What No One Tells You About Baby Gear Must-Haves

First time parents have it hard when it comes to baby gear. We are fortunate to have so many choices when it comes to what to purchase for our wee little ones. Unfortunately, with the abundance of choice also comes a great deal of confusion for first time parents. After raising three babies and reviewing… [read more]

The 15 Minute, Once a Week, Practice That has Changed Our Family

…And is continuing to change our family…for the better, of course. It was the typical stuff all families encounter. “Is it really that hard to turn off a light when you leave the room?!” “Why are your coats and backpacks on the floor when your hook is just a foot away?” “Is it really necessary… [read more]

Top 5 Valentine’s Gifts to Say ‘I Love You’ to Your Kids

Before we had kids, Valentine’s Day entailed a romantic evening out and sweet nothings inscribed on cute cards. Today, with three little boys, Valentine’s Day is no less fun, but it has taken on a little different tone… The kids come home from school super excited to exchange Valentine cards, make Valentine crafts, and decorate… [read more]

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]

Road Trip With Kids: Tips, Games, Car Hacks to Save Your Sanity

Thank you to those brands who provided samples for this Road Trip with Kids article. Our collective sanity thanks you! Going on a road trip with kids can be overwhelming for parents, particularly if your kids don’t have a lot of practice spending hours or days upon end in the car. As spring turns to… [read more]

10 Awesome Ideas to Make Family Dinners FUN!

Tired of the Dinnertime Drudgery? Have you ever sat at the dinner table surrounded by your insane beloved children and asked yourself, “remind me why we are submitting ourselves to this torture”. It is no question that gathering around the table once a day and eating a meal together as a family has it’s benefits…. [read more]

The NEW Boon SPAN and FORB MINI + Apple Crisp Muffin Recipe

I may be alone in this, but cleaning dishes relaxes me! What does not relax me: gross sponges and dishwasher water filled dishes! Ew! Now that I have a toddler (who LOVES to eat!) I find myself doing more and more dishes. Our dishwasher is now always filled with adorable little multicolored bowls and cups,… [read more]

Skip the Training Wheels! Strider Balance Bike Review

A sample product was provided at no cost to facilitate this STRIDER Balance Bike review. STRIDER Balance Bike Review We are a big outdoors family, which means my husband is excited for when our son can go out and do things with us, especially bike riding. So, when our son started getting older and enjoyed… [read more]

Six Easy Tips for Getting Baby to Sleep

A couple weeks ago I talked about the importance of a sleep schedule for your infant or toddler. Today I wanted to revisit a few additional tips for getting baby to sleep. Sleep deprivation is one of the hardest things to deal with as a new mom. You’re tired and drained, making your mood low,… [read more]

The Importance of a Sleep Schedule for Your Infant and Toddler + Candide Baby Crib Mattress Review

Sleep Schedule for Your Infant or Toddler A lot of modern parents balk when they hear the words “sleep schedule”. Actually, I’m not sure balk is strong enough language. How about this: A lot of modern parents scorn the phrase “sleep schedule for your infant”. I think of myself as a balance between the progressive parent… [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]

How We Messed Up Our Kid’s Teeth and What We’re Doing To Fix It #Listerine

Disclosure: I taught my child the importance of oral health care with LISTERINE® Smart Rinse, as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #LISTERINE We are no strangers to dental drama. Learning proper dental hygiene for yourself is one thing. Learning proper dental hygiene for your kids is an entirely different ball game. Ironically, our… [read more]

5 Tips to Maintain a Healthy Household for Baby and You

While you’re busy making sure that you get all your bases covered for baby’s daily care regimen, feeding, bedding, and more, don’t forget his environment. Newborns quickly turn into toddlers, and you’ll find it will greatly benefit both you and baby to be prepared. One of the best ways to ensure that you’re providing a… [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]