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9 Tips For Throwing A First Birthday Party

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9 Tips For Throwing A First Birthday Party
I always look back on my boys first birthday’s with a smile. It’s an emotional day when your baby has his or her first birthday and officially becomes a one year old. For both of our boys on their first birthdays we decided to have a little party at our house and we invited family […]

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5 Simple Toddler Activities for Thanksgiving

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5 Simple Toddler Activities for Thanksgiving
It’s that time of year again, time to celebrate Thanksgiving! These 5 Simple Toddler Activities are perfect for entertaining your kids just long enough so that I can finish up dinner without undercooking everything or burning down the house (kidding!). The kids and I tried out a few quick and easy thanksgiving toddler activities with […]

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STEAM Holiday Gift Ideas: Sphero BOLT & Sphero Mini Review

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STEAM Holiday Gift Ideas: Sphero BOLT & Sphero Mini Review
This post was sponsored by Sphero as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. We were excited to experience the Sphero products and some of the best STEAM holiday gift ideas this year! Our Sphero BOLT and Sphero Mini Review will show you why it […]

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Christmas Wish List Ideas You Can Count On!

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Christmas Wish List Ideas You Can Count On!
I’ve talked a lot recently about how this is such a busy time of year for us. With fall sports and dance keeping us busy before the holiday season, sometimes it creeps up on me. The kids both also celebrate birthdays in November and December so there’s a lot going on but when it comes […]

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Elf on the Shelf Letter: Printable Arrival & Goodbye Letters

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Elf on the Shelf Letter: Printable Arrival & Goodbye Letters
It’s that time again! Time for your family’s friendly elf to arrive! Some choose to let him or her arrive on Thanksgiving night, while others wait until the first week of December. Generally, the elf comes during the night after you put your Christmas tree (which would be crazy at our house since that’s usually […]

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Easy Ways to Enjoy the Holidays at Home

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Easy Ways to Enjoy the Holidays at Home
The holiday season is in full swing and while it’s one of my favorite times of the year, it can also be one of the most stressful times of the year. There are so many places to go and people to see. Everyone seems to be out and about too. We’ve been trying to slow […]

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7 Easy Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

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7 Easy Ways to Beat the Winter Blues
There are a lot of things I love about winter, especially the holiday season. But there are also things that I find challenging. As the days get shorter, the festivities end, and the colder weather sets in, the winter blues tend to settle in. But there are some easy ways to beat the winter blues no […]

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Everything You Wanted to Know about Christmas Markets in Germany

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Everything You Wanted to Know about Christmas Markets in Germany
One of the most magical experience we have ever had as a family was visiting Christmas Markets in Germany. While it might not seem like the most welcoming time of the year in terms of weather, I think after having experienced it that I would have to say that everyone should see the magic of […]

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Everything You Wanted to Know about Christmas Markets in Germany

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Everything You Wanted to Know about Christmas Markets in Germany
One of the most magical experience we have ever had as a family was visiting Christmas Markets in Germany. While it might not seem like the most welcoming time of the year in terms of weather, I think after having experienced it that I would have to say that everyone should see the magic of […]

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Mercedes-Benz Museum in Germany with Kids

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Mercedes-Benz Museum in Germany with Kids
My whole family- myself, my mom, Joe, & Lexi- all ventured to Stuttgart, Germany together. We love traveling together so it’s always an amazing time no matter what we decide to do. One of the biggest attractions in Stuttgart is the Mercedes-Benz Museum, as that is where the infamous automobile brand started. And it just […]

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Stocking stuffers for Kids and Babies

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Stocking stuffers for Kids and Babies
While you’re shopping Black Friday for some inexpensive stocking stuffers for kids and babies, consider these fun and educational gifts that would work for different ages. If you watched my Instagram stories about stocking stuffers for kids,  below are all the items featured: Stocking Stuffers for Kids Pals Socks Life is more exciting and fun […]

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20 Unique Gifts for Kids Who Have Everything

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20 Unique Gifts for Kids Who Have Everything
I love shopping for the holidays almost as much as I love seeing Lexi’s face on Christmas morning. I came up with a list of gifts that I think are just amazing for this holiday season.. Some we have tried and some we will be getting this year, but all in all these are some […]

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top 5 must-read books for kids: babies through teens

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top 5 must-read books for kids: babies through teens
Over the years, many readers and friends have asked me the about the must-read books for  kids. Every few weeks, I get asked the million dollar questions: What books should my kids read? What are the best books for 5-year-olds? Which books will my 12-year-old love to read? Please tell me how to spend my […]

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national youth science day: code your world kit giveaway

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national youth science day: code your world kit giveaway
Have you heard? You can celebrate National Youth Science Day all month long! HughesNet (America’s #1 provider of satellite Internet and a supporter of 4-H) is doing something totally awesome in celebration of NYSD. Something you don’t want to miss. 4-H has turned National Youth Science Day into a month-long celebration this year, with a […]

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Online PD for teachers: Advancement Courses

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Online PD for teachers: Advancement Courses
This year, I’m thrilled to be partnering with Advancement Courses, courses designed to be more engaging, meaningful, and enjoyable– with real feedback and application in today’s K-12 classroom. Continuing education can be one of the biggest challenges for us as teachers today. I feel like I’m always asking: Where are all the relevant, meaningful courses?  […]

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back-to-school eye exams: get kids ready for the school year

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back-to-school eye exams: get kids ready for the school year
This post was written as part of a partnership with MyEyeDr.   Did you know that kids should have their eyes examined each year before school begins? Did you know that back-to-school eye exams will help to ensure that children’s eyes are performing their best for academic success each school year? It’s true. And honestly, […]

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How Not to Be Disappointed This Mother’s Day

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How Not to Be Disappointed This Mother’s Day
“Your greatest contribution to the universe may not be something you do, but someone you raise.” – Author unknown Dear fellow mom on Mother’s Day, The work of parenting is hard, and still we show up and give our kids the best of ourselves every day – no matter if we’re bone tired, battling a […]

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36 Awesome New Mom Gifts That She’ll Actually Appreciate

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36 Awesome New Mom Gifts That She’ll Actually Appreciate
Inside: If you want to make a new mom feel special, skip the flowers and give her one of these meaningful new mom gifts that will stand the test of time. Bonus: These gifts for new moms are actually for her – NOT for the baby. Newborns need a lot of stuff. Onesies, diapers and […]

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30 Hidden Signs of Anxiety in Children That You Need to Know

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30 Hidden Signs of Anxiety in Children That You Need to Know
Inside: Worried your child may have anxiety? Use this anxiety in children symptoms checklist. One of my children was recently diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, and I didn’t see it coming. I knew my child struggled in certain situations, but I didn’t think she had anxiety. That day we got home from the doctor’s office […]

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25 Best Big Sister Books to Get Your Child Ready to Be a Big Sis

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25 Best Big Sister Books to Get Your Child Ready to Be a Big Sis
Inside: With books about becoming a big sister, it’s important to strike a balance of touching on challenges but also pointing out the fun parts. Here are the most positive, heartwarming big sister books that your child will love. Becoming a big sister is a pretty big deal. Especially if you happen to be just […]

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How to Create a Magical Christmas on a Small Budget

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How to Create a Magical Christmas on a Small Budget
Christmas on a budget? You have come to the right place. I grew up in a large family and money was always tight, and sometimes even non-existent. My mother, even in the midst of their biggest financial trials, always made Christmas a magical experience. She always strived to keep our focus on the Savior, and […]

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43 Perfect Stocking Stuffers under $5

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43 Perfect Stocking Stuffers under $5
Stocking stuffers are something I always forget about until last minute. This year I decided to search for fun and useful stocking stuffers under $5 early so I wasn’t scrambling at the last minute. The stocking is the first thing your kids will see on Christmas morning and one of my favorite parts is watching […]

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20 of the BEST Creative and Cheap Neighbor Gifts for Christmas

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20 of the BEST Creative and Cheap Neighbor Gifts  for Christmas
Every year I wonder what to give my neighbors for Christmas! Here is an awesome list of cheap neighbor gifts ideas for you this 2018 Holiday Season!! Such fun and cute ideas to make your life less stressful during the busiest time of year! Many times it isn’t about the item given, but it’s the […]

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Christmas Right/Left Gift Exchange Game & Poem

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Christmas Right/Left Gift Exchange Game & Poem
Searching for a Christmas gift exchange poem for a gift exchange game? This post explains the game and provides a free gift exchange poem that directs the game!  A few years ago we started a new tradition at our family Christmas party.  In past years, it has started to becoming confusing and time consuming to […]

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Alternative Christmas Decor | Decorating a Staircase with Honeycomb Balls

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Alternative Christmas Decor | Decorating a Staircase with Honeycomb Balls
Not long now folks… just a few more days and the Christmas countdown will be well and truly on! A month today, we’ll probably just have finished our Christmas dinner… The post Alternative Christmas Decor | Decorating a Staircase with Honeycomb Balls appeared first on The Twinkle Diaries.

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Smart Storage for Toys | Meet Oslo from GLTC

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Smart Storage for Toys | Meet Oslo from GLTC
Toys. They seem to be taking over our home. We’ve gone from having the ubiquitous Jumperoo — in duplicate — sitting in the corner of our sitting room; to mounds… The post Smart Storage for Toys | Meet Oslo from GLTC appeared first on The Twinkle Diaries.

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The Style at Home Christmas Tree Challenge

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The Style at Home Christmas Tree Challenge
Occasionally life throws us a curve-ball doesn’t it? Sometimes it’s bad, sometimes good and every once in a while it’s downright extraordinary. Picture this: you’re heading off in one direction,… The post The Style at Home Christmas Tree Challenge appeared first on The Twinkle Diaries.

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Colour Your World | #29 Terrarium Moss

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Colour Your World | #29 Terrarium Moss
Terrarium Moss. Whilst it’s an odd name for a colour — without even seeing it — you can imagine exactly what shade it is from those two words. I was… The post Colour Your World | #29 Terrarium Moss appeared first on The Twinkle Diaries.

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Travel: Athens in four days

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Travel: Athens in four days
Greece is one of the most popular European destinations on any travellers bucket list, but of course, there are plenty of cities and towns that you can see there – so how are you supposed to decide where to go? Well, Athens is one of the oldest cities in the entire world, and shouldn’t be […]

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Scrapbook Loves November ’18

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Scrapbook Loves November ’18
Hello! Penultimate ‘Little Loves’ post of the year! Here’s what I’ve been enjoying this month… Read I didn’t read that many books this month, just the two below but I have almost finished a third, The Boatrunner. All three books are set in WWII, although I didn’t plan to have a war-book month, it just […]

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