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We have just expanded our home by eight feet. As in little cat feet. A trip to the Animal Orphanage in Voorhees, NJ showed us what we have heard over and over – it is kitten season. There were so many kittens looking for homes, and once you go in there, you truly want to cry to walk out with just one.
Jim told me to choose between the two that we had been playing with. I couldn’t. I went back to the car and sent in backup. Eilis took her turn. They were in there a really long time, and I knew that meant she couldn’t decide either. I honestly figured they would come out and we would go home and talk it over.
They came out with two. And in the blink of an eye, we went from a one cat, two dog home to giving the cats a definite advantage over the dogs.
Meet our kittens. Nameless and No-name.
I am running a contest on the blog. Make a comment and leave suggestions for names (one boy, one girl). I’ll send you a prize!
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As a recently chosen member of the #ClaritinMomCrew, I was super excited to be asked to host a play date where I would have the opportunity to share my “I’m not worthy” adoration of Children’s Claritin. My youngest daughter has allergies to, well, life in general, and there are many times where Children’s Claritin has made it possible for us to have a good time outside. Because of Granuaile’s allergies, playing outside among the grass and trees for an extended period of time can become problematic, so I organized our play date to have some outdoor components and then a fun indoor activity. My kids love to see the results of their own garden, but weeding and maintaining a large outdoor garden is tough for kids with allergies. Our play date solution? Container gardening! Our garden begins with canvas over the door shoe organizers. The kids were able to choose from a selection of vegetables, flowers, and herbs to plant in the organizer. Everyone got to get a little bit dirty, as we filled the pockets with soil, and then the kids labeled their pockets in the organizer with their names and the type of plant they were planting. Not only was this a fun activity to see the kids working together to build this garden, but not having to sit in the grass or worry about churning up allergens made it a great activity for kids with multiple outdoor allergies! Even container gardening helps work up an appetite, so for the next fun activity, we built our own pizzas! Using store bought pizza crust, homemade sauce, and a variety of toppings, the kids had fun choosing their favorite pizza flavors and then tasting each other’s creations when they were done! There were some YUMMY pizzas! A long day of gardening and slaving over a hot stove nearly done, the kids all hopped into their bathing suits for a bit of hot tub relaxation. I always turn the temperature in the tub down to 95 degrees for kids, and it was just the right temperature to play in the bubbles and do lots of giggling. Everyone went home with a Claritin goody bag, filled with coupons for a purchase of Children’s Claritin, which really made this whole day possible, plus note pads, tissues, hand sanitizer, and water bottles. As the garden grows, we’ll bring the children the things they planted to they can enjoy the “fruits of their labor”! It was great to share ideas with other moms of allergy sufferers and to see the kids enjoying themselves despite some serious allergies in the group! We’re going to do this more often!
*Claritin has provided me with some of the items as a member of the Claritin Mom Crew to share with my friends and blog readers.