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Elementary School Lunch Must Haves

School lunch must haves

This post is written as part of my partnership with Stonyfield, however, all opinions are 100% my own. It's no secret that I love making fun snacks for the kids. I've mentioned Bento style lunches more than a few times. It's fun stuff to do for the kids that makes their lunch and/or snacks fun! LA starts school next week. I've also said this before, but where has the time gone!? Kindergarten already!? We've been practicing our lunch routines … [Read more...]

Mamas, Stay on Top of Your Health Goals with Sam’s Club

Tips to stay on top of health goals #SamsClubMag

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SamsClubMag #CollectiveBias  As a busy mama I know first handed how difficult it is to stay on top of my health goals. We all strive to keep our goals, you know...those goals we all started January 1? August is Health Awareness Month so it's a great time to check yourself on your family's goals! Back to school time is a great time to … [Read more...]

Back to School with Quality and Style from Carhartt Kids’ Clothing

Carhartt Boys Jeans

It's back to school time here in Michigan. The kids go back the day after Labor Day so we've just a few more weeks of summer break! This year we have a kindergartner starting school with Carhartt kids' clothing! It's been really fun getting his things ready for school but I don't know that I'll survive the first week without tears! Where does the time go!?  LA turned five last month and is so excited about starting school. When I started … [Read more...]

Carrot Caramel Cupcakes

Carrot Caramel Cupcakes

Everyone loves a good dessert, right? I have a weakness for desserts actually. It's bad. Or good, however you want to view it! ;) These Carrot Caramel Cupcakes really make my mouth water just thinking about them! They are the perfect summer treat....or autumn, especially for upcoming fall parties!! These are comfort food for cool fall days, for sure! Promise me you'll make these for a party this fall!? You'll love them and so will all of … [Read more...]

New Pampers Premium Care Diapers #MothersPromise

Pampers Premium Care at Walmart #motherspromise

We recently got to try the new Pampers Premium Care diapers thanks to SheSpeaks and Pampers. They sent us a nice package to try the diapers before they were available in stores, however, all opinions are 100% my own, as always. We received the box of diapers shown above as well as a nice kit with a journal for mamas to write things down for baby! There is also a nice clutch to toss into my purse on quick trips out! Pampers Premium Care … [Read more...]

Back to School Breakfast and Snacks with Quaker #QuakerTime

Quaker Fun Mix #QuakerTime #CBias

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #QuakerTime #CollectiveBias Kindergarten...I can't believe my little guy will be starting school in just about a month! He's so excited. I am, too, but I'm also a bit sad. I'm sure you other mamas understand that. We've been working on getting some ideas for breakfast and snacks. Right now he's use to eating breakfast at daycare and eating … [Read more...]

Back to School Prep with Kellogg’s and Scholastic!

Reading for #Back2SchoolReady

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Back2SchoolReady #CollectiveBias Ahhh....back to school time! The time of year that gets our routines back on track and gets the kids on their way to learning all they can! My husband (elementary school teacher) has lost count of the times he has heard "I haven't read a book since school let out!" from his students upon returning to class … [Read more...]

Tips to Bond with Baby and Create a Formula for Happiness

Formula for Happiness

As the mama to four, I will admit the first few months of each of my children's lives was difficult. Amazing, yet at the same time hard. Sure, it got a bit easier with more experience but even with baby number four there were difficult times. It important bond with baby and to create a formula for happiness. There are many ways you can do it! Take the first few months to really work on this and you'll appreciate the effects it will have on not … [Read more...]

New Fresh Thyme Locations in Metro Detroit! #FreshThymeMI

Fresh Thyme Grand Opening

Thank you to Fresh Thyme Farmer's Market for sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way. Hey metro Detroit!! I have some great news! There are three new Fresh Thyme Farmer's Markets stores that opened this week! They are in Troy, Rochester Hills and Northville! Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market is a new full-service specialty grocery store featuring fresh, healthy and organic value-priced offerings. … [Read more...]

Weekend Getaway Tips for Traveling with Toddlers #Tips4Trips

Tips for traveling with toddlers #Tips4Travel #CBias

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #Tips4Trips #CollectiveBias Living in metro Detroit there are many, many things within driving distance for us. We really enjoy weekend getaways and are lucky to live within driving distance of Niagara Falls, Chicago, Cincinnati, Traverse City, Mackinac Island and more! We also have family that lives in Ohio and we often make weekend … [Read more...]

Updating Our Nursery with Help from Disney Baby #MagicBabyMoments

Disney Baby Ariel Crib Bedding #MagicBabyMoments

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MagicBabyMoments #CollectiveBias We've had the same nursery decor for five years now. When I was pregnant with LA we decided to do a gender neutral theme because we knew we wanted more children. I've always been a big fan of Disney. When my oldest son was born 19 years ago he had a Winnie the Pooh nursery. When I was pregnant with LA I … [Read more...]

Minions Cards from Walmart and a Fun DIY Project #SendSmiles

Minion Art from Cards

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SendSmiles #CollectiveBias Can you believe LA will be 5 years old next month? He'll be starting school in the fall. It's such a big year for him! He's turned into quite the Minions fan so when we were at Walmart the other day I was thrilled to find some Minions cards! There's a whole display right on the end of one of the card aisles! I love … [Read more...]

Enter Mattress Firm’s Contest & a Pillow Giveaway Here! #SleepEmotions

Inside Out Mattress Firm Contest

As part of the team that brought you lots of fun Inside Out coverage, I am thrilled to tell you all about Mattress Firm's #SleepEmotions giveaway! They are providing a winner and myself with the Lux Living Lavender Bliss Pillow, regardless of this all opinions are 100% my own. When I don't get a good night of sleep, it can bring out a lot of emotions in me and I'm sad to report that Joy is not one of them. If you are finding yourself in this … [Read more...]

Recycle Your Breastpump & Help NICU Mamas with #MedelaRecycles (Giveaway)

recycle your breast pump

As a mama who has nursed four babies, I've been through my share of breast pumps. I always wished there was a way to recycle my breastpumps and now there is! I'm so excited to share with you the news of Medela Recycles and Medela is generously offering one lucky reader their very own Freestlye pump! With a new program called Medela Recycles, you can recycle your breastpump and help NICU mamas in the process! This program was created in … [Read more...]

Quinoa Pudding – A Healthier Version of Rice Pudding

Quinoa Pudding Recipe

Do you love rice pudding? Are you looking for a healthier alternative? Are you looking for ways to get more quinoa into your diet? This quinoa pudding recipe may be just what you need!   Ingredients: 1 cup of quinoa 2 cups milk (more may be needed) 1/3 cup maple syrup (or honey) 2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp vanilla (optional) dash of salt 1/2 cup Raisins (optional) Quinoa Pudding Instructions: In a strainer wash thoroughly the … [Read more...]

From Script to Screen – Learning All About Inside Out #InsideOutEvent

Inside Out Story Supervisor

I was provided with an all expense paid trip to bring you the details about this movie and others. All opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way. Sitting down and chatting with animators and those gifted enough to work at Pixar is really something I will NEVER forget. These people are amazing. They are passionate. I know, I've said these things before but I cannot even begin to express how much it has touched me...how much of an … [Read more...]

Zootopia – New Teaser Trailer Available! #Zootopia

Have you heard what the geniuses at Disney have been up to? You have to check it out! The teaser trailer from Walt Disney Animation Studio’s Zootopia is now available!! Check out the Zootopia Trailer!   More About Zootopia Genre:  Animated Comedy/Adventure Rating: TBD U.S. Release Date: March 4, 2016 Voice Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman Directors: Byron Howard, Rich Moore Co-Director: Jared Bush Producer: Clark … [Read more...]

The Love Story of the Summer – Pixar’s Short Film Lava #InsideOutEvent

Pixar's Short Film Lava

I was provided with an all expense paid trip to bring you the details about this movie and others. All opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way. Who doesn't love oceans, gorgeous scenery and a tear-jerking love story? When you go to see Inside Out this summer (starting June 19!!) you'll be treated to the latest Pixar short film of Lava. Lava is short in length but long in emotion and heart. I have to admit that I had a few … [Read more...]

Homemade Organic Banana Chips with Dipping Sauces

homemade banana chips

Trying to eat healthier is tough sometimes. Trying to eat healthier when you have delicious snacks isn't so bad! I sometimes struggle getting my fruits and veggies in but homemade banana chips have been my go-to lately! They are easy to make and take great! With Honey Cinnamon and Vanilla Coconut Dips, you have the perfect combination for satisfying your snack-craves!  Prep: 15 minutes  Cook: 90 minutes  Total: 115 … [Read more...]

New Videos from Warner Bros & Toy Basket Giveaway (5 Winners!)

Who doesn't love Warner Bros!? Check out some of the amazing new videos from DCKids & Warner Bros' new Youtube channels - included are favorites such as Batman Unlimited, DC Super Friends and Scooby-Doo! There will be many more updates over the next year, so don't forget to subscribe to their channels! DCKids Channel   WBKids Channel Check out the DC Super Friends video playlist: We are a family big on cartoons and we love … [Read more...]

Jurassic World Day at the Detroit Zoo on June 6th! #DetroitZoo

The Detroit Zoo celebrates with Jurassic World! #DetroitZoo

Michiganders - I have an exciting announcement from the Detroit Zoological Society and their newest partner, Universal Studios.  The two have partnered to promote both the upcoming film Jurassic World and the Dinosauria attraction with a Jurassic World Day at the Detroit Zoo on June 6th!   Details about this fun day: Visit the Detroit Zoo and stop by Dinosauria on Saturday, June 6 between 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. to … [Read more...]

The Good Dinosaur – New Teaser Trailer and Poster Now Available! #GoodDino

Disney Pixar's The Good Dinosaur #GoodDino

Disney Pixar is on a roll! Inside Out will be in theaters soon and then later this year, it's The Good Dinosaur! Have you heard about this movie yet? I've got the details below for you! THE GOOD DINOSAUR U.S. Release Date:  November 25, 2015 Director: Peter Sohn Producer: Denise Ream "The Good Dinosaur" asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs … [Read more...]