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.
We love dressing up around here. My girls love making necklaces, designing crowns and running around in twirly dresses. I love dressing up too and it’s even better to find clothing that allows me to comfortably run after the kiddos. Our warm weather weeks are filled with playing in the yard and splashing in the inflatable swimming pool. I recently discovered a gorgeous clothing line, Gudrun Sjödén, which offers many tunics, dresses and accessories that are comfy and stylish.
Do you have mountains of toys at your house? I often feel like my kids have more toys than they can possibly play with. Birthdays, garage sales, holidays, and spontaneous purchases all add up to create a mountain of toys. Here are my top ideas for streamlining your playroom and organizing your kids’ toys.
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 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 dress up outfits and accessories!
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. Also I want to share with you all my favorite homemade natural fabric softener recipe and these simple instructions for easy DIY reusable dryer sheets to keep your clothes looking and feeling fabulous!
As soon as my little guy started crawling, his enthusiasm for going on adventures took off. My two little girls keep me on my toes, but my little boy wants to constantly climb, scamper and explore. Keeping him out of the street was a full time job before we moved to a house with a fully fenced yard. Boys also play differently than girls — they like to crash things together, throw their cars, and figure out how their toys work. Here are some of our favorite toys and activities that are especially interesting for little boys.
Summer play can be loaded with fun, but can also be hard on hair. Chlorine from the pool or salt from the beach can dry hair out and strip its natural oils. The summer sunny rays can bleach your hair, frizz your locks, and give you split ends. Warmer weather in general means increased humidity which can make some hair types hard to manage. Kids have a hard time taking care of their hair in general and regularly brushing their locks. I’m excited to share some easy summer hair care tips and some amazing kid-friendly hair products that have fun fragrances and most importantly, make managing my little girls’ hair much easier!
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.
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.
Moms are always working hard and giving their best to take care of their families. I know I personally don’t tend to stop and think about taking care of myself in all the business of life with babies. However, my sweet husband is good to remind me to take a break and treat myself to some pampering now and then! We all have different ways of relaxing or feeling pampered but for me, as a mom I love being “pampered” by things that are not only fun for me but helpful or practical in some way. Here are 4 practical ways you can pamper yourself as a mom!