Clever Toys for Girls (& a Giveaway!) #LookAtGoldie

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Goldie Blox Toys for Girls: these sets are the BEST, kids learn while they play! #LookAtGoldie

The dog days of summer are calling for some reinforcements. We’ve done the vacations, camps, pools, hikes… and now, we’re in transition. Trying to get into the school year mindset while still enjoying these last days of freedom from schedules and school supplies and timelines. In other words, it's getting crazy up in here. Enter GoldieBlox. You’ve heard of GoldieBlox, right? They're the character based engineering sets for kids that exploded onto the scene last year, thanks to a … [Read more...]

Timesaving Food Hacks for a Rockin’ Lunchbox {Back to School}

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AMAZING timesaving food hacks that'll rock your lunchboxes; number 3 and 8 are so CLEVER! #backtoschool #kids

DUDE. Lunchbox season is here and I just do not have time to create a bento box full of crocheted spaghetti and carved radishes in the shape of Disney characters. In fact, I barely have time to brush my teeth before shooing the kids into the car. However, I also don't want to torment my kids with endless PB&J sandwiches and string cheese. I've rounded up a few creative food hacks that will mostly SAVE you time while still putting a spin on the traditional back-to-school lunchbox. Which is … [Read more...]

Free Printable: Kids Lunch Ideas They’ll Love! {Back to School}

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Lunch Ideas for Kids (that they'll LOVE!) #kids #backtoschool

It's baaaaack... BACK TO SCHOOL, that is! This will be my first year packing a lunch every day so I was stressing over how to make it fun and interesting and not the typical go-to Sunbutter & jelly sandwich sandwich I always pack at the last minute.  I whipped up this free printable with HEALTHY (shhhh) lunch ideas they'll love, with space at the bottom to add ideas as you find them. Because really, there's only so many times you can pack peanut butter and jelly. Now I have the peanut … [Read more...]

How I Get GREAT Kids’ Clothes for practically FREE! {Back to School}

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Amazing tips on how to get name-brand kids clothes FOR FREE! Yes, FREE! Follow this system, it really works! #kids #backtoschool

It's back-to-school season which means it's time for kids' clothes shopping. While everyone's situation and budget varies, I've found a system that allows us to get clothes that my kids love, function well, and look cute for almost free. Read on for tips on how to swing your back-to-school or seasonal clothing budget to get the best clothes for pennies on the dollar-- or even FREE! The first time I walked into Gymboree, I was a naive newly-pregnant mama-to-be with thoughts of daily adorable … [Read more...]

Homemade Bug Spray Recipe {& DIY Bug Repellents}

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Homemade DIY bug spray using essential oils (and which oils to use to repel various bugs such as mosquitoes, flies, ticks, lice and more!) makinglemonadeblog.com #essentialoils

Did you know essential oils are amazing for repelling bugs and insects? I'll admit I was skeptical, until my friend Beth whipped up a homemade bug spray for us while in Florida and it WORKED. And if it works on those ginormous Florida bugs, I know it'll work on just about anything! Which also proves that DIY bloggers can and will try to DIY just about anything, bug repellent included. I mentioned another version of this DIY bug spray recipe in my essential oils for summer video and got … [Read more...]