#ReliefIsHere so my husband could meet his new son.

by jessicalieb on February 25, 2015 · 0 comments

Today our sweet new boy is 4 weeks old. It seems so long ago that we were anxiously awaiting his arrival.

It was the day before Abel was born Joe became terribly ill. He had a fever, aches and cold-like symptoms. I just knew I was going to go into labor soon and I feared Joe not being allowed into the delivery room because he was sick. So we turned to Vicks NyQuil Severe for fast acting relief.

The slow contractions started that evening and by midday on the following day labor had started. Thankfully the NyQuil Severe did it’s job and Joe not only awoke with no fever but with very mild cold symptoms.  At 7pm that evening as I was admitted to the hospital ready to deliver this baby and I was beyond happy that Joe was allowed to be by my side the through the entire evening. They did require him to wear a mask since he had previously been sick.

Dada and Abel

Abel was born at 10:02pm and thanks to Vicks NyQuil Severe Joe was the first person to great Abel as he entered this world.

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Pump and Play #StreamTeam

by jessicalieb on February 24, 2015 · 0 comments

The past 4 weeks have been a challenge due to Abel’s breastfeeding struggles. I’ve spent a good deal of time hooked up to a breast pump to insure he is well fed. Sitting attached to a machine can be pretty boring but thankfully I have my iPad mini and Netflix Streaming.

pump and netflix

I’ve almost complete the entire selection of House Hunters and House Hunters International on Netflix Streaming. Now that Abel is fully nursing I don’t have to pump as much but I can still watch shows while he eats. I’m still working my way through Numb3rs.

I spend a good deal of my time feeding Abel which means I have have 3 little boys that sometimes need entertaining. Today they started watching the new Netflix original Richie Rich series.

Richie Rich Netflix


The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to the PNC Arena on Sunday, March 1st.


The Harlem Globetrotters bring the ultimate in family entertainment to the PNC Arena on Sunday, March 1 at 3 p.m.   With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family – creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Scooter Christensen and young fans2

Last year Joe took Jude to see the Harlem Globetrotters and they had an absolute blast. We aren’t a big sports family but the Harlem Globetrotters can make basketball and good sportsmanship fun for anyone.

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I was provided free tickets to the  featured event but all opinions are 100% mine.


Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever. – Walt Disney

The newest app from Disney Imagicademy, Mickey’s Magical Arts World, lets children explore various forms of art all in one easy to use app. Disney Imagicademy is the first comprehensive brand of interactive and connected early learning experiences that combines the Disney characters and stories families love, with a research-driven curriculum developed in conjunction with top academics and education experts. Disney Imagicademy Mickey's Magical Arts World

My boys adore all things Mickey Mouse and were thrilled when downloaded the first Disney Imagicademy app, Mickey’s Magical Math World. Mickey’s Magical Math World helps introduce children to new mathematical concepts such as sorting, problem solving, addition, subtraction and more. The newest app from Disney Imagicademy, Mickey’s Magical Arts World, introduces children to the creative arts like design, drawing, music and more. Both of the Imagicademy apps integrate learning into fun, interactive games that feature all of your favorite Disney characters.

Disney Imagicademy Mickey's Magical Arts World

Disney Imagicademy Mickey's Magical Arts World Music

Disney Imagicademy Mickey's Magical Arts World Craft

In Mickey’s Magical Arts World your child can be a sketch artist who can even interact with their creations around Mickey’s town. Children can discover architecture with Minnie while exploring proportion, scale, symmetry, etc… Then they can join Pluto in creating some wacky crafts, experimenting with different materials and tools. Mickey’s Music Maker allows children to learn about different instruments, tempo, pitch and more. Donald’s Costume Play gives your child the opportunity to create and style a character to star in a real movie.

My boys immediately fell in love with Mickey’s Music Maker. They got to explore instruments and learn how the same song can sounds very different when played on different instruments.

Disney Imagicademy Mickey's Magical Arts World Movie

Jude is fond of Donald’s Costume Play because he not only got to create a character to be in a movie, he also added sound effects and stylize the movie. Noah loved Pluto’s Crafty Creator as he explored the different types of materials and techniques you can use to create. And I love that there are multiple sections of the app that are dedicated to specific subjects and within each area are various ways to interact with the subject. It will take a long time for my boys to explore the entire app.

About Disney Imagicademy Apps
Both Disney Imagicademy Apps are FREE to download. (with in-App Purchases)
They are available exclusively on the iPad and can currently be found on Apple’s App Store in the Kids, Education and Entertainment categories.
Designed for families with children ages 3 to 8

App Store Price: Free (with in-app purchase)
$4.99 for each in-app experience
$19.99 for in-app bundle of all five experiences

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