Happy 1st Birthday, Dawson Thomas!

Dawson is 1!

Today, my youngest bundle of joy turns one year old! Dear Dawson, I absolutely cannot believe it's been a year since we welcomed you into the world. Time started flying when your brother was born, but is has doubled in speed since you come into our family. Daddy and I are doing our best to enjoy every day, but it'd be great if you'd stop growing so fast! :) You are your Daddy's … [Read more...]

Similac’s Heritage & My StrongMoms Experience


Similac has been chosen by parents for over 90 years to provide optimal nutrition to their babies. The brand rises above others on the market with their dedication to create solutions and champion for moms’ choices, starting in the 1920's. Throughout the years, Abbott has created innovative infant nutrition products rooted in research, which led to lot of firsts in the infant nutrition … [Read more...]

Teaching Our Kids to Give Back is our #RedKettleReason

Salvation Army #RedKettleReason

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Influence Central for The Salvation Army. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. My 4 year old is getting to the age where he understands a lot about the holidays. He knows we get together with family, exchange gifts, put up our Christmas tree, and drive around looking at the lights. It's time for us to really start driving home … [Read more...]

5 Little Tips to Saving Money on the New Baby

Saving Money on the New Baby

Saving money on a new baby may seem impossible. They need lots of new gear, furniture, food, and diapers. However, there are some little things you can do to make the blow to your budget easier! This post is compensated as part of the Similac StrongMoms Ambassador Program. All opinions are mine! 1. Consignment sales are just as good as buying brand new. When it comes to a new baby, … [Read more...]

5 Benefits of Supplementing our Home-Preschooling with Rosetta Stone

Why We Use Rosetta Stone Kids Reading Program in our Home-Preschooling

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Rosetta Stone. I received a product and a promotional item to thank me for participating. Since we began home-preschooling with Sawyer, I have learned that you MUST mix things up to keep the interest of a 4 year old boy. He can't sit and do worksheets or look at books all day. He needs some variety! With … [Read more...]

Tech and Kids: Absolutely or No Way?

Technology and Kids

Before children, we all have these views on parenting and how we plan to raise our offspring. When kids get here, however, we find that things are a bit different than we planned. For me, technology and my children is one of them. I can remember a time that I didn't think I'd allow my kids to watch TV, play with a tablet, or have access to my laptop. It didn't seem necessary. However, four … [Read more...]

4 Ways We Got Our 4 Year Old Excited about Learning

Learning Toys

Since I could remember, I always wanted to be a teacher. As a kid, I played school with my cousins (or stuffed animals), and they never got to act as the teacher. That was my role! Having kids before finishing college changed that goal for me, but I still highly value education. I understand the impact education can have on lives. It makes so much possible - for instance, a child growing up in … [Read more...]

Play-Doh #SeekandSquish App, Twitter Playdate, & Giveaway!

Play-Doh Seek and Squish Twitter Playdate

Anyone live with small Play-Doh fans like me? Our 4 year old enjoys creating molded shapes and mountains, so we were excited to learn about the new storybook app, Play-Doh Seek & Squish from PlayDate Digital! The Play-Doh Seek & Squish app features: 8 colorful, squishable Play-Doh habitats readers can explore: Desert, Garden, Ocean, Savannah, Farm, Forest, Arctic, Jungle. A … [Read more...]

How to Avoid Spoiling Your Children This Christmas

Avoid Spoiling Your Kids

The holidays are a fun time to give your children the items on their wish list. Other than birthdays, Christmas is usually the day they get lots of new toys and other items. Too many new things, however, can really spoil children. There are a few ways you can prevent the spoiling and have more grateful kids at the holidays! 1. Set a budget for their gifts. Allowing yourself to spend … [Read more...]