5 Must Haves For Flying With Kids Under 5

5 must haves

I've teamed up with CARES Kids Fly Safe for this post. All opinions are my own.  Over the years I've had the joy (sense my sarcasm) of traveling with my son via aircraft. Although it started out as a difficult task, each time it has gotten progressively easier to the point where I would now deem myself an 'old pro' at flying with kids. The first time I traveled with my son he was about a year old, and I was a complete wreck. Overpacked, overstressed, and unorganized. Literally, I was that mom ... ...continue reading

WIN a Buttons Cloth Diapers Prize Package!


Buttons cloth diapers were born at home. As a husband and wife team, they designed their diapers to be easy to use and affordable for everyone - the way it should be. They believe in keeping your lives simple, even when it comes to diapering. Their company is based in the beautiful Skagit Valley of Northwest Washington, where their family enjoys hiking, biking, sailing, and splashing in puddles. Their diapers are CPSIA certified, which means they are safe for your baby and good for the the ... ...continue reading

The Step2 Christmas in July Sale is on NOW! {Plus, a HUGE Giveaway!}

Step2 Christmas in July

You may not want to believe it, but this Christmas is now closer than last Christmas. As you know, I love Step2 products and they're having a BIG sale that I thought you should know about! Their Christmas in July Sale is on now, so you can start your holiday shopping early this year and avoid waiting in line for gifts in November. There are some AWESOME toys on sale, but I wanted to share with you a few of my favorites: The 2-in-1 Ford® F-150 SVT Raptor Studio Art Desk Thomas the Tank ... ...continue reading

WIN a $100 Amazon Gift Card, Courtesy of AKC!


Today Thrifty Nifty Mommy is taking some time to talk about the AKC's Breed Selector quiz & their You vs. Breed quiz. For anyone who has ever wondered what their perfect dog breed is, these quizes are for you! Read her full review and story HERE. Once you find out what your perfect dog breed is, enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card! If you'd like to win the gift card, enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below. Good luck! Entry-Form Disclosure: I have not been compensated ... ...continue reading

Win a Baby’s First Year Prize Pack in the Summer Sweeping Giveaway Hop!

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Welcome to the Summer Sweeping Giveaway Hop, hosted by Viva Veltoro and Lindsey Blogs. Summer is just getting started because it is definitely HOT, HOT, HOT outside. Each blogger in this Event has a giveaway worth at least $25 to help you stay cool and keep Summer Sweeping with this fun Giveaway Hop – so be sure to hop around to them all below including my co-host, Lindsey Blogs, who's sharing a few of her favorite brands with you! My prize package includes some of my favorite things for ... ...continue reading

Indulge in REAL Belgian Chocolate with Magnum Ice Cream Bars! {PLUS, a Kroger Gift Card Giveaway!} #MagumSummerIndulge


I've teamed up with Lunchbox for this post about Magnum Ice Cream. Now that little miss is here, it's been difficult carving out one-on-one time with my toddler. Having a new baby in the house is a big adjustment for all of us, but especially for him. He craves and needs my undivided attention and that's why I've instituted our "special afternoon breaks." It's become a little tradition - just the two of us, hanging out in the backyard while the baby naps. We do silly things like run through the ... ...continue reading

Enter to win the all new Safety 1st Grow and Go 3 in 1 Convertible Car Seat!

Safety 1st Convertible Car Seat

Welcome to the Safety 1st Grow and Go Convertible Car Seat Giveaway, hosted by Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro and sponsored by Safety 1st! Will you be traveling with a little one this 4th of July? It's so important to not only make sure your child is in a car seat appropriate for their age and size, but you also need to make sure it's installed correctly. Safety 1st is sharing summer travel tips that you'll want to be sure to read. When it comes to our kids, we can never be too safe, ... ...continue reading

Best DIY Quiet Books for Church or other Quiet Places!

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If you have a family of young kids, you know very well the hair-pulling stress of trying to keep them quiet for a given amount of time where you're among other adults also trying to keep their focus, whether this be at church, in a meeting, or on an airplane.  My mom put together a quiet book for me when I was little, but the things I've seen lately when it comes to these adorably assembled activity books are unreal.  If you feel like getting your craft on, I highly recommend putting together a ... ...continue reading

Lutron Electronics Giveaway! Win automated lighting for your home!

Lutron Electronics

I've teamed up with Lutron Electronics for this sponsored giveaway. A few weeks ago, I told you all about an easy way to save money on your electricity bill. After reading more about the Maestro Occupancy/Vacancy Sensing Switch by Lutron Electronics, I told my husband that we were buying one for every room in our new home! Not only does my toddler turn on the lights in nearly every room in our house (without ever turning them off!), I always seem to have my hands full with the new ... ...continue reading

Totally RAD throwback shows and movies to watch with your kids! #StreamTeam

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I've teamed up with Netflix for this post. I have to admit, I love seeing "Throwback Thursday" posts on social media. Every time I see the #TBT hashtag I hope to see a photo of someone I know from when we were kids in the 80's or 90's, wearing our favorite corduroy pants or Rainbow Bright T-shirts. I have the best childhood memories of hanging out with my brothers and cousins and watching our favorite shows and movies like Inspector Gadget, The Smurfs, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Those TV ... ...continue reading

Bloom Theory Camera Straps Review & Giveaway! Mama & Babe Prize Package!

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If my house were on fire, and after all the kids were safely outside, I'd definitely go back in for my camera!  I just upgraded to the new Canon Rebel T6i and could 100% justify the purchase because I use my camera literally every single day!  Between blogging, documenting my children, and photography gigs, I feel like it is always around my neck.  As soon as I agreed to photograph my first wedding this summer (!), I decided that all I really wanted was a gorgeous camera strap to make me feel ... ...continue reading

The DIY No-Fail Anti-Boredom Car Kit for Kids

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We're hitting the road to Grandma's soon, and with three kids in the backseat, no DVD player, and a thousand+ miles ahead of us, I'm determined to go at least a few hours before I hear whining!  Here is my tried-and-true anti-boredom kit that I put together before every road trip since we started long road trips with our boys.  I'd recommend this assortment for ages 3-4, but customize it to your child's interests and attention span.  Behold, the contents of this super box: Some colorful ... ...continue reading

Reading is Fundamental + Macy’s Be Book Smart Summer Offer! {PLUS, a Macy’s Gift Card Giveaway with FIVE Winners!}

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I've partnered with Reading is Fundamental and Macy's for this post.  Summer is here! I know most kids are excited to have a break from school, but did you know that most children lose learning and skills they’ve built during the school year over the summer?  Truly, this can be considered a "make or break" time since students can either get ahead or fall behind academically, depending in large part on their resources and opportunities. Even though all students have the potential to lose some of ... ...continue reading

Refresh your meal routine with Lipton K-Cups – PLUS, a Target Gift Card Giveaway!

Lipton K-Cups

I've teamed up with Lunchbox for this post.  Your summer is about to get a whole lot sweeter thanks to Lipton K-Cups! Living in the South, I like to think I know a little bit about sweet tea. After trying the Lipton Refresh Iced Sweet Tea K-Cups, I'm hooked! They're deliciously sweet and satisfyingly cool. The best part? Making this delicious iced tea is as easy as 1-2-3! In just a few simple sets you'll have refreshing Lipton iced tea to enjoy during all of your summer activities. So, grab ... ...continue reading

$25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Amazon is one of my all-time favorite places to shop and since I receive affiliate credit when any of you shop through my link, I wanted to spread the love a little and do a little self sponsored Amazon gift card giveaway to say THANKS! I truly appreciate you visiting and reading each day! Your support helps keeps this blog running. If you want to enter to win, just use the Giveaway Tools form below! Open to the US only, ages 18 and up. Ends 7/6/15 at 11:59 PM EST. Entry-Form Disclosure: ... ...continue reading