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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...]

Coincidence or Serendipity?

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}

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 }

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

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...]

How to Help a Friend Who’s Lost a Loved One to Suicide

I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. To loss a loved one to suicide. So what do you do when a dear friend losses someone they love? You want to be there for your friend, and help them in their time of grief. But it can feel so overwhelming knowing what to do to support them during this loss, because suicide is such a difficult and … [Read more...]

Chloe and Isabel Jewelry {Sale}

Disclosure: This Chloe + Isabel Giveaway is provided by Anne-Marie Lindsey. This post includes affiliate links. All opinions are my own. I just LOVE jewelry ... and one of my favorite lines recently has been Chloe and Isabel. They have such beautiful high quality styles. And because I love supporting independent business, I … [Read more...]

New Orleans Style Bloody Mary Boosted

#V8EnergyBoost #CollectiveBias I've had a life long love affair with the Bloody Mary. Back in the day, well before marriage and kids I went to college in New Orleans, a city I just adore. It's a part of my soul, and so is the incredible food and libations. I have such memories hunting down the perfect Bloody Mary while I was living … [Read more...]

Fundraising Tips that Work

We all have causes that are important to us.  For a long time mine has been mental health and suicide prevention. I've done quite a bit of fundraising for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention the past four or so years, and using my experiences personally raising over $8,000 for the cause, I've formulated my top 10 tips … [Read more...]

How to Dress Your Body Type {Monroe and Main Fashion}

Disclosure: This "How to Dress Your Body Type" Fashionista Event Opportunity is hosted by Still Blonde after all these YEARS and Modly Chic. This$185+ Fashion Giveaway and outfit on Motherhood Unadorned is provided by Monroe and Main. All opinions are my own.  This weekend, John and I attended an evening fundraising event for the American … [Read more...]

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

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...]