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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...]

Don’t Miss the Goldfish Swim School Water Safety Awareness Events!

Having Multiple Kids in Swimming Lessons

Tomorrow (Saturday, May 20) Goldfish Swim School will be hosting water safety events at their Metro Detroit locations! Families that attend will receive tips on staying safer in and around the water this summer. It's a great event to take the kids to this weekend! Details About the Water Safety Event: Goldfish Swim School’s annual Water Safety Day is held at Goldfish metro Detroit locations in Ann Arbor, Birmingham, Canton, Clarkston, … [Read more...]

Celebrate World Penguin Day with News from Stonyfield

World Penguin Day

This post is brought to you by Stonyfield, all opinions are 100% my own. Today is World Penguin Day and we have some exciting news to share! You know we love Stonyfield YoKids and now their actions are making us love them even more! They are sponsoring the AZA SAFE (Saving Animals from Extinction) program. Stonyfield YoKids’ sponsorship of AZA SAFE will support conservation efforts for 10 endangered species, including the African Penguin. As … [Read more...]

SEA LIFE Michigan Welcomes New Sea Turtle, Carr

Sea Life Michigan Sea Turtle

My kids love visiting SEA LIFE Michigan at Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills. It's not far from home but it truly feels like we are millions of miles away when gazing in to the ocean tanks. When we heard they would be welcoming a new sea turtle we were so excited to go see him. Carr, the newest animal at SEA LIFE Michigan came with his own story. Sadly, Carr was injured in a boat collision that resulted in a deformed carapace and … [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...]

Flourishing at SafeSplash Swim School #IAmSafeSplash

SafeSplash Swim School #IAmSafeSplash

Swimming is something I've always personally loved but water scares me when it comes to my kids. There are always those "what ifs" that cross a parent's mind. That's why I knew I wanted my kids to take swimming lessons. I was recently offered a chance to review SafeSplash Swim School and knew I needed to let the kids experience the month of lessons they offered us in exchange for a review. What I didn't realize at the time was just how happy we … [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...]

Saving Time and Eating Great with Marie Callender’s Pot Pies!

Easy holiday dinners with Marie Callender's

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PotPiePlease #CollectiveBias With the cooler temps and the hustle and bustle of the holiday season I can't get enough of quick and easy meals to help save some time in the evenings. I am always short on time in the evenings and the holidays are adding more things that need to get done in a short amount of time. Are you with me? It happens … [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...]

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...]

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...]

All About The Walt Disney Family Museum and Tomorrowland #InsideOutEvent

Tomorrowland Poster #Tomorrowland

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. When I went to San Francisco to learn all about Inside Out, I was also taken to visit The Walt Disney Family Museum. What a treat that was! Get prepared for photo overload!! I couldn't narrow it down so I added lots of photos. There's so much to see, it's really … [Read more...]

Messy Memories and Help from PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes #PurellWipes

Purell Hand Sanitizing Wipes #PurellWipes

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PurellWipes #CollectiveBias Three little children 4 and under makes for a very busy household. We love being parents and although sometimes it does get frustrating we have to look back on moments and laugh. Sometimes there's nothing more you can do about a situation BUT laugh. This spring, as I'm doing some easy spring cleaning around the … [Read more...]

Have a Stress Free Holiday with the Lowest Priced Unlimited Plans

Staying stress free with Walmart Family Mobile #Thankful4Savings #ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. This year we've added one more person to our family. Annie was born early in the year and I've really discovered just how important planning is to prevent stress when I have a family of six. With the holidays soon arriving, I've been planning like crazy just to make sure there is no unwanted stress that can easily come with the holidays. This … [Read more...]

Don’t Miss Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo presented by Bank of America

Detroit Zoo Wild Lights #WildLights #DZWildLights

Disclosure: I am receiving tickets to the Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo event in exchange for posting about the event. All opinions are 100% my own.  Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. Outside of the cold weather, that is. ;) Seeing various Christmas light displays warms my heart immensely. This year I'm excited to take the kids to Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo! Wild Lights last 24 nights in November and December … [Read more...]

First Birthdays and a Stroll Down Memory Lane #MyMemoryLane

With Annie being our last baby this year has been full of firsts for her and lasts for us. It's bittersweet to say the least. I recently came across a box of old VHS tapes in the basement and realized we no longer even have a VHS player in the house! How on earth would I even be able to watch them to see if I wanted to keep them? I came across one particular one that was actually labeled and I was anxious to see again! It was from ZZ's first … [Read more...]