Back to School with Technology

This post in in partnership with U.S. Cellular. My girls are firmly into their second week of school and I feel that finally, in fourth grade, we have this back to school thing down. The routines are running smoothly. Lunches are getting eaten (even with the new food restrictions.) And they have been on time EVERY SINGLE DAY. One thing that threw me for a loop though, was the amount of tech this year. They have always had iPads in their classroom and email is the preferred school communication method. But we are definitely stepping up into the big time in 4th grade. Apps are a required part of learning and teachers are using everything from FB groups to websites. It'd definitely time for us to update our parent/child technology agreement (download yours here., it's a lifesaver!) If you are in the same boat and are thinking about purchasing some new devices or just need some insight on how to integrate technology into your child's life, read on. … [Read more...]

National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

This sponsored post is in partnership with U.S. Cellular. Wow! April flew by! I am finishing up the month at the Mom2 Summit which is amazing. But I wanted to take some time to note that April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and I challenged myself to break up with my mobile in the car habit. I love my iPhone, but it doesn't need to be in my hand at all times. Sometimes, it's as simple as putting it in my purse before I set my purse on the floor of the car. But for times when I am purseless, I have been using the following tips from U.S. Cellular as well. Read on! … [Read more...]

Hello I’m Broken, Maybe You Are Too?

Earlier this year, I started noticing a mom at drop off. She has just the style I thought I would have as a mom and just the parenting attitude with her adorable daughter I thought I would with my own girls. As I dragged my kids up the hill morning after morning, I looked at her apparent perfection and went home and cried. If this was a "mom-lit" book, we would bond over some silly thing. Maybe her kid trips and I pull a bandaid out of my purse (a highly unlikely scenario being as I never have bandaids, or a purse.) We would chat and become the best of friends. But in real life, I just fetishize her life from afar as I do yet another morning walk of shame in pajamas. This came to mind yesterday as I instagrammed a picture of my view from the top of a cliff on the California coast. As I posted, I thought about how perfect it looked, a casual afternoon overlooking the ocean. But in the picture, you can not see the tears coming down my cheeks. How much easier would it be if we … [Read more...]

Mini Breaks with Mini Babybel

"Mini Babybel provided me with product, a $50 movie gift card, a fort building kit, a board game, and a sweepstakes entry for this post. No other compensation was provided." Early in the year, Mini Babybel contacted me about writing a post about the family weekend. Of course I said yes. Because I love those little cheese wheels. But then life happened, and I kept waiting for the perfect time for all four of us to break out the package and have a perfect weekend. HA! As anyone with kids knows, weekends can be more packed than the week. And the terror twins don't even play sports! So as the weeks sped by the little cheeses started to disappear and the box of fun games and movie tickets sat sad and neglected. So I took a new approach: mini breaks... … [Read more...]

A Valentine’s Day Breakfast

Recently I devoured Gretchen Rubin's Happier at Home. I love self help books, but they do often make me a little depressed. Because the thought of doing all of this improvements makes me want to take a nap. So my favorite part of Happier at Home was when she suggested something I am already doing... a Valentine's Day breakfast. Special breakfasts are my favorite because of the no pressure atmosphere. The kids haven't had time to get all hyped up. They literally stumble their way to the table and are awed by the confetti, balloons, and unusual food. When they are normally greeted by a bowl of cereal, it doesn't take much. And then the evening is free for a romantic date with the husband. Or more likely a night of us sitting around eating the candy from the girls' school valentines. Want to do your own table? Resources below the cut! … [Read more...]

Family Nesting; It’s a Thing

In partnership with U.S. Cellular, I am particularly happy on this gloomy day to share some smart ways to melt away the winter blues. The hygee movement has been all the rage lately. And why not? The Danish idea of snuggling in with family and friends and celebrating the simple pleasures of being together sounds perfectly delightful when faced with the alternative of dragging your set to crowded and loud indoor entertainment centers. Sure, we could be out there enjoying the winter weather. But let's get real; we live in Missouri. There are no picturesque winter hikes here. No ice skating and skiing. The closest we get is some sledding when it snows. Otherwise, it's all bleak flat walks where you search desperately for signs of Spring. I will take forts and hot chocolate and board games, thank you very much! To drag the girls away from the screens, we actually (wait for it) involve screens. But instead of holing up separately and doing our own thing, we have been getting them … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Outfits for Your Little Sweethearts

Who else is a sucker for holiday themed clothes? Maybe it's the Southerner in me but I can't help but drape my kids from head to toe in heart gear every February 14th. Even if you are more restrained, now is the time to pick up a touch or two of red for your kids to wear next month. As I have found, this stuff sells out fast! Valentine's Day outfits don't have to be cutesy as these looks from one of my stores (Crazy 8) for holiday gear prove... Click through for a Pinterest board with more of my favorites! … [Read more...]

Get Your Kids Dancing With the Peanuts Movie

Hope your weekend was great! We started off ours by seeing the Peanuts Movie with a while posse of moms and kids thanks to Fandango (who sponsored this post!) We were three moms and six kids, ranging from three to eight. There's something so fun about seeing movies with my friends and their kids. Someone is sure to love the film and get the rest of us engaged. Along for this trip was my mom movie buddy BJ. We've seen films that our kids love (like Inside Out, Spongebob, and the Lego Movie) and films we'd never let our kids see, no matter how hard they beg, such as Jurassic World, Trainwreck, and Straight Outta Compton. But this is the first time I have seen a movie with her two boys. I may have to drop her for her youngest because his love for the Peanuts movie was infectious. … [Read more...]

So Many Tasks; So Little Weekend

As the weekend draws to a close, all I can think about it how everything I needed to get done that I didn't get too. That's why this sponsored post with CVS MinuteClinic is so timely. If I am going to do something like a flu shot, it has got to be quick and super easy. I know some people don't think they need the flu shot but this mama has NO time to get sick. And while a common cold is not going to bring me down, the fever headache, sore throat, dry cough, stuffy or runny nose and muscle aches that come with the flu sideline me every time. Plus since it's a respiratory infection, my weak lungs put me at greater risk. Not to mention the possibility of infecting my husband or kid who both have asthma and breathing problems. And even though the flu season doesn't peak until January it starts now. And it takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop in your body to provide protection, so it’s never too soon! Get to the shots ASAP friends. I did the research so you don't have … [Read more...]

The Prettiest Mouths in the World

We presently have the prettiest mouths in the world thanks to this sponsored post by LISTERINE®. I know you may argue with me that your teeth are shiner, etc. but throw me a bone here. It's been a tough couple of weeks and my parenting pride is withering. So getting the terror twins to take care of their oral health feels like a HUGE win! I have convinced them (with the help of the LISTERINE® Frozen themed bottle) that all princesses have really lovely teeth and gums as pink as pearls. Because while most of us think we are doing a good enough job, way more of us suffer from some form of oral disease than you would think. I inherited poor gums from my dad (thanks dad) and don't want my kids to every have to spend the quality time with a pick that I have. Plus when I instill a good oral health routine in my kids; I am helping their overall wellness. And then I feel way less guilty about all of those vegetables they didn't eat at dinner. LISTERINE® put together an awesome … [Read more...]