DIY Playroom Art Wall

DIY Art Wall

I am in love with my new house. There, I said it. It’s a fantastic house filled with so many great features and is giving us so many project ideas that we can barely keep up with ourselves. We have been working on the kids’ playroom a lot lately because they tend to spend quite… Read More

How to Get Your Child Ready for Kindergarten (VIDEO)

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Hey Guys! Welcome back to “How-to Monday”! Today we are talking about getting a child ready for kindergarten. As most of you already know, my little guy is headed to kindergarten in just a few short weeks. This is a VERY big milestone for both the kids and parents (especially the mamas!) in a little… Read More

Fun Activities For Children In The Comfort Of Your Own Home

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We all have days where we just don’t want to leave the house. It’s too hot, we don’t feel like loading the kids up in the car, there’s nowhere to go, we’re just feeling lazy. I know I have those days. But there are plenty of fun things to do at home to make the… Read More

Tips On Back To School Shopping

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Oh, back to school shopping. You either love it or hate it! After you read these tips on back to school shopping, we think you might love it! They’re going to save you time, money, and stress, so read on. School is starting before you know it!   -Start early. Don’t procrastinate back to school… Read More

Essential Oil Ouch Spray

ESSENTIAL OIL OUCH SPRAY WITH DOTERRA

Have you started dabbling in essential oils yet? It seems that mamas across the board of mothering philosophies are starting to try out this natural remedy for home cleaning, wellness and even cooking! But how exactly do you implement essential oils into your daily life? For me, the two hardest things about essential oils is… Read More

Jewelry Pieces For $50 And Under

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In my book, one can not have too many jewels. Ever. I believe on stacking on the jewels and layering up! Today I’ve gathered together some amazing accessories that are all under $50 making them much more affordable than jewelry pieces you might see elsewhere! Take a look and get accessorizing!     Oxford Trunk… Read More

DIY Ikea Playroom Built-in Billy Bookcase

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As many of you know, we recently moved into a new house. Even though it is a brand new house, there are a million things to do to get settled in. I’m not just talking about actual unpacking of boxes but trying to figure out where everything will go. A new house means a new layout and… Read More

Tips On Throwing A Kid’s Birthday Party

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Planning a party for one of your kids soon? It can require a lot of planning and sometimes, a lot of stress. To take some of that stress away, we’re sharing some of the best kid’s party planning tips with you so you can relax a little and make it the most successful party yet!… Read More

Does Your Child Grind Their Teeth?

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Back in May, we flew to London to visit my family for a month. Both my kids (almost 4 and almost 2) still sleep next to us, so in London, we had the same set up. About ten days into our trip, I started hearing a terrible noise that I recognized very well- the sound… Read More

Panera Salads At Home

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Breaking news!!! Well, at least for those who love and adore the salad offerings of Panera Bread. Panera recently launched six of their popular salad dressings as a bottled option in stores. That’s right! You can now whip up your own Panera-ish salads at home and they’ll be practically complete thanks to the Panera dressings.… Read More

Mom Poll: What Is the Right Age For a First Visit to Disneyland?

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I grew up visiting Disneyland often. Not because we lived in California, but because my half sister did. Oh lucky stars!!! Visits to see her always included a trip to the Magic Kingdom. I remember when Toon Town launched and the first time I was actually excited to ride Pirates of the Caribbean rather than… Read More

Tips On Keeping The Kids Busy And Entertained During Summer

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Well, it’s still summer and the kids are still home from school. In case you’re all getting bored and cabin fever, I’m here to share some tips on keeping those kids busy and entertained until the school bells ring again!       -Connect with other friends and family members. Just because your kids aren’t… Read More

Fancy Apple Water

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I’ve got a parenting faux pas to confess — my daughter loves juice. It’s not the end of the world, obviously, but I do regret introducing juice when I did. We’ve been slowly cutting back and I’ve been promoting water to help her stay hydrated during these warmer months, but girlfriend thinks water is lame… Read More

Babywearing Twins for the Non-Babywearing Mom

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I love babywearing, but I’m not really a babywearer. See, I tend to subscribe to the MacGyver school of parenting. A little gum, a little duct tape, a couple bobby pins, whatever you got on you to get the job done. As a “MacGyver Parent,” I’m a little vegan, a little carnivorous, a little homemade,… Read More

How to Make a Starbucks Yogurt Parfait (VIDEO)

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  My kids are always begging for the yogurt parfaits when we stop by Starbucks. While they are delicious, I’m not real big on spending $4-$5 for a parfait for each of them. Instead, I make them at home as a breakfast treat and they end up being twice as yummy because we put in… Read More

The Top Ten Educational Toys for Toddlers

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For young children, learning is done through play. That’s how they grow. And toys are the tools they use to build their future selves. Why do you think toddlers are so active? They want to discover things. And the more they discover, the more they develop their minds. Toys can act as catalysts for intellectual… Read More

Baby Shower Games And Activities

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My best friend is expecting a baby and I am in the beginning stages of planning a baby shower for her. Baby showers are a lot of work but so much fun! So long as you plan ahead and have some great food on hand, you’ll be golden. So if you’re about to throw a… Read More

The Best Beach Toys

The Best Beach Toys

At just shy of 2 years old, my son experienced the beach for the first time. It was love at first sight and he’s been chattering about the beach ever since! I totally overgrammed our trip, but it was absolutely beautiful – if you haven’t visited the Washington Coast – get it on your bucket… Read More

35 Steps to Riding a Train with a Toddler

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  It was a bright, sparkling summer day. My toddler and I hadn’t spent much time alone since the twins arrived, so I thought I’d treat him to a special date with mama. Nothing too ambitious, just something “quick” and “easy.” “I know!” I thought to myself, “Let’s go ride the train!” Poor, sweet, naïve… Read More

Simple Photo Memory Keeping With Project Life

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I take thousands of photos of our family. Well, mostly my children. So far this year, we have a huge 8,000 according to iPhoto. They’re all priceless snapshots of memories we’ve made and moments that I’ll cherish forever. But, they don’t do a lot of good sitting in iPhoto and I probably print 1/100th of… Read More