Pushing Creativity With Lenovo

I have been a creative person for as long as I can remember, so it's only natural that I found my passion in life doing it for a living and blogging about it. I used to be very laid back when it came to my work, but what started out as a hobby grew into an obsession and then quickly became a full time career which landed me in a perpetual loop between my computer desk and the craft room. I love what I do, but it is very time consuming and I often feel like I'm chained to my computer desk for the majority of the day. Luckily with all the new gadgets and apps out there it seems like anything I want to create is right at my fingertips, but I felt like I still needed a device that would help me … [Read more...]

DIY Chalkboard Raised Bed Fruit Garden for Kids

The month of April is when I normally start my Spring gardens. I started really getting into growing things before the kids were born, but over the past few years my love for it has grown so much that I add on a new area just about every year. Last year we were in a new house, so I didn't have much time to plan out my crops and ended up building a quick 4x8 raised bed just so I could have something before it was too late. It did pretty well for a first year crop - I had tomatoes, rosemary, basil, cucumber and jalapeños. The kids loved getting involved, but Judah really stepped up to help nurture and take care of the plants. He watered them on his own every other day! He absolutely loves … [Read more...]

Lovely Lemonade Buttercream Bouquet {Recipe & Craft}

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PourMoreFun #CollectiveBias Spring is my absolute most favorite time of the year. I love the colors, the warmth, the sunshine...everything. Spring is when I feel like the world comes alive, when I can shake off my Winter blues and spend days outdoors watching the greenery come back and the flowers starting to bloom. Spring is also when I feel most creative. There's just something about it that gets my imagination flowing, and I love to draw inspiration from what's going on around me. Since everything is about to be in bloom, I thought I would whip up a batch of beautiful blooming … [Read more...]

Growth Spurts, Sibling Love, and Kids Fashion

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Carter’s. I received a complimentary gift card to facilitate my review and thank me for my participation. At the beginning of each season I take a look though my kids closets, purge things they can't wear anymore, move out of season pieces into storage and and make lists of things they need. After that, I go online and fill up carts at my favorite kids clothes retailers, research coupons and savings and wait for sales before finally hitting the purchase button. I am a sucker for children's fashion, and clothing is something that I don't skimp on for the kids. I don't get myself new clothes often, maybe a few … [Read more...]

Beat Boredom And Play Outdoors!

It's Spring Break, and if you're staying home this year like us then you're probably in need of activities to fill your week with. I know for us, a week home with all the kids can get pretty boring if we don't schedule things to do, but since we're planning our vacation for next month we don't exactly want to go out and break the bank right now either. So what are we to do? You might not know it, but there is a world of fun to be had either in your own back yard or around town for free or almost free, and I'm sharing a few of our favorites! These activities are geared more towards smaller children since mine are 2 and 4 years old, and they are activities the whole family can join in on to … [Read more...]

Three Ingredient Vegan Creamsicles

I created this frozen fruit pop recipe in partnership with Silk and Tapinfluence. all opinions are my own. With temperatures on the rise, I'm spending more and more time outdoors. When it's nice outside you can usually find me in the back yard with the kids, walking to the neighborhood park, or on an excursion somewhere green. I love being out in nature, but let's face it, it gets hot out there! Everyone needs a quick way to cool down after a few hours in the sun, and the obvious first choice is going to be a tall glass of water, but sometimes I'm in the mood for something a little more flavorful. Sometimes I want a treat that I can feel good about eating and not have to worry about loading … [Read more...]

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...]