The Science of Skin-to-Skin and How it Helped Our Baby in the NICU

This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. A few short weeks ago, this little one of mine turned four. As our youngest biological child, it’s so hard for me to accept this birthday. Four. Four means there’s not even a […]

How to Peacefully Transition from Naps to Quiet Time. Plus 15+ Quiet Time Activities!

This post was sponsored by the PLAY-DOH brand from HASBRO as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. Visit the Hasbro website to see the fun new PLAY-DOH Town playsets!  I’m a big believer in quiet time. I’m also a big believer in naps, but unfortunately my […]

8 things to know before taking a Disney trip with grandparents

8 Tips for Taking a Disney Family Trip with Grandparents!

We were generously offered two, one-day park hopper tickets courtesy of WDW. This was a token we happily accepted! All opinions are our own. I realize that traveling with little kids and their (gently) aging grandparents wouldn’t qualify as a good time in every parent’s book, but my husband and I love to travel with our kids and parents. In […]

Can green living make you happier?

The beach makes me happy. Sunshine makes me happy. Planning a trip makes me happy. Watching my girls row their “boats” (laundry baskets) down the hallway without pulling each other’s hair or screaming at one another makes me happy. But can green living make me happy? That’s the question that was posed by Tetra Pak. We try to live green. […]


Why didn’t I get a pram stroller with my first baby!?

This post was sponsored by @GBChildUsa as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received the GB Lyfe Pram Travel System to facilitate my review. My enthusiasm is entirely my own. For years I’ve drooled over the European pram strollers I’ve seen my sophisticated European friends push around. These friends and their beautiful […]

Potty Training during travel

12 Must-Read Tips for Surviving Potty Training While Traveling

My kids have had potty accidents all over North America. Over the past few years, our family has become well-acquainted with the bathrooms and clean-up facilities in Jamaica, Seattle, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Cancun. These messes aren’t my favorite travel-related memories, but they’re not unexpected. Accidents happen! Potty training while traveling isn’t the easiest parenting challenge to overcome, […]

2015 in Review

The Panama Canal, three trips by train, heart surgery, and foster care: 2015 in Review

Normally, I have an abundance of words. But this year I feel introspective and private. I haven’t posted as much lately. How did this gushing writer end up in this quiet place? Let’s review. (The links will take you to other stories/posts we’ve shared this year.) Photo from our talented friends at KLT Photography The start of 2015 […]

How to Use THE CURIOUS KID’S SCIENCE BOOK for Your Elementary Science Curriculum

Affiliate links included for your convenience. I was sent a book for the purpose of this review, but I will be buying additional copies on my own. This review is honest; my commendation is sincere. As I think about our schooling choices for next year, I feel underwhelmed by the homeschooling curriculum options I’ve found and overwhelmed by the […]