DIY Colored Pasta for Learning Activities and Kids Crafts


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 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


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...]

The Learning Method Behind Dino Lingo – Language Learning for Kids

Dino Lingo April Giveaway

This giveaway is sponsored by Dino Lingo.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own. I'm back with another feature on Dino Lingo this month and I'm super excited because it seemed that you all loved the last one - let's do it again! Last month we focused on why you want your children to learn a second language.  For my family, it's because of my husband's Filipino heritage.  He's lived in the US since he was 10 years old, but Tagalog is technically his first language and what most of his family primarily speak at home, here in the US. I would love for my girls to be able to understand a bit more of his language, which in turn helps to promote their understanding and learning of the Filipino culture, in addition to the Tagalog.  Thanks to Dino Lingo - we're totally getting there!  They can now understand and say quite a few … [Read more...]

Online Preschool Programs at Home with EmbarK12

Embark12 Numbers

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of K12, the leader in online education for grades K-12 for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I have been thrilled with the opportunity to try out an online and in-home learning program with Sophia over the past couple of weeks. The EmbarK12 Program is a fabulous option for parents of children, ages 3-6, who are looking for programs to get ready for Kindergarten at home! Kindergarten readiness programs by K12. Try a sample activity today. Although Sophia goes to preschool, she only goes twice a week and thrives off of structured learning activites there and at home.  But honestly, between writing for my blogs, keeping up with housework and tending to two children, I struggle with having activities planned for her every day that she's home.  That's why I've been loving … [Read more...]

Kidoodle.TV – Educational and Entertainment Media for Kids

Watching Kidoodle TV

I participated in a Blogger Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Kidoodle.TV. I received a promotional item and a free trial as a thank you for participating. I've recently been on a major search for what tablet to purchase for my girls for Christmas this year.  Since our back-of-the-headrest DVD player gave out, I decided that investing in another tablet so they could each have one when traveling was the best option for us.  But which tablet was best?  I've had a look around at the major ones and ultimately decided on another iPad, but hate the lack of parental controls on most apps... except for one - Kidoodle.TV! This app, along with my understanding of the Apple ios already, made up my mind to invest in another iPad for the girls.  I am loving Kidoodle.TV as much as my girls are! First, let me tell you a … [Read more...]

Top Learning Tablets for Kids – VTech InnoTab 3S

VTech InnoTab 3S Pin

This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and VTech blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. A month or so ago, I posted a question on my Facebook page about tablets.  I asked how many of my readers had tablets and if they allowed their children to use them.  I also asked if any had tablets specifically for their children. The reason I asked is because my girls use our iPad regularly, but I was looking for something a bit more kid-friendly, safe, and just for them.  Although I monitor them very closely now, of course, I know that as they grow, they're going to start using technology even more and honestly, I love it and am scared to death at the same time! A few readers actually mentioned the VTech InnoTab 3S by name when I asked that question!  I wasn't totally aware of the features of the … [Read more...]

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies – a Must See in Gatlinburg, TN


If you haven’t checked out my list of the Top 20 Attractions that you do NOT want to miss on your next visit to the Smoky Mountains, you should.  That’s because today’s post is all about one that made the list! One of the attractions that you definitely don't want to miss is the Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies - ask anyone who's ever visited.  It's definitely a Must See in the Smoky Mountains. You may think that if you've seen one aquarium, you've seen them all... but, let me show you how our Smoky Mountains Aquarium stands out!  This aquarium is nestled right in the Smoky Mountains.  To get there, you'll go through the lovely Smoky Mountain Forest from Pigeon Forge into Gatlinburg, TN! The Aquarium is broken down into a few different locations - Tropical Rainforest, Ocean Realm, Shark Lagoon, Penguin Playhouse... and on and on. … [Read more...]