Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Guest Post and Bear Haven Boutique Giveaway! -Giveaway is now Over-

Welcome to another fun guest post in our countdown to the 200th post! I would like to introduce you to a friend of mine who owns a very fun boutique with all kinds of unique toys and gifts! She is also a very creative party planner. Let's all give a warm welcome to Lesa!
My name is Lesa. I own Bear Haven Boutique and am the author of the blog Bear Haven Mama's Tales.

My business started six years ago when I was looking for something to do to make a little extra money and stay home with the children. I love children, so the idea of helping parents plan birthday parties as well as providing the entertainment for kids sounded like a good fit!
Over the years, I have learned what works and what doesn’t for me as well as my customers. I have recently added a full line of toys and other gifts to my website. I also carry party kits, invitations, and stuffable animals for parties and gifts. My philosophy for my products is to provide my customers quality products as well as party favors that will not only be budget friendly but also will not end up in a landfill when the party is over.
My website provides my customers an easy way to shop and comes complete with a gift registry and wish list to make gift buying and party planning easier. In addition, there is a section on my blog that provides detailed party plans for popular children’s party themes.

If you are looking for custom party planning, I do that as well. I provide in-person service to Eastern Pennsylvania, and I provide custom party kits to the rest of the US and Canada. For more information, please visit my website Bear Haven Boutique or email me at

My friend would also like to giveaway a $25.00 gift certificate to shop at her boutique!
All you have to do is visit her boutique and leave a comment on this post about what you would like to spend the gift certificate on if you win. You must also leave your email so I can let you know when you win!
I know my girls would love any of the stuffed animals and I love any product by Melissa and Doug! This givaway will start now, July 24th, and end on Monday August 5th. 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Memories From Gettysburg

At the end of our last school year we finished our study about the Civil War. I found out that this year was the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg. I thought it would be a great time to go for a visit. We purchased tickets to visit the Blue Grey Alliance reenactment of some of the battles. It was an interesting trip. We really enjoyed into the woods where they had a huge Union camp. It is much cooler in the shade. We never figured out where the Confederates were located, we didn't actually try that hard to find them.

 Here are some of our memories from Gettysburg.

1. People from Texas have more fun! A man from Texas struck up a conversation with us on the bus while we were waiting to get to the parking lot to the battle area. They have much higher speed limits there, I did not know that.
2. Be careful where you go in the Union Camp to take pictures. Someone may be sleeping and blending in perfectly with his surroundings. Surprise!
3. The battlefield is very far away.
4. The people wearing the clothes from the Civil War time period are probably hotter than me.
5. If you cough too much there is a good chance you may throw up.
6. For the rest of Pants's life she will remember that "Gettysburg is freakin' Hot!". No, we really don't approve of that language, but it was funny at the time!
7. I have no need or desire to ever visit there again.
Overall, I am glad we went. We got to spend time together as a family and we all received a little more knowledge about that time in history. 
This is post 198 in our countdown to 200!
Giveaways very soon!

Monday, July 1, 2013

I'm a Smiley Star!

I have recently noticed that many people hesitate to take a compliment. I would like to change that in my own way. I would like to start something new on my blog called Smiley Star!. I want all of my friends and family to think about something you have done that makes you a Smiley Star!. It can be pretty much anything that someone would compliment you for doing.
I am going to kick this idea off by sharing my Smiley Star!. About a week ago, in an effort to be named Best Mom Ever by my daughter Pie Pie, we had her best friend stay over for a week! I am definitely tooting my own horn here and asking for a round of applause! We love Pie Pie's friend, she is a pleasure to have around! When you are used to your own two girls and add another girl to the mix it can get interesting. We had a lot of fun!
The girls played games,
went swimming,
made creatures with Sculpy clay,
got a visit from the yarn monster,
learned a little about music,
went to Pants' dress rehearsal,
and even got a visit from Santa!
Well there you have it, my week with three girls!
I would love if you would share you your Smiley Star! stories with me.
You can email me at or find me on Facebook.
We are counting down to our 200th post!
This is post 197!
Giveaways coming soon!