5 Lessons I Learned From My Mother

This post contains affiliate links. Please see full disclosure here. I am the youngest of 3 daughters. Growing up, I lived with one of my sisters, my mom, my step-father, a cat, and around 6 dogs. For the most part, I was a happy kid. Of course, when I look back on my childhood, as an adult, I realize just how screwed up my childhood actually was but I survived, grew, and learned some valuable lessons from my mother. Throughout my life, my mom and I never had a normal mom and daughter relationship. She did what she had to do to keep me alive until I was old enough to move out and live on my own. Even though she was not your typical mother she was always, without realizing it, teaching me lessons. 5 Lessons I Learned From My … [Read more...]

Board Games That Your Family Will Love

This post contains affiliate links. Please see full disclosure here. Thank you, Pressman, for providing me with games at no cost for my honest review. As a mom, I have always encouraged my kids to play board games, card games, nonboard games and any other games that encourage them to work together, use their thinking skills and learn that not everyone can be a winner. I have kids that are in a variety of different age ranges and they each have their favorite games, but as a family, we make sure that we take turns so that everyone gets a chance to play their favorite games with the family. Recently Pressman and Goliath contacted me and asked if they could send me some of their games to share a review with my readers. Before I agreed, … [Read more...]

My Top VTech Toys for Kids

This post contains affiliate links. Please see full disclosure here. Thank you, VTech, for providing me samples at no cost in exchange for my honest review. As a mom, that is currently raising 3 littles and had a home daycare for a number of years, I often times have parents ask me what toys I can recommend them to bring into their home for their kids. I have written a few toy recommendation posts in the past such as this one and this one, so when VTech contacted me and asked me if I would like to review and promote a few of their toys, I agreed because VTech is a toy brand that has been in our home since my oldest was a baby and will continue to be purchased by me and gifted to family and friends with little ones. There are so many … [Read more...]

Cruise Etiquette to Remember

This post contains affiliate links. Please see full disclosure here. In life, it's important to be kind and thoughtful to one another. It is something that should come naturally but doesn't always with everyone that you encounter. When you are on a cruise you are around a lot of the same people for an extended period of time, so it's important that you remember to use certain cruise etiquette. As adults, we should automatically be kind, courteous, and thoughtful to one another, but unfortunately, with too much alcohol, cruise chaos and a lot of fun, we sometimes forget what we were taught as children. Cruise Etiquette to Remember Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer more than normal. Never leave the bathroom whether … [Read more...]

Give More Books This Holiday Season

  This post contains affiliate links. See full disclosure here. Every holiday season my girls make a list of everything that they want for Christmas. When they give me their list I look it over, scratch my head and normally let out a good giggle. Their Christmas list is normally pretty obnoxious and includes anything from high dollar gift cards to a pet rabbit. As a mom, I like to gift my girls some items on their list, a gift card to their favorite store, a few clothes, and books. Since I am constantly encouraging my girls to read, I make sure that I choose a few books that are age-appropriate and fun so that it may spark an interest for them to read. I not only gift my girl's books during the holidays but friends and family as well … [Read more...]

Halloween Looks from Gymboree

This post contains affiliate links to make your shopping easier. Post Updated: 9/16/18 With Halloween right around the corner, it's time to start adding some Halloween attire to your little one's closet. Gymboree has so many selections and oftentimes, Gymboree has some amazing sales that really make it affordable and fun to shop. As a frugal and semi-smart shopper, I always try and plan ahead so I start my Halloween shopping early. Here are some of my favorite Halloween looks from Gymboree. There are so many cute Halloween Gymboree outfits that I do not even know where to start. I wish I could list every outfit but I can't, so I will only show you a few of my favorites. My Favorite Halloween Outfits for Boys: Mummy Hooded Tee: I love … [Read more...]

5 Things Your Child Will Need for Their Toy Kitchen

This post contains affiliate links. Please see full disclosure here. As a mom of 6 and as a previous childcare provider, I have always recommended to other parents and caregivers that young kids have access to a toy kitchen. Imaginary play is key to a child's development and it is always nice to see children play with toys versus an electronic. If you are planning on adding a toy kitchen to your child's playroom or to your daycare or school, here are 5 Things Your Child Will Need for Their Toy Kitchen. KidKraft Kitchen: I like kitchens that include items such as a microwave, an oven, refrigerator and more. This allows the child to add to their creative play. Before you decide on a kitchen, make sure that you read the reviews … [Read more...]