Catch the Action this Weekend (August 20-30) at the LLWS with all® and Snuggle®

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If you are in the Williamsport, PA area this weekend, you don’t want to miss the 2015 Little League Baseball World Series, which will prove to be loads of fun. With baseball season in full swing, all® and Snuggle® are the perfect pair for removing grass and dirt stains from your child’s beloved pin-striped uniform. Every mom knows there is no prouder moment than seeing … [Read more...]

Getting Your Kids Excited for the New School Year

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Maybe you remember what it was like. We certainly do. Two glorious months with no school to attend. Playing out in the hot sun, riding bikes, going swimming, visiting amusement parks. And of course, all of that was just the beginning. There were family vacations and trips to museums, ice cream cones and watermelon and staying up late while we waited for the sun to set. It was just so perfect! Why … [Read more...]

Help Us Clear The Shelters with Overstock.com

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Growing up, animals were always a huge part of our lives. Whether we had dogs, cats, horses, bunnies, or even lizards, there were always animals running around our home. Many of the animals we had were rescued animals from the local shelter. Our parents always taught us how important it was that those animals got a second chance. They weren't bad dogs or mean cats, they were sweet animals that … [Read more...]

12 Awesome Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Pet Today

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A pet is a friend like no other. There is really no friendship or companionship that is comparable to that of a pet. That being said, a shelter pet is one of the highest degree. The homeless and abandoned pets at shelters all of the nation and the world are animals that want that friendship more than anything. Overstock.com has used their technology to bring tens of thousands of pets to new and … [Read more...]

Vayda’s Back To School Suprise

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I'm getting Vayda a new phone for back to school thanks to my recent partnership with Total Wireless! Vayda isn’t expect her new phone until school starts, but I decided to surprise her because she has done a phenomenal job, and my husband and I are leaving town for a week, then the kids will be at my mom for a week.  Since she’s done so well, I think it’s a great time to give her the … [Read more...]

6 Benefits of Story Time with Kathleen Pelley Storytelling

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Imagination is a wonderful thing. Story time is an amazing time to spend with children. There little minds are growing and their imagination is getting even stronger. Spending time each day reading to a child is great for everyone. A child’s mind is learning all sorts of things and adults are getting a fantastic bonding experience. Cuddling up at bed time to dive into a good story isn’t the only … [Read more...]

5 Tricks to Get Your Kids Ready for Back To School

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It is definitely a busy and hectic time of year for everyone right now. It’s back to school and back to the grind. Summer isn’t quite over yet and the kids are squeezing out every bit of the summer they have left. We adults on the other hand are secretly jumping for joy at the thought of “our time” and that is perfectly normal. But, before we get ahead of ourselves and send those kids off to the … [Read more...]

Four Tips To Make Back To School Shopping Fun

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It’s that time of year again! Summer is winding down and kids and parents are all getting ready to go back to school. Shopping for school clothes and supplies can be a daunting and stressful task and can get expensive if you aren’t prepared. The trick is to not get overwhelmed and to have fun with it. I take a moment to breathe, reassess, and begin planning my shopping escapade. As parents, we all … [Read more...]

Family Travel Guide, Favorite Vacation Spots, #GoWithGraco!

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I don't know about you but we love, love love to travel and we love, love love our family vacations. These little family trips are designed so the family can bond, be adventurous and simply have fun together. Because we live in beautiful, sunny California there are many places for our family to visit and enjoy a little "fun in the sun" throughout the year. I have to say one of our favorite family … [Read more...]

Ice Cream Sundae Fundae Cookie Bowl

Sundae Fundae Cookie Bowl

You may recall that a few weeks ago we journeyed to Kroger to acquire ICE CREAM TOPPINGS from Smucker’s. Once the essentials were acquired it was time to head home. Mission accomplished, now what? Time for #SundaeFundae! Now, let me first point out that my daughter LOVES to bake. Not on her own. We tried that once. It didn’t go well. Some sort of combination of flour, salt, green food coloring, … [Read more...]

Prepare Kids For Back To School & Fit In Quality Time

Ways to Prepare Kids For Back To School & Fit In

My kids head back to school on the 11th.  Needless to say, I'm trying to spend as much time as possible with them before they head back to school while trying to get them back into their back to school routine.  The last thing I want is my kids falling asleep in class, but I also want to be sure I get to see their smiling faces as much as possible before they head back. , Truth be … [Read more...]

3 Great Games Kids Can Play At Your Next BBQ

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With summertime still in full swing, there are all sorts of BBQ’s, reunions, and social gatherings going on. That means all sorts of people and even more food to keep those people satisfied. In our family, we love food and the kids are munchie monsters. They can devour almost anything you put in front of them and that means we have to be prepared. The Gold Emblem Abound snack foods are healthy, … [Read more...]

Good Parenting is Green Parenting: 4 Tips for an Eco-friendly Family

Good Parenting is Green Parenting Tips for an Eco-friendly Family

Green parenting is beneficial to not only the environment, but also to you and your baby. As a more discerning eye has been cast toward what really goes into consumer products on the market, especially for children and babies, the importance of using organic, safe materials has become more prevalent than ever. Raising an eco-friendly family requires a little more work, but it’s worth it in the … [Read more...]

You’re Never Too Old To Make Believe

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Imagination is a powerful thing. We can explore the jungles of South America or rub elbows with rocks stars of old. Our imagination is truly the strongest when we are children. We tend to let it atrophy as we get older. Luckily, I have my niece who is 5 years old and has enough imagination to power a billion ton imaginary locomotive. She has reminded me to not be so serious. She helps me and makes … [Read more...]

9 Reasons For Parents To Love FamilySignal

Reasons For Parents To Love FamilySignal

With school starting up soon, I figured it was the perfect time to tell you about a location sharing app called FamilySignal to help parents and children stay in touch.  FamilySignal allows you to stay in touch with your family with location-sharing.   It’s a great app designed to offer us, parents, peace of mind and our kids a feeling of freedom and security. 9 Reasons For Parents … [Read more...]

Exploring the Polynesian Cultural Center ~ `Ohana Time on O’ahu

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Luau. The word itself just conjures images of Hawaii. You know if someone says Luau and you’re not in Hawaii that whatever you are going to be involved in will just be a pale imitation. For the real thing, you need Hawaii. And at the end of Day 2, we hit the Luau. We started off from our Hotel in Waikiki for the drive to the North Shore of Oahu and the Polynesian Cultural Center. I can’t lie, the … [Read more...]

8 Reasons To Go Fishing More

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stren for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. I love fishing with the family, my husband, friends, or even alone.  I can think of several great reasons to go fishing more, and here are a few. 8 Reasons To Go Fishing More Connect with friends and family – Whether you are going fishing with your spouse, kids, or family and friends, it’s an … [Read more...]

The Journey to Sundae Fundae with Smucker’s and Kroger

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I like ice cream. The hubby likes ice cream. My kid well, she loves ice cream. One could say we are an ice cream eating family. Or even better, we are ice cream connoisseurs! But ice cream by itself can be boring. Unless of course you want to pay $30,000 for some fancy schmancy ice cream with caviar. Ok, just kidding, I don’t actually know that there is ice cream with caviar in it. Personally, I … [Read more...]

We Love The Graco Sous Chef 5 In 1 Seating System!

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Having a baby is such a beautiful part life. There are so many things a baby needs during their first few years and this is why we love Graco! Baby chairs are one of those inevitable baby gear purchases. As they grow, eventually our babies will need to have a place they can sit to eat safely. Because the high chair is a basic essential that will be used for many years, making a … [Read more...]

Spending Quality Family Time Together Comfortably.

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I love spending time with my family, every chance I get. We have a family area in our home for spending quality family time together comfortably. We are the type of family that share our daily happenings and activities as well as set up plans for vacations or just a trip to dollar day at the local theater. It's important for us to do this in a group setting, this helps to form a strong emotional … [Read more...]