Gift Recommendations for a 7-Year-Old Girl

Shopping for kids can be tough – so here are some of my 7-year-old daughter’s favorites! BedHead Waver – my girls (ages 7 and 9) both love this product.  It makes beautiful waves that are fun for lots of occasions and seem to hold up better than regular curls.  They get so many compliments!  When […]

Elf on the Shelf: What Has Pickles Been Up to Lately?

  Last year, our kids were excited to have their first Elf on the Shelf.  They quickly named her Pickles, and the fun was underway!  We had fun looking for our Elf every morning and seeing where the elf would show up! 1. Toilet papered the tree.  What a naughty Elf!  The kids got a kick […]

The Snowy Day Book Coming to Amazon Prime Video! (**GIVEAWAY**)

“The Snowy Day” is a wonderful, award-winning children’s book by Ezra Jack Keats.  Now, the animated version is coming to Amazon Prime Video on November 25, 2016!  My kids are excited to see books brought to life, and also to start watching holiday movies soon. The Snow Day is a great story about a young […]

Daily Goodie Box – November Free Samples

I received a Daily Goodie Box in exchange for my honest review. I recently had the opportunity to check out a Daily Goodie Box, which delivers free samples right to your doorstep.  Between work, all the kid’s activities, and trying to work from home, I don’t have much time to try new things, so this […]

Disney Live! Presents Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic

  I received tickets to Disney Live! in exchange for my blog post. My kids love all things Disney, so they were very excited to hear that we were taking them to see Disney Live!  We weren’t even quite sure what it was, so it was fun to have that anticipation as we waited to […]

5 Reasons AncestryDNA Kits Make Great Gifts!

  This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. My Ancestry DNA journey has been amazing!  What a great experience! First, I ordered my Ancestry DNA test (you can read about how easy that is, here). A few weeks later, was so excited to receive my results (read about that here). […]

Accenting Your Outdoor Space with Water Features

Fountains have so many uses, as decoration in homes, offices or public places.  It used to be that there was just a single type of fountain available, which was similar to a flower and water was sprayed from the top. Those fountains were commonly made from the marble, and usually white in color. As for the […]

Children’s Magazines that Pay it Forward This Holiday Season (**GIVEAWAY**)

  I received a sample in exchange for my honest review. I am fortunate that my kids love to read, but for those times that I have had to encourage them to read – especially when it comes to reading for a certain amount of time every day for homework – magazines seem to do […]

GREAT Kids Snack Box ~ Healthy Snacks Delivered Right to Your Door!

  I was provided with a Snack Box in exchange for my honest review. It is always a struggle to find decent snacks for the kids, whether it is for home, school, camp, or after-school activities.  We try to find healthy snacks, but it is hard when I am a label-reader and there are so many […]

Vuly 2 Trampoline Review

    Let me just start the review by saying how in love with the Vuly 2 my kids are!  I wouldn’t consider my children very ‘outdoorsy’, but there’s something about a trampoline that gets them playing – my boy and 2 girls. We’ve had it for just over a year now and they’ve shown […]

Saving on Our Favorite OREO Cookies At Walmart!

The holidays are fast approaching, and that means a the next few months will be crazy, all while trying to watch our spending.  I try not to get stressed out while juggling work, after-school activities, and holiday shopping.  Not only can we enjoy one of our favorite treats – OREO cookies – but snag this […]

Lisa Loeb’s “Feel What U Feel” Children’s Album (**GIVEAWAY**)

  This CD was provided in exchange for an honest review. Lisa Loeb is back with her third children’s CD, “Feel What You Feel”.  My kids still like to take out their “Songs for Movin’ and Shakin” CD and book set and crank up the music, and “Nursery Rhyme Parade” is being enjoyed by our friend’s […]

Jell-O Simply Good: No Artificial Dyes, Colors, or Preservatives!

  I received samples in exchange for my honest review. I am a big label reader, between my daughter’s peanut allergy and looking for ingredients that I feel are wholesome and safe for my family.  I was excited to hear about Jell-O Simply Good, a line of Jell-O products that have simple, natural ingredients. I […]

Power Your Day with Orgain Protein Products (**GIVEAWAY**)

I received samples in exchange for my honest review. I am busier than I ever have been.  The kids are back to school, I am back to work, and we have taken on more commitments and activities than we ever have before.  Needless to say, breakfast is one of those things that has suffered, not […]

Best Buy Holiday Shopping Event November 5th!

  I was compensated for my review in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card. I like to do my holiday shopping early, so I was excited to hear about the Best Buy Holiday Shopping event.  This is a one-day event that gives you the chance to check out products early, and have the opportunity […]

Learning Piano with Hal Leonard’s “Piano for Kids”

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. We recently got a new keyboard, as we are waiting on getting a new piano next year.  In the mean time, I am glad to see the kids have immediately taken to playing the piano. However, we don’t have time for official lessons […]

Keeping Teeth Healthy with Hello Toothpaste This Halloween and Beyond!

This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. My kid’s teeth have it tough this time of year in our household.  They are cavity-free, but keeping teeth at their cleanest is a struggle, between racing out the door to school in the mornings, holidays like Halloween, and busy evenings where I have […]

Packing Yummy School Lunches with Santa Cruz Organic Products (**GIVEAWAY**)

  This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. I tend to dread packing school lunches.  It is such a chore, and finding products that are easy to use can be a hassle.  I am a label reader, and Santa Cruz Organics makes it easy to shop.  Their products are […]

Daily Goodie Box: Great Free Samples!

  I received a Daily Goodie Box in exchange for my honest review. I don’t have a lot of time for shopping.  Before having kids, I loved checking out new products and taking my time browsing in the store.  With kids, I don’t have time or patience for that, so it was a treat when […]

Cobblestone Magazine (**GIVEAWAY!**)

I received a sample in exchange for my honest review. While my kids love reading, I have found that over the years, magazines are a great way to go when it comes to inspiring them to read.  There is something about getting a magazine in the mail, and having literature that is supplemented with images. […]

Amy Lee’s “Dream Too Much” Children’s Album (**GIVEAWAY**)

  I received this album in exchange for my honest review. When I hear the name Amy Lee, it brings me back a few years, as I have memories of listening to Evanescence starting in the early 2000’s.  It is exciting to listen to Amy Lee performing her first children’s album, now that she is […]

Our Awesome Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Experience!

  I received Medieval Times tickets in exchange for my honest review. I have wanted to go to Medieval Times for many years, since my husband went a trip to Chicago and had a lot of fun over 10 years ago.  So now that our kids and 7 and 9, and we are a few hours from […]

Terra’s Kitchen: The Perfect Meal Kit!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Terra’s Kitchen. The opinions and text are all mine. The amount of decent cooking I do has really taken a nosedive.  Before having kids, we would experiment with lots of great recipes, from homemade french fries to complicated desserts.  Since having kids, my time […]

Supporting Great Causes with Evite Donations

I am a participant as and Evite Influencer and was compensated in exchange for my time. All opinions are my own.  Celebrations are such a great way to bring friends and family together.  We are a big Evite fan, because it is so easy to get invites out an organize a get together.  As a busy […]

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus XTREME!

I haven’t been to the circus since I was very young, so I was excited for our whole family to go.  Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey has been around for well over 100 years, and I can barely remember the circus from over 30 years ago! Celebrating 145 years, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & […]

Blue and Red Make Purple: A Musical Journey with Jennifer Gasoi (**GIVEAWAY**)

This product was provided in exchange for an honest review. We listen to a lot of music in our household, and “Blue and Red Make Purple” is a great way to engage kids in both music and books at the same time!  This book+music CD set is a collection of fun music, accompanied by wonderful […]

AquaGear: A Swim Shop Perfect for All Our Swim Needs!

I would say both my kids are obsessed with swimming.  This year we did summer swim team, and when we weren’t at daily swim practice, the kids wanted to go on weekends.  Sometimes we ended up going to the pool for 10-14 days straight! Needless to say, we use a lot of swim gear.  Really, everything […]

Laurie Berkner’s “Superhero” Album (**GIVEAWAY**)

  This product was provided in exchange for an honest review. We have been Laurie Berkner fans for as long as I can remember, and my kids have been listening to her music since they were very little.  I was excited to learn that she has a new album of songs out September 2016 – […]

“It’s Raining Cats and Dogs” Book+CD (**GIVEAWAY**)

This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. My kids like stories and music, and with a beginning reader at home, “It’s Raining Cats & Dogs” has been a fun addition to our evenings.  This is a combination book plus CD of accompanying music, so that you can read along […]

Souris Verte Organic Arnica Magic Stick

This product was provided in exchange for my honest opinion. We use a lot of natural products in our household because I am very careful about what we use, from household products to skin care.  My daughter has struggled with eczema since she was a baby, and we always have our share of bumps, scrapes, […]