Post: Office Depot-Teachers Change Lives

As a young child I had a rough time with school-I didn't have many friends and I struggled in subjects that many of my peers excelled in. I often came home from school and cried to my parents begging them to let me be homeschooled. In third grade I met Miss. Davison- and everything I disliked about school somehow just didn't matter anymore. Miss. Davison loved teaching, she loved teddy bears and always had a big smile on her face. When I felt discouraged I always knew I could go to her for extra help. Besides my parents she was my greatest cheerleader. Miss Davison made me love school and always gave 100% to teaching and it showed. She was in the classroom long after the other teachers had left for the day. She taught me that hard work pays off and that school could be fun even if I had struggles. I was lucky enough to have Miss Davison as a teacher again in fifth grade. I remember that my love of literature began in her classroom. I also remember learning about the different planets and the geography of the world. She did fun activities for us on the holidays-and even had a leprachaun visit us on St. Patricks Day while we were out at recess (he of course left us green treats). I looked forward going to school when I had Miss Davison as a teacher and I am so grateful for the example she was and still is in my life. Miss. Davison and I reconnected a few years ago and she was able to meet my little girl. It was a surreal moment. I was able to thank Miss. Davison for all that she had done for me and I am so grateful that we are still in touch. She is truly an inspiration to me. 

Miss Davison

Office Depot knows how important great teachers are and knows that most times they don't get the recognition they deserve. Cassie Cox is a great example of an outstanding teacher. She teaches at an alternative high school in Ogden, Utah. The alternative high school is the last stop for students before they drop out. Cassie, herself, is a former drop out who went on to earn her Masters Degree, and wants the same for her students. She gives them a second chance, and a new way to look at learning. 

Cassie Cox 
"Now matters later"
Teachers spend money every year out of their own pockets, especially in underfunded areas. You can donate to Cassie Cox or a teacher in your local community through Adopt-A Classroom. Adopt-A-Classroom is a nonprofit organization that helps connect donors with teachers to enhance the learning environment for students. Office Depot and Adopt-A-Classroom have partnered to raise awareness about teachers, and all that they do in the lives of their students. 

    • How to Register Your Classroom as a Teacher
      1. Go to Teachers Change Lives website (http://clvr.li/1emq4KF)
      2. Click on the red box that says "Register Your Classroom," which will take you to the Adopt-A-Classroom website
      3. Follow the corresponding steps from there

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the
content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


Pull-Ups® First Flush Ambassador-Are we there yet?

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Pull-Ups. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

  Hello Cherry Blossoms {the blog} readers! 

         Yes, here I am again to update you on my three year old's potty training....
Guess what? 

My son is STILL not potty trained. 

   While my son has definitely gotten more interested in the toilet over the past few weeks (after I introduced the Pull-Ups) he still refuses to actually go. I don't think that it has been anything I did or didn't do I just believe he isn't quite ready yet and you know what? I have finally realized that not being ready is OK. After reading quite a few articles on Big Kid Academy via the Pull-Ups website I realized that it's best not to push your child into potty training. So I have decided to let my son decide when he will be ready. Am I in love with that idea? No, but it is something I just have to deal with.

 When my daughter was ready to potty train she told us and I believe my son will do the same thing. I guess I expected both my daughter and son to be on the same timeline with things but through this experience I have learned that every child progresses differently. 

Yes, he is ROLLING his eyes here 
(after I told him he needed to be a big boy on the potty)

   Though I tried using many of the tips from Big Kit Academy via the Pull-Ups website and their Facebook page, and Twitter page I really believe that the day will come when my son will take the big step to use the potty. When that day comes I will definitely be using the Rewards Wheel on Pull-Ups.com. The Rewards Wheel is customizable and helps make every potty training lesson unique.

   Pull-Ups recently announced an exiting new partnership with The First Years, a maker of potty training systems and seats. The First Years offers a range of different potty training systems and seats, even some decorated with Disney characters to help make potty training as fun as possible! I am super excited because I will be trying out The First Years training system with my son once he gets a bit older and wants to definitely use the potty. I know between using Pull-Ups and The First Years training system we will be good to go! Currently if you purchase of a specialty potty system from The First Years they will also receive a free sample pack of Pull-Ups Training Pants to tackle the potty training journey!
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Review: Mini Scallop

There seems to be a fundamental happiness and ease of life we all feel when we’re near the shore. Endless boardwalks, crashing blue waves, seagrass blowing in the wind: life becomes simple. For me, the inspiration behind Mini Scallop was simple: be the ongoing reminder, no matter where I am, to always keep my head above water and be grateful for childhood dreams that make summers last forever.
                                                                                            --Jennifer Schlosser

When I am browsing the many cute shops on Etsy I am filled with awe, admiration so much so it gets a bit overwhelming at how many talented people are out there in this big world. I

feel like it was fate when I happened upon Mini Scallop-the owner Jennifer and I have a love of the Sea, beautiful fabrics, and classic clothing for children. Jennifer was kind enough to set some time aside to answer some questions about what inspires her, her most popular items and much more. Read on to learn more about the very talented Jennifer and her shop, Mini Scallop.

Why did you name your shop Mini Scallop?
-The name for the company, Mini Scallop, surprisingly came to me in a dream one night. I was having trouble coming up with a name that flowed well and combined everything I was trying to portray. “Mini Scallop” seemingly related everything I wanted the company to represent. “Mini” as it relates to children and “Scallop” being both a textile term and having a coastal connotation.

What is your most popular item?
-The two most popular items in the company are the girl’s nautical maxi dress and the girls coral lobster dress. Both dresses seem to be quite popular as flower girl dresses in nautical themed weddings. 

What is YOUR favorite item?
-My personal favorite item in the company is the girls grey starfish shorts. I'm partial to the color grey and it has definitely crossed my mind a time or two to make myself a pair for the summer. 

How and when did you learn to sew?
-I remember learning to sew when I was very young. I picked up a needle and thread around the age of 7 to make my younger brother a wallet for Christmas, hand stitched, of course. I was mostly self-taught through practice, reading books and watching other people sew. The technical skills were honed in on (and are still being perfected) after I went to

college and majored in textiles. There is always something new to be learned.

Who or what inspires you?
-I am continuously fascinated and draw endless inspiration from the ocean. Nothing to me holds more promise and privilege than to be ever-present in its raw beauty. There is something so captivating the way the sun-warmed sea mist can gently kiss your face while still displaying such majestic power in the crashing of waves over the shore. The infinite colors, the smell of salty air, smooth sand between my toes; I’m easily transfixed.

If you could go crazy (no budget) in a fabric store what/whose fabric would you run to first?
-If I had an unlimited budget in any fabric store, I would most certainly run to Kravet first. I love how timeless and luxurious their fabrics are and wish I could cover my entire house in them. I also love and admire Marimekko fabrics for their bold use of color and whimsical patterns.

What is your favorite dessert?
-My favorite dessert, without question, is key lime pie. I love anything key lime flavored and it goes without saying that key lime pie will always be ordered if it is on the menu (especially in Key West! ).

What is your favorite holiday?
-Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday. Growing up, my parents made Valentine’s Day feel so full of love for my brother and I. It was never about chocolates or flowers, but rather the love and sweet gestures we show toward one another. How can anyone not love a day completely dedicated to love?

Your favorite place to be?
-I could list countless places that I would consider my favorite, but one in particular I discovered on a two-week whitewater rafting trip I took down the Flambeau River when I was in high school. One morning at our camp I woke up much earlier than anyone else in the group. I stumbled out of the tent and hiked down to the edge of the water and sat on a large boulder as the sun was coming up. Across the river there was a deer wading in the water. She stared at me briefly but then continued to keep to herself. I sat and watched her

for a good while before she pranced back into the woods. Sitting on top of the boulder that morning was serene and reflective and perhaps one of my favorite places I have ever been. “It’s good for the soul when there’s not a soul in sight.”

What is your favorite book?
-My favorite book is the Catcher in the Rye. My 10th grade English teacher (Mrs. Brown), gave me my first hard copy and wrote on the inside cover “Schlosser, may your life be free from phonies!” No greater advice could ever be given. The pages have since yellowed and torn and side notes have been written in the margins but it will forever be my favorite copy.

What is your favorite movie?
-One of my all time favorite movies is Stand By Me. It is a classic, coming-of-the-ages movie about four boys that are unlikely but inseparable friends who set out in search of a local teenage who has gone missing. The movie mindfully blends a sense of adventure with the true meaning of friendship and self-reflection into standing up for what is right.

My Review
    I was thrilled when Jennifer gave me the opportunity to review the 'Girls Coral Dress' from her gorgeous shop. This asymmetrical dress is accented with a navy lobster across the shoulder with detailed coral contrast stitching. The detail and craftsmanship that went into making this dress is unbelievable. The dress washes beautifully and is perfect for a family photo shoot at the beach, a nautical themed party, wedding-or just a unique dress to wear to church. I am absolutely in love with this dress and it would make a lovely Easter dress for any lucky little girl. 

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Review: The Rock and Roll Band in my Armpit

We grew up with imaginative and engaging poetry as kids, and while I've shared those same classics with my children I've wondered a lot lately whether a modern classic would emerge. I'm rather surprised to say I think I've stumbled across it.

I purchased the book The Rock and Roll Band in my Armpit and other poems because it was illustrated by my friend and I like to support my friends. (After all, cool by association is still cool.) The illustrations certainly held up to the high standards we've come to expect from Drew Stalker. They are fresh, modern, and fun. They support the text and stand alone.

The reason I decided I needed to share this book with all of you, however, is not just because the images are so great, but because the poetry had my family in stitches. The brother-sister team of poet authors have clearly been honing these silly stories into rhythmic rhymes their whole lives, for which I am so grateful. They are whimsical, fantastical, and full of surprises. I loved reading them aloud, letting the lilt roll off my tongue. I loved listening to my husband read them aloud, hearing the push and pull of the plot. And I absolutely loved giggling with my children. Before we had finished this collection of stories the first time we had all declared this to be our new favourite family book.

As for favourite selection, we are all split: The Vegetarian Lion, The Mid-Wisconsin Belcher, Watermelon Seed, Chimp Removal, Sadly Raised by Chickens, and of course the title poem. (If you're keeping count, yes, that is more favourite poems than number of family members.)

If you loved Shel Silverstein but want something new, you'll love The Rock and Roll Band in my Armpit and other poems. Find it on Amazon.

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I purchased this book for my family but am posting the review because it's just so good.
I was neither asked to write this review nor was I compensated for it.
Any opinions presented in this post are mine and have been written in my own words.


Review: Everyday Life with U by Kotex

“This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and U by Kotex but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #UbyKotex  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

Grocery Shopping...check
Dry Cleaning....check
Oil Change....check
Drs. Office....check

   Listen, life is hectic enough without without having to worry about one more thing. Concealing your goods is important to every woman-really, who wants to flash everyone? Oh, and when I say goods I mean tampons/pads...what did you think I meant? 

Cheeky Monkeys! 

   U by Kotex keeps you focused on the things you need to focus on. How? Well U by Kotex products come wrapped in sleek packaging so no need to stash your goods away anymore. Also, who wants to constantly worry about embarrassing leaks? With U by Kotex you can live worry free knowing that you are covered. You will have less to worry about and more time to....

  ....take springtime walks with your children and their friends....

More time to take your cute dog on walks....

More time to focus on what is truly important....

and more time make memories that will last forever.....

Choosing feminine protection products shouldn't be a headache and with U by Kotex you can go with the flow (Aunt Flow that is!). I highly encourage you to head out to your nearest Walmart and pick up some U by Kotex products at "Walmart's Every Day Low Price." Currently Walmart has an in store promotion bonus of 3 Goody elastics when you purchase boxes of either U by Kotex Cleanwear Pads or Sleek Tampons (while supplies last). 

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Post: Mother's Day-City Prints

Mother's Day in my opinion is one of the hardest holidays to shop for. What do you get the woman who raised you? Who sacrificed so much for you? What kind of a gift could possibly show her that no matter where you are she is always there with you? When I saw the beautiful personalized prints for Mother's Day at City Prints I knew are just the gift any mother would LOVE to receive. 

A big heart-showing your Mom's location tied to small hearts for each of her children's locations. The print comes matted and framed  (print size 12x16, frame size 16x20). When you receive the print all you have to do is wrap it-and give it to your loved one-simple as that! 

Oh, and I haven't even gotten to the best part-you get all of this (including packaging and shipping) for only $99

That is a STEAL!

So whether it's for a grandmother, mother, other family member or friend. A personalized print from City Prints will definitely bring a smile to their face and warmth to their heart-no matter where in the world YOU are. 

Click here to purchase and Learn more!

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This is a sponsored post.
All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone. 


Review: Heat Holders

I know it may seem crass to be talking about winter gear in April. Some of you are still in the throws of winter and would rather not think of us, the rest of us have started to warm up our bones and don't want to think about winter for a long time. This year's winter was a tough one, wasn't it?

But bear with me. Thinking about winter gear in spring is a good thing. It's fresh on our minds which appendages were constantly cold. May I suggest picking up something while it's still fresh, putting it away with our winter gear, and being pleasantly surprised instead of caught off guard when winter comes back? That's what I'm doing.

I love the Heat Holders socks I got this winter. I have worn them a lot and as I said before, having warm feet is the key to happiness for me. I highly recommend getting some. Cold toes are the worst and there's no need for them.

As a pianist cold fingers are a problem as well, and now that I'm a mother keeping my hands pulled up in my sleeves does not make holding my children's hands possible. So lucky for mothers everywhere Heat Holders has just introduced thermal hats, mittens and gloves!

They sent me a pair of mittens for review, and they are great. The inside is that plush fur-like stuff that I fell in love with in my socks, the exterior is a beautiful cable-knit that is warm and attractive. I came close to wishing it would get cold once more so I could wear them about without feeling silly, but for the record I did not wish that so you cannot blame me if the weather falls again!

Heat Holders has products for men, women, and children, and they are often adding new products. So before you pack away your winter clothes add some Heat Holders to the box and thank me next fall.

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I received this product free of charge.
This has in no way affected my opinion.
This review is my opinion and has been written in my own words.


Review: IT Hair Care's Surf Spray

My hair: I love it and I hate it. I love that it is soft and smooth, and it usually stays put (so long as all I ask of it is a pony tail.) I hate that it is fine and straight, not exactly a flattering pair to my round face. While I have no desire for big hair, not even now that I've heard more than once "the bigger the hair the closer to heaven" Ikidyounot. I love the South. But my hair is not southern. No ma'am. Not even if I wanted it. Not even if I tried.

As I've said, I don't love that it's just flat and floppy. I want a little something. I don't want crunch, I don't want knots, and I don't want to spend a ton of time. After a lifetime of resignation I have found IT!

IT Hair Care's Surf Spray provides just enough oomph to my hair that it's not flat and blah, without making me feel like my hair is covered in gunk. It's so easy to spray, scrunch, and go. It has a pleasant, light scent. And amazingly enough, made me comfortable leaving my hair down (no clip, headband, or ponytail) all day. I actually liked having my hair down and I have never liked that in my life.

Just a few spritzes out of the shower and I'm off on my way. Even on the second day my hair still feels good. I'm sure if you have naturally wavy hair or hair with a little more volume you could do really amazing things with this stuff. As for me, just being comfortable with my hair down is a huge win. I've never had sexy hair before. I like it!

Even better? You can buy this stuff at the drug store.

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I received this product free of charge.
This has in no way affected my opinion.
This review is my opinion and has been written in my own words.


Review: Kid's Dream

      My family and I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and in our church children are baptized when they are eight years of age. We believe that when a child turn eight years old they reach the age of accountability for their actions. Being baptized is a special choice you are given and my daughter has decided to be baptized a few months from now. We are so proud of her and the choice she has been made to be baptized. A baptism day is a very special day-one that you look at back on for the rest of your life. I have been searching high and low to find the prettiest dress for her to wear. A dress that is not only modest, but something that she will always be able to keep and look at to remind her of her special day. 

   I ran across Kids Dream and am so glad I did because I found my daughter the perfect baptism dress. 

A bit about Kids Dream
   Since 1997, Kid's Dream has manufactured the most popular and profitable designs in special occasion dresses, flower girl dresses, infant dresses, First Communion dresses, and christening outfits. Kid's Dream offers the most competitive wholesale prices while using the
best quality fabrics and trims. Kid's Dream ships worldwide. 

My Review
    I was sent a Rosette Skirt Sleeve Dress (in white) from Kid's Dream to review. The dress has a full rosette skirt with a satin sleeve bodice accented with a pearl trim at the waist and a beautiful organza bow in the back. This dress is beautiful beyond belief and when my daughter tried it on I could tell how beautiful she felt wearing it. She smiled and twirled and said "Mommy, I look like a princess!" She is so excited for her baptism day because she gets to wear her beautiful dress from Kid's Dream. The company is appropriately named because it has to be every little girl's dream to own a dress so beautiful and lovely.

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I was sent this product free of charge.
This has in no way affected my opinion.
This review is my opinion and has been written in my own words.


Review: Oloves Healthy Olive Snacks


     One of my favorite things to snack on are Olives. Olives are delicious and also have many health benefits, some of them being;

-Olives help control blood pressure
-Olies eliminate excess cholesterol in the blood
-Olives are a great source of Vitamin E
-Olives act as an antioxidant by protecting cells
-Olives reduce the effects of degenerative diseases like Alzheimers and benign and malignant tumors
-Olives protect against anaemia

I love healthy snacking-so when I heard about Oloves-Olives infused with different flavors I knew they were right up my alley. Oloves come in the following flavors;

Basil and Garlic
Chili and Garlic
Lemon and Rosemary
Chili and Oregano

My Review
   All four flavors of Oloves were delicious but my favorite was definitely the Lemon and Rosemary. The Lemon and Rosemary had the perfect bit of zest while the rosemary gave it earthy sweetness. My husbands favorite was the Chili and Oregano-he liked the bit of kick and liked that it tasted like pizza. The Oloves olives bag can easily be tossed into a gym bag, work bag, diaper bag for easy snacking anywhere and anytime. 

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I was sent these products free of charge.
This has in no way affected my opinion.
This review is my opinion and has been written in my own words.

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