Maleficent Crow Costume Tutorial


Every year Halloween becomes a topic of discussion in our home several months before fall. We travel to Southern California frequently and Mickey’s Halloween Party is a favorite event during October. From the time she watched as Maleficent interrupted Elle Fanning's birthday song at the 2014 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, my six year old daughter has had plans to dress like the villain for Halloween. Her costume wouldn't be complete without her crow, Diaval. My Read More... {Read More...}

Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales comes to Phoenix

Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales

I am a Feld Family Ambassador and have received complimentary tickets in exchange for sharing information and my opinion about this event. Disney Live! is bringing our favorite Disney Princesses to Phoenix! The live show Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales features Belle, Cinderella, and Snow White October 10th and 11th in Phoenix. We have a ticket discount code at the bottom of this post so you can enjoy the tales with your family this weekend too!  We just returned Read More... {Read More...}

“My First Halloween” printable


Halloween is such a fun opportunity to allow your children to express themselves in costume. Over the past six years my older daughter has dressed up in a wide variety of costumes ranging from frilly princesses to sea animals. As her mommy, I'm not sure there is anything cuter than her very first costume. I remember her first Halloween and the fun I had dressing her as a kitten in a big fluffy costume with a poofy pink tail. This year we have family costumes planned but I couldn't pass Read More... {Read More...}

SeaWorld Otter Nursery – a behind the scenes look at the best job ever


We are reaching the end of Sea Otter Awareness Week and I have read so many wonderful stories about these adorable mammals. Not only are they cute, but they also play a vital role in our ecosystem. California sea otters were once hunted for their fur and almost pushed to extinction; their population is still limited but with education, rescue and rehabilitation facilities, and new laws in place we can all help protect the sea otter population. Our visits to SeaWorld San Diego always include Read More... {Read More...}

How to save used wall decals for later use


Until very recently we had an adorable Finding Nemo bathroom in our home that my six year old daughter loved for many years. Sadly now that we are in the process of selling our home, we recently toned down the bathroom and painted over our favorite ocean wall. The wall had a fun mural with a wavy top and was covered in vinyl wall decals. The under the sea decals (similar, affiliate link) and Finding Nemo Self-Stick Room Appliqués (affiliate link) made this one of my daughter's Read More... {Read More...}

Thomas & Friends™ Sodor’s Legend Of The Lost Treasure DVD giveaway

Thomas & Friends DVD giveaway

It's been several years since my oldest daughter watched Thomas the Train daily and begged to play with the train set each time we visited our local book store. While she has outgrown her love for Thomas, her baby sister isn't too far away from adoring Thomas & Friends™. We are well prepared for the fascination of the friendly train crew and as parents, love the messages shared in many episodes. Now that we have ditched cable and dish television, having a few DVDs will definitely be helpful Read More... {Read More...}

Visit Carlsbad: Southern California family travel


If there is just one place I could bottle up and keep in my pocket it would be, without a second thought, Carlsbad, California. The beach town has so much special significance to our family. It's the first place my husband and I road tripped to while we were dating almost 15 years ago. We have visited every summer since and make sure to stop by at least for a quick walk on the beach or lunch at our favorite restaurant every time we travel to Southern California. Our last summer vacation in Read More... {Read More...}

Do Hamsters Make Good Pets for Kids?

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This post is brought to you by our Brie Brie Blooms contributor Kristen. So, you're considering a hamster as a pet for your child? A hamster is a classic. They are cute and relatively low maintenance, and are generally thought of as great starter pets for kids. As with any type of pet, it is important to do thorough research before diving in. There is nothing worse than getting a pet and then soon realizing that it is not a good fit. This is especially true when kids are Read More... {Read More...}

Baby photography studio session – tips to make it great!


We have our family photos taken every year before the holidays. Working with different bloggers and creative entreprenuers has put me in touch with so many wonderfully talented people. Unfortunately both photographers we've worked with for the past few years for our family photos have moved out of state. This year I truly had no idea where I would turn when it was time for photos of my sweet daughters. Instead of trying to develop a new relationship with a local photographer, I participated in a Read More... {Read More...}

Could Your Child be Lured by a Stranger With a Puppy?


This post is brought to you by our Brie Brie Blooms contributor Kristen. Would your child talk to a stranger? I don't know about you, but I speak to my children about "stranger danger" all the time–not every day, but quite frequently. I don't want them to be anti-social freakazoids, so we have a simple rule: If I am standing close enough for you to touch me, you may speak to whomever you like. But if I'm not within arms reach, you must ask me before you speak to anyone you don't know. Read More... {Read More...}