Easy Last-Minute Halloween Party Treats

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As you might have noticed from some of my recent blog posts, I've been really excited for Halloween this year. Everything from kid-friendly movies and crafts to the delicious goodies! I've just been on a roll, sort of. But I've also been so busy at home, that I started thinking about other busy moms looking for some quick Halloween treats to make when there's no time to run to the store. I got some inspiration online and decided to make some easy "Ghost Brownies" sure to please the whole family. These would also be perfect for last-minute additions to a Halloween … [Read more...]

Rocket Ship Craft Inspired by Amazon’s Creative Galaxy Series

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Although I hate to admit it, these days I need kid-friendly shows to keep my toddler occupied during those crazy hectic hours of the day when I have to prepare a meal or care for my 6 month-old. But I don't like to let a 2.5 year-old watch too much tv, especially when he starts to imitate some of the not-so-friendly things even kid shows contain. So when I got the chance to preview Creative Galaxy, a new children's series focused on helping kids use their imagination to make and create art, I was naturally interested! Creative Galaxy is produced by the same people who brought us Blue’s … [Read more...]

Top Reasons Babies Cry + Easy Solutions to Soothe

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This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Huggies Little Snugglers and Latina Bloggers Connect. I'm so happy to be sharing my next post in a series for new mothers sponsored by Huggies. If you missed my first post, on preparing for baby be sure to read it, print it and share with any expectant mommies in your life. As a new mom, there's nothing worse than the helpless feeling that hits when you hear the incessant cries of your baby and struggle to find an instant solution. Babies, especially newborns, can cry for a variety of reasons.  Sometimes there is a quick fix. Other … [Read more...]

Halloween Party Favors for a Great Cause #Frosty4Adoption

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I've always been a fan of Wendy's®. Those crispy chicken nuggets. Those fresh cut potato fries. And that yummy little frosty! It just always hit the spot when it came to a quick and satisfying on-the-go lunch option. Every year, I look forward to picking up their Halloween Jr. Frosty coupon book -- not only to hand out to trick-or-treaters but also as a way to help support a great cause: the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®. The statistics are staggering, as there are more than 100,000 children in foster care awaiting adoption. But thanks to Wendy’s® consumers and the Dave Thomas … [Read more...]

5 Potty Training Tips: What Every Parent Should Know

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Thanks to Pull-Ups® for sponsoring this post and helping me potty train with the Big Kid Academy. We've been potty training our toddler for a couple months now and the journey has surely been an experience to remember. We knew the process wouldn't be easy, so went in with the mentality that it would be a gradual process.  And it sure has been. We started at about 26 months, letting our little one experiment with the potty every now and then from his first pee-pee moment to his first flush! So much pride and excitement it brought. But then things weren't so great. The diaper came off.  … [Read more...]

Breakfast Idea for Picky-Eaters with Aunt Jemima Waffles

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #collectivebias It's no secret that I've struggled with a picky-eater who would rather eat cookies and crackers for meals instead of anything else on the menu. So I've had to dig deep to find some creative ways to make my toddler eat like he should. This weekend I decided to play up frozen waffles with some kid-friendly fruit to achieve this goal. First step, was to make a quick stop to Shop Rite for all the essential ingredients: bananas, strawberries, blueberries, whipped cream … [Read more...]

Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet Halloween Craft

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I love all the cute Halloween crafts I've been finding all over the web, from candy corn garland and pumpkin decorations to the array of toilet paper roll bats, there are so many great ideas flowing around! I had to get in on the fun.  Again, my inspiration came from Pinterest for today's kid's craft: a Halloween "Trick or Treat" sign. My toddler wasn't in the mood to craft, so I had to borrow my 6 month-old's feet for this one!  He'll definitely have one really cute piece of art in his keepsake stash :)! Here's what I used: Small canvas Washable paints 2 Paint brushes … [Read more...]

Easy Chocolate-Covered Pretzels for Halloween

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There are two snacks that I can't get enough of: chocolate and pretzels. So when I started craving chocolate-covered pretzels, I took to Pinterest to see how I could make it happen. I was so excited when I stumbled upon a pumpkin-pretzel recipe that looked amazing! That's where my inspiration came from for these pumpkin + ghost snacks I ended up creating. First let me just say, the original idea I had in mind didn't quite work out due to a missing ingredient...so I decided to alter it a bit. Because sometimes you just have to keep going and make due with what you got. I'm so glad I kept … [Read more...]

10 Halloween Movies for Little Kids (That Aren’t Scary)

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Halloween is such a fun holiday for adults and little kids alike. I love all the costume-planning, spooky dessert recipes and pumpkin decorating that come to mind. But on the other end, all the vampires, witches and goblins can be a bit much for kids...especially the younger ones that can scare easily and really just learning the basics, like getting used to the dark! It's tough to find a family-friendly Halloween flick that won't completely spook your toddler! That's why this week, before all the gory horror flicks surface, I decided to round-up my favorite non-scary movies that would be … [Read more...]

Ending Domestic Violence with the #PurplePurse Challenge

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This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Allstate Foundation® and Latina Bloggers Connect. The recent headlines concerning the domestic abuse by Ray Rice and the NFL's response have been troubling, to say the least. The viciousness of Mr. Rice punching his then fiancé has been played over and over so many times, it is difficult to see what good could come from such a heinous act.  Yet, if there are any positives that can be found in such a tragic incident, one is the focus and awareness of domestic violence that has been generated by the media attention. Most people think … [Read more...]