You Are Enough

This post is sponsored by our friends at Socialstars and Minute Maid as part of the #doingood #minutemaid campaign. All opinions are my own. Do you ever find yourself doubting your abilities as a parent? Do you question your own decisions and worry about doing the right thing? Have you ever experienced a time when […]

Brookside and Clos du Bois #TalkAboutDelicious #Giveaway

Compensation was provided by BROOKSIDE Chocolate via MomTrends Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Brookside or MomTrends Media. Here’s a fun idea for entertaining a few friends around the holidays with coloring and cocktails (or in our case wine from Clos du Bois)! The […]

Let’s Spread Kindness Together!

The world can always use more kindness, which is why I’m thrilled to be participating in the Martin Richard Bridge Builder campaign in partnership with generationOn, Hasbro and the Martin Richard Foundation. The campaign honors Martin Richard, an 8-year-old boy who was tragically killed when the second of two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April […]

Quick and Easy Travel Activity Bags for Kids

Summer time is upon us, which means that road trips are as well!  As a child, I remember sitting in the back seat, reading sign after sign on the way to our destination and wondering the age old question — “Are we there yet?” And, honestly, as an adult, I often feel that same way. It […]

Simple Ways to Love Your Child in Spring

These simple ways to love your child in Spring are great for making lasting memories you are both sure to treasure! These activities are easy to do and many do not require any preparation. Spring is the perfect season for exploring the outdoors together, fostering a love of nature, or even cuddling indoors during a rain […]

Snow Day Busy Bags!

These Snow Day Busy Bags were a huge hit with my kids and their friends during a recent snow day when school was cancelled! The best part was that we used things we already had around the house to create hours of fun by placing items in brown paper bags with instructions to open one […]

DIY Get Well Soon Package

It is flu season, and unfortunately we know several friends who have fallen sick. Here is a simple idea for a get well soon package that you can make yourself to help brighten a loved one’s day. Kids can help put these packages together, and they may want to include a piece of their artwork […]

5 Tips for Hosting a Pumpkin Painting Party

Every year (but one) for the past five years we have held a Paint your own Pumpkin Party.  It’s a fun, non-birthday, reason for us to gather together with our friends during our favorite season.  We hold the party outside and enjoy the crunch of leaves under our feet and the cool autumn breezes.  It’s […]

Slow Down Your Summer

Summer vacation can just fly by, especially with the pressure to enroll them in so many activities.  As with a lot of things, doing less can be more.  Read on for tips on how to slow down your summer, giving your children fond memories of well-spent family time! I was a kid just before the information […]

10 Simple Ways to Make Road Trips Special

School is out and summer vacation is here which also means road trips! Road trips take careful planning, right?  How will you get there, what time to leave, pack lunch or grab it on the road?  Whatever you are doing you always want to be prepared so that the road trip goes as smoothly as […]

At Home Date Night Ideas for Parents

Let’s face it, we all need a night out every once in a while.  Date nights help us, as parents, recharge and reconnect with each other.  But, then again, date nights out “on the town” can be expensive between the cost of the babysitter, and dinner, or movies, or whatever else your plans are…it racks […]

10 Simple (Low Cost) Ways to Pamper Yourself

Making time for yourself doesn’t have to take hours, and it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money either. Here are 10 Simple (Low Cost) Ways to Pamper Yourself: 1. Go out for ice cream. 2. Take a bubble bath. 3. Get lost in a good book. 4. Borrow a movie from the library. […]

Simple Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy the Holidays

The holidays can be overwhelming for all of us, children and adults alike.  We often find ourselves rushing around from one holiday event to the next.  And it’s easy to become exhausted from flitting from one store to the next shopping for gifts.  It’s so important to remember to take time to simply slow…down…! The […]

Fun Fall Festival Photo Props

We are getting ready to host our third annual pumpkin painting party this coming weekend!  This year is especially exciting because I managed to “wrangle” some of my neighbors into helping me and we are turing it into a block party!  And so, with an entire block to fill, there must be some extra added […]

Moms Fighting Hunger — and kids too!

Yesterday, our pals at Moms Fight Hunger kicked off a month long initiative to raise awareness and inspire others through action. We’re pretty proud of what they’re doing and wanted to share a few simple ways you and your family can make a BIG difference this year: Go Orange It might seem silly that something […]

Apple Book and Kids Craft

One of my very favorite fall themed books is Apples by Gail Gibbons.  It is jam packed full of apple information and filled with appealing illustrations.  There are many different apple themed crafts you can do after reading like this cute apple suncatcher. These tissue paper suncatchers are so simple that even toddlers can make […]

Apps that Give Back

  Smart phones and the apps that come with them have changed the way we do so many things.  They give us directions, help us plan dinner, remind us to feed the dog, and now they can help us change the world.  Want to show your gratitude?  Want to help you favorite charity?  There’s an […]

How Does Your Family Celebrate Independence Day

We’d like to take a moment to wish you all a very happy 4th of July, and share a bit of our lives with you. Below you’ll find out how 5 friends from all over the country celebrate Independence Day and we invite you to share your stories in the comments below. We can’t wait […]