How Car Seats Work

This important post is sponsored by Parenting Pod.  Car accidents are slowly becoming one of the leading causes of death in the world, so we need to do everything we can in order to protect ourselves, and especially our children, from injury in the event of a car crash. The sad reality is that when it comes to car safety, adults are generally better equipped than kids. We have seatbelts and airbags to protect us, but a child's small frame can't benefit from such devices so a different solution is needed. One of the best ways to keep your kids safe in an accident is a … [Read more...]

FREE Easter Printable Jokes: Seasonal Lunch Notes

Click here for the printable PDF version Adding simple little notes to your child's lunchbox or backpack is a great way to insert a giggle or smile into their day. These Easter printables from Angela of The Inspiration Edit are a easy way to add a little surprise. Check out the Inspiration Edit for lots of creative and fun DIY ideas {the sort, of which, you won't find at my site, lol}.  Click here for the printable PDF version  Of course your options with these printables are endless. They don't have to be used as lunch or backpack notes. Print a set to use for Easter … [Read more...]

Dog Sitting with Care from Rover.com

This post was created in partnership with Rover.com, all opinions are my own.  This is Dougie. He's a labradoodle that thinks he is a little boy. He's a dog that doesn't seem to understand he weighs 110lbs and maybe shouldn't frolic around the house. He's a member of the family and my boys adore him.  Most of the time we are at home. I even work from home. But sometimes we need to travel and when we do Dougie has to find lodging elsewhere. Previously I've had Dougie stay at a local kennel. They are super friendly and I know they take good care of my dog. But it's … [Read more...]

Best Uses for Candles

This post was created in collaboration with David Oreck Candle Co., all opinions are my own.  People have been using candles for over a millennia. Obviously we no longer need candles merely to light our world, instead they have evolved to serve difference purposes.  As a longtime candle connoisseur, I've honed in on my best uses for candles in this modern age.  Before I dive into my preferred scenarios for using a candle let me briefly call attention to the reality that not all candles are created equal. The candle market is booming these days. Selecting a … [Read more...]

Tips to Help Kids Learn How to Tie Their Shoes

This post was created in partnership with Disney-Hyperion for the #ReadMo Ambassador program, all opinions are my own. It's officially winter time here in Minnesota. The ground is white, the air is freezing and we live most of our days inside now. Clearly I staged the photo above and below with our collection of Mo Willems books, but gathering all titles of from one of your favorite authors is a great way to spend a lazy winter afternoon.  One of the latest releases from the Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! series is It’s Shoe Time! by Bryan … [Read more...]

Selecting a Baby Name

I have received compensation for this post, however all opinions are my own.  Trying to determine the name for your baby can be overwhelming. I might have envied a few friends that knew what their child's names were going to be back when we were in college. And just like clockwork when their children were born their long-known name was bestowed.  For the rest of us, we've search high and low for inspiration. Back when my first son was born there were a few websites dedicated to baby names, but the internet at that time wasn't quite the machine it is now. {Yes, I'm … [Read more...]

Eric Carle Hungry Caterpillar Foam Play Mat & a Giveaway

This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are my own.  The Very Hungry Caterpillar has become worn and tattered.  It has weathered the youth of three feisty book-loving boys. I have distinct memories of each of them sitting on my lap as we read this much-loved book. Undoubtedly their favorite part was to pretend to gobble up the food the caterpillar was eating, especially all the goodies, of course.  Inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar and the works of Eric Carle, The World of Eric Carle, is a line of toys, games, puzzles and more. We received … [Read more...]

How to Help Kids to Conquer Their Biggest Fears

This post was created in partnership with Disney-Hyperion for the #ReadMo Ambassador program, all opinions are my own. Everyone has fears. Adults and children - everyone. As a parent one of your roles is to help children learn how to manage their fears. Having the skills to be able to navigate life through the things you're scared of is important. But let's be real. Many adults struggle with conquering and managing their fears. It should be no surprise that kids do as well.  One of my biggest fears is heights. There should be a somewhat natural level of fear of being up … [Read more...]

Creative, Imaginative Play with Magnaflex & a Giveaway

I have been compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.  The great gift giving season of 2017 is upon us. And so begins my attempt at discovering and gifting some of the best creative toys for my little fellas. Sometimes it can seems as though the market is only full of action heroes and violent wielding personas. To be fair, my guys have a plethora of these types of toys. To be a boy mom means you need to embrace epic heroes. While I don't diminish their need to conquer all, I also make sure I'm providing opportunities for them to play with creative and imagination … [Read more...]

5 Top Tips for Taking Kids to an Art Museum

This post was created in partnership with Disney-Hyperion for the #ReadMo Ambassador program, all opinions are my own.  Sometimes society would have you believe the predominate and iconic childhood pastime is football, baseball and/or any sort of sport. While my oldest and youngest boys do have a fondness for certain athletics my middle son is not interested in these games. He is intrigued by science and by the possibility of understanding how machines and animals work. He also considers himself an accomplished drawer. The newest release from Elephant & … [Read more...]

Hilde Cracks the Case: Hero Dog! Giveaway

I have been compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.  School is finally in full swing here in Minnesota. It seems to me that Minnesota starts school much later than many others across the nation, with sessions not beginning until after Labor Day. Regardless, my boys and I have nightly conversations that circle around math, history, and reading requirements. Each of my fellas has his own level of required reading. Keeping them engaged and excited about reading can occasionally be an issue, but based upon my experience it's all about finding the right … [Read more...]

Choosing Kindness with Pottymouth and Stoopid & a Giveaway

This post is sponsored by JIMMY Patterson Books, all opinions are my own. Little boys can be wild, rambunctious creatures inclined to temporarily lose all reason when in the midst of rivalry. As the mom of three boys, I've seen this take place on countless occasions. I've been mystified by their behavior and I've been appalled. But like any well-meaning mother I've attempted to redirect their actions and more importantly encourage them to think through what they say and/or do.  Teaching children to choose kindness should be a primary aspect of parenthood. This philosophy is not … [Read more...]

HOMESELFE’S MOTHERLY ADVICE FOR TAX REBATES & ENERGY SAVINGS

This post was sponsored by HomeSelfe, all opinions are my own. Now that tax time is looming, it’s difficult to find all those loopholes and rebates that we’re all due as hard-working moms. Thankfully, HomeSelfe, makers of a free, energy saving app, is offering us insight on some often overlooked rebates as well as other ways we can cut down on our rising utility costs while adding to our home’s property value. Why does it seem so difficult to find fortuitous ways to save money on our yearly tax returns? Aside from programs we can sign up for to help curb our monthly bills, like … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Stay Motivated to Run

I've been an intermittent runner throughout my adult life, but in the last three years I've become a dedicated member of the jogging club.  It's safe to say I'm entirely addicted now. The leap from casual to committed running is an evolution that I wish had happened earlier in my life.  Unfortunately while I was pregnant with each of the boys the thought of exercising never crossed my mind. What was I thinking? Sure, I would lace up my track shoes between each child, but that's just a lot of stopping and starting. No traction was ever truly gained.  About three years … [Read more...]

PLAYMOBIL Space Rocket with Launch Site

I received the following product for review purposes, all opinions are my own. The links below may contain affiliate links.  During this era of flashy, digital toys it's important for parents to make sure to purchase toys that can captivate the imagination of children. I've long been a fan of PLAYMOBIL toys for inspiring creative play for my boys. Through the years my boys have enjoyed a variety of different thematic toys from this quality company. There is just no beating our personal favorite the Pirate Raiders' Ship Playset.  One of the newest sets to be … [Read more...]