Oct 202014

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Jif To Go Dippers. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

We have been on-the-go quite a bit lately.  Road trips, day trips, shopping, corn mazes and pumpkin patch visits.  And while it’s a lot of fun, preparing and packing for excursions that include a 3-year-old can definitely take a little bit of pre-planning.

On-the-Go Energy with Jif To Go Dippers #GetGoing

I have a “Preschooler Bag” (anyone have a better name for a diaper bag for preschoolers?  I’d love to hear it) that I like to keep stocked with whatever we might need: wipes, sunscreen, an extra outfit, books, crayons, small toys, etc.  And let’s not forget the snacks.  Snacks can make or break an outing, especially if any of your family members have a tendency to get “hangry”. Continue reading »

Oct 192014

Sometimes, really funny things come out of my daughter’s mouth.  Not that, based on the serious look on her face, she intends them to be funny.  She just can’t help but make me giggle.

The other day she comes sauntering into the bedroom while I was folding laundry.  One little balled-up fist went to each hip and she struck a “power pose”.  “Hey Mama, look.  I’m a Super Hero Butterfly.”

Super Me Backpack Transforms Kids Into a Super Hero

And, indeed, she was.  She had on the butterfly mask that I wore last Halloween, plus her Super Me Bubblicious Cape backpack on.  She proceeded to show me some of her super powers which included running really fast; I was disappointed that speed-folding laundry isn’t something a Butterfly Super Hero can do. Continue reading »

Oct 102014

I was adopted by my parents when I was only a few weeks old.  I was born towards the end of March, and by the middle of April, I was home with them.

My Adoption Photo #Frosty4Adoption

My parents, me as a baby, and the judge that finalized my adoption.

My parents never tried to hide the situation from me.  I know it can be a tricky thing to explain to kids, but I remember being aware from a very young age of how I came to be part of my family.  And while I am technically adopted, I’ve never thought of myself as anything other than my parents’ child. Continue reading »

Oct 092014

This #CrystalLightWM #RanFan Platinum Points post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.

I have a bottle of water on me pretty much at all times.  In the car, in my “diaper bag”, on my desk, when I’m hitting the treadmill.  Staying hydrated helps curb hunger and lets your body run optimally.

Earn Platinum Points When You Buy Crystal Light at Walmart #CrystalLightWM #RanFan

As much as I love water, sometimes I want a little flavor.  And that’s when I reach for Crystal Light To Go packs.  I’ve been using them for years now, and I love them.  You can’t beat the convenience of tucking those little packets into your pocket or purse and having a pop of flavor whenever you want. Continue reading »

Oct 072014

We live in a completely different world than I grew up in.  I saw my first computer – the green screen kind – when I was in 3rd grade.  By the time I was in high school, we were building computers from the ground up and selling them as part of a school project.  Somewhere in the middle of there, the world started to go even more digital with email and the start of the Internet.  It was a very exciting time and I feel fortunate that I grew up as the technology was evolving.

Use technology to share awesome #ShareAwesome

It’s different for the generations that have come after me, though.  Ashley and Austin grew up on Facebook, and Bubbles will never know a time when people didn’t constantly provide updates on their lives through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more.  This opens up entirely new parenting challenges as we try and teach them how to use it safely and respectfully. Continue reading »