Huggies OverNites Diapers #HugThemAll...

A good night’s sleep is important for both parents and little ones. You want your baby to sleep soundly through the night so that you can do the same. The last diaper change before bedtime is unlike any other throughout the day; this is the one time when a parent truly has to let go…

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Fun Halloween Treats To Make With Kids

We’re just days away from Halloween and it’s time to start getting everyone in the spirit.  Whether you’re prepping for a class party, hosting friends for a spooky get-together, or just want to add a little seasonal fun with the kids, tasty Halloween treats are a great way to enjoy the season. I’ve pulled together…

Early Holiday Prep Ideas

  While we’re still a couple of weeks out from Halloween, we all know how quickly the holiday season flies by once we hit November. We’ll be running around in an attempt to create the perfect holiday, barely able to relax and enjoy all of the celebrations and activities. By starting a little bit of…

Dealing with Sibling Rivalry

  Most parents who have more than one child have to deal with sibling rivalry from time to time. My home is no exception. While my oldest son, who was an only child for 11 years, pretty much stays out of the fray, my 10 and 11 year olds are often found bickering, battling, and…

GoodNites Fall Twitter Party – ...

IMPORTANT UPDATE: In light of this week’s tragic events, the #GoodNitesSweepstakes Twitter Party has been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 17 at 2:00 pm ET. ‘Bedtime can be tricky, especially as kids get older. Coming up with a great routine to help them get relaxed and settled for a good night’s sleep is so important. Kids…

Teaching Kids About Different Cultures

In our house, as in most every home, holidays and traditions are an important part of who we are and the beliefs and experiences that created those traditions help to shape our view of the world. As a parent, I want my children to have an understanding of why these celebrations are so important to…

A Gift to Myself: Birthday Resolutions

  I spent most of my 30s happily oblivious to the idea of getting older. I’ve shed tears of nostalgia as I watched my kids grow up, sure, but really have not given much thought to the idea that I am about to enter a new decade of my life soon. We don’t do much…

Easy Popcorn Shrimp Tacos with Gorton...

This post has been sponsored by Gorton’s. All opinions are our own. With school back in session, afternoons and evenings are a total blur around here. The kids have practices, tryouts, and meetings, along with the ever-present stacks of homework. Finding quick and easy dinner options that don’t come from a drive-thru window is an…

Staples for Students and Lady Gaga Te...

  There are many factors that are necessary for kids to succeed in school. From proper supplies and learning materials, to a positive, supportive learning environment, each child deserves the very best to help them achieve their potential. While we’ve all been busy shopping for new clothes and filling school supply lists for Back-to-School season,…

8 Tips to Make Homework Time Easier

  With one kiddo in his last year of elementary and one starting his first year of middle school, there is one thing that is certain to come in piles this school year – HOMEWORK. Last night, we had the first homework assignments that didn’t involve me filling out the exact same paperwork I’ve done…

Talking with Kids About Tragedy, Deva...

  This week, like much of the country, we have been transfixed on watching news footage out of Texas, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, with the immense flooding and devastation and the resulting heroic rescues. In a world where there is so much ugliness in the media, it’s nice to show my kids the…

Fun Back to School Trends with Staples

Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Staples. All opinions are our own. First day pictures are popping up all over and parents are scrambling to get all of their students’ last minute back-to-school needs fulfilled! Kids want the hottest trends to express their personal style and personality, while parents want to…

20 Acts of Kindness to Celebrate Just...

How often do we take the time to do something “just because”? Most days, we are so focused on what our commitments and responsibilities that we don’t have much leftover for doing things for no particular reason. August 27th is Just Because Day and it’s the perfect excuse to spread a little kindness and love,…

#StaplesBTS Twitter Party

  With back-to-school season in full swing, parents everywhere are working hard to get their kids ready for a successful school year. There is so much to think about, including helping kids feel excited and confident about heading back to school, filling their backpacks with the necessities for success, and starting the transition back to…

Helping Kids Find Activities They Love

Extra curricular activities and sports are so important for kids, in my opinion. Looking back on my childhood, I made some of the best friends of my life and learned valuable lessons through activities like dance, swim, and cheerleading. I have been watching my middle schooler enjoying the amazing benefits of participating on a swim…

Easy Home Meals #BackToSchoolFuel Twi...

Back-to-school time can be hectic – adjusting to new schedules full of early mornings and after-school activities. It’s easy to simplify the transition with some innovative ideas that start in the frozen and dairy aisles of your local grocery. A stocked fridge and freezer full of nutritious breakfast options, easy after-school snacks, and quick family…

Solar Eclipse Viewing Tips

  Everyone is buzzing with anticipation of the upcoming solar eclipse! We are really excited about taking in this rare event and watching together as a family. As we make our plans, I wanted to share some of the things that I have learned as I’ve been researching the best ways to enjoy a solar…

Pull-Ups #Time2PottySweepstakes Twitt...

For parents, there are so many questions when it comes to potty training. How do I know when it’s time to start?  What do I do if it isn’t working? How can I keep this fun for both of us? Potty training is a unique experience for every parent and child, so we’ve partnered with…

#BeyondtheCastleBook Twitter Party

Everyone loves a good “Happily Ever After” tale. These stories are where dreams are born and are even more enjoyable when the tale is based completely in reality. In an upcoming release from Zondervan Publishing, you can read one of those inspirational tales – and with a wonderful Disney twist! As a 30-year Disney veteran…

Relaxing Ways to Spend a Kid-Free Day

This afternoon, my kids are packing up and heading on a camping trip with some friends and I will have 48 glorious hours, child-free. While I love my children with everything I have and appreciate that I have a job that affords me the freedom to be home with them all summer long, let’s face…

Making Summer Memories at the Local Fair

Summer traditions are important in our family. There are a number of things that we make sure to make time for each year and I love looking back at photos of years past to see how much the kids have grown. One of these traditions is our annual visit to the state fair. Yes, these…