Shark Sensory Bin: An Easy Shark Week Activity

Are the kids excited for Shark Week?? This effortless shark-infested sensory bin is tons of fun and a perfect shark week activity!

Ready for shark week?? My kids certainly are. Whether they're pretending to be jaws in the bathtub or simply exploring all the wonderful sea creatures in their toy bin, playing with sharks is always something on their daily list of must-do activities. As curious little animal-loving boys, they have a particular fascination with sharks (amongst other creatures), so I knew I had to put together a fun little kids activity for shark week. Something quick and effortless, but perfect for their sensory play needs. RELATED: Ocean Beach Sensory Bin That's when a shark-infested sensory bin came to … [Read more...]

Patriotic Red, White & Blue Jello Snack for Kids

Super EASY, festive red, white and blue jello snacks for kids!

It's that time of the year. Summer is here. Kids are out of school. Weekends are filling up quick, especially with fireworks in the air and the fourth of July approaching. We love enjoying all the cute holiday-themed snacks and desserts at all those summer parties. And of course the little ones can't get enough of those sugary desserts we only let them indulge in once in awhile.  But if you're a busy mom hosting a party too, you'll appreciate any quick and easy holiday snack ideas for the kiddos. You know, the ones that are still festive but only take a fraction of the time to put … [Read more...]

The Absolute Best Swim Floats for Little Kids

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This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received products to facilitate my review. Did you know that according to the CDC, children ages 1-4 have the highest rates of drowning compared to all age groups? It's an especially frightening statistic for moms of toddlers and babies to face. That's why whether we're heading to the pool, lake or beach, the last thing I want to find is that we just don't have the proper swimming gear or flotation devices to make our little ones feel safe in the water. There are so many different types of swim … [Read more...]

18 Sanity-Saving Baby Products for New Moms

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Call them baby hacks, must-have items or just sanity-saving products for new parents, some things are worth investing in when you have small children. Okay, so these baby items aren't "necessary" in the traditional sense. But they make a heck of a difference in the day to day when you're wrangling a toddler and baby around or simply struggling with the basics, and ready to pull out your hair! Check out all of these very cool baby products below...I'm sure you'll find something you wish you had sooner! This post may contain affiliate links. 1. Woombie Swaddle Let's start with the … [Read more...]

How to Make Potty Training Stress-free

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This post was sponsored by PAMPERS® EASY UPS, however all the opinions expressed are my own. The signs were all there. Wanting to sit on the potty. Tugging at his diaper while saying the words "pee pee" and actually going pee pee while on the potty! That's when I knew it was finally time to potty-train our recently turned 2 year-old boy. It's an often-dreaded journey that many parents want to avoid...and I don't blame them...especially with everything we went through while potty training our eldest son. But going through that experience helped us learn a thing or two when it comes to potty … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Teaching Your Baby & Toddler to Swim {#SwimWays}

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This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received products to facilitate my review. Memorial Day weekend, otherwise known as the "unofficial" start to summer is around the corner. And we all know what this means: more time spent outdoors to have fun and splash about in the pool or at the beach! So now that my 2 and 4 year-old have comfortably mastered basic pool and water safety, it's time to kick it up a notch and help them actually learn to swim.  Personally, I like the idea of introducing kids to the water as early as possible for … [Read more...]

5 Tips to Protect Baby’s Skin in Spring & Summer {Giveaway}

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This is part of a sponsored collaboration with DiMe Media and Dreft. All opinions are 100% mine. We've had a tough few months being cooped up indoors, waiting for Spring to finally arrive with the sun and warm weather. Our boys can never get enough of outdoor activities like exploring nature, splashing around with water, and simply running around to burn off energy. They just need that time outside to be kids! So we're thrilled that the days are finally getting longer and the sun is starting to shine. But with all the change of seasons, comes more allergens in the air and higher … [Read more...]

Words From a Nurse That Saved My Delivery #ThankYouNurses

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This review was made possible by iConnect and Pampers.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine. The room was cold and bright with fluorescent lights. So bright I could barely keep my eyes open. Everything felt so sterile. And indeed it was as I laid my eyes on all the medical tools and equipment surrounding me in the operating room. She took my hand and gave me a pillow to hold over my stomach, as the anesthesiologist instructed me to arch my back in cat pose. I was terrified of this moment, as years of chronic back pain filled my … [Read more...]

Kid-Made Picture Frame for Mom

DIY picture frame craft for mom! Trace your child's handprints to make a flower bouquet and add them to the frame for an adorable Mother's Day gift idea!!

Every mother wants to cherish those precious early memories with baby. From holding those tiny hands in her own, to marveling at the cuteness in front of her. So with Mother's Day around the corner, wouldn't it warm your heart to receive a (mostly) kid-made gift from your little one? Just pass along this cute picture frame tutorial to dad to help create a beautiful keepsake mom will forever treasure! Related: Handmade Jewelry Dish for Mom This post contains affiliate links. Handprint Flower Picture Frame Materials: Picture frame White card stock Pom poms Pipe … [Read more...]

How to Keep Toddlers Entertained in Public (Without a Phone!)

Great tips to prevent tantrums and keep your toddler entertained when you are out in public places like restaurants, grocery stores and department stores.

Toddlers. They're miniature people with ginormous attitudes sometimes. The problem is, occasionally you find yourself out in public with them; exposed to the elements and all the other mommies out there. We've all been at the store and witnessed tiny people languishing on the tile floor or demanding candy bars from the checkout upon pain of death (or just motherly embarrassment). We've even been some of those mothers who's little angels have just.had.enough. I once left a completely full grocery cart in the middle of the aisle when my 2 year old was losing it.  Yes, even frozen food. That … [Read more...]