Author: April

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Summer Activities That Help Your Child Grow

Who doesn’t love summer? If you come across someone who doesn’t… They are probably not to be trusted. After all, so many wonderful things come with it! There is a challenge, though: How do you keep all of your kids – with their different ages and interests – busy and engaged while ensuring that you don’t go crazy trying to please everyone? This infographic from TakeLessons.com gives some great ideas on activities that are fun, but will help your child grow and learn. And who knows, you might even get a little extra relaxation time!   Special thanks to Natalie from...

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Iced or Cold? The Best Way to Serve Summer Coffee

Is your mood governed by your daily caffeine fix? Do you shun your little one’s outbursts until you’ve consumed your morning quota? Sometimes it feels as though caffeine is the only thing that keeps us sleep-deprived, emotionally-wrought moms going! And what do we do in the summer when the weather is simply too hot to sip a steamy coffee? Reach for cooling versions of our favorite beverage, of course… Iced coffee is the traditional preference if you’re craving cold caffeine. By brewing coffee over ice, this instant beverage offers the familiar strong zing of coffee. However, over the last two years,...

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*GIVEAWAY* and Partnership with Little Adventures Dress-Up

I have teamed up with my friends at Little Adventures once again to host a giveaway. We will be gifting one lucky winner a $30 in-store credit towards any purchase of your choice. Choosing something you love won’t be a problem, but narrowing it down to just ONE thing to purchase will be! Check out some of their too-cute-for-words ensembles on Instagram and fall in love for yourself. **Please note that this giveaway has ended and a randomly selected winner has been notified!* Little Adventures has quickly become our go-to for all things dress-up and imagination. My children LOVE how realistic...

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Review:: Cloud Hopper {Math} Board Game

What It Is:: The Cloud Hopper game is an engaging game of {cute} aliens and numbers. It is designed for 2-4 players and is perfect for kids that are practicing their subtraction skills. Players (or as is the case in this game — Aliens) must help their team find the Cyta flower while jumping through the clouds and lightening storms. How do they move you ask? By subtracting numbers on a die, of course! For more information, please check out this great MATH BOARD GAME. In The Box:: The box includes: One cute game board, one 10-sided die, eight alien game pieces...

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5 Truths About a Remodel

The shiny luster of new appliances and sparkly granite tops is enough to blind a family into believing that a remodel won’t be all that bad. Much like labor and delivery, however, the process that you go through in hopes of achieving a wrapped-up-bundle-of-goodness is, in fact, all that bad. Disclaimer: I could easily insert #firstworldproblem between every single word of this post, so take it for what it is… A stressed out mama who is using her blog to vent. Read on if you dare.  1. “Messy” Is An Understatement Sure, there will be dust. And obviously, there will be debris. But messy isn’t...

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6 Products You Can’t Live Without During a Kitchen Remodel

My family is currently undergoing a major kitchen remodel. While we contracted the project out, we also took on a portion of the duties ourselves to save cost and stay on budget. This means that we are displaced, eating like we are living in a college dorm, and running on nothing but caffeine and overwhelmed anxiety. Oh, did I mention we have three young kids? We’ve done as much as we can to promote the family sleepover aspect as we snuggle together for 8 weeks in our basement. It’s largely been doable and, dare I say, parts of it have been fun??, in...

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5 Products That Have Me SCREAMING For Summer

How do I love summer? Let me count thy ways… Sunny skies that bask us in light long after kids should be asleep. Ice cream trucks and pool parties. Beach days and popsicles. Exploring new parks and long afternoon bike rides. Zoo visits and vacations and play dates with friends. Lounging in the hammock. A good book under a big shade tree. Sweaty bodies and iced drinks. Cold showers. Lemonade stands. Minimal scheduling. Relaxation. Family Swimming Pool The best investment we have possibly ever made as a family came from a Walmart Roll-Back Clearance Special. Stay with me, here. It started with...

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Review:: BCP 43-Piece Assembly Toy Robot & Car

Stereotypical gender specific toys have no place in this house. And my girls are about to prove why! My little ladies are loving using “real tools like daddies” to build their creations, and can’t get enough of their imaginative end results. This awesome 43-piece set from Best Choice Products is suggested for ages 3+, but I can tell you that all three of my littles (ages 2, 5, 7) had a blast with it. There are no directions to follow, so kids get to decide for themselves how to build and put the pieces together. In a world of structured play,...

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Review:: BCP Kids 6V Electric Ride On Motorcycle Dirt Bike

Spring is in the air. The Minnesota winter is thawing, and we’re all anxious to be outside. It is officially time to bring down the bikes, open up the sandbox, and set up the pool. Okay, okay, I may be getting a little ahead of myself on the pool idea. Either way, the warm air has been inviting us outside and we’re taking advantage of sunny skies and spring jacket weather. One of our favorite new toys is an electric ride on motorcycle dirt bike with training wheels from Best Choice Products. Our family found this to be the perfect...

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