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I look at my girls and I can’t believe how fast they are growing. It’s bittersweet. I never want to miss out on this beautiful time of their developing personalities. I want to be there for all of it

I’m always trying to find ways to connect with my girls by asking better questions, (50 Better Ways to Ask Your Kids “How Was School Today?”) be involved in their activities, and of course finding ways to have more fun as a family!

I decided to do something that would be a bit more personal and sweet for my girls. I chose to make Mama and Me journals.

A mama and me journal is a diary that is sent back and forth between parent and child. The journals can cover fun and serious topics, jokes, and memories. It’s a great way to bond with your children.

Mama & Me Journals

These are the first Mama and Me Journals that I have made for my girls. They are easy and cheap. I created my own labels using PicMonkey photo editor and printed them on regular paper on my home printer.  You can also use the free label I created (Mama & Me Journal-Double). It will print two labels on one sheet.

Supplies

You will need:

  1. Composition Book
  2. Packing Tape
  3. Scissors
  4. Printer or Print Lab
  5. Optional: Label (can be printed on regular paper or cardstock)

Ways to Personalize

If you would rather use a sticker label then you won’t need the packing tape unless you want to reinforce its strength and keep it protected.

There are other ways to personalize your journals. Add some flair by using scrapbook paper on the front, back, and inside covers. Embellishments too.

Make the journals reflect your personalities. Have fun with it!

Content Ideas
  1.  Tell Jokes
  2.  Scripture
  3.  Day-to-Day Happenings
  4. Write out 5 Things That Makes Your Child Unique
  5. Ask Likes/Dislikes
  6. Draw
  7. Write Poems/Song Lyrics

The journals are a way to open up the line of communication and strengthen the bond between parent and child. Make it fun and light.

The Outcome

We have been writing in the journals for a couple of days now and it has been a lot of fun. These journals are a great way to make time seem to slow down a bit.

What bonding techniques do you use to connect with your kids?

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I look at my girls and I can’t believe how fast they are growing. It’s bittersweet. I never want to miss out on this beautiful time of their developing personalities. I want to be there for all of it!

I’m always trying to find ways to connect with my girls by asking better questions, (50 Better Ways to Ask Your Kids “How Was School Today?”) be involved in their activities, and of course finding ways to have more fun as a family!

I decided to do something that would be a bit more personal and sweet for my girls. I chose to make Mama and Me journals. A mama and me journal is a diary that is sent back and forth between parent and child. The journals can cover fun and serious topics, jokes, and memories. It’s a great way to bond with your children.

Mama & Me Journals

These are the first Mama and Me Journals that I have made for my girls. They are easy and cheap. I created my own labels using PicMonkey photo editor and printed them on regular paper on my home printer. I love how easy Picmonkey is to use. You can also use the free label I created (Mama & Me Journal-Double). It will print two labels on one sheet.

Supplies

You will need:

  1. Composition Book (like this). I bought mine at Walmart. My local store had them for $0.88 for 80 pages.
  2. Packing Tape. Any clear packing tape should work.
  3. Scissors
  4. Printer or Print Lab
  5. Optional: Label (can be printed on regular paper or cardstock)

Ways to Personalize

If you would rather use a sticker label then you won’t need the packing tape unless you want to reinforce its strength and keep it protected.

There are other ways to personalize your journals. Add some flair by using scrapbook paper on the front, back, and inside covers. Embellishments too.

Make the journals reflect your personalities. Have fun with it!

The Outcome

We have been writing in the journals for a couple of days now and it has been a lot of fun. These journals are a great way to make time seem to slow down a bit.

Check out these Jokes for Kids that you can include in your journals.

Here are some Scripture for Kids that you can include in your journals too. I write the scripture out in the journals but I also ask my girls to hightlight the verses in their Bible. It’s a great way to teach kids about scripture.

What bonding techniques do you use to connect with your kids?

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One of my favorite things about summer is going to a drive-in movie with my family. It’s so much fun to tune the radio in and watch a double feature from the back of a truck; lounging on an air mattress, while covered in blankets. The very best part of it is we don’t have to pay an outrageous amount for snacks. The only problem is that our hometown drive-in is now closed. So, we thought it would be fun and easy to bring the drive-in experience to our own backyard. Sounds like fun, right?

We are in the middle of our backyard movie projects so check back soon to see what we created. Until then, check out these great ideas to create your own backyard movie experience!

Movie Screen

Photo Credit: Amy’s Party Ideas

I love how simple this backyard movie screen is with the fabric pulled tight with bungee cords. It can easily be taken down and stored. We are doing something similar to this one but we are using a white tarp instead of fabric. Click on the photo credit to see more of Amy’s great movie night ideas!

Photo Credit: Valu Home Centers

Can’t use bungee cords to secure the movie screen? Check out this one. It gives a material list and step-by-step directions.

Photo Credit: The Horticult 

If you are looking for a more permanent outdoor movie screen check this one out. The screen pulls down when in use and rolls up when it’s not. I can definitely see my family making one like this if the movie nights this summer are successful.

Seating

Our girls have asked to use their Power Wheels as their seating for our backyard movie experience. I think it may be fun for them a time or two but they may want something more comfortable and cozy. Check out these movie night loungers.

Photo Credit: Stacy Risenmay: Not Just A Housewife 

I love these DIY backyard theater seats! They’re easy to make and can be adjusted to any height you want. They store easy too.

Photo Credit: Crafty Morning 

This has to be my favorite backyard movie night seating idea. Doesn’t it look cozy? It’s easy to store and affordable. It may even help keep pests out too.

Photo Credit: Amy’s Party Ideas

Here is another great idea from Amy’s Party Ideas for a backyard movie night. It’s fun and easy to make. These lounge seats would be perfect for a backyard movie night party theme!

Snacks & Treats 

It’s all about the presentation that makes a backyard movie night fun and exciting. Here are some great ideas on how to set up snacks and treats for your movie night.

Photo Credit: design dazzle

Set a table up with boxed candy in a jar, a movie sign, and individual popcorn buckets to create the drive-in movie experience.

Photo Credit: Sanctuary Home

Want to keep it simple? Fill a basket full of different candy bars that your family can pick and choose from. Our family doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth but they would love to have a variety to choose from like this.

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As parents we naturally want to do everything for our kids because we want our kids to be happy. We tend to think that making our kids take responsibility for their things and their lives is somehow a punishment. Well, it’s not. In fact, kids want responsibility. They want to be able to take pride in their responsibilities and accomplishments. Not to mention that having kids take responsibility for their belongings helps them value and appreciate what they have more.

Here are few things that your kids should be doing for themselves that they will thank you for later:

NO MAID SERVICE Toys

Don’t pick up after your kids. Even toddlers can learn the concept of putting their toys away after playing. Make a game out of it. When I was teaching my bonus daughter to put her things away I would set a timer for a minute or two  and she would see how fast she could put her toys away. Eventually, she didn’t need the timer anymore. Both my bonus daughter and toddler put their toys away before moving on to their next activity without anyone telling them to do so.

Bedroom

Don’t make their bed. The first few times the bed isn’t going to look perfectly made but over time it will improve. We have our girls make their beds as soon as they get out of them in the morning. It’s just easier to remember that way. Try to make it a game to see how fast they can make their bed. Like the toy pickup, we no longer remind our girls to make their beds anymore.

Laundry

Have your kids take their own dirty clothes to the laundry room and put their clean ones away. It might be hard for a kid to drag a laundry basket to the laundry room. We don’t have laundry baskets in our home for a few reasons: 1) It’s hard for kids to remember to empty the basket 2) It’s an eye sore in the room 3) Dirty clothes tend to smell over a day or two. What we do is treat our washing machine as a laundry basket. Everyone in the house puts their dirty clothes in the washer. Once it is filled up, the last person to put a garment in will start the machine.

Now, I know what you’re wondering. If everyone puts everything in the same load, then dark and lights are mixed. That’s true. However, I use Shout’s Color Catcher. OMG, I love them! It allows whites and colors to mix in the same load. BOOM! Mind blowing, right? I have found them at Target and Walmart. Amazon has them too (here) but I would comparison shop to find the best deal for your family.

When the washer is empty I’ll put one color catcher sheet in the bottom before clothes are added. Then the last person to load the washer will put another color catcher sheet on top of the laundry load as well as a laundry pod (makes it easy for my bonus daughter to do) and then the load is started.

Once it is done, my bonus daughter empties the washer and loads the dryer. The washer lid is left up to be refilled again. As a family, we fold the clothes from the dryer. The load is immediately put away. And there you have it. No laundry baskets. Kids help. Laundry has never been easier.

Dishes

Have the kids wash their own dishes.  Everyone in our household has their own set of dishes and cups (like these). After use, everyone hand washes their set. We rarely use our dishwasher anymore. For pots and pans, we set up an assembly line for washing, rinsing, drying, and putting away. Everyone participates, even the toddler. Dishes are done in no time at all.

NOT A PERSONAL CHEF

Kids love to help cook. Having kids help cook is a great way to teach them basic kitchen skills, improve their math (measuring), and encourage them to try new things.

When I first met my bonus daughter she was such a picky eater. All she ever wanted to eat was chicken nuggets and rice. She didn’t want to try new things just because they weren’t familiar to her. I started to have her help me cook. We started off slow with just measuring and mixing. She was so excited to help and try the result of her efforts. She’s a much better eater now, too.

Now, my toddler is on measuring and mixing while my bonus daughter is on slicing and operating kitchen appliances. At first it seemed harder and slower to complete meals with young kids but now it is so much easier. The girls love to eat what they make, and they are learning a lot in the process too.

STOP CARRYING EVERYTHING

Stop carrying everything from the car, especially things that belong to the kids like backpacks and shoes. Check out  HOW TO KEEP YOUR CAR CLEAN EVEN WITH HAVING MESSY KIDS for some great tips on not only to keep your car clean but also to help with hauling everything out. Have kids help haul in groceries and their belongings. Again, it allows them to take ownership and responsibility. My toddler loves taking groceries in. The bags I hand her are super light but to her she is helping in a big way.

YOU’RE NOT AN ASSISTANT

It’s not your responsibility to remind your kids to do their homework or to rush to take their forgotten backpack to school. Please, don’t do their homework or projects either. Kids need to learn to take responsibility for themselves. Turning in a late assignment will teach them to make sure to turn things in on time in the future.

Our job as parents is to equip our children with tools and resources to help them make it through life on their own. Of course, we want to support them and I’m not really saying differently but if our children are to grow as responsible and independent adults then there are certain lessons that they need to learn on their own.

YOU’RE NOT THEIR FRIEND

Don’t be a friend to your child. Be a parent. There’s a reason that you are their parent and not a friend. Kids need structure and responsibility to grow. Show your love and support by enforcing rules and set responsibilities for your kids. They will respect you more for it. Kids can make plenty of friends but can’t make more parents.

Have you thought about chores?

Assigning chores is not enslaving your kids. In fact, its entrusting them with responsibility to do tasks. Some of the chores our girls do are dusting, vacuuming, pull weeds, etc.

Some parents pay for chores and others do not. We do pay for chores. We have a system that helps our girls understand the concept of earning a wage and what to do with it. They earn $3/week. The money is split between three categories: SPENDING, SAVING, and CHARITY. The girls decide on what they want to spend their money on in those categories. So, our girls are not only learning household tasks that they can apply later in their own home, but they are also learning how to earn money and spend it wisely. A lot of life lessons right there.

How to Approach the Idea

Sit down with your kids and ask what they would like to do more of as a family at home. Explain the challenges of achieving that in the current state and suggest how it can be accomplished with their help. You can even ask them to think of ways it could be accomplished. Kids are more inclined to start new responsibilities when they feel it’s towards a good cause that interests them.

I’ll admit, when we first started to enforce responsibility I really thought our girls were going to be upset and think we were mean parents. Guess what? It was the opposite. Our girls love that we entrust them to do things for themselves. Most of all, they love all the time we get to spend with each other now. That’s right, we are spending more time as a family with the responsibility spread out. We do most of the tasks together. Sure, we may be doing a “chore” but we talk and laugh as we complete the task. Our girls look forward to completing their tasks to have a family movie night, game night, or some other sort of family fun.

Our girls are learning to take responsibility for themselves, their belongings, and learning life lessons that they can apply to their adulthood. They are happy and feel balanced.

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

Proverbs 22:6 NIV

HOW DO YOU TEACH YOUR CHILD THE RESPONSIBILITY OF MONEY?

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When I was a little girl, I dreamt of the day that I would become a stepmom/second wife. I longed for all the ups and downs that I would learn to embrace in my role as a stepmom.

Just kidding.

I don’t think anyone plans to become a stepmom/second wife. It is not for the faint of heart. However, despite its challenges, I love being a stepmom to my bonus daughter.

Step parents navigate their roles without a compass. We try to make the best decisions we can with the limited resources we have. There are a few key things that can generally help new stepparents have a more smoothing course of raising their stepchildren.

Loyalty

It doesn’t matter if a birth parent is being selfish, a narcissist, or manipulative; kids are going to be loyal to their birth parents. They will. It’s important to not put pressure or increase tension between you and your stepchildren by trying to have them side with you. The best thing you can do is love your stepchildren unconditionally. Don’t allow them to be in the middle of a tug-a-war rope. Be better.

They Want to Feel Loved

All children want to feel loved. I can’t imagine that anyone could argue that. Stepchildren aren’t any different. However, affection will come in its own time. It cannot be rushed.

I will never forget the first hug I got from my bonus daughter. I followed by her lead instead of trying to force a relationship early on. Now, we have a beautiful and solid relationship that we both have built on, together.

Two Different Homes. Two Different Lives

Children of divorced parents go from living in one home with joint rules to living in two homes with usually two different set of rules. It’s hard for children of divorced parents to transition between homes and meet every expectation Give them some slack.

Don’t Force It

Like affection, don’ force a relationship with your stepchildren. This is all new territory. It’s important to follow their lead. Always offer to include them in activities but don’t force them to participate.

Don’t Expect Perfection

Don’t expect perfection. Blended families will forever be on an emotional roller coaster. Feel blessed by the good times and embrace the rough times. Most importantly, DO NOT compare your blended family to another. This is your perfectly imperfect blended family life.

 What is the Right Thing to Do?

How many times have you asked yourself, “Should I do as the birth parent wants or focus on what my stepchildren need?”. The thing is no child deserves to feel unloved for any reason. The right answer is to do right by what your stepchildren need in your care. Of course, keep in mind the feelings of the other birth parent when you can but remember that your stepchildren come first.

Family Traditions

Stepchildren may have grown up with holiday family traditions before their parents divorced. You, as a stepmom, may have traditions that you would like to implement in your blended family now that a new chapter has begun in your lives. Holidays are already stressful without trying to balance a blended family. Try to figure out a way to combine aspects of past traditions with new ones. Incorporating traditions is a great way to make stepchildren feel loved and accepted. Have your stepchildren be involved in the process of creating your perfectly imperfect blended family traditions.

Not a Messenger

Children should not be messengers either directly or indirectly from one home to another. As hard as it may be in a current situation, one must refrain from making comments or speaking ill of the other birth parent in front of the kids. Remember, the loyalty lies with the parents. However, it goes both ways. Should your stepchildren confront you about something their parent said about you, do not take any action on it. They will not understand what is going on or how they are being used. Do not blame or feel negatively against your stepchildren for the actions and words of the other birth parent. Instead, address the situation with your spouse so that he may address it with the other birth parent.

There may not be a user manual on how to raise stepchildren but these tips will help navigate you on your step parent journey.

Check out How To Save Your Sanity As A Stepmom for more tips on how to thrive as a stepmom!

How do you balance your blended family?

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Zuru’s Hamsters in a house are the cutest toys of this holiday season. Check out our review to see why Hamsters in a house are on the top of our girls’ wish lists.

We received Zuru’s Hamsters in a house- Ham’s Burger diner for free in exchange for a review. However, my thoughts on this review are 100% my own.

What are Hamsters in a house?

Hamsters in a house are cute little hamsters (11 new hamsters to collect!) that buzz, scoot, scurry, and zoom around play sets. Multiple play sets and tracks can be connected together for hours of fun. Battery is included!

My toddler could barely contain her excitement as we took our Hamsters in a house out of the box. The play set only took a few minutes to put together. The tracks are so easy to connect together that my toddler actually connected a few of them herself.

The recommended age for independent play for this toy is ages 4+. I’m sure many parents can agree that toddlers with older siblings tend to want to play with “big kid” toys. I absolutely love that my girls can play with Hamsters in a house together, with adult supervision on the toddler of course.

 Hamsters in a house play sets and the adorable hamsters are great for sibling-play, creativity, and to collect.

 Hamsters in a house are “pets” that every parent can approve of. 

My girls can’t wait to collect all the hamsters and play sets.

Hamsters in a house are available at Target, Walmart, Toys R Us, and Amazon.

Click here for more information about Hamsters in a house.

Which adorable hamster from Hamster in a house do you think is the cutest?

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Our family loves to play board games. It’s a great way to spend time together as a family and to teach good sportsmanship. We are constantly looking for fun new games that our whole family will enjoy. Here are 10 of our favorite board games that we play together as a family:

Clue Junior Game

I loved the game Clue as a kid. Now, there is Clue Junior which is an easier version for young children to play. Our two-year-old is still too young for this game but she loves moving around her game piece anyway.

The Game of Life Junior Game 

My girls love this game. The original version was a bit hard for our girls to understand but this junior-version is perfect! There are action cards and attractions to collect stars from. Collect 10 stars to win! It’s a lot of fun and the action cards will have the whole family laughing.

Monopoly Junior Game 

My husband and I love to play a classic game of Monopoly but our girls can’t focus for 3+ hours. This junior version is perfect for young children. The properties are fun places like an ice cream parlor. It also has single bank notes to make it easier for young children to keep track of how much they have.

Scrabble Junior Game

This junior version is perfect for young children. It is a grow-with-me version so it has levels for advancement. It starts with letter matching and can advance to full word forming. It’s a two-sided game with the advance level on the opposite side.

Egged On Game

This game is hilarious! There is a carton of eggs that are filled with water. Not every egg is filled though. Each player takes turns spinning the spinner and follows what the picture says to do. Sometimes it’s choose an egg, pass, choose two eggs, or even egg another. If an egg is chosen, you “crack” the rubber egg over your head.  It’s a game of egg roulette. Our girls absolutely love this one! There are different variations on how it can be played.

Cootie Game

My toddler loves the Cootie game and tries to build a different bug each time we play. It’s easy to play and perfect as a first board game. The object of the game is to be the first to build a bug.

Googly Eyes Game — Family Drawing Game with Crazy, Vision-Altering Glasses

This is a vision-altering game. The goggles make it hard for the wearer to see and draw. Each team must try to guess what was drawn before time runs out. There is no need to be an artist to play. This game is hilarious!

Apples to Apples Junior – The Game of Crazy Combinations!

We love this junior version of Apples to Apples because the cards are easy for our oldest to understand. It’s a fun game of comparison.

Hungry Hungry Hippos

My youngest is crazy about this game. It’s easy to play but there is a potential choking hazard with the small pieces. I recommend that this game be played with an adult.

UNO Roboto

It’s so much fun! Each player records their name and a house rule is also created. The robot will randomly call out a player’s name for a challenge with another player or asks them to do something like trade cards with another player. A player could be down to just a couple of cards and the next hand they could have a quarter stack of cards.

What board game does your family love to play together?

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50 Family Favorite Christmas Movies that the whole family will love!

  1. The Nativity Story 
  2. Christmas with the Kranks
  3. Disney’s A Christmas Carol
  4. Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas 
  5. Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales
  6. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation  Rated PG-13
  7.  A Christmas Story
  8. Elf
  9. A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa
  10. Polar Express
  11. It’s A Wonderful Life 
  12. The Santa Clause
  13. Home Alone
  14. Jingle All the Way
  15. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
  16. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  17. The Dog Who Saved Christmas
  18. The Santa Clause 2
  19. Babes In Toyland 
  20. Deck the Halls
  21. Four Christmases Rated PG-13
  22. Curious George A Very Monkey Christmas
  23. Fred Claus
  24. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
  25. Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas 
  26. The Muppet Christmas Carol
  27. Ernest Saves Christmas
  28. Prancer
  29. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
  30. Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
  31. Frosty the Snowman
  32. The Santa Clause 3
  33. Jack Frost 
  34. Miracle on 34th Street
  35. White Christmas
  36. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
  37. The Search For Santa Paws
  38. Mickey’s Christmas Carol
  39. Arthur Christmas
  40. Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws
  41. The Cat in The Hat Knows A lot About Christmas!
  42. Santa Paws 2
  43. Prep & Landing: Totally Tinsel Collection 
  44. Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Special
  45. Beauty and the Beast: An Enchanted Christmas Special Edition
  46. Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas 
  47. Merry Madagascar
  48. The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf’s Story 
  49. Casper’s Haunted Christmas 
  50. Annabelle’s Wish 

What is your family’s favorite movie to watch during the holiday season?

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Here are some gift ideas for that upcoming birthday or Christmas that I’m sure the two-year-old in your life will love just as much as mine does.

***Updated 12/18/17***

ZURU- Hamsters in a house


We received Zuru’s Hamsters in a house- Ham’s Burger diner for review. My thoughts  on this review are 100% my own.

What are Hamsters in a house?

Hamsters in a house are these cute little hamsters (11 new hamsters to collect!) that buzz, scoot, scurry, and zoom around play sets. Multiple play sets and tracks can be connected together for hours of fun.

My toddler could barely contain her excitement as we took our Hamsters in a house out of the box. The play set only took a few minutes to put together. The tracks are so easy to connect together that my toddler actually connected a few of them herself.

The recommended age for independent play for this toy is ages 4+. I’m sure many parents can agree that toddlers with older siblings tend to want to play with “big kid” toys. I absolutely love that my girls can play with Hamsters in a house together, with adult supervision on the toddler of course.

 Hamsters in a house play sets and the adorable hamsters are great for sibling-play, creativity, and to collect. Hamsters in a house are “pets” that every parent can approve of

My girls can’t wait to collect all the hamsters and play sets!

Play Tent Princess Castle by Pockos – Features Glow in the Dark Stars 

My oldest actually received this Play Tent Princess Castle from her Christmas list last year but my toddler has taken it over. It’s the perfect tent for pretend play, reading nook, and just to enjoy some quiet time. We have this little tent up all the time but it can easily fold for storage.

Grow-With-Me Pony

We got the Grow-With-Me Pony for our youngest for her first Christmas. She absolutely loves it! We didn’t have the seat guard on very long but we loved the security it provided that she stayed on the pony. The seat guard comes off when your child is ready and as your child grows, the base can also be flipped to be a little higher up. Press the button on the ears and the pony will talk and sing. We have had it for two years so far and it is getting plenty of use! I love that it comes in Lavender now.

The Mega Bloks 80-Piece Big Building Bag, Classic

What kid doesn’t love blocks? The Mega Bloks 80-Piece Big Building Bag, Classic  is a great set for toddlers. We have two sets of these Mega Bloks sets. I think my toddler’s favorite part is to knock over the towers that she makes.  These chunky blocks are so easy to clean too.

Step2 Lifestyle Fresh Accents Kitchen

Toddlers love play kitchens. My girls both enjoy creating their culinary masterpieces with the Step2 Lifestyle Fresh Accents Kitchen. They love how realistic their kitchen looks too. I love Step2 products and this little kitchen has held up very well to daily play.

KidKraft Tasty Treats Play Food Set

What would a play kitchen be without a play food set? We bought this KidKraft Tasty Treats Play Food Set for our girls when we bought the play kitchen. I must warn you, it is a lot of play pieces but our girls absolutely love the set! I use the pieces to help my toddler learn to distinguish between different types of food. The pieces are easy to clean too.

 Little Tikes Cozy Coupe First Swing

My toddler loves her Little Tikes Cozy Coupe First Swing! She pretends that she is driving as she swings. I love the high back to the swing and the safety belt inside. The swing has held up great with over a year of daily play.

First 100 Board Book Box Set (3 books) 

My toddler loves books. First 100 Board Book Box Set (3 books) are perfect to introduce toddlers to animals, objects, and more. My toddler is finally at the point that she can recognize all the pictures so she is now working on recognizing/reading the words associated with the pictures. These books have held up well with little hands.

Melissa & Doug Wooden Building Blocks Set – 100 Blocks in 4 Colors and 9 Shapes

We love Melissa & Doug products. This Melissa & Doug Wooden Building Blocks Set – 100 Blocks in 4 Colors and 9 Shapes lets kids be creative. This set has different colors and shapes that allows for a child’s imagination to take off. My toddler loves building towers with her building blocks set.

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About a month ago, I was invited to be a part of the Chick-fil-A Mom Panel and since my family and I have a huge love for CFA, this was exciting news!

Chick-Fil-A Mom Panel

What does this mean exactly? It means that I get to share all the latest news and updates with my amazing followers! I will also be able to offer my input to possible changes at Chick-fil-A to make an even better family experience!!

I received a little welcome gift that was quickly snatched up by my girls as soon as it arrived. Thank you Chick-fil-A!

I can’ wait to share the new and exciting things are coming to Chick-fil-A!

        What’s your favorite CFA menu item?

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