Trend Spotting: 2014 Back To School Trends We Adore + $200 Target Gift Card Giveaway

The new school year is upon us! My children kicked off the new school year today and we have been gearing up for the past few weeks. One of my favorite thing's about this time of year is spotting all of the fun new trends. 

These are some of the top 2014 back to school trends that we are loving this year:

Pocono TreeVentures Aerial Ropes Course & Zip-Lining - A Great Place To Explore With Kids

Are you ready for an outdoor adventure of a lifetime? Head to Pocono TreeVentures! 

Located in Stroudsburg PA, in the picturesque foothills of the Pocono Mountains, Pocono TreeVentures offers up an incredible suspended aerial ropes course. With varying levels of difficulty for both kids(ages 4+) and adults, this course is the ultimate playground for thrill seekers of all ages. They are also now home to 1,000 ft. dual racing zip-lines; the Zip Racer! 

How To Save BIG On Back To School Shopping

It's that time of year again - the back-to-school shopping frenzy is officially upon us! Before you head out to the stores to stock-up, learn how to save BIG on Back to School shopping this year - with these tips:

Inspire A Love Of Reading Early With DK

We place a huge importance on reading in our home. Over the past year, we have become more unplugged and in-turn, we have been more hands-on in our parenting approach. The benefits for our entire family have been and continue to be, priceless. 

We {gasp} adios'd the tablets and handheld gaming systems about a year ago and never looked back. If you could only see the HUGE difference in our children's demeanor's, you would understand that it really was and is, for the best. Building a foundation for our children that is rich in knowledge and hands on activity / physical activity is what they thrive on (just as we did as children). It's developmentally necessary for our children to develop their critical thinking skills through play and hands-on learning experiences, first and foremost. Even with all of the amazing advancements in technology, we limit our children to 30-60 minutes of screen time a day.

One of the big changes that took place for us as we unplugged from the tether of technology, is that we now only read "real" books (bye-bye e-readers/tablets). 

New Britax ClickTight Car Seat Technology Changes Car Seat Installation Forever + Video

Parents, did you know this fact? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, three out of four children are either not securely fastened in their car seats or are in a car seat that is not properly secured to the vehicle.    

LEGO Fusion - New Building Sets Bring Bricks To Life + LEGO Fusion Prize Pack Giveaway

Calling all LEGO fans! 

There's a new LEGO line in town and you won't want to miss it! The much anticipated LEGO Fusion line of building sets brings brick creations to life, like never before. LEGO Fusion marries physical brick play and modern technology, creating a new level of creative play that's sure to be a hit with LEGO fans of all ages. Check out all of the details on this new line and enter to win a LEGO Fusion Prize Pack (includes 3 LEGO Fusion Sets - total RV $110) below!