Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Johnson's Baby Says, "Your Promise is Our Promise" #PromiseToBaby #partner

As a mom, I promise to love my children.  I promise to nurture them, help them grow, and inspire in them a love for life and a joy in learning about the world around them.  I also promise to keep them safe - from the monsters in the closet to the cars as they cross the street. 

cute baby girl under pink blanket

Just as I promise these things to my children, Johnson's Baby has also made a promise to moms.  They listened to moms who shared their concerns about some of the ingredients in their products and they acted.  Johnson's Baby took a stand and changed their formulas to give moms peace of mind.  They have removed formaldehyde-releasing preservatives and reduced traces of 1,4 dioxane from all of their baby products around the world.

The Johnson's Baby Family is excited to introduce seven newly reformulated products:

  • Johnson's Baby Head-to-Toe Wash
  • Johnson's Baby Lotion
  • Johnson's Baby Shampoo
  • Johnson's Baby Shampoo and Conditioner for Thick and Curly Hair
  • Johnson's Baby Shampoo and Conditioner for Thin and Straight Hair
  • Johnson's Baby Shampoo with Calming Lavender
  • Johnson's Baby Soothing Vapor Baby Bath

Additionally, for most of their new and improved baby products, Johnson's Baby has removed parabens - ahead of their 2015 commitment as part of their promise to you.  The new and improved products will continue to roll out onto retail shelves until their meet all of their commitments.  For more information about Johnson's Baby policies and timeline, please visit

As the new products hit shelves, Johnson's Baby is launching a heartfelt campaign called, "Your Promise is Our Promise" as a way to express their ongoing commitment to moms.  Just as moms make promises to their children, Johnson's Baby also makes promises so moms don't have to worry about the products they use on their little ones.

Watch this beautiful video here:

Johnson's Baby has made this "Our Promise" video as an open letter to moms showing their scientists and their families coming together to build an origami stork mobile, symbolizing the delivery of their promise to always listen to moms.

This amazing video concept was inspired by a Japanese legend that folding 1,000 origami cranes will result in a wish granted and a promise fulfilled, which is thought to be a big labor of love.  Changing their products was Johnson's Baby's labor of love for moms and babies, but they used storks in the video because they represent the delivery of babies and the hopes and promises of families.

I'm proud to have used Johnson's Baby products with both of my babies.  Do you know other moms who have had concerns about ingredients in the baby products they buy?  Please share this post with them so they can feel good about their promises too.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post in partner with JOHNSON’S® Baby and The Motherhood. I received compensation and free product in exchange for providing this post. However, all opinions expressed here are strictly my own.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Making Cupcakes for the Cast Party

The Actors Conservatory Theatre hosted a cast party for the the kids tonight to celebrate a successful 8 show run of The Hobbit.  We decided to make cupcakes to bring and the kids were excited to help.  Nicholas tried out a new skill - breaking eggs with one hand.  He broke all three eggs perfectly like this.  Way to go, little man!

Rachel was begging, almost before we started, to lick the spoon when we were done.  Nicholas was hesitant to lick the bowl because he knew that there was raw eggs in the batter.  But after lots of "mmm's" from Rachel and her spoon, he couldn't resist.

boy making cupcakes
Of course, he is officially an actor so he had to pretend like he instantly died from salmonella poisoning from the eggs.  What a ham!

boy playing dead

We decided to make lots of mini cupcakes because we could make 36 of them instead of just 12 big cupcakes.  It called for a little more work to frost and sprinkle all the little cupcakes but my kids didn't mind.

cupcake sprinkles

We made a few big cupcakes for us to enjoy too.  Yum!

boy eating cupcake

Rachel got a little heavy with the sprinkles and colored sugar.

sprinkles and colored sugar on cupcake

But she usually just eats the toppings anyway.  She rarely even takes a bite of the actual cake inside.

girl eating cupcake

The kids had a great time at the cast party.  Nicholas was given the Bifur dwarf doll that was used as part of the costumes on stage when he and the other dwarves were flying on the wings of the eagles.  It is super cute and looks just like him.

Dwarf doll from The Hobbit

We are so grateful for the wonderful theater experiences the kids have had this year with Nicholas on stage and Rachel helping me with props as well as selling raffle tickets and flowers for the shows.  If you are in the Lewisville area, please check out some of the shows at the ACT.  If not, find a local children's theater in your town and take your family to see a show.  

Actors Conservatory Theatre

Monday, July 21, 2014

Medieval Times in Dallas

We took Grandmother C. to the Medieval Times castle in Dallas for dinner and a show. Where else can you watch a great tournament and eat an entire meal with just your hands?  

We had reservations and got there before the doors opened.  However, there was already a line to get in.  Our 5 year old was not the most charming about having to be patient in the hot Texas sun!

Family at Medieval Times in Dallas

But the castle is the perfect place to go for summer entertainment and dinner while enjoying the cool air conditioning!  We all donned our fabulous blue crowns and got ready to for a wonderful dinner and tournament.

Crowns at Dallas Medieval Times

No utensils are needed at Medieval Times - actually they aren't even available for you if you want them!  Your fingers are all that you need.  The garlic bread is perfect for dipping into the hot Tomato Bisque soup.  But my soup bowl must have had a hole in it because it was completely empty.  I wish they offered seconds!

Tomato Bisque at Medieval Times

The bisque was followed by chicken, rib, baked potato and dessert pastry.  The food is always delicious here.  And of course, napkins and wet towels are available to clean up with afterwards.

We watched the falconry performance and the beautiful Spanish horses as they danced around the arena.  Of course the jousts and sword fights were amazing too.  I just love the chivalry and pagentry of the performances.

Blue Knight at Medieval Times

Here is a quick video of one of the Blue Knight's battles:

Medieval Times is located at 2021 N. Stemmons in Dallas, Texas.  For more information, please call them at 866-543-9637 or check out their website at  Tickets are $60.95 for adults and $36.95 for children but there are a few promotions going on now that you might be interested in.  
  • Promo code SK39WEB, adults can go for $39.95 and kids for $29.95 through Labor Day weekend.
  • Promo code 35WEB, all tickets are $35, Monday - Thursday only, through Labor Day weekend.
  • Promo code KFWEB, kids go free with a regularly priced adult ticket purchased, Monday - Thursday only, through Labor Day weekend.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Puzzle, Play, and BBQ

We had a leisurely start to the day with a big homemade breakfast.  Grandmother got some fun play time with the kids.  She worked with Rachel on this 100 piece puzzle but she said that Rachel did most of the work.  We talked about how she and I would both try to work the corners and edges first but Rachel starts with the characters first.  She just has an amazing way of solving puzzles.  She's always been really good at puzzles.

Hello Kitty puzzle

We all went to the 2:00 show of The Hobbit.  Nicholas did great.  There was a little extra pep in all of the actors because this was the last show.

On Friday, Rachel had helped me as I volunteered at the flower table in the lobby.  She enjoyed explaining to Grandmother how the small, medium, and large bouquets should be assembled.

Flower bouquets at theater

After the show, we headed to dinner at Hard 8 BBQ in Coppell.  I don't even use BBQ sauce when I'm here.  The meat is smoked to perfection and I think the sauce just makes it harder to taste the delicious sausage, brisket, or ham.

Hard 8 BBQ in Coppell Texas

Saturday, July 19, 2014

A Wonderful Day in Grapevine

After breakfast, we took Nicholas to the theater to start getting ready for the 2:00 show and we headed to Grapevine.  We stopped at Vetro Glass Studio to show Grandmother C. how beautiful glass art is made.  We saw some beautiful pieces in the gallery but unfortunately their furnace is being replaced so we couldn't watch any of the artisans at work.

We headed next door to the Grapevine Foundry where they make incredible pieces with bronze and other media.  We had the incredible opportunity to watch the owner, Linda Lewis-Roark, working on the clay sculpture with the live model right there.  The artist has been working on it the clay sculpture for a couple of months already.  Once the clay sculpture is complete, they will cast a wax mold of it.  The wax mold will then be used to make the actual bronze statue.  So amazing!

Grapevine Foundry artist sculpting clay

We browsed around the Grapevine Farmer's Market and sampled some delicious foods.  Somehow we ended up buying a little of everything we sampled!  But the fresh cantaloupe is my personal favorite.

It was about time for our scheduled tea party at Let's Pretend Tea Parties.  Stuart left the girls and headed to a more guy-friendly place like Bass Pro Shops or something.

We started out by picking out our dress-up costumes.  I was surprised that Rachel didn't pick a more "princessy" dress.  She went all glam instead.

She got a little bit of blush and eye shadow.

Then it was time for tea and cupcakes!

Rachel was having a wonderful time!  She picked a vanilla cupcake and had seconds on the raspberry tea.

She kept going back to the costume area and picking out more pieces to add.  I think the purple boa was the perfect addition!

We headed back to the house to get ready for the 7:00 showing of The Hobbit.  Grandmother wasn't feeling well so she stayed home.  My tummy was feeling a little queasy too - I think we may have had too much raspberry tea!  Rachel was tired from our busy day and managed to get her Daddy to carry her into the theater.  Look at that smile on her face!

Little Girl in Daddy's arms

She's a bit too big to easily be carried in our arms but her Daddy knows that there won't be much longer before she will quit asking to be carried so he savors the days while he can.

Little Girl Being Carried By Her Daddy

We had a wonderful day exploring the area with Grandmother.  Tomorrow promises to be just as much fun.