Growing up my mom made it a point that we would eat dinner together every night as a family. It was the perfect opportunity to share how our day had went and to simply enjoy each others company. When Dustin and I purchased our first home we settled on a small bungalow and when I say small I truly mean it. After Alleigh was born we basically outgrew it, but because of the real estate market are still living here after four children. A few months ago we decided that our youngest was old enough to move upstairs with her … …..
This #MerryMeals shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. I might not like the weather that comes with the winter months in Ohio. In fact I just told Dustin that I must be allergic to the cold. I’ll do anything I can to avoid going out especially when it’s snowing. But I do love the holidays that accompany these freezing months. Thanksgiving just flew by, but Christmas is less than a month away and then immediately following that we get to ring in the new year. My favorite thing about the holidays … …..
We absolutely love family game night and have quite the selection of board and card games, but I am still always on the look out for new games to spice things up. This is always the time of year I’m looking for a new game geared towards adults because on New Years Eve we have a large family gathering where we play games until the ball drops. This year I have found the game that is bound to have everyone in fits of laughter – Mouthguard Challenge. I’m sure everyone has seen the viral YouTube videos of people putting cheek … …..
I love exploring nature. Hiking and experiencing our earth’s beauty is one of my most favorite activities. As a mom of four I don’t have the opportunity to do that as much as I would like, but even so my everyday life with four girls is definitely an adventure. Whether I’m hiking along a cliff’s edge or chasing my toddler across the playground one thing is certain – I want to dress for comfort, but still look stylish while doing so. And since I love and respect our earth and want my great great great grandchildren to enjoy it as … …..
Have you started Christmas shopping yet? I am slowly beginning to check names off of my list. When it comes to gift giving I like to put a lot of thought into what I choose for each of my children. There is one company that I can always depend on for high quality toys that provide hours of open ended play for my little ones. That encourages my children to use the most powerful thing they will ever play with – their imagination. Toys that don’t require batteries. That are made with wood from sustainable forests and decorated with water … …..
Christmas will be here before we know it and I admit that I have been starting to panic a bit. I have literally only purchased 3 gifts so far and don’t have a clue what my two oldest daughters are hoping Santa brings. Even though I really want to decorate the house I am secretly cringing a bit inside because this year there is a two year old roaming the house – not to mention the cat. But there is one thing that I have officially checked off my holiday to-do list thanks to Portrait Innovations. Just last week I … …..
Every year it seems like we need to do a big toy sweep in the weeks leading up to Christmas to make room for the new toys that will brought home after holidays with the family. While there is a place and time for the exciting new electronic toys and building sets with billions of tiny pieces, there’s a special spot in my heart for the simple, imaginative toys that have very few parts and can last for years. This holiday season, Manhattan Toy (whom we LOVE!) has created a special line of open-ended play toys for parents just like … …..
Last weekend I had the opportunity to invite some of my very good friends over and their little ones to share the new improvements that Luvs has made to their already amazing diapers. I wish I could have invited each and every one of my readers, but unfortunately I don’t think everyone lives close enough and well my house just wouldn’t fit ya’ll either, hehe. Since you couldn’t be here I thought the next best thing I could do would be to recap the party here on the blog. Before everyone arrived I spent some time that morning preparing for … …..
Yesterday I asked Alleigh, Kaelyn, and Willow to work together to clean their bedroom which was a complete disaster. As the day went on it became very apparent that Alleigh was doing the vast majority of the cleaning while her sisters were playing or complaining. Once the room was cleaned I decided to reward Alleigh by taking her out to eat – just the two of us. She chose Pizza Hut and I was absolutely stoked. I love Pizza Hut, but we usually order delivery. There’s just something extra delicious about Pizza Hut fresh from the oven still in the … …..
Growing up, my mom loved Halloween. We went all out with house decorations, costumes, pumpkin carving, and everything spooky. I had some of the most amazing costumes as a child, and most of them were DIY by my mom and grandma (Grandma had some AMAZING sewing skills!). With 4 kids, we’ve carried on the DIY costume tradition for a few reasons. My favorite reason is that with a little planning, most DIY costumes can be really cute and unique. Also important, though, is that DIY costumes tend to be way cheaper when you have a large family. This year the … …..