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...]

Sending my Kindergartener to School in Surprize [by Stride Rite]

Surprize by Stride Rite

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stride Rite for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. This girl. This girl is one of a kind. She's the little one that first made me a Mom and she's the reason I do everything I do [along with her sister]. Becoming a Mom was definitely my life's reason - I didn't know that it was until it happened, but I can't imagine my life without my mini Me. And today, I take her to Kindergarten... to meet her teacher, to look at her classroom, and to find out just how much she knows before she starts her first year of big school. I can't quite believe she's 5. She's a total bundle of energy - a girly girl wrapped up with a sporty girl all in one, which is why when I spotted the sparkley, Kandace Mary Jane shoes at Target, I knew she'd love them! If you haven't heard the news yet, I'm so … [Read more...]

My Natural Skincare Routine with Burt’s Bees

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ANaturalClean #CollectiveBias   If you've read more than 2 posts on this blog, you'll know I like things simple and easy. I have two young girls, work full-time from home, and have a house and husband to take care of in the middle of all the other duties, so I just don't have the luxury of tons of extra time. And I admit, I haven't always taken the best care of my skin. I wouldn't call myself old, but I'm not in my 20's anymore, so the term skincare is definitely evolving a bit to me. Skincare routines in the past used to mean controlling pimples and breakouts and now they often revolve around preventing dark spots, wrinkles, and oh yeah... apparently still breakouts. A few weeks ago I had the rare [in my life] opportunity to … [Read more...]

Top 3 Back to School Trends with Osh Kosh B’Gosh

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This post about Back to School Trends was inspired by a collaboration with Osh Kosh B'Gosh. I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. It's all I can think about... Sophia will be a Kindergartener in just 2 short weeks. It makes me want to cry, it makes me want to jump and down with excitement for her, it makes me want to hold her and never let her go... in short, it makes me feel like a Mom with multiple personalities! It would be way different if she hadn't already attended Preschool for 2 years. At 3, she begged to go to Preschool. She's always thrived on discipline, structure, and the ability to do arts and crafts all day long. Her sister? Not so much, but that's a whole other story! This girl has always been Miss … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Bright World eBooks: Educational Apps for Kids

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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...]

PERK Visors: Automotive Air Fresheners

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PERK for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. What do you like your car to smell like? Yes, I know, it's kind of an odd question to start out a blog post with, but last year I shared what I turned to when my car needed a little perk up. This year, I'm back again with a new product from PERK... visor wraps. The brand new, PERK Visor Wrap is the second automotive air freshener featuring PERK's patent-pending StediScent™ technology, which delivers consistent, high-quality fragrance for up to 30 days! I'm actually quite surprised that this is the first Visor Wrap I've ever seen - it's one of those ideas that you see and say "Why didn't I think of that?!" because it really brings freshness to a new level in your car... it's freshness elevated! A car's sun visor offers an … [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...]

ReUse CLASSICO® Pasta Sauce Jars with reCAP®

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I've partnered with CLASSICO® and reCAP® to share how to reuse pasta sauce jars and received product, coupons, premium items and reader giveaway coupons as a part of my participation. All opinions given here are fully my own. #CLASSICOMakeItYourOwn   Last week I received a beautiful shipment of products that had me so excited to spend a little time in the kitchen. We're huge fans of CLASSICO pasta sauce already, but I was excited to see some great new products, and especially recipe cards, in our CLASSICO box. In the box was also a few packages from reCAP. I almost always reuse our pasta sauce jars and mason jars, but sometimes I don't feel like I'm really utilizing them like I could. Sure, you can screw the lid back on some jars, but I knew there had to be a better option out there - there is and it's reCAP, but more on … [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...]

Enjoy a Cup of Personal Comfort with Organic Tea from Rozhan Tea

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Today's cup of tea was brought to you by Rozhan Tea. All opinions are my own. Do you experience bloating, swelling, menstrual cramps every month with your period? I do and I have for as long as I can possibly remember. Every month, it never fails, that at least one day I want to just lay in bed and wallow in self pity for these very reasons. But I'm a Mom and I power through, somehow. This past month, however, my cup of tea helped me power through with little reason to wallow! Rozhan Tea contacted me about trying their organic teas, especially their Personal Comfort blend, and I enthusiastically said yes. A warm cup of tea always sounds nice... and one that can help with bloating? I'm ready to steep! Rozhan Tea Company is a privately-held woman owned company headquartered in Orange County, CA... As the demand for herbal organic … [Read more...]

Drink Eden – Fresh, Cold-Pressed Juices from Imperfectly Shaped Fruits & Veggies

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I've teamed up with DrinkEden.com to share their Kickstarter and naturally different products in today's post. Meet Eden. They’re a new environmentally friendly company that makes fresh, cold-pressed juices from imperfectly shaped fruits and vegetables. Why imperfect fruits and vegetables? Because despite how they look, they provide the same exact health benefits as perfectly shaped fruit. Eden’s core belief is that diversity and imperfections are not flaws to be corrected but traits to be celebrated. And they use their line of juices to fight aspects of our culture that threaten diversity, conservation, and overall health: Superficial Mindset Photoshop gives us flawless skin, perfect tans, and the ideal physique, but it also erases everything that makes us unique. Now more and more people think these digitally altered images … [Read more...]