Sunscreen Tips for Kids by Kids No Comments
Tips for Getting Kids to Wear Sunscreen I have never had luck with getting my kids to let me put sunscreen on them. As they get older, it’s getting better. However, I have started to get a little more creative with getting my littlest to wear sunscreen. Here are some things we have tried and that have worked. #1. Let them put it on themselves. As long as they don’t eat the sunscreen, having your child put it on themselves can be sort of freeing for them. Toddlers and younger kids love to do things themselves, so it only makes sense to let them put it on sunscreen by themselves. (With your supervision of course). #2. Walk your kid through it. When it comes down to it, sometimes your kid just needs to know what you’re doing. Walking your kid through it is one of the best ways to getting them to wear sunscreen. Explain to them what it is and how it helps their skin. #3. Let the kids put it on each other. Another way to get kids to wear sunscreen is to let them put it on each other. Kids love this! Almost like a sunscreen fight. Just tell them to be Read more
When it comes to sleep, my family doesn’t mess around. Whether we’re camping or just trying to stay comfortable we only want the best. Check out some of the ways my family stays comfortable throughout the summer while enjoying the outdoors! Thermarest Summer Blanket Auriga Down helps make sleeping restful. Sleek design, warmth, and comfort make this the ultimate sleeping bag. My whole family loves this summer blanket and it’s the perfect addition to any family! Whether you’re camping, hiking, or just want to be comfortable this is where it’s at. Thermarest Compressible Pillow What? We loved their summer blanket so much, we had to try their pillow too. And no worries because it is equally a-m-a-z-i-n-g. The compressible pillow is perfect for camping, traveling, or whatever else you need it for. Pillows are an important part of being comfortable and this pillow meets all of our standards. What else do we love to take outdoors with us to stay comfy? Snacks! We never leave home without our snacks. We try to stick to items that are as healthy as possible to keep us going during our camping trips. The Right Shoes! We can’t leave home without a pair of sandals and a pair of tennis shoes. Read more
Hydration Tips for Kids No Comments
It’s that time of year again, time to make sure our kids are as hydrated as possible. Now, how do we ensure they’re hydrated? Check out some of these tips. Drink Lots of Water It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to know that your body needs lots and lots of water to stay hydrated. Your body is mostly made up of water, so it only makes sense to ensure your kids are drinking lots of it. Also, try to avoid really sugary drinks because they only take away from the ultimate purpose of hydration. Fruits & Veggies Your kids can get extra hydration from items like fruits and vegetables. Offer fruits and veggies as a snack to help give your kids the extra energy and hydration they need to stay happy and healthy. Drink Frequently When it comes to staying hydrated for kids, it’s important to drink frequently. Offering a liquid to your child often is one way to keep them hydrated. Your body can lose fluid quickly when you’re outside, so it’s important to keep adding those fluids to the body. Make Liquids Fun When kids are having fun, the last thing they want to do is stop playing to drink water. You can always make drinking Read more
How to Respect Wildlife 1 Comment
Today we're talking about R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Specifically, respecting Wildlife, can they get a little respect please?  Humans have become so complacent in the world that it’s a forgotten art to respect wildlife. The animals of the forest and the trees growing up from the ground are living creatures. While they are not in a position to respect us, it means that the whole “respect” thing falls on the shoulders of humans. Most of the time on the news, you hear about hurt animals or someone hurting a wild animal. You hear about poachers, animal killers, and people who abuse animals. Wildlife is a gift to all of us and it’s important to take care of wild animals. Maybe you don’t know how to start respecting wildlife or you’re confused on while wildlife even needs respected. #1. Don’t bother wildlife This may seem like a natural thing to understand, but humans just-don’t-get-it. Respecting wildlife is super important to the earth. While it’s okay to be curious, it is not okay to get in the way of wildlife. For example, you see a bear minding its own business, don’t get in its way. Let it keep doing its bear thing and you keep doing your human thing. Don’t Read more
Airstream: America’s World Traveler Book Review No Comments
  Ever since I can remember I've been a lover of travel. There's something so alluring about packing up an overnight bag or suitcase, tossing it into the backseat and heading off on an adventure. Of course, now that I'm well into my adult years and have a family to tend to, traveling doesn't come so easily as it used to when I was single and child free. Not that I mind it of course, it just takes more planning if we decide that there's a trip we just have to take. Whether you're traveling alone or with family, traveling for the day or for several, the sense of adventure that comes with hitting the open road never truly fades. It always feels like it's the first time, at least for me. My fellow travelers know that there's more than one way to travel. Some might prefer to do the driving by car but there are so many different ways to travel, you'll never run out of fun ideas to come up with. My family has traveled by car, by boat, by RV and by plane, however, there are so many other ways that we're bound to add to our travelers bucket Read more
3 of the Best Travel Apps Want to go on vacation, but not sure of the best apps to use? I’ve done some research on which is the best travel app to use when you’re on the go. No one has time to sit and stare at a computer screen for hours. Check out three of the best travel apps available! 1. Hopper Hopper is an app that’s downloadable on your iPhone. You can save money on your flight when you purchase tickets through Hopper. This particular travel app is exciting because it tells you what’s a good price, when you should go, and when you should buy. It does everything for you in one tiny app. 2. Trover Trover is an interesting app because you get to discover and bookmark places that you want to explore. After you start traveling, you can share your experiences with others. Think about it, we get our passion for traveling from photos, why not share them with others who share that same passion? I love this app because you can also get inspiration for your next travel endeavors. 3. SkyScanner This isn’t a travel app that I have used before, but I’ve heard great things about it. This is an app that you can download on your Read more
This summer is a dozy. Record-setting heat all over the country yet we are still managing to get outdoors. We have to be a little more selective in our activities and the time of day we are outdoors but the kids generally enjoy themselves. If we want to go to the park or on a hike we go first thing in the morning. I don't know what it is like for you all, but it doesn't cool off around here until after the sun has gone down. So we don't enjoy being out in the evenings much either except if we are swimming or playing in the water. Mornings are just all around best for us. Here are some of my favorite activities that are helping us enjoy the outdoors even when it is very hot. Water Activities - Pretty basic but there are so many ways to kick it up a notch. Make sponge bombs or a PVC pipe sprinkler. Don't have a hose? No worries; there are still plenty of activities that don't require one. Water painting is a fun example of a water activity that doesn't require a hose. My kids eventually painted each other.  Have A Beach Day - It doesn't have to be in Read more
Green Grilling Tips No Comments
When I heard the news that spring would be coming early this year, I was ecstatic. For months our home state had been home to brutally cold weather and mountains of snow. My family and I enjoyed the cold weather at first and were grateful for a respite from the sweltering heat but after months of being restricted due to the cold and snow, we all got a little sick of it. We couldn't wait until spring was back in our neck of the woods and started making plans for all of the fun things that we wanted to do when the weather warmed up enough to venture outside without worrying about the snow. I know I mentioned a few ideas on what we planned to do in previous posts (parks, amusement parks, etc.) but now that the weather has warmed up I recently decided that I would love to have a backyard BBQ with my family. It seems like it's been so long since my family was able to gather around outside and have a nice meal cooked to perfection on the grill. It's unfortunate that it's been so long since grilling is one of my families favorite things to Read more
Aden and Anais Red Daydream Blanket No Comments
Keeping your baby comfortable is always a top priority. You go to great lengths to make sure your baby is sleeping, eating, and loving life. There are ways to make your baby even more comfortable, ways you probably never even thought about. Check out these ways to make your baby super comfortable. Watch the temp- It’s amazing how quickly babies can overheat. Their bodies cannot regulate heat like ours can, which is why it is important to watch the temp. Babies can get cold or hot very easily. If you want to keep your baby comfortable, keep a close eye on their temp! Hold your baby close- This is especially true if you have a newborn baby, but babies loved to be held, cuddled, and rocked. If you daydream of keeping your baby comfortable, then you need to hold your baby close. Soak up that newborn baby smell and enjoy it. Not only will your baby be comfortable, but so will you! Grab the Aden and Anais Red Daydream Blanket- Getting your baby as comfortable as possible comes down to what you’re wrapping them up with. I am a huge fan of Aden and Anais, especially the Red Daydream Blanket. The best thing about Read more
Brief Overview of Aventura Clothing https://issuu.com/aventuraclothing/docs/aventura_spring17_b2b Are you looking for something this spring that will make you stand out from the crowd? I’m so excited to introduce my readers to a company called Aventura. This is a company designed by women and for women! So far, I’m loving everything they have put out, but I do have a few favorites as well. Comfort One thing you’ll notice with clothing from Adventura is that the clothes are super comfortable. They really take their time putting out statement pieces that are going to rock your world comfort wise. I am so pleased with anything I have bought from them, whether it was comfy clothing or dress up clothing—all have been super comfortable. Small Eco-Footprint Many of you know that a small eco-footprint is a passion of mine. I get excited when I know that a piece of clothing I’m wearing is going to have a small eco-footprint, as should you! Anything we can do to help the planet is A GOOD THING! I love supporting companies who are aware of what they are doing to the earth. The Designs Of course, one of my ultimate favorites of Adventura is the fact that the designs are fabulous. I’m a busy mom Read more
Dress for adventure No Comments
  Introducing House of Fraser Clothing Have you ever wanted to dress your best, but you honestly didn’t know where to start? That’s where House of Fraser comes in. Stay tuned because this website is going to rock your socks off. With all of these awesome holidays and birthdays quickly approaching, I don’t think I’ve seen a site that can match these awesome deals. Get Free Standard Delivery I always love a website that offers free standard delivery! If you spend over $120, you can get the free standard delivery, which is super awesome. There’s nothing worse than paying shipping when you’re already paying for your items. This is a real perk with House of Fraser. We love their kids clothing options. Express Delivery I don’t know how many times I have bought stuff online only to realize it wasn’t going to be here for several weeks. I love shopping with House of Fraser because you can get express shipment, which means you can get your items in 4 days. Plus, House of Fraser even delivers to over 150 countries. Perfect Clothing Selection We are a family of five, which means I am always looking for a great deal. However, I also want quality items with my clothing selections. Read more
Virtually visit your doctor from anywhere No Comments
My Connect Care I don't know about you but as a wife and mother to a young family, it seems like I'm always busy. I always have my hands full with one thing or another and an constantly juggling multiple tasks at a time. The last thing I want to do is juggle everything else I have on my plate along with catching a bug or dealing with one or more little ones who've caught the bug. Not only does it make everyone miserable but 9 times out of 10 it also requires an unplanned visit to our pediatrician/PCP. There's nothing I hate more than having to brave the doctors office when one or more of my family members have caught something; the wait is always long and the waiting rooms are always filled to bursting. If this sounds like a typical visit to your doctor's office then you're not alone. I've often found myself wishing for a solution to nix out the long waits and costly visits. Even with insurance and on days when you'd least expect to find your doctors office busy it seems like there are always hidden cost s to pay and an endless stream of patients before you. The Read more
Learn to watercolor paint with me No Comments
Want to live a more creative life? Over the last 2 months I've been actively pursing my passion for painting and calligraphy. I've never felt like I was a creative person, but for the last 5 years, I've felt this void and desired to add more creativity to my life. In April I attended the SNAP conference where extremely talented DIY, Food and sewing bloggers gather. Since then, I've spent an hour every day practicing calligraphy, sketching or painting. Then about 2 weeks ago, I started reading BIG MAGIC and it has been so inspiring. There are so many barriers that we put up when it comes to creativity, thinking I'm too old or I'm not good enough. The book gave me permission to live a more creative life. Live a more creative life Online Watercolor Painting Classes About 2 weeks ago, I found the Creative Bug site as I was searching google for "watercolor tutorials". After watching a lot of great YouTube videos, I wanted something more and Creative Bug has a huge library of online classes. It only costs $47 for the WHOLE YEAR to watch their videos.   Here are some of my paintings. Are you ready to live a Read more
Eat These Muffins to Add Fiber and Protein to Your Diet No Comments
Ways to Add Fiber and Protein to Your Diet Adding more fiber and protein to your diet is important. Most Americans are super busy and don’t have a lot of time to focus on their diet. They’re on the go constantly. Unfortunately, after a while, your diet starts to catch up to you and you’ll start feeling it in your body. When it comes down to it, it’s super important to make sure you are adding the right amount of fiber and protein to your diet. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you make this diet change.   6 Simple Ways to Add Fiber and Protein to Your Diet: Drink lots of water- One thing I have personally done is drink lots of water along with the fiber and protein. While there is no fiber and protein in water, it can still help move things along in the body. It’s important to make sure your body is getting the right amount of liquids. Don’t just stick to one fiber source- Another great way to add more fiber and protein into your diet is to get it from a variety of sources. The more ways you can add protein and fiber to Read more
Amaze Your Friends With Weird But True Facts 42 Comments
Crazy 8 Weird But True National Geographic and Crazy 8  Raise your hand if you cannot seem to get enough of Crazy 8! I’m constantly shopping there with my kiddos. I always find great deals on their website and in their stores, which is really nice! One reason we love Crazy 8 is that we can walk in and find the style we love. I know many of my readers also shop at Crazy 8. I have some great news for everyone. A Match Made in Heaven Crazy 8 has actually teamed up with National Geographic. Raise your hand again if you get this magazine every month already, we do! Have you ever heard of National Geographic’s “Weird But True” lines? An example from their collection might be “It’s possible for a shark to detect a fish’s heartbeat before it attacks.” These weird but cool saying are already informative enough, but now you can get these “Weird But True” facts to life as an line of T-Shirts for boys and girls ages 6-8! Starting on June 1st, the collection of T-shirts will be available exclusively online at Crazy8.com & will arrive in store on June 3rd! Crazy 8 Weird But True T-shirt "Girls have more Read more
Sustainable Palm Oil No Comments
Have you ever wondered about Palm Oil? What is it and how does it affect your everyday life? You may have heard of Palm Oil, but aren’t sure whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing. One thing you should know is that everything you’ve heard about Palm Oils is WRONG! There is actually such a thing as GOOD Palm Oil. When it’s grown correctly, Palm Oil can actually help to benefit local communities. When it’s grown unsustainably, it can actually destroy the environment. Common Products That Use Palm Oil There are some common products that you will find Palm Oil in. You’ll find palm oil in everything from lipstick, shampoo, all of the way to chocolate. Think about it, even the cookies you eat contain Palm Oil. If you use household products or eat foods on a daily basis, it’s safe to say that there is probably either palm oil in it or a product derived from palm oil. With palm oil being such a consistent product used around the world, it’s important that it’s produced correctly, so it benefits humans and the environment. Good Palm Oil Versus Bad Palm Oil It may take a minute, but you really have to think Read more