DIY Shark Week shirts for siblings

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Shark Week is approaching and we are excited! My daughter has always been fascinated by marine animals and she loves learning about sharks during the fun week. Whether it's a Jaws movie night or a Discovery Channel episode marathon, our DIY shark week shirts are perfect for the occasion. This is baby's first Shark Week so we had to get her in on the fun. The silly sibling shark shirts took about half an hour to make and have already received a big thumbs up from my shark loving daughter. Her Read More... {Read More...}

Kid friendly spinach squares recipe

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During the summer it's easy to lose track of time and forget about your well thought out meal plans. But when you're cooking your daughter's favorite side dish and she's getting an extra helping of veggies without realizing it, it's worth sticking to your plan. My daughter has never been a big fan of veggies but she loves when I make kid friendly spinach squares. During the school year she happily asks for leftovers in her lunch the next day. This week I made spinach squares and everyone in the Read More... {Read More...}

Free printable Inside Out feelings journal

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Ever wonder what's going on inside someone's head? All. Day. Long. This year has been exciting for our six year old daughter. She became a big sister and graduated from kindergarten. She currently loves to play outside, swim and run through sprinklers, read, make crafts, and go to summer camp. She is most excited for a new summer camp with a best friend next week and our upcoming summer vacation. With all this excitement, she is also able to deliver some fierce emotions regarding her dislikes. Read More... {Read More...}

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Arizona summer staycation

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With temperatures getting close to the 120's, our family was excited about our Arizona summer staycation. It had been years since my husband and I stayed at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge and decided it was time to go back to enjoy the pool resort for a weekend. Our six year old daughter loves playing outside and asks to swim all day in the summer. The JW Marriott Desert Ridge was a perfect place to be poolside all day with a lazy river, water slide, numerous pools, and plenty of shaded seats. The Read More... {Read More...}

Water park essentials for infants

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The summer heat brings a perfect opportunity to visit water parks for family fun. Whether it's a park close to home or a planned stop during a family vacation, packing a bag full of all your essentials is critical to a successful day. In Arizona our temperatures reach in the 120's during July so we want to spend as much time as possible in the water while we are outside. This summer we have a newborn baby but don't want our older daughter to miss out on our normal summer routine. We recently Read More... {Read More...}

Dinosaur Swamp Dip (healthy kids snack)

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With the anticipation of the new Jurassic World and Disney Dinosaur coming to theaters soon, we have been talking a lot about dinosaurs. This week my daughter borrowed a few books from the library and we had an afternoon full of learning about the prehistoric giants. Our day included science projects, themed snacks, and a scavenger hunt for fossils in our backyard. Dinosaur swamp dip was a fun way to incorporate a healthy snack into our day of fun. My daughter was giggling with each Read More... {Read More...}

Cucumber watermelon pops (kids snack)

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Summer at our house means more time to play, do crafts, and make fun snacks. My daughter is attending summer camp for a couple of weeks and today she was assigned to bring snacks to share. Cucumber watermelon pops are the perfect snack for summertime fun. In less than an hour we made the pops and cut up all the extra fruit for snacks at home.  Cucumber watermelon pops tutorial Ingredients and supplies: seedless watermelon cucumbers (cut into 1/2" slices) metal flower cookie Read More... {Read More...}

10 Summer Activities for Dogs and their Kids

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This post is brought to you by our Brie Brie Blooms contributor Kristen. Summer is upon us! School is out and the kids are looking to beat that summer boredom. It's likely that your pooch is thrilled to have the kids around, so why not plan fun things for them to do together? Whether it is a quick project at home or an extended pet-friendly vacation, there are lots of fun summer activities for dogs and their kids. 10 summer activities for dogs and their kids 1. Enjoy outdoor Read More... {Read More...}

Grossology at the Arizona Science Center

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Visiting the Arizona Science Center just got a little more fun this summer. The Grossology exhibit visiting the Science Center May to September is an interesting look at the science of the human body. According to my six year old daughter, learning about burps, puke, and poop couldn't be more fun. While exploring all the gross functions of the body, children are learning about anatomy and bacteria. Grossology at the Arizona Science Center this summer is a fun and interactive Read More... {Read More...}

Formula fed babies, how to answer “are you breastfeeding?” when you are not

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Almost eight years ago when I was pregnant with my first daughter I was amazed by the many times I was asked if I was planning to breastfeed. There was no reason for me not to plan to breastfeed so my response was always welcomed with an added conversation of the many benefits. The memory of her birth and our first couple of nights in the hospital is blurry but I clearly remember the lactation consultant. From the first hour with my daughter I had someone in my room handling my breasts trying to Read More... {Read More...}