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Our Generation: Saddle-Up Stable


Disclosure: The stable featured below was provided compliments of Our Generation. I have recently begun really trying to encourage Carlee to use her imagination. I felt like the only things she was interested in involved some sort of screen and I wanted her to have the memories of make believe that my childhood was filled with. One way I have seen her imagination burst to life is with her new found love of dolls. Carlee almost always has a doll with her and whenever she has a friend come over, I find them playing dolls together. Some days their dolls are princesses, some days they are teachers. Most recently they have been champion horse riders!! Carlee asked me a few weeks ago for a stable for her dolls horse and foal to sleep in. I helped her make a makeshift one with a big cardboard box, she played with it for hours but because it … [Read more...]

The First Years WTF! Casting Call (02/28)


Disclosure: This post brought to you by The First Years. Parenting is hard to sum up into words. It is rewarding, hard, joyous, scary, intimidating, amazing and you feel all this and more in just the first few months of being a parent. To celebrate the real journey of parenthood, The First Years is looking for a cast of unique characters to star in their “Welcome to TheFamily” (or WTF!) online reality series. Families from across the country who are expecting or have recently welcomed a baby can enter The First Years Welcome to The Family Video Series contest for their chance to win a starring role, plus awesome prizes. To apply all you have to do is shoot a 30-second Smartphone video and a submit a short story about what makes your family totally unique. The five families chosen as the grand prize winners will each receive $2,000 … [Read more...]

Keep Your Babies Warm Outside With Cozy Cub


Disclosure: The cold weather clothing featured below was sent compliments of OneStepAhead. Christmas is long come and gone but like the carol we all know and love, the weather outside is still frightful! It just keeps snowing and snowing! The kids love the snow. They love being outside. However with the flu and all sorts of different colds going around right now I have to make sure they are warm and toasty before I think of sending them outside so I can get some peace and quiet they can play to their hearts content- enter Cozy Cub! The OneStepAhead Cozy Cub line was designed for performance, comfort & fun! The entire line is made of high-tech materials that provide lots of warmth without bulk. Each article is loaded with clever design details and are super easy and kid-friendly to put on. For review we were sent a Parka and Snow … [Read more...]

Earthpaste: Amazingly Natural Toothpaste


Disclaimer: This product was purchased by me! My family is vehemently against fluoride toothpaste. The major brands of fluorinated toothpastes are chock full of nasty chemicals and should not be swallowed under any circumstances. This is a difficult task if you have small children like I do. While searching for a toothpaste that meets my high standards of natural ingredients and actually tastes good we stumbled across Earthpaste. Earthpaste is made of naturally occurring bentonite clay (Redmond clay), Salt, and essential oils. At a molecular level, Redmond clay has a negative electrical charge, attracting positively charged toxins and holding them in it's core. This allows your body to rid itself of toxins as you brush. Because Earthpaste does not use titanium dioxide to bleach it, it remains in it's “raw” state and looks kind of like … [Read more...]

Eggless Sunny Side Up Eggs


My husband believes breakfast isnt breakfast with out eggs. Problem is, he is the only one in the house that actually likes eggs! Enter the eggless sunny side up egg. How you ask? Well its a ancient secret recipe, but I shall share it with you all! Ingredients: Canned Peach Halves Vanilla Yogurt Directions: 1- Scoop a generous amount of yogurt on a plate and spread out into a circle. 2- Place a peach half in the middle of the yogurt. 3- Serve with other breakfast foods. … [Read more...]

Santa’s Paradise Express at Strasburg Rail Road


Disclosure: My family was provided train tickets in exchange for this post. Every weekend now through December 22nd the Strasburg Rail Road has an extra special visitor that is sure to delight both the young and old! Santa himself will climb aboard and visit with families as they travel down the tracks to Paradise, PA and back. My kids all love trains and of course jump at any opportunity to go see Santa, so we headed out on a cold and rather dreary day to chug along with Santa and Strasburg. The weather dampened our day a bit, but we still had an absolute blast. When it is not raining there are a variety of extra activities around the station included with the ticket -- including a ride on a mini train, hand-powered cranky car rides and storybook readings in the stationary caboose. We did however stop and see Mrs. Claus to finalize … [Read more...]

Four People Who Need A PhotoBook For Christmas


Disclosure: This post brought to you by ShopAtHome.com. This year, give the gift of memories to a loved one with a personalized photo book. With easy to use personalized Photo Applications (like MyPublisher) it’s never been easier to make a personalized gift for a member of your family! For The New Mom: Make a Babies First book so they can cherish their child's first moments over and over again. Make sure you include babies first smile, step, food and tooth! Get creative. No need for one of those old fashioned baby books. Ain't no body got time for that anyways. For The Busy Teen: Chances are your child is on Instagram. Which means their most important memories are easy to place in photobook. Make sure you include photos of them and their best friends as well as a few photos of their favorite foods, places and things that are sure … [Read more...]