How your kids can EARN screen time

Last month I shared a new website my kids and I love called Animal Jam. Not only does it have an awesome online “playground,” but they offer a LOT of amazing free resources… printables with coloring pages and connect-the-dots, science experiments, crafts, educational sheets on animals, and more. Endless hours of fun (and learning)!

Last month we painted rocks from our yard to look like ladybugs, while we chatted about them and other insects. This month has been very busy

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Our upstairs playroom & the everywhere playMAT

What room in our home isn’t a playroom… right?! We’ve done our best since moving in here just over a year ago to separate the kids’ space from our space, but it doesn’t always work. Toys have a way of migrating. Everywhere.

We have an extra bedroom upstairs and when we moved in, that’s what we used it for… a full-sized bed, an empty closet, and… a room that never got used.

We decided to make it a playroom: somewhere for the kids to hang out on the 2nd story AND a way to

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Breastfeeding Awareness Month: there’s an app for that

Most of you already know I’m a huge breastfeeding advocate, having nursed our son until he was almost 4 and our daughter until almost 2. I believe that breastfeeding success is largely about SUPPORT so when I discovered an IBCLC that created a helpful breastfeeding app, I had to check it out.

I mean, what else are we doing when we’re up nursing 5 times in the middle of the night? I guess I don’t know about you, but I was on my phone! We’re always on our phones! So

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Did you know? Johnson’s Baby reformulated

I’m pretty sure JOHNSON’S Baby is a household name and has been seen on most baby registries and in many baby nurseries at home. So I’m also sure most of you are also aware of the recent demand by consumers to make their products safer by changing up their ingredients.

Did you know they have reformulated?

It’s a very sweet video about a Japanese legend, which says folding 1,000 origami cranes will result in a wish granted and a promise fulfilled. I promise to… always be present with my kids!

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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” as we explore everything around us, play outside, and take

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Bumbleride’s NEW Indie 4 stroller: ready. explore. uniquely you.

Last fall I tried out the wonderful Bumbleride Indie stroller and still LOVE it! It moves like a dream. If you remember, I had that video of my then 3-year-old pushing his little sister in it because it IS so easy and he even commented about how “fast” it goes.

So when I heard Bumbleride was introducing a NEW version of the Indie stroller… one with FOUR wheels (instead of three), I had to try it! I first encountered it at the ABC Kids Expo last fall. I

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Summer Sleepovers: fun ideas for the kids!

Is anyone else constantly singing, “schooooooool’s out for SUMMER, schoooooool’s out for.EVER!” We are now a month into my 4-year-old’s summer vacation and it already feels like forever, haha. Summer is wonderful for a million reasons and I can’t wait to spend it outside and being active with my kids, but summer also comes with its own challenges, like keeping the kids entertained!

With friends and cousins, sleepovers are definitely a thing of the summer! We like to host at our house… our backyard is great for kids and we have an extra bedroom,

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