Thursday, September 26, 2013

{The Little Mermaid} Diamond Edition Giveaway

Moms, I am sure we all know what The Little Mermaid is all about. It was one of my favorites growing up as a kid. I love that all these classics are hitting the shelves again for our little ones to watch. The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition hits stores on October 1st and you can win a copy here!

Venture under the sea where Ariel, a free-spirited mermaid princess, longs to be part of the human world. After bravely striking a bargain with Ursula, a sneaky sea witch, Ariel embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. With Flounder and Sebastian at her side, Ariel will need all of her courage and determination to make things right in both her worlds. Learn more at http://movies.disney.com/the-little-mermaid.

GIVEAWAY TIME!
One lucky winner will win The Little Mermaid Blu-Ray/DVD Combo for your family. So you can pop some popcorn and have a cozy movie night with your kids. 
To enter:Just leave me a comment with your ALL TIME favorite Disney movie. Also leave your email address. I will pick the winner on October 1st at 12pm! Your movie will be sent out that week! 

Disclosure: I received a copy of the movie in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own, as always. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Built to Amaze, CIRCUS TIME!

 Built To Amaze! opens with the All-Access Pre-show where everyone is invited to join the fun and meet the Built To Amaze! international cast of performers as they prepare for the show. The Ringling Bros.® Ringling Girls and Barnum B-Boys encourage kids to participate in a tug-of- war and kick off what will soon become an insane battle of girl power versus boy power in Built To Amaze! Audiences also can pick up some hip dance moves during the dance party, try on custom designed costumes, learn circus skills like juggling from the famous Ringling Bros. Clown Alley and even have the opportunity to witness and win a one of a kind masterpiece created by Asia, Ringling Bros. very own painting pachyderm!
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Built to Amaze is coming to Cleveland OH on October 23-28th at the Quicken Loans Arena. 
My readers can save 25% off tickets using code: MOM25 
Not valid on Circus Celebrity, Front Row or VIP seats. Not valid on Wed/Thurs shows. No double discounts. Service charges, handling and facility fees may apply. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Oh, HELLO 3rd trimester.

I seriously cannot believe we are in the last trimester. This pregnancy has been insanely quick, although the exhaustion at times makes it seem never ending. But our baby will be here in 90ish days.
In-freaking-sane!!
It's so funny because I do not want this babe to come til his/her due date. Vincent has a school christmas play 2 days before the due date so I am praying that the baby either comes a few days earlier or on time so I can see my little guy in his first ever program. I mean I literally cried at the thought of me missing it when I saw what the date was. I cannot miss that thing. So come hell or high water (or breaking waters) I will be there to see my little guy! (Gosh I got teary eyed typing that....)
Anyways, we are pretty much all set to go. I have pink and blue outfits ready. I have the hats being made for the baby's newborn pics, I have it all planned out. All we need is a baby! :)

Here is a peek at the bumperoo! 
Here is a peek at some comparison belly shots with the boys.
Vincent 25 weeks. I gained SO MUCH that pregnancy. I was huge by the end! 
28 weeks with Luke, you can see my belly is also HUGE with him. 
and 27 weeks with Jude, about the same size as now! As you can see I got smarter with gaining! 

Now for the facts.....

How far along are you? 
27 weeks baby!!! So glad to be in the last trimester! 

Total weight gain: 
up 17 lbs, hoping to even out around 30 for final gain if possible but let's face it we have Thanksgiving stuffed in there so I might pass 30, oh well! 

How big is baby?:  
The baby is around 2 lbs....getting BIG!! YAY!! 

Maternity clothes: 
Hell to the no!! I have a new sure fire way to not wear them. I will do a post on it soon! Let's just say I love jeggings and buying Medium Tall shirts from Gap. By far the comfiest pregnancy thus far.

Stretch marks?:  
No more than before! 

Sleep?: 
Yea right, my bladder has other plans. I am up every few hours using the ladies room.
 
Best moment this week?:
All the kicks. I just love feeling him/her move! The boys are also becoming very excited for the new baby. Vincent actually "gets it" this time around.  

Movement?: 
Lots and lots! Mostly at night!  

Food cravings?:
Oh yes, anything bad. I have been frequenting Panera (we have a drive thru....score!) for their Chipotle Chicken Panini! Holy yum! 

Food aversions?:
Not really 

Labor signs?: 
No way thank God! 

Belly button in or out?: 
Still in, it has never popped 

What I miss: 
My energy, I just want to not feel like a zombie. 

What I'm looking forward to: 
Meeting our sweet baby. Seeing the boys reaction to our new sweetie. Seeing my husbands face when we welcome the new baby. Hearing my husband yell out "It's a boy/girl", the first snuggles, the first days at home.....there is so MUCH to look forward to! 

What I'm not looking forward to: 
Delivery...haha! The last 3 have been completely natural but anytime you go into labor anything can happen. I just get scared of all the what-ifs and things that could go wrong. Just very intimidating. 

Gender:
No idea. I do know the baby is either William or Charlotte though! 
Although Samuel is also in the back of my mind.
I am completely set on Charlotte though.

There you have it!!! Third trimester is here and we are rocking it out as best we can!! I have been so insanely busy with having the boys in school and all that stuff. Photography has also been very busy lately. I am so insanely grateful for everything amazing that has been happening in our life. I know God is surely shining down on us!

So after seeing the pics of my bellies through pregnancy.
What's your gender prediction??

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

And.....we're back!

I got a lot of emails, facebook messages, and instagrams about my blog being down but don't worry it's back in action. I decided to shut it down 2 weeks ago after our House Hunters episode aired because it was a semi stressful time for me, I was low on sleep, the pregnancy has been exhausting, I had the unexpected emotions of something horrible happening to a close friend of mine and THEN to top it off I stumbled upon a House Hunter's forum that had brought 1,000 hits to my blog the Saturday after our episode. I knew I should not have clicked the stinking link, I knew better because people ALWAYS are bashing the people on the episodes, because well they personally know us now. I mean hello they saw a TINY glimpse into our life in the 30 minute episode so that automatically makes them know my family and what we stand for. I cannot stand when people talk about people on the internet in their little chat rooms behind their computer screens. Obviously when watching or reading things you form an opinion, everyone does, but then writing that opinion out and bashing others in my eyes is just disgusting. 
These wonderful new friends of ours were referring to us as The Dugger's which I actually take as a compliment, thanks, a family with good morals and God at the center. I will take that dig ALL. DAY. LONG. What I won't take is my husband being referred to as Andrea Yates husband and you assuming that because my husband has barefoot obsession that he treats me like Andrea Yates, and MAKES me be in the kitchen all day, barefoot like a poor ole housewife. Tell me how the hell you could come to that assumption? And then that we are over populating the world. We had 3 kids when the episode aired. 3. KIDS. really. REALLY?? Sorry that my husband and I love each other, that we support our family not only financially but with the faith of our church.God forbid we have children that will learn from us and go out into the world and make it a better place. This among other sweet assumptions you made about our faith, which is Catholic, not Mormon as if it should really matter. We love God, is that so freaking horrible? I still can't get over how many people were so CONCERNED about us having our boys share a room? A bedroom is for sleeping, that is all we use them for. They have other areas of the house that will have their desks, and entertainment so if the room is big enough why does it matter? My husband shared a room with his 2 brothers until he was like 13 and guess what, the bond those 3 have is UNBREAKABLE, they are best friends. Not sure why us having our TODDLERS share a room is so horrid. Did you happen to think that MAYBE when they get older they might not share a room? Weird and crazy thought! Ugh I could go on and on about the crap these new friends of ours talked about. This was one of the reasons I did not mention on my actual blog when the episode was going to air, I only mentioned it on my personal facebook and instagram just because I wanted people who actually KNOW us to be aware that the episode was airing. But they found my blog anyway. I guess I should have known better and not clicked the forum link from my page hits, but obviously I was curious. 

The last thing that flicked me over the edge to fully shut down the blog was they started commenting on my most recent post about my friend Kelli, saying "Oh wow she is friends with the mom who tried to kill her daughter" which could not be more from the truth. Yes, I am Kelli's friend and you darn well better believe I will still be her friend through this horrible situation. But I will not be talked bad about for being friends with someone who they know nothing about. As I said in my most recent vlog the Kelli I know would never have done such a thing. NEVER in a million years. The Kelli I know was the most loving, giving, sweet person I have ever encountered. Yes, the action and what she tried to do is unacceptable and horrid but I stand by the fact that the person who committed that act was not indeed Kelli in her right state of mind. Not by a long shot. I choose my friends and who I associate with very carefully and I will stand by each and every one of my friends if I believe they are deep down a good person. I will not tolerate bullcrap accusations from people who do not know the story, the struggle and their life. Just because you read a CNN or People article doesn't make you a Kelli expert, just as I probably am not a full expert but I can tell you that in all my encounters and exchanges with Kelli she was an amazing person. She just made a horrid mistake. I hope that this situation has a good outcome from the parents of Autistic and other special cases to get more assistance and not be turned away for help. I just pray that it opens some eyes. It makes me so mad because Kelli tried to get awareness for an entire year to their struggle and many autistic parents struggle and only got so far in the media and now I am in the grocery store check out with my friends face plastered on the cover of People magazine. It just sucks. The good news is that both her and Issy are alive and well. I am praying for their entire family and I hope you do too, for Kelli to get better mentally, for their family to try to pick up the pieces and I just pray this whole ordeal doesn't drag on for years legally. I just want them all to heal. 

Anyways, that is why I shut my blog down. Yes, I may be a baby and run when people are mean, whatever. I have feelings. I love my family and my friends with every ounce of my being and when we are attacked it does effect me. That is why I choose to surround myself with loving family and friends. So my sweet leaving note for today....
Table for More will resume regular blogging next week. Lots of updates as far as my babies in preschool, our house renovations, me entering the THIRD trimester, gosh we even had a wedding anniversary mixed in there!! haha! So I will be back, I just wanted to let you all know why I had disappeared for a moment!:) xoxo