{FamilyShare.com Review}

{FamilyShare.com Review}

I was compensated by FamilyShare.com to write this review, as always, all opinions are 100% my own!

While at SNAP! conference a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting with a few representatives of FamilyShare.com, a new-to-me website that strives to provide individuals with tools needed to strengthen families and family values.  Their entire premise was such a refreshing concept to me, that I knew I wanted to check them out as soon as I had some time to sit down and take a peek around their site.

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Well, as luck would have it, we’ve had quite a few rainy weekends since my return from SNAP! {yes, I’m being a bit sarcastic when I say luck}, so I had the time to sit down and do some good old-fashioned internet reading.

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One topic that is on my mind on a daily basis is wondering if my 22 month old is eating enough.  He can be so stinkin’ picky some days and others it’s like he’ll eat anything I put in front of him.

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I found this article, “Is My Toddler Eating Enough?” to really make me feel a whole lot better about his eating habits.  One thing that it really made me stop to think about was the portions that I put in front of him.  Yes, he’s a growing boy, but he definitely shouldn’t be eating the same portions of food that my husband and I eat at meals.  Stopping to take a look at how much you’re putting in front of your little ones should be a daily practice!  Don’t give them too much!!

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A second article that caught my eye was written by fellow blogger, Heidi Ferguson and titled “Yeah, I made that! 3 Ways Crafting Builds Self-Esteem”.  This was a fun read for me, since I’d definitely call myself a crafter now.  I’ve always had a crafting side to me, but I feel that since starting my blog, I’ve put more time and effort into the projects I create.  I don’t ever let myself sit down to make something “just because”.  I like for the projects I create to have a purpose and function, something I’d actually use in my own home or give as a gift.  And, yes, it does make me feel pretty good about myself after completing a project and loving the end results.  That doesn’t mean that things always turn out how I’d like them to, but most of the time, my crafting is a definite self-esteem booster.

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One of my recent, most favorite crafting projects, my Mason Jar Sewing Kits.

In addition to all the fabulous articles that Family Share offers it’s readers they also have some other super cool features on their site including:

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Q & A page

and their newest edition, Show Love, where you can show love to that special someone in your life {imagine the ultimate E-Card just in time for Mother’s Day}

I highly recommend that you make FamilyShare.com part of your daily internet reading, even if it’s just to check out an article a day!  It’s well worth your time and really makes you stop to think about things.

Enjoy!

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{Featured image above the post was taken at my son’s baptism this past December and shows our family of three-soon to be four, plus Buddy the bear!}

I was compensated by FamilyShare.com to write this review, as always, all opinions are 100% my own!

About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{Moms Love Mombo Nursing Pillow}

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Comfort and Harmony for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

Once my new little one arrives, I’m planning to nurse him or her for at least a few months.  That journey will be made a lot easier with my newest baby item, the Mombo, made by Comfort & Harmony.  It’s definitely the nursing pillow with more to love!  

Mombo nursing pillow has a unique shape and a two-sided design called Firm2Soft™, with each side offering a different experience. The firm side gives essential support for mommy and her nursing baby. The soft side is extra cozy—an inviting place for lounging or tummy time. And mombo is the only infant nursing pillow with a vibration feature, to give baby the ultimate soothing experience while lounging. 

The pillow I received is perfect, as I’m not sure of the gender of my little one {yes, it’s a surprise}!  It’s soft to the touch and has a beautiful pattern of cream colored circles over a light green background.  Plus, once the baby arrives, I can head to my local Babies R Us to choose from tons of other covers if I want one that’s a little more pink or blue!

I’ve got my hospital bags packed and ready to go for our special delivery and have added my mombo nursing pillow to that pile of things to take with us to the hospital. I want to be prepared for a comfy and calm nursing experience for both my little one and myself.  I love that these particular nursing pillows also have a removeable soothing vibration feature to help relax baby while nursing and/or lounging.  Plus, once it’s time for baby to start tummy time and then practice sitting, the mombo nursing pillow will provide the support he or she needs for comfort and hopefully success!

To learn about other mombo™ products available, be sure to like Comfort & Harmony on Facebook and also Comfort & Harmony on Twitter.

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{Cashew Chicken Dijon}

{Cashew Chicken Dijon}

I don’t know about you, but I’m all about ease and convenience lately when it comes to preparing meals for my family.  It seems we’ve all of a sudden got a lot going on these days, and finding the time to fit in a healthy meal needs to remain a priority between all the hectic-ness that is our lives.  Luckily, Minute Rice has me {and YOU} covered!  Hello, delicious rice that cooks in 5 minutes…yes, please!  It’s so easy to prepare and then pair with a quick meal, and it makes me feel like I’m giving my family a great meal in between all of weekend and evening obligations.

I found several delicious recipes on the Minute Rice website that I’m eager to try out, but on this particular night, I went with Cashew Chicken Dijon, sounds fancy, huh?!

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To make Cashew Chicken Dijon, you’ll need:

2 cups Minute White Rice, uncooked

2 T olive oil

1 medium green bell pepper, cut into strips

1 medium red bell pepper, cut into strips

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into thin strips

1 cup chicken broth

1/4 cup dijon mustard

1 t cornstartch

1/4 cup cashews, coarsely chopped

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Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add bell peppers; cook and stir until crisp-tender. Remove from skillet; cover to keep warm.

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Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and chicken to skillet; cook and stir until chicken is cooked through. Remove from skillet; cover to keep warm.

While the chicken cooked, I prepared the Minute Rice by boiling water, specific to package directions.  Total time was maybe 7 minutes, tops!

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Mix the broth, mustard, and cornstarch. Add to skillet; cook on medium-high heat until thickened, stirring constantly. Return chicken and peppers to skillet; cook and stir 2 minutes or until heated through. Stir in cashews. Serve over cooked Minute rice.

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Soon we had a delicious, healthy, and super convenient meal to sit down and enjoy as a family.

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Minute® Rice is so quick and easy to prepare and is great pantry staple. When meal time seems like a hassle, Minute® Rice is a go-to ingredient your whole family will love and allows you to have more quality time doing what your want with your loved ones.

Leftover rotisserie chicken or veggies from a meal earlier in the week? Minute® Rice can easily be paired with some of your leftover ingredients to make a quick, easy and wholesome meal your whole family will love in just a matter of minutes.

Visit http://www.minuterice.com/ to create a great main meal or side dish for your next family get-together or potluck.  The website has over 400 recipe ideas and more information about the Minute Rice family of products.

What would family favorite recipe could you simplify by adding Minute Rice?

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Rice.

About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{World Market OZ Pinspiration Makeover}

{World Market OZ Pinspiration Makeover}

Okay, Valentine’s Day is over, February is drawing to an end, bring it on…I’m so ready for Spring!  When I think of Spring, there are a few things that come to mind.  Green grass, Easter baskets, new sandals, Spring cleaning, and adding fresh new decor items around my house to brighten things up.  Don’t get me wrong, I get all giddy inside to decorate for the holidays and even for winter afterwards, but there is just something about Spring that puts a little spring in my step!  I love the bright colors and the new-ness of the entire season.

This year, I’m looking to add some bright colors to our home, and I’m so excited to take a trip to my local World Market store to find some Spring inspiration from their Victorian Isles Collection.  To keep some of the things that I’m lusting after organized, I even created a board on Pinterest, so I’d go into the shopping trip with some ideas in mind.

Some of the items I wold L.O.V.E. to purchase include…

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From the top, left to right: Blue Lila Wallpaper Memo BoardMulticolored Peony Bunches, Braided Rattan Brittany Baskets

Reversible Charlotte Lace Trim Placemats, Round Mossy Nest, Golden Nugget Basket Weave Jute Lumbar Throw Pillow

Luster Serving Bowls, Coral Royalty Stool, Mossy Basket

 After shopping at your local World Market {or online}, make sure to also enter to win in the

OZ The Great and Powerful Sweepstakes

presented by World Market

Win wondrous prizes and celebrate a world of adventure

Enter to win our grand prize package: private movie screening for you and 50 friends of OZ The Great and Powerful, FREE IMAX Movie Tickets for a year, $1,000 World Market gift card

Plus, 3 first prize winners receive $500 World Market gift cards

Enter online here.

Disney’s OZ The Great and Powerful is in Theaters March 8, 2013 and you can also experience it in IMAX 3D

Watch the movie trailer here.

Enjoy shopping this Spring {and GOOD LUCK in the Sweepstakes}!

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You can stay connected with World Market and keep up to date with their latest trends, collections, and sales on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or Pinterest.

“This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and World Market, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #WorldMarket. http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO

About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{BabbaBox}

{BabbaBox}

Some of you may be asking what  is a BabbaBox?!  Others of you {I’m guessing quite a few} already know what it is and L.O.V.E. both the company and the products they promise.

  BabbaBox is a monthly subscription activity box that is delivered to your home with ALL the physical materials plus know-how content to really engage with your kids.  Each month you are given the chance to CREATE at least 2-3 projects with your child {with all of the materials included}, EXPLORE a theme-related product encouraging your child to engage with nature and the world around him,  STORY TELL with carefully selected books, and CONNECT with interactive downloads approved by BabbaCo experts.

Here’s a video sharing an overview of what they’re all about!

I was absolutely thrilled when I was given the opportunity to try BabbaBox this month!  The box we were sent was the Sun, Moon, and Stars Theme Box.

There were two CREATE projects inside, one to make a Paper-Mache Moon and another to to make a constellation.  Jackson and I chose to make the constellation because he was excited about the star stickers!

After applying the stickers and following the directions for submerging the sun paper in water, we had to wait for the paper to dry.

While we waited, we read the book that was included in our BabbaBox, “Twinkle, Star of the Week.”

I decided to let the paper dry overnight, so it wouldn’t tear when we put it into the frame display.

Pretty cool, huh?!

Another plus, BabbaBox includes a parent gift each month as well.  Ours was this cute wine stopper…which will definitely be put to good use!

What I loved most about the BabbaBox is that ALL of the materials I needed were provided for me.  I didn’t have to run around finding odd objects needed to complete the create projects with Jackson.  As a parent that plans to home school once the time comes, I could totally see myself using BabbaBox in our curriculum in the future!

BabbaBox is a theme-based box delivered to your door that allows you to enjoy a little convenience and inspiration! As any parent can attest, the most important thing you can give to your child is quality time. BabbaBox makes this possible by helping you to save time, money, & mindspace.

Just think! Fantastic monthly activities with ALL the materials for kids ages 3-6. Included in the box are 3 projects + 1 bestselling book + digital download + parent surprise gift!

The best part? Babbabox makes a GREAT unique gift during the holiday season.

Act now! Get 50% off your first month when you sign up for a monthly membership using the code, SWAY100. Offer expires December 31, 2012.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BabbaBox. The opinions and text are all mine.

Happy Holidays!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.