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25 Adorable Halloween Costumes for Babies

First holidays with your baby are filled with photos that your family will look back at for years. With Halloween right around the corner (and it being the first one for your baby) you definitely want to go all out. He or she might still be a little too young to enjoy all the candy, but that doesn’t mean they can’t participate in the magic! When it comes to baby costumes, it is pretty hard to go wrong. Whether store-bought or a homemade costume, your bundle of joy is sure to look cute whatever he or she is dressed as. But I have to admit, going for some of these ready-to-go costumes not … [Read more...]

FrankenSmoothie: A Kid-Friendly Green Smoothie

Like many 2 year-olds and 4 year-olds, my kids are quite the picky eaters. They don't always get the recommended dose of vitamins and nutrients for their age group. And getting them to eat fruits and vegetables on a daily basis is quite the challenge. Yes, vegetables are EXPECTED to be fraught with rejection for the most part, but my kids even fight the FRUIT most of the time!! So getting them to eat both those food groups is quite the endeavor. These days I've learned to get a little more creative when it comes to getting them to respond positively to food. Because really, you have to make … [Read more...]

Easy Handprint Spider Craft for Halloween

If there's one thing my boys can't get enough of, it's playing outside and getting dirty -- with all types of bugs under the sun: everything from worms and slugs to ants and spiders! Spiders, especially have been of particular interest these days...as more and more of them seem to pop up around the corner. The boys first became fascinated with them after reading the Itsy Bitsy Spider of course and then learning a bit more factual details from National Geographic Kids books. And with Halloween season approaching, I knew it was time for an easy Halloween craft involving spiders. This … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Slices: Easy Snack Idea for Kids

Candy apples topped with caramel, nuts, sprinkles and other deliciousness are sprouting up everywhere you turn as the Fall season draws nearer. My mouth is watering just thinking about it...but my head is telling me this is no good for little kids who don't need any more sugar in their lives! Don't get me wrong, I like to indulge them every now and then, but I know that too much sugar can wreak havoc in high-every kids. So today I'm so excited about this super simple candy apple recipe idea that was a huge hit past weekend. The small portions make me feel much more comfortable giving … [Read more...]

DIY Frankenstein Halloween Costume for Kids

Stiff body, arms reaching straight out, head held high. I watched my toddler carefully, as he pretended to be the scary Frankenstein he was so fond of ever since he spotted an old Halloween prop in his grandparent's garage. That Halloween, he had changed his mind about 10 times when contemplating what he wanted to dress up as. Yes, kids will do this to you...even after you've purchased a costume or two. But after this impressive reenactment (which he picked up on from marathon-watching Alvin & the Chipmunks Movie featuring Frankenstein) I knew Frankenstein was the perfect … [Read more...]

Sanity-Saving Morning Routine Hack for Back-to-School

With a preschooler, toddler and baby in our home, mornings are a bit hectic. This an understatement of course. Mornings are simply TOTAL CHAOS. Especially back-to-school mornings. After begging my kids to get up each day (on school days of course!), they manage to reluctantly make it down to the kitchen, after about 20-30 minutes of coaxing. Crying baby in one arm, 2 year-old tugging at pajama pants whining for milk and cereal with ONLY the Elmo spoon and dinosaur bowl and 4 year-old pretending to be a jungle cat closing in on its prey (aka little brother). As the whining turns into … [Read more...]

Back-to-School Lunch Box Essentials for Your Preschooler

There's nothing worse than the worrisome feeling that strikes after you've dropped your kid off at school only to realize you forgot to pack something in their bag. Whether it's that required icepack to keep lunch cold or a plastic spoon so they can actually eat the soup you took all morning to prepare. Making sure you have all those little back-to-school essentials ready to go for your preschooler can make all the difference. We've definitely had a few mishaps in the past. Nothing major. Just little things here and there that we forgot to pack or didn't account for until we saw a … [Read more...]

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

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

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: Beach Essentials for Baby and Toddler This post may contain affiliate links. Build a … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Make Your New Home Ready to Live In

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...]