Homemade Deodorant with 3 Simple Pantry Ingredients

This is one of my favorite natural deodorant recipes because it's simple to make from pantry ingredients and most importantly, because it works! I know everyone's body chemistry is different, but for me, this deodorant keeps body odor away all day long without me having to re-apply every few hours. There's an optional ingredient: your favorite essential oil. I usually don't add essential oils, but the last time I made this deodorant recipe I … [Read more...]

DIY Lotion Bars and Lip Balm (It’s Easier Than You May Think!)

DIY Lotion Bars made with coconut oil are a fun beauty product to make at home. It was SO EASY and fast - I was done with the "making and mixing" part within half an hour. Lotion bars need to set and harden up a bit before use, which takes a few hours. My skin loves the softening effects of this coconut oil and cocoa butter blend. If you prefer shea butter to cocoa butter, simply substitute the same amount in the recipe. The basic recipe … [Read more...]

Our San Diego Weekend (A Whirlwind of Sun and Fun!)

My husband and I recently went for a long San Diego weekend without our four kids. It was so much fun! San Diego is one of our favorite cities to visit, with or without the entire family. We stayed in the historic Gaslamp District, which was a first for both of us. One big benefit of staying in a downtown hotel is that we could walk or bike to so many places in the area. It was nice not to have to spend a lot of time driving around in traffic. … [Read more...]

Free Printables! Disney’s THE BFG Movie Coloring Pages

THE BFG movie coloring pages are here! Get excited, Disney's THE BFG movie opens in theaters July 1st. I admit, I have never read this book. I had never even heard of The BFG book by Roald Dahl until this movie was announced. Somehow I missed out on reading this classic book when I was in elementary school. Luckily, my two oldest kids did get the chance to read the book in third grade and were able to fill me in on what "BFG" stands for (Big … [Read more...]

Summer Hair Care and Travel Makeup Essentials

Summer hair care and travel makeup essentials was made possible by our fabulous product sponsors, including Stowaway Cosmetics, AQUIS, Umberto and Conair.  I love going places and summertime is one of my favorite times to travel. My husband and I recently flew to California without the kids, which meant I needed to fit everything I needed for the weekend into one carry-on suitcase. We were trying to avoid paying extra to check our … [Read more...]

Awesome America by TIME for Kids Book + Giveaway

TIME for Kids provided us with a review copy of the Awesome America book. All opinions expressed within the blog post are 100% my own.  Summer activities keep us so busy, that sometimes we forget to make time for summer reading. One way I like to help my kids get in more reading time is by bringing books with us when we go on road trips. My kids are into all sorts of books from chapter books to graphic novels. They also enjoy books with fun … [Read more...]

Summer Beauty Essentials | Made in the USA #4thofJuly Edition

Happy Fourth of July and Thank you to the following brands for gifting me with beauty products Made in the USA: ActivEssence, Mineral Fusion, eos, Schmidt's, Kleenex, Jack Black, EO, VenEffect, Colorescience, Fairy Tales, Eclair Naturals, HFACTOR and DDF. As always, the opinions shared in the blog posts are my own honest opinions based on my actual experiences with the products. Celebrate summer and the Fourth of July looking your best with … [Read more...]

No Churn Mint OREO Ice Cream Recipe

My family loves this easy homemade ice cream recipe so much, we make quite often, especially in the summertime. No Churn means no ice cream maker is needed. Everyone enjoys this minty twist on the classic cookies and cream ice cream flavor. I make Mint Cookies and Cream Ice Cream with Mint OREOs. The original kind of OREOs are equally delicious if you want to substitute them in the recipe, it's a total toss up as to which one we like best. … [Read more...]

Animal Planet Books for Kids + Printable Animal Fact Cards [GIVEAWAY]

Animal Planet books are a great way to entice kids to read this summer. Kids are instantly attracted to the colorful photography and drawn to the fun animal fact snippets found on every page. I just received review copies of the following books, and my kids couldn't wait to start thumbing through them. Are you planning a trip to the zoo or aquarium this summer? Animal Planet recently released some awesome new books just in time to help you … [Read more...]