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


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

Keeping Cool Sun GP

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!]


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...]

Shoes That are Made 2 Play from Stride Rite [plus EXCLUSIVE Stride Rite Coupon!]

Stride Rite Made 2 Play Collage

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stride Rite for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. When Sophia was small and just beginning to learn to walk, I knew I needed to purchase her shoes that would help support her little feet and aid in the milestone of taking her first steps and beyond. My Mom suggested Stride Rite to me because that's the shoes that she always put on me, including my first pair of shoes that I walked in over 30 years ago! From her first steps on, Sophia has been sporting Stride Rite shoes over the past 5 years. There's a few reasons that I always choose to purchase from Stride Rite - whether it's dress shoes or tennis shoes. The main reason is I love that when I go into a store, the employees are so helpful and always measure the girls' feet. I always think I know what size we need, but it's nice to … [Read more...]

Get Ready to Experiment with These Science Party Favors

Party Favor Ideas Science

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Minions © 2015 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved. Mott's is a registered trademark of Mott's LLP. etc. #MottsAndMinions #CollectiveBias Minions © 2015 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved. Sophia turned 5, yes F-I-V-E yesterday! Where did my little baby go?!? When other Moms tell you "Time goes by in a blink" during those first few weeks of your baby's life, you kinda laugh it off because the days [and nights] seem so long. But they're right, I feel like I blinked and the first 5 years of her life are just done! But with each passing year, my girl gets a little more independent [who am I kidding... a lot MORE independent] and that always begins with the choice of a birthday party theme, which this year happened to be a … [Read more...]

It’s Time to Self Feed with this Stonyfield Organic & Tommee Tippee Meal Time

Tommee Tippee Explora

This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own.   When your baby gets old enough to start feeding themselves, well, there's quite a mix of emotions. One, it's a little sad that they're big enough for that stage of independence and it's also relief that they're beginning to become a little more independent too! Along with the newfound sense of independence, comes a few messes... ahem, Miss Moreaya! Apparently Moreaya thought that we would finger paint with @stonyfield yogurt pouches this morning rather than eat them? #goodthingshescute organic #replayrecycled #StonyfieldBlogger A photo posted by Lindsey G. (@lindseyblogs) on Aug 19, 2014 at 5:58am PDT Moreaya always seemed to get more yogurt on her than in her mouth, but that's part of learning too! When both my girls started feeding … [Read more...]

Kids Garden Activity: ReUse Yogurt Cups to Plant Organic Seeds

Planting Seeds Collage

This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own. It's Spring time and we've been spending every possible moment that we can outside during these last few weeks. The girls love it and it gives me a renewed sense of energy, especially after all the moving stress that's been happening! We're in our new house and absolutely loving our surroundings but one thing we're definitely missing is our container gardens this year. Our new home has a wonderful yard but building our container gardens has been put on the back burner for a bit until we're really settled in. But that doesn't mean we have to skip on the Spring planting season, of course! As a brand partnership for the month, Stonyfield Organic connected us with High Mowing Organic Seeds for our garden. We were sent quite the spread of seeds and that … [Read more...]

Care for Baby’s Sensitive Skin with Weleda [+ Exclusive Weleda Coupon Code]

Weleda Trio Products

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Weleda. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. All opinions and reviews are my own. My babies aren't technically babies anymore, but they still do have super sensitive skin that so many children seem to have these days. Sophia has especially sensitive skin and often has breakouts of eczema. I remember in a post a year or so ago a reader told me that I could treat her eczema, but I needed to find the root of the problem of what was causing the skin breakouts. Unfortunately it seems to be directly related to her consumption of gluten and we haven't been completely strict in eliminating gluten completely [have you seen how much of our current foods have hidden gluten!?!]. So I've been … [Read more...]