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Mustela Bébé Line Now Available at Walgreens

Mustela Lotion

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence Central for Mustela. I received a promotional item to facilitate my review. Today I want to introduce you to Mustela - The skincare expert for babies and mothers-to-be for over 60 years and the #1 Baby Care and Stretch Marks Brand in Europe because Mustela is now readily available right here in the U.S.!  As of last month, Mustela products were made available in more than 1,000 Walgreens stores. Y'all know how I like easy and being able to purchase high quality products in stores where I already shop makes my life a lot easier and it will yours too - when you have a new baby to run errands with you!  Along with being readily available in most neighborhoods, Mustela has undergone a reformulation to make it a better products for parents and sweet, sensitive baby … [Read more...]

On the Go Snacks – Jif To Go Dippers

Airplane Travel

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Jif To Go Dippers. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating. A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to travel to Orlando for a Julius Jr. Weekend at the Nickelodeon Hotel.  It was a fabulous weekend of entertainment for the girls and one that none of us will ever forget!  Not only did we get to visit a city full of fun, but it was the girls' first time flying on an airplane. To say I was a wee bit nervous about flying with a 4 year old and a 2 year old... well, that's an understatement.  Sophia and Moreaya are really good girls, but any time you're talking going through security, sitting in a pretty tight space for an hour, keeping toddlers entertained, AND keeping them happy and fed while on the plane … [Read more...]

Lunching Awesome with Applegate HALF TIME Lunch Kits

Lunching Awesme Collage

This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own. Let me just tell you, these girls have been lunching awesome for a few weeks now.  I am so glad that we discovered the new HALF TIME™ Lunch Kits from Applegate because they're convenient, delicious [so the girls rave], and organic. No GMO ingredients No fillers No artificial ingredients No chemical nitrates or nitrates added When we're grocery shopping there's always a "Hey, Mom - can we get one of those" when we go by the yellow boxed lunch section.  I take a tiny bit offense to say that plainly stacked crackers a teensy tiny candy bar would look more appetizing than some of the bento lunches I make for them, but I have to remember - it's marketing and my little gals are falling right into it. So when Applegate launched the … [Read more...]

Make Bath Times Fun for Even the Most Sensitive Skin with Baby Mantra

Baby Mantra Conditioner

I participated in Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Baby Mantra. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. I've shared a lot about the struggles of finding personal care products that work with my girls' sensitive skin.  It's been a real struggle since they were both little when I would find small patches of eczema in creases of their elbows and the backs of their knees.  It made for sometimes boring baths, with no bubbles no matter how much they begged.  That's why, when I find a bubble bath that is sensitive enough for my girls, I have to share it with you! Baby Mantra is a new-to-me brand that I'm really loving more and more as I read about their products. With natural ingredients that have been allergy tested AND that are easy to read and … [Read more...]

Nourish Your Toddler and Their Diet with Enfagrow Toddler

Enfagrow Milk Drink Can

When my girls were older infants, I bragged about how they ate - how they ate just about any food, any vegetables that you put on their plate would be gobbled right up.  Then they became toddlers and it was like a switch was flipped overnight.  They became picky and only wanted to stick to certain foods for that weren't always the healthiest of choices. As a concerned Mom, I have always worried about their intake of vitamins and minerals.  I try to serve healthy options at every meal, but sometimes they just won't even touch it, like when I serve fresh veggies with hummus... Yes, the hummus gets eaten with fingers and the veggies lay untouched.  One area that I really had been neglecting, simply for lack of education, was their DHA intake, which is one reason I was happy to be a part of this Enfagrow sponsored campaign. DHA is … [Read more...]

Sofia the First Slumber Party [+ Princess Scones Recipe]

Sofia the First Slumber Party JuniorCelebrates

Our Sofia the First Slumber Party and Princess Scones Recipe was inspired by this sponsored post collaboration.  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #JuniorCelebrates #CollectiveBias My girls are just totally obsessed with Princesses.  I thought it might last a few months, but we're going on a full 2 years of Princess fascination and I see no end in sight - which makes me happy because it's a totally fun theme that I can incorporate into our every day life! For instance, Moreaya asks me every single day to wear her Sofia the First Princess Dress.  No kidding - every day I have to change her back into regular clothes to pick up Sophia from school because she's played "Princess" all morning long.  So when Moreaya and I had the opportunity to check out the Disney … [Read more...]

How to Create an After School Snack Plate with Healthy Food Choices

After School Snack Plate

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Arla Dofino. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Now that back to school season is in full swing, there's no doubt that you're searching for delicious and fun snacks for your kiddos in the afternoon.  Even though Sophia's Pre-K is only half a day, there's something about coming home from school that just means it's snack time! Luckily, the lovely folks at Arla Dofino know that we parents face after school snack time every day and are here to help out.  They are sharing totally fun new ways to create snacks with their delicious line of cheeses.  My girls love being in charge of their snacks, so I find that when I give them the creative choices to put together their own snack, … [Read more...]

Choosing Convenient Healthy Kid Lunches Without Compromising Your Food Standards – Applegate HALF TIME™

Applegate Food Standards

This is a sponsored conversation about healthy kid lunches written by me on behalf of Applegate via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine. I love making the girls Bitty Bentos for lunch and snacks - it's definitely a fun activity for me to get some creativity juices flowing and they just love them. But to be honest, sometimes I just don't feel creative or I simply don't have those extra few minutes to make a bento box. Then other times, a pre-packaged lunch is just an easier and more convenient option. But if you're like me, you find it so hard to grab one of those little yellow boxes knowing all too well what isn't and what is in the list of ingredients. Unlike the others, HALF TIME™ Pre-Packaged Lunches from Applegate have exactly what we're looking for and nothing we're not... No GMO ingredients No fillers No … [Read more...]

Step2 Ford Raptor: Built Girl Tough

Ford Raptor from 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. If there's one thing that my girls love, it's being outside so when we get a new toy that can make their outside time even more fun - they're in love. That's pretty much how I would sum up their feelings about the new 2-in-1 Ford® F-150 Raptor SVT from Step2.  From the moment the box was delivered, these girls were ready drive around their own Ford Truck.  Unfortunately Daddy wasn't home when the box arrived and I was a tiny bit concerned when I pulled the parts out of the box. It seemed like quite the assembly process, but since I was talking up the "Girls can be tough, Girls can drive trucks!" mentality with them, I had to show just how good I could get with a screwdriver.  That's all … [Read more...]

DIY Teacher Gift: I’m GLOWING Because You’re My Teacher [+ free printable]

DIY Back to School Teacher Gift

This shop and DIY Teacher Gift Craft is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Office Depot, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #inspirestudents http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV It's hard to believe that my little girl is now 4!  In fact, just the other day she was sitting in my lap and I said to her "Sophia!  It seems like just yesterday you were a tiny baby and look at you now - when did you grow up so fast?!"  Her response, "Um, probably in like the last 6 months."  Yep, she's 4 going on 14. With turning 4, she is now in Pre-K.  She attends every day for 3 hours a day and just from the last 2 weeks of school, I can tell she's going to learn so much this year and a large part of that is because of her fabulous teachers!  Knowing that she's being guided by two wonderful ladies for a … [Read more...]

How To Jump Start Your Child’s Digestive Health with Florastor Kids [+ giveaway!]

Jump Start Child's Health

I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Florastor and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own. Both of my girls were amazingly healthy eaters when they were really little.  Sophia's favorite food was a green one - broccoli.  Any time we had it, she always asked for more.  Moreaya was the same way with peas.  Then something happened, the same thing that seems to happen to all toddlers - the color green and food just doesn't work well together any more and you struggle with getting them to eat anything healthy it seems. [I know I'm not alone here!] So, what do you do when picky eating actually becomes a problem?  Putting your child on a multivitamin is always a great first step, but there are other issues that can arise because of dietary neglect on the picky … [Read more...]

Rock the Lunch Box – Bento Box Style

Rock the Lunchbox Bento

This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own. One thing good about Back to School time means it's Back to Bento Box time too!  Last year I got into the bento box craze when I sent Sophia's lunch to preschool twice a week.  This year, however, her Pre-K this year doesn't require lunch time so she'll be eating at home every day.  Just because she'll be eating at home, doesn't mean we can't still Rock the Lunchbox! In fact, I sometimes find it harder to put together a great, nutritious and pretty looking lunch when the girls are at home.  I'm usually running around the house - cleaning, playing, and chasing two girls - so lunch time sneaks up on me and I'm trying to quickly throw random things together and that doesn't always turn out well!  So sticking with a routine of packing a lunch [even if it will … [Read more...]