PSA or IBMM (Irresponsible Bad Mommy Moment)

>> Monday, July 23, 2012

Call it what you will. If you know me personally you know that I am a bit on the overprotective side. I know this. It was also how I was raised by my great grandmother so why wouldn't I be the same? My kids aren't the "cool" kids, they are the ones who have to play it safe because "My Mom won't let me." Bummer right? Recently I learned a very valuable lesson. Being overprotective isn't all that bad.

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Last week a friend invited us to their community pool to swim. I am a nervous wreck in pool situations. Like until this season I have made our 5 year old wear a swim vest (insert *eyeroll* from 5 year old here). I don't let our girls outside of our fence without a life vest on because we live on the lake. Our water isn't even over their heads but still it is a "wear it or don't go!" Period.

My friend, Steph, and I decided to order pizza for the families and Ruby asked to take off her vest. I have never let her do this. After a few times of her asking I let her. Where was my head? What was I thinking? I didn't want to hear her whine? Plus we were eating away from the pool. Everyone was told not to go in the water and to let their stomachs settle. While Steph and I were cleaning up the table Violet yelled "Mama, Ruby isn't wearing her life vest and she's sinking!" Oh.My.Gosh! My heart stopped. Thankfully Steph was already running and jumped in and got her. She was fine and was holding her breath trying to doggie paddle but definitely under water. That fast. Steph was shaking. I was shaking. Our baby loves the water and just wanted to put her life vest on and get back in not even realizing how dangerous of a situation she was in. 3 year olds don't understand drowning and I failed her by allowing her to wear me down and take her vest off. Again, what the heck was I thinking?

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I know my child will never get to take her vest off again. We have all probably heard a similar story before. It can happen in an instant. There was no splash, there was no struggle, my girl just basically sunk even trying to swim. I have beat myself up so many times over the past few days over this. I have cried over it. I have major guilt over it. It was the first and ONLY time that I ever let one of my kids around water without their vest and my girl almost drowned. Water should not be feared but it should be respected. Valuable lesson learned the hard way!


Pony Royale Review #CleverPonyRoyale

>> Wednesday, July 18, 2012

This post is sponsored by Pony Royale. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Pony Royale, a new toy line starring beautiful princess ponies, brings a fresh new approach to princess play in the fashion doll category. Pony Royale combines favorite play patterns - hair play, fashion play and nurturing play – to give children endless hours of open-ended creative play with a fun and easy fashion system. The full collection, featuring 12 Princess Ponies, all with the ability to mix-and-match their manes, tails and fashion pieces, will hit store shelves in late July at Toys R Us.

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My girls were lucky enough to play with the ponies before they get to Toys R Us! We received Harmony and Sienna. I couldn't get the package opened soon enough for our pony lovers. The twelve Princess Ponies are pony action figure dolls with names, personalities, and changeable hair and outfits. With two Pony Royale dolls, make over 60 fashion styles! Each pony comes with a jeweled birthstone blaze, two sets of Change-It-Up Hair and hair brush included!

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The week that Sienna and Harmony arrived was hot. Let me rephrase, H.O.T.! Afternoons were spent indoors to escape the 100+ degree temps. The new Pony Royale Princess Ponies gave them hours of imaginative play. Our lucky Princess Pony's were treated to their hair being braided, taken out, brushed, and braided again.

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Our little Ruby loved them right away. Although she is only 3 she was able to remove the hair and change it as easily as the older two. She thought it was fun to use one color of hair for the mane and another for the tail. She liked her Princess Pony so much in fact that she didn't want to share her with the others. Thankfully Ruby naps occasionally because that allowed Piper and Violet time to play together.

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Piper read to her sisters about the other Princess Ponies in the Pony Royale stable which were quickly added to their wish lists. A map of the Princess Pony's land sent them on adventures throughout our house ending in the living room where the girls changed out their pony's hair, switched up costumes, and got them ready to go again. The Pony Royale website tells you about each Princess Pony. Fun girlie things like who her BFF is, what her favorite drink is, and gives a brief description of her personality. Cute right? Piper was all over that!

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A beautiful Princess Pony with her birthstone blaze would make an excellent birthday gift for that special princess in your life. Piper wants Starfire when they become available to the public this month since she just celebrated her birthday. It will give each of our girls their own Princess Pony to play with and many more hair options. Pony Royale will also be selling Fashion Sets and Hair Packs to dress your Princess Pony for the beach or maybe a day chasing butterflies. A girl needs a lot of options!

Visit the Pony Royale website for more information. Look for Princess Ponies in stores starting late July! Meanwhile, be sure to check out Pony Royale’s Facebook page and follow them on Twitter!



>> Thursday, July 12, 2012

Sometimes during our lives we build up an event so much in our heads that we become crazy with emotion anticipating how good or bad it will be. This is me right now. The weeks leading up to what would have been Milo's due date have been some of my worst since we lost him. I wish that I could stop the bad dreams at night or the sad memories that replay in my head during the day. There have been some very grateful distractions but even with them my heart is broken most days.

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I feel different inside and I am still pissed off. This is obviously seeping into my everyday. Sometimes I feel like my joy is gone and wonder if it will ever return. None of this is fair to our family, I know this, but even on days that I get up trying so hard it just takes one small thing to throw me all the way back down into that very sad spot. Sad and angry feel a lot alike to me with both leaving me very empty.

I have still been taking my iPhone pics every day and one day (maybe even soon) I will post them. For now I will try and concentrate on Piper's birthday coming up and all the fun we will have when our Ohio family comes to stay with us. Maybe the great weight I feel will ease after I get through Sunday. I can only hope.

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