Toddler Activities: Educational Busy Boxes For The Win

  Out of all the toddler activities we do everyday, these educational busy boxes have doubled as fantastic fine motor skill toys. So excited to share my tutorial and how toddler learning toys and education discovery are a priority at KinderCare. This post is sponsored by KinderCare. All opinions are my own. Toddler Activities: Educational Busy Boxes For The Win If you missed my big announcement last week, you can check it out here, but I shared about my fun partnership with KinderCare and the new Tribeca Learning Center that is launching downtown. I've been bursting at the seams to share for a while, but I'm even more excited because I finally got to check out the gorgeous facility and see all the wonderful things they have to offer (spoiler alert: ah-mazing!). Last weekend, I had the opportunity to showcase one of our beloved toddler activities, toddler busy boxes, during the Explore and Learn Labs event at the new Tribeca Learning Center. I gave the activity an educational twist, where we included educational toys and exercises, and they truly were a winner and a concept so many parents visiting the facility took home to share with their toddler. Personally, I first want to share how truly touched I felt just being at the KinderCare Tribeca Learning Center. I couldn't help but think that if we had access to this nurturing facility when Branden was a little one, he probably wouldn't have nearly as many school struggles as he does now and would probably ... Read More

My Thoughts on Blogger Transparency

  Navigating this digital landscape of blogging and influencing can be a tricky thing. Here's my thoughts on blogger/influencer transparency. Ok friends, I've been meaning to write a response to the big article in the Washington Post that caused quite a lot of conversation in the blogger and influencer community these past few weeks, for a while - but alas, we got hit with the flu, so it slowed me down. The thing is: this isn't just a conversation for bloggers and influencers, it's important for all of us, anyone that's reading content online, because it impacts us all. So that's why I'm addressing it again here. I did do a quick chat on my Instagram stories a couple weeks ago (let me know if you caught it), but I want to dig a little deeper. (And I've also shared many unedited, pictures from inside our tiny, messy, NYC apartment from over the years.) First, this isn't the first time that transparency about what we're sharing online made headlines. Almost three years ago, there was an article about these double lives that some live in the New York Post, that I wrote a full response to here. The short of it is that we tend to show what is beautiful and happy in our lives on our social media profiles instead of what's real, and only showing these spotless perfections has a very harmful impact on everyone around us - because we all start playing the compare game. This then happens ten fold in the blogger/influencer community, which brings us to the Washington ... Read More

Winter Stroller Accessories {Giveaway}

  When the temperature starts to drop, you want to keep your baby bundled while you're out and about. These are the must-have winter stroller accessories every mom must have that work on all types of strollers. This post contains affiliate links.  Winter Stroller Accessories So last winter, when Blake was ity, bity, I was baby wearing her all over the place because it's just SO much easier in the city. But this winter, there was absolutely no way that was going to happen. We are home most cold days, but there are times whenever I either need to run into the city for meetings or we're waiting for Branden at the bus stop each day and she needs this extra warmth in addition to her winter coat and hat. As soon as the first snow came, I started doing my research and quickly found out that 7am enfant makes the absolute best winter stroller accessories and that every mom needs to get her hands on some. And psssttt: keep scrolling because I'm giving a set away to one lucky reader! // c/o 7AM enfant // These winter stroller accessories are not only just cozy for mom and baby, but they work for all the different stroller types out there, (ours in the GB Qbit) are really easy to strap on your stroller and you can color coordinate, too. What makes these the best winter stroller accessories? I really could ramble on and on about what makes these the best winter stroller accessories forever, but I'm going to share the key points with you all and quite ... Read More

21 Books To Read To Kids That Will Empower Them {All Ages}

  Kids these days need more encouragement that we think. These 21 books to read to kids will empower, motivate and inspire them at all age levels. This post contains affiliate links.  21 Books To Read To Kids That Will Empower Them I feel like just as much as we all could use some encouragement from time to time as adults, so can kids. I try my best to give them these words of encouragement everyday, but probably more often than not, I fall short. We read as much as we can and admittedly probably did more with Branden than Blake (poor second child), but we still have our favorites and love exploring books to read to kids that will empower, motivate and inspire them. So if you've been wondering what books to read to kids that can give your littles that same encouragement, here's our favorites broken down by age range. What books to read to kids There are so many wonderful authors and books out there that it can truly be difficult to narrow what books to read to kids down, but today I'm giving it my best short and hoping you enjoy my list. Books to read to kids: ages 0-3 1. Dr. Seuss - Oh, The Places You'll Go!  2. Emily Winfield Martin - The Wonderful Things You Will Be 3. I Can Handle It  4. Jilly's Terrible Temper Tantrums And How She Outgrew Them  5. When I Feel Angry 6. The Pout-Pout Fish  7. From Head To Toe Book Books to read to kids: age 4-7 8. Super Emotions! A Book for Children with Powerful Feelings 9. Giraffe's Can't ... Read More

How To Make Busy Boxes For Toddlers

  Trying to keep your active toddler busy during the day? Here's how to make busy boxes for toddlers that they will absolutely love playing with everyday. This post contains affiliate links.  How To Make Busy Boxes For Toddlers So all those gifts that Blake just got for Christmas have been organized here in our living room and though she does play with a select few for short periods of time, one thing is still very, very clear: my toddler would rather just get into shit instead of play with the things that we actually purchased to keep her busy. If you have a toddler at home, I'm sure you're feeling my words pretty hard right now. It couldn't be more true though. These toddlers always find a way to get into things that we want to keep them out of, the second that we turn our heads. Being a WAHM I need a break during the day from redirecting her from what she shouldn't be playing with to the things that are actually meant for her. I've searched for toys for active toddlers as well as ideas for fun activities for a toddler and nothing (I repeat NOTHING) has even come close to my idea of busy boxes for toddler. What are busy boxes for toddlers? A busy box is basically any box that you can find at home, filled with cheap items that you can get online or at the dollar store that will keep them occupied. Toddlers love to tear shit apart, so I figured why not just create something that gives her the option to do just that? The main difference being that ... Read More

How to Work From Home With a Baby or Toddler

  Being a WAHM (work-at-home-mom) and struggling to find balance, I wanted to pass on my wisdom for how to work from home with a baby or toddler to help you. This post contains affiliate links.  How to Work From Home With a Baby or Toddler TBH, I feel like this post has been living inside me for a long time. I've gone back and forth with writing it because every few months our routine changes and then I need to adapt again - so keep that in mind. Whether you work from home like me or just need to get things done and are having a hell of a time doing that and found yourself googling "how to work from home with a baby or toddler," I've got some helpful tips that have been the absolute, only way I can get shit done. First, I've shared on social media just how much of a challenge this has been for me lately. When Blake was born, I never really took any time off and just jumped right back into work because I'm self-employed and my family relies on my income. Things were so much easier whenever she was a baby and slept more and now that she's 17-month-old and into everything, each day has a different challenge for me to tackle. I'm not an expert, but if you've found yourself wondering how to work from home with a baby or toddler, this will help alleviate some stress. 1. Get as much done as you can in the morning. In our home, morning are still a little bit quieter than the rest of the day. We all get up with my alarm at 6:15am and get things moving. Chris ... Read More

Hot Chocolate Ornaments – 3 Different Ways

  These hot chocolate ornaments are so much fun (and easy!) to craft that you can make them look beautiful even if the crafting gene wasn't passed down to you (like me). The kids will want to help, too.  This post contains affiliate links.  Hot Chocolate Ornaments - 3 Different Ways As you all know, I've set out to share some really easy crafting ideas this holiday season that are perfect for moms who just need simple ideas. I wish that I could create beautiful things like I see all over the internet, but I just don't have it in me, or the patience sometimes. These hot chocolate ornaments can be completely customizable to things that you already have around your home and the kids will have so much fun making and giving them this holiday season! What you need to make the hot chocolate ornaments: Plastic round ornaments Hot chocolate mix Various hot chocolate add-ins (my favorite are: chocolate chips, candy cane pieces, sprinkles, etc.) Holiday ribbon Twine Scissors How to make the hot chocolate ornaments: First, you want to start by washing out your ornaments and drying them completely. Use a funnel or rolled piece of paper to add the hot chocolate to your ornament. Make sure the bulb is completely dry before doing this. Fill the bulb about halfway with the hot cocoa mixture (like pictured). This is a great way for kids to work on those small motor skills! Gently shake the hot chocolate to level it out in the ornament ... Read More

23andme Genetic Testing – A Unique Gift For All

This post is sponsored by Babbleboxx.com on behalf of 23andme. When I start thinking about holiday gifts, I always try to find unique items that stand out to my friends and family. 23andme genetic testing is exactly that and a fantastic learning experience, too. 23andme Genetic Testing -A Unique Gift For All I received the 23andme genetic testing to try out for this post, but to be completely honest, it's something that's been on my mind for a long time. I feel like my family is always saying things like "you're 62.2% Italian and the rest Polish," but who really knows? I've always wanted to take a concrete trip into my past and learn more about my ancestry and 23andme genetic testing is honestly the easiest way to do that for the entire family. And honestly, this family of mine is so inquisitive, it will satisfy so many questions I've been asked over the years! This year, when it came to holiday gifting, I did things a wee bit differently for the people who are closest to me. I really focused on inspiration or learning gifts or experiences rather than the whole "more is more" approach. Our lives are filled with so many things that we don't really need and I think it's amazing to start off the new year knowing something new about yourself. 23andme genetic testing is a gift that's truly personal and can give you a newfound appreciation and connection to those around you. After I tried my kit out (I will get the results at the end of this month!), my husband was ... Read More

Wine Cork Christmas Ornaments

This post contains affiliate links.  Ok friends, you all know how open I am about being the not-so-crafty mom, right? Even though crafting really isn't one of my skills, I do feel inspired this time of year to do some artsy things with the kids or as gifts, but I'm totally not a Pinterest-mom. So I put together a few fun posts for you, sharing some really easy ideas for crafting and getting into that holiday spirit without having to stress yourself out. The first up are these adorable wine cork Christmas ornaments that you can add to your list of fun this year! These diy wine work Christmas ornaments are especially great if you happen to love a bottle of wine or two now and again (especially during the holiday season), but if you don't have any handy, you can buy some here for really inexpensive. Making these wine cork Christmas ornaments will be a memorable experience for you and your kids this holiday season. Wine Cork Christmas Ornaments If you remember, last year I did a fun DIY home spa day in a jar craft, but this year I'm trying my best to take things up a notch with these wine cork snowman ornaments - while still keeping it simple! Most of these supplies will simply be items you already have around your house - resulting in even less fuss. What you'll need to make the wine cork Christmas ornaments: White paint Orange paint Paintbrushes Sharpie black marker Ribbon Wooden toothpicks or skewers Scissors Twine Small craft ... Read More

The 2017 Gift Guide For Mom

This post contains affiliate links.  It's finally here! Today I'm sharing everything that mom is secretly wishing to receive this holiday season at so many different price points. This is the first of many, so check out all of our holiday gift guides here for ideas for kids/baby ages 0-10, dad and all the wellness enthusiasts in your life. Time to get shopping! 1. The Sentimental Bar Initial Necklace, Etsy, $29 I have bought this for a few moms on my list (not telling who!) and I'm obsessed! I've been doing inspirational gifts this year, so I got special words of encouragement stamped on some and initials on others - I don't think it gets sweeter than this! And it's a very modern necklace that can be worn everyday. 2. The Glam Earring, BaubleBar, $36 I'm loving big earrings right now and these just might be my favorites. This gorgeous color can be worn with anything and can even dress up a tee and leggings. Let mom add a little touch of glam to her everyday with these beauties. 3. Hello Gorgous Coffee Mug, Target, $6 This one is pretty self explanatory, but what mom doesn't want to start her day by drinking coffee out of this mug? And it let's her know with every sip, just how gorgeous you think she is! 4. The Perfect Mom Graphic Tee, Etsy, $21 No matter what your everyday looks like, we're all mom hustlers. She will want to wear this "wake, mom, hustle, repeat" tee every chance she gets (so maybe you should buy her two). 5. Air fyer For Low-Cal Merry ... Read More