March Colds Before April Showers

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This is a sponsored post for DripDrop through SheSpeaks. Today was one of those glorious days that makes you feel like Spring has decided to sleep in this year and Summer is coming first instead. The high was eighty and the girls and I were walking barefoot in the grass. Alas, tomorrow the high is 55 and we will be shivering in the rain on our walk home from school. It's the perfect brew for our own Ides of March... the common cold which invariably brings the household down. Which is why I was thrilled to be offered the chance to test out a new hydration product. My tiny girls get dehydrated fast when they get sick. But the sports drinks and kids hydration products on the market are the last thing I want to give them. They don't often have sugary drinks and almost never have anything with food coloring. So the products with them were a shock to their system. Enter DripDrop... … [Read more...]

5 Easy Peasy Photo Gifts

Five Easy Photo Gifts

It's not too late to give the gift everyone loves: their favorite faces or places on a gift. I love giving photo gifts because they fit everyone and everyone is sure NOT to have it! But my laziness gets in the way and I end up dropping the ball. Which is why these photo gifts are so awesome: they are a SNAP to make! … [Read more...]

Gifts For the Girl Who Has Everything

Gifts Guide Holiday

Got a hard to shop for woman in your life? This is the gift guide for you? These gifts should tickle her fancy. … [Read more...]

LeapTV : Get Your Kids Gaming This Winter

Toys R Us Special edition LeapTV

We were sent the LeapTV for a review through Mommy Parties. Honestly, I was a teeny bit skeptical since the girls are on the upper range of the suggested ages. But we have tried both a Wii and a Kinect with them but because of their fine motor skill delays, they seemed more trouble than they were worth. And the games really had no value besides the activity. LeapTV from LeapFrog gets kids into the action too. But it also teaching core skills across a variety of subjects including reading, mathematics, science and problem solving. And since it is designed for kids ages 3-8, the system controller fits small hands and the motion camera . Audio instruction makes it simple for even the youngest kids to play solo or with a friend. We had kids from 2 to 8 playing with it and all of them were able to get into the action fairly easily. … [Read more...]

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry Gifts

Food Gifts for the Holiday

When thinking holiday gifts, don't discount food and drinks! Edible gifts are great because they are meant to be enjoyed immediately, often inexpensive, and take up no room (once consumed.) Plus if the recipient doesn't love it, these gifts are easy to pass along. Here are ten of my favorites to give and get. … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Holiday Gift Guide

Here it is: my Holiday Gift Guide for 2014! Gifts are definitely my love language and I love sharing the best finds for your gift giving needs. I will be sharing ideas throughout the month as well as oodles of giveaways. So bookmark this page and check back often! And don't forget to use Ebates while shopping online to earn cash back! Click through for a link to all of the gift ideas and giveaways. It will be updated throughout the month of November! … [Read more...]

The Amazing Zhus Review

Madame Zhu of the Amazing zhus

We received a selection of The Amazing Zhus for review on the blog. Hot Toys 2014 reviews are running a bit behind on the whole bloggity blog. I feel like unconsciously I was perhaps delaying this one because I wanted ALL THE ZHUS for myself. I mean the girls, yes for the girls. That's the ticket. We have just had WAY too much fun with these. And they are already selling out everywhere. Basically Zhus are those little crazy hamsters that everyone loved a few years back but got stuck in kids' hair (seriously, don't hold them next to your head.) But this version is magical. Not even joking around here. They do all sorts of magic tricks. The girls loved them and we have spent hours playing with them. Read on for what we played with and what were our favorites. … [Read more...]

Playtime : Moxie Girlz

Moxie Girlz Poopsy Pets Panda Avery

#spon: I’m required to disclose a relationship between our site and MGAE. This could include MGAE providing us w/content, product, access or other forms of payment. The girls don't always love it when I have to work but they do love it when a package arrives in the mail and it's something new for them. Reviewing toys is definitely a perk of being a blogger's kid. Though it's not a regular feature on this blog, leading up to the holidays I will be sharing many more because when it comes to spending holiday money, you want to make sure you are spending on something your kids are going to love. I think Moxie Girlz Insiders fit the bill. Just look at these happy faces! … [Read more...]

Juice on the Go With Mott’s

Motts Everday

A huge thank you to Mott’s for sending us their new fruit juice drinks to try and for sponsoring this post. Those mini bottle saves me from many a twin argument. It gets HOT when you are in a car for ten hours! Though I loved our time in Texas last week with my family, it’s good to be back home in good old Columbia, MO. It’s funny how quickly I have adjusted to small city life. Everything here is so accessible and now that the girls are older, I am ready to access it all. I am really looking forward to getting them out on the Katy Trail on their bike. We’re so close to a trail access now that I am thinking we can even start heading downtown on it to some of the free concerts and festivals. Of course that brings in a whole other level of prep: snacks and drinks that are easy to carry. As well as healthy enough to fuel the ride there and back, but tasty enough that my kids won’t be begging for concessions. … [Read more...]

Bringing Memories to Life with YesVideo

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Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. Opinions are my own and not those of any one else. Sometimes, it's hard to remember the day pictured above. Even at the best of times your wedding is a blur. Add in the craziest possible pre-wedding week ever (highlights included getting roofied at my bacehlorette party, a car wreck, and a suspected appendicitis scare the day before I was to fly home), and I am kind of amazed I was even upright for mine. That's where the wedding video comes in. Except ours were languishing on actual video. We just missed the cut off for everything being on DVD. That's where YesVideo comes in... … [Read more...]