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Simple Tips For Moving With Kids

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CORT. All opinions are 100% mine.

When my husband and I were younger, we were pretty adventurous. Like most young couples without a ton to tie us down, we moved without much hesitation. Shortly after our first child was born, we took a leap and moved over a thousand miles away from everything and everyone we knew. My husband received a job offer shortly after graduating from college, and we dove in headfirst. While moving with a baby was difficult, it was certainly manageable.

It was a wonderful experience for us as a couple; we grew by leaps and bounds during those two years. Being situated so far from family and friends, helped to foster a new bond in our relationship. We leaned on each other in a way that we had never done in the past. It turned out to be one of the best decisions we've ever made.

Shortly after we welcomed our second child, we decided to head back to familiar territory, for the kids. The move turned out to be slightly more challenging with two children in tow, but it was manageable because they were still so young.

Fast forward yet another two years, and we found ourselves moving again {though not quiet as far} for a job offer that my husband couldn't turn down. This time around it was different.  New challenges presented with the move as both of our children were now slightly older. They were now well aware of the changes taking place, and they both had very mixed feelings about the move. In an effort to make it a positive experience and rid them of their fears, I did a few small things that wound up making a world of difference.

Read on for my simple tips and activities to help make a move with kids easier on everyone.

How To Turn Old Or Inexpensive Frames Into DIY instax® Photo Displays

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fujifilm Wonder Photo Shop. All opinions are 100% mine.

Hi friends, how have you been? We're still patiently awaiting the arrival of baby #4 in our home.  It's becoming slightly more difficult to get around these days so, we've really just been enjoying some slow-paced uninterrupted time with the kids in the sunshine. 

Last week, I shared some exciting news on the grand opening of the new Fujifilm Wonder Photo Shop in the Flatiron District. This quaint creative space is a photo enthusiasts' paradise. There's inspiration to be found in every nook, in the Wonder Photo Shop. Whether you stop in to snap a few shots in the photo booth, sit and unlock your digital images from memory cards, or transform your photos into something fabulous to gift or display in your own home - your bound to be inspired.

While being 9 months pregnant thwarted my plans for spending an entire afternoon in-store - I did leave with an idea or two that I could safely craft up at home. You know, from a seated position with my feet up. I've had a pile of old frames sitting in a storage bin for about 10 years, so I decided that this week was the week to transform them into DIY Photo Displays for my instax® snaps. 
I absolutely love how they turned out; and my favorite part?  I was able to transform 4 of my old frames into DIY instax photo displays, for about $5 total. I also love that I can easily add/change out photos on these photo displays whenever I want. I hung them in a cluster above my desk where I can easily view some of my favorite memories, in photographs. 

This is such a super simple, super cute {not to mention inexpensive} project. Read on for my tutorial and step-by-step imagery on how to turn old or inexpensive frames into DIY instax photo displays.

Make Your Own Nutrient-Rich Organic Toddler Ice Pops - Quick & Simple Recipe Perfect For Hot Summer Days

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sprout Organic Foods. All opinions are 100% mine.

This year has ushered in so many changes for our family. We are set to welcome our 4th child in mere days; we're chasing after an energetic happy 2 year old and we're trying our best to keep pace with our two older children. Our days are full, my friends. Happy and full.

Knowing that our world will soon change with the addition of a newborn, I'm grateful to have had time to spend with each of my children this summer; both as a group and individually. They change so quickly and honestly, it can be hard to keep up.

My 2 year old is growing more and more with each passing day, and he loves to explore outdoors. It's his favorite place to be. Most of our days have been spent outside this summer, in one way or another, and he has definitely been pleased with that. For the past few weeks, we've been winding down our day with some time spent in the backyard after dinner. The kids ride their scooter up and down the long path in the back, play with chalk, swing a little, then enjoy a cold treat before heading off to bed.

Of course, our toddler never wants to miss a beat. He's always eager to hang out with the older kids and do what they're doing. So, while the older kids enjoy cold treats, he enjoys his own homemade organic {nutrient-rich} ice pops alongside his siblings. He absolutely loves them; just as much as he enjoys feeling included and equal to his brother and sister.

Read on for my quick and simple recipe for organic toddler ice-pops - they're perfectly sized for toddlers and each pop is packed with nutrient-rich goodness

The New Fujifilm Wonder Photo Shop Opens It's Doors In NYC + GIVEAWAY!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fujifilm Wonder Photo Shop. All opinions are 100% mine.

Since embarking on motherhood, nearly 12 years ago now, I have certainly changed in more ways than one. This journey changes everyone.

For me, the transformation has definitely been for the better. Prior to having children, my most prized possession was probably the latest handbag that I splurged on for myself.

Now, my most treasured possessions are my memories of the past 12 years. The thousands and thousands of moments that I've captured in photographs over the years, that tell the story of us as a family.  The joy, the smiles, the adventures, and even the seemingly mundane moments. They're all there.

I've thought about a few creative ways to display some of the photographs throughout our home. I've also toyed with the idea of putting together photo books, with photos grouped together by the year that they were taken. Unfortunately, I haven't found the time yet to put my ideas into action.

This week, that all changes!  The kids are out of school, and my calendar is {mostly} clear.  So, I'm taking some time to myself at the new Fujifilm Wonder Photo Shop, in the Flatiron District in NYC. I plan on unlocking some of my digital images from the captivity of my SD cards. I'd also like to do a few fun DIY projects with some of my Instax snaps.

I'm excited to spend some uninterrupted time creatively strolling down memory lane. Such a fun way to spend a few hours while we are patiently awaiting the arrival of baby number 4; she could make her debut any day now!

Read on for more on the Fujifilm Wonder Photo Shop in NYC + learn more about how YOU can win their fun {hourly} giveaway during opening weekend!

Ice Painting - Fun Summer Craft Idea For Toddlers + How To Make Ice Paints

Toddlers love nothing more than to explore the world around them with their five senses. Everything is new and fascinating to them. It's such a magical thing to sit and observe as a parent; the seemingly simplest of things are awe inspiring to them.

Our toddler is currently 2 years old, and he's been reveling in all things nature related this season. Being outside delights him in a way that nothing else does. It's his happy place.

While we've been experiencing a bit of heat wave in our area this week, we chose to use the heat to our advantage and get creative, rather then run for air conditioned spaces. I whipped up a batch of ice paints using a simple recipe, an ice tray, and wooden Popsicle sticks the night before, and set everything up under the shade of the trees in our backyard. This activity was definitely a hit with my toddler, and my older daughter loved it too.

Read on for my simple recipe for ice paints + quick tutorial, to whip up a batch of ice paints for your toddler to enjoy this summer.

How To Make Mixed Berry Tea Sorbet + A Dairy Free Sorbet Float That The Entire Family Will LOVE!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Vintage Seltzer. All opinions are 100% mine.

Have you ever tried sorbet? I love this dairy-free cool dessert option for my family. It's a lower calorie / low-sugar option that my entire family can enjoy on a hot summer day.

While you can find it in most freezer sections at the grocery store, I love to make it at home and play around with the flavor combinations. Last weekend I made mixed berry tea sorbet, and it was a hit with the entire family.

I incorporated my homemade mixed berry tea sorbet in my own fun refreshing take on a soda float;  a dairy-free Sorbet Float. It was the perfect cool treat to enjoy in the backyard as the sun went down.

Want to know how you can make homemade sorbet too? Read on for the simple how-to + my recipe for mixed berry tea sorbet and dairy-free sorbet floats.

Should You Rent Or Purchaase Your Next Home?

It used to be that purchasing a home was the pinnacle of life’s achievements, but these days, cultural changes and personal needs have made renting more enticing to many. There are a few questions you need to ask yourself before signing your name on a lease or making a down payment on a home, and these should get you on your way to a more comprehensive understanding of the best decision for you and your family.