4 Tips for Creating Easy Bento Lunches

Horizon Organic Grahams

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...]

Introducing *New* Vitamin Drink Mixes from Zarbee’s [+ a HUGE Sampling Event – Try it for Free!]


This conversation about new Vitamin Drink Mixes was inspired by a collaboration with Zarbee's. All opinions are my own. One of the best parts of my job is having the opportunity to try new products and the one I'm sharing today really has me excited. It couldn't have come at a better time either - with the start of back-to-school season AND the upcoming and dreaded Fall allergy season, I'm going to be needing an extra boost of vitamins for sure. The only problem? I'll admit it - I hate taking vitamins. I dislike taking any type of medication - it's just the act of having to do something and making myself remember to take it every day that just isn't possible. Drinking a yummy drink full of vitamins? Now, that's something I can get used to! Zarbee's Naturals is a brand that I've grown to love and trust when it comes to my … [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...]

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...]

Celebrating Medela Recycles with a Medela Freestyle® Breastpump Giveaway


Welcome to the Medela Freecycle Pump Giveaway sponsored by Medela and hosted by The Pistachio Project. Recycling has become a pretty common activity in our everyday lives. We recycle at home, we recycle at work, we even have recycling bins on the streets now! But what about the bigger items that we no longer need? Take for instance, breastpumps. What do we do with breastpumps once we are done with our breastfeeding experience? Introducing Medela Recycles Medela has heard the voices of moms and taken the initiative to create Medela Recycles. Medela Recycles is a program which takes our old breast pumps and uses each one to support the donation of new hospital-grade, multi-use breastpumps to Ronald McDonald House Charities. Moms who have babies who need to stay in the NICU get breast pumps while in the hospital but once their time … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Blending Pet Families

Blending Pet Families

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #1StopPetShop #CollectiveBias Over the past few months, I've shared that we moved into a new house and if you follow me on instagram, you've even seen glimpses of our new old house, built in 1920! I have big plans to show you all around the house, as soon as we get fully settled [by the way do you ever get fully settled after a big move?!]. Moving is a big change in anyone's lives, but we've been experiencing a couple of big lifestyle changes along with the regular stresses of moving. Not only did my family of four move into the new house, my parents have moved in with us! We were already living in the same town, but decided to sell both of our houses and move in together to share expenses and help my parents to be able to … [Read more...]

Find Out Sooner – Pregnancy Testing with First Response


I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for First Response. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. It seems like forever ago when I couldn't see my toes... when I stood with my hands on my lower back... when I felt the flutters in my belly that told me there was a sweet baby girl growing inside. It feels like even longer ago when it was the day that I wondered "Is there really a chance that I'm pregnant?!?" I remember going to the store and buying a box of pregnancy tests and having to wait to test before I found out if I was pregnant with my first baby. We were trying so I was hopeful, but didn't know until my missed period. I have the most vivid memory of seeing that positive test and being SO excited with Rob - we were just ecstatic to be … [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...]

Celebrate Mom with the Mrs. Mother’s Day Sweepstakes


Mother's Day is just around the corner and today I want to tell you about an AMAZING sweepstakes hosted by The Mrs. that you will not want to miss! THE MRS. MOTHER’S DAY SWEEPSTAKES Enter for your chance to win a trip for two to join The Mrs. and celebrity host Jenny McCarthy for a star-studded Mother’s Day Cocktail & Concert Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza! Experience the transformational The Mrs. Magic Mirror, receive a complimentary Mother’s Day gift from Kendra Scott Jewelry and enjoy a fabulous live performance by The Mrs., including their latest single debut, "You Told Me." ENTER NOW (1) Grand Prize trip for two to New York City, one-night hotel accommodations and two tickets to the Mother’s Day Celebration. (9) Second place prizes: two tickets to the star-studded Mother’s Day Celebration. (10) Third place … [Read more...]

Win a Sudsy Dough Family Pack – the Moldable Bath Soap #SpringSweeping

Sudsy Dough Giveaway

Welcome to the Spring Sweeping Giveaway Hop, hosted by Lindsey Blogs and Viva Veltoro. The days are getting warmer, brighter, and longer which may lead many to start Spring Cleaning.  But we’re not ready to start cleanin’ until we’re done sweepin’!  Take the next two weeks to sweep along the fabulous giveaways that a group of bloggers have come together to offer you!  Be sure to hop around to all the giveaways, in the linky below. Sudsy Dough is a new interactive bath toy that doubles as a moldable scented dough and a cleansing soap! We created this fun sensory soap to make bath time fun for our daughter who didn't really enjoy time in the tub. Kids can squeeze and squish Sudsy Dough in the bath, rub it on as a cleansing body wash, or take it outside the tub and make their own custom-shaped soaps. Sudsy dough shapes will dry to … [Read more...]

Combi Go and Grow Walker, Play Table & Chairs Giveaway

Showered Grand Prize Image

Welcome to the [3rd Annual] Showered With Love Event hosted by the Lindsey Blogs and Viva Veltoro!  We all know that April Showers bring May Flowers, but did you know that some of your favorite bloggers have come together throw a huge Shower of our own – a virtual Baby Shower! The Showered with Love Event will run from April 1-15, giving you plenty of time to enter all of the great Baby Shower inspired giveaways, in the linky below, and don't miss the two amazing Grand Prizes from our hosts - a Combi Go and Grow Walker, Play Table and Chairs on Lindsey Blogs and an amazing New Baby Prize Package featuring products from Piyo Piyo,  Lulujo, ZOOCCHINI, Poncho Baby, and Bitybean on Viva Veltoro! The Combi Go and Grow Walker, Play Table and Chairs is a 3-in-1 modular play set that grows with your child... making it the perfect Baby … [Read more...]

8 Times I Wish I’d Had the Step2 Igloo® Wagon with Cooler™

Step2 Wagon 8 Times

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. Even though my girls are getting older, I'm often reminded of just how little their legs still are.  Whether we're taking off for a stroll around the neighborhood or a day of walking around Dollywood, I often hear "I'm tired!  Carry me!" before we've even really began.  That's why we still have to take along a stroller - sometimes a single, sometimes a double - but no matter what we bring along we always seem to not have room for it all. That's until we met this little beauty... the Step2 Igloo® Wagon with Cooler™.  Let me start out this post by saying I've never felt the wagon love.  I would see parents tugging along kids behind them in wagons at theme parks and I never got it.  Wagons [to … [Read more...]