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Announcing the First Annual Mother’s Day Guide & Giveaway with BabyElan {Daily} & Forever’s Like a Dream!

I am so thrilled to share with you a fun and exciting event in partnership with our friends at BabyElan {Daily} to celebrate moms this Mother’s Day!

BabyElanDaily and Forever's Like a Dream Mother's Day Guide & Giveaway

We wanted to put together a fun giveaway for all of our awesome reader’s who are moms to give you the opportunity to pamper yourself this Mother’s Day! From April 28-May 12th, we will be featuring some awesome companies and products to share with you and running a fab giveaway featuring them all for one super lucky reader!!  - – It could be YOU!

All you have to do is make sure you are subscribed to both my email list and BabyElan {Daily} so you don’t miss out!! We’ll be featuring Lindsay Phillips, Danskin, Jessica London, SpaRoom, & many more!!!

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Disney Movies Anywhere | Sign Up Now to Get “The Incredibles” FREE!

Are you like me and have to buy the DVD/Blu-Ray Combo packs so you get the digital copy? Now that the kiddos have their own iPad mini’s, we like to take our movies on the go. It comes in handy even for trips to the grocery store. I’m so excited for a brand new app, Disney Movies Anywhere!

Disney Movies Anywhere gives you the ability to easily access all of your digital movie copies. The beset part? It’s FREE!

The app will allow you to access any of the digital copies you have download via a digital copy code or if you purchased it from iTunes and access them easily through the app. I love that my kids can now access their digital movie copies anytime, without taking all the space on their iPads!

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The app is available only through iTunes currently, but if you act fast, you can score a FREE digital copy of The Incredibles! Don’t miss out!

 

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{Mommy & Me} Workouts!

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Being a SAHM doesn’t leave me with much time to accomplish things for myself. Some mornings the kids will play upstairs and I’ll work on some blog posts or attempt to get some laundry done, but more often than not until daddy gets home around 6pm, my day revolves around the kids.

Not that I mind (I know I only get times like these in their first years) and now that both kids are a little older, I’ve started to let them do certain things with me. When both kids were babies, I would occasionally do baby yoga with them, but I like to promote a healthy lifestyle. Now that they’re older, they’re understanding things more and asking questions so when my daughter wanted to do yoga with me, I happily obliged!

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My workout may not have been as productive as it normally is as far as the actual workout goes, but it was more productive for me when it came to laughter and time with my girl! The look on her face as she watched me and tried to mimic my moves melted my heart. She pulled out her picnic blanket that goes with one of toys (even though I have a second yoga mat I offers her) and she practiced her moves right beside me. It was one of my favorite workouts to date!

If you want to spend time with your kids, but want to get that workout in too – have them join you! We had a blast!

Watch for an upcoming post on Lavery demonstrating some fun “toddler” yoga moves for you, too!

{Mommy & Me} The Importance of Date Night With Your Kids

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Being a SAHM has it’s up’s and down’s. I love spending time with my kids everyday. I can’t imagine not having them home with me right now during their first and most precious year. But, having two kids at home with me makes one-on-one time hard.

I try to take both kids on dates every now and then (although, admittedly I wish it happened a lot more often!) When a friend asked if I wanted to join her and her boys to see The LEGO Movie yesterday, I was excited to surprise LC!

He’s going to be five in a few weeks, but he’s already more excited to see his friends than me. When he saw his buddy waiting for us at the movie, he took off immediately. It wasn’t until after the movie and after dinner while we walked hand in hand to the car that he melted my heart.

I told him I loved him and he replied;

Mommy? When I go to college, I’m going to miss you, daddy, and sissy.

Seriously!? He’s almost FIVE, but he’s thinking about going to COLLEGE!? He is literally growing up right before my eyes. College!? (We can thank Monsters University for that one!)

This one comment though made me realize how important these moments are. I feel like life passes by so quickly. Each day gone before we blink. But, they aren’t going to be this little forever. They aren’t going to want to go on dates to dinner and a movie with me forever. I need to soak this up now while I still can.

Being a mom is hard. It’s not easy and there are some days I want to lock myself in the bathroom for just five minutes of peace. But, being a mom is my favorite job; the best part of my life. Hearing my little man tell me how much he loves me is a reminder that God put motherhood in my life for a reason.

It may be a reason that is sometimes tainted when I question my abilities as a mom, but my life has a greater purpose with these two little angels than I might ever understand.

Take your kids out on a date. You need that time with them and they need that time with you. It doesn’t have to be to a movie. Take them on a walk in the park (that’s free!) or for a ride on the light rail one afternoon.

We all need to take a break from life and enjoy these moments. I know for us, they are few and far between at only the young age that he is. Soon, Kindergarten will be starting and that’s the beginning of the rest of his life.. without me. He’ll be with his teachers and friends for more hours in the day than he will be at home with me.

Enjoy these moments.

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Moms’ Night Out in Theaters Mother’s Day Weekend! #MNOMovie

“I’m hungry.”

“I want water.”

“I’m not tired.”

“I peed! Mommy! I peed!”

This is my life. This is how it’s gone all week. I’ve lived in yoga pants on a daily basis… the same pair, because the laundry is piling up high. I haven’t washed my hair in days (except for right before I wrote this blog post.) Literally. At 10 o’clock at night, because Lord only knows that’s the only time I can have to myself to wash my hair without a screaming toddler banging on the bathroom door.

I had the opportunity tonight to see a pre-screening of Moms’ Night Out; starring Sarah Drew (of Grey’s Anatomy,) Sean Astin (Rudy!), Kevin Downes (of Courageous,) Patricia Heaton (of ABC’s The Middle and Everybody Loves Raymond) & more. Going into this movie, I took my friend Leah of The Grace Bond and admittedly, we both almost cancelled right up until the last minute.

Screaming kids in the background? Check! 

Crying babies hungry for food? Check!

Counting down until daddy gets home so we have time to make it out the door? Check!

We were literally making excuses of why NOT to go. I cannot tell you how glad I am that I did! This movie embodies everything we moms feel on a daily basis. I saw myself in the main character in more ways than one.

Hiding in the bathroom for even just FIVE SECONDS OF SILENCE! 

Showing up to preschool in workout gear I likely had on yesterday to see moms all done up from head to toe.

Tossing the sneakers and yoga pants for one night of looking pretty.

It’s getting that reminder that God has got this. HE always has our backs; on those days when we are at an all time low feeling like we can’t even remember what life was like before sippy cups, dirty diapers, and spit up.

It’s not easy to feel blessed and thankful amidst the chaos and it’s even harder to come across a movie that can remind us of that.

Mom’s Night Out is the perfect blend of the Hollywood mainstream comedy that thrives in this modern world; but it brings faith, hope, and love into our hearts when we need it the most. You don’t get that in today’s society. Hollywood forgets why we are all here; and seeing that in this movie was exactly what I needed after my week of chaos.

A reminder that even in the most unflattering moments of a mother’s life; even amongst all of the chaos, He’s got this. We’re not alone.

Maybe my house isn’t always the cleanest, my clothes aren’t always the prettiest, and my attitude isn’t always the brightest. My life is sometimes a complete disaster and I’m living among the chaos of this dream that I have built and turned into my life. It’s so easy to get soaked into all of the bad, but forget the good and to dwell on what’s going wrong or not in the way we planned.

But, this life that I’m living… it’s my beautiful disaster. My perfect dream. My forever in this beautiful world God has given me is the dream I have always wanted. It’s how this blog even got it’s name, because my forever is like living my dream…. even on the days when I don’t believe that myself.

I’m not perfect. Nothing in my life is. But, it is exactly what I need and what I want. I don’t want perfect and the values that not only this movie, but the minds behind the scenes and on the scenes all withhold remind us of that. I even had the opportunity to meet Kevin Downes himself and hear about what it was like filming this movie in Hollywood.

How amazing is that!? To be able to meet in person someone who has brought movies like Courageous and Moms’ Night Out to the table was amazing. You just don’t get these values in Hollywood anymore, and it’s so refreshing to see.

Grab your girlfriends, your husbands, your daughters. See this movie. You will not regret it. Every mom needs to hear the words that I just heard and see the relationships that I just saw. Hollywood needs to do more of this. I laughed, I cried, I nodding my head and wanted to scream;

“YES! That is SO me!”

I’ve said the words that the characters spoke and been through the exact situations they filmed.

Moms’ Night Out – In Theaters May 9th! Who’s coming with me!? I know I absolutely cannot wait to see it again!

“The hand that rocks the cradle, is the one that leads the world.”

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Bumbo Booster Seat & #BumboCares {GIVEAWAY}

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Now that little miss is getting bigger, she’s wanting to do more and more things just like her big brother. One of the main area’s we’ve struggled to find the best option is sitting at the dinner table.

Now the kids are starting to get older and going to bed at more grown up times, we’ve started eating dinner’s together more often than separate. I was so excited to be approached by Bumbo to get to try out their new booster seat for the table! Finding a booster seat that is both safe and practicle has been a challenge. For a long time, we used the type of high chair that can attach to a regular chair, but Lavery was wanting to actually eat at the table and most other booster seats don’t come with attachments to securely tighten them to the chair.

Some of the key features in Bumbo and why this mom loves it :

  • Super easy clean up! I really hated how nasty crumbs could get under the fabric of the high chair’s and what a pain it was to clean it up. The material on this Bumbo seat is so easy to just wipe clean right after use and no hidden crevices anywhere for food to sneak in.
  • Straps on both the bottom and sides. I love how you can tightly fasten the straps underneath the chair and on the sides; plus there are also lap straps for your child too! Even though Lavery wants to be a big girl, she’s still only two and finding a high chair that is secure on both the chair and around baby is hard to find.
  • Lightweight. This booster seat is so lightweight and easy to use, we can easily take it with us if we need to! We’ll be traveling for Christmas and this will be so easy to just throw in the car with us for ease of use anywhere!

I love how the Bumbo seat offers all of the key factors every mom wants. Safety, comfort, easy to use; the Bumbo booster seat has quickly become one of my favorite’s and a product I will not want to get rid of! It also comes in a few different fun colors too! The best part? The price tag! It retails on Amazon for only $49.99 – that’s significantly lower than many other high chair and booster seat options!

Bumbo Cares

One of the other things I love about this company is their gift of giving. In 2005, Bumbo formed a non-profit organization to assist underprivileged and special needs children.

The best part? You can win one for yourself! A portion of every Bumbo purchase goes back to this non-profit and helps children in need. To learn more about this non-profit, what Bumbo is doing, and how you can help, go HERE#BumboCares

The Giveaway

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Storyland Yoga DVD {Review}

 

 

 

 

Playful Planet {Yoga for Kids}

I love finding fun new things to do with my kids that encourages them to be active. They love when I work out to fun dance videos, so I was so excited to introduce them to the Storyland Yoga DVD. I wasn’t sure how much they would stay involved, but I was pleasantly surprised at how well the video kept my kids engaged.

The day it showed up, the kids were so excited I had to pop it right in!

Storyland Yoga provides a fun and interactive adventure not only teaching your kids basic yoga poses, but teaching them about the planet too. With two stories to choose from, “Save the Whale” and “Condor Trek,” the instructor does such a great job of keeping the kids engaged at the same time. I love how all of the yoga poses are related to the story.

There isn’t much out there that can keep both kids engaged for any given amount of time, let alone to continue to pay attention and learn about the planet all while being active and learning fun yoga poses too! (Unfortunately, I don’t have any good pictures of the kiddos practicing to share, because mom joined in too!)

Both of my kids (Lavery, 2 and Landyn, 4) are constantly on the go. They are always wanting to be doing something and running around. This is such a fun way to get them calmed down while learning something new at the same time. It was a perfect activity to do on a rainy day before naps and even if they didn’t participate in every single pose, they enjoyed watching the video anyway. Landyn asks now to do yoga with mom on a regular basis!

Storyland Yoga would be such a perfect stocking stuffer.. what mom wouldn’t love to have a fun and easy activity you can even participate in WITH your kids!? Storyland Yoga even won the Parent’s Choice Approved, Mom’s Choice Gold, and Dr. Toy’s Best Green Products Awards among several other recognitions. We’ve been making a more conscious effort to be more eco-friendly all around in our house and I love that Storyland Yoga gives us a fun opportunity to teach our kids about how important those choices truly are while being active at the same time!

If you want to scoop this up for your kiddos this holiday season, I have no doubt you will both enjoy the story and the activity involved! BUY HERE.

Learn more about Storyland Yoga and see what else they offer too!

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Bring Home Your Favorites with Disney Classics Box Set #DisneyClassicsBox

Our family is so into music, even little Lavery belts out her favorite tunes on a daily basis. These days, it’s so hard to find songs that both mom and kids can love, but thanks to the new Disney Classics Box Set, we can all belt out all our favorites!

What’s your favorite Disney song? Mine is anything from The Little Mermaid or Beauty and the Beast (& I’ve enjoyed bopping along to some High School Musical Hits too!)

The Disney Classics Box Set contains four different CD’s made up of different Disney themes, Timeless Classics, Modern Classics, TV Classics, and Theme Park Classics. So far, our favorite is Timeless Classics, which has some of all of our favorites including “Under the Sea,” which Miss Lavery loves and gives Sebastian a run for his money!

Landyn is loving “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story, it’s so much fun to hear the kids laugh and sing to some of their modern day favorites and still have a blast singing along to some of the classics both Kyle and I grew up with, too! I would be lying if I said we weren’t having fun reminiscing of some of our favorites such as Duck Tales when we were kids!

If you or someone you know is a Disney lover, the Disney Classics box set would make the perfect gift this holiday season.. and stay tuned on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter, because I bet I’ll have some fun videos of our family enjoying these tunes to share!

What’s your favorite Disney song!?

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#TGIF 90′s Style with Dog with a Blog on Disney!

I was JUST telling my husband the other day how much I wish our kids were growing up in the 90′s like we did. I still remember Saturday morning cartoons in my pj’s with a bowl of cereal in hand and our fun TGIF Friday night’s with family with Uncle Jesse, Urkel, Cory and Topanga. Waking up after all that fun was always easy with Zack and Slater to join us!

It’s refreshing to see Disney producing shows we can watch with our kids and start making those same memories. Tonight, Disney aired a brand new episode of “Dog with a Blog” I’m excited to check out. Fun, easy, comedies are hard to come by these days and this is a sure hit with the whole family!

As a mom, it’s so important to me to bring elements of my childhood into my kids upbringing and sharing those same memories of those fun comedies we all grew up with is something I want for my kids. I want my kids to have those iconic shows and characters they grow up loving and bringing into their home.

Tonight’s episode of “Dog with a Blog” proved to be a start of brining their family into our home and the start of fun TGIF Family Nights in the Crowe Household!

More info and the official press release from Disney is below.. and if you missed out on the episode (airing now on the East Coast,) make sure you check your DVR’s and start making those fun Friday memories in your house too!

 

It’s refreshing to see shows you can watch with your kids and enjoy family time together!

In what ways do you want to bring your family together? Think this episode might brings your family of all ages together for some good family fun!?

 

Jake and the Neverland Pirates : Yo Ho Matey! Out October 15th!

Landyn and Lavery are always bouncing around the house, dressing up like their favorite princesses and superhero’s and singing to their favorite songs. We were so excited to invite some of our friends over for a pirate party and share Jake and the Neverland Pirate’s newest tunes!

Jake even made an appearance and stayed the whole party!

It’s no surprise how excited my littles were, because both Landyn and Lavery are HUGE fans of Jake and they were quick to learn the words and declare their favorites on the new CD, Yo Ho Matey!

As their friends arrived, the music was blaring and they were greeted with pirate eye patches and other fun accessories. All of the kids quickly started dancing around to the beats! A few of Disney’s favorite princesses even made appearances.. no one wanted to miss out in hearing Jake’s newest hits!

All in all, the kids had a complete blast in their pirate attire listening to the music for the first time. Ever since the day the CD arrived, my kids beg for it in the car!

Mom’s Favorite Track? Tiki Tree Limbo. This is such a fun track that let’s the kids sing and dance along to their favorite pirate band! I even find myself chanting the words back, too!

Lavery’s Favorite Track? Ahoy Ahoy! Lavery starts jamming right away as the first song on the CD starts out – it’s a sure favorite as soon as it comes on!

Landyn’s Favorite Track? Yo Ho Matey’s Away. Landyn recognizes this song from watching the show and he loves hearing Jake sing too!

Yo Ho Matey! is in stores and available October 15th, so if you’re kiddos are fans of Jake, this is a perfect surprise to show off in the carpool line!… Or to add as a sure-to-be favorite in their stockings at Christmas!

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