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Cirque Dreams Holidaze Returns to the Fox Theatre & A Giveaway

Cirque Dreams Holidaze_Ornaments on Tree

In just one month Cirque Dreams Holidaze will be lighting up Detroit at the Fox Theatre! I'm a huge Broadway fan and I adore everything Christmas so I can't wait to see this show! This year we are taking the two older kids with us. I can't wait to see their faces! It's the 10th anniversary season of Cirque Dreams Holidaze and they are celebrating with their largest and most elaborate production to date! The show features over 300 costumes, … [Read more...]

Easy Gifting with TENA® MEN™ for National Caregivers Month

April Gatewood - Mama on a Green Mission

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TryTENAMEN #CollectiveBias Getting older is tough. My husband is in his forties and I turned forty earlier this year. I've mentioned to him how I just don't feel as young as I did in the past. I don't have the energy, the memory, or even the motivation I once had. All of those things become irrelevant when you see a parent or grandparent … [Read more...]

Goldfish Swim School – It’s Not Only Swimming Lessons!

GSS

When our kids started taking lessons at Goldfish Swim School we didn't realize we were becoming part of a whole community of parents and young children learning to swim. We've been to other swim schools and they just don't have the same offerings as GSS. What do I mean by that? They don't have the amazing staff, for one, but they also don't have the extras that we get at GSS. The swimming lessons are out of this world but it's not only swimming … [Read more...]

NEW! Disney Pixar’s COCO Trailer & Poster Now Available

COCO Trailer

Apparently I've been more out of the loop than I thought. A friend just sent me this new COCO trailer from the new Disney Pixar movie and it was the first time I had the chance to see a clip. Oh my goodness this movie looks super cute! I cannot wait to take our two older kids to see it Thanksgiving weekend! In case you've been hidden from the real world like I have, you have to check this out! I know my kids are going to love … [Read more...]

Vacation Begins at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Downtown Pittsburgh

Doubletree Downtown Pittburgh

When you live in metro Detroit, have four little ones and plan on driving nearly eight hours, having a "layover" half way is a good fabulous idea. When we started planning our vacation for this summer I knew we would need to plan for a day or two half way. We decided Pittsburgh would be the perfect place to stop. I did a lot of research and found numerous things we could do and a great place to stay downtown, the Doubletree by Hilton.  This … [Read more...]

All About My Dad Printable

All About My Dad Printable

Can you believe Father's Day is this weekend already? This year is flying by for me. I can't believe the baby is almost 9 months old already and the school year is ending this week. Wow. My husband is one of those "Don't get me anything" kind of dads. He's always making sure everyone else has what they need but never buys anything for himself or wants anything. I always like doing something special for Father's Day anyway and this All About My … [Read more...]

5 Indoor Family Activities to Ease the Freeze (Free Printables)

Painting Goldfish

Winter is here in full force! Granted, we live in Michigan but these single digit temps make me want to hibernate. It's literally been TOO cold to go outside. With four little ones someone is always wanting to go outside and on days with below zero wind chills it's just not an option. We have a pretty big list of indoor family activities for these cold days to try our best to keep the kids entertained and prevent them from longing to play … [Read more...]

Amazon Prime Photos has all new features! Plus a chance to win a $500 gift card!

Amazon Prime Photos

Have you heard!? Amazon has launched an all-new Prime Photos experience with Family Vault. Now, Prime members can share their benefit of unlimited photo storage with up to five family members or friends at no additional cost. Prime Photos is free for Prime members and makes it easy for family members to safely store and share all their favorite photos. Additional new features include: Image Search, People view and Places view. And Prime … [Read more...]

Beautiful Holiday Portraits Made Easy at Portrait Innovations

Portrait Innovations Holiday Photos

This post about holiday portraits is sponsored by Portrait Innovations. All opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way. Holiday family portraits may sound stressful when many of us think about getting them planned and making sure the kids are cooperating. If you have more than one child you also have to worry that they'll be in good moods at the same time! Oh, trust me, I know what it's like. I am the queen of worry. We … [Read more...]

Caregiver? Help Strengthen their Minds and Bodies

Keeping Elderly Minds Active

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CaringMadeEasy #CollectiveBias Our parents and the older generation are the ones who have paved the way for us. They are the amazing people who our kids are inspired by and who they love to share moments with. Personally, I've noticed when my kids are around either my husband's parents or my parents they learn so much. The grandparents … [Read more...]

Enjoying Milk & Cookies Again with a2 Milk® (and a Cookie Recipe!)

a2 Milk and Cookies

This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. Milk and cookies has been a favorite of mine since I can remember. I've always had a sweet tooth and there is just something about cookies with milk. When I met my husband I found out he deals with some stomach troubles when drinking milk. I felt terrible for him that he couldn't freely enjoy … [Read more...]

All About Our Disney Kids Preschool Playdate

Disney Kids decorations

I received free products in order to host the Disney Kids Preschool Playdate. The opinions expressed here are my own. My kids are falling more and more in love with Disney every day. When we were recently selected to host a Disney Kids Preschool Playdate they were ecstatic. I ended up wishing I had not told them before we received the box because every day that the delivery guy didn't show up they were disappointed. Finally, when that day came … [Read more...]

One Question to Ask Children Today!

Putside Play with Love

As part of the Stonyfield YoGetters team I receive products and/or compensation to share Stonyfield goodness. All opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way. One of the things I love about being a Stonyfield YoGetter is the wide range of topics that we get to cover. Stonyfield gives us some great opportunities and I am in love with the prompt they sent us to write about this month. All because the wonderful people at Stonyfield … [Read more...]

There’s Still Time! Don’t Forget the Family Holiday Portraits and Gifts!

Family Portraits

Family portraits are something I treasure. I love having pictures taken of the kids, our family and I even love taking photos of everyone myself. I enjoy getting photos done to have them to look back on years down the road. It's fun to see the changes over the years. I guess you could say I'm a bit obsessive when it comes to photos. I was thrilled when I was recently offered a holiday portrait session and photos from Portrait Innovations in … [Read more...]

Don’t Forget the Books! Great gift ideas for Children & A Giveaway!

No Yeti Yet

I've partnered with Media Masters Publicity to bring you this review and giveaway. All opinions are 100% my own. Books have been a passion of mine since I was a kid. I love to read and now that I have little ones, I love to read to them. We read a few times during the day and every night at bedtime. The kids always love hearing the story and the love talking about it. Often times they will remember parts of the book and want to "read" pages to … [Read more...]

Our Dog Story & How You Can Help Animals in Need #PedigreeGives

Pedigree Adult Dry Dog Food

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PedigreeGives #CollectiveBias When I met my husband he was a bachelor with a kid dog. I had always been a dog lover and, in fact, I had a dog, too. I can't recall a time I've not had a dog actually. Growing up he and I both had dogs in our homes and once we moved out of our parents' homes we got our own dogs. We've both had a passion for and … [Read more...]

Keeping Kids Safe from Everyday Poisons in Our Homes #keepinkidssafe

Everyday poisons in our homes

This is a sponsored post, however, all opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way. Having three little ones five years old and under I am always watching what they are doing and where they are going. I have cabinets locks in place and corner covers on furniture. As parents, no matter how many safety devices we have around the house we still need to be cautious when it comes to the everyday poisons in our homes. Many times we … [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 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...]

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...]

Make Learning Fun with Hands-On-Prints Books #HandsOnPrints

Hands-on-Print Books

My husband, as you all know, is a teacher. He and I both have an incredible love for books. I recently participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Hands-on-Prints books. I received books to facilitate my review and since we love them I want to tell you all about them! With a Masters in Early Childhood Education, Christinia Cheung was compelled to write her Hands-on-Prints books after establishing a Montessori … [Read more...]