October 14, 2014

Princess Reward System - A Princess Makeover For Behavior

I created my easy princess reward system as a great way to give a princess makeover for behavior as part of a sponsored post for #CollectiveBias This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #DisneyBeauties

Lately I've noticed a trend.  Kayla is often student of the day at school.  Awesome.  Before you think I'm that mom gloating about her too good to be true child, let's talk about what's going on at home.  Yes, at home Kayla has been a surprisingly great big sister to Blake.  A-W-E-S-O-M-E.  However, she is really testing the limits at home with some other behavior.  Like using a tone I'm fairly certain she does not use at school.  And let's not forget the bedroom that is three times as big as Blake's and eleven times as messy.  So out of the desire desperation to get things back on track with Kayla I created this easy princess reward system.

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October 8, 2014

5 Tips for Choosing Baby Bottles

Here are 5 tips for choosing baby bottles. Thanks to my friends from Joovy for sending me some of the Joovy Boob bottles to try out.  They have been wonderful and are without a doubt my favorite baby bottles so far!

There are certain things you learn the second time around as a mom.  Like that at some point you will utter the phrase "do not eat your toe lint!" only this time maybe you'll care ever so slightly less.  The biggest lesson I learned from Kayla was not to put too much stock in anything based on the fact that it worked for a friend, a blogger, a celebrity, etc.  So while I share my favorite product finds with you frequently, I  always say that every baby is different.  And I thought you might like to learn from some of my amateur mistakes.  Therefore, here are 5 tips for choosing baby bottles.

October 7, 2014

The Best Mermaid Costume - Chasing Fireflies

Want the best mermaid costume?  Chasing Fireflies sent us a super high quality mermaid costume for Halloween this year and Kayla loved it! #ChasingTreats2014

It's that time of year again.  The great Halloween costume debate.  This year the struggle was real as Kayla flipped through the pages of the Chasing Fireflies catalogs that (I kid you not) she hides in her bed so she can try to read them with a flashlight at night.  There is a part of me that finds this to be adorable, so I pretend not to notice unless we're really pushing the limits on bedtime.  With FROZEN mania still in full effect I was certain she would only have eyes for Elsa, but she surprised me.  Always keeping mom on her toes.  Well played.

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October 1, 2014

DIY Pattern Block Bookends - Target Toy Emporium

I made my DIY Pattern Block Bookends with a great toy from the Target Toy Emporium. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TargetToys #CollectiveBias

I think it goes without saying that I am eternally excited about toys.  It is physically impossible for me to make a trip to Target without a stroll through the toy aisles.  Which is precisely why I did a double take on one of my recent trips to the mothership when I saw a few amazing brands on the shelf that have never been there before.  Think Hape, Mindware and Magna Tiles.  Yes, Target now has a new selection of high end toys in their Toy Emporium online.  So of course I had to bring some home. And of course that led to some DIY pattern block bookends.  Obviously.

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September 29, 2014

Super Easy Doc McStuffins Slumber Party

I created my easy Doc McStuffins slumber party and cereal treat Doc McStuffins cake as part of a sponsored post.  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #JuniorCelebrates #CollectiveBias

We recently discovered the joy of Doc McStuffins.  Call us laggards.  I know that at almost six, Kayla is kind of on the old side to be a Doc McStuffins fan, but honestly, I'm a fan.  With all of the change going on in Kayla's life over the past couple of months, from starting kindergarten, learning a completely foreign language and making space in her home and her heart for a new brother, she's done pretty well.  In fact, she's done way better than I ever did when faced with similar challenges at her age.  So it seemed appropriate to celebrate everything and nothing and just throw some extra attention her way.  Enter my super easy Doc McStuffins party.  Because seriously, who has time for anything super hard these days? Not this girl.

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September 27, 2014

Fantasy Football and Aspire Switch - Better Together

Thanks to Intel for giving me the chance to try the Acer Aspire Switch 2 in 1.  It's just perfect for fantasy football season! #Intel2in1

The holiday season is quickly approaching, but we're already in the midst of what I think is Craig's favorite season of all.  Football season.  Or actually FANTASY football season.  If you ask me, it's a clever scheme by the NFL to get millions of people to watch games they otherwise would have no interest in. Evil genius.  Last year I watched Craig spend hours consulting his tiny phone screen to see his stats and stress over whether he would crush his friends in a true show of manly non-athleticism.  This year things are a little different.

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