Monday, April 7, 2014

Easter Basket Ideas for Teen Girls That Won't Break the Bank: I Gotcha!

So your kids are older and aren't impressed with kites and sidewalk chalk, but don't want to let the fun end?  Yet you don't want to stuff their basket entirely with sugar, dyes, and preservatives?

Yeah, I so get it. I got you!

As a mother of two, I have some tried and true items that won't break the bank for teen Easter baskets:

Set of two microfiber towels in Easter Egg colors for less than $6 each. Roll them up in some cute ribbon and half your basket is full.  Perfect soft, absorbent towels for the beach or for year-round swimmers.

Oh hello!  Your teens don't have a back up phone charger??  Oh man is that needed on long car trips to see grandma!   Oh the horror of teasing and bickering that occurs with dead phone when they could be instagramming and snap chatting their friends duckfaces, right? So I got my daughter one of these awesome little phone chargers for her Christmas stocking, but they are perfect and come in brights and pastels perfect for someone's basket.  A bit of a splurge at $19, believe me when I say so worth, "a full charge or 9 hours of additional talk time to your iPhone (5, 4, 4S, 3G & 3GS) and on most other phones, a full charge or 90+ hours of audio playback." They come in pink, blue, silver, or black and even have a flashlight my daughter uses.

Nail polish, people.  Always a pleaser and you can never have too much as a teen girl! I love this set with it's six pastel colors for only $8 and free shipping, it's a steal.  Perfect to wrap individually in Easter cellophane goody bags and stuff baskets with, right??

Friendship bracelets for way cheaper than you would even find at a fair or at the beach steal.  YES, six bracelets for less than a Starbuck's latte!

Eos lip balms are always a hit. Buy one or buy a set! Perfect little eggs shapes for the basket!

Finally, these princess cut sterling silver cubic zirconia beauties I also put in my daughter's Christmas stocking. Yep, no joke these one carat each sparkles are one penny right now plus $7 shipping.  Perfect for a little Easter basket bling and definitely does not break the bank. 

My advice? Buy some fun stuff, throw in a  couple Cadbury eggs or a chocolate bunny, and sit back and be the hero in a basket you can feel good about with less sugar and junk. 

I promise they won't even notice. 

Have any tips of your own?  Let me know in comments.  I'd love to hear them!!

Never Forgotten, My Love Seb

Sebbie's ashes were just delivered from the vet. I held it together until he left, but am sobbing right now. 

My poor pup. He is so missed. 

I put him next to our beloved Grendel's ashes in a place of honor in the living room. 

Never forgotten...


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Coffee: The Gasoline of Life

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Morality and Life Lessons

Found in the trash by his older brother, here are some gems of wisdom from my 6th grader:

"Morality and Life Lessons

1. NEVER leave asthma untreated

2. Refill the toilet paper

3. Boys make the opening move

4. Don't take no sh$t from no one

5. Moms are valuable, and you only get one."

((Jaw drop for the 2nd time this week courtesy of a son)))

Wow! So what would you out on your own Morality and Life Lessons list?

I am kind of partial to #5. Hehehe! 

Someone trained him well! ;)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Teaching Your Child To Ride a Bike the No Tears Way! Pedalheads® to the Rescue #Spon

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Do you remember the day you learned to ride a bike?  Odds were a parent spent hours with you--neither side really knowing what they were doing.  Yes, there were smiles of triumph, but also lots of tears and pouts and skinned knees, right?  Crashes. Frustration and mental blocks on both sides.

Yep, that sounds familiar right? The same with my kids. They learned, but not without a lot of time on my part as a stay-at-home mom and their dad on the week-ends.   My daughter still bears a slight scar above her upper lip from her learn to bike days.  Of course, we were in a wedding with pictures a few days after.  Sigh...

Now fast forward to today's working mom.  I have had girlfriends lament finding the time to teach their kiddos to ride and, double unlucky, we live in Seattle.

Seattle = Hills and that scar I mentioned above?  Yep my daughter lost control on a  hill.  So scary!!

Seattle = Dangerous traffic even for the most experienced adult bicyclist 

So often, my working mom friend's little ones are not so little anymore when they finally pick up the skill. I learned when I was 4 as did my kids, but some of my kids' friends still don't know how to ride. Honestly even if you stay home it's a challenge to focus your attention on one child, if you have others vying for your attention.

I often have wondered why do we gets lessons for our kids to learn to swim?  Why do we schedule lessons in karate, dance, and soccer?  Yes, even skiing, unless you are brave, is a lesson left to the experts--I could tell you horror stories of trying to teach one kiddo to ski.  Heheh!  Just because we as parents can ski doesn't mean we remember or know how to teach the techniques at a pre-school level, right?

Source: Pedalheads®

Yet when my kids were younger, I never saw anything on bike riding lessons.  So why wouldn't we also have experienced experts teach our kiddos to ride like skiing or swimming? We could cheer their successes, but leave the frustrations to the experts. Heh!  I love that!

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Enter Pedalheads®.

They approached me the other day as they are expanding their successful program from Canada to Seattle.


So what is Pedalheads® about?

Pedalheads® is a 10 level instructional bike safety and skills program for kids aged 2-12. 
From training wheels to trails, each level includes 5 learning categories: safety knowledge, safety skills, trail riding, street riding, and bike maintenance.

Pedalheads®'s goal is to provide your child with the right level so he/she will feel safe, excited and challenged by all the skills and activities at camp. They have half-day and full-day camps for ages four and older as well as toddler camps and private lessons.  Listen this is from beginners up to 10+ year olds wanting to learn to tackle tough trails (steep up and down) log rides and ladder bridges.

From the reviews they are getting on their Pedalheads® Facebook page, parents are liking this...a lot! Here are just some of the FIVE STAR raves:

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"We couldn't believe the confidence they built in one day let alone the week. Thanks to Aimee for her enthusiasm, coaching and incredible patience. Kudos to all the staff at the Burnaby camp. You are all superheros!"
"My son has attended a Pedalheads camp for the past 2 summers and my daughter for 1 summer. The instructors are knowledgeable, friendly and patient! After a scary incident while bike riding a few years ago our son was very hesitant to ride but is now riding on 2 wheels and loving it!! Thank you to the Pedalheads staff in Edmonton and St. Albert! I recommend your camps to everyone!"
"Pedalheads (and instructor Julia) did in 2 days what we have been trying to do with our son since last summer. Take off his training wheels! In 2 1/2 hours his confidence went up 110%, and today he asked to have his training wheels taken off. And he still has 3 more days left. Amazing program, and great bunch of instructors! Thank you!"
"Pedalheads has done in four days what we couldn't do in three years. Our son isn't only on two wheels now, he loves biking so much now that we had to practically lock his bike up to get him inside for bedtime tonight. Great job, Pedalheads and Martin!"

Curious if they are near you?  Besides being all over Canada, camps located here in Washington are at:

   NE Seattle        

East Seattle        

NW Seattle                  

West Seattle

    Dahl Playfield
    View Ridge Playfield        
Miller Playfield                 
Soundview Playfield
Gilman Park                                
Hiawatha Park
Alki Playground            


    Cherry Crest Elementary             

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So busy Seattle and Seattle Eastside moms, dads, and grandparents? Here is an invitation to attend one of their open houses to get a better sense of what Pedalheads® is all about.

Open House Information:

Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 10:00 - Noon - Cherry Crest Elementary - Bellevue

Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 1:00 p.m – 3:00 p.m. - Soundview Playfield - NW Seattle

Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 1:00 p.m – 3:00 p.m.  - Hiawatha Park - West Seattle

Disclosure:  I was provided product, a service or compensation to review and write this sponsored post.  As always I only honestly review products, brands, and companies I love or think are pretty dang awesome. I turn down literally hundreds of products and services a year which I do not think are a good fit for my community or which I simply don't like. While I have not tried Pedalheads® because my kiddos learned to bike long ago, I think it's a valuable service that I would have used when they were younger and would definitely recommend to friends and family. Teaching a older kid with a toddler and baby in tow?  Not so easy hehehe!

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