The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave Printable Valentine’s Day Cards

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Looking for an easy, last minute Valentine for school classmates? Just download and print these adorable The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave Valentines!

Inspired by the 1988 classic feature film, five best friends set out on a courageous rescue filled with new friends and learn valuable life lessons along the way in the all-new animated movie, The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave. In this exciting and heartwarming adventure, young Apatosaurus Littlefoot and his four dinosaur pals, Cera, Ducky, Petrie and Spike, embark on an ambitious quest to find Littlefoot’s missing dad, making new friends and learning valuable life lessons along the way. Continue reading

5 Ways to Help Relieve Ski Boot Discomfort

I’m sharing #Advil in my life as part of an Advil® sponsored series for Socialstars™ starting with how it helped my ski boot discomfort.

Taking time for us

As important as are titles of Mom and Dad are, at our core we’re husband and wife, and it’s important to continue to cultivate and appreciate our marriage. Each year, we try to get away, just the two of us; whether it’s a quick weekend trip or a week-long adventure. This year, we ventured to Quebec to ski in Mont Tremblant and enjoy the culture and activities in Montreal.

Knowing that my body is not as nimble as it once was, I was anticipating a bit of a learning curve getting back on the slopes. The birth of my son left my body sore and in pain, pain that I still experience today. After 6 botched epidural attempts, my spine was bruised for 4 months following birth is still tender 17 months later. Knowing this, I knew that skiing wouldn’t be as easy as it once was for me. I’d only skied once since giving birth last and I wasn’t prepared for what was to come in Canada. Continue reading

Guest Post: I Was Never Going to be a Stay at Home Mom

A few weeks ago, a fellow blogger, Renee of Mother of Drool reached out to me about my blog. We started talking about the decision, the tough one – to stay at home or to return back to work. Our stories were different, but still so relatable. We both asked ourselves the same questions, made sacrifices and ultimately did what was best for our families. I returned to work (and my husband stayed home), while she decided to stay at home with her daughter. Today, she’s sharing how she came to this decision.

Mother of Drool - I Was Never Going to Be a Stay at Home Mom

I was going to write about my decision to be a stay at home mom a few years ago. It is a decision many new parents struggle with. But then I got scared. What if I offended someone? Well, I’m facing my fear; so here we go! Continue reading

KidsCash Giveaway

Stuck in a discipline rut? KidCash can help! KidCash gives parents easy access to effective incentives that help put power struggles in the past and choices in the hands of your children as they learn about money, self discipline, patience, focus and more through a reward system that is educational, fun and only takes a minute a day.

I recently had a chance to try it out with Bear, now 3 years old and it’s already helped change her attitude and number of timeouts. Check out my review to learn how we used KidCash to help get out of the toddler tantrum rut!

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Stuck in a Tantrum Rut? Try KidCash!

I received a KidCash kit at no cost to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

KidCash Review | Spit Up is the New Black

We’re currently going through a bit of a power struggle with our threenager. We’ve tried numerous discipline methods – taking away toys that are important to her, putting her in time out, capping the time outs at 3 before heading directly to bed. These methods work, but we’re starting to get burnt out with these repetitive options (and I’m sure she is too). Sometimes we just yell. The tantrums, talking back, and timeouts honestly leave my husband and I completely exhausted. Continue reading

Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Luxe and SwaddleSure Giveaway

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HALO Bssinest LUXE Giveaway

As a mom, keeping your baby close and safe is of utmost importance. Thankfully, there are products like the HALO Bassinest to help you do just that. The HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper is the only bassinet that swivels to bring baby to you for a close sleep. Courtney over at Viva Veltoro recently had the chance to review the HALO Bassinest and a HALO SleepSack Swaddle with her new baby girl. Be sure to check out her review to see all of the amazing features of the Bassinest in action!

I’m excited to partner with HALO to bring you a fabulous giveaway for their newest products. One person is going to win a HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper LUXE and SwaddleSure!

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Joovy Balloon Review

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

Joovy Balloon Box | Spit Up is the New Black

One of my all-time favorite brands to review is Joovy. Quality, durability, and style, all very important to me when selecting the right item for my child. Joovy introduced me to my favorite everyday double stroller (it’s truly ah-mazing!), the Joovy Too Qool, and the Joovy Boob, the only bottle my breastfed son would take without throwing a full-blown baby tantrum.

Newest to join the Joovy family is the Joovy Balloon, a single stroller with a giant “balloon” canopy. If you’re looking for a lightweight and stylish everyday single stroller that can be used from birth to 45 lbs (and is compatible with 13 infant car seat carriers – adapter included), you may want to seriously consider the Balloon.

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How to Teach Kids How to Handle Emergencies without Freaking them Out

Tornadoes. Fire. A break in. Grandma falling. Stranger danger.

Nobody wants to talk about this with their kids. After all, kids are innocent and don’t even know that the world is a scary place, so why frighten them with the real world?

As much as we don’t want to talk about it, or even think about it, there are times when kids need to be prepared for emergency scenarios. So how to you prepare your kids for possible situations without scaring them? Dr. Sanam Hafeez, a New York City based Neuro-psychologist and School Psychologist, has some suggestions.

How to Teach Kids How to Handle Emergencies without Freaking them Out

What is an emergency?

Tell children an emergency is something unusual that happens which could hurt people, or cause damage to things like houses and cars. Explain to them that nature sometimes provides “too much of something” like, rain, wind or snow. Talk about effects of an emergency that children can relate to, such as loss of electricity, water, and telephone service; flooded roads and uprooted trees. Explain that everyone is better able to take care of themselves in emergencies when they know what to do. Continue reading

5 Ways to Tone Your Mom Bod

I’ve been working to get rid of my mom pouch since giving birth to Bear. We all know how hard that can be (unless you’re bionic, and yes, I’m severely jealous of you).

Courtney Wyckoff, founder of Momma Strong, gets it. She started an online health and fitness company (monthly subscription and even cheaper than your monthly Netflix payment) focused on improving the physical, mental and emotional well-being of women around the world.

“We can no longer merely strengthen our bodies with push-ups and cardio,” said Courtney in a recently press release. “Conditioning our entire body is essential to living in our own skin with resiliency, vitality and ease.”

She’s broken down the basic and most effective ways to tone the body, part by part. Continue reading

What is Stitch Fix and Why Try it?

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Stitch Fix - You're Own Stylist! Get style cards with every fixI first heard about Stitch Fix from a coworker.

“I love your top. Where’d you get it?”
“My stylist Jen picked it out for me. We’re tight.”
“Your stylist? Huh, that’s cool.”
“Yeah, it’s called Stitch Fix. I get a fix monthly, although you can pick whatever frequency works best for you, and it’s filled with 5 different items hand-selected by my stylist. I keep what I like and send the rest back.”
“Well how much does it cost to have a stylist?”
“Just $20 per fix and if you keep an item, it’s applied to the cost of the item. Plus, if you keep all 5, you get a 25% discount.”

I was sold. She sent me her referral link and I signed up.

First, I had to complete a style profile. Okay, that form is robust and puts those random post-purchase surveys to shame. Do you like to flaunt your arms? What do you think about pleather? How would you characterize your proportions? But it makes sense that they ask this since the more data and detail they have. the more likely you are to receive relevant items in your style fix (and yes, you can go back and update your style profile at any time). Continue reading