A Special Storybook Makes A Special Gift

A Special Storybook Makes A Special Gift

Welcome to the Holiday Gift guide for the littlest ones on your list. I love learning about cute ways to personalize the toys and books my little guy plays with – and the All About Me! Personalized storybook from Lakeshore Learning is perfect. I received this product from Lakeshore Learning in exchange for this post and my review, all opinions are my own. All About Me! Personalized Storybook Our … [Read more...]

Baymax is Awesome – Big Hero 6 Rocks


I got the chance to see an advanced screening of Big Hero 6, and it was awesome! I was able to view the movie free of charge, but as always, I speak the truth. All opinions are my own. It's All About Soul Big Hero 6 is one of those rare family movies that really does have something for everyone. It's a classic story of good vs. evil. It's also a classic story of friendship, loss, love, and … [Read more...]

RSVP for the #CulturelleKids Twitter Party and Giveaway

RSVP for the #CulturelleKids Twitter Party and Giveaway

This party, prizes and post were sponsored by Culturelle, all opinions are my own. Fall is a special time for kids. Days filled with outdoor sports and activities, trick-or-treating, school days with friends, and holidays with the whole family. In order to make warm memories, especially during these chilly months, your little ones need to be feeling their best! Hope you'll join us for an hour … [Read more...]

Mega Bloks First Builders™ Fast Tracks™ Giveaway

Mega Bloks First Builders Fast Tracks

Start your engines! My little guy is on the move, and loves just about anything else that is on the move too. We received a Mega Bloks First Builders™ Fast Tracks™ Raceway for review (and we have one available for a giveaway too!). Mega Bloks First Builders™ Fast Tracks™ Raceway My husband has been dreaming of matchbox cars, racing tracks and building blocks since we found out we were … [Read more...]

Join Me for the #ThomasSchool Twitter Party

Join Me for the #ThomasSchool Twitter Party

Fall is in full swing and kids are headed back to school. That’s why we’re ready to chat about back to school ideas with Thomas & Friends™. Plus, we’ll tell you all about the Journey to Rewards program where you can earn rewards for all of your Thomas & Friends™ purchases at Walmart! This is a sponsored post by Lunchbox. So many supplies are needed to get everyone on the right … [Read more...]

Cultivate the Engineer in Your Little Girl #LookatGoldie

GoldieBlox Parade Float engineer creativity #LookatGoldie

As parents, we, of course, want the best for our children. We give them all the opportunities we can possibly buy, plan, arrange, teach, share, etc. Their education is definitely in the top 3 most important--along with unconditional love and socialization. So, why not give them a toy that cultivates creativity, teamwork, and the skills of a future engineer! I am super excited to introduce you to … [Read more...]

First Boating Trip of the Summer #PuracynFirst

First Boating Trip of the Summer #PuracynFirst

Boating is our favorite thing to do in the summer. Our first summer boating trip is exciting, but also makes me nervous. I worry about everything. First Boating Trip of the Summer Excitement Last year we learned that it's very easy to hurt yourself while boating. Being the less-than-graceful lady that I am, I tend to tip over and find unique ways to hurt myself all of the time. Well, … [Read more...]

Other Ways to Use the VTech Video Baby Monitor

Other uses for your VTech Video Monitor #VtechSafeandSound

As many of you probably know I don't have babies anymore. My kids are almost 13 and 10. However, all of my friends are now starting their families so I find myself babysitting quite frequently. Young mom problems... Well, I'm excited to bring you this post about the VTech Safe and Sound Video Baby Monitor. I received the product and compensation to facilitate my post, but all thoughts and opinions … [Read more...]

Join Me For The #ThomasSummer Twitter Party

Join Me For The #ThomasSummer Twitter Party

Summer is in full swing and it's the perfect time of the year for fun outdoor activities. Kids of all ages are looking for more fun things to do, that's why we’re ready to chat about ideas for activities you can do outdoors with Thomas & Friends. Plus, we'll tell you all about the Journey to Rewards program where you can earn rewards for all of your Thomas & Friends purchases at Walmart! … [Read more...]

Swap Your Kids’ Stuff Without the Hassle

Save time and money Swap your kids' stuff at Swap.com

This article was published for Swap.com Kids' Consignment. All opinions expressed are solely my own. Is anyone else as plagued as I am with their children's outgrown items? From toys to clothes, I am obsessed with keeping everything in excellent condition--Gram taught us to NEVER break a thing and to keep everything immaculate with all original pieces. So, when these items no longer have a … [Read more...]

DIY Underwater Theme Birthday Party

DIY Underwater theme party

My daughter, Chesney, wants to be a marine biologist when she grows up. (I did too when I was her age.) So, for her 9th birthday, I decided to try a DIY underwater theme. Not bad for totally winging it. :) DIY Underwater Theme Party Decorations For this DIY Underwater Party, it's all about the decorations. If you don't really feel like you're underwater, then what's the point?! So, I … [Read more...]

DIY Mini Aquarium Craft for Kids

DIY Mini Aquarium for kids

While planning Chesney's Underwater themed birthday party I was trying to find a fun DIY craft that fit the theme, didn't cost a fortune, and doubled as a party favor. I'm so sick of goodie bags filled with candy! I'd rather invest that money in something of actual value. Baby Marimos While exploring different options on Etsy—I freaking love Etsy—I stumbled across these adorable little creatures … [Read more...]

Dragons Defenders of Berk Part 1 DVD

Dragons Defenders of Berk Part 1 DVD

DreamWorks Dragons: Defenders of Berk Part 1 is now available for purchase. I received a copy as an FHEInsider. All opinions are my own. If you saw How to Train Your Dragon and loved it like we did, you won't want to miss this one. It's packed with new dragons and new adventures. Dragons: Defenders of Berk Part 1 Synopsis DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon  fans can soar higher … [Read more...]

Walking with Dinosaurs the Movie

Walking with Dinosaurs The Movie

Dinosaurs are interesting at any age, in my opinion, but especially fascinating to children. As an FHEInsider, I received items for this post. All opinions are my own. Walking with Dinosaurs the Movie is available as of March 25, 2014. Walking with Dinosaurs the Movie Synopsis Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and BBC Earth Films invite you to bring home Walking with Dinosaurs The … [Read more...]

One of the Best Educational Apps for Kids

best educational apps for kids for free

When my kids were in preschool there weren't any apps available for teaching or entertaining them.  In fact, the concept of the app was just being realized.  This is a sponsored post written on behalf of GS Preschool Games.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. One of the Best Educational Apps for Kids - Preschoolers Technology is a fact of life.  The earlier kids are able to use it the better. … [Read more...]

Free Birds Movie #FreeBirdsDVD

Free Birds Movie Giveaway and Twitter Party Info #FreeBirdsDVD

Free Birds is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. As an FHEInsider, I received promotional items for this post. All opinions are my own. Free Birds is a movie that the whole family can enjoy. With adorable characters and hilarious actors, this movie is sure to be a hit. Free Birds Movie From the makers of Shrek, Free Birds is an animated adventure about two turkeys from the opposite side of … [Read more...]

KidKraft Toy Box to Grow With Your Child

KidKraft Toy Box to Grow With Your Child

I am SO excited to announce… we have received a referral and we are to be adopting a little boy soon! All of this talking about our adoption – and we finally have a face, name and little dude to be planning for. On the day after we received the news, we received this toy box in the mail. In exchange for a review, KidKraft sent me this toy box, little did they know it would be the first “gift” to … [Read more...]

Teach Kids How To Grow Lunch


I am desperately trying to find new ways to get my kids excited about eating healthier.  They are relatively pretty good eaters, but since I am a future Registered Dietitian (RD) there is always room for improvement!  This spring, I am planning to teach them how to grow their own lunch! It will make veggies more fun and educate them about entire process. How To Grow a Garden Made EASY This … [Read more...]

Dr. Smith’s Diaper Rash Ointment

A few more uses for diaper rash ointment

Dr. Smith's Diaper Rash Ointment is not just for babies!  I'm thrilled to bring you this post sponsored by Dr. Smith's.  I received compensation for this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Diaper Rash Ointment . . . Not just for babies! I have found great success using Dr. Smith's Diaper Rash Ointment for: An Overnight Facial Cracked heels/calluses Chapped … [Read more...]

Make Reading Fun with New Books

Make Reading Fun with New Books

I love new books. Reading adult books, I am not likely to read and re-read favorite books. However, I know with kids on the way, we are guaranteed to hear the same stories over and over again. I am so thankful for new and creative stories from Scholastic so I do not have to listen to the same stories told over and over again quite as often. I received a selection of books from Scholastic’s Holiday … [Read more...]

Educational Fun with PLAY-DOH

Educational Fun with PLAY-DOH

Even as an adult, I love PLAY-DOH. Tip: it is fun to play with to relive stress. When I was little, I was a professional at making snow men (it's three different sized ball shaped pieces stacked on top of each other, not too hard, you could try it out for yourself). Recently, Silver Dolphin Books took PLAY-DOH to a whole new level with educational books. After receiving a variety of their books … [Read more...]

Mamma Chia Seed Drink Review

Chia Seed Drink by Mamma Chia

I am happy to bring you this Mamma Chia Seed Drink review and giveaway sponsored by Mamma Chia.  I received product samples to facilitate my review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. Mamma Chia Seed Drink and Chia Squeeze Snacks First of all, YUM.  The flavors are fantastic.  I don't even know how to pick a favorite.  When I asked my daughter, she even said, "I don't know, I like them … [Read more...]

VTech Kid Connect on InnoTab 3S

VTech Kid Connect on InnoTab 3S

This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and VTech blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.  VTech Kid Connect is a ground-breaking new communication app only available on the InnoTab 3S.  This is an app that helps parents stay connected to their children and bring family members together. VTech Kid Connect on InnoTab 3S Now younger kiddos can text like their … [Read more...]

Make a LEGO Minifigure Holiday Card

LEGO Holiday Card

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of LEGO for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Make a LEGO Minifigure holiday card in minutes on the LEGO website.  This is an adorable little card that you can download and share with your family and friends.  Create your own LEGO Minifigure Family.  You can add up to 13 family members, including pets.  Customize the skin tone, facial … [Read more...]

Personalized Children’s Book

Personalized Children's Book

Thanksgiving is almost here, and right after that starts the mad dash to Christmas. I am already working on narrowing down the shopping list, and I feel like I have made some great finds! For my littlest niece, I was so excited to partner with I See Me, Inc. to make a My Very Own Fairy Tale book that features her name in the story. I See Me - My Very Own Personalized Children's Book Growing up, … [Read more...]

Safe Toys from Little Pnuts Special Deliveries

Safe Toys from Little Pnuts Special Deliveries

Little Pnuts offers special delivery boxes for children. The boxes feature the best in sustainably made, ecologically friendly, organic and natural made toys. I was so excited to receive one of their Special Delivery boxes in exchange for my review. Little Pnuts Special Delivery Boxes The creator of Little Pnuts boxes came up with the idea a couple years ago when she was struggling to find safe … [Read more...]

Educational Gifts from Lakeshore Learning

Educational Gifts from Lakeshore Learning

The holidays are coming and I am already working on my gift list. For kids, I usually try to find something that is not just taking up space in their room, but educational or encourages their creativity. Lakeshore Learning has a variety of great gift options that do both of those things – and make learning fun for the little ones on your list. I received a really cute Farmer’s Market set in … [Read more...]

Worry Free Wellness Tracker for Moms

wellness tracker

This post brought to you by Sam's Club. All opinions are 100% mine. As moms we all know when one kid comes home sick with the flu it is only a matter of time before the next one starts having symptoms.  Through it all we just hope WE don't get sick so we can manage to take care of everyone else... But have you ever had it so bad that you're all sick AT THE SAME TIME? FULL-ON MISERY I will … [Read more...]

Home Alone The Holiday Heist DVD

Home Alone

I received the Home Alone Holiday Heist DVD as a Fox Home Entertainment Insider. All opinions are my own.  This new addition to the Home Alone group will be available for purchase on October 29, 2013.  Make sure to grab it for your holiday movie collection.  It would make a perfect gift this year, as well! Home Alone: The Holiday Heist DVD Synopsis: In the latest installment of the Home Alone … [Read more...]

DreamWorks TURBO DVD Combo Pack #TurboFastFun


I received the Turbo Blu-Ray DVD as a Fox Home Entertainment Insider. All opinions are my own.  This highly anticipated animated film will be available for purchase on November 12, 2013.  It will make a great holiday gift and is fun for the whole family! DreamWorks TURBO We were so excited to receive this DVD.  It's a hilarious and heart-warming tale of an underdog who proves that dreams can … [Read more...]

Kid-Safe Nail Polish from Piggy Paint

Kid-Safe Nail Polish from Piggy Paint

I am so excited about Christmas coming – this year we are going to be ready. I promise. (It all has to do with me starting to plan in October). I have a couple little girls (nieces) on my list, and gifts for them are always super pink and super fun to shop for! I was excited to find Piggy Paint, and even more excited when they sent me some to review! Piggy Paint Kid Friendly Nail Polish I hadn’t … [Read more...]

Fun with The Croods and DVD Combo Pack

the croods

I received The Croods as part of the Fox Home Entertainment Network program.  All opinions are my own.  The Croods is a brilliant animated film that can be enjoyed by the entire family.  Ages 4 to 104 will laugh and appreciate this fantastical family as they adventure through spectacular caves and landscapes, meeting surprises and exotic creatures along the way. The Croods Activity … [Read more...]

After School Snacks for Hungry Teen Bellies

New Jose Ole Nacho Bites - Perfect After School Snacks #JoseOleMoms #paid

Adam is growing so fast I cannot keep up with his appetite.  I am so excited to bring you this sponsored post about the New José Olé Nacho Bites.  He is able to make these for him and his sister all by himself.  They are perfect for after school, especially since I don't get home in time to help with after school snacks.  Plus, they're delicious for the whole family! After School … [Read more...]

Lunches Around the World with Little Passports


This post is brought to you by Little Passports and contains my affiliate links. Lunches Around the World with Little Passports! Kids around the world are preparing to go back to school—that means homework, new friends and … lunch? Yes, that’s right! Let’s visit different countries and see what yummy food the school kids eat every day! France- French children enjoy a 3 or 4-course meal … [Read more...]

Educational Toys at Home from Lakeshore Learning

Educational Toys at Home from Lakeshore Learning

As so many kids (and teachers) are preparing to head back to school (or maybe already there!), Lakeshore Learning is a great resource for classroom and educational materials. However, they have just launched a new line of educational toys for the home! I was happy to work with them on this review – and love so many of the new toys they have introduced for anyone to use at home with their … [Read more...]

Orbit Gum for Kids #Orbit4Kids

orbit gum for kids

We are huge Orbit Gum fans in this family and you can always find a pack in my purse or at my desk.  I was excited to learn about the new Orbit Gum for Kids at BlogHer and even more pumped to partner with them on this post. True story - I actually "sell" Orbit Gum out of my desk drawer at work.  How it started was I was always the go-to "gum girl" and everyone at work would ask for a … [Read more...]

Adam’s Surprise Golden Birthday with the GameTruck

the GameTruck best party EVER

While attending BlogHer'13 in Chicago, I was fortunate enough to meet someone representing the GameTruck.  I knew within minutes that this would be the coolest thing EVER for my son's birthday party.  When I mentioned that his golden day was just a couple weeks away, he said, "Well, I'll send a truck to your house, just blog about it."  I almost hit the floor.  While I received this wonderful … [Read more...]

Back to School Gluten Free Lunches at Marianos

Gluten Free Kids Lunch #MyMarianos #Shop

The back to school season arrived out of nowhere.  Now that we're back to the daily scramble, I am trying to fit allergy friendly, gluten free and peanut free lunches into our menu.  My first battle is finding a good selection of gluten free and peanut free products.  The second challenge is getting a good deal on these sometimes pricey items. Gluten Free at Mariano's I have never been a huge … [Read more...]

See Disneynature’s BEARS on Earth Day with the Family

Disneynature BEARS cute

Alright, I know Earth Day isn't for a few months but I just couldn't wait to share this with you!  Disneynature has created yet another amazing film.  It gets better...  If you see it with your family during opening week (April 18-24, 2014) Disneynature, via the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund will make a contribution to the National Park Foundation!  Add it to your calendars!  :D It doesn't … [Read more...]

Rubbermaid LunchBlox Kids Make Lunches Rock

Rubbermaid LunchBlox

It is back to school season – are you ready?! Rubbermaid has a super cute solution for your kiddos (or YOU) as you head back to school. The Rubbermaid LunchBlox kids is a fun way to store lunch “stuff.” Rubbermaid LunchBlox Kids Tall Kit This LunchBlox kit makes it so easy to pack lunch! Modular containers snap together to save space in your kids’ lunch boxes. The leak proof lids are easy to … [Read more...]

Tranquil Turtle to Relax People of All Ages

tranquil turtle

I was instantly drawn to the Tranquil Turtle when we attended the Sweet Suite recently in Chicago.  I was sent one for review and couldn't have been happier to check it out.  All opinions are my own. Tranquil Turtle When we met the folks from Cloud b, they had several of their products on display.  Each one of them is absolutely adorable.  They all have cute little faces and are perfect for … [Read more...]

Money Management and How to do it Right

Money Management for kids

My son just turned twelve, and for his birthday all he wanted was money.  He managed to rake in almost $500!  As a parent, I am using this as an opportunity to teach him about money management and how to do it right.  Information for this post is sourced from Genworth Financial in partnership with the SheHeard Influencer Network. Money Management The first thing my son wanted to buy was a pair … [Read more...]

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