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...]

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

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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...]

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...]

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...]

DIY Colored Pasta for Learning Activities and Kids Crafts

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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...]

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...]

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...]

Green Kid Crafts: Summer Edition

Green Kid Crafts Summer

Thanks to Green Kid Crafts for providing us with an eco friendly craft subscription box to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own. Y'all know how I love Green Kid Crafts, right?!  Well, I'm excited to share with you some crafts that have been keeping my girls busy this Summer! The latest box from Green Kid Crafts that the girls have received is Interesting Insects - and it's been a BIG hit.  This box came with 3 pretty time consuming crafts, which are perfect for our family because it's so much better when a craft lasts longer than 5 minutes, right?! Within the box, the girls received a fun new chart to track their boxes from Green Kid Crafts - each box will now come with a sticker so they can see the crafts, at a glance, and remember what they've worked on.  Interesting Insects fit perfectly in our lives right now … [Read more...]

No-Cry Solution Book Reviews: Picky Eaters & Potty Training

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Thank you Elizabeth for the books to help with this review.  Special thank you to Michelle from Mama’s Baby Cupcakes for this review. Parenting educator Elizabeth Pantley is president of Better Beginnings, Inc., a family resource and education company. Elizabeth frequently speaks to parents at schools, hospitals, and parent groups around the world. Her presentations are received with enthusiasm, and praised as realistic, warm and helpful. Out of the eleven book offered from Elizabeth's website, the two books above interested me the most. Our 5yr old daughter has always been a picky eater after having reflux issues as a baby, and developed texture issues from the delay. We also have a 2yr old that I've been wanting to potty train and the less issues the better in getting to a successful road of yet another potty trained … [Read more...]

Green Craft Subscription Box from Green Kid Crafts

Bird Feeder Green Kid Crafts

Thanks to Green Kid Crafts for providing us with an eco friendly craft subscription box to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own. My girls love to do crafts.  They would do a craft every day, all day long if I could find more hours in the day to plan them and more money to buy the supplies.  Unfortunately it seems like I run out of both too often, which is why I absolutely love companies that do the hard work of planning and shopping for supplies for me. Green Kid Crafts is a monthly craft subscription box that contains at least 3 crafts per box.  You can purchase a box as a single purchase or in the subscription style for the best price per box.  [Get the prices for all boxes here.]  And you can learn more about what makes Green Kid Crafts boxes really green here. This isn't our first box from Green Kid Crafts.  In fact, … [Read more...]