How to create a simple high volume hairstyle! {PLUS, a Gift Card GIVEAWAY!} #SimpleStyle #SimpleVolume

high volume hairstyle

I've partnered with Lunchbox for this post about high volume hair.  Summer is a great time to try out a new look, especially one with HIGH volume. We love up-dos for summertime and we want to show you just how easy it is to create a beautiful up-do for your summer wedding or party (or any occasion really!). One of the most important parts of creating a high volume look is choosing the right products. Fortunately, Kroger has you covered with great beauty products like TRESemme Health Volume ... ...continue reading

Win the Step2 Extreme Mountain Adventures Combo, ARV $499!

Extreme Mountain Adventures Combo

Welcome to the Step2 Extreme Mountain Adventures Combo Giveaway, hosted by Thrifty Nifty Mommy & Viva Veltoro! Everyone likes a great deal -- did you know that by shopping directly through Step2.com, you can get exclusive combo deals on some of their hottest products, saving you lots of money in the process? Here are some of my favorite combos: If you're looking for a great combo deal for the adventurous kid in your life, look no further than the Step2 Extreme Mountain Adventures ... ...continue reading

25 Easy Chicken Dinner Recipes!

Easy chicken dinner recipes

We LOVE chicken in our house. It's really the perfect staple for so many dishes. I buy it in bulk whenever it goes on sale at our local grocery store because I know I can always find something to do with that chicken I've got in the freezer. I have a handful of go-to recipes that we enjoy, but I want to branch out a bit so I've been hunting down new recipes to add to my arsenal. I've been pinning like a mad woman and have put together a fabulous collection of super easy chicken dinner recipes ... ...continue reading

15 totally awesome Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle crafts for kids!

teenage mutant ninja turtle crafts

Does your child love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? I cannot believe these guys made such a big comeback! I remember watching them when I was a kid and I was just thrilled when I saw TMNT t-shirts and backpacks popping up in stores over the past few years. My toddler is totally into "turtle power" and his turtle shirt is his very, very favorite. I had to buy two of them since he requests it so often! I've been searching for more crafts ideas to do with him at home this summer and found some ... ...continue reading

10 Awesome Dragon Crafts for Kids! #StreamTeam

Dragon crafts

I've teamed up with Netflix for this post about awesome dragon crafts for kids.  We've been keeping boredom at bay by doing lots of fun activities and crafts this summer - and a little bit of streaming on Netflix! My little guy is at such a fun age right now and he's really into pretend play and make believe. I just adore spending time with him and seeing his imagination run wild. Recently, I bought him a copy of "How to Train Your Dragon" and we just sat down and watched it a few weeks ago. He ... ...continue reading

DIY Flower Letter Tutorial! +Giveaway from Sunshine Shoppe Supply

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I often think about why I love DIY projects so much.  Is it because I like saving money?  Is it because I can personalize these projects, so that they are unique and meaningful? Yes and yes, but I think the biggest reason is because I just love to CREATE!  I love the satisfaction that comes from using my hands to make something from mere parts and supplies, and then the sense of pride I feel every time I look at that project, knowing that I had a hand in it.  I'm kind of still wrapped up in ... ...continue reading

Family Maternity Photos from Candid Pix Photography

family maternity photos

One big regret I had with my first pregnancy was not getting professional maternity photos. I didn't feel particularly attractive during that pregnancy and looked swollen and bloated, but I still wish I had captured that moment in our lives. I let the hustle and bustle of daily life (we were preparing to move just 2 weeks after our little guy arrived) and my insecurities get the best of me and I missed out. I knew this time would be different. I was just starting to think about booking a ... ...continue reading

Big Kid Car Safety – When can my child transition to a booster seat or seat belt?

booster seat or seat belt

I know we talk about infant and toddler car seat safety pretty often, but lately I've been noticing a trend on my personal social media feeds. I've been seeing 4 and 5 year old children sitting in backless booster seats and 8 and 9 year olds sitting in the front seat next to their parents. Knowing these children's parents, I know that they wouldn't intentionally put their kids in harm's way, so I think there must be a big lack of information and education about what is safe for young children. I ... ...continue reading

Adorable and useful products from Zig Zag Kid! I’ve got an awesome GIVEAWAY!

Zig Zag Kid Giveaway

I've partnered with Zig Zag Kid for this promotional giveaway. I've always said that I love children's products that are not only adorable but functional. When I bring a new item into our home, I want to be sure it's going to be used and loved, and not just tossed aside due to boredom or breakage. That's why I was really intrigued when I heard about Zig Zag Kid. Zig Zag Kid believes that there is a little Super Hero inside all of us, and especially our kids. Their goal is to help them ... ...continue reading

Over 400 Healthy and Fun Lunchbox Ideas for School!

lunchbox ideas

My son might just be the pickiest eater ever. It took me weeks to figure out how to get him to eat a sandwich before he started preschool. I'd make these great little meals for lunch (and I was SO proud of myself). Then, I'd present the food to him and he'd just shake his head and yell, "NO!" It wasn't until my friend Lindsey, who happens to make the cutest lunches for her girls, told me that I needed to get more creative that I finally realized where I was going wrong. She sent me all kinds of ... ...continue reading

Happy Babies = Happy Summer Days! #LittleRemedies #IC #ad

litttle remedies

"I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Little Remedies. I received a product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.” When we were new parents, our first baby seemed to get sick every time we traveled.  Every Christmas and every summer vacation, we found ourselves running to the nearest drug store to scour the shelves for anything that would give our little guy some relief so that we could all get back to ... ...continue reading

Balboa Baby Bedding Review & Giveaway!

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My toddler boys will both be attending preschool this Fall, and even though it is only one day a week, I am practically giddy excited just thinking about being able to do my grocery shopping during the day with one child instead of three!  Since baby girl will be clocking miles in a shopping cart and still pretty young (think "put-everything-in-your-mouth" stage), I decided that it was high time I got one of those cute little shopping cart covers.  I did my homework and shopped around for the ... ...continue reading

Have postpartum blues? 5 easy ways to ditch the postpartum funk!

5 Easy Ways to Ditch The Postpartum Funk

Feeling like you might have postpartum blues? You're really not sure what's going on. The day to day just keeps going by. Days flash before you. You blink and a whole month has come and gone. You lost your motivation. You don't feel like putting on your normal get-up every day. Yoga pants just sound so much better. Makeup? Who needs it. You strive every day to be the best Mom you can be. But you're in this "funk" and all you want is a shred of normalcy back. You just don't know how to even ... ...continue reading

Berry Apricot Smoothie Recipe! {Plus, a gift card giveaway!}

Berry and apricot smoothie

I've teamed up with Lunchbox for this berry apricot smoothie recipe. Now more than ever I'm aware of the impact that my diet has on my looks. In my teens and twenties, I could get away with eating not-such-optimal food and still looking decent. These days I need a little extra help, so I try to eat right and use products that I know will give me good results. Thankfully, Publix is stocked with Allure-winning beauty products from brands that I love and trust like Clear, Dove and St. Ives. I ... ...continue reading

Enter to win the NEW Step2 WonderBall Fun House!

Step2 WonderBall Fun House

Welcome to the Keeping Cool in the Sun Giveaway Hop hosted by Lindsey Blogs and Viva Veltoro. It's HOT HOT HOT outside, but we're joining a group of bloggers are are ready to keep you cool in the sun with amazing giveaways all valued at $25 or more. Be sure to hop around to them all and don't miss the amazing Grand Prize below - a Step2 WonderBall Fun House! A house that’s a ball of fun! Your kiddos will have a ball with the Step2 WonderBall Fun House! Toddlers will enhance their hand-eye ... ...continue reading