Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite Double Stroller Review

I am a Joovy Mom and partnered with Joovy for the following post. I received a Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite double stroller and rear seat at no cost to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphic Review - double stroller with rear seat

Finding that perfect double stroller can be a challenge. When I first found out I was pregnant with my son, I knew that I would need to find a way to transport 2 little ones on walks and trips to the mall. I considered the Joovy Caboose, but at the time, there was only a rear sit/stand option, and my daughter was only 2 at the time of my son’s birth, so that wouldn’t work. It just wasn’t practical for the ages of my children…until now. Continue reading

Summer Fun Travel Essentials Giveaway

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BubbleBum Giveaway

Summer is just around the corner (can you believe it?) and that means that many families will be heading out for some family fun. Whether you’re hitting the open road or taking a plane ride and relying on rental cars or Ubers once you get to your destination, BubbleBum wants your kids to remain safe while on your adventures.

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Whether or not to have a third kid: an honest essay

big-sister-siblings-third-child

It’s an internal battle that I’ve been having for the past few months. As I look at my two young children, I can’t help but think, is this it? Or, will we/should we have more children? It’s a question I ask myself daily.

For one, my daughter was the age that my son is now when I became pregnant with him. It happened sooner that we had anticipated, which was a blessing, yet a total shock since it took up almost a year to get pregnant with our first. As I look longingly at my youngest, I try to think back at what it was like to just have one child, and it’s nearly impossible. Continue reading

How to Photograph Your Kids in the Spring

Lesley Veronika Photography - Spring

Spring means warmer weather. I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to some much needed time in the sun! When you do decide to head out the door, don’t forget to grab your camera, whether it’s your iPhone or your DSLR. Spring is the perfect time to update your children’s portraits, and I’m here to let you know what you need to do, how to dress your kids, and where you should take them for their spring photos! Continue reading

First Aid for Babies Every Parent Should Know [Infographic]

First Aid Kit

I worry about this ALL the time – would I know what to do if my kids were in an emergency situation? What if my precious little ones were choking, unconscious, not breathing, or burnt? That’s why I’m sharing this infographic today from Wooden Toy Shop, a UK toy company (if you’re located in the US, replace the phone numbers below with 911 and “casualty” with the ER). Continue reading

Baby Bundle Giveaway ($110 value) *Closed*

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Showered-With-Love16Welcome to the [4th Annual] Showered With Love Event hosted by Lindsey Blogs and Viva Veltoro! We all know that April Showers bring May Flowers, but did you know that some of your favorite bloggers have come together throw a huge Shower of our own – a virtual Baby Shower! The Showered with Love Event runs from April 4 -18, giving you plenty of time to enter all of the great Baby Shower inspired giveaways in the linky below. Plus, don’t miss the two amazing Grand Prizes from our hosts! Continue reading

Why You Need to Read Aloud to Your Kids

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Books and importance of reading

I heard a disturbing stat the other day – more than half the children in the US will not hear a bedtime story tonight. Reading to my kids each night has never been a question, but a necessity in my house. It’s our time to unwind, relax, and bond. It’s the perfect ending to the day, for all of us.

March is National Reading Awareness Month, so I felt like this was an important time to bring this up. Millions of children don’t hear bedtime stories at night and more than 1 in 3 children arrive at kindergarten without skills necessary for learning. Some of those kids begin kindergarten having been read to for as few as 25 hours. That seriously breaks my heart. Continue reading

Tips for Visiting Castaway Bay with Toddlers

I received Castaway Bay accommodations to facilitate this post.

Castaway Bay Wave Pool

Last weekend we spent the night at Castaway Bay, an indoor waterpark in Sandusky, Ohio. We packed up the car and headed to 82-degree weather (indoors, of course). We’d ventured there in the past when Bear was just 17 months old. With two toddlers in tow this time around, I must say, the dynamic was mighty different.

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GhostBed Unboxing: a Twin Mattress Review

I received a GhostBed mattress by Nature’s Sleep to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

jumping on ghost bed

Nearly two years ago, we transitioned Bear from a crib to a toddler bed. I knew the day would come that she would grow too tall for her crib mattress, and that bittersweet day is here. A few years ago, I won a twin platform bed from a survey I filled out (yeah, turns out people actually win those things!), so we assembled it, moved it into her room, and started unboxing her new twin mattress.

The GhostBed arrived in a small-ish box (small for a “typical” mattress box) and I was honestly shocked that there was supposedly a mattress in there. Continue reading