15 Back-to-School Bento Boxes

Back-to-school time already?! I’m about to go back to playing Taxi Mom, running my two kids to two different schools for half-days, and packing lunches like a crazy lady. Bento boxes are definitely the way to go…

 Ideas for back-to-school bento boxes


Check out Back-to-School Bento Boxes

by Emily Dickey at Foodie.com

…for two reasons. 1) My son is one of those toddlers that cannot stand to have his food touching. Everything must be separated! Bento boxes, FTW! 2) I’ve got two kids in that “I’m going to be picky and not eat anything” stage. Themed bento boxes make lunch more fun and I think they eat the dinosaurs and “choo-choo” trains before they even knew what hit ‘em.

back to school bento boxes

Check out the full Back-to-School Bento Boxes collection and find more great ideas on foodie.com!

~Written in partnership with foodie.com. Any opinions are my own!

DIY ladybug rocks & educational fun with insects!

With two toddlers we’re always busy! I mean… THEY’RE busy and I have to try to keep up ;) The best days are the ones filled with activities we can do together, where I can watch my little ones learn about the world. I’m always looking for new things to do with them!

Educational Fun: learning about insects and making ladybug rocks!

Ladybug RocksDownload from Animal Jam

We have landscaping full of rocks so we’re always using them for our crafting! Like our “You Rock!” painted paperweights for Father’s Day ;) Animal Jam is a go-to website for me when I’m looking for new ideas and this Ladybug Rock craft was perfect for a summer day with the kids!

First, we went outside and tried to find ladybugs or other insects. We talked about their names, what they looked like, how many legs they had, if they had wings, and where they lived. Then each child picked out their perfect rock for painting!

DIY ladybug rocks

I showed them the printout from Animal Jam and we talked about what a ladybug looks like, but then I just let them go at it. Ryan is 4 and Rebecca is 2 so they each picked out a couple of colors and had fun! I painted one, too, of course! My rock looked like a heart so Ryan called it a lovebug instead of a ladybug :)

ladybug rocks

Animal Jam is an “online playground” for kids and we first discovered it because Ryan liked to play their games! He created his own character (Pioneer Zanypirate the Monkey, haha) and had fun exploring the virtual playground. Animal Jam partnered with National Geographic to infuse fun with the life sciences. You can collect facts in your Journey Book, learn about animal conservation, and ask real scientists your burning questions!

Then I discovered an entire educational resource at the Animal Jam Academy… for free! It is FULL of free downloads and printables from crafts and activities to mazes, connect-the-dots, and coloring pages.

free coloring printables

I discovered our Ladybug Rocks activity there and this coloring page that I printed for Rebecca in case she wasn’t into the painting (but of course she was)! There is SO MUCH to find and do on there, I will be bringing you fun activity ideas each month from Animal Jam!

Animal Jam online playground

Can’t wait for my ideas?! Check out Animal Jam for their online game playground, the Animal Jam Academy for more fun, and the Animal Jam Pinterest page for lots of ideas! And watch here for another fun and educational idea next month!

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Written in partnership with Animal Jam! Any opinions are my own.

What insects would your kids want to paint on their Bug Rocks?!

Back To School Styles with Carter’s

~Written in a partnership with The Motherhood and Carter’s. Any opinions are my own.

Are you ready for back-to-school season?! Part of me is dreading it because it means the end of summer and my kids back at school. But part of me loves it because it means… my kids back at school It also means fall weather, new clothes, getting cozy, pumpkin patches, and hot chocolate! To celebrate, let’s check out what’s NEW for back to school styles!

Carter’s has always been

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Summer on the water: Discover Boating

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Discover Boating. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Last month I wrote about my ambassadorship with Discover Boating and all the fun ways our family loves to spend time on the water. Have you had a chance to explore the water this summer?

A couple of weeks ago I had an afternoon sail on a yacht with some of my

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Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are a classic and you can never go wrong with making them for a dessert or event! But sometimes we spice them up a bit… maybe you add peanut butter chips? Or butterscotch? How about some peanuts or raisins? Try this recipe for chocolate covered sunflower seed chocolate chip cookies! That’s a mouthful

Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate covered sunflower seeds?! They really aren’t that hard to find Check them out on Read More…

Favorite Summer Firsts (with Puracyn)

This is a partnered conversation with Puracyn®. Any opinions are my own.

I have two kids and I remember when they both hit their first birthday I thought about how sad it was that all their “firsts” were over! Firsts of every single holiday, first tooth, first step, first word… every one celebrated! But I was definitely wrong. They are now 4 and 2 years old and we are still celebrating all kinds of “firsts!”

Summer is a wonderful time for new “firsts”

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Children’s Books: friendship tales from the farm

When people ask me for gift ideas I always say you can never go wrong with books! Our kids love story time and I think most kids do—whether they are listening to you read, exploring colorful illustrations on their own, or learning to read themselves. We recently received a wonderful new series about “friendship tales from the farm” and Burton the Scarecrow.

Ryan (our 4yo) likes to listen to any and all stories and he likes to pick up the

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