Friday, December 12, 2014

Holiday Gift Giving Ideas 2014: Tile App

Have your kids misplaced your keys or wallet or bag, and you end up stuck in the house spending hours searching for the item? Or your kids are going crazy at a restaurant and you leave in a rush and leave your wallet? Tile may be the perfect solution for you. I actually just learned about this from a friend who got his backpack stolen, and he was able to find his items through Tile! 

The Tile is a tiny "chip" you can hook or attach to pretty much anything. Here are just a few reasons why I think Tile is so cool! If you misplace your keys in the house, the Tile will play a melody until you find it! The app also records the last place your phone detected your Tile so you can retrace your steps. The best feature about this app is that the more people who use it, the greater the search range becomes. What?! How is that possible you say? If another user walks past your lost item, your phone will be updated with the location. That person has no idea he/she just helped you.  

Check out the website for more information! 

*No compensation was received for this post. All opinions are my own.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Ava: 8 Months!

These monthly updates are starting to creep up on me so fast, and the photos are getting harder to take! She turned 8 months on November 26th.  Ava's motor skills have developed so much this past month. While she's still my little cuddle bug, she's really enjoying her new skills and shouts with glee every time she stands up! 

  • Pulling up to stand and cruising a tiny bit
  • Now doing the normal crawling rather than army crawl
  • 2 more teeth coming in - making a total of 6
  • Continues to love to eat anything I give her! She also enjoys feeding herself
  • Still attached to my hip
Little Ava: I got to spend much of the day today with you and Leah. It was so fun to have you to myself for some daddy bonding time, because when mommy is around I am definitely still chopped liver!  I have loved watching you grow and develop over the past 8 months.  What has changed is your ability to crawl around and investigate the world around you, bring yourself up to a stand, and vocalize your emotions (frequent bursts of excitement as you practice and master your new skills). What hasn't changed is your ever-present smile, which you seem to have been born with, and your warm and gentle nature.  Wherever we go, your smiling face literally stops traffic. It has also been so fun to watch you and Leah grow together as sisters.  At first you didn't seem to know quite what to make of her: who is this little dictator telling me what NOT to do all the time, and deciding which toys I can play with and which I can't?  But as time has gone on you two have certainly became big parts of each others lives.  You look at each other and smile and laugh and scream excitedly when we come in to wake you up every morning, and give each other lots of hugs and kisses as the day goes on.  You have been a joy and blessing, and I can't wait for everything the future will bring for you and our family.  Love, Daddy

Monday, December 1, 2014

Cake and Thanksgivings

Photo by Bob Cho
Photo by Bob Cho

Photo by Bob Cho

We decided for Leah's 3rd birthday that we weren't going to throw a big party. Instead, we had a joint playdate with her buddy Cammy {who's 6 days younger} and invited 3 of their closest friends. We held it at Brookside Park in Pasadena where there were plenty of tables and a big playground. We had pizza, a balloon artist, and of course cake. The kids had a lot of fun and didn't seem to notice the lack of a big party.

Unfortunately, Leah ended up falling at the playground and having a clavicle fracture. She took it like a champ and barely complained of any pain after the first day! I'm so proud of her!

On her actual birthday, we had dinner with my parents and enjoyed our favorite ice cream cake! I will try to remember to update with a video of us singing "Happy Birthday" with a crying Ava in the background. ;)

We had Thanksgiving dinner at my parents' house. Leah got to make her first gingerbread house, and she was super patient waiting until after dinner to eat the candies! The kids always have a great time playing with each other, and it's also nice to have extra eyes to watch all of them! 

There are so many things I'm thankful for, but this year, I'm most thankful for the addition of Ava into our family and for having two healthy kids. Our family is complete. 

I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Holiday Gift Giving Ideas 2014: Macaroni Frames

Another cool company I discovered at Club MomMe Family Fall Fest was Macaroni Frames. They specialize in "making your memories tangible, frame shopping hassle-free, and the presentation effortless and personal." If you're anything like me, the majority of your photos are stored on your computer or phone and pretty much stay there. My parents are actually the ones who will print out photos I email them and give me copies which end up piling up on the counter. When I first opened my Macaroni Frame box, my first thought was how I didn't really want to ruin the cute packaging. The lazy part of me was pretty happy when I saw our family Frozen photo nicely framed and all I had to do was decide where to put it. I think these frames make such a great gift, and I'm glad I found them just in time of the holidays! 

They are also offering limited edition holiday wrapping like in the photos below. The photos don't do the packing justice. The tie has a beautiful gold sheen!

Macaroni Frames has kindly offered readers FREE shipping on purchases with the code KKGIFTGUIDE through 1/1/15! Place orders by 12/18/2014 to ensure delivery by Christmas. Currently, they do not ship internationally. Hurry and get started on that shopping! 

*All photos except top one by Macaroni Frames. No compensation was received for this post. The frame was kindly gifted by Macaroni Frames, but all opinions are my own.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Happy 3rd Birthday, Leah!!

Hold up!! What did I just say??? My no-longer-baby girl is 3 today. She's long and lean, smart, sassy, acts way older than she is, fun-loving, family-oriented, and so much more. Leah has been testing her limits and independence lately which has made life pretty interesting. We're trying to find the balance of giving her some freedom while being clear about her boundaries. 

She is an amazing big sister. She loves to come with us to wake up Ava, and Ava greets her with a huge smile. Some other sweet things Leah does for her sister: feeds her, sings to her when she cries, gives an endless amount of hugs and kisses, holds her hand in the car, and finds toys in the living room to give to Ava to play with. 

Leah: This yeah we have seen you grow leaps and bounds. We are always impressed with how quickly you grasp new concepts, and everyday we discover new things you know. You have a fun sense of humor, and constantly make us laugh with silly acts and sayings. You also continue to be so aware of the feelings of those around you. You know when someone is feeling sad or upset, and it warms my heart to see you try to make them feel better. You love fashion. You pick out your clothes and shoes, and you notice what other people are wearing. You might have trouble saying "Hi" to people, but you have no issues complimenting a stranger's outfit, accessories, and even manicure/pedicure. This past year has gone by in a blink of an eye. While sometimes I look forward to time moving faster to see you grow out of this testing phase, I do secretly want you to stay little forever! Every time I tell you to stop growing, you say "I have to like mommy and daddy!" We'll see what this next year brings {will you still be obsessed with Frozen??}! Love you to the moon and back, Leahbug! xoxo

*photos by Shea Anne

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Holiday Gift Giving Ideas 2014: Foodstirs

It's that time of the year again! I tend to over think what kind of gifts to give my friends and family because I want them to be fun, meaningful, and useful. I want to share some things I found recently that I think would make great gifts! A couple weeks ago, I attended Club MomMe Family Fall Fest. If you've never heard of it, I encourage you to attend one of their events. There's food, giveaways, fun activities for the kids, and best of all you get to discover so many cool companies. One of those companies that grabbed my attention was Foodstirs.

The past couple months, Leah has been interested in "helping" me cook in the kitchen. I will let her stir the bowl or pour ingredients into the pot, and she loves it. When I saw the Foodstirs table, I knew this would be something fun for our family. Foodstirs is a "food crafting" kit designed for kids 5-12. You can choose an individual kit or subscribe to a monthly series. Each kit provides everything you need to create super cute edible projects like brownie popsicles, gingerbread people, and more! Foodstirs designed these kits to teach cooking skills, encourage kids to expand their palate, and best of all create fun memories. I encourage you to visit their website to learn more!

Foodstirs is giving readers a $5 discount on purchases using the code KELLYKRONICLES through 12/31/2014. Have fun making yummy treats with your kids and get them as gifts for their little friends! I wanted to post photos of Leah making her first recipe, but I wanted to get this post out ASAP so you can take advantage of their kind offer! 

*Photos by Foodstirs. No compensation was received for this post. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Munchkin Mania

I had the opportunity to attend a gorgeous luncheon with Munchkin to learn more about their expanding line of baby, toddler, and kid products. We have been Munchkin fans since Leah was born, and she has used their toys, sippy cups, straw cups, snack catchers and more. Below are more pics from the event and some of my favorite products. 

At over 80 degrees, I was tempted to dive into this pool and hang out with the ducks...
...while holding one of these.
Marisa and I with our babes
Delicious food by Made By Meg
This panna cotta was so good I wanted to lick the bowl!
The Miracle 360 Cup... finally a cup that's truly spill and leak proof!
The cutest bath toys, and also great on-the-go travel toys!
Excited to try the Latch bottle on Ava. Less parts to clean!
The Mozart Magic Cube was Leah's favorite toy as a baby, and now Ava plays with it all the time too!
The real stars of the show. ;)

Thank you Munchkin for such an amazing afternoon! I'm still thinking about that panna cotta....

*photos by Jessica Claire

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