6 Simple Ways to Help Kids Eat a Balanced Diet

L'il Critters gummy vitamins

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for L’il Critters. I received product sample to facilitate my review and promotional item as a thank you for participating. It can be really difficult to teach kids to eat well.  Kids often start out their foray into solid foods with reluctance and suspicion…. [read more]

Good for For Your Health, Spicy Lemonade #Recipe

spicy lemonade featured image

Thanks so much to Chris Wimmer for today’s guest post! You can read more about Chris and his awesome blog in his bio below.   Summers are the best time of year: Vacations, sun, no rain, and lots of time for family fun. One of the few challenges our family has in Chicago is trying… [read more]

Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch Review and Giveaway!

Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch Review

Vtech has long been on the front lines of innovation when it comes to fun and educational technology for kids.  My kids still love their Vtech Kidizoom Camera that we reviewed last September.  When asked if I wanted to do a Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch review, I knew I had to say yes! Kidizoom Smartwatch Review… [read more]

Back to School Giveaway! $400 in Prizes!

It is with just the slightest bit of sadness that I say goodbye to our summer break. But I have to admit that I’m really excited for my boys to be in school again. I know you’re probably thinking I’m excited to have them out of my hair for a little bit while they are… [read more]

How to build a DIY Kids Climbing Wall!

DIY Kids Climbing Wall, Indoor Climbing Wall Instructions

Today’s awesome DIY is brought to you by The Husband! Our middle son enjoying his DIY Kids Climbing Wall! Imagine a world where children spend summer days outside climbing trees, digging holes, chasing animals, and running races.  The children of this world turn to their imaginations for entertainment and learn to navigate social impasses without… [read more]

We Got a Pet! And He Does NOT like Me…

Betta fish

Meet Joey… As a part of being a National Geographic Kids Insider, PetSmart sent us one of their cool, new National Geographic fish tanks to try out!   We received the National Geographic Aqua Oasis Betta Aquarium .  I love the cool Tutankhamun mask in the background! Of course, you can’t have a cool National Geographic fish… [read more]

10 Reasons NOT to Stop Breastfeeding at 1 year

10 reasons to Breastfeed beyond 12 months, Benefits of Breastfeeding past 1 year

Because breastfeeding is really only now coming back in “style” (I say that in quotation marks, because, really, the health of our children shouldn’t be a cultural fad), not much is known by the general populace about breastfeeding past 1 year. “Now that your child is 1 year old, you can begin introducing cows’ milk.” This… [read more]

Relieve Little Noses with Clearinse Safe Nasal Aspirator

sleeping baby

It is heartbreaking when our little ones are sick.   Some of my most miserable times as a mom have been when my baby, infant, or toddler has been sick.   When baby is sick with nasal congestion it can be so frustrating to know that, if only the nasal congestion could be relieved, baby would be so… [read more]

Blickenstaffs Toy Store – Where You Can #BringTraditionHome

Inside Blickenstaffs toy store

Thanks to Blickenstaff’s for sponsoring this post! It is a pleasure to write about a place my family loves! Stepping in the door of Blickenstaff’s is like revisiting my childhood. There are a few stops that are a must when we visit our family in Provo, Utah.  One of these stops is Blickenstaff’s, a wonderful… [read more]

I Never Thought I Could Homeschool, But…

Why I chose to homeschool

I can’t believe I’m actually saying this, but I have officially decided to homeschool.  I never thought I’d be a homeschooling mom.  In fact, I am pretty sure that I’ve said more than once, “I could NEVER do that” in regards to homeschooling.  And yet, here I am. The biggest question in your mind must… [read more]

Our Zion Ponderosa and Zion National Park Vacation!

Zion Ponderosa activities

I can’t believe how fast the summer has flown by!!  Here in Louisiana we have just three weeks until school starts again.  This summer we spent half our summer vacation time in Utah.  If you haven’t ever been to Utah, I highly recommend a visit! After a two-day road trip we started our vacation at… [read more]

Rock N Learn Learn a Language – Review and Giveaway

Rock N Learn Learn a Language review

Summer is in full swing! I hope you and your family are enjoying the couple months off from school.  A few weeks ago I talked about ways to avoid the summer slide.   It is important that kids keep their brains active and learning throughout the summer months when school is out.  It isn’t always easy,… [read more]

A Look at My Dream Kitchen

I’ve come a long way since my first “grown-up” kitchen. And it has been years since I began building my dream kitchen in my mind. When my husband and I were first married we moved into a tiny 500 square foot apartment.  Our apartment, a fourplex was built in the 1920′s and had hardly been… [read more]

On to Zion! Road Trip Recap

Arizona near Lake Powell

It is images like this that make a 24 hour car ride with 3 small children bearable for me. Texas Wind Farm  I am absolutely captivated by the scenery when I drive on long road trips.  I was lucky to have The Husband driving this time so I could take some pictures. Two weeks ago… [read more]