DIY Moon Dough [and a Review of the Step2 Cascading Cove Sand & Water Table] + GIVEAWAY!

Water Table Giveaway

I am a Step2 Ambassador and am partnering with Step2 for the following review. I received a product in exchange for my review and honest opinion. I have 2 super crafty girls.  Sophia always wants to do a craft and asks just about every single day for us to come up with a new activity.  So when our Step2 Cascading Cove Sand & Water Table arrived, I knew it was the perfect excuse for a new craft and what we had to make... sand!  Well, not exactly sand, but DIY Moon Dough! Last year at Sophia's Dinosaur Birthday Party we turned our previous water table into a Dino Dig - any Junior Paleontologists' dream toy.  Since we were sitting at home with no play sand to sift through to look for fossils, I decided to DIY moon dough - a project I've had pinned and wanted to try for awhile now!  It turns out making moon dough is a super simple … [Read more...]

Budget Friendly FROZEN Birthday Party

FROZEN Birthday Party Pin

My littlest Princess turned 3 last month.  It's quite hard for me to even believe that I don't have a baby anymore and I almost don't have a toddler either!  Her past birthdays were eventful and party themes were fun, but they were my choices for her - turning 1 was a Beach Birthday Party Extravaganza and last year was a Yo Gabba Gabba Party.  This year, however, was all her idea... FROZEN! Just like the Halloween Elsa game, I can about bet that a LOT of you have been to FROZEN birthday parties over the past year.  You might even be planning your own!  So I decided to show our take of the FROZEN phenomenon in this budget-friendly party.  Now, we did do a few extras to make Moreaya's 3rd birthday extra sweet, but those extras are totally not necessary if your budget is a little smaller. If you know anything about my parties, you'll … [Read more...]

Capturing Memories from Bump to Baby Giveaway: StrongMoms Sweepstakes

Capturing Memories

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Similac® StrongMoms® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. A couple of weeks ago, I saw a friend share a video on Facebook of a simple parody of  what we often refer to as "Mommy Wars".  She said it was worth a watch, so I clicked through.  Not only did that video make me laugh at the hilarity [and total truth of how some parents react to other's choices], but I had tears in my eyes by the end.  I immediately shared with another friend and her response was the same as mine - "Wow.  That was GOOD." Post by So Easy Being Green. So, of course I shared with SEBG readers and you all seemed to feel the same - as did most Facebook and Twitter users.  The message behind the video was so powerful - the way we treat parents with different views from our own is laughable from the … [Read more...]

I Remember When My Baby Was a YoBaby [+ a YoBaby Swag Giveaway!]

YoBaby Giveaway

This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield.  All opinions are my own. I remember when my baby was a YoBaby... in fact, both of them!  As a young, first-time Mom I read all the books and followed all the "rules".  I knew babies weren't supposed to have milk before age 1 and I assumed yogurt was the same.  I was wrong.  I wondered why I kept seeing yogurt as one of the early foods, even as early as 6 months in some lists. In fact, that assumption is the reason I wrote a post for the Stonyfield Organic blog just last year about Why Babies Can Eat Yogurt Before Age 1. My baby was a Stonyfield Organic YoBaby because of the ingredients.  Like all parents, I only wanted the best for my girls, which was why I chose Stonyfield Organic for them when they were tiny tots and why I still choose Stonyfield for them today!  Stonyfield … [Read more...]

Naturally Sweet Valentine’s from YumEarth with Free DIY Valentines Printables

Organic Lollipop Valentines

We're just a little over a week away from one of the sweetest holidays of the year - is your little one ready!? Sophia is excited to hand out her personalized Valentines with a bouquet of YumEarth Organic Pops attached this year.  I created some totally fun organically sweet sayings for the Valentines notes to attach to the organic pops from YumEarth.  Then let her sign her name and attached 3 pops to each Valentine! I didn't want to leave you out - print the adorable DIY Valentine Cards by clicking on the images below! Are you running out of time to DIY Valentines?  YumEarth has you covered... because in every bag of their Valentines Organic Pops, they've included a sheet of stickers that you can attach right onto your lollipops, making Valentines easy and organic! So, what makes YumEarth so great?  They use organic and … [Read more...]

Berry Good Fruit Juice Smoothie

Berry-Good-Smoothie

One of the things that I've been trying to get the girls to eat more of is vegetables [ok yes, so have probably every other Mom and Dad in the world].  It's working, but only when I sneak them in, which was rather easy when I used a package of organic fruits from Schwan's!  And talk about EASY this Berry Good Fruit Juice Smoothie is definitely easy and delicious! A cup full of organic fruit [featuring Organic sun-ripened golden pineapple and mangos with blueberries], 3/4 cup of orange juice, and a scoop of BlendFresh Red and I had a delicious frozen drink that they couldn't resist! 5.0 from 2 reviews Berry Good Fruit Juice Smoothie   Print Prep time 5 mins Total time 5 mins   This frozen smoothie will have your kids begging for more! Cuisine: Frozen Beverage Serves: 2 Ingredients 1 cup Organic … [Read more...]

DIY Colored Pasta for Learning Activities and Kids Crafts

Get-Crafty-DIY-Colored-Pasta

It's cold outside so play is limited to inside during these first few months of the year.  Sickness is also spreading like wildfire, so doing indoor activities away from home aren't quite possible either, which is why we've been doing lots of arts and crafts here at home!  There are so many simple crafts that you can do at home using colored pasta. It's a relatively cheap product, with a ton of different shapes, that can keep children from toddler age and beyond occupied.  But what fun is that ugly cream/yellow plain, boring pasta color?  None! So today I'm showing you just how easy it is to create your own DIY Colored Pasta! You'll only need a few ingredients and a few minutes... or a bit more time if you'd like deep, rich colored pasta! The steps are super simple and you can get your children involved for most of them... … [Read more...]

Meet ZumZum Bikes: The Coolest Balance Bikes Ever

Zum Zum Bike Race

This conversation about the coolest balance bikes is brought to you by ZumZum Bikes. The time has come for a completely new type of a balance bike to be introduced. For a while the market has been full with various balance bikes, but it turns out that there still is a way to improve the classical riding bike. ZumZum Balance Bikes have introduced a bike that is made from birch plywood, making it light, maneuverable and beautiful. Click on the video to see yourself. Balance bike like this is perfect for youngsters who have just started walking and exploring the world. The light frame means that the child is comfortable with the bike and it goes only as fast as needed. No inertia, no bulky parts that make it heavier. Whenever the kid feels that the speed is too great, the bike can be stopped by simply putting his feet on the … [Read more...]

We’ve Been Blessed to Pay it Forward this Holiday Season with Step2

Paying It Forward Step2

I am a Step2 Ambassador and am partnering with Step2 for the following review. I received a product in exchange for my review and honest opinion. Throughout this year, I've shared with you numerous times about Step2.  It's been a wonderful year for myself, my girls, and my blog to be a Step2 Ambassador and I literally couldn't say thank you enough for the opportunities this partnership has given us.  But I'm even more excited about this post than I've been about any other from the past year.  That's because I get to share with you just how wonderful this company really is - and how they're helping my family Pay It Forward this Holiday Season. I really got to see the heart of Step2 when I visited the Headquarters in August and honestly wasn't surprised at a all when I got an email in November laying out our December opportunity for the … [Read more...]

Play With Your Food: Yogurt Christmas Tree Pancakes

Yogurt Christmas Tree Pancakes

This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own. #StonyfieldBlogger Preschool is out on Christmas Break which means we don't have to be in such a hurry for breakfast time in the mornings.  It also means that we're getting closer to Christmas and the girls' anticipation for the big Holiday gets more each and every day! If there's a few things my girls love it's... pancakes, Stonyfield Yogurt Pouches, and playing with their food, so the creative Mama in me thought up a fabulous idea to combine all 3!  Ok, ok - I admit that the idea behind this breakfast/craft play with your food activity came from the fact that Moreaya always wants to squirt out her pouches now.  Remember this gem? Apparently Moreaya thought that we would finger paint with @stonyfield yogurt pouches this morning rather than eat … [Read more...]

Learning to Read with Rosetta Stone Kids

Rosetta Stone Kids

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Rosetta Stone. I received a product and a promotional item to thank me for participating. It's hard to believe that it's already time for Sophia to start learning how to read.  I turned to Rob the other day and said "You realize we don't have babies anymore."  I've always considered myself a "New Mom", but now that I'm getting ready to be a Mom to a 3 and 4.5 year old... well, I guess that description doesn't get applied to me anymore! When Sophia comes home from Preschool every day, I ask her what she did that day and listen to her stories about everything that happened that morning.  I always ask her what center she played in and her answer is always the Art Center.  My girl loves Arts and Crafts, that's for sure!  I inquire about the other centers and … [Read more...]

New Baby Prize Package for Your Santa’s Littlest Helper – #SantasHelper #Giveaway

Santa Helper SEBG

Welcome to the Santa’s Little Helper Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network! We all know that everyone could use a little help around the Holidays, so for this Event I’ve teamed up with more of your favorite bloggers to be your Santa’s Little Helper… giving away prizes that anyone would want to see under the tree! You might find the perfect gift for a little one on your list – or even for yourself, so hop around to all the blogs on the linky at the bottom of this post and don't miss the Santa's Little Helper Grand Prize from Step2! Here on SEBG, I have your present covered for the littlest one in your life... This prize package includes a Bamboo Baby Bottle Tree from OrganicKidz, a set of Organic Cotton Bamboo Velour Little Wipes from Gina's Soft Cloth Shop, a Born Free Classic Bottle and Bottle Insulator, a set of … [Read more...]