Friday, August 22, 2014

Little Critter books for Kids: We All Need Forgiveness and Being Thankful {Book Set Giveaway}


The Little Critter books have been favorites of mine since I was a little girl. It's always great fun to read with my kids the same stories I enjoyed. It's also exciting that there are new Little Critter books still being made today. The Inspired Kids books are a faith-based series teaching young ones timeless messages and strong morals featuring our favorite Little Critter characters.

The two newest in the series are
*ages 4-7
*Faith-inspired message shows kids the importance 
of thankfulness and forgiveness
*Available in both softcover ($3.99) and board book ($9.99)

Monday, August 18, 2014

*Making Healthy Choices* Free Printable Lunchbox Notes and Incentive Coupons for Kids #HorizonB2S


It's back to school time already. Like many other parents out there, I'm with you in wondering where in the world the time went. Also like most parents I want to help my kids have a great year, learn and grow, make new friends, and healthy choices.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

It's Game Time! Q's Race to the Top Board Game #Qsracetothetop

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Does your family enjoy board games? Our youngest son is a board game enthusiast. I can't count the hours we've spent playing games with him and my other children. While we've never really set one particular evening aside as an official "Game Night", we tend to have them quite frequently. It's been fun seeing the types of games we enjoy change over the years. If your family is like mine and enjoys similar time together, you've probably come to realize like I have that this time is precious and can create great opportunities for open conversation while also being educational.

The value of this quality time hasn't gone unnoticed by game creators EQtainment. Their new Q Wunder Board Game- Q's Race to the Top is created specifically for the purpose of improving your children's emotional intelligence, or emotional quotent.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Josh's Young Justice Robin Costume- His Newest All-Time Favorite Costume EVER!


All these years I thought I was a cool mom to my boys because I know my super heroes. I mean, my oldest boy is 14 so I've been immersed in them for over a good decade. They've always had a blast with fun costumes of their favorite heroes. They've made great imaginative play over the years, so I thought I knew all of them.

However, I got a bit schooled by my third grader Josh when I let him choose a new batman themed costume from Anytime Costumes. To my surprise, even with the fabulous selection of batman costumes, he chose Robin, The Boy Wonder. But not just any Robin, Young Justice Robin.

Friday, August 8, 2014

No-Bake Oatmeal M&M Bites {Recipe} And why I love my KitchenMade™ #MeasuringCups



As my kids have grown older, I've found myself spending so much more time in the kitchen than I used to be able to. It's been fun discovering new recipes and a passion for cooking I never even knew I had. With the kids starting back to school, I've experimented with recipes from here and there across the internet and have created a great after school snack- No-Bake Oatmeal M&M bites. Yummy!

I didn't realize I'd become a fan of stainless steel in the kitchen.  I don't mean the appliances, I'm talking about the stuff you use to prepare and cook with. My thoughts were always that one type of bowl is the same as the other. Not so. Over the years, I've been able to collect a set of mixing bowls, cookware, and my newest favorite- KitchenMade™ stainless steel measuring cups. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

*New Children's Book* You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang Illustrated by Christopher Weyant {Giveaway}


Sometimes I think grown-ups forget how big the world looks to a little kid. Of course, it's all about perspective but to the little ones in our lives, we must look pretty darn big sometimes. The new children's book You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang is great for back to school time because it can help alleviate kids fears of being the smallest kids around and venturing into a new world with lots of bigger people around. The perspective in this unique book can help the littler humans in our lives remember that they're not always the smallest after all.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Make Your Own Wood Peg People Birthday Dolls


My little niece turned three this month. For her baby shower gift before she was born, I painted her a custom set of wood peg dolls. Her mom always tells me these have become some of her favorite toys. So, for her birthday this year, I wanted to give her a new set with numbers to mark her birthday. These are great because they're pretty and colorful, and will help with her number recognition. Of course, she's so smart she already knows way past three, but hey, it sounds good to say they'll help her learn, right?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Serve Me Up a Homestyle Veggie Plate from Piccadilly Please! {$25 Giveaway Winner Announced}

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Piccadilly Restaurants. All opinions are 100% mine.
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If you're from the South, then you've heard of Piccadilly Restaurants. If you are new around here, or are just traveling through and are looking for some great down home cooking the way Southern mammas do it, you'll want to find Piccadilly close to you. 

Back to School Supplies- Batman VS Spiderman


Although it's hard to believe, it's about that time to start back to school shopping already.
I have two boys heading back to elementary school this August. One is a Batman fan, the other is a Spiderman fan. We have a fun time shopping for our Batman VS Spiderman school supplies. We try to make sure that if one finds something they love in their favorite superhero then the other finds it too.

This year I've searched the web for some favorite back to school supplies my boys would love, how about yours?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

10 Things We Played With When We Were Growing Up #backintheday #TBT


We're grown ups. Officially reserve the right to say "Oh, kids these days..."

I was browsing the toy store recently with my fam and realized that the things we played with when we were growing up really haven't changed that much, and they're still cool today.

Yeah kids, you hear me. STILL. COOL. TODAY.

The techy kids of today say these things are "retro" but I call them awesome.

Here's a fun trip down memory lane, and who knows, maybe your youngsters play with these same things we all did growing up, and they'll have their own fond memories of back in the day.

 
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