Recipes

Our Hawaiian Themed Inspired {School} Lunch #HydrationEducation

Our Hawaiian Themed Inspired {School} Lunch #HydrationEducation

Our school year is almost here, which means it’s time to start planning school lunch ideas. Last year, I let my oldest eat hot lunch one day a week, but in reality it ended up being a lot more than that. Mainly because I’d forgot to plan ahead one week, or get too busy in […]

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Oven Roasted Ranch Potatoes

Oven Roasted Ranch Potatoes

This delicious post is sponsored by Pompeian. All hunger thoughts are my own. Pompeian is celebrating National Olive Oil Month this August by launching the Pompeian Pledge – a call for consumers nationwide to swap butter for olive oil in everyday recipes. Olive oil contains far less saturated fat (only 2g compared to 7g) and […]

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Over 50 Delicious Tailgating Recipes

Over 50 Delicious Tailgating Recipes

IT’S FOOTBALL SEASON!!!! …I’m just a little bit excited to see our Seahawks on the field again! Football also means food, at least in this house. So here are 50 tailgating recipes that are delicious and of course great for sharing with friends! Biscoff Fruit Dip Buffalo Chicken Sliders French Onion Beer Burgers Club Sandwich […]

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Back-to-School Lunch Ideas Beyond Sandwiches

Back-to-School Lunch Ideas Beyond Sandwiches

Please don’t hate me for taking about BACK TO SCHOOL already! But you guys, it’s almost August!! For some of you, school starts next month. For us, we only have four weeks of summer left. I am the “planner” for sure. So yes, I’m already planning and thinking about lunch ideas for when my oldest […]

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Fried Onion Rings with Matzo Bread

Fried Onion Rings with Matzo Bread

My aunt came to visit us back in May, and with her she brought a case of matzo bread. Not a box. A case! What on earth am I going to do with all of this, I thought. Well, I’ve been using it here and there. Sometimes I like a piece with some butter on […]

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Strawberry Pound Cake Ice Cream Sandwich

Strawberry Pound Cake Ice Cream Sandwich

{This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SilkAlmondBlends #CollectiveBias} One of my new (to-me) favorite shows on Food Network is Kelsey’s Essentials. I just love her personality, and of course the food is always fun and delicious. Last week, we watched a dessert episode, where […]

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Crafts & DIY

Inspiring Creativity with Painted Journals for Kids

Inspiring Creativity with Painted Journals for Kids

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Elmer’s via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Elmer’s. We’re getting ready for school to start soon! This year, I wanted to try something new with my 7-year old. She’s doing a fantastic time reading […]

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A Simple Chore System for Young Kids {with Free Printables!}

A Simple Chore System for Young Kids {with Free Printables!}

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #SharpieClearview http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV School starts next week for us, and while it was fun to be more care-free during the summer, I really need for all of us to get back […]

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DIY Button Earrings

DIY Button Earrings

Let me ask you a question. If you have a daughter, when did you (if ever) decide to get their ears pierced? When my husband and I had our first girl, I wanted to get her ears pierced right away, as a baby. However, my husband was against it. He felt that it should ultimately […]

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Make Fabric Covered Flip Flops for the Summer

Make Fabric Covered Flip Flops for the Summer

I’ve got another fun craft for you today! This time we’re tackling kids sandals. I LOVE finding inexpensive flip-flops for the summer. You know? The ones you find for a dollar at Old Navy or The Childrens Place. However, every time my girls wear them, they complain about the rubber part hurting their feet in-between their […]

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Science Experiments for Kids: Floating Grape

Science Experiments for Kids: Floating Grape

It’s summer time, and school’s been out for a couple of weeks now. That means now my kids are starting to get bored with you know…that basic home and park stuff. *rolls eyes* What better time than now, to break out the Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments? We got this book to review last […]

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8 Fun & Easy DIY Patriotic (4th of July) Shirts for Girls

8 Fun & Easy DIY Patriotic (4th of July) Shirts for Girls

With having four girls now, it’s nearly impossible to find them matching shirts or dresses. Either I can find ones for the older three, but not the baby, or the younger three but not my oldest, or any other combination. That, or when I do find something they can all wear, it gets costly. So […]

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Pregnancy

Chocolate Peanut Butter + Banana Lactation Smoothie #BreakfastEssentials

Chocolate Peanut Butter + Banana Lactation Smoothie #BreakfastEssentials

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Nestle, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BreakfastEssentials http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV My sweet Everly is three weeks old already, which seems crazy to me. I swear, I just gave birth to her yesterday. At least it feels like it. Many of […]

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Our {Second} Home Water Birth Story

Our {Second} Home Water Birth Story

I’m so excited to share with you guys Everly’s birth story! This was my second home (water) birth, and THANK GOODNESS, it couldn’t have gone better. I had my 41 week midwife appointment on Thursday, April 10th. Since I was overdue, and had already tried many things (walking, dancing, spicy food, pineapple, etc.) my midwife […]

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3 Things You Should Do to Prepare for a Great Childbirth Experience

3 Things You Should Do to Prepare for a Great Childbirth Experience

Special thanks to Chelsea, who’s filling in for me here today while I take care of our new baby girl! Pics on Instagram!! Whether you are pregnant with your first child or your third, your birth story is important. Each birth is unique and the day that your baby enters the world is an event […]

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Welcome Baby: Over $600 in Must-Have products for Mom & Baby! {Giveaway}

Welcome Baby: Over $600 in Must-Have products for Mom & Baby! {Giveaway}

I’m just weeks away from baby’s (estimated) arrival. Can you believe it? I can’t! This pregnancy has gone by incredibly quick. I guess when you’re busy taking care of three other kids, everything just goes by more quickly. This weekend, my wonderful friend Ashley is throwing a small baby shower for me, along with our […]

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Why I Choose a Midwife Over a Doctor

Why I Choose a Midwife Over a Doctor

I’ve used a doctor for two of my pregnancies, and a midwife for the other two. I will tell you without a doubt, that I’d choose a midwife over a doctor ten fold. A trip to the OBGYN would include paying for parking, getting there about 20 minutes early, filling out paperwork and/or signing in, […]

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Postpartum Must Haves – For Mom & Baby!

Postpartum Must Haves – For Mom & Baby!

Two years ago, I gave birth to my daughter at home (well, my mom’s house). My first home & water birth. This time around, I’m also planning to have this little girl at home, in the water. Just because I’m not planning on giving birth at the hospital, doesn’t mean I don’t want to be […]

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Parenting & Relationships

Moms Make a #PromiseToBaby – #JOHNSONSBaby Listened & Made One Too

Moms Make a #PromiseToBaby – #JOHNSONSBaby Listened & Made One Too

From the second my girls were born, I knew that it was my responsibility to care for them, physically and mentally. It is my job to wake up every day and to explore the world with them. To make mistakes with them. To show them kindness, compassion, and hard work. This is a promise I’ve […]

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Find Out How #SIMPLEGiving Is As Easy As 1-2-3!

Find Out How #SIMPLEGiving Is As Easy As 1-2-3!

Just a few years ago, our family needed help. We were fortunate enough to receive WIC for food, and even received Tree of Sharing gifts for Christmas. Now, our family is more able to donate and give back when we can. This campaign is a GREAT way for those that can help, to help. – […]

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How Do You Know You Are Done Having Kids? #GoodNeighbor

How Do You Know You Are Done Having Kids? #GoodNeighbor

When my husband and I first started dating, we were 19 years old. After just a few months together, he told me he wanted us to have a child together. I was madly in love with him, and the idea of starting a family. In June of 2006, we found out that we were pregnant! […]

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4 Ways to Encourage Independence in Your Toddler

4 Ways to Encourage Independence in Your Toddler

{This post is sponsored by VTech Baby. All thoughts after having four crazy kids, are all my own. Connect with VTech on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and on Pinterest.} My two year old thinks she’s much older than she really is. I blame that mostly on the fact that she has two older sisters, and mimics them more often than not. […]

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Children Being Forgotten In the Car, Justified  ?

Children Being Forgotten In the Car, Justified ?

I’m not saying it’s in all the cases of children being forgotten in the car, but I’m starting to feel like I understand why MEN (aka DAD’S) have done it. As a mother, I could never fathom forgetting my girls in the car….just like I can wake up from a dead sleep with just a peep […]

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Summer Bucket List Idea: Try a New Sport

Summer Bucket List Idea: Try a New Sport

One of our summer bucket list ideas is to try a new sport. And that sport will be… Tennis! Growing up, my grandfather loved watching and playing tennis. I even remember watching my aunt play too. I learned to play a little while visiting them, but it’s been a decade since I’ve last played (which was […]

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Family Lifestyle

GoldieBlox: Inspiring Young Girls to be Innovators {Plus Giveaway!}

GoldieBlox: Inspiring Young Girls to be Innovators {Plus Giveaway!}

Many of you may have caught this awesome GoldieBlox video during last season’s Superbowl?   I actually  first learned of GoldieBlox last fall, right before the holidays. Instantly, I fell in love the concept and idea behind the product. It goes beyond playing “house”. It’s not all about the pink, but still very much appeals to […]

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The Only Car Seat You’ll Ever Need {from Evenflo}

The Only Car Seat You’ll Ever Need {from Evenflo}

I’ve been through my fair share of car seats in the past seven years, and am excited to share about an all-in-one from Evenflo. This is the Evenflo ProComfort Symphony DLX Convertible Car Seat, and the only one you’ll need for your little one. Why you ask? That’s because it’s been designed for children ranging […]

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Back-To-School Trends from OshKosh B’Gosh {Plus 25% Off Coupon & Giveaway!}

Back-To-School Trends from OshKosh B’Gosh {Plus 25% Off Coupon & Giveaway!}

I hate to say it, but I actually admitted to my husband that I’m ready for school to start again. We’ve had such a fun and busy summer, but I’m kind of ready for our “routine” again. …although I did see Halloween costumes today. Not quite THAT ready yet! ;) One of my favorite childhood memories […]

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Non-Traditional Wedding Dress Ideas

Non-Traditional Wedding Dress Ideas

This last weekend our friends got hitched! They’ve been together a little longer than my husband and I, and have two boys, but finally decided to tie-the-knot. My husband and our oldest daughter were actually in the wedding too, which made it even more fun! The bride decided not to go down the traditional route, […]

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Turning Our Bedroom Into My Own Oasis

Turning Our Bedroom Into My Own Oasis

We just moved last month, and now our bedroom has become a blank slate for me. I’m excited to transform the boring space into what I hope to be an oasis for myself and my husband. With four kids, this house is crazy and chaotic, so to have a space that is clean, simple, and […]

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Why You should #ShopCartons to Save Trees this Month!

Why You should #ShopCartons to Save Trees this Month!

I know we are all busy this time of year, with summer and kids, and trying to keep our kids alive. Oh wait, is that just me?? But I wanted to share this great initiative going on this month! During the month of July, you can help donate a tree just by tweeting. The folks […]

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Health & Beauty

Your Kid, and Every Kid, Is Extraordinary. Let’s Celebrate #YourExtraordinaryKid!

Your Kid, and Every Kid, Is Extraordinary. Let’s Celebrate #YourExtraordinaryKid!

Each one of my girls is amazing, but my oldest will always be “my first.” To me, she is the one of the most amazing kids I know. She’s incredibly smart, both with school and with everyday life occurrences. She’s always been able to catch on quickly, and I know how well she relates to older […]

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For The Clean Shaven Man – Philips Norelco Shaver 8800 {A Dad Review}

For The Clean Shaven Man – Philips Norelco Shaver 8800 {A Dad Review}

Working in a field where I may have to don a fitted respirator in an emergency, I am required to stay clean shaven. As most men would agree, this stinks, though for me it is primarily because I am not a fan of electric razors, meaning I have to take the time to lather up […]

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Learn How @JohnsonsBaby & @Walmart are raising $ for @CMNHospitals to help keep kids healthy! #JohnsonsBabyCares

Learn How @JohnsonsBaby & @Walmart are raising $ for @CMNHospitals to help keep kids healthy! #JohnsonsBabyCares

I’m helping co-host another great Twitter party with The Motherhood, and I’d love for you to join us! JOHNSON’S® Baby CARES, the brand’s charitable platform, is dedicated to improving the lives of moms and babies, and has partnered with Walmart to raise money for babies and children in need. From now until June 30, when you purchase […]

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Check out These 10 Camping Hacks Before You Leave This Summer

Check out These 10 Camping Hacks Before You Leave This Summer

It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been camping. Mainly, because of having babies. Two summers ago, we went the weekend of my birthday. I was 5 months pregnant with my third, my then 1.5 year old refused to sleep in her playard, and we forgot the air mattress. Wouldn’t have been too horrible, […]

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5 Ways to Make Brushing Fun! #Orajel #Smilestones

5 Ways to Make Brushing Fun! #Orajel #Smilestones

Did you know…most kids don’t develop the proper motor skills or coordination they need for tooth brushing until well into elementary age? Until then, your child really needs your help brushing and flossing on a daily basis. Brushing is usually a fun experience for young children, however, they may start to dislike it overtime. Don’t worry […]

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Fun Way To Teach Kids How To Blow Their Nose This Allergy Season #SneezingTime

Fun Way To Teach Kids How To Blow Their Nose This Allergy Season #SneezingTime

It’s allergy season, friends. My kiddos have already began to show signs! Runny nose, clear snot, and sneezing. All that fun stuff. Not. One thing that’s not the easiest, or fun at all to teach, is how to get little ones to blow their nose. I’m talking, we’re past the age of being able to […]

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Family Travels

Our First Ever Visit to Great Wolf Lodge

Our First Ever Visit to Great Wolf Lodge

Last weekend we drove to Seattle to visit family and attend a friend’s wedding. Since we were in that area, I thought it would be fun to take our girls to Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound. I’m so glad we did, because we had a blast!! As soon as you drive up to the […]

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Outback Steakhouse – Limited Time Only Moonshine BBQ Menu

Outback Steakhouse – Limited Time Only Moonshine BBQ Menu

Outback Steakhouse just introduced a limited time only Moonshine BBQ menu - made with real moonshine. Last night we got the chance to try some of the Moonshine items as part of my participation as an #OutbackBestMates – and let’s just say we were NOT disappointed!! First up on the Moonshine menu, three Moonshine cocktails including: the Huckleberry […]

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Our Little Trip to Lake Chelan #TreeTopGetaway

Our Little Trip to Lake Chelan #TreeTopGetaway

This past weekend, I was truly honored to be invited to go on a getaway with Tree Top brand. We were invited to tour one of their fruit grower’s ranches – Keystone Ranch. Truly beautiful to see exactly where your food comes. Not only that, but to see who is growing it for you. A […]

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Dreaming of a Spring Break Beach Vacation {Carter’s Giveaway!} #CartersSpringStyle

Dreaming of a Spring Break Beach Vacation {Carter’s Giveaway!} #CartersSpringStyle

I participated in this program on behalf of Carter’s and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own. Baby is due any day now, which means our coming Spring Break will consist of diaper changes and late nights. We’re most likely staying home, and finding crafts for the girls to do. Hopefully it will at least […]

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15 Easy Holiday Hosting Tips From Entertaining Expert Jenny Steffens Hobick #HamptonHoliday

15 Easy Holiday Hosting Tips From Entertaining Expert Jenny Steffens Hobick #HamptonHoliday

Christmas is just days away now, and I’m sure many of you are planning on entertaining house guests. There’s so much about the holiday season that is exciting, but hosting guests for the holidays is usually more stressful and overwhelming, than exciting…even for the most seasoned hosts! For that reason, Hampton Hotels has partnered with […]

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An Event to Remember – Disney On Ice: Rockin’ Ever After!

An Event to Remember – Disney On Ice: Rockin’ Ever After!

We just got back from Disney on Ice: Rockin’ Ever After, here in Spokane. It was such a fantastic show! This specific Disney on Ice features four very popular princesses, including: Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Merida from Brave, Rapunzel from Tangled, and Belle from Beauty and the Beast. It was great because my girls […]

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Blogging

Social Networking Can Help Raise Money for Your Child’s Soccer Team

Social Networking Can Help Raise Money for Your Child’s Soccer Team

I know it’s still summer, but I’m so excited that we just registered the girls for soccer last week! My oldest started playing last Fall. At first she was super excited to learn to play, and did great all season. Then this last Spring she played again, and it seemed like she was not as interested in […]

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What’s In My Diaper Bag?

What’s In My Diaper Bag?

Little Miss Everly will be three months old on Friday. What?! She’s no longer a newborn, but turning into an infant. She smiles, giggles, grabs for her toys, loves to sit up on your lap, and loves kisses! I thought it would be fun to do a little link-up post! Join the linky below with […]

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5 Reasons To Make Your Own Baby Food

5 Reasons To Make Your Own Baby Food

With my first child, I knew nothing about introducing solids, what to give her, or any of it. What can I say, I was totally clueless. Thankfully, over the years I’ve learned a lot. Mostly from researching different baby food brands, learning about baby led weaning, and of course personal experience with my children. Hands down, […]

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Food Safety Tips for Your Summer Gatherings #FoodSafe4th

Food Safety Tips for Your Summer Gatherings #FoodSafe4th

Because warm weather events often present an opportunity for bacteria to thrive and high temperatures cause bacteria to multiply more rapidly, the summer months typically see a spike in reports of foodborne illness and outbreaks. Something we don’t tend to think about, huh? So what can you do to keep your family safe?? When it […]

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Best Gaming Headset {A Dad Review}

Best Gaming Headset {A Dad Review}

Like many husbands and fathers, who are really still adolescent boys in disguise, I am a gamer. As a gamer, I love the prospect of immersing myself into the art of a well made game and escaping to another, magical world. It can be the calm in the storm of a long week in, *gasp*, […]

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Insomnia, Babies & Tips for Getting More Sleep

Insomnia, Babies & Tips for Getting More Sleep

This is a Type-A Parent paid post to discuss sleep issues, and to share a new insomnia resource from the National Sleep Foundation. According to guidelines from a physician group, insomnia is difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, even when a person has the chance to do so. People with insomnia can feel dissatisfied with […]

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