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Thank The Superhero Dads In Your Life With The #WriteGift This Father's Day! + Free Printable

This post is sponsored by CROSS Pens. All opinions are my own. #SuperPen

With Father's Day fast approaching, it's time to find the perfect gift to thank all of the superhero dads in your life!

My husband does so much for our family. He works super hard at work, and still takes extra time every day to spend with each of our children, and myself. I know he's exhausted most days, but he never shows it. He's our superhero! 

As a behavioral specialist and therapist, he spends most days helping young children navigate their individual challenges. He spends a ton of time at his desk each day writing treatment plans and updating progress notes. Because he spends so much time writing, I was definitely excited when CROSS Pens recently introduced me to their brand new line of Marvel line! I immediately knew that I had found the PERFECT Father's Day gift for him.  These beautifully crafted pens are made to stand the test of time! Each pen features 1 of 3 iconic character themes from the Marvel Superhero lineup (Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Captain America ).

How To Create Fabric Wall Art Using Adult Coloring Book Pages - Fun Tween & Teen Summer Craft Idea!

 

Has the adult coloring book craze caught on in your home? It has in ours!

I totally get why this has become such a widely popular trend. With all of the technology available today, it's nice to just unplug, relax, and get back to basics from time to time. Coloring creates an opportunity to do just that, while also getting a little creative - which is always fun!

While I'm absolutely loving this trend, my tween daughter is over the moon for it! We have now amassed a large collection of adult coloring books, and she also loves browsing online for free printable adult coloring pages too - she loves it ALL!  

Last week, she asked if we could make something with her coloring pages. So,  I put my thinking cap on and came up with this simple fun way to turn adult coloring pages into Fabric Wall Art. She had so much fun putting this little wall hanging together, and she added a quote over top of the coloring - which I absolutely love - SO creative!  Her freehand lettering abilities are getting better than mine these days! This is a super fun tween & teen summer craft idea that will keep the kids occupied for a an hour or two.

Check out the simple supply list along with our step-by-step tutorial below on how to create fabric wall art using adult coloring book pages.

Are You Getting Enough Calcium During Pregnancy?

This post is sponsored by Viactiv ®. All opinions are my own. #ViactivBabyBump
You'd think that after having three children, the fourth pregnancy would be a breeze, right? I should be a pro by now! I'm not though. Every pregnancy truly is different. I had my first child 11 {almost 12} years ago, and  recommendations from health professionals are ever-changing. Honestly, it can be difficult to keep up with it all! Especially when you have large gaps between each pregnancy.

While I'm trying my best to stay on top of the latest list of pregnancy do's and don'ts this time around, there's one {vital} daily nutritional recommendation during pregnancy that remains steadfast; Calcium.

Calcium intake during pregnancy is crucial. Baby's bones, teeth, heart, nerves, and muscles depend on calcium for growth. It's so essential to fetal growth, that if you don't include enough in your diet, your baby will actually start draining it from your bones. This isn't a good scenario for you or baby! The daily recommended value for calcium intake when pregnant {AND when not},  is 1000 mg daily. While you may think that your prenatal vitamins have you covered in this department, most do not. In fact, most prenatal vitamins only contain 20-30% of the daily recommended value of calcium that your body, and your growing baby need.

Send A Positive Empowering Message To Young Girls Through Fashion - GapKids ED Collection

 
As a mom, I'm noticing that as my older children grow, the pressures to "fit in" and follow the masses, are mounting. Whether it be from their peers, the television media, forms of new media / social media or other outlets, it's literally everywhere they turn. That's why as parents, it's so important to consistently enforce positive messaging and guide them at every turn.
Encouraging my daughter to stand out from the crowd and be herself, has always been a top priority for me. I want her to use her gifts and exhaust her potential, without wasting time wondering what others think. Since the day she was born, I've been working hard to impart this valuable lesson, and that's why I recently fell head over heels for the GapKids ED line by Ellen DeGeneres. This fun line has woven positive empowering messaging into each piece, with great sayings and quotes - along with fun bright pops of color and playful patterns.
 
Check out the entire seasonal offering from the GapKids ED collection below. The girls in your life are sure to love this line, just as much as we do!

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!