Friday, October 28, 2016

Why My Daughter Loves The YouTuber DanTDM

**I'm an Amazon affiliate member so the link for the book I mentioned is an affiliate link. However, it won't impact you at all if you click it. It'll just help me buy more books. I want the new Jodi Picoult. So thank you, if you click! I appreciate it.**

My daughter watches videos on YouTube. Probably too many. But sometimes Mommy needs quiet, so I allow it. We don't limit screen time unless grades are poor. The YouTubers she watches a lot of are CookieswirlC, Kelli Maple, Stampycat, PewDiePie, and her brother Tommy, of course. (You can check him out here. He makes gaming videos, plus videos on what it's like living with Autism.)

She also watches DanTDM. The TDM stands for The Diamond Minecart. Dan is a twenty-something from England who plays a lot of Minecraft. He doesn't JUST play Minecraft though. Natalie says she loves watching him play Roblox and Pokemon Go too. But there are many reasons why she loves DanTDM.

1. He makes great videos. Obviously tons of other people agree, because he has over 12 MILLION subscribers. Parents tend to like him because he doesn't swear in his videos.

2. She loves his pugs. He has two: Ellie and Darcie. I think it's why she wants a pug now. She thinks his are "too cute!"

3. His British accent makes Natalie smile.

4. He has blue hair right now. Natalie thinks this is fabulous.

5. He's easy on the eyes. I told her this once and she was all, "First of all, Mommy, you're too old for him and second of all, he's already married to JEMMA."

6. He wrote a book! I struggle to get my daughter to read, which pains me because I LOVE to read. I assumed each person I created would be bookworms, but nope. However, Natalie has been reading his book. It's written like a comic book, which means it's easy reading, and the illustrations are colorful. The book is called Traysaurus and the Enchanted Crystal.

If you want the book, you can buy it here.

To learn more about Dan TDM, you can check out his social channels! (And nope, this is NOT a sponsored post, my daughter just really wanted me to write why she loved Dan on my blog. She's hoping Dan notices this and will say hi.)

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Fun Fall Looks For Tween Girls

Fall is here! I can hardly believe it. But it's time for crisp mornings. Pumpkin stuff. Halloween. Beautiful colors.

It's also time for fall clothes! Sweaters! Skinny jeans. Boots. Honestly, my daughter dresses better than I do. I basically wear jeans and t-shirts all year long. I don't even have boots because I'm more comfortable in my sneakers. My daughter has always been more of a fashionista.

If you're looking for some fun fall clothes that still make your kid look like a kid, I have some great choices.

This dress is from Justice. I love this style!

The next outfit is from The Children's Place. My daughter loves emojis.

This dress from Target was a gorgeous blue so I had to get it for Natalie. She actually wore this for school pictures.

Does your tween like Beanie Boos too?

You can wear the dress with a belt. Sometimes Natalie does. Sometimes she's "not in the mood for a belt."

This shirt would be perfect for the Pumpkin Patch! It's from Gymboree.

Tossing up some leaves!

This dress is from Gymboree:

Finally, we have another gorgeous outfit from Gymboree. Natalie probably only has about a year left before she outgrows it. She's moving into the size 12s, which is the largest they go.

What is your favorite look? If you have kids, do they dress better than you do?

Monday, October 24, 2016

Hey, It's Okay!

I got this idea from Glamour magazine. They have a section called Hey, It’s Okay and will list a bunch of things to be okay about. You're welcome to join in and do something like this on your blog any day of the week. Just make sure you link up and that the post you link up is a Hey, It's Okay Post.

--To have watched the latest episode of Walking Dead in horror. Yikes. Meanwhile, my husband was all relaxed and like, "Hey, Negan told them the rules and Daryl had to act like an ass.."

--To be excited that Tom and I get an evening date this weekend. My parents are watching the kids!

--To not be sure how much candy I should buy for Halloween since it falls on a weekday. I have 6 big bags so far.

--To think it's RIDICULOUS that some California soldiers have to repay their bonus. They risk their lives for their country and this is how they're thanked?

--To be bringing a ton of Natalie's outgrown clothes to Once Upon A Child today.

--To have gone to Creamistry for the first time. It's a place where they make liquid nitrogen ice cream in front of you. It was so delicious!

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