The most important skill to teach your children for self defense

Last week my oldest daughter and I attended a self defense workshop at Ivivva Scottsdale taught by personal trainer Dan Huper. Dan is a skilled mixed martial artist and instructor at the Spartan Nation Combatives and Fitness gym. Ivivva offers workshops for girls every week with varying topics for health and wellness. The classes are for girls eight and older and their caretaker. Our self defense workshop had excellent tips for our young daughters while reintroducing some skills I haven't Read More... {Read More...}

10 reasons every mom will love SING’s Rosita

If you haven't already seen the favorite animated comedy SING, you should! Your children will love it but from one mom to another, this is not a film YOU should miss. Much like current reality singing competitions, we get to see five starring characters compete in the world’s best singing competition. And while every character is truly a star of their own, we absolutely love Rosita the mommy pig voiced by Reese Witherspoon. 10 reasons every mom will love SING's Rosita is why you should Read More... {Read More...}

Teach your daughter to have hair confidence

From the moment I learned I was having a baby girl almost nine years ago I imagined mornings of fixing her pigtails and braiding her hair. What I didn't know is that it would take years for her hair to grow. And when she finally had enough hair for me to try out all those cute hairstyles for little girls, my sweet daughter wanted nothing to do with mommy fixing her hair. Now, at eight years old, she fixes her own hair with so much confidence and doesn't look back in the mirror as she bounces off Read More... {Read More...}

Tips for a quick guest ready bathroom

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ScotchBriteCleanHoliday #CollectiveBias While our experience might not be full on National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation style, I still feel quite panicked when unexpected visitors show up at our door during the holidays. Is our guest bedroom full of unwrapped gifts? Do we have clean sheets for a fast bedding change? What can I do to get the bathroom sparkly in less than five minutes? I Read More... {Read More...}

Happy Places Shopkins storage and creative play

Remember when you were little and had a collection of special things you knew you would collect forever? That was me and unicorns. Everything unicorns. And then I grew up and discovered Shopkins. And now it's not unicorns, now it's Shopkins. The little shoppies are the cutest and it's an extra bonus for me that my daughter loves them too. She has been collecting the pint size personalities for years and can't wait to play with the new Happy Places Shopkins from Moose Toys. Happy Read More... {Read More...}

Edwin the duck, the app-connected smart duck

Baby sister has a deep love for two things - ducks and her iPad. There is six years between her and our older daughter so I'm very much new to discovering all the great app-connected learning toys out there for toddlers. While we certainly limit her screen time, it's amazing to watch her navigate through favorite apps correctly naming colors, numbers and shapes. From first learning about Edwin the Duck, the app-connected smart duck, and partnering to receive one for review, I knew baby Read More... {Read More...}

Hosting and Toasting holiday ready with BabbleBoxx

This post is sponsored by on behalf of Single Edition Media. #HostToastBabbleBoxx  The holidays. That wonderful time of year when everything is bright and sparkly. And rushed and loud and busy. Sure, we all have this perfect plan that starts several months before the holiday season but keeping up with life just seems to always bump that schedule right off its tracks for me. I'm excited to be partnering with BabbleBoxx again to share a whole box full of Read More... {Read More...}

Holiday ready tips for parents

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone #KidfreshToTheRescue #CollectiveBias It's our favorite time of year and we are getting ready for all the seasonal fun. But getting holiday ready isn't just about singing along at your child's school program or addressing your favorite holiday cards. It's also about making sure you don't let the business get in the way of actually enjoying the season. This holiday season I took a much Read More... {Read More...}

Dad for President, current campaign thoughts

We all have our own thoughts on the current presidential election. My opinion has changed over the past few months but at no time have I felt good about the possibility of either candidate actually being the next President of the United States. When my seven year old daughter asked who I am voting for this week I really didn't know how to respond. Instead I felt like running to the playground wearing a "Dad for President" shirt. Luckily I didn't; I left that to baby sister instead. But I did Read More... {Read More...}

Getting ready for baby: tips for first night home

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WhatsInYourBabyBag #CollectiveBias I have two daughters six years apart. As a first time parent there is the fear of not knowing what to expect but by the time baby #2 comes around, you can consider yourself a pro - unless those two babies are many years apart. In just six years I had forgotten everything I thought I new about bringing home a baby. I'm not talking basic survival skills here Read More... {Read More...}