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Wordless Wednesday – Happy Birthday to My Four Year Old

Birthday Boy

I can't believe LA is FOUR years old already!! Where has the time gone?! <3   Happy Birthday LA!!!!  <3 … [Read more...]

Summertime Joy from Moksa Organics

Moksa Organics Soap

Hey, did I mention that I am now an Official Moksa Organics brand enthusiast? That means every month I get to share Moksa Organics' products with you! Ekk! I'm so excited because I've loved this company since the day I first tried them! I can't say enough good things about how amazing their products are. Seriously...they are the best skincare products I've found! Not only that, but I can feel good about using them, too! This summer has been … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday – My Reading Girls

Reading Books

I love that Addy likes "reading" to Annie. It warms my heart. <3 … [Read more...]

It’s Time for a Wienervention – Applegate Hot Dogs to the Rescue!

Applegate Hot Dogs

Although my husband is a big, big hot dog lover in the past I would rarely eat hot dogs. They just seemed so unhealthy and the ingredient list was a definite turn off. Having two toddlers now has forced us into finding a healthier hot dog because as you know toddlers love, love, love hot dogs! We have a very short list of things they will eat and with hot dogs making that list it was definitely time for a wienervention in our home! Healthier hot … [Read more...]

My Pictures are Safe with the Wireless Flash Drive from SanDisk

Wireless Flash Drive

I told my husband for months upon months that I needed some quick and easy way to get all of my pictures off of my iPhone for safe keeping. I literally had over 1500 pictures on my phone. I never really thought I had an easy way to transfer them somewhere else so that they could be safely stored so I kept putting it off. I had pictures on my phone from the past nearly 2 years of my kids. Well, my prayers were answered when I was recently sent a … [Read more...]

Philips AVENT Gives Mama Rest; Allows Dad to Take Over Night Time Feedings

Night Time Feedings with AVENT

Things have been pretty crazy busy since Annie was born. I can tell you it's been amazing, but I can also tell you adjusting to three little ones has been more than I thought it would be. I've always heard adjusting from 1-2 was harder than 2-3 but for me...this transition has been the roughest. Don't get me wrong, I understand that I am truly blessed and wouldn't change my life for the world, but it's just been hard! With the help of one of my … [Read more...]

Festive Fourth of July Dessert with Firecracker Bites

Firecracker Dessert

We were at the grocery store this past Sunday morning getting things for a family cookout and I saw some recipe cards that caught my eye. I love trying new recipes, especially desserts! This recipe was perfect for the Fourth of July, it was cute and festive and looked so delicious! Firecracker bites were not only delicious but they were easy to make! The recipe card I found at the store is a Kraft Foods recipe and it only includes 7 … [Read more...]

Letting Daddy Feed Baby, too with Help from Philips AVENT’s Comfort Breast Pump

Philips AVENT Comfort Breast Pump

When LA was born almost four years ago I NEVER wanted to leave him with daddy or anyone else and go somewhere. I was obsessed with my milk supply and so worried about messing it up. I felt like if I wasn't working (when I HAD to be away) then I should be with him nursing him. When Addy was born two years ago, I hadn't changed much. It was rare during our nursing days that I left her with anyone other than when I was at work. Of course, there were … [Read more...]

Best Buy has Perfect Graduation Gifts for Those off to College This Fall

Graduation

Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. Graduation. It seems like MY high school graduation was just yesterday. College graduation was just today, right? ;) Well, actually it's been many, many years but I can remember those days like they were very recent. Graduation is a day that you complete one chapter and embark on a new one. … [Read more...]

Finally Made the Change to Cloth Menstrual Pads with Pink Lemonade

Cloth Menstral Pads

It's something I've been wanting to do for a while but I've been scared. I was one of those, dare I say it....tampon users! Ekkk!! I had been wanting to go green in the area of my periods and postpartum bleeding but I just wasn't sure about it. Honestly, it kinda grossed me out. But, when I really thought about it, it wasn't must different that removing a bloody tampon and wrapping it in something, right? Well, other than the awesome fact that … [Read more...]

Summer Must-Have: Sustainable Swimwear from Eco Swim by Aqua Green

Sustainable Swimwear

You read that right!! Sustainable swimwear! It is definitely a must have for this summer and every summer going forward! I was thrilled to learn of the efforts being put forth from Eco Swim by Aqua Green. A recent press release confirms all of the amazing reasons why Eco Swim by Aqua Green is a summer must-have: Past years have solidified ECO SWIM as the leader in sophisticated, luxury swimwear made from nylons and polyesters derived from … [Read more...]

New Baby Needs Giveaway Event

  New Baby Needs Event Is HERE!! We Are Excited To Be Celebrating These New Additions!! Congrats to both Joy Of Momma Joyner and This Mama's Life! They have just added new babies to their families! To celebrate, they have teamed up with an awesome group of bloggers and wonderful sponsors to bring you great products that a New Baby Needs! ONE WINNER will walk away with this whole prize package worth over $1250! The Prize Package includes … [Read more...]

Tips for a Successful Picnic with Toddlers

Successful Picnic with Toddlers

This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own. It was a LONG winter. We received a record amount of snow here in the metro Detroit area. It seemed like it was never going to end. Once the warm weather arrived my little ones were so excited to actually be able to go outside and PLAY! They want to be outside All. The. Time. Seriously, it's like the best thing since PB&J! ;) One thing I wanted to achieve … [Read more...]

Ten Fabulous Summer Side Dishes for BBQs

Side Dishes for Summer BBQs

I'm always looking for new side dishes to make with meals and especially for holiday gatherings! With Memorial Day coming I wanted to find some new things to make to start the summer! Here are ten fabulous findings of summer side dishes for BBQs! 10 Fabulous Summer Side Dishes for BBQs and/or Holidays Memorial Day is almost here, which means the beginning of summer! When I think summer, I think lots of lighter foods and salads! I had to look up … [Read more...]

My Bathroom Routine with Cottonelle Cleansing Cloths Gives Me Confidence

CVS Coupon

Thanks to Cottonelle for sponsoring today's discussion. As the mama of four, with three children three and under, I don't get much time in the bathroom alone. I've had to really get my routine down so I can get in and get out and feel amazing with the little time I do get! I bet you are wondering my secret to getting in and out quickly and still feeling fresh?! ;) My bathroom time in the morning is just about 20 minutes. That's all I need … [Read more...]

Getting Back to the (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

Family Time WW

It's been quite a while since I've posted a Wordless Wednesday. Since Annie's birth things have been busy and I've been adjusting to three little ones. I (sometimes) think I am getting my routine down. ;) I wanted to share some recent pics of the kids and hubby! Top left: Addy and LA at the park last week. They had so much fun and I'm so glad the weather has finally gotten nicer! Top right: Annie on Mother's Day at nearly 3 months old -- yes, … [Read more...]

A Look Into the Placenta Encapsulation Process

Capsules

Disclosure: This post contains pictures of the placenta before, during and after encapsulation. Some of these pictures do contain blood. Due to the graphic nature of the pictures, this post is reserved for mature audiences only. Thank you to Cate from Trusted Women Doula Care for this amazing guest post. I asked Cate for information on the placenta encapsulation process so I could write an information post. This was the process Cate sent to me … [Read more...]

Why I Chose Placenta Encapsulation

Placenta Encapsulation

Placenta encapsulation is something that’s been talked about more and more in recent months. I heard about it in the fall (2013) when I was pregnant with Annie. My first thoughts? I thought it sounded disgusting, as I am sure many people think. BUT, the more I learned about it, the more it sounded right for me and the more it made sense for women to take advantage of the effects of placenta encapsulation. When thinking about my postpartum … [Read more...]

Five Fun Eco-Friendly Activity Tips

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The time of year is upon us that has everyone ready to round up their family and get outside to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. There are many fun activities to choose from during the spring and summer months. This year, you should consider planning family activities that are eco-friendly as well as fun for the entire family. 1. Go Biking This is a great activity for everyone in the family regardless of age. If you have one who is too … [Read more...]

Loving My Newborn in gDiapers (Giveaway)

gDiapers Package

When I first considered using cloth diapers gDiapers were one of my first choices. I LOVED and still do LOVE the option of using a cloth insert or a disposable insert depending on our needs at the time. We have used both options. These are our go to travel diapers for sure! I had never tried cloth diapering a newborn in gDiapers until Annie was born. I was excited to try their adorable tiny gPants! The kind people at gDiapers sent me a package … [Read more...]

Stonyfield Yogurt Pouches are the Perfect Healthy Toddler Snack

Stonyfiled Yo Kids

I participated in a Blogger Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Stonyfield. I received coupons to facilitate my shopping trip and a promotional item to thank me for participating. Finding healthy snacks for two picky toddlers is hard work. My little ones, like many others I'm sure, never seem to want what's good for them. We did get lucky with a few things though and one of those things is that they love, love, love Stonyfield's … [Read more...]

Bing Offers Ad Free Search in the Classroom

Thanks to Bing for sponsoring today's discussion. We have a wide range of experience with school aged children. Our oldest is a senior in high school this year - can you believe that!? Our second is about to go into preschool and my husband is an elementary school teacher. Education is a priority in our house, as it is in many homes. I come from a family that doesn't value education as much as I would have liked them to. I was determined to … [Read more...]