Tatorthoughts Takes on Seint!

Welcome to the first of several reviews that we are calling – “Tator’s take on Seint Beauty”

I recently unearthed the gem that is Seint Beauty, (formerly mascara beauty) but to be completely honest with this one I feel as if I was living under a rock! I’m not sure how it took me so long to discover Seint but now that I have I doubt that I’ll ever go back.

I’m extremely picky when it comes to the feel of product on my face and I can say that  seint sits so well on my face I forget it’s there,  seint is light, smooth and gentle. Created by Cara Brook to accentuate and enhance your natural beauty, therefore improving the lackluster beauty industry as a whole. 

Seint (formerly mascara beauty) as a company is less than five years old, and since it’s a rival has taken the market by a storm!

I have the pleasure of working with an amazing seint artist, Tammy Minard Who prides herself on making the entire process quick and painless. No more trips to the mass market beauty store ladies!

Not only will this save you time, effort and stress switching to Seint saves you money!

Seint products are very affordable in comparison to their counterparts that just Can’t quite measure up. 

It all started with a clean face natural light selfie used for an accurate color match and when I tell you it’s that easy I mean it. 

That’s all I had to do!

And receiving my color match from Tammy opened my eyes to how far off base my traditional makeup colors really were for my skin. 

Your makeup should fit you not the other way around!! Seint is made to enhance your face. Not to hide it.

With that being said you can achieve different degrees of coverage from light to full depending on your needs NOT product specifications like most drugstore foundations. 

Seint gets better with every application! And when you need an adjustment in shades from seasonal changes or just different ways to apply that work for you there’s always a Seint artist ready and willing to help. 

There’s several diagrams & graphics that help as well a few of which I found particularly helpful I’ll be posting below!

Seint is for every age & every stage from professional makeup artists to young ladies just starting out on their cosmetics journey. Seint is ageless!

We all know some makeup brands don’t photograph well no matter what you do but I’m happy to report seint does!

It is the perfect way to ditch the bulky makeup bags and trade in your tubes for tins! Seint is the all in one makeup collection where that once bulky bag becomes a sleek, slim BEAUTIFUL compact that holds all your makeup from eyeshadows to bronzers & contour! Truly becoming grab & go.

Seint offers everything you need in individual items and collections. 

•Brushes

•Skincare 

•Attire (that your artist doesn’t earn on)

& makeup

Seint makes the perfect self care products as well lad incredible gifts!

I started with the basics SPECIFICALLY MATCHED FOR ME!

1 highlight-linen

1 highlight-candlelit 

1 Contour – Astoria

1 Lip + Cheek – Hollywood

1 IIID Palette 12 – Poolside

1 IIID Brush

1 Perfector

1 Eyeshadow Brush

Anyone who is familiar with make up knows, add a major retailer for all that’s listed above you are spending hundreds of dollars well friends I’m here to tell you when I purchased my Saint makeup I spent less than $200!! With my regular use this make up will last me months. This is a very cost-effective move for us. 

I cannot tell you how excited I am to finally be using clean make up, it glides on so smoothly and takes less than five minutes to apply unless you want a higher glam look which I usually don’t. 

The setting spray I won as a prize, got me started on my journey with Seint and I’m so glad it did! It doesn’t mist like most would but it does work better than any I’ve tried before so I just apply it to my perfector and apply to my face from there after I’ve finished my look. 

These brushes are the bomb and the perfector is better than any beauty blender I’ve used, they all come so clean and I love it!

I trust my Seint make up so much that I even had professional pictures taken with Seint instead of my normal go-to And this only scratches the surface! You guys are not going to believe what comes next stay tuned!

(There’s also a review coming on JCPenney portraits too!)

In the meantime, to get color matched just as I did reach out to my favorite seint artist Tammy Minard!

***HURRY! BLACK FRIDAY SALE RUNNING NOW WHILE SUPPLIES LAST 30% OFF EYESHADOWS AND ILLUMINATORS! ***

CHRISTMAS GIFTS AVAILABLE!

You can shop seint with her here:

https://tamlynn.seintofficial.com/en

Bow Babies: The Showcase & Product Review

Y’all, Tatorthoughts has done it again and partnered with someone so sweet just in time for Halloween!

Mrs. Dametra Thompson-Thomas the owner and operator of bow babies Has partnered with us to bring fashionable hair accessories and infant barefoot sandals with matching bows to our audience’s attention and let me tell you they steal the show!

She’s also been so kind as to create a beautiful hanging now holder to help display her quality alligator clip bows!!

She was so gracious as to send us so many of her amazing creations!

I’ll drop an itemized list here:

  • 1 Breast cancer awareness ribbon alligator clip bow
  • 1 delightfully spooky spiderweb Halloween themed alligator clip bow
  • 1 Cartoon turkey Thanksgiving-themed alligator clip bow
  • 1 Candy cane Christmas themed alligator clip bow
  • 1 cupcake ribbon birthday-themed alligator clip bow
  • 1 Red and green glitter print Christmas bow that I am calling “The poinsettia bow” it also has an alligator clip
  • 1 pair of jeweled light purple flower barefoot sandals and a matching bow headband 
  • 1 pair of red flower & checkered barefoot sandals with matching headband bow that remind me equally of the wizard of oz or something a small child would wear on a Georgia bulldogs game day but since not everyone is a Georgia fan I’ve coined them “Dorothy slippers”. 
  • 1 BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED, initial S letter bow hanger for display, adorned in vibrant rainbow colors and butterflies both hold very significant meanings with us and I love that she includes such special details in everything she does!

Her craftsmanship is incredible these bows are well-made and they will stand up to almost any beating from the most tomboyish of girls, and long outlast any love that they are given! These bows are definitely keepsake worthy and I think I speak for everyone when I say most any bow babies product will be retired once outgrown and passed down when the time comes!

This bow holder will be hung on my daughter’s wall for years to come and fits with anything that her room might change into which we LOVE! Versatility for the win!

Not only are the bows and barefoot sandals well-crafted they’re made with love by a mom herself using high-quality materials, made to last, and made to make a statement!

Moms and their dreams & passions are limitless! Amiright?

Her products however aren’t the only things that make a statement. 

Her incredible customer service, attention to detail, openness to custom orders or ideas, drive and quality packaging & presentation skills are bar none!

When I opened the shipping box that arrived just when expected I was surprised to find a second well-packaged box inside complete with an outside twine tie & rainbow sticker. 

Items on the inside were well packaged & protected neatly ordered together and wrapped in a nice light lavender tissue paper separating item types as to not have the alligator clips scratch the beautiful paint on the bow organizer in transit. 

These products are perfect holiday additions, great gifts for special occasions & birthdays and perfect for everyday staples also!

I’m very proud of this partnership and all the meaning behind it, so thankful for incredible partners like Mrs. Thompson-Thomas. 

I’m extremely proud to associate myself with such kind wonderful people as it reminds me good is in the world and it’s uplifting other moms, other people with real dreams that matter most to me. 

I’m thankful for this opportunity and Tatorthoughts would like to welcome bow babies to the team! I very much look forward to working with this company in the future and showcasing the next & newest of her wonderful creations!

To order your own bow babies creations & start your collection visit the link below:

let her know we sent you!

https://www.facebook.com/mrs.thomaz04/

We did it!

It’s September 22 and I/ Tatorthoughts has exceeded both my goal donation amount, 10k daily step goal and my whole month step goal of 300,000 steps with time to spare! Participation in this year’s Steptember challenge has been trying, but extremely beneficial to me! Thankful I was blessed with the opportunity to step with a purpose for such a meaningful cause.
The month of September isn’t over yet and there is still plenty of time to make strides and raise more funding for cerebral palsy research.
Thank you to all who have supported me in this endeavor and sent kind messages & donations. Please know you’ve participated in so much change. Together we have moved cerebral palsy research forward.

For more information about steprember, to follow my journey or to donate to the cause visit the link below!

https://www.steptember.us/s/18817/20499

Momma Made Designs LLC Product Review Showcase: Mom makes magic within handmade clothing market!

You may think hand made clothing is a thing of the past. I’m here to tell you it’s not!

Tatorthoughts firmly believes in celebrating individuality, and all things unique in life. 

Of course mass produced clothing garments have their place in the market and can become meaningful, sentimental keepsakes for many but there’s something that stands alone among those things. 

Hand made, custom entrepreneurial dreams.

These things may seem to be just simple fabric and stitching but to me these items are so much more. 

They represent the meticulous, artistic passions of a mother. Taylor welsh of Momma Made Designs LLC pours love and compassion into every item she creates and does so with pride. 

As a mother and caregiver being able to showcase these personalized items is an honor and privilege her skills are impeccable and not even the best of photos give her craftsmanship and product quality justice. 

For this review we are featuring 

A size 3t custom “hidden Mickey” dress

 (I suppose you could call it anything you like, we’ve coined it the “hidden Mickey magic” dress because my daughter and I were absolutely blown away by the sight of it upon opening the box. And love that even the inside of the dress has Mickey fabric lovingly sewn into it!)

A size 2t “bipity bopity boo” dress

With incredible sleeves and tule skirt detail. 

2 SURPRISE matching headband bows that Taylor so kindly included without my prior knowledge to accompany both dresses. 

& last but not least A size 5t Boys Dino outfit shirt & pant set. 

As a mother of sons the fact that Taylor also  offers boys products through her shop rather than solely catering to girls clothing means the world to me. 

It is with pride that I’m able to say my sons aren’t always excluded from the finer things simply because they are males. 

It’s also incredible that many of her items including this Dino set could be gender neutral, this could be paired with a bow for a little girl or worn as is!

The saying often goes “you get, what you pay for” and in this case it absolutely rings true. Momma Made Designs LLC offers high quality, customizable children’s clothing and accessories made with quality materials, love and precious time meticulously spent. 

It is evident that Taylor is a mother as you can see her loving parental touch shine through with every item. 

Supporting small businesses helps families and dreams flourish. 

If you are looking for anything with a unique touch to adorn your children in whether it be for family photos, church, everyday wear, special occasions, dress up or your next Disney adventure I highly recommend you reaching out to www.mnmdesignz.com with your need! You will be met with top notch customer service, impeccable products and irreplaceable memories afterwards all with the satisfaction that you’ve also supported someone else’s dream. 

You can shop Momma Made Designs LLC products by visiting their website: www.mnmdesignz.com

Or via Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/mommyandmedesignz/

Nicu Awareness 2021

People thought I was crazy for taking pictures of everything in the Nicu. The doors, the monitors, the wires. Our view from his room. The truth is that you never forget seeing your child like that. The sound of his ventilator echoes in my brain. The beeps of the monitors, the scars that adorn my sons feet from the blood draws that kept him with me his first 11 days of life. I’ll never forget the prayers I prayed within those halls. The irritated skin on my hands from scrubbing in so many times. The irritation on his tiny cheeks when the tubes were finally removed and there was no longer a need for tape on his face, the smell of clean and pure fear with only my faith to get me through some days.
Not being able to touch him or speak too loudly when he was on zero stimulus protocol.
And the knowledge that some families simply don’t leave with their baby. The baby they also prayed for.

You never forget as a Nicu parent because you never want to forget how far they’ve come, your now thriving healthy, beautiful child who In my case is my son. Because you will never forget how close you came to losing them. How close you came to living an entirely different life. Or how much your fragile, fierce & fearless baby taught you within the walls of that Nicu that holds their first memories. The very same Nicu that saved them. The nurses, the doctors that will always be part of your child’s story because they made sure they did everything that could be done.
Believe it or not your family left a mark on them too.

How do I know? Because I’m a Nicu mom.
Because I am Raiden’s mom.
Because I’ve lived it.
Because we are the statistic.
Because of all babies.. It was mine.

It wasn’t what I would have chosen for my son, or for my family. But it is our story. One I will always tell and celebrate.
To admire my child and the ones who survived.
To honor & remember those who did not.
To thank those who’s lives are dedicated to Nicu families and to their own.

This is September. This is Nicu awareness Month.

#proudNicuMom

#nicuawareness

“Steptember” challenge 2021 raising money for cerebral palsy research

I’m on day 8 of the STEPTEMBER challenge for cerebral palsy research funding taking as many steps as I can with a goal of 10k daily for the 30 days of the month of September.
so far I have not only met but exceeded my donation goal amount!

we may be 8 days in but it’s not too late to join me in the fight to move CP research forward as it is one of the most underfunded disabilities!

register to walk or donate to the cause by downloading the steptember app on iOS or Android devices in their app stores!

if you’d like to join MY Walk TEAM or would like to donate you can do so at the link below!

I would like to thank you all for your support with my brainchild Tatorthoughts.com nearly 4 years strong, Cerebral palsy research and the many other incredible causes I’ve been able to be a part of thanks to your support!

I/ Tatorthoughts is in the top 800 of all individual STEPtember program participants for goals reached and donations given!

When you’re someone with cp who has lived their entire existence being written off, underestimated And told of all the things you just “can’t” do you begin to believe it. I am thankful however that I could re-write that false narrative! I am powerful, I am capable and I am blessed to be part of the change that I’ve always wanted to see!

I know just how incredibly fortunate I am to have people who believe in my dreams enough to support me, partner with me and send me kind words of encouragement. I have been so blessed to partner with some of the most amazing companies and business owners simply because I had a dream and I believed I could. I have had people tell me that I’ve made their lives better in some small way and that is exactly why I do everything I do. I do it for my kids I do it to be an example of how wrong people can truly be about someone, I am so proud of how far I’ve come and I know the sky is the limit for myself , Anyone reading this and those I come in contact with! this walk is no different! We can make change! One step at a time. This is an incredible chapter in my story, And I know there’s more to come!

https://www.steptember.us/s/18817/20499

you can register to walk free of charge with promo code: STEPFREE

Join the fight to move research forward!

Xx Tator!

Back to School with Handcraft!

Buckle up y’all, this review is going to be a long one. as most of you know my partnership with handcraft has been long-running. we’re talking nearly since the creation of Tatorthoughts long!

And just when I thought it couldn’t possibly get any better they prove me wrong!

When you think handcraft by now you probably think potty training genius, children’s underwear and convenient on the go change kits. And if that’s what you think about you would be absolutely right! But they are so much more than that, of course potty training with confidence is a big priority but evidently so is generosity. This review is proof of that.

My good friends at handcraft have completely out done themselves, in honor of back to school they have generously sent me thousands of dollars worth of merchandise. (see detailed list below) but let’s discuss why. You’re probably thinking “what’s the big deal?, it’s just underwear.”

But it’s so much more than that many children have nervousness and anxiety over starting back to school, or starting school, or changing schools, or even just change in general. A change like this is huge! 

And even the best potty trained of us will experience an accident at some point regardless of age. So handcraft and I have partnered together to end the stigma around accidents of all kinds & For kids of any age regardless of the circumstance!

You might be thinking to yourself “my child is “too big” for that” you would be wrong.

en·u·re·sis

/ˌenyəˈrēsis/

noun

involuntary urination, especially by children at night.” See also nocturnal Enuresis.

Nocturnal Enuresis commonly referred to as bedwetting is most recognized in smaller children however it can affect people of any age, regardless of gender. However the inability to control your bladder especially in tense upsetting situations isn’t as commonly recognized and it’s nowhere near talked about enough! 

This can affect people of any age regardless of how long they have been or even how well they were potty trained.

27% of parents whose children presented a problem sought medical attention for it, it is seen in nearly 29% of all children. It is more common in males and you are more likely to have it if you have a prevailant family history of it, But with so few willing to talk about it how would we know?

I am a mother before I am anything but I take being an educator very seriously. It is my duty to not only advocate for my own children, but all children. 

I’m open enough to discuss that this is something that directly affects my family. I’ve also seen it heavily affect the children that I’ve taught. There is no shame. There is no stigma, not with me, within my family or in my teaching environment because THERE SHOULDN’T BE!

If it’s up to me to advocate and educate then I will, but clearly I won’t be doing it alone. The amazing folks at handcraft stand with me!

And we haven’t even scratched the surface this is only talking about diagnosed Enuresis, but what about the fear of a new place, being too afraid to ask for permission to go to the bathroom or even for directions to a bathroom, anxiety or any other chronic medical condition that could cause any type of incontinence whether it’s urinary or otherwise. 

If it’s not us who shows these children grace regardless of their age, my question to you is who will? No bodily function warrants scolding and it might be an unpopular opinion but I stand by it. Sheets and clothes can be changed, messes can be cleaned, but you cannot undo emotional damage from scolding a child for something that they have no control over. Parents and teachers please be mindful of this as your children are sent back into the world of education no matter what that looks like for your family. 

Advocacy is clearly very important to me as well as this amazing company. they were so kind to send me so many wonderful things and I can’t wait to share them all with you! 

I’m sure everyone is familiar with Champion brand authentic athletic wear but did you know that champion is handcraft?! Until our partnership I had no idea I knew I loved their products on the shelves but I had no idea whatsoever just how many things handcraft as a company has a hand in! 

(pun intended)

They were so kind as to send me not one not two.. but FORTY-ONE PAIRS of authentic champion athletic socks!!

Needless to say there will be no cold or Barefeet around me anytime soon!!

This in and of itself blew me away, but they didn’t stop there and the box that arrived at my door May as well have been the Mary Poppins bag of all shipping boxes!

They sent me 73 pairs of underwear! Ranging in size from 18 months to medium 10/12!

They also sent me 6 Handcraft change kit plus packs as well as 7 original handcraft change kits.

Guys they sent me the equivalent of an entire washing machine load! Needless to say when any accidents do occur on my watch and believe me they will. there will be no shortage of preparedness, we will not only be ready we will be proud! Accidents signify being human although they might be slightly embarrassing I can tell you one thing that definitely eases that sting..  The incredible print options they sent me! (Honestly I wish I could wear some of these.)

But.. THERE’S MORE! 

We all know we’ve been living in The COVID-19 pandemic, for quite some time.

Handcraft sent me 3 packs of kids facemasks! While my children may be too young for masks themselves, I know more than enough children who aren’t that actually need masks!They’re washable!, super cute and all kid friendly!

And just when you think we’re done.. we’re not!

Not only did they send me everything above they continued to show they care about their partners and the community by sending me several promotional products!

Handcraft sets the bar extremely high especially in the generosity department!

Potty training and crappy days in general can be quite stressful they sent me 14 custom branded poop emoji stress balls And 2 incredibly squishy handcraft underwear logo shaped stress balls.

My friends at handcraft had no way of knowing about my Neurodivergence or the Neurodivergence in my family but they hit the nail on the head with this one! Not only are these incredible for sensory purposes they make great additions to any classroom treasure box. 

They sent me three individual prize packets containing a very well-written congratulatory letter, A three pack of primary colored crayons, two potty training genius custom coloring pages, A company product informational slip, and a very unique punch out magnet photo frame for when your child becomes a potty trained genius!  I look forward to giving these to three special families!

Along with those they so kindly sent 30 additional potty training genius magnets and something that made my 90s kid heart flutter with complete unadulterated joy!..

They sent me a handcraft branded pin art board in the shape of their underwear logo! 

Needless to say everything is appreciated but I will proudly display the pin art board on any desk I have until the end of time!

To recap here’s an entire list of this seemingly endless cornucopia that I am extremely grateful for, it seems like Thanksgiving and Christmas came early this year!

-14 Poop emoji handcraft branded stress ball squishes

-2 underwear shaped handcraft branded stress balls squishes

-30 potty training genius Photo frame magnets

-3 Handcraft potty training genius care kits with coloring pages and crayons

-2 Handcraft potty training kits

-6 sets of 2 pair signature orange youth crew champion socks in size 3 years – 5 years

-4 sets of 2 pairs youth crew champion brand authentic athleticwear socks In white and champion symbol red. 

-One set of 2pairs 3-5 year sized youth crew socks in white and black with black champion brand logo

-3 sets of two pair packs 3-5 year youth crew champion authentic athletic wear socks

-Six pairs youth crew 3-5 year sized champion athletic wear black socks

-Two sets of champion youth crew 3-5 year gray and white socks with embroidered embossed logo

-1 three pair set of youth grippy no show champion socks in 6 to 12 months

-3 individual handcraft change kit plus packs in 3T-4T boys & 3 girls 3T-4T change kit plus packs

-7 individual boys original handcraft change kits 3t-4t 

-1 pack 4ct medium boys 10-12 tek gear dry tek  moisture-wicking boys boxer briefs

-3 packs 3ct boys briefs in size 6 Star Wars print

-2 packs  3ct girls panties size 6 in Disney’s frozen print

-1 pack 4ct girls briefs size 6 in LOL surprise print with bonus coloring page

-1 pack 3ct boys briefs in size 6 marvel Spiderman print with bonus coloring page

-2 packs 3ct girls panties size 4 in Disney’s frozen print

-1 pack toy story Disney Pixar print size 4  3ct boys briefs

-1 pack 3ct Disney’s frozen print girls panties in size 8

-1 pack 3ct girls training pants Disney princess  print size 3T with bonus potty training chart and stickers included

-1 pack 3ct girls training pants Disney jr Minnie Mouse print in size 3T with bonus potty training chart and stickers included

-1 pack Disney Junior Mickey and the roadster racers print toddler boys training pants size in 18 months with bonus potty training chart and stickers included

-1 pack Disney Junior Mickey and the roadster racers 3ct toddler boys training pants with bonus potty training chart and stickers

-2 packs 3ct marvel superhero adventures print toddler boys briefs 4t

-1pack three count toddler girls panties size 2T-3T Disney’s frozen print

-1 pack toddler girls panties size 4T Disney frozen print 3ct

-1 pack 3ct toddler girls training pants size 4t Disney Junior Minnie mouse print with bonus potty training chart and stickers

-1 hanger style pack size 6 Jurassic World print 4ct boys athletic boxer briefs

-1 hanger style pack size 8 super Mario print 4ct boys athletic boxer briefs

1 pack 3ct washable children’s facemask in nickelodeon JoJo Siwa print

1 pack 3ct Nickelodeon SpongeBob SquarePants print washable children’s facemask

1 pack 3ct washable children’s facemask in DC Batman print

Now that we’ve gotten into the specifics of their overwhelming generosity, everything this review includes & why this review is as necessary as any other back-to-school feature you’ll see this season, let’s discuss quality. handcraft sets the bar sky high and not only do I think that’s a great example for our children I think we as parents and caregivers can take pride in knowing that our families use, support and value their products with ease and peace of mind. even from the tiniest of tush that’s ready to potty train they’ve got you covered! Their thick absorbent , Soft and nearly plush potty training underwear are exactly what any child needs to have the independence of big kid status with the protection that they may need as they learn.

their potty training change kits give grab-and-go simplicity to preparedness, giving parents peace of mind and one less thing to worry about so that no matter where your adventure takes you your family is always ready. 

The all-inclusive potty training Genius kit gives a child all the tools they need to succeed, in a fun interactive and easy to understand way. Just add praise and support from loved ones and watch them flourish!

Their underwear of all types accommodate all shapes and sizes. Giving kids regardless of age or gender comfort that comes adorned with their favorite characters!

Their socks regardless of style give comfort and confidence and parents can take heart knowing that their children are covered from head to toe in the Best. these high-quality socks are the right fit for all with varying thickness options and cuts you’re sure to find what works best for you.

The partnership with my friends at handcraft has been one of the most enriching and enjoyable experiences I can say that I’ve ever had. they’ve been so kind and shown so much support for not only me but for my dreams over the last two years and I could never repay that of course I will always be a proud supporter of any product they create because I know without a doubt it will be great.  They have been nothing short of an absolute joy to work with and a blessing in my life. I find myself short of the words to accurately describe the feeling so simply put it’s pride. Not only am I overflowing with gratitude I’m proud of the work that we’ve done together and the work that we could continue to do and my only hope is that they as a company are equally as proud of what we’ve managed to do together. The change we’ve been able to create,the awareness we’ve been able to give and the incredible products I’ve been able to display in front of all of you thanks to their generosity and Faith in my abilities. 

Thank you to both Julia and JoAnn from the bottom of my heart, from all of us at Tatorthoughts and every family who has benefited from your company’s existence. 

so I challenge you next time you visit your local preferred store look around I promise you’ll see handcraft products that you and your children love.

If you take away anything from this review please let it be that being prepared is simple, being kind is easy, and no matter your story, background ,or need handcraft has you covered. I hope all families regardless of the path that this year takes for them have an incredible school year, whether you’re starting school this year or you’re graduating for the final time here’s to the class of 2022!

Please visit their website embedded below for more information!

xx Tator

Kellogg’s is feeding reading!

My family and I are proud supporters and participants of Kellogg’s feeding reading program: offering free penguin random House books to families and schools. 

As part of the feeding reading program if you buy a box you get a book you simply submit your receipt on their website after creating an account and for every eligible item on your receipt you receive a point for a free book limit six per participating registered account but you can either choose to keep or donate your books to a school of your choice. The books are either shipped directly to your home or to the school of your choice depending on which option you choose. 

I as a parent and an educator I know the importance of literature availability regardless of age and it’s such a wonderful thing to see companies like Kellogg’s freely offer the joy of reading through programs like this. 

As for my family we chose to take our six credits and keep four, to foster the love of reading in our home and donated two to our favorite local school to put more books at the finger tips of children looking to learn and explore through the art of reading literature. 

While you’re out shopping preparing for kids going back to school and gearing up for lunches and snacks on the go look to your favorite brands and see if your family could earn a free book just by doing the shopping you already do! My guess is you’ll have no trouble. 

Buy a box, create an account, submit your receipt & choose your free book! 

It really is that simple..

Visit the link below to register and submit your own receipts the joy of reading is a few clicks away!

https://www.kelloggsfamilyrewards.com/en_US/promotions/2021-bts-national/login.html

*Send each receipt separately. Receipts must be submitted within 14 days of purchase and no later than 10/14/21. Book credits must be redeemed by 10/31/21 at 11:59 PM (ET). Limit 6 books per participant. Must be a U.S. resident, 16 years of age or older, and a registered member of Kellogg’s Family Rewards®. See FeedingReading.com for full list of participating products.*

Huge thank you to kellogg’s for understanding the value of books and for this opportunity!

Back to School 2021-22 preschool at home for 2-year-old!

My almost 2.5-year-old Raiden is somewhat advanced for his age. Yet it still took me by complete surprise that he began to come to me daily and ask for “school”

Maybe it’s because nearly all his friends are school-aged, or maybe it’s that he knows mama is a teacher and sees me work or even a combination of the two. (or something else entirely?) but regardless the driving force my child has a hunger to learn and grow! Praise heavens for that!

So being the educator and above and beyond extra mom I am I had to make his dreams of an early school come true,

Even if I had to make it happen at home!

So that’s exactly what we’ve done!  

We turned out dining room into a designated & decorated learning space, 

Invested in trusted resources (reviews on curriculum coming soon!)

and we even bought him his own backpack with a lunch box!

-Melissa & Doug magnetic calendar and chore chart set

-Interactive learning posters

-conversation invoking child-friendly decor

And more to come!

Mind you this is only to get us through the 2021-22 school year. The goal for next year is to have a completely separate dedicated space for school but as parents you find a way or you make a way!

Can’t wait to share this journey with you all as we help prepare Raiden for his public pre-K & beyond journey that’s only 2 short years away!

So here is a sneak peek into where we’ll be learning incredible new things and making precious memories together over the next 10 months. 

We also ventured as a family to the southeast homeschool expo at the cobb galleria center this past weekend and had a wonderful time, I’m a better parent and educator for going and genuinely enjoyed the time we spent as a family learning and growing together! During this time Tatorthoughts met some interesting people and made some great new contacts also!

It was a very exciting and enriching experience. 

New school shoes for Raiden: an Amazon score & Sensory processing win.

Any parent knows back to school means multiple things; a season change (literally and metaphorically) ,and a major shopping trip being two of the first to come to mind. 

Aside from the supply lists that change every year and the new backpacks & lunchboxes kids always need new shoes. 

 In my personal experience we’re buying our kids shoes 3-4x a year about once a season if you will, I know it’s because they’re little and grow so fast at this stage but even with older kids 2-3x per year seems to be the norm. 

With that being said, can you guess what we did? That’s right! Raiden got new shoes!

This is the kid who’s feet are like lava 90% of the time, he’s not a huge fan of tight shoes or certain fabrics but we’ve been blessed to find him several pairs of shoes from different brands that he loved, he wore these things until his feet simply wouldn’t fit into the shoes, cute but hard to explain to a very particular toddler. 

As much as he loved his Oshkosh bump toe shoes, ikiki squeaky shoes and monster loafers from Carters when he started to outgrow his most recent pair of all-terrain quick drying simi-flexible hiking shoes we started looking for a pair similar to what he’s loved in the past. Which lead us to these on Amazon.  Sold by KIZWANT these size 9 canvas sneakers are one of nine style options and of course we went with sharks because our boy loves sharks and shoes!

Amazon has its perks for sure, but with some things it’s buyer-beware at best this isn’t one of those! Let me tell you these were an instant win with Raiden! He’s in between sizes so these fit great with room to grow and when I tell you I followed that store as fast as I possibly could so we can order more for him later I was probably just as excited as he was! All parents want to see their kids happy and well cared for but it’s a huge thing when parents of kids with sensory issues see that kind of happiness in their children after such a struggle with something so necessary as shoes. 

These shoes are still sturdy enough for any activity he’d do, the lightweight shoe with flexible sole and flattering design was everything we were looking for and then some!

If you’re interested in ordering some for your child, most of these styles are gender-neutral and have a 10-20% off coupon from time to time, depending on style & size selection.  You can find them directly using the link below: