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No More Mother’s Day Cards

Three years ago my husband (with the prompting of his very wise mother-in-law) started a fabulous tradition. It’s frugal and priceless – the best kind of traditions – and gives him some major husband points! This is my Mother’s Day Journal. Every year on Mother’s Day my husband sits down with our two kids and […]

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Baby Gizmo Spotlight Video Review: Joovy HiLo High Chair

Like we’ve said before, Joovy is on a roll with all the new baby gear that they have launched this year. Today, we are talking about their new, easy-to-clean high chair, the Joovy HiLo. This transforming high chair easily rotates from high to low as your child grows. It has a sleek, contemporary design and […]

Joovy HiLo

Baby Gizmo Spotlight Video Review: Joovy HiLo High Chair

Like we’ve said before, Joovy is on a roll with all the new baby gear that they have launched this year. Today, we are talking about their new, easy-to-clean high chair, the Joovy HiLo. This transforming high chair easily rotates from high to low as your child grows. It has a sleek, contemporary design and […]

Disneyland Tips

How to Have the Most Fun at Disneyland (VIDEO)

Happy “How-To Monday”, everyone! Today’s how-to video is all about the Happiest Place on Earth. Yep, Disneyland! We have a few guest hosts to show you (or kids really!) how to have the most fun at Disneyland. We visited this magical place a couple of weeks ago for the Disney Social Media Moms Conference and […]

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Smarter Choices with Facts Up Front

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Facts Up Front program. I’ve talked a bit about my new dedication to eating healthy and trying to lose a little weight lately. It’s just easier to stay on track when you know people are rooting for you. As many of us are […]

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Joovy HiLo

Baby Gizmo Spotlight Video Review: Joovy HiLo High Chair

Like we’ve said before, Joovy is on a roll with all the new baby gear that they have launched this year. Today, we are talking about their new, easy-to-clean high chair, the Joovy HiLo. This transforming high chair easily rotates from high to low as your child grows. It has a sleek, contemporary design and […]

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Mamas Love Mason Jars

Check Easter baskets off your list! Now it’s time for Mother’s Day! Mason jars are what they call “old school” – my grandma had about a billion and used them for everything. Mostly because that’s all she had on hand. She wasn’t doing it to be chic or creative. Mason jars just fit the bill […]

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Building a House with Pinterest: Home Office Edition

Today is week 5 of our Building a House with Pinterest series. You may have noticed that we skipped last Wednesday for our weekly building a home update posts. Sorry about that. With returning from Disneyland and Easter preparations last week, we decided to hold off on posting our next update. No worries because this […]

Joovy HiLo

Baby Gizmo Spotlight Video Review: Joovy HiLo High Chair

Like we’ve said before, Joovy is on a roll with all the new baby gear that they have launched this year. Today, we are talking about their new, easy-to-clean high chair, the Joovy HiLo. This transforming high chair easily rotates from high to low as your child grows. It has a sleek, contemporary design and […]

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Preschool Spider Craft

At my daughter’s coop-preschool, the children got to make this very cute beaded spider! The idea was taken from this Hands On As We Grow post. It was super easy, and kept the kids quiet for some time, as they were fully engrossed in beading the legs of these little guys. I think this might […]

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Whole30 Review

After we published our Whole30 Recipes post last week, we had several questions asking what exactly Whole30 is.  For me, everywhere I turned I was hearing about Whole30. My best friend was doing it, my neighbor just completed it, EVERYONE on Instagram was posting photos of their Whole30 meals, what the heck was this thing […]

mother's day journal

No More Mother’s Day Cards

Three years ago my husband (with the prompting of his very wise mother-in-law) started a fabulous tradition. It’s frugal and priceless – the best kind of traditions – and gives him some major husband points! This is my Mother’s Day Journal. Every year on Mother’s Day my husband sits down with our two kids and […]

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Great Mother’s Day or Father’s Day Gift Idea

Yesterday, I was at the in-law’s house for Easter and was once again mesmerized by a gift that we gave them about 8 years ago. Since this is a gift that we gave to both my parents and my husband’s parents and I just love looking at it when we visit, I thought it was […]

Disneyland Tips

How to Have the Most Fun at Disneyland (VIDEO)

Happy “How-To Monday”, everyone! Today’s how-to video is all about the Happiest Place on Earth. Yep, Disneyland! We have a few guest hosts to show you (or kids really!) how to have the most fun at Disneyland. We visited this magical place a couple of weeks ago for the Disney Social Media Moms Conference and […]

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How The Internet Ruins Moms

The internet: what started off as a blessing with its ability to easily share photos with friends and family, and video call relatives abroad, has slowly become this place where moms openly fight, judge, brag, and condemn. And it’s exhausting us with constant articles on what we should be doing with our kids, how we […]

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Smarter Choices with Facts Up Front

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Facts Up Front program. I’ve talked a bit about my new dedication to eating healthy and trying to lose a little weight lately. It’s just easier to stay on track when you know people are rooting for you. As many of us are […]

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Backyard Toys For Toddlers & Preschoolers

Next month a little dream of mine is coming true … a backyard fence! With an almost two and four year old, they don’t take kindly to being cooped up inside all day so spring and our fence is coming in the nick of time. As gardening supplies have been popping up in the stores, […]

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How to Accessorize Your Joovy Qool (VIDEO)

At the beginning of 2014, Joovy jumped into the luxury stroller world and we were there to give you all the details! We reviewed the two brand new Joovy strollers – the Qool and TooQool to show you everything that these new strollers had to offer. Now that Spring is here, Joovy has added a few […]

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Healthy Snack Ideas Your Kids Will Enjoy

We all love to snack, right? And that goes for children, too! Instead of handing your kids cookies, candies, and ice cream, try handing them one of these 15 healthy snacks the next time they’re feeling snacky! 1. Cheese. Cheese has lots of protein which keeps energy levels high until dinnertime. Pair it with salt […]

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Orange is the New Black Season 2 Preview!!

It’s finally here! The preview we have been waiting months for. While season 2 premiere of Orange is the New Black on Netflix isn’t for another 2 months, they have finally released the preview of what is to come this season! It’s no secret around here that I’m a big fan of good TV! Not reality-type-crap […]

Walking Challenge

Get Fit (And Maybe Rich!) By Starting a Spring Walking Challenge

Are you as ready for spring as I am?  Are you tired of being inside all winter and just want to get outside?  Me too!  I like to make weather-related excuses for my lack of exercise.  It’s too cold.  It’s too wet.  It’s too windy.  It might rain. I really enjoy walking and cycling but […]

Tracy Gabbard

How-to Guide: Searching for Newborn Photographers

  About the author: Mother of two, Tracy Gabbard is the Tampa Bay Area’s premier professional photographer for newborns, children and families. She has a natural light studio in Clearwater, FL and loves to create sessions for newborns, children and families that are fun and interactive. She has been featured on photography blogs such as, […]

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Travel Review: Generations Riviera Maya by Karisma (VIDEO)

A couple weeks ago, I was invited to check out the brand new Generations Riviera Maya Resort by Karisma. This family-friendly, gourmet-inclusive destination is conveniently located about 25 minutes from the Cancun airport in Mexico. Here is what families will find when they visit… If you prefer to read and look at photos (instead of […]

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Product Review: Regalo My Cot Portable Travel Bed

My family recently spent a fabulous weekend in San Diego. In the weeks leading up to our trip, my husband and I were seriously concerned about where our 3-year-old twin boys would sleep during our resort stay. Though the boys are no strangers to hotel rooms, we finally decided they could no longer squeeze into […]

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Preparing for Kindergarten with Brain Quest Alphabet Cards (VIDEO)

It is true, my baby is headed to kindergarten in the fall. *sniff sniff* This is a big deal and through all the tears that I’m shedding in preparation for this big day, I’m trying to get him ready. Do I want him to be ready to leave mama and go off to the big […]

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Tantrums and Dramas at the Sandbox

About the author: When asked her job title, “Zookeeper” is what immediately comes to mind to Laura El Alam, homeschooling mother of four. The daily drama of raising two toddlers and two teens keeps Laura perpetually on her toes . . . and frequently on her last nerve. In her nonexistent free time, she is […]

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