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Catch The Third Season Of Annedroids On June 24th + How To Assemble DIY STEM / STEAM Tinker Trays For Kids

This post is sponsored by KidzVuz & Amazon Original Series "Annedroids" All opinions expressed are my own.

Who's excited for the 3rd season of the Emmy Nominated series Annedroids to debut on Amazon Prime? I know we are!  This is the first series that I've caught to date that seamlessly incorporates STEM curriculum and concepts into the storyline - in a fun relatable way for kids. I had the pleasure of previewing a few of the episodes from the upcoming season with my daughter, and I'm absolutely loving the strong female role model that they've created in the shows lead character, Anne. She approaches every new challenge with optimism, and through some trial and error, she finds a solution. Her "anything is possible" approach is a refreshing change of pace in comparison to other viewing options available for this age bracket.

Read on for more on the 3rd season of Annedroids + check out our simple tutorial below on how to assemble budget friendly STEM/STEAM tinker trays for kids.

Simple & Delicious Cannoli Dip Recipe

 
Cannoli's are a dessert favorite in our home. We don't have them often, so when we do it's definitely a special treat! I've made Cannoli's a few times in recent years from scratch, and this past weekend I tried my hand at a simple twist on this family favorite; Cannoli Dip. This recipe for Cannoli Dip incorporates all of the flavors of a traditional Cannoli, into an easy to prepare dip. I served it with anise Pizzelle cookies, and it was absolutely delicious - definitely a crowd pleaser!
 
Grab my simple and delicious recipe for Cannoli Dip, below.

Embracing Imperfection + Simple Mom Hack For The Beach & Pool

This post is sponsored by SheSpeaks & Walmart. All opinions expressed are my own. #AvoidTheOops
 
Perfection.
 
This word doesn't even cross my mind when I think of parenting and motherhood. And I hope, for the sake of your sanity, you've omitted it from your parenting vocabulary too!
 
Before I had children, I may have briefly lusted after the notion of perfection. But motherhood quickly brought that runaway train to an abrupt {screeching} halt! Can I tell you a little secret though? Attempting the impossible gets old. Embracing imperfection is far more fun and attainable. And I'm all about setting attainable goals for myself!  

Country Chic Kitchen Design Inspiration

This post is sponsored by PlumbTile. All opinions expressed are my own.
If you caught my post last week on organizing hacks for big families sharing a small bathroom, then you probably get the gist that we've outgrown our home. Some big changes are in the works for us though over the next few months! Along with welcoming our 4th child this summer, we'll be moving shortly thereafter. Like I said, things are set to change pretty rapidly around here.

My wish list for our new home wasn't too extravagant. It really only included 3 must-haves:
  1. 2 full baths
  2. 4 bedrooms
  3. An eat-in kitchen that could comfortably fit our family of 6 - with plenty of storage and counter space.
Not too extravagant, right? While we managed to find a home that checked all of those boxes, I'm not super enthusiastic about the modern design aesthetic in the kitchen. We spend a ton of time in the kitchen, and I'm a pretty simple girl. I much prefer a cozy lived-in feel, to the sharp lines and cool colors involved in modern design.While we do plan on waiting a few months to do major updates, we plan on swapping out much of everything in the kitchen - when the time is right.

When I have a few extra minutes here and there, I often find myself browsing online to find some country chic kitchen design inspiration. Honestly, the more I browse, the more excited I get!

While I definitely haven't pinned down all of the details, these are some of the design elements that have made it onto my wish list so far: 

The Perfect Summer Shoes For Pregnancy + It's A.....


I shared this update over on Instagram, and I wanted to share it here as well. If you're pregnant {or not} I definitely recommend Birkenstocks as a must-have top summer shoe pick! They're super comfortable, supportive, and incredibly versatile.

Also, I'm super excited to announce that it's a ... GIRL! We are SO looking forward to welcoming our 4th child this summer, and to making some more fun summer memories with the kids!

Here's to another memorable summer! I hope that everyone has a great season filled with relaxation, fun, friends and family!

Father's Day Gift Picks That Dad Will LOVE + Prize Pack Giveaway {RV $500 +}


Have you found the perfect gift for those special dads in your life yet? With Father's Day just a few days away now, the countdown is on!

Whether he's fashion forward, a techy, a tool lover, a music lover, a coffee connoisseur, or a fitness buff; you're bound to find something on our list!

Read on for more on each of our Father's Day Gift Picks. PLUS,  enter to WIN a fun Father's Day Prize pack packed with all of our top Father's Day Gift Picks {RV $500+} -  for that special dad in YOUR life!

Show Dad You Care This Father's Day With A Special Care Package - Free Printable + 1 Year BJ's Wholesale Club Membership Giveaway {4 Winner's}

This post is sponsored by Mirum Shopper. All opinions are expressed are my own. #DoveMenDads
 
With Father's Day fast approaching, most of us are on the hunt for the perfect way to honor the special dads in our lives. For our family that dad, is my husband. 

When my husband and I met (all those years ago!) I don't think that I could have ever imagined the kind of dad he would become. What I did know at the time was that  he was kind to his family, and an amazing son to his mom. Fast forward 16 years and 3 children (+1 on the way) later, and today, I'm most taken back by his patience with others.

It literally seems as though he has never ending amounts of patience some days! Because he also works with children as a therapist,  its a skill that he's honed well. He isn't easily angered, and in-turn, he's able to teach and guide our children in a way that really resonates. He's a great dad, and I don't know what we'd do without him. He's our hero!

Read on and grab your free Father's Day printable + enter to WIN 1 of 4 one year memberships to BJ's Wholesale Club, below.

Simple DIY Tassel Necklaces Tutorial

 

The tassel trend has really taken off over the last few months, and I have to say, I kind of love it! It seems as though everywhere we turn these days we're seeing tassels. From cute tassel key fobs, to all of the fun tassel jewelry, to the loads of other tassel accessories - we're obsessed with it all around here.

My tween daughter is totally on top of this trend too, and has been asking to make some fun DIY jewelry for the summer that incorporates tassels. So,  that's just what we did this past weekend. After looking for a material to make the tassels, we settled on embroidery floss. While we could have used leather cord or another material to construct our tassels - embroidery floss is available in so many fun colors! This makes it super simple to coordinate your DIY tassels with whatever glass bead selection you choose to assemble your necklaces.  It's also super simple to work with, so whether you're an adult looking to make some cute DIY Tassel necklaces, or you're looking to get your tween or teen in on the crafting fun - it's literally as easy as 1-2-3 to construct these tassel necklaces!

Grab the supply list and check out our simple step by step image tutorial on how to make these super cute {and simple} DIY Tassel Necklaces, below.

Organization Hacks For Big Families Sharing A Small Bathroom

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Scott Tube-Free. All opinions are 100% mine.

Do you have a small bathroom? Are you in need of some quick and simple organization hacks? I have a few for you today!

It's funny how I used to look at things when my two older children were younger. When we moved into our late 1800's colonial home, all I saw at the time was how charming everything was. It has a mahogany covered porch {perfect for rocking chairs}, original cabinetry and original wainscoting. The house has some really unique original trim and hardware,  and some really fantastic antique light fixtures. The bathroom has a huge claw foot tub that was original to the house, and a cute little porcelain pedestal sink {so charming - BUT, no storage/counter space!}

It's definitely NOT a cookie cutter "new build." It's house that's rich in history, and I kind of fell in love with it at first sight. Fast forward a few years,  and while it's still super charming - if only I knew then what I know now! We are now a family of five; soon to be a family of six. We have 1 and 1/2 baths in our charming house, and space is definitely at a premium these days. We are sizing-up into a slightly larger home in a few months. In the meantime, I'm making the most of the space that we have by organizing and de-cluttering, room by room. Recently, I began with a mini-makeover on our full bathroom.

Read on for my simple organization hacks for big families sharing a small bathroom.