Wednesday, April 23, 2014

#RealLifeMoments with Stonyfield - Plus, New Yogurt-on-the-Go Pouches! #spon

Disclosure: Special thanks to Stonyfield for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.


Finally spring has arrived and summer is on its way! 


Spring is one of our family's busiest seasons...we are gearing up for the end of the school year and a summer filled of fun. These busy days mean that I need to think ahead when it comes to snacks: I always make a point of carrying something healthy along with us as we travel, play and attend sporting events, school events, band concerts, zoo outings, etc., during the busy springtime season. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

#MakesMeSmileMondays The Virgin Islands: Paradise

On Saturday, we returned from a lovely trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands. What an adventure! We flew on a seaplane, swam to our hearts content in the crystal clear waters, met a sea lion, dived with sea turtles, took a catamaran to an island with the 2nd oldest lighthouse in the U.S., the kids earned yet another Jr. Rangers badge at the National Parks on St. Croix, explored an old rum still... and so much more. I will be following up in the next couple of weeks with links to articles with tips and must-dos for families traveling to the USVI.

The one thing that stands out above all was the many shades of beautiful blue. I will be dreaming of the beautiful blues until I return again!
Chiara in St. John 

Chiara, St. John, USVI

My view from a catamaran in St. Thomas

Diver Dan, my son

Catching the seaplane. What a thrill!

Designer Kids' Clothing (at thrift store prices!)

Disclosure: Special thanks to for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own. 

My kids grow like weeds. It seems as if every season, I am buying new clothes and shoes for the two of them. Every time my son has a band concert - three each year - I find myself rushing out at the last minute because he's outgrown his requisite black dress pants and white dress shirt and shoes - oh my son and his ever-growing feet! We always have an overload of hand-me-downs to pass on. 

My kids grew faster than the morning glories in
our garden this past summer. 

Thankfully, there is a new online shopping site where you can find designer kids' clothing - at thrift store prices!!!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Spring Break!

Next week, blogging will be temporarily interuppted as we head....

to paradise.

When we get back, I'll look forward to sharing the best of the best (and the family friendliest of the best) on the islands of St. Thomas and St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Review: 2014 Topps Baseball Series 1 Cards #Spon

Disclosure: Special thanks to Topps for sponsoring this post. The Topps product, information, and gift pack have been provided by Topps

As baseball season comes into full swing, here's a great way to kick-off the America's favorite sport: 2014 Topps Baseball Series 1 cards!  They are a fun way to learn about the exciting new rookies while also looking back at the greatest players of today and yesterday.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Review: New Dove® Advanced Hair Series at Walgreens #Spon

Disclosure: Special thanks to Global Influence for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Lately I have been riding my bicycle to work, which used to mean that I arrived at work with flat, lifeless hair. 

Here's my solution: 

Review: Secret® Clinical Strength #spon

Disclosure: Special thanks to Secret for sponsoring this post.

Whether it’s caused by a work deadline, chaotic day with the kids, or visit from the in-laws, stress stinks… literally! Out of the three causes of sweat—heat, activity, and stress—stress sweat has been proven to smell the worst.  Stress sweat produced from the apocrine gland increases bacterial, and Water + Nutrients + Bacteria = Odor. Ewwww