Boy Mom!

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I want to tell you all about a company I am super excited about!!!

Check out this tank my hubby bought me this week??


I had been hinting about these shirts I saw advertised on Facebook for a little while and I am so glad he noticed! 🙂

I am super impressed by the quality of this tank… the fit is nice, the material is soooo soft and I might have to wear it every day this summer!!!!


I immediately jumped on their site to see what else they have and discovered that Boymom designs is a really cool company and there are so many things on my “wish list” now!

Also, I found out I can be affiliated with them here on Love and Scribbles! Yay!


They gave me a coupon code for 60% off and I just couldn’t wait to share it with you!!

(Just enter code: 2a4 at checkout)


Check out the story behind the Momma who started boymom designs….

I feel like she gets me and this world I live in 🙂


I mean look at all this stuff???


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There is even a line for Grandmothers!

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decor, accessories, hats etc.











And for all of you wonderful Girl Mommas there are some cute things for you too! 🙂


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Just enter Coupon Code: 2a4

and you’ll get 60% off!!!

Oh there is even a pretty rad Dad shirt for sale on the website… Father’s Day IS coming soon after all!

I cannot wait to order a few more things! I hope you will come back and let me know what you order for yourselves!! Send me a pic when you get it too!! 🙂


*Boymom is a registered trademark and cannot be reproduced.


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Shop Rotita

Rotita is one of those stores you see advertised on facebook and google. You know, I never know what to think about those kind of shops but they had some cute things so I took a chance….


I bought a bathing suite for this summer since I need one that actually fits 😉 and not quite ready to invest in an expensive one just yet since I’m still “shrinking”


It has arrived.. first of all you must know that this comes from china and so shipping can take a while, so be patient!

Second, be sure to measure yourself and not just guess your size when ordering through sites like these because they are foreign sizes most of the time….

The material is definitely not super high-grade, but of course I knew that I was getting a $24.00 suite not one that costs $150.00. So I wasn’t surprised… still it is good enough, pretty cute and I am happy with my purchase! I think it fits well and I hope to order some of the other cute things I’ve seen on their site soon!

They have lots of summer dresses, cover ups and things that look really fun!

Check it out


Mother’s day shopping

Mother’s Day is May 8th. That’s this Sunday!!!


If you haven’t found the perfect gift for your Mom (and don’t forget your wife) Don’t panic!! Here are a few places that you can shop online and still get a gift in time for Sunday!


Amazon has so many great gift ideas and with Prime many things can be here in just 2 days shipping!

Click this link for $10.00 off an Amazon Fire!!

If that’s not quite right, don’t worry! Here are some really great suggestions for every Mom……..

Another great option is Groupon!

Shop Gifts up to 30% off during Groupon’s 12 Days of Goods Sale!

You can look for goods (shipping time may be an issue here) or how about her favorite restaurant or a voucher for a spa day? For the adventurous Mom Groupon can help you plan a great day!! Go to a cooking class with Mom or Send her on a little vaca…. So many ideas!


$10 off $25 for new customers while using promo code (WELCOME)


And we can’t forget and are still available for Mother’s Day with their convenient pick up in store option!

Shop here! here!


Whatever you get for the Ladies in your life, just remember to package it with love and appreciation for all that they do!



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Shopping Amazon!

We love love love Amazon!

There are some great deals, handy items, and super duper discounts on Amazon! For us paying the annual fee for Prime Membership pays for itself just with Christmas shopping let alone our regular monthly spending…


I plan on showing you all some of the awesome features on Amazon like:

Prime Membership benefits *hello free 2 day shipping!!

Subscribe and Save discounts

Prime Pantry

Prime Now (in  certain locations)

Buying items used at an additional discount

Prime Family  (Get a free 30 day trial here!)

And so much more..

but for now I’ll share this link so you can browse for yourself and then check back soon to hear all about our love for Amazon! 🙂


  If you already know you want to join Amazon Prime click this link for a FREE 30 day trial!





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Shopping for a new phone?


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If you are in the market for an upgrade check out Gazelle. We have purchased our last few phones from here and have been very happy! These are all certified, pre-owned devices. They have way more than phones if you are looking into getting any new electronics!
iPhone 6
* be sure to check to see the phones status, whether locked with a carrier or unlocked before you purchase, to be sure it meets your needs!  *

On this note we have also been very happy with their customer service! We recently helped my Mom order a phone and made a mistake when we picked it. But, returning it and getting a refund was no problem at all. And she has already repurchased the one she needs, it should be here next week!

Gazelle also does trade ins for all kinds of electronics not just phones. If you don’t want to be bothered with selling these items on Ebay, Gazelle may be the place for you!!
Get cash for your iPhone!

Cutting the cord!

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You’ve probably heard of this movement to get rid of cable tv. Many call it ” cutting the cord” and they are going with alternatives like internet streaming channels in order to cut down on a huge bill!


I hated our cable bill, Why is it so much just for television? We went through most cable companies available in our area. Switching back and forth in order to wrangle the best deal we could, it was a headache and despite the effort it was still a pretty big bill.


Our solution?


The ROKU player.  Here is a little bit from the company about this product:


The Roku player is Netflix Members’ #1 Rated Streaming Device and voted Engadget’s Home Entertainment Device of the Year!

The Roku player is like having your own video library at home with over 300,000 choices – from the best movies, TV shows to sports. The Roku player is the easiest way to watch anything and everything from Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand,, Pandora and more instantly on your TV.

The Wall Street Journal, CNET, WIRED, and other publications have given the Roku player overwhelmingly positive reviews. Now there’s a Roku player to fit every budget starting at $49.99.


Basically, you buy the roku box (or stick if your tv is hung on the wall) and you use Roku as sort of the portal to all your membership accounts for streaming.  Memberships like Netflex, Amazon prime on Demand, Hulu. Even specific channels available on Roku, for example,,, Kids channels,music even games.

Some of these charge a membership fee, others are free. But even with fees, we have seen a huge drop in our monthly bill from what the regular cable guys are charging! And I like that we are paying for only the services and channels we use, instead of the lump packages from cable companies of a hundred channels and shows we don’t watch just to get the news channel we do.

When choosing our memberships, we searched for our favorites shows, shows we would miss when we cut the cord and decided on which streaming companies would provide us with enough entertainment.  *currently our paid memberships include Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon (Amazon prime on demand comes with your prime membership).



Check out Roku for yourself, maybe you’ll find it can help you save on entertainment as well.. plus some of their products include awesome features like voice command and remote locator!

You can also buy Roku from Amazon. And if you are anything like us, you’ll be glad to know they even have extra remotes and accessories you can buy… you know, in case your two your old dunks your remote in your coffee one morning… just saying! 🙂

There are other companies out there like Roku. Apple TV, Fire (from Amazon)  The best thing to do is just compare all that they do and price and see what fits your budget saving goals and entertainment needs best!


Hope this helps in cutting one of the biggest monthly bills most american homes have. And hope you enjoy the savings as much as we are!


Let me know if I can help in anyway.






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Bedtime Transitions follow up and an alarm clock review

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It’s been 2 weeks since we moved “baby” James into a toddler bed and began the sharing a bedroom adventure! See the original post here.

We are all adjusting to the change! Mom and Dad most definitely like having their room back, I make sure to turn on the lights every night while I’m getting ready for bed, just because I can! haha
The boys seem to like it a lot and I’ve even caught William trying to convince brother to play “sleeping” in their beds during the day! 🙂

Bedtime is still full of giggles and James tests the boundaries every night, getting in and out of bed.. it’s just so exciting! For now, our solution has been that Daddy goes in there and sits with them at first, until they are calmed down and quiet. James usually falls a sleep pretty quickly. I’m sure they won’t need that for every but I also hope it’s just a sweet time spent with Daddy too!

Thankfully they aren’t getting up in the middle of the night as much anymore. Our problems are mostly just at wake up time now. With the boys waking up at 3 or 4 o’clock, thinking it’s time to start the day??? yikes! So, we decided to try this ingenious invention:

This alarm is called OK TO WAKE and can be set for just lights or an actual alarm sound. With just the lights the idea is that all night long the red light is on and that means you have to stay in bed. But at the time Mom and Dad pick, the light will turn to green!!! And that means it’s ok to get up!

we knew this would take some training but thought if we start now we could use this tool for a long time to come. 🙂

We’ve had it for about a week now. And the boys love it!

The first couple mornings William came out to the living room to early and I was able to ask him if his light was green and send him back for a few minutes… I think it was the very first morning that happened just 2 minutes before it turned green so i sat in there and showed them when it changed!

William has started to wait for the light, and usually rushes out just the minute it switches! Poor James hasn’t had the chance to because big brother makes sure to wake him and let him know it’s on :/ So, that’s the next lesson we are working on. teaching him that it’s ok to come out to the living room with Mommy alone and let your brother sleep. PLEASE! 🙂
So, I’m loving this alarm. It makes sense that they need a visual to help them know when it’s time to get up and play or try to go back to sleep for a little while.

They have both been a little grumpy through these two weeks. Mostly, because of missing sleep that first week. and then it was time change Sunday which always gets them a little bit off.

But I’m hopeful that we will adjust to this new shared bedroom adventure. The Boys will have so many wonderful memories (and a few arguments) and it looks like Mom and Dad will survive it too! 🙂

There are a lot of different options with this kind of alarm… check out a few more.

This one is a stuffed animal

And the one we bought comes in a train or a pink car as well! To find even more of them just enter OK TO WAKE, in the search bar on Amazon!

Anyways, maybe something like this could help in your home! what are you thoughts?

Bedtime transitions

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Our boys are going through a huge transition during bedtime.
We finally moved James out of the crib (which was in our room) and into a toddler bed in William’s room.
Yikes, James now has the ability to get out of bed on his own!! AND the boys are together and can wake each other up or bug each other to keep from falling asleep.

I have mixed feelings about the challenges. I know it’s important for them to get to sleep and they are so young that once they are wired and silly it’s hard for them to wind down.

But I also remember how fun it was (most of the time) to share a room with my sister

The talks and giggles during bedtime are good memories.. I also remember getting in trouble. Our poor parents 🙂

I sure know now how tired they were at the end of the night, how much they NEEDED it to be bed time for us so they could have just a few minutes before collapsing for the night. I know what it’s like to worry about your kids getting enough sleep so they aren’t cranky the next day too.

And then we have the whole separate issue of once they finally do fall asleep… They now can wake each other up and get out of bed without us……

The first morning after this whole change, we woke to the sound of really loud laughing and running through the whole house, it was 3 AM!! The boys were just having a blast, oblivious to the time or that we were fast asleep. We had to get them back in bed and settled down again… I ended up sitting in their room for a little while just until they fell asleep again. Thankfully Ryan was off that day so I was able to get some sleep later on in the morning.

Anyways, so here we are at this parenting hurdle 🙂 ah sleep. I love it, kids should too! 🙂
Anyone out there have an awesome trick or tip for us??

We have been reading stories at bedtime which I know some of you out there are really great about doing that every night, we haven’t made it a habit lately so I’m excited to start! And hope it helps them both calm down a bit before “lights out”. We also have calming music playing in their room.

I’ve been considering something like this OK TO WAKE alarm clock 

The boys may need something like this to tell them when it’s time to get up and out of their beds.
The signal light changes to green when it’s ok for them to leave their room!

Have any stories about this transition?

Our favorite product for chores!

About a year ago now,  We decided to look into purchasing a hand-held vacuum. A dustbuster! We have a lot of carpet in this house and two little boys who like to wander while they snack 😉 and it was just becoming quite the chore for me to drag out the big ol’ vacuum for every little mess. So we bought this  and I LOVE IT!

It’s a powerful little thing, fairly easy to clean ( I wash it out probably once  a month or so) and came with a nifty holder to hang it on the wall near a plug! ** We made sure to hang it where the boys could easily get to it. It has become their tool for clean up time. Even our  2-year-old loves to vacuum up messes with it. The boys actually argue over who can help Mommy… which is wonderful to say the least!