Feb 4, 2014

He's Here...

First off, I want to apologize for being MIA for most of my pregnancy.  Considering it was my last baby I really wanted to relax and enjoy it  as much as possible, as well as the time I had to with my two youngest girls.  It was a  pretty easy pregnancy up until the end, that is when my age really started to show.   Having kids seemed so much easier the first time around when I was in my early 20's.  This pregnancy I had aches and pains that only an 80 year old should have complained about.   Anyway, in the end I was blessed with this beautiful little boy.  Please meet Maximo Joseph Ragan.   We named him after my father who passed away in September 2012 and my husband's very good friend and fraternity brother who passed away in April 2013. The name is just as special to us he is.  

Born:  January 9, 2014
Weight:  7 lbs 11 oz
Height:  20.5"

*I also want you to guys to know that I plan on attending Bloggy Boot Camp on April 5th.  I'm hoping it can help me get off to a fresh new start for 2014.  Thanks for sticking around.  xoxo

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Dec 3, 2013

Pampers Swaddlers: Celebrating Firsts (A Giveaway)

Disclaimer: This review was made possible by Latina Mom Bloggers and Pampers. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you know me or if you are a regular reader of Boogies N Boo-Boos then you know how much I love Pampers products, especially Pampers Swaddlers!  If I could marry this diaper, I would!  ha ha ha  Pampers Swaddlers are Pampers' softest diaper ever, they offer amazing leak protection, and what's even better is they are now available through size 5!   From your baby's first smile to their first step, Pampers can now be there for many more firsts to come!

How do we celebrate our child's first milestones?  In our home we get very excited at each exciting first! From the first time they roll over to their first steps and their first tooth, we celebrate by calling everyone we know, posting on social media and of course, by writing it down in their own special book of firsts.  You'd think these moments wouldn't be as "special" after having 5 children but that just isn't the case.  Just as each child is different and special in their own way, so is each first that we are blessed enough to experience with them.  One special milestone we always celebrate in our home is the first haircut.  We usually wait until our little ones are 1 year old before taking them for their first haircuts.   We start this day by going out for a special breakfast to let them know what to expect.   After the deed is done we always save the first hair that was cut in a special place.   I still have my first haircut strands from I was a baby almost 37 years ago.   Here is a pic of Bella during her first haircut.   

To celebrate Swaddlers sizes 4 & 5, Pampers has 30 days of incredible giveaways and a grand prize of FREE Swaddlers diapers and wipes for 1 year!!  Join the celebration and enter our 30 days of sweeps on the Pampers Facebook page:( where you can win daily prize bundles, plus the grand prize of free Pampers Swaddlers and wipes for a year.

Enter my giveaway sponsored by Pampers Swaddlers to win the following prizes:
- Baby’s First Friend- Plush Doll
- Baby’s First Tooth and First Curl Treasure Box
- First Words Book
- Baby’s First Steps Walker/Toy
- Pampers Swaddlers
Here are my girls with the Baby's First Steps Walker.  They can't wait for their little brother to be born so they can show him how to use it :)

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Oct 22, 2013

My Pampers "Gift of Sleep" Mission - A Giveaway!

**This is part of a sponsored promotion with Latina Mom Bloggers and Pampers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

As a mom of two teenagers, two toddlers and a new baby on the way I know how important and rare it is to get a decent night of sleep.   One of the biggest problems I had with all of my kids was soaking through their diaper in the middle of the night.   Pampers interviewed over 9,000 moms and found that the number one unmet need was a diaper that provided superior overnight dryness.  I knew I wasn't alone!  Pampers incorporated this firsthand insight, as well as the brand's deep understanding of baby and baby's needs, to design a diaper that both mom and baby can count on for up to 12 hours of overnight protection.  The product launch marks a large innovation in the brand's history.    This is a huge help to moms and babies everywhere because a tired mom is a grumpy mom.

Pampers was generous enough to send me a $100 American Express gift card so that I could give the "gift of sleep" to a deserving family or baby.  I immediately knew who I would be giving this amazing gift to.  I've known Colleen since she was 7 years old and I was 15.   I've watched her grow into a beautiful woman and an amazing mother of two gorgeous girls.  Colleen and her husband, Clint, are now expecting 2 more girls...twins!!  What says I am going to need sleep more than 4 girls and twins?!?!   
I grabbed my 2 year old and headed out to Target to purchase the gifts.  It was a lot of fun shopping for someone else.  To me the gift of sleep means anything that helps my little ones sleep through the night.   My package included:
Pampers Diapers
Pampers Wipes
Comfy Onesies
Aden and Anais Cuddly Muslin Blankets
Johnson's Bedtime Wash and Lotion
Relaxing Aromatherapy Mask (for mom)

Colleen and her family live in another state than I do so I had to send my "gift of sleep" from St. Louis to Phoenix.  She seemed very happy to receive it!

Pampers was also kind enough to send me two packages of their new and improved Swaddlers and Baby Dry diapers.   I tested the Swaddlers on Riley and they are amazing.  I'm serious!  I was very impressed.  I was also excited to see they are now making Pampers Swaddlers available through size 5! I am saving the smaller sized Baby Dry diapers for my new baby.  I'm quite confident Pampers will always be the diaper of choice in this family.  

Now for the best part... Pampers has given me the opportunity to host an amazing giveaway!

Prize:  One lucky winner will receive a "Gift of Sleep" Prize Pack that includes:
  • Cozy Blankets for Mom and Baby
  • 1 Sleep Sheep Sound Machine
  • $100 Gift Card to give the "Gift of Sleep" to the family or baby of your choice

Pampers Facts: 
• Pampers Cruisers are now more absorbent and offer Pampers’ best fit for all the ways babies
play freely.
• Pampers Baby Dry is up to three times drier than ordinary diapers and provides up to 12 hours of overnight protection and three layers of absorbency.
• Pampers Swaddlers, Pampers’ softest diaper and the #1 choice of hospitals, is now available
through size 5.
*Check out this fabulous info-graphic about the new Pampers study!  New Pampers Study

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Aug 14, 2013

Preschool Fears

preschool, school bus, school

Tomorrow is Bella's first day of preschool.  She has been very excited about starting school for months.  We attended the open house on Monday night and she seemed to really enjoy herself.   On the way home she got all choked up and said, "Mommy, I don't want to go school anymore.  I don't like it.  I want to stay home with you and Riley."   Her lip was quivering and her eyes filled up with tears.  I've never seen her show feelings like this towards a new adventure like a class or school.  She will be taking a bus to and from school so there are a lot of big firsts about to happen.  I told her how fun it will be and how there will be lots of other kids there ready to learn and play with her and when school was over they will bring her home and I will be waiting for her here.   She was still a bit sad but when we went in the house I read her the class schedule and she seemed a bit more excited., preschool, school busHere are my questions...   Do I have her take the bus on the first day to show her that it's okay and that taking the bus is a part of going to school? 
Do I drive her the first day and risk her getting extra choked up when I have to leave her in class?  They are having a special continental breakfast for parents that want to hang out for an hour after dropping the kids off in case they need to reassure their kids that everything will be okay.  I worry because I will have Riley with me and she is like the Tasmanian Devil these days and I don't want her being disruptive.  

My other worries include the typical concerns.

  • Is this the right school for her? 
  • Will she fit in?
  • Will they be able to give her the help she needs?  Bella will be in a school for children with developmental delays.  She needs a lot of speech therapy.
  • Will the bus situation work out? 

For those wondering why I am sending her to school on a bus at such a young age it is because the school is in the next town over about 20-25 minutes away.   I am expected to give birth in January and it would be way to difficult for me to drive her to school and walk her in with my newborn and my other toddler, especially during the winter months.  

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Aug 8, 2013

Toddler Room Makeover

Okay, I didn't technically makeover her old room yet but I will soon when we convert it into a nursery for the baby.   When we first moved into the house I wanted Bella, our 3.5 year old, to have the first room upstairs.  It was large like the others and had a nice walk-in closet.  My husband was totally against it because he thought she should have the back room that was about 1.5' larger and because it was in the back.   I was didn't like the idea because it was the only bedroom that did not have a walk-in and a girl needs a big closet!  We ended up turning the first room into a guest room and giving her the back room and I hated it.  The bright pink paint we chose made the room look way to dark and the closet wasn't large enough to hang her clothes.  
Now that we are having a new baby early next year I convinced him to move her into the guest room and we will give the baby the back room minus the hot pink walls.  
We finished most of the move over the weekend.  We still have to add a new dresser and her photos and wall art on the walls.  It so much more cheerful and she absolutely loves it.  Could be because she also has a TV in her room for the first time.   This is something we were both against but it only plays DVD's and after it's done she has no choice but to go to sleep.    These pics really don't do the room any justice.  The walls are the color in the first photo.
I added a few pics of the old room and closet for you to see.  
green and pink bedroom
Bedding is wrinkled still from bag...yuck!

green and pink bedroom



We had to keep the old Mickey Mouse switch plate.  

Old Room- Looks a lot more plain now that I took down photos and bedding.

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