Building a Tree House

One thing I never had as a child that I wanted for my children was a tree house. I had cousins who had a huge tree house at their home. This was more like a house up in the trees, there were rooms and it was extremely long, had multiple walls and different areas such as a normal house would have. I remember running around playing in that tree house whenever my family visited there.

Tree House

Tree House

When our family moves to a bigger home with more space, I really hope that we can work together and build a tree house with the children, although it will not be as extravagant as my cousins nor the one in the image above. I want something simple, yet fun that will encourage the children to have pretend, outdoor adventures and hopefully get our four year old off the “I want to play the Wii” kick he’s been on.

A tree house is something you can build together with your children, it can be a family project.  If I were to do this as a family project; my daughter would be the designer, my sons would be the creators of themes for the tree house, Justin would help build with the boys and I would supervise as well as provide treats and drinks while all the workers worked.

Do you have a tree house for your children? Did you build it with them or for them?

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CLOSED @Chuggington Alert! Giveaway & Review Win Surprise Toys

I am excited to be sharing with you a fantastic new toy from Chuggington and as a Chuggington Conductor I was among some of the first few parents to test drive this new product. Introducing the Launch & Go Roundhouse as well as a new collection of die-cast engines for Wilson, Brewster and Mtambo.

Chuggington Conductor
About Launch & Go Roundhouse

Recommended for ages 3 and up with a suggested retail price of $24.99 this lights & sounds playset is the trainees’ home and a centerpiece of the Chuggington Die-Cast world.  Rotate the launcher and eject the engines onto the circle of track when adventure calls! Features four engine bays and a rotating launcher with turntable. Includes the die-cast Koko engine, which features durable die-cast construction, realistic decoration and secure front-and-back couplings.

About Die-Cast Engines

Koko, Wilson, Brewster and Mtambo are replicated perfectly through these die-cast model engines. High quality and very fun to use on the Launch & Go Roundhouse. All die-cast engines are recommended for ages 3 and up with a suggested retail price of $5.99 each.

What Happily Blended Kids Think Of These Products

I must admit my family is new to the Chuggington series on Playhouse Disney, but we have enjoyed getting to know the characters this season! My sons were excited when I opened up the box and they saw trains, they are in love with anything that is a vehicle type set! This is a first for us as far as a train set goes and the boys watched as I actually put the Launch & Go Roundhouse together. It’s a joke around the house that Mama is not allowed to do anything with toys until Daddy is around to actually put them together correctly. I succeed on my own and we started to play with all the new toys we had received.

The only cons we found while playing was that there isn’t enough tracks to do two circles, however, you may do one circle with the tracks that come with the Launch & Go Roundhouse. With the additional Straight & Curved Track Pack that again is recommended for ages 3 and up with a suggested retail price of $17.99, you are able to make a larger, longer track for your children to enjoy. We took full advantage of all the tracks and loved interacting with the boys playing.

Buy These Chuggington Toys

Available at Toys “R” Us in early October you may learn more about these products at Learning Curve.

Win Something From Chuggington!

One lucky person who enters below will win a package similar to all the products listed above. Since these products are subject to availability and do sell out fast, we can not guarantee what products you will receive other than that they will be Chuggington toys.

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Disclosure: I am a proud member of a group of parents who have been deemed Chuggington Conductors so I did receive these products for free in order to full faciliate my review and test drive the products prior to sharing with readers. All opinions are that of my own!

We’re Rocking Olivia For Bed and Play

Yes we are Olivia fans, although I often wonder where the parents are in this video. It’s a sweet big sister who has a little brother following her around everywhere. Not familiar with this cartoon? Olivia is on NickJr.

Olivia  2 in 1 Transforming PlaysetWhat did our family get to review this time? We received, from Team mom, one Olivia 2-in-1 Transforming Playset and one Olivia 8″ Plush. My son Baby K sleeps with the Olivia plush doll every night and even has visitors to the house give Olivia a kiss and hug.  Baby K calls his Olivia doll piggy, it has quickly become his favorite stuffed animal that sleeps next to him and his Eebee doll in the crib every night.

About Olivie 2-in-1 Transforming Playset

Your little one can go on a real adventure with the 6 and 3/4 year old Olivia. For ages four and up, this playset turns Olivia’s house magically into a pirate ship! Your children can play with Olivia in her house which includes her bedroom, kitchen and living room. Then once the girly time play is over get ready to transform the house into a pirate ship ready to sail away!

This works great for my family as I have one daughter and two sons, a toy they can both enjoy thoroughly.

About the Olivia Plush

With the Olivia plush doll everyone is a star! Olivia is all dressed up and ready to perform, or sleep with your child as does my Olivia doll. With super soft plush and the best fashion sense around, Olivia comes dressed in all of her favorite outfits. Collect all four including Artist, Opera Singer, cow and Outfits.

Our family of course loves this doll, well Baby K won’t let the rest of them enjoy her, but he loves this doll dearly!

Learn more and Purchase

You can purchase these at Kmart, Toys “R” Us, Target, Amazon and learn more at

Disclosure: The products referenced in this review were provided to me from Team Mom in order to fully facilitate this honest review. The review is based on my own personal opinions 100%.

Yummy Yummy Lunchables For Your Tummy

Okay so you are probably thinking, more like “yummy yummy for my child’s tummy”, but seriously there are a lot of adults who eat Lunchables too!


Over the last few years, Lunchables has worked hard to improve their products by reducing overall sodium content, fat and calories by at least 20% throughout their product lines, and adding spring water and fruit to various lunches. Newly available options such as the Chicken and American Sub Sandwich as well as Chicken Strips, along with old favorites like the Deep Dish Cheese Pizza, now come with DOLE Mandarin Oranges. Lunchables provides improved lunch options with 100% white meat chicken, reduced-fat cheese and whole grain bread. And the already easy to go container now has many recyclable parts, making them a more environmentally friendly option.


I am excited that Lunchables has worked to create a healthier choice, because after all what parent wants their child having a candy bar? I mean, I don’t honestly but once they see that special dessert in the Lunchables package they are all over it once they finish the meal. At least my children do wait until they have finished their complete “lunch” before dipping into that chocolate goodness!

My kids are more the fruit type of children, we rarely will buy junk food in our house, rarely buy candy, etc etc. We try our best to be healthier than not, although we do get chips on occasion or chocolate chip cookies, I am not saying we are health fanatics. Our family prefers to choose healthier snack option’s whenever possible and that is why our family was very excited to taste test the new Lunchables! We love them, our kids love them and even my father loves them!

Do YOU love the new Lunchables??

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Lunchables and received the products necessary to facilitate my review. In addition, I received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

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My Post-it Story

The last work outside of home job I held in an office was as an administrative assistant in a very busy, three person office {I was one of the three}. The position I held required multi-tasking which is a skill you either have or don’t have, I only learned that when I was to train some other workers at one point, although my boss had told me through the years she had found that the position I held was one you either had the skill for or did not. It is not easy to teach a person to multi-task, I, however, am great at multi-tasking as you can see from my online interactions, business, and multiple blogs in addition to being a mother of three.

When I started this administrative position job we used ACT! software for client renewals, client contact information and daily task lists. I was so confident that I could use Post-it notes as reminders of what to do each day, I love Post-it notes, always have, and my boss laughed at me when she saw my computer monitor at my desk covered with Post-it notes.  My boss warned me that I would not be able to hold the amount of information I needed to do or follow up on with merely some Post-it notes. I was certain I could.

As the months passed and eventually years, I found out that Post-it notes rocked but the amount of information and tasks you have to do when working with corporate employee benefits required the ACT software more than I had ever imagined. The Post-it notes stayed for little reminders such as what I wanted for breakfast from the local bagel shop or maybe a message from a phone call, but overall the Post-it notes didn’t work to hold massive amounts of information. This is the time when my love for Post-it notes began and I started buying them any chance I got. Did you know that the cheap, non-brand Post-it type notes are nothing compared to the original? Yes it is true, this is one product I swear by Post-it brand and refuse to buy anything less than Post-it brand.

What’s your Post-it story?

I was not paid anything for this blog post, it’s just when I wrote my review the other day about Post-it brand it reminded me of this story and I just had to share it!

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