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See Your Favorite MLB Team Play LIVE This Season With The GameHedge Good Game Guarantee ™ + WIN A Family 4 Pack Of MLB Tickets To See Your Fave Team!

This post is sponsored by GameHedge. All opinions expressed are our own.
"Take me out to the ball game. Take me out with the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks, I don't care if I never get back! Let me root, root, root, for the home team, if they don't win it's a shame....."
Gone are those days, friends! Because whether your team wins or loses, it's all in good fun. Why you ask? Because GameHedge and their Good Game Guarantee have your back!

Last weekend, I took my older children to see our favorite team, the New York Yankees, play against the St. Louis Cardinals. We all had a blast!  I walked into the stadium slightly more confident than usual last weekend, too. Know why? Because I knew that whether they won or lost, I had GameHedge on my side. The Good Game Guarantee from GameHedge ensured that if our team lost (by 5 runs or more) they would offer a 50% refund on the tickets. Pretty sweet deal, right?  I don't think we will ever purchase sporting event tickets anywhere else, from here on out!

Read on for more on GameHedge and their Good Game Guarantee, and enter to WIN a family 4 pack of tickets to see your favorite MLB team play live - your choice of team and game - with the Good Game Guarantee, of course! 

How To Dye Easter Eggs With Whipped Cream - Instead Of Shaving Cream!

Have you ever heard of dying Easter eggs with shaving cream? I honestly hadn't, until my tween daughter mentioned that she'd like to try it out this year. She had watched a tutorial online and was super excited about it. Something about it just didn't seem right to me though. Shaving cream? On food? That couldn't be safe! So, after looking into it a little more, we decided on using an alternative ingredient to shaving cream with a similar consistency - whipped cream!

These whipped cream Easter eggs were so simple to dye, and the results look far better than any old store purchased Easter egg dye cups could have produced.

Check out our simple tutorial below, along with imagery, on how to dye Easter eggs with whipped cream - instead of shaving cream!

Finding Greater Clarity with Pearle Vision

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pearle Vision. All opinions are 100% mine.
" For me, the greatest beauty always lies in the greatest clarity"
                                                                                                                  --Gotthold Ephraim Lessing                                                                
Hi friends, how have you been? It's pretty busy around here these days; four kids tend to have that effect! Honestly, finding clarity in the chaos {albeit happy chaos} can be a challenge.

Most days are filled to the brim with appointments, activities, schoolwork, work, and so much more. Even in the midst of the daily whirl of running here, there, and everywhere I am usually fairly good about staying on top of my health. I have a bit of a confession to make though. After welcoming our fourth child, I got swept away in the busyness of daily life {and blurry sleepless nights}, and I started neglecting some pretty annoying {almost daily} frontal headaches.  I figured that it had something to do with all of the time spent on the computer and phone, coupled with my age. I filed a mental note to look into it. Then life got busy, as it so frequently does, and I let it go a little longer than I should have.

Well, I finally got around to getting my eyes checked this past week. Friends, I'm so glad that I did. The solution was fairly simple {and super stylish too!}

Read on for more on my personal experience at Pearle Vision and for more on their services and vast selection of eye wear. 

Ever-Changing Adventures in Motherhood

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

Have you heard about the new INIT Snack Bars available at Walmart? They pack some serious fuel and flavor into these organic fruit & nut snack bars!  They're ready to go wherever your daily adventures take you;  perfect for stowing in your purse or gym bag.

You guys, I think this is shaping up to be a season of confessions.

Right after we welcomed our 4th child last year, I thought I had it all figured out. Honestly, it was smooth sailing for the first few weeks, then, things got pretty real around here! Without droning on about details, I'll simply say this; the juggling act became next to impossible. Not necessarily because it was actually impossible; my expectations needed some adjusting. These days, my days often don't go according to plan.  Sometimes the baby decides to have a party in the middle of the night. I get held up at appointments, or basketball / gymnastics runs WAY over. There are even those odd times when I get stuck in 2 hour bumper to bumper traffic jams, and my entire schedule for the day gets scrapped {no lie - happened to me last week!}

My new normal simply requires flexibility and bounce. I need to be able to bend with all of the change and keep it moving!  Motherhood is an ever-changing adventure, my friends. You know the old saying "man plans....." So true. So very true. My best advice, 7 months in to being a mother of 4? Simply learn to adjust your sails.

Read on for more about my daily adventures in motherhood, and for more on the NEW INIT Organic Nut & Fruit Bars.

The Cutest Rain Boots - 10 Pairs You'll Actually Want To Wear While You're Singing In The Rain!

Rain, rain, go away...

Happy Spring, friends! How's the weather been where you're at? It's been downright crazy, here. I don't know what happened, but one minute we were enjoying the beautiful unseasonably warm temperatures in February (some days hit 60+ degrees) then we blinked, and it was all snow and cold, and a wacky late-winter blizzard that hit us from out of nowhere. Now, we're on the flip side and everything is a melting fast, creating a muddy mess.

With 4 days of rain in our forecast over the next week or so, I'm gearing up for a season of rain. But you know what they say, without rain, there would be no flowers. Oh, how I'm looking forward to the flowers, and sunshine and warm temps. It's almost here, folks! Until then, grab yourself some fashionable rain boots, and go find a few puddles to jump in with the kids, and get to singing in the rain! It's all what you make of it. Rain can be fun too!

Grab the links for my fave fashionable rain boots this spring, below.

Simple Sesame Noodles + Easy Homemade Steamed Veggie Dumplings Recipes

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

These Simple Sesame Noodles and Easy Homemade Steamed Veggie Dumplings are indeed super simple to put together. My favorite part? This delicious meal only requires a very simple list of ingredients, with the help of Soy Vay. Because so many of the delicious ingredients are already in the sauce!

Hi friends, how have you been? When my husband and I were younger, before we had children, we would go out to eat almost every Friday. After enjoying a great meal at our favorite Japanese restaurant, we'd head across the street to catch a movie. It was simple enough. Looking back though, I cherish all of that time that we had together, just the two of us.

Now with four beautiful kids in tow, we don't get out on our own nearly as frequently.  So, we tend to grab a few moments of quality time on the weekend, over a special meal at home. My husband's absolute favorites are Sesame Noodles, and Steamed Veggie Dumplings. When I make him this simple and delicious meal, it definitely stirs up some nostalgia - of our Friday night tradition from all those years ago. I just love that we made it to this point, where we can say "all those years ago." 17 years and counting. Friends, I feel so very blessed.

Grab my recipe for Simple Sesame Noodles and Easy Homemade Steamed Veggie Dumplings, below.

How To Make Whipped Cream Play Dough - Fun, Fluffy, and Taste Safe Homemade Play Dough Recipe

Whipped Cream Play Dough! I know what you're thinking. Seriously? A play dough recipe made with whipped cream? Yes, you read that right! You guys, this is such a fun, fluffy play dough recipe, that's also taste-safe for curious toddlers and preschoolers. It's the perfect activity to do with little ones - just about any day of the week!

Hi friends, how have you been? We've been having a few of "those" weeks around here as of late. This past week everyone came down with a flu like bug, and it snowed (crazy amounts of snow), so we were land-locked at home for a bit. To quell some of the cabin fever, we did a few crafts and I made this fun, fluffy, taste-safe whipped cream play dough for my toddler. He was most intrigued by the use of one of his favorite fluffy dessert toppings (Cool Whip), and he had a blast molding it and playing with it for hours.

If you're looking for a fun experiment and a unique play dough recipe, this is definitely it! It's super simple to put together too! Check out the simple supply list and tutorial below.

3 Reasons To Plan A Trip With Your Preschooler NOW!

Our thanks to Walt Disney World® Resort for sponsoring this post. Compensation has been received. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
"Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it."--Rapunzel (Tangled)
Couldn't have said it better myself. Friends, there's so much waiting for you, just outside the perimeters of your comfort zone. So very much!

Each year, we find ourselves stretching farther and farther outside of our comfort zone, and honestly I'm so grateful for the memories that we've made as a family in doing so. While travel with smaller children can present its challenges, it can be a ton of fun too! First, let's be real. Toddlers can be incredibly unpredictable. Period. One second they love something, and the next, they can't stand it. Case and point? My toddler went through a phase (an entire week) where all he would consume, literally, was chicken nuggets. Then, when he was over them, he was completely done. Like won't have anything to do with them. So, I get where you're coming from if you're apprehensive about traveling, with a finicky unpredictable preschooler. I've been there, done that, and got the t-shirt! I know how hard it can be to venture into unpredictable uncharted waters, with an equally unpredictable toddler. Here's the thing though, honestly there's never a better time to travel than when your children are still small.

I remember the first time we vacationed with our oldest child (now 12), like it was yesterday. We went to the beach in Daytona, and honestly I was terrified. Vast body of unpredictable water, sand, sun - meet tiny tyrant. Long story short, it was an amazing day! Yes, he tried to eat the sand. He learned his lesson though with his first taste, and we got on with our day. We made sand turtles and castles, and splashed in the water for hours. He was so proud of himself, for all that he did that day. His sun-kissed pudgy cheeks and huge grin, are forever committed to my memory. I wouldn't trade those memories for anything. As a mom of 4 (ages 12, 10, 3, and 7 months) I've carefully planned and executed many family trips. Day trips, road trips, flights with babies and unpredictable toddlers, you name it, I've done it! Honestly? It all worked out.

Still not sure? Read on for my top 3 reasons to plan a trip NOW with your preschooler, along with a few simple travel tips to keep in mind when exploring new places/ destinations with toddlers.