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Friday, May 31, 2013
I'm still learning how to be a mom. I felt maternal as soon as I learned that there was a little bean growing in my belly back in February 2010. Being over protective is only sort of natural, when you're a parent. It's easy to let everyday occurrences and random, yet logical fears of the unknown plague us. I've always been the type of person you might label as a 'scared-y cat,' afraid of the most unlikely scenarios.
When I became a mom, though my first instinct is and always will be to protect my child, I sort of had to learn to live a little and make some room for being spontaneous. I sort of became fearless, taking on a 'can do' attitude when it came to raising my son. I began to try and experience a lot of new things with my new little family, and rarely let anything get in the way of that.
A recent home invasion to a house in our old, historic neighborhood, however, put a huge damper on my willingness to drop everything and let loose. For weeks, I was paralyzed by fear of someone trying to break into our own home. This fear kept me confined to my house, with doors locked and blinds and curtains closed all day long, even though I am a sun-lover, who loves to have the windows open. I may have hidden in my house for weeks on end, if it hadn't been for my precious two-year-old son, and his innocent, smiling face, asking to go out in the yard and play in the sandbox. As he stared at me, with eyes filled with yearning for that big box of sand, all of the memories we've created and shared together, since his birth came flooding back. I knew that if I let my fear take hold of me, I would not be giving my child the opportunities he deserved for childhood play, learning, and development.
The day that I decided to let go of my fear, turned out to be a wonderful day for our family. I packed my son into the car, and we spent the morning hours at our very favorite county park, where we took a train ride, went to the little petting zoo, and had a marvelous morning together. We followed that with picking up some lunch, but then taking it home to enjoy a picnic lunch together, before cuddling and falling asleep.
I cherish every second I have with my son, and fall in love with him all over again each and every day. These unplanned adventures bring us wonderful memories, which we will hold onto for the rest of our lives.
Allstate Good Life is encouraging everyone to share their memories of the good times and simple joys of life. We'd love to hear about a time your life was filled with joy, you overcame adversity or fear, etc. Tell us about how it changed your life or outlook on life in the comment section below!
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Thursday, May 30, 2013
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
- How do I apply my name labels and decals? Application is simple! Make sure your surface is clean and dry, peel your name labels carefully, smooth on, and rub into place. To remove, just simply peel off! For our kids wall decals, make sure newly painted walls have cured for at least two weeks. Peel and apply onto clean surfaces. Remove when desired, leaves no residue and won’t damage surfaces!
- What are KiDECALS™ personalized name labels made of? Our wall decals are printed on a really cool new phthalate free (non PVC, BPA free), self-adhesive material (it’s actually a tightly woven fabric!) with ecosol inks. Our waterproof name labels are printed onto a really durable self-adhesive vinyl with eco sol inks. I am constantly researching to find the best and greenest materials and printing processes available while trying to keep my kids name labels and decals affordable and local.
- Do you paint all your own designs?Sure do! And all the graphic design too! Painting is my first love and I am happiest while creating! We now have several graphic designers on staff that have created new and awesome designs like these!
- How do I make sure my decals won’t peel off? Are name labels waterproof?The adhesive on the Ikids wall decals is state of the art. Tiny capsules containing adhesive line the back of the decal. By rubbing, or burnishing, the decals into place you are actually breaking the capsules and releasing the adhesive. So the more you burnish, the more adhesive you release and the more aggressive the adhesive becomes (while still being removable)! A flexible straight edge (like a credit card) works really well for burnishing. Be careful while using a straight edge as to not scratch the surface or tear the edges of the decals. Placing the release liner on top of the decals and using a straight edge on top of the release liner is a good way to protect your decals while burnishing! For our name labels simply peel, stick, and rub into place. The adhesive is waterproof and highly aggressive, and will stay put through wash after wash. It is dishwasher safe and washing machine proof, yet removes easily when you are ready for a change! All of our labels are laminated to make them the most durable labels on the market!
- Are there any surfaces I shouldn’t put my name labels and decals on?Rough or stippled surfaces are more difficult and not recommended. Let newly painted walls cure for at least two weeks. All surfaces should be SUPER clean! Wipe surfaces clean with soap and water or an all natural spray cleaner and let dry thoroughly. Instant Murals™ look super cute on furniture too! Never put your decals where they could fall onto a sleeping child such as above a crib or bed. Our personalized kid’s decals should not be eaten off of or put into your mouth and are not recommended for painted surfaces.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
**Since we at MBP like to bring an assortment of things to our readers, it makes sense that we offer a range of pregnancy items right now. We searched around for some of the best maternity companies we could find and we have been blessed with some amazing products.**
This will be great for baby's first baths at home and for many times to come. It doesn't take much to get a nice, sudsy tub full and I know even the big kids will like it. Head over to Due Maternity to check out all of their Bella B products and make sure to catch our earlier reviews of all they offer.