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...]

10 Effects of Being a Stay at Home Mom

This post contains affiliate links. Please see full disclosure here. After the birth of my second child, my husband and I decided that it would be more cost effective if I left my corporate world job and stayed home with my girls until they were school age and more independent. As nervous as I was to leave a job I had been with since I was 19 years old, I was really excited that as a family we were able to afford for me to be a stay at home mom. My first day of being a stay at home mom was the most relaxing day of my life. I woke up refreshed, with a smile on my face and ready to take on my kids and house. Little did I know this would be short lived. Here are 10 Effects of Being a Stay at Home Mom: You stop caring … [Read more...]

5 Electronic Free Playdate Activities

This post contains affiliate links. Please see full disclosure here. My girls range in the ages of 6-12 years old. Since we live on the outskirts of the city they can't ride their bikes or walk to their friend's house to play so oftentimes we have to schedule a play date. When my girls have a playdate one of my main rules is that no one is allowed to get on any electronic devices. Since they have friends over for a playdate, I want them to actually play and not stare at a screen.  Sadly, too often, kids struggle with this, so as a mom, it's my job to help them. I've put together 5 Electronic Free Playdate Activities that I have used in the past and in the present to help my kids and their friends actually play and create … [Read more...]

5 Simple Chores Kids Can Do This Summer

I believe that summer break for kids should be a fun and relaxing time. Since they worked hard all year long to make good grades, I feel like summer break is their time to destress. I try not to focus on little things such as when they wake up each day or how much television they watch, but even though summer is their time to relax, I do require them to help around the house and do some extra chores, especially since they create most of the messes. When the school year ended I came up with 5 simple chores kids can do this summer. My kids range in ages from 6 to 12 years old, so when I create their daily summer chore list, I try to make sure that the chores are age appropriate or that they can complete a specific chore with some help … [Read more...]

PINCHme Unboxing & Review

Thank you PINCHme for sending me an oversized box of samples for my review. All opinions are my own. I love free samples. I especially love full-size free samples, so if you love free samples as much as I do then you will want to keep reading. I was recently told about an amazing and fun website called PINCHme. It’s a site that sends name brand samples each month to you at no cost. All you have to do is fill out your name, address and answer a few questions and PINCHme will decide which samples are right for you. PINCHme reached out to me and asked if they could send me an oversized box of samples and share with my readers how the PINCHme experience works. Here is my quick and simple PINCHme Unboxing & Review. Watch my unboxing … [Read more...]

What to Pack When You Go On a Cruise

This post contains affiliate links. Please see full disclosure here. My family recently went on a Liberty of the Seas cruise and we loved it. We had such an amazing time that we went ahead and planned our next cruise. Since this was our first cruise before we packed, we did a lot of research. We knew that we needed to bring main essentials such as swimsuits, shorts, shirts and regular toiletries but it wasn't until we actually experienced the cruise that we realized exactly what we needed to bring. I have come up with a helpful list of what to pack when you go on a cruise. On this cruise, our party consisted of 3 little girls, my husband and myself. In addition, our cruise was for 7 days in the month of March. We kept it simple and … [Read more...]