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The Ultimate Easter Basket + I See Me! Giveaway

Need some ideas for pulling off the ultimate Easter basket? I've got just what you need! Head over to the blog to check out what goes into my ultimate Easter baskets and even enter to win an I See Me! personalized book of your choice! They make great Easter basket features! #Easter #Easterbasket #giveaway #entertowin #personalizedbook #iseemebooks
~Thank you to I See Me! for providing a personalized book for my review. As always, all opinions are still 100% my own. This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive compensation for any purchase made through them.~

Now that we’ve covered Easter outfits, let’s get into Easter baskets! I love putting together collections of fun and learning for my kids, no matter what holiday it is and Easter is no different. It just so happens that I’ve been planning this year’s Easter baskets since last year!

Yeap, you heard me right. After the holiday last year, I purchased plastic eggs, straw filling and even the “baskets” on clearance, and have held on to them even through our move. I’ve also collected swimsuits and summer shoes during various end of season sales. I sized up and now a few of those will fit, so they’re perfect additions to my kids Easter baskets! And with Easter almost here, I’m excited to pull everything together.

Here comes Peter Cottontail.

Hopping down the bunny trail.

Hippity, hoppity, Easter’s on its way!

So what all goes into an ultimate Easter basket? I love to incorporate my kids favorite candy treats, which they only get on special occasions or as rewards, fun toys and activities they can enjoy indoors and outdoors, and even a handful of things that help spark their imagination and learning processes.

Ultimate Easter basket ideas:

Need some ideas for pulling off the ultimate Easter basket? I've got just what you need! Head over to the blog to check out what goes into my ultimate Easter baskets and even enter to win an I See Me! personalized book of your choice! They make great Easter basket features! #Easter #Easterbasket #giveaway #entertowin #personalizedbook #iseemebooks

Like Christmas, I typically do one larger or more pricey gift along with smaller, less expensive ones. The special feature in my son’s Easter basket this year is a personalized book from I See Me! It’s personalized to include a picture of him, a special dedication and the book is ALL about him. The only thing more fun than reading an exciting story, is when that story is all about you!

Need some ideas for pulling off the ultimate Easter basket? I've got just what you need! Head over to the blog to check out what goes into my ultimate Easter baskets and even enter to win an I See Me! personalized book of your choice! They make great Easter basket features! #Easter #Easterbasket #giveaway #entertowin #personalizedbook #iseemebooks

In “Terrell’s Very Own Trucks and Things That Go!,” a variety of transportation vehicles and vessels work together to build “the perfect name,” my son’s name. On each and every page, a “thing that goes” brings in one letter, until they’ve collected every letter needed to compile his first AND last name (and it’s a long one, haha).

It’s such a fun rhyming book and at the end, my son can learn a little bit about all 64 “things that go” – trucks, cars, planes, trains, boats, cranes, diggers, tanks and more. My little car fanatic will be over the moon to see his favorite transportation vehicles working together to build his name.

Not only does I See Me! offer personalized books and stories, but they also have stickers, lunch boxes, puzzles, coloring books, placematsgrowth charts and music, all of which can be personalized for your little one. I mentioned a few of these in my ultimate Easter basket idea list above! How cool would it be to have an Easter basket full of personalized fun?

To get you started on your ultimate Easter basket, I have the chance for you to win an I See Me! personalized book of your choice! There are so many great options to choose from. Simply enter using the giveaway form below.

Need some ideas for pulling off the ultimate Easter basket? I've got just what you need! Head over to the blog to check out what goes into my ultimate Easter baskets and even enter to win an I See Me! personalized book of your choice! They make great Easter basket features! #Easter #Easterbasket #giveaway #entertowin #personalizedbook #iseemebooks

As for the smaller, less expensive items I include in my kids Easter baskets, Target is one of my go-to solutions. Never underestimate “The One Spot” located at the entrance of the store. You can find all kinds of fun things there for $1. Just last week I got bubbles, coloring books, a small pair of Disney socks for my daughter and even some writing tools for my son!

What do you like to put in your kid’s Easter basket?

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Need some ideas for pulling off the ultimate Easter basket? I've got just what you need! Head over to the blog to check out what goes into my ultimate Easter baskets and even enter to win an I See Me! personalized book of your choice! They make great Easter basket features! #Easter #Easterbasket #giveaway #entertowin #personalizedbook #iseemebooks

One lucky Making Time reader will win an I See Me! personalized book of their choice! GOOD LUCK!

This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on April 5, 2017 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.

*Thank you to I See Me! for providing a book for my review. As always, all opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. This post contains affiliate links, in which I will receive compensation for your purchase. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Enhance Your Spring Wardrobe with eShakti {$25 off}

Is your wardrobe ready for spring? If you need to make a few (or a lot of) enhancements, eShakti is the place to shop! With the largest selection of styles, colors and pieces for women sizes 0-36, and the ability to customize just about everything, eShakti will have your wardrobe ready for the warmer weather. And don't forget the $25 you get off your first purchase! #eShakti #dresses #springwardrobe
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Last week I shared with you some cute Easter outfit options for kids, but what about the adults in the family? Today, I’ll share one of my favorite sites for women’s dresses (and other clothes) – eShakti.

With endless styles, colors and even the ability to customize, eShakti has it ALL! So how about a little spring wardrobe update or a new Easter dress for mom or your teen? One peek and you’ll want to buy the whole site. I do!

There are so many great benefits to shopping at eShakti. Not only is the selection AH-MAZING, but just about everything is customizable. Sizes range from 0-36 and you can customize the neckline, sleeves and length to your liking. It’s like designing your own wardrobe!

And of course, you know my money saving nature is always shining through, so how about $25 off and free customization on your first purchase?! Simply register as a new customer at eShakti and the savings are all yours!

Here’s a little sneak peek at what you’ll come across while browsing the site. These are just a few of the dresses I’d love to add to my own wardrobe and would all make a perfect Easter dress.


Graphic Print Pleat Empire Georgette Dress – $51.95

Is your wardrobe ready for spring? If you need to make a few (or a lot of) enhancements, eShakti is the place to shop! With the largest selection of styles, colors and pieces for women sizes 0-36, and the ability to customize just about everything, eShakti will have your wardrobe ready for the warmer weather. And don't forget the $25 you get off your first purchase! #eShakti #dresses #springwardrobe


Floral Print Surplice Dupioni Gown – $67.95

Is your wardrobe ready for spring? If you need to make a few (or a lot of) enhancements, eShakti is the place to shop! With the largest selection of styles, colors and pieces for women sizes 0-36, and the ability to customize just about everything, eShakti will have your wardrobe ready for the warmer weather. And don't forget the $25 you get off your first purchase! #eShakti #dresses #springwardrobe


Floral Print Bow-Tie Mixed Media Dress – $51.95

Is your wardrobe ready for spring? If you need to make a few (or a lot of) enhancements, eShakti is the place to shop! With the largest selection of styles, colors and pieces for women sizes 0-36, and the ability to customize just about everything, eShakti will have your wardrobe ready for the warmer weather. And don't forget the $25 you get off your first purchase! #eShakti #dresses #springwardrobe


One-Shoulder Floral Print Georgette Maxi Dress – $53.95

Is your wardrobe ready for spring? If you need to make a few (or a lot of) enhancements, eShakti is the place to shop! With the largest selection of styles, colors and pieces for women sizes 0-36, and the ability to customize just about everything, eShakti will have your wardrobe ready for the warmer weather. And don't forget the $25 you get off your first purchase! #eShakti #dresses #springwardrobe


Rose Print Crepe Banded Empire Dress – $58.95

Is your wardrobe ready for spring? If you need to make a few (or a lot of) enhancements, eShakti is the place to shop! With the largest selection of styles, colors and pieces for women sizes 0-36, and the ability to customize just about everything, eShakti will have your wardrobe ready for the warmer weather. And don't forget the $25 you get off your first purchase! #eShakti #dresses #springwardrobe


Riley Dress – $44.95

Is your wardrobe ready for spring? If you need to make a few (or a lot of) enhancements, eShakti is the place to shop! With the largest selection of styles, colors and pieces for women sizes 0-36, and the ability to customize just about everything, eShakti will have your wardrobe ready for the warmer weather. And don't forget the $25 you get off your first purchase! #eShakti #dresses #springwardrobe

Which dress is your favorite?

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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

~Thank you to Ecocentric Mom for providing a Mystery Bonus Box for review. This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase.~

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!

Have you ever tried Ecocentric Mom?

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Purederm 10 Day Foot Mask

Wonder if those foot mask things work? I've got the answer for you and I think you'll be amazed! Join me on my 10 day foot mask journey (with video updates) and see just what type of results I got. #healthyfeet #Purederm #footmask
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After seeing photos and a short video of women using what seems like a miracle foot mask, I knew I just had to try it out. I haven’t had a pedicure in a really long time and with sandal weather on it’s way, my feet were in need of some love.

The photos and video that I saw depicted the layer of dead skin literally peeling off the bottom of the foot in large sheets. I thought to myself there’s no way this could be, so I took thing into my own hands to find out for sure.

After browsing foot masks on Amazon, I decided to get the three pair pack of Purederm Shiny & Soft Foot Peeling Masks. The same day they arrived, was the same day I tried them out. I was so excited and just couldn’t wait to see if they’d really work!

Wonder if those foot mask things work? I've got the answer for you and I think you'll be amazed! Join me on my 10 day foot mask journey (with video updates) and see just what type of results I got. #healthyfeet #Purederm #footmask

Day 1 – Application

Application of the foot masks was really easy. You’ll see everything in the video below, but the masks are just a foot shaped bag that has a liquid-type substance inside. You place your foot in the mask and wear them for 60-90 minutes.

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I was a little concerned the foot masks would be kind of loose, but they actually fit nice and tight. For the 90 minutes I wore them I was sitting for the most part, but you’re still able to walk around if you need to. The masks aren’t uncomfortable to wear, but just a squishy feeling if you walk around.

Wonder if those foot mask things work? I've got the answer for you and I think you'll be amazed! Join me on my 10 day foot mask journey (with video updates) and see just what type of results I got. #healthyfeet #Purederm #footmask

After about 30 minutes I started to feel a tingly, almost minty-like feeling and when the 90 minutes was over, I took the masks off and rinsed my feet. I noticed that the nail polish on my little toes and big toes had been affected by the foot mask.

Those particular toes were in positions that they directly rubbed against the sides of the foot mask, so I think that’s why they were the only ones affected. The three middle toenails on each foot were perfectly fine.

Also, that minty-like coolness continued probably until I went to bed that night (I first applied the masks at about 8 pm).

Wonder if those foot mask things work? I've got the answer for you and I think you'll be amazed! Join me on my 10 day foot mask journey (with video updates) and see just what type of results I got. #healthyfeet #Purederm #footmask

Day 3

Day 3 rolled around and I was totally surprised. The masks actually work! The night of day 3, I took my socks off and looked at my feet and there were spots of loose skin just waiting to be peeled away. I peeled what I could (watch the video) and waited to see what else would happen over the next few days.

Wonder if those foot mask things work? I've got the answer for you and I think you'll be amazed! Join me on my 10 day foot mask journey (with video updates) and see just what type of results I got. #healthyfeet #Purederm #footmask
This is everything I peeled off on Day 3!

Day 4

Day 4 came and, again, there was some additional peeling. Even the bottoms of my toes started to peel a little bit.

Day 7

In the video you’ll see I did a 7 day update just so you could see the progress that had been made before actually getting to day 10. The majority of the bottom of my feet had peeled and there were visible rigid lines all the way around the sole of my foot, where you could see at what point it peeled up to. The line stopped right at the top of the sole, all the way around. I figured that was as far as the peeling would go and that the top and sides of the foot wouldn’t do anything, but I later found out I was wrong.

At this point I also had peeling on the front and tops of my toes, around my toenail. I mean the peeling literally went all the around my toenails and all the way up to the crease of my toenails. There was even peeling in between my toes.

The only places that had yet to peel on the bottom were parts of the rougher, callused spots and also the inner sole.

Day 8

On day 8, it was warmer out so I decided to pull out my sandals. My feet needed some moisturizing, but I wanted so bad to wear them so I did. They were thong sandals that went between the toes and up across the top of my foot.

When I got home and took my sandals off, I noticed that there was slight peeling across the tops of my feet. It was nothing like the large pieces that came off the bottom of my feet, but was peeling nonetheless.

Day 10

Finally day 10 arrived and I was amazed at how well these foot masks had worked. Those rough spots that hadn’t yet peeled a few days ago, had peeled at this point. My heel looked amazing and wasn’t at all dry and cracked in the creases. The rougher, callused spots still felt a little rough, but they did peel and were visibly better. Just what I need for sandal wearing!

This also means that the foot masks delivered exactly what they said they would. By day 10 the calluses are supposed to be all gone and as of day 10, all of mine had peeled. The tops of my toes had also started peeling down to the base of the toes and the inner sole that hadn’t peeled yet was very dry and peeled off in small strips.

Day 12

As a little added bonus, after taking a shower the night of day 12 I noticed the tops and sides of my feet were peeling. Again, not in large pieces like the bottoms of my feet did, but with some rough rubbing, the skin kind of rolled off.

Wonder if those foot mask things work? I've got the answer for you and I think you'll be amazed! Join me on my 10 day foot mask journey and see just what type of results I got. #healthyfeet #Purederm #footmask
This picture doesn’t even do justice, but you can see that the dry, flaky skin from the “before” picture is now gone. You definitely want to watch the video!

Ready to get your feet sandal ready?

Head over to Amazon and get your order in now! When I ordered, the pack of three was just $10.99 and today the pack appears to be $11.99, so know that prices on Amazon change all the time. There are a few different scents that Purederm offers, too. I assume since they’re the same brand, and have the same purpose, they’ll all work the same.

Order Your Favorite Scent: Lemon Apple | Apricot

Also, order when you seem them! They are currently out of stock and every single time I go back to check, it’s the same thing. It just so happens that when I ordered back in February they were out of stock at that time too, but lucky would be restocked in just a few days. As soon as that date came, I believe it was the next day that my order was shipped.

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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

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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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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.

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  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

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?

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Chrislie Has a Scent for Every Mood

This Essential Oils 9-Piece Set from Chrislie is perfect for any home! The set is so much more than your basic oils and is by far my favorite essential oils set to date! Head over to the blog to find out more about this Chrislie set and get your 70% off promo code! #Chrislie #essentialoils

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Over the past two years I’ve started using essential oils more and more. From simply giving my home a nice aroma, to helping my kids breathe easier when they’re sick or helping to promote relaxation before bed, I’ve become fairly acquainted with basic essential oils.

While essential oils can be used on the body or in the bathtub, I typically go the diffuser route. And when the kids are sick and need some clean air or a little help clearing their noses, I put a few drops in their humidifier.

This Essential Oils 9-Piece Set from Chrislie is perfect for any home! The set is so much more than your basic oils and is by far my favorite essential oils set to date! Head over to the blog to find out more about this Chrislie set and get your 70% off promo code! #Chrislie #essentialoils

I recently got the chance to check out the Essential Oils 9-Piece Set from Chrislie and to date it is my favorite set. Most essential oil sets I’ve tried have what I consider basic oils like lavender, orange, eucalyptus, tea tree and others. What’s so great about the Chrislie 9-Piece Set is that it includes a lot of oils I’ve never used.

  • Bergamot
  • Jasmine
  • Cassia
  • Peppermint
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Sandalwood
  • Cinnamon Bark
  • Frankincense
  • Clary Sage

This Essential Oils 9-Piece Set from Chrislie is perfect for any home! The set is so much more than your basic oils and is by far my favorite essential oils set to date! Head over to the blog to find out more about this Chrislie set and get your 70% off promo code! #Chrislie #essentialoils

The past few weeks I’ve been rotating these oils in my diffuser and I’m really enjoying a lot of them. My favorite is Frankincense. It reminds me of sugar cookies! Frankincense is known for relieving stress (which we all need) and negative emotions, and is also associated with boosting the immune system. With the weather here changing from snow last week to warmer days in the 60’s this week, the whole family needs a little immune system boost.

This Essential Oils 9-Piece Set from Chrislie is perfect for any home! The set is so much more than your basic oils and is by far my favorite essential oils set to date! Head over to the blog to find out more about this Chrislie set and get your 70% off promo code! #Chrislie #essentialoils This Essential Oils 9-Piece Set from Chrislie is perfect for any home! The set is so much more than your basic oils and is by far my favorite essential oils set to date! Head over to the blog to find out more about this Chrislie set and get your 70% off promo code! #Chrislie #essentialoils

Aside from liking the oils themselves, the bottles they come in are unique. Each bottle has a snap top, which helps prevent spills. All other essential oils I own have an open top so as soon as I unscrew the lid, it’s free game. I’ve even found myself opening my Chrislie essential oils and immediately trying to get a few drops out because I’m so used to the bottles being open.

But I like the snap top feature on these. If my kids ever get ahold of them I know they won’t make a mess and even I won’t accidentally spill any (ya know, not that I’ve ever done that or anything, haha).

This Essential Oils 9-Piece Set from Chrislie is perfect for any home! The set is so much more than your basic oils and is by far my favorite essential oils set to date! Head over to the blog to find out more about this Chrislie set and get your 70% off promo code! #Chrislie #essentialoils

The Chrislie Essential Oils 9-Piece Set retails for $46.99, but I have a special promo code for my readers! You can save 70% by using promo code 9PCOILSET, making the set just $16.99! This is a steal!

Even if you don’t use essential oils yourself, but may know someone who does, this set would make a great gift. The packaging is beautiful and perfect for gift giving!

What is your favorite essential oil?

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Cooking with Red Copper

When we moved, I ditched all of our "non-stick" and "non-scratch" pans because they didn't live up to their claims. That meant we had to get new pans, one of which is the Red Copper Square Dance Pan from BulbHead. So far it has been THE best pan I've ever owned. Read more about it on the blog! @BulbHeadIdeas @Bulbhead #RedCopper
~Thank you to Marketing Maven for providing me with a Red Copper Square Dance Pan for review.~

I’ve finally found the pan of my dreams! Ha, sounds pretty funny, right? But I’m not kidding. I’ve been through quite a few “non-stick” and “non-scratch” pans that ultimately prove to be quite the opposite. After multiple uses, EVERYTHING starts sticking even after prepping with non-stick spray, and there are nicks and scratches all over them. What a waste of money!

When we moved, I tossed out all of said pans so we could start anew. One of the new pans we got is the Red Copper Square Dance Pan from BulbHead and so far it’s been THE best pan I’ve ever owned.

When we moved, I ditched all of our "non-stick" and "non-scratch" pans because they didn't live up to their claims. That meant we had to get new pans, one of which is the Red Copper Square Dance Pan from BulbHead. So far it has been THE best pan I've ever owned. Read more about it on the blog! @BulbHeadIdeas @Bulbhead #RedCopper

Features:

  • Aluminum base heats evenly with no hot spots.
  • Cook on stovetop and in oven (safe up to 500* F).
  • 9.5” x 9.5” x 1.75” square dimension.
  • Smooth anti-stick and anti-scratch ceramic surface.
  • Riveted stay-cool handle.
  • Easy clean up and dishwasher safe.

Normally when I get a new pan, I immediately toss out all the packaging and give it a good wash before using. This time around, I did something different – I. Read. The. Directions. Who the heck ever reads directions for a pan? Why do pans even have directions? If you’re buying one, I assume you know how to use it. But ya know what, I actually learned something!

When we moved, I ditched all of our "non-stick" and "non-scratch" pans because they didn't live up to their claims. That meant we had to get new pans, one of which is the Red Copper Square Dance Pan from BulbHead. So far it has been THE best pan I've ever owned. Read more about it on the blog! @BulbHeadIdeas @Bulbhead #RedCopper

Before using the Red Copper Square Dance Pan, it is suggested that you season it. Season it? What the heck does that mean? Like when you season chicken? No, totally not the same thing.

Seasoning the Red Copper Pan consists of coating the interior with a small amount of vegetable oil and placing it in the oven at 300* F for 20 minutes. I’m starting to wonder if this is where I went wrong with all of those other pans that ended up in the trash. Oops!

After that it has been nothing but easy cooking with Red Copper. I’ve used it just about every day since getting it. I’ve made breakfasts of bacon, eggs and pancakes, of which I fit four pancakes in the pan at once. You can’t do that with a round pan. I’ve used it to make fried chicken and my new favorite dish – cooked cabbage (I’m totally addicted to cabbage these days).

All the while, nothing has stuck to the pan and no metal utensils have scratched the pan. On top of that, cleanup has been as easy as wiping it clean with a paper towel.

Take a look at this video of my cabbage dish in the works. I didn’t use any non-stick spray and threw the chopped bacon in the Red Copper pan with no prep to the pan at all. Not once did anything stick. (Sorry about the slight movement in the video. I couldn’t find my tripod for stabilization and was too hungry to search for it.)

 

When I was done cooking (and eating), you could see remnants of bacon grease sitting atop the pan. And even though I was totally eating out of the pan while waiting for the rest of dinner to finish, there are absolutely no scratch marks from my fork. What I didn’t eat out of the pan, easily glided right onto my plate. Then all I did to clean the pan was rinse with dish soap and hot water, and wipe it down. Easy peasy!

So non-stick the food dances right off!

When we moved, I ditched all of our "non-stick" and "non-scratch" pans because they didn't live up to their claims. That meant we had to get new pans, one of which is the Red Copper Square Dance Pan from BulbHead. So far it has been THE best pan I've ever owned. Read more about it on the blog! @BulbHeadIdeas @Bulbhead #RedCopper

When we moved, I ditched all of our "non-stick" and "non-scratch" pans because they didn't live up to their claims. That meant we had to get new pans, one of which is the Red Copper Square Dance Pan from BulbHead. So far it has been THE best pan I've ever owned. Read more about it on the blog! @BulbHeadIdeas @Bulbhead #RedCopper

Ready to get cooking with Red Copper? The Red Copper Square Dance Pan is available online at BulbHead.com for $19.99. Red Copper even offers a lifetime replacement guarantee. So if you treat your Red Copper pan well, but at some point it doesn’t deliver, you can get a replacement and get right back to cooking.

What will you cook with Red Copper?

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*Thank you to Marketing Maven for providing me with a Red Copper Square Dance Pan and helping me cook effortlessly again. 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.

Spring Ready with Florals #CentsofStyle

I love the opportunity to get out of my jeans and wear dresses and skirts that are still practical for busy mom life. That's exactly what this gorgeous floral pencil skirt from Cents of Style offers - the fashion, comfort and practicality I need in my wardrobe. #CentsofStyle #FashionFriday #FloralStory

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You know what I miss about living in Florida? The warmer weather. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy watching the snow fall, playing in it with my kids and the beautiful scenery it makes. And as far as Florida weather goes, I did hate that I broke a sweat just walking to the car, so the cooler weather is a nice change.

But what I miss the most about the warm weather is the ability to throw on a cute skirt and some sandals, and call it a day. Now I just layer and layer, while waiting for the first hint of warmer weather. I’m so ready for spring to arrive and while I may be ready, Mother Nature is not.

See the snow in that photo up there? There are remnants of last week’s snow in both NJ and across the river in NYC. It’s time to melt already! Even with snow on the ground and feeling like an icicle, I was determined to show Mother Nature how ready I am for warmer days to arrive. Come on Mama N, can we please move into spring?

I love the opportunity to get out of my jeans and wear dresses and skirts that are still practical for busy mom life. That's exactly what this gorgeous floral pencil skirt from Cents of Style offers - the fashion, comfort and practicality I need in my wardrobe. #CentsofStyle #FashionFriday #FloralStory

While I not so patiently wait, I’m already getting my wardrobe spring ready. My first new wardrobe addition is just one of the most amazingly beautiful and comfortable floral pencil skirts from Cents of Style. I used to think of floral prints as something that only belonged on elaborate rugs and tapestries, but they’re so much more! Floral prints are everything and my recent wardrobe extensions attest to that.

I love the opportunity to get out of my jeans and wear dresses and skirts that are still practical for busy mom life. That's exactly what this gorgeous floral pencil skirt from Cents of Style offers - the fashion, comfort and practicality I need in my wardrobe. #CentsofStyle #FashionFriday #FloralStory

Just look at how gorgeous this print is! I chose this particular one because I love the classic black background and the warm colors of the flowers. This skirt has so many style options, from pairing with a variety of color combos to pattern mixing. Dressing up or dressing down. Paired with tights or worn bare legged. While rocking some sexy heels or taking it easy with simple sandals. The options are endless!

So how do I prefer to style this versatile floral pencil skirt? I like taking a dressed down, mom on the go kind of approach. I’m a busy working at home mom and most days have on a pair of jeans, a tank (and coat now that we live in the cold) and of course, rocking my mom bun.

Occasionally I like to trade in my jeans for a cute dress or skirt, but ones that are still practical for mom life. This floral pencil skirt is exactly that. It’s lightweight, stretchy and all around perfect for spring (whenever it gets here). Comfort is important to me as I run errands and chase my kids, and Cents of Style definitely delivers!

I love the opportunity to get out of my jeans and wear dresses and skirts that are still practical for busy mom life. That's exactly what this gorgeous floral pencil skirt from Cents of Style offers - the fashion, comfort and practicality I need in my wardrobe. #CentsofStyle #FashionFriday #FloralStory

I love the opportunity to get out of my jeans and wear dresses and skirts that are still practical for busy mom life. That's exactly what this gorgeous floral pencil skirt from Cents of Style offers - the fashion, comfort and practicality I need in my wardrobe. #CentsofStyle #FashionFriday #FloralStory

I love the opportunity to get out of my jeans and wear dresses and skirts that are still practical for busy mom life. That's exactly what this gorgeous floral pencil skirt from Cents of Style offers - the fashion, comfort and practicality I need in my wardrobe. #CentsofStyle #FashionFriday #FloralStory

My perfect look starts with a little pattern mixing. I chose to pair the skirt with a black and white striped swing dress. Yes, stripes and florals are great compliments to each other. And yes, I’m pairing a dress with a skirt. Who would have thought, right?

I just knotted the front of the swing dress, giving the skirt a peek-a-boo effect in the front, while the back of the dress covers most of the back of the skirt. To finish off the look I have my trusty red Converse sneakers and my everyday go-to mom bun. I love it! It’s stylishly fashionable, but still practical for my everyday needs.

I love the opportunity to get out of my jeans and wear dresses and skirts that are still practical for busy mom life. That's exactly what this gorgeous floral pencil skirt from Cents of Style offers - the fashion, comfort and practicality I need in my wardrobe. #CentsofStyle #FashionFriday #FloralStory

The more I think about how much I love this skirt and how versatile it is, the more I think (okay, the more I know) I need to buy more prints. Give me all the floral skirts! Luckily for me (and you), they’re on sale for $19.95 this weekend with code FLORALSTORY. Plus shipping is free! Woohoo!

And for all you curvy girls, Cents of Style offers their floral skirts in sizes S-3X, so those of us who have sexy and voluptuous curves can enjoy them too.

Which floral print is your favorite? How will you style your skirt?

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