Back to School with Andrea’s Beau Headband Giveaway

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My daughter is obsessed with the headbands from Andrea’s Beau, we work with this company about two times a year for headbands and this time around my daughter actually gave some pretty awesome feedback that I can share with you all, besides just about the styles and gorgeous designs. When the headbands arrived, my daughter was telling me that she loves Andrea’s Beau headbands because, unlike other headbands, these never hurt behind her ears. Usually any other brand of headband Ki has tried on, never fit right, eventually the ends would dig in behind her ears causing headaches, but not with Andrea’s Beau heads. Never ever does Ki have an issue with the headband digging into her. Ever.

Andrea's Beau Headband Giveaway for Back to School

Miss Ki i shown here modeling two styles of Andrea’s Beau headbands; the Ari Argyle Headband in light blue and the Nora Ombre Flower Headband in lavender. Doesn’t she look so pretty and happy in these pictures? Being that she is a tween, it’s rare to capture her on camera and even then more so rare to capture her radiant smile, so thank you Andrea’s Beau for assisting in making this girl shine!

With Back to School season upon us, already, it seems having a giveaway for a headband could really help out some families. So today I am hosting a giveaway for one Ari Argyle Headband in your choice of colors. See the image below for the color options. 

About Andrea’s Beau

Andrea comes from a long line of design savvy family members; from her father to her grandfather and in between this family was made to be designers. The love of textile trends, colors and fashion houses was really something that stemmed from her upbringing and today she brings to you so many options for you to spruce up your hair!

There are hair accessories for both women and girls on Andrea’s Beau website, also wholesale options and free shipping at the moment for continental orders of $50 or more. If you have a hair savvy girl in your household, this is the place to shop for hair accessories that match every taste. The quality is long lasting, my daughter still has all of the headbands provided to us over the years and they are in great shape! The style is amazing and as I mentioned earlier on in the post, these headbands do not stick behind your ears, so if you choose headbands, you know you will be choosing a great one for your daughter!

Andrea's Beau Headband Giveaway

Enter to win ONE Ari Argyle Headband

One (1) Ari Argyle Headband in winners choice of color to one (1) person.
Giveaway open to US addresses only

 Ends August 2, 2014 at 12am Eastern Time

Winner will be announced live on site and emailed directly. Winner shall have 48 hours from announcement post and email to claim prize otherwise another random winner shall be chosen using the random generator through Rafflecopter.

** one entry per person, while you can tweet once per day, all other entries are ONE TIME per PERSON. 

Using the Rafflecopter form below is easy; use name/email to log in or Facebook for login. Rafflecopter will not use your email or access for anything other than giving me a way to contact you should you be the randomly chosen winner! Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize or another person will be randomly selected.

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Picture a Day – Wearing Earrings

The first hole I had pierced in my ears was around age six. That hole become two more added later in life, one got ripped out and hurt badly so that one is no longer “active” and there is a third hole on one ear that was done wrong so I don’t use that one either. I basically have two spots on both ears I can wear earrings — as shown below. The issue is that no matter the type of earring I try to wear, my ears turn bright red and get all infected in the earring piercing hole…. I don’t know why. BUT I do know I wish I could wear earrings more often…

Wearing Earrings

iFrogz Animatone Audio Accessories for Kids

Tis the season to be jolly, what better way to listen to your holiday tunes this season but with a stylish headset? iFrogz offers a cute, stylish headphones and ear bud for that special kid in your life,  no more having to listen to your kids tunes, they can listen in style and comfort with iFrogz.

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Animatone Over-Ear Headphones

These over the ear head phones come in three different kid friendly styles, they are light weight and comfortable. I have one child who is very sensitive to touch and things being on his ears but these are superbly comfortable for him. No fuss head phones. They also work well for the young one who loves to blast his music, with the volume limiting animatone over-ear head phones from iFrogz, I will know the little one doesn’t have his tunes too loud for his ears, thus keeping from hearing damage. Price for these is $24.99 on Zagg.

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Animatone Noise Cancelling in-ear Headphones

These in-ear headphones actually have three different kid friendly styles to choose form and just like the over the ear iFrogz headphones, they will not allow the volume to go over 85 decibels making this Mama a happy Mama.  These are much similar to the over the head headphones, but they are earbuds meaning that they fit snug into the ear hole rather than having an over the ear look. Which is what my oldest prefers to use.  Price for these is $19.99 on Zagg.

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What Does a Four Year Old Understand

This question gets me all the darn time because my daughter was advanced in many ways at age four. My daughter was reading, writing and entered kindergarten at a first grade level at age 4. I am now facing a four year old who is a boy and advanced in different ways and incredibly smart but does not vocalize it, however, there are some things I wonder if he really, truly understands. So I decided to look up some information online out of curiosity.

Here are some things that I found on PBS Parents website:

  • Their pretend play is more complex and imaginative and can be sustained for longer periods. <– AJ does this & it’s so wonderful to see him interact with his siblings.
  • They also want to be more self-reliant and seek to expand the areas of their lives where they can be independent decision-makers. <– does this mean being defiant on everything? I will say, Aj will not dress himself although I think he is capable of it. I have to force him to get dressed by saying I am not doing it and handing his clothes to him & simply assisting with arm in shirt holes if need be.
  • They can follow multi-step directions and understand explanations given for things they can see. Four-year-olds frequently initiate conversations and are less likely to change the subject of conversation to areas of personal interest. <– Nope Aj is not here yet.
  • Four-year-olds are building their knowledge of written language. They want to know what words in their environment say and can recognize many letters. <– Aj is sort of interested but he has a higher interest in numbers than letters.
  • Four-year-olds have an increased capacity for learning math concepts. They use logical reasoning to solve everyday problems and can effectively use language to compare and describe objects and shapes. They can count to “ten,” recognize written numerals “0″ to “9″ and add and subtract using numbers up to “four.” Four-year-olds know some variations of a circle, square, triangle and rectangle. They know days of the week, months and the seasons, but still cannot tell time. <— YES Aj can actually count to 29. He has known shapes for a while now. He loves attempting “math problems” on his own.
  • Children this age can engage in long periods of active play and exercise. They are skillful at walking, climbing, jumping, hopping, skipping, marching and galloping. <– yes Aj has always been physically at or above his age level.
  • Four-year-olds approach the world with great curiosity and use their imaginations to help understand it. Hands-on explorations help them to separate reality from fantasy. <— Aj does this I believe at some level.
  • Emotionally, four-year-olds continue to learn what causes certain feelings and realize that others may react to the same situation differently. They have learned to better manage intense emotions with coping strategies like talking it out or drawing a picture. <– Aj addresses emotion with anger, aggression or lately he has shown sadness on occasion but he doesn’t seem to understand this concept yet. Aj has shown some compassion in the past couple of months especially towards his siblings, which I enjoy seeing.
  • In exploring the creative arts, children this age can identify changes in pitch, tempo, loudness and musical duration. They can sing songs of their own creation as well as memorized ones. <– Aj isn’t really interested in this, so I am not sure about this for him.

I know that every child and every gender approaches milestones at different ages. For Aj he was delayed in speech due to something we didn’t realize. Aj had major ear infections most of his young life and anti-biotics didn’t touch them, he ended up having an  ear infection so bad that it was like glue on his left ear and he couldn’t hear, which caused a speech delay. After having tubes placed in his ears, Aj ended up being very good at speech and language skills.

Do you have any concerns about your child? Did they reach “milestones” at the “age appropriate” levels?

Mommy Can You Count to 100?

The cutest thing, AJ has been asking all sorts of questions. I find it cute because AJ was nearly deaf in his left ear as a young child and had to have tubes placed in his ears. He had multiple ear infections that went untreated even with antibiotics, after a long time of him having ear infections over and over and having one so bad that his ear swelled off his head they referred him to an ENT. The ENT recommended tubes and told us his left ear was so bad it had basically “glue” over his ear drum. This makes sense now looking back, AJ was slow to talk or anything like that, advanced physically but the speech wasn’t coming.

Now that AJ is four it’s almost like he is at the same level with his 2 year old brother as far as talking and questions go. The other night I was laying with AJ before bedtime as I snuggle with him for a few minutes before bed and he says to me “Mama 100 comes after 9 right?”. I giggle and said “no hunny 10 comes after 9″. AJ looked at me slightly confused with a big grin and asks “Mama can you count to 100?”. I told AJ “why yes I can” and proceeded to count to 100. As my lips moved to form each number all the way up to 100, AJ moved his lips almost as if he was learning as I spoke the numbers!

AJ smiled as the numbers went higher and higher until I finally reached 100. He was so happy and it warmed my heart to see my little boy smile, AJ rarely smiles so a smile from him I cherish so much more than I would from a child who smiles all the time! Of course after I counted to 100 AJ says:

Mama how much is it to 200? Can you count to 200?

I laughed and said, yes I can count to 200 but let’s do that another night. Sweet dreams AJ, Mama loves you!

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