5.21.2015

DIY sidewalk chalk paint [recipe]

I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received an OshKosh B’Gosh gift card to facilitate my post and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.


A great sidewalk chalk idea, make your own diy sidewalk chalk paint! It only takes a few simple ingredients, great for summer fun ideas for kids.


We unknowingly started a Mother's Day tradition last year: sidewalk chalk painting. It was so much fun filling the entire driveway with our colorful creations. We had used a store-bought kit last year, but I had a sneaking suspicion that it could be made at home (and that someone had probably already tried it). So I decided that we would give it a go during a sunny and relaxing Mother's Day weekend at home a few weeks ago.

A great sidewalk chalk idea, make your own diy sidewalk chalk paint! It only takes a few simple ingredients, great for summer fun ideas for kids.

A great sidewalk chalk idea, make your own diy sidewalk chalk paint! It only takes a few simple ingredients, great for summer fun ideas for kids.

It was so easy to make, I don't know why I didn't think of it myself! All you need are 3 simple ingredients: corn starch, water, and food coloring. I mixed 1 tablespoon of water, 1 tablespoon of corn starch, and enough food coloring for bright, vibrant colors. I used gel food coloring, but I'm sure the regular liquid variety would work just as well.

A great sidewalk chalk idea, make your own diy sidewalk chalk paint! It only takes a few simple ingredients, great for summer fun ideas for kids.

The paints were just as awesome as the store-bought kind. I'm thinking I'll be making a lot more sidewalk chalk paint throughout the summer, for sure. Speaking of summer, I can't believe it's practically here. The green grass has returned, the sun is shining, and Bean is graduating from her first year of preschool!

A great sidewalk chalk idea, make your own diy sidewalk chalk paint! It only takes a few simple ingredients, great for summer fun ideas for kids.

A great sidewalk chalk idea, make your own diy sidewalk chalk paint! It only takes a few simple ingredients, great for summer fun ideas for kids.

I can't believe how grown up my little Bean is. Look at how cute she is in her red, white, and blue OshKosh B'Gosh sundress and sandals. I love sundresses on little girls, and OshKosh B'Gosh had so many adorable and trendy ones to choose from! And I can't wait to get out on the lake so that Bean can wear her new red, white, and blue swimsuit I picked up for her. It's to die for cute. Cheers to summer fun!

What big plans do you have for your summer? What kinds of activities do you do with your kids to keep them entertained and outside enjoying the warm weather? Let's chat about it in the comments below!

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5.18.2015

Easy end of the year succulent teacher gift [tutorial]

Make this incredibly easy succulent teacher appreciation gift, great for any teacher!
My baby girl graduates from her first year of preschool this Thursday. Where in the world have the last 4 years gone? 

Make this incredibly easy succulent teacher appreciation gift, great for any teacher!

Anyways, I knew I wanted to give her teachers a year end gift, but because there are 5 of them I always struggle figuring out what to give them. I don't want to spend an arm and a leg, but I don't want to give them something useless either. Then, I looked at the dozens of propagated succulents that I had lying around and instantly knew what I would do. Here's what I did and how you can make your own...

5.10.2015

I am not just a sponsored post robot.

Contrary to popular belief, I am not just a sponsored post machine. I am actually a living, breathing, real life human being. If you've been around here for some time, you might know that besides running this blog I am also a dance teacher and help run the family dance studio. If you've been paying really good attention, you might remember that spring is a crazy time for me (and that's putting it lightly). My weekends are almost entirely consumed with dance competitions and my weekdays are almost entirely consumed with preparing for our end of year recital, organizing next year's class registrations, and planning for next year's competition company auditions. So if you've been thinking, "She's been doing an awful lot of sponsored posts lately", you're right. I have. Because I lit-traly have had no extra time for posting just for the fun of it. I am not above admitting that when my time is limited, you bet your behind I'm going to be posting things that are helping support my family.


But... good news! This post means that I am officially over the hurdle. Life can resume. And so, I'm going to share a few peeks into what life is starting to look like now that it's slowing to a normal pace.

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I swear that nobody appreciates spring like a Minnesotan. When you've spent the last 6 months practically in hibernation, the blue of the sky and the warmth of the sun look and feel like heaven. Goodbye, seasonal affective disorder.

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Not to mention, I hate wearing socks and shoes. I would be barefoot 24/7 if my plantar fasciitis and the cold weather didn't have a say. The feeling of green grass under your toes is second to none.

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Nicer weather also means that I get to sit out on my deck with a good book. The current good book: #GIRLBOSS. And yes, I still check out books from the library. I think I single-handedly keep my local library in business with overdue fees. I have a Kindle, but nothing beats the feeling and the smell of a physical book in your hands. Right?

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#GIRLBOSS has so many awesome quotable's such as this gem. Being a dance teacher who works closely with today's youth, this one in particular speaks to me.

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And this girl. The older she gets, the more I fall in love with her. She's got more personality in her tiny little body than I can believe. If she doesn't grow up to be in some field of entertainment or performing, I will be shocked. A less busy dance schedule means I get to spend more nights with this one, and I couldn't be happier.

What does spring mean for you and your family? Are you also a physical book snob? Let's chat about it in the comments below!

4.27.2015

Dark chocolate scotcheroo protein bars. [recipe]

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DoMoreWithProtein #CollectiveBias

This recipe for dark chocolate scotcheroos has the added benefit of protein! Make homemade no bake protein bars that taste delicious.

You've probably heard of protein shakes, protein smoothies, and protein bars. I, for one, was getting a little tired of the usual protein smoothie. But have you ever heard of protein scotcheroos?  I am not usually a fan of packaged protein bars as I think they taste chalky and a little weird. These were far from it. So incredibly delicious, plus you get the added protein. With being as active as I am, I try to get as much protein in my diet as possible to help repair the wear and tear running and dancing do to my body. EAS Whey Protein Powder makes sneaking extra protein into my diet super easy.

4.20.2015

My mom is better than your mom.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BestMomsDayEver #CollectiveBias
What do you give to the mom who deserves everything? This mothers day gift idea is perfect! #BestMomsDayEver #ad

My mom is better than your mom. Sorry not sorry. If you look up the definition of "selfless" in the dictionary (or on dictionary.com, who even uses real dictionaries anymore) you will see a picture of my mother. I was one of those teenagers who thought all of the other teenagers were crazy. I never fought with my mom, in fact I called her my best friend and biggest role model (still do). Now, I'm lucky enough to also call her my boss. 


My mom is my boss

4.17.2015

A day in the life: mom, blogger, dance teacher. [VLOG]



I don't know about you, but I always love seeing more into the lives of the bloggers I like to follow. Today, I'm giving you a little peek into what it's like to be me.

Take a peek at a day in the life of a mom blogger and dance teacher! You can do it all with the help of this wonderful Lenovo product.

My typical work day doesn't truly get going until I put Bean down for her afternoon nap. Once she's finally asleep, I get my pot of coffee brewing and get to work. First up, blogging.

Day in the life of a mom blogger

I'm currently working on a post for mini donuts. I use my Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 Pro to follow the recipe as I'm baking them (I never print out recipes anymore). I love that it has a built-in flip-and-fold kickstand so I can just stand it up and follow along. Did you know that it was designed by Ashton Kutcher, who is Lenovo's product engineer and was hands on in the concept and development the product?

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Nap time is the perfect time for me to work on my blog posts uninterrupted. I finished the mini donuts just in time for Bean to wake up and beg to try a couple. Can you blame her? Just look at these babies!

4.09.2015

Toolkit for the busy mom.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias and its Advertiser. All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone and should not be construed as medical advice. #24HourEsterC #CollectiveBias


Tips for busy moms, this toolkit offers some really awesome advice on busy mom must-haves (especially the one about dry shampoo!)

Let's face it, life is busy for everyone. Between work schedules, kid's schedules, and various other happenings, things can get pretty hectic. I find myself constantly seeking the help of a few key items, some more than others (especially when it comes to immune support!), to make my life as a busy mom a little easier. Between my schedule as a blogger, dance teacher, and co-director at the dance studio and Bean's schedule we are always on the go.

Busy schedule of a 4 year old

Bean isn't even 4 years old yet, and I'm already juggling preschool, dance, and gymnastics. I might play a part in creating that crazy schedule, but luckily she likes to be busy! Each activity that she's involved in has played a key role in helping her step out of her social and separation anxiety. She's practically a different kid.

3.23.2015

REESE'S miniatures peanut butter bites. [recipe]

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #snacktalk #CollectiveBias 

The perfect party food, these REESE'S peanut butter bites are delicious and easy to make. It would make a great party dessert!

If you know me in real life, you would know that I am obsessed with all things REESE'S. There's nothing better than pulling one out of the freezer (because that's the best way to eat them in my opinion) and biting into the perfect mixture of peanut butter and chocolate. I combined my love of REESE'S with a recipe for an easy-to-eat party snack, perfect for all of those basketball parties going on around this time of year.