Orange Cranberry Smoothie #Smoovember

Orange Cranberry Smoothie

Have I ever told y'all how much I despise winter? Well, I do. The cold gets into my bones as soon as the temperature starts to drop, and I'm absolutely miserable until the spring. The one thing that would make winter even worse for me would be getting sick. I've been pretty fortunate over the last few years, and I haven't had any major flu or colds. One of the reasons is that I double up on my Vitamin C during the "dark season". I'm not typically a fan of orange juice, but in a smoothie, … [Read more...]

Is “Monsters U” Okay for Preschoolers?

is monsters university okay for little kids

If you're a parent of a young child, I'm sure your family has been anxiously waiting for "Monsters University" to come out. It seems like forever since there has been a movie that I could take my preschooler to that was age appropriate!  Even though I was concerned that the movie might be too scary for my 4-year-old, she was insisting that we go see it as soon as it came out, so I really didn't have a choice in the matter anyway! After looking at some previews of the movie, though, I decided … [Read more...]

An Affordable Birthday Party Option: Michael’s

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Remember when extravagant birthday parties were all of the rage? Folks would spend thousands of dollars to give their child a party that they were bound to forget. I'm so glad those days are over. It's not like I was ever going to give Ayva one of those outrageous parties, but at least I don't have to worry about her feeling like I'm denying her because she didn't have a $20,000 extravaganza for her 1st birthday. This year, we've gone to several preschool birthday parties, and families are … [Read more...]

New Snack Alert: @GreenGiant Veggie Snack Chips

Green Giant Veggie Snack Chips

If there is one thing that there is no shortage of in my family, it's snack attacks. From Ayva on up, all of love to snack! Chips, cookies, carrots...if it's crisp and crunches even a little bit, we are all over it! Of course, it just so happens that there are a lot more snacks that aren't good for you that have that have that crunch that we're always on a quest to get more of.  I just found a new snack, though. Green Giant (Yes, honey! THAT Green Giant!) has come out with new Veggie Snack … [Read more...]

Storybooks Starring You by @StoryBots – Preschool App Review

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Since Ayva loves reading on the iPad, whenever I find a good app that supports her learning to read and/or gaining technical skills, I'm all over it. If the app happens to make her laugh like crazy because it's so fun, that's like icing on the cake! I recently purchased the Storybooks Starring You app for iPads and iPhones, and since Ayva was having such a good time with it that I wanted to share more about it. Perfect for preschoolers, this app uses your child's image and name to make them the … [Read more...]

Is “Escape From Planet Earth” Okay for 3-Year-Olds?

escape from planet earth, toddler, preschooler

One of Ayva and my favorite things to do together is go to the movies. It's been awhile since a family film had been released, and we've been jonesing to see something fun on the big screen. Fortunately, we were invited to see a sneak preview of the family film "Escape From Planet Earth" before it was released this week. The movie was really hilarious, although I can't say that it's appropriate for preschoolers. First, let me tell you a little bit about the movie, then I'll tell you why it was a … [Read more...]