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    Book Review: Little Chickies (Los Pollitos)

    The TCM family loves reading and we are so excited to share one of our new favorite books with you--Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) PLUS a giveaway!

    At 18 months, mini was in a Montessori school that taught English and Spanish. As someone who lost their Spanish fluency just due to lack of practice, I loved that she was immersed in a language that is sure to be used more often than not in our country. Most jobs ask if you’re bilingual and languages are important. Which is why I was so excited to get my hands on the Little Chickies by Canticos book.

    The TCM family loves reading and we are so excited to share one of our new favorite books with you--Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) PLUS a giveaway!

    Photo credit to www.thisoriginallife.com

    A Love For Reading

    My girls love reading. I’m not going to lie, I was worried about mini because she would clown me so much when I would review her sight words with her or try and sound things out, but now at 6 she’s in the advance readers program in her school and I couldn’t be more proud.

    The TCM family loves reading and we are so excited to share one of our new favorite books with you--Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) PLUS a giveaway!

    Photo credit to www.thisoriginallife.com

    And abc? Well if I need her to sit down then I just feed her books. There are moments where I’ll here her talking to herself only to walk in on her surrounded by books that she’s reading. Both their dad and I are lovers of books so the fact that this love has rubbed off is wonderful and it makes incorporating books that will ultimately aid in the teaching of a new language organic and easy.

    The TCM family loves reading and we are so excited to share one of our new favorite books with you--Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) PLUS a giveaway!

    Photo credit to www.thisoriginallife.com

    Little Chickies/Los Pollitos Book by Canticos

    We’ve all seen the books that are written in both Spanish and English. The Spanish is written either above or below the English words. These are cool but I love the design of the Little Chickies/Los Pollitos books. It’s a board book that has little chicks that pop up. Abc loooooooves this though she’s a little rough so I have to help her with the pop ups.

    The TCM family loves reading and we are so excited to share one of our new favorite books with you--Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) PLUS a giveaway!

    But the book folds out! The design of it is sheer genius. When you’re reading one side, it’s all in either Spanish or English but then you flip it over and then the book is in the other language. Here’s what I love about this: it forces you to retain the words in Spanish/English that you just read.

    When learning a new language, people say that you should watch the soap operas or read the magazines so that you can get a better feel of the context in which words are used, conjugated, etc. And this is exactly what this book does all while providing a sleek design and engaging pop-ups for kids.

    But it gets better…

    Little Chickies/Los Pollitos App

    In the app that compliments the book, the little chickies that were pop ups in the book come to life as the hatch and sing and dance! The kids get to crack the eggs on the screen (make sure your screen is protected first, ha!) and watch the little chickies hatch before engaging them in nursery rhymes in different languages.

    The TCM family loves reading and we are so excited to share one of our new favorite books with you--Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) PLUS a giveaway!

    The design of the app flawlessly compliments the book. You can tap on the little chickies and they peep out “Pio! Pio!” just like the pop-ups in the book.

    The TCM family loves reading and we are so excited to share one of our new favorite books with you--Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) PLUS a giveaway!

    As if the book and app weren’t good enough, they donate a portion of each purchase to provide books and learning apps to low-income families. Grab your book and app (it’s on Android & iPhone) and get your kids falling in love with an engaging and fun way to learn a new language!!! Check out Canticos to keep up with future releases: Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest YouTube

    Oh! Did I mention that I love my readers so much that I want to give you one?

    The TCM family loves reading and we are so excited to share one of our new favorite books with you--Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) PLUS a giveaway!

    The Little Chickies/Los Pollitos by Canticos Giveaway

    **Disclaimer: TCM has received some form of compensation for this post though all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. There may be affiliate links in this post which means that by clicking them, I may benefit from it.**

    The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Saved Spring Break

    How does a car save spring break? Let me explain…

    The week before mini’s spring break, the TCM household got hit hard. In fact, as of last week we’re all finally in the clear. Both the hubs and I were kicking it in Urgent Care together tag teaming the doctor’s. He was diagnosed with strep throat yay. I was diagnosed with some really bad allergies that irritated my normally controllable asthma. With my lungs closing up and his throat bumpier than rocky road ice cream, we prepared to rest up a couple of days. Or so we thought. Abc woke up Wednesday with a fever. Friday mini developed a little rash that eventual spread into a huge rash.

    Hand. Foot. Mouth. Disease.

    The Friday before spring break she was the last one down for the count in the most contagious way. We were unprepared for this hitting our home. Like I was scouring Google and interviewing my mommy boards for the 411 like I was the cops on a good day. We had planned on going to Orlando to visit my sisterfriend Brittany who had a baby a couple months ago. A baby boy that I just could not wait to love up on and a friend I needed to see! We had planned on heading to Disney and enjoying the Magic Kingdom in all it’s glory but with mini being contagious, all of these plans were ruined. Until my moms came through with information that doctors confirmed: mini was no longer contagious and we were free to leave the quarantined area.

    About an hour after this was confirmed, the most brilliantly blue colored 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport arrived in my driveway. I mean, this thing is like truly majestic in color. You guys already know that I love a Mitsubishi and it brings memories back from childhood so I was excited to hop in and make some memories with my family.

    Orlando in the Spring

    We didn’t go to Disney but that’s not the only place to have fun in Orlando! The Orlando Science Center proved to be a big hit for all of us. Check out these pictures!

    After the plague hit our home, our spring break was almost ruined. With the help of the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport we made some great memories.

    Yes, we packed our own snacks in our Disney-themed baggies

    After the plague hit our home, our spring break was almost ruined. With the help of the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport we made some great memories.

    Mini and EB are fixing a car. Fun!

    After the plague hit our home, our spring break was almost ruined. With the help of the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport we made some great memories.After the plague hit our home, our spring break was almost ruined. With the help of the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport we made some great memories. After the plague hit our home, our spring break was almost ruined. With the help of the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport we made some great memories.

    After the plague hit our home, our spring break was almost ruined. With the help of the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport we made some great memories.

    Some of my favorite pieces of Orlando…

    After the plague hit our home, our spring break was almost ruined. With the help of the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport we made some great memories.

    These pictures only capture a few moments of the memories we created while with Auntie Brittany and the babes. But so many more were made.

    Mitsubishi

    The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

    After confirming that we were still heading to Orlando, I had our clothes and car packed in about 30min. The trunk of the Outlander made packing it super easy.

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    My Loves:

    • The highway gas mileage was a plus. We made it from Atlanta to Orlando and only had to stop for gas once. When we arrived, we still had almost a full tank. Score!
    • The design is truly beautiful and quite simple. It’s very minimalistic in a good way. It’s not too hard to find the controls you’re looking for.IMG_2803
    • Handles beautifully. This baby was so easy to drive and whip around.
    • Trunk space galore!!!IMG_2799

    The Thing I didn’t Love

    And yes, there’s only one–for a family of 4 this was possibly too compact for road tripping. This is THE perfect everyday vehicle. Great gas mileage, compact so it fits in parking spots, super cute and trendy. But by the time we pulled back into Atlanta, this car was demolished. There was popcorn and other snacks in places I didn’t even know existed!

    This is our first spring break with a grade schooler and the plague almost made it impossible for us to enjoy. With the help of the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, we were able to make some lasting memories with our girls.

    What was your favorite part of spring break?

    **Disclaimer: TCM received a compensation in some form for this review though all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.**

    10 Groupon Coupons You Need This Mother’s Day

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    When Groupon first came out, I was an addict. Never one to pass up a good deal, Groupon and I became besties fast. Our relationship has always been strong–especially now since mama is NOT a baller just yet.

    But Groupon did something even more spectacular: They added coupons to their site. Some may know about this, some may not but as a lover of useful information, I’m dropping that hot fire knowledge on you today. And because I don’t want you guys left out in the wind since Mother’s Day is THIS WEEKEND, here are the Groupon coupons you should be focusing on:

    Top 10 Groupon Coupons You Need This Mother’s Day

    1. Edible Arrangements Coupon: This is one of my favorites because I love Edible Arrangements! They always have the best tasting fruit. Their pineapple? True perfection!
    2. Shutterfly Coupon: There’s actually a plethora of these which I love. After having the photo shoot done, I now want to display ALL the photos without using my entire tax return!
    3. T.J. MaxxIf your mom or wife is a “Maxxinista” then you need to make sure you’re gifting her with some free shipping! I know it’s not just me who will load an entire cart online and rethink my $500 purchase over $7.99 shipping.
    4. Jane Stone: Prior to seeing the coupon on Groupon, I’d never heard of this store but after checking it out, I’m quite happy that there’s a 20% off coupon for their items!
    5. Macy’s: My mom and I have bonded over many trips to Macy’s! They have such a great selection and what better way to celebrate the mom in your life by taking them to pick something out they love and getting an awesome discount?
    6. Target: Don’t judge me–I’m an addict. I love shopping there with my RedCard and getting that 5%. Plus their always trying to make me save more money with Cartwheel and coupons and in-store deals. TARGET I LOVE YOU!!!
    7. 1-800-FLOWERSI said it on Monday, we love flowers. Get 20% off with the Groupon coupon!
    8. RoadRunner: Yes, a running store. I know one of my goals is to really get back into running and what’s better than a useful gift to help me? Plus, who doesn’t love a gift that will earn it’s keep?
    9. Victoria’s Secret: Working on making her a mom of more than one? Welp, Vicky’s has you covered! They have like one thousand and one free gifts going on right now and we love a tote!
    10. Ann Taylor: Ann Taylor screams class, grace, and style. And their clothes fit really well! I hear that there’s some 40% sales happening!

    **Honorable Mention – Zenni Optical: I’ve gotten about 6 pairs of glasses from here (don’t judge, I like variety). They are REALLY well priced and have super fast shipping!

    Image courtesy of https://samwritesforyou.com

    So, who’s doing what for Mother’s Day?

    **Disclaimer: TCM received some form of compensation for this post though all opinions and thoughts expressed are our own.**

    The Mommy + Me Time That Matters

    Mom, ma, mama, mommy. We know who and what we are. We are the makers of memories and homes. Join me as I share my fondest memories w/pictures of my family.

    With Mother’s Day around the corner I’m feeling nostalgic–especially since I just got the photos in that my friend Richard from This Original Life took during our “Mommy & Me” photo shoot.

    Mom, ma, mama, mommy. We know who and what we are. We are the makers of memories and homes. Join me as I share my fondest memories w/pictures of my family.

    I’ve always said that if my girls can look back on their childhoods the way I look back on mine, then I was successful as a mom. Thinking back to my childhood, there are so.many.fond memories. I can probably fill a book with the times that we laughed, cried, loved and hated each other–yes, hated (my girls get their drama honest).

    Mom, ma, mama, mommy. We know who and what we are. We are the makers of memories and homes. Join me as I share my fondest memories w/pictures of my family.

    But not one of those times is a staged photo shoot but I wish I had photos of those times so I could show my littles how things looked, how I smiled, the gleam in my eyes–everything that Richard captured during the morning he spent with my family.

    Mom, ma, mama, mommy. We know who and what we are. We are the makers of memories and homes. Join me as I share my fondest memories w/pictures of my family.

    My favorite times were when my mom would wake my brother and I up, toss us in the car and we would venture on what seemed like an unplanned road trip. As a little girl, it was so much fun to just hop in the car and go! I thought my mom was truly the coolest. Now as an adult, I know there was so much planning she did behind the scenes. What I would give to see pictures of my mom sneaking around the house and our rooms (which were ALWAYS messy) to pack us up for our impending trip.

    Mom, ma, mama, mommy. We know who and what we are. We are the makers of memories and homes. Join me as I share my fondest memories w/pictures of my family.

    We would go to places like Hershey Park, Busch Gardens, or just to visit her family that we rarely saw so it was always a special occasion to see them. I remember when it was my turn to play navigator (I was horrible at it) but I loved the chance to get my mom’s attention all to myself. We would talk about everything–swimming, school, the future. We would laugh and joke or we would just stare out into the road that was waiting for us.

    Mom, ma, mama, mommy. We know who and what we are. We are the makers of memories and homes. Join me as I share my fondest memories w/pictures of my family.

    Another of my favorite memories were all the times that she took to make sure I understood the importance of good skin care. While the saying of “black don’t crack” is popular now, it wasn’t always! The lessons in Clinique care stick with me now as I still have a beauty regimen in place that was started as a child with my mom. Masks, toners, face wash, creams… I knew how to use them, when, and how often at a young age.

    Mom, ma, mama, mommy. We know who and what we are. We are the makers of memories and homes. Join me as I share my fondest memories w/pictures of my family.

    One of my least favorite times were my years of puberty. We would argue so much. There was lots of talking back, swift pops to the mouth and anger. I hated myself but I didn’t know why. I didn’t look like my svelte blond hair, blue-eyed counterparts and I hated it. But my mom loved me through it. She forced me to see the beauty that society denied me. She taught me that though my curves and body were beautiful, not everyone needed to see all of it. She taught me that it doesn’t matter what others think of me just so long as I thought of myself as being great nothing else mattered.

    Mom, ma, mama, mommy. We know who and what we are. We are the makers of memories and homes. Join me as I share my fondest memories w/pictures of my family.

    These are the times I wish I could photograph. These are the lessons I wish I could keep in a physical sense so I can wrap them up and pass them down to my daughter.

    Mom, ma, mama, mommy. We know who and what we are. We are the makers of memories and homes. Join me as I share my fondest memories w/pictures of my family.

    The very daughter that she held as soon as my body pushed her out. The very granddaughter that she fell in love with the instant she saw my belly pop out showing I was holding her life. The very granddaughter that the swooped in to save me so that I could be the best mom I could to her.

    Mom, ma, mama, mommy. We know who and what we are. We are the makers of memories and homes. Join me as I share my fondest memories w/pictures of my family.

    And now I’m building my own memories with my daughters. Neither one of them will look back on the day we had our staged photos done. It was stressful as we all tried to smile just right through makeup and semi-done hair. But you know what they’ll remember? They’ll remember the day that “that man came and took our pictures”. Mini has already referenced the morning that she helped me make her “favorite” french toast. These are the times that matter. These are the moments worth remembering. And I’m so happy that I have these pictures to illustrate the narration that I have in my head.

    Mom, ma, mama, mommy. We know who and what we are. We are the makers of memories and homes. Join me as I share my fondest memories w/pictures of my family.

    Check out this deal that my friend is offering!

    Check out some more of the photos from our Mommy + Me Morning Photo Shoot!

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    Ladybugs: The Eco-Friendly Pesticides

    Ladybugs are most commonly seen as lucky little beetles but do you know how they got this reputation? Read on to see how and what they're REALLY for.

    When most people think of ladybugs, they think of luck. These might be one of the only bugs that when I see it, I don’t immediately begin to feverishly swat at it and secretly pray for it’s imminent death. Nope, none of that happens when I see these little guys.

    Ladybugs are most commonly seen as lucky little beetles but do you know how they got this reputation? Read on to see how and what they're REALLY for.

    Having little girls, ladybugs are popular with clothes and accessories and I always thought they were these cute, little bugs meant to spread good luck and cheer all over the world. But they aren’t. These little guys have a purpose and a rather awesome one that I learned about during the recent release of ladybugs held at Pike Nurseries.

    Ladybugs are most commonly seen as lucky little beetles but do you know how they got this reputation? Read on to see how and what they're REALLY for.

    Ladybugs Are More Than Just Good Luck & Fortune

    These babies are killing machines!!! Yes, killing machines as in they will eat those nasty little bugs that are determined to kill your gardens. Its a dog eat dog world, right? Or a ladybug eat nasty bugs world to be more accurate.

    Ladybugs are most commonly seen as lucky little beetles but do you know how they got this reputation? Read on to see how and what they're REALLY for.

    Fun Facts About Ladybugs:

    • There are over 4500 different species of ladybugs with 450 in the US–including a pink one that looks more like a beetle.
    • These pink ladybugs look like the beetles because they are beetles! Yep, they are part of the beetle family–not to be confused with Ringo though.
    • These babies are natural enemies (yes, even ladybugs have enemies) of aphids and pesr insects making them a chemical free pesticide.
    • They’re small but have a huge appetite. A ladybug will eat over 5000 aphids in it’s lifetime.
    • They’re the opposite of people when it comes to aging–their spots fade the older they get.
    • Legend has it that they became known as lucky because European farmers in the middle ages would pray to the Virgin Mary when their crops would go bad and swarms of ladybugs would come in and save the day. Amazing, right?

    Ladybugs are most commonly seen as lucky little beetles but do you know how they got this reputation? Read on to see how and what they're REALLY for. Ladybugs are most commonly seen as lucky little beetles but do you know how they got this reputation? Read on to see how and what they're REALLY for. Ladybugs are most commonly seen as lucky little beetles but do you know how they got this reputation? Read on to see how and what they're REALLY for. Ladybugs are most commonly seen as lucky little beetles but do you know how they got this reputation? Read on to see how and what they're REALLY for. Ladybugs are most commonly seen as lucky little beetles but do you know how they got this reputation? Read on to see how and what they're REALLY for. Ladybugs are most commonly seen as lucky little beetles but do you know how they got this reputation? Read on to see how and what they're REALLY for.

    Pike Nurseries: A Wealth of Knowledge

    At the event that Pike Nurseries had (which was then followed up by flyers sent home in mini’s backpack) I learned so much. While I don’t have a garden just yet, I do know that they’re the ones that will be able to help me when I’m ready. Did you know that you can take a dying plant to see them and they’ll nurse it back to life? I’ve got a tomato plant sitting here that needs some emergency care, sheesh.

    Now if only ladybugs ate weeds. We’d be in business!

    Check out more ladybug information here including how to build your own ladybug garden!

    Have you been blessed with a green thumb? What are you growing?