Peachy Plays Baseball

I did many fun things over the summer holidays and I had many new experiences and exciting adventures. Some days mommy, daddy, and I went exploring distant places and making fun family memories. Other days we explored a bit closer to home but we didn’t cut back on having fun.

One of the best things about exploring around our neighbourhood is that when we discover amazing new places, we can easily go there again. In our local travels we love to visit different community parks to see what they have to offer. We made a great discovery when we stumbled upon the Sonoma Heights Community Park.

It’s a large park with many activities for the whole family. When we arrived I immediately spotted the water park and playground next to the parking lot. I was eager to get in there but mommy quickly squashed my hopes by informing me that we did not bring my bathing suit. That was a bit of a disappointment and I made mommy promise me that we would return one day a bit better prepared.

We detoured around the water park area to see what else we could find. My disappointment quickly melted away as I discovered how much room to run around the Sonoma Heights park has. There is green grass as far as the eye can see with paved walking paths that are very stroller friendly. Of course I quickly diverged off the path and headed for a fenced in area.

I located an opening in the fence and found myself in a strange place. It was a large area, square on two sides and rounded on the other end, like a quarter of a pie. Where the two straight lines meet is an area covered in some sort of reddish substance resembling fine gravel, while the rounded end is grass. I’m familiar with grass but the reddish substance was new to me so I took a close look.

Peachy exploring a baseball diamond

It feels funny

Once mommy and daddy caught up with me they told me this was a baseball field and that people play a sport called baseball here. I had never heard of baseball before but I was up to the challenge and ready to give it a chance. After all, I may be new to baseball but I’m an expert at play.

After dusting the reddish substance off my hands I jumped up ready to play. Once again I was advised that we were not prepared for baseball as we didn’t have the necessary equipment. One disappointment per day is all I am willing to put up with. I was determined to play baseball one way or another.

Peachy Plays Baseball

Ready to play

Daddy showed me the lines painted on the reddish substance and the bases at each corner. Then we walked over to the middle and daddy explained the pitcher’s mound and what role the pitcher plays. All these explanations made me somewhat confused. Seeing my bewildered expression, daddy took me to the outfield and explained that this is where all sorts of running around happened. I’m good at running around and I immediately found my love for baseball.

I ran to one end of the field and then the other. Daddy tried to keep up but I’m too fast for him. Clearly I was winning at baseball. Next I headed for one of the bases careful to avoid mommy in case she had plans to snatch me up and put an end to my fun. That’s when I spotted something on the field.

I paused briefly for a closer look. It was a bird! I took off in pursuit. I ran as fast as my feet would go and I almost had him but at the last moment the bird opened its wings and flew away. I waved goodbye to him as I watched him go with a touch of disappointment.

Peachy runs after birds on a baseball diamond

Chasing birds

The feeling didn’t last long as I quickly spotted another bird and took off in pursuit. It turns out that baseball involves lots of birds if you know to look for them. I spent a good half hour chasing the birds and although I didn’t manage to catch any, I’m still fairly certain that I won at baseball that day.

After chasing the birds I was a bit tired and I allowed myself to be strapped into my stroller. Mommy and daddy took me back to the path and we had a nice stroll. We saw a tennis court, several soccer fields, and lots of pretty things to look at.

Before heading back to the car, we found a bench and I had a nice snack. Baseball sure works up an appetite. We then headed back to our car to get ready for home. Even though Sonoma Heights Community Park is only about a 10 minute drive from home, I fell asleep on the way. Apparently baseball is pretty exhausting.

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CozyPhones Review and Giveaway

Regular readers of my blog know that I am an avid fan of music. Some of you may even be getting sick of hearing me talk about my love of all things musical. I just love music so much that I can’t help myself!

I love listening to music and whenever I hear any form of music I stop what I’m doing and listen. When it’s a song I’ve heard before I love to sing along. I don’t know the words yet but I don’t let that hold me back. If the song I’m hearing has a good beat I can’t help but jump up and dance.

A short while ago I was contacted by a company called CozyPhones for the purpose of reviewing their product. After a quick visit to their website I knew this was a project I wanted to be involved it. It just fit so well with my love of music.

CozyPhones are soft fleece headbands with built-in headphones. Although they do have several varieties for adults, they are mainly made for kids. CozyPhones come in a range of pretty colours and cute designs. After reviewing their range of products, both mommy and I were intrigued and eager to try them out.

CozyPhones agreed to send us one set from the adult line for mommy and one from the kids line for me. I chose the panda design for myself and mommy went with the Lycra mesh one in black. We placed our order and waited for them to arrive.

It didn’t take long before we found a neat little package waiting for us in our mailbox. We brought our mail home and tore into the CozyPhones package with excitement. There were our CozyPhones just as advertised. I couldn’t wait to try mine out.

My fleece headband is a bit wider than mommy’s breathable Lycra version. Mommy’s headband is contoured to be wider around the ears and narrower in the front and back, while mine is the same all the way around. However my CozyPhones are infinitely better as they have a panda face complete with ears on the front, while mommy’s are just plain black.

Peachy and her CozyPhones

Don’t they look cute?

My CozyPhones are the first headphones I have ever tried. Mommy put the soft fleece headband on me and plugged them into our cell phone. Suddenly, there was music in my ears! I smiled with wonder and curiosity. I didn’t even know that our cell phone could play music. The clear sound was amazing and the headband is very comfortable to wear.

I am very happy with my CozyPhones and I love the fact that I can now easily enjoy my music on the go. They also work very well at keeping my ever-growing hair out of my eyes. Mommy said the CozyPhones are likely to do a good job of keeping my ears warm on cooler days but it’s too warm to be able to test that out.

Want to try out a set of CozyPhones for yourself? I’m giving away one pair of CozyPhones in a design of your choice. Just follow the link below to head over to Rafflecopter and enter this giveaway.

CozyPhones Giveaway

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Back to the Grind

Over the past few weeks I have been neglecting my blog. Regular readers might have found this unusual as I am rarely absent and I generally have new posts several times per week. For the first time ever, I have taken a bit of a break from blogging.

Daddy had some vacation time accumulated which allowed him to take a full two weeks off work. Vacations are like weekends except longer. I like weekends because that’s when mommy, daddy, and I spend entire days together. Vacations are even better because we get to be a family all the time and we’re not too exhausted from working to get out and enjoy our time together.

Last year daddy took some vacation time in the summer too and I still managed to keep up with my blogging schedule. Since we didn’t plan on leaving town this year either, it was my full intention to continue blogging right through. What I didn’t consider is that I’m bigger this year and able to do a lot more fun activities.

We had our days packed full of family fun and whatever time was left over I needed to recuperate from all that activity. There were several days when I was too busy to even have my mid-day nap. It was exhausting but exhilarating and I loved every fun-filled moment.

Even though we didn’t stray too far from home and we were in our own beds every night, we did have some incredible adventures and made a few discoveries. It’s amazing how many great places exist within reasonable distance of our home town that we never made the effort to visit. Some we never even knew existed but a quick search on Google maps can reveal all sorts of local spots just waiting to be explored.

Happy Peachy back from vacation

Vacations are so much fun!

I can’t wait to share with you all the amazing things I did and the incredible places I’ve been. Our camera is full of pictures that are slowly being transferred to the computer. I’m so excited to show you my photos and tell you all about the adventures I’ve had over the past couple of weeks.

I don’t want to give too much away but I met some furry friends, saw a lot of pretty flowers, discovered new places to play, and so much more. There were several firsts for me as well. I had my first nautical adventure, amusement park ride experience, and my first taste of soft-serve ice cream right off the cone. I also found the biggest sandbox right next to the largest water park ever! Mommy said it wasn’t a sandbox or water park, but that’s a post for another day.

My blogging schedule is quickly filling up with all the ideas I have for new blog posts. I have at least half a dozen posts in the works and several more bubbling away in my mind. I’m also working on some brand new giveaways that I’m very excited about. It’s going to be an exciting few weeks over here.

This week we’re all back to work and it’s been a busy week indeed. Turns out that a lot can happen in a couple of weeks when you’re not there to keep things under control. It seems that the work keeps coming even when you’re away. Somehow the rest of the world didn’t seem aware that it was vacation time.

I may have my hands full with all the work I have to catch up on and all the new posts I’m excited to complete, but I do feel ready to take it all on. This vacation was just what I needed. I feel relaxed, inspired, and ready to come back better than ever. If you haven’t taken a holiday for a while, I thoroughly recommend it. Get ready world, Peachy the blogging baby big girl is back!

The Music Man’s Songbook Review and Giveaway

One theme which consistently appears on my blog is my love of music. I have been an avid music fan since the day I was born. Even in my earliest days whenever I heard music I would stop whatever I happened to be doing and I would listen intently.

As I got a little older I began to enjoy watching mommy and daddy dance. Around this time I also became fascinated by singing. I wanted to know how mommy was managing to make music with her mouth. It didn’t take me long to figure it out and soon I was making some music of my own.

Singing is still one of my favourite activities and even though I don’t know many words yet, I don’t let that stop me. I sing music and it doesn’t have to involve words. The dancing aspect took a bit more figuring but I’m a big girl now and quite the dancer. A good beat always gets my body wiggling.

When mommy told me that I would be getting a copy of The Music Man’s Songbook to review, I was very excited. Every day mommy and I went down the street to the mailbox to see if it arrived. Soon there was a neat package waiting for us and we raced home to open it.

The Music Man’s Songbook is a compilation of 12 unique song written just for kids. The lyrics to these songs are clearly printed amid colourful illustrations. The pages are printed on good quality paper but this is not a board book. Nevertheless, mommy let me flip through the pages by myself to look at the pretty pictures and they were able to withstand my somewhat rough treatment.

Toddler flipping through a book

Look at the pretty pictures!

The illustrations were done by Gemma Wells and they are bold, colourful, and have almost a tribal feel. Jon Lawrence is the author and musician involved in this project. Jon was the writer, composer, and performer that you hear on the CD.

The best part is the plastic sleeve attached to the inside of the back cover. There you will find a CD containing these very songs. This is what I had been looking for. I waited anxiously as mommy removed the CD from the sleeve and carefully placed it into the CD player.

Our CD player likes to do things with flare and put on a good show. The five disk tray did a spin before it receded back into the machine. After flashing some lights the CD player started to read the disk and the music began to play. I sat in the middle of our living room and listened intently to a song about caterpillars.

Mommy followed along with the book of lyrics and by the second verse she was singing the words too. I haven’t quite mastered reading yet but the music itself was good enough for me. Besides, I don’t need words to sing. I managed to improvise my own music and sing along too.

The second song on the CD is about the body and it is my favourite. It didn’t take long before I was into it so I jumped up off the ground and danced around the living room. Mommy loves my wiggle so she put down the book and got up to dance around with me. Mommy and I went through the entire CD that day and we had great fun.

If you’re getting tired of the same old songs and you want new music to get your wiggle going, The Music Man’s Songbook is for you. Each song is happy with an upbeat feel that just makes you want to join in. Sometimes we sang along and other times we danced. The music is crisp and the words are clear and easy to understand. Perfect for mommies and Peachies alike.

Mommy and I have organized a giveaway just for you. Here is your chance to get your very own copy of The Music Man’s Songbook and CD. Click the link below to head over to Rafflecopter and get your entries in.

The Music Man's Songbook

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Open worldwide. Must be 18 years of age or older. Winner will be notified by email. Accepting entries until September 30, 2017.

We were given a free copy of this book and CD for the purpose of the review. All opinions are honest and our own.

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Wet and Wild Water Park Adventures

The best thing about summer is the water park down the street. It’s located at the park where I have been enjoying the playground since spring. I was a frequent visitor last summer as well, but I was too little and spent my time watching from the safety of my stroller.

That’s not the case this year. Now that summer is in full swing and complete with heat waves, I have been running with the big kids and making use of everything that playground and water park has to offer. We’re really lucky to have such an amazing play friendly area that close to our house and we don’t even have to pay to use it.

The playground is pretty great with its swings, slides, and various structures for me to explore, but it doesn’t compare to the water park area. There are colourful poles and tubes that shoot and spray water, a misting tunnel, a turtle with water coming out of its back, a structure with overhead buckets that can tip over and soak you when you least expect it, giant cattails that spray water out of the top, and a few surprises that pop up from time to time. Best of all, there are puddles everywhere!

For extra fun, each of the water park structures and components turns on and off periodically to keep you on your toes. One moment you’re enjoying the misting tunnel when it suddenly shuts off. You take off for the cattails in pursuit of the refreshing water you see raining down. You’re half way there when a geyser suddenly erupts out of the ground right before you. It’s great fun and I could easily spend most of the day there.

Peachy playing at the waterpark

Here I am waiting for the water.

When I’m not exploring one of the features of the water park, or running around to catch the water that’s raining down all over the place, then I’m splashing in one of the puddles. There are some really good puddles next to the drain areas. My personal favourite is the huge puddle in the corner. It’s practically knee-deep! At least it’s knee-deep for me. I get in there, stomp around, and reach down to slap my hands on the water’s surface. I spend at least half of my time at the water park in that puddle.

The whole time I’m playing mommy is patrolling the perimeter of the water park trying to keep an eye on me without getting herself overly wet. Sometimes she succeeds and comes home relatively dry. Other times mommy gets too close and is caught off guard by the row of nozzles hidden on the ground next to the giant puddle. Just like all the other features at the water park, these nozzles like to blast out water when you’re not looking.

The water park is where we go on really hot days. I would like to go every day but mommy says the water is too cold to enjoy unless it’s a very hot day. Hot days don’t make the water any warmer but then it feels refreshing instead of making us feel cold. I never feel cold. I’m too busy running around.

Mommy monitors my time at the water park carefully and doesn’t let me stay there for more than an hour. There is no shade at the water park and mommy doesn’t want me to get a sunburn. Every time we go mommy starts to worry about me after about thirty minutes but I’m always having way too much fun to go home. Somehow I always manage to convince mommy to give me that full hour of outdoor fun.

Every time I’m at the water park I feel full of energy but once we get home I’m completely drained. After a quick rinse in the tub and a snack, I like to have a nice nap. Those naps after the water park are the best. I never sleep better!

Liebster Award

My blog has been nominated for another award! These types of awards have some critics. There are people who compare them to chain letters, but I think they’re a fun way to find new blogs while promoting your own. Others think it’s silly for bloggers to give awards to other bloggers, but I think our peers are in the best position to know what blogging is all about. I love it when my blog gets nominated for an award. It’s so exciting and it feels good to be noticed.

Peachy accepting her Liebster Award Nomination

Yup. I’m pretty amazing.

This time the award Diary of a Little Peach has been nominated for is the Liebster Award. We were nominated by the amazing Becky from Bexer’s Blog. Becky is a speech language pathologist recently turned stay at home mom. She has two girls and blogs about motherhood, her kiddos, and life. Check out her post for the Liebster Award here.


Becky has asked me 11 questions as part of the Liebster Award nomination.

1. What is the one most important thing that readers should know about you and/or your blog?

The most important thing people need to know about my blog is that it is written by me, Peachy. The most important thing about me is that I am the blogging baby/toddler. It’s my blog and everything here is written from my perspective.

2. What is your favorite season?

Definitely summer. I love to go outside and play. When it’s really warm mommy takes me to the water park and that’s my favourite place to go.

3. Which superpower would you choose to have?

I would like to have super strength so that I can overpower mommy and daddy when they try to stop me from doing what I want to do and going where I want to go. I try that now but they’re still stronger than I am.

4. What is your favorite dessert?

Fresh baked cookies. I love it when they’re soft and full of chocolate chips. Mmm. So yummy.

5. Have you ever been read by a medium?

No. Never.

6. What is your favorite thing to blog about?

I like to blog about myself. My favourite posts are the ones about fun activities I did or interesting places I went. I’m a fun loving girl.

7. If you could have a re-do of your childhood would you?

I’m still a toddler. I think I need to get through my first try at childhood before I can have a re-do.

8. If you could live anywhere in the world where would you choose?

My primary residence would be at the water park but I would spend my winters living at the toy store.

9. Does your family have a “secret recipe”? For what?

We have many recipes but none of them are secret. The moment we perfect one I share it on my blog.

10. What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday?

Did I tell you about the water park already?

11. What is your favorite drink?

That’s an easy one. I love milk!


Now it’s time for me to share the love. One of the rules of the Liebster Award is that you should write a little about your favourite blog. There are so many incredible blogs out there that I really can’t choose just one. Instead I’m going to tell you about three out of the many that I read on a regular basis.

Lucy at Home is a fabulous blog written by the amazing Lucy. She is a stay at home mom and blogs about her life as mommy of 2 girls. My favourite thing about this blog is that Lucy is incredibly creative and inventive. Her ideas are truly her own.

Life At 139A is one of the first blogs I ever started following regularly. The woman behind the blog is Stephanie and she writes about her life, travels, and garden. I love how positive Stephanie is and the way she looks for beauty in everyday things.

A Moment with Franca is a lifestyle and parenting blog managed by the super organized Franca. She runs a tight ship. Her blog is always polished to perfection and her posts are timely. On top of it all she runs #KCACOLS which is my favourite linky.


Liebster Award Badge 2017

I have more love to share. It’s time for me to ask 11 questions of my own and nominate some blogs for the Liebster Award.

My questions:

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What is your favourite topic to blog about?
  3. What are your blogging goals for the next year?
  4. Which blogger do you most admire?
  5. Do your family and friends know that you blog?
  6. What country are you from and have you always lived there?
  7. What was your favourite moment of the last 7 days?
  8. What is your favourite place to visit in the summer?
  9. What is your favourite place to visit in the winter?
  10. If you could be any animal for a day, what animal would you be?
  11. If you could time travel where would you go first?

My nominees:

Wine and Mommyhood

Chronicles of a Dope Mom

The RedHead’s Nest

Mom on the Move

Peace Love Positivity


If you choose to accept my nomination and participate, here are the rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you.
  2. Display the award on your blog — click here for the 2017 Liebster Award badges that you can chose from.
  3. Write a 150-300 word post about your favourite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog, provide links.
  4. Provide 10 random facts about yourself. (Instead of 10 random facts we’re asking 11 questions)
  5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award. (Ideally they should have less than 200 followers but lets not get too hung up on details)
  6. List these rules in your post.
  7. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post.

Adventuring With Mojhi

I’m a toddler and that means my job consists primarily of exploration. It’s full-time employment which involves exploration, adventure, and trekking to new locations. I’m meticulous and very thorough leaving no stone unturned. Exploring is serious business.

At home I explore under the couch and inside the dishwasher. In the yard I make sure to thoroughly explore every square inch of dirt by excavating with my shovel and bucket. At the park I explore every stick and every stone that I can get my hands on. When we go to the grocery store I explore by running up and down each aisle repeatedly.

Peachy having an outdoor adventure

Exploring can be messy.

Every serious explorer knows that true exploration requires adventuring. I love going on expeditions to explore new things and trekking to new places. I’ve been many locations already such as my grandparents’ house, the big park down the street, the mall, and even a few restaurants. All these places have been fun and I am ready for new places to explore.

Daddy’s vacation is just a few weeks away and we have several adventures planned. This will be my chance to explore the beach, go for a hike at the zoo, and I’ll even get to try my hand at boating. These adventures do sound fun and I am looking forward to having these experiences. I think they will be the perfect stepping stone to prepare me for the adventure I’ve been planning for myself.

After the experiences I’ll have this summer, I think I’ll be ready to take on some real trekking. While mommy has been busy researching toddler friendly activities for us to do on vacation, I have been investigating bigger adventures. I think that I have found the perfect activity for me. I’ve decided to take on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. With an elevation of 5895 meters, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest volcano outside of South America. It is part of the Kilimanjaro National Park which is governed by the Tanzanian National Parks Authority. Mount Kilimanjaro has several official trekking routes and is a very popular tourist attraction.

While researching my Kilimanjaro adventure, I stumbled upon a website called Mojhi.com. Mojhi allows you to compare adventure activities and customize a package that’s right for you. They work with vendors and tour operators to help you put together the expedition of your dreams at the best possible price. With quality discounts, a paperless system, and the ability to book online, Mojhi makes it easy and convenient to create a once in a lifetime kind of adventure experience.

One of the options offered on Mojhi.com is a Kilimanjaro climb. Just a quick look and I knew this would be easy. Mojhi breaks it down into five simple steps to plan my trekking adventure.

Peachy has Mount Kilimanjaro in her sights

Mount Kilimanjaro here I come!

1. Chose your trekking route

The first step is to select your preferred route. I’ve decided on the Lemosho trail. Mojhi describes it as quieter and scenic. A good view is very important to me when I go hiking. It also has good acclimatization and the highest success rate. This will be my first climb and I want to set myself up for success by not choosing something overly difficult and beyond my abilities.

2. The size of your party

Next you chose the number of people you will be adventuring with. My party consists of mommy, daddy, and myself. That’s three, so I’m selecting the small group option which includes 3-4 people.

3. Group and private tours

The next step is to decide if you want your party to join a group tour consisting of several parties, or if you prefer a private tour arranged just for your party. I imagine it would be cheaper to join a group tour, but money is of no interest to me. I’m selecting the private tour.

4. Do you want safari with that?

Mojhi offers you the option of adding an African safari adventure to your Kilimanjaro climb. Two adventures in one? Why not! I do like animals and I want to get the most out of my safari experience, so I’m selecting the 7 to 9 day African safari.

5. Save the date

The last step is to select which dates you can go on your adventure. I have to be realistic here. It’s going to take me some time to prepare for my Kilimanjaro climb. My summer is already booked with the adventures mommy is planning, and daddy will probably want to go back to work for a bit before another vacation. December is my birthday and I want to be here so that I can get my presents. Then we have Christmas and more presents. I’ll have to delay my Kilimanjaro climb until January.

Finally I entered my contact information and pressed the button to get quotes. While I wait to receive my information, I have to consider how to present my trekking adventure idea to mommy. This will take a bit of finesse. I’ll need to be tactful.

I suspect that mommy will say an African safari is too dangerous and that Kilimanjaro is no place for a blogging toddler. I have until January to show mommy that I can do this and to prove how mature I really am. I will be 2 whole years old by then. Surely that’s old enough. Maybe it can be my birthday and Christmas present? I’m certain that we can work something out.

This post was sponsored by Mojhi.com. All opinions expressed are honest and our own.