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Friday, July 29, 2022

Win It! Watch Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters on Pure Flix starting August 1st! #StrongFathersMIN #MomentumInfluencerNetwork


It's that time again! Time to share a sneak peak about the an upcoming show on Pure Flix! As I've shared before with our readers as an ambassador for this Christian streaming service, it's the number one place to find quality Christian television shows and movies that you'll enjoy watching with your whole family. You'll find both adult series' to children's programming, including the super popular kids show, Veggie Tales. Pure Flix offers something for everyone, with themes of courage, forgiveness and faith. 

Friday, July 22, 2022

Back to School Guide: Let Your Child Put Their Best Foot Forward with pediped! #maryjanes #uniformshoes #athleticshoes #casualshoes


Back to School shopping is upon us and one of the most important purchases you'll make for your children this school year is the proper footwear. Those of you who follow us often know that we love pediped for their super high quality kids' shoes that are made to last using non-toxic materials. Whether you're looking for shoes for boys or girls, pediped has a wide selection of back to school shoes for school uniforms, athletics, casual dress, and my personal favorite, mary janes! They've even got you covered for winter with a great selection of boots. As an added bonus, pediped has a generous donation program, so it feels good to know that our purchases go toward supporting the Make a Wish Foundation and their Serendipity Program.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

How to Introduce Cultural Diversity and Embrace Inclusivity in the Early Years #MinilandEducational #multiculturaltoys

Instilling inclusivity in your children is best started from birth. The books we read, toys we choose, shows we watch and songs we sing can all have a deep, subconscious effect on the ideals our kids develop and cultivate as they grow. Often times, families instinctively select toys, books and shows that reflect the physical traits and culture found within the walls of their own home. While there's certainly nothing wrong with that, expanding your collection to include a wide variety of races and ethnicities is an easy way to teach children about differences and begin laying the foundation for acceptance and inclusivity. As we provide toy recommendations throughout the month, we're starting with one of our top picks, the Miniland Family Diversity Block set. Check it out below!

Monday, July 18, 2022

Personalize Your Baby's Nursery with Kraftmatics Design No-Stress Decals! #DIY


Designing our baby's nursery has been such a special time for our family, but I will be the first to admit I don't have the creative touch. When it comes to home decorating, I hunt for manageable, beginner level DIY projects with an upscale look and Kraftmatics Design had exactly that. We chose an adorable large decal that matched our jungle theme and even allowed us to customize it with our son's name. The entire process took no longer than twenty minutes and it makes the whole room feel cozy and inviting. We have received so many compliments on it and few of our friends even thought we had it professionally done! At such an affordable price and incredibly easy application, we highly recommend Kraftmatics Design.

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Gear Up for Fun in the Sun with Green Sprouts! #sunprotection #kidsswimwear #naturalbabyproducts


School is ending and summer plans are in full swing! As you get ready to take the kids out for long days in the sun, the proper protection is crucial. Whether we're hanging out at the pool or making a day of it at the beach, rashguards are a must for everyone in our family. I turned to Green Sprouts this season for high quality swimsuits for our little ones. If you aren't familiar, I highly recommend their kids' collection for the UPF 50+ protection, quick dry material, seams that are designed for extra comfort and, most especially, how easy they are to get on and off throughout the day. They have a wide selection of pieces to order as a set or mix and match with the full collection of i play® by green sprouts® swim and sun wear. I chose the Navy Aqua Color Block Pocket Trunks with Built-in Reusable Absorbent Swim Diaper and Long Sleeve Zip Rashguard Shirt and am really impressed!

Saturday, July 9, 2022

Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank released in Theaters on July 15, 2022! #PawsofFury


Get ready! Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank premieres in theaters this Friday, July 15, 2022.

This is one of those kids' movies that parents can enjoy just as much as their little ones. The trailer alone is hilarious and it's the perfect air-conditioned activity for these hot summer months.

Friday, July 8, 2022

Epic Fun with the Boneless Super-Charged Skateboarders! #Boneless #StickTheTrick



If you're looking for a fun set of toys for school-aged kids and tweens, definitely check out the #Boneless line of electric-powered, mini skateboards with poseable skaters and stunt playsets. Kids charge up the skateboards and pose the skaters to send them riding, bumping, reversing and nailing tricks just like in real life. The skateboards charge within 15 seconds, so there's no interruption to play. We're starting our collection with the sets above and it's kept the kids entertained for hours at a time. We expect these to be the hot toys this Fall!

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Family Swim Time is a Snap with a Reusable Side Snap Swim Diapers! #CharlieBanana #SustainableLiving #EcoFriendly



Summertime is in full swing and many of our days are spent at the pool with our little one. There’s nothing like seeing the excitement on our baby’s face when he’s splashing around. Part of that carefree happiness is thanks to Charlie Banana’s incredible side snap swim diapers. We’ve finally found swim diapers that fit our little guy without embarrassing leakage. These swim diapers actually hold up to their claims in a way that other brands have not. They allow our water baby to enjoy playing as long as he likes. We love that they are a much more affordable, eco-friendly option compared to disposable swim diapers and cleaning them is extra easy due to the TENCEL® Lyocell  material. We recommend the Charlie Banana tote bag and wet pouch as well for easy grab-n-go travel.

Saturday, July 2, 2022

5 Tips for Creating a Cozy Bedroom for Your Little One! #KuteKids #homedecor


Transitioning from the crib to a 'big kid' bed is an important milestone that doesn't always go so easily. While it's something to be celebrated, some kids become apprehensive about the new change, and others, well, if you can get them to stay in bed for more than ten minutes, it's miracle. We find that creating a cozy bedroom atmosphere for little ones makes all the difference and it definitely starts with the bed. Below are a few tips on creating an inviting bedroom for your child, to help that big transition go a bit more smoothly. We've also provided bedding recommendations from the Kute Kids collection, our top pick for kids' bedding, and the 20% off promo code Avenue20 to use at checkout!

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Increase Tummy Time Exposure with the Hoovy Inflatable Tummy Time Water Mat! #developmentalmilestones #sensoryplay #motorskills



Tummy time is one of the most important activities we can do with our newborns. It develops baby’s neck and shoulder muscles so they can sit up, crawl and walk. Unfortunately, our baby was not a fan of tummy time early on and it’s taken a lot of tries and motivational toys to change that. One of the most motivating tools we’ve found is the Hoovy inflatable tummy time water mat. This mat intrigues our little one so much that he actually cries at times when we take it away! It’s been such a help in getting substantial exercise time in. We’re so thankful to Hoovy for allowing us to review it and definitely recommend it for sensory and tummy time play. Check out our experience with the mat below…