In Mommyhood on
August 22, 2016

Taking her First Kick: Learning Basic Skills at Soccer Camp

I received soccer camp enrollment for my daughter at no cost to facilitate this post.

Soccer camp for toddlers - what my 3-year-old learned

When we signed Bear up for soccer camp a few months ago, we did so for 8 reasons, one to build her social skills. Her time at Challenger’s British Soccer Camp did just that.

At just 3 years old, soccer camp was more about socialization and less about soccer skills and team structure. The camp lasted 5 days, one hour per day.  Her “camp” consisted of one coach and 3 other toddlers, ready to run around, burn off some energy, and have fun. Read more

In Mommyhood on
August 14, 2016

MY2K Tour: That Time I Met 98 Degrees, O-Town and Dream

I received press passes to facilitate this post. This post contains affiliate links.

My2K VIP Tour

It was April 16, 1999 when I first saw 98 Degrees live. Jessica Simpson was their opening act and signed a copy of her cassette tape for me. It was that concert that marked the beginning of my teenage love for boy bands.

I remember playing their CD on repeat. I memorized nearly all the tracks from their 98 Degrees and Rising album. But as time passed, the songs and lyrics that accompanied them became a distant part of my life; a memory that I filed away, until the MY2K Tour. Read more

In Giveaways + Events on
August 11, 2016

Britax B-Agile 3 + B-Safe 35 Travel System Giveaway

B-Agile 3 and B-Safe 35 Travel System Giveaway

Britax has been an industry leader in mobile safety for over 70 years. Their commitment to child safety is unwavering as evidenced by their continued innovation of products that undergo rigorous testing to ensure that your child is safe and secure. Britax also recognizes that parents value and appreciate the flair for style reflected in the design of their products. Parents want high-quality, well-made products with easy to clean fabric and that is precisely what they’ll get with the 2016 Britax B-Agile/B-Safe 35 Travel System. Read more

In Giveaways + Events on
August 10, 2016

Breastfeeding Awareness Month Giveaway

Breastfeeding Suite of Prizes

On August 6, 2011, the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) officially declared that August is National Breastfeeding Month. This breastfeeding campaign, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was designed to encourage women in their breastfeeding journey by providing support and research about breastfeeding. For example, did you know that new research shows that babies who are exclusively breastfed for six months are less likely to develop ear infections, diarrhea and respiratory illnesses, and may be less likely to develop childhood obesity? That’s pretty cool, right?! Read more

In Mommyhood, Tips on
August 8, 2016

One Income Family: How We Got Creative with our Finances

I’m sharing #Luvs in my life as part of a LUVs sponsored series for Socialstars™

Saving Money - Luvs Diapers

Going from DINKs (duel income, no kids) to a one income family was shocking to say the least. When my daughter was born, my husband quit his full time job to become a stay at home dad. Before she was born, we were going out to eat four or five times a week, buying designer bags (at full-price – I cringe), and living large. We really took advantage of our time together before kids. But now, with less money in my 70% off past season designer bag and 2 more mouths to feed, our life is complete and we’re wealthier than ever. Love is abundant, and so is our creativity when it comes to finances. Read more

In Tips on
August 4, 2016

Preventive Care: What 30-Something Women Need to Know

The guidelines in this post about preventive health care were provided by UnitedHealthcare, the sponsor of this post.

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I’m two weeks away from my 31st birthday. Just a year ago, I was still a spring chicken in my twenties. I don’t mind aging, just as long as I don’t feel (or start looking) older. Making my health a priority is one way I take care of myself, in an effort to stay healthy. Here are some preventive care guidelines for women in their thirties from UnitedHealthcare that I do my best to follow.

Make time for YOU. If you’ve been on a plane, you’ve probably heard a flight attendant say “put your oxygen mask on before assisting others.” This holds true for multiple situations. Before you can care for others, you have to care for yourself. I get it – life is busy, and even busier if you have young kiddos at home. It’s hard to find time for exercise, but your 30s is when weight gain and depression can start to rear their ugly heads. This is also the time when women can start developing risk factors that could cause serious diseases later in life (e.g., high blood pressure, high cholesterol), so it’s important to remember to take time for YOU. Read more