The Non-Housewives
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

National Water Safety Month with Goldfish Swim

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May is National Water Safety Month, and our household is ready! Between weekly lessons at Goldfish (check out my swim lesson review here) and practicing water safety while out on the boat, we are ready for a fun summer of swimming and water fun.

We received a special package from Goldfish Swim School this week, and Max was extremely excited to dig into it.

Here's a clip of Max's unboxing...


Here are some important water safety reminders:
  • Never let anyone swim alone. Even the most experienced people need a partner. 
  • Pool noodles, plastic inner tubes and pool toys, etc. will not protect against drowning. Make sure everyone needing a life jacket has a coast guard approved jacket and it properly fits. 
  • Make sure to have a 'designated watcher' while kids are swimming. The 'designated watcher' should be watching kids at all time - no cell phone distraction allowed!
  • Keep toys not in use away from the water so they don't accidentally fall in.
  • This isn't swimming specific, but if outdoors, wear sunscreen! Make sure to reapply after swimming. 
As I mentioned in my review, Goldfish Swim School has been amazing for my son. Not only do they teach a strict swimming curriculum, but I wish I would have started him sooner. We started lessons with Xavier (10.5 months old) and he's having a blast. It makes me feel good that swim lessons is not only a fun activity/sport for my boys, but also something that is extremely important for them to learn and feel comfortable doing.

I'd love to hear any additional water safety tips you have in the comments below! 

*Goldfish sent me this box to review, but all opinions are my own

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Goldfish Swim School Lessons Giveaway

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A few weeks ago my son wrapped up 2 months of swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School in Ann Arbor, and I couldn't be happier with the experience we had there and how much he's learned. You can read my swim class review here.

If you're interested in experiencing Goldfish Swim School for yourself, you can enter below to win a free month of lessons from Goldfish Swim School Ann Arbor location. Contest ends Friday, May 18th. Enter up to once a day - Good luck!
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* Giveaway sponsored by Goldfish Swim School. Once I choose a winner, the winner will have 48 hours to respond with their contact information. If I do not hear back, I'll select a new winner. Good luck! 

Monday, April 9, 2018

Goldfish Swim School - Ann Arbor Review

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We've just wrapped up 2 months at Goldfish Swim School in Ann Arbor, and I couldn't be more proud of how far my little man Maximus has come!

I'm not going to lie...our first few lessons were rough. Max would start crying about not wanting to go to swim class before we even left the house, which would continue in the car ride and into swim class. He was so afraid to go under water, I think the fear made him stress about the entire class. His coach, Blair, was so great with him though. He'd go in to the pool area crying, and come out smiling and raving about how much fun he had. I was definitely able to see the progression of Max's comfort in the water. After a few lessons he was going underwater for rings (something he was terrified to do the first two lessons), and swimming from the ledge to the platform on his own.

I'm so impressed with the structure of Goldfish Swim School. Each class level has a list of skills the kids have to "master" before moving to the next level. It's a set "curriculum" that all the coaches follow which I think is great for a kid like Max, who needs consistency. The last few minutes of each class the lifeguards call the parents in to watch their child demonstrate what they learned that day and at this time the coach will provide parents feedback. Last week was 'test' week, and Max earned his way into the next level of swim class (Junior 2!). I almost cried when the coach went over Max's swim report card with me. I was so proud! Below is a video of him during his test.


Here are some of the other awesome things I love about Goldfish:
1 - The classes are small. At the most, there were 4 kids in each of Max's classes.
2 - The waiting area is very comfortable. There are plenty of seats along with the window so you can watch your little fishes. Parents are not allowed in the pool area so the kids are not distracted.
3 - There is also a play area for little siblings to hang out in while lessons are going on.
4 - They have several showers inside the pool area for kids to rinse off at before getting changed.
5 - There are several private dressing rooms (along with a large one with hair dryers and swimsuit dryers) and they are really clean.
6 - The staff, from the front desk, lifeguards to coaches, is super friendly and accommodating.

Class schedules are extremely flexible. You can pay for one, two or three lessons a week, or do a drop in class just to 'test the waters' (pun intended). They offer classes 7 days a week, which as a working mom, is amazing within itself since we can always find a time that works for our schedule! If you have more than one child in lessons, you can usually find a time that overlaps for both or back to back times.


I can't wait to see how much Max learns before summer. I'm so excited for him to test out his new swim skills this summer at the lake!

*I was hosted at Goldfish Swim School in Ann Arbor. All thoughts and opinions are my own.




Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Super Easy Baby Food Cookbook Giveaway

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Hey Friends! I was lucky enough to review The Super Easy Baby Food Cookbook last week, and now I'm partnering with the author, Anjali Shah, to give one lucky reader their chance to win their own!

The Super Easy Baby Food Cookbook has a variety of recipes for infants through toddlers. I was so inspired by some of the veggie combination purees that I ran out and bought vegetables to prep for Xavier - he loved them all!

Please use the widget below to enter to win. Once I select a winner I will contact them via email. If I don't hear back within 2 days I will select another a winner.

Good luck!
 - A

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Last Minute Fun & Practical Easter Basket Gifts

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If you're like me, you've waited until the last minute to buy Easter basket fillers! Below are some non-candy fun (and some practical) Easter gift ideas that you can get in 2 days via Amazon Prime...happy shopping!

Activity books
I think these are a win/win for both parents and kids! I personally love the Kumon activity books (and so does Max) but there are also ways to incorporate your child's favorite characters + learning too!



Shoes
Is my kid the only kid that gets SUPER excited for new shoes? Crocs are so easy for toddlers to put on, they make my life so much easier!

Hygiene items
New toothbrushes, toothpaste and bandaids. You'd be surprised how quickly a Spiderman toothbrush can make nightly brushing a fun activity!






Swimsuits
It's Spring in the Midwest, which means Summer is just around the corner! I would be buying the boys new swimsuits anyways, so why not include them as part of their basket?

Craft sets 
These are great for rainy days! With my help, Max built and paint the 3 wooden cars in the Wooden Cars craft kit from Made by Me! It was so much for him to build these from scratch, paint and then be able to play with his own creation.


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Sunday, March 25, 2018

The Super Easy Baby Food Cookbook Review

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I use to pride myself in making Max his first foods. I'd buy the freshest fruits I could find and blend them, package them, and stack them in the freeze for future meals. After I perfected pureed bananas, pears and apples, I realized Max would soon be getting sick of the same 3 options, and I wanted to try more fruits and veggies. The problem was, I had no creativity when it comes to cooking, so I was forced to buy the rest of his food at the grocery store.

Fast forward 2.5 years, and I have Xavier starting solids even earlier than Max did! I am still the puree queen of bananas, pears and apples, but I wanted to try new things, and still make everything fresh. Lucky for me, a talented co-worker of mine just published a baby food cookbook, and it's just what I needed to provide me much needed inspiration!
The Super Easy Baby Food Cookbook contains healthy homemade recipes for infants through toddler years. The author, Anjali Shah, also provides tips for starting solid foods, shopping lists, meal planning charts and labels each recipe clearly to help with food allergies.

I knew I wanted to start incorporating more vegetables for Xavier, so I skipped right to Chapter 4 for 'Creamy Combination Purees.' Since I had a ton of frozen banana puree in the freezer, I was excited to make some pureed zucchini and combine the two. Xavier loved it! We also tried zucchini and squash, and banana and zucchini. Xavier loved them all, even zucchini by itself - I was shocked! I would have never tried to feed him zucchini, let alone mix it with sweeter fruits. The puree mix and match chart was super handy to see what would work well together (again, I'm not creative!). 


I'm hoping that starting Xavier this young with different flavors will help open his palate to trying new things as he gets older....and then maybe he can rub off on his older brother!

I highly recommend this cookbook to help with more advanced puree combination ideas and ideas for homemade finger foods. This would make a wonderful (and unique!) baby shower gift for a new mom. Definitely a gift that would keep on giving! It's available on Amazon.com for the Kindle or paperback. 

I'd love to hear about your creative baby food recipes in the comments below! Also, stay tuned for The Super Easy Baby Food Cookbook giveaway this week!

xoxo
angela


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

What's in my Work Travel Bag? Makeup Edition...

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Back to work for me! After an amazing 7 month maternity leave, it's time to hit the ground running (or sprinting!) at work, and I'm off on my first trip to see a new client. I haven't traveled for work in a long time, so I had to spend some extra time cleaning out my work bag and prepping for the trip.

In addition to all of my pumping gear (here's a link to my post on Pumping While Traveling tips), I like to keep some of my makeup necessities in my work bag for easy touch ups when we land. We normally don't have a lot of time between landing and meeting with our clients, so it's nice to have easy access to my makeup.

Here are a few makeup must-haves I have packed for my up coming trip....

Hard Candy Lip Plumping Serum
I'm completely obsessing over this gloss. I normally get turned off as soon as 'plumping' is in the name, because I usually associate it with a burning and tingling feeling, but this gloss does not have that. In fact, it's super moisturizing, with no tingling at all, and is long lasting. 'First Kiss' shade is hands down my favorite. It's the perfect pinkish nude that goes with everything.

Vaseline Lip Therapy
No matter what time of year, flying always gives me dry skin and lips. I always keep a tin of Vaseline Lip Therapy in my bag. I have the original one pictured above, but I also use Aloe, Cocoa Butter, Rosy and their limited edition Pink Bubbly - I love them all.

IT Cosmetics CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder
I'm so obsessed with IT Cosmetics. IT Bye Bye Foundation is the only type of foundation I've tried that doesn't break me out or irritate my skin. I use this foundation every morning, and I carry the CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder with me for touch ups when traveling. This powder is great for my sensitive skin and doesn't irritate it all. It provides great coverage while taking away any shininess. I use the light shade in the fall/winter, and Medium in the summer.

This compact goes everywhere with me. I love that its a bronzer, blush and highlighter, all in one. You can sweep them on together as a blend, or use a small brush to use them separately, which I often do. Added bonus - it comes with an IT Cosmetics brush, and in my opinion, are the best brushes! I also love that it has a mirror inside. This comes in 3 different shades, Natural, Nude and Warm.

Fun pouch to keep everything in
I love a good makeup bag. The one above is from the Target dollar bin.

What's in your work bag? I'd love to know - please comment below!

xoxo
Angela