where will you stay when going to mall of america? check out these top hotels #traveltips


How are you liking all the travel tips and ideas? Have you made of list of places you want to go next year?  I know I sure have.  This next place is exciting for the whole family. The Mall of America is one place we have always wanted to go. All that fun in one place….YES please! Bloomington, Minnesota has been a major tourist attraction since the Mall of America was opened. The area features a huge number of options {Read More}

the lena cup :: a girl’s guide :: giveaway


We’re talking periods here, Ladies.  Men, feel free to exit if you prefer.  As my husband says, “Some things are best kept a mystery.” A few years ago, I remember hearing about menstrual cups and thinking “I’m not there yet.  I’m all about natural cleaning supplies, real food, organic bath products, but a menstrual cup?”  All sorts of questions came rushing at me.  How do I insert it?  How do I remove it?  How do I empty it?  The whole idea was really {Read More}

what’s on our feet this spring and summer? livie and luca are! #kidfashion


As a mom of four, you would think I would have learned by now. I mean, my oldest is 9 years old after all! But, it never fails. I get some cheap/inexpensive sandals at the beginning of each summer and by the middle of the summer not only are these shoes all grody, but they have no structure left to them and they are just sitting in the shoe rack taking up space. They have turned in to play shoes. {Read More}

miles from tomorrowland toys blasting your way!


My kids have absolutely fallen in love with Miles from Tomorrowland, one of the newest shows to hit Disney Junior this year. They just can’t get enough of the galactic adventures and space-age fun!   If you haven’t seen it yet, the cartoon follows space adventurer Miles Callisto and his family — mom Phoebe, the ships captain and family encourager; dad Leo, a laid-back pilot and inventor; and big sister Loretta, who specializes at computer coding and having her brother’s {Read More}

bring back your childhood with tin toy arcade :: coupon

Tin Toy Arcade 2

When I think of my childhood, I can’t help but smile. Thinking of how simple life was when I was a child makes me miss the “good ol’ days.” Swinging on the swings, catching fireflies and playing pickup sticks… those are the memories that made my childhood extra special. I want to give me son the same simplicity and carefree childhood that I had! I was super excited when I had the opportunity to review Tin Toy Arcade! As I scrolled through {Read More}

two ways we are munchin’ on the NEW @jacklinks this summer + giveaway! #SayYestoJerky


It’s summer and summer vacations are happening all across the nation. From small day trips to the beach, to summer weddings, to vacations away from home where you pack up everything but the kitchen sink. We are doing it all this summer and loving every second of it. Even though we have traveled quite a few times already, there have been a few consistent things we have included. Yes, the children are at the top of the list. But, when {Read More}

i’d like to introduce you to vanity fair, an ambassadorship and an awesome #WomenWhoDo campaign i’m part of!{#ic #ad}


I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Vanity Fair. I received product samples to facilitate my review and compensation to thank me for my participation. Whew! What an amazing couple of days I just had in NYC getting to know a brand I didn’t know much about. You may have already seen some posts on our social media, especially our Instagram, but I was with and learning about Vanity Fair!! Are you familiar with that {Read More}

mixing up our #SummerReading this month with @Scholastic {#ad} + giveaway


*This #SummerReading post is sponsored by Scholastic although all opinions expressed are my own.* This summer has been busy, busy, busy…but we have stayed on task and are doing our best to keep up with the reading. Did you know that so many kids go backwards with their reading in the summer months? So sad!! But I can completely understand why. With the schedules being so inconsistent and life being super busy filling it with fun things to do, there {Read More}