

 

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New Mommy Must-Have: Slippers

You just got home with your new bundle of joy. All you want to do is sleep and snuggle. And be comfortable, right?!

During those first few weeks home with baby, every new mama deserves to be comfortable – or as comfortable as she can be! For me, that includes a comfy robe and…

SLIPPERS.

Oh, slippers, how I have come to adore you.

Really, slippers are ideal for pregnancy as well – at the end of the day, I would much prefer to put on some comfy slippers rather than socks that will constrict my swollen ankles!

Well, this box brought me the fluffiest pair of slippers I have ever worn…

Lovesac is most well known for their over-sized “non-bean bag chairs,” which are amazing and comfy {we have some at our church}. I had no idea they even made anything else until they contacted me about their slippers! Of course I needed to try them!

Just opening the box made me feel all special and pampered…

I’m pretty sure any soon-to-be or new mommy would feel the same! Don’t they look gorgeous and luxurious?!

These slippers are the Creme Phur Slippers and they don’t disappoint on the feet either…

Soft, cushy, warm, heavenly…should I go on?

Really, these slippers are as comfy as I make them sound {or more}, but I am also happy about a more practical aspect – they have a rubber bottom. I don’t want to worry about slipping while carrying the new babe around or stepping in whatever may have spilled on the ground!

The Creme Phur slippers from Lovesac are normally $59, but right now they are on sale for $39! I usually wear a size 8.5 in women’s shoes, so I ordered a women’s medium and they are just right!

In the interest of full disclosure, I actually own THREE pairs of slippers and I wouldn’t give any of them up. Between Nebraska winters and homeschooling in our basement school room, warm, comfy feet are a must!

And when Baby Boy 3.0 arrives, you can bet all three pair will be getting more than the “normal” amount of use!

Are you a slipper girl? What did you wear to feel comfy as a new mommy?

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Disclosure: I received a pair of slippers from Lovesac to review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post and all opinions are 100% my own!

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