In Mommyhood, Tips on
July 27, 2016

15 Tips for a Road Trip with a Toddler

I received samples from Thirty-One Gifts mentioned in this post. This post contains affiliate links.

Road Trip with Todder

Thirteen hours in a car with 2 toddlers. Sounds like euphoria, am I right? Not so much. After flying to the beach last summer with one extremely squirmy Little Man, we opted to drive this year. The way down, we split up the trip and spent the night at the halfway mark. The return trip, we drove the whole way (not recommended). Here’s how we kept the kids entertained in the car (and all of us as sane as possible)! Read more

In Giveaways + Events on
July 27, 2016

Thirty-One Gifts Giveaway – Your Pick!

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Thirty-One Gifts Pick Your Prize Giveaway

About a year after becoming a mom, I was introduced to Thirty-One.  It took me one Large Utility Tote to fall in love. I’m so excited to be partnering with such a great company today to offer one of you a little something from Thirty-One! Read more

In Mommyhood, Tips on
July 11, 2016

Easiest Ice Cream Cake You’ll Ever Make

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

Easy ice cream cake for bithdays

One thing I remember most about my childhood was the elaborate birthday parties my mom threw me. She always set a theme and went all out creating the coolest experience for my friends and me for that 3-hour period. We’re talking turning the family room into a pretend airplane with rows of seating, then going through “Customs” with our pretend passports for my London party, getting our hair and makeup done for my glamour party, and an awards ceremony after obstacle courses for my Summer Olympics party in 1996 (and this was well before the days of Pinterest so huge kudos to her).

While I like to think I throw my kids great parties, they will never live up to the parties my mom threw for me. So I scrape by, cutting corners when I can, while still making sure that my children have a special day. One way to cut corners is to avoid baking a cake, yet still “make” a cake (I don’t always make a cake, but when I do it has to be easy after Bear’s first birthday cake fiasco). My kids love ice cream, but making an ice cream cake be a little intimidating. That was until I discovered ice cream sandwich bars as the basis for the ice cream cake. Read more

In Fashion on
July 9, 2016

Secrets to Shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale + My Picks

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Splurging Days

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is Nordstrom’s the largest annual sale event of the year where customers can shop brand new pre-fall products at discounted prices for a limited time. It’s like a national holiday for me, up there with Christmas and Easter. I count down the days to when I can start shopping spending.

Last year I scored a pair of in-season Tory Burch flats for 25% off. That’s what I love most about this sale – it’s not seasonal leftovers, it’s NEW fall items rolled out on sale (and then the price goes UP). Strange? Yes. Amazing? Yes. Read more

In Tips on
July 1, 2016

DIY Summer Party Decorations + Kid-Friendly Recipes

This post is brought to you by Oriental Trading Company.

Birthday Party DIY Decorations Crafts and Recipes! Ideas for summer parties, pizza parties, TMNT, spa party, Beach party, pool parties, baby showers and more!

It’s summertime – that means pool parties, cookouts, picnics and lots of fun summer activities! To get the party started, I’ve gathered adorable DIY decorations + kid-friendly recipes, courtesy of Oriental Trading Company, perfect for summer birthday parties or last minute get-togethers. Read more

In Tips on
June 29, 2016

6 Free Apps To Teach Kids a New Language

free language apps for kids

Confession time. I studied Spanish in high school for four years, but I don’t remember much of it now. I wish I could recall phrases and words when I travel or have conversations, but it has all faded away.

It’s different for our kids today—with an ever increasing global economy, learning and retaining a new language is more important than ever. It’s also a great boost to college and job applications. The great news is that the best way to learn a new language is on something your kids probably love—their mobile devices. Check out these six great apps for learning a new language. Read more