7 Easy & Genius Ways to Keep Baby Cool at the Beach

I wish I had this list years with my first baby! Easy tips to keep your infant cool in the summer at the beach. So important for babies under 6 months!!

It's 90 degrees outdoors in the middle of July. The sweltering heat is too much to bear. The kids are fussing. Jumping off the walls. Simply stir-crazy indoors. You're drowning in baby's incessant cries, begging mommy to feed him once again. You just want to pack up the cooler and load everyone in the car to make your way to the beach.  But then you remember you have an infant to look after too...one under 6 months that can't exactly be in the sun all day like his brothers. What is any sane mama to do? Well I definitely experienced a few rounds of new baby in the … [Read more...]

14 Super Fun Beach Activities for Toddlers

Such an awesome list of beach activities PERFECT for toddlers! Great ideas to keep kids busy on the beach and burning-energy so that they are ready to hit the sack after a sun-filled day!

Heading to the beach this summer with little ones in tow? Whether you're on vacation far away or just taking a day trip, we've got some amazing energy-burning beach activities to keep the kids busy! Everything from playing in the sand and splashing about to experiencing the infinite sensory wonders the beach offers. These beach activities for toddlers will not only ensure a fun-filled day, but will also provide enough stimulation to tire out the kids and get them ready for bed in no time! RELATED: Tips for Traveling with Kids This post may contain affiliate links. Build a Sand … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Make Your New Home Ready to Live In

Moving? I wish I had these cleaning tips handy during my first move! Great ideas and hacks for a move-in ready home!

This post has been compensated by Acorn Influence. All opinions are mine alone.  When it comes to the moving process, the one thing I've found to be MORE stressful than selling and buying a house, is actually getting your new home move-in ready. It’s usually an overlooked part of the process. And I get it. After you’ve been given the keys to your new house, most people are just ecstatic that the process is done with (for the most part). So taking care of all those hanging pieces when you do move-in, is often an afterthought. At least that's how it was for me. We moved into our newest … [Read more...]

How to Survive Breastfeeding at Night (Tips to Stay Awake & Be Prepared)

Struggling to stay awake or manage nighttime feedings? These easy tips to prepare for breastfeeding at night are a must!

You're in a pitch black room just about to fall into a deep sleep, when suddenly the cries of your 3 month old baby wake you. You sit up, reach for the light switch...and then instantly regret that decision as the bright rays blind you. Baby's sobs grow louder as you pace around the room to find a burp cloth or bib to prepare for the inevitable milk mess. When you find one buried in the pile of unfolded laundry, you realize your mouth has run dry from dehydration but your water glass is empty. The incessant cries pull you back to the task at hand and you quickly reach for the … [Read more...]

Fudgey Patriotic Kid-Made Brownies

Patriotic flag-shaped brownies decorated by toddlers. A fun 4th of July dessert recipe for kids to help with!

It's no secret we love fudge brownies in our house -- we've made them for almost every holiday and occasion under the sun: Valentine's, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the summer and football seasons. Chocolate deliciousness melting in your mouth is just too good of a treat to pass up. They are also super easy to make when you're going for semi-homemade and want to involve the kids. This post may contain affiliate links. With 4th of July around the corner, I figured we had to try a red, white and blue version of these yummy treats. How to make kid-decorated Patriotic … [Read more...]

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...]