Creating Meaningful Meals at Family Forward

Creating Meaningful Meals at Family Forward

We had the best time at Family Forward in Orlando, Florida as partners with Barilla and their Share The Table initiative. Part of Share The Table is to help families create meaningful meals together for the betterment of their children. Have you seen the statistics on what consistent, quality meals with your family does to kids? If not, do your little ones a favor and check it out. What the research says about dinner time is mind boggling! Family Forward is another family-focused initiative that I can’t rave enough about. It was a blast and unlike any other “blogging conference” I’ve … [Read more...]

 

Learning About Lighting: Better Homes and Gardens for Walmart

Learning About Lighting: Better Homes and Gardens for Walmart

Ever since visiting the headquarters for Better Homes and Gardens in Iowa this past summer, I've been assessing my home for ways to improve its decor and the feeling it projects to my family. Do the rooms' decor convey the feelings I want my family to receive? Are they being used accordingly, or should the room be redesigned? It was fun learning the latest trends for upcoming seasons from the professionals at BHG and about the beautiful products available at Walmart, for much less than you would expect well designed pieces to be. One thing I learned while with BHG and Walmart was that … [Read more...]

 

5 Early Reader Chapter Books for Animal Lovers

5 Early Reader Chapter Books for Animal Lovers

At four and a half, my daughter is excited for the world of reading to open the doors to all the wonders of the world. She is constantly telling me, "but mamaaaaaaa, when can I read it ALL!" The fact that she isn't reading is frustrating, but by offering her simple books - early reader books - in which she can recognize sight words or sound out others, her excitement for literature grows. I'm at the Tampico Mom Blog this week offering our favorite 5 Early Reader Chapter Book for Little Girls. All of these books we have and love! But, in addition to those, I started researching books I can … [Read more...]

 

Bedtime Rituals: What I’ll Miss Most About Having A Baby

Bedtime Rituals: What I’ll Miss Most About Having A Baby

Baby Massages, Bubble Baths & Happy Babies Oh, how I'll miss our bedtime rituals when my kids are too big to have them. I can hardly believe how fast my second child has grown and, I have to admit, I took that bonding time with my son for granted. Now that he can hardly be called a baby, I'm holing onto these special moments like crazy. He's our last and this time is precious. When my daughter was young, she loved the baby massages best. My son? He LOVES the water! But for mama, I enjoy the soothing ritual we have (and Daddy, too, since he started doing night time duties over the last … [Read more...]

 

On Ray Rice, Ferguson and Raising Multiracial Children

On Ray Rice, Ferguson and Raising Multiracial Children

When you're overcome with worry or have too much to say, how do you respond? Do you fight, or fly away? I envision myself as an ostrich, sticking her head in the sand, letting the weight of the earth push her eyelids down, choosing not to see the ugliness that is bound to impact her world - my children. I take flight. I never fight. After the incident with Ray Rice, coupled with the heartache of Ferguson that never really healed after the acquittal of Trayvon's murderer, I finally decided to add perspective on raising (black) sons. At eHow, I discuss how family values should govern the way … [Read more...]

 

Her Own Britax Car Seat Style: Embracing Independence

Her Own Britax Car Seat Style: Embracing Independence

Do You Let Them Pick Their Own Car Seats? Despite being a Britax Ambassador, I'm still very particular about the car seats my kids sit in. I have a few friends who are constantly researching the newest child safety products on the market and I tune into their opinions regularly to ensure the choices I make are the best ones. Even though I work with the company on a regular basis, my kids sit in Britax car seats and strollers because they are the best and offer 5 point harnesses for much longer than other options. I don't allow my girl to choose her car seat - based on fabric options or style, … [Read more...]

 

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