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Keeping Kids Entertained While Moving

We played with the Pop Up Shape Sorter by Playskool as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. All thoughts and opinions are my own. #PLAYSKOOLCREW

Moving is no joke. We ate chicken nuggets, yogurt, and cereal for dinner last night because we have packed just about everything else in our house. I have kept Harper’s room and toys as my last items to pack, but the inevitable has finally come and her toys need to be packed. I have stressed about how to keep her entertained now that all of her toys will be gone for a little while. I didn’t want her attached to electronics for the remaining days, but I didn’t want to keep too many bulky toys out to try to stuff in later.

I let her choose a few small toys that can fit in her backpack that she could keep to play with over the next few days. That was perfect because she was able to see exactly what was going to be packed and what she still had to play with and keep her entertained. I had doubts about it keeping her entertained, but it has actually been really refreshing to see her so entertained without having to bring out every toy we own all at the same time! I also kept a small package of crayons and a coloring book out so that she could still color and be creative that way. She chose a few of her favorite books that could fit in her backpack that are used for bedtime stories and books to keep her attention.

One thing that has been a huge lifesaver is having toys that are more compact, but are still very entertaining! One that she has really enjoyed playing with is her Playskool Pop Up Shape Sorter.

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Favorite Hair and Makeup Product Finds

I was able to peel myself off of the hundreds of moving boxes that seem to be taking up every inch of my house. I feel like I haven’t been home all summer with my trip to NYC and all of the family events we had throughout the summer. The funny thing was that I came home from our last trip away and was excited to be back, without any plans of leaving for quite some time. Just a few days later, Dave was offered a new job and we had to make plans to be out of our house in just 2 weeks! Sound familiar? It’s basically the exact same scenerio as last year, only this time we aren’t trying to sell our house and go through a kitchen makeover.

What I am getting at, is I tried to take a step back from blogging a bit this summer because things were so hectic and was thrilled to be back at it, just when life became chaotic again! I promise that I have some really great things in store just around the corner, once we get a little more settled in! I realized that I have been finding some really great products that I have been dying to tell you all about, but I haven’t had a chance to film at all and didn’t want to wait any longer to tell you about them, so you get a good ol’ blog post because it just can’t wait any longer! I would find far too many products to tell you about if I waited.

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Durable Shoes for Busy Feet

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stride Rite for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Stride Rite is a name that parents have trusted for years. Stride Rite is known for their high quality shoes that seem to be able to withstand everything that is thrown their way. Well, Stride Rite has something more up their sleeve. A surprise of sorts. Well, it is actually a Surprize that is.

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Fruit Salad Honey Lime Sugar Syrup

My little brother got married in June. At his wedding luncheon, we were served a fruit salad with our meal. The fruit was literally the most delicious fruit I had ever tasted. It was so sweet and so good! While I was eating it, I noticed that there was a little syrup of some sort on it. I knew that that was what was making the fruit taste so good! After the luncheon, we were cleaning up and one of the caterers was cleaning up too. We complimented her on how delicious it all was, but we couldn’t stop talking about the fruit! She mentioned that they used a honey lime sugar syrup over all of it that made it taste even more delicious than the fruit already is naturally.

I needed that recipe! I came home and searched high and low online, but had no luck at finding a recipe. So, I made my own! It isn’t exactly the same as theirs, but it is pretty darn good.

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Getting The Tonight Show Tickets and My Experience Attending the Show!

On July 15, 2015 I experienced something that I thought was on my bucket list… Go to The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. I say that I thought it was on my bucket list, because typically when someone says that something is on their bucket list it means they only plan on doing it once in their lives and there is NO way I am only doing that once! Attending The Tonight Show was one of the coolest things I have ever done! I have had so many people ask me about how to get The Tonight Show tickets, what the experience is like, what attending the monologue rehearsal was like, what Jimmy Fallon himself is like, so I decided to put it all in one place for all of you!

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If you are new around these parts, you may not be aware that I LOVE Jimmy Fallon. I am a married woman and I don’t mean it like I would leave my husband for him type of love. I love his show, his sense of humor, and I have been a fan of his since is days on SNL. He isn’t bad on the eyes either… I’m not going to lie! I just don’t want anyone thinking I am some weirdo because I am sure there are plenty of those people out there! It has been really fun to watch his career skyrocket over the years. He is totally a household name now and I think that is really incredible!

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Preschool Back to School Style

I cannot believe that I have a child who is old enough to be in preschool. We aren’t exactly sure what we are going to be doing for preschool yet. We aren’t sure if we will be living in this area still, if we will have our daughter attend a traditional preschool, or if we will be joining a joy school type environment. There are so many options out there! I do know that no matter what we will end up doing, I want her to feel prepared and feel confident about starting her journey as a student.

I think a major part about feeling confident as a student, is how you feel in your wardrobe. This doesn’t mean your kids need to be in designer clothing, but I do believe that if you feel good in your clothing, you act more confidently. That’s why I am sure to hit up all of the great sales to get some pieces that will transition nicely from season to season and can be worn to preschool and to play in. [Read more…]

Stylish, Moisturized Lips

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carmex for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Using Carmex has been a way of life for me. There is nobody I know who applies more Carmex than my mom. She has jars of Carmex in every drawer, bag, car, and room she ever goes in. She is hooked on Carmex! I always loved using it, but wasn’t ever a huge fan of putting my finger in a jar of Carmex. I love the new, stylish Carmex Moisture Plus lip balm because it is the perfect combination of everything I need! Carmex has been making its iconic jars of lip balm since 1937 and now it has a fancy, new upgrade. It has the Carmex that I have loved my entire life, the small size that can fit anywhere, and the designs to fit any style!

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Awesome Portable Toys!

We played with these Playskool toys as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. All thoughts an opinions are 100% my own. #PLAYSKOOLCREW

Every mom faces the same challenge when it comes to the toys that their children play with. The ability to store those toys and transport them when you need a toy on the go. We have been on the road a lot this summer and it is always a difficult decision for us to find toys to bring in the car. It can cause a whole lot of drama! Thankfully, we have recently discovered two awesome toys that are fun for babies and young children to play with and they are easy to store or take with you when you are on the go!

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The first one I am going to tell you about is this awesome Playskool Fold n’ Go Busy Elephant.

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Recess Revival Kit Free Printable Teacher Gift Idea

I felt the magic of swiss herbs in Ricola® Herb & Throat drops as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #swissherbs

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Back to school! Can you even believe that it is time to think about school again? My husband used to be a classroom teacher and I always loved seeing the different teacher gift ideas that people had and that he would receive. They were all so sweet, but you could definitely tell who put thought into what he would really want. I love the idea of giving a teacher something that they could actually use, like this awesome Recess Revival Kit! For elementary school teachers, recess is the only time most of them get to relax a little and prepare for the kids to come back again. Most elementary school teachers don’t get a prep hour, so a gift to let them restore energy and get a little rest and relaxation during recess is perfect! [Read more…]

WIW: A league of her own

Chambray Jumper

The love of baseball runs deep within my blood. In my family, baseball is more than just a sport. Baseball is a way of life.

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