Letter To My Daughter On Her Second Birthday: My Dear Karina

Karina, Age 2

My Dearest Karina,

It’s hard to even write Karina, because to me you are Kar, Kar-Boo, Karina-Bo-Bina, Kar Bars, sugar booger, and more. Seriously, your list of nicknames may be slightly out of control. But truly, they seem to sum you up well: You are a little spark plug, and I can’t believe you are already TWO years old!

This past year has been C-R-A-Z-Y. Crazy busy. Crazy wild. Crazy beautiful.

First, it’s hard to remember, but I nursed you until you were more than 18 months old…and even then, you weren’t ready to give up. I have major guilt for weaning you, but I think you *finally* have forgiven me. I’m so sorry. The fact is, you are a happy child now and that’s what matters, right? Right. {sensitive subject for mama!}

On that note, I know the whole “breastfeeding makes kids healthier” notion can be controversial and not always true, but I have to say — you’ve held up your end of the deal! You’ve only had one ear infection your entire life. Pretty incredible how healthy you are considering you are my child who has licked a window at a bar in town, licked a sign at Lowe’s, ate various food off the ground, and more I probably didn’t even see. When doctors say those kinds of things build up immunities, I believe it. Disgusting at times, but I am SO happy you’re so healthy ;)

Health aside, one of my favorite parts of our day is when you and I are alone for a few minutes while I put you down for a nap. You pick out a few books, I read them to you, and then we rock a bit. For awhile, you would scream when I sang to you…and honestly, that stung since I love to sing. But the past few months, you have requested I sing, and you often say “again,” the moment I stop. Your current favorite is “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” but also love a German lullaby I sing. You sing along in your little babble and it tugs at my heartstrings.

If we’re not confined to rocking, you LOVE dancing and start moving the second you hear music. I’ll never forget the time we went to a tractor show and you went nuts on the dance floor to a band playing 60′s music — completely alone. I adored your moves and your confidence. I hope it stays with you for the rest of your life.

You are such a lover, and so far, don’t have a shy bone in your body. You crack me up when you find the creepiest looking man at the store and wave and say “Hi!” to him. You are not afraid of much {with the exception of loud things like 4-wheelers and boats}, and can often be found getting into trouble, whether it’s wandering off somewhere or climbing to the top of a play structure that is way too big for you. Also, let’s not forget that time you fell into a river. Ugh. Everyone warns me that boys are crazy, but I think you have prepared us very well for the transition!
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Love the Pinkalicious Books? Check Out Pinkalicious The Musical In Detroit November 21-23, 2014

If you have a child in the 3-8 years old age range with an active imagination, this will be one show you do not want to miss! We absolutely love the Pinkalicious book series in our house and rent them from the library often. Even though Kinley LOVES the color blue and doesn’t like pink at all, she reminds me a ton of Pinkalicious herself. She’s always thinking up the craziest things!

Pinkalicious Artwork

Here’s the scoop from show press materials:

Based on the popular children’s book by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann, Pinkalicious The Musical will perform six shows at the City Theatre in Detroit {inside Hockeytown} on Friday, November 21 through Sunday, November 23.

In Pinkalicious The Musical, Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.

The one hour musical, with book and lyrics by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann and music, lyrics and orchestrations by John Gregor, is based on the popular children’s book Pinkalicious by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann. The musical adaptation is directed by Teresa K. Pond with musical direction by Jad Bernardo and original direction by Suzu McConnell-Wood.


Friday, November 21: 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 22: 11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Sunday, November 23: 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.


Tickets {$22 general admission and $15 opening night} are on sale now and may be purchased HERE, the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy {without service charge}, at all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com and at the City Theatre box office, located inside Hockeytown Cafe. To charge tickets by phone, call 1-800-745-3000. Groups of 10 or more receive a discount by calling 313-471-3099.


I love that it’s just an hour-long, so if you’re looking for a great show to take a little one to before going to a longer production, this would be a great one! I also recommend checking out a local community theatre near you for kid-friendly shows.

What musicals/shows are you looking forward to taking your kids to?


Looking For A Stroller? Consider The Urbini Omni 3-in-1 Travel System #MC #UrbiniBaby

Urbini Omni 3-in-1 Travel System

I participated in a Blog Blast on behalf of Mom Central for Urbini. I received information from Urbini to facilitate my post as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Please note: I only applied for this opportunity because I genuinely love this stroller and shopping for baby at Walmart.com As […]

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Enter to Win Family 4-Pack Passes for Oakland County Waterparks {4 Winners!} ENDS 8/5/14

Oakland County Waterparks

I received my own passes from Oakland County Parks and Recreation to the waterparks for the purpose of this post. Mother Nature’s thermostat has been cranked these past few days, which means one thing: WATER FUN. We are lucky to have tons of lakes, splash pads and more in this area, but two mega fun Oakland […]

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Bucketfilling from A to Z Book + Bucket Fillers Inc. Giveaway with Two Prize Packs {ENDS 8/8/14}

Enter to win a prize pack from Bucket Fillers, Inc.

I received a copy of the book Bucketfilling from A to Z from Bucket Fillers, Inc. in exchange for the post below. All opinions expressed are my own. I recently had the opportunity to check out the children’s book, Bucketfilling from A to Z, and again I am impressed at the latest children’s book from authors Carol McCloud […]

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Disney Planes Fire & Rescue Review #FireAndRescue

Planes- Fire & Rescue

Image from Disney press materials On Monday, I had the opportunity to attend a sneak peek of Disney’s latest movie — Planes: Fire & Rescue. To be honest, I was excited for the excuse to go to the movies with my big kid {Kinley, age 3.5}, but not terribly excited about the movie. After all, […]

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To My Son Before You Are Born

To My Son {Before You Are Born}, In a few weeks {perhaps even days}, we’re going to meet for the very first time. You’re likely going to cause me an incredible amount of pain and then you’re going to make your grand entrance into the world and fill a section in my heart where I […]

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Disney On Ice Princesses & Heroes Presale Code {In Auburn Hills Oct. 16-19}

Disney On Ice Princesses & Heroes - Palace of Auburn Hills

Disney On Ice is one of our favorite shows to attend each year. I just received the special pre-sale code for the Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes show, coming to The Palace of Auburn Hills October 16-19, 2014. {See image below} Many of you will be thrilled to know that this show now […]

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My Maternity Photo Shoot with Deanna Spivey Photography, A Metro Detroit Photographer

Deanna Spivey Photography Maternity 2

Awhile back, my friend Deanna of Deanna Spivey Photography, asked if she could take maternity photos for me. My initial response was “no thanks” — simply because I’d just rather have photos of my family, not me, around my house. And let’s face it — this is my third baby, so it’s not exactly like […]

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Sibling Preparation: Getting Kids Ready For a New Baby

Getting Kids Ready for A New Baby

Nothing has been consuming my mind more over these past few weeks than how my girls, Karina – age 2 {in 17 days} and Kinley – 3.5, are going to react to their new baby brother, who is due to arrive in 3 weeks+/-. Kinley has been there, done that, and I know she will […]

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Our Experience at the Oakland County Fair

Oakland County Fair1

I received vouchers to the fair from Oakland County Parks and Rec in exchange for promoting. All opinions and experiences are my own. As I count down my final days as a mother of two, I am squeezing in everything possible before I’m home with baby for a few weeks while we adjust to being a […]

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Join Me in Detroit This Wednesday for a VIP Experience with Lincoln Motor Co. at Shinola {Register at Link!}

Lincoln MKC

One of the major perks to being a blogger and chatterbox on social media is getting invited to sweet events. I’m pretty pumped about this one happening this Wednesday, July 9, and I am thrilled to be able to take up to 10 guests. Check out the fun and feel free to register and join […]

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