The Power of Infant and Toddler Massage

Infant massage techniques for parents

I am sharing our personal massage routine as a Johnson's Ambassador. All opinions are my own. #Johnsonspartners #somuchmore It's no secret that I'm an Autism mom. Judah was diagnosed right before he turned two, and it has been quite the journey for us. In case you weren't aware, Autism deals largely with sensory information processing and how individuals interact with the world around them. A lot of the time (Judah included) an Autistic child has issues with touch and the way things feel. He in particular has always found comfort in deep, steady pressure on his skin, and we learned early on in his therapy how beneficial massage is. What we didn't know was that massage is an important part … [Read more...]

Outdoor Play and Choosing A Swing Set {WIN a Step2 Play Up Gym Set!}

I was sent this Play Up Gym Set as a Step2 Ambassador. All opinions are mine alone. Outdoor play is something that every child should have in abundance, especially when the weather gets warmer. My husband and I have always been outdoorsy people and it's something that I think is important to instill in our children as well. I spent the better part of my childhood adventuring in the back yard, and I feel like there is just something magical about discovering the world outside your doorstep. Since Spring is finally around the corner and the kids have grown out of their baby/toddler toys my husband and I made the decision that it was time for a swing set. As you know I am a Step2 Ambassador … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Enchilada Casserole {Vegetarian}

I am going to admit that I've never really been a fan of casseroles. It's one of those things that I grew up not liking, so as an adult I was a little reluctant. I went down this same road with sweet potatoes, and you know how much I adore them! A few years ago I thought they were limited to the same old generic stuff that I had as a kid, but guess what? The world of casseroles is vast and flavorful! Seriously, I LOVE creating them for my family these days and they are super easy to whip up, pop in the oven and bake. One of my favorites lately combines sweet potatoes and southwestern flavors for a rich and delicious enchilada casserole that is out of this world. This casserole takes … [Read more...]

Hello Spring Pixie Hollow Picnic

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TinkandNeverbeast #CollectiveBias Spring is finally here! In a little over a week we will be welcoming the new season and I couldn't be happier about it. Me and Winter? We don't go very well together, but Spring is one of my besties. I'm looking forward to spending days outdoors with the kids, soaking up the sun, nurturing my garden and so much more that can't be done when it is cold outside. I love having picnics, and since this past weekend was sunny and 70 I thought I'd do a fun "hello Spring" picnic for the kids to welcome our favorite season. I've written many times about … [Read more...]

No Sew Big Hero 6 Masks {Superhero Mask Tutorial}

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BigHero6MovieNight #CollectiveBias Have you seen Big Hero 6 yet? If you haven't you should, and if you have then I'm sure you are aware of why it is such a fabulous movie from a parent's standpoint. Let's face it, superheroes are great but sometimes the amount of violence they can dish out is a little disheartening, so having one like Baymax out there really calms my mind. It's been a while since Judah really fell in love with a movie, but I had a feeling he would love this one so when I spotted it at Target I scooped it up for our weekly movie night. I have to say, I was really … [Read more...]

DIY Photo Memory Book

I created this easy photo memory book as part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and timeshel, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #timeshelprints http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV One of the main reasons that I became a photographer was my love for preserving moments in time. I have always loved great photography, but what really makes it special to me is being able to look back on a single beautiful moment and remember it exactly, not as it was in memory but as it was when it happened. I'm a pretty big photo snob when it comes to my work, but when I am with my kids and something amazing happens I don't usually have the time to whip out my big … [Read more...]

Easy Stroller Exercises

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for GB. I received a GB stroller to facilitate my review as well as thank me for my participation. You guys, motherhood has turned me into a big softie. I've written many times about how much I miss my active lifestyle and how important fitness is to me, and now that warm weather is on the horizon it's time for me to shake of the dust and get moving! During the warmer months I take the kids on weekly trips to the walking trail at the park behind our house once a week to get out a little energy and get our heart rate up. I've always been big on baby wearing, but now that my littles aren't so little anymore it has … [Read more...]

So Much More Than Bath Time

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I used baby products by JOHNSON’S® to care for my little one as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #johnsonspartners #SoMuchMore Bath time at our house is something that we all look forward to. For the kids it is a time to play and be silly, but for me it is so much more. It's a time when we get away from the rest of the world, crank up some Reggae or Bluegrass music and just relax while spending distraction free time together. My kids are old enough now that they can sit and wash themselves in the tub (with supervision of course) and I love sitting back, listening to the music and watching them create their own little world in the water. Some days they become mini Picassos and … [Read more...]

Easy Funfetti Donuts

Did you know there are about 50,ooo ways to make and kinds of donuts? (Not really but you get the picture) There's frying, there's baking, there's sour cream and there's cake. There's holes, there's old fashioned, there's filled, plain, stuffed, dipped, and the list goes on and on. A few weeks ago I had no idea how to make a donut from scratch.  I mean, what? Donuts? Homemade? Huh? Yeah that was totally me. Since I'm always down to push my confectionary limits I went out and bought a donut pan, sat down and did a little research into just how to make them. Not wanting to get ahead of myself I decided to start out with something simple. I found a basic recipe from one of the popular food … [Read more...]

Free Gift Tag Printables and WIN a $120 Gift Card!

Thanks to JORD watches for rescuing me from a Valentine's Day disaster. All opinions are 100% my own. Oh my goodness, you guys! Things around here have been going full speed ahead for the last few weeks and it feels like I haven't even been able to pause and catch my breath. Did you know that Valentine's Day is coming up in just over a week? Yeah, I totally didn't. Which means that yet again I'm going to have to scramble around to find the perfect gift for my notoriously hard to shop for husband and hope he likes it. I actually think I'm pretty good at giving gifts, but when there isn't much that the subject of your gifting wants it can get a little tricky. In the past I've given him shoes, … [Read more...]