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Easter Looks for Less

Easter is about a month away and that means it's time to start planning Easter baskets, activities and outfits! Luckily, Gymboree has you covered when it comes to kids' outfits. March 17-19 Gymboree even has 50% off sitewide, so now is the perfect time to get those Easter looks for less! Head over to the blog to check out the looks I pieced together for my kids and let me know which ones you think I should get! #Gymboree #Easter #EasterOutfit #EasterDress

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Easter is just about a month away, so it’s time to start thinking activities and outfits. When I was a child, my mom made all of my Easter dresses. I’m talking my mom went all out, from tulle underneath the dress, to the apron that was worn over the top of the dress.

I kind of wish I had the time and skill to do the same for my own daughter. Well, in all honesty, I could make the time to do it and while I’m certainly no professional seamstress, I do have a little skill.

But since I’m being honest here, on the other hand, there are so many cute and affordable options in stores these day, too. The time it would take to make one and the cost of the materials just isn’t much worth it.

Stores like Gymboree or Janie and Jack have some of the most adorable clothing options for kids, including Easter outfits. In fact, Gymboree has 50% off sitewide today (3/17) through Sunday (3/19). It’s the perfect time to get my kids their Easter outfits!

I’ve been browsing the website and pieced together two options for both my son and daughter. Take a look and tell me which one’s you think I should get!


Son Option 1

Easter is about a month away and that means it's time to start planning Easter baskets, activities and outfits! Luckily, Gymboree has you covered when it comes to kids' outfits. March 17-19 Gymboree even has 50% off sitewide, so now is the perfect time to get those Easter looks for less! Head over to the blog to check out the looks I pieced together for my kids and let me know which ones you think I should get! #Gymboree #Easter #EasterOutfit #EasterDress

Shop the look: Linen Vest – $18.48 | Plaid Shirt – $14.98 | Linen Pants – $16.48 | Dressy Tie – $6.48 | Wingtip Shoes – $18.48


Son Option 2

Easter is about a month away and that means it's time to start planning Easter baskets, activities and outfits! Luckily, Gymboree has you covered when it comes to kids' outfits. March 17-19 Gymboree even has 50% off sitewide, so now is the perfect time to get those Easter looks for less! Head over to the blog to check out the looks I pieced together for my kids and let me know which ones you think I should get! #Gymboree #Easter #EasterOutfit #EasterDress

Shop the look: Linen Shirt – $14.98 | Belted Twill Shorts – $14.98 | Bow Tie – $6.48 | Chambray Suspenders – $9.98 | Seersucker Cap – $9.98


Daughter Option 1

Easter is about a month away and that means it's time to start planning Easter baskets, activities and outfits! Luckily, Gymboree has you covered when it comes to kids' outfits. March 17-19 Gymboree even has 50% off sitewide, so now is the perfect time to get those Easter looks for less! Head over to the blog to check out the looks I pieced together for my kids and let me know which ones you think I should get! #Gymboree #Easter #EasterOutfit #EasterDress

Shop the look: Floral Eyelet Dress – $27.48 | Cropped Cardigan – $16.48 | Flower Sandals – $16.48 | Floral Eyelet Headband – $6.48


Daughter Option 2

Easter is about a month away and that means it's time to start planning Easter baskets, activities and outfits! Luckily, Gymboree has you covered when it comes to kids' outfits. March 17-19 Gymboree even has 50% off sitewide, so now is the perfect time to get those Easter looks for less! Head over to the blog to check out the looks I pieced together for my kids and let me know which ones you think I should get! #Gymboree #Easter #EasterOutfit #EasterDress

Shop the look: Rosette Headband – $4.48 | 1-Shoulder Floral Dress – $27.48 | Cropped Cardigan – $16.48 | Scalloped Sandals – $18.48 | Eyelet Purse – $12.48


Which outfits do you like the best?

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Ecocentric Mom Mystery Bonus Box

I love monthly subscription boxes and Ecocentric Mom happens to be one of my favs! This time around, though, I'm showing you an extra bonus box, the Mom & Baby Mystery Bonus Box. You won't believe all of the full-size products included! #EcocentricMom #allnatural #parenting #healthybaby #healthyfamily #MysteryBonusBox #subscriptionbox

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I’m sure you already know how much I love monthly subscription boxes. From storybooks and activities for my kids, to men’s clothing for my boyfriend, to beauty products for myself and even general home products for the whole family, there is no shortage of subscription boxes delivered to our house every month.

One of my favorite subscription boxes is Ecocentric Mom, which offers all-natural products that promote healthy living for mom and baby, and even during pregnancy. I’ve actually shared with you a Mom & Baby Box and a Mom Box from Ecocentric Mom in the past. But today I want to share an extra special box from Ecocentric Mom, the Mystery Bonus Box.

There are two Mystery Bonus Box types available – Mom/Woman or Mom & Baby. In the video below, I’m unboxing one of the Mom & Baby Mystery Bonus Boxes. Take a look!

What’s in my Mom & Baby Mystery Bonus Box?

  • Silimap Folding Silicone Map (for baby)
  • Oilogic Stuffy Nose & Cough Essential Oil Roll-On (for baby)
  • Kala Coconut Oil (for mom & baby)
  • Hevea Natural Rubber Pacifier (for baby)
  • Soft Chick Rattle (for baby)
  • EcoLips PoGo Organic Lip Balm (for mom)
  • Manna Kadar Gloss Stain (for mom)
  • Hyperbiotics Pro-Moms (for mom)
  • Patel’s Milk Water Tea (for mom)
  • Weleda Baby Derma Diaper Rash Cream (for baby)
  • Shea Moisture Lotion and Baby Wash/Shampoo Samples (for baby)
  • Fizz Wizz Cleaning Tablets Sample (for baby)
  • Fizz Wizz Pacifier/Nipple/Bottle Wipes (for baby)
  • Dapple Dish Detergent Sample (for mom)
  • Zabana Essentials Balancing & Calming Face + Body Tonic (for mom)
  • Wrap-N-Mat Snack Pouch (for baby)

I love monthly subscription boxes and Ecocentric Mom happens to be one of my favs! This time around, though, I'm showing you an extra bonus box, the Mom & Baby Mystery Bonus Box. You won't believe all of the full-size products included! #EcocentricMom #allnatural #parenting #healthybaby #healthyfamily #MysteryBonusBox #subscriptionbox

Oh my goodness! Just look at ALL of these amazing products! Again, everything is all-natural, organic and promotes a healthy home and body. Some of these products I’m familiar with because I received them in previous Ecocentric Mom boxes, but the majority of these products and brands are new to me. That’s one of the things I love about boxes like this. I get to try new products and brands that I otherwise probably wouldn’t even know about!

And don’t let me forget to mention that all but three or four products in this box are full-sized! Just so you know, I took the time to research every one of these products just to see what everything would retail for and you’re not going to believe this – $169 (minus the samples)! Holy moly!

Guess how much the Mystery Bonus Box is! Just $44.99! Living an all-natural lifestyle can be expensive. I’m not here to tell you that my family lives a completely all-natural and organic lifestyle because that’s far from the truth, but when I come across good deals like this and know the products are better for me and my family, it would be insane not to take advantage!

Get your Ecocentric Mom Mystery Bonus Box here!

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Tackle Picky Eating with a Mealtime Treasure Hunt #GotrovoFun

Have a picky eater at home? Me too! The Mealtime Treasure Hunt by Gotrovo has been helping my picky eater try new foods and I couldn't be happier! Head over to the blog to check it out! #Gotrovo #MealtimeTreasureHunt #pickyeater #GotrovoFun

~Thank you to Gotrovo for providing a Mealtime Treasure Hunt for review. This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase.~

I used to sarcastically brag that my 5 year old son had quite the food palette, with a diet that consisted mostly of chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, and hot dogs. So sophisticated, right? But now I can do some real bragging and I owe all my thanks to Gotrovo.

I’ve tried a few different tactics to get my son eating new and different foods. I’ve tried hidden veggie recipes, letting him help prepare his meals, cute food creations and even the eat it or do without method (most of the time he’d choose to go hungry, which broke my heart). After all of these fails, I knew I needed a different tactic and that’s what Gotrovo’s Mealtime Treasure Hunt offers.

Concept & Setup

The whole concept behind the Mealtime Treasure Hunt is that kids get rewarded in a fun way (getting to the treasure) for trying new foods. The set, which includes a washable double-sided treasure map, a plate, bowl, cup, fork and shovel (spoon), navigation coin and reward cards, all have a treasure theme.

The map features things like treasure chests, pirate ships, castles, fairies, mermaids and waterfalls. My son absolutely loves everything pirates and treasure, so I knew for sure this was exactly what he needed.

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To get started with the Mealtime Treasure Hunt, you simply set up the place setting. Put the map down (either side), choose the treasure and place the appropriate reward card on top of the treasure chest in the middle of the map. Then set the plate of food on top of that and add the fork and shovel, which is just too cute by the way. It’s a spoon, but looks like a shovel for digging up the treasure. And don’t forget the cup or drink to wash the dirt off any treasures found.

Treasure Hunt Rules

One of the things about the Mealtime Treasure Hunt that I really like, is that you’re in control of the foods offered. You get to choose the rules of the hunt, too.

For my son, I decided that each bite he took would get him one step closer to the treasure. So after every bite he moves the coin to the next spot on the map until he gets all the way around and to the treasure. Ten bites of food and he’s treasure bound!

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As a kid who has a limited taste for food, I feel like this is suitable for him, but you can change the rules depending on what you’re trying to get out of your child. I just wanted the boy to take a bite of something he wouldn’t normally eat. Once he starts eating more foods on a regular basis without using the Mealtime Treasure Hunt, I’ll change the rules to continue challenging him.

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You’re also in control of the treasure. Just think of anything you know your child would enjoy and pick one as the treasure for that particular meal. And any meal at that – breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s great for all meals and even dinner’s out. Just take the map and navigation coin along with you.

As for the treasure, there’s even a reward card that lets your child choose his own treasure once he reaches it. But again, it’s all up to you how you set it up and let it play out.

Treasure Ideas:

  • Child’s favorite candy
  • FaceTime with grandparent(s)
  • Hour at the park
  • New toy
  • Money
  • Weekend at grandma’s (this is a win-win for parent and child, haha)
  • Favorite food for lunch tomorrow
  • Stickers
  • New crayons
  • Trip to the library
  • Outing to a matinee movie
  • Skip a chore

In my opinion, the more involved the treasure, the more involved getting to the treasure should be. For example, if the treasure is an outing to a matinee movie, I would make the treasure hunt a little more challenging, meaning the meal is a little more challenging for your child. I might require my son to take more bites of veggies to get to the treasure.

Does it work?

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So how did my son do? Let’s just say he’s a challenge himself. The first night was a complete failure. He didn’t even take one bite! But I think I know why. I was so excited to give the Mealtime Treasure Hunt a go, that I went into it a little too strong. I gave him a plate with all foods that he wouldn’t normally eat and I think that was a mistake on my part.

I offered meatloaf, roasted potatoes and cabbage. I knew for sure he wouldn’t eat the cabbage, but I still wanted it on his plate for exposure. I thought for sure he’d at least take a bite of the potatoes because I even put ketchup on them. He eats ketchup on everything! But no. Not. One. Single. Bite.

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I realized that I needed to ease him into it and couldn’t expect him to dive right in, even though that would have been great. So the next time we tried the Mealtime Treasure Hunt (must have been wild hair day too, haha) I made it a little easier for him. I gave him chicken, which I knew he’d eat, but only gave him enough bites of it to get him eight steps closer to the treasure.

This left him with two more bites to X marks the spot. And to my surprise he took a bite of rice and then ate a piece of carrot. I almost cried! He never eats rice or carrots, and he ate both bites like it was nothing.

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He reached the treasure and claimed his prize of M&M’s (his favorite candy). He was so excited that he got the treasure. I think giving him that initial push of being so close to the treasure helped a lot and knowing it would only take two more bites to reach his destination, it was a breeze for him and a victory for me.

Since then we’ve had some failures, but we’ve also had some victories. In my book, no victory is too small. Just the other day, he took a few bites out of a burrito, which is another food he would have never even looked twice at. I let him help me put it together and it was nothing but a little rice, ground beef and shredded cheese, but this was huge for him!

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That particular night I let him take the shortcut to the treasure, which is another cool feature of the Mealtime Treasure Hunt. If your child is struggling, is eating a smaller meal, or as in this case, eating multiple bites of the same thing, the map offers a shortcut that only takes seven bites to get to the treasure.

Now my son asks about his treasure map when it’s time to eat. He knows all of the great treasures that could be in store for him and it makes mealtime fun. When I tell him that he gets to use his treasure map, he always says “Okay, I’m going to eat chicken and rice and carrots.” As I mentioned above, that was the first meal he ate and successfully found the treasure. I just melt when he says he wants to eat rice and carrots. Hopefully soon he’ll start eating them without needing a reward for doing so.

Do you have a picky eater who would benefit from the Mealtime Treasure Hunt?

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Exploring Outer Space with The Cat in the Hat {Giveaway}

Ready to explore outer space with The Cat in the Hat? Take a look at our outer space week activities and enter to win a Cat in the Hat outer space bundle (DVD and book)! #DrSeuss #TheCatintheHat #NCircleEntertainment #outerspace

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As you probably already know, last week was Dr. Seuss week and the Read Across America event took place on March 2nd, in light of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Not only did we have fun with Dr. Seuss activities last week and participate in Read Across America, but we also spent the week exploring outer space.

Each day my son did a different activity, all of which were space related. And everything he did led up to a special Friday movie. It’s just like when I was in school and the big box TV was rolled into the classroom. I knew right then my school day was taking a turn for the better. It was the same thing here. With a little help from NCircle Entertainment, he took an adventure through outer space with The Cat in the Hat! The Cat in the Hat knows a lot about all kinds of things, even outer space.

Monday

You can’t really learn about outer space without visiting, and you can’t really visit without becoming an astronaut, so that’s how my son started the week. On Monday he created his very own astronaut and started learning about the different things he might see way out of this world.

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I found a large array of outer space printables just from searching on Pinterest, so that’s where all of the outer space activities and ideas for the week came from. His astronaut printable was a color by letter activity and the other coloring printable was a color by sight word. Both of these were perfect for his age!

Tuesday

Now that my son was an official astronaut, he had to figure out how to actually get to outer space. His solution was to build his own rocket ship. On Tuesday, we took to his painting easel so he could create one!

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We actually started by painting his foot blue and orange, and then he stepped on his easel paper. The blue part would be the body of his rocket and the orange part, the fire coming out the engines. It was a nice starting point to get his creative juices flowing. After that, I let him do his own thing.

I did tell him his rocket needed some triangular wings (thinking of those at the base of the rocket) and he took it literally, giving his rocket green wings. They look like bird wings to me, but that’s the beauty of a child’s creativity. Besides, it’s his rocket ship and he can do whatever he wants to it.

Wednesday

Wednesday he did a little more research as to what he should expect to see when he gets to outer space. You know, just so he’s prepared once he gets there. With a couple of connect the dots activities, he realized there was a lot to see and explore – stars, planets, passing rocket ships and more!

Thursday

Now we’re getting somewhere. My son is an official astronaut, has is own rocket ship and is ready for exploration. Outer space here he comes! 5-4-3-2-1, BLAST OFF!

Thursday he started with four maze activities – exploring through his rocket ship, the moon, a star and finally, Saturn.

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Ready to explore outer space with The Cat in the Hat? Take a look at our outer space week activities and enter to win a Cat in the Hat outer space bundle (DVD and book)! #DrSeuss #TheCatintheHat #NCircleEntertainment #outerspace

After he finished those, we participated in the Read Across America event by reading his new Cat in the Hat book, There’s No Place Like Space! It couldn’t be more perfect for celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday and keeping with our outer space theme for the week.

Friday

Friday arrived and it was finally time to debut his new DVD, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Space. Following a robotic dog that came to earth, the Cat in the Hat took him on an out of this world adventure in the Space-ama-racer.

They meet Astronaut Audrey at her space station, at which time she introduces them to Space Rover (the robotic dog) who is helping her explore outer space. Before they know it, Space Rover gets tangled in some space junk while exploring and it’s up to Cat, Nick and Sally to save him. This is just the start of the adventure, as they follow Space Rover from planet to planet, through asteroids and so much more!

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After watching the movie, I helped him cut out all of the activities he’d been working on during the week and using push-pin magnets, we placed them all on our dishwasher.

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This allowed him to move the pieces around how he wanted and maneuver his astronaut through outer space. Along with the movie, it was a simple, but fun way to end his week exploring and learning about outer space. 

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Salad Is on Our Springtime Menu

I never realized how much excess water my salads had until I tried the Quick Dry Salad Spinner from Cave Tools. After just one use, it's clear why I'll never make another salad without a few spins in the salad spinner. Head over to the blog to see exactly what I mean. #CaveTools #QuickDrySaladSpinner

~Thank you to Cave Tools for providing me with the Quick Dry Salad Spinner for review. This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase.~

The weather is getting warmer and spring gardens are starting to pop up everywhere. What this means for my family is springtime salads! I love chopping up fresh lettuce and veggies, and putting together the perfect salad. From tomatoes, to cucumbers, onions, carrots, hard boiled eggs, bacon pieces, shredded cheese and avocado, a leafy salad is one of my favorites!

Unfortunately, I’ve had my fair share of salads that didn’t quite taste right, but when I experience that off beat taste I know exactly what the problem is. The lettuce wasn’t rinsed before the salad was put together. Personally, I like to chop up a fresh head of lettuce for my salads, but did you know that even if you purchase pre-chopped lettuce or salad mixes that you should still rinse it? You really should!

I never realized how much excess water my salads had until I tried the Quick Dry Salad Spinner from Cave Tools. After just one use, it's clear why I'll never make another salad without a few spins in the salad spinner. Head over to the blog to see exactly what I mean. #CaveTools #QuickDrySaladSpinner

This brings me to the newest addition to our arsenal of kitchen products, the Quick Dry Salad Spinner from Cave Tools. Until now, I have always rinsed lettuce either before chopping it up or by simply placing it in a colander after it’s chopped and rinsing in the sink, while the water drains through the colander holes.

The problem with this is that many times the salad ends up a bit watery and it’s simply because a lot of the water gets trapped between the lettuce pieces. The Quick Dry Salad Spinner helps to eliminate that watery effect in the simplest way. In fact, it’s so simple that lettuce rinsing has become one of my 5 year old son’s kitchen duties.

I never realized how much excess water my salads had until I tried the Quick Dry Salad Spinner from Cave Tools. After just one use, it's clear why I'll never make another salad without a few spins in the salad spinner. Head over to the blog to see exactly what I mean. #CaveTools #QuickDrySaladSpinner

Notable Features:

  • Works on fruits, veggies, berries, peppers, pasta, leafy greens and more.
  • Vented lid for easy rinsing.
  • Holds more than 3 quarts of veggies.
  • Dishwasher safe.
  • Lifetime satisfaction guarantee.

While the salad spinner allows you to spin and rinse the lettuce directly from the bowl and pour the excess water out the vented lid, I wanted to show you just how much of a difference the salad spinner makes versus my usual way of rinsing in a colander.

So I had my son use the spinner’s colander to rinse the salad in the sink as I usually would and then give it a few good shakes to get rid of any excess water. At this point I would normally start putting my salad together. Instead we put the Quick Dry Salad Spinner to work.

I never realized how much excess water my salads had until I tried the Quick Dry Salad Spinner from Cave Tools. After just one use, it's clear why I'll never make another salad without a few spins in the salad spinner. Head over to the blog to see exactly what I mean. #CaveTools #QuickDrySaladSpinner


After a few goods spins, this is the amount of excess water the Quick Dry Salad Spinner was able to extract. This would have normally ended up in my salad! And that’s not even all of it. My son gave the lettuce a second go round in the salad spinner and extracted even more excess water.

I never realized how much excess water my salads had until I tried the Quick Dry Salad Spinner from Cave Tools. After just one use, it's clear why I'll never make another salad without a few spins in the salad spinner. Head over to the blog to see exactly what I mean. #CaveTools #QuickDrySaladSpinner

I think it’s pretty clear that we will never make another salad without putting the lettuce through a few spins in our Quick Dry Salad Spinner. Want to do the same with your springtime salads?

Save on a Quick Dry Salad Spinner!

The Quick Dry Salad Spinner is available for purchase directly from Cave Tools and also at Amazon. When purchasing from Cave Tools, use promo code SALAD15 and you’ll save 15% off the regular price of $14.99. This makes the salad spinner just $12.75! 

Or if you’re like me and have some Amazon credits saved up (or you’re just so excited to get it and want to use your free 2-day Prime shipping), head over to Amazon and get one for $19.99.

Oh, and did I mention you can serve the salad right from the salad spinner’s serving bowl? It’s a pretty cool all-in-one kitchen tool!

What is your favorite springtime salad?

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*Thank you to Cave Tools for providing me with the Quick Dry Salad Spinner and helping me keep my salads clean and tasty. This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Read Across America + Free Printable Dr. Seuss Activities

March 2nd we'll be taking part in Read Across America and celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday! Will you join us? Here are some free printable Dr. Seuss activities to get your imagination flowing. #ReadAcrossAmerica #DrSeuss #TheCatintheHat

Did you know that March 2nd is the Read Across America event? Did you also know that March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ birthday? Dr. Seuss has brought so much fun and imagination to the lives of many people, including myself.

As a child, I remember reading titles like

  • Green Eggs and Ham,
  • Horton Hears a Who,
  • One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,
  • The Sneetches,
  • and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

And let’s not forget Dr. Seuss’ ever so classic The Cat in the Hat. Dr. Seuss has given the world multiple silly and entertaining reads, and beyond his life is still encouraging the minds and imaginations of our kids today.

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I love sharing everything Dr. Seuss with my kids! It’s a part of my childhood that I can carry into theirs. We even got to see The Cat in the Hat, along with Thing 1 and Thing 2, on our cruise this past summer. The kids had so much fun!

We’ll be participating in this year’s Read Across America event by taking an adventure with The Cat in the Hat. Until then, we’re celebrating Dr. Seuss week and getting my kids excited with these printable Dr. Seuss activities that my friends at NCircle Entertainment shared with me. And I thought I’d share them with you! Simply print them out and let the fun begin!

You can also visit Seussville to learn more about Read Across America and for more Dr. Seuss fun!

Will you be participating in Read Across America?

*The free printables contained in this post were provided to me by NCircle Entertainment. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

5 Reasons to Love the Laiya Deluxe Diaper Bag (+ 50% Off)

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After two kids and about a dozen different diaper bags, I’ve finally found one that’s perfect for me. I’ve had everything from expensive ones with special features and accessories, to free ones that come with a purchase, but none of them I carried for an extended period of time.

I’ve always wondered if the perfect diaper bag exists. Ya know, one that will hold everything the kid’s need, everything I need, is fashionable enough to wear all the time and won’t break the bank. You guys, I found it! That perfect diaper bag is the Laiya Deluxe Diaper Bag. I’ve only had it for a few days, but it was love at first sight and I know it’s one I’ll continue to wear even after my diaper bag days are over.

5 Reasons to Love the Laiya Deluxe Diaper Bag

1. Fashion

I absolutely love the look of this diaper bag. With its durable striped canvas exterior, the bag has a bit of a nautical design, but the black/white/tan colors make it so it can be carried with and will match pretty much any outfit you wear. The closure also adds to its fashionable appearance. There’s an interior magnetic closure and an additional hook/clasp exterior closure, for ensured safekeeping.

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I mean, it really doesn’t even look like a diaper bag and no one will even know that’s what it is. There’s nothing wrong with ditching the baby-like designs that desperately scream diaper bag and carrying one that looks like a purse!

2. Size

The Laiya Deluxe Diaper Bag is a medium size. I compare it to my purses, of which I like to carry at least a medium sized purse and sometimes go larger. So the medium size of this diaper bag makes it just right for me, as if I’m simply carrying a purse. Large, bulky diaper bags are like carrying another baby and baby alone is enough, so Laiya wins hands down when it comes to size.

3. Functionality

Just as you’d expect from any diaper bag, this one features lots of pockets and lots of room for anything and everything baby could need while out and about. I’m at a stage where my infant has transitioned to a toddler, so there are some things I no longer need to carry, but we still take a lot of stuff when we leave the house. If nothing else, our main essentials are diapers, wipes, snacks and a sippy cup. And the Laiya Deluxe Diaper has pockets to keep it all organized.

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  • Two outer pockets.
  • Six interior pockets.
  • One zippered interior pocket.
  • Includes matching striped changing pad.

Any pockets that aren’t in use for her necessities, hold mine – my wallet, keys, sunglasses, cell phone, lipstick, etc.

4. Versatility

One of the nice features of the Laiya Deluxe Diaper Bag is the different ways it can be carried. I personally like to carry mine as a crossbody bag, but the longer strap can be removed and the bag can be worn on your arm like a handbag or even over one shoulder.

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And it doesn’t stop there! The bag features two stroller loops on the top of each side so you can easily slip it over the handles of an umbrella stroller. How convenient is that?!

5. Price

With all of the great qualities of this diaper bag, you’d expect it to be somewhat expensive, but it’s really not. Retailing for just $44.95 makes it very affordable, especially in the realm of diaper bags. But I can make the price even sweeter!

I have an exclusive promo code specially for Making Time readers, giving you a whopping 50% off! Yes, this is real! Just use promo code MAKETIME at checkout. The promo code (valid through 2/10) can also be used more than once, so if you get your own and love it as much as I love mine, you can go back and order another for a friend. Talk about a great baby shower gift!

I also want to add that a portion of each purchase goes to supporting families who are seeking to adopt. What an amazing cause to contribute to!

What do you like about the Laiya Deluxe Diaper Bag?

*This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase.  I received the Laiya Deluxe Diaper Bag at a discount, but my opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

‘Tis the Season to Make Your Own Holiday Cards + Giveaway

Make your own holiday cards at Paperless Post and have then electronically delivered the same day! Enter to #win 1,000 coins to be used at Paperless Post and make your own holiday cards today! #giveaway

~Thank you to Nakturnal for providing a free sample for my review. This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase.~

There’s no better season for family photos and using those photos to make your own holiday cards. Getting a decent family photo? Eh, we might be able to swing that. Designing your own holiday card? Well, that’s easy peasy with Paperless Post!

Each and every holiday season, I plan our family photo so that I can design my own holiday cards. Getting a family photo is a hassle around here, considering my other half would do anything to get out of taking a picture. But after pulling the “it’s important to me” card and eventually putting my foot down, demanding he get with the program, I get the family photo I long for. Most of the time.

Let’s face it, getting everyone to look at the camera and smile is a tedious effort at best. We typically have no less than 20 takes of the same location and pose, and even sometimes that isn’t enough to get the perfect family photo. Nonetheless, I do what I can to make it a great one, so that we look like we belong on the holiday card.

How do I do that? I make our outfits my main priority.

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Let’s start with mom because we all know mom holds the family together, right? eShakti is a great place to get a special look for mom. With sizes ranging from 0 to 36 and the ability to customize everything about a piece, mom will certainly be a highlight of the family photo.

The kids? My go-to is definitely Gymboree. With cute and affordable clothes that fit both my daughter and my son, it’s a one-stop shop to get their holiday styles handled.

And last, but certainly not least, dad. I say let Trendy Butler do the work. Just have dad fill out a style questionnaire, choose his preferences and measurements, and let Trendy Butler create the look and send it right to your door. It takes some of the hassle off of me, knowing dad’s outfit is taken care of with no effort.

‘Tis the season for family photos, fa la la la la, la la la la.

Join the family and smile pretty, fa la la la la, la la la la.

Don we now our gay apparel, fa la la, la la la, la la la.

Don’t blink when the camera flashes, fa la la la la, la la la la.

Hope you got the perfect take, fa la la la la, la la la la.

Now design and email holiday cards, fa la la la la, la la la la.

Once I’ve the perfect family photo, or something close to it, it’s time for the easy part – making my own holiday cards. From choosing the perfect card, to customization and even sending it out to family and friends, making my own holiday cards has never been easier than it is with Paperless Post.

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There are so many different holiday card designs to choose, many of which are straight from high end fashion designers like Kate Spade New York and Oscar De La Renta. After picking which card suits your taste the best, it’s just a matter of adding the family photo and tailoring the details.

What I like about Paperless Post is that there are multiple customization options for one single card. You and a friend could literally choose the same card and end up with totally different finished looks!

Here’s the card I chose to work with, in its original form.

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And this is how my holiday card turned out after making my own customizations.

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But that’s not even all of the customization! I was able to pick and choose details for the envelope too, right down to which stamp I wanted.

Paperless Post Customization Options:

  • Add a family photo.
  • Change the colors/design of the card itself.
  • Change typeface – actual font, font size, font color, wording.
  • Add a background (wooden background shown).
  • Choose from multiple envelope color/finish options.
  • Change the envelope’s interior liner print.
  • Select the stamp and postmark to be shown on the outside of the envelope.
  • Choose font shown on envelope for letter addressee.

I absolutely love how my finished family holiday card turned out, from the card itself, to the envelope and delivery. And I got to choose every single detail! Not to mention, I’ve gotten some great feedback from our family and friends about the card.

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Delivery was super easy. They were all sent electronically via email! No wait time for printing and delivery to my home, and then the process of mailing them out myself. Talk about a time saver! On top of that, I don’t have extra holiday cards sitting around. I can send and pay for only as many as I need to, without ordering a minimum or certain amount.

All I had to do was input my name and subject (I chose Merrry Christmas as the subject) and then added my recipients’ names and email addresses. My holiday cards were delivered right then and there! When the recipient opens the email, they’ll see an animation of the envelope opening and out pops our holiday card. It’s so fun!

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On my Paperless Post dashboard, I can even see who has opened their holiday cards and who hasn’t. And if I realize I forgot someone (which I definitely did), I can just go in and add more recipients and again, the holiday card is delivered right then.

So even if you wait until the very last minute to make your own holiday cards, they’ll still get delivered on time with the help of Paperless Post!

Do you make your own holiday cards?

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Holiday Adventures with The Cat in the Hat + Giveaway #GiftIdea

"Here we go go go go, on an adventure! The Thinga-Ma-Jigger is up and away. Go go go go, on an adventure. We're flying with the Cat in the Hat today!" Enter today to #win two Cat in the Hat holiday features from NCircle Entertainment and enjoy some fun filled adventures with the ever classic Cat in the Hat! #giveaway #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

~Thank you to NCircle Entertainment for providing product for my review. Opinions are still 100% my own.~

One of my favorite things about the holidays are all of the Christmas themed movies. From the old school animated cartoons, to modern movies and even episodes of TV shows. I love them all! In fact, I’m no stranger to watching Home Alone during the summer.

This year, NCircle Entertainment is helping us expand our holiday movie collection by adding a few children’s favorites, including a handful of holiday adventures with The Cat in the Hat. How classic is that?

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The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas! and The Cat in the Hat: Told from the Cold offer almost two hours of combined fun filled holiday entertainment. And of course, it wouldn’t be The Cat in the Hat without appearances from Fish, Sally and Nick, and Thing 1 and Thing 2. Oh, and don’t let me forget The Thinga-Ma-Jigger. We can’t go on any holiday adventures with The Cat in the Hat if we don’t have The Thinga-Ma-Jigger!

Here we go go go go,

on an adventure!

The Thinga-Ma-Jigger is up and away.

Go go go go,

on an adventure.

We’re flying with The Cat in the Hat today!

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Yesterday the kids and I sat down to enjoy our new holiday features and then took a break for some coloring. Not only does NCircle Entertainment provide DVDs, but they also offer tons of educational activities, including coloring pages, mazes, word puzzles, matching and spot the difference activities and even fun online games. It’s all-around “Entertainment that Educates!”

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Since we’d been watching some holiday adventures with The Cat in the Hat, I thought it was only fitting that we each work on a coloring page that featured The Thinga-Ma-Jigger and all of our favorite characters. It was very easy to print the coloring pages right from NCircle Entertainment’s website and we all had a great time expressing our creative side.

My kids and I had quite the day with The Cat in the Hat and your family can too! NCircle Entertainment is giving 1 lucky Making Time reader their very own copies of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas! and The Cat in the Hat: Told from the Cold! Simply enter using the giveaway form below. And don’t forget to check out all the fun little extra activities and games NCircle Entertainment has to offer!

Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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When I was a kid I could always count on my mom (or Santa) to fill my stocking to the brim with all kinds of treats and goodies, and DVDs make perfect stocking stuffers! If you want to ensure your child gets to enjoy these holiday adventures with The Cat in the Hat, or browse some other holiday titles, simply visit NCircle Entertainment.

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas! – $8.99

The Cat in the Hat: Told in the Cold – $5.99

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Does your family enjoy taking adventures with The Cat in the Hat?

Connect with In this new DVD, Autumn Journey: Guess How Much I Love You, your children will follow Little Nutbrown Hare and his friends on 6 autumn adventures. Enter now for a chance to win your very own copy! #giveawayWebsite / Facebook / Twitter

This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on December 21, 2016 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

*I received samples free of charge from NCircle Entertainment as part of their Brand Ambassadorship.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Ecocentric Mom – a Gift That Keeps on Giving #GiftIdea

Ecocentric Mom is a gift that keeps on giving! Choose from 3 motherhood stages (Pregnancy, Mom & Baby, or Mom) and give a mom or mom-to-be the gift of a non-toxic, all natural, healthier lifestyle. #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

~Thank you to Ecocentric Mom for providing product for my review. This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase. Opinions are still 100% my own.~

It’s that time of the month again – my December Ecocentric Mom subscription box came! The last time I talked to you about Ecocentric Mom I was showing you my Mom & Baby Box. But this time I’m doing something a little different and showing what’s inside the December Mom Box.

I still qualify for the Mom & Baby Box which is suitable for moms with children up to age 18 months, but with Christmas right around the corner, little Sadee is going to get her fair share of goodies. So this month, I switched to the Mom Box so I could get a little extra love myself.

Let’s jump right in and take a look at what’s inside the December Mom Box!

Juggling travel, shopping, family and fun around the holidays can be tough. Your box this month includes items to make this time a little more festive and a little less stressful.

 

This month’s box came with 6 products, some of which are full sized and some that are large sample sized. No matter which subscription stage you choose (Pregnancy, Mom & Baby, or Mom), every month the box comes filled with 5-9 products to try.

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What do they all have in common? Promoting a non-toxic, all natural, eco-friendly and healthier lifestyle. The products range in nature from health and beauty, to personal care, baby care, home essentials and even food and drink. Regardless of anything else, there will always be something in there to give mom a little pampering and that’s just what mom needs!

Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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Ecocentric Mom is the perfect gift for moms and moms-to-be this holiday season. Choose between a month-to-month subscription or sign up ahead of time for a 3 month, 6 month, or 12 month subscription. It really is a gift that keeps on giving!

Did I mention that right now you can even get 40% off the first box of a month-to-month subscription? You totally can! Just use promo code ECOHOLIDAY at checkout!

Which item would you like to try from the December Mom Box?

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