Showing posts from April, 2013

Get your very own Stork Babies!

Being a mom of two boys, you can find our home with scattered toy cars, Legos, building blocks, and toy trains! We do also have lots of stuffed animals, one of which is our five year old's favorite, Olivia from Nick Jr.

Olivia, the pink pig and her red dress, is often right beside my son as he's sleeping, watching TV, or just hanging out. My husband and I have always been open to having our boys play with whatever toys they want to. We don't believe in "boy toys" or "girl toys", but more of whatever will spark their interest!

Garcia Memories is so excited to bring you STORK BABIES! When my boys first saw the Stork Babies, they said "Aw! How cute!" and asked to read the little descriptions of each of the babies. Each baby is unique, with a short list of likes and interests. This quickly led to a discussion of who the babies reminded us of, who we knew had the same interests as the babies, and more.

Here is more about Stork Babies:
The philosoph…

Throwback Thursday

Remember Atari? Here I am with my cousin Carol at one of my birthday parties, maybe five or six years old. I was so happy to get my Atari game system! The joystick and the single red button. It brought me such joy back then! I spent hours playing Pong. When I think of the simplicity of Pong and the complexity of the video games today, video games have come a LONG way! Do you have Atari memories?

Microsoft Tech Tots

A few weeks ago, my husband told me about the Tech Tots classes offered at our local Microsoft Store. I was super excited to take our boys since they love technology! I've caught my five-year-old watching Windows 8 tutorial videos and advertisements on YouTube so I knew he'd be excited to go to Tech Tots. 
On the Microsoft website, Tech Tots is described as "hands-on, interactive playground where children ages 2-5 will learn by doing — and parents can learn tech tips and discover the latest in technology." The description was perfect to meet my sons' interest in technology!

So early a Wednesday morning, we headed to the Microsoft store about 30 minutes before to ensure we had a spot in the "class". Tech Tots started 30 minutes before the store opening to the public. The children were welcomed into the store for "free play" for the first 10 minutes. My five year old ran to the first tablet he could get his hands on and started swiping the home…

Find time for YOU with Firefly Wellness

Finding time to take care of myself is few and far between. Between work and taking care of my family, it's after hours when I have an hour or two to unwind. At this time where I really want to be is at the mall shopping or at the spa getting pampered which is, unfortunately, unrealistic. So at the end of each day, my me time ends up curling up with a book, catching up with emails, and indulging in some good TV. I also really have to get back with my exercise routine, but that needs its own blog post!

Yet, the past two weeks I have been able to find some quality me time thanks to my work schedule's spring break! I spent a day getting my nails done and getting a long over due facial. Thanks for Joann Woolley's recommendation, I was able to visit Karen from Firefly Wellness. Karen, a longtime esthetician and massage therapist, has worked in the industry for many years, from local spas and chiropractic clinics. When her son was a born a few years ago, she continued her busin…