Non-Candy Halloween Treat Bags! + FREE Printable!

Col’s school is hosting a Halloween Carnival this year so, we thought it would be super fun to send him in on carnival day with some special treats for his friends!

For our treat bags, I grabbed a pack of 24 Assorted Play Doh Cans, these adorable cookie cutters, and mini raisin boxes!

To finish off your treat bags, grab your FREE Halloween Tag printable HERE: Halloween Treat Tags 2017!

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How to Have a Natural Labor + Delivery in the Hospital!

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We’re almost 8 weeks home with our new bubba and I haven’t quite had the will to put him down long enough to make time to share his birth story but, in the short time I have while he’s peacefully resting, I would like to give you all the tools to have a wonderful natural birthing experience in the hospital like I did!

Being that this was my third pregnancy, my decision was already made when we were ready to start trying to get pregnant-I would go au natural again during labor and delivery and strive for the most natural and undisturbed experience as possible. To make it easy, I’ve made a list of things that I truly feel were the best tools to have when planning for a natural birth in a hospital!

 

 

10 Things To Do Before Your Disney On Ice Experience! + A GIVEAWAY!

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Get your littles ready for a guaranteed spectacular-fun time at Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream with these 10 tips!

Tip #1. Purchase + pick up your tickets in advance. (Make sure to use a discount code on tickets! )

Go the week of and hit up the box office at your show’s arena to save time and skip lines by picking up your tickets in advance! Save 20% off select seats with code SAVE20. Not valid on premium VIP seating. Get yours now for the best available seats! Code expires September 7, 2017.

Tip #2. Scout parking areas.

While you’re picking up your tickets in advance, ask the box office attendant or scout out the best parking areas for the night of your show! Make sure to arrive early to find the best parking!

Tip #3. Eat beforehand.

No-one likes to spend outrageous prices on snacks from concession so, take the family out for a nice meal before you head to the arena to keep from rumbling bellies and empty wallet syndrome!

Tip #4. Be prepared with your children’s necessities.

Does your little have sensitive hearing? Pack headphones.

The show falls 30 minutes after bedtime? Put a lovie or small blanket in your bag.

Pack for your family’s needs and anticipate worst case scenarios! (Diaper blow outs, thirsty babes, etc.)

Tip #5. Dress for the event.

TONS of kids dress up for the big show! To make sure your little fits right in, make sure to dress them in their favorite Disney tee or costume!

Need some ideas?

Girls Costumes

Moana

Cinderella

Elsa

Anna

Rapunzel

Belle

Boys Costumes

Maui

Prince Charming

Olaf

Chip

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Tip #6. Locate bathrooms on your seat level.

Make sure to locate the nearest bathroom to your seat and make a stop there before finding your spot for the show!

Tip #7. Set behavior expectations.

Let your kids know prior to walking into the arena what is expected of them. (i.e. no kicking chairs, keep hands to yourself, staying in their seat unless they’re on mom or dad’s lap, try use the bathroom before + after the show and during intermission, spending limit on souvenirs, etc.)

Tip #8. Make a plan for souvenirs.

If you plan on letting your littles choose a souvenir before or after the show, prepare them with a spending limit or budget. The prices can get out of hand at times and you don’t want to be walking back to the car after your show with $150 in light up wands and cotton candy.

Tip #9. Pack binoculars.

No matter how near or far your seat is, binoculars always add an extra touch of fun to your experience! Grab a pair of these super cute kid-friendly ones for each little to save yourself a mid-show battle!

Tip #10. Pack light + prepare for a security check.

Your show is only a couple hours long so, make sure to only pack the necessities and be prepared for a security check when you arrive!

Want to win tickets to the Orlando show?!

Head HERE to enter!

 

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WIN a Family 4 Pack to DISNEY ON ICE Orlando!

I am super lucky to be a Feld Entertainment Blogger Ambassador! In exchange for sharing my love and thoughts about their super fun awesomeness, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and other exclusive opportunities! Without their generosity, I would not be able to provide my readers with such fun giveaways like this one!

We’re SO excited that Disney on Ice presented by Feld Entertainment will be back in Orlando this September at the Amway Center! The boys can’t wait to get out and do something fun after this long summer spent stuck at home with a very pregnant mama!

To celebrate our excitement and share in all the things we love about Disney on Ice, we’re giving one lucky fam a pack of 4 tickets to enjoy the show!

Want even more exciting news?! Moana, Maui, and their gnarly friends will be ditching the waves to hit the ice for the first time at this year’s performances! K already has his Maui ponytail holder picked out with a side of “you’re welcomes” and temporary tats!

Along with the crew from Moana, you’ll see Beauty, Beast, Anna, Elsa, Cinderella, Flynn Ryder, and my personal favorite-Rapunzel, as they hit the icy stage for a spectacular show!

Enter to win + get more info below!

Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream.

Get the deets:

WHERE: Amway Center | 400 W Church St #200 | Orlando, FL 32801

WHEN:
Sep 8, 2017 Fri 7:30 PM
Sep 9, 2017 Sat 11:00 AM
Sep 9, 2017 Sat 3:00 PM
Sep 9, 2017 Sat 7:00 PM
Sep 10, 2017 Sun 1:00 PM
Sep 10, 2017 Sun 5:00 PM
(*GIVEAWAY TICKETS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR: Friday, Sept. 8 at 7:30pm OR Saturday, Sept. 9 at 11:00am)

Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com | Via Phone at 800-854-2196 | Box Office at Amway Center, Orlando.

Make sure to share your experience using: #DisneyOnIce #DareToDream @DisneyOnIce @AmwayCenter #AmwayCenter

Save 20% off select seats with code SAVE20. Not valid on premium VIP seating. Get yours now for the best available seats! Code expires September 7, 2017.

 

Enter to Win!

Giveaway begins 12:00am August 15, 2017 + ends 12am August 24, 2017. Winner will be selected at random. The winner will be notified on August 24, 2017 of their winnings and must promptly reply with 24 hours to confirm, claim, and select their showtime. Tickets must be picked up at the Amway Center Box Office starting Thursday, September 7 during regular Box Office hours (Monday through Friday | 9am to 6pm and three (3) hours prior to any event). Please arrive to pick up your tickets the day of, no later than 30 minutes before show time. Paid parking is available in the nearby GEICO garage.

 

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Back to School Photos + FREE Yearly Printable!

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Hey mamas!

Get ready to give your friends and fam the cutest Back to School themed photos from your little!

All you’ll need is:

Once you print your free printable sheet (I like to have mine done on minimum 65lb. card stock with a laser printer from a local print spot), stick it in your frame!

With a dry erase marker, write in your child’s grade on the glass of your frame above the line on the printable sheet!

Put your little out on the sidewalk in their favorite Back to School gear and snap away!

 

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New + Improved Florida Kids SUMMER BUCKET LIST!

I totally LOVED sharing our 2015 Summer Bucket List with everyone but, after two years and a couple sizes up in the toddler section, partnered with loads of parenting experience, we decided it was time to update the list and add some of our new favorite adventures for all of you to enjoy!

In this bucket list, you’ll find something fun and unique to do in most major cities throughout Florida, from Key West up to the Panhandle and all the way back down to the Treasure Coast! Mark off the ones near you or plan a road trip to find something fresh and different!

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1. KEY WEST

Southern Most PointShipwreck MuseumTake a Trolley Ride

2. MARATHON KEY

Dolphin Research CenterTurtle HospitalSnorkel at Sombrero Reef

3. MIAMI

Visit the Miami Seaquarium-Crawl through the Castle of Dream at the Miami Children’s Museum

4. NAPLES

Visit the lazy river and water slides at Hyatt Bonita Springs -Play at the Galisano Children’s Museum of Naples

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5. SANIBEL + CAPTIVA

Make your own seashell jewelry at the Bailey Matthew’s National Shell Museum-Have a slice of Orange Cake and take in all the Christmas decor at The Bubble RoomRide bikes along the trail through Captiva

6. FL GULF KEYS

Collect shark teeth at Blind Pass Beach on Manasota Key (Grab your shark tooth sifter from  The Green Parrot Gift Shop)-Hit the cold white sand of Siesta Key Beach for the day but, make sure to bring an umbrella

7. SARASOTA

See the 27 foot squid at the MOTE Laboratory and Aquarium and get an up close look at the lab-Eat off of a frisbee at Old Salty Dog and grab a picture with the giant “Unconditional Surrender” statue-Climb the banyan tree in the Children’s Rainforest at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens-Visit The Ringling, a museum dedicated to the world famous Ringling Bros. Circus

8. TAMPA

 See the mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs-Celebrate Christmas in July at the Rogers House Christmas Village-Visit the Florida Aquarium-Spend the day digging up fossils and taking in the ginormous prehistoric replicas at Dinosaur World-See where the New York Yankees practice in the Spring-Explore the many exhibits at the Glazer Children’s Museum or The Great Explorations Children’s Museum

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9. GAINESVILLE

Devil’s Millhopper Geological State ParkButterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History-View the 100+ species of plants and flowers in an abandoned lime rock query at Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens-Learn how to climb a tree with the Canopy Climbers-Splash in one of the many springs of Gainesville (Big Blue Springs, Blue Grotto, Ginnie Springs, Ichetucknee)

10. PANHANDLE

National Naval Aviation Museum-Hike to look down on the waterfall of Falling Waters State Recreation Area-Ride the Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise in Panama City Beach-Explore the Florida Caverns-Swim with Dolphins at the Gulf World Marine Park

11. JACKSONVILLE

Visit MOSH and get your science on-Stop by Sweet Pete’s for a special treat-Take a small walk to Big Talbot State Park and climb the fallen driftwoods on the beach-Spot a Leopard Gecko and other reptiles and animals at Tree Hill Nature Center-Feed a Giraffe at the Jacksonville Zoo

12. ST AUGUSTINE

Visit the Old Jail-Pretend your back in time at the Castillo de San Marcos Fort-Embrace your inner Ariel on the rocks of Washington Oaks State Park Beach-Go back to Colonial Times by spending a day at Colonial Quarter-See the Florida Gator at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park-Try not to steal the treasure at the Pirate + Treasure Museum-Get some yummy sweets and take a tour of Whetstone Chocolates

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13. CENTRAL FL BEACHES

Grab a freshly made popsicle from Mason Bar, NSB-Climb the winding stairs of the Ponce DeLeon Inlet Light House-Have a lobster roll from Cafe Heavenly-Eat a HUGE cinnamon roll after you hit the salad bar at Aunt Catfish’s in Port Orange-Take a tour on the Cape Canaveral National Seashore (N Apollo Beach) to watch sea turtles hatch-Touch stingrays and hermit crabs at the touch pool in the Marine Science Center-Smell the rubber at the Daytona Speedway

14. CENTRAL FLORIDA

Find the enormous giant cement dinosaurs at the Sugar Mill Ruins-Ice skate in the summer at RDV Sportsplex-Connect with your inner scientist at Mad Science in the Oviedo Mall-Visit the rhinos at the Central Florida Zoo and cool off in the splash pad-Ride the SunRail from DeBary to Winter Park and grab a treat at Peterbrooke Chocolatier on S Park Ave. before heading back-Swim with the manatees at Blue Springs-Eat like a German at Hollerbach’s Willowtree Cafe’ and save room for the gummy bears that come with your kid’s meal

15. LAKELAND

Climb a life-sized spiderweb, play music outside, splash around a desert themed water pad, and find Rapunzel’s hidden tower at Bok Tower Gardens-Create music and put on a show at the Explorations V Children’s Museum-Bring a mini figure to Legoland and trade any of the workers for one on their name badge

16. ORLANDO

Hit up Chef Mickey’s to eat a meal with your favorite characters-Indulge in a Sparkling Chocolate Volcano from the Rainforest Cafe’ during an indoor thunderstorm-Watch knights joust and battle at Medieval Times-Smell the roses at Leu Gardens-Grab a farm fresh meal from Farm & Haus at East End Market-Pick and sort oranges at the Orlando Science Center-Play giant Connect 4 while your parents grab a bite at Sea Dog Brewing Co.-Create your own crayon at The Crayola Experience-Hold a gator at Gatorland-Ride a swan boat in Lake Eola-Take a ride on the Orlando Eye and view The City Beautiful-Plant something in the community garden at Mead Botanical Gardens

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17. SPACE COAST

Kayak through a bioluminescence tour with A Day Away Kayak Tours and see the algae glow-Watch a rocket launch or visit Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to feast your eyes on real-life rovers and moon rocks-Swim in a whale’s mouth at the Brevard Zoo-Race a car at Andretti Thrill Park-Volunteer at the Sea Turtle Preservation Society and get an up close encounter with a nesting spot-Get up close and personal with the black bears and a 200 ft alligator at the Jungle Adventures Park-Play on Cocoa Beach -Spend your allowance on a gnarly new boogie board at the world famous Ron Jon Surf Shop

18. BOCA RATON + FT LAUDERDALE

Feed a flamingo at the Flamingo Gardens-Visit the South Florida Science Center + Aquarium-Pop into the Museum of Discovery + Science-Let a butterfly land on you at Butterfly World in Coconut Creek -Hop on over to the Boca Children’s Museum and the Boca Children’s Science Explorium-Get Wet and play at the science playground at Sugar Sand park

19. TREASURE COAST

The Children’s Museum of Treasure Coast -Touch and view model ecosystems and thriving underwater worlds of the Indian River Lagoon and Atlantic Ocean at the Smithsonian Marine StationEnvironmental Learning Center -Go inside the stick huts at the McKee Botanical Gardens-See a different side of Mickey at the Disney Vero Beach Hotel

20. Close to HOME

Visit your local fire station-Build a cardboard box Castle-Make a lava Lamp-Adopt a fish-Grow a windowsill plant-Sing a song at your local senior citizen facility-Paint rocks to hide on your next adventure-Make slime-Paint pottery at your local ceramics spot-Get a group together for a fun paint class

 


 

I’d LOVE to know if you’ve marked any of these off of your list! If so, comment below and share your favorite!

See some of our bucket list adventures below!

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Disguise Learning with Play using STEM! (+ A Snapology LEGO GIVEAWAY!)

I’m so excited to be partnering with Nakturnal for a giveaway! Read below to find out how you can enter to win a LEGO® brick set of the Snapology Mascot- Sebastian Gator! Find a full disclaimer on the sidebar of my blog!


It’s no secret that we eat, breathe, live LEGO and all things STEM-based in our home. Not a day goes by that one or both of the boys isn’t stimulating their brain with those small colorful blocks, folding a paper airplane out of an old piece mail, or manipulating K-Nex into crazy, crime-fighting vehicles and winding roads.

When we realized that Col was a little different than other kids, it took no time at all to see the potential benefits of what STEM-based learning could do for him. Writing, Reading, and Speech as separate subjects are definitely a must-have in your child’s learning plan but, for kids like Colin, a science and mathematical learning environment is the most beneficial way to grow their unique little minds!

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Fast forward to when we had K! We were quick to realize once he was at a play age that typically developing kids thrive in the same STEM-based environment as well! Which made play time between the two of them a bonding experience and way to encourage them to teach each other new ways of learning!

Now that you know our little back story, let’s get to why you’re really here: “How do I disguise learning with play using STEM and what exactly is it?”

  • What is STEM?

STEM is a way of learning based on the idea of educating children of all ages in four specific areas — Science, Technology, Engineering, + Mathematics in an applied, hands on approach. Rather than teach the four subjects separately, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.

Pretty cool, huh?

  • What are the benefits of STEM?

1. It’s CURRENT!

In a technology-based society, science is forever changing and growing. As work places change by frequently updating their software, and equipment that we use in our daily lives becomes more advanced, STEM knowledge is vital. Staying up to date on the latest techy trends is a must in today’s world!

2. GET CREATIVE!

Creativity is one of the many benefits of a STEM education by implementing the idea of “Learning by Doing!”

Ironically, creativity is also the result of a STEM-based education ! STEM-based learning encourages students to get their hands ‘dirty’, solve problems, create new designs and functions, and make tools out of something that otherwise wouldn’t be!

3. INNOVATE, INNOVATE, INNOVATE!

With the growth of technology, is the freedom to invent and engineer almost anything you can dream of! Starting at a young age, we can encourage our kids to use their minds and create the impossible with STEM.

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1. OFFER THE RIGHT TOYS

I’m totally not suggesting that you go out and spend hundreds on an entirely new toy collection but, when birthdays and holidays come around, encourage friends and family to give more significant gifts that stimulate learning rather than the typical stuffed animal or piece of junk that will end up in a garage sale pile a few months later!

Some of our favorites:

  • LEGO
  • Magna-Tiles
  • Tegu Blocks
  • KIDS FIRST Engineering Tubs
  • Marble Run
  • Lincoln Logs

When choosing toys, try to make sure they incorporate and/or encourage one of the following: tinkering, building, circuit creation (adding pieces and parts to the toy that make it GO! or turn on and off), problem solving, or tech-based growth and learning.

Does the anticipated and totally loathed “LEGO dump” have you resisting adding them to your STEM collection?! Check out my post to help with that!

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2. ALLOW UNINTERUPTED + FREE WILL TINKERING

Sometimes, regardless of the mess it makes, you just have to let your little ones free with their tinkering toys without borders. I know, I’m with you. Walking into our home to a ‘road’ of K-Nex that stretches from the front door to, well, I don’t ever really know where, can be super annoying and seemingly pointless but, they’re actually using their little minds to create something super awesome and through the mess is some really great learning!

3. HELP + ANSWER WITHOUT FRUSTRATION

I know this one can be a bit difficult, especially when your knee deep in your own project but, when your little comes to you for advice or answers, they’re seeking you out for a reason! Curiosity is natural for growing minds and by shooting them down or showing frustration when they’ve asked the same question every single day for a week, you’re discouraging one of the greatest forms of learning. If you don’t know the answer to a question yourself, let them watch as you figure it out. Whether it be from a book, video, or the internet, seeing you seek out an answer encourages them to continue doing so through you.

4. ALLOW FREE PLAY WITH CRAFT SUPPLIES

Yes, for real. I mean, don’t give your kid all access freedom to liquid glue and finger paints but, offer them a bucket of dry supplies! Rubber bands, tape, twine, paper clips, pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, clothespins, dowels, empty toilet paper rolls can all be used in creating some really awesome things. Change it up every other week or so with fresh supplies and new tools!

5. TRY A “BUILDING SNACK” TRAY

Similar to free play with random craft supplies, you never know what your little one will come up with when you offer them a tray of “building snacks” at the table! We love pretzel sticks, mini marshmallows, grapes, sliced olives, cheese cubes, and cheerios. You’ll be amazed at their first cheese cube-pretzel stick car with grape wheels!

6. INCORPORATE EDUCATIONAL SHOWS DURING SCREEN TIME

If you allow screen time in your home, there are a TON of education shows that go hand-in-hand with STEM-based learning! One of my favorite things as a mom to my littles is walking in on them super indulged in old school Bill Nye and The Magic School Bus. I love when they approach me to spill their guts about friction or some other super sciencey topic three days after watching an episode. It’s always a proud moment for us, even if they got it from a screen!

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We use all of these tools in our day to day life as a family and although it took a little practice, it’s now just routine! Our family truly enjoys play time together AND apart because of this method and as parents we’ve learned to embrace the repetitive questions and constant mess of LEGO!

 


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Congratulations to Jenna!


Want to win a Snapology Sebastian Gator LEGO Set?!

(Recommended for ages 6+)

As parents of special needs + typically developing kids, we know from experience that every child is different and so is their preferred method of learning. So, as a soon to be family of three crazy boys, all different and unique, we’d love to know: Which of the ideas in this post is your littles’ favorite way of STEM-based play? (Haven’t tried one yet? Answer: Which idea are you most likely to implement first?) Comment below to be entered!

*Winner will be chosen at random 10 days from the post date on July 23, 2017 and will be notified via email. US entrants only please. Prize is a LEGO® brick set of the Snapology Mascot, Sebastian Gator, mailed directly to your home!


Curious about Snapology?!

Snapology is a STEM-based kids’ facility that hosts totally rad play dates, birthday parties, field trips, workshops, + summer camps where littles (ages 1 and up) use LEGO, K’nex, art + mosaic, code, robotics, and more to learn through play! Sounds super awesome right?! Well, they’re looking for someone interested in becoming a franchise owner in the Central Florida region! Give them a call or apply online today if this sounds like the spot for you!

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6 Ways to Stroll with Evenflo Pivot

A huge thank you to Evenflo for gifting this stroller to our growing family in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions and thoughts are 100% my own.

Florida, sweet Florida!

There aren’t many places that you can spend the first weekend of March in swim trunks and flip flops and for that reason, we’re so happy to raise our babies in this sweet Sunshine State! For us, March calls for open windows, fruit picking, diving into the questionable temperatures of the pool, and renewal of our annual passes to the Central Florida Zoo!

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Over the weekend, we hopped in the car and made the short trip to visit the zoo! I’ve been dying to test drive our new Evenflo Pivot Travel System since it’s arrival and knew the zoo and all it’s terrain would be the perfect spot (even though the cheerios on the tile and our super plush shag rug did offer substantial terrain on the night of our new stroller’s unboxing).

What I really loved about pushing the Pivot around all day is the “toddler seat recline to bassinet” action. (Side note: We have a luxury brand stroller that I had to have JUST for the bassinet and to tell you the truth, the whole seat removal and replace with a bassinet and vice versa, is a TOTAL pain.) With the Pivot, there’s a lever on the back of the seat which reclines it ALL.THE.WAY. down to a bassinet. I really just can’t get over how much of a time and energy saver that is. How do you get it back into seat mode? Pull that lever and lift up. Seriously, it’s that easy! There’s a buckle on the back side of the seat to give the seat shape and keep it stable. I’ve got to give it to Evenflo for making it so easy and affordable to leave the extra bulky bassinet behind and transform your stroller from sit to sleep mode in 2 easy steps, WITHOUT the hassle of unlocking, removing, and storing a bassinet!

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Not only does the seat transform into a bassinet but, it can be unlocked and reversed for a parent-facing stroll. This was perfect while we waited in the long line to renew our membership before entering the zoo! The belly bar is easily removable and has an awesome snack tray which occupied little K with carrots and cucumbers during our wait!

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Once we got into the zoo, we just flipped the seat around and he was content all the way until he needed to exercise his bitty legs when we entered the petting area!

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Going through two toddler stages, several strollers and wagons, tons of terrain and adventure, and the constant feeding of growing boys while on the move, I think it’s safe to say that we’re pretty experienced when it comes to knowing a good push to bad push in a stroller and the severe need for a well thought-out stroller basket.

Knowing that we’d be spending our entire day at the zoo, changing from play clothes to swim suits and back again, and snacking during our visit, the large and realistically functional basket on the Pivot, was a HUGE plus. It’s super easy to get in and out of, with a large enough space for two towels, a wet bag, lunch box, and more! I can’t thank Evenflo enough for creating this stroller with such an easy to access basket! TOTAL LIFE SAVER.

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Now, let’s talk about the push!

I’ve had my fair share of stiff wheels, blow outs, terrible turns, and squeaky strolls when it comes to strollers. Five years ago, being a first time mom, I was so excited to have an over the top, drop-in, majorly bulky travel system. BIG mistake, HUGE.

Going into our second baby with a toddler on the run, I REFUSED a travel system and instead told myself I’d be a baby-wearing feign. WRONG. (I mean, I love wearing but, I’m certainly not an 80% of the time baby-wearer. Heck, I’m not even a 30% of the time wearer.) Eventually, I caved and purchased a Sit and Stand…TERRIBLE. The idea was great but, the push was so difficult that we never used it.

Now onto my third baby, with TWO toddlers CONSTANTLY on the go and a storage unit full of mom knowledge acting as my brain, it’s easy to know what works and what doesn’t in only a matter of minutes (BEFORE purchasing and exiting the store to find you’ve made a huge mistake weeks later). Even my husband can appreciate a good stroller with an easy push and after our day trip, we both agreed that Evenflo has totally nailed it with the Pivot! Each of us had a chance to push through dirt and rocks, over boardwalk trails, water covered walkways, and mulch with ease!

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We wrapped up our long day filled with tons of snacking, playing in the sun, petting and visiting our favorite animals, and test driving our newest addition and I think it’s safe to say that every one came home a happy camper!

After a little thought, hubby and I have both decided to let go of our luxury stroller (with the bassinet) and replace it’s spot in the back of the mom mobile with our new Evenflo Pivot!


Want a full list of the 6 Ways to Stroll with the Evenflo Pivot? (Of course you do, that’s why you’re here!)

  • Front Facing Carseat Drop In
  • Rear Facing Carseat Drop In
  • Outward Facing Bassinet
  • Parent Facing Bassinet
  • Front Facing Seat
  • Parent Facing Seat

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Because each system comes with a SafeMax Infant Car Seat which features an Anti-rebound bar, we can’t wait to install it in our family car to bring baby #3 home!

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Save Your Shopping Trips with Snap + Shop Tray! (+ 15% OFF CODE!)

Hey mama! Did today’s trip to pick up milk and bread leave you yanking your hair out? Are you finally pulled into your driveway with your little one passed out oh-so-sweet in the backseat while your heart is still racing from that terrible run to Target?

Listen, we’ve all been there, and I’ve got your back when the older woman behind you glares, or when the young couple in the aisle next to you comments about how their child “will never act like that in public,” I’ve totally got your back…and so does Snap + Shop.

I’m not exaggerating when I say that I have been waiting, desperately, to come across this mama miracle.

We all know what it’s like to:

a. Spend 35 minutes before even leaving the house or getting dressed, preparing snacks for  what should be-at max, an hour out of the house.

or  b. Packing said snacks and realize as you pull into Target that you’ve forgetten all of them on the kitchen counter.

If you’ve made it to c. and remembered you’re littles’ snack collection, you’re now moving onto the next dreaded step…

STRUGGLING WITH 5 BAGS OF CRACKERS AND CHEERIOS MANAGING TO (hopefully) ONLY DROP SOME ONTO THE FLOOR BEFORE YOUR (loving & beautiful) TODDLER SPRINKLES THE REST THROUGHOUT THE STORE AISLES.

On the other hand, you could save yourself all of the prep and Zilpoc waste, losing precious snacks to the floor before your toddler even gets ahold of them, and most importantly…occupy that sweet bundle as you shop your way through Target heaven!

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Introducing: Snap and Shop!

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This perfectly designed little tray comes in 3 solid colors: Pink, Teal, and Blue. It’s attachment can fit onto any size cart handle (or stroller), and comes off for easy washing!

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Let’s not forget the removable lid. The lid secures tighttt for travel and storage! Pack your snacks into the tray at night to easily grab and go in the morning! Just make sure to listen for the three “snaps!” when placing the lid!

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Take your shopping trips to the next level and save 15% on your Snap + Shop Tray by using this code: HOUSEWIFE15

Happy shopping mamas!

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A huge thank you to Snap + Shop Tray for sending us this one of a kind product!


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6 Shopping Apps You Should Make Space on Your Phone For!

This time of year always sneaks up on us. You know the time: when the boys are going out in public with shorts too tight and embarrassingly high above their knees, tee shirts and belly buttons playing peek-a-boo, and shoes that aren’t even passable for another kid’s hand me down collection. Living in Florida, we only see Winter for a few weeks and we’re just about out of that small speck of a cold season so, it’s a total purge of the kids’ closet…and dad’s wallet.

I’ve learned in my last 5 years of being a mother that nothing, ABSOLUTELY nothing should be purchased without a coupon, sale sticker, or discount, unless it’s necessary. As much as I wish that I was one of those moms who carries a binder full of coupons into the store with her, I just don’t have to time or patience to do so (*major kudos to those of you who do). BUT, unless my phone is dead or in someone’s hand under age 5, I can always be seen with a handful of snazzy mobile coupons taking anywhere from 20-50% off of my total bill!

That’s where this post comes in. I originally posted this in September of 2014, one month after the launch of The Happening Housewife but, it only included 3 of the 6 apps that I save with and I knew it was time for some major tweaking and updates. So, here it is:

1.Shopular- My absolute favorite shopping app is Shopular. It’s an easy to use, coupon and savings app.

Things to LOVE:

  • Very user friendly
  • Sign Up is simple You don’t have to go through a lengthy sign up process to use it
  • Select your favorite stores to store at the top of your feed to save time when shopping
  • Automatic sale finder (when Location Services is turned on) Set the app to use your location, when you pull into a shopping plaza or mall, the app will pop up with all of the deals available through the app in that location. & When you slide open your app, all of those deals will automatically move to the top so they’re easier to access!
  • Outlet Store Coupons available
  • Easy to Scan No zooming or downloading necessary
  • Search Bar Makes it easy to find and search for the store you’re shopping at
  • Shopular takes and uses your recommendations There was a time shortly after I posted the original content of this that I was really hoping for a small handful of stores to be added to the app. I sent them an email and within 60 days, the stores were all available in the app!
  • Available on Android + IOS

2.Shopkick- An app that gives incentives and rewards just for scanning select product barcodes in a store registered with the app.That’s right- you literally don’t have to buy anything to start reaping the benefits of Shopkick.

Things to LOVE:

  • User friendly The app updates daily on how many “kicks” are available for certain stores making it easy to include Shopkick your shopping trips.
  • Reminders when on-site When you walk into a store that is registered with the app or has current “kicks” available, the app will remind you to “check-in” and use it (bluetooth enabled).
  • Easy to scan barcodes It’s very rare that I have trouble scanning an item that is ready for “kicks” when using the built in barcode scanner.
  • Incentives + Rewards The really great thing about this app is that the rewards are actually things that most people want or use. Oh, and don’t forget their referral program. Please feel free to sign up…HERE!
  • Double + Triple Points Several times throughout the year, Shopkick will offer it’s users double or triple earnings for scans.
  • Available on Android + IOS

3.Cartwheel- An app specifically designed for Target shoppers to easily save during their shopping trips.

Things to LOVE:

  • User friendly After adding your savings to the Cartwheel app, all you have to do at checkout is show the cashier the barcode in the “Checkout” tab at the bottom of the app. It will tell you how much you’ve saved since the start of your Cartwheel adventures!
  • Weekly new ad reminders 
  • Easy to scan barcodes The app has a built in barcode scanner which will search the entire app for discounts on your items. Headed to the register and forget to search and add a few items to your savings? Scan those last few items to make sure you’re not missing savings! (There are times that I’m scanning while things are on the checkout belt!)
  • Search Options Not interested in scanning with the barcode scanner or prefer to add your savings before even walking in the store? The search makes it easy to save your discounts without scanning.
  • Combine with Target coupons and discounts You can combine your Cartwheel savings with savings, sales, and coupons from the Target app.
  • Available on Android + IOS

4. Gmail- I know, this isn’t specifically designed for saving on the go. However, if you open an email account just for savings memberships and link it to your Gmail app, it totally works like a coupon charm.

Things to LOVE:

  • Search Option The one thing I have always loved about Gmail is that the search tool is the easiest and most useful of any email search tool in my opinion.
  • Easy to delete unused and outdated savings Gmail makes it easy to delete emails by checking them off and removing them in bulk.
  • Multiple uses This goes without saying but, the Gmail app can be used outside of a coupon or savings app.
  • Birthday Clubs Signing up for a membership with a brand or company that offers Birthday Clubs can lead to MAJOR discounts that you may not receive otherwise.
  •  Extra savings Similar to Birthday Clubs, enrolling in memberships and promotions from retailers can get you tons of extra savings and coupons that other apps may not offer.
  • Available on Android + IOS

5. Retail Me Not- This one isn’t my absolute favorite but, it’s my go-to when noone else has a discount code or coupon for a retailer that I know typically offers savings.

Things to LOVE:

  • Search Option Is it obvious yet that I would never use a discount app without a search tool?
  • Available online as well as mobile app The fab thing about RMN is that everything available on the mobile app is also available for use on the desktop.
  • Viewable recent usage Although RMN doesn’t delete all of the older discount codes it has, the most recently, successfully used deal will be available at the top of a store’s feed! It will tell you if the discount has been verified by users and how many times a certain discount has been used through RMN.
  • TONS of savings RMN offers more savings from each retailer than any of the other apps I’ve listed. I don’t know how they do it but, just today they have 35 available offers with 9 verified discounts for the Gap alone.
  • Available on Android + IOS

6.Flipp- This app is fairly new in my collection but, it’s been really great so far.

Things to LOVE:

  • Search Option Yes, again with the search feature. The Search tool in Flipp let’s you look for specific items and brands, not just stores.
  • Over 800 Big Name Retailers Think of an app that offers all of those “Big Box” ads in one place…that’s what Flipp gives you. No more flipping through huge circulars when you walk into a store to see what their latest sales are. With Flipp, you’ll know what your savings will be before you walk in!
  • Shopping Lists- This one makes it super easy to create a mobile shopping list before hunting down all of the ingredients for that delicious Pinterest recipe you’ve been craving!
  • Extreme Couponing without the big binder Clip coupons in the app for instant savings at the checkout. (For US user only)
  • Notifications before discounts expire Set reminders to use coupons before they  expire
  • Available on Android + IOS

Happy savings!

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