Having a new baby this year? We know it can be challenging to figure out which baby essentials are needed and which are extra. We are excited to share our top picks for feeding, diapering, clothing, and setting up baby’s nursery! Also don’t miss entering our Baby Shower Essentials giveaway!
Did you know you can make ice cream without using an ice cream maker? My kids love doing craft projects and helping cook in the kitchen, so of course they love making homemade ice cream too! We tried out an ice cream mix from the Curious Creamery that allows you to make all kinds of ice cream combinations using mix-ins you have in your kitchen!
Do you have a hard time leaving the house with the kids, even to just run a quick errand or pick up a gift? Me too. This is why online shopping has become a big deal at our house. I can purchase exactly what I need and many companies offer free shipping over a certain amount AND I can browse all the details of my purchases while baby naps in the next room. The Baby Cubby is a unique resource that offers many of my favorite brands within a very user-friendly interface. You can even create abu gift registry to share with your friends!
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.
I was so excited when I found out I was having my first daughter. I knew I would be hopelessly in love with her from the start and I was also excited to shop for tutus, hair bows and adorable baby shoes. Now I’ve been around the block a few times and I have two girls and one boy. Here are my top picks for baby girls; perfect for baby showers, birthdays, or just pampering your little princess.
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.
Traveling with young kids or even going shopping can be tricky. As soon as we had our 3rd child, we knew we needed to figure out some creative ways to escape the house with 3 kids. I wasn’t eager to leave the house with a newborn and two toddlers, so for a few months I only did errands if my husband could watch at least one child. Slowly I got used to the idea and now it’s a lot easier to take all three kids with me but I’ve still experienced some near-impossible events of having to corral the kids through the parking lot or chase them down while holding my purse and a baby. I’ve found the most effective way to keep track of my two toddlers is to trap them in the stroller, or let my more responsible daughter walk and trap my 2-year-old and 1-year-old in the stroller. I absolutely love our Joovy Caboose Ultralight. It has everything; seats, platforms, secure restraints, pockets, pouches, storage areas, and it easily folds up to fit in the trunk of my Civic. It feels just as streamlined as a regular stroller except that it fits two kids! I’m excited to share why I love this stroller, a basic essential for any family who enjoys getting out with young kids!
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! This year I’m reducing the clutter in our home, identifying ways we can stay more organized, and minimizing the habits that create stress in our family. I’m a mom of 3 young kids and I have to keep my morning routine fairly simple while also completing the tasks to get ready for the day! Here are my tips for simplifying my morning routine even with kids underfoot.
Kids thrive from a regular routine and at our house the routine includes creative activities, snack time, independent play, lunch, and quiet time so the kids have a chance to rest. It’s easy to make snack time fun and healthy with a little creativity. It can be tempting to feed your kids crackers and fruit snacks every day and my kids often enjoy those as well, but I’ve also been encouraged to assist my kids’ immunities with healthier treats, natural sugars, and snacks that are free of high fructose corn syrup. I’ve also started giving my kids a probiotic supplement to help their little growing bodies stay healthy and strong. These easy snack ideas are simple to implement and make snack time creative and fun!