Food Desert Challenge – Eating Clean on a Tight Budget

Food deserts are discussed in depth when you study nutrition science in college--which I did. It's one thing to talk about what they are, but it's a whole other thing to immerse yourself in one. And eating clean on a tight budget might be the hardest part of all. This post was sponsored by Y-USA as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. Eating Clean on a Tight Budget What is … [Read more...]

Bears for Humanity – Saving the World One Cuddly Stuffed Animal at a Time

Is there such a thing as too many stuffed animals? I don't think so. No cuddly creature goes unsnuggled on my watch. Growing up surrounded in stuffed friends, I was thrilled to hear about Bears for Humanity. This company is doing so much good and produces a fantastic product. I received product and compensation to facilitate this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Get FREE … [Read more...]

Disney Crafts for Kids – Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Rose Printable

My seven-year-old self is spinning with joy because Disney's Beauty and the Beast is hitting the big screen next March. This gorgeous live action rendition is sure to be outstanding. Meanwhile, we've got a teaser poster and teaser trailer to hold us over. But that's not good enough for me. I love throwing together Disney crafts for kids when we're having a rainy day playdate so I came up with this … [Read more...]

Homemade Gummy Bear Recipe – Hidden Vegetable

A homemade gummy bear recipe is not too hard to make at all. It's a great way to make yummy gummies that everyone loves, yet remain in control of the ingredients. This is a hidden vegetable opportunity. Sneak in all sorts of goodies in this homemade gummy bear recipe. This post contains affiliate links. If you have a loved one with an aversion to vegetables, now is your chance to sneak in … [Read more...]

Finding Dory Home Schooling Supplies

I don't think I'm quite cut out for home schooling my kids. I haven't mastered time management to the degree that I think home schooling requires. However, I always have a ton of home schooling supplies on hand because I love being able to generate educational activities on a moments notice. Since we've been waiting 13 years for Finding Dory to finally come out, I am super excited to see all these … [Read more...]

15 Shark Week Crafts for Kids and Awesome Adults

Shark Week crafts are a fun way to get everyone excited for Shark Week. Yes, we are calling these Shark Week crafts for kids, but let's get real, I know plenty of adults firing up their glue gun at this moment. Shark Week rules. This post contains affiliate links. Shark Week starts on June 26th this year. The highly anticipated week is packed with the creatures we love to fear. Sharks are … [Read more...]

My Favorite Childhood Movie – Adventures In Babysitting is Remade

Any of you other 80's kids grow up loving the movie Adventures in Babysitting? I certainly did and I'm so freaking excited to announce that it's been remade into a Disney Channel Original Movie! While on the Captain America: Civil War press junket we were able to screen the movie and talk to the stars, Sabrina Carpenter and Sofia Carson. Don't worry, no spoilers here; and all thoughts and opinions … [Read more...]

My Favorite of My Kids’ Nintendo DS Games – Yo-Kai Watch

This post was sponsored by Nintendo as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions shared here are based totally on our experience. Now that school is in full swing along with all the extra curricular activities, my kids are pushing themselves to the max. It's to the point that I actually LIKE seeing … [Read more...]

Add Some Sparkle to the Holiday Drinks for Kids

While you're spending all your energy making the perfect meal, don't forget the drinks! Sure, you've got eggnog, apple cider, and hot chocolate, but what about something with that holiday sparkle? With DASANI Sparkling Water, you can add that sparkle to your holiday drinks for kids. Adults will also love these but it's even more fun when the kids can have them too. Sparkly Holiday Drinks … [Read more...]

Kids’ Monthly Subscription Boxes Unboxing Videos

Kids' monthly subscription boxes are a ton of fun. Kids love surprises, and getting something new in the mail once a month is a super treat. Teach kids to love the mail before they turn into adults and only get bills. ;) A few of these boxes we received for review, but the kids don't let that sway their reactions. Kids' Monthly Subscription Boxes Unboxing Videos We continue on our YouTube … [Read more...]

New Additions to GameTruck Chicago Plus Limited Time Offer

Remember a couple years ago, when I surprised my son with a GameTruck party for his birthday? If not, you can check out the whole story here. Since then, GameTruck Chicago has been awfully busy. They've upped the standards for all sorts of play--not just in the video game arena either. New Additions - GameTruck Chicago Now, GameTruck Chicago offers all the best from the actual video game … [Read more...]

New Monster High Dolls are an Awesome Holiday Gift

If you're looking for an awesome holiday gift for a little one around 6 to 10, then you need to check out the new Monster High dolls and other accessories. They're bigger and better than ever. With high quality clothes and details, these are some of our new favorite toys. This post has been sponsored by Lunchbox but all thoughts and opinions are our own. New Monster High Dolls I know we've all … [Read more...]

Best Smartphone for Kids around Age 10

Your first smartphone. For kids these days it's most likely their first cell phone. For those of us that started with pagers and evolved with technology, that smartphone was a miraculous wonder. Finding the right smartphone for kids can be tough because there is such variety and price brackets. I'm excited to say, we found the best smartphone for my 10 year old daughter. While we received the … [Read more...]

Boost the Playmation Experience with Accessories

If you haven't had the Playmation experience yet, you're seriously missing out. This new toy isn't just for kids either. The whole family--the whole neighborhood--is having a blast with it. We received these accessories for review and affiliate links are included, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. The Playmation Experience To get the full effect, check out the post I did here. As you … [Read more...]

Gift Ideas for People Who Love Minecraft

I say people as opposed to kids, because I know people of all ages that are proud to be avid members of  the Minecraft community. Everyone in this house loves the game and all the things that go with it. It was actually really fun putting this gift guide together. Affiliate links are included, but all choices were made without bias. People Who Love Minecraft The books. My daughter and son … [Read more...]

Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars Twilight of the Republic PS4 Starter Pack

Win the New Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars Twilight of the Republic PS4 Starter Pack with Mickey Mouse Character! One winner will be able to cross this off their kid's "Dear Santa" list because EVERY kid wants this!! Win big with your kid this holiday with this easy to enter giveaway! Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars Twilight of the Republic PS4 Starter Pack with Mickey Character Giveaway I've … [Read more...]

Kid Approved Hot or Cold Pumpkin Spice Milk Recipe

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of DairyPure Milk. All opinions are 100% mine. Let's face it. Pumpkin spice is the official taste of fall. When the kids get home from school and see me sipping on my favorite themed coffee, it's only fair they have a little something to look forward to too. They don't drink coffee yet, but they love hot chocolate. I figured I'd try making a hot … [Read more...]

Marvel Avengers Playmation Starter Pack

It's that time of the year where I feel super generous, so I have teamed up with a few of my D23Expo Blogging friends to bring you yet another amazing giveaway. This giveaway is for a Playmation Starter Pack, and boy are you going to love this new interactive gaming system. The Playmation gaming system is so immersive, fun, and enjoyable I had to write a blog post all about it. Check out my … [Read more...]

A Fast Dinner the Kids Love to Eat with Both Hands

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Manwich for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. We are in need of a fast dinner almost everyday of the week but Mondays always seem to be the night when we just can't get our act together. My son is a varsity athlete getting home at 6pm from school only to have to turn right around and get to Taekwondo by 7:10. He's also growing. His appetite is … [Read more...]

Pixar Animation and Khan Academy Launch Pixar in a Box

Pixar Animation Studios and Khan Academy are partnering to bring a love of STEAM to kids everywhere. STEAM - or Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics - is the cornerstone of Pixar Animation Studios, and Khan Academy is the cornerstone of STEAM. It's a perfect partnership. Pixar Animation and Khan Academy - Making STEAM More Accessible Khan Academy, in partnership with Pixar … [Read more...]

Disney Playmation Gets Everyone Up and Moving

While attending the D23 Expo, I got to see the Disney Playmation toy line in action. When I say it gets everyone up and moving, I mean it. It's suggested for ages 6 and up, but I can totally see all my 30-something friends getting in on this action. I attended this event as part of a press junket sponsored by Disney. All thoughts and opinions are my own. And any affiliate links used are to help … [Read more...]

Schedule of Animated Disney Movies Through 2018

Animated Disney movies will always have a special place in my life. I grew up collecting, watching, and rewatching all of them on those classic VHS tapes. Remember when you rewind them all?! I am so excited to bring you Disney's animated movie plans for the next couple years. I attended the D23 Expo as part of a press junket sponsored by Disney. All thought and opinions shared here are my own. Any … [Read more...]

Learning to Ride a Bike can be Fun, Not Frightening

Remember when you learned to ride a bike? I do. It was terrifying. I had no training wheels, shaky confidence, and a concrete driveway that I just knew I was going to kiss at some point. Learning to ride a bike was not a fun experience for me, but with Leg&Go, kids can learn to ride a bike with all the fun and none of the fright. This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my … [Read more...]

Ant-Man Printable Coloring Sheets and Games

Ant-Man is finally here, and so are these cool printable coloring sheets and games for the kids. With these printable coloring sheets and games, you can bring the fun of the movie home. It's a great way to keep the Ant-Man train rolling along after movie time is over. Printable Coloring Sheets and Games are Family Fun So. Ant-Man finally arrived, and it was awesome. Ant-Man delivered all of the … [Read more...]

Easy Minions Pretzel Candy Recipe

I have an easy Minions pretzel candy recipe that's a little off the beaten path for you today. Minions inspired recipes are all over the place lately, but most of them require you to make a true-to-life replica of those adorable little guys. This easy Minions candy recipe is different. It's quick and easy, and it's Minion-ish enough to satisfy the kids' eyes and their bellies. Post contains … [Read more...]

Teen Beach 2 Movie on DVD with Bonus Features #TeenBeach2Event

The surftastic sequel to Teen Beach is finally out on Disney DVD! The Teen Beach 2 movie is great for the whole family and one you'll be watching well into the winter months. The songs are fun and catchy, the cast is adorable, the dancing will have you on your feet trying to keep up, and the message in this movie is amazing for kids--especially young girls. I was able to screen this movie and will … [Read more...]

Must-Have Disney Inside Out Toys for All Ages #InsideOutEvent

Disney really never let's you down. They have the greatest story lines, the best art, and as usual the cutest toys. The Inside Out movie will be in theaters everywhere June 19th. Already the Inside Out toys are flying off shelves! And for good reason! They're awesome! I'm sharing my favorites here and have used affiliate links where applicable. I received several of these products for free at the … [Read more...]

Final Farewell From Phineas and Ferb Creators #PhineasAndFerbEvent

Phineas and Ferb creators and executive producers, Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh were awesome enough to spend half a day with our group of mommy bloggers in LA this weekend. We screened the final episode of Phineas and Ferb, "The Last Day of Summer" followed by a picnic with the guys and Phineas and Ferb themselves! Phineas and Ferb - Last Day of Summer After screening this … [Read more...]

The Good Dinosaur – Fossil Era Fun

The Good Dinosaur is making its way to theaters, and it looks like a good one. The newest effort from Pixar, The Good Dinosaur is a new take on the classic story of friendship and self-discovery. The Good Dinosaur - Friendship, Family, and Facing Your Fears What if the meteor that killed off the dinosaurs never hit? What would the world look like with humans and dinosaurs living side by side? … [Read more...]

10 Fun and Cheap Ways to Keep Kids Entertained

10 fun and cheap ways to keep kids entertained Every parent dreads hearing the words “I’m bored!” Keeping the little ones occupied and finding activities that don’t break the bank is a common challenge for parents. Psychologists have found that boredom isn’t necessarily a sign of laziness on the child's or parent’s side, the Wall Street Journal reports, but is often fueled by frustration and … [Read more...]

The Avengers Assemble May 1st – Coloring Sheets

Avengers, assemble! That's one of the best phrases in all of comic-dom, and the Avengers assemble May 1st for the most epic Marvel film yet. To celebrate the impending release of the 2 1/2 hour thrill ride that is "Avengers: Age of Ultron", Marvel has released another amazing trailer and some coloring sheets for the kids, as well. The Avengers Assemble to Take on Ultron "Avengers: Age of Ultron" … [Read more...]

5 Spring Arts and Crafts Activities for Kids

Spring is here! The icy Hell that was the winter of 2014 is on its way out, and that means it's time for Spring arts and crafts activities. For a day filled with laughs and quality time, you can't beat making something with the kids. Post contains affiliate links, all opinions are my own. Spring Arts and Crafts Activities for Kids of all Ages Paper Plate Anything When it comes to getting … [Read more...]

Encourage Kids to Read More with Kindle and Printables

Did you know March is National Reading Month? This is certainly one theme I can get excited about. Here in Chiberia, we've been reading together an awful lot due to being trapped in the house to avoid lung-stopping cold temperatures. The joy of reading has not come naturally to either of my kids and I don't want to force them and turn it into a punishment. I want them to read more because they … [Read more...]

5 Tips on How to Use Minecraft for Learning

My niece and nephew are straight up addicted to Minecraft, so I thought to myself, "Self, what are your thoughts on how to use Minecraft for learning?" Good news, everybody! I answered my self this time! This post contains affiliate links, all opinions are my own. How to Use Minecraft for Learning? It's Easy. Believe it or not, the pixelated cube world of Minecraft is one that's chock full … [Read more...]

Spring Style for Kids #SpringintoCarters

I am SO ready for spring to be here! Lately, we have been lucky to be experiencing some gorgeous weather in the Midwest, which has put me in the mood for some spring shopping! I was so excited to #SpringIntoCarters and shop their Easter Shop. I was able to find great deals on spring style for little dude for the upcoming months. I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence … [Read more...]

Best Prices on Kid Products – Drop the Price with Dropprice

If you're a mom, you want the best products for your kids. You also want the best prices. Dropprice is a new way for moms to work together to get the best mommy gear and the best possible price. Their secret is what they call "peer-to-peer marketing." Sponsored post by Dropprice, all opinions are my own. Mom Power at its Finest - Get the Best Prices I'm not a mom, but I have a ton of mom … [Read more...]

DIY Owl Cake #CakeMyDay Sweetworks Prize Package

I was inspired to make an Owl Cake based on the Owl Cake recipe in the book, Cake My Day. You will have to buy the book to see their version but in this post I will share mine. This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Sweetworks. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic. DIY Owl Cake I have never been all that creative when it … [Read more...]

Nohi Kids Organic Clothing for the Littles

When choosing something comfortable for me: I am picturing yoga pants and a fleece top. Comfy for little dude: something ultra-soft, easy to move around in – and fun! Nohi Kids brings bright and happy patterns to apparel for kids. I was excited to receive a romper from Nohi Kids– made with organic cotton and bamboo for little dude. I received a product from Nohi Kids in exchange for my review, all … [Read more...]

What I’m Playing – Lego Batman 3 Beyond Gotham

Hello all. Last week, I posted a man food recipe, One Pot Pepper Steak. This week I'm going to be talking about Lego Batman 3 Beyond Gotham. Next week, I'll be doing a post on Apple Pie Oatmeal. If you haven't noticed the trend, I'll just give it to you straight. Blogs need more posts about guy AND geek stuff. Since I am both a guy and a geek, I feel it's my responsibility to get some more of that … [Read more...]

7 Exciting Places to Have a Birthday Party

There are many places to have a birthday party these days. Back when I was young, it was pretty much Showbiz Pizza or Haunted Trails. Kids have much more exciting options these days. Places with lots of activity is a bonus. That way the kids get to burn off some energy while having a birthday celebration blast. Groupon Coupons has sponsored this post. All opinions are my own. 7 Exciting Places to … [Read more...]

Personalized Story Book Gift for Kids

Last year I received a special book gift that was made just for my niece. It was a unique gift that had the letters of her name spelled out in the story. This year I was excited to work with I See Me! a creator of personalized story books to create a book gift for my son. I received this unique gift from internationally award winning publisher Chronicle Books in exchange for my review, all … [Read more...]

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...]

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