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    Timeless: New Fall TV Favorite + Interview

    I have a confession to make: I love fall TV. I know, as a working wife and mom of 2 who has very little time how can I feed my addiction, right? Well, where there’s a will, there’s a way and one of the new TV shows I’ve added to my must-watch list is “Timeless”. I’m not a fan of history so I didn’t expect to love this show but I do.

    New Fall TV Show: Timeless

    Timeless” takes place in the current year but through a Mr. Peabody-esque time machine, they are able to travel back in time to historic events. Without giving any spoilers, here’s a brief synopsis from the NBC website:

    When a mysterious criminal steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, planning to use it to change the past events to destroy America in the present, the only hope is a team of unexpected heroes composed of a scientist, a soldier, and a history professor. The trio must use the stolen machine’s prototype to journey back in time to critical events, being careful not to affect history themselves, while working to stay one step ahead of the villain who would unravel the timeline and understand the mystery driving his mission before it’s too late.

    Sounds good, right?

    Well it is. Like I mentioned, I’m not for history. It’s really boring to me and certainly wasn’t my favorite subject throughout any of my academic years but I love this show. Why, right? Reading about history and what historians want us to know isn’t fun. There are so many pieces that are left out. But to watch it and have it be exciting and interesting is something totally different—this is what “Timeless” offers.

    Images courtesy of NBC.com

    Images courtesy of NBC.com

    The Cast

    The cast has great chemistry and is a good mix of both well-known with up-and-coming actors.

    Lucy Preston: She’s the historian played by Abigail Spencer.
    Matt Lanter: He’s the muscle played Wyatt Logan.
    Rufus Carlin: He’s the scientist played by Malcolm Barrett
    Garcia Flynn: He’s the villain played by Goran Visnjic
    Denise Christopher: She’s the Homeland Security head honcho that recruited the team played by Sakina Jaffery.
    Connor Mason: He’s the CEO of the company that created the time machine that was stolen and he’s played by Paterson Joseph.

    Interview with Abigail Spencer

    I was pretty excited to interview fellow working mom Abigail Spencer. She’s a mom of an 8 year old son named Roman. I’ve not done many (if any) interviews before and I have to admit that I was a little nervous–I mean, I’m chatting with a star! But as soon as she got on the line, all my nerves dissipated as her bubbly personality made it feel like we were talking to an old friend.

    TIMELESS -- Season: Pilot -- Pictured: Abigail Spencer as Lucy Preston

    TIMELESS — Season: Pilot — Pictured: Abigail Spencer as Lucy Preston

    When given the opportunity to ask a question, I asked “What is one event from history that you would change?” Her answer was really relatable:

    I would change Eve eating the apple and the way the country was founded since we’re still feeling the repercussions.

    Given the current state of affairs, I totally agree with her on this. Spencer is a devoted mom who flies back to LA every weekend to be with her son. I loved how she answered another interviewers question when they asked how she balances motherhood with work. Her answer was something that I think all working moms can benefit from:

    I include him in my work and invite him into the process. He’s been on every set and knows the people that I’m working with. But it truly takes a village.

    It was really cool to just chat with Spencer and hear that she’s a normal mom balancing a pretty unique role in an up and coming TV show.

    Timeless: My Thoughts

    As I mentioned before, I’m not your history lover or buff. I remember the important things about US history–I’m definitely better with the history of my people though. I loved how there was no warm up period for the show. It jumps right into the action so you know by the end of the first episode if this for you. The characters are a good mix and have great chemistry. I love that the show doesn’t completely shy away from some of the hard to swallow truths of our present and history–namely that of being Black in America.

    There are a lot of comments made by Rufus in the show that I’d love for them to elaborate on. He’s the Black scientist being sent back in time. In the episode airing tonight, October 10 at 10pm EST, the characters are faced with a hard decision that could ultimately change the present for the better–or worse. In the first episode we saw how one change in history with the Hindenburg drastically changed Lucy’s life and I’m interested to see how things continue to unfold.

    Tune in every Monday night at 10pm to NBC to keep up where Lucy, Matt and Rufus go and how changes in the past affect their present!

    Now it’s your turn–if you could change one historical event, what would it be and why?

     This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network.

    The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name

    We love a good book around the TCM household. We love personalized things with our names too. "The Girl Who Lost Her Name" gives us both! Read on for our review.

    One of the things that will never get old around the TCM household is a good book–especially one that’s written especially for one of my girls. We’ve all seen those books that they’re customized for your child and they end up being these cheesy, generic stories that are just…basic. When I was approached by Lostmy.name I wasn’t sure what to expect but their website spoke to something different.

    We love a good book around the TCM household. We love personalized things with our names too. "The Girl Who Lost Her Name" gives us both! Read on for our review.

    The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name

    We love a good book around the TCM household. We love personalized things with our names too. "The Girl Who Lost Her Name" gives us both! Read on for our review.

    I love how we could personalize this!

    The Plot

    This is an adventurous tale of how a little girl realizes that her name is missing from her room and she goes to find it. She’s given each letter of her name by different characters whose name begins with the same letter. A lion gave her the “L”, a mermaid gave her the letter “M”, and so on. She goes on discovering new creatures as they give her the letters that spell out her name.

    We love a good book around the TCM household. We love personalized things with our names too. "The Girl Who Lost Her Name" gives us both! Read on for our review.

    What We Loved

    We love a good book around the TCM household. We love personalized things with our names too. "The Girl Who Lost Her Name" gives us both! Read on for our review.

    I had the opportunity to customize it so that it was especially for her and it stars a little brown girl. I talked about how important the representation of little brown girls that looked like her was previously and the same still rings true. My favorite books for my girls have great rhyme and this book has great rhythm to it making it an easy read.

    We love a good book around the TCM household. We love personalized things with our names too. "The Girl Who Lost Her Name" gives us both! Read on for our review.

    This book isn’t your basic book by any means. The little girl encounters an Imp and words like frightfully, dreadful, spellbound and tremendous challenging her vocabulary. It takes her on a journey meeting new creatures and exploring her wildest dreams with the beautiful illustrations. I love how the book stretches her already budding imagination and encourages her thinking outside the box.

    We love a good book around the TCM household. We love personalized things with our names too. "The Girl Who Lost Her Name" gives us both! Read on for our review.

    From The Mouths of Babes

    When mini saw the book, she didn’t want to let it go as she flipped through the beautiful imagery. She was so surprised and excited when the book concluded by spelling her name. As someone who’s name was never found on key chains, mugs, pens and the like, this was so big for both of us. Her name is unique too so to be able to provide her a story that was made just for her makes me feel amazing. She kept asking me if I painted the book for her and telling me that she loved how beautiful the pictures were. I’m honored that she would think that I could paint such beautiful imagery!

    We love a good book around the TCM household. We love personalized things with our names too. "The Girl Who Lost Her Name" gives us both! Read on for our review.

    About The Publisher

    In 2012, four friends came together with the intentions of creating a one of a kind personalized book for children. After working late nights and long hours, success was theirs. In 2014, “Lost My Name” was named the biggest selling children’s book of the UK. The rest is history–or should I say the future!

    Interested in getting your child a book made just for them? Order yours today at www.lostmy.name.

    **I received this book in exchange for a review. Our love affair with the book is true and our own.**

    Book Review: Mary Had A Little Glam

    We had the opportunity to read and review "Mary Had A Little Glam" and it's quickly become a favorite around here! Check out this review to see why.

    Who’s fleece was white as snow!

    Ok, so that’s not part of the book but it seemed to flow so well!

    Mini and abc are AVID readers so when we were contacted about reviewing this book, my arms were out like “Gimme! Gimme!” Though I was excited about the book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Let me preface this by saying that I have two of the most girliest girls in the world. Our all time favorite book is “Shoe-La-La”. Not only does it have great rhyme to it, but it has so much more dimension to it than you would think by it’s name.

    And the same is true about “Mary Had a Little Glam”.

    We had the opportunity to read and review "Mary Had A Little Glam" and it's quickly become a favorite around here! Check out this review to see why.

    Representation Matters

    We live in a predominantly white area. Mini was the only little black girl in her class last year. We’ve dealt with the issues of not loving her beautiful brown skin to her hating her curls and one of the things that has helped us in handling this is making sure that mini sees little girls that look like her in books, dolls, and shows we watch.

    “Mary Had a Little Glam” screams carefree black girl all over it. Both mini and abc LOVED this book and we read it at least 3 times once we got it. They were so excited to see a balanced little girl that looked like them.

    We had the opportunity to read and review "Mary Had A Little Glam" and it's quickly become a favorite around here! Check out this review to see why.

    The Plot of “Mary Had A Little Glam”

    Mary is a little brown girl that is a glamorous little girl. She still has her little lamb but it’s rocked as a furry purse and naturally, every where that Mary goes her purse is sure to follow. I love how the author, Tammi Sauer, and the illustrator, Vanessa Brantley-Newton, tied in bits and pieces of the original story. But Mary was FAB-U-LOUS in this book! Outside of being incredibly cute and glam, I loved how secure with herself she was and how she loved making her friends feel good about themselves as well.

    As a mom to little girls, this is such an important lesson. This day and age bullying is so big and breaking each other down with snarky remarks and mean spirited taunts are so harmful it’s really refreshing to see a book that highlights sharing the beauty of each other. In the book, Mary jazzed everyone up and made them feel good about the things THEY were good at.

    We had the opportunity to read and review "Mary Had A Little Glam" and it's quickly become a favorite around here! Check out this review to see why.

    Our Favorite Part

    The plot twists at the end and I love it! What’s the point in being a girlie girl if you don’t know how to get a little dirty too? This book had a great main character that I could feel good about my girls emulating. The rhyming and prose was perfect and it had a good reading rhythm to it which is really important for abc’s age. It was relevant to where mini is in life and development so I loved that.

    I’m so happy that “Mary Had a Little Glam” has joined our collection of books!

    We had the opportunity to read and review "Mary Had A Little Glam" and it's quickly become a favorite around here! Check out this review to see why.

    Growing up, what was your favorite book/story?

    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.**

    2016 Kia Sedona: Not Your Mother’s Minivan

    Up until March 2016, I had never driven a minivan before. Growing up in the age where these things were like dinosaurs, I knew as a mom I never wanted one. But after whipping the 2016 Kia Sedona, I may look at minivans a little differently. Oh, and catch out mini's review at the end!

    I’m not embarrassed to admit this, but, my very first time driving a minivan was on March 7th when my friends from Driveshop USA dropped one off to me at the request of mini. Growing up, minivans were comfy, yes, but stylish? No. I have always said that I will never have enough kids to need a minivan and that I was far too cool to be “whipping” a clunky mommy-mobile. I know, this is a lot of shade to throw at one type of vehicle–especially that I haven’t driven. But mama is a lover of sports cars and driving a crossover is enough of a mommy-mobile for me.

    Until I drove this 2016 Kia Sedona.

    Now I’m not saying that I’m going out tomorrow to buy one BUT I’m certainly not throwing the shade that I was!

    In truth, there was a lot that I really loved about the Kia Sedona and these things all made motherhood on the go way easier. Outside of the size and it being a, well, minivan, I really had nothing that I could gripe about here. Even the design of the floor mats made it easy for we parents to give the appearance of a crumb-free car when it wasn’t.

    Up until March 2016, I had never driven a minivan before. Growing up in the age where these things were like dinosaurs, I knew as a mom I never wanted one. But after whipping the 2016 Kia Sedona, I may look at minivans a little differently. Oh, and catch out mini's review at the end!

     

    I Fell In Love With A Minivan…

    Because of these here features:

    • Sliding Doors that I could open with the key fob. This was so helpful to me on so many occasions. When we were running out the door, the doors were already opening. Both mini and abc could open the doors which they liked.
    • Two Moonroofs that I could control from the front AND restrict mini from playing with all day if I needed to.
    • sleek dashboard that made finding all the information I needed from heating and cooling to music controls to navigation super easy to find and use.

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    • The trunk space was truly insane. I may or may not have (to be read as a definite may) sat in the trunk space just to see what it was like. It was comfy. Your groceries will ride in comfort.

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    • The seat controls for the back seats were really great. The chairs are essentially portable lazy boys which makes traveling a breeze. And they are super comfortable. I know. I tried them.

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    • The DVD player with wireless headphones almost made me cry. Seriously. And it had a remote. So we didn’t have to listen to “Let It Go” at all while we were riding and she was watching her movies. Abc even let her put the headphones on her!
    • Rear climate control is just lovely for those who have kids that like it cooler or warmer you’re able to give that to them without disrupting what you need in the front.

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    • It handled like a car. I didn’t feel like I was lugging a minivan around–I was whipping it. There were a couple times that my hubs had to remind that I wasn’t in a sports car and that it was in fact a minivan. Ha!
    • 360 degree view made figuring out the spacing on this as I parked a breeze. So it’s not just a back up camera, it shows you everything. This made whipping (yes, whipping) into parking spots way easier.
    • There’s a built in cooler. It’s not going to freeze anything but my goodness, it’s a cooler. When I was breastfeeding I would be pumping in the car. Do you know what I would have given for this!?!?

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    I have my opinions but mini has her own…

    Since it was mini who really wanted to try a minivan out, I figured I would let her tell you why she loves the 2016 Kia Sedona:

    While I’m not itching to go out and buy a minivan, I’m also done swearing them off. I probably won’t ever have enough kids to warrant anything other than an SUV, I certainly don’t frown upon the minivan anymore because these babies surely are not your mother’s minivans anymore!

    So good people… Are you minivan lovers? What do you guys think of the 2016 Kia Sedona?

    Disclaimer: I was given the 2016 Kia Sedona to test drive for a week in exchange for a review. These thoughts are all my own.

    Cloth Diapering Made Easy

    Cloth diapering has come a looooong way and dare I say it's become easy? Even with all the choices, cloth diapering your baby is not only eco-friendly, but it's budget friendly as well! And to show this, Nicki's Diapers is offering a giveaway so be sure to enter today!

    I can still remember my first encounter with a cloth diaper. I was babysitting my friend’s baby when I was in college and he brought over all these pieces of thick cloth and showed me how to fold into a perpendicular triangle that somehow created a diaper around his baby’s little bottom. I’m not sure how we made it through diaper changes but I’m sure there was at least one time that I shed some tears as I tried to wrap her up while she skillfully maneuvered out of it and away from me. At that point, I broke up with the notion of ever cloth diapering my kids. I was scarred and unforgiving.

    Until now.

    So a big part of being “crunchy” is cloth diapering. Given my history of it, I wasn’t so enthusiastic about this aspect but part of growing up is forgiving and thus I’ve ended up where I am now. Ok, so maybe I didn’t forgive but I did get over that prior experience after seeing the huge changes that were made in cloth diapering. Not only were they absolutely adorable, but they were easy to use!!!

    Can't even tell she's wearing a cloth diaper!

    Can’t even tell she’s wearing a cloth diaper!

    Cloth Diaper Essentials

    Wet Bags

    Unlike disposable diapers where you just toss the entire diaper and wipes in the trash, you don’t do that with your cloth diapers. Have a wet bag is super important and makes the cloth diaper cleaning process so much easier. Once you’ve pulled out the wet cloth, toss it in one of these babies to hold until it’s time to wash.

    Cloth Bottoms Dressed 3

    Cloth Wipes

    I didn’t think these were so necessary until I was trying to figure out where to put the wipes that I’d just used on her poopy bottom. With the cloth wipes, you can easily roll them up with the cloth diapers to dump into the wet bag for washing. Assuming you go with this option, snag one of these wipe solutions to keep the wipes ready to use.

    Laundry Care

    I thought that my little tubs from Walmart would work (and we made them work) but special detergent for the poop, having a tub with a splatter shield, and stain remover are all really important.

    Cloth diapering has come a looooong way and dare I say it's become easy? Even with all the choices, cloth diapering your baby is not only eco-friendly, but it's budget friendly as well! And to show this, Nicki's Diapers is offering a giveaway so be sure to enter today!

    Deciding On Your Cloth Diapering System

    I thought this would be harder than it was. Here are the different types of cloth diapers:

    • One Size Diapers – These can be used from birth through potty training.
    • Diaper Covers – Waterproof outer layer that is used with flats, prefolds, or fitteds.
    • All-in-Two Diapers – Waterproof shell with separate inserts. Inserts need to be changed at changing–shell can stay on.
    • Pocket Diapers – Waterproof shell with an opening for inserts or prefolds to be placed inside. Must change cover and insert at each change.
    • All-In-One Diapers – One piece that has a waterproof outer shell with an attached cloth interior. Must change entire diaper at each changing.
    • Prefold Diapers – Rectangular cloth with 3 panels that can be used with a cover.
    • Flat Diapers – Single layer of fabric that is folded into a cover.
    • Fitted Diapers – Entire diaper is cloth and is contoured to fit baby. No folding and entire diaper must be changed out with each changing.
    This is the Hedgehog design. So.Frickin.Cute.

    This is the Hedgehog design. So.Frickin.Cute.

    I went with an All-In-Two diaper system. This was the most convenient to me for a couple reasons. My system has a snap-in system making diaper changing super easy. I also like the way these fit abc. You can’t tell that she’s wearing a cloth diaper because her little bottom isn’t super fluffy. Outside of them being hard to use in the beginning, I hated that clothes didn’t fit because of the size of the cloth diaper! I specifically got the Best Bottom Cloth Diaper System with the Stay Dry Inserts.

    Happy Cloth Bottom

    Popular Questions

    Q: How many do you buy?

    A: That honestly depends on how often you plan on doing laundry and how old your baby is. With abc being 18 months, we go through between 6-8 diaper changes a day. I have 3 shells and 12 inserts. Because with our system we have you don’t have change the shell with every diaper change we do laundry every other day. 

    Q: Was it expensive to get started?

    A: Nope. It took about $85 to get started with this package here. On average, we spend about $40/month on diapers. Now we spend pretty much nothing–though I still send her to daycare with some disposables. 

    Q: The poop… How do you deal?

    A: I’m not going to lie. It was hard at first. But we keep some black tubs ready and waiting to have the poopy ones dumped into. 

    How about a giveway!?!?!?

    Yep! Nicki’s Diapers wants to giveaway a system to get someone started in their cloth diapering journey:

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Use coupon code “crunchymommy” for a 5% discount on all orders through March 2016.

    **I received product to test but all opinions expressed are my own.**

    Celebrating Love With the 2016 Mazda 3

    I love the all new 2016 Mazda 3! It was such a zippy car to zoom around in making my Valentine's Day and mini's birthday something to remember! Read more here!

    Love is in the air…

    Yes, in my head I sang that. We just wrapped up Valentine’s Day weekend along with mini’s 6th birthday with the help of the 2016 Mazda 3. This isn’t our first time zooming around town in a Mazda so I already knew that I was going to be in love but how approps is it that the car was red?!?

    Lady Roulette… this @mazdausa drives soooooooooooo smooth I fell in love with her!!! #drivemazda

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    As with all the cars, I named her Lady Roulette. I don’t know why but that’s what spoke to me when she rolled up in my driveway.

    So what did Lady Roulette and I do while we were together? Everything!

    Celebrating My Little Love

    I can’t believe that my mini, my breath, my greatest achievement and the catalyst to my life being as challenging awesome as it is now turned SIX on the twelfth!!! I feel like it was just yesterday that I was picking my mom and her bestie up from returning from a cruise when I told her that I was having contractions. Me at 26 was waaaaaay less informed about all of this birthing stuff and I hadn’t even had Braxton Hicks contractions so I had no clue what I was in for. I sat on Facebook and chatted with my friend Lori, what was already a mom, about what contractions felt like and that was when she suggested that I start timing them. Less than 24 hours later, I was holding my mini who is now 6.

    We decided not to do a party outside of school since she opted to take the cash that we would have spent on it instead. I thought it was a winning deal because while party planning is so much fun, it can also be super tedious. But just because there wasn’t a party doesn’t mean that she wasn’t going to be treated special! For her birthday, I decided to go against the norm and make birthday donuts instead of cupcakes! Roulette and I zoomed around town looking for all the things I would need to make them both vegan and delicious. We made it happen:

    But when she woke up, I wanted her to feel special! So I zoomed around and got balloons that we weighted down with little gifts and a chalkboard that screamed “Happy Birthday!!!” Luckily for me, the trunk space in the Mazda was so unexpectedly big that I was able to leave the balloons in there overnight and not ruin her surprise! She loved her birthday treats that concluded with a formal tea at one of our favorite spots. She has been officially inducted into her sixth year of life!

    Celebrating The Love of My Life

    This isn’t my first time at the marriage rodeo (another post for another day ha!) but it is my final ride. I married the most amazing man. He’s an incredible friend, father, and mate and I wouldn’t trade him for the world because his idea of a night out on the town matches mine. Instead of doing the cheesy, romantic stuff for Valentine’s Day (not knocking it, it’s just not us), I surprised him with tickets for the Amazing Escape Room. I registered us for the zombie room (side note: I’m legit scared of zombies so I chose this room to make sure that should the apocalypse happen, I’m ready. This is also the reason I work out ha!). But on our way there, Roulette set the tone for us:

    Roulette, the @mazdausa I’m whipping this week, is setting the mood for the hubs and I’s #datenight #drivemazda #thanksmom

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    Amazing Escape Room

    I’ll go into a deeper review sometime soon but here’s our visit in a nutshell:

    • the zombie room is the hardest
    • it was tons of fun
    • we didn’t make it out alive

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    Granted we didn’t make it out of the room, but we still won since we were able to hop back into our cute Mazda to continue zooming about our evening.

    I love the all new 2016 Mazda 3! It was such a zippy car to zoom around in making my Valentine's Day and mini's birthday something to remember! Read more here!

    Celebrating the Mazda

    I really enjoyed this car! Now I typically drive a crossover vehicle that is more spacious but I loved that this car offered way more trunk space than I currently have.

    Pros:

    • The engine is eco-friendly. It gets a boost from self-charging battery source using less gas.

    I love the all new 2016 Mazda 3! It was such a zippy car to zoom around in making my Valentine's Day and mini's birthday something to remember! Read more here!

     

    • The interior is rather lush! I love the leather seats which make for easy clean up with kids and the red on black is sexy!!!

    I love the all new 2016 Mazda 3! It was such a zippy car to zoom around in making my Valentine's Day and mini's birthday something to remember! Read more here!

    • The trunk space is something that any mother would love. I had a jogging stroller and two weeks worth of groceries in there!

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    • Great gas mileage. I put $5 in and was able to drive 85 miles!
    • Easy and safe messaging on the go

    I love the all new 2016 Mazda 3! It was such a zippy car to zoom around in making my Valentine's Day and mini's birthday something to remember! Read more here! I love the all new 2016 Mazda 3! It was such a zippy car to zoom around in making my Valentine's Day and mini's birthday something to remember! Read more here!

    • Flip up speedometer so it’s easy to see your speed

    I love the all new 2016 Mazda 3! It was such a zippy car to zoom around in making my Valentine's Day and mini's birthday something to remember! Read more here!

    Cons:

    • Not enough space for 2 carseats + long limbed parents. We were quite literally squished with the 4 of us in there. My husband is 6’3 and I’m almost 5’6. Both our kids are off the charts with their height so we’re rather long people. We kind of felt like sardines in there!

    We had a lot of fun driving this car but I think it’s more for my peeps without 2 kids!

    Are you a car, SUV, or minivan lover??? 

    **I received the 2016 Mazda 3 for a week but the opinions expressed here are all mine.**

    2016 Kia Sorento: The Motherload

    Once you become an adult, it seems like your life is a never ending run of errands. When you add children to the mix, you add birthday parties, sports events, competitions, play dates, and the like every.single.weekend. Having kids in the car provides an insane amount of distractions between the “Are we there yet?”s and the constant requests for different music or to talk to nana or…well you get where I’m going with this. Well, I had the opportunity to test drive the 2016 Kia Sorento and I fell in love. I nicknamed our Kia Sorento “Muva” because of her mother-like intuition.

    Yes, you read that right. This vehicle is soooooooo intuitive that it even welcomes me to the car and says good bye when I leave it!!!

    Exterior

    I think every feature on this car is my favorite but lets start with the exterior:

    • Smart Welcome Lighting – when I walked up to the car, the lights turned on and welcomed me to the car! I love this feature especially because at night it’s comforting to have the light scare off potential predators.

    The 2016 Kia Sorento is the "mother" of all vehicles I've ever driven. Check out my review at www.thecrunchymommy.com and see all the features that make motherhood way easier!

    • Panoramic sunroof – this might have been my favorite feature because of my tendency to sit in the car after I’ve parked.

    What a beautiful day it is in GA!!! We’re heading to @sprouts farmers market in Muva–the 2016 @kia Sorento #drivekia

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    • Smart Power Liftgate – when you have the key and stand behind the door, the trunk opens by itself!! Can you picture how helpful this is when you’re carrying a whole lot and you’re struggling with your keys?!?!

    The 2016 Kia Sorento is the "mother" of all vehicles I've ever driven. Check out my review at www.thecrunchymommy.com and see all the features that make motherhood way easier!

    Interior

    I could quite literally list every feature in the entire car because Kia really outdid themselves here.

    • Surround View Monitoring – this is so cool. When you put your car in reverse, you can see 360 degrees around the vehicle.
    • A million and 1 places to charge your electronics–even your normal plug that you use in the house!!!
    • Seating for 7–there’s third row seating that pops up and goes down really easily The 2016 Kia Sorento is the "mother" of all vehicles I've ever driven. Check out my review at www.thecrunchymommy.com and see all the features that make motherhood way easier!
    • Different drive modes – there’s 3 modes available: Eco, Sport, and Regular.
    • Heated AND cooled seats!!! Yes, that means you can have both toasty and cool buns! But it’s not just the front seats, the back seats as well! IMG_1975
    • Heated steering wheelThe 2016 Kia Sorento is the "mother" of all vehicles I've ever driven. Check out my review at www.thecrunchymommy.com and see all the features that make motherhood way easier!
    • Reclining back seats. This is a game changer for us because we road trip and mini always ends up falling out of her booster seat folded over uncomfortably. The 2016 Kia Sorento is the "mother" of all vehicles I've ever driven. Check out my review at www.thecrunchymommy.com and see all the features that make motherhood way easier!

    It’s so rare for me to actually favor a vehicle. If it gets me back and forth from my destination safely, I favor it. But I really appreciated the thought that Kia put into this vehicle. When you’re navigating to a destination, you have a choice to see it on the dashboard or the screen. This is a great feature when you have your passenger trying to adjust your music and you still need directions. The amount of thought that the creators put into this vehicle is truly awesome.

    The 2016 Kia Sorento is the "mother" of all vehicles I've ever driven. Check out my review at www.thecrunchymommy.com and see all the features that make motherhood way easier!

    What features in a vehicle are important to you?

     

    Review: Made South Subscription Box

    I went from being a NY Apple to a GA Peach in 2001 and have never looked back. When I was a little girl, I had dreams of moving to the South and being chummy with the cast of “Meet Me In St. Louis” (yes, the musical and yes as an adult I realize that Missouri is not technically the South though it was south of me…), learning what the word “reckon” meant that I’d read in all my books based in the South, and meeting some tall, dreamy basketball player that would sweep me off my feet. I loved all things South–though my ideas of it were slightly misconstrued (they don’t really say “reckon” as much as I thought they would).

    A subscription box comprised of all things "South". How awesome is that?! Check out my review of the December box at www.thecrunchymommy.com.

     

    Made South Box

    A company called Made South created a box showcasing three artisans & makers that live in the South.

    A subscription box comprised of all things "South". How awesome is that?! Check out my review of the December box at www.thecrunchymommy.com.

    I know…what’s in the box, right?

    Wondermade Peppermint Marshmallows

    Who would have though to make peppermint marshmallows?!?! I guess it was destined to happen since we pretty much create everything under the sun. If you’re a chocolate and mint lover, these will be perfect to put in some hot cocoa. Delish!!!

    Marshmallow Box

    A subscription box comprised of all things "South". How awesome is that?! Check out my review of the December box at www.thecrunchymommy.com.

    Stately Made

    I love paper goods. I am a junkie when it comes to things like this. There were two goodies in the box. One was a “The South” 8×10 print. I love this.

    A subscription box comprised of all things "South". How awesome is that?! Check out my review of the December box at www.thecrunchymommy.com.

    The second print was the “Can’t Never Could” red print. “Can’t Never Could” is a popular saying in the South (like “reckon”). How cute is this?

    Can't Never Could

    True South 

    When I was growing up, every year for New Year’s Eve we would put together a puzzle. I grew up loving puzzles and this is something that I look forward to sharing with my girls–something I have in common with the creator Susan Taylor.

    A subscription box comprised of all things "South". How awesome is that?! Check out my review of the December box at www.thecrunchymommy.com.

    Not only are the products beautifully made and hand-crafted, 10% of the profits from each of these December boxes benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. Giving back to the community is something that is so important to me. I grew up giving back and firmly believe that if we take care of our community and our kids then we ensure our future.

    I loved the contents of my box and look forward to future boxes!

    Do you like subscription boxes?