Lunchbox Set Giveaway with Healthy Living Market and Cafe! {3 Winners}

setBack to School is right around the corner (ed note: OMG I CAN’T WAIT) and I’ve teamed up with Healthy Living Market and Cafe to give three lucky readers a fantastic lunchbox and water bottle set for their kiddos just in time to start the new school year in style!

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When Facebook Makes You Cry

297665_10150272420243715_817135_n“You have memories to look back on!” facebook pops up and reminds me. Yay! I love that! It’s always so fun to see where we were a year ago, five years ago, to see what we were doing on that very day. But sometimes, out of nowhere, it chokes you up, right?

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What’s In My Diaper Bag {infant + toddler + big kids}

diaperbagThere’s a whole lotta stuff in my bag nowadays, click through to find out what I lug around on a daily basis for me and my littles.

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Toy Fails: BANNED


My four year old is obsessed with marbles. Not sure why exactly, but it’s his thing. He watches marble run videos on the iPad and asked me for MONTHS to get him a marble run set. We laid out some easy four year old friendly chores for him to do to earn some of the money for it, and after he completed them we picked out a set and ordered it from Amazon and he waited somewhat impatiently for the UPS guy to show up with his marble run. Right away, I knew this was going to be a major toy FAIL and almost immediately I started thinking how I was going to get rid of this thing ASAP.

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Backpack Safety {Guest Post with Spa City Chiropractic}

“For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.”

The first day of school is just around the corner! Right about now, most of you are gathering up school supplies, and buying new backpacks for your kids.  Did you know that an improper fitting backpack can cause back pain in young and healthy kids? Today on the blog Dr. Ashley from Spa City Chiropractic has a few tips from the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) to keep in mind when purchasing a new book bag for your kids this school year.

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My Weekend {in Photos}


This weekend was a Tale of Two Dinners. Even though it isn’t the easiest thing to do, I do like to try to take the kids out to eat occasionally. They get to try something new, learn how to behave in a restaurant, and I don’t have to cook. It doesn’t always turn out great, but I feel like each experience gets us closer to successfully eating out as a family.

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mini city(14)click the photo above to get the weekend scoop on Mini City

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Shopping List: Camping with Kids

VT(1)In less than a week we’ll be back at the little cabin in Vermont and I CAN. NOT. WAIT. We’ll also be celebrating Talley’s 2nd birthday (how is she turning two?!), and it’ll be the first time Welles gets to see Vermont. We have fine tuned our packing list for the cabin, and here are our cabin life essentials.

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Yes You’re Cute, But I’ve Still Gotta Clean

Recently, while watching TV, I saw a commercial where a little girl asks the camera, “Am I cute?”. She then goes on to explain that yes, she thinks she’s pretty cute (she points out her dimples) and then wonders why if she’s so cute her parents would rather clean than play with her on a SATURDAY?! I mean WHO would do that to a CHILD?

I tried to let it go, I really did. But, you can back off on making parents feel guilty for cleaning on a weekend. Mom guilt much?!

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My Fear of Bike Rides {Motherhood and Anxiety}


When I was in first grade, all of the kids in my neighborhood were in the same gymnastics program, which was held at the high school in our town. My floor routine that year was done to Phil Collins’ Sussudio (totally my choice). I was growing out my bangs that year so I would wear them in a little ponytail on top of my head and another longer ponytail for the rest of my hair. Hey, it was the 80s. It was a look.

That is me on the top left there in first grade. I was lucky to grow up in a neighborhood where we could ride our bikes wherever we wanted, by ourselves or in little kid gangs. I would cruise around my neighborhood with no fear. We walked to and from school on quiet, tree lined streets. We went to friends houses and played in backyards till it got dark and we were called in. When we sold Girl Scout cookies we went door to door by ourselves and would walk home finally at dinner time. It was different back then.

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