Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom – a survival story about a baby monkey and his momma

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I was invited to a complimentary screening of Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom before it was released in theaters. All opinions are my own. It's been over six years since I had a newborn baby at home. With the arrival of our new daughter I was quickly reminded just how exhausting it is caring for an infant. Just a couple of days after her birth, attempting to maintain some normalcy for our six year old daughter, I attended a screening of Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom. We had been looking Read More... {Read More...}

Our baby birth story

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Our new baby's birth story isn't what I expected. My pregnancy with our six year old daughter had no complications and I was induced just before her due date. The induction was quick and easy - Pitocin, broken water, delivered baby with three pushes. I had been on Pitocin for an entire day during my first daughter's induction with no real progress. Overnight I was given a break and then the doctor broke my water in the morning. Our daughter was born just a short time later with truly only three Read More... {Read More...}

Bed-sharing with your pet, is it okay?

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This post is brought to you by our Brie Brie Blooms contributor Kristen. Pet owners often have strong feelings one way or another about bed-sharing with your pet, most commonly a cat or dog. There are those of us who wouldn't dream of allowing their furry companion to invade the bedroom, and there are those of us who can't imagine not snuggling up with our animal pals. Is bed-sharing with your pet okay? In our household, it's more of a family affair. Our dog, N.A.S.H.A., will Read More... {Read More...}

10 reasons I would attend Social Media on the Sand at Beaches Turks and Caicos again

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Last year when I was invited to the Social Media on the Sand conference at Beaches Turks and Caicos I knew it would be an unbelievable experience. My excitement quickly turned to disappointment when my husband and I realized it overlapped with an out of state work conference he could not miss. Knowing I couldn't attend with my husband and not wanting to pass by the opportunity to learn with top social influencers, I invited my mom, her cousin and 80 year old aunt to go with me. It was the first Read More... {Read More...}

A Girl Like Her film is spreading awareness about bullying

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I received complimentary screening access to view A Girl Like Her prior to the theater release in exchange for this post. All opinions and ideas are my own. #AGirlLikeHerMovie Imagine being harassed everyday by the person you once called a best friend and never knowing why. Imagine dreading going to a place you once loved and felt safe. Now imagine not being able to tell anyone and hoping it would simply all go away. This is not just a storyline, this is what millions of children and young Read More... {Read More...}

Pink and gold nursery

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When we first found out we were expecting, I truly had no gut feeling about our baby being a boy or a girl. Finding out we were having another daughter was a very exciting moment. Although my six year old daughter said she wanted a baby brother initially, she is now ecstatic about having a baby sister. I started planning a nursery soon after and tried to stray far from my favorite blues I somehow end up incorporating in every room of our home. My daughter was heavily involved in the color theme Read More... {Read More...}

When is My Child Ready to Walk the Dog?

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This post is brought to you by our Brie Brie Blooms contributor Kristen. Helping to care for the family pet is a favorite chore for kids of all ages. There are all sorts of tasks to do each and every day. Since our pets are completely dependent upon us for nearly everything, including survival, it's important that parents monitor that the most important tasks are, indeed, being done. If everyone thinks someone else fed Fido, Fido goes hungry, and we can't have that. Making sure our Read More... {Read More...}

You’re not you when you’re pregnant – pregnancy behavior apology card with SNICKERS®

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Pregnancy comes with so many joys while planning for the arrival of your new baby. Preparing the nursery, tiny baby laundry, and selecting a name are all parts of the experience I have enjoyed. Feeling your baby move for the first time while pregnant is another exciting moment. But as your hormone levels are changing and growing that sweet baby is using up every little bit of energy you have, you might find yourself not feeling quite like yourself. I have had an amazing pregnancy with absolutely Read More... {Read More...}

Kids’ Day at the Phoenix Film Festival March 28 – Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom tickets giveaway

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Thanks to the Phoenix Film Festival for sponsoring this post. I received complimentary tickets to the Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom screening to host a giveaway for my readers in exchange for this post. All opinions and ideas are my own. #PFF2015 I'm a mom to a very busy six year old with a lot of interests. She just recently started asking questions about how movies are made and refers to actors with a reference of all their starring roles. She has appeared in several news segments and Read More... {Read More...}

DIY glitter animal wall art

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With a new baby arriving soon, I've been working on her nursery and finishing up my last projects. Her pink and gold nursery is the perfect place for a DIY glitter animal wall art collage. I transformed frames I already had at home into glittery safari animal silhouettes. The nursery itself is very glam and these framed animals softened the room to make it a fun wall for a new baby. DIY glitter animal wall art tutorial  Supplies: frames for collage (any size and color) spray Read More... {Read More...}