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.
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.
If you’ve ever potty trained a child, you know it can include weeks or months of training. I’m still working on fully potty training my 4 year old. Kids are easy to motivate with treats and privileges, and healthy habits can be taught through regular routines. Here are the steps we’ve taken to teach our kids how to leave diapers behind and use the “big kid” potty.
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.
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 love changing seasons. I always look forward to winter turning into spring and summer turning into fall. With warmer weather right around the corner, I’m already thinking about all the fun things we can do at the park, going on family walks, and taking the kids to our local lake “beach” for some toddler water play. I’ve also begun thinking of ways to keep my little ones safe from the sun as well as my own skin. It’s easy to take care of your skin with a simple healthy routine. I have my trusty skincare regimen for all seasons. In the summer I break out the natural sunscreen and chemical-free bug repellent and in the winter I use nourishing moisturizers to keep our whole family healthy and happy.
Happy Spring! Spring Break is often a fun week for families, with kids out of school and a fresh change after a long winter. If you are a parent, you may wonder how to engage with your kids and entertain them during the change of schedule. Spring Break is great practice for summer vacation, when kids will be able to enjoy much more time at home and your family can make some fun memories exploring, adventuring, and doing fun activities at home. Kids will have lots of fun with this homemade moisturizing glitter playdough and imaginative sensory bins, as well as the recent Swan Princess DVD release! We are excited to share all the details with you!
My 2 year old loves snack time. I love snack time too, especially while I’m nursing a baby! I try to keep a variety of healthy, quick snacks on hand at home so that it’s easy for us to make smart snack time choices throughout the week. Being on the go a lot can definitely make it more challenging to choose healthy snacks. Here are a few simple smart snack ideas for ways to help your kids eat healthily whether you’re at home or out and about!
As soon as it starts getting warm outside, my kids want to go out and play. Keep kids entertained this spring and summer with a few simple interactive activities, nature scavenger hunts, and imaginative play with sensory activities! Of course, one highlight of the changing seasons is the adorable kids’ fashion that moms can get out and pack the past season’s clothes away!
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.
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!
Playing with your baby and stimulating their growing brain is important for developing things like motor skills, social skills and even just bonding with mom and dad. Here are a few baby playtime ideas!
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! I love celebrating this holiday with my kids and family. It’s festive and breaks up the post-Christmas winter months. My daughter always loves having a Valentine’s Day party with her friends, complete with a post office, swapping Valentine’s with friends, and making some heart-inspired yummy treats. Here are some of our top picks for Valentine’s Day gift giving to celebrate this special day!
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, something that many little girls can relate to. Don’t miss our unboxing video! I love the American Girl brand because of their dedication to introducing little girls to history and life principles in a fun way for little girls. Some of my favorite dolls include the timeless classics Kirsten and Felicity who were introduced to my generation. My daughter enjoys playing with newer releases such as Maryellen Larkin and Melody Ellison. Each of these American Girls have their own unique stories, families and communities. If you prefer the modern dolls, you can choose an American Girl TrulyMe doll designed to look like your child. The American Girl doll collection offers something for everyone!
If you have never considered using all natural disinfectants for your home, now is the perfect time to switch to green cleaning solutions. Household solutions such as vinegar and borax prove to be effective against bacteria, without all the chemicals.