DIY Lego Table from the Step2 Mighty My Size Table & Chairs

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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. This post may contain affiliate links. My girls go through stages where they are obsessed with one kind of toy at a time and it's all they want to do... all day long. We've been in a Shopkins phase for awhile, playing with Barbies, and now we're into the Lego phase with no end in sight. I love when they play with their small building blocks - I see the wheels turning in their minds and the imaginative play that comes out of their creations is amazing. The only thing not amazing about Lego play is - we don't have a designated area just for Legos. When the new Mighty My Size Table and Chairs arrived, I knew it would be the perfect set to turn into a DIY Lego Table. There was only one … [Read more...]

Must-Haves for Bento Beginners

Must Haves for Bento Beginners

This post about the Must Haves for Bento Beginners was inspired by a collaboration with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links. With school back in session, I've been creating a lot of lunches - some a little more "bento" than others. The truth is, bento lunches can seem overwhelming, they can take some extra time [depending on how much creativity you want to put into them], but they really don't have to be. Any time I post a picture of one of the girls' bento lunches I always hear... Those are lunches only non-working Moms can create. My kid would never eat that! I don't have all those supplies! They really don't have to be complicated and believe me, your kiddo will eat them. I can put a sandwich in front of Moreaya and she'll take two bites of it... I can put the same sandwich cut … [Read more...]

4 Tips for Creating Easy Bento Lunches

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This post about Tips for Easy Bento Lunches was inspired by a collaboration with Horizon Snacks. All opinions are my own. It's here - school time is here for most of us and one aspect of going back to school that I've both looked forward to and dreaded is... school lunches! Sure, I used to love creating adorable bento lunches for Sophia, but now that she's in Kindergarten and going to school every day, it makes taking the time to create them a little more challenging. It finally hit me today... My baby is definitely growing up! First day of #Kindergarten #bts #backtoschool #kidsofinstagram #ad #shopkins @striderite #surprizebystriderite #surprize #surprizeattarget A photo posted by Lindsey G. (@lindseyblogs) on Aug 19, 2015 at 10:54am PDT Not only do I have a 3 and 5 year old to get dressed in the mornings, but I also … [Read more...]

Sending my Kindergartener to School in Surprize [by Stride Rite]

Surprize by Stride Rite

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stride Rite for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. This girl. This girl is one of a kind. She's the little one that first made me a Mom and she's the reason I do everything I do [along with her sister]. Becoming a Mom was definitely my life's reason - I didn't know that it was until it happened, but I can't imagine my life without my mini Me. And today, I take her to Kindergarten... to meet her teacher, to look at her classroom, and to find out just how much she knows before she starts her first year of big school. I can't quite believe she's 5. She's a total bundle of energy - a girly girl wrapped up with a sporty girl all in one, which is why when I spotted the sparkley, Kandace Mary Jane shoes at Target, I knew she'd love them! If you haven't heard the news yet, I'm so … [Read more...]

Top 3 Back to School Trends with Osh Kosh B’Gosh

Back to School Trends Collage

This post about Back to School Trends was inspired by a collaboration with Osh Kosh B'Gosh. I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. It's all I can think about... Sophia will be a Kindergartener in just 2 short weeks. It makes me want to cry, it makes me want to jump and down with excitement for her, it makes me want to hold her and never let her go... in short, it makes me feel like a Mom with multiple personalities! It would be way different if she hadn't already attended Preschool for 2 years. At 3, she begged to go to Preschool. She's always thrived on discipline, structure, and the ability to do arts and crafts all day long. Her sister? Not so much, but that's a whole other story! This girl has always been Miss … [Read more...]

Mint Chocolate Chip DIY Frozen Yogurt [no machine required + a Giveaway!]

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This post about making frozen yogurt at home was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own. If there's one thing my girls love, it's ice cream. If there's one thing they love even more, it's frozen yogurt - and I agree. We're guilty of making a trip to the Frozen Yogurt shops at least weekly. But what if I told you that you could make DIY Frozen Yogurt at home - no machine required?! That's what we've been doing and let me tell you, it's quite delicious... and fun! It all started with Stonyfield Organic Yogurt. Stonyfield is a staple on our weekly grocery list and I'm so excited that I get to use my beloved yogurt in a new, frozen way. Now I will say that one of my favorite Stonyfield product's is their Frozen Yogurt [if you haven't picked up a pint of it yet, do yourself a favor and go to the store now], … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Why School Labels Should Be at the Top of Your School Supply List

School Labels School Supply

This conversation about why school labels should be at the top of your school supply was inspired by a collaboration with Bright Star Kids. All opinions are my own. We're smack dab in the middle of school supply shopping time. In fact, next week it's Tennessee's Tax-Free Weekend on School Supplies, which always makes it a perfect time to shop for items on your school supply list. But there may be 1 item missing from your school supply list this year that I really think you should consider. In fact, I've come up with 5 reasons why Bright Star Kids School Labels should top your child's school supply list! Your Child's Teacher Will Thank You Most of the time, your child's teacher will ask you to label your child's school supplies - notebooks, pencil box, etc. It makes it easier on the teacher for a few reasons. It's easier to pass out … [Read more...]

DIY Back to School Teacher Gift Idea [for under $10!]

DIY Back to School Teacher Gift Basket

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BackToClean #CollectiveBias We are officially in Back to School crunch time. The aisles of stores are packed full of school supplies and everywhere I look there are reminders that in less than 2 weeks my oldest baby will be a Kindergartener. It's hitting me hard. At the beginning of the Summer I couldn't wait for her to start school - I was so excited about all the new things she would learn in Kindergarten and how much independence she would start to gain with the new year of school, but now... Oh now, I just want to keep my little Sophia home forever! But alas, she will be heading to Kindergarten in just a few weeks and I'm trying to get as excited about it again as she is. We just found out yesterday who her teacher will be … [Read more...]

Step2 WonderBall Fun House Giveaway

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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 coordination and fine motor skills as they toss the balls onto the roof. This magical playhouse has a bright color scheme and open design that will fascinate children. The compact frame of the fun house will fit inside a playroom or outside in the yard. The WonderBall Fun House will keep your kids active for hours! Made in USA of US and imported … [Read more...]

Join Me in the Back to School Sampler Event! #BTS [+ a $250 Gift Basket Giveaway!]

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Are you ready for the kids to go back to school? Well, whether you are or not, it's coming and this next week we're celebrating with a fun Back to School Event on Facebook! I’m so excited to be one of the featured bloggers to bring you this amazing experience! This event is hosted by Sampler so if you’ve participated in some of our Ultimate Online Baby Shower Events or the past Week of Wellness Event, you’ll feel right at home. If you haven't, no worries – I’ll explain it all here – keep reading! There are 3 Main Components to the Back to School Event:  RSVP Gift Basket, Flash Giveaways, and Sampling Events.  Let’s examine them all so you’ll be ready to for everything the #BTS has to offer! First – you WANT to RSVP, believe me.  Not only will you be entered to win that AMAZING gift basket above, you’ll also get access to the Back … [Read more...]

DIY July 4th Popsicles #HelloSummerFun

Eating July 4th Popsicles

I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received an OshKosh B’Gosh gift card to facilitate my post and a promotional item to thank me for my participation. #HelloSummerFun The weather has been absolutely GORGEOUS here in east Tennessee this past week - how has it been where you live? Warm weather, means one thing - summer has arrived and our family couldn't be happier! We've been spending as much time outdoors as we can and soaking up every minute of it. This Summer is even more special because Sophia will be going to Kindergarten this Fall and Moreaya will start Preschool. So I feel like it's their last summer before they'll be school age children so we're really making sure to fill it with fun days and activities! It's a beautiful day for a front porch Tea Party. … [Read more...]

Bright World eBooks: Educational Apps for Kids

Bright World eBooks Ocean Forests

Today's post featuring educational apps for children is brought to you by a partnership with Bright World eBooks. All opinions are my own. When it comes to screen time, my girls definitely get their fair share. I've never been concerned with letting them use our iPads because I make sure that they're full of educational app for kids. Both of the girls have been navigating an iPad since they were 1... just about as good as I can! That's why I always like to check out new apps when they become available and I'm happy to share our newest favorite with you today. Bright World eBooks launched [just yesterday] their first app, in what I hope is a long list of apps, called Ocean Forests. Since Sophia is completely obsessed with everything science and animals, I knew she was going to love this app. It's a nonfiction, educational app for … [Read more...]