Easy After-School Snack Ideas and Printable Snack Menu

This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. Our children work so hard in school. Imagine the energy it must take to learn and grow by leaps and bounds every day. When school is out, they need an after-school snack to replenish some of that used-up energy from a long day at school.   … [Read more...]

13 Ways to Make Summer Reading Fun For Your Child

Summer is the perfect time to work on reading skills, whether your children are 2 or 12. Older, more independent readers can use the extra time away from school to prepare for the next grade level, while younger children can always benefit from reading more books. As part of our Super Summer Fun series, here are some ways to make summer reading fun at home. Some links may be affiliate.     13 … [Read more...]

Family Beach Day | Tips for a Fantastic Beach Trip

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FreeToBe #CollectiveBias In my younger years I spent as much time as I could at the beach. It was so easy back then - I’d just grab my sarong and sunscreen and be out the door in minutes. Now that I’m a mom of 4, getting everyone to the beach and back home is a lot more work than it used to … [Read more...]

40+ Books to Read With Your Child This Summer

Reading seasonal books as a family are a great way to deepen your child’s vocabulary and reading comprehension. I like to keep a stock of books categorized by season. As the weather changes, so do the stories on the shelves! These titles are organized by an average level, but children of all ages would enjoy many of these books. Parents are encouraged to spend some time reading to their children, … [Read more...]

I Stopped Being Mom and Found My Own Adventure

It was 8 a.m. as I stood in the dusty parking lot, the hot summer sun already beating down on my sunscreened arms. I scanned the faces of each hiker as she passed, hoping to recognize any of them as members of my local women’s fitness group. Instead of our regular indoor exercise class, we had planned to meet at the trailhead of a 4-mile mountain hike just outside of town. But no one else showed … [Read more...]

15 Sweet S’Mores Recipes You’ll Want to Try

Do you love warm, gooey marshmallows roasted over a hot summer bonfire? Then you’re in luck because today I’m bringing you 15 sweet s’mores recipes you’ll want to try. And the best part is that you can make them at home! These incredible little treats pack all the flavor of campfire s’mores, without having to wait for your next camping trip.15 Sweet S’mores RecipesS’more Cupcakes … [Read more...]

Water Table Play Ideas | Super Summer Fun Series

I'm so excited to bring you a fun summer play activity that comes from my friend Erin, owner of LovePeaceBeauty.com. She has a plethora of creative things to do with your kids at home, and today she's sharing her water table play ideas with us. Summer is here and it’s the perfect time to get creative outdoors! This year, I finally indulged and bought a water table for my boys and I have no … [Read more...]

A Day in the Life of a Twin Mom | Snapchat Saturday

If you haven’t heard, I’m on Snapchat... And I’m kind of obsessed. :) I’ve always wanted to do a day in the life of a twin mom kind of post because I feel like people give me too much credit for what I do. I get a lot of “I don’t know how you do it” kind of comments when I’m out with my brood of little ones. But really, I’m just making it through day by day the same as anyone else. The only … [Read more...]

25 Ideas for a Staycation with Kids

Even though the days are longer, they seem to fly by when you’re at home. Projects and housekeeping can eat away at your valuable free time. Don’t let your summer vacation get away from you! Here are some ideas for a fun staycation with kids. Some links may be affiliate.       25 Ideas for a Staycation with KidsPut the kids in charge of the schedule. Let your kids help choose the … [Read more...]

Super Summer Fun Series | Creative Ways to Have Fun

It was 6 a.m. My plan was to spend a few moments of quiet alone time before the house woke up. This plan was immediately unsuccessful thanks to a groggy 3-year-old with a messy blonde bedhead. I pulled her up next to me on the couch and tucked a fuzzy Hello Kitty blanket around her pink princess jammies. After sifting through the many videos under Netflix’s “Children and Family” tab, she finally … [Read more...]