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Boba, Backyard Scrabble & Kids’ Sunshine Party!

Boba, Backyard Scrabble & Kids’ Sunshine Party!

Wanting to spice up your summer days? Kids will love making these fun bubble tea drinks with Boba, playing Backyard Scrabble as a family and inviting friends to a summer Sunshine Party!

Trendy Essentials for Little Girls

Trendy Essentials for Little Girls

Summer is a perfect time for doing crafts to fill the hot afternoons, having movie parties, and sporting fabulous summer fashion! While you’re watching the new movie Trolls for the 10th time, make a cute DIY Princess Poppy flower headband or cuddle up for a family reading party.

Feather Hair Accessories & Essential Oil Skincare

Feather Hair Accessories & Essential Oil Skincare

Where do you enjoy going on vacation? Our summer family travels took us to the California coast where we enjoyed camping along the beach in our RV motor home. We found so many great spots to go on family hikes and enjoy the sunny warm weather. Of course, summer weather comes with bugs, and hiking with kids comes with scraped knees. I’m excited to share some natural solutions to both of these problems, as well as our fun DIY feather embellished hair accessories!

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10 San Francisco Family Activities

10 San Francisco Family Activities

We found plenty of San Francisco family activities during our summer trip down the West Coast. We enjoyed visiting the Exploratorium and strolling down Pier 39; just a few of our top picks for experiencing San Francisco with kids.

Simple Kids’ Style Tips

Simple Kids’ Style Tips

During the summer my girls beat the heat with cool tank tops and fun twirly summer dresses! Here are some of my daily tips for keeping my girls’ hair tangle free and kids’ clothes and shoes fresh, clean and ready for playtime.

8 Budget-Friendly Pacific NW Family Travel Destinations

8 Budget-Friendly Pacific NW Family Travel Destinations

This summer we took a trip down the West Coast with our young family. We choose budget-friendly destinations that would be interesting and feasible for young kids to enjoy. We enjoyed forest hikes and picnic lunches, walked along fern-lined canyons and deserted beaches, and visited several gorgeous vineyards. Here are some of our favorite stops in Washington and Oregon that were fun, inexpensive, and memorable for us to visit with kids.

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Mount St. Helens Ape Cave & Lava Tubes Family Visit

Mount St. Helens Ape Cave & Lava Tubes Family Visit

We love exploring new places with our kids. I’m excited to share the highlights from our family visit to Mount St. Helens lava tubes and Ape Cave in Washington State.

DIY Candy Sushi & Brilliant Summer Treats

DIY Candy Sushi & Brilliant Summer Treats

I love coming up with creative ideas for kids’ parties and dinner with friends. Unique treats are a fun creative outlet for a mom that friends and kids will enjoy. This easy candy sushi is easy to make using fruit roll-ups, marshmallows, and assorted gummy candy!

Mermaid-Inspired Crafts & Activities

Mermaid-Inspired Crafts & Activities

Girls love pretending to be mermaids. I know because when I was a child I loved the idea of mysterious mermaids with shimmery tails and under-the-sea hairstyles. The last few years mermaids have been trending in the form of dolls, mermaid tail blankets, room decor and even cookies! My daughter had a mermaid-inspired birthday party and decorated her room with mermaid pennant banners and pillows. Here are some fun ideas for all girls who love mermaids!

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Classic Fun From American Girl

Classic Fun From American Girl

Trends come and go but some brands are timeless. I loved playing with American Girl dolls as a child and my girls love playing with them now. I’m excited to introduce the 2017 BeForever doll Felicity Merriman and some other new characters as well!

Cloth Diapering on a Budget

Cloth Diapering on a Budget

It’s no secret that cloth diapering is the cheaper route in the long run for the average family, but initial start-up cost can be a little overwhelming. Thankfully, cloth diapering on a budget is possible. Here are a few quick tips to get you started.

Summer Fun, Family Camping & Snacks

Summer Fun, Family Camping & Snacks

There is beauty in simplicity. I am ALL about keeping life simple when cooking, cleaning, shopping, and playing. Life with kids doesn’t have to be complicated! I have discovered a beautifully uncomplicated way to shop for kids’ clothes online and choose clothing styles that are perfect for our family adventures.

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Liquid Sensory Glitter Slime (No Borax)

Liquid Sensory Glitter Slime (No Borax)

Easily make this fun no borax liquid slime as a fun afternoon activity for kids! You can make sensory glitter slime in all colors and themes.

Gorgeous DIY Accessories & Swedish Fashion

Gorgeous DIY Accessories & Swedish Fashion

I recently discovered a gorgeous clothing line, Gudrun Sjödén which offers many tunics, dresses and accessories that are comfy and stylish. Don’t miss our DIY accessory ideas too!

Sensory Glitter Cloud Dough Kids’ Activity

Sensory Glitter Cloud Dough Kids’ Activity

Kids love sensory activities. This glitter cloud dough is squishy and fun to stretch and mold. It’s not salty like play dough so it won’t dry out little kids’ hands. We made fun sparkly homemade dough with just 3 main ingredients!

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Interactive Kids Yard Activities

Interactive Kids Yard Activities

My kids can’t wait to go outside as soon as the weather gets warmer. Playing with water beads, blowing bubbles, and making cloud dough entertains my kids, helps them burn off energy and encourages their motor skill development!

Best DIY Pencil Cup Ideas

Best DIY Pencil Cup Ideas

These super creative DIY pencil cups take desk accessories to an entirely new level, made from soup cans, mason jars, crayons, license plates and felt!

Fun Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Fun Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is all about celebrating dad and it’s fun to treat your dad to a few surprises too! Even if your dad seems to have it all, you can always find a special way to celebrate all he does for you! Here are a few Father’s Day gift ideas he will love.

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Super Creative Kids’ Party Treats

Super Creative Kids’ Party Treats

Are you planning a party? You don’t have to break the bank to host a memorable party. All you need is a few creative ideas and an open afternoon to whip up some fun party treats!

Toy Organization Tips & Tricks

Toy Organization Tips & Tricks

Do you have mountains of toys at your house? I often feel like my kids have more toys than they can possibly play with. These ideas will help streamline your playroom and organize your kids’ toys.

Tips For Ring Bearers + Flower Girl Fashion

Tips For Ring Bearers + Flower Girl Fashion

Wedding season is in full bloom! Whether you need some flower girl fashion inspiration or you’re wondering how to get a mischievous little boy to carry the ring down the aisle, here are a few tips and tricks we used for helping our adorable flower girls and ring bearers to walk down the aisle successfully.
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Get Your Body Back In Time For Summer

Get Your Body Back In Time For Summer

I love summer but I do not look forward to sporting a swimsuit. Having a baby changes a lot and it’s hard to find time to get back into shape. Here are a few products to help you prepare for summer fun and regain your pre-baby self-confidence.

10 Ingenious Dress Up Ideas

10 Ingenious Dress Up Ideas

My girls love to dress up which often results in clothes all over the floor. I try to train them to pick up their clothes but it’s also helpful to implement easy storage solutions in my girls’ room. Here are some awesome ideas for storing […]

Gorgeously Simple Dinner Party Ideas

Gorgeously Simple Dinner Party Ideas

My husband and I love hosting dinner parties, BBQs, game nights, you name it. We’ve somewhat slowed down in our hosting efforts since having kids but we really want to get back into a regular routine of having people over. My husband’s whole family loves making good food and I love decorating and making pretty treats. Hosting dinner parties is a great way to teach kids how to be generous with your home and serve others too! Here are some simple tips to host a gorgeous dinner party without spending lots of time or money.

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Mealtime Tips for Picky Eaters

Mealtime Tips for Picky Eaters

Do you have a picky eater? Sometimes it’s about all a mom can handle to get a child to eat their lunch. When kids go through stages of picky eating, parents can use simple strategies to encourage their kids to eat healthy food.

Homemade Natural Fabric Softener And Mommy Friendly Fashion

Homemade Natural Fabric Softener And Mommy Friendly Fashion

As a busy mom of littles it’s hard to find time to shop or keep up with fashion trends but recently I found an easy and affordable way to stay fashionable.

5 Delicious Meal Ideas & Leftover Storage

5 Delicious Meal Ideas & Leftover Storage

Stumped for dinner? Here are some easy meals using ingredients you may already have in your kitchen. I like keeping chicken and ground beef around so I don’t have to do as much daily meal planning. Let’s be honest — with 3 young kids, meal planning at our house rarely happens! These dinner ideas are simple to whip up and kid-friendly too!

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Creative Ways to Encourage Kids’ Hygiene

Creative Ways to Encourage Kids’ Hygiene

Teach kids to practice good hygiene by making it fun! Create tutu toothbrushes and a discovery soap dispenser to encourage kids to brush their teeth, wash their hands, and develop healthy hygiene habits.

Strawberry Custard Tarts For Any Party

Strawberry Custard Tarts For Any Party

These yummy custard tarts are perfect to serve at any party! You can enjoy them with fresh berries on top of the fresh homemade custard.

Tips to Live a Healthier Lifestyle

Tips to Live a Healthier Lifestyle

Busy moms have so many daily activities but that doesn’t change the fact that we all want to feel healthy and empowered to meet our goals. It’s easy for moms to allow personal health to slip through the cracks, especially when caring for kids and acting as the family chauffeur. These simple tips are easy enough to implement into your weekly routine. It definitely takes commitment to make it to the gym for a weekly workout or to plan well-balanced meals but the healthy benefits are worth it!
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Have a Spa Day Everyday

Have a Spa Day Everyday

Transform your morning routine into a luxurious Spa Day with a few easy tips. I get so excited when I find convenient ways to solve problems in my life and even boost my self-confidence.

Fun Toys for Busy Boys

Fun Toys for Busy Boys

Boys need toys they can use to crash together, build tall towers, and explore their world. Here are some of our favorite toys and activities that are especially interesting for little boys!

How to Teach Your Kids to Be Good Friends

How to Teach Your Kids to Be Good Friends

It can be tricky for households with young kids to get along, especially as the dynamics change as kids get older or a family brings home a new baby. It’s important to teach kids hands-on values for life as they interact with each other throughout the day. Learning to be cheerful and generous during playtime will benefit kids later in life too!
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5 Newborn Essentials for Every Mom

5 Newborn Essentials for Every Mom

Who would have thought a cute little baby could need so many things? Here are some of my proven basics that helped me in the early days with a newborn baby.

Kids’ Summer Hair Tips

Kids’ Summer Hair Tips

Keep your kids’ hair moisturized and frizz-free with a few easy tips. The summer sunny rays can often bleach your hair, frizz your locks, and give you split ends.

On-the-Go Essentials for Family Fun

On-the-Go Essentials for Family Fun

Summer is just around the bend and with warmer weather comes fun family adventures! Outings, excursions and vacations fill up our family’s calendar as we rush to make the best of the beautiful warm weather. I don’t know about you, but I always have a bit of dread at the beginning of each adventure as I ask myself “did I forget something?” and try to jog my memory of what I might need for my son during our day (or week) out.  As moms, we have to be prepared for anything. If you have any day trips or vacations planned this summer, you may want to add a few more things to your list of kids’ travel essentials to prepare for anything.
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Earth Day Activities and Eco-Friendly Kid Fashion

Earth Day Activities and Eco-Friendly Kid Fashion

Teach your kids about the earth with fun activities and projects to let them observe nature. Plant a tree, collect some worms, and learn how to care for our beautiful planet!

Spring Cleaning & Organizing Tips

Spring Cleaning & Organizing Tips

Changing seasons is the perfect time to do a bit of cleaning and refresh your home and daily routines. Here are the projects I’m working on to get organized for warmer weather!

Vancouver Aquarium Family Trip Destination

Vancouver Aquarium Family Trip Destination

This spring we had a chance to visit the Vancouver Aquarium in Canada. We’ve visited many aquariums and it’s always fun to see the unique attractions each location offers. The Vancouver Aquarium has plenty of things to see and lots of interactive activities for families. My kids enjoyed learning about many different sea creatures and observing a wide variety of fish and marine animals up close!

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5 Potty Training Tips for Toddlers

5 Potty Training Tips for Toddlers

Ideas to make potty training fun! Potty training can be tricky but kids are easy to motivate with rewards, and healthy habits can be taught through regular routines.

5 Kids’ Wardrobe Basics – Cut the Clothing Clutter!

5 Kids’ Wardrobe Basics – Cut the Clothing Clutter!

The only 5 basics your kids need! Kids’ clothing can pile up quickly. Now that my kids can dress themselves and undress just as quickly, clothing ends up everywhere. These basics minimize clothing clutter so the kids only have access to the clothes they need.

Easy Ways to Stay Healthy

Easy Ways to Stay Healthy

It can be challenging to take care of your family and promote healthy habits! Shopping for groceries can take up half the day with 3 little ones in tow and folding 3 loads of laundry feels like an accomplishment. 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. Here are some healthy habits you can practice every day with your own family.

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Simple Tips for Healthy Skin

Simple Tips for Healthy Skin

It’s easy to take care of your skin with a simple and healthy routine. Moisturize in winter and protect your skin from the sun in summer. I’m excited to share my trusty skincare regimen for all seasons!

DIY Baby Sensory Bin & Helpful Essentials

DIY Baby Sensory Bin & Helpful Essentials

Easily and cheaply make a DIY baby sensory box for baby to explore shapes, colors and textures.

5 Activities for Little Mermaids

5 Activities for Little Mermaids

Life with girls can be filled with glitter, tulle, twirls, and mermaid tails. My girls especially seem to enjoy mermaids. We have mermaid pillows, mermaid tail blankets, mermaid toys, and many mermaid costumes. There’s something about mermaids that is enchanting for kids. I remember as a child wanting to learn more about mermaids; what do they do? what do they eat? The fun can be whatever you’d like because to the best of my knowledge, mermaids are pretend. Here are some fun ways we like playing mermaids in our house.

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Interactive Activities for Kids

Interactive Activities for Kids

Make homemade sparkle play dough, design and color paper character puppets, and explore fun textures with themed sensory bins.

How to Plan Easy Kids’ Birthday Parties

How to Plan Easy Kids’ Birthday Parties

Maximize the fun and minimize the cost of your kids’ themed birthday parties with our creative interactive party ideas for treats, games, and party activities!

Healthy Kids’ Lunches & Eating Habits

Healthy Kids’ Lunches & Eating Habits

Kids can be picky when it comes to food. My oldest daughter loved eating a wide variety of foods up until she was about two years old and then she decided to only live off chicken nuggets and yogurt. With three kids now, I’ve had to set some standards for lunch time to avoid creating different meals for each child or squabbles over the kids changing their minds about what they want to eat. I agree with parents who think kids should eat the food they are given and be thankful. Moms can also creatively encourage their kids to enjoy healthy foods. We never force the kids to eat a plate of peas, but their tastes have developed for fresh fruit, some veggies with ranch, and a good variety of meats and grains. I can help provide nutritious meals too by purchasing whole grain crackers, healthy cheese, Greek yogurt, and making smoothies that include spinach and carrots. I also give the kids a Probiotics supplement to help their little digestive systems. Here are some of my fun healthy kids’ lunch ideas!

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Smart Snack Ideas for Kids

Smart Snack Ideas for Kids

Keep a variety of healthy and quick snacks on hand such as fresh fruit and whole grain chips so it’s easy to make smart snack time choices throughout the day.

How to Make Healthy Gummy Bears

How to Make Healthy Gummy Bears

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.

Healthy Handwashing Tips For Children

Healthy Handwashing Tips For Children

Practicing good hand washing is one of the simplest ways to avoid sicknesses and prevent contamination in your home. Teaching your kids healthy hand washing habits at home can go a long way to prevent picking up nasty bacterial infections or viruses and sharing them with the family. Recently I have been working with my little guy to help him develop healthy hand washing habits. I’m trying to creatively make it fun for him too! By giving him some fun ways to learn and remember how to properly wash his hands I hope to instill long lasting healthy hand washing habits that will come naturally to him even when he’s away from home. Here’s a few pointers for how to make hand washing fun and easy for little kids.

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Fun Spring Activities for Kids

Fun Spring Activities for Kids

Turn the backyard into a wonderland with an Outdoor Scavenger Hunt! Encourage your kids to come up with their own games, play “keep away”, and make soup with good old garden materials.

Family Adventures with Joovy

Family Adventures with Joovy

Traveling with young kids or even going shopping can be tricky. I absolutely love our Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stroller. It has everything; seats, platforms, secure restraints, pockets, pouches, storage areas, and it easily folds up to fit in the trunk of my Civic.

Best RV Trip Planning Resources

Best RV Trip Planning Resources

When we first bought our motorhome, I was admittedly very excited about the prospect of not only traveling and camping with our family, but the countless hours of RV trip planning as well. That may sound strange to some, but I’m sure I am not the only one who enjoys the challenge and anticipation of choosing destinations, routes, stops, activities, and everything involved in a cross country RV trip. I’m excited to share some of the best resources I found for RV trip planning and some of my personal tips!

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10 Reasons to Dehydrate Food

10 Reasons to Dehydrate Food

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.

5 Ways to Simplify Your Morning Routine

5 Ways to Simplify Your Morning Routine

An organized life is often a happier life. It’s easy to take simple steps towards structuring your day for success, starting with when you first wake up! T

Shamrock Kid’s Party & Treats

Shamrock Kid’s Party & Treats

Everyone loves a party! St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday to celebrate by hosting a cute kid’s party and play date with friends! I love hosting friends especially when it allows my kids to play with their friends too. St. Patrick’s Day isn’t a huge holiday, but we like to enjoy some yummy kid-friendly treats and delicious limeade, and let the mommies catch up and the kiddos play! Here are some yummy snack and treat ideas for a Shamrock kids’ play group (or any kids’ party)!

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How to Fix Scuffed Kids’ Sparkle Shoes

How to Fix Scuffed Kids’ Sparkle Shoes

Easily fix up scuffed kids’ shoes with a bit of fabric paint and matching nail polish. My daughter was thrilled to have her favorite shoes made sparkly again!

Cute Food Shapes & Lunch Ideas for Kids

Cute Food Shapes & Lunch Ideas for Kids

Kids love to eat food that looks fun. These cute snacks, orange hearts, and strawberry roses are super easy to make and they are healthy too! It’s easy to encourage kids to love healthy foods.

Cozy Kangapouch Down Fill Baby Sleep Sack

Cozy Kangapouch Down Fill Baby Sleep Sack

Not too hot and not too cold, this cozy Kangapouch for babies and toddlers is just right! I am so excited to share with you my recent find, a wearable down comforter for my baby! Every mom struggles with keeping a baby warm without creating an unsafe sleep space with loose blankets or materials that could cause baby to overheat. This sleep sack delivers warmth within a streamlined design that also grows with baby!

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Fun Winter Activities & Treats for Kids

Fun Winter Activities & Treats for Kids

Make winter fun and extra sweet with DIY snow cones, homemade chocolate popcorn, and maple syrup candy!

Natural Baby Basics for Teething & Diapering

Natural Baby Basics for Teething & Diapering

Teething and diapering are two baby basics with many natural options to cover these needs. I’m excited to share with you some Eco-friendly alternatives I’ve successfully used with my 3 kiddos.

Motor Skill Activities for Babies

Motor Skill Activities for Babies

The first year and a half for any baby can be a tough one. Once a baby is able to sit up, they usually desperately want to move but can’t. Once a baby can crawl, they want to walk but can’t. My little guy is in the stage of wanting to keep up with his sisters but not quite walking. He is also a climber to his own peril, and has tumbled off boxes, down a few stairs, and only just recently learned how to safely get off the bed by backing up and sliding off. I try to encourage our baby to practice new movement skills by holding his hands and walking him around, setting up obstacle courses for baby to clamber through, and encouraging my baby boy to feed himself using a spoon. On the flip side, I don’t want my baby to grow up too fast so I’m enjoying every day of him being little and dependent. Here are a few ways we encourage baby to practice his motor skills and learn through sensory play time.

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How to Organize Kids’ Clothes for Changing Sizes

How to Organize Kids’ Clothes for Changing Sizes

Minimize your kids’ clothes with these simple tips! We try to keep our kids’ clothing streamlined so they can easily find their favorites and reduce the clutter in their wardrobes.

Mommy Fashion & Beauty Basics

Mommy Fashion & Beauty Basics

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.

Easy Maple Syrup Candy

Easy Maple Syrup Candy

My kids love playing in the snow and enjoying winter-inspired treats when they come in from the snow! This yummy DIY Maple Syrup Candy is a fun afternoon project with lots of natural maple sweetness.

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