Monday, September 1, 2014

How to make Elephant Toothpaste #CraftsForKids

My children love a good science experiment and the elephant toothpaste experiment that we got from a friend has been no exception. They love watching it bubble up and overflow and they delight in guessing which color it is going to be {as I keep the color of the eruption a surprise}. We performed this science experiment in our back yard as a last hoorah and a way to say goodbye to the lazy days of summer.
  
How to make elephant toothpaste: A science experiment to do at home! #tutorial

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What’s in my bag: Back to school with the TMobile 4G #TabletTrio #CollectiveBias #shop

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Whats In My Bag TMobile Trio AXS Tablet #TabletTrio #CollectiveBias #shop #Tech

Everything I could possibly need throughout the day can be found in my bag. My bag is my back to school station that I take with me wherever I go. It carries necessities for each and every one of my children- as well as my own necessities. It has diapers and wipes, a stroller lock, a travel nail kit, a snack, and so much more. But the most important items in my bag are the ones that keep me organized and connected. Like my TMobile Trio AXS tablet.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

More Dip Please – A Super Simple and Delicious Bean Dip #Recipe.

I have a couple dishes that I make when I get together with friends and family. I have my deviled eggs, my Bruschetta, and my bean dip that are frequently requested. The bean dip recipe is by far the easiest to make and is super quick to whip together. In fact I frequently make it as a side dish on nights that I cook tacos for dinner. The last time I made my bean dip and was asked for the recipe I came to the realization that I had not shared this recipe on the blog yet. So without further ado, here is my bean dip deliciousness.
  
Bean Dip Recipe- Super Simple and Delicious #Recipe #Potluck #Appetizer

Monday, August 18, 2014

Free Back to School Printables for Preschool - Eighth Grade

My mother-in-law made my husband a yearly scrapbook of his back to school photos and interviews growing up. She gave me this book when I married her son as well as a lot of other mementos. It is one of my favorite things to look through and I know that my children would love something like this as well. So I decided to do something similar to this for my children. I created a start of school year photo card prop as well as an end of school year photo card prop for Preschool through Eighth Grade. I also created a start of school year interview sheet as well as an end of school year interview sheet for Preschool through Eighth Grade. These back to school printables are completely free and I hope you enjoy them.
  
Free Printables Back to School Preschool through Eighth Grade Photo Cards and Interview Sheets

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Fun & Free in Illinois: Red Oak Nature Center

The Red Oak Nature Center is a great way to spend a Saturday with the family.  Earlier this summer my husband made the suggestion that we take the kids and hit the trail and have a picnic. In our constant rush to make practices, get to appointment, and go to sporting events - this time of unwinding and relaxing was the perfect way to spend a day. It was also nice to discover that the Red Oak Nature Center recently redid their discovery room.

Fun and Free in Illinois: Red Oak Nature Center

Thursday, July 31, 2014

JOHNSON’s Baby reformulates products and makes a #PromiseToBaby #partner

I’m happy to have partnered with JOHNSON’S Baby’s to help share their #PromiseToBaby.

The day my children were born my entire world changed. I felt unconditional love and knew that my heart would never be the same again. With each new child welcomed into my family my love has multiplied and my hopes, dreams, and promises to my children have grown. I am my children’s advocate. It is my job and pleasure to keep them safe, to teach them kindness, and to inspire them. I promise to support my children, to go to bat for them, and to protect them.

Johnson's Baby #PromiseToBaby newly reformulated products #JOHNSONSBaby #partner

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Family Favorite Toys

I have favorite toys. Yes, I still enjoy playing with toys and frequently encourage my children to unplug and use their imagination by playing with toys that do not light up, talk, or play an app. I like to get down on the floor and built, destroy, capture, and create empires with my children. My children’s toys are well loved and travel frequently. We take them everywhere with us. They go to the park, on car rides, and even on trips to visit family. These toys provide my family with endless hours of entertainment, so I thought I would share a few of them with you.

A few of our favorite toys #ToysForKids #PlayTime

Thursday, July 24, 2014

My Camera and Must Have Accessories – This is what I use.

I love my camera and I love taking photographs. My favorite photos of my family are ones that I have taken myself. My children’s smiles reach their eyes and I am able to coax their personalities out of them during our photo shoots. This is something that can be hard for a stranger to do. While I am not a professional photographer – I am a mother who loves photography and who enjoys taking pictures. I get asked all of the time about my camera and my camera accessories. Purchasing a DSLR camera was a great decision and looking back at past photos I only wish that I had bought it sooner.

For the longest time I had a simple point and shoot camera and that was fine, until it broke. When I went to replace my camera I knew that I wanted to upgrade and get a really good camera. I did a lot of research, read a lot of reviews, and played around with many different cameras. After a lot of time and consideration I made my purchase.

My Camera And Must Have Accessories: Which DSLR Camera, lens, & accessories I bought.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

On the go with the Britax B-Agile Double Review

I am constantly running errands, heading to play dates, and taking someone to one class or another. It is pretty typical for me to have all three of my children with me when I am on the go – even when I am on my own. I have found that my key to a successful trip anywhere is being able to monitor all of my children easily. For me this means either babywearing or using a stroller and sometimes it means both. The newest addition to my stroller addiction is the Britax B-Agile Double stroller {Thank you Britax for providing a sample of the B-Agile Double to facilitate this review}. I must admit that I am very impressed with this stroller. 

There are days when I will babywear my daughter and have my two older boys ride in the stroller and then there are days when my oldest will help my push the stroller while my younger two catch a ride. It all depends on my children and their temperament. I love that the B-Agile Double can accommodate any child combination I throw at it. Since this stroller can accommodate children from birth up to 50lbs, even my oldest child can sit back and relax on a stroll around town.

Britax BAgile Double Stroller Review #DoubleStroller #BritaxBAgile

Thursday, July 17, 2014

An Inexpensive Dining Room Makeover

We have been in our home for a while now. We have worked really hard to make our house a home by adding, changing, and updating each room of the house. Most of these changes have been accomplished with a simple coat of paint. Some have required a bit more elbow grease. My latest project I took on and completed all by myself and I am really proud of how it turned out. I gave my dining room an inexpensive makeover.

Inexpensive Dining Room Makeover #neutral #DIY #Makeover #Paint #ChairRail #Vignette

Monday, July 7, 2014

What to wear to Disney World

When my husband started talking about taking our family on a vacation to Disney World I knew that there would be a lot of planning involved. After all - we are a family full of planners. We planned everything. We planned where would we stay, what shows we would see, where we would eat, what we would need to pack, and what we would wear at Disney World. I spent quite a lot of time thinking about what exactly our family would wear to wear to Disney. After looking online at various stores and perusing Etsy retailers I did not find what I was looking for. I soon realized that I would be the one needing to make my family matching family tee shirts to wear to Disney World.

I loved having matching family tee shirts for our Walt Disney World vacation. They were great for keeping track of each other and they provided a great ice breaker for people while waiting in lines. Cast members interacted with us wherever we went thanks to our tee shirts and the characters we met got a kick out of them too. They were a hit!

What to wear to Disney World with kids #Disney #DisneyVacation #MatchingShirts Mom Mart

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Summer Travel Safety Tips and a Safety 1st Advance SE 65 Air + #Giveaway

The 4th of July usually means a vacation for my family on the beach. We usually hop in the car and drive up to Wisconsin for some family fun time, fireworks, and s'mores right on Lake Michigan. The drive heading to our vacation and home from our holiday vacation is always long and there is always a lot of traffic. Obviously we are not the only ones who travel for the 4th of July holiday weekend. To help you and your families travel safely this summer I have partnered with Safety 1st to bring you some travel safety tips by Safety 1st Consumer Safety Expert Julie Vallese as well as a fabulous Safety 1st Advance SE 65 Air + Convertible Car Seat Giveaway.

Safety 1st Advance SE 65 Air +  convertible car seat giveaway #MomMart #Win #Giveaway #CarSeat

How to replace the foam parent handles on the Joovy Groove stroller:

This last spring I took my Joovy Groove stroller with me to Disney as well as the Joovy TooFold stroller with second seat. Since there was no stroller bag on the market that I felt could accommodate both of these strollers I sewed my own stroller bag so that my strollers would be protected once they were gate checked at the airport {best decision ever by the way- my strollers were dry and clean and undamaged}. But somehow while being used around the parks the foam parent handle on my Joovy Groove got damaged. There were large tears in the foam handle and although I was still able to use the stroller theses tears drove me crazy and I knew that as soon as I got home I would need to replace them. And replace them I did. After searching online for a tutorial on how to replace the foam handles on my Joovy Groove stroller I finally gave up {as there were no YouTube videos that I could find or directions anywhere!} and decided to just jump right in and do it.
  
How to replace the foam parent handle on the Joovy Groove stroller #tutorial

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Teaching color with a felt color matching lollipop game #DIY

As a former Pre-K teacher I enjoy bringing education into my home. I am constantly looking for new ways to teach my children without it seeming like a chore. I want them to enjoy school and love learning as much as I did. I look for way of turning lessons into games and keeping the games we play fresh and fun. Right now I am working on teaching my younger son color identification. To help with this I have created a felt color matching game. He likes to be hands-on {as most children his age tend to enjoy} and being able to hold and manipulate his colors helps to solidify his understanding. These DIY felt color matching lollipops were a huge hit with my children, even my oldest wanted to play with them!

felt color matching game #DIY #Tutorial #Homemade #FeltLollipop #Education #TeachingColors

Friday, June 27, 2014

Cilantro Chicken Skewers #Recipe

My family eats a lot of chicken. We use it for a variety of meals throughout the week and rarely do I feel that I am stuck in a menu rut. Thanks to a good marinade or a handful of spices almost every meal feels fresh and new. When I am looking for a quick and easy dinner for my family, chicken skewers is one that I know everyone will enjoy and this Cilantro Chicken Skewer Recipe has been requested over and over again!

Cilantro Chicken Skewers Recipe #Dinner #Chicken #Recipe #Healthy
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