OLIVER + KIT: REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

So I wanted to share OLIVER + KIT with you all. I stumbled upon it in IG land and fell in love.  They sell muslin swaddle blankets.  Their designs are so bright and fun. So not only are they incredibly soft and perfect for swaddling, but they have some fun colors and designs that have the perfect contrast that even your little one can see!
I got this amazing duo right before Jane was born.  We used them to swaddle but to also lay out on the floor so she could play and look around.

 Even the older kids would end up lying on it. Super soft and comfy. That's what I noticed with them. And we've seen our fair share of blankets too.

I seriously want all ten designs they have. Each one is adorable and bright. Guaranteed people will come up to you and ask where you got your blanket!


I've teamed up with OLIVER +  KIT To give you all a chance to win your own swaddle blanket!

Head over to my IG account to enter! It'll be super easy too.  Make sure you are following me and OLIVER + KIT!  Just like the post, tell me what blanket you love and tag 3 friends!  Contest will end this Monday night, Dec. 21 at midnight.

Good luck!





Nenu Family: Review & Giveaway

My boys love anything in a cup, whether it's yogurt or applesauce.  They love to feed themselves.  We have a variety of spoons from all over.  I let them pick out their spoons too.



So when I showed them the spoons from Nenu Family, they were so excited about them.



The first thing you can see are the nubs that stick out of the spoon.  It's an ingenious idea to help keep food off the table when you set it down.  My boys thought that was awesome.  So did I.  Less mess to me is just brilliant.







The small size of the spoons are perfect for little hands.  Makes it easier for them to control the spoon and eat.  I also love the way the spoon is designed where the food goes.  It's shallow so it's an amount that isn't overwhelming for them when they put food in their mouths.



We also got their adorable bug teethers.  They are designed with babies in mind.
- Size and hardness are designed to mimic their own finger so that it's familiar.
- You can Freeze them! Place teether in a freezer for 20 minutes to get it really cold to soothe sore gums.
- Bath: Use the teether as a toy in the tub during bath time. It floats!
-If you have more than one teether then they can be used as great stacking toys.


All Nenu products are:
- 100% Made in the USA using FDA rated medical grade materials
- Developed, materials sourced, manufactured, tested, and packaged in the USA
- US Consumer Product Safety Commission tested and approved by 3rd party laboratory
- Free of Phthalate, PVC, Vinyl, Latex, Lead, BPA

As a mom of 5 now, i'm very impressed with these products.  I can tell they are going to last.  And I love that they are safe!  There are so many toxins and things going around our food and toys.  It's good I have one less thing to worry about!

And I want to share Nenu Family with you!

2 of you readers to have a chance to win your own set of spoons and teether!

To enter, head on over to my IG account for details!

www.instagram.com/lyssabethlife

Here are some rules:

-Entrants must follow both of our IG accounts, like the post and tag 3 friends to enter!

Winner will be announced 10/28!  Good Luck!

Disclaimer: Please note that this giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered, or affiliated by Instagram, Inc. void where prohibited by law. No purchase is required to enter. By entering you are confirming that you are at least 18 years of age, release Instagram from any and all responsibility, and that you are adhering to Instagram's terms of use.







Death by chocolate cookie goodness!

I wanted to share this recipe I found!  It is delicious and my new favorite.


Recipe:

Taste the chocolate explosion.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons (25g) granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons (25g) packed light brown sugar (or dark brown)
  • 2 Tablespoons beaten egg (crack an egg, beat it, and use 2 Tablespoons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (32g) all-purpose flour (measured correctly)
  • 2 Tablespoons (11g) natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (55g) dark chocolate chips + 1 Tablespoon, divided (or semi-sweet chocolate chips)
  • sprinkles, optional

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. In a medium size bowl, mix the softened butter and sugars together with a spoon or fork until creamed. Mix in the egg and vanilla.
  3. In a separate small bowl, mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix to combine. Fold in 1/4 cup chocolate chips.
  4. Place the dough in the center of the baking sheet and mold into a tall ball using a spoon (see picture above). Dot the top of the cookie with 1 Tablespoon of chocolate chips. Add sprinkles on top if desired. Bake for 14-15 minutes, or up to 16 minutes. The cookie will appear very soft, but will firm up as it cools. Allow to cool completely on baking sheet

Recipe can be found here:

MagSoul Shop: review & giveaway!

I've been crushing on Mag Soul Shop for a while now. A good 2 years! I found them through a friend when I lived in TN. 

She makes amazing headwraps, scarves and skirts! I've only tried the headwraps so far and they are my go-to headwraps!

So what's so different from her shop from the millions of headwraps shops? Probably her unique and original knot twisted design! It has the great look of a knot but without the bulk and pain of the knot. She's designed a way to have the look with out all that stuff.  It lies flat on your head, leaving you with a comfortable, stretchy wrap! She uses amazing cotton knit so it stretches to your head but can go back to shape. It's also easy to wash, as you just throw it in the washer and dryer!  She makes for both babies/ kids and adults!!





There are tons of designs and colors to choose from too!   I'm excited to try her other products too like their nursing scarf and skirts!

So I'm super stoked and excited to be collaborating with MAGSOUL Shop in hosting a giveaway!! One lucky winner will win any 2 twisted knot headwraps in stock!
**For those who don't win, she's giving you lovely readers a discount of 20% off your order with the code "lyssabethblog"!! That's an amazing deal!!'**

Enter to win here here on the blog AND also on Instagram!! www.instagram.com/lyssabethblog 

Entries:
-Head over to her shop and comment back which item you would love to have!

Extras:
-Follow her on her FB account: MagSoul
-share this giveaway on FB

I'll pick a winner this Sunday night!

Don't forget to earn even more entries over on IG!!

Back to school festival


We went down the street to the Altus ER building where they were having a fun back to school festival. There were bouncy houses, vendors, samples, demos, free snow cones and a view of a helicopter landing. It turned out to be fun and different than the usual boring Saturday's we have these days. We are still getting things figured out with not only my doctor but with Joe's job. It's awesome...

So here are some pictures from yesterday.  The kids thought the gator was pretty cool to hold!



Then Emma did a work out routine with a local gym. She hasn't stopped talking about them! She wants to sign up to do their kids class... That or Kung Fu....


They gave everyone a snow cone but just let people in charge of putting the syrup on. Let's just say they definitely has 80 % juice and 20% ice😁



 Those alone were worth going for. It was super hot. Like every day...

Is there a doctor available??



Trying not to freak out but I still don't have a doctor down here...
I'm almost 35 weeks and we've been here for a month. My insurance kicked in 2 weeks ago. All the while I didn't think it'd be hard to find one and make an appointment. But I was wrong 😕
There are very few doctors that take my insurance and then also finding one that has an opening sooner than October!   
 

And the website to keep searching for a doctor is down so I just have to wait. I wasn't too worried before but I'm started to freak out a little bit.  At this point,  I may have to go over to Houston and find a doctor! This is just crazy!!

Ok I think this vent session has helped a little bit. 

In other news, the kids are getting ready for their first day of school on August. 24th.  I got them registered a few days ago and got all their school supplies yesterday.  So now I gotta figure out lunches and buses and we will be set.  

Try not to panic and just take it easy...

Newborn sleeping tricks

Hey!
I'm guest posting over at Kristles clarity to talk about newborn sleeping tricks!

I'm in no way the baby whisperer but from personal experience with my 4 kids, I've learned a thing to two!
Head over there and check it out!

Kate's Baptism Announcement


I just can't believe she is 8 years old!
Kate has decided to be baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints this next Saturday.  We are so proud of her. I am so happy she is part of our family.

She is the mini mom.
She is the peacemaker.
She is kind.
She is nurturing.
She is loving.
She is content.

She's ours!

29 weeks



So let's just get something straight. My timing with my pregnancies have been just horrible. Why do I think being full blown pregnant during the hot sure months is a good idea??

I'm 29 weeks this week. The past month, I've just exploded. I definitely can't move around like I used to anymore. My fitness goals have slowed down. And pretty much any goal I had had flown out the window. Haa haa. I'm hitting the " I don't give a crap" phase.  Seriously I'm at a point where I'll deal with the weight and weakness afterwards. I just can't right now.  I've started walking in the mornings, about 3 miles each time. Feeling good but I feel it for sure by night hits.

On top of all this, our family is dealing with the stress of moving and figuring out when and where we are moving. That's always fun. That causes more sugar binges than I'd like to admit.  We will see what next week brings✌🏻️

Banana Bread Cookies



A good friend of mine gave me a mini loaf of banana bread a few days ago. It hit the spot and I wanted to make some with the bananas that were starting to brown. I told Kate that we should make some and then she suggested making banana bread cookies! I told her that it could work out since we have made pumpkin bread cookies the same way. 
So this evening, I gave it a try and they turned out amazing and delicious! I'm trying to stop myself from eating the whole batch!

Wanted to share them with you invade you want to give them a go!

Banana Bread Cookies

1-2 c. Butter, softened 
1 c. Sugar
2 eggs
3 ripe bananas
1/4 c. Sour cream
1 tsp. Vanilla 
2 c. Flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. Semi-sweet chocolate chips

Set oven to 350 degrees.  Cream sugar and butter. Then add eggs & bananas and mix well, leaving no clumps.  Then add sour cream and vanilla.
In a seperate bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Then add it to the wet ingredients and mix well.  Fold in chocolate chips.  

Spoon out desired amount of dough onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper or silicone cover.  Space about 2 inches apart.  Place in oven for about 14 mins.  Once done, place on cooling rack. And then eat them all before the kids find out you made them 😉

Enjoy!



Kate's Soccer Season

Kate had an amazing soccer season!  She really loved playing and told me she wants to play forever!
Joe was able to be one of the coaches this year, which is awesome.  They kids love that :)
Kate loved playing goalie and also charging up the field to score some goals!



Jake at 2 1/2.

Which one is your favorite?  Cause I can't decide.
Jake, you are such a fun loving little boy and I still just can't get enough of your contagious spirit and cuteness.  Seriously so grateful you are part of our family.  And you'll be one heck of a big brother.







CanvasPop Review & *Giveaway*

**WINNER!!  CONGRATULATIONS SARAH MOSKE!  YOU WON!***

The more pictures I take, the more I realize how important it is to print them!
There are so many images that get lost in the numbers that should be up on the wall.

CanvasPop is an amazing company that helps you do that.

Isn't this an amazing picture?  I really LOVE this image.  And now I get to enjoy it all the time.

I ordered this via 16x24 canvas print and I am so impressed with the quality of the product.

When it arrived, the package was sturdy and protected the product wonderfully.  The frame is solid.  And the canvas material is really thick, definitely NOT your cheap stuff.



I am so impressed with my order.  And the print job looks amazing.

I am so excited to share that CanvasPop agreed to give you readers a wonderful discount!
LYSSABETH35  is the code to give guys 35% off an order with them!  Expires June 30th, 2015.




And even more exciting?  They've allowed me to host a GIVEAWAY for you guys!
Winner gets a 
free 16x20 canvas print with a 0.75 inch frame, and free shipping.  Expires June 30, 2016

So how do you enter?
-Comment with what you'd order if you win the canvas!
-share this giveaway on IG or FB!


Extra entries:
Follow me on IG: www.instagram.com/lyssabethers

Following Canvaspop:
https://www.facebook.com/canvaspop

Easter 2015

Took the kiddos out to an empty lot down the street and took some easter pictures.  Really love this time on day!  Perfect light!
My little bunch is growing up.  It continues to feel weird to look back at pictures and realize how fast it goes by.
Happy Easter 2015!




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