Healthy Skin Must Haves!

In case you haven’t seen already, I just entered the 2nd trimester of my pregnancy! Very exciting, and hoping that the morning sickness will start to die down!

Like a lot of moms at this point, I’m getting more aware of my skin and trying to make sure I’m doing all I can to fight off stretch marks or other issues I would rather not deal with on this pregnancy…

Here are my top 2 MUST HAVES for healthy skin care

(These are still good if you have never had a baby, or if your baby is now all grown up!)

Defining Gel

This is my LIQUID GOLD – I literally just slathered it all over my legs! read more

12 Week Baby Parker Update!

 12 WEEK UPDATE 

 I just got back from my appointment with my midwife – and I got to hear the baby’s heart beat for the first time!

EXCITING 

So the baby likes to move… and kick… A Lot  so that’s going to be more interesting as they grow and get stronger.

So I really have been feeling them for the past week! Crazy 

As for me… my health is good  but I’m still getting sick and dealing with nausea and food aversions. Some days are better than others  read more

DIY Calming Lavender Pillow Spray

Moms, the day that’s all about you is almost here—Mother’s Day! With everything you do as a super mom, you’ve earned a day of “R & R.”

The trouble with a lot of the “Sleep Help” products and recipes out there is that they are full of fillers or chemicals you might not want on your pillow while you sleep at night!

Thankfully, you can make it a day to rest easy with this DIY Calming Lavender Pillow Spray. My husband actually made this with my girls as a surprise and I loved how it helped me relax at bed time! read more

A Baby Journal You Will Actually Use!

So be honest with me…

How many of you were actually good about putting things in your children’s “Baby Books”?

My eldest daughter Aidalyn found her baby book when were going through some things in her room, and she guilted me pretty hard on not having much of anything in it! Total #MomWin right there 

I love the idea of using a Baby book to remember things that I KNOW I’ll end up forgetting, but a written book just wasn’t cutting it for me. read more

Low Carb Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

So if you haven’t seen on social media yet, I’m about 9 weeks pregnant! (Yay! Surprise!)

But unlike the pregnancy “glow”…. I have been looking more green lately, haha. It has made life very interesting these days.

I wanted to share a recipe that has been good for dealing with my morning sickness, plus just busy mornings when we need to get out the door, or need a snack for my pickiest eaters!

This is great if you LOVE chocolate, but want to enjoy it guilt free… want to sneak in more fruits and veggies, but don’t always want to eat asparagus, haha. Plus, it is so easy to throw in the blender… you won’t even have to heat up the kitchen! read more

How To Get Your Kids To Brush Their Teeth… And Have Fun!

If you have little ones around the house, then you’ve probably had this issue.

Your kiddos don’t want to brush their teeth!! Or they do the absolute minimum and you have to hound them to even do that.

Imagine this… Your kids BEG you each night to run and go brush their teeth!

Would that change your morning or bedtime?

Could it really get done WITHOUT the struggle? 

Our 7 year old had a specific thing she wanted for Christmas, an Amazon Dot, which is a little hockey puck like device which is voice activated and plays music, games, plus a ton of other “Smart Home” features. read more

How to Teach Your Child to Problem Solve without a Tantrum

“Why is Jonny not listening to me? I’m just trying to help!”

by Jeana Kinne, MA an Early Childhood Developmental Specialist

I was asked this question by a parent I was working with. When her three-year-old son Jonny became frustrated, he would yell and throw items across the room. This mom would try and talk to Jonny, but he would look the other way, like he was ignoring her! Mom became frustrated that this scene was happing a few times a week, so she came to me for help. She wanted to know how to prevent little Jonny from having these meltdowns. read more

Low Sugar Chocolate Protein Popcicles

If you have a picky kid in the house, you know that every meal becomes a struggle… you just want to get through one healthy meal or snack without a fight.

You are not alone, lol.

One of the things that we have tried to teach our daughter is to make sure you are getting protein & healthy fats everyday – and try to limit the sugar.

Thankfully, we have found healthy foods that tastes like chocolate!

Believe it or not – even vegetables can taste good to picky kid when they taste like chocolate. read more

DIY: Holiday Scented Pinecones

The best thing about fall is the holiday scents… what am I saying? The best thing about fall is EVERYTHING!! 

 

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But mama can’t be simmering a pot of apple cider on the stove every day, amiright?

and I don’t love burning candles… fires and kids sort of make me visualize this happening in my house:

 

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Plus, you really don’t know what you are breathing in when you burn a conventional candle. Most are filled with artificial scents – and I’m just not sure I want to be breathing that in all day. read more

Four “No Carve” Halloween Pumpkin Ideas

It’s Fall Ya’ll! 

And that means it is time for all your fall bucket list ideas!

Our Fall Bucket List includes:

Leaf Scavenger Hunts

Making Wassail

Baking yummy Pumpkin Treats

Visiting the Pumpkin Patch

and Decorating Pumpkins!! 

Traditionally, most people CARVE their pumpkins.

However, when you carve a pumpkin there are some downsides…

When you carve it, it may ROT!

No one wants a stinky pumpkin rotting on their front porch! There are a few tips to help your pumpkin last longer – Click here to check them out!

Knives are scary

I’m a mom… and my internal safety alarm goes off randomly. When big sharp knives are involved I always have this BIG flashing red light go off in my head. DANGER! DANGER! read more