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Apple Picking on a Glorious Fall Day

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Every year I take the children apple picking at a local orchard that has become our absolute favorite. Favorite apples, favorite fun spot, favorite donuts! It is a family outing that my kids look forward to every year and our day there never disappoints. The weather in Chicago has been all over the map lately. We will have a close to 80 degree weather and then the next couple of days the temperature will plummet and we are all bundling up in hats and coats. Thankfully, the day we decided to go to the apple orchard was GLORIOUS!! The orchard is charming, inviting and always makes for an fantastic day.


Have you visited an apple orchard this fall? What do you do with all your apples? As the apple bags are getting smaller and smaller each year and my children are getting bigger and bigger . . . I don't really have extra apples to do much with! We are almost completely through with our five bags of apples from the orchard!

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Let's Talk About Beaches Resorts Turks & Caicos

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We recently returned from our dream vacation to Turks & Caicos where we stayed at the beautiful Beaches resort .  We visited the Caribbean as a family, but the main purpose of my trip was to attend the Social Media on the Sand conference! We simply extended our trip to include a vacation as well. I have wanted to visit the Beaches resort in Turks & Caicos for as long as I can remember.

I was really excited to visit Turks & Caicos in the Caribbean for the sun, sand, beaches and Beaches resort. I have been reading reviews for years about how amazing the Beaches resort is and literally almost couldn't contain my excitement. Beaches Resort meet my expectations completely. The resort is quite beautiful.

As soon as you are delivered to your village within the 758-room resort at Beaches -- there are different villages to select to stay in -- Caribbean, French, Key West or Italian -- and each are designed to reflect their own region -- you are met with smiling faces and very accommodating hosts in a luxurious setting in the Grace Bay.

For example, my youngest daughter was quite sick on the flights from Chicago to Turks & Caicos and was green by the time we arrived in our village. Our check-in hostess noticed right off that my daughter was sick and gave her a hug and asked if there was anything that she might need. I have never seen that much perception from any member of a staff . . . and we travel A LOT! They brought her a cold towel for her neck and wrists and another staff member brought her a refreshing drink perfect for vomiting children and had more delivered to our villa.

Later that evening, we were wandering about and I guess we looked quite lost because another member of the staff asked us if we needed some help. We did and this staff member personally walked us to the nurse's station . . .  and it was quite far from our villa.

The nurse was amazing, pleasant and gave us some medicine for my little one. We were again hopelessly lost as we attempted t return to our village. Another staff member noticed right off that we were lost and walked us all the way back to our villa! He was singing with the children and chatting with us and giving us some hints about how to navigate though the Beaches villages.

This is the sort of attention to detail that is missing at other resorts. I don't think I can ever remember receiving a quick smile at some resorts we have stayed at in various parts of the world. Let alone a personal escort back to our room!

Key West Village

We stayed in the Key West Village, which opened in May 2013. This village offers a vibe from the Southern part of the United States. Some of the villas even offers oceanfront accommodations, which we did not have, but we did have a pool right outside our front door. Our villa also had multiple balconies. Key West Village has 168 large accommodations, featuring studios, one- and two-bedroom suites and three- to four-bedroom villas, some with private pools with an oceanfront view.

We stayed in a stunning Key West Two Story Two Bedroom Concierge Suite. This 1,336-square-foot suite had two stories and two bedrooms, both with king beds and full attached bathrooms. We had a fully equipped kitchen, which was restocked each day. There was also a living area, dining area, a breakfast nook and a washer and dryer. The suites receive concierge service, maid service twice daily and have views of the lush gardens and pool area. I loved the twice daily maid service as we never (EVER) had to ask for dry towels!!

Pool, Water and Beach Fun
There are 10 swimming pools, three swim-up bars, and four whirlpool hot tubs. We had the opportunity to enjoy three Caribbean Village pools: Cascade's, Iguana's and Camp Sesame {although this is for the younger crowd and my kids were too old for this area}. Pirate's Island Waterpark, Riviera Pool, the French Village Pool, the three Key West Village Pools, and the Italian Village Pool, which is where we spent a lot of time.

 The 45,000-square-foot water park features eight slides, two kiddie pools, a wave surf simulator, a 650-foot lazy river and so much more. My kids never wanted to leave this area. There is even a swim-up ice cream bar for the kiddos!

If you ever tire of the various pools, head down to the white sandy beach and partake in beach activities. Of which there are plenty. On the beach, your family can canoe, kayak, snorkel, wind surf, dive and sail at no extra charge. These activities are part of the all-inclusive rates.

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If you are interested in learning to dive or are already an avid diver, you can enjoy guided dives at the nearby coral reefs where one can see the colorful marine life and exotic underwater treasures Turks & Caicos has to offer. If interested, Beaches offers PADI Discover Scuba, (additional fee) training and certification. Children can learn to dive in the Bubblemaker (for kids 8 and up) and Seal Team (for kids 8 and 9) programs, also at additional costs. We were very interested in these diving programs for our children, but once my daughter got sick, our plans were completely changed during our vacation.

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If you ever tire of the pools or the beach, you can wander about the resort village and locate land activities. These activities include croquet, lawn chess, beach volleyball, tennis, table tennis, billiards and board games. There are also tween and teen hang out areas that include supervised water sports, pool games, tennis clinics, dancing, and talent shows; as well as laser hockey, Foosball, electronic basketball, two large flat-screen TV's and the huge air-conditioned Xbox Play Lounge which features 45 Xbox game stations to choose from.

Dining
There are 19 resort restaurants with an array of international cuisine styles. I can be completely honest and say that we were only able to sample half of them. There are just too many good choices. My son and husband did not pack pants for the evening dress code in some of the restaurants, so we were not able to eat in some of the restaurants due to this issue. Be sure to pack some pants if you want to eat in all of the restaurants.

Culinary choices include everything from barefoot eating right on the beach, to gourmet themed  selection,  adult only romantic dining. The weekly Soon Come Back BBQ Beach Party on Friday nights is a must, when live music, BBQ's and bonfires are featured. Fireworks included! Here are the restaurants we ate at: Arizona's, Barefoot by the Sea, Bayside, Dino's Pizzeria, Bobby Dee's, Cafe De Paris, Le Petit Chateau, Mario's, Reflections and Schooners.

Sesame Street
Beaches has partnered with Sesame Street and you can see your favorite characters wandering about the resort at various times during the day and evening. The most favorite characters, including Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch, make appearances all over the resort. There are even options to have breakfast with the Sesame Street characters, watch a character parade, photo ops or even have your favorite character come and tuck in your children for bed with a night time story.

Your children have the opportunity to go bird-watching with Big Bird, enjoy story time with Elmo, bake cookies with Cookie Monster, find magical treasures with Abby Cadabby, make music with Bert & Ernie, dance with Zoe, explore with Grover, or become magicians with the Count. At different times of the year, there are other options available as well, be sure to check their website to see what might be available during your vacation.

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The gorgeous villages, pools and restaurants at Beaches will keep your family busy and happy from dawn to dusk. My family quickly set into a routine while staying at Beaches Resorts in Turks & Caicos. We would get up in the morning, head to breakfast, then directly to a pool. The children would have some fun and I would sit in a lounge chair and read to my heart's content. My husband would wander about from swim up bar to bar getting a fruity drink and really just relaxing . . . something he never does at home because the man is always working.

I have to quickly add this as well, my husband is not one to relax. Ever vacation we have ever been on, he brings his laptop and usually ends up ditching us (his family) and stays in the room and works on his laptop or spends the day on the phone on conference calls. ON HIS VACATION. Since I was really on a working vacation as I was attending the Social Media on the Sand conference he really didn't have the opportunity to sneak away and work as he was taking care of our three small children.

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That being said, I really don't think I even saw him take his laptop out. I didn't even want to ask him why because I might remind him and I was so happy he was finally enjoying himself on a vacation. My husband works bloody hard and deserves a vacation. I was so happy that he was finally able to relax and have a fabulous time at Beaches resort in Turks & Caicos! Thanks so much to Beaches resort for getting my husband to enjoy himself!

After a morning of swimming, the kiddos would be famished and we would head to an one of the 19 restaurants that were suitable for lunch. It was preferable if the children didn't have to change out of their swimming suits as they would quickly want to head to the beach as soon as they gobbled up some delicious food by the beach. We would be back and forth from the beach to the pool or the water park all afternoon. Late afternoon we would head back to our villa for showers and a bit of relaxation and try to decide where to eat for dinner. After dinner, it would be coffee and desserts and another trip to the beach.

After of a week of this, my children completely forgot that we were on vacation and assumed that we were taking up permanent residence within the Beaches resort in Turks & Caicos. our last evening when I began to pack, my youngest daughter started to cry. I thought perhaps she was getting sick again and asked her what was wrong. She stated to me that she did not want to go home . . . that since she was sick for the first three days of vacation, she was cheated out of three days and we needed to stay for three more days.

I guess if you are going to be sick on vacation, Beaches resort in Turks & Caicos is the most perfect resort in the Caribbean to be staying.

Disclosure: I was invited to the Social Media on the Sand conference. I was not compensated in any manner for this trip. All my opinions are my own. Images courtesy of Beaches Resort.

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Best Traveling Toy: Leapfrog LeapPad 3 {Review} #LeapPad3

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Disclosure:  I received this product to review in exchange for sharing my honest opinion.

Recently I was cleaning out the children's toy room in our basement and I was flooded with happy memories. I was boxing up some toys and items to give to my brother ans sister-in-law, who recently had a new baby, that my girls had aged out of using. I had moved the much loved and used LeapFrog toys to the basement because I simply couldn't part with these toys at that time.

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I sat on the floor as lovely memories flooded my brain and left me smiling and a bit teary-eyed. Some of my children's most favorite toys were LeapFrog toys. I want my niece to have the same experiences with some of these amazing toys that my own children had.

I have been a huge fan of LeapFrog for well over a decade now and I don't see that changing any time soon. My children have entered the next phase of play and toys and LeapFrog is there for them, still.

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My youngest daughter recently received the LeapFrog LeapPad 3 and she and I couldn't be more excited to see what the next level of toys LeapFrog has to offer her. LeapPad3 is a high-performance Wi-Fi tablet, in a nutshell. We took the LeapPad 3 with us on our vacation last week and I have to be very candid here and say that my daughter was so very sick. She was absolutely miserable, pukey, achy, feverish and just not having a fun time.

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Thankfully, we had the LeapPad 3 with us because it literally was the only thing she was interested in. She was miserable, but consistently wanted to check on her pet unicorn to ensure he was happy. When she was not up to playing on the LeapPad 3, her older sister was right there to log on to her account. My oldest was playing with her animal in the Pet Pad Party, take selfies with the Photo Fun Ultra and just basically playing as much as she could whilst her sister was sleeping and not feeling well.

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They each have their own account on the LeapPad 3 and are able to play with their specific animal in the Pet Pad Party. My daughters are 8 and 11 and they equally love the LeapPad 3. The suggested age for the LeapPad 3 is 3-9, but I would say this high-performance Wi-Fi tablet is loved equally by both of my girls. At one point during our vacation, I heard my little one stating to her sister, "I haven't even had one chance on my LeapPad 3 yet."

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Here they are describing the LeapPad 3:

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The New LeapPad 3 is affordable at $99.99 and is packed with some great features:

  • Wi-Fi powered by Zui with kid-safe Web
  • Powerful quad-core processor and sleek design for performance fun
  • Kid-tough to withstand accidental dropping
  • 1,000+ games and apps available to purchase and download
  • Rechargeable battery that charges via USB or AC adapter {About 6 hours of battery life}
  • Personalized learning based on your child’s grade level and progress
  • Parental controls
  • 5″ touchscreen that is shatter safe
  • Peer-to-peer play with nearby devices for certain apps
  • Progress reports can be viewed by parent to see what the child has been working on
  • Front and back camera
  • 4 GB memory for apps and games
  • Includes 10 apps ($70 value)
  • Includes stylus
  • Microphone
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There really are some amazing fun learning games available, as well as eBooks, apps, videos, music and so much more. Parents can search for games by category or age range, eBooks by character or skill set, apps for boys or girls and learning videos based on a child's interests. If a parent were looking for science or math related apps, stories, or games by an age range, it is quite easy to navigate through the LeapFrog website.

If you own an earlier LeapPad model, all the purchased games and apps will transfer to the LeapPad 3. In addition, the game cartridges can be used on all model of the LeapPads.

My children adore LeapFrog and as a parent who has happily purchased LeapFrog products for over a decade, I can tell you, I will continue to do so. I'm so excited to be giving my niece all these great learning toys that my children learned the alphabet and reading skills with. But, I did keep back the first sets of flash cards I purchased through LeapFrog. I just can't seem to get rid of those as I spent so many hours pouring over these cards with all three of my children.

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Favorite Autumn Snack

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The leaves are changing. It's officially Autumn! I adore Autumn and it is simply my favorite time of the year. My favorite season by far because of the glorious colors! My favorite weather because I am not too hot and I am not too cold! Plus, I love nothing more than to bundle up in a beautiful sweater, a fun scarf and boots!

I love to cook in the Autumn as well! My favorite food. I'm so looking forward to all the delicious Autumn recipes that are going to be enjoyed.

Apple recipes - are favorite recipes in our home. Today, I'm excited to share with you some of my favorite Autumn apple snack. Time to enjoy Autumn in all its glory. With glorious, juicy apples!

Sliced Apples with Nutmeg 

These are another simple snack recipe to hand over to your children that will make them smile. It will also stop their tummy's from rumbling as well.  Select your children's favorite apple for this recipe. I choose Honey Crisp apples for this snack.

Sliced apples with nutmeg

Slice the whole apple horizontally, leaving the skin and the core as you can pick out the seeds from your slices. It leaves tiny little center stars that will make your kids giggle. Sprinkle with fresh nutmeg and add a couple of dollops of organic creamy almond butter. Hopefully that will hit the spot and hold your kiddos over until dinner.

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How to Get Kids' Teeth White with LISTERINE

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for LISTERINE. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

When my kid's teeth first started errupting from their tiny mouths, the teeth were pearly white. Tiny, beautiful, perfect and bright white. Eventually they lost their baby teeth and adult teeth took up permanent residence in their mouths. These teeth were perfect and bright white as well, but they quickly began to discolor. Thankfully, LISTERINE has the most amazing oral care products that aide my children in keeping Heroic Habits and brighter, whiter teeth.

My two oldest children have already had their first round of braces. They are on a five year orthodontia plan and will have braces again when all their adult teeth are fully in place. My little one is simply waiting for her top teeth to come in and on the braces will go.

Sadly, my children's teeth were not straight. The teeth came in  a lovely bright white, but very crooked. My son had braces for almost two years and when they came off, his teeth were grey. The beautiful white teeth had disappeared under the braces.

My daughter had her first round of braces for about a year, but with the same results. Her teeth were a dull grey and they had lost their shiny, white luster. I was really at a loss as to what we could do in order to stop their teeth from greying any further. Especially since I know both of these kids will have braces again, and soon.

LISTERINE HEROIC HABITS

Since my two oldest kiddos have lost the brightness in their teeth, I have been looking for a product to use on children that is safe and effective. LISTERINE HEALTHY WHITE GENTLE mouthwash is an effective product that my children can safely use twice a day. With two uses of LISTERINE HEALTHY WHITE GENTLE mouthwash per day, my kids get both the cleaning action of a gentle mouthwash that is peroxide free and the fluoride protection of an anti-cavity rinse in one swoosh! IN addition, the mouth rinse will get rid of my son' s terrible bad breathe.

My children are still young and only have mild discoloration on their new adult teeth. LISTERINE HEALTHY WHITE GENTLE is perfect in removing these mild stains and preventing them as well. It will safely whiten their teeth and prevents new  cavities from forming.

A perfect teammate to the mouth rise is the LISTERINE HEALTHY WHITE Dental Floss. This dental floss stretches and slides between their little teeth. LISTERINE HEALTHY WHITE Dental Floss has these tiny micro-grooves in the floss that really removes all the plaques that builds up in my children's teeth. Both of these great products are available at our local retailers where LISTERINE products can be purchased.

LISTERINE HEROIC HABITS

As I mentioned earlier, my son has awful bad breathe. I'm not sure what is going on with him, but his breathe could slay a dragon. He is now carrying around LISTERINE POCKETPAKS where ever he goes to deter those bad-breathe germs. He is not allowed to have any type of candy or mints at school, but he can carry the POCKETPAKS and pop one in his mouth intermittently throughout the day to alleviate his dragon breathe. The POCKETPAKS are sugar free, so I don't have to worry about creating sugar bugs in his teeth and they dissolve instantly so his teachers won't get upset about him having something in his mouth during school.

LLISTERINE HEROIC HABITS

As we head into fall and the new year that will be fast approaching, my family is keeping their Heroic Habits using LISTERINE oral care products. Braces will be going on all three of my children in 2015 and I need to ensure they remain a healthy white throughout the entire process! Thanks LISTERINE for creating some amazing oral care products to aide us in having  a lifetime of good dental health.


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Hello from Turks & Caicos!

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The weeks leading up to last week were full of planning, packing and getting almost three weeks of school work completed prior to leaving. Do you have any idea how hard it is to have your children cram three weeks worth of curriculum into one week! My son simply couldn't get all his work done and frankly, some of his teachers wouldn't even allow him to have some of the work prior to our departure to TURKS & CAICOS! 

I'm pretty sure no one wants to hear me complaining about all the hard work I had to complete before I left for a tropical vacation. I'm in beautiful Turks & Caicos, {which quite literally has been on my list of places to go for the past decade!} and stayed at the beautiful Beaches resort .  We all came here to the Caribbean as a family, but the main purpose of my trip was to attend the Social Media on the Sand conference!

So, here we are  . . . in paradise!

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We left last week at very (VERY) early o'clock in the morning to head to the airport . . . our driver was 30 minutes late and I almost strangled him. When my husband asked him to speed it up, he replied with the speed limit! NO ONE DRIVES THE SPEED LIMIT ON THE TOLLWAY !!! I was fretting, which in turn caused my kids to fret. not good! We made it to the airport and breezed through security (thank you elite status!). We were walking to our gate and my little one paused, doubled over and vomited all over the floor!

Dreadful! What to do? Do we bring her? Does hubbie stay home? What to do? We took a chance and got on the plane. WITH A SICK CHILD! She did not have a fun flight. A couple more episodes of barfing . . . got to love those air sick bags!

In Miami, was able to get her to eat a bit of something and then we had to promptly hop on another plane. She instantly fell asleep in my lap for a bit. She woke up refreshed and told me she felt great . . . and began puking again. I felt like a horrible parent for dragging her on these flights.

She was so miserable once we landed. It was a long process waiting to exit, hop on the shuttle, check in and get to our room. Once we got to our room, she went right to bed and slept . . . and woke up and vomited more.

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We went for a little dinner after I went to a reception for the conference and she didn't make it through. We decided to visit the nurse at the resort. I was so pleased that we did. I have to say that everyone of the staff notices what is going on with their guests. Everyone who was care of us noticed right off that the little one was not feeling well. They were giving hugs to her, bringing us Gatorade, and even walked us to the nurses station. The nurse was great! So patient and kind with her. She gave us some medicine and sent us on our way.

Naturally, we were completely lost and someone, happily, walked us back to our room. My bearings were adrift that night and I was very concerned about my daughter. I was completely off. We were staying in the Key West Village, which is on the outer edge of the resort property. Our room was gorgeous and just such a lovely surprise.

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My little one passed out and slept until 5 AM and woke up, vomiting and continued for the next three hours. My conference was beginning and I had to leave her with my husband. She was crying as I walked out the door, begging me not to leave her. My husband texted me later that she ate breakfast and was perking back up. He took them to the pool and the beach and she was feeling better! The medicine the nurse gave us was finally working!

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I was off at the conference, worried about my daughter . . . BUT . . .  heard some amazing speakers . . . was inspired . . .  took great notes and am basically revitalized! I have to say, being surrounded by 100 women who are focused, positive, and driven was more than enough to bring me around . . . . my daughter was fine . . . she was with her father . . . and I was fine . . . doing MY own thing . . . which is the biggest take away . . . I need to do what brings me happiness . . . my kids will be fine! I don't need to be around them every second of their lives!

I have loads more to say about the beautiful Beaches resort in TURKS & CAICOS and the MOST amazing Social Media on the Sand conference!  If you have any questions about the Beaches resorts, please let me have them! I'm so happy to answer and and all questions!!

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About Tiaras & Tantrums: Rese is a mom of three. She enjoys home educating her kiddos, taking photos, and traveling the globe. Rese is a family lifestyle photographer and home educator. Connect with Rese on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+. Sign up via email for the latest updates from Tiaras & Tantrums.


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October, Already?

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I think I am on a roll here . . . Every new month that comes up on me, it is simply a surprise. Like, I swear, I see the days passing me by and I am in awe when another month is here . . . right there in front of me and I can't figure out how it happened. I'm in the present, fully participating in the days that are passing me by . . . but simply can't believe how fast life just seems to be going  . . . it is October . . . already . . . and we are full in the throws of fall here in Chicago. I've had my heat on for weeks now . . .  WEEKS! Last weekend, I was scouring for winter hats, gloves, scarves and winter coats!

School is going well for the girls and my son. He has happily adjusted to being at school everyday and we girls have happily adjusted here at home. We rarely see my husband these days and seem to be passing in the halls or swapping kids at gas stations. He is deep in a work project and leaves before I rise and comes home at the kid's bedtime. Vacation next week and I can't wait! Dinner together for a week straight! We will probably kill each other!

Here is a peek into what my week has been like . . .

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Music Milestones with Netflix #StreamTeam

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It is no secret that we are full into music. My girls play the violins, my son plays guitar(both electric and acoustic) and my husband play saxophone and guitars as well. Me, on the other hand, nothing! I have nothing; I am not the least bit musically inclined! My girls violin teacher gets a bit frustrated with me because she has to constantly remind me of something that she has likely told me 12 times already. I just don't get music, I love to listen to it; but can not play any sort of anything.

This year marks the fifth year my girls will be playing their violins! We have hit a milestone for sure. Last year, my oldest daughter played in two youth orchestras and had a love - hate relationship with the work. Because practicing every single day for two hours is a lot of work for a child. This year, we made orchestras mandatory AND we had the little sister audition as well. She made both orchestras! Such a music milestone for her! She is the youngest in her symphony youth orchestra and we are so proud of her.

I think having each other in the orchestras is helping them both. They can practice together and there is a bit of healthy competition there. My girls have so much to celebrate this year in music. They have crossed so many mini milestones musically.

Did you know Netflix also has many movies and TV episodes that highlight a variety of childhood achievements and mini milestones? You can watch with your children and they can have perfect examples of how working hard can lead to achieving goals.  Whatever firsts your family is celebrating this fall, Netflix can relate.

Netflix Titles to Celebrate Mini Milestones

For your kids:

#StreamTeacm #Netflix

New Sibling: The Hive: S01E01, Babee's Room
Losing Your First Tooth: Super WHY: S01E10, The Story of the Tooth Fairy
Getting Glasses: Arthur: S15E09, Through the Looking Glasses
First Sleepover: Bratz Kidz: Sleep-over Adventure

#Netflix #StreamTeam

First Trick-or-Treat: Julius Jr.: S01E06, Dressed for Spook-cess
First Pet: Beethoven
First Move: The Croods
First Big Game: D2: The Mighty Ducks

#Netflix #StreamTeam

First Spelling Bee: Akeelah and the Bee
First Dance: Kickin' It: S01E20, The Wrath of Swan
First Break-Up: Good Luck Charlie: S01E20, Girl Bite Dog
First Road Trip: Diners, Drive-ins and Dives

#Netflix #Streameam

First Kiss: Wizards of Waverly Place: S01E02, First Kiss
First Job: Good Burger
First Time Babysitting: The Baby-Sitters Club
First Concert: Taylor Swift: The Journey to Fearless

Plus a few major milestones for mom and dad:

New Job: The Office
Getting Married: My Fair Wedding with David Tutera
Having a Baby: What to Expect When You're Expecting
Life as a Parent: Parenthood
Running for Office: Parks & Recreation
Buying a Home: House Hunters

What milestones are you and your family working on this fall?

Disclosure: This post is part of my involvement as a Netflix #StreamTeam Member. All opinions are my own. #NetflixKids

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Heroic Habits with LISTERINE

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for LISTERINE. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Every once in awhile I get really excited about a product and today is one of those times. In our home I know the importance of teaching good habits. Helping my children learn good dental habits as early as possible will set them up for a life of good dental health! Brushing is an important habit to have. There are some amazing oral care products from LISTERINE that will foster your children's LISTERINE Heroic Habits and set them up for a lifetime of dental health.

Herioc Habits with LISTERINE

When I was a child, I would brush my teeth twice a day. That is it. I never flossed, I never used mouthwash; I basically brushed and rinsed. I was also blessed to have parents who never allowed me to drink soda, consume candy or eat anything that was considered junk food. I grew up in rural IA and fast food and convenience stores did not exist in my area. Thankfully, I have great teeth today. I think my upbringing contributed to my good teeth, but I also think genetics plays a hand in your mouth as well.

My husband, on the other hand, grew up in the city, had access to sweets all the time and ate plenty of them. He has horrible teeth and not just horrible teeth, but incredible issues with his teeth and mouth. This past summer he had an Osseous surgery in his mouth to repair severe periodontitis which had developed into holes in the bones around his teeth.

Because my husband never developed Heroic Habits when brushing, it is doubly important that we model this behavior to our children today. Teaching our children good brushing and flossing habits begins with us. They will want to imitate us and develop the strong Heroic Habits I want them to have.

There are many oral care products, including toothpastes and toothbrushes, that are made to meet the unique dental needs of my children. But, my absolute favorite products for my children and my husband are LISTERINE healthy oral care products.

Herioc Habits with LISTERINE

My children actually really love to use the LISTERINE Smart Rinse Anticavity Mouthwash. The anticavity Smart Rinse mouthwash is alcohol free and aides in cleaning their teeth because sometimes they just are not as vigilant as I would like them to be whilst brushing. LISTERINE Smart Rinse protects their teeth while they are sleeping, is super easy to use and tastes great.

I happen to love the LISTERINE Ultra Clean Access Flosser for my children's small mouths. Getting my kiddos into a routine of flossing has not been easy. With the Clean Access Flosser, flossing is so much easier and loads of fun. The Clean Access Flosser is kid-friendly and fits perfectly into their small mouths and doesn't hurt their gums. My husband actually loves the Clean Access Flosser as well. We were able to pick up another one at our local retailers where LISTERINE products are available for purchase.

Since my husband's Osseous Surgery, he has been quite diligent in the care of his teeth. He is super excited about LISTERINE Ultra Clean Mint Floss and LISTERINE Gentle Gum Care Floss. He had to be very careful flossing after his surgery and the Gentle Gum Care Floss was perfect for his healing gums. The soft, springy floss perfectly cushioned his sensitive gums. Currently he uses the Ultra Clean Mint Floss and is quite pleased with the results. This floss actually has micro-grooves built into the floss that enables the floss to remove more plaque from his teeth. This is an oral care product that really benefits my husband's mouth. He certainly does not want to have another surgery to prevent any further bone loss due to plaque built up!

My children are picking up his great Heroic Habits with the amazing LISTERINE oral care products. Like all our other great Heroic Habits such as healthy eating and exercising regularly, we want our kids to have a lifetime of dental health.

 

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Ode to the Red Door

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When we were building our dream home . . . this house we currently live in . . . I always imagined my house with a bright red door. However, since we built a home in a development with a set of rules about what color of siding we were allowed to select as well as the color of our roof and sadly, what color our front door could not be. That was red, my dream front  door.  I couldn't have a red front door.

If truth be told, I've been a bit ticked about it ever since. My door is brown. An ugly, nondescript brown. No one ever remembers a brown door!

I found a red door the other day  . . . and took some photos . . . I wonder what would happen if I painted my front door red . . . I bet I would get a lovely letter in the mail . . . you think?

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