Saturday, September 13, 2014

Mabel's Labels Product Review!

A few weeks ago, I received an email asking if I would like a chance to review Mabel's Label's Ultimate Back to School Combo!! My response? You bet I would!! 

I won a set of Mabel's Labels in a giveaway at some point when Zachary was a baby, probably in 2008 or 2009, I would guess. Well, Zachary is now six and a half and his name sticker is still stuck firmly on the booster seat he used when he was a baby and a toddler - now my three-year-old is using that same seat!! Here's a picture of the label that has survived six years of kids, camp dining hall life, being washed (occasionally :) ), and moving through three different houses, not to mention the trips and vacations it has joined us on! :)

That should make it pretty clear why I would jump at the chance to review a new set of Mabel's Labels!! The Back to School Combo comes with several different kinds of labels that I didn't even know Mabel's had! The most fun part was picking out the colors/patterns and logos from ALL the adorable choices on the website! I ended up ordering our labels with the words 'Hart Family' so we could all use one set. :) The first kind, the Skinny-Minis, are dishwasher and microwave-safe! I stuck one of these on my coffee cup, because I tend to leave them at church...

And one on David's favorite new Lightning McQueen water bottle, which goes everywhere with us and has been through the dishwasher many times! :)

The second kind of labels included in the combo are called Tag Mates. They are intended to be applied to clothing tags and are washer and dryer safe! I put one of these on Natalie's favorite sweatshirt, and plan to use them on our coats and sweatshirts this winter! :) This sweatshirt has been washed a few times, and the sticker is still firmly in place. I also attached a Tag Mate to our beach bag and diaper bag, and to each of our beach towels!

Zachary started playing baseball this season, and I have put cute little Mabel's Labels on ALL of his baseball stuff!! :) I used a Tag Mate in his baseball hat! (Isn't it cute? I still can't believe he's old enough to be on a team!) At least he isn't old enough to tell me not to use the cute labels on his sports stuff! :)

And here is the rest of his baseball stuff! His glove got a Tag Mate, while his bat and batting helmet got a Skinny Mini each. :) 

 The other kind of labels included in the combo were called shoe labels, and are waterproof. They are designed to be stuck inside your child's shoes! Here is a pair of Zachary's shoes with the Hart Family shoe labels in them! These have been worn several times, and they are still perfectly attached to the shoes!

 This combo also included two metal Teeny Tags with mini key rings attached! I put this on my key ring about three weeks ago, and it is not chipped or faded in the least. You could use this on your child's backpack if your kids go to school! :)

I just noticed that the Mabel's Labels Ultimate Back to School Combo is only available until September 30th, so you'd better rush over and grab one up now!! If you have older kids who might appreciate more 'sophisticated' designs, or you just want some labels for yourself, check out the Stylish Scholars Combo or any of other products on the Mabel's Labels site! :)

**Disclaimer: All opinions expressed in this product review are expressly mine, based on my own use of the products. I was provided with free product to test and review, but was not compensated for this review in any way.**

Friday, February 21, 2014

Kidlet Hilarity #20

SO much has happened since the last time I posted the fun things the kids do and say! Probably the biggest one is that we moved to Georgia! And David started talking a TON more, it is amazing how his vocabulary has grown in the last month - he is finally ready to talk, I guess! :)

David says whoops - "Oopsh" or uh-oh whenever anything falls down!

The day before his birthday, Zachary got up and said, "It's my birthday eve!"  He also had a nightmare about David getting into the box of chocolate donuts we were saving for the occasion and eating a bite out of each one! :)

One night, Zachary and I were playing Connect Four, and I was trying to teach him about the strategy and paying attention to blocking me, and I kept beating him! Finally, he said, "Take it easy on me this time!"

David sometimes says 'toot' when he toots, and he thinks it is hilarious. :)

One night, Natalie asked Zachary, "Zachary, can I sleep in your bed?"  Zachary (who sometimes thinks Natalie is too disruptive during these sleepovers when he is actually trying to sleep) replied, "Natalie, I have been looking forward to it, and the answer is yes."

I handed Zachary a bottle of salad dressing, thinking it was a squeeze bottle.  It wasn't. As he was about to pour it onto his salad, he said, "I hope this ends well." It didn't ... unless you reeeally like blue cheese...

We were discussing the possibility of moving somewhere where the weather is nice, and we could go to the park year-round.  "Yes," Zachary said, "That could be our daily thing!"  And now it is - I think we've missed maybe two days of park-going since we've moved down here!! :)

One day, I overheard Natalie singing, "And when the ocean breaks, we don't have to be afraid.  There's pain the night, but joy comes in the morning. Joy comes in the morning!" (from this Newsboys song)

Another day, Natalie was singing, "Jesus loves the big children. All the teenagers of the world! Yellow, black, white, those big kids are precious in His sight. Jesus died for all the children of the world."

While playing Mario Kart, Zachary exclaimed, "That is so irritating!"

When discussing where we may move, Natalie said, "I want to move to Ohio, so we can visit Daddy." Zachary said, "Natalie, Daddy's training isn't going to last forever!" (SO thankful that chapter of our family's life is over!!)

Zachary wanted to move to northern Canada or Antarctica, so he could go sledding year round.

Zachary got a Batman Gotham City Jail with his birthday money, and he plays with Natalie and her Little People figures in it. He calls her Little People Batman's 'apprentices', but he pronounces it "appreciants". :)

One day, Davey was pretending to be a 'bad cat'. He was making some very angry and hilarious meowing sounds! :)

When Zachary was playing one day, I overheard this: "I wasn't very smart when I was an adult, so I decided to go back to school.  So I went back to college."

David knows a lot of colors now, and the cutest one is 'orange'! He pronounces it in one syllable, like Natalie used to, "ornsh".

When Natalie went to the doctor for her well-check a couple of days after Christmas, the nurse asked her if Santa had come, and Natalie looked at her like she was crazy, and responded, "No." The nurse's head popped up to look at me, and I explained that a lot of our kids' presents come from our extended families, so we don't really 'do' Santa, we just tell the kids who the presents are from - but I think she thought we were crazy!!

Natalie: "Mommy, what does twice mean?"
Me: "Two times."
Natalie: "Okay, Mommy. I'm going to kiss you twice times."

David brings his diaper and clothes that he has picked out on his own to my room for me to dress him in as soon as he gets up now - it's so cute! He also says "dar-per, shirt, panss", so adorably. :)

On Mario Kart, Zachary pronounces the piranha plants "Pee-ra-ha-na" plants. :)

One day, Natalie was carrying around a Bob the Builder doll. She said, "His name is Bob the Builder." I said, "Oh, is he going to be a builder when he grows up?" She said, "Well, if that's what God wants him to be!" :)

One night, Natalie was up playing with toys after bedtime, so I was discussing her disobedience with her. Her response - "But, Mom, I'm only four. I don't really understand." :) Hmmm...she may have heard that twenty or five hundred times to explain why 'baby Davey' gets away with things more often than he probably should... :)

Natalie handed me her Potato Head when the back flap had fallen off and asked me, "Mom, can you put my Potato's booty back on?" Ha!

One morning, Zachary and I were sitting on my bed chatting. David brought his Scentsy Buddy monkey into my room, and Zachary sniffed and said, "What is that terrific smell?" :)

When we went to the bouncy place in the mall, there were some other kids there, so I asked Natalie if she had talked to any of them or made any friends. She responded, "A boy said hi to me, but I just looked at him, because I wanted to have peace." Okay, then.

Natalie was watching Z play Mario Kart and Diddy Kong jumped up and did a flip in his seat while he was driving. Natalie said, "That's not very safe."

One night, Joel came home late and kissed Natalie in her sleep. When he asked her the next morning if she remembered it, she said, "Yes! I remember I said, 'What's that prickly thing?'" :)

One night, we were praying and Zachary's prayer was, "Jesus." I said, "Um, why did you say that?" His response: "I didn't know what to say, so I just said Jesus. That song told me to."

I had a headache one day, so Dr. Buzz Lightyear (represented by Zachary) stood on my head and diagnosed me. "Your brain has a problem. You have been watching too much SpongeBob. You should not watch any more SpongeBob."

David sometimes breaks out in a little song when he is bored in the car, using a bunch of random words like, "Ouchie wa wa, ooh ooh aah aah, ee-ee, Bubby, obey Mommy Daddy, no way, no way, no waaaaaay". He also said Zach this week for the first time - so adorable!! Some more of his newest phrases from this week include iPad, Watch BibleMan, shoes socks, Oh-tay for okay, and thank you (finally!!).

Last week, Zachary was helping me make taco casserole, and I asked him how we should crush the corn chips. "I will crush them with my manly crushers", he responded. "What are your manly crushers?" I had to know. "My hands", he said.

Joel is very good about reminding the kids to thank me when I make meals, and sometimes it rubs off when he's not home. :) The other day at lunch, David said to me, "Mommy, thank you eat." It is so fun that he is finally talking!! :)

We're pretty much settled in our rental for now, and still actively looking for a house to buy - we've had a couple offers fall through, so that's been disappointing, but we're trying to trust that God has something perfect in mind for us! We are enjoying the warm weather here, and having Daddy home every single day is a huge treat after the three months we went through before this!! The kids are enjoying it all, but obviously they miss everyone from New York, too (I had to struggle not to type 'back home' right there myself). Your prayers are greatly appreciated as we continue to believe God for His best for us here in Georgia!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

House Hunting

We have learned a lot about buying houses this week - and renting! I will share some first-time-home-buyer/renter lessons that I have learned in the past two days.

1.  You can make ANYTHING look good on the internet.  Anything.

2.  When looking to buy a house, do not look on,, or, find SO MANY GREAT houses that you like and get your heart set on two or three of them working out.  These sites can be outdated, and you may meet your realtor at the first house you're looking at that day (the one you like the least, with the ugly cabinets and pink wallpaper in the bathrooms, of course) only to hear him say that ALL the other beautiful homes in your price range that you sent him the addresses for are already taken.  You may have to hold back tears in front of a realtor you met just two minutes ago.

3.  All the apartment complexes are 'running a special this week'!! How convenient that we happened upon all the specials this week! :)

4.  If something seems 'too good to be true', it probably is.  For example, "Wow, Joel, this rental house is $200 cheaper than all the rest! It doesn't hurt to drive by and check it out!" may actually equate to, "Um, I'm not comfortable driving any farther down this alley to find this house. Let's get out of here."

5.  When a seller somehow doesn't get the message that you would like to see their house at 10 am, you may arrive to find an elderly lady in her bathrobe and pajamas, and her husband pulling on his pants with belt unbuckled and messy hair making VERY FRAGRANT BACON in a house that somehow still smells like cats, even over the bacon smell.  Cats and bacon. That's not a smell you forget quickly.

6.  God really does always provide.  I'm so thankful for the home He has provided us to rent on a monthly basis, which gives us the flexibility to still look for the perfect home for our family and not feel rushed into making a decision! I'm so thankful for God's leading through the last six months, and so excited to move to Georgia soon, and be together as a family again! :)