Lots of fabulous mamas have said they love my hat from my Mother’s Day social media posts. (more…)
This is a guest post by my longtime friend Corey, owner of Best Part Photography. She’s been taking stunning pictures of beautiful families for five years. Check out her pro tips on taking the best beach photos.
I strive to be super organized. I mean, I make lists for my lists. No joke. So now that the kids are out of school and home all day, it’s really throwing a wrench in my daily organization. So I need separate organization plans just for summer. Yep, I’m a nerd.
If you need a little extra organization and fun ideas for summer check out some of these awesome printables I’ve compiled for you. (more…)
It’s summer! Let’s go to a theme park!.. you say. It will be fun!.. you say.
It’s the hottest time of the year! Let’s go somewhere that costs a fortune with thousands of other people for attractions that we’ll need to stand in line for, for hours at a time!.. is the reality.
Theme parks do have their challenges. And the best times to go, frankly, are not summer, spring break or around any holidays. But the reality is, those are busy times because that’s when people are more able to go.
So go in the summer you must. But first, check out this advice to make it a little easier. (more…)
I would estimate that I’ve spent about 960 hours on road trips with my kids. That’s a total of 40 entire days people!
And after 960 hours you learn some things you should do. Pack electronics loaded with lots of games and movies. Pack lots of snacks. Make regular potty stops and make them go whether they think they need to or not. (You can check out more tips from a dozen awesome moms in my previous post, Traveling With Kids.)
Along the way to 960 hours you also learn lots of stuff NOT to do. (more…)
Traveling with kids is, in a word, challenging.
In more words, it can make you want to stick a red-hot poker in your eye. But not all the time. Sometimes they fall asleep.
But seriously, it does take work to keep things from spinning out of control, or before you know it, you’re driving with the windows down praying for an exit while your little boy pees (or tries to) in a soda bottle. Let’s say that happened to a friend.
So here are some of my tips, gathered painfully over eight years of nine + hour road trips between the south and midwest with two little cranky humans. And some tips from 12 other moms who’ve been there, done that and lived to tell about it.. possibly over a glass of wine.. or to our therapists.. or over wine with our therapists. (more…)
I’ve been intrigued with educational subscription boxes for a while. The concept is genius. A box comes right to your door filled with books and tools to teach kids about science, geography, nature, different languages and cultures.
So I enlisted five fellow mom bloggers to offer their reviews on eight of the most popular boxes. You can compare them here to find one that might be perfect for your child and budget. (more…)
The library is one of our go-to places throughout the summer. Partly because of the air conditioning. 🙂 They have tons of stuff planned for families. We also play our own games. Check out these super simple games that will keep your kids interested for hours. (more…)
It’s almost summer! Can you believe an entire school year has almost gone by already?
I can’t believe my kids will soon be second and third graders! And I don’t want them to be vegetables all summer, letting their growing little brains turn to mush. So I try to pack the summer with fun activities. Some for fun and some they can learn from.
In this post, you’ll find lots of free options! (more…)
In some respects, as far as the weather goes anyway, it pretty much feels like summer year-round here in Southwest Florida. So we use summer essentials all the time. But if you live somewhere that actually has seasons (whatever that’s like?) you’re probably about to stock up on summer essentials.
Here are a few of my affordable must-haves for the beach, park, sports field and everywhere in between. (more…)