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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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)!
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!
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.