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Tips For Teaching Kids How To Conserve Energy + How to Save BIG on Your Electric and Gas Bill

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

When I was shopping around for my first apartment, I can still remember being taken aback by the utilities. While I knew that I would most likely be responsible for electricity, and possibly gas (depending on the property) -  I really didn't know just how much to expect those monthly bills to ring in at.  It was a huge learning curve for me! In all honesty, when I was alone, I preferred as much light as possible (think stadium style lighting!). I fell asleep most nights with the radio or television on, and it played throughout the night. I also had a tendency to leave my computer on, and everything plugged in, at all times. To say that these costly habits started to add up, is the understatement of the century. 

Fast forward 15 years, and my mindset has definitely changed! It was a difficult learning curve for me, and one that I would prefer my children to be prepared for, from the start. Kids learn so quickly, so teach them young! Not only will it help you save big on your utility bills, it will save them dearly in the future when they first set out on their own. 

Read on for our top tips for teaching kids how to conserve energy + additional ways that you can save BIG on your electric and gas bill.

Outdoor Family Movie Night Essentials Guide + Prize Pack Giveaway {Total RV $900+}

With the summer months fast approaching, I'm hard at work planning fun stuff for us to do as a family,  both at home and away. We aren't making extravagant plans this year. We have 2 fun weekend road-trip getaways on our agenda, during the first few weeks of June. Then, the rest of the summer will be spent fairly close to home. I will be too far along in my pregnancy to chance being far away however, we still plan on making it a fun and memorable summer for the kids.

I so wish that drive-in movie theaters were still existent in our area. Because really, what says summer, more than a night at the drive-in? They're quintessential to the season, in my opinion!

After searching and failing to find an outdoor theater within driving distance, I hatched a new plan to host family movie nights each week in our own backyard!

I am literally bursting at the seems with excitement to get everything set up in our backyard over the next few weeks, and to host our first outdoor family movie night with the kids!

Read on for more on our top picks for hosting a memorable summer outdoor family movie night with the family. Plus enter to win a prize pack that contains ALL of our top picks - perfect for hosting an outdoor family movie night of your own! (total rv $900+)

Tips & Tricks For Teaching The Kids To Snack Smart + Fun Recipes That The Entire Family Will Enjoy!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Natierra. All opinions are 100% mine.
Teaching the kids to snack "smart" throughout the day, can be a challenge. For most kids, it's all about flavor. So, if you can find something that's healthy that also appeals to their taste buds, you're golden! 
In trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, we've been addressing two problem areas with our children. 
  1. We've made it a priority to ensure that the kids get a healthy start in the morning with something nutritious and balanced. This helps fuel them throughout their busy morning schedules, without the mid-morning crash (no more sugary cereals!).
  2. We're helping them to make smart snack choices throughout the day, to maintain more consistent energy levels. This helps them to accomplish everything they need to for school, while also allowing them enough energy to enjoy activities after their school work is complete.  
Read on for our fun {healthy} recipes that the entire family will enjoy!

5 Easy Steps You Can Take Today Towards Living A Healthier Lifestyle

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Everyone can surely find a reason (or 100) to live a healthier lifestyle. My top reason? My family, of course! I want to make healthier choices to ensure that I'm around as long as possible, to see my family grow.

While my diet changed significantly for the better over the past year, honestly, I could still stand to move around a bit more.  Many days I find that I get so caught up in meeting the needs of everyone in our home, taking care of the house, and working etc., that oftentimes I don't have a solid hour to devote to exercise. Even with all of the responsibility though, my health should take priority. Having the privilege to see my family grow, should be my greatest motivation!  Especially when there are so many simple ways to work that hour into my schedule. Getting a solid hour of exercise can be as easy as popping my youngest in the stroller, while having the older kids ride alongside me on their scooters, while I walk. When it comes down to it, there really is no excuse.

Whether it be making healthier food choices or moving around a bit more, there's always room for improvement. As adults, many of us know the basics of eating healthy, but in the moment, it can definitely be hard to make the healthy choice. That’s why John Hancock brought those everyday food choices to life on April 6, at the John Hancock Vitality Marketplace at Grand Central Terminal in New York City.

Gardening with Kids - Fun Potted Fairy Garden Project Perfect For Earth Day #GrowablesProject

The Instagram video embedded in this post, was a sponsored post. All opinions expressed are our own.

Hi there, friends!  The weather has been beautiful here the past few days, and the forecast promises more sun and warm weather to come! With the changing weather, and Earth Day coming up this Friday, it's the perfect time to get out and doing a little gardening project with the kids. 

We shared the video below on Instagram today, on how to assemble this fun potted fairy garden with the kids, using Miracle-Gro® Gro-ables®. I thought I would also post it here, for those of you who may not follow our feed on Instagram. We're excited to see our little potted garden yield veggies (spinach in this particular container) this summer. 

Check out the full video below.

BIG List Of Amazing Money Saving Uses For Dawn Dish Soap + FREE BIG LIST Printable Hostess Gift Tag & Gift Idea #StockUpSave

This post is sponsored by SheSpeaks and Walmart . All opinions expressed are my own. 
The weather is gradually starting to change around here, which has many of us getting down to the business of spring cleaning our homes. This year, I'm trying to be super intentional about DEEP cleaning each room in our home, before the summer arrives. While this is a task that I take on every year, with a baby on the way, I definitely want to make sure that everything is as clean and organized as it possibly can be.

When planning a BIG seasonal cleaning project like this, I make a game plan, shop for the necessary supplies, and tackle each room in our home, one by one.

There's no doubt about it; a  project like this takes a ton of time and effort! So, I definitely want to make sure that I get it done right the first time around!

Check out my quick and simple spring cleaning tips, money saving offers, AND my list of  AMAZING money saving uses for Dawn dish soap below. Seriously friends, some of them are complete game changers. Dawn has SO many uses!