How to Child Proof Your Home

If you have kids you’ll understand what it is meant by ‘childproofing your home’. Our children can quite a mess when playing at home. I’m sure you can recall the countless times they’ve spilt something on the carpet or scribbled on the walls. Because our kids are such messy pups, it pays off to child proof our homes to make sure we don’t spend a ridiculous amount of money re-decorating our homes over and over again – or even just to make sure we don’t live in a very messy home. Remember, just because you have kids, it doesn’t mean you have to give up your design style. Below are a few tips to think about when decorating or re-decorating your home for mums, dads and guardians! Furniture Purchase furniture that only needs wiping down to give it a clean. Think about how often your kids have a bar of chocolate and its melted and not only has it melted all over their hands and face, it has also smeared all over the sofa.   Think about purchasing a vinyl sofa - not only … [Read more...]

Disney Trip Surprise Bags for Kids

Mom is on the final, exciting stretches of Disney World vacation planning!  It's finally time to wrap up those last few details, and execute the ideas I've been dreaming up for months. For the first time, this trip is a SURPRISE to my kids! Another first:  I'm putting together some Disney Trip surprise bags for my kids. Here is what I've put together thus far, and I'd love to hear from you on any other tips to add or consider.  Have you done something similar? Disney Trip Surprise Bags On our last trip, I had a fun Mickey themed tote bag full of Disney World snacks and goodies delivered to our room by Disney Floral and Gifts.  My family loved having this magical surprise waiting for us in our Disney resort room. They do an amazing job, and the tote bag turned into a useful and fun souvenir to bring back home.  But I thought I'd save some money this go-round, and do something a little different. So I've put together two Disney Trip surprise bags for my kids!  (Ok, so I … [Read more...]

Avon’s Bug Guard Plus ~ 50% Off Sale [Giveaway, Ended 5/31]

I've reviewed Avon's Bug Guard Plus in the past, and my family has had success with this product line.   You can read about our experience with it and our favorites here. I frequently receive inquiries on the Avon Bug Guard Plus products, from concerned moms who want to protect their little ones from bug bites (and the sun!) but in a gentle way. So today I've got a guest post written by Avon representative Mary Bertsch.  She put the following article together to let you know a little more about Avon's Bug Guard line, let you know that it's currently on sale for 50% off, and to offer a great giveaway. *o*    *o*    *o* Summer time means fun with your family outdoors. You don't want to leave home without protection from sun and the nasty mosquitoes and bugs. You probably have heard that Avon has a great insect/bug repellent. When you look at the assortment of Avon Bug Guard products, you probably don’t know which one to choose from for your family’s needs. I will inform you … [Read more...]

Kids’ Outdoor Adventure Book: 448 Great Things to Do in Nature

Love the concept of your kids playing outside more, but need some creative fuel to get the "what can we play?" juices going? Recently published, The Kids Outdoor Adventure Book:  448 Great Things To Do in Nature Before You Grow Up is a great book full of fun ideas, and definitely worth taking a look at. The Kids Outdoor Adventure Book ~ Layout Divided in sections by the season (yes, that's right... the kids can pursue these outdoor activities year round!), we love how this book is laid out. My 2nd grade daughter immediately worked her way through the book's "Spring" section - bookmarking what she wanted to try.  With grass.  :)  I thought that was cute, and rather appropriate. I expect to be thumbing through this book for years to come, getting ideas of new adventures for our kids to head out and tackle.  I love how it really gets them excited about heading out into nature, and includes varying levels of adventure scale.   Tasks range from one hour, own-backyard kinda … [Read more...]

Tick Safety for Families This Outdoor Season

Longing to take your kids outside to enjoy some hiking, fishing, camping or other wilderness fun this outdoor season, but feel slightly deterred at the thought of contracting ticks?  It pays to give some thought to tick safety before heading outside. These creepy crawlers who like to dig in and suck your blood give most people the heebie jeebies.  Add the grim reality that you can contract a number diseases from ticks, such as Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Colorado Tick Fever, or tularemia - and they seem even scarier. Unpleasant as that may sound, don't let it prevent you from enjoying the outdoors.  It's part of the adventure, right?  Ok, maybe not.  But there are a number of things you can do to protect yourself and your little ones when venturing out into nature. Tick Safety Tips for Families So how can you best keep your family safe from ticks this season?  I did some research, as well as polled a panel of outdoor bloggers to gather some of their best tips.  … [Read more...]