Race The Old Man

Here at my house we have a bedtime routine, it involves getting pajamas one, going to the kitchen for AJ to take his medicine, then brushing teeth followed by story time for the kids. In between kitchen medicine time and teeth brushing in the bathroom we do a race.

Let’s back this up a bit, about the age of two AJ refused to do anything you wanted him to do and he developed a very competitive attitude. I mean competitive, he had to “win” at eating meals, he had to “win” at buckling up, he had to “win” at everything he did on a daily basis, right down to him having to be the first one with his coat on to leave the house.

AJ is still pretty competitive, however, his winning attitude has changed a little, if you catch him on a good day he is a good loser, but if you catch him on a bad day he is a sore loser which makes conflict with the other two kids. The newest edition to our nightly race from the kitchen to the bathroom involves something AJ came up with on his own ….

Plastic Urkel
Image by mike fischer via Flickr

AJ likes to hike his pants up just like Steve Urkel did and call himself an old man. This old man is super fast though, he runs as fast as the speed of lightening! It is real hard for Baby K, Ki and I to beat this old man in a race from the kitchen to the bathroom I tell you!

So there you have it, every night I race an old man and he wins! Ok call me a slow poke!

Helping Toto the Puppy Free iPad App

Helping Toto the Puppy

Helping Toto the Puppy is available for your iPad for free when you use promo code A6MJA6LJT7XW.

This is a children’s application for your iPad that includes wonderfully drawn and highly vibrant pages that will keep your little one interested through the whole story. Including easy to use forward and reverse page buttons, interactive characters, interactive problem solving stages, audio and written narration for every page, audio and written guidance for problem solving stages, and an option to have a male or female voice narration {totally cool}.

Click here to learn more about Helping Toto the Puppy iPad app and remember use promo code A6MJA6LJT7XW to get this app for free! If you do download this please come back to leave me a comment with feedback, always enjoy hearing feedback.

Dinosaur Train New Episode MONDAY

Dinosaur Train is announcing an all new episode to air live on Monday, January 17 on PBS Kids. Be sure to check local listings for the time of this episode in your area.

About the All New Episode
In the all-new episode, “The Good Mom;” “Diamond Anniversary,” Mrs. Pteranodon meets fellow mom Millie Maiasaura, who is a little too over-protective of her kids. The two moms share some time comparing mothering methods in a play date at the Big Pond. And, Mr. and Mrs. Pteranodon decide to surprise each other with gifts on their anniversary.

Regarding the first part of this all-new episode, “The Good Mom,” you might be interested to know that Maiasaura, meaning “good mother lizard”, was a large duck-billed dinosaur that lived in North America during the Late Cretaceous. There is evidence that Maisaura lived in large nesting colonies and that the parents diligently cared for their young!

Kohl’s Has Great News

I am excited to share with you some great news, now at Kohl’s {one of my fave places to shop} you can purchase “Dinosaur Train Striped Footed Pajamas” for your little one! Available in sizes 2-5T with a suggested retail price of $26.00.

Connect With The Jim Henson Company




Play online with your kids on the Dinosaur Train adventure game website.

Disclosure: I will receive a pair of the new pajamas that are available at Kohl’s as a thank you for sharing this with you all. In addition I will be reviewing the pajamas at a later date.

CLOSED New @chuggingon Toys For Review & Giveaway #win

Good day to you all! Today I get to offer some traintastic information for you all regarding a couple new Chuggington items for your children but in addition to this information I also get to offer one lucky entrant a chance to win Publications International Delivery Day book, I can Do That! Games Matching Game and products from Learning Curve including two die-cast trains, a Launch and Go Roundhouse and a Straight and Curve Track Pack!! A $75 value bundle for you to enter to win! Read on to learn more about Delivery Day and I Can Do This! Matching Game as well as how you can enter to win the prize pack described!

If you are not yet familiar with the Chuggington TV show, then listen here! Chuggington is a popular preschool television series that follows the humrouse adventures of three ‘trainees’ – Koko, Brewster and Wilson – as they learn to ‘ride the rails’ of life. While action and adventure drive the stories, this trainstastic show also focuses on strengthening kids’ social-emotional skills, bringing to life relevant lessons such as being a good friend, respecting others and the importance of telling the truth. Chuggington airs daily on Playhouse Disney, Monday through Friday at 6 am and 11:30am ET/PT and weekends at 6am ET/PT. Times may differ, check your local listings.

Chuggington Matching Game

This is like the classic matching game that most of you may be familiar with where the child must match two pictures of the same item, but this game features all of the trains from Chuggington! My two year old really loves this matching game so much that we play it at least once a day and it has helped him learn matching skills, looking to find similarities between two pictures and has allowed him to learn how to take turns playing a simple game!

Suggested Retail Price is : $5.99

Suggested Age: 3 years & up

Delivery Day

Vee asks Wilson, Brewster and Koko to pick up stones at the quarry and deliver them to a farm. Will the three chuggers be up for the challenge? This is an 11″ x 11″ board book with an attached movable steering wheel and 12 sounds from the world of Chuggington. Baby K adores this book so much, all three of my children have a love of books and this was a traintastic addition to our collection.

Ready to win your prize package noted above in first paragraph? OK then … let’s get Chuggin’

One person will when chosen by Random.org

Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on January 23, 2011


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  • Leave a comment on another non-giveaway blog post here at HappilyBlended.com & leave a comment below telling me which post you commented on. {1 entry each – can do up to 2 new posts each day}
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Good luck and have fun!

Disclosure: I received the two products referenced for free because I am part of the Chuggington Conductor team. The winner will be chosen using Random.org and announced live on site with an email sent directly to the winner within 48 hours of winner announcement post.

What’s Your Sign? Zodiac Signs Changed?!

Scorpio Symbol
Image via Wikipedia

According to some article on The Huffington Post, our zodiac signs have changed. This may or may not affect everyone, but it has affected me.  My first thought when I saw that according to the new alignment of the Earth and the sun my zodiac sign went from Scorpio to Virgo was “I am so glad I didn’t get that tattoo I wanted of a Scorpio zodiac sign”. On the other hand my sister did get a tattoo of her zodiac sign Cancer but according to the new signs she is now a Gemini. So sorry sis, but hey that Cancer tat is hot so don’t worry girl!

So let’s see …. I “used” to be a Scorpio and you can click to read what the  personality & traits are of this astrological sign. Some of the Scorpio definition is really me, but I never really fully felt like it was completely accurate for me. I don’t know, maybe a family member or long time friend will read that link and say it is totally me, who knows! Today, according to the new alignment of the Earth and the sun I would be a Virgo and the personality & traits of a Virgo. Now I don’t know I guess I am not 100% like the Virgo sign either. Who really is 100% like their sign? I want to hear it, leave a comment below.

Apparently there is a ton of controversy over changing the signs, but if you think about it, have you experienced a change in who you are? The personality, the actions? I mean if you are really into horoscopes and the Zodiac signs then I guess this would upset you very much and I respect that. I for one find horoscopes entertaining and I do enjoy reading the personality traits to see if they are “me” but overall I am not 100% into diving into horoscopes and letting them determine my path in life.

I live my life to the fullest and you know in the background my zodiac sign may truly determine my personality type but I determine how I live my life and how I learn from mistakes to redirect my path in life.

So you tell me .. does the shifting of the Earth really affect YOUR sign? You see the Zodiac signs are based on where the Earth and Sun were in alignment when YOU WERE BORN, therefore to me, in my own opinion, if you were born a Scorpio then you are indeed a Scorpio. I assume these new signs may only affect those born after a certain date, I heard from a friend everyone born after 2009 this would affect, but hearsay doesn’t mean it is true.

So what’s your sign? Do you believe in horoscopes? And what are your feelings about all this news?!

What is a Happily Blended Life

I think about this often ,what I think a Happily Blended life is and would like to share with you my definition of what I think Happily Blended means to me,

Happily Blended is a life where you focus on the positive, keep your head held high, never say never and continue moving forward in reaching your goals in life, love and parenting.

To me it is very important that I am always happy, this is not my way of saying I want life to always be perfect nor am I saying I have some false sense of what reality is. Life is really what you make of it, we all have made mistakes in our past, some of us may have regrets, some of us sorrows and hard times we do not wish to remember. The problem with having regrets and hanging onto the sorrows in our past is that you will not be able to move forward with a clear mind and free heart.

I used to be that angry person, the one who held a grudge, the one who had so much anger built up towards some of the people in her past that I was unable to move forward in life, relationships and parenting. The day my daughter was born became a reality check for me. It was during a physical altercation with my daughters father that I realized I need to change, not only for my own sanity {and Ki’s father’s sanity}, but for my daughter’s as well. This little baby looked over with a look that sent chills through me, watching as her father and mother fought and yelled. I recall we both looked over at Ki at the same time and just tears came instantly to our faces.

This angry way of living isn’t good for anyone! Children are born having no hate, no regrets, no fear. The adults and the environment children live in is what teaches them love, hate, fear and compassion. It depends on what your household has for an overall personality that makes or breaks your child’s self esteem and thoughts about what a true happily blended family is.

I ask you today, are you going to let go of the anger, the sorrow and the regrets that consume you? Will you be able to remember the situations you call regrets as simply a mistake that you must learn something from in order to move forward in life in a positive way? I hope that you all can do this, take a moment, breath, think really deep about what type of person you want your child to be and then make a decision to change for the better. I did and I know you can too!

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