Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Throw Back #StreamTeam

Everybody seems to be familiar with the term "Throw Back Thursday" (#tbt) on social media these days. It's fun to look at old pictures and see crazy hairstyles, reminisce about "the good ol' days" or even at my age I jokingly use "well, when I was a kid..."

Netflix helps make #tbt a fun time for us with the kids too offering some shows when George and I were younger! My baby brother, who is 8 years younger than me, was really into Inspector Gadget when he was young, so I can remember watching that cartoon---back when cartoons were something we looked for on Saturday mornings!   It's been fun to watch with Lily who is fascinated with creating her own things. I love her vivid imagination and she thinks Inspector Gadget is funny, so it's a winning show for us together!  

Another one of my favorites as a kid was Garfield and Friends. I loved that silly cat! Both Lily, Violet, and I have watched after baths and before bed.  They seem to be loving Garfield and feeling sorry for Odie too--just like I did. :)  

Of course, Lily is fascinated with My Little Pony Friendship is Magic and that is a daily watch in our house!  She's also gotten interested in Scooby-Doo lately after one of her preschool friends talked about it. Scooby-Doo was a favorite in my house growing up too. My other brother and I watched Scooby-Doo all the time as kids--definitely one of our favorites! 

It's been fun to see these older shows on Netflix and experience them again with my own kids! 

I've been watching a "sort-of" throw back in 90210 lately after everyone has gone to bed. I lovelovelove my teenybopper shows and since I loved the original 90210, I decided to check out the rest of the newer 90210. I  started watching it when it came on tv several years ago, but didn't keep up with it. I binge watched it recently and loved it! 

What were some of your favorites as a kid?

Also be sure to check back soon on the blog to see what's new on Netflix in July! 

Must-Watch Throwbacks

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▪ Garfield and Friends
▪ The Super Mario Bros Super Show!
▪ The Smurfs 2
▪ Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated

Disclosure: As a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam I was provided subscription to Netflix and also exclusive insights or other products. All opinions are my 100% my own and I was already a proud Netflix subscriber prior to this opportunity. Please see my full disclosure.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Pampers and Walmart Give Back #giveaway

When Katy Perry belts out the lyric, “I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar!” four-year-old Grayson can’t help but sing along with her. He loves her song “Roar” and can certainly relate to it.

When Grayson was only 2 years old, he started complaining the room was spinning. Fast forward several weeks to his diagnosis: an inoperable brain tumor and the start of chemotherapy to shrink or maintain the tumor’s size. Less than a year later, Grayson suffered from another devastating injury: he was in a lawnmower accident that resulted in the loss of four toes and partial amputation of his foot.

Praised for his optimistic attitude, Grayson hasn’t let these traumatic events get him down. He thinks of himself as the comic book character Iron Man, and lovingly refers to his primary oncologist as Dr. Octopus. Just like Iron Man, Grayson has turned his own medical challenge into an opportunity to fight back.

Thankfully, Children's Miracle Network helps children just like Grayson every day.  With your support, that help is able to continue.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals:
·  Your support helps provide 32 million patient visits for 10 million kids every year
· One in 10 kids in North America is treated by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals each year
·  Every day, member hospitals treat 16,000 children in emergency rooms
·  Every hour, member hospitals provide surgery for 97 children
·  U.S. members hospitals provided $3.4 billion in charity care in 2012

Walmart and Pampers are donating $200,000 to CMNH in June of 2015.  Just by purchasing Pampers diapers at Walmart you help! 

Visit Walmart.com/cmnh for more information and to make your own donation!

Have you had your own personal journey involving Children's Miracle Network? I'd love to hear about it!

Enter to win a $25 Walmart giftcard and you can help out just by purchasing!

Contest will from from today until July 3, 2015, at 11:59pm. Winner will be notified by email and you have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen!

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The Walmart gift cards and information have been provided by P&G.

Disclosure: I was provided with a promotional item for my participation by P&G. Please see my full disclosure.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Girl Mom

I've had many labels since I first had a baby back in 1999.  New mom, boy mom, clueless mom, divorced mom, single mom, stepmom, and finally became a girl mom in 2010 for the first time. My second daughter was born in late 2013 thus solidifying my world into girls!

When we first found out Lily was a girl, I was over the moon excited! You see, blending a family comes with a lot of struggle. For everyone involved.

Although I would have been ecstatic to have had another boy, I was so truly happy that my son didn't have to share one.more.thing. when my husband and I had a baby together.  Andrew was ten when Lily was born.  When we got pregnant after Lily, I was again hoping for another girl {mostly} for the same reason, but I did have a piece of my heart hoping for my husband to have a boy to carry on his family name, as my husband is an only child. Having my first two kids ten years apart, I knew I wanted Lily to have a sibling close in age to grow up with after Andrew leaves home.  When we found out Violet was a girl, I was again thrilled! Sisters!

Read the rest here at Our Pretty Little Girls as part of the Girl Mom Series