Mommy fashion can be pretty and stylish without requiring a ton of my precious time. A low-key hair routine, 5 simple go-to makeup products, and a few cute wardrobe basics are all I need to feel presentable and stylish.
Looking for some fun Earth Day activities for your kids this year? There are all kinds of fun ways to teach your children about this amazing planet we live on and how to care for it. I personally believe that the best way to do that is to simply get them outdoors and cultivate a love for nature and an appreciation for the beauty of creation all around them! There’s no better way to learn than by exploring hands on! I love Earth Day projects that get us outside and get our hands dirty. Here are some fun activities we have planned for this Spring and some ideas for practical ways you can celebrate Earth Day!
With 3 kids in my home, I can tell you the clothing can pile up quickly. Now that the kids can “almost” dress themselves and undress just as quickly, clothing ends up everywhere. Here are some of the basics our family uses to minimize clothing clutter so the kids only have access to the clothes that they need.
Keep your family healthy with these easy DIY ideas. With spring weather just around the corner, I’m sure we are all ready to enjoy some sunny outdoor fun and leave behind the winter sniffles. You can easily practice these healthy habits every day with your own family.
I can’t believe my little guy is already 14 months old! Time flies the first year plus a few months. After three kids, 120 weeks of pregnancy, and lots of kid-filled routines and diaper changes, I’ve curated my own collection of life saving essentials that can make any mom and dad’s life a whole lot easier. I mean, what in the world do you do with a baby when they want to get around but can’t? How do you read to a baby who only wants to throw books on the floor?
Do your kids love birthday parties? My daughter starts talking about her birthday party theme months in advance. She loves parties and I love hosting them, planning the party details, and creating a fun theme to celebrate a special occasion. I tend to keep things pretty budget friendly but a party can still be creative with paper, craft supplies, and cute party foods. What’s the first thing you do when planning a birthday party? Order party invitations of course! I’m excited to share with you my tips for planning kids’ birthday parties to maximize the fun and minimize the cost and stress of party planning.
Gummy bears are super fun to eat but I never thought about trying to make them until just the other day. It turns out, homemade gummy bears are very easy to make and you can infuse them with healthy juices, honey, and fresh squeezed citrus! My kids love gummy bears but I we limit the kids’ sugar intake each day to help those little immunities. These DIY gummy bears are made with orange juice and sweetened with honey! I don’t mind if my kids snack on these relatively healthy gummy bears and it’s fun to customize the flavors.
Does your family like dried fruit as easy go-to snacks? Preserving foods by drying is a great way to ensure foods don’t go bad for long trips or during warm weather. Many people dehydrate food as a hobby rather than a necessity, but dried apple slices and apricots make delicious healthy snacks. You can make your own snacks using an electric dehydrator or even in the oven to remove moisture and create stable, nutritious snacks for your whole family.
Winter can feel long, especially when your family is cooped up inside with limited available activities and even some winter sickness. It’s important for kids to have an interactive daily routine to feel active and to engage their minds. We had more than a foot of snow for weeks on end this winter, which limited our ability to play outside or even leave the house. With a bit of creativity you can find ways to help your kids enjoy the long weeks of snow and months of winter!
Mommy fashion can be pretty and stylish without requiring a ton of your precious time. Do you struggle with getting your kids dressed and yourself dressed too? I’m in the stage of life where I have to have help from my husband to get the kids ready when we are going somewhere, otherwise no one gets out the door! I’m also the person who absolutely can’t leave the house unless I’ve done my makeup (mascara and everything), because not doing so makes me feel partially dressed. I’ve found ways to maintain my style standards and beauty routine even in the midst of caring for 3 young children who need so much attention. A low-key hair routine, 5 simple go-to makeup products, and a few cute wardrobe basics are all I need to feel presentable and stylish.
I love Valentine’s Day, but sometimes I feel like handing out those paper character Valentines feels a little generic. Every kid gets a different character and they are fun, but inevitably those paper Valentines end up in the trash in a few days. I wanted to make our family something special for Valentine’s Day, so last year I started making Custom Photo Valentines! I’m excited to share my tips and printables for making fun kids’ photo valentines! All you need is a photo editing program that allows you to layer a graphic on top of a photo. I use Photoshop for my design projects, but there are free alternatives available that allow you to work with layers such as Gimp, a free photo editing program. If you are a mom who regularly takes photos of your kids, I’m sure you have your own favorite program for editing photos!
Have you ever had an absolutely adorable baby outfit ruined by that yellow baby spit-up stain? How about a diaper blow out? Removing set in stains can be tricky but this homemade “magic” stain remover has worked wonders for me! It’s very easy to make and uses common ingredients most everyone should have on hand already. Save this DIY stain remover recipe if you have kids, life gets messy. You’re going to need a reliable stain remover!
We are excited to introduce Gabriela McBride, the 2017 American Girl of the Year. We had the opportunity to check out this new American Girl doll’s gorgeous details and fun story that celebrates overcoming obstacles with creativity. Don’t miss our unboxing video!
American Girl is one of my all time favorite brands, with darling dolls and accessories and even outfits for little girls to match their dolls! My daughter had so much fun checking out some of American Girls’ latest little girl fashions that allow her to match her doll! This gorgeous Merry Magenta dress comes in a range of sizes for little girls and coordinates perfectly with the matching dress for my daughter’s American Girl doll Maryellen. I’m excited to share all the gorgeous details about this American Girl outfit for girls!
Kids can have endless amounts of energy, regardless of what the season is or what the weather looks like outside. My girls regularly ask to go on a walk even if it’s snowing. We currently have about 18 inches of snow outside — npinot exactly family walk weather. My kids regularly need to burn off their energy and thankfully we have a basement where they can enjoy some active play, often chasing each other around our huge sectional or coming up with any number of imaginative games. I’m excited to share some tips for keeping kids entertained inside when your family is feeling especially contained or restless.
Little girls come with lots of personality, interests and preferences, and heads of tangled hair. My little girls wake up every morning with huge teased bedhead hairdos, so we start the morning routine with brushing out their locks. Don’t miss our simple hair tips and little girl fashion picks!
Moms know, stuff seems to pile up with each kid that you add to your family. The most intense stage for me is the baby stage, when you have to carry all of the baby’s things AND carry the baby. My 12 month old is so close to walking and once that happens I will feel like I’ve finally “arrived” in some ways. My baby boy is so eager to be able to get around on his own. Up until baby begins to crawl or walk and even after, there are lots of essentials that you need to bring with you everywhere you go. After experiencing all the happenings that come along with having 3 kids, here is my list of diaper bag essentials for covering your bases without bringing too much along.
Darling Matilda Jane Clothing fashions for girls that were designed by HGTV’s Fixer Upper star Joanna Gaines are now officially available! You can find the 2016 Matilda Jane holiday lookbook here!
Glamour is even more attractive when achieved naturally with wholesome and rejuvenating products. For kids especially, it’s important to teach habits that limit chemical intake and that nourish naturally. Skip the soda and make drinking water a daily healthy habit. Read the labels and don’t buy products with pore-clogging ingredients such as petrolatum and mineral oil. Make homemade lemonade and smoothies, rather than enjoying sugary drinks that include high fructose corn syrup. Establishing healthy habits within your family can go a long way toward encouraging your kids and yourself to live a healthy lifestyle. I’ve rounded up a few of my recent favorite skincare products to share with you!
Homemade salt playdough is super easy to make and lots of fun to play with. I’ve had some of my playdough for more than a year and it stores wonderfully as long as I save it in an airtight container. You can jazz up basic playdough with fragrance, glitter, and even tiny beads for extra fun sensory sculpting. My kids love making creations out of playdough, “baking muffins” with playdough, and mixing playdough colors. DIY playdough is a perfect interactive kids’ activity to keep preschoolers and toddlers occupied during fall afternoons, or to keep them distracted while you are trying to make dinner. Try our easy playdough instructions below.