The Absolute Best Swim Floats for Little Kids

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...]

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

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...]

Top Reasons You Need a Baby Carrier with Your Second Child

As a first-time mom you're bombarded with must-have baby products...many of which you never really end up using. When it's just mama and baby, while tough, life is certainly more manageable than when you have a toddler to chase after on top of caring for your infant. Related: Raising a Toddler While Pregnant But as a second-time mom some baby products REALLY do make a huge difference. One of those products? A baby carrier or wrap. There will come a period when you have to balance your time between two kids - for making meals, soothing a cranky baby or attending to your toddler. … [Read more...]

Surviving Cold & Flu Season with Toddlers

I have been compensated by Pedialyte for this post; however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own. It’s one thing to be sick in bed with the flu virus...but it’s a whole other story to be fighting the flu at 7.5 months pregnant while your two little boys are also exhibiting those telltale flu symptoms at the same time. But that’s exactly the predicament we found ourselves in last month. Running to and from the bathroom day and night. Cleaning up all sorts of messes around the house and trying to get the kids to stay hydrated. Because a mother’s biggest concern is making … [Read more...]

5 Must-Haves for a No-Fuss Toddler Bath

You anxiously turn on the faucet filling the tub with warm water, rubber duckies and all the necessary body washes...calling out to your kids for "bath time." Then you hear it: footsteps darting in the opposite direction, with screaming wails, "Noooo!" as you struggle to undress your toddler for a simple bath.... No one wants to picture that dreaded scene during bath time, especially when your toddler really needs to get clean. Luckily, I've found a few tips that have helped end our bath time struggles. In fact, nowadays when we utter "bath" our two boys jump for joy and race to find … [Read more...]

LeapTV: A Video Game to Keep Small Kids Active Indoors

As a LeapFrog Mom Ambassador, I receive products, promotional items and educational material to use and share as I see fit. However, any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience. This post contains affiliate links. Remember how much fun you had playing the Wii? It was an action-packed video game system that enabled an adult to feel like a kid again and get a little exercise in the process! If you have small children that were too young for the Wii, LeapFrog's LeapTV is the perfect solution. It's an educational gaming system designed specifically to keep small … [Read more...]

My Friend Teddy {Review & Giveaway}

Disclosure: I received a product to facilitate my review of My Friend Teddy; all opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience.  Ever since my toddler was born, his 3 year-old brother has been craving extra attention. And unfortunately sometimes that takes the form of acting out to make sure mommy notices...which of course then has the same effect on the little one. So you can imagine how difficult dividing time between my boys is. I was therefore intrigued when I learned about My Friend Teddy -- a teddy bear that interacts with little ones, doing … [Read more...]

The Conversation That Matters Most in Motherhood

I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Influence Central forWaterWipes. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Motherhood has a way of filling you with the most abundant joy and love imaginable. You are overflowing with emotions after bringing a beautiful new life into the world and ready to do anything and everything possible for them. I adore my children with all my heart. My two lovable rambunctious little boys who are always testing the limits...and teaching me so much about motherhood in the … [Read more...]

5 Reasons the LeapFrog Epic Isn’t Just Another Kid Tablet

As a LeapFrog Mom Ambassador, I receive products, promotional items and educational material to use and share as I see fit. However, any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience. This post contains affiliate links. "Mommy, give me your phone." "My turn on the iPad!" "Can I play with your computer?" Gosh it seems that's all I hear these days in our house with an ever-curious tablet loving 3 year old! Although we've made it a point to limit electronic use in the past, in this day in age, we realize there is definitely a time and place for the educational … [Read more...]

Toddler Toys to Encourage Learning Through Play

I'm always trying to find fun ways to encourage my children to learn. Because that is really how children learn best. Having fun and playing! One of the reasons we love LeapFrog games and toys is because they make learning come naturally, through the experience of playing. Nothing is hard or complicated, just good old fun! This post contains affiliate links. Number Lovin' Oven Earlier this month, we got a chance to review LeapFrog's Number Lovin' Oven -- a toy that lets little chefs learn basic math and problem-solving skills through pretend play.The learning is secretly built-in as your … [Read more...]