• Family,  Holiday,  Marriage

    5 Simple Ways to Wish Your Out of Town Sweetie a Happy Valentines Day

    Our Valentine’s tradition seems to be spending it apart… I think this is the 5th or 6th year in a row?… but who’s counting 😉 We’ve always made the most of it, and honestly it’s ok! Though Valentines Day is more of a family thing for us (i’m a total girl mom – think tutus, dance parties, heart coloring and cookie baking) but I will admit, sometimes I do get caught up in the romantic hype. Would it be nice to do something traditionally Valentines related ON Valentines day?? Sure. Who wouldn’t like that?! BUT, with M’s crazy schedule, it’s not always possible. So here are a few ways we’ve made…

  • Beauty,  Health

    10 Toxic Beauty Ingredients to Avoid

    Our bodies are exposed to thousands of chemicals and toxins on a daily basis – from our household cleaning supplies and beauty products, to environmental exposures and the food we eat. While it’s impossible to avoid every single synthetic chemical, you can do your part in limiting the amount of toxins your body is exposed to by making cleaner choices when possible.  Many harmful chemicals are present in our beauty and skincare products and are being absorbed into our bodies through our skin, our body’s largest organ. The sad truth? The beauty industry is highly unregulated. Especially considering the types of ingredients that are passing through their system and into…

  • Health,  Lifestyle,  Motherhood

    Relaxing Routines to Promote a Restful Nights Sleep

    This post is sponsored by Celestial Seasonings but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. One of my resolutions for 2019 is to get more sleep. And one of the ways i’m accomplishing this is by establishing relaxing nighttime routines. We’ve worked hard to find our “sweet spot” – the time the magic happens because we all know 5PM is basically “meltdown o’clock” in toddler land. We needed to move up our dinner time to make sure we were able to incorporate relaxing activities post-dinner.

  • Food,  Recipe,  Uncategorized

    Holiday Meal Ideas with Horizon Organic

    This post is sponsored by Horizon Organic, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. Christmas was always a big deal in our home growing up.  My dad would sit at the top of the stairs with the video camera, waiting for all 8 of us kids to scramble up the steps, dressed in some goofy outfit as we paraded towards the living room for that first glimpse of the tree and all of the goodies Santa left us. My mom would have breakfast already in the oven, so the whole house smelled delicious. As I got older and started my own family, we still incorporate some of my…

  • Lifestyle,  Reflection

    Opening the Windows for the New Year

    Gearing up for the start of a New Year is oddly enough, one of my most favorite times of the year. It’s a chance to reevaluate and reset. For me, it’s like opening all the windows of your house and letting that first day of fresh spring air flush out all the staleness from the winter months and quite literally breathe fresh life into your home. I love it. The end of December always has me craving that fresh air – maybe it’s all those Christmas cookies or the fact that I’m still finding wrapping paper in the couches that throws me over the edge. But whatever spurs the desire…

  • Family,  Lifestyle,  Motherhood,  Parenting,  Siblings

    Backyard Picnic Fun

    This post is sponsored by Happy Family Organics, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen some of these pictures. Can you tell I have fun as a girl mom? With the craze of life, and the added tasks on my to-do list due to Christmas being just around the corner, I don’t always have time to take the girls places during the week. I love that with just a couple of special additions to a simple backyard picnic, we can elevate it to an experience they’ve literally been talking about all week.

  • Babies,  Health,  Uncategorized

    Gut Check! Why I love probiotics for my babies!

    This post is sponsored by Evivo but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. Is your baby’s gut healthy? How do you know? Ever wondered how you could easily tell if your baby’s gut was suffering? Since our babies can’t express themselves in words, we are left playing the guessing game or looking for certain signs. Thankfully there is a simple 3-Question Baby Gut Check Quiz you can take that will help you identify whether or not your baby is one of the 9 out of 10 infants missing B. infantitis (the good bacteria in your baby’s gut) Question 1: Were you OR your baby born via C-section?…

  • Babies,  Family,  Food,  Reviews and Giveaways

    Snack Time with Quinn

    This post is sponsored by Quinn Snacks but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. Through a series of elimination diets for myself and my eldest daughter, we discovered that gluten was not on our list of “friendly food” items. Not kidding, it took over a year to figure out that gluten, and also too much pasteurized dairy products, were at the root of my daughters horrible case of eczema. And when I mean horrible, I mean, whole body eczema. Not only did she have discolored rough patches in all of the “typical” locations eczema tends to appear, her whole body felt like sandpaper. She had patches on her…

  • Uncategorized

    Your Child’s Feeding Questions – ANSWERED!

    This post is sponsored by Happy Family Brands but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. Ever wish parenting came with a user manual? Yep, me too. Sometimes I wish it was as black and white as text in a book. But then again, I do love how every day brings something new and exciting. Your child’s nutrition, along with sleep, seems to be one of the most challenging aspects for us new parents. Can I just tell you how much time i’ve spent trying to figure out both?! As far as feeding goes, I think that the #fedisbest movement is always key to remember – no matter…

  • Family,  Health

    How Our Family Uses Essential Oils

    I am sure you all have heard of essential oils, I feel like they are everywhere these days! However with so much information floating around, the whole concept can get get pretty confusing, especially if you are new to the world of oils. I chat about them regularly over on Instagram, and how we integrate them into our lifestyle, so I am excited to share in more detail how we use essential oils in our home! A little background on why I decided to give them a go I was raised in a home that was health concious as far as the foods we ate, however it wasn’t until I…