Monday, September 26, 2016

Big News + a Giveaway!

We have some big news over at the Kania household! No, we are not adding another baby to the mix. I think that is usually the first thing people think when they hear big news.
We are moving!! 
We decided a couple weeks ago to find a house with a few more bedrooms and go a little bit more east. We live in such a great little community and I really do love our house, especially the yard so the decision was not easy at all. This house has been such an amazing home for us and I really debated on whether we should sell it or not. 
I talked to an old friend from middle/high school and he and his wife are amazing real estate agents. They seriously need to have their own show. I mean their slogan is Spouses that sell Houses, how cute is that?! 
Anyway I told him my dilemma on wanting something with more rooms but loving our house. He made me feel so much better about everything and we started discussing our options. My biggest fear was that we wouldn't find a house we loved and then we would sell our house and be homeless. He reassured me that wouldn't be the case. After looking at some houses I realized he was right. There was some we loved and we got to work on getting our house in selling condition. Thankfully we didn't have to do too much, mostly just clear out a lot of the kids stuff and depersonalize it. After we did all that our agents had an amazing photographer come out and take pictures of our house for out listing. 
After we got the pictures back I was so happy with how they came out and felt very confident in our house selling fairly quickly. As of right now we are in a great spot but I don't want to reveal too much until things are final. We have an open house coming up so after that we will see how things go. 
We also found a house we love. We will see if the seller accepts our offer and go from there. Hoping and praying everything works out! It has been crazy trying to get everything done but it was so worth it to see those pictures of our house. 
To celebrate I am hosting a giveaway! So enter and I will announce the winner in a couple of weeks! I will also be posting more pictures of the house later in the week so you can see the upstairs. I am seriously going to miss this house. 
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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Pasta Face Traditions!



I think every parent has the one picture of their baby covered in pasta sauce. I know those were always my favorite pictures to get of the kids when they first started eating spaghetti. You can not beat those big, sloppy smiles. It's such a sweet little tradition to have with each child. Even as they have gotten older I still loved getting pictures of them covered in spaghetti sauce. 
Now at 2 and 5 years old my children's favorite meal is spaghetti. My all time favorite sauce to buy is Ragu. I usually add diced tomatoes but now with their new Homestyle Thick & Hearty sauces there is no need. This their thickest sauce yet and it has bold, tasty flavors. They are delicious and filling. Since kids can be picky at times their Thick & Hearty Traditional is still a great option.

It's such a simple meal but it is one that feels like I am going back to my own childhood. If you know me than you know my favorite food growing up was spaghetti. I still love it and it reminds me of my Mom. Can't beat that! 

You can now get Ragu Homestyle pasta sauces at my favorite store ever, TARGET! ha! Make sure you try all 5 flavors. You will not be sorry. If you need recipe help you can find a variety HERE. All are super easy and under 30 minutes. 
"Thank you to Ragu for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me pass on my family traditions."
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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Our Favorite Toddler & Baby Games and Toys!

I am so excited to share with you some of my favorite toddler and baby games and puzzles from Diapers (dot) com! 
Being a Mom of three I know the true value of finding toys that will not only hold up under the craziness of little ones but ones that will last from the first child to the last. Not only do we want the toys to last through the ages but also through the children we have. Here are our favorite picks and these were all built to last! 
baby games and toys

1. Wooden Puzzles / 2. Mega Bloks / 3. Board Books / 4. Wooden Tool Bench / 5. Green Toys Boat
As you can see majority of these toys are made from wood or durable materials. My favorite item above is the tool bench. It can start as a great toy for your little one to pull up on, gaining strength to stand and eventually walk. Then when they get older they can use the tools to gain fine and gross motor skills.

Puzzles are also a great way for babies to gain fine motor skills. I love thick wooden ones because they are easy to pick up for little hands. Mega Bloks also grow with your little one because my kids would play with these as babies even before they could built with them and are still building with them now. I have had the same set since my son was a baby so that is almost 5 years of use by 3 children and they are still in excellent condition!

Board books get a lot of use at our house. The Brown Bear one is my children's absolute favorite. It helps them recognize colors and different animals. They love making the noises too. This is a book we have also had for almost 5 years and it has held up well because of the thickness of it.

And last but not least this tug boat by Green toys is such an incredible product. We got one of these as a gift once when Ace was just learning to walk and it seriously is the best water toy ever. All of their toys are thick and do not break like the regular beach toys you buy because of how thick it is.

I hope this list helps other Moms who are looking for great toys, games and puzzles to invest in. If you just had your first baby you definitely will want to always look at how long toys will last. I know we have had some toys that break so easily that it was such huge waste of money. That really stinks because I always feel like it is just another item in the trash taking up space in the landfill which is horrible for our environment as well.

Thanks again to Diapers(dot)com for sponsoring this post!


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