Start School Like a Champion

July 26th, 2016 Tags: reading school
Make Your Morning School Routine Easier with this Free PrintableThis shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company, Kellogg Company, J.M. Smucker Company, and The HERSHEY’S Company. All opinions are mine alone. #StartSchoolLikeAChampion #CollectiveBias Are you ready to tackle the back-to-school routine? Some days I feel like we are ready, while other days I feel like we are woefully under prepared. Our biggest issue in our family is our routine. While we never had to adhere to a preschool or daycare routine, we did participate in a few activities during the fall/winter/spring months that kept us on a somewhat of a schedule.[more ...]

Being Present in Life’s Big Moments

July 25th, 2016 Tags:
Get Kids Excited for the First Day of SchoolThis shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ShareYourMiracles #CollectiveBias
I often struggle as a parent. I know, surprising, right? I’m not perfect! In these struggles, however, I feel like I am being refined. Sure, I don’t always “get” the lesson in the struggles (hence why I continue to have them), but I when I finally do have that “Ah ha!” parenting moment, I want to shout it from the rooftops. With only 3 weeks left until school starts, my “ah ha” moment couldn’t have come at a better time.[more ...]

Tips for Meeting Characters on a Disney Cruise

July 19th, 2016 Tags: cruise family travel
Meeting Princess Anna and Queen ElsaMy family cruised on the Disney Magic for the first time this year, and it was quite an adventure. From the moment we stepped foot inside the terminal in Port Canaveral, Florida, I knew we were in for a special vacation.Among the many reasons we chose to cruise on this particular itinerary and ship was the fact that Caroline would get to meet one of her heroes, Captain America. Even the 5 year olds understand that Marvel and Disney go hand in hand now (as does the Star Wars franchise), but they don’t quite understand why we can’t meet anyone in the parks yet (legal blah, blah if you ask me), so a cruise with at least one Marvel character was our best bet for fulfilling her dream at the moment.[more ...]

Am I a Bad Mom?

July 13th, 2016 Tags:
Do you fear the mommy brigade? The judgement that come from every single decision you make as a mom? I discuss my fears about being a bad mom for enjoying time away from kids.Last weekend, I attended an amazing conference for bloggers sponsored by Collective Bias, a network that helps influencers just like little ol’ me work with big name brands on fun campaigns. I went to the conference in Atlanta last year, and it was such a good experience I couldn’t wait to go again. You may remember that I entered a contest a little while back, which I won (thank you Collective Bias!), and thus, my trip to Chicago was born. I thoroughly loved every second of my trip.[more ...]

Tech Review: Sony 5000 mAh

July 5th, 2016 Tags: tech travel
I was recently given the opportunity to test and review the Sony 5000 mAh Wireless Portable Charger on behalf of Verizon Wireless. Wireless charging is the future of charging technology, and I was happy to oblige them in their request. With all of the travel our family does during the summer, it is impossible for my devices to stay fully charged at all times. If you find yourself looking for an outlet everywhere you go, you might consider giving a portable charger a try on your next vacation.
My initial thoughts upon receiving my test device were a mix of excitement and confusion.[more ...]
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