Monday, August 22, 2016

Summer, We're Not Done With You Yet!

Ahhhh Monday. We got back from visiting family in NYC last night and it was good to be back in the city where our family started. The kids had a blast with their cousins (did you see I used Boomerang for the 1st time?!) and Nia still seems to have her street smarts about her, but Grayson not so much! He gets a bit rattled by city sounds and isn't as wary of city grime and grit (it was a constant battle to keep him from picking up trash at the playground O_o)

We've lived in Portsmouth for almost 2 years and I finally took an "official" sign pic today!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Summer Giveaway: Kate & Mim-Mim Plush

Disclosure: I received a sample for review and giveaway purposes. All opinions expressed are my own. 

My 6 year old Nia is the queen of pretend - she comes up with fascinating, imaginative scenarios throughout the day and is now starting to include her 2 year old brother in on the fun! Nia is also a fan of Disney Jr.'s Kate & Mim-Mim so when I was given the chance to preview an exclusive Mim-Mim plush to celebrate the show's Twitter launch I knew she'd be excited.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Healthy Hydration with Ocean Spray PACt Fruit Infusions

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with Ocean Spray; all opinions expressed are my own.

One of the most frequent questions I get about my family is how we manage to go to so many outings and events. From the beach to outdoor concerts and festivals my kids are troopers, but without one key factor it wouldn't be possible: proper hydration. Nia and Grayson know I'm obsessed with it! When I was introduced to Ocean Spray's new PACt Fruit Infusions I did what most parents do: I looked at the ingredients. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

My Fantasy Tropical Tiki Party

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post as part of the Wayfair Homemaker program. All opinions expressed are my own. 

While talk of back-to-school is buzzing, we're still in summer mode here in Portsmouth, NH and with temperatures reaching the 80s and 90s I have tropical thoughts on the brain! While I've never been to Hawaii, I've always been fascinated by Polynesian culture especially because Mr. Lovebird shared that out of all the places his basketball career took him worldwide, Hawaii was by far the most beautiful. Although I haven't been, I thought it would be fun to take on Wayfair's challenge of what type of Tiki Party I'd throw here in New Hampshire. Thankfully, there are so many fun options available on their website. 

Check out this idea board I put together:

Happy 6th Birthday, Virginia!

What a weekend! We celebrated Nia turning 6 with a superhero pool party and one-upped last year by not dealing with a BBQ and just ordered pizza instead (her idea!).  The weather looked a bit iffy at first dipping quite a bit from the 90 degree temperatures we had during the week, but in the end it turned out gorgeous. And yes, if you're keeping track we're 6 for 6

A few highlights...

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Ohio or Bust: My First Solo Trip with the Kids

Happy (belated) August!

O-H-I-O with my mama the fair!
I'm slowly emerging from the whirlwind that was my 1st solo trip with the kids to my hometown of Columbus, Ohio this past weekend. 

Despite a few tears at the airport, it went really well!


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