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New Mom Comics

New Mom Comics is a hilarious compilation of motherhood during the first year. As I started flipping through the pages with my 8-year old by my side, we were both laughing at how real the illustrated comics on each page were. I mean, I could probably take a photo from my daily life that is identical to Alison’s drawings.

Even my children catch themselves in some of the positions that are re-created in the comic.  Everything from diaper blow outs to, “is the baby crying”, I mean, I’m sure we all go through this, but it’s nice to hear that we are not alone in this motherhood adventure.

New Mom Comics is a great gift for new mom friends. Most books are full of facts, do’s, don’ts and all the things that honestly scare new moms and cause them to worry for no reason. New Mom Comics is a fun filled book that focuses on real life parenting events and really makes light of all the things you will go through as a mother at some point.  I feel like Alison literally took snapshots during my day and drew them into her book, they are so perfect.

This book focuses on laughter, love and honestly, something every mother will feel during her journey. As crazy as the moments are, it really captures the heartwarming hurdles that you will go through, without a doubt and makes you really realize that these are normal parenting moments, though you are sleep deprived, you really are not crazy.

I really enjoyed New Mom Comics and will be sharing in my online Motherhood community as well as my close friends that are expecting. At the end of the day the journey through motherhood is full of crazy adventures, but when you see your little one, all that fades away into nothing but love and laughter. I mean…Look at this face 🙂

You can purchase New Mom Comics for yourself or even a friend here!

*I received New Mom Comics in exchange for my personal review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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Save 15% Off Full Day Salt River Rafting Now! [REVIEW]


My name is Idena Garrett and my huband and I did the full day Upper Salt River trip as a bucket list adventure to celebrate my husbands upcoming birthday.We had the privilege of going salt water rafting with Wilderness aware rafting company and it was amazing! I’ve never been rafting before but I always wanted to so I did and I will deffinetly go again!

Upon arriving, the crew at Wilderness Aware was incredibly well organized, immediately getting us started on filling out paperwork/forms and helping us with rental gear we needed. I was very impressed that they provide everything you need for your trip and even things you may have forgotten to bring, you could purchase.

It was beautiful and very clean in the river and at the meeting place. It was my first time but it wasn’t that difficult as long as you follow directions and listen to your guide. The safety lecture was thorough and comprehensive and you’ll know everything that you need to know.   Make sure to pay attention and respect the guides time explaining things.  

Halfway threw the rafting trip we stopped and had lunch. The guides provided a nutricious food and beverages for refueling, and even extra clothing for those who got a bit cold on the trip. This gave us the energy and motivation to go the whole way.  I was honestly expecting hot dogs or pizza because that’s easy to make or buy but instead they made us chicken/steak fajitas. They were delicious! The thing I loved the most about this experience was the staff. The staff was very nice and made sure that everyone was having a good time on and off the water.

My guide was name Matt Brown, he was very knowledgeable and informative. He made the half day rafting trip fun, exciting, and low anxiety for everyone. Matt was very passionate and thorough in explaining our plan for the day and safety precautions.

There were 5 people  (including me and my husband) so it wasn’t full or crowded in the raft like I expected. I just loved my experience and I REALLY recommend this to everyone in fact I’m booking another trip asap. It’s 3 hours away from where I live and it’s deffinetly worth the drive.

They took  pictures of us available on CD for $60.  A tad bit steep, but it’s a nice feature to have if you did not bring a camera.

My husband and I were incredibly impressed by the organization, professionalism, humor, and skill of the staff.  Thank you so much for this memorable experience. Our only regret is only rafting for one day.  Next year we want to do a longer trip!  You can view all of the available trips and book yours here to save 15% Off Full Day Salt River Rafting – March through May season!

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tile Slim { GIVEAWAY}

 

Tile Slim is a Bluetooth tracker that can be attached to anything. Whether it be your phone (my biggest problem), wallet/purse, laptop, baby bag, literally anything can be found with the Tile Slim (Adhesives sold separately).

The Tile Slim is as thin as two credit cards and easily slides into your wallet, purse or pocket, no problem.

Use your smartphone to make your Tile Slim ring when it’s nearby but out of sight. This is the FREE Tile app that can be downloaded after you receive your Tile. The Map on the Tile app will show you where your Tile is at all times.

Can’t find your phone? Simply double press the button on your Tile Slim to make your phone ring – even on silent! The easy-to-use, free Tile app remembers the last time and place it saw your Tile, so if you left it somewhere, you’ll always know where to look. It even allows you to choose your own ringtone and customize it. 

We own several Tile Slim’s and I mostly use mine for my cell phone and purse. You can get creative with Tile, I have kept mine in my car to find it after the baseball game we attended and I even have put it in my son’s pocket when we went to Disneyland last time just in case he happened to wander off. The app allows you to track the tile wherever you are and so there are so many ways it can be used.

There is even a Tile Community! If your Tile isn’t where you left it, you can anonymously enlist the help of the Tile community in your search. It will notify you as soon as someone with the Tile app goes near your lost item. Pretty awesome! You can purchase one Tile Slim for $25 and a 4 pack for $70 if you want to share! If you do not win our giveaway you can purchase your own Tile Slim here

 

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*Tile sent me the Tile Slim for review & giveaway. All thoughts are 100% my own

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Classic Vanilla Rice Pudding Recipe

Let me start off by saying I had never even tried Rice Pudding until my 3rd pregnancy. I’m not sure what it was but I all of a sudden started craving it daily. I tried to make it several times, following Pinterest recipes and it never came out very well. Now that I have had my baby and he is 9 months old, I wanted to try it again.

I tried out several recipes, making minor tweaks here and there to get it just right. It took at least 6 batches before I got it perfect. When I say perfect, I mean it! It came out so delicious, I had to share with everyone. Below is a list of what you will need:

Ingredients: 

3/4 cup uncooked white rice (I used my rice cooker & long grain rice)

1 cup half and half1 cup whole milk

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 tsp salt

2 egg yolks

1 tbs salted butter

1/2 tsp vanilla

sprinkled cinnamon on top

Instructions:

Boil rice or use a Rice Cooker like I did. Once cooked pour in a pan and add granulated sugar and salt, mix well on medium heat. Pour in half and half + 1/2 cup whole milk and simmer on low for 15-20 minutes, stirring constantly until thick and creamy.

In a small bowl add egg yolks. Scoop 2-3 spoonfuls of the pudding mixture in with the yolks and whisk fast so you temper the yolks and prevent scrambling. Once yolks are warm, add into pudding mixture and then add the rest of your milk. Cook for 3-5 minutes more until thickened up again. Once thickened, remove from heat and add in butter, vanilla and if you choose, cinnamon. I sprinkled a little cinnamon on the top when served, but I’m not a huge cinnamon fan.

Reheat Instructions:

When warming up your leftover rice pudding make sure to add several teaspoons of milk.  Microwave in 15 second intervals, stirring in between until it is warm to your liking.

 

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Save 25% Disney On Ice coming to Bay Area Feb. 22 – Mar. 5

In just a few short weeks you can watch your favorite Disney Characters in their most daring adventure ever! Disney On Ice is one of our favorite shows to watch with the kids. Our kiddos are still talking about the last show, Passport To Adventure!

World Of Enchantment has something for every Disney Fan! Be amazed as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney/Pixar’s Cars perform high-speed stunts and race across the ice like you’ve never seen before!

World Of Enchantment is magically arriving near you at SAP Center in San Jose on February 22-26 and ORACLE Arena in Oakland on March 1-5! Enter the dazzling world of Disney magic, live on ice! Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment.  Dive into adventure with Ariel and The Little Mermaid’s undersea kingdom.

The toys are back in town with Toy Story! Watch Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and the Toy Story gang as they try and escape from the rambunctious tots of Sunnyside Daycare, in their most daring adventure ever! Plus, enter the wintery world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa and pals Olaf and Kristoff from Disney’s Frozen, as they learn the meaning of true love. From wheels to waves, icy wonderlands to infinity and beyond, your family’s favorite Disney moments come to life at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment.

Playing SAP Center in San Jose on February 22-26 and ORACLE Arena in Oakland on March 1-5! Get your tickets today at Ticketmaster!
Save 25% – Save 25% on tickets with promo code MOM2. Savings not valid on premium seats. No double discounts. Valid while supplies last HERE!

Click here if you want to see photos from our last Disney Adventure!