• Food,  Parenting,  Recipe

    Back to School with Santa Cruz Organic

    This post is sponsored by Santa Cruz Organic but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. We’ve been busy chasing summer, but the start of a new school year is finally just around the corner! The girls and I are excited to be partnering with Santa Cruz Organic to bring you one of our all-time favorite lunchbox staples – the classic PB&J!

  • Family,  Parenting

    10 Positive Affirmations to Tell Your Kids

    The other night, I was scrolling through old pictures (I do that sometimes) and I came across a video of my oldest daughter and I from a couple of years ago. She is about two years old in it – and while to her we are simply playing a “repeat after me” game, to me, it honestly brought tears to my eyes. (scroll down for video) Just as hard as it is for us to parent these days, it’s hard for kids to grow up. Thanks to the advances of technology and social media, kids are being forced to grow up faster, they are being bombarded with things that test…

  • Babies,  Family,  Motherhood,  Parenting,  Reviews and Giveaways,  Travel

    Travel Approved: The Perfect Day Trip Diaper Bag

    This post is sponsored by JJ Cole but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. We’ve been lucky enough to go to Disney twice so far this year. The first time was completely on a whim, so absolutely no preplanning, crazy I know. The second time I had a bit more time to plan ahead and bring everything I wish I had the first go round. We are an active family and I travel with the kids pretty frequently, but I have to say a trip to Disney is a great gauge for the durability and versatility of any kid product!   One of the things I wish I…

  • 5 Ways We Use Our DockATot Grand
    Babies,  Motherhood,  Parenting

    5 Ways We Use Our DockATot Grand

    This post is sponsored by DockATot but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. If you are a new parent or soon to be parent, chances are you have heard of the DockATot. If you haven’t then don’t worry, I’ll enlighten you! In a nutshell, the DockATot is a multi-functional lounging, playing, chilling, resting and snuggling dock you can take anywhere. They are offered in two sizes, the Deluxe for ages 0-8 months and the Grand for ages 9-36 months. Before Everly was born, I had heard great things about the brand and how well babies were sleeping in it. So I went ahead and got the Deluxe size…

  • Family,  Parenting,  Travel

    Travel Together: Washington, D.C.

    If you get jet-lag from long flights, do you get toddler-lag from traveling ANY DISTANCE with a toddler?! I vote yes. We just got home from our trip to D.C. and the state of my house pretty much matches to the state of my brain. Since I live and travel with miss Tiger Lily herself I had to totally psych myself up for each trek. I mean, does time actually go by slower on a plane with a toddler?

  • Babies,  Faith,  Family,  Marriage,  Motherhood,  Parenting,  Reflection

    When Hello Means Goodbye – Surviving a Stillbirth

    As I looked through my drafts of post ideas, I saw my “Baby Bumpdate” post sitting in the queue… as I stared at the title I realized something... when I was pregnant and my baby was alive and healthy, I had no problem happily posting "bump pics" and sweet little taglines on how much we loved him, how excited we were to meet him, how we couldn't wait for him to join our crazy family. He was real. He was my son. We dreamed of his future, how he was going to be my little buddy, how he was going to love cars and hockey just like his dad, and…

  • Family,  Motherhood,  Parenting,  Reflection

    Have Child – Be Humbled

    It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels. -Saint Augustine So I am convinced I have one of the loudest little people in all existence. For being so tiny she sure has a set of lungs… and no shortage of attitude. A couple of weekends ago we (rather unexpectedly) bought a car – hello new mom car! If you have ever purchased a car, particularly from a dealership, you know it is NOT a short venture. G was great! By “great” I mean in the typical active kid sense – like not sitting in your lap nicely flipping through a book, eating…

  • Babies,  DIY

    DIY: How to Make a Fluffy Tutu

    I grew up in a house full of boys which meant lots of sports, cars, and dirt. I was your biggest tomboy and didn’t wear a dress by my own choosing until I was like 15 (not kidding). I was a tough chick, I know my cars, i’m good at sports, and I have a passion for the outdoors… but I wince every time I look back at family albums. Backwards hats, grubby boy clothes… oh dear lord.. LOL.