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Avoid Gift-Giving Awkwardness By Picking Something Personal

Everyone can tell you at least one story of a gift they received that they didn’t like. They will usually take a bit of probing before they will actually talk about it, because we don’t like to snark about nice things. But we have all been there – whether under the tree on Christmas morning or at a birthday party. Someone buys us a gift that they’ve clearly thought about, so we smile and thank them, but inside we wonder what possessed them to buy it.

In such cases, what usually happens is that we put the gift somewhere safe and only bring it out when the giver comes to our house. Or we regift it to someone who will like it, and come up with an excuse in case we’re asked about it later. These gifts rarely take up pride of place in our homes. So when we buy gifts ourselves, we try to avoid being the one who bought “that gift”.

When we are buying a gift, for any occasion, we will look to get something that means a lot to the receiver. Hopefully it will be connected to the occasion and to the person and be the kind of thing they’ll want to keep around. Most of all, we don’t want to put them through those contortions. The ones we had to go through to convince someone else we really liked that ugly hat or weird mug tree.


When Your Friend Has Had A Baby


After forty weeks carrying a tiny human and several hours giving birth, none of us are at our most energetic. Ensuring that your friend doesn’t have to give an Oscar-quality performance is really gift enough in many cases. A present that simply commemorates the happy event and welcomes the little one to the world is nice here. A good step is to read and such sites, to find something unique and special.

When Your Friend Is Moving Away

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If a close friend is leaving to move to another part of the country, or out of the country, it is an emotional time. Your gift needs to reflect this. It can’t be a punch in the arm for leaving you behind, no matter how much you want it to be. It should be something they can use wherever they’re going. When they use it – it could be a warm jacket they’ll need when they’re living in Norway – they’ll think of you, and call for a chat.

When Your Child Graduates


Graduating high school, college or anywhere else is among the most momentous occasions in a person’s young life. As it is an academic achievement, the impulse may be to buy them something focused towards that. But a really good calculator or a dictionary can feel a bit muted and impersonal. In this case, something fun seems appropriate. Paying for a trip somewhere they want to go can be the best step here.
It’s true that not all of these gifts can be framed and put on the wall, but what they will create is memories that can be shared. They’ll bring utility that will be appreciated and recognition of a momentous life event. And they will never generate that uneasy, forced gratitude we all dread at gifting time.

Fun, Outdoor Activities To Do With The Kids This Summer

Summer is here, time to pack in as much fun as possible with the kids! When the weather is nice it’s great to get outdoors, enjoy the sunshine and make some memories. The last thing you want to do is be stuck inside with kids glued to the tv. Here are a few of the outdoorsy, adventure type of activities you could enjoy together this summer.

Hire a Bouncy Castle

Bouncy castles might be associated with kid’s parties, but why not hire one just because? It’s great exercise and a fun and exciting way to spend a summer day. You could even throw a barbeque, and invite some friends and their children round to enjoy it with you. It’s not too expensive to hire one for a day or weekend and gives you chance to get outside and enjoy the garden.

Visit an Outdoor Swimming Pool

If you live in a climate that’s usually quite chilly, when the summer arrives it’s a fantastic chance to do something novel like swim in an outdoor pool. Most cities will have water parks, outdoor pools or something similar so see what you can find near you. Check the weather forecast for a particularly nice day, you definitely want it to be warm and sunny when you do something like this!


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Attend an Outdoor Programme

Programmes like Refreshing Mountain for example offer loads of fun outdoor things to do with kids. There’s zip wires, pool parties, group activities and more. Have a look at the types of things that are available in your area, you’re likely to see everything from nature programs to mountaineering. Be sure to check what kinds of age ranges they’re suitable for to ensure your kids can attend.

Go on a Bike Ride

What better way to enjoy the outdoors? Dig out the families bikes and helmets and go on a long bike ride together. If you pack a picnic and some drinks you can stop for lunch, with no need to buy expensive meals while you’re out. You could look online for bike trails, or just head to your local park or woods.

Set Up a Treasure Hunt

You could write up some clues and set up a treasure hunt around your back garden. You can pick up ‘prizes’ really cheaply, it doesn’t have to be expensive at all. The fun is in the finding after all! You could base it on a theme and write up rhyming clues, or just keep it simple. It’s a great way to get kids out in the garden, running around and using their brains.

Whether your budget is big or small, there are lots of fun activities you’re able to do with kids to give them a summer to remember. As long as you’re out spending time together, staying active and making the most of the weather that’s all that matters!


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Play a Game of Catch

Get a big group together in the backyard or the local park to throw a ball around. With a couple baseball gloves and bats you could even turn the activity into a big game of baseball, to keep the kids active and occupied outdoors for hours.

What are your favorite outdoor activities to do with the kids over the summer?


Failing At Buying Good Presents? Here’s Why

Do you wish you were one of those people who bought presents that people just seemed to love? Not just the people you bought them for either. One of those people who manages to buy presents that EVERYBODY coos over? Some people are naturally good at this kind of thing, but you can learn if you’re not already. If you feel like you’re failing at buying good presents, here’s why:

You’re Not Budgeting Effectively

In order to buy good presents, you need to know how much money you have to play with. This isn’t to say that you need to spend a ridiculous amount of money on a gift, because you don’t. It just means you need to be more financially savvy. Let’s use Christmas as an example. If you don’t budget properly for Christmas, you might end up with hardly anything to spend on somebody important. You might even end up with lots of money left over, which is great for you, but maybe you could have spent a little more and bought an even better gift for somebody? Make sure you know how much you have to spend and budget accordingly when buying a gift.

You’re Buying For Yourself

To buy a good gift, you need to put yourself in the shoes of the receiver. You might just be buying for yourself, rather than the receiver. Sure, you might think what you’ve bought them is great, but that doesn’t mean they’ll think the same. This is something most boyfriends do to their girlfriends without even realizing it.

You’re Not Being Thoughtful Enough

Being thoughtful is essential. Is there anything this person needs? Is there anything they could really use? What are their likes and dislikes? You should know them well enough to come up with the answers to these questions. Again, you don’t have to purchase something that costs the earth. Check out the page for some ideas.

Wow! My friend Julie got me such a beautiful tree of life diffuser necklace!!

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You’re Not Doing Your Research

Do your research before you buy a gift, especially if it’s a techy kind of gift. You’ll be able to find the best model or version of the gift you want to buy. You’ll also avoid buying rubbish gifts when you see what real people have said about them.

You’re Being Too Cliche

Sometimes, the cliche gifts are the easiest. Unfortunately, that means nobody really appreciates them anymore. Things like flowers, chocolates, and gift cards can make OK presents. But they’re not amazing presents (unless you buy tie-dyed roses and chocolates made by the world’s top chocolatier, it’s hardly original and exciting). Step outside of your comfort zone. There are so many websites out there that can give you some clues and unique ideas to make you better at buying gifts.

Remember, as long as you’ve put thought into buying gifts, it doesn’t matter how much you spend. You can still buy a brilliant gift on a budget. Just make sure you use these tips! Any of your own you’d like to add? Leave your ideas below.

Support Team USA With P&G Products | #LetsPowerTheirDreams

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Who else has been super excited for Rio 2016 Olympic Games? I literally was asking my husband for weeks when they were starting, ever since I was little I loved watching The Olympic Games. I can remember being at my Great Grandma’s house with my sisters and watching the “Magnificent Seven” and I was in awe at the sheer talent they had!

My girls who are dancers are also loving watching the “Fierce 5” and seeing Simone Biles fighting her way to team Gold! My little dancer was watching Simone and saying “Mom I want to do Gymnastics now too!!!”

Sarah was 3 years old when she started dancing, dancing in some ways is like gymnastics. It takes dedication and hard work to get to a professional level. We take extra acro classes to help with flexibility and turns.

She is working hard to be the best dancer she can and I absolutely believe in the hashtag “Let’s Power Their Dreams” She wants to be a prima ballerina and a scientist when she grows up. She can relate to watching Simone Biles in Gymnastics because it takes hard work, dedication and will power to stretch your body, flip, tumble and dance! The floor exercise is Sarah’s favorite because she said t is like dancing but they do flips and aerials!

Sarah loves to watch gymnastics, she is inspired by the Gymnasts and how hard they work. She only wishes ballet could be an Olympic Sport as the Fierce 5 have inspired her to work even harder and to get that aerial down.


Everyone is thoroughly enjoying watching The Olympics, even Mikey when he isn’t sleeping!

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Clever Ways To Keep Down Costs And Still Buy Beautiful Gifts


The thing about birthdays and holidays is that they always seem to arrive at just the wrong time. And it’s always when cash is a little short. How can you buy beautiful gifts for family and friends without spending a fortune?

  1. Shop Wisely

Throughout the year, keep an eye out for bargains. Don’t wait until the last minute to buy gifts. Shop ahead of time. The January sales are a great place to pick up items that didn’t sell in the run-up to Christmas. Put one or two aside for later in the year.

Secondhand or preloved products also make wonderful presents. You can often pick up items that haven’t been used from charity or pawn shops. You can pick up quality items at a fraction of the cost. If you’re looking for an affordable gift idea, view it at and other outlets.

  1. Personal Gifts

Personal items such as photographs make memorable gifts for family and close friends. Arrange to have a photograph of the whole family taken and have it framed. You don’t have to use a professional photographer, ask a creative friend with a good eye to do this for you.

And you don’t have to stop with framed photographs. Many companies offer services where photos can be printed onto items such as calendars, mugs, mouse mats, etc. Many of these are inexpensive, especially if you purchase more than one.

If you’re creative, you can create a personalized gift yourself. It’s possible to buy kits for keyrings and snow globes, where all you have to do is add your photo. Take out the glitter pens and add a little sparkle.

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Photographs can also be printed onto fabric. Using this method, there is no end to the possibilities. You can create your own cushions, quilts, and t-shirts.

As an alternative, you could you the kids’ artwork in place of photos.

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  1. Homemade Gifts

You don’t have to be an artist or an avid crafter to make beautiful homemade gifts. There are lots of simple projects you can get involved in that are simple to make but look impressive. Look online for examples. You can make candles, toiletries, ornaments and jewelry with just a few components. And for a simple box of chocolates, follow this recipe.

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  1. Simple Candy Recipe

All you need is a large bar of your favorite chocolate, a packet of biscuits, and a knob of butter. Melt the butter in a pan and crush the biscuits in the packet with a rolling pin. Add the fine biscuit crumbs to the melted butter and mix thoroughly. Place the mixture onto a shallow baking tray and press into the base with a spoon. Allow it to cool. Next, melt the chocolate. You can do this by placing it in the microwave for a few minutes. If you prefer, boil a pan of water on the stove and melt the chocolate in the bowl over the pan. Once melted pour the chocolate over the biscuit base and smooth with a spoon. Allow it to set overnight. The chocolate will become hard again, and you can break it into rough, manageable pieces. Place into a pretty box with a ribbon, and you have delicious, homemade candy.

Gifts are not about money. You can still give meaningful presents without spending a fortune. And it’s those personal gifts that show care and thought that will make the biggest impact.

Hiring A Family Law Solicitor, and How They Can Help

Many families, especially those going through a rough time, can benefit from the services of a Family Law Solicitor. But exactly what do they do, and how can they help? Read on to hear 5 things Family Law Solicitors can help your family with.


One of the most common things Family Law Solicitors are known for helping families with is divorce proceedings. Divorces are anything but straightforward and a family solicitor can guarantee that your needs are met, and your concerns, voiced. Whether you are fighting for your property or just trying to have the smoothest proceedings as possible, family solicitors are a great resource for advocating for you as you navigate the messy process of a divorce.

Child Custody

Even more complicated than a divorce is the matter of child custody. Children make any divorce more stressful, as there are more people affected by the changes occurring in a household and to a couple. Family lawyers can be a great source of support throughout this messy process, ensuring fair representation for all parties.

Marriage Counseling

When marriages are troubled but not ending, family lawyers can also be a great resource. Marriage counseling and therapy sessions often require some scheduling and coordination, especially if other members of the family are receiving counseling or if counseling goals are not met and further action needs to be taken. Even for the families not seeking out divorce, any serious strife within the family dynamic is a good time to find a family solicitor you can trust and begin a conversation with them.

Domestic Violence

Even more traumatic than counseling or divorce is the issue of domestic violence. Domestic violence affects a surprising number of men, women, and children every year and is something that should be taken extremely seriously. If your family is experiencing issues of this severity, getting a family lawyer involved is not only suggested, but necessary. When encountering grave and violent situations at home, it is important to know your rights and have a plan of action in place for avoiding these situations, and ultimately removing yourself from them.


Lastly, Family Law Solicitors can be a great help in most situations requiring mediation. When any sort of trauma or change is happening to your family, having a mediator can often help to focus on the main issues and resolve them with the help of a neutral leader.

Family lawyers are more than just legal experts. Specially trained in a myriad of tricky situations occurring in the home, these individuals are a great resource for any family undergoing major changes or difficulties. If you are in need of help, you can find a solicitor Solicitors.Guru to help your family through the rough times.

Parenting 101: Preventing TV Addiction In Your Children

Before I start, do not be fooled into thinking this is a rant against modern tech. In moderation, television and video games can be very beneficial to a child’s development. I feel there is nothing wrong with embracing those items. However, there has to be a limit. No parent wants to raise a child who is dependent on their various screens.

The best way to stop this from becoming a problem is to provide alternatives. Embrace the ideas below, and you should pass the test with flying colors.

Embrace Other Toys


The modern child’s bedroom will almost certainly include a TV. And it may well boast a laptop, iPad, and games console too. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t inject additional fun by using non-computerised toys.

In fact, some of those toys can become fantastic room decorations too. Model trams, for example, can add new energy to shelves. Meanwhile, your child can use them in an imaginative manner too. Now that has to be better than hours of mindless gaming.

Being creative is crucial for your child’s development, and another way to promote this is through fancy dress outfits. Let’s face it; dressing up as their favorite superheroes has to be better than playing them on the PlayStation.

Use The Garden



Having those tech features indoors is almost ubiquitous with modern family life. When they’re inside, your kids are likely to use them quite frequently. So why not encourage them to get outside more? As well as fighting the issue at hand, it will promote a more active lifestyle. This can only be good news for their physical and mental health.

Transforming your garden into a kid-friendly environment isn’t difficult. Investing in a trampoline or sporting games can make a world of difference. Meanwhile, a quality climbing frame can provide the perfect venue for their adventures. Besides, it will be far easier for you to keep an eye on them while you’ll also be able to relax in the sun too.

Most kids use their tech devices to stay in touch with friends. Let them invite friends over, and they’ll also have far less need for using social media. Human interaction has to be a far healthier option.

Encourage Hobbies


Playing games and watching films can be a great leisure activity. However, if you want your kids to spend their free time in an effective manner, you should help them find a hobby.

This could mean joining the local children’s sports team or attending classes in dance or music. And if your kids are genuinely fascinated by tech, then they can make videos using a GoPro camera. If it increases their natural creativity while developing communication skills, it has to be a step in the right direction. Who knows, they may even unearth a genuine talent for their future careers.

Even if those hobbies remain a leisure activity only, it’s important for children to have a passion in life. Best of all, though, those distractions should keep TV time to a healthy limit. From a parent’s perspective, that has to be the best reward of all.

Adorable Summer Styles by Zutano

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We are huge Zuntano fans, but most of you know that already. My two little ones are always sporting the adorable styles and fun prints. I also love to hand down the clothes they out grow to my friends.

This Summer Mikey and Shelby were able to have some matching clothes! That is one thing I love about Zutano is they offer the same (well some) print for boys and girls! We love the Maritime – Print by Tom Slaughter! Mikey and Shelby.

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There are tons of different options to choose from in each line too. From shorts, shirts, dresses, one piece rompers and pants/leggings you can mix and match with a lot of options. Here is Mikey in the screen tee and big pocket shorts.

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We love the Mandarin Terry Baby Bodice Jacket too! It makes the perfect lightweight jacket for cooler summer evenings.

Wearing her jacket and Navy And White Stripe Toddler Tiered Sleeveless Dress. This dress has ties around the shoulder which is great because we can adjust it to how we want the dress to fall on Shelby. It also allows for Shelby to wear this dress more than one year too.

Can she be any cuter in this @zutano_inc outfit?!

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Mikey in his matching Maritime sleeveless suit.

Cuddling with this little guy !

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We love Zutano and right now the one piece outfits you can get 20% off using the code CUTIETIMESTWO 

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DIY After Sun Spray with Essential Oils

Summer is here and that means most families are outside and enjoying the sun. If you are fair skin like me then you may find yourself getting red from the sun rather quickly. I have a great after sun spray to help soothe the skin when you may have found yourself out in the sun a little too long!

I love using Essential Oils and this After Sun Spray has quickly become my favorite spray this summer.

DIY After Sun Spray:

20 drops Lavender
20 drops Peppermint
20 drops Frankincense (optional)

Add oils to a 4 oz spray bottle. Fill the remainder with either water or fractionated coconut oil. Shake and apply as soon as possible to the sun irritated area. Repeat every 2-4 hours.

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If you are interested in trying out Essential Oils feel free to message me and I can get you started!

Shrek 15th Anniversary and our Shrek #Swampathon Party! #Shrek15Insiders


Can you believe it has been 15 years since Shrek came out? I was 17 and loved it back then, now four kids later and they get to enjoy this awesome Ogre too! Relive the magic of Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, Lord Farquaad, and all the fairy-tale characters when DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek and the Shrek 4-Movie Collection arrived on Digital HD May 16th and on Blu-ray & DVD June 7th.

You’ve never met a hero quite like SHREK, winner of the first ACADEMY AWARD® for Best Animated Feature*. The endearing ogre sparked a motion picture phenomenon and captured the world’s imagination with…the Greatest Fairy Tale Never Told!


Critics have called SHREK “not just a brilliant animated feature, but a superb film on any level” (Larry King, USA Today). Relive every moment of Shrek’s (Mike Myers) daring quest to rescue feisty Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz), with the help of his lovable loudmouthed Donkey (Eddie Murphy), and win back the deed to his beloved swamp from scheming Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow). Enchantingly irreverent and “monstrously clever” (Leah Rozen, People Magazine), SHREK is an ogre-sized adventure you’ll want to see again and again.

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How Behavioral Therapy with a Speech Pathologist can help Children with Autism

Individuals on the autism spectrum tend to have differing degrees and combinations of symptoms and therefore treatment must be tailored to the individual. It is also important to keep in mind that individuals with autism vary widely in their needs, skills and abilities.While autism appears to be on the rise is unclear whether the growing number of diagnosing these shows the increase comes from an actual increase in cases or improved detection by parents, teachers, and health care professionals.

Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Social interaction
  • Communication — both verbal and nonverbal
  • Behaviors and interests

A child on the Autism spectrumoften experiences learning development delayed from birth, though some children seem to develop normally before experiencing a sudden loss in social or language skills at a certain point in early childhood. For others, particular or unusual behavior patterns (such as spending hours lining up toys) will become obvious at a later stage.


Parents are usually the first to notice something is irregular but proper diagnosis of autism is often delayed as some parents and even doctors down play early signs of autism — in fact, many suggest symptoms are just a phase or a sign of a minor delay in typical social and language progression.

Until recently, the types of ASD have been determined by guidelines in the widely-recognized diagnostic manual (known as DSM – IV) of the American Psychiatric Association. According to the Center for Disease Control (or CDC), the three major types of ASD are classified as follows:

  • Asperger’s syndrome
  • Pervasive developmental disorder
  • Autistic disorder

The DSM -IV also included two rare but severe autistic-like conditions: childhood disintegrative disorder and Rett syndrome.The new diagnostic manual (DSM – V) has made some major changes in this list of disorders problematizing easy classification of this condition. It’s unclear, though, how these changes will affect the way health professionals define Autistic spectrum disorders, but it is clear from the manual that more attention is being paid to early identification, behavioral analysis, and intervention treatment than ever before.

At a speech pathology centre, such as Toronto’s Simone Friedman SLS, people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are introduced to aholistic Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and Intensive Behavioral Intervention (IBI) approach. The program selected for you or your child is designed to be unique and custom-tailored according to age, ability, availability, and budget. We use both naturalistic methods (including play and interaction) and formal behavior modification (including ABA, IBI) to help people with ASD to develop new skills. Some of the skills developed at Simone Friedman IBI therapy in Toronto include:

  • Communication skills
  • Social skills that include understanding and taking part in social situations and interactions
  • Behaviour (which includes paying attention, as well as coping with restrictions and dealing with emotions)
  • General life skills (such as housework and money skill planning)
  • Motor skills (especially use of the body and hands)
  • Cognition skills (which include learning concepts like colours and shapes)
  • Hygiene (which includes self-help when it comes to bathing, toileting etc.)

If you suspect that your child may be on the ASD, do not hesitate to contact a speech language centre in your area right away. Early diagnosis and intervention can make all the difference in how a child with Autism makes important improvements in language and social skills.

4 Crucial Roles of Parents in Children’s Career Selection


As parents, there are millions of things that you need to keep in mind to secure the future of your children. It is never easy to become a parent, it is actually the toughest job in the world. Being one is absolutely stressful and challenging, yet fulfilling and priceless. That is why all children should be proud of their parents in any way, especially for the unconditional love they keep showing them.

Growing up, your children need more attention and support, particularly with their studies. When the time comes that your children go to college, you have to make sure to guide them in choosing the best course for them. However, your role as parents is to help your children determine what they really want and not dictate what course should they take up.

Hence, the following are your roles as a parent while your children are trying to figure out the right course for them in college:

Become a good role model

Parents are the first role models of children, so be sure to be the person they look up to. You don’t have to be perfect, but you have to set a good example to them at all times. Always make time to talk to them about everything, especially yourself. Open up and tell them about your work story, career paths and plans in the future.

Build dreams with them

Always let your children dream. This is a good sign, which just means that they have a goal in life. If you let them have an ambition, you are molding them into someone who they want to become in the future. So, make sure that you dream with them and explain things properly when they ask you.

Support and encourage them

In case your children are having a hard time deciding on what career path to take, your support and encouragement as parents matter the most. You have to help them throughout the whole decision-making process and whatever they choose, be it a Diploma of Accounting, Counselling, Arts, or anything, you have to support them hundred percent.


Aid them in exploring career options

There are numerous career options available out there and it may be a struggle for your children to select one. With that, you have to assist them in discovering the best option for them. It might be difficult at first, but when your children finally figured it out, it will be worth it. Moreover, you can help them get work experience opportunities through your network.

On the whole, your role in the career guidance process of your children is crucial. This is the time when your children need you the most, thus, make it a point that your presence is felt. Your children’s college days is one of the hardest and most defining time of their lives. Therefore, you need to guide them well and never force them to take up a course that they don’t have interest in. Let them decide and be their number one fan.

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Mikey – 1 year and 4 Months Old!

Wow, Time literally flies when you have a baby and toddler. He makes me laugh every day. And he is very very busy!

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anna (hannah my inlaws dog)
sis (Sam)
neo (nino)

He waves hello and bye and is such a flirt! He loves when the ladies talk to him.

Weight is around 27 lbs and is 30 inches tall.


A Few Staples for the Pantry This Summer


We are on our last week of school and then it is Summer Vacation! My kids are so excited, we already have quite the list of stuff we want to do. From swimming at the lake, pool, visiting GG, a few camping trips and hikes we will be busy!

A long bucket list of fun activities means that we are going to be on the go.. a lot! Keeping the kids fueled and hydrated is extremely important so I have already started updating our pantry with drinks and snacks that will keep the kids happy but also healthier options. I like to keep snack size everything for easy grab and go. We can throw everything into an ice chest or backpack.

Here are a few of the must have staples I keep for the kids and you can pick them all up at Target!

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  • BODYARMOR Sport Drink
  • Annies Fruit Snacks
  • Bananas
  • Justins Classic Almond Butter Squeeze Packs

These all make excellent snacks and keep my kids happy! They absolutely love BODYARMOR Sport Drink which happens to be packed full of electrolytes and is made with coconut water! My kids love it and are sport drink fans so to find out about BODYARMOR I was pretty stoked to switch them to something that is better for them.


You’re probably wondering what exactly BODYARMOR Sport Drink is right? Well BODYARMOR is packed with Electrolytes, Vitamins, and Coconut Water, It provides your body with the necessary hydration to perform at its best.  So when we are at the pool swimming or out on a hike I know that my kids will stay hydrated (and myself at that!)

I myself love having BODYARMOR after my runs or working out. I sweat a lot so I love I am adding back in electrolytes and vitamins. I love the flavors too.

BODYARMOR Flavors include:

  • Fruit Punch
  • Orange Mango
  • Tropical Punch
  • Strawberry Banana
  • Grape
  • Lemon Lime
  • Mixed Berry
  • Blackout Berry

BODYARMOR also contains:

  • 2.5x the electrolytes of the leading sports drink
  • 100% vitamins A, C, E and 200% Vitamin B
  • 10% coconut water
  • Natural flavors and colors, gluten-free, certified kosher, and no preservatives

Be sure to get this Coupon to save on BODYARMOR .

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