Why I Stopped Being a Home Daycare Provider

This post contains affiliate links. Please see full disclosure here. I originally decided to open my home daycare when I had my second child and realized the cost of daycare for 2 little ones was not worth the cost of working full time and signing over most of my check to a daycare facility. I left my corporate job that I had been with for over 10 years and bravely took on the challenge to start a home business that would bring in some extra income and help me continue to build my skills while at home with my kids. After 10 long years of being a home daycare provider, I recently decided to shut my doors. It was a hard decision that I pondered over and struggled with for almost a year but I knew it was important for me to change the path of … [Read more...]

Keep Your Kids Motivated After the Back to School Excitement Ends

This post contains affiliate links. Please see full disclosure here. There are a few special times throughout the year that my kids get excited. A few of those moments are their birthdays, Christmas, Halloween, and the first few days of school. I love that they are excited about school starting each year because it shows me that they actually have a love of learning but over the years I have noticed that after a few weeks of school the excitement begins to fizzle. Throughout the years I have come up with ways to keep your kids motivated after the back to school excitement ends. With anything new, it's normal for the excitement to eventually slowly fade. I completely understand when this happens in our household. School is … [Read more...]

DIY Wizard of Oz Tin Man Costume for Girls

This post contains affiliate links. Please see full disclosure here. Last year my daughter convinced me to make her a Queen of Hearts Halloween costume, which you can see here. It was so much fun to make and it came out so amazing that I decided to create another DIY Halloween costume this year. Since one of my daughter's decided to be Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, I thought it would be fun to create a Wizard of Oz Tin Man Costume for Girls. DIY Wizard of Oz Tin Man Costume for Girls For this Tin Man costume, you will only need a few simple supplies: Funnel- I found one in our garage, but you can also purchase one here. Silver or Gray Leotard- I looked around on other websites and finally found a cute shiny silver leotard on … [Read more...]

5 Things Moms Going Back to Work Need to Know

This post contains affiliate links. Please see full disclosure here. I was a stay at home mom for 10 years. When I became a stay at home mom (SAHM), I didn't plan on staying home for as long as I did, but I unexpectedly kept having kids and I built a few small businesses. Even though my small businesses were doing well, now that my kids were in school, I knew that it was time for me to seek work outside of the house. Read 'What No One Tells You About Reentering the Work Force' When I was finally blessed with a job, I immediately had moments of panic. My family relied on me for so many things. My kids grew up with me available to them for every bump and owie and knew that there would be after school snacks ready for them when they got … [Read more...]

12 Things I Love About Disney

This post contains affiliate links. Please see full disclosure here. I start out every Disney post with how much I love Disney because I do! My family has been visiting Walt Disney World for over 16 years and we are always excited like it was our first time. Even though I recently wrote 12 Things I Hate About Disney and Why I May Never Go Back to Disney, I am still in love with it. Since I shared my list of what I hate about Disney, I thought that it would only be fair if I shared 12 Things I Love About Disney. When my family plans a Disney vacation, it is all we talk about until the actual date arrives. 12 Things I Love About Disney  Amazing Food- One of the best parts of planning our trip to Disney is planning which … [Read more...]

10 My Little Pony Toys Kids Will Love

This post contains affiliate links. Please see full disclosure here. When I heard that there was a new My Little Pony movie that was coming out, I am not sure who was more excited, my daughter or I. My LIttle Pony has been in our house for as long as I can remember. My oldest saved all of her pony toys and was nice enough to pass them down to each of her younger siblings. My Little Pony toys are classic and only get better. With the new release of the My Little Pony movie, I thought it would be helpful and fun to list 10 My Little Pony Toys Kids Will Love. As a mom, I love My Little Pony toys because they allow my girls to use their imagination when playing. In addition, the ponies are perfect for little hands, durable, and the … [Read more...]

5 Things Not To Do When On a Cruise

This post contains affiliate links. See full disclosure here. My family and I recently went on our first cruise. You can read about it here. We had the best time and could not wait to go on our next cruise, so before we left the boat we scheduled our next one. We could not be more excited. As a family, before we board our next cruise on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas, we decided to look back on our first cruise and come up with 5 Things Not to Do When on a Cruise. There is so much to do on a cruise. The words "I'm bored" and "There is nothing to do" never came out of anyone's mouth. While we did a lot on the cruise, soon after the cruise was over we realized that because of certain decisions that we made, we missed out on a … [Read more...]