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Frogs Leap But So Do Their Minds – Why LeapFrog Academy™ Is the Best Alternative

Can I let you in on a little secret? LeapFrog Academy™ has been a complete lifesaver for me. In the past couple of weeks, Jayden has gone back to school, Miguel started working at a new hotel, and I entered a new chapter of motherhood. Let me tell you, staying at home with two littles is not for the faint of heart, and to be honest, you can’t do it alone. Heres Why LeapFrog Academy Is the Best Alternative Over the summer, Abel grew up.  ...


Never Miss a Beat of Your Child’s Heart | Soundwave Art

I first stumbled upon Soundwave Art when I won a giveaway a couple years back. Needless to say, as soon as I learned what they did, I was hooked on their product! If you love unique, long-lasting gifts, then Soundwave Art™ is exactly what you need. What is Soundwave Art? Soundwave Art offers the unique experience of converting your voice or any sound into customizable works of art and jewelry! How cool is that? Of course, being a fan of the  ...


Life With Three; Why Organization Is Key | V SHOP Stationery

I seriously cannot believe that it’s already been two months since Isaiah was born. This little boy brings our family so much joy, laughter, and peace. He has NO idea how much chaos surrounds him. Life With Three Hmm, let’s see, where do I begin? Since becoming a mom of three, my schedule has gone from busy to extremely busy. Between early mornings, 9:00 am drop-offs, daily household chores, running, errands, pickups at 3:00 pm,  ...


5 Ways To Build Confidence In Your Child With Carter’s | OshKosh #MyCanadianCutie

As summer comes to a close, it’s starting to sink in that Jayden will officially be in grade 5 and turning 10 years old! Although I’ve sent him off to school many times before, it really doesn’t get any easier. Each year, there are different aspects to worry about. One of those things is making sure he is confident in the person he is becoming. Carter’s | OshKosh Before we get started to make sure to visit  ...


Squeeze & Shake; Ways To Make Your Lemonade Stand Adult Friendly

What pictures come to mind when you think about summer? For me, the beach, pools, and a nice cold drink are a must have during a warm summer day. How about a fun lemonade stand catered to your adult needs? Keep scrolling for find out how to make your very own lemonade mimosa and lemon ice cubes! Lemon Ice Cubes With summer on the mind, a few of us gathered together to bring our lemonade party to fruition. As previously confessed, I’m  ...


Behind The Lens With Kaylyn Barr of Kaylyn Barr Photography

There’s something special about getting your picture taken. To be honest, before I started blogging, I rarely found myself in front of the camera. I guess like many others, I never really thought about it. As my blog grew, I started realizing how important it was to connect with my readers on a personal level. Which, of course, meant sharing photos of my life. Knowing that my strength was in writing and not so much the photo part, I  ...

Motherhood, Style & Beauty

Styling The Bump: 35 to 37 Weeks

The night before I went into labor I posted this photo on Facebook with the caption “No signs of labor but both of us are doing well!”. Little did I know that would be the last bump photo I would share. I really wanted to post another installment of Styling The Bump before Isaiah was born but, he had other plans. Since his surprise delivery, I’ve been lost in the newborn fog and let me tell yah, this mama hasn’t been  ...


5 Ways To Get Your SUV Ready For Baby’s Arrival | Quaker State

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CanadianTire #QuakerState #CollectiveBias With only 3 weeks left of my pregnancy, the “to-do” list has finally started to get shorter. We still have to pack both hospital bags (one for me and one for Miguel). Wash, dry and fold the baby’s newborn clothing and blankets. Also, ensure that our SUV is safe and  ...


Random Thoughts during Day 1 of Maternity Leave | #ForBetterBeginnings #PlaytexMoms

It’s here, it’s here, the day has finally come! The day I’ve been itching for since we found out that we were expecting baby #3. As a #Playtexmom, I know that motherhood can be spontaneous, surprising and an overall a learning curve! When you think you have everything figured out, your toddler decides to throw a wrench in your plans and all you can do is go with the flow. So, of course, I thought I would share some random  ...

Motherhood, Parents Tips & Tricks

A Preteen Boys Overnight Summer Camp Packing Checklist | Printable

Last year, I sent Jayden to an overnight summer camp for the very first time. He was just shy of 9 years old. At first,  I was nervous and scared to send him to an overnight camp for six days! That’s 5 nights and 6 days away from both mom and dad. I don’t know about you but I think that’s a long time to trust your preteen boy to brush his teeth and take a shower every day. Overnight Summer Camp Packing Checklist Of course,  ...