Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Steaming Away Stains + GIVEAWAY

A few years ago, we decided to join the "van club." We had a newborn and we knew that getting our child in and out of the vehicle we had, would prove to be too difficult on a daily basis. Well, I suppose along with having a young child also comes stains, spills, and lots and lots of crumbs (all things that are expected to happen in a van, right?)

To be honest, I had not spent much time getting the stains out, only because they seemed minor at the time, but I suppose over time, they started to pile up (literally).

I received an email from HomeRight, who also produces the amazing SteamMachine (which I also have), letting me know that they had just come out with the AutoRight SteamMachine. I was a tad skeptical because I was not sure how steam could get out years and years of stains from a vehicle 
(our van is 10 years old). 

Well, I was wrong.

The AutoRight SteamMachine does not use ANY chemicals, but purely water to steam clean dirt, grime, and grease from your vehicle's upholstery, leather, and carpets. It can even clean your wheels, windows, and dashboards. The cleaner has interchangeable accessories like a jet nozzle, small and large nylon brushes (soft and stiff bristles for both), a squeegee, and more!

How does it work? The Steam Cleaner uses a high temperature of steam that is also pressurized to loosen and remove dirt and grease. Again, there are no chemicals used and even disinfects 99% of all germs and bacteria!

Let the pictures prove it's power:

Pouring water into the machine using the funnel and cup provided.

 Tighten the cap, plug in, push the "on" button, and allow to heat up (about 15 minutes)

Locate all of those stains!



Let the Steam Cleaner do it's job!


Voila! There were stones embedded into this rubber, a sticky residue from who knows what, and the Steam Cleaner took it ALL off within SECONDS!

I used a cloth to dab where I used the machine and look at how much it kicked up!

Now THAT is clean!
 A grease spot...

 Which is no more!



HomeRight has offered to giveaway ONE (1) AutoRight SteamMachine to one of my readers! 

  • Giveaway starts Tuesday, September 27, 2016 and ends Monday, October 3, 2016 at 11:59pm.
  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter.com
  • Open to U.S. residents only and must by 18 years or older
  • I will email the winner and each winner has 1 week to confirm.
  • Winner will be shipped 1 AutoRight SteamMachine, free of charge.
  • Please enter below! 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, September 26, 2016

Around The Home

I may have said this in my last "Around The Home" post, but Fall REALLY has arrived in Minnesota! Cool temps during the day, leaves are changing and falling, and it is WINDY. Who knew that Minnesota would be so windy? Needless to say, going on bike rides with Mazy is plenty of exercise since our "cart" acts like a parachute. 

We were thankful to have a very good report at Mazy's 18 month appointment! Much to be thankful for. She slept AMAZING last week too (outside of Monday night). She slept through the night completely one night, only woke up once for 2 nights, and then woke up twice 1 one night, but that is a major improvement! Then it went a bit downhill again, but hey, you take what you can get! I tried a few of the suggestions the doctor gave me, and they did not seem to work, but only made it worse, but I am so glad she suggested them! Love my doctor!

Mazy is again, learning new words everyday. She now knows people's names, can say "Go blue" and "I love you" in her own little language. Really, you can teach her any word as long as it doesn't have an "l" or "n" in it. Those are two letters that always seem to get missed in words (allow with many more I am sure). Toddler babble never gets old!

One of Mazy's new-found loves is for stickers. Again, we don't need a sticker book - mommy's and Mazy's faces are just as fun!

I had to get Mazy up for her appointment, and this is how I found her. pants half off, with her legs tugged underneath. She was OUT! Not really my preferred way of sleeping...

You can see the leaves are just starting to turn at the tops of the trees in Prinsburg!

As you know, Mazy is quite obsessed with Daniel Tiger (Danny as she calls it). Well, Dan found a stuffed animal Daniel Tiger that plays some of the sayings from the show, and he couldn't resist. 

And she's in love:



There were extra cupcakes from youth group (a sweet leader brought them for Dan's birthday). We knew Mazy would enjoy one! Never thought of licking the cupcake so you don't get your hands dirty!

Licking it wasn't really working...

We were walking through the mall and Dan saw the toys in the middle of the mall - I'm telling you, Mazy has her father wrapped around her finger (and I LOVE it). Mazy went for quite a ride to say the least!

Wearing an adorable outfit from my sister

When you try and take a nice pic with your daughter...

LOVE my goofball!


Saturday, September 24, 2016

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Mazy Is 18 Months Old!



Stats: 
 ~ Height: 33 1/4 inches (88th percentile)
 ~ Weight: 23 lbs. 3 oz. (57th percentile

Food:
 ~ Favorites: lasagna, mac 'n cheese, strawberries, cheese, pizza, peanut butter and jelly, oatmeal cream pies, taking cereal out of the bag

Size:
 ~ 18 month-2T clothes
 ~ 24 month - 2T pants
 ~ Size 4 diapers during the day and size 5 at night

Routine:
 ~ Wakes up between 7:30 and 8:15.
 ~ Goes to bed, well, by 10:00 

 ~ Mazy's wake up time has varied a bit since she recently hasn't started to fall asleep until 9:30 or 10. When she wakes up, she likes to cuddle and then eat breakfast about 1 hour later. We will then run our errands and play outside. She eats lunch at about 11:30 and then between 12 and 12:30 she will go down for an afternoon nap. She can sleep 2 hours, but sometimes we do not let her so that she is more tired at night (though that theory seems to not work). After she wakes up, she cuddles for quite awhile (she wakes up really hard), and then it's off to playing again. Eats supper at 5:30 or so, more play, then by 7:30, we give her a bath, turn Praise Baby or Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood on. Then we just pray that she will go to sleep eventually! 

Milestones:
 ~ Favorite Words: eyes (sunglasses), keys, bo, bane (plane), weese (swing), pay (play), bah (bath), dadee (daddy), sooze (shoes), eeshee (blankie), wubs (wubbanub), gawk (milk), woof (dog), bahsh (brush), ehwhoa (hello, phone), babee (baby), beebeebee (praisebaby dvd) eyes (for sunglasses), keys, mo (for motorcycle), daushess (strawberries)
New words: mommy (mom), sun, bri (Brianna), weesh (fish), miyee (more), gawga (cracker), bi (bike), danny (Daniel Tiger), roar (bear), baa baa (lamb)
 ~ Can get up and down off the floor solely on her own, without having to use furniture
 ~ Has 14 teeth - just pushed through her canines.
 ~ Loves to make animal sounds - can even do a fantastic beaver sound by smacking her hands together
 ~ Really is starting to comprehend what we are saying. Can get something if we ask her to.
 ~ Loves to dance and sing
 ~ Can bend over and pick something up off the ground if hanging onto something
 ~ Can get off the couch on her own
 ~ Got her first haircut, to get rid of the mullet (I cut it)

Other Things To Remember:
 ~ Has not been to the doctor since July!
 ~ Hast stopped pulling out her hair for the most part!
 ~ Loves to go on walks - but she has to now do the walking herself and start a leaf collection everytime
 ~ Enjoys swinging, playing in the sandbox, playing with chalk, and riding in her car
 ~ Can't wait for me to say "let's get the mail" (loves holding the keys)
 ~ Sometimes sleeps through the night, but sometimes wakes up 5 times in a night
 ~ Enjoys playing on the deck; especially in her water table
 ~ Would watch Praise Baby and Daniel Tiger all day if we let her
 ~ Always asks to pray before meals - holds our hands and she squints her eyes shut
 ~ Likes to try and put her own clothes on
 ~ Favorite toys: riding elephant, busy board, My Very First 100 Words block books, coloring, blocks, any book, baby, cell phone, puppy that she can pull
 ~ Can say a word and typically she can repeat it in her own form
 ~ Still loves her baths! Oh, and putting things in the toilet if the lid isn't down

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Around The Home

This past week we had the joy of having Dan's parents stay with us! They made the 10 hour trek from Michigan to visit, and what a wonderful weekend we had! Always good to catch up and to have visitors!

Besides having family come and visit, I feel life has been pretty hectic, but hopefully things will slow down (right?) The start of school is always a busy time, just getting our schedules coordinated, getting back into the swing of things, etc. If this says anything, I am finally posting my "Monday" post on Thursday. I must say though, we are also spending a lot of time soaking up our daughter - oh the joy she brings to our life!

This past Sunday was also Dan's 35th birthday! He sure looks a whole lot younger than 35 if you ask me! 

She makes us laugh. So this summer, she VERY MUCH disliked wearing her life jacket. Well, now she wants to wear it around the house (for just a few minutes). Silly girl!

It rained last Friday and Mazy kept begging to go outside. Granted it was warm out (so it was a warm rain as well), so we decided to let her go outside. She was given a new raincoat by a friend, and oh did she love putting on that coat and going out in the rain! 

Eating her favorite snack - OCP's (as coined by our friend), aka Oatmeal Creme Pies

Watching Daniel Tiger with Grandpa before going to bed

One thing Dan wanted for his birthday was to go fishing just us two. Thankfully his parents were in town so we did not have to get an official babysitter. It was a bit of a rough start (literally). We went to Green Lake and the motor would not start. It was also rather windy and bit chilly, but the conversations and company were warm and much needed!

And of course I got out-fished AGAIN


The clouds started to break and that sun started to peak out!

Never a dull moment with a toddler - Mazy loves to play with stickers now. It was pretty warm outside so we took off her shirt. Well, then she decided to use her body and belly as her "sticker book"

Cuddling with Grandma

Cuddling with Grandpa


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Learn more or get your bundle HERE

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle 2016



Do you ever feel overwhelmed by healthy living?

It’s not that you don’t understand or agree with why it matters. Many of us want to eat whole foods, raise healthier kids, avoid toxins and chemicals, get fit, and so forth.

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I know what it’s like to feel that healthy living shouldn’t be this hard, and it shouldn’t have to cost so much, either! Don’t you ever wish someone would just tell you exactly what you need to know and how to make these changes for less?

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Our Little 18 Month Old

I couldn't wait to take 18 month pictures of our sweet Mazy! 

I once again fell into the trap of wanting to take the "perfect" pictures. I looked up different poses to take of 18 month olds and what I found myself doing was laughing at the different pictures I saw. Yeah, I would love to recreate the perfect atmosphere, but what I LOVE about taking candid pictures of Mazy is that they capture her personality.

I fell into the trap too of wanting to perfect the lighting of them, but then I looked at her and said there are no changes that need to be made after I edited 2 of them. I am not a photographer, but nor do I aspire to be. I take pictures with the beautiful camera my husband bought for me, for this very reason: to capture our daughter.

And so, without further ado, here is our just perfect little girl. When I look at her, she brings inexpressible joy. She brings a smile to our faces - and I'm sure she will to yours too. There is a light in her eyes, a cheerfulness in her smile that radiates. 

Who knew a little toddler could bring and represent so much life? She is feisty, she is strong-willed, and she loves the Lord; already. When we do not immediately grab her hands to pray, she reaches out her hands and says "bay" (for pray). God has used her to grow my faith, challenge my faith, and draw me into a deeper relationship with God. 
Could not be more thankful for this miraculous gift from God!

Enjoy...