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Easy Ways to Support Your Immune System

Easy Ways to Support Your Immune System

Keep your family healthy and support your immune system with a few simple lifestyle changes, eating choices, and regular exercise.

DIY Kids’ Photo Valentines + Printables

DIY Kids’ Photo Valentines + Printables

Make darling photo Valentines using your kids’ photos with our easy templates! Your friends and family will love them and you can keep a few to cherish for years to come.

Creative Kid’s Valentine Ideas

Creative Kid’s Valentine Ideas

It’s easy to make cute and inexpensive Valentines with colored paper, glue, glitter and stickers! The design options are endless! Cut a roaring dinosaur out of green paper, a fluttering butterfly, or a clever cat and personalize your Valentines with a child’s name written in glitter glue. Not good at cutting out paper shapes? Print off one of the zillion coloring pages from Google search, place the coloring page on top of your piece of colored paper, and cut around the outline to create any shape you can imagine (or print off) I hope you enjoy our DIY Valentine’s ideas for kids such as these darling hot air balloon heart Valentines!

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How to Play With Your Baby & Stimulate Their Senses

How to Play With Your Baby & Stimulate Their Senses

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 Gift Ideas for All Ages

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for All Ages

I love celebrating Valentine’s Day with my kids and family. Here are some of our top picks for Valentine’s Day gift giving to celebrate this special day!

Creative Activities & Crafts for Girls

Creative Activities & Crafts for Girls

Isn’t it funny that sometimes the most inexpensive and fun projects end up being your favorite? Awhile ago I made my girls a DIY Rapunzel princess tower out of old food cartons and they still play with it! This inexpensive “doll house” has probably inspired more fun than many of our other more expensive toys. It was super easy to make and my preschool daughter had a lot of fun decorating her homemade princess tower.
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DIY Magic Stain Remover For Baby Clothes

DIY Magic Stain Remover For Baby Clothes

This easy DIY stain remover made with 3 simple ingredients has saved many cute baby clothes from ruin! Instead of throwing out stained clothes, give this magic stain remover a try.

Meet American Girl Gabriela McBride

Meet American Girl Gabriela McBride

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. Don’t miss our unboxing video!

Healthy Eating Tips for Families with Kids

Healthy Eating Tips for Families with Kids

Eating healthy can be a challenge for any family, especially if you have picky toddlers in your home! We have loved using our Nutri Ninja Nutri Bowl Duo to create healthy and delicious smoothies, snacks, meals and even desserts for our family. This powerful nutrient extractor and nutrient fusion processor system makes it easy to eat healthy on-the-go or at home.

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5 Simple All Natural Home Cleaning Solutions

5 Simple All Natural Home Cleaning Solutions

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.

Practical Ways To Pamper Yourself As A Mom

Practical Ways To Pamper Yourself As A Mom

Moms handle so many tasks and need breaks too! I most enjoy pampering myself in ways that practical, beneficial, and enjoyable. Here are 4 practical ways you can pamper yourself as a mom!

American Girl Fashion for Dolls & Girls

American Girl Fashion for Dolls & Girls

American Girl is one of my all time favorite brands, with darling dolls and accessories and even outfits for little girls to match their dolls! My daughter had so much fun checking out some of American Girls’ latest little girl fashions that allow her to match her doll! This gorgeous Merry Magenta dress comes in a range of sizes for little girls and coordinates perfectly with the matching dress for my daughter’s American Girl doll Maryellen. I’m excited to share all the gorgeous details about this American Girl outfit for girls!

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No-Sew Toddler Tutu

No-Sew Toddler Tutu

DIY tutus are fast and simple to make with a few colors of tulle, a length of elastic and scissors. These fun sparkly skirts are perfect for dress up, a party, just for fun, and toddler or baby milestone photoshoots.

Beauty & The Beast Rose & Mirror Craft

Beauty & The Beast Rose & Mirror Craft

Any little princess will love our DIY enchanted rose and magic mirror craft inspired by Beauty & the Beast! Easily make these fun princess essentials using cardboard, tin foil, a mason jar, and basic craft materials you already have at home!

Family Day at the Seattle Woodland Park Zoo

Family Day at the Seattle Woodland Park Zoo

Our family loves going on adventures. We also have 3 young kids which can make it challenging to find the right adventures to go on. Last year we decided to purchase an RV to make camping, road trips, and exploring new places a whole lot easier. Our RV is awesome because our kids can nap on the go, use the bathroom, and enjoy a fairly normal routine in our home away from home! Our first trip took us to Seattle where we visited one of our favorite places, the Woodland Park Zoo! Our kids have always loved seeing all the unique animals that live at the zoo, skipping along the zoo pathways, and enjoying the kid-friendly and sensory activities offered by the zoo. The day we visited the zoo was very typical of Seattle weather; misty and overcast. The weather didn’t dampen our adventurous spirits!
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Fun Kids’ Indoor Activities for Long Winter Days

Fun Kids’ Indoor Activities for Long Winter Days

Mix up the coolest homemade sparkle play dough ever with glitter and soap fragrance or essential oils! Don’t miss our top pics for indoor interactive kids’ activities.

Sweet & Whimsical Little Girl Fashion

Sweet & Whimsical Little Girl Fashion

We know all about little girls around here. My girls love ruffles, dressing up, and accessorizing. Here are some of my girls’ favorites for little girl fashion picks.

How to Grow Flowers & Tame Curls in Winter

How to Grow Flowers & Tame Curls in Winter

Little girls come with lots of personality, interests and preferences, and heads of tangled hair. My little girls wake up every morning with huge teased bedhead hairdos, so my husband starts the morning routine with brushing out their locks. He’s so funny, one of the things he most looked forward to about having girls was doing their hair, and he faithfully brushes it out every morning while I’m changing the baby’s diaper and picking up clothes off the floor. I actually have hair envy of my oldest daughters hair. It’s perfectly wavy and blond; not too much so it gets tangled, but not stick straight like mine. My daughter’s hair holds curl beautifully. I was excited to try out some new hair products too; the collection of SoCozy curl hair products for little girls.

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How to Clean Cloth Diapers

How to Clean Cloth Diapers

Washing cloth diapers is actually quite simple. Just as many families’ wash routine for clothing is different, there are many different ways to wash cloth diapers.

Essentials for All Diaper Bags

Essentials for All Diaper Bags

Mommy life can be filled with messes, snacks and surprises. My list of diaper bag essentials covers the bases without bringing too much stuff along on family adventures.

Cool Stuff for Girly Girls

Cool Stuff for Girly Girls

Little girls bring with them lots of love, emotions, affection, tutus, and enthusiasm for accessorizing and creating pretty things. I have 2 girls in my house, and while I didn’t grow up with a sister myself, I’m quickly learning how to navigate the sister dynamic in our family. Most of the time we have lots of fun and special times together. My girls love playing pet shop and coloring alongside each other. Here are some fun outfits, accessories, and toys that were designed especially for little girls!

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Forever & Always DIY Wood Wall Art

Forever & Always DIY Wood Wall Art

Easily make custom wood wall art with just a few easy steps. I’m excited to share with you my homemade shabby chic wood wall art tutorial!

Mommy Wish List & Holiday Gift Ideas

Mommy Wish List & Holiday Gift Ideas

These mommy gift ideas include fun extras for stylish home decorating, luxurious products for making a mommy feel pampered, and fun toys any mom would love.

Lookbook! Joanna Gaines’ Sweet Collab with Matilda Jane Clothing

Lookbook! Joanna Gaines’ Sweet Collab with Matilda Jane Clothing

Darling Matilda Jane Clothing fashions for girls that were designed by HGTV’s Fixer Upper star Joanna Gaines are now officially available! You can find the 2016 Matilda Jane holiday lookbook here!

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Innovative Travel Essentials from Star Kids Products

Innovative Travel Essentials from Star Kids Products

Family travel can be hard, especially when it comes to entertaining kids on long trips in the car or on the airplane. Star Kids Products offers several creative solutions for engaging your kids in tight travel spaces. This Snack and Play Travel Tray and Play n Go tray table cover offer portable play to engage your kids while on the go.

Busy Mommy Purse Essentials

Busy Mommy Purse Essentials

I’m always on the lookout for natural products that work well. I’m excited to share a wonderful deodorant that not only gets the job done but it has all the properties that I look for in natural odor protection.

Disney’s Moana Coloring Pages

Disney’s Moana Coloring Pages

If your family enjoys Disney movies, you are probably looking forward to the next Disney creation coming to theaters November 23rd, the first Disney princess story starring a Polynesian princess named Moana. We hope you also enjoy these fun printable Disney Moana coloring pages!

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Mermaid Bedroom Redesign & Awesome Bunk Bed Solutions

Mermaid Bedroom Redesign & Awesome Bunk Bed Solutions

I’m excited to share our fun kids’ mermaid themed room with you complete with mermaid dress up trunk, mermaid pennant banner and bunk bed friendly bed sheets!

How to be Naturally Glamorous

How to be Naturally Glamorous

Glamour is even more attractive when achieved naturally with wholesome and rejuvenating solutions. For kids especially, it’s important to teach habits that limit chemical intake and that nourish naturally.

Fabulous Fall Fashion for Kids

Fabulous Fall Fashion for Kids

I’m kind of obsessed with glitter, sparkles, color, ruffles and shoes. Put all those things on a cute little girl and I’m in mommy heaven. Of course I teach our girls that they are most beautiful when they are kind, gentle, and generous, but it’s lots of fun to dress them up too! Here are some of our latest findings for little girl fall fashion!
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Healthy Homemade Baby Food with Raw Ingredients

Healthy Homemade Baby Food with Raw Ingredients

Making your own healthy and fresh baby food requires a bit of planning but it’s completely worth it!

Fairy & Garden Themed Birthday Party

Fairy & Garden Themed Birthday Party

A 2-year-old birthday is a big deal. We recently celebrated our little ones second birthday with cupcakes, twinkle lights, fairies. a tiny birthday cake that my daughter helped me decorate during nap time, and pretzels dipped in candy melts!

Fabulously Colorful Paint Chip Projects

Fabulously Colorful Paint Chip Projects

Combine art and color with these creative paint chip inspired projects. Spice up a nursery, kid’s room, or living space with these custom decor ideas, or liven up a party with paint chip accents and favor boxes. The options are endless!

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Helpful Tips for Traveling with Kids

Helpful Tips for Traveling with Kids

Traveling with young kids can be tricky. Our family has traveled a few times with our kids and our experience has been different each time. We’ve learned some useful tips for traveling with kids as well as things to avoid.

Spokane Children’s Museum Interactive Activities for Kids

Spokane Children’s Museum Interactive Activities for Kids

Looking for something to do with kids in Spokane, Washington? Visit the Spokane Children’s Museum, city parks splash pads and fun attractions such as the city carousel and family-friendly Manitou Park filled with seasonal flowers.

Green Kitchen Cleaning Tips

Green Kitchen Cleaning Tips

The kitchen can be the most popular place in the house and the messiest. I feel like I clean our kitchen about 10 times a day, and as soon as it’s clean the kitchen begins to get messy again. For moms with kids, maintaining a nice kitchen can feel like a losing battle. I’ve come up with some easy tips for keeping my kitchen welcoming and my counter clear and ready to whip up some muffins with my kids. I’m also excited to share some green cleaning tips for minimizing germs in your kitchen.

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Homemade Salt Playdough for Kids

Homemade Salt Playdough for Kids

Homemade salt playdough is super easy to make and lots of fun to play with. You can jazz up basic playdough with fragrance, glitter, and even tiny beads for extra fun sensory sculpting.

My Hospital Bag Checklist

My Hospital Bag Checklist

Here’s a look at what I have in my ready-to-go hospital bag the second time around and some tips for packing a hospital bag for yourself.

Rejuvenate Your Skin Every Day

Rejuvenate Your Skin Every Day

I’m almost 30, can I believe it? I don’t feel particularly old but I am realizing life is short, the years go quickly, and it’s important to treasure every moment especially during the super intense baby and toddler years. I’m sure I’ve gained a few wrinkles over the last few years caring for 3 young children, a husband, and a home. I’ve also learned it’s important to consider what I put on my skin and I’ve had run-ins with chemical filled products in the past. I have dry skin but yet still seem to get some acne even at 30 years old, except when I’m pregnant (win!). I had a chance to check out a skincare regimen from Le Mieux Cosmetics and I’m definitely impressed. My makeup routine is fairly basic out of necessity; and lets be honest, I put on my makeup at 11 am this morning with my 3 young children clamoring for my attention.
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Luxurious Organic Skincare

Luxurious Organic Skincare

Treat your family to luxurious natural ingredients that will sooth and moisturize sensitive skin. I love discovering 100% natural & organic solutions that are free from chemicals and gentle enough for babies!

Goldenberry Pancakes & Magical Amulet Craft

Goldenberry Pancakes & Magical Amulet Craft

Easily whip up some Sofia the First goldenberry pancakes and make a glittery magical amulet, a fun kids’ craft and afternoon DIY project!

Tissue Paper Butterfly Sun Catchers

Tissue Paper Butterfly Sun Catchers

We made these beautiful butterfly sun catchers to catch the summer rays. My 4 year old loved meticulously gluing the tissue paper shapes onto the card stock outline. She’s into anything crafty, especially if she can do it herself!

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Baby Girl Nursery Tour

Baby Girl Nursery Tour

Welcome to my baby girl’s nursery! We put our love, time, hard work and thought into creating a cozy, safe and beautiful space to care for our little girl and welcome her into our home.

Silky Smooth Hair Tips

Silky Smooth Hair Tips

With two toddlers and a baby, I’m lucky if I even get a morning glance in the mirror. I’m excited to share how I keep my morning makeup and hair care routine simple and effective.

Bella B Body Care Review

Bella B Body Care Review

Bella B Bodycare is an all natural line of body care products created especially for mom and baby. I have used some of their natural skincare products designed especially for expecting moms and I received a set of Bella B Bee Gone Cradle Cap Shampoo and Bella B Silky Hair Conditioner which I’ve loved using for my little boy! Founded in 1999, Bella B is committed to crafting safe and natural products made with organic ingredients for both babies and mothers during and after pregnancy.

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Back To School Fashion Essentials

Back To School Fashion Essentials

It’s almost time to put the flip flops and sandals away and put on shoes that will keep little toes cozy. See our top kids’ fashion picks for fall and back to school.

Fizzy Fruit & Gummy Ice Popsicles

Fizzy Fruit & Gummy Ice Popsicles

Fizzy soda ice popsicles are a fun summer treat for kids! Fill ice pops molds with fizzy soda, fresh fruit, and gummy bears and freeze to make a delicious and refreshing snack!

7 Water Play Activities for Toddlers

7 Water Play Activities for Toddlers

With 2 months to go until my due date and at least a month and half left of summer heat I am trying to thinking of all the ways my toddler and I can stay COOL! Let’s be honest my favorite way to stay cool these days is sitting on the couch in my air-conditioned home eating ice cream. My toddler however LOVES to be outdoors. All. Day. Long. And I love that he loves to be outside, I want to encourage that as much as possible. He also LOVES water. Pools, puddles, drinking fountains, the bath tub, dumping his sippy cup, he’ll do anything to play with water and get him self soaked. We don’t have a pool and so we’ve had to some up with other creative water play ideas for toddlers that will keep my little man entertained and keep us both cooled off. Here are some of my favorite outdoor water play activities for toddlers!

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DIY Boy’s Room Wood Wall Art Sign

DIY Boy’s Room Wood Wall Art Sign

I’m excited to show off my DIY wood wall art! At the end of last year I welcomed my first baby boy, inspiring some boy-themed nursery decor. I took words from Proverbs and painted three slabs of wood with the message “Grow in Wisdom, Grace, Strength and Courage” using custom lettering stencils!

Easy Crafts for Kids

Easy Crafts for Kids

Create a forest themed apple tree craft, make art with gold fish crackers, and whip up glitter goo for sensory play! Kids love creative activities that introduce them to new skills and fun textures!

The Perfect Afternoon Tea Play Date

The Perfect Afternoon Tea Play Date

If you have little girls, you likely know all about tea parties, twirly dresses, and living room fashion shows. Matilda Jane Clothing makes lots of darling outfits for little girls that mix and match, and many styles grow with your child such as dresses that can also be worn as tops as a little girl gets older. I have two girls who can already trade clothes even though they are 2 and 4 years old. Matilda Jane Clothing makes their clothes swapping even easier!

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Fun Uses for Water Beads

Fun Uses for Water Beads

Water beads are a fun kids’ sensory activity that can entertain for hours! These non-toxic balls are fun to squish, squeeze, scoop, and even freeze!

DIY Back To School Ideas for Moms

DIY Back To School Ideas for Moms

Spruce up your work space with a fun and creative pencil holder, custom fabric covered notebook, or washi tape keyboard that you can design to match your own style.

Glittery DIY Tooth Fairy Coins

Glittery DIY Tooth Fairy Coins

My daughter learned about the tooth fairy from an older friend or cousin. Since then, she’s been eagerly anticipating her first tooth falling out. I told her she may have a few years to wait, being only 4 years old. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean we can’t have some tooth fairy inspired fun! These tooth fairy coins are a fun way to use old coins. I’m not sure who carries pennies anymore, since they seem to be obsolete even at garage sales. We found a few around the house that served perfectly for our tooth fairy coins! Using foreign coins would also work well, since many other currencies include tiny coins, perfect for this tooth fairy currency project. The daintier the coin the better!
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Homemade Baby Food with Quinoa!

Homemade Baby Food with Quinoa!

Whip up these homemade baby food combinations packed with wholesome ingredients such as kale and quinoa. This baby food is healthy, delicious and budget-friendly!

Paper Character Puppets

Paper Character Puppets

Kids will have a blast making homemade paper puppets out of their favorite characters! DIY paper puppets are easy to make using any character coloring pages.

DIY Melted Crayon Shapes

DIY Melted Crayon Shapes

Homemade crayon shapes are fun for kids to make and color with afterwards. Making chunky crayon shapes are easier for kids to grasp with their little hands and they won’t break as easily as regular crayons. We made a variety of crayon shapes using melted crayons and small cookie cutters. We even experimented with making layered colored crayon shapes! DIY shaped crayons is a fun afternoon creative project to do with kids.
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Refreshing Summer Beverages

Refreshing Summer Beverages

Beat the heat this summer with these healthy and delicious drinks you can make in your own kitchen with fresh fruit and herbs!

How To Make Lace Princess Crowns

How To Make Lace Princess Crowns

DIY lace crowns SO fun to design and pretty easy to make out of stiffened lace! We made these glittery lace crowns for a birthday party and as a fun photography accessory.

Meet the American Girl WellieWishers

Meet the American Girl WellieWishers

The WellieWishers are American Girl’s newest collection of dolls, designed for girls ages 5 years old and older. These 5 friends each love dressing up, putting on shows, stomping in mud puddles, and being a good friend. We had the chance to check out the WellieWishers dolls Ashlyn and Camille. Each WellieWishers doll comes in a darling outfit that coordinates with their whimsical Wellie boots. I love each doll’s beautiful detailing and these dolls are just as well made as the classic American Girl dolls, with similar hair, faces, and features.
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How to Make Healthy Prenatal Juice

How to Make Healthy Prenatal Juice

It’s easy to stay healthy during pregnancy by drinking nutrient-rich prenatal juices that are packed with berries, kale, citrus and more! Make your own or purchase delicious combinations that will give you extra energy and help support baby’s development.

10 Creative Uses For Old Tires

10 Creative Uses For Old Tires

You can repurpose old tires all sorts of ways. Check out these fun tire planters, shelves, sandboxes and more! Maybe you’ll find your next summer project!

Layered Yogurt Ice Pops

Layered Yogurt Ice Pops

Yogurt popsicles are easy to make and fairly healthy too! All you need is several flavors of yogurt to layer inside a ice pop mold and freeze. We made popsicles with 3 flavors each, although you could make them single-flavored or any combination you choose! For an ultra-healthy version, use plain Greek yogurt sweetened with honey.
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Practical Basics for New Dads

Practical Basics for New Dads

As a busy dad, I am always looking for solutions to make my life with kids just a little bit easier. I’ve discovered some practical basics to help keep your life, car, and stroller a bit more organized so you can easily find the essentials when you need them.

DIY Happy Heart Wood Wall Art & Custom Stencils

DIY Happy Heart Wood Wall Art & Custom Stencils

Sometimes you just need a custom made sign. My darling Happy Heart wood wall art started out as an old cabinet door, transformed into a beautiful focal point on my wall with easy DIY stencils!

6 Summer Treats, Crafts & Sensory Activities

6 Summer Treats, Crafts & Sensory Activities

Summer with kids can be super fun, unless your kids are super bored; then summer days can feel like they last forever! I have 3 kids of my own ranging from ages 4 down to 6 months. I’m pretty limited when it comes to getting out of the house, so we have to think up things we can do in between nap times and mealtimes. Here are some fun preschool activities for keeping kids busy during the summer.

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