Preschool Activity: Paper Straw Necklace

Paper Straw Necklace Preschool Activity

I wasn’t a fan of paper straws until I discovered this cut and string necklace activity with Levi. It allows preschool kids to practice their cutting skills, pincer grasp (important for writing), pattern recognition, and hand-eye coordination during stringing. The great thing about using paper straws is that they’re inexpensive and provide resistance so your child gets some deep muscle stimulation while cutting them. We found these at the dollar store in a several festive designs, and used ribbon as {Read More}

Tastes Like A Treat, Cleans Like A Toothbrush #ChewsWisely #MilkBone


We treat our dog Dany like a member of our family. She sleeps under the covers with me at night. She joins us for family activities. She even has her own stocking hung up alongside the kids’ over the fireplace. Now, just like our kids, she has to earn her presents from Santa by being a good puppy, which includes minding her manners and brushing her teeth*. Don’t worry, we don’t expect her to brush them herself. After all, it’s {Read More}

The Cadillac Of Strollers: Chicco Activ3


You know that feeling when you test drive a car that’s way better than the one you own? That’s kind of how I felt the first time I took Levi for a jog in the Chicco Activ3 – it’s like the Cadillac of strollers. I admit – before I had kids, I didn’t think anyone needed a stroller for a 4 year old. Because once they learn how to walk, you’re golden, right? Yeah, riiiiiight. Parenting is never that easy. {Read More}

An awesome iPhone alternative: Huawei Ascend Mate2


You guys know I love checking out new phones. In fact, I have 3 different ones in my laptop bag right now. Meet the Huawei Ascend Mate2: ​This smartphone is Huawei’s latest offering for the US, and features a massive 6.1″ display screen. That’s even bigger than my Galaxy Note3. It looks and feels a lot like an iPhone, but the Mate2 comes with a couple features that will rock your socks: It’s completely unlocked. That means you can choose {Read More}

Holiday Gifting: Best Digital Cameras at Best Buy #HintingSeason

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Disclosure: I was compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free in exchange for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.  I’m coming up on my 4 year anniversary of blogging here at Over that time, I’ve captured and shared some incredible memories, like Levi’s first birthday, the one-year anniversary of the breastfeeding blog hop, the time Mykl & I first introduced our kids to each {Read More}

In Sickness & In Health: Can I empty your bucket?


This weekend our family was tested on the whole “in sickness and in health” thing that couples are supposed to uphold. I’m not gonna lie, it was rough. It started with Tillie around 5:30pm Friday night. Then Levi woke up in the middle of the night with the same symptoms. Lucy followed shortly behind him. 3 kids sick at the same time is awful. As a parent, you feel helpless – you want to make it all better, but sometimes viruses {Read More}

The 2014 Silhouette Black Friday Sale is LIVE


I just recently got my first Silhouette machine and I can already tell this is going to become a crafting addiction. Their Black Friday sale is the perfect excuse for me to stock up on supplies! As one of their partner bloggers, I get to share these deals now so you can get a head start shopping. You’ll just need this code to get the sale prices: BUSYMOM Two Silhouette Cameo Bundles Click each image to head over to the {Read More}

20 Minute Butternut Squash Risotto + Pressure Cooker Giveaway


Risotto is one of my favorite comfort foods. I’ve been wanting to cook it for a while, but have never had the time to spend in the kitchen for the amount of continuous stirring it needs. Thanks to T-fal, I’m now the proud owner of a Clipso pressure cooker. Which means I can skip the hour of stirring and make risotto in less than 20 minutes. (Which coincides with the amount of time I have to cook on date night.) {Read More}

Today is Verizon Connection Day! #VZWBuzz


Today is Connection Day! Verizon is getting into the holiday spirit and sharing the first gifts of the season with everyone, whether you’re already a customer or not.  As part of their VZWBuzz blogging team, I’m thrilled to share some of the awesome gifts available to everyone on Connection Day: Amazon: Free Digital Content 10 free songs 10 free apps 2 free audio books Visit the Amazon Connection Day page for full details. iTunes Radio Enjoy a full day of {Read More}

Kids Art Gift Tags + Silhouette Giveaway


I’m super excited to have partnered with Silhouette to bring you this fun kids art gift tags project, as well as a giveaway for a Silhouette Portrait machine! I confess – I’m not the best when it comes to typical mom blog crafts. I can rock it with building materials (like the PVC pipe I used to make Levi a playhouse) or fabric (I recently made Dany some new chew toys by upcycling old tshirts), but paper crafts have never {Read More}