Friday, July 24, 2015

Personalized Children's Books {Giveaway}

Written by, Bernadyn Nettles

Unique Keepsake Books for Kids

August is almost here and for many students, that means back to school!  My youngest is now of preschool age and although I would love to keep her from growing (most of the time), I know that she is developing and learning more every day.  One of the ways we love to encourage her growth is through books which we all know play an important role in children's development.  A wonderful book publisher, I See Me! creates personalized children's books that are unique to each child the book is ordered for and has an amazing way of making each child feel special.  When my preschooler received her books in the mail, she was thrilled to see her name printed in them.  She fell in love with the story book, activity book and stickers that were all personalized just for her.  I'm sure many of you also have a special little one in your life who would love a copy of his or her own book.  I'm happy to share the giveaway below for your chance to win one!

Unique kids' gifts, I See Me!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Free Summer Activities for Kids

Written by, Bernadyn Nettles

Save Money with These Summer Activities

Uh-oh, it's that time again.  Summer has come and is almost gone.  I'm sure you are already starting to see ads, posts, articles, tips and more for back to school.  Some of you may have students who will be starting college this fall, yikes!  Well, this post is not about back to school but about enjoying these last few weeks of summer break without breaking the bank!  There's still plenty to do to keep kids entertained for these final weeks before heading back to school that are free and fun.  In the summer issue of Ella and Annie Magazine, I wrote about 10 ideas for summer activities that will help you save money.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Summer Giveaway Hop: PayPal Cash

Written by, Bernadyn Nettles


Summer is really starting to heat up, do you feel it, too?  We have been enjoying the outdoors a lot these past couple months by spending more time on the water, at the pool and beach while grilling up some tasty food.  Something else that's grillin' up here is a summer giveaway with The Hopping Bloggers that runs until July 29th, 2015.  For our prize, we will be giving away $15 PayPal cash to one lucky winner.  Don't forget that this is a giveaway hop so you can enter as many giveaways as you like using the different links below.  No limits to how many prizes you can win.  See more details below...


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Maven Women's Healthcare Mobile App

Written by, Bernadyn Nettles

Convenient Women's Health App

How many times have you had a question about an ailment or a medical concern that you did not think required a visit to the doctor or emergency room?  I remember when I was pregnant, I had several questions the whole pregnancy and now as a mom, when my kids are not feeling well, I have questions but am not always sure if a physical doctor's visit is necessary. I do know that reaching out to "Doctor Google" is not the best idea either! Fortunately, I know am not the only one who feels this way.  I believe many of my fellow moms and women in general feel the same and that is why I am happy to share this new app called, Maven, that makes it easily accessible for you to reach healthcare professionals without leaving home.

Women's Health, Teledoctor, Mobile App

Monday, July 13, 2015

Tips for Living with a Threenager

Written by, Bernadyn Nettles


Good-bye, Terrible Two's.  Hello, Threenager!


My daughter is a little teenager.  She is three but half the time I feel like I'm dealing with a thirteen year old.  Why didn't anyone warn me about this?  I was constantly warned about the terrible two's and the meltdowns and tantrums.  I was warned about the teen years coming fast and furious.  They're here, alright but ten years too soon.  She definitely got there fast.  She can get furious, that's for sure!  After telling people about my three year old, I mean, threenager, that's when they speak up and agree that three's can be more challenging for us parents than terrible two's.  Why didn't they speak up sooner?  I'm here to warn you now: BEWARE of the Year of the THREENAGER!

Three year old, tantrums, parenting

Thursday, July 9, 2015

DIY Burlap Summer Wreath {#TBCCrafters}

Written by, Bernadyn Nettles

Easy Summer Wreath Craft


One of the things I love about wreaths is that it is a quick decoration fix for a plain door or wall.  Another thing I like about wreaths is that they can be a fast, creative project with young kids.  It has been a busy summer around here with us in the process of moving and spending more time with my kids because of summer break.  We have not had much time for actual craft projects since we have been hanging out outdoors.  We worked on this wreath, however, because my kids saw these birds and butterfly decorations at the Dollar Tree and were excited to use them. It was fast to make and we used some burlap ribbon we already had at home.  It turned out to be a simple but colorful summer wreath to hang in our home and the kids were proud to help while getting their craft on!

Crafts, Dollar Store Crafts, DIY

Monday, July 6, 2015

Summer Lovin’ Date Ideas

Written by, Bernadyn Nettles
Guest Post by LollyAnn Garcia


  Oh, Those Summer Nights


These summer days have been long while simultaneously feeling short.  I have my children with me at home for the summer and juggling both kids while trying to keep up with work can be exhausting.  It has been fun, however; we have been bonding and keeping busy with outdoor activities, watching summer movies at the theater, visiting the book store and library.  We are also preparing to move, adding to the chaos and time consumption to our summer.  That is why I am thankful for guest posts from friends to keep things fresh around the site while I handle affairs at home.  Today, I'm happy to have a good friend of mine share a post with us.  She is offering some sweet summer date ideas for couples with a touch of Grease nostalgia (one of my favorite movies)!