If you are anything like me, you find a pair of cute kid or baby sunglasses and you snatch them up for your precious little one to keep their eyes shaded and to take some cute pictures of them in those sunglasses too!
Well I have also found that 30 seconds after I hand my 3 year old daughter these ADORABLE sunglasses, I end up hearing a ‘SNAP!’ in the back seat of my car and find this in her lap…
I finally got fed up and started searching for something better. I mean, there had to be sun glasses out there that would not break so easily right!!!
And you know what I found just that! The best freaking sunglasses in the whole world! The company that makes these is called RO-SHAM-BO and their sunglasses can be bent, chewed, twisted, and folded in any direction! It is fantastic because I can let my kids be kids and not have to worry about buying 16,000 pairs of sunglasses that will be broken in a few days.
I was surprised to see how inexpensive these are as well. For a baby pair of polarized, oh ya did I mention they are POLARIZED TOO!!!, they cost $30 and Juniors are $35 for Polarized lenses. I was paying SO MUCH MORE than this just replacing my kids sunglasses when we went to the zoo! So you can imagine I was so excited when I saw this.
But I had to try them out, because I never recommend something I haven’t tried out first.
So I ordered my own as well as some for my kids to truly test the durability of these sunglasses. I got them in the mail in an adorable pink box and handed them to my kids and you can guess that they manipulated these sunglasses to kingdom come! And guess what?! They still look brand new!
I love mine because my son LOVES to rip glasses off of my face so my sunglasses and regular glasses were broken a lot too.
RO-SHAM-BO also makes prescription glasses as well, so if your little one has glasses or you are like me and have a child who loves to rip yours off of your face, then these are the glasses for you too. (The discount code will not work with the prescription glasses.)
So what are you waiting for?! Go check out these sunglasses and let me know what you think too! These are great for kids of all ages as well as those with disabilities who tend to be a little more rough with things.
Standing in the store with a screaming, hungry, fussy baby is no fun...Now add a screaming, fussy, "pay attention to me!" toddler to the mix...
WELCOME TO HELL.
Everyone is staring.
Half wondering what you will do and half judging you for the fact that you can't seem to get your act together in the middle of the store.
But how do you even begin to handle this type of thing? How do you communicate with your unconsolable teary eyed toddler, while you are trying to feed or pacify your screaming infant?
The answer may seem strange, but it is American Sign Language.
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You may be wondering why AMERICAN Sign Language and you can read more about that in "What is the difference between American Sign Language and Just Plain Sign Language", but let's get back to those screaming kiddos.
If you have no American Sign Language (ASL) experience, you are stuck trying to do whatever it takes to finish your shopping trip, while pacifying screaming children or to just get up and leave because it is not worth the trouble to try and get through a simple shopping trip with screaming kids.
This is where the beauty of ASL enters! With just a few signs you and your little one can start to understand each other more effectively and efficiently!
For those of you with infants who are not verbal yet ASL allows you to communicate before they can speak and allows your little one to tel you what they need before they can voice it to you.
Now for those of you with older children, ASL is still an important language to learn because if you have ever had a toddler you know that they are not the best at expressing their emotions, but tend to lean towards screaming or the dreaded tantrum in order for you to figure out what they need, or want.
With American Sign Language that grey area is taken out allowing parent and child to communicate better before and during a tantrum to help relinquish the effects and longevity of the tantrum.
Wouldn't it be nice to be able to easily ask your child if they were tired, hungry, thirsty, or mad? Do you think this would make your life easier?
Well let me assure you that it can!
I am so sure that you will be loving the transition in your life when using American Sign Language that I have created a free 2 week Email course that will help you get started and discover all of the wonderful things ASL can offer you and your family! Did I mention that you also get a fun intro into Sensory play?
So what exactly do you get in this 14 day Email Course?
You will learn 2 signs every other day, and get a sensory activity to practice those signs on the other days.
This will help your little one and you solidify the signs in your mind by seeing saying and doing. By using all of these learning methods you will actually retain what you learn in this free course instead of having it only hang out in your brain for 72 hours.
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This is only the first step to learning American Sign Language though.
Vocabulary is wonderful, but remember how I said you should do it right the first time? Well you are going to want to follow up with more language structure so that you and your child can actually communicate in American Sign Language an not just know a lot of vocabulary.
Just like teaching your child Spanish instead of Spanglish, Sign Language takes work, but it will be beneficial for years to come for you and your child.
So what are you waiting for!? Get started on this amazing journey to learn all about American Sign Language!
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Starting an Email list was one of the hardest, or at least I thought it was the hardest, part of starting my online business. I was completely confused on how to drive traffic to my site, who to talk to, and was not very confident in people actually wanting my classes and products.
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After searching through several blogs and trying out several different Email marketing platforms, I finally found ConvertKit through Suzi from Start a Mom Blog and her Blog By Number Course
I was skeptical because I had tried so many other platforms and was not excited about moving everything over, only to find I didn’t like it and couldn’t figure out the platform anyways.
Well, HAPPY CHRISTMAS IN JULY!!!
I am pleased to say I was pleasantly surprised about the ease of creating and capturing through ConvertKit though! I was able to get everything back up on my site very quickly and was able to start collecting Emails right away!
And because I love ConvertKit so much and they want to help make your life better, I have a very special offer just for my followers! If you are looking for the best thing to help you grow your business and help you grow an amazing targeted Email List you can Sign-Up for ConvertKit and receive 30-days for FREE to try it out!
Being able to learn the platform is always the most stressful part of starting anything new, but now you can with no commitment! If you don’t like ConvertKit, which I highly doubt, you can just Email into Support and they will cancel your Account.
So what are you waiting for? If you are ready to grow your Email List, make sales, and Automate your business so you can have a life outside of work, it is time to get started with ConvertKit today!
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Now that my daughter is getting older, I am finding out just how much girls like clothes… and let me just tell you it is a lot!
It is crazy to see how the sweet baby that popped out of me almost 3 years ago is now asking for specific princess dresses and has her set few favorite pairs of clothes.
This kid literally has more clothes than I ever dreamed was possible (thanks Nana!), and I hear myself saying on a regular basis, “Why don’t they make this in my size?!”
One of those cute things I found myself saying that about this week is the new jeans at Crazy8! They are so stinkin’ cute and they have them in 7 different washes!
I am personally partial to this adorable pair of jeggings that my daughter will be wearing with all of her cute summer tops and going into fall with the warm colors because they match everything! And you can’t beat the price!
I have also been finding out that my daughter doesn’t quite get the concept of money, so anything she sees is fair game whether we are running through the Nordstrom entrance at the Mall to get to the Disney Store, or we are in the clearance section at Target; price is not her issue.
This is why I love Crazy8 as well! I can walk into the store, buy a few COMPLETE outfits and not be broke for the next months from clothing my children. My daughter loves them and asks for particular outfits, or several throughout the day (AHHH LAUNDRY!), to dress up in because they are cute and comfy for her to dance around the house in. The clothes also last through the mud pies and rolling in the grass that we are all of a sudden obsessed with doing every time we go to the park.
(Like literally this kid could play in the dirt ALL STINKIN’ DAY!)
Did I also mention that all of the summer stuff is up to 75% off?! Talk about buying for next year! And since it is still unbearably hot here in Colorado we may be wearing these styles into November because Colorado is on PMS again with the weather.
Any-who, I would love to see what styles your kids are OBSESSED with as school is getting ready to start!
Snap a pic and tag me on Instagram in your favorite Crazy8 outfit at #imaginationsigning!
What a great day to be alive right! With the trend in adult coloring going strong and today being National Crayon Day, I have a few goodies for you all!
The wonderfully colorful people over at Crayola are taking this whole weekend to celebrate National Crayon Day with some awesome deals and, if you live in one of the cities below, a meet and greet with Dandelion, the retiring crayon.
You can visit with this iconic crayon in:
April 1, 2017- Times Square, New York
April 6, 2017- Orlando Crayola Experience, Orlando, Florida
April 13, 2017- The CN Tower, Toronto, Ontario
April 21, 2017- The Crayola Experience, Easton, Pennsylvania
April 23, 2017- Coca-Cola Minor League Baseball Stadium, Allentown, Pennsylvania
April 24, 2017- The Crayola Factory, Easton, Pennsylvania
And on top of that amazing opportunity, you can also get a free 24 count box of Crayola Crayons with and $10+ purchase! Just use code FREEBOX17!
Download Your FREE coloring pages here!
I also have been working really hard to bring you all some beautiful coloring pages as well! So after you get your free box of crayons you can print these beauties out and get to coloring heaven!
Download Your FREE coloring pages here!
I would love to see your work tag me on Instagram @imaginationsigning
Fisher Price Think ; Learn Code-A-Pillar Gift Set
With the need to understand coding in this day and age this is a great toy for this Christmas. For children with autism sequencing, organizing, and prioritizing can either be very easy or very difficult. For both sides of the equation this toy is a fun way to reinforce that like or help your child learn the importance and skills of sequencing through play. And who doesn’t like making things move in all sorts of directions? This will be a hit for everyone in the family!
Little Tikes Big Waffle Block Set
Building things takes concentration and fine motor skills that some children with autism need help with. These blocks are easy o assemble and reassemble to make a fort, house, city, or whatever else your child can imagine. This also will help your child to communicate with you and other children and caregivers to create team work that will get to the end goal.
Melissa & Doug Self-Correcting Letter and Number Wooden Puzzles Set With Storage Box
The early years of teaching letters and numbers can be frustrating, especially when your child is not interested in it. These puzzles from Melissa and Doug encourage play and learning by having puzzle pieces that only fit with their corresponding piece. Children will have to go on a hunt to find the right pieces with the correct number, letter, or image in order to complete the mini puzzle. This toy is also a great fit for working on fine motor skills and patients.
Fisher Price Loving family Exclusive Holiday Dollhouse
I love pretend play! There are so many things that children can do and learn from pretending. Unfortunately, much pretend play has been lost do to TV and technology. These things are great, but pretending can be so much more beneficial for children. With the Fisher Price Doll House Series, you can bring back the pretend play which will allow you and other caregivers the opportunity to role play situations that your child needs help in, is afraid of, or is going to be new. There is a plethora of uses for therapy with this toy as well.
Little Tikes Go Green! Playhouse and Little Tikes Garden Table, Kids Play Table
What better way to talk about cause and effect than to discover how things grow! By pretending and role playing your child can learn how their actions effect the world around them. This will bring up great talking points about behavior and how to handle other people while your child plays.
10 Fisher-Price Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo
This fun, dance around, move your body toy is certain to get your little one moving and grooving! With catchy songs and fun sayings BeatBo helps children learn how to follow directions as well as fine motor skills as they dance all that energy out!
9 Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Home Play Set
This home is sure to impress even the smallest of guests with so many fun activities and learning opportunities! Your little one can send mail, go in and out the door, and say hello to puppy through the window. Help your child learn shapes, opposites, and numbers as they discover their house!
How cute are these doll houses?! With the option to have the classic pink or the holiday edition, girls will love being able to decorate their own home with all the accessories that mom has! I love the holiday edition home because you get all the accessories to decorate for Christmas as well as reversible furniture so that you can use the house all year. My little girl loves to decorate and re-decorate during Christmas so having a home for her to move all of her accessories in is the best!
We bought this car for my daughters first birthday and it has been a hit ever since! She loves to go in and play with all the buttons as she drives around anywhere her imagination takes her! The songs are fun and catchy, but won’t drive you crazy, which every parent can appreciate! You even get color options for your little ones first vehicle and can pick between blue, red, or pink!
Put Disney Princesses and Little People together and my daughter is hooked! We first saw this toy at a friends house and getting my daughter to leave was, well, a bit of a challenge. Needless to say, when Nana wanted to know what she wanted for Christmas that was at the top of the list! With a fun dancing floor and plenty of room for pretend play you and your little one will have a ball at the ball!
For the little ones this Christmas it can be difficult to fin the perfect toy, but Fisher Price has made it easy with this Crawl Around Learning Center! Both sides offer different engaging play that will help your child move from one section to the next as they become more and more independent.
I love these blocks and am so glad Fisher Price came out with more ways to use them! This toy has a lot of cause and effect benefits for little ones and it even has a spot to store all of the incrediblocks for easy storage! If you have some of the other blocks several more sets can fit in the storage as well. It even has certain blocks that do special things when placed in the center with special sounds and surprises for baby.
Seriously! How cool is this toy! I would have LOVED one of these as a kid and, with our obsession with Thomas right now it is no wonder these babies are flying off the shelf! This will keep your little one busy for hours and will make for some great camera moments as well!
Where was this toy when we were kids?! This is a great problem solving tool for children of all ages (and their parents who are children at heart) Introduce your child to the world of coding and get them started early in S.T.E.M. learning.
I LOVE Little People! There are so many things that you can do and talk about with your child as you build your little city! The reason that the Sit and Stand Skyway won first place was because of its versatility. I don’t know about you, but I love toys that grow with my, “grow-too-fast” children. From being able to sit and play to stand and play is also a great incentive to start moving! This toy has kept us busy for hours and has allowed for many loads of laundry and dishes, while explaining car safety.
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When we moved into our house, I had a laundry list of things that needed to be done to fix up or maintain different parts of the house. One of these was getting our dryer vent and house vents cleaned. I Googled local places read tons of reviews and ran into the same thing everywhere; the super trusted charged an arm and a leg and the others had some good and bad reviews. I didn’t know where to turn or who to ask since we were so new to the area. So, I picked one and they did okay, but left a mess and what they did I really could have done myself if I had purchased a vacuum with a hose.
The hardest thing I’ve found about owning a home is finding someone you can trust to fix it. I wanted someone I could trust who wasn’t going to add charges on after a quoted price.
And then I found Amazon Home Services!
If you need calking on your tub redone, a doorbell installed, plumbing, or painting they have people who are trusted to help! Pretty much anything you can think of they have a service for, and because I trust Amazon I know I can trust the people they are suggesting to me as well. Amazon even has a Happiness Guarantee so they stand behind every service and will make it right or give a refund if something goes wrong.
This has made the headache of finding the right person or company to do a job SO MUCH EASIER! I don’t have to spend a whole afternoon calling around and reading reviews!
This service puts my mind at ease and saves me precious time that I need to work, clean my house, play with my kids, teach, and find these awesome things for all of you!
If you are like me you were thinking of all the things that you need to get to in your home and what better time to knock out a few with this great service!
I would love to see some before and after pictures of your projects! Comment below and let me know what you are working on next!
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Growing is always a difficult thing. When it comes to kids your little one, one day is not so little and in the blink of an eye you are getting bigger clothes, age appropriate toys and school gear. I have found the same to be true with blogging. Growth can be hard, but it is healthy. One of the ways to grow as a blogger is page views.
Page views are the bread and butter of blogging. You have something to say and you just need to access the eyes of the right readers to give them the advice, courses, or crafts you are selling and this, in exchange, helps you make money! It’s a win-win.
But how do you get those eyes to your blog? Well one kick starter way is using this free program to get 10,000 views to your website! If you are a new blogger or needing a boost this is the perfect first step!
As a business owner, I understand the importance of getting your brand out there and engaging people, but if you aren’t getting the right people engaged you will not be turning those views into sales and return readers.
I can tell you I read TONS of blogs and the ones that I go back to or subscribe to catch my interest in an intense way! Understanding your client demographic is critical if you want to grow doing what you love!
Do you feel stuck in your growing process? Have you had a difficult time narrowing down your clientele? Then my free (Yes, Free!) Ebook about finding your demographic and niche is exactly what you need!
This book will take you through why it is important to have a niche, what a niche really is, and what a demographic is. By the end you will have a blueprint of who you are targeting and be on your way to finding the perfect people to read your blog!