Upcycled Floral Wreath For Kids (Using Capri Sun Pouches!)

I made this adorable wreath using upcycled Capri Sun pouches as part of a sponsored post for SocialStars. #CapriSunMomFactor Note: Adult supervision is required for this activity. Ahhh, the end of Summer.  Sun, fun and a whole lot of time on my hands!  School is in which means I will have to come up with engaging activities for Kaia while big brother is away.  We usually spend a lot of time outdoors during the warmer months, and hydration is super important so we always keep our fridge stocked with bottled water and Capri Sun Juice Drink pouches for the kids.  Besides active play, we also do activities like puzzles, fort building and tons of crafts. Our crafts aren't necessarily all that … [Read more...]

My Amazing Kid & Back To School Fashion

Thanks to JCPenney for letting me share our story and encouraging individuality with fun kids fashion! Right now, as I type this, my son is in the middle of his first day of school.  There are a hundred thoughts running through my head and I am not quite sure what to do with myself.  The house feels empty even though my daughter is beside me - she's the sweet, quiet type.  Judah on the other hand is so full of life and color that it spills out onto everyone he goes near.  He has this way of being loud, crazy and highly active that people are drawn to and he pulls you into his world with his warm heart.  Remember all those thoughts I just mentioned?  The most dominant one is pride.  I am … [Read more...]

Win a Step2 Neat & Tidy Cottage II!

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Welcome to the Step2 Neat & Tidy Cottage II Giveaway, hosted by Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro and sponsored by Step2! As a Step2 Ambassador I get the chance to test a lot of fabulous kid stuff and occasionally be part of great Step2 giveaways. Earlier this month the ambassadors got to check out some great new products - I chose the Home Depot Handyman Work Bench which is amazing. One of my fellow ambassadors, Thrifty Nifty Mommy, reviewed the Neat & Tidy Cottage II and is hosting this great giveaway for one just like it! This realistic playhouse will look great in any backyard because of its charming exterior that resembles stone and wood. Your little one can pretend to … [Read more...]

Easy Cinnamon Fruit Cup {12 Bloggers Back To School Snacks!}

Okay, so I have reached a point in my back to school prep that I only have a few things left to do.  I have supplies, lunches and after school activities covered, but I still need to go shopping for Judah's Fall wardrobe and figure out some easy snacks for when he comes home.  He usually gets a banana or some crackers as his afternoon snack, but I'm pretty sure that coming home from a long day of school (with no nap!) is going to leave him more than just a little hungry.  I don't want him to veg out on sweets or heavy stuff, and I doubt a few grapes are going to cut it so I have decided to test out a fun and super easy fruit salad that I can keep stocked for my hungry little monster.  If … [Read more...]

Last Minute Back To School Prep & A Cute Craft!

Easy DIYback to school treat bags with Del Monte fruit

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Del Monte, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #DelMonteBTS http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV Okay people, things are getting real.  Judah is going back to school in 7 days and I am just about to start freaking out.  I know that realistically everything will be okay, he will have a great time and this will be a hugely helpful step for him, but I can't help stressing about things in anticipation for the big day.  This new year is a HUGE step for him - last year he went to a half day program just for kids with Autism, and since he did so well there then this year he will be in a fully … [Read more...]

Lunch Box Ideas For Vegetarian Kids

Easy veggie lunch box ideas for kids

I put together these fun lunch box ideas as part of a sponsored post.  All recipes, images and opinions are my own. We are in full on back to school countdown mode at my house.  I can't believe how fast Summer has flown by, and in just two short weeks Judah will be starting a brand new school! Where did the time go?  Last year he got out every day at 11:30, but this year he will be hanging with the big kids and staying until 2:30 which means that he will get to carry his lunch.  Yay!  You know I love spending time in my kitchen, but when it comes to lunchbox packing I an NOT looking to create gourmet recipes.  My  goal is quick, easy and healthy, so with that in mind I set out to create a … [Read more...]

5 Tips For Smart Snacking Success

Snack time in my house has become a bit of a battle over the past few months.  Having two strong willed and very verbal children means that they have opinions on everything, and when it comes to sitting down for a snack they are pretty hard to please.  If it were up to them they would be living solely off Cheeze-its and animal crackers, but proper nutrition is important to me so I have to be strict about what they are eating.  I am by no means an expert, but I have found that by following a few clear guidelines I have been able to minimize the sugar crazed tantrums while teaching smart snacking habits at the same time. 1. Eliminate the temptation. My kid is like a bloodhound when it … [Read more...]

Make Learning Fun For Preschoolers {& A Cute Craft}

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone. If you are familiar with this blog then you know that my son has Autism.  Last year he attended a special 3-k program for exceptional children, but he did so well in it that this year he will be in a fully mainstreamed, 100% normal classroom at an elementary school!  I am absolutely overjoyed and have SO many emotions going on about it - excitement, fear, anticipation, worry...  The list goes on.  Most of all I want to make sure he succeeds, and that means taking time out to help him along the way.  Learning outside of school is crucial for educational success, but the last thing either … [Read more...]

Skinny Samoa Kefir Pops

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone. You already know that I have a heck of a sweet tooth, but even with a taste for sweets I try to make them as healthy as I can by swapping out the bad stuff.  I love using ingredients that I can feel good about - the kind of ingredients that I would be comfortable serving to my babies because  I know they are natural and free of harmful pesticides, antibiotics and hormones.  I was in the mood for some frozen yogurt pops the other day and decided to see what my local supermarket had.  Guess what?  There wasn't much to choose from unless I wanted to have sugar, corn syrup and all kinds of … [Read more...]

What To Do When It Rains On Vacation {& Rainbow Butterscotch Popcorn Recipe}

This post is sponsored by Pop Secret, however all stories, recipes and opinions are my own. A few days ago my family had our very first real beach vacation.  It was absolutely amazing, but I'm not going to lie, travelling across state with two toddlers is trying.  The kids were overwhelmed with things going on, my husband and I were overwhelmed with chasing them around and bedtimes were pretty much a disaster (have you ever tried to to put two toddlers to bed in the same strange room?  I do NOT recommend it.  But all stress aside, it was magical.  We had all kinds of fun playing on the beach, hanging out in our suite overlooking the ocean, and we even got to see some amazing attractions … [Read more...]