Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Give back this fall with Champions For Kids #SIMPLEGiving

Disclaimer: I have participated in this program on behalf of Champions for Kids and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

My family and I have participated in Champions For Kids Simple Service projects quite a few times over the last few years. The act of helping others that are in need is something I hope will be second nature to my children as they grow into adulthood. People in need can be found in every community and there are countless ways to reach out and help someone.

I was really excited to get the opportunity to work with The Motherhood on this campaign helping children in my own community. So of course I made sure that my own children were involved with picking out the items we would donate as well as well as participating in the actual donation itself. My children and I headed to our local Walmart to purchase some personal care items to donate. My kiddos really like being part of the Champions For Kids campaigns and I like their enthusiasm for helping others. We picked up some Unilever shampoo and deodorant for our donations… and a few pumpkins for home as well.

Champions For Kids Fall Kids’ Essentials Program - Give Back This Fall

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Addictive Cheesy Pesto Dip #Recipe

I am all about a good dip. A really tasty dip is great as an appetizer for get-togethers with family and friends or as a snack for football games. The easier the dip is to make the more I like it. Recently a friend of mine passed along this tasty Cheesy Pesto Dip that is too good not to share. This is a super quick and easy appetizer to whip up and it is really really yummy. So I hope you give it a try and enjoy it just as much as I did!
  
Cheesy Pesto Dip Recipe #Appetizer #Recipe #YUM #Foodie

Monday, October 20, 2014

Star Wars Wall Art Free Printables #FreePrintable

This year for Halloween my family will be dressing up as characters from Star Wars. We have done this in the past, but this year everyone wants to be something new. So I have been in my crafting room a lot working on costumes. I think that a large part of this Star Wars revitalization of enthusiasm stems from the new Star Wars Rebels show. We love it. At least that is why the kiddos are all about Star Wars. My husband and I are pretty thrilled with the fact that J.J. Abrams will be directing the new Star Wars: Episode VII. So this renewed interest in Star Wars got me thinking about all those blank walls in my basement. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… I made an inspiration board. – Sorry I couldn’t help it. The Star Wars inspiration board got me thinking about how I wanted to decorate my basement. Decorating ideas then got me sitting at my computer creating Star Wars Wall Art Printables.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

5 tips for encouraging imaginative play {Begin Again Toys Balance Boat}

So much of our day is structured. We run from one activity to the next and there is not a whole lot of unaccounted for time throughout the day to simply sit back, relax, and enjoy our surroundings. With recess being a mere 10-15 minutes at school and homework piling up, free time for kids can become priceless. Imaginative play is a great way to develop social skills, language skills, and problem solving skills. I try to encourage imaginative play in our home as much as possible.  
  
5 tips for encouraging imaginative play

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Toys of the ABC Kids Expo #ABCKids14

I am a big kid at heart and I adore shopping for toys for my children. I also love it when I find the perfect gift to give to my family and friends – be it child or adult. Because lets be perfectly honest here, a lot of toys are just as much for the parent as they are for the kid. At least that seems to be the way it is in our house. At the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas this year there were some really fun toys that I had the opportunity to check out and play with and there are definitely some that are making my the kids holiday wish list.

ABC Kids Expo 2014 The Toys of #ABCKids14

Thursday, October 9, 2014

DIY Super Hero Face Masks: Champions for Kids #Fiskars365

I participated in this program on behalf of Champions for Kids, Fiskars, and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

My children are all about crafting and creating lately. They have been making costumes and playing dress up around the house for the quite some time now. We decided that since we have been enjoying arts and crafts so much, that it would be a good idea to invite some friends and family over to help us celebrate some creativity while being Champions for Kids with the Fiskars simple service project. We spent an afternoon crafting super hero face masks and were able to gather some art supplies to donate to my son’s elementary school as well. It was a great way to spend an afternoon.

DIY Super Hero Face Masks: Champions for Kids with Fiskars

Monday, October 6, 2014

Chipotle Carnitas and Homemade Pico de Gallo Recipe with La Morena #VivaLaMoreno #shop

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

Time is a precious commodity in my house and I am all about a great slow cooker dinner that I can toss together in the morning and come home to after a long and busy day. I live for Crockpot meals in the fall and winter. This week I had a craving for some chipotle carnitas and homemade pico de gallo and it just so happens that I make my carnitas in the slow cooker. I love Latin food and authentic Mexican dishes. These meals make it on my weekly menu at least one night a week, if not more. I could eat a whole container of fresh homemade pico de gallo in one sitting.
  
Chipotle Carnitas and Homemade Pico de Gallo Recipe with La Morena #VivaLaMoreno #shop #Foodie


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month

September is almost over and October has one foot in the door, but before I say goodbye to September I wanted to give it one last shout-out. September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month and this is a very important topic for me as a mother of three little ones.

September Newborn Screening SaveBabies.org

Monday, September 29, 2014

Baby Carriers at ABC Kids Expo – Babywearing #ABCKids14

I love babywearing and have been doing it for quite some time now. I started when I had my first child and I am still sporting a baby carrier all around town today. I love seeing how much babywearing has grown in popularity over the years and as a result the carriers are becoming better and better by the day. At the ABC Kids Expo this year there were plenty of baby carriers to ogle over and I thought I would share some of my favorites with you. Here are the baby carriers of #ABCKids14 that stood out to me in Las Vegas!

ABCKids14 Expo Baby Carriers #Babywearing #ABCKids14

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

ABC Kids Expo – Strollers #ABCKids14

As many of you who follow me on Twitter and Instagram know – I recently attended the ABC Kids expo in Las Vegas. It was amazing. Since I am addicted to baby gear I was ridiculously excited to see what the baby industry had planned for new and amazing products. I was not disappointed. Since there was so much to see and play with I will be breaking up my fabulous finds into several posts. The first post is all about the strollers of #ABCKids14, and there were some pretty cool ones!
  
#ABCKids14 Expo Strollers

Saturday, September 6, 2014

#DIY Butterfly Color Matching Game

This is my simple no sew felt color matching game. It is super simple to make and a provides hours of fun, depending on how you play. My children helped me make the felt butterflies and even got in on the painting portion of this project. They love creating these DIY crafts just as much as they enjoy playing with the finished project. This DIY felt butterfly color matching game is tactile hands-on fun game for everyone.


Felt Butterfly Color Matching Game #DIY #Education #GamesForKids #TeachColor

Friday, September 5, 2014

Family Frittata Fun with the Philips Airfryer #recipe #review

I love eggs. It is one of the simplest and most satisfying things that I can whip together in no time at all. It is easy, tastes great, and is chock full of protein. I love all kinds of eggs; scrambled, hard boiled, omelets, and quiches are my go-to favorites. But watch out because there is a new favorite in town – the frittata has taken over my kitchen! Even my children have gotten in on the fun of making these frittatas.

Frittata Recipe: lots of vegetables and breakfast is served in 16 minutes.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Get ready to travel with Sam's Club #TrySamsClub #shop

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Sam’s Club. All opinions are mine alone.

I have been a member of Sam’s Club for quite some time now and I love it. Usually when I shop there I am on a mission for diapers, detergents, and dinner. It is my go-to destination for keeping my shelves stocked and my family fed. But there is a lot more to love about Sam’s Club including their great prices and fabulous membership services. Did you know that Sam’s Club can help you plan your next trip and supply you with travel essentials too? To help me get everything checked off of my list for an upcoming trip I took my friend/sister-in-law Wendy with me for a little girl’s only shopping trip. As an added bonus I got to introduce her to everything I love about having a Sam’sClub Membership. We had a lot of fun checking things off of my shopping list and checking out everything Sam’s had to offer.


Getting ready to travel with Sam’s Club & a friend #TrySamsClub #shop #CollectiveBias #CBias

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

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

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 free data 4g Trio AXS tablet.
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