Turning 3 with a Rock Star Party

*Oriental Trading supplied me with discounted or promotional products in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.* This month my little one turned 3. This was the first year Aubrey was really old enough to join in the birthday party plans, so I let her pick the theme. I wasn't the least bit surprised when she declared she would be having a "rocks 'n rolls" rock star party. At a young age she is already showing a huge love of music. Then again, she comes from a musical family. My father-in-law is a drummer, my husband plays the bass, and I play the violin. I'm not a fan of pre-made … [Read more...]

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Create the Perfect Wedding by Oriental Trading

Wedding season is just around the corner, and we have many friends and family members getting married this year. It seems as if there is a wedding invite in my mailbox at least twice a week lately, and all these weddings have me reminiscing about my own wedding. When we got married 12 years ago we were in our early 20's and paying for most of the wedding ourselves. Our budget was very tight, but we weren't letting that stop us from getting hitched. I purchased most of our favors, supplies, and decorations from Oriental Trading, so I guess you could say we had a Wedding by Oriental … [Read more...]

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Bright Starts #BabyLOLL Play Date Lots of Fun

[color-box] I received free products in order to host the Bright Starts sponsored Play Date. The opinions expressed here are my own. [/color-box] My girls are growing up way too fast. My 2 year old wants to do whatever her older sister is doing, so I didn't realize just how few "baby" toys we have around here these days. The realization hit me when I was preparing for a friend to bring over her 13 month old, and I thought I would put a basket of toys in the living room he could play with. I pulled the few toddler aged toys we have out, and I watched as Aubrey happily played along side him … [Read more...]

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The Bright Schools Competition Educates Students on Link between Light and Sleep

This content was made possible by VolunteerSpot and the Bright Schools Competition. Does your child get enough sleep at night? Students who don't get enough sleep are more likely to suffer from behavioral issues that can range from rule breaking to more severe problems like depression and anxiety. Children who get the recommended amount of sleep are more creative, perform better in school, and have more self-control. My oldest has battled sleep issues much of her life. She is cranky when she doesn't get enough sleep, and has a really hard time concentrating throughout the day. She is more … [Read more...]

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Earth Day Tips For Families

Celebrating Earth Day is something we do each year, but it always includes fun activates. I hope I can inspire you to do the same with some Earth Day tips for families Take time to learn about the Earth, its geography, the planet and where it aligns with other planets, what the earth looks like from space and more. You can find videos and games online. – Brain Pop series on the Earth (paid subscription needed)and AOL videos. Recycle – Make recycling a habit. Find out all of the items you can recycle in your area. Check out more information on recycling. Start a Garden – Grow … [Read more...]

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