Sunday, April 26, 2015

Spread The Love with Huggies #UltraHug {giveaway}

"You can never have too many photos with your mom", is something I tell my boys all the time. I can scroll through my phone and see my boys changing and growing. I can see their happy and sometimes sad faces and I can be transported back to that moment. I mentally try to remind myself that I need to be in the pictures with them since sometimes I can go for weeks staying behind the camera only (oops!).

Thanks to Huggies, I am reminding myself to get back in front of the camera for a great cause. From now until June 25th, you can upload a selfie of you and your baby to Twitter and/or Instagram with the hashtag #UltraHug. Make sure to also include a nomination for a community project that is close to your heart. On July 6th, 20 finalists will be voted on to find 10 winners who will receive a $2,000 grant for the community project of their choice! Go here for more info.

We haven't lived in Colorado a year yet but one organization that we have been able to help twice now is the Parker Task Force/Food Bank. They provide individuals and families in my community with food, limited financial assistance and other support to get them back on their feet. My family and I would love to be able to donate $2,000 to them.

Since becoming a mom about 7.5 years ago, diapers have been pretty much part of my daily routine (we did have a few glorious diaper-free months between Parker and Gavin). We've tried many brands throughout the years and I always tend to come back to Huggies. And now with Gavin, we have been really impressed with their Snug and Dry Ultra diapers. They offer long-lasting leak protection so your little one will stay dry throughout the day.

Since I want you to try these Snug and Dry diapers, I'm giving away a $20 Walmart gift card so you can! Ok, you can really use the gift card on whatever you want. Now go enter!


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Earth Day Activities To Do With Kids

Happy Earth Day!

Today I thought I would share 5 easy things you can do with your kids to help them take care of our planet.

1. Plant flowers and trees. My kids love to get involved with gardening if I make it fun and exciting for them. They helped me plant some new succulents like the picture above for inside our house. Succulents are easy to take care of, just water them 1 to 2 times a week and give them a little bit of sun. Plants are a great way to naturally help purify the air in your home. Another great thing to plant are some herbs. You don't need a lot of room. Plant a few herbs in some mason jars and keep it on a window sill. They aren't just pretty but the kids will get a kick out of using them in their food.

2. Teach them to recycle. Buy a few cheap plastic bins to keep in the garage and label them with words paper, plastic and glass. If they aren't old enough to read, print out a few pictures. Teach them where they go and why we recycle. You can even take the plastic and glass to a local recycle center and earn some money for their piggy banks!

3. Pick up trash. Give them a small bag and some plastic gloves and let them pick up trash around your neighborhood, school, nature trails or the beach. They will love the pride they get from not only cleaning up the environment but knowing they are helping keep their community.

4. Save water. Something as simple as turning off the water while you brush your teach can save gallons of water. Using your own water bottle to fill up instead of buying water bottles at the store not only saves water and money but reduces the amount of plastic we use.

5. Go on a nature walk. You can bring a printable of things to look for, some binoculars, a blanket to sit on, a journal and markers to draw what they see and let them explore the world around them. Have them be quiet and listen to different sounds they might hear and guess what it is. Just have fun!

Are your kids doing anything special for Earth Day?

Monday, April 13, 2015

Family Fun

The weekend is always better when family is in town. Sean's dad came to visit and we went to the  Red Rocks Amphitheater and explored a little bit of Evergreen. The boys had a great time with their Papa. I love learning about the new state we live in and and we found so many cool places that we would like to visit this summer!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Letting Kids Be Kids With all free clear #FreeToBe

Now that spring is here and the weather is nice, the boys and I are exploring the open space behind our home more and more. We go out looking for treasures, see what they can climb and what adventures we can go on. It also means that allergy season is upon us and kids will be kids no matter what is in the air.

We gather sticks and rocks that catch our eye, we jump over streams, hop over deer poop (yes, they like to point that out) and avoid the cacti at all costs. My boys are always up to play outside and go on adventures. They often play out there on their own, within our boundaries, but I like to think when I join in on the fun, it's a bit more magical for them. They like to teach me about their surroundings and what they have found. I listen and try to remember their stories and love how their imaginations work.

Often times, ok pretty much every time, when they go on their little adventures, they come back filthy. It just goes hand in hand with having boys who love to learn on their own. I've learned to let go and not freak out when their jeans are covered in mud because it can all be washed. I want them to live free.

Speaking about washing, I've been using all free clear laundry detergent for my family lately and I've been so happy with it. Not only does it get out all the stains they may get but it helps simplify my laundry routine and I don't have to worry about any skin issues because it is 100% hypoallergenic! I want their memories in their mind, not on their clothes.

As a mom of 3 active boys, I love that I can use just one laundry detergent that is #1 recommended by dermatologists, allergists and pediatricians. Other detergents just don't measure measure up to all free clear!

If you want a laundry detergent that is tough on stains but gentle on your kids' skin, then I highly recommend all free clear. Go here and see all the all free clear products to buy on your next grocery trip. Let your kids be kids and allow them to be #FreeToBe! 

Friday, April 3, 2015


G loves the park. / Water table fun. / Lacrosse practice.
Spring is here! / Perfect seat. / Good morning!
Denver Zoo. / Slime time. / Crazy drivers.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A Trip To The Zoo With Skip Hop {review & giveaway!}

When we moved to Colorado last summer we started looking into fun local places to take the kids. We decided to get passes to the Denver Zoo and we've been a bunch of times now. I swear every time we go, we discover a new animal and we always have a great time.

We kind of have a little routine when we go now. We walk around the park counter clockwise, we have to stop and see how big the boys are compared to the penguin on the wall, we all ooh and ahh over the orangutans, we stop to play the drums, we take the nature trail, we pause for a snack and so on.

My boys each have their favorite animals that we must visit. Hudson has to visit the cheetahs and he loves talking about being a zookeeper one day. He also wants to become president so he can make cheetahs household pets (good luck on that one, bud). Parker loves the giraffes because of how tall they are.

When I take my boys out on adventures to places like the zoo, I love to use my new Skip Hop Forma Backpack.  I can throw everything we need for the day in it and still have my hands free. That is so important to me when chasing around a 1 year old!

Before I used this, I was just using a bulky old diaper bag and pretty much kept it in the car and would throw a few diapers and a pack of wipes in my purse when we would go places. This backpack has been so awesome since it has plenty of pockets, a changing pad, 2 multi-purpose packing cubes (hello snacks!), and it can clip to the stroller handle to free up storage in your stroller's basket. I also love the quilting detail. This backpack diaper bag is perfect for parents on-the-go!

Want to know something great? I am giving away a Skip Hop Forma Backpack to one of my readers! Good luck!

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The diaper bag was sent to me in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Skip Hop for hosting this giveaway. All pictures and opinions are 100% mine.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Finished Quilt Top

So a couple weeks ago I decided to take a quilting class at a local quilt shop. I've been sewing since I was 16 years old but I am all self taught. I have made things here and there but I never know if I am actually doing it correctly so I signed myself up to make a quilt.

It was 4 hours of learning, doing, laughing, eating and generally having a good time.  I didn't know a single person when I signed up but I am so glad I did it and will most likely do another class in the future.

I did all of the cutting and a little sewing in the class but I ultimately finished the quilt top at home and I am really happy with how it turned out.

Isn't it pretty!

I am making it for myself and just love all the colors. I still need to pick out the rest of the fabric for the back and then I will show you when it's all finished!