Tips for transitioning back to school

This post is sponsored by Babbleboxx.com on behalf of popchips.

After seeing everyone’s social media posts about the end of summer and beginning of school, I feel a bit relieved that my kiddos don’t start until September (the way it SHOULD be). At least it’s this way for our 2 and 4-year programs, but I’ll take it. While we’re still enjoying every last bit of summer break, I’m also mentally and logistically preparing for our new routine.

When my schedule changes, I always enter panic mode at the beginning – anyone else? I literally have to map out and write down how drop offs, pick ups, office time, doctor appointments, babysitters, etc. will all fit together, and it looks like some serious A Beautiful Mind stuff. In the end, with organization and preparation, it always works out.

Here are some of the ways I’m prepping to transition into back to school mode.

How to protect your family with life insurance

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Nationwide 

I’m not going to lie – sometimes I have a hard time coming to terms with the fact that I am an adult, one whose job is to take care of three kids, because in my head, a small part of me just believes my parents will handle everything for me. (Probably because they’re the most active adult parents ever.)

I don’t enjoy having to do all the things my parents always just handled behind the scenes – yet I have this huge sense of responsibility to carry on what my parents did for me. Luckily I have a partner who is a huge planner, saver, and thinker of our future. While talking about life insurance has never been my favorite conversation with my parents, as a parent myself, I look at it way differently now.

We take planning for the future and protecting our family seriously, and because of that, my husband and I can live more freely, with peace of mind.

Diaper bag essentials

This post has been sponsored by Dr. Brown’s though all opinions are my own.

I’m a mom on-the-go, and aren’t we all? If it wasn’t for my bag, I would probably lose my mind. I work out of the home part-time, so between leaving my house, going to my mom’s, going to work, running errands on my way home from work, trips to the park, and everywhere we go in between, I like to be prepared.

And by ‘like,’ I mean ‘need,’ because when you have kiddos, their needs are priority, often urgent, and can make the difference between a total melt down and a successful day out.

I broke down the major diaper bag essentials every parent needs in their bag along with some tips for organization and not overdoing it.

 

Create & learn with LeapBuilders® Fruit Fun Elephant

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. 

When it comes to my family’s favorite toys, LeapFrog has always been a fam fave – my kiddos always love how engaging and fun they are, and I love that they keep them entertained and are actually educational! Our new LeapFrog® LeapBuilders® Fruit Fun ElephantTM is no different.

Geared at ages 2 and up, our fun little learning elephant entertains all of our kids (6 months, 2.5, and 4-years-old). As I sat reading the instructions upon opening (bonus that there’s no difficult packaging – HUGE score), my kids quickly got to playing – no instructions needed.

Here’s the lowdown: this 21-piece set comes with simple to grab building blocks; the double-sided learning blocks, featuring animals and fruit, fit into the interactive Smart StarTM that plays sounds and words that matches the blocks. Lights, music, building, learning, what more could you want in a toy?

How to instantly connect with moms on-the-go

This post is sponsored by PeckApp – all opinions and experiences are my own!

Searching phone contacts:
– Isla’s mom
– Park mom red shirt
– Hailey (?) school picnic

Do any other moms have random entries in their contact lists like I do? It happens all the time – you’re out and about at the park, library, or school function – you watch your kids play so sweet with the other kids and even strike up a friendly conversation with the mom. You briefly exchange names during your pleasantries, but of course, you forget – or maybe you know a first name, but is that enough to stalk find her on social media so you can connect?

Enter every mom’s new best friend – PeckApp. PeckApp is a way to share contact information, from your phone number and email to social channels and Venmo, in one simple app.

I’m publishing a children’s book!

I’ve been a little quiet around the blog lately because I’m working on a huge, exciting project, something I’ve wanted to do my whole life. I’m publishing a children’s picture book, set to be available late fall 2019. Want to see what’s going on behind the scenes? Join me on Facebook!

 

Join the VIP list for sneak peeks, pre-order information, and exclusive gifts.

 

These Words Are for You, a beautifully illustrated rhyming picture book, is a must-have for every parent, child, grandparent, aunt, and uncle, and anyone who loves a child. This timeless book will be enjoyed by all generations of your family for years and years to come.

Written in a poem format, the story soulfully depicts how everything in the world – “every colorful, colorless thing in this world” – has been waiting for you. This whimsically illustrated story is sure to bring warmth, snuggles, and happy tears to all its owners.

Don’t forget to join the VIP list!