Teach Kids Interactive Play with Little Tikes

Thank you, Little Tikes, for sending me a variety of toys at no cost for my honest opinion. As a mom of 6 kids, with the oldest being 28 and the youngest being 6, and as a previous home daycare provider of 10 years I know awesome toys. I know toys that will withstand little feet standing on them, powerful 3-year-old muscles tossing them and being thrown in the toy box when it's clean-up time. I know toys that a child will get bored with easily and toys that have too many parts and pieces and I also know toys that allow interactive play; which I love. I recently wrote a post dedicated to Little Tikes toys, which you can see here. I share my absolute love for Little Tikes and I feature some of the toys that we've carried down from … [Read more...]

What No One Tells You About Reentering the Work Force

This post contains affiliate links. Please see full disclosure here. After my second child was born, I decided to leave the corporate world, stay home with my kids and start a few small businesses. I was scared for this new adventure in my life but also extremely excited for being given the opportunity to be able to stay home and raise my kids while also making a small income. My goal was to stay home with my girls until the youngest graduated Kindergarten and after that time I would reenter the work force. Little did I know that I would end up having a 3rd daughter 5 years after having my 2nd child. This unexpected blessing caused me to be away from the corporate world for longer than expected, which in turn, made me realize there was a … [Read more...]

10 Items You Will Want to Bring to Disney

This post contains affiliate links. Please see full disclosure here. Disney is still one of my families favorite vacation spots. Even though there are things I hate about Disney, which you can read here, it's still our go to vacation. Over the years, I have learned a lot about the parks, like what not to buy at Disney, Disney restaurants worth skipping and not skipping, and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique tips. One thing I have learned over the years is what you actually need to bring with you to Disney. It's not fun to travel to your vacation spot only to realize you should have packed something you didn't. Here are 10 Items You Will Want to Bring to Disney: First Aid Kit/ Medicine Kit: Band-aids, thermometer, tweezers, nail … [Read more...]

How Not To Get Fat At Work

Thank you, SmartPlanet for sending me a 4 Piece Meal Bag Set at no cost for my honest review. This post contains affiliate links. Please see full disclosure here. I recently starting working outside of my home after running a home daycare for around 10 years. As a home daycare provider, I was constantly in motion. From running around with the kids to cleaning up messes to constantly getting up to take care of their needs, it was very rare that I was sedentary. Even during the kid's nap time, I found myself up and moving around so when I began to work outside of the home in an office type setting, I didn't realize the negative impact it would have on my body. I am what you call 'skinny fat'. At first glance I am thin but after … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Get Into Your Teen’s Business

This post contains affiliate links. Please see full disclosure here. As a mom that has successfully raised 3 teenagers and currently has a pre-teen in my home, I know the struggles of raising a teen. Parenting a teen can be very hard, especially when teenagers have a tendency to be unpredictable. Since teenagers are hot and cold, it can be difficult to not only be around them but it can sometimes be impossible to know what's happening in their life. That's why it's important to be nosey. Since I have experience raising teenagers, I came up with 5 ways to get into your teen's business. I have heard some parents say that a teenager, who is actually still a child, needs and deserves their privacy. Since a teenager's brain has not … [Read more...]

10 Ways You Can Help Your Child’s Home Daycare Provider

This post contains affiliate links. See full disclosure here. I became a home daycare provider after I had my second child. Since I left my job to be home with my kids, I wanted to have another way of earning money while being home. In addition, I love kids and wanted to provide them a safe place to stay while their parents were at work. For the most part, I had an amazing time during my time as a childcare provider, but with good moments there are moments that could be better. If you have a childcare provider for your little one here are 10 ways you can help your child's home daycare provider. Without open communication, parents and providers will never be able to 100% understand the needs of each other. Since parents instill … [Read more...]

5 Reasons I May Never Go To Disney Again

This post contains affiliate links. Please see full disclosure here. My family has been going to Disney since our adult kids were 5 years old. We have such amazing memories from all of our trips to Disney. Sadly, however, after the last couple of visits to Disney, we came back home thinking that Disney did not feel as magical as it had the previous 15 years. Analyzing all of our trips we came up with reasons why the magic was fading. Here are 5 Reasons I May Never Go to Disney Again: No Longer Magical: When my family and I walked through the gates of Disney for the first time in 1998 we felt like it was the most magical place on Earth. As a family, we continued to return to Disney a ¬†handful of times and loved every … [Read more...]