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High Quality Photo Gift Ideas {Mounted Photo Puzzle with DIY Cork Frame}

All opinions are my own. My kids have always been big puzzle fans. It's one of those activities we love doing together as a family. In fact, I have nice memories of my own parents with a giant puzzle sitting out on the dining room table ready for one of us to discover the next piece or two. John says doing a puzzle relaxes his mind when … [Read more...]

The Good Dinosaur { Review and Free Kids Activities }

We received tickets to a screening of "The Good Dinosaur" to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. "The Good Dinosaur" by Disney•Pixar is now in theaters. It asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely? What if giant dinosaurs never became extinct? This film … [Read more...]

Creative Kids Gift Idea for Emerging Readers: Text Cool

Ellie started full day Kindergarten this year and is getting so excited about reading. A couple of her friends are actually reading chapter books, and with her brother in 2nd grade and advancing his reading skills, she's pretty motivated. It's really cute and encouraging to see. She's always drawing at home, and writing her "snap words" among the … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Inside Out Fan Gift Guide

Disclosure: This Ultimate Inside Out Fan Gift Guide with items ranging from $0 to $40 for all ages includes affiliate links that help support this blog, so thank you! No compensation was received for this post. Inside Out is a film that has made a big impact on our family in 2015. In fact just last week, Ellie told me she thinks … [Read more...]

DIY Minecraft Steve Box Hat

Disclosure: This DIY Minecraft Steve Box Hat tutorial post includes affiliate links. Happy Halloween friends! As you might have noticed, our kids are HUGE Minecraft fans. We're also big into Halloween, with all of us, even the adults dressing up each year. This year in addition to having his Minecraft 8th Birthday Party, Ronin … [Read more...]

Rhapsody KIDS Music Service

Disclosure: This $300 Target GC Giveaway and post is sponsored by Rhapsody Kids. Ronin and Ellie absolutely adore listening to music. Ronin has taken Hip Hop dance for over a year, and for a long time Ellie said she wanted to be a singer and dancer when she grew up. Aren't they adorable?! Ellie sings a lot and they both have a lot of … [Read more...]

Happy 8th Birthday Ronin! { Minecraft Party Ideas: Cake, Cupcakes, Party Favors }

My Ronin turns 8 today. It's shocking how fast it's flown when sometimes the day-to-day seems like it's dragged at a snails pace. Motherhood altered my life in innumerable ways and it's not always rainbows and kittens. But when I add it all up, I wouldn't change it for the world. I could not live without that smile, or his larger … [Read more...]

Handprint Turkey Candy Jar

Thank you to Sweetworks for sponsoring this Handprint Turkey Candy Jar tutorial and $50 Sweetworks candy giveaway. A promotional item was provided to me by Sweetworks. Hosts for this Fashionista Event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic. The holiday season is barreling down upon us and I love it. Our family so … [Read more...]

Minecraft Creeper Cup Tutorial

In just a couple of weeks my first born Ronin will be turning 8! Where has the time gone? I vividly remember rocking a tiny 7-pound bundle on my chest as he drifted off to dream land like it was yesterday. John and I used to compete over who got to hold him. Now, he's a GIANT 90-pound kiddo, who still loves cuddling with mommy and daddy … [Read more...]

Natural Ways to Protect our Well Being {Personalized Drinking Cup Tutorial}

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NaturalGoodness #CollectiveBias I sit here nursing the first cold of Back to School cold season. Ugh. I knew one of us would inevitably fall prey to the extra school germs, I just didn't think it was going to be me. But of course! … [Read more...]

DIY Minecraft and Pokemon Inspired School Lunch Kits

Disclosure: This  DIY Minecraft and Pokemon Inspired School Lunch Kits post is sponsored by Snapware. They've also provided a Snapware Total Solution 16-piece-set to giveaway. (Retail Value $29.99.) Oh Back to School lunch. We've been back in school a little over a week, and I'm back in the swing making school lunches. It's one of … [Read more...]

A Cuddly and Hi-Tech Way to Stay Connected with Loved Ones: CloudPets

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CloudPetsForever #CollectiveBias It's so special seeing the relationship my kids are developing with my parents. We live all the way across the country from them, but we've thankfully had many chances to travel during the kids lives, … [Read more...]

First Time Favorites Part 2: Walt Disney World Princesses

If you have a huge princess fan in your family like I do, there are so many must-visit Walt Disney World princesses. On our recent one-day, 12-hour adventure to the Magic Kingdom we really took advantage of our time and did a TON of fun activities and rides. I've shared our kids' first-ever visit to Walt Disney World favorites here, but when I … [Read more...]

First Visit to Walt Disney World Favorites: Part 1

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}

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

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}

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}

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 }

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 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

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...]