Kids Ear Piercing – For or Against?


I discovered yet another parenting “hot button” topic this week. In the past, I’ve been sucked into every controversial parenting topic possible. We’ve all beaten a dead horse talking about our stance on different types of vaccinations, circumcision, breastfeeding – the list goes on and on. And now, the hot topic de jour is ear […]

Back-To-School On A Budget

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Back-To-School season is an expensive time for families. With six little ones heading off this September, I put all my own tips and tricks in high gear. It’s Inventory Time! Go Through Those Closets: purge the stuff you no longer need, but keep an eye out for those little gems that are hand-me-down worthy. They […]

How to Light up your Backyard Party


Every year, we host a big Victoria Day fireworks party. For my American friends – this means that yes, we celebrate the birthday of a long dead English Queen, but we’ll take our holidays where we can get them. This past Victoria Day we hosted one hundred of our closest friends and neighbours (an annual […]

Dollar General Makes Party Time a Spring Breeze!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. It’s been a long, long cold winter here in Western New York, and we could not be MORE excited to have weather in the 60s and 70s, and even rain instead of snow! It’s official […]

Promoting Positive Mental Health Development in Your Child


  Did you know that it is National Children’s Mental Health Day!  Yup, it is!  Positive mental health development is extremely important, not only as children get ready to attend school, but also as they learn and grown to become productive young adults with the coping skills that they need. We are extremely happy to […]

Supercharge Your Summer Fun with H2OGO! + A Giveaway!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bestway for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Super-charge your summer fun with something new and exciting for the kids this season! We have just finished a long winter, and with the longer days and warmer nights ahead, the kids are going to want […]

How to motivate an unmotivated kid.

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I’ve always been fascinated by what makes some people super motivated, and others, not so much. I found this particularly interesting when I saw differences in motivation between my children. Why do I have two kids who are equally clever, yet one is disappointed with a certain mark or grade in school, while the other […]

Overcoming Mommy Judgments with the Sisterhood of Motherhood

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*  I’m a Sisterhood of Motherhood Partner and am a sponsored blog partner, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure.” There is a quote that says judging a person does not define who they are, it defines who you are.  As moms (and dads), we frequently face judgment.  Sometimes from strangers, sometimes […]

BODYARMOR is on our Sports Essentials List + Win $20 Target GC


As the weather warms up, it’s time to start gearing up for sports season for us. My girls don’t play baseball, soccer, or run track. Around here it’s the time of year we know as HORSE SHOW SEASON! That’s right, my girls are equestrians!  Having played several sports myself, I can tell you that our […]