Making More Time for What Matters in 2017



If live with a child is busy and complex, life with multiple children is something else... Perhaps pure and utter, irreversible hair-pulling-and-breaking-down-in-tears kind of chaos? Sound familiar? Okay, so it may be a bit of an exaggeration on most days. But the hard days certainly feel that way.

My son, Everest, is now 4-years-old, and baby Sienna is no longer a baby, having celebrated her 1st birthday in September. I'm still in denial about the fact that I'm the mother of not one, but two, toddlers. Yet at the same time, my 1-year-old often acts more like a 3-year-old than a new toddler struggling to smooth out her skill set. Such is life with kids. Full of contradictions. So often one thing and the opposite are true, and something neither is right. But one thing is clear: my little kids are less little each and every day. And I don't want to miss any of it.

It's not always easy. "So much to do, so little time" doesn't really begin to describe life with children and the struggle to balance work, life, and the endless stream of activities and errands. At least for me, I felt like there was quite a learning curve in finding a balance between the best interest of each of my children, and the overall needs for our family.


One way I save myself time and money is by buying in bulk. So imagine my surprise when I discovered the Huggies Mega Colossal Pack at Sam's Club which is a 2-month supply! There are many benefits to a Sam's Club membership. A trip to Sam's Club always turns into family fun, starting with stocking up on essentials and finding great new products, and wrapping things up with a fresh salted pretzel from the food court for all of us to share. Our most recently trip to Sam's Club was no exception. We stocked up on produce and were so excited about Huggies' biggest pack ever. Instead of having to think about another trip to buy diapers for Sienna in a month's time, I can save myself the energy and time that I had anticipated, and not return for our stock-up on Huggies until two months from now. I am one happy mama!


Find out more about Sam's Club and the benefits of a membership. For a limited time, the Huggies Mega Colossal Pack is at an even better price to save you more money! You can pick up this huge box of diapers from Huggies with an $6 instant savings at checkout. But hurry, this huge savings won't last long. Look for the 2-month supply pack from Huggies at a location near you using the store locator on the Sam's Club website.

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Carry Them Close... a (Baby Carrier) Love Letter

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Dear Baby Carrier,

It was love at first sight. I knew at just a glance. It was simply meant to be. Together we were unstoppable. You were always there. My helping hand, when I had no other. In the early days when my hormones were haywire and my body ached from hours of intense labor and the crazy experience of childbirth... and there even now when my baby is no longer a baby, but is sick and needs her mother's embrace and nothing else will do, although she has grown so heavy she is hard to hold otherwise.


You have been my strength when I felt weak. It is thanks to you that I've been able to get through many days which I didn't think would end, and I was so very tired. I didn't see it coming, but you've come to mean so much to me. For we have made so many memories together. You have been there with us on the sandy beaches, on the trails underneath the redwoods, on the countless moonlit strolls in the very neighborhood we call home. Where I go, you go too. And on whirlwind days where I am running around in an attempt to do everything on my list for the day, and somehow, I leave you behind. You are missed. My aching arms at the ends of those days are reminders.



They say a picture is worth a thousand words. How do I begin to describe your worth when you gave me something invaluable. I will never forget what it is you gave to me. The gift to soak up every immeasurable moment that is gone too soon. The day will come when I will no longer reach for you, as my daughter will no longer reach for me as she does now. And I think of that day to come with a heavy heart. But it is not goodbye. No... For I will hold onto you, as you once held on to my little ones when they were small, and one day, you will carry theirs. It is simply... until we meet again. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Lalia


Sometimes the things that we overlook amount to the most, and the things we fixated on are the things that end up forgotten. I don't know any parents who don't think that way about becoming first-time parents. Baby carriers were one of those things for me. I completely underestimated the value it would come to have in my life, and the important role it would play every single day in our household. It was the reason I could move around when I couldn't sit still a minute longer. The reason I was able to do the laundry. The reason I was able to cook. To run a seemingly endless number of errands. My introduction to babywearing following the birth of my son was to the versatile baby slings and baby wraps. As my son grew from infant to toddler, we continued to experiment with different types of carriers for children, and dove into the world of soft-structured carriers. The review of the Moby GO on Found Frolicking was just the beginning! With the help of excellent reviews, like this review at The Pierogie Mama for the Beco Soleil baby carrier, we were able to find our "Goldilocks" carrier---the one that was just right.

We'd like to help you find your Goldilocks carrier with a $50 giveaway! Tell us what your dream baby carrier is, or what your biggest surprise about parenting (or being an expectant parent, if your little one has not arrived yet) has been in the comments below. Then enter for your chance to win. Be sure to follow Found Frolicking on social media to hear about exciting new giveaways and for any new baby carrier reviews. Good luck!




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Fine Print for Giveaway: Giveaway open to individuals 18+ who are residents of the United States of America. Entries are limited to one person per household. Giveaway begins Monday, December 12th at 10 pm PST, and ends Thursday, December 22nd at 11:59 pm PST. The winner of the giveaway will be chosen at random through Giveaway Tool's Random.org. Winner will be notified via email, and first name and last name's first initial will be announced on the Found Frolicking blog. Please ensure your email address is correct when entered, so that you can be reached if you win as misspelled email address may result in forfeiting any/all prize winnings. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email sent out to them, and should a response not be received within that time, the prize(s) are forfeited. Please follow the instructions for each entry, as you have to have done what was instructed for your entry to count. All entries will be verified. Found Frolicking is not responsible for prize shipment. Void where prohibited. Entering using the Giveaway Tools form means you agree to the above terms. Thank you.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received compensation in exchange for writing this content. All opinions expressed are my own, and were in no way influenced by the brand or any other sources. The post and all photos with the watermark are the property of Found Frolicking, and should not be used or distributed in any way without first receiving permission. Found Frolicking is in no way responsible for prize shipment, but will work with the sponsors in all ways possible to ensure the winner receives their prizes.

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Enter to Win $200 Hot Holiday Cash

Please note that this giveaway was sponsored by Found Frolicking and several partners. This giveaway is in no way associated with PayPal itself. For further information, please refer to the disclosure which can be found at the bottom of this post. Thank you!


With Christmas just weeks away, there's one thing that I am sure we could all use a little more of... $$$! Purchasing the perfect gift for everyone on your list can leave your pockets (or your bank account---or both) a little slimmer and trimmer than we'd like. That's why Found Frolicking has partnered up with amazing blogs to pool our own funds and offer you this great giveaway. That's right! We're giving you our money. Are we crazy or what? Hurry up and enter to win before we change our minds! 

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Disclosure: This is a blog sponsored post. I did not received product and/or monetary compensation in exchange for writing or sharing this content. Found Frolicking teamed up with several partners and pooled our own funds in order to provide you with this great giveaway. All opinions expressed are my own, and were in no way influenced by any of the brands or any other sources. The post and all photos with the watermark are the property of Found Frolicking, and should not be used or distributed in any way without first receiving permission. Found Frolicking is in no way responsible for prize shipment, but will work with the sponsors in all ways possible to ensure the winner receives their prizes.

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Family Traditions, Holiday Cheer, and Honey Bunches of Oats®





It's here. The holiday season. I know what you're thinking... No! Really? Already? You're joking. The time that passed so slowly when we were children--worse than trying to run in quick sand while carrying an entire marching band on your shoulders---is little more than a blink of an eye to a parent. I'm right there with you! But I have to admit it, even though it's terribly cliche to do so. It really is the most wonderful time of the year. My husband, who works tirelessly all year long to provide for our family, has more time off in the last two months of the year than it seems like he receives in the rest of the year combined. Like everyone else, we slow down. We breathe. We laugh and play with our children, and the kids soak up every second of it.

Funny story. Last year, we picked up some cups of hot cocoa and went to a Boy Scouts tree lot to pick out a Christmas tree as a family. After moseying down each aisle, we all eventually agreed on a very lovely Noble Fir that wasn't too tall or too short, not to sparse (Charlie Brown Christmas Tree, anyone?) nor too busy. It really was just right. Now all that was left... was to take it home! Mind you, this tree lot was all of three blocks from our house. I reasoned to my husband that we should walk back to our house and he should drive his work truck back over to pick up the tree. Simple, right? My husband must have had pixie dust sprinkled on him without my knowing it---that, or the sugar from the hot chocolate went to his head. But he was struck with the urge to carry our Christmas tree home. I couldn't talk him out of it. So carry it, he did. It took him half a block to realize it was heavier than he imagined it would be and to start regretting it. But he managed it! The tree came home with us, carried home in a true labor of love... and it was a perfect fit in our living room.

It's the memories like that that make the holiday season---and the ensuing holiday spirit---so much fun! Our Christmas traditions are still changing and evolving, as we like to try different things. But it's been a fun experience to blend together traditions from my husband's family and from my own upbringing into a hybrid form for our own children. We open presents on Christmas Eve (his) and eat our Christmas dinner at mid-day and enjoy it for dinner as well (mine). For Thanksgiving, we have pie for dessert, but for Christmas we skip the pie in favor of a divine Yule Log cake. At the end of the day, it's not even about the presents. It's about the things that we can't buy. The memories, the time, and the love.

What does the holiday season mean in your family? Traditional or radically different, we'd love to hear about what brings your family together this time of year and what this time of year means to you!

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received product and/or monetary compensation in exchange for writing this content. All opinions expressed are my own, and were in no way influenced by the brand or any other sources. The post and all photos with the watermark are the property of Found Frolicking, and should not be used or distributed in any way without first receiving permission. Found Frolicking is in no way responsible for prize shipment, but will work with the sponsors in all ways possible to ensure the winner receives their prizes.

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ByKay Mei Tai Deluxe Baby Carrier Giveaway

One of the most essential baby items that I would recommend to any expectant parents is: a baby carrier. If your baby, like so many, take to a baby carrier and you can find the one that works for you and your baby, it can truly make your life much simpler. In this great new giveaway, you have the chance to enter a stylish ByKay Mei Tai Deluxe baby carrier! Good luck!

ByKay Mei Tai Deluxe Carrier Review

Welcome to the ByKay Mei Tai Deluxe Baby Carrier Giveaway

Ready to take your babywearing to the next level? Whether you're curious about wrapping or a woven wrap pro, the ByKay Mei Tai Deluxe baby carrier is for you! Combining the panel of a soft structured carrier with wide wrap style shoulder straps, it has a highly customizable fit and is a one size fits all carrier that can be worn by anyone. How would you like a chance to WIN a ByKay Mei Tai Deluxe carrier for yourself? PEC Distribution, the Canadian and US distributor of ByKay baby carriers, is giving one lucky reader a ByKay Mei Tai Deluxe carrier in their choice of Dark Jeans, Stonewashed, or Sand! (retail value of $205) The giveaway is open to Canadian and US residents, 18+, and ends on November 15th, 2016.


The ByKay Mei Tai Deluxe can be used to wear babies and toddlers from birth right up to age 4 (up to 40lbs), and can be used for front, back, or hip carries. The linen-cotton blend makes it breathable and lightweight, the width of the panel narrows for wearing a newborn or small baby, the wide wrap style straps can be spread out to provide additional support, and it offers a custom fit every time you put it on.

Enter the Giveaway


DISCLOSURE: The Monarch Mommy and participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations. Open to Canadian and US residents, 18 years of age and older. Confirmed winner(s) will be contacted via email and have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of the sponsor(s). Canadian winners must successfully complete a skill testing question. For questions or to see your product featured on The Monarch Mommy blog contact Stefanie at http://themonarchmommy.com/work-with-me/.

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