Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt in the Step2 Easygoing Wagon! {PLUS, a GIVEAWAY!}

step2 easygoing wagon

How is your summer treating you?!  We hear that winters are pretty rotten around here so we're spending every waking moment outdoors while we can.  We spend a lot of our summer days in the backyard, on the local trails, and exploring the neighborhood.  To spice things up a little, I created a Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt to give us an activity to do while we cruise around in the new Step2 Easygoing Wagon! There couldn't be a more perfect vehicle for toting around toddlers who like to jump ... ...continue reading

5 Reasons I’m thrilled to be a Vanity Fair Ambassador! #WomenWhoDo #IC #AD

vanity fair ambassador

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Vanity Fair. I received product samples to facilitate my review and compensation to thank me for my participation. A few months ago, I sat at my computer reading about Vanity Fair and their new ambassador program. I was already familiar with Vanity Fair and the fact that they make style and comfort effortless for every woman, but after reading about their unwavering commitment to supporting women in all of their many ... ...continue reading

Accessorize Your Stash with this GRAND PRIZE Giveaway from Spray Pal, LooHoo, and Buttons Cloth Diapers!

Accessorize your stash

Welcome to the 4th Annual Accessorize Your Stash in August Giveaway Hop, hosted by yours truly and Lindsey Blogs! If you’re ready to accessorize your cloth diaper stash, you’ve come to the perfect Event! A fabulous group of bloggers have come together to help you do just that – with Cloth Diaper and Cloth Diaper Accessory Giveaways! If you love cloth diapering, then you’ll love hopping around to see what each blog has in store for you and your Fluffy Stash! So be sure to hop around to all the ... ...continue reading

Why We Chose T-Mobile + $300 Target Gift Card Giveaway! #ad


This is a sponsored post from One of life’s conundrums I’ve faced over the last few of years is how accepting people are when it comes to their cell phone plan.  Early on in my smart phone ownership, I went with the status quo, purchasing the most convenient and broadly advertised plans.  I was paying something like $115 per month for one smart phone and one dumb phone. Since that time, I’ve come to the light.  I’ve spent many hours researching the various phone plan options ... ...continue reading

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

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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, 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

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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?

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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

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"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