The Power Of Touch and Growing Up

I used JOHNSON’S® for my little one and for myself as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #johnsonspartners #SoMuchMore Being a mom is kinda like being on a roller coaster. You have highs and lows, you have moments of terror, moments of thrilling happiness and moments that you feel you are going way too fast. Sometimes you raise your hands up, feeling the wind in your hair and for a moment you are blissful. And the next it twists and turns and scares the bajeesus out of you. This is motherhood. Full of highs and lows, full of bliss and terror all at the same time, and an overall feeling that things are going by too quickly. Kaia is turning 3 in a few weeks, and I am feeling like … [Read more...]

Beat Summer Boredom

I am writing this post in partnership with Horizon Organic. All opinions are my own. If you're a parent then I am sure you have heard it a hundred times. You know what I'm talking about. The dreaded "Moooooom! I'm bored" cry from a kid with a whole lot of energy and nowhere for it to go. It's usually accompanied by aimless circles around the living room, a trail of destruction following behind them, and then the inevitable flop onto the couch in exasperation. I myself have seen it more times that I would like, and I know that with school almost out I need to kick things into high gear and do some planning for the long Summer days ahead. You already know we love adventure, but not every day … [Read more...]

Easy Cheesy Corn Dip

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Sunshine SweetCorn from Florida. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Doesn't Summer just scream for vibrant, flavorful food on the grill? When it's cold outside I love hearty dishes, but in the sun? Give me something light and lovely! I have a great recipe for Mexican corn dip using Sunshine Sweet Corn from Florida that is perfect as an appetizer, a main course, or even as a topping for tacos. Serve this on the patio with warm tortilla chips and a cold beverage as the sun sets and you'll be in heaven! Read on for the full recipe below, and don't forget to read all the way to the bottom … [Read more...]

Summer Swim Essentials & Quality Time

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I’m sharing our cute swimwear looks from Target Baby as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #TargetCrowd Being a kid in the Summer time is the best, isn't it? There is no school, the sun is shining, and every day is a new adventure. For us, warm weather means one thing: water time! We pretty much live outdoors unless it's freezing, and the kids spend a ton of time getting wet either in the blow up pool, at the grandparents, or having some old fashioned water gun fun. Besides that, we have beach trips, river trips, kayaking, lake adventures and more. Needless to say swimwear is our family's Summer uniform. These kids have been growing like weeds, and since their suits from last year … [Read more...]

Princess Goldfish Snack Mix

I created this easy princess snack mix in partnership with Goldfish® crackers. All opinions are my own. #GoldfishTales Kaia is a girly girl through and through. When she was born I was in boy mom mode since Judah was our only other child, and I grew up as a bit of a tomboy so I had always assumed she would follow in those footsteps. But guess what? This girl is all about the sparkle, and I can only imagine it's going to get worse as she gets older. Right now we have a lot of pink going on around here, and I feel like every other week is a new princess craft or a new glittery playdate. You would think I'd be sick of it by now, but I have actually started to embrace it. When I saw the new … [Read more...]

Get Your Kids To Eat! {Plus easy mac n cheese bowls}

I’m sharing my easy KRAFT Mac & Cheese Star Wars Boxed Shapes dinner as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #Youknowyouloveit Kids are notoriously picky about what they will and won't eat. Meal times around our house usually go one of three ways: Me playing short order cook, me bargaining with them to eat, or (more often than not) me giving up in the end and throwing out uneaten food. Seriously, when they aren't feeling the menu I might as well be trying to coax a brick wall to move. They like to switch things up from day to day too, just to keep me on my toes. I can't tell you how many times I have made sandwiches they gobble up one day only to have them swear they don't like it … [Read more...]

20 Minute Mexican Rice Bowl

A super simple Mexican rice bowl served with sweet potatoes and avocados that takes less than 30 minutes to prepare! I'm not usually big on food trends, but I am loving the all-in-one bowl recipes right now. I'm pretty sure it's because as a super busy mom of two, eating out of a bowl gives me a free hand and makes my meal more portable just in case I happen to need to run after a toddler while shoving food in my face during my 2.5 minute food break between household disasters. Anyway, I love a good rice bowl and this one is no exception. It is full of flavor with all my favorites - sweet potatoes, zesty rice flavored with Old El Paso Mild Taco Sauce, and of course Avocados from … [Read more...]

Little Girls, Growing Up and Shampoo

I used JOHNSON’S® Baby Shampoo to care for my little one as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #johnsonspartners #SoMuchMore When I first found out that Kaia was going to be a girl, a few things started flashing through my mind. I got super excited about the thought of having "girl time" with my daughter on the regular, and even though I have never been a girly girl, my heart jumped a little at the thought of pink tutus and sparkles. I know, my tomboy self is cringing right now, but you know what? Even the most ungirly of girls has to get excited about a little sparkle now and then! So now that she is two and in full on toddler mode she has started to really show the most adorable … [Read more...]

Summer Vacation Style Essentials for Kids

I’m sharing our new summer wardrobe from Target Baby as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #TargetCrowd We are about to head out on our very first family vacation of the year, and I have spent the past few days gathering, cleaning, and packing myself silly in anticipation of the big day. The entire family is buzzing with excitement, and I can't tell you how much I need a break! I am of course excited about getting away, but really I just can't wait to watch the kids experience and explore new things. As a mother I get super misty watching their eyes light up with happiness! These two rock my world, and even though they don't always get along, when they do it's pure magic. I anticipate … [Read more...]

My Everyday Hero & Easy Superhero Party Ideas

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AvengersUnite #CollectiveBias Pardon me if I get a little sappy here, but yeah, I'm going to get sappy. Since April is Autism Awareness month I've had a whole lot of emotions going on lately. Judah is one of the smartest and most amazing kids I have ever known, so when this time of year rolls around it's nice to celebrate him and how much he has accomplished on this journey. I am not one of those parents who have tons of parties for their kids or who make a big fuss over big blowouts on special occasions, but you know what? This kid needs to be celebrated. He needs to know how proud of … [Read more...]