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Today is the first day of spring and the weather forecast is looking promising for warmer temperatures. I hate to wish spring away, but I just can’t wait for summer to get here to spend our days playing by the pool. Luckily in Ohio we have some amazing indoor water parks available and two weeks ago we visited one of our favorites – Castaway Bay – in Sandusky, Ohio. That weekend getaway helped my girls to beat some of their winter boredom blues and also sparked their excitement for summer to get here quickly too. When entering the Castaway Bay … …..
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 … …..
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 … …..
Since our sweet 4-month-old boy is our last baby, we’re trying to soak in and savor every new milestone, skill, and smile he throws our way. I think I could never tire of watching him learn his current skill of grabbing items of interest and inspecting them. I love seeing his chubby little fingers grasping new objects and turning them over and around, with smiles and looks of awe. Throughout this stage of discovery, toys that pique his interest and encourage exploration are important to keep around. The Manhattan Toy Company is one company that I know I can rely … …..
The overwhelming feeling of responsibility I felt when my first daughter was placed in my arms after her birth was a tad terrifying. This cuddly little screaming bundle of joy that we were already so in love with would depend on us for everything. And we didn’t have a clue what we were doing. I remember coming home from the hospital, setting the infant carrier on the floor in the living room, and then thinking “now what?” Fast forward eight years and I now have a third grader along with her three younger siblings. That overwhelming feeling of responsibility? It’s … …..
My little Lilah Rose is going to be celebrating her second birthday in just a few months and I suspect shortly after that we have the possibility of being a diaper free household. Well at least with my girls that is. Three to four days a week I have the pleasure of snuggling with my precious nephew while his mama and daddy are at work. He’s almost five months old which means I’ve got lots more diaper changes coming my way. One things for sure with the motherhood experience of four kiddos of my own I have definitely figured out … …..
I don’t know about you, but I love saving money. I’m always looking to see how many different ways I can save money when I make any purchase whether it be big or small. The more money I can save the bigger rush I get. I suppose this is one of those times you could say “you know you’re a grown up when…” hehe. In addition to my money saving apps and coupons I have another trick up my sleeve that helps me fill up my gas tank at a steep discount and occasionally for free! Instead of using cash … …..
Life has been rather crazy around the Harper household. We just got back from our family vacation to Destin, Florida. Alleigh and Kaelyn had their first day back to school. And soccer season started again. I’ve been running here and there and everywhere while working up a sweat in this hot humid weather. And I’m not just talking about my pits. Before I go any further I’m just going to throw out a friendly public service announcement that this post is for the ladies. And so if you don’t have a V then you might want to click over to … …..
Two words that definitely describe me are crafty and creative. I love thinking up new ideas and seeing my thoughts become a reality. My hubby on the other hand tends to roll his eyes when the wheels in my brain start turning because he knows I will be asking him to assist when it comes to using saws, drills, and other tools. But recently I had the opportunity to try out the new BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX* Lithium 2-Speed Drill and decided this project was going to be completed entirely on my own. I envisioned an American Flag comprised of wood … …..
We’ve been a family of 6 for just about 4 weeks now, and summer break is in full swing. While my husband has been off work with me to adjust to our new family and sweet baby Julian, we’ve had so much fun spending quality time with our boys. Since the weather has been pretty much beautiful, we’ve spent a ton of time enjoying the outdoors. Our boys play outside every day they possibly can, and we’ve been burning through the sunscreen like no tomorrow. Since children receive three times as much sun exposure than adults do every year, we … …..