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How to Make this Summer one to Remember

Do you feel like summer is slipping by even though it just got started?  We’ve officially been on summer break two weeks and I feel like it’s almost over because we have so much planned.  We have a ton of traveling as well as family and friends visiting us.  I’m determined to bring my kids back to the summers that I remember.  I don’t know if it’s me getting older or …continue reading

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Best Books for Summer Road Trips

Traveling with the family this Summer and looking for the best books for the whole family? Check out our Best Books for Summer Road Trips List for a family friendly list.  Not only will your road trip go smoothly, but you’ll be entertained as well! Best Books for Summer Road Trips In the past year, I have come to value my time a great deal more than I have in …continue reading

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How Summers have Changed from Carefree to Safety-Conscious

I’m a thirty-something mom with two little girls that can’t get over how summers have changed from carefree to safety-conscious over the last thirty years.  I vividly remember running through the neighborhood with no shoes, no cares and minimal supervision except my mom peaking through the window to check to make sure we were in the neighbor’s backyard.  I’m barely comfortable letting my girls go in our fenced-in backyard to …continue reading

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Tips for a Successful Toddler Birthday

About six months ago my youngest, who just turned three started talking about having a rainbow birthday party.  She has not wavered from that request once.  I’ve done the themed birthday parties over the years and love them, but they’re a lot of work so this year we’re trying something a bit different and I’m sharing my tips for a successful toddler birthday with you so that it’s easy for you …continue reading

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How to Transition to a Toddler Bed

Is it time to move your toddler into a big bed?  After struggling with this transition the first time around with our oldest daughter, we’ve figured out how to make the transition to a toddler bed easier.  Thanks to REM-Fit for partnering with us to truly understand how easy the transition could be. How to Transition to a Toddler Bed First things first, my youngest, Avery, has never been a …continue reading

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How Being a Stay-at-Home Mom Saved Me

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Disney Junior at Walmart for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Many of you are aware that my life changed drastically last Spring.  I went from working full time as a reading specialist in an inner city school district living in NY to a stay-at-mom living in NC.  Our move and my reasons for leaving teaching were not taken …continue reading

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5 Tips for Preschool Playdates

We are so excited to have had the opportunity to work with Disney Junior to create the perfect preschool playdate.  Our Disney playdate was a huge success and it was largely due to these 5 Tips for Preschool Playdates. 5 Tips for Preschool Playdates Ever since my girls were little they both have loved Disney characters.  I’m pretty sure that the first dance they ever learned was the “Hot Dog …continue reading

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How to Meal Plan for Picky Eaters

Do you struggle daily at meals with your picky eaters?  These simple how to tips to meal plan for picky eaters will bring back your sanity as well as expand your weekly menu.  Plus, we’re announcing a super exciting resource for all your meal planning needs. How to Meal Plan for Picky Eaters Put something on their plate that you know they like.  When you cook a meal try to …continue reading

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How to Connect with Your Toddler

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Disney Consumer Products for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. One of my absolute favorite stages in childhood development is the toddler years.  They are quickly becoming these little people that have their own ideas and wants.  My girls are both strong communicators so they’ve always been able to articulate what it is they desire, but with the technology that …continue reading

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Tips for Photographing Winter Fun

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Panasonic LUMIX for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. As many of you know, we moved from an hour north of New York City down to just outside of Charlotte, N.C.  It has taken some adjusting, but the biggest adjustment came about two weeks ago when we had our first snow storm of the season, and when I say …continue reading

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Tips for Photographing Busy Kids

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Panasonic LUMIX for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Many of you know that I have two little girls.  One is six and the other is two and half and they are both extremely busy children and always have been.  I feel like the majority of my photos once they started moving were all a blur.  Now it’s only getting …continue reading

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9 Tips to Soothe Sick Toddlers

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Maty’s Healthy Products, but all opinions are my own. There is nothing worse than a sick kiddo.  It’s especially hard when it’s a toddler because they have a limited vocabulary as it is and it’s difficult for them to communicate how they’re feeling.  We can usually tell how our girls feel by looking at their eyes.   They get those glossy feverish …continue reading

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