Tie Dye Fruit Pops

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SwapMilk4Silk #CollectiveBias Right now school prep is in full swing, but around here it is still super hot outside! August is usually our hottest month, and with my family trying to make the most of the last weeks of Summer we have been spending a lot of time outdoors. It's a lot of fun, but when we're back inside all I want is to sit down with a cool treat. Since I've been on a popsicle kick lately, I thought I would share one of my new favorite frozen creations that takes almost no effort and features Silk Almond Milk plus their yummy new dairy free yogurt! Yum, right? These … [Read more...]

Easy ten minute teacher bouquet craft

Is school really starting in a few weeks? I think i'm going to have a panic attack because I'm so not ready. Judah is heading to kindergarten (omg) and this is a really big step for him and our family as a whole. You already know that he is Autistic, and while he attended a special education 3k and then a transitional 4k, this year he will be going into a fully mainstream, 100% typical K5 class. First - whoa. Second? I'm totally not prepared, and since this is our first time I am feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the preparations we are about to be going through. Since I've got school on the brain, I thought I would share a simple teacher gift craft that is super easy, and … [Read more...]

Road Trip Checklist

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #Tips4Trips #CollectiveBias Some of my favorite parts of Summer are the road trips. We don't get to do a ton of them, but even if it's a weekend trip to the mountains, packing can be stressful. I feel like I always forget something when we go anywhere, and I'm also a last minute packer. Having kids throws another kink into the mix, so it is safe to say that it's a wonder I end up packing any of the necessities at all! Luckily I have a few tricks up my sleeve to avoid meltdowns and help us leave prepared, so check them out below!   Have a master list This seems like a … [Read more...]

Three Simple Ways to De-Stres

I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Being a mom who runs a business from home means that I've got a lot riding on my shoulders. I'm the boss, employee, earned runner, manual worker, photographer, writer, editor, PR person and email gopher all rolled into one. To say I have a lot to do on a daily basis is putting it mildly, and naturally I carry around a lot of stress. I think I handle it pretty well - I don't let it get to me *too* much, and I am always one to keep on pushing through because I am a … [Read more...]

Capturing Summer With The Panasonic Lumix G7

Panasonic Lumix G7 review

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Panasonic. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. I'm sure you know by now that photography is my life. It's my passion, my career, and what I do in my spare time. I live and breathe it, and over the years I have come to learn a great deal about the ins and outs of the gear that makes it possible. I love researching and testing out new bodies, and yes, I'm a camera nerd. I love sharing my knowledge with others about it, I spend a great deal of time mentoring and helping budding photographers. Since I'm such a die-hard DSLR fan, I was really surprised to find myself … [Read more...]

Pack the Perfect Picnic

This post about our summer picnic traditions is sponsored by Gold Peak Tea. All opinions are my own. Summer is well under way and we are right in the middle of picnic season! We do a lot of outdoor eating this time of year, and I think it is a great way to bond with the family aside from the traditional dinner table. It's something that the kids have come to really enjoy, and we make it a point to do it at least once a week, whether it's in our back yard, at a park, or even at the table on our back deck. Being an outdoor family, we love anything under the big blue sky, and I think it's really important to have simple, low-key family traditions. Since the kids are young, they can't help too … [Read more...]

Kids Get Messy

I'm sharing kid cleanup tips as part of a sponsored post for SocialStars.  #Johnsonspartners #SoMuchMore Before I had kids, I never understood how my mom friends could be so frazzled all the time. I had no idea that kids were walking, talking magnets for mess and that being unprepared would take on a whole new meaning when walking out the door to a playdate or afternoon adventure. Yes, before I had kids I was actually pretty together in my daily life. But after? Not so much. We do a lot of outdoor activities, and since we are always on the go, timing and preparation are super important. Since I'm sure I am not the only parent that suffers from messy kid syndrome, I thought I'd share a few … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Veggie Burger Bar

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GrillWithATwist #CollectiveBias Summer is all about fun in the sun, right? Not only that, but it is the season of easy, delicious food and fabulous low-key gatherings with friends and family. You know how much I love making gorgeous table spreads, but when you're the only vegetarian household in your circle, it's hard to get people to come to your parties. (Not really, but you get the gist.) I usually play it safe with the menu and stick to fruit, desserts, and quick munchies, but as a foodie  desperately want to present my best recipes and show off a little. We don't cook or serve meat … [Read more...]

Visiting The Step2 Headquarters

2015 Step2 Ambassadors

This trip was provided by Step2. All opinions are my own. For the past two years I have been incredibly blessed to be one of the ten Step2 Ambassador. You already know how much I love their products, but sometimes it's hard to put into words just how much I adore their behind the scenes workings and ethics, and just how much respect I have for the company as a whole. Two weeks ago I hopped on a plane bound for Ohio and spent three incredible days hanging with the people that make up Step2, and let me tell you, it was an amazing experience. From meetings and dinner with the CEO himself to enlightening discussions with the marketing and R&D teams, and even a day of blissful pampering at … [Read more...]

Capturing Life: Photo Taking Tips for Phones

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Sprint. I received a Sprint device to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Photography is my life. It's what I am known for, it's what I do, and it's no surprise that the number one, make-or-break decision point for me when purchasing a new phone is the quality of its camera. I'm one of those people who get a new phone every 3 or 4 years. I tend to take really good care of my devices, and I'm not usually one to jump on the latest phone bandwagon. Besides fancy new phones being expensive (goodbye $600), I am fairly hard to please when it comes to features, so I agonize … [Read more...]