by Anna

Kidecals Review

February 11, 2015 in Reviews by Anna

If you’re anything like me, there are days when you can’t remember where your keys or sunglasses are and you’re just thankful you didn’t misplace the dog!

I normally keep things in their place…even if it is in a pile with a bunch of other stuff I’ll have to sift through to find it. However, there are times when items get lost. And…they might not be at home!

This is where Kidecals comes in! In exchange for this review, I was given $30 in product, but as always my opinions are my own! Read on for the outcome of my testing and for a 15% OFF code!

Kidecals

Bottom line…Kidecals holds up to its motto: Delightfully Versatile and Crazy Durable!

I tested the kidecals in three ways.

I put one decal on the fabric side of a toiletry bag. I am constantly getting into and out of this bag and putting it in larger bags. I wanted to see if the kidecal would get roughed up a bit or tear off. It has handled my daily use, along with a five week trip and a large move!

Kidecals Day 1 and 107

I put another kidecal on the more cloth-like fabric of my wallet, that I am constantly retrieving from my purse, handling, or slipping back into my purse. Again, I wanted to test how secure these little stickers would be once placed and put through the test. They have held up from contant shuffle over a long period of time. There is no fading of information and the sticker still holds tight!

kidecal Day1 and 107 wallet

Finally, I put a third kidecal on a child’s plastic sippy cup. Here I obviously wanted to see what constant handling and dishwashing would do with the kidecal. Now, by the looks of the picture, it didn’t hold up as well. Well, don’t judge it soley by the picture. I was going to write this review about 3-4 weeks after sticking the kidecals on these items, but as you know…I was having trouble balancing everything going on last year.

Kidecals Day1 and 22

So, at just after three weeks, I set a timer and told my four-year-old to try and get the sticker off of the sippy cup. In less than five minutes, it was off! He did ask for a screwdriver and my mom and I sat there and watched. He used the screwdriver just to lift one end of the sticker and then he started working his way under it. If he didn’t have that, I don’t know that it would have budged. And…If I didn’t tell him to mess with it, it would likely still be strong today. It lasted weeks of repeatedly being used and placed in the dishwasher. It is good to know, however, that if I grow tired of them…they can come off!

I highly recommend Kidecals for your labeling needs. They have quite the variety for all sorts of purposes. I went with a simple family logo so we could use them for just about anything around here, and added our phone number in case an item went missing away from home. (I edited that out of the pictures.)

Kidecals 2

You can label jars, supplies, shoes, even your keyboard! You can purchase wall decals! You can sort by gender, size, age, and personalize what you’d like!

Kidecals offers FREE SHIPPING on any order, no matter the price or size! They are also giving Learn Like A Mom readers 15% OFF on any order with the code ilovelabels.

What do you like labeling?

 

by Anna

Finding Balance and Purpose

January 29, 2015 in Learning by Anna

Finding Balance and Purpose at any point in life. I'm at that point again right now. http://learnlikeamom.com/finding-balance-and-purpose/ #learnlikeamom #balanceandpurpose #goals #ambition #focus

Finding Balance and Purpose

Hi. My name is Anna. It’s been over five months since I wrote my last blog post.

I cannot believe the statement I just wrote.

When I started Learn Like A Mom, I envisioned myself being able to knock out three to four blog posts each week and truck through life like normal.

That has not happened.

One reason is that I didn’t know what I was really getting into. There is a lot to do with blogging and running it successfully. And for me, I don’t want to do it if I’m not going to do it the best way possible.

I need to get over that.

I need to just write. Carve time out and write. Catch up with the other “stuff” that comes with maintaining a blog as time allows.

I have contradicted my own advice of being consistent. And, in 2014…I did this in all areas of my life.

I was inconsistent with blogging, writing children’s books, my Jamberry business, my clean eating plans, my fitness goals, and my homeschooling goals.

ALL OF IT.

Now, granted, I packed up half of my house, put my house on the market, and spent an ABSURD amount of time keeping it “show ready” while my husband spent the majority of the year away from us, starting a new job.

Doesn’t sound like much? Then you haven’t had your house on the market in a poor market with two small children and a dog to stay on top of every moment of the day just in case someone requests a showing…and you have no restrictions on the listing for showing requests…which means they can be right outside your home when they call.

And that happened. More than once.

I wish I could say those efforts were worth it, but in the end, we didn’t sell the house.

At just about the one-year mark of our separation, we bit the bullet and moved our household to join my husband and have since rented out our former property.

All I can think of when I look back at 2014 is the hours and hours, which probably add up to weeks of my life that were wasted just cleaning and staging.

I look back at myself and just see a stressed out woman. And that was even with letting things (like blogging) take the back burner!

So, now it’s 2015 and I have goals for this year!

My blogging ones were supposed to start three weeks ago.

You should have read six blog posts by now! (I want to try and write two blog posts each week.)

You haven’t because I haven’t.

I haven’t quite found the balance I’m searching for in life at the moment. I haven’t gotten into my groove, but I’ve been setting the stage.

I want to move forward with purpose. I want to stop wasting time on things that don’t matter much and focus on my family, my faith, and my personal ambitions.

Finding balance and purpose is what I hope to do through 2015 and carry forward with me.

What are you striving for in 2015?

by Anna

In Defense of the Ice Bucket Challenge

August 22, 2014 in Learning by Anna

Earlier this week, I published a blog post asking the question, Is the ice bucket challenge going too far? (I wrote this post at the same time I wrote that one.)

As I stated in that post, I wonder if anyone is really learning much about ALS at all while they watch friends and family dump ice cold water on themselves.

I also questioned why we want to draw attention to ourselves when we do a good deed or how this sort of behavior will impact our children as they watch and sometimes even participate in these acts that show no real connection to the cause behind the craze.

Time may be better spent giving of ourselves by helping caregivers caring for those in need. Give them a break or help individuals in crisis ourselves, rather than tape ourselves dumping water on our heads.

Although I still wish that we could get back to place of intrinsic motivation to carry out good deeds and do what’s right just for the sake of doing it, I don’t know that everyone feels the same.

Today I’m going to defend the #icebucketchallenge trend that continues to spread far and wide through various social media outlets.

In Defense of the Ice Bucket Challenge - Learn Like A Mom! http://learnlikeamom.com/defense-ice-bucket-challenge/ #icebucketchallenge #ALSA #ALS #parenting #fundraising

When people see what their friends are doing and how much fun they’re having while doing it, they oftentimes want a piece of the action. They want to be a part of something larger. We see this with The Mud Run and The Color Run, where we witness people simply competing to challenge themselves or running to celebrate healthiness and happiness.

Something like the ice bucket challenge may push a less likely contributor to step forward and donate to a good cause.

What’s the harm in dumping cold water over your head if you can raise awareness at the same time?

Afterall, the ALSA is raising money through this free marketing campaign and has even created images for people to use on Twitter and Facebook as a way of shouting from the mountaintops that they have taken the challenge.

As long as nobody is getting hurt, let’s add some fun and camaraderie through wifi networks across America.

It seems that this game of sorts is crossing boundaries of all kinds. From girls next door and parents across the country to professional athletes, actors, and politicians, like George W. Bush, who goes on to challenge Bill Clinton.

Having fun while contributing in significant ways is nothing new.

Year after year, I witness friends walk for three days straight, adorning breasts, boobs, and ta-tas of all shapes, colors, and sizes to raise awareness and money for breast cancer. I see others wear pink ribbons. To each her own, I guess.

Maybe the ice bucket challenge is not such a far stretch from men growing mustaches in November to bring awareness to prostate and testicular cancer.

I still wonder if they’ll have to step up the challenge a bit this Movember to keep up with the seemingly endless ice bucket challenge.

And, I can’t help but wonder how I’ll teach my children the connection between silly behaviors and serious issues. But that will come with time.

What sort of things do you think people will start doing to keep up with trends like this?