otterbox outdoor gear
CampingFamilyReviews

Can Your Outdoor Gear Take a Beating…From a Bear?

Durability is key when it comes to our outdoor necessities and OtterBox outdoor gear will stand up to the elements and anything my family can put it through. While some people might be preoccupied with the approaching holidays and gearing up for all night shop-a-thons, I am still in full …

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FamilyFor KidsReviews

Teaching Childhood Basics with Imaginative Toys + Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag Recipe!

Do you have a little one headed to preschool or kindergarten next fall? It is their last summer before they enter a lifetime of schooling, and it might also mean you are frantically playing catch up on some of those basic skills they need for school. Instead of bombarding them …

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Toy Review: Playmobil My Take Along Farm

“The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.” – Calvin Trillin Let’s face it, as a mom you have to find your sense of humor. For every toy you step on, mess …

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FamilyReviews

Are Play Tents The Modern Day Blanket Forts?

Do you remember making forts with blankets when you were a kid? When my sister and I would make forts, we would spend all night perfecting our fortress and beg my mom to let us keep it up all week. Unfortunately, we had to dismantle all that hard work the very next …

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CraftsFamilyReviews

How to Make Dinosaur Eggs, Footprint Cookies and More

Are you sick of winter, yet? Here in northern Michigan, we have been hit with constant snow and freezing temps. Being trapped inside so much is making all of us a little stir crazy especially my very active two year old. In efforts to keep him busy and save my …

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FamilyReviews

What To Do When Toy Cars Overrun Your House

I almost broke my leg the other day. As I was going about my morning routine, I poured myself a cup of coffee and went to the living room where my two year old was playing. There is a small step down into the living room, and as I stepped …

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CampingFood and WineReviews

What is a Solar Oven and How Does it Work?

Solar power is emerging as an important renewable energy source that produces no pollution and has vast potential. The sun sits over 90 million miles away from the earth, but it only takes sunlight roughly ten minutes to travel that distance, revealing its incredible strength. By harnessing the power of …

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FoodieReviews

Wine Tasting Tips for Beginners

Have you been too intimidated by the world of wine to truly enjoy it? There is so much to know about wine that it often feels a little overwhelming to do any more than buy your favorite bottle at the grocery store. If you haven’t felt up to the challenge, …

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FamilyReviews

Ease Fears About the First Year of School with Imaginative Play

The first time a child goes to school can be a scary new experience, especially if they haven’t spent any time in daycare or away from the comforts of home. If your little one is on their way to the first year of school, help alleviate some of their anxiety …

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RecipesReviews

The Beer of the Golden Dragon and a Beer Cake Recipe?

Here in Northern Michigan, we pride ourselves on our beer. In fact, the Travel Channel has just announced Traverse City, MI as one of the Top 7 Beer Destinations. A long history of brewing has existed in Michigan dating as far back as 1829 with influences around the world as immigrants began …

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BabyReviews

A Travel Friendly, Mom-Approved Baby Stroller System

This post was sponsored by @GBChildUsa as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received the GB Lyfe Pram Travel System to facilitate my review. My life has changed considerably since the birth of my first child. Not only have we expanded our family by one, but we …

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CampingReviews

Easy Camping Cooking with Solo Stove

My husband and I do a lot of camping, and part of a successful camping experience is being sure to have all the right tools. Preparation is key, and the Solo Stove has proven to be a wonderful tool when you are spending time in the great outdoors. It makes cooking …

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Thomas the train shipwreck rails set
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Thomas The Train Shipwreck Rails Set

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fisher-Price for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Isn’t it funny how little boys are drawn like magnets to things that move? I think it’s built into their nature. There is something about planes, trains, cars and ships that …

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BabyFamilyReviews

Must have baby gear for outdoor family adventures

“Having a baby is like getting a tattoo on your face. You really need to be certain it’s what you want before you commit.” Elizabeth Gilbert wrote this quote in her book Eat Pray Love. Her sister told her this one day as Elizabeth pondered the idea of having her …

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The VTech Switch & Go Dinos line keeps getting better and better

The Christmas Season is upon us! Can you believe it’s already that time? Another year, another month spent finding the perfect gift for loved ones. It can be a challenge to find a gift that will make their faces light up the moment they tear off the paper and keep them entertained …

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FamilyReviews

Possibly The Only Carseat You Will Ever Want or Need

At four years old, Maddilyn has already been through five carseats and let me tell you, they aren’t cheap! We started with the traditional infant carrier. It was cute and flowery but quickly outgrown and a baby with milk intolerance did not leave it nearly as pretty as when we started. …

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