Mommy Needs a TimeOut Link Party #2

Today is Week #2 of the Mommy Needs a Time Out Linky Party! Last week we had 45 posts linked up, and we pinned our favorites to personal Pinterest boards. Join us each week to link up your parenting-related or family-friendly posts (DIY, crafts, recipes, tips, etc.). Your links will be shared on 9 blogs! Just a few rules for the linky party: Follow all of the hosts/co-hosts on their blogs by clicking on the images below (it is a clickable collage) and on social media through the Rafflecopter. We will be sure to return the love. Link up only what is yours. Also no … [Read more...]

Doing More for Those You Love #MoreToYou #MasDeLoTuyo

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This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Sears and Latina Bloggers Connect. I recently had the opportunity to preview a video Sears launched as a part of an ongoing effort to demonstrate all the ways customers can count on getting more from the brand. More value, more brands, more rewards. This "more to you" video series couldn't be more genuine as it features surprises from real people based on real tweets from those who are looking to simply give more to those they love. The video I watched featuring a young girl Jasmine, evoked tears of joy. Jasmine reached out to the brand … [Read more...]

Transitioning from Crib to Toddler Bed: Tips for a Stress-free Move

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We knew that it was finally time to move our toddler out of his crib and into his big-boy bed when he kept finding a way out regardless of our efforts.  At first he jumped right over the railing and took a fall. Then he would maneuver furniture to support his escape. Finally he'd just climb out, balance his body on the very edge, shouting for "mama" or "dada" repeatedly. So we did some research and made the move. Although the transition wasn't without issues, there were a few steps we followed that helped make things a little less stressful. Today I share those tips, in hope that other … [Read more...]

Mommy Needs a Time-Out – Link Party #1

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Every mom needs a timeout once in awhile. It's a time to sit back, relax and take a second to catch your breath...or share your favorite posts if you're a mommy blogger :)! Take your weekly timeouts with Mommy Needs a Time-Out, now that you've found us! The MOMMY NEEDS A TIMEOUT LINK PARTY  is hosted/co-hosted by an amazing group of women who enjoy a break from the hectic rush of motherhood. Join us each week to link up your favorite posts that are parenting-related or family-friendly (DIY, crafts, recipes, tips, etc.). Your links will be shared on 9 blogs. That’s 9 times the publicity for … [Read more...]

15 Kid-Friendly Apple Snacks

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This is the time of year that I really love! Summer slowly draws to a close and the beautiful Fall foliage begins to make an appearance. We already have piles of leaves all over the yard! But it's also the time of year our newsfeeds are flooded with all sorts of apple-related recipes and activities...I can only wonder when my toddler will finally start entertaining the idea of eating apples during snack time! He's been a very picky-eater from the start...apples being one of his least-favorite fruits. So I started to think long and hard on ways to get him to join in the fun apple-picking … [Read more...]

Brica i-Hide Car Seat Organizer {Review & Giveaway}

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How many times have you gasped at the unsightly scene waiting for you in the backseat of the car? It's filthy dirty and cluttered with toys, books and extra junk all over? Yeah, I can relate. No matter how many times I try to keep my car looking decent and organized, there always seems to be more stuff added with every car trip. Dirty tissues, cookie crumbs, wrappers abound. I've lost count on the number of sippy cups that have forever disappeared, only to be found weeks later.  So of course I was naturally thrilled to get the car in shape with an opportunity to review the i-Hide Car … [Read more...]

Beach in a Bin: Small World Sensory Play

Beach Bin: Sensory Activity

Now that summer is winding down and the trips to the beach are becoming less frequent, I thought it was a good time to "bring" the beach to us during sensory play. As you've seen lately, my toddler loves sensory stimulation -- it gives him a chance to learn through play and engage his imagination.  I also love how calm he becomes when he is able to focus on a simple activity like pouring water, digging dirt or squishing gelatin. Here's what we used to create a beach-themed world: Blue Jell-O Trail Mix Cookie Crumbs Spaghetti Green Food Coloring Variety of Sea … [Read more...]

6-Month Supply of Diapers & Wipes {Giveaway}

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As a first-time mom or dad, you won't believe how many diapers you actually go through in a given day. Well I'll tell you: it's about 10-12 during those first few weeks when baby is feeding ever-so-frequently! Oh yes...prepare to stock up! Wouldn't it be a God-send to have one less thing to worry about when you are on little-to-no sleep a night?  Well, there  actually is an awesome company that will DELIVER diapers and wipes for you. Home of the "Year Supply of Diapers", BabyShowersByMail.com offers an amazing service that actually delivers diapers and wipes to your house! You … [Read more...]

Keeping Active with Little Ones #MovingMoments {Giveaway}

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This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Huggies and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own. As a mom to two little boys, I find myself more active than ever!  Some days are full of running around the house chasing a 2 year-old, and then jumping through the various obstacle courses he's managed to create from toys and household junk.  My toddler really knows how to make a mama sweat! Other days I'm dancing around and making silly faces so my 4 month-old can stop crying. It amazes me just how much energy they have AND how much energy they need to burn … [Read more...]

A Painting with Ice Activity for Toddlers

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This summer we've managed to do a number of Pinterest-inspired activities from sensory bin exploration to DIY crafts -- and most of these outdoors! My toddler can't get enough of them, so I have to test my creativity each day. In keeping with the sensory exploration theme, this week we decided to try those painting with ice activities I first heard via the Kids Activities Blog. I thought this was such a fun way to let my toddler cool off from the heat while exploring his artistic side, so we took it a step further and added our favorite kid-friendly ingredient, Kool-Aid! Here's … [Read more...]