Empowering Kids by Teaching Them to Make their Own School Lunch

Thank you to Sprout’s and Box Tops for sponsoring this conversation! Happy New School Year! We have had such an amazing summer! I’m not sure I’ve ever packed so much fun into two months before. But..(you knew it was coming, right?) I need some rest. I started summer completely burned out. Now, I’m looking forward… [read more]

How I Got my Kids to Read this Summer + Great Summer Reading Books for 3rd and 4th Graders!

Affiliate links are present. If you happen to purchase through one of my links, you may very well just make my day. 🙂 Classic, Contemporary, and non-fiction reading books for 3rd and 4th graders. I love summer vacation, and I think it is safe to say my kids do too! They love not having the… [read more]

LEGOLAND California! Tips to Save Money and Have a Blast!

Spring and Summer are the perfect time to get your family out of the house and hit some fun destination spots! One of my favorite places to visit with my boys is San Diego, California. Having spent the first 20 years of my life in San Diego, it holds a very special place in my heart…. [read more]

How to Make a Borax Crystal Geode – Science Projects for Kids!

Hope you enjoy this borax crystal geode tutorial! With the boys back in public school, and with our long commute time to and from school, it is not often we have the time to do science projects anymore. But the creative juices just can’t be stifled for long, and we were itching to do something creative…. [read more]

25 Amazing Kids Books For Black History Month

February is Black History Month here in the US. Having formerly been a preschool teacher and a homeschool mom, and a former and current lover of history, cultures, and the people who’ve lived them, I put together a list of some of my favorite kids books for Black History Month. The children’s African folktale books… [read more]

Lots of Giggles with Monkey Up! In Theaters NOW

Thanks to Air Bud Entertainment for sponsoring this blog post. My kids are HUGE fans of the Air Bud movies. There is just something about anthropomorphic animals that just fascinates children. Now, the creators of the beloved ‘Air Bud’ and ‘Buddies’ films are proud debut an all-new family movie, MONKEY UP, on Digital HD January 19, 2106… [read more]

10 of the Year’s Best Family Games for Family Game Night!

10 Best Family Games for Family Game Night Family game night is one of my favorite ways to build great memories as a family. Some of my favorite, and most hilarious, memories from my own childhood are playing games with my family. Playing games together as a family builds important life skills like knowing how… [read more]

Get creative with Shopkins Kinstructions and Activity Toys – Review

Disclosure: A sample was provided to facilitate this review. All opinions are honest and are my own. I have two daughters, one 8 and one almost 4, and they are obsessed with Shopkins.  And I mean obsessed! Shopkins are super cute, tiny characters that live in a big shopping world!  These cute little characters come in… [read more]

Is Your Child’s Development on Track? Answers from an Expert + Giveaway!

Disclosure: Thank you to VTech for providing a sample for review. One of my favorite parts of parenthood is watching my children hit their developmental milestones. Occasionally, if you’re paying attention, you can see them make a cognitive or developmental leap. Our youngest, for example, has been a relatively late (compared to his two older… [read more]

A Look at The Children’s Place 2015 Fall Fashion for Kids!

Disclosure: Thank you to The Children’s Place for providing a gift card to help facilitate this post!  I’ve been shopping at The Children’s Place since I was expecting my first child over 8 years ago. Even before I shopped there, I went with my mom when she shopped there when we were kids (can you… [read more]

Get the Kids Out of the House and Outside with the Lil’ Monkey Climber

Summer break may be over, but that  doesn’t mean your kids days enjoying the outdoors need to end. Now that the kids are back in school it is even more important that they get good outdoor play and exercise each day. Exercise not only strengthens their little muscles, builds coordination and motor skills, and gives… [read more]

Keep your kids Entertained for Hours with My Friend Teddy – Review

Disclosure: Samples were provided to facilitate this review. All opinions are honest and are my own. Do you remember a few weeks ago when I introduced you to My Friend Cayla?  She was a fun interactive doll! If you haven’t heard about her you should check out My Friend Cayla review here.  We had so much… [read more]

Ladybug Cupcakes Recipe + Cute as a Bug Ladybug Birthday Party Ideas!

My boys were absolutely fascinated with ladybugs this spring. I had never seen so many ladybugs in my life as I saw this last spring in Louisiana! It was amazing! My two youngest especially, loved to hunt ladybugs to catch. They loved to pick them and let the crawl around on their hands. Little Z… [read more]

A Smart Doll? Meet the New My Friend Cayla Doll! – Review

Disclosure: Samples were provided to facilitate this review. All opinions are honest and are my own. When I first had my daughter eight years ago, I quickly learned that dolls were the ideal play thing.  Now with two girls we have so many different types around the house I can’t go more than a few steps… [read more]