October 09, 2014

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Giveaway

1984 was a special year not only because it was the year I was born but it was also the year Cinnamon Toast Crunch made its special debut. Now 30 years later and still a popular cereal it is revamping its taste by adding in even more real cinnamon flavor! Like me, it just keeps getting better with age. Each bite is filled with a perfect combination of cinnamon and sugar. I love that it's the perfect amount of flavor and then we even get to drink the cinnamon flavored milk after!

The new Cinnamon Toast Crunch with more cinnamon is now available at local supermarkets and retailers nationwide. Check out delicious Cinnamon Toast Crunch concoctions that use the cereal as a key ingredient at Youtube.com/Tastemade and join the party online by using #cinnablast.

To help celebrate the cereals 30th birthday and its new taste I am giving away a prize pack to one lucky “Adventures in Mommyland” reader. The prize pack includes a box of the new cereal, Cinnamon Toast Crunch Lip Balm and a $20 gift card.


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July 27, 2014


"When am I going to see daddy?"
"I don't know, my love." I answered her. 
"Why?" She questioned back. 
"Because I'm just not sure."
"Well, why doesn't he want to see me?" 

At this point is when my heart broke into two and I searched for the right words to say. But I didn't know what to tell her. I couldn't possibly say to her "I'm sorry sweetheart but the man who is suppose to be your father is selfish and just doesn't understand what he's missing out on. It has nothing to do with you. It's me he hates and unfortunately he takes it out on you." 

Instead I responded in a silly voice "but want to see you!"...and I got my eyes so close to her belly so that I could blow on it and tickle her. Her hysterical giggles replaced the questions, leaving me to dodge without an answer...for now.

July 26, 2014

This is what you've missed

Dear Ex,

So it's been over a month or so since we've last seen or heard from you (with the last visit only lasting an hour). Your sporadic visits and/or phone calls are getting far and few between....you're really missing out on so much which is sad because the time flies by.

You're missing out on watching her learn, watching her grow, just being here for her.

You're missing the funny things she says, missing how when she gets mad her nose crinkles up, missing all her love.

In only the past couple months you've missed out on this...

You've missed all of these seconds, these minutes, these days, these moments. That you can never get back. 

She will never be this age again. There will never be a five year old Emma who is obsessed with dancing or Disney princesses. You will never get to relive her sitting at the dinner table asking questions about dinosaurs or talking about her day at preschool.

Sometimes I'm sad for her that you're not here for her the way a father should be but then I remember that I am. I am here and I'm experiencing and appreciating all these moments with her. The moments that you don't think are important enough or worth being around for. I am here for her and that's all that matters.

July 24, 2014

Single moms find love series- Part 4

Today we have another Single Mom Finds Love post from the lovely Emi. Read how she met a single dad and they've combined into one big happy family. 

When my daughter’s dad and I had Dahlia I thought everything was going how I wanted it to. Cue his sudden need to be a frat boy as soon as we got home from the hospital and 6 months later I moved back home with my parents. Not part of the plan.

I dated a few guys but nothing was working out. Online dating was annoying and I was sick of the creepy responses from guys twice my age and I wasn’t big into going out and meeting a stranger. My best friend from preschool, Eric was coming home from Japan where he was stationed in the Air Force and I convinced my mom to babysit for a night and decided to meet up with him at a bar, and the complete opposite of what you assume happened did. My friend ended up ditching me for some girls. I was about to leave but a group of people who are regulars started talking to me. Apparently my “friend’s” best friend, Ryan is part of that group and that’s why they were there that night. We started talking nerdy, (Doctor Who) and Ryan overheard and was super excited because of my love of nerd shows and then we figured out our kids were only 2 months apart. We became Facebook friends that night and he asked for my number the next day. We started dating a few weeks later. We quickly introduced the kids, something I never did but they became fast friends and that gave us more reason to hang out so often. I didn’t think I wanted to date someone with kids. I had tried it and it just didn’t seem to work out because these “weekend dads” didn’t realize a full time single mom couldn’t go out whenever they wanted. But Ryan has his son almost every day and I love that. It was much easier for us to understand each other when we experienced the same parenting issues. 

Fast forward 6 months later and we just moved into our first apartment and things are going great. I really didn’t think that I would be here now but I’m so happy with the way things worked out. And even better, my ex and Ryan get along great, we occasionally do dinner or meet up and get ice cream. That helps things as well because I’m not worried about my ex starting issues because I’m dating or he doesn’t like who I’m dating. It took a lot of life lessons and learning to be alone before I quit looking for someone and just let it happen. Everyone told me that when I stopped looking I would find someone and I never believed them until it actually happened. Who knew they’d all be right?

If you missed the other posts in the Single Moms Find Love Series check them out here:
Part 1 
Part 2 
Part 3

If you're a single mother that found love and would like to share your story here please email me at tanpes17@gmail.com