Hooray Heroes – A Sibling Adventure

We LOVE books and we don’t care who knows it!

Reading is an integral part of our family life. Every night we read two books before bed with each of the boys. I often catch my sons sitting down with a book in their playroom, bedrooms, or snuggled up on the living room couch (together or alone). We have four bookshelves spread across our house filled with all types of stories and tales. Along with our favorite classics, we’ve recently added a new book we adore by Hooray Heroes.

Hooray Heroes offers the most wonderful personalized books for kids. They carefully and diligently design books specific to your little heroes. Each character’s hair, skin tone, eye color, etc. is hand selected by you to perfectly match your little one’s facial features and personality. From birthdays, to Christmas, to growing up and all the adventures in between, Hooray Heroes carefully selects stories appropriate for children ages 0 to 12.

Now the excitement of Hooray Heroes has further expanded with their Special Edition of two siblings embarking on memorable adventures in the form of poems. These poems are presented by either mom or dad about older and younger siblings or even twins! Whatever combination works for your family, you can translate that into your “Adventures of” book.

Our boys love each more than anything (they can also get on each other’s nerve) and often maneuver through life hand-in-hand. Hooray Heroes beautifully captures the bond of what it means to be a sibling through captivating illustrations and tales of hunting for pirate treasure, drawing all over the walls (true story – I’ll have to tell you about it later), or even taking on the monsters in the dark.

When we received our Special Edition of “The Adventures of Duncan and Rorie” the boys were thrilled. Our youngest loves to point out who’s who and our oldest describes in great detail to his younger brother all of the stories before them. This has really changed up the bedtime routine. Even though the boys have different bed times, we bring them together to read one or two poems of our daring redheads.

I can’t recommend Hooray Heroes enough. If you have one child or multiple, their array of personalized story options will be an excellent addition to your personal library. They also make great gifts! You can still get your books in time for Pre-Easter delivery if you order NOW. Head on over to www.hoorayhereos.com and let the adventure begin!

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5 Tips for a Successful Yard Sale

Today marks the first day of Spring (even though the temperature outside says otherwise), and this means one thing – SPRING CLEANING! Is anyone else as excited to clean the deep and dark corners of their house like me? No…just me? OK!

It’s the time of year where everyone sets up their yard sale at the edge of their driveway and prays to make a little extra cash by hocking off their stuff they no longer want. In the day and age of Marie Kondo, I have a feeling you will be seeing more of your neighbors setting up for the community yard sale.

* As an aside, don’t ask your toddler if an item “brings them joy.” They will say yes to EVERYTHING! You still have the right to make an executive decision regarding the 5,000 Hot Wheels, 52,000 dinosaurs, and 1 million building blocks they possess.

Not only do I love the chance to purge, but I LOVE a thrifting moment. [To the tune of Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana] “you get the best of both worlds!” My favorite yard sale/thrift find is this 1908 map of Union County, North Carolina. It’s amazing!

1908 Map of Union County, NC

A yard sale brings out all types of people – the observer, the peruser, and the hardcore thrifter (I’m somewhere in between the latter two). It’s important to provide a desirable experience for all involved parties on the day of your sale. Here are my five tips to setting up a successful yard sale for the buyer and the seller.

5 Tips for a Successful Yard Sale:

  1. Take advantage of the Community Yard Sale. When you team up with neighbors, your reach will grow even more. Think about how you want to grow your following on social media and apply it to your yard sale. Like, comment, save, and tag your neighbors.
  2. Timing is EVERYTHING when it comes to a fluid and positive yard sale experience. Consider hosting your yard sale at the start of the month, in particular the first weekend of a month. When we think about the “average” person’s pay period, the beginning and end of the month are often when they have the most cash on hand. “Show me the money!” (Jerry Maguire anyone?).
  3. Once you’ve cleaned out your items, sort and organize. The worst thing is to show up to a yard sale and it’s in a state of chaos. I have no desire to dig through your stash of items unless you are set up at an antique roadshow in the middle of a field (it’s all about the ambiance).
  4. We all LOVE a deal, and if you say otherwise, I think you may be fibbing. Look for opportunities to provide a deal to the public. For example, 5 books for $1.00 or 4 onesies for $2.50. It is also important to advertise and make those deals as visible as possible. It will save the “customer” from asking you and save your time from answering question after question.
  5. I would need more than my fingers and toes to count the number of times I’ve been to a yard sale where an individual is trying to sell something that just SHOULD NOT be sold. Hundreds of pre-loved teddy bears, Microsoft 97’ owners manuals, shoes missing their soles, and outdated children’s safety items (i.e. car seats) are advertised for sale at countless yard sales across the nation. Please DO NOT be this person – know thy customer!

What other tips and tricks would recommend for a yard sale? What do you look for when you’re thrifting? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Book Review: Cat & Nat’s Mom Truths

The other day I watched my four-year-old have a complete meltdown because the dog looked at him. Yup, the dog looked at him. His freak out caused my two-year-old to throw his cup (which broke and leaked everywhere) across the playroom crashing into the wall causing another wave of crocodile tears. These are the real moments of motherhood – raw, ridiculous, and ruthless.

I took to social media that day not to share this wild mishap, but an adorable photo of my kids reenacting the entire production of Baby Shark. Like many of us, I slapped a filter on life and gave you what you wanted to see – a fantasy-land of parenting. Let’s be honest, we need more reality in focus, because motherhood is a wonderful, yet extremely messy experience.

I recently got my hands on a copy of Cat & Nat’s Mom Truths – Embarrassing Stories and Brutally Honest Advice on the Extremely Real Struggle of Motherhood, by dynamic duo Catherine “Cat” Belknap and Natalie “Nat” Telfer. Cat and Nat give it to you straight in this hilarious collection of REAL motherhood anecdotes. This journey from pregnancy to toddlerdom will leave you rolling on the floor in laughter.

Cat and Nat’s Mom Truths

From tips on what you should actually pack in your hospital bag to the realities of Instagram myths on to tips of how to avoid post-partum sex, they give it all to you. With all of these knee-slapping realities, Cat and Nat provide you with the reassurance that you are doing a GREAT job. Motherhood is hard and there is no right way to do it. “There is only your way.”

To be honest, I have been dealing with some personal “mom guilt.” There is no reason for it. I have decided I need to feel guilty, constantly questioning if I’m doing enough for my kids, if working is ruining my children’s lives, if the tone I had with my toddler will negatively impact him for the rest of his life…you know normal thoughts (she said with sarcasm). When I dove head first into this book, I didn’t realize how much it would put me in check. I’m no longer sweating the small stuff. I love my kids, they love me, and well hell, that’s enough! So, Cat and Nat – thank you! Thank you for sharing these truths in a captivating and entertaining way. I can look at myself and say, “you are mom enough!”

Grab your favorite drink (black coffee for me), your favorite treat, shed the mom guilt, and indulge in this delightfully raw capture of what motherhood is REALLY like. Now available for purchase, get your copy of Cat & Nat’s Mom Truths today! >> Cat & Nat’s Mom Truths <<

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