Why I Put My Kids To Bed At 7 Every Night + Brentwood Home Twin Mattress Giveaway!!

As a mother to four young children I can speak from experience when I say sleep begets sleep. What does this mean? In a nutshell, well-rested children sleep better, whereas sleep-deprived children often have a harder time sleeping well. I have found this to be true with all four of my children and while it […]

Free Printable Kids Christmas Wish List Santa Letter

When I was a kid I couldn’t wait for the big toy catalog to arrive in the mail so I could go through it and circle the things I wanted the most. I grew up with a fair amount of toys but nowhere near the amount of toys that my own kids have today. In […]

Huge List Of Things To Do This Summer To Prevent Bored Kids!

We are T minus 10 days and counting until Summer vacation starts and school is out for the Summer! My kids are counting it down and cannot wait for Summer break to hit! I know that their excitement is genuine but inevitably they will be yelling “Mom, I’m bored!” within a week or two. This […]

Learning to Receive: Tips for Teaching Kids About Accepting Gifts Graciously

Accepting a gift with gratitude can actually be a form of giving in and of itself. Studies indicate that giving boosts mood and improves physical health, both to remarkable degrees. Thus, accepting a gift with gratitude is a great way to give the gift of giving. Unfortunately, children don’t intuitively understand this concept and can […]

St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Rice Table + How To Dye Rice Green!

St. Patrick’s Day is a fun day to celebrate with toddlers and preschoolers! You can wear green clothes, eat green food and play with green things! The possibilities are endless and tons of fun! I’ve got a really fun activity idea for your toddlers and preschoolers today. Make your own St. Patrick’s Day sensory table! […]

Teach Your Kids The Right Amount Of Toilet Paper To Use With This Handy Trick!

Anyone who has ever been through potty training their child knows what a challenge it can be to get them to use the correct amount of toilet paper. Whenever we are potty training (and for a long time after that) we go through a TON of toilet paper. I may as well buy stock in […]

Best Preschool Or Kindergarten Nap Mats, Backpacks & Lunch Boxes!

I can hardly even believe the position I have found myself in this year. Three of my four children are in school! How did this happen? Just yesterday they were babies and now they are growing up at the speed of light! Make it stop!! Okay, a little more peace during the day is great, […]

How To End The Battle With Your Picky Eater For Good!

My son is enormously picky. He’s not just picky about things like broccoli and green beans, but he doesn’t even like ice cream. His picky habits aren’t exclusive to vegetables or proteins, they span the spectrum and include candy and treats too. If you have a picky eater then you no doubt have tried every trick […]

How To Create Your Own Chore Store & Help Kids Earn Their Toys

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nickelodeon’s Blaze and the Monster Machines. All opinions are 100% mine. My son has a new obsession with Nickelodeon’s Blaze and the Monster Machines on Nick Jr. It’s an obsession that I am actually okay with. The animated show stars the fastest Monster Machine in Axle City, […]

Potty Training the EASY Way! Secret Tips From A Mother Of 4!

Potty training. Just uttering those two words is enough to make any parent groan. Potty training isn’t something that generally incites excitement in any of us as parents. As a mother of 4 children, 3 of whom are potty trained, I always dreaded having to potty train my children. I’ve learned some things along the […]

Outdoor Pretend Play Coffee Shop + Free Coffee Shop Printables!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stride Rite for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Get ready because this Summer I’ll be bringing you TONS of fun outdoor play ideas for the kids! I love mixing it up and keeping things fun and fresh all Summer long. Pretend play has […]

15 Pretend Play Ideas With Free Printables!

Check out Fun Pretend Play Ideas To Ignite Your Child's Imagination! by Sarah Minnesota Mama at Mode Imagination is a lost art these days. So many kids are busy running from one activity to the next or glued to a screen, that they miss out on simply being a kid. Grabbing a box and turning […]

DIY Mess-Free Toddler Sensory Bags! Be Prepared For Your Next Sick Day!

*This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G. It never fails. Moms don’t get sick days. While you can do your best to stay germ free, chances are you will get sick at one point or another and you will still have to take care of your children. Moms are on call 24/7 and we don’t […]

No Time For Scrapbooks? Use This Instead!

I have never been good at documenting memories. I look back at my dating years with my hubby and there are hardly any photos of us. It was the day and age when social media didn’t exist like it does today and no one shared their every waking moment online. Now I look back at when […]

Tips For Less Hectic Mornings + FREE Printable Lunchbox Notes!

I don’t know what your house looks like in the morning but around here it can get pretty hectic in our family of 6! Mornings are a time when everyone is busy rushing off to work, school, daycare and hurrying to begin their day on time. Personally I HATE starting off my day in a […]

Magic Elves Aren’t Creepy & They Don’t Tattle! Our Elfcapades!

I see all this chatter about elves looking creepy and tattling to Santa. If that is what you think of when you think of elves then read on! There is a better way! If your child wants an elf but you aren’t ready to welcome in the creepy little spying elf then check out Magic […]

Helping Kids Learn And Explore In Playful, Imaginative Ways: Have An Outer Space Theme Day!

It is so important that we teach our kids new things each day. That might sound like a daunting task but it really doesn’t have to be! There are so many things to learn about the world around us and teaching our kids can be as simple as talking about the colors or shapes around […]

Magic Elves Or Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Whether you use magic elves like us, or elf on the shelf, if you are looking for inspiring elf on the shelf ideas this year then look no further! I always struggle to come up with a last minute idea late at night so these will definitely come in handy! If you find yourself, like […]