I’m Such An Emotional Mama

I’ve been super busy getting my oldest ready to start school and dealing with all the emotions that come with sending your 1st born off to Kindergarten. I thought my emotions would settle back down some when the stress of back to school shopping and getting everything in order was finished. I didn’t think I would be that mom who is bawling her eyes out as she watches her kid walk through the doors of the school for the first time.

The truth is I’m still a total emotional wreck with tears flowing, and she won’t walk through that door until tomorrow morning! Geez. Someone please tell me it gets easier. I already foresee all the empty boxes of tissues I’ll be cleaning out of my car as she exits the car every morning.

Ellie has been my little sidekick practically glued to my hip for 5 years, and as sad as I am to see her go I know there is a whole new future out there waiting for her. Even though she swears she already knows she’s going to hate school, she’s absolutely going to love it. She loves to learn, and she has no idea what great learning adventures are in store for her.

And my poor little Aubrey is going to be devastated when she realizes her sister is no longer here all day. My girls have never been apart more than a couple hours. If Ellie leaves for a couple hours to spend some one on one time with my grandparents next door or to play with her cousin down the road Aubrey goes into a major fit. No matter how much I try to distract her, Aubrey wants to stand at the french doors and call for Ellie until comes back home.

I know it’s going to be a huge adjustment for all of us, but as Ellie enters this next phase of independence I’m looking forward to all this one on one time I will get with Aubrey. I wish my babies could stay babies forever. Watching them grow is such an emotional journey, but it’s one I wouldn’t trade for the world.

Snug Silicone Baby Bibs Review #sponsored

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I received free product in exchange for my honest opinions. Affiliate links included.

I have a love-hate relationship with bibs. As much as I want to protect my children’s clothing, the cloth ones do no good. Messy foods soak through them and end up ruining the clothing anyway. My youngest has a hate-hate relationship with bibs. She learned how to jerk them off the second I put them on before she could eat solids, and I’ve struggled to find a bib that would both protect her clothes and be impossible to remove.

We’ve been using the Snug Silicone Baby Bibs for a few days now, and I have to say these are some of the best bibs we have tried. The multipack features 3 bibs available in either “boy” or “girl” colors. Of course, we chose the girl colors, and we received one each in pink, purple, and light green.

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Snug bibs are made from waterproof silicone that protects clothing and is super easy to clean by rinsing or wiping clean. Each bib features an adjustable neck strap in a pearl bead design, and a pocket to catch falling food. Even my daughter, the bib hater, is loving this bib. She thinks the pearl neck strap looks like a necklace, and she tells everyone she’s wearing her new necklace. We’ve also discovered the food pocket does more than catch snacks. It’s sturdy enough to hold crackers and snacks, and she gets a kick out of wearing it as a snack cup.

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I only have one complaint about the Snug silicone bib. The neck strap is attached to the bib with a connector that can come off very easily if the child is big enough to tug on it. The packaging even states to push the connector back into the bib and twist to secure if it falls off, but twisting does NOT make it secure.

The connector is about the size of a penny making it the perfect size for a choking hazard, especially with my 2 year old who loves to put anything she can get her hands on in her mouth! I have to keep a super close eye on her to make sure she doesn’t pop the thing off and swallow it.

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With a redesign of the connector to make it more secure, this would be the perfect bib as the connector issue is the only thing holding me back from completely loving it.

Release The Kid In You With The Wind Leverager From Get Childish

Get Childish The Wind Leverager Kite for Kids
I received free product from Get Childish in exchange for my honest opinions. Affiliate links are included, and if you make a purchase I will be compensated.

One of my favorite activities as a child was kite flying. As soon as the weather warmed and the seasonal toys hit the shelves I would beg my parents for a kite. My mom would already be tired of me hijacking her garbage bags in an attempt to create my own and would purchase a little cheap kite for me. It would last a few days, if I was lucky, then the process would begin all over again.

20-something years later I still love flying kites. We bought some cheap dollar store type ones for Ellie last year to introduce her to the fun that is kite flying. She enjoyed it so much Ben and I both agreed we should get a good kite that will last and enjoy reliving our childhoods flying kites with our kids.

During my search for the perfect kite I received the opportunity to test out The Wind Leverager Delta Kite with Tail from Get Childish. We opened the box upon it’s arrival to find the kite was much larger than we expected (roughly 5’11″x 2’11”) and enclosed in a nice nylon carry case with a handle.

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The Delta Kite from Get Childish is made with strong nylon and a resin rod making it very strong.  There is also a small spool of line included, and although the line is very thin it is extremely durable. The colors are beautiful and bold, and I couldn’t wait to see the kite flying across the sky.

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It took me about a 2 minutes to unpack and assemble The Wind Leverager. It really is super easy to put together. I couldn’t wait to fly it, but the winds weren’t in our favor. This particular kite flies in winds from about 5mph to 20mph, and we hadn’t had more than a gentle breeze in days, very unusual for our location. We live at the base of the mountains and normally have pretty windy days this time of year.

Fast forward 2 weeks and we finally got the winds needed to fly the Delta Kite. We were sitting on the porch watching the clouds roll in from a storm building over the mountain. Suddenly the winds picked up, and Ben yelled “get the kite!”  

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The Wind Leverager is recommended for ages 6+. Ellie will be 6 in a few months, and she was able to handle this kite with some assistance. This kite really wants to go, and when it would pull to go higher she had a hard time keeping her own balance. We joked the kite looked like a bird soaring in the sky, and it just wanted to take her along for the ride! 

We had so much fun, and I was really impressed with how high we were able to get The Wind Leverager before the storm approached and it became too windy to fly. Don’t worry, we headed inside long before the storm reached us, so no kids or kites were harmed in the making of this review! It actually took a little maneuvering on Ben’s part to bring the kite back down once the winds picked up. This kite is made for soaring, and a gentle tug in the wrong direction would send it flying high again! We had very little trouble getting it to fly, but it really put up a fight on it’s descent. 

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I wish the included line was longer. I’ll definitely be purchasing a longer spool of line to see just how high we can go with this thing. We have a pasture that is really open, free of trees and power lines, so we will be spending a lot of time outdoors playing with this kite.

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If you’re looking for a great kite that is super affordable, give The Wind Leverager by Get Childish a try. You can find it on Amazon It’s a great kite for the family or for gifting to a kite lover. It’s built to last and we’ll be enjoying this one for years to come!