Shark Week Fun ROUND UP!

Today kicks off Discovery Channel’s 30th Annual Shark Week! The boys are already shark obsessed so, giving them an entire week of shark filled fun is sure to amp up their love of all things finned, rubber-skinned, and dangerous!

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We start the week off wrestling our favorite float from Wal-Mart. The boys have played and splashed in the pool all morning while we watch the minutes tick with Shaq on Discovery Channel’s online countdown clock!

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Shark Tic Tac Toe  | Shark Slime | Shark Tank Sensory Play  | Shark Sensory Bin

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Clothespin Puppet | Paper Plate Eating Shark Puppet | Popsicle Stick Shark Craft |

Tube Hammerhead Shark | Tube Shark | Rocking Shark Family | Printable Shark Puppet 

| Painted Popsicle Stick Shark 

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Shark Mix Cups | White Chocolate Shark Mix | Shark Bark | Shark Whipped Cups 

Watermelon Shark | Shark Bait Popcorn Mix | Marshmallow Shark Pops 

 | Shark Attack Punch | Shark Drink


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DIY Donut Cork Boards!

We’re so excited to add these sweet little things to our homeschooling corner! I’m a sucker for cork boards: if it keeps a push pin in place, I’ve got to have it!

When we came across these circular cork mats on our most recent IKEA run, all I envisioned was a dreamy wall of Donut cork boards swimming with bright colored pins holding some of my favorite Astrobright projects in place!

To get started on your own Donut cork boards you’ll need a few supplies!

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  1. Use the base of a cup or small pinch bowl to trace out your donut center from your cork mat.
  2. Cut the inner circle with an exact knife.
  3. Paint a squiggly circle onto your cork base.
  4. Let dry.
  5. Now, paint a squiggly line to replicate icing onto your dried base.
  6. Optional: Attach picture hanging hooks!
  7. Use your colored push pins to decorate your donut cork board and hang your favorite photos, projects, or cards!

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Donut Paper Plate Craft!

Tomorrow is National Donut Day! To celebrate, we’re pulling out all the stops and creating some super fun Donut-themed crafts and DIY’s!

To start, I can’t resist a good paper plate craft so, we’re doing a Paper Plate Donut! For this adorable kid-friendly project, scroll below for a short supply list and a peek at our final result!

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  1. Trace your paper plate onto a brown sheet of construction paper.
  2. Cut your circle 1 inch in from your trace line.
  3. Using the hole in your construction paper sheet, draw a squiggly circle onto an Astrobrights sheet of paper.
  4. *Make sure not to forget folding your papers in half and cutting out the center hole of your donut!
  5. Glue your squiggly circle onto your donut base.
  6. Glue your donut base onto your paper plate.
  7. Cut strips from Astrobright paper in a variety of colors as your sprinkles, and glue!

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Happy National Donut Day!

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 Marvel LIVE! Age of Heroes | Save on tickets!

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 and/or discount codes like this one!

The time has come…We’re all in full fledged holiday shopping mode and Christmas is right around the corner! Save yourself from the hustle and bustle of downtown traffic to find stocking stuffers for your favorite little heroes by purchasing tickets to see Marvel LIVE! Age of Heroes! Add a few capes and accessories to their stocking with these SUPER awesome tickets, and you’ve got yourself a gift even Santa would love!

This action-packed show for kids of all ages plays Amway Center in Orlando for SEVEN totally rad performances January 12-15, 2018 and features The Avengers, Spider Man, and our personal favorite: The Guardians of the Galaxy! With tickets starting at just $15, it’s an affordable and fun event for us mamas to gift our littles this holiday season!

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Save on tickets by using code: MOM20 at checkout when purchasing online and save 20%! What a SUPER awesome gift idea, #amiright? *Not valid on VIP seating. Hurry for the best available seats! Code expires January 11, 2018!

Want more info about Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes?!

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Check out this quick excerpt from Feld Entertainment about our FAVORITE live show!

“Marvel fans, assemble for this live, legendary battle to defend the universe from evil. The Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man join forces with Doctor Strange, master of the mystic arts, in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before it falls into Loki’s hands in this all-new, spectacular arena stunt show. Produced by Feld Entertainment, Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes is performing at Amway Center from January 12-15, 2018 for seven performances. Tickets are on sale now. Witness cutting-edge special effects, aerial maneuvers, pyrotechnics, martial arts, motorcycle stunts and vast 3D video projection mapping in this completely new thrilling adventure. Fans of all ages will be immersed in the Marvel Universe and experience it all with their family…LIVE!”

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Marvel Live! Age of Heroes

Get the deets:

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

WHEN:

 

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: #MarvelUniverseLIVE @MarvelOnTour @AmwayCenter #AmwayCenter!

 

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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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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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Mommy + Me Valentine’s Date

Last week, the boys and I planned for our Valentine themed play date but, unfortunately mama wasn’t feeling too great and many of our friends were down sick!

Rather than letting our cute set up and cupcakes go to waste, we decided to have a quiet little date just the three of us (since there will soon be one more babe in the mix!).

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Both boys received this little gift box full of everything they needed for our date. It included mini spice jars filled with pink and red sprinkles, candy hearts, bubbles, organic gummy snacks, Go-Go Squeeze fruit pouches, cute cups, and supplies to decorate their new slime!

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We decorated cupcakes;

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Made this super awesome glitter slime;

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Blew bubbles, and filled our bellies with a delicious, sparkled Strawberry Popcorn Mix!

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We hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

 

 

 

 

The Perfect VDay Gift FOR HIM + GIVEAWAY From JORD Wood Watches!

If you’re like me, finding the PERFECT Valentine’s Day gift for your hubby adds a lot of stress. Like others, my husband usually ends up buying everything he could ever want or need for himself throughout the year, making it IMPOSSIBLE to find a gift suitable to show my appreciation for his hard work. Thankfully, my hunky man can never have enough watches, which makes this JORD Wooden Watch super unique and totally natural for him!

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Each watch comes beautifully packaged in a gorgeous wooden box complete with full care instructions and a JORD pillow to rest on, making it easy to store when it’s not being worn. (Not to mention I’m a total sucker for beautiful packaging and JORD‘s is deff a fave!)

All of JORD‘s watches are made from 1 of 13 sustainably-harvested woods with completely scratch proof faces-awesome, right? AND they don’t just offer their watches for men! There’s an entire line of beautiful women’s watches too!

An added bonus- They’ll even size your watch before it makes it way to you!

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I’m so excited, because my friends at JORD and I are hosting a giveaway for all of my readers! Enter to win a $50 gift card to JORD! && To wish all of my readers a Happy Valentine’s Day, every entrant will receive a $20 giftcard to JORD just for entering! This giveaway has closed.

This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches.


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DIY Valentine’s Day Slime

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You’ll Need:

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INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Pour liquid starch and clear glue into your Ziploc bag (in that order).
  2. Shake, shake, shake your bag!
  3. As you’re shaking your bag, mush the glue to spread it throughout the liquid starch while the bag is still zipped.
  4. Open your bag, pull the slime out, leaving excess liquid behind, and start molding, twisting, and mushing it together. It will be super gooey and slimy but, the more you mush and twist it together, it will form into a not-so-sticky and slimy, slime! This could take a few minutes so, don’t get discouraged and DON’T wash your hands with water! As your slime starts to form, it will collect all of the goo from your hands! Adding water will double this process time because of the extra moisture on your hands!
  5. Once your slime has formed, add your glitter and sequin hearts!
  6. Store in a Ziploc bag or airtight container. We found these really great small storage containers for all of the kids at our play date at Hobby Lobby! (I love to use plastic test tubes for our Halloween slime!)

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Strawberry Popcorn Mix + FREE Valentine Printable!

I’m SO excited to share this super scrumptious recipe with you guys today!

It’s easy, inexpensive, fun for the littles, AND as an added bonus I’ve included a FREE Valentine printable for you to use and send in with your sweeties for their Valentine’s Day party!

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Let’s get started!-You’ll Need:

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Bag of Boom Chicka Pop Kettle Corn
  • 1/4 C Butter
  • 1 C Sugar
  • 1/2 C Karo Syrup
  • 1 Box of Strawberry or Raspberry Jello
  • 1 Bag/Box of White Bark Chocolate Melt
  • Sprinkles, M&M’s, Glitter Sugar, etc.

SUPPLIES

  • Spatula
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Large Baking Pan
  • Large Bowl
  • Foil

PREP

  • Pre-heat oven to 350
  • Line pan with foil
  • Dump popcorn into a large bowl

 

  1. Bring your butter, sugar, Karo syrup, and gelatin to a boil for 4 minutes, Continue stirring until the mixture is no longer grainy.
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  4. Warm chocolate as directed and stir into popcorn.
  5. Spread your popcorn back onto the pan to add sprinkles, edible glitter, and valentine candies.
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We delivered our Strawberry Popcorn Mix in these fold down kraft bags with the perfect FREEE printable! Get yours HERE!!

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