10 Protein Packed Snacks for Toddlers

My daughter has always been a good eater, sometimes even out-eating my husband at mealtimes, but we all know what inevitably happens between meals – snacking, of course.

When it comes to toddler nutrition, you should make every meal and snack count. It’s so easy to fall into the habit of grabbing endless handfuls of processed or pre-packaged snacks because, come on, we are all busy parents, am I right?

But busyness or processed food convenience shouldn’t be the reason to stuff your toddler with empty calories or bad sugars and fats. In fact, preparing healthy, protein-packed snacks takes very little effort and promotes those growing taste buds to appreciate delicious, healthy food. Plus, by making sure your toddler snacks have a protein element, they will fill up faster, getting them out of the habit of mindless snacking of carb or sugar-based snacks.

ColourPop Giveaway!

Since I heard about ColourPop last year, this Los Angeles-based makeup brand has been blowing up social media, and for good reason. While this brand is under two-years-old, it quickly established itself as a must-have among beauty bloggers, the cool kids, and the every girl alike, having as many as 2.6 million Instagram followers to date.

Why is this brand so popular? Probably because of the high quality products at a super affordable price. Their lip colors seem to be already cult-class status, with everyone from Taylor Swift and Kristin Steward rocking them.

Whether you’re already a die-hard fan or want to see what all the hype is about, now is your chance! I’ve come together with some of my favorite bloggers to present you this amazing ColourPop Giveaway – the only downside to it is that I desperately want to win it, but of course, cannot.

But best of luck to you!

11 Ways to Make Fine Hair Thicker

This post was sponsored on behalf of NIOXIN. All opinions stated are my own.

I have what I like to call naturally sad hair. What is this naturally sad hair, you ask? Oh, you know, it’s fine and limp. When left to air dry, looks like a scraggly, droopy mop – since my hair is naturally fine, I’ve always wanted a great product or styling solution but didn’t really know where to start. Recently, I’ve put all of my effort into establishing my skincare routines, but I’m thrilled to FINALLY have a hair care routine.

No longer do I have to accept my naturally sad hair that thinned out a bit since having my daughter. I’ve found a product line to not only mask my droopy hair problem, but to actually give it the life and body it needs. I took NIOXIN’s 30 day challenge for thicker, fuller hair and have loved the results. This challenge also prompted me to figure out how to actually style my hair so it’s full and easy to work with.

Hoping these tips will help your limp locks and that you’ll share your thin hair stories with me! We are not alone!

Tips for Toddler Eating from Real Moms

Since my little one started having solids at 6 months, my husband and I encouraged her to explore our table food on her own. Instead of spoon feeding bland, nutrition-less rice cereal, Ginny enjoyed sucking on barbecue ribs, pieces of broccoli, cauliflower, eggs, fruit, pieces of fish, avocado, and other yummy nutritious foods. Anything we eat, she eats too, and we have yet to find a food she doesn’t enjoy. As she moved from baby to toddler, she definitely has her preferences, just like we do as adults – blueberries are one of her favorite foods, but sometimes she wants strawberries and eggs instead, or where she sometimes likes a plain chicken breast, she lets us know if she wants it with some sort of dipping sauce in that moment.

It’s incredible to see her little personality shine through at meal and snack times, and while she’s not a picky eater, I know all kids are different so my story may not resonate with you. That’s why I spoke to other real moms to share their tips, tricks, or advice for feeding toddlers.

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Ties, shirts, and photo gifts may be okay gifts, but they’re severely overdone and predictable for Father’s Day.

This is your dad we’re talking about- the guy who rocked you to sleep when you were screaming your head off as a baby; the guy who taught you to throw a ball, fire up a mean grill, and stand up for yourself.

This is the man who taught you all about respect, the importance of following through your commitments, and how to tell the best piece of steak to leave for your last bite.

He protected you from thunderstorms, bullies, and secretly from your mom when you got in trouble.

This is your dad – stronger and tougher than anyone else’s dad – so think outside the tie with this dad-approved gift guide. From intellectual and sporty to the man who has it all, you’ll be sure to find a gift idea for your budget.

The #1 Thing to Ignore on Invitations

You sort through the mail, just like every day – bill, bill, junk, credit card application, bill, junk, hand-written letter. Oooh, now we’re talking! You excitedly open your letter to find an invitation and you do one of three things:

1. Check your calendar and realize you’re free;

2. Check your calendar, realize you’re free, but you do not want to go;

3. Check your calendar and realize you have a conflict.

From personal experience and from the experience of my family and friends, I have noticed a bothersome trend with party invitations. Whether it’s for a wedding, birthday party, engagement celebration, shower, or anything in between, what always happens in the weeks leading up to the main event? As a hostess, you’re stuck with a long list of no replies that you have to awkwardly hunt down. That’s why the number one thing you should ignore on invitations is the RSVP date.