Create a Discovery Garden for Your Kids to Explore

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My kids love to explore and play in our yard. We’ve been hard at work on our massive yard project trying to get our yard to look better and be more functional. On a whim I decided to dedicate a space for the kids so they could dig in the dirt and play without destroying any of our new plants. This little discovery garden has become one of our favorite daily play spots and it cost nothing to create and took about ten minutes.  Both kids love it and it gives them a sweet little place all their own that has become a home for all the treasures they find as well as the perfect spot for imaginative play.

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Cookies for a Cause this Weekend in Las Colinas #TiffsTreats

One of my favorite gifts to send when a friend is in the hospital is a box of cookies from Tiff’s Treats. When I heard that a new store was opening in DFW in Las Colinas AND raising money to help grant a wish for Viggo, a local nine year old boy fighting cancer I knew I had to share with y’all. A Wish with Wings and Tiff’s Treats are partnering to help raise money for Viggo and his family to visit Disney World together this summer so he can focus on being a kid and enjoying his life. Visit the new store at 114 E. John Carpenter Freeway, Suite 110, Irving, 75062 (intersection of 114 and O’Connor), on Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 9 a.m. to noon. During the cash only event you can purchase one dozen cookies for only $4, with a limit of 6 per customer. 
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Evenflo Symphony DLX Platinum Convertible Car Seat Review ~ The Only Car Seat You’ll Ever Need #EvenfloPlatinum

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Our little Pearl Girl just turned one and we have been on the look out for a new car seat. Her infant seat has been great, but she is getting to the point where she wants to sit up a little higher and see more of the world around her. We knew we wanted to upgrade to a convertible seat because we want to keep her rear facing as long as possible. When I had the opportunity to try Evenflo’s new Symphony DLX Platinum Convertible Car Seat, I thought it looked like the perfect fit for us. The seat is designed to fit children from 5-110 pounds, so it is seriously the only one you’ll ever need. We wear our kids rather than tote them around in infant seats, so a convertible car seat is just right for our family. Read on for our convertible car seat review to find out what we loved  and didn’t love about the seat and our recommendations.

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A Shared Birthday

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One year ago today, labor pains started around 2 in the morning. Around 6 am I woke Jed up and told him he wouldn’t be going to work today because we were having a baby. It was his 32nd birthday. Our Eleanor Pearl was born that afternoon, and now two of my loves forever share a birthday. You can read her full birth story here.  I am so thankful for their lives and their love. In Jed I have a partner who loves me unconditionally and is more to me than I could ever imagine or deserve. We will celebrate 6 years of marriage next Saturday. Our Ellie Pearl is truly a blessing, a gift, and a reward. She brings us pure joy every day and we are so thankful to be her parents.

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Our Massive DIY Yard Project and a Big Home Depot Giveaway from Savings.com #SpringIntoSavings

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We always have a project under way at our little Duck Creek Ranch, and right now it is all yard, all the time. Today Jed is going to share a bit about how we are completely changing the look and usability of our yard in another “He Says” post. Savings.com sponsored this post so that you could hear about their amazingly huge Home Depot giveaway. They are giving away 150 Home Depot $20 gift cards over the next three days and you do not want to miss out. Use the link above or click the box below to enter.


 

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Teach Your Children about Giving with Champions for Kids #SIMPLEGiving

 

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There are children living with hunger and food insecurity in your community. If, like me, you spend most of your time in a comfortable suburban bubble it can be hard to imagine children not knowing where their next meal is going to come from right here in the U.S. Right here in your town.  Ten percent of kids living in food insecure homes aren’t guaranteed breakfast. Over 9.8 million children get free or reduced price school breakfast on an average school day in the U.S., but over 10.6 million go without. Champions for Kids is working to change that number, but needs your help. Nine out of ten teachers say that a healthy breakfast is key for academic achievement. How can we expect kids to perform in school if they are hungry? With SIMPLE Giving from Champions for Kids, you can quickly and easily purchase and donate breakfast foods at Walmart that will go to feed kids right in your local community from April 21-May 5.

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Happy Easter from Team Eby!

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The Bear is covered in dirt and Pearl Girl is trying to climb out of Daddy’s lap, but we got one with everyone looking and smiling. Victory! We hope your Easter is filled with joy and peace and family. Love, Team Eby

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Babies + Baskets + Bluebonnets = Easter in Texas

Celebrating new life in our risen Lord today. He is risen, indeed!

Itty Bitty Bunny Cupcakes {Perfect for Easter}

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I made these darling little bunny cupcakes for the Pearl Girl’s first birthday party, and thought they would be perfect for Easter. Her party had an Easter theme because, well, I’d already decorated for it and didn’t feel like taking the Easter stuff down to put birthday stuff up. You can find some of my other Easter posts here. I’ll share more about our little party soon, but had to show you these little cuties because they were so easy and I really loved how they turned out. I am obsessed with my mini muffin tin lately, so I used it to create 24 itty bitty bunny cupcakes – bite sized for adults and perfectly sized for toddlers.

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