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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Turn Summer and Back-To-School Photo's into Keepsake Photo Books!

It's week 2 of the #BackToSchoolBlogParty and I couldn't be happier about bringing you a wonderful way to no only preserve your Summer Photo's but a neat way to capture all of those 1st day of school memories as well!
Blurb is offering a 15% discount on their Photobooks!
Snag the Coupon Code below and get to creating memories!

Blurb has many options for you to convert all of your memories into beautiful keepsake memory books! A few of their options include: hard cover books, Facebook books, even Instagram photos can be transformed into wonderful gifts or memory books to show your family and friends for many years to come! The books are quick and super easy to make, and many options are cheaper than $10!

Start on your Summer Vacation and School Memory books with Blurb today!
Use the code: BLURBBOOK15 to receive your 15% discount!!

 This offer is good for 15% off your product total up to a max discount of $150 USD, CAD & AUD. Each code may only be used once per user and on books made by you. Offer expires at 11:59pm (local time) on August 31. Offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offers, volume discounts or retroactively applied to any previous orders. 

Don't forget to join us during the Back-To-School Blog Party using the hashtag #BackToSchoolBlogParty 

Back-To-School Sale from PBS KIDS

It's the Back-To-School Blog Party!!

When your shopping around your school clothes for your big kids, don't forget about getting something for your little ones too!

Everyone wants something cool and new :)
We don't want to leave anyone out do we?

PBS KIDS Dinosaur Train Shop
The PBS KIDS Shop is offering a 
Back to School Sale!!
Shop now and Save 20% Off Any Order!
Use the Coupon Code - Back2School

From Super Why to Sid the Science Kid even Maya and Miguel, get it all for 20% off using the coupon code above!

This sale won't last forever...
Coupon Code will be valid through August 31

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Moms Flourish - #MomMade Products and Giveaway

Sponsored By #MomsFlourish 

Where Moms come together with their Mom-made Inventions and help make family life just a little bit easier!

Have you ever been using something and start thinking "Why didn't I think of that?"
We've all had those moments where we find such cool and obvious products that help out with everyday life. Do you share your favorite finds with your friends? What about something like a straw that can’t come out of a cup, a food slicer you can throw in your bag without cleaning, a bowl that is tilted to an angle and don't slip, chalk with no dust – these are just a few of the wonderful products that moms have created to make their lives, as well others lives better! And, they're all available in a great new direct sales company called Moms Flourish.

Are you interested in making money doing what you already do everyday? Being a Mommy, Sharing tips and new finds with friends, as well as helping and supporting other moms?! Moms Florish is a direct sales company that has created a program to help moms like you make money while living everyday life. To make things better, all of the products from Moms Florish are invented by other Moms. Moms who have invested their time and heart to create wonderful products to solve everyday problems that moms all over are suffering from. The only problem they're having is getting these handy products to the people who need them. Large corporations dominate retail stores so, these moms need help getting their products in hands of other moms.

Becoming a Flourish Consultant, you can not only help these mommy inventors get their products to moms who need them, you get to earn money for sharing them! Share them at play dates, the park, with family and friends, at a restaurant or anywhere else that you may go. Most of the products are designed to help moms save time, keep their kids safer or healthier, or just make the life of a parent, a bit easier. If you are interested in becoming a consultant visit Moms Flourish and let them know that Autumn B sent you, I promise you won't regret joining the team once you see how much fun you'll have being part of the Moms Flourish Team!!

I recently got the chance to test out a few of the products from Moms Flourish and I love the simple ideas that have cured not only our toothbrush confusion but the overuse of band-aids and Emergency number organization as well!

What I received was a set of BooBoo Covers, Toothbrush Labels and Dry-Erase Emergency Lists with sticky backs! The Boo-Boo covers are my daughters favorite! They are soft fabric that slip over top of your little ones Boo-Boo's and helps comfort them. Their perfect for those unseen boo-boo's that require kisses to make feel better or you can place them over top of band-aids to add an extra layer of love with the sewn on kisses that are simply adorable.
They come in a pack with 3 different design sizes: One for the finger, One for the elbow/knee, and One for your hand. The Finger Boo-Boo Cover is the perfect size for a toddlers little hand. While the other 2 Boo-Boo Covers seem to fit kids up to the ages of about 6 or 7. (Depends on the child.) Loran is 7 and loved having a Boo-Boo Cover to come home too when she scrape her elbow while hiking with her daddy. Jade's hand fits perfectly in the hand cover but she hasn't needed it's comfort quiet yet :)
The Toothbrush Labels are just what my girls needed! They can't seem to remember which one chose which color toothbrush and now with the labels that feel and look like those little comfort pencil cozies  They even fit on pens, small spoons and more. Great for helping to keep up with everyone's things.

The products from Moms Flourish are truly wonderful and can help many other moms including yourself! Become a Flourish Consultant for just $59! You'll be able to earn money while helping others and being a great mom your own children! This is the perfect way to bring in a little bit of extra cash during this Back-To-School Season!

To Join Moms Flourish or Learn more:
or on Facebook

You can also win products from Moms Flourish in the Giveaway Below!
The Giveaway ends on August 7
Winner will be announced during a Twitter Party on August 8 at 9pm EST
Follow the Hashtag #MomsFlourish

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Back-To-School Savings with Crazy 8 and Gymboree


It's the beginning of our Back-To-School Blog Party and not much is better to do at a party then saving alittle money so you can party some more!!
The price of Back-To-School Clothes can add up once you realize that your little one's not so little anymore or maybe your kids have their own style and like to stand-out in the crowd. I'v got the answer to all of your Back-To-School Clothes shopping...

Remember when I mentioned that Crazy 8 was having an awesome Back-To-School Sale where their clothes are starting at just $5.99? You can get leggings, graphic and fashion tees and much more all at discount prices and while your racking up in savings, you'll be racking up in clothes for your kids as well.

But don't stop there, you can now save anymore by visiting their sister store - Gymboree and save 30% off of all Regular Priced Items for Back-To-School!!  

Both of these deals have to end sometime so you'd better hurry and safe now so you can be sure that your kids are picture perfect for the upcoming school year!

For more details visit Crazy 8 and Gymboree
This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience. 

Monday, July 29, 2013

The #LabelitDontLoseIt Back-To-School Giveaway

Welcome to the "Label it Don't Lose It"
Back-To-School Giveaway!
Hosted by My Kind Of Introduction
Sponsored by Kidecals

Every mother knows that keeping up with your child's belongings is not an easy task, no matter how old they are. Stuff starts going missing about 10 minutes after you hand them their first pacifier and toy. It don't start getting serious until you enroll your child in school, or in some cases, daycare. As soon as you drop your little angel off, your sure to be missing something  within a week. Until now! Kidecals labels are made to make sure that everyone knows what belongings, belong to your child. They literally have their name written all over them, well not actually all over them but they are labeled in a way that not only you can be happy with them... your child will be too. Kidecals Labels are water-proof, dryer-proof as well as dishwasher-proof and they will sick to any surface! Did I mention that you can choose from several different designs, for all ages and occasions... even adults? Personalize the labels to say anything you like. For example: Your Child's Name, School, Address, even a phone number, the choice is yours. If your child is allergic to something and you want to make sure that everyone around them knows about it - Kidecals has labels for that too!! I even got some business labels for myself!  You'll be sure to find a design that will fit everyone's style, even picky teenagers.

Kidecals has so much more to offer - Find out by reading my full Kidecals Review!!

With school starting back in just a few weeks... (Yes I said weeks, less than a month sounds much longer, don't it?) The time has come to buy a whole new set of school supplies and clothes. It seems like as the clothes get bigger each year, so do the supply lists. And if your kids are anything like mine, more things to keep up with means more stuff get lost!

In honer of the Back-To-School Blog Party, One lucky reader will receive 1 Mega Pack of Personalized Labels from Kidecals to help with Back-To-School Labeling! All you have to do is enter the giveaway below and maybe cross your fingers a little bit :)

If you would like to keep up with the Back-To-School Blog Party, Use the hashtash #BackToSchoolBlogParty on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. 
Thank you for joining the party and make sure to keep your eyes open during the Back-To-School Blog Party, real soon... this is only the beginning and you'll find it all with the hashtag above!
Good-Luck Everyone!

Now it's Time to Party
Win some Labels!!

 Enter The
"Label it Don't Lose it"
Giveaway below:

This Giveaway runs from July 29 through August 12 at 11:59pm EST
To enter, simply complete the entries in the form below.
Official Rules can be found in the Terms and Conditions on the Giveaway form.
Open to US Only

Disclaimer: In accordance with FTC guidelines - NO PURCHASE NECESSARY to enter. My Kind Of Introduction and the participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. ** This promotion is no way sponsored, endorsed/administered by, or associated with ANY Social Media Network.** Must be aged 18+ to enter and win. US Only. Bloggers are NOT responsible for delivery of prize.
*Void Where Prohibited*

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Must Have Back-To-School List for 2013



Welcome to the Back-To-School Blog Party on My Kind Of Introduction! Throughout the next 3 weeks, I'll be sharing all kinds of information, tips and deals about everything Back-to-School! From awesome products to learning activities! My plan is to get you and your kids back into the school routine. I've extended this event from lasting the original one week to now lasting three weeks due to the popularly of my last event!! I’m hoping that we can surpass the Summer Event popularity and make the Back-To-School Blog Party bigger than ever! I'm starting off this week with a Must-Have List (added below) for Back-To-School 2013! Among the products and brands you may notice that not all of the products are “school” related but when it comes to the kids heading to school for 8 hours a day… it’s time for us moms to relax a bit and maybe get a little excited as well. Don’t pretend that your not a tiny bit excited about having free time to get a few extra things done or maybe just sit back and enjoy not having to untangle a toy from your daughters hair and make sure that lunch is served on-time!! That’s the teachers job now!
Enjoy it while you can… It'll be 3:00 pm before your know it!

Below is the Must Have Products and Brands List for Back-To-School 2013!!
I've added a small description to help you know the products a bit better, if you would like to learn more, click the brand names on the list and you will either be taken to the brand website or directed to a blog post that I've wrote about the selected brand!

I also want to add that the last week of the Back-To-School Blog Party will be dedicated to the parents as well as a few kid-school posts mixed in :)
Use the hashtag: #BackToSchoolBlogParty on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ & Pinterest to keep up with all of the post during the event, I'll be updating the Event Page as much as possible throughout the next 3 weeks as well! 

1) Little Passports - Get your kids back into the learning routine when you let them travel the world with the kits received through a monthly subscription with Little Passports.

2) Kidecals  – To label supplies so less things get lost

3) ThrifTee Gear Bags  – Use the bags for: Lunch bags, gym bags, purses and more

4) PackIt - The Perfect Back-to-School Lunch Box - Keeps food cool & Fresh!

5) Crazy 8 - The perfect styles of clothes for back-to-school!

6) Elmers - Who doesn't stock up on Elmers liquid and stick glue once Meet-the-Teacher Day passes?! It's the only school glue that I buy!! :)

7) Thirty-One - Great choice of purses, bags to be used for Gym and even very durable Lunch Boxes (My daughter took a 31 Lunch Bag to school last year and LOVED it. She felt very special starting Kindergarten with her Purple Polka-dotted Lunch bag!)

8) Old Navy - Great Clothes and Great Prices!!

9) Soylicious - Time to relax while the kids are in school, Steal some alone time and light up a soy candle or heat up a few Melter Gems and relax away all the summer commotion

10) The Wizor  – The Original Wall Scissors -- Mom-Made for removal of retail tags - Great for all of those new school clothes!

Don't forget to check out the featured brands by clicking on the links above! They all have wonderful products!

View more post for the Back-to-school Blog Party on our event page!

Back-To-School Clothes Sale

It's about that time again!

School starts back in less than a month in my area and it's already started for the "year-round" schools! It's time to start stocking up on school supplies and new clothes!! Kids grow out of their clothes so fast that my pocket-book literally cries when my daughters' clothes are too small and they've only worn them a few times.
That's why I'm soooo happy that Crazy 8 is having an awesome Back-To-School Sale where we're able to dress our kids from head to toe for much less! Crazy 8 even has backpacks and lunch boxes as well.

Lots of their T-Shirts are only $5.99 and Leggings are only $7.99!
The other clothes and accessories at Crazy 8 are just as cheap! 

Don't miss out on this AWESOME sale
Saving on school supplies is a HUGE PLUS!

Visit Crazy 8 today!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

DropCam Giveaway -- Start Feeling Safer & More Involved!


-- DropCam Giveaway --
Hosted By: The Nurse Mommy
Co-Hosted By: Everything Mommyhood

What's a DropCam? Dropcam is a high-definition, Wi-Fi video camera with remote viewing and two-way sound for your home or business.

About the DropCam:

Quick setup: Connect and place in less than a minute!!

Mobile apps: Watch remotely from your iPhone, iPad or Android device.

HD video quality: Get into the details with 720p video as well as a wide angle lens.

Two-way audio: Connect directly with the built-in microphone and speaker.

Bank-level security: Stream safely with state-of-the-art SSL encryption.

Night vision: Maintain visibility around the clock with automatic infrared LEDs.

Location aware: Turn on and off based on your location.

Scheduling: Turn on and off based on the time of day.

Digital zoom: Focus on what's happening in one area of the room.

Optional sharing: Share your stream with friends or make it public and show the world. 

Activity alerts: Receive motion and sound alerts via email or device notifications. 

Automatic updates: Receive new features with regular camera, cloud and app software updates. 
Two ways to view: Dropcam Live and Dropcam DVR
Dropcam Live: Free with your camera -- 
Watch moments as they happen from your smartphone, computer or tablet! 
Dropcam DVR: Optional storage plans

Save and review up to 30 days of footage after it's happened!!
Watch what you love when you're not around. Check on your home, your child and/or your pets. This is great for when you're running errands, at work, or even on vacation!!

What Katrina from The Nurse Mommy says about Dropcam:
You can download their app onto your smart phone or tablet, and view what’s going on or login from a computer. I had a difficult time with setting up, since I had the wrong Wi-Fi connection. Not a big deal, I just switched the settings, and my Dropcam was up and running in no time at all. I plugged it into my computer for initial setup, plugged it into the wall. After that? I just pointed it where I wanted it to record.

The picture is great and the two-way sound is also really cool. I
can talk to people and see things in my house even when I’m not there, which is pretty awesome!! The HD video is 720p. 
For those who know what that means... that’s pretty good!

I wasn’t able to attend one of my daughter’s physical therapy sessions because I was working; however, I was able to watch part of it because of this camera. DropCam has allowed me to participate in her therapy even though I'm not actually there in person. It also helps me keep up with our home activities, since I'm able to watch what the therapist does and can try to work on those things later.

As long as you have an outlet and Wi-Fi access, you can use
the camera. They also include wall mounting brackets, in case you want to mount the camera on the wall. 
This is much much more than your normal baby monitor -- it can be used as a security camera and you can also set it to notify you when something/someone walks by it or when the DropCam senses noise! 

Dropcam has agreed to Giveaway a camera to 1 lucky

winner. If you don't win, definitely buy yourself a Dropcam from Amazon and get peace of mind while your away.

Enter via Giveaway Tools form below.

Restricted to US only, 18+

Giveaway Ends 8/14


Winner has 48 hours to respond to notification email or another winner will be selected.

Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. The Nurse Mommy blog will always provide honest opinions, beliefs or experiences on products reviewed. We will only recommend products or services that we feel are of benefit to our readers. The Nurse Mommy and promoting bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations. This giveaway is not associated with, affiliated with, endorsed by, sponsored by, or connected to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media outlets and released of any liability.

NC Lawmakers have approved a bill that will expand where concealed handguns are allowed to be present!

The bill (backed by Republicans) was approved by both - the House and Senate on this past Tuesday (July 23, 2013) that would allow gun owners (concealed-carry permit holders) to take firearms into restaurants, bars and other places where alcohol is served. Bar and Restaurant owners still have the option to ban firearms on their property if they see fit!
The bill will also allow those with legal gun permits to store their firearms in locked cars on collage campuses as well as any other public school or university. Guns will also be allowed on playgrounds, parks, greenways, hiking trails and any other public recreation area!

The bill once included a repeal of the long-standing law that requires that you get a background check and permit that is issued by County Sheriffs for handgun purchases! Luckily this was dropped on the final bill and was an extreme controversial provision!

It's said that the bill now sits on North Carolina's Republican Governor - Pat McCrory's desk and he is expected to sign it in the next few days!!

We can't let this happen! I understand the concern about the safety of our children and the Sandy Hook event was extremely tragic and we don't want anything like this to happen again but I don't agree with everything that this new bill consists of.

First off - Collage is a very special and sometimes stressful time during a young persons life. Noone wants to admit this, but... lots of parties, anger & stress are formed throughout a young adult's years while attending collage and I don't believe that allowing guns to be so closely available to these collage students, would be a good idea! All it takes is for one student to decide that they've had enough and get their hands on one of these guns. We may find ourselves witnessing another horrific event being broadcasted throughout our news stations.

Secondly - Playgrounds and Parks? Really?? Why would you need a gun when your talking your child to go play? I understand that there are many predators in this world but shooting one of them if they bother your child will just land you some major jail time... Am I right? Please correct me if I'm wrong. I want to protect my children as much as the next mom but I don't believe that broadening the gun allowance is the answer to our problems. The hiking trails could be dangerous as well but doesn't worry me as much as some of the others... But it still crosses my mind. 

My next concern about this new bill is about guns possibly being allowed into Bars and Restaurants that serve alcohol! Hello!! Has no one heard of the drunken ex-boyfriend that legally owns a gun, ends up drinking too much (trying to wash away the pain of a recent break-up) and runs across someone who he either doesn't like, did him wrong or just happen to make him mad at the wrong moment.... I've been drunk before and I've learned that you rarely ever think your actions through until you wake up the next morning and regret the events that happened while you were 3 sheets to the wind. Alcohol and Firearms do NOT make a good pair!

Last but maybe a bit more important is the possible allowance of firearms being allowed in our public schools. I somewhat believe in what Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and TN State Sen. has mentioned: (Posted below via Huff Post Politics)

Gov. Haslam says he will consider a Tennessee plan to secretly arm and train some teachers, TPM reports. The legislation will be introduced by State Sen. Frank Niceley (R) next month.

"Say some madman comes in. The first person he would probably try to take out was the resource officer. But if he doesn’t know which teacher has training, then he wouldn't know which one had [a gun]," Niceley told TPM. "These guys are obviously cowards anyway and if someone starts shooting back, they’re going to take cover, maybe go ahead and commit suicide like most of them have."

Even though I am not a fan of any gun being inside of my daughters' school... They have a good point but I still have some big concerns. Elementary Schools and possibly Middle Schools may do fine with random teachers getting secretly trained to handle a firearm and be allowed to LOCK it away in their classroom but High-School is a whole other story! High-School students are nothing but smaller collage students and tempers flare up often. Has anyone payed attention at the size of kids these days? It seems like the difference of a normal 15 year old child 10 years ago is quiet smaller than a normal 15 year old child in 2013! It wouldn't take much for one of these students 
to over power a teacher if they are angry enough. A concern that may happen more often than a student overpowering their teacher for the gun, is figuring out where the gun is hidden (once they figure out who in the school has one) Teachers are not always in their classrooms at all times and I seriously don't believe that any hiding place will be good enough for a determined teenager! You can say that the firearms would be locked up safely and tightly but if this is so - Then how would the teacher get the gun out fast enough if a madman does happen to attack? The weapon would be needed in a matter of seconds and if the teacher has to go to the closet, unlock a safe, load and then shoot.... It would of already been too late and lives would be lost.

I don't have any answers to my own questions, even though I wish I did... I have no suggestions on how we can keep our children and community safe from violence ... I truthfully and sadly don't believe it's possible! There are some extreme consequences on both sides of each subject that I've mentioned and the idea of being able to stop violence completely is just about as impossible as raising a flying pig... Having nice and caring people starts with how a child is raised and treated throughout their life and we can't control how parents, bullies, Ex (or current) Boyfriends/Girlfriends, Classmates and Co-Workers are going to treat each person that they meet and it can take one wrong thing said or a collection of wrongs to cause someone to flip. Violence is a part of life and placing firearms where our over-worked and stressed out children/young adults are, can't be the answer that we are all looking for. Maybe we should post an armed Military man outside of EVERY SCHOOL to protect the school and students. At this moment... That option sounds like a wonderful starting point! 

I would love to hear your opinion on this subject. Wither your from NC or not, your opinion matters!

Do you believe that the new NC bill should or should not be passed?

Friday, July 26, 2013

10 things you didn’t know about ME!!

-- 10 things you didn’t know about me --

  1. Hello, My name is Autumn and I'm a Dewoholic! Mountain Dew, that is :)
  2. To me... First impressions are HUGE when it comes to getting to know someone.
  3. I got pregnant with my 1st child at age 17 but didn’t know I was pregnant until I had already turned 18 years old.
  4. I’ve always wanted a daughter named Nadia Lashaye but my fiance don’t like the name, so I had to come up with different names when I had my daughters.
  5. I have a short temper and have the tendency to yell a lot - I’m working on it. (Some people say it‘s a Bad Attitude Problem)
  6. When I got pregnant, I never once wanted to give birth to a baby boy, I’ve always wanted daughters ever since I was a child. But If I would have had a son, I would of loved him just as much as I do my girls. I have 2 step-sons and I‘ve loved them since way before pregnancy happened.
  7. I have many Childhood/Teenage obsessions that I’ve proudly brought with me into adulthood. Some including: Strawberry Shortcake, Carebears (Mainly Cheer Bear - light pink w/Rainbow belly badge), My Little Pony, Video Games, Crafts, the love of Collecting Randoms, the urge to NOT throw something away, and many more…. :) Sometimes my fiance thinks I have issues! Haha
  8. I love reading Fantasy books, others just don’t seem to interest me too much -My favorite 2 series are: The Twilight Series and The Iron Fae Series - I’ve read them all more than twice a piece. (8 books total)
  9. I’ve had many nicknames throughout my my life, some have stayed some have passed. But the one I miss the most is being called “Amber” aka “Amber-Alert.”
  10. I’ve been with Alan, who I often refer to as my fiance, for over 9 years and the subject of marriage don’t often come up. I’m perfectly okay with that because that decision belongs to me, 100%.
There you have it! 10 things you may not of known about me, Autumn B.- Writer of My Kind Of Introduction. :) I hope that nothing above changes how you feel about me… I don’t believe anything is bad enough for that to happen but sometimes you never can tell. All in all - I’m just a Country girl who’s trying to raise 2 little girls the best way I can, in this crazy world of ours. I’m not too different than alot of you. 

I only gave the minimum amount of detail on my list so you may be a bit lost or confused with a few of my facts. If that’s the case or even if it’s not, Feel free to comment below with any questions or thoughts about the choices that I made for my list above :)

Is there anything you would like to tell us about yourself? 

50 Shades of the MOON -- #BloggerOpp

People every where are different!  We all have our likes/dislikes; We have our favorite hobbies and interested;  We look different and dress different;  We are parents, children, siblings, and friends.  This is what makes up the Make Our Own Network team of bloggers!  We are the "Strange Kids on the Block" because we do things differently than any one out there.

A Lucky Ladybug

For our first birthday, we want to celebrate individuality and independence from following the norms.  This giveaway event will be all about exactly that!  Anything goes - prizes can be anything from adult products to childrens' toys to outdoor gear to entertaining gadgets and more.  If you want to see it let us know!  Each blogger will pick their favorite products AND their readers favorites as well!
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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Katy Perry Costume Review - Birthday in a Box Costumes

Birthday in a Box

Disclaimer: I received the products mentioned below complementary from the sponsor in return for this review. My daughters and I always give our honest opinions and only bring you products that I believe my readers will benefit from and/or enjoy. This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience, see full Disclosure for more details.

Most of you know that I have 2 daughters that are only 11 months apart. They are my everything and as they've gotten older I come to realize that Jade and Loran become more and more like me everyday. That's a bit scary in a since :) haha Not really, I just happen to have a bit of an attitude sometimes. But that's a story for another day! My girls are completely different when it comes to most things but it seems like their taste in most music is the same as well as the "older-aged" shows and movies. I say this because they are both CRAZY for Katy Perry! No joke! My little girls know almost every word to a many of Katy Perry's popular songs! I have a Concert DVD that Loran and Jade can't get enough of! They've been watching it over and over for the past couple days, dancing around and switching back and forth on who was going to wear their new Katy Perry costume dress that we received from Birthday in a Box! (They've even went to sleep watching the dvd for 3 nights straight! They tried to sleep in their dress but I made them change.)

Loran and Jade were at their Maw-Maw's house when the costume arrived and I couldn't wait for them to get home... One - because I missed them like crazy (They were gone for 10 days, out of town, 1 1/2 hrs away) and Two - I wanted to see their faces when I gave them their new costume!

My girls LOVE their Katy Perry dress! My favorite part about the costume is that when I chose a size Medium, I crossed my finders and hoped that it would fit both of them and was overjoyed when I realized that it did!! Both girls can wear the Katy Perry dress with no problem! Jade is the HUGE Katy Perry fan and she's worn the dress the most, every time I turn around I see that little candy colored dress bouncing around with a blonde head attached at the top! :) You may remember from the past tha Loran and Jade like to do video reviews of the products that we receive for them... so who could resist doing a video for the Katy Perry Costume! They aren't known for The Dancing Diva's for nothing!

If you would like to see more of Loran and Jade's videos, 
Find them on YouTube
Look for the Dancing Diva's Playlist on My Kind Of Introduction's YouTube page!!

You can kind of see the
blue wig on the costume bag!
(My camera flash gave off a glare
every-time I took this photo!)
The costume is a silky-like fabric and has light but vibrant colors throughout the dress and who can miss all of the candy that covers the top front of the dress. It's as cute as can be and both girls agree that their Katy Perry Costume is very comfy! Comfy dress-up clothes and/or Halloween gear are what we like best, no one wants to start itching from a tickling tulle skirt!
You can also purchase the blue Katy Perry wig (the one that has the heart on the side of her head) at Birthday in a Box as well. We chose not to get the wig due to the face that they don't last long at my house. (The girls had an orange wig once and it got all matted up quick!) Loran ad Jade don't miss the wig at all, they love the dress and that's all that matters in my book! Who knew so much attitude and sassy looks can come out of 3 little girls?! These girls sure know how to throw around the model poses and Mrs. Priss facial expression. 

Birthday in a Box has all kinds of costumes, party decorations Halloween decor and much more!
Make sure you visit the Birthday in a Box website to see what all they can offer you for your partying, Halloween and/or dress-up needs!! 

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

How I handle Inappropriate Movie Choices w/ My Kids

How do you handle your child when they want to watch a movie that is not appropriate?   

Our daughters are barley 6 and 7 years old, their birthdays literally just passed a few weeks ago. They’re just starting to get to the age where they enjoy a wider range of movies and shows and not strictly the cartoon versions. (They still won‘t watch the 'real dog' version of "101 Dalmatians".) Loran is the oldest and she still has moments where she wants to watch "Caillou", "Sam & Cat", and "Franklin". While Jade lost interest in "Caillou" a while ago but is still a big "Dora" fan, loves "She-Ra" & "He-Man" and enjoys anything "Katy Perry". (Which isn’t normally a movie choice unless you own a concert or Documentary DVD, which we do.) Both girls enjoy watching "Full House", cooking shows/competitions and the movie "Grease". (They discovered Grease when both Loran and Jade‘s kindergarten song was based from the original version on Summer Lovin‘ and I couldn‘t help but YouTube the scene and they were hooked after that.) Their brother Mj is more into shows like Wild Man and movies like Transformers and others that are similar. (He has different rules when he‘s not at our house and watches a wider variety.)
Our kids like variety!! It makes life interesting and I couldn’t ask for anything better J

When it comes to inappropriate movies and shows for our kids, my fiance and I have 2 completely different opinions. My fiance believes that pretty much anything goes! He was one of those kids that was watching Rambo and Terminator at age 5, apparently there is also a Rambo cartoon that I’d never heard of before I met Alan. The only decent shows that I’ve heard about him watching as a child is “Thundercats” and “He-Man”! The man had never heard of the nursery rhyme “How much is that doggie in the window” until I mentioned it, after our 2 daughters were born! So as you see, Alan don’t really get to chose which movies are appropriate for our kids often, unless it’s a cartoon… he does pretty well with little girl cartoons… you can’t go wrong with most of them. Grown-up movies is where we clash. Most of the time, Alan simply tells the kids to “Go ask Mommy” when he’s not sure if I would approve of their choice of movie.

When it comes to what I believe is an inappropriate movie/show, it varies. As a child I was very quiet and ended up being a tomboy outdoors and a girlie girl indoors. I wasn’t around anything inappropriate on my tv until my mama and daddy split up. I discovered many inappropriate shows and movies and I don’t want my kids brought up watching vulgar TV. 

When my girls ask if they can watch a movie and it turns out to be a grown-up movie is to make sure that I’ve seen it before so I know what’s going to happen. (Grown-Up Movies what we call movies with real people in them unless it‘s one of the Tween/Teen shows like on Nickelodeon and Disney and then we use the term -Their Shows) The Movies and tv shows that I don’t allow my kids to watch (not even my youngest step-son who is age 10) are the ones with lots of cussing, vulgar/grown-up jokes, visible sex (Where body’s are seen, action is visible and sounds are loudly heard! Scenes like the ones in Dirty Dancing are fine… for the most part) blood and death, etc - The normal no-no’s that most parents worry about. 

I simply tell the kids that the movie they chose is a grown-up movie and they aren’t allowed to watch it. For the most part, they take it very well. Sometimes they respond with “When I get as big as you Mommy, then can I watch it?” or “I‘ll watch it when I turn 22, okay Mommy!” They’ve been hung up on the age 22 for just over 3 years, since I was 22. If they don’t say 22, they say 25 and I’m sure in a few months it will be 26... Which is the age I will be in October J My girls have quiet a temper sometimes but I don’t remember one time that they've gotten mad at me over not being able to watch a movie. Except maybe when I banned Sponge Bob for a few months…. That caused a few tears but once I explained my reasons and let them quietly cry for a minute longer, just to get it out of their system, they would be perfectly fine and chose something else to watch and everything goes back to normal. My girls are pretty easy going about movies and tv show choices most days, they only seem to argue the choices out with each other, not my fiance and I. I’m sure I’ll have challenges here and there as they get older but I’ll cross that bridge when we get there!
Even though movie choices don’t cause a big fuss in my house… try and tell the girls that they can’t have a whole bag of chips when it’s 20 minutes until Supper time…. THEN you have a whole different situation on your hands!

I would like to hear your opinion on the subject as well!

How do you tell your kids that the movie they chose is inappropriate?

Would you consider Dirty Dancing and Grease to be to inappropriate movie choices for a children ages 6-8?

This post was created as an entry in a Blogger Writing Contest held by +Mommy Bear Media. I was to write a post using the question asked below. Among all of the bloggers who entered the contest, I WON!!! I could hardly believe it when I opened the email! :) I got to chose 2 movies as my prize. I chose "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" & "Smurfs" which will both be put to good use! I'm so excited!!

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