Build Self Esteem with DOVE | BeYouTiful Printable Wall Art

Sponsored post by Mirum Shopper. All opinions are my own. My sister and I were both pregnant with our first children at the same time. Our due dates were just days apart. She ended up having a baby girl, and I had a baby boy. My niece and my son are nearly the exact same age. Over the past thirteen years, my niece has become the closest thing to a daughter I will ever have. I love her so much, and am so proud of the beautiful young woman she … [Read more...]

Bring It On, Teen Years! We’re Ready (with Yoplait Go Big)

If you've got any teen boys living at your house, you know that they can eat a lot. It seems like my almost 13-year-old son is hungry from the time he wakes up in the morning to the moment his head hits the pillow at night. It's practically a full-time job for me to keep groceries in our house. I hear from other parents of teenage boys that this is totally normal. Active teen boys are growing and their bodies need a lot of fuel. My son lives … [Read more...]

8 Bedtime Tips Help Kids Go To Bed Easier + Free Bedtime Story e-Book

Bedtime. It seems to take my children by surprise every single night. "It's time to go to bed!" I say, usually in a happy sing-song kind of way, hoping my kids will think they are in for a treat. Their reaction is never a sing-song chorus of "Yea! Let's go to bed!" Instead, all four of them begin to moan and groan. They suddenly start to suffer from extreme hunger and/or thirst. Does this ever happen to you? After 12 years of being a parent, I … [Read more...]

17 Easy April Fools Day Pranks to Play on Your Kids

April Fools Day is the perfect time to play silly pranks on your kids. Don't let April 1 pass you by without trying out at least one of these April Fools Day ideas. All of them are easy to do at home, and most of them don't require any advance planning. Let me know which one of these fun tricks fools your family this year! April Fools Day Pranks But first, a little bit of April Fools Day Trivia for you. No one is really sure who started the … [Read more...]

30 Simple Spring Outdoor Activities For Kids

Spring is here, bringing with it warmer temperatures and lots of blooming nature! There are so many simple ways to get outside and enjoy spring with your children. I have created a list of 30 of my family's favorite things to do outside in the springtime. Most of them are totally free and do not require advance planning. Go ahead, grab your kids and go play outside today! Please help me grow my list. Feel free to leave a comment below telling … [Read more...]

5 of the Best Read Aloud Books For Tweens

Did you know that read aloud books aren't just for babies and preschoolers? I admit that once my kids are able to read by themselves, I pretty much quit reading to them. I did not think they needed me anymore. But I was wrong. Tweens and teens can actually benefit from listening to books. It wasn't too late for me to start reading aloud to my older kids. So I did. When I began reading books to the older kids, I quickly realized that I enjoyed … [Read more...]

Baby Essentials Moms Can Buy in Bulk To Save Money

This post was sponsored by Sam’s Club®, however, the text and opinions are all my own. #MomSavesAtSamsClub Preparing for a baby is a big deal. Babies need lots of stuff, especially the first year. There's diapers, wipes, clothing, and food just to name a few. A convenient way to shop for baby essentials and save money is to buy in bulk at Sam's Club. Buying in bulk gives you the chance to stock up on the things your family needs at … [Read more...]

De-Stress Your School Morning Routine

Do things tend to get crazy at your house in the mornings before school? You are not alone. Weekday mornings can become the most stressful time of the day for families. Everyone is in a rush to get ready and out the door on time. The good news is you can de-stress your school morning routine with a few simple changes to your family's daily habits. These tips will help you tame the morning madness. Start Getting Ready For School the Night … [Read more...]

Why I Send Wet Ones Wipes To School in My Child’s Lunch Box (And You Should, Too!)

It is Back-To-School time, which means I'll be back to packing school lunches really soon. I have already started shopping for lunch supplies. A few of our must-haves items are reusable lunch boxes, food containers and Wet Ones® wet wipes. Lunch boxes and food containers are pretty self-explanatory, but why are wet wipes at the top of my list? To put it simply: Because I want to make sure my son cleans his hands at lunch time. Germs and … [Read more...]