We picked up a couple of toddler seat swings at Lowe’s and hooked them up to our swingset. Below is a video of the boys’ first time on the swings! They loved it!
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Ashton & Dylan’s 2nd birthday is coming up soon (Sept 14th)!
With that in mind, I wanted to let our friends and family know that we have College Savings accounts setup for them. If you’d like to contribute to Ashton & Dylan’s educational funds, you can do so at GradSave by using the following links:
It’s never a dull moment in toddler land. Lately it’s been a whole lot of screaming, throwing things and of course, making huge messes everywhere.
Today the boys both crawled in the toy box and were chillin.
Dylan was chillin so hard that his peeps were calling him up on the baby celly.
Yesterday we broke out the single stroller and the boys took turns pushing eachother around the house.
There was also some peekaboo, laughing and head petting involved.
We also let the boys run around the park and everyone found some sticks to carry around.
Dylan found some BIG sticks.
It’s always a fun time when we have the boys engaged and an activity to do, but these last couple of weeks their tolerance for playing on their own without our attention has dwindled.
Of course we’d love to give them attention all day, but we have to get things done around the house!
But don’t get me wrong, even though it can be frustrating sometimes, every day the boys do something that makes me laugh or smile, which makes it all worthwhile. I couldn’t imagine life without these two cute little human tornadoes in our household.
Hope you enjoyed this quick little peek into #toddlerlife
Arizona residents! As the end of year quickly approaches, I would like to bring your attention to 2 state tax credit programs that I highly recommend that you take advantage of.
1) Working Poor tax credit. Get a 100% tax credit for all money donated to a qualifying AZ charitable organization, up to $200 for individuals and $400 for married couples.
2) School tax credit. Get a 100% tax credit for all money donated to an AZ school in support of extracurricular fee based activities, up to $200 for individuals and $400 for married couples. Tax credit carries over to new years if not fully utilized.http://www.azdor.gov/TaxCredits/SchoolTaxCreditsforIndividuals.aspx
Please take advantage of these fantastic state tax credits and support your local community!
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Every year millions of farm animals are subjected to unspeakable abuses on factory farms. Often confined in cages so small they cannot even turn around, farm animals are regularly beaten, mutilated, force-fed, deprived of everything that is natural to them, and frequently dragged to their death.
For more than 25 years, Farm Sanctuary has taken a stand against such cruelty by inspiring change in the way society views and treats farm animals and by promoting compassion. This year I am joining Farm Sanctuary in its mission to protect farm animals from abuse by participating in the Walk for Farm Animals. A series of fundraising and outreach events held across the United States and Canada, the Walk for Farm Animals spreads Farm Sanctuary’s message of compassion while supporting the organization’s life-saving work. I am walking with Farm Sanctuary to speak out on behalf of animals and to make a real difference in their lives.
I hope you will join me in taking a stand against cruelty to animals. Farm animals everywhere are relying on your support! Please make a donation of $10 or more to our fundraising page today!
Trivita, the company behind the anti-inflammatory wellness drink based on Nopal cacti fruit, are now offering free samples of their Nopalea superfruit concentrate drink.
Click the link above to learn more about how to get your free 32oz bottle of Nopalea, open to all who call the 1-800 number listed on their web site linked above (callers only pay $9.95 S&H).
As I mentioned in my previous post about Nopalea, it is an all natural anti-inflammatory drink that can help the body reduce pain.
I have not yet tried Nopalea myself, but seeing as though it is based on the prickly pear cacti fruit, I believe I would highly enjoy it! I’ve had fresh prickly pear juice in the past and it was one of the most unique, delicious juices that my taste-buds have ever had the pleasure of sampling. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to get my hands on some Nopalea in the future to try it out for myself. I just might even take them up on their free bottle offer.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.
READ: This website is not affiliated with Nopalea. We cannot give out samples.
If you would like a sample, please click on this Nopalea hyperlink, which takes you to the manufacturer’s website that contains contact information.
Do you think organic food is expensive? Hard to find and inconvenient to search out? If so, then you probably haven’t heard of Nature’s Garden Delivered.
Just about every week, I get a big box of high quality, 100% organic produce from NGD. Their produce is high quality, delicious and we feel good knowing that no pesticides, herbicides, other dangerous chemicals or genetically modified organisms are involved in our food.
Their pricing is affordable and you can’t beat the convenience of having your produce dropped off for you right on your doorstep.
These guys make organic eating easy! I would highly recommend that you check them out.
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My brother in law, Preston Howard, passed away just over 2 years ago on this very date. He was 25 years young.
Preston was a good man, good family and a good friend to many.
Even now, it is tough to fathom that he is gone. It’s one of those things where your mind finds it difficult to comprehend or process the concept of it all. He should just be there, hanging out with us, the next time we’re there in Utah. That seems like the more normal and real situation, but unfortunately, it is not.
I am thankful that we got to spend that one last time with him in July 2010, while Tera and I were there in Utah celebrating our wedding. It is somewhat comforting to know that he was able to partake in that one last celebration with loved ones, family and friends. We had a great time with Preston on that trip and we’ll certainly never forget it.
It’s easy to remember the many good things about Preston, including his laid back attitude, chill mannerisms and his willingness to help his friends & family in need, no matter the situation.
Preston loved skateboarding and snowboarding, much like myself. In recent years, he had rekindled his interest and we would often talk about going out to skate. On most of my visits to Utah, I would usually leave my board back home in Phoenix, as it’s a hassle to lug it around through the airport and on to flights. Prior to our trips, Preston would always ask me if I was going to bring my board and was always hyped on us trekking out to skate together. His enthusiasm actually inspired me to buy a new board while I was in Utah, so that I could leave one there and skate whenever I visited, without having to worry about transporting a board.
The day that I bought that new board in Utah, our cousin JT and I went out skateboarding at one of the public parks in Salt Lake City. We were calling & text messaging Preston all morning, as we had already made plans to go skate with him that day. We couldn’t understand why he wasn’t answering, but we chalked it up to a depleted phone battery or something of that sort. Later that day, we learned the unthinkable, Preston had passed away early that morning.
I didn’t get to have that one last session with Preston, but he’s in my thoughts often, especially when I’m out skating. I know that he would be stoked to see that I’m out there shredding Utah, whenever I visit now.
Wish we had more time with you on this Earth my man. We miss & love you brotha. Peace.
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Hot on the heels of Dylan learning to crawl (traditional method), Ashton is now getting himself mobile via the worm crawl. It is pretty hilarious to watch him get all excited and then use this method of movement to get himself where he wants to go. Check out the video below to see him in action!