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First Visit to Walt Disney World Favorites: Part 1

Ronin at Disney World

Disclosure: We received two one-day passes to Walt Disney World, and purchased two additional passes ourselves. All opinions are 100% our own.  I've been in a kind of a funk, a post family vacation hangover. Don't you just hate those? A first world problem I know, but still, how can you NOT be bummed after your first family vacation … [Read more...]

Preparing for Back to School Cold Season {Recycled Shoe Box Cold Care Kit}

Preparing for Back To School Cold Season Recycled shoe box cold care kit medicine box #HealthySavings AD

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HealthySavings #CollectiveBias There's a part of me that is very much looking forward to back to school. Ronin starts 2nd grade and Ellie will be in full day Kindergarten. I'll finally have big blocks of kid-free time to get things … [Read more...]

Donating Hair: A Lesson in Giving for My 5 Year Old

Cutting pony tails

Giving. Helping others who are less fortunate. It's a discussion we've had a lot in the house. It's wired into our makeup to think of ourselves and our own universe first. And while yes, Ellie and Ronin are my world, I want them to know that they are not the only world.   It's not necessarily about donating money, … [Read more...]

Printable Board Game Inspired by HOME The Movie {Review and Kids Activities}

Printable Board Game Inspired by Home The Movie DreamWorks

One of the kids favorite of late is DreamWorks HOME the movie. We actually didn't see it in the theater. But the kids always wanted to see it, so when it recently came out on digital download we got it right away. It's also now available on DVD and Blu-Ray, and since we've been watching it pretty much nonstop I thought I'd share a … [Read more...]

Saving Family Memories { Coupon Code for RealTimes Premium }

Ronin's first food

This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic  Recently I sat down to write a blog post thinking to use photos from an important moment in our family history, our honeymoon, and discovered those photos were gone. To make matters … [Read more...]

Solution for Kids Water Anxiety { Moen Engage with Magnetix Review }

Moen Engage with Magnetix for kids bath

Disclosure: Moen provided products to facilitate this review. All opinions are mine alone. On the day Ronin was born almost eight years ago, he screamed his head off when he had his first bath, and that fear of water didn't change for a very long time. For the first few years of his life, in lightning speed we showered him. We had to do it to … [Read more...]

DIY Recycled Minions Bowling Game {And Minions Party Ideas}

Minions inspired party ideas

Minions is in theaters. Woot! We are so excited to see it tomorrow! We all thought the Dispicable Me films were hysterical, so the first time we saw the Minions trailer in the theater we all did a double-take, and have been eagerly anticipating it ever since. Ronin is quite the banana-aholic so of course he relates to them. Just wish … [Read more...]

How to Create a Vision Board that will Change Your Life

Lay out your clips before taping them down #ProjectAmazing AD

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ProjectAmazing #CollectiveBias The past two weeks the kids and I have been on a last minute trip to visit my parents in Florida. It's been such an unexpected experience because while there a dear friend passed away way too young … [Read more...]

Coincidence or Serendipity?

Spontaneous Travel with Family

On Father's Day, I was talking to my parents and randomly decided to check airfare to possibly visit them in Florida. We already have a trip planned for August that's been scheduled for a while, so I knew we'd see them soon. But we had a couple of weeks coming at the end of June with not much going on. The kids had just ended school and their … [Read more...]

Top 3 Reasons to See Disney Pixar’s Inside Out {Plus Printable Kids Activities}

Pictured (L-R): Sadness, Fear, Anger, Disgust, Joy. ©2015 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

My family received tickets to a screening of Inside Out to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. John, the kids and I saw Inside Out this week. Such a unique film concept, taking a look inside the mind of preteen Riley and her unrelenting cast of five inner Emotions. It's a story within a story that to me always … [Read more...]

Talking to Kids about Emotions { Inside Out Printable Feelings Flash Cards }

Kids Emotions Sadness #PlayNGrow

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PlayNGrow #CollectiveBias The past couple of weeks Ronin's little league baseball team was in the playoffs. The season definitely started with some strong emotions on both of our parts, being his first year playing. But he ended up … [Read more...]

Air Travel With Kids: Tips & Rookie Mistakes

Air Travel with Kids Tips and Rookie Mistakes

Summer travel season is upon us!  In August, we’re taking a LONG flight with our 5 and 7-year olds to Florida. I grew up there so we've flown cross-country with the kids on several occasions. Air travel with littles is not the most fun experience in the world, but we’ve certainly developed a few tips and tricks for … [Read more...]

Happiness Is a Self-Cleaning Vacuum & Kids Who Clean {Eureka Brushroll Clean™ with SuctionSeal®}

Life Hack Self Cleaning Vacuum, Motivate Kids to Clean with Minecraft Inspired Printable Chorecraft Game #CleaningUntangled #ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CleaningUntangled #CollectiveBias With Free Printable Minecraft Inspired Chore Chart Ellie and I have a crap ton of hair.  And like most hairy creatures, we shed like crazy, which can have some serious consequences with our … [Read more...]

New Mom Checklist for Maternal Mental Health Help

New Mom Checklist for seeking help for maternal mental health

I have the hardest time remembering what to say when I visit a doctor. During the days prior to my appointment I spend time thinking about the symptoms and/or feelings that I should address, but when I sit down and face her, much of it just floats away. The stress of that day presses in.  All that I need to get done … [Read more...]

Making Road Trips More Fun! {Tech Travel Tips Plus Free Scavenger Hunt Printable}

Making Road Trips More Fun Plus Free Printable Road Trip Scavenger Hunt #mydatamyway #ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #MyDataMyWay #CollectiveBias What a week and it's only Wednesday! John's 40th birthday just happened to coincide with the start of Spring Break on Monday. For weeks I had been trying to figure out the best way to mark this … [Read more...]

Bunny Snack Cups

Bunny Snack Cups with Free Printable

I am a very simple crafter, and I'm using the term "crafter" very loosely here. I don't own a fancy die-cutting machine, or go to Michael's multiple times per week. I don't even own a glue gun. So my type of craft projects probably won't appeal to you if you're the more advanced crafter. But if you're more likely to have a … [Read more...]

Projecting Anxiety in Momhood: Is it Mine or Theirs?

baseball 3

It happens a lot as a mom with anxiety. My kids are faced with situations that I find overwhelming and I project my own anxiety onto them. Or do I? Ronin has had some struggles with anxiety in his early years. At seven, he's so much more confident than he used to be and has really flourished at school and activities the past few years. … [Read more...]

Skylanders Skystones Card Game and Other Party Ideas

Family Game Day Party Ideas Skylanders Skystones card game and Skylanders inspired portal cake #ad

My kids (and husband) have a dear love of Skylanders. We've been fans for about two years and in that time have collected all four games and a ton of the characters and traps. John, being the game developer he is, instantly took to the video game,  and the kids who are also natural born gamers, followed his lead … [Read more...]

Cinderella-Inspired Easter {No Sew Easter Basket Tutorial and Printable}

Cinderella Inspired Easter Baskets including DIY New Sew Multipurpose Basket and Printable #DisneyEaster #ad

#DisneyEaster #CollectiveBias Goodbye Winter! Hello Spring! The sun has been starting to shine and that's making me very happy. I've been dealing with some seasonal depression and have really been making a concerted effort to have more fun and get motivated. Having things to look forward to, like movie plans or Easter Egg Hunts, is so … [Read more...]

Cinderella and FROZEN Fever in Theaters {Review and Free Printables}

Cinderella Ella and the Prince

Disclosure: I received tickets to a screening of Cinderella for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own. Since seeing the Cinderella trailer last year I had been eagerly anticipating the movie. I'm a sucker for a good love story. And hello! "Rob Stark" as the handsome prince. Yes! (All you Game of Thrones fans know what I … [Read more...]

Inspired by Big Hero 6: Baymax Rice Ball and Party Ideas

Big Hero 6 Movie Night with Baymax Rice Ball Tutorial #BigHero6Release #ad

#BigHero6Release #CollectiveBias Have you ever had an animated film touch your heart? As a mom with littles, most of my current in-theater movie experience is family entertainment. Ronin and Ellie mainly enjoy animated-style films versus live action. But honestly that's OK for me because these days there are some incredible animated … [Read more...]