Saturday, January 31, 2015

4-Legged Friends & Netflix #StreamTeam

Winter is not my favorite. I feel stuck at home, it's been gray and dreary. We have an impending snowstorm in the forecast supposed to dump at least 6 inches on top of the other 6 inches we have.  Thank God for Netflix! I've been binge watching some new-to-me favorites and loving watching some sweet shows with my girls. If there's an animal involved, they are all about it! Curious George, My Little Pony, Clifford, you name it!

 Lily and Violet both love Daniel Tiger a lot and I love him too. Mister Rogers was my favorite as a kid, so I'm sold a thousand times over on Daniel Tiger and his lessons!  I hope season two is added soon!

This was from Lily's 3rd birthday party. I suspect, we'll be doing Violet's 2nd birthday party with Daniel Tiger as well. :)

Their second favorite is Peg + Cat!! So funny and they're learning math! We sing songs from both of these shows all the time!

Andrew and I loved watching the Shrek movies when he was little.  It's been fun to watch them again with Lily, so when Netflix announced a Puss in Boots series, The Adventures of Puss in Boots we knew it was going to be right up our alley!

On January 16th, Puss in Boots premiered in all his glory! The world's greatest feline fighter is back in this Netflix original series with daring adventures and laugh out loud fun!

We are currently a non-pet family, but still love animals.  We're divided on them though. The guys prefer dogs and I prefer cats. Lily just loves them all.   This was our Fleury/Flurry. She was such a pretty dog! She and Andrew were buds.  We had to rehome her when we had Violet and Lily misses her and still talks about her all the time.  Someday we'll have a new pet when the time is right.

For the animal lover in you, Netflix has your whole family covered when you need your pet fix, your heart warmed, or a good laugh!

Four-Legged Stars to Stream on Netflix

For your little kids:
Pet Party
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Snow Buddies
For your big kids:
Puss in Boots
Step Dogs
Air Bud
Monkey Trouble
And for teens and parents:
Family Guy
Red Dog
1. Anchorman 2
2. Frasier
3. Family Guy
4. Friends
5. Red Dog
6. Wilfred

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.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Pillow Fort Fun with Pop Secret!

One of Lily's favorite activities is building pillow forts!  Sometimes they're elaborate, sometimes they're simple, but rest assured, they are her favorite!   When you sleep in the bottom bunk, pillow forts are pretty much a daily occurrence, but the excitement for Lily never wanes! That's one of my favorite things about her...she's just as excited the 75th time as she was the first. 

This fort was the first time she got Violet up into her bed with her. "I'll 'pre-tect' her, Mama!"

Our next pillow fort is going to have lights, she said! Good thing I have some battery powered snowflake lights, we'll work into it this weekend. 

One of Violet's favorite activities is snacking. You think I'm kidding, but that baby loves to snack!

Combining the two is perfect for my girls on a snowy afternoon!  Mind you, we didn't get dumped on like further East, but we did get 6 inches of snow and that's plenty good for me! What better way to spend a cold wintry afternoon having some Pop Secret popcorn and hanging out in a pillow fort?! #PopSecretForts couldn't have picked a better time to have a fun, memorable promotion! 

The girls woke up from their afternoon nap and we decided we'd make an easy fort upstairs in the livingroom just to snack and lounge in.  Perfection for both of them!  Andrew decided he'd help out too even though this one would just be for the girls, he wanted to help with the construction then hang out on the floor for some snacks with his baby sister.  He's such a good big brother! He even picked out the snowman bowls for our snowy afternoon popcorn snack

Violet was excited to have her snack as always and thrilled to be inside the fort! I love the joy that comes from the simplest things and just exudes from her!

Peeking at her big brother is the cutest ever!

Violet decided it was time for her to run around again, so Lily climbed in to spend some time lounging, snacking, and playing on the iPad.

I love these memories made with my kids and even when it's a simple pillow fort, I know I will never forget, even if they are too little to remember.

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Thank you to Pop Secret for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring us to building a pillow fort!

Friday, January 9, 2015

The First Snowfall

I have been working on keeping busy this winter, trying to avoid the winter funk that inevitably sucks me in.  Sunshine makes me happy and definitely something I need. So this past Monday when the temperature was in the high 50s, the kids went to the park to play!   

Just two days later, the temperature was in the single digits with negative windchills. Nothing like winter showing its ugly face all at once.  

My sweet Lily loves the snow! She has been asking for months if it was going to snow for her to go outside and make snow angels and a snowman.  We may have not had enough for a snowman this week, but there was definitely enough for a few angels. :)

While Violet napped, Andrew, Lily, and I headed out for a short time.  It was wayyyy too cold to stay out for long, but the joy on my oldest daughter's face was absolutely worth it.  Andrew is such a great brother and pulled her along in the sled down the driveway a few times.

Next up was a little snow throwing! Andrew took Lily's little snow shovel and tossed some snow at her and she retaliated doing the same, though most often she hit him with the actual shovel. He's a good sport!

 Lily has spent a lot of time talking about deer and hunting with her daddy.  Last year she went "shed hunting" with him to look for antlers that deer have shed and it's one of her favorite things to do! She can't wait to go again.  When she found a branch from a tree that looked like antlers sticking out of the snow, she was super excited! "Oh Mommy! I found some antlers!" and spent some time playing with her "antlers."

Very soon afterwards, Andrew had decided it was way too cold and he was ready to go inside. I agreed with him! Brrrrrrrrrr! Lily was convinced with the promise of hot chocolate!

The weather hasn't yet warmed up, but the sun is still shining! Only 20 weeks until summer!