Rockin’ Weekend: Kidz Bop Live + Darien Lake Hotel

To say my kids were excited to see Kidz Bop Live and spend the weekend at the Darien Lake Hotel, the Lodge on the Lake, would be an understatement. They were so excited and I have to admit, we were too! Even though it is a short drive from our home to the park, we knew we wanted to make a weekend getaway to enjoy Kidz Bop Live and some time spent at the Darien Lake Hotel.

5 Reasons Your Family Will Love KIDZ BOP

A few weeks ago I announced that I would be a KIDZ BOP brand ambassador and I am so excited! My family has been listening to KIDZ BOP since my oldest was little. I like listening to music I know is safe for my kids and we can enjoy as a family. Today I wanted to share 5 reasons to love KIDZ BOP with your family.

Learning to Be Brave at Sky High Adventure Park

Be brave. You hear this all the time and it can mean different things in different situations. I decided it was time to be brave and face my fear of heights. I was not jumping off bridges or doing anything extreme but I was stepping out of my comfort zone by doing the Sky High Adventure Park at the Holiday Valley Resort.

16 Easy Backyard Activities for Families to Unplug and Get Outdoors

Summer is almost here and the weather is warming up. This is the best time of year to encourage everyone in my house to unplug from devices, reconnect with each other, and get outside more. Getting outside is great to reconnect as a family and reconnect with nature. This month is National Get Outdoors Month and is a perfect time to make family tech free time and getting outside a priority in your house.

4 Easy Steps to Refresh Your Car for Summer

The countdown until summer vacation has begun and that means day trips and exploring. It also means time to refresh your car for summer. I’ve partnered with Refresh Your Car® to bring you some tips to get your car in road trip shape and share some long-lasting fragrance to have your car smelling great all summer long.

Family Fun Ways to Think Spring and #HeartYourPlanet

Spring has been a long time coming and I am hoping it is finally here to stay. The spring weather brings everyone out and starts this energy that motivates us to do more. We open the windows and do spring cleaning. At our house we like to use the nicer weather to motivate us to get out and do more for the environment with small family fun activities that are easy for the entire family.

This post is sponsored by Kimberly- Clark Family Care Brands but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Quality Family Time Ideas and Ways to Earn Dosh Cash this Spring Break

It is spring break time across the country and my kids are just starting their break this week. I was actually counting down the days until break because we all really need one. I have been using the Dosh App for almost a year now and I’m really excited to share with you fun ways to plan quality family time with your family and earn Dosh cash during your spring break.

Pancakes & Family Time at Kettle Ridge Farm

Earlier this year I shared that I want to be more intentional with our family time. What better way to enjoy family then visiting Kettle Ridge Farm. Kettle Ridge Farm is all about family. From the people behind the tasting counter to the people that help you tap your maple tree, they are all about working together and being a family. I love this about Kettle Ridge Farm and I couldn’t wait to bring my family back for our pancake breakfast and our tree tapping.

Kids Arguing? 7 Sanity Saving Tips to Encourage Cooperation

If you are a parent of more then one child there will be moments when your kids arguing with each other will be a constant parenting battle. As a mom of three kids, I am always working on building and strengthening my kids relationships with each other. Helping your kids cooperate not only makes your house more calm, it builds their relationship, teaches them to respect each other, and with less kids arguing there is more time for family fun and connections.

Adopt-A-Maple at Kettle Ridge Farm: A New Family Holiday Tradition

Thanksgiving has come and gone and the frenzy of the holidays has kicked into high gear. I love the holidays. I love the lights and the decorating and creating memories with my family that connects us. From the family traditions, to the family get-together the holidays are an amazing time to focus on what is really important. This year we are starting a new family holiday tradition with the Adopt-A-Maple at Kettle Ridge Farm program.

Holiday Family Movie Night Traditions to Enjoy this Christmas

There is something so special about getting cozy with your family during the holiday season. Picking a holiday movie to enjoy is a family tradition that helps our family celebrate the joys of the holidays. We watch a lot of holiday movies through December but we have a few family favorites that always make our list. These holiday family movies are classics in our home. They connect us and fill us with the holiday spirit all month long.

Fun Ways to Teach Kids Healthy Eating Habits

As a mom of school-age kids we have a lot of snacks in the house and I am always trying to find fun ways to teach kids healthy eating habits. My kids are always hungry and it is important for me to help teach them healthy eating habits. To do this, I like to give them the tools to make healthy choices. I believe the best way to teach is through fun hands-on experiences. I like to get my kids involved in the process and give them an opportunity to guide their learning. Over the weekend we had an opportunity to learn more about healthy eating habits and how to make good choices.

How I Plan Back to School Family Time

Back to school time is a fresh start. It is exciting and fun, but it can also be busy and chaotic. As busy as we get I make it a priority to plan special back to school family time. This can be as simple as snack time without any distractions or a fun night out. The goal is to make whatever you do family focused so you can stay connected and enjoy some quality family time

Do-It Yourself Camp Mom Summer Schedule (Plus: 101 Theme Ideas)

Every year I make a camp mom summer schedule to help us enjoy summer, connect more, and do everything on our summer bucket list. I like to plan our summer activities to keep us active and busy.  “Camp Mom Summer” is the way we pack it all in for the summer. We do everything we can and break out of our routine. Setting up my camp mom summer schedule helps us enjoy time together and be a local tourist.

7 Reasons Traveling with Your Kids is Worth It

Traveling with your kids can be amazing. Your kids will appreciate art and history. Your family will smile and laugh and create memories that will last forever. There will be no fights between siblings, no fights between my husband and I. We will all be happy the entire week. Have I sold you on taking a family vacation?

One-On-One Time with My Son at the Seneca Park Zoo

On my recent visit to the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, NY I was able to spend some one-on-one time with my son. Seneca Park Zoo is a great place for a few hours of quality time. I cherish the moments that I get to spend with my kids, especially as they get older. Time is going so fast and the one-on-one play dates are a great way to connect.

My Secret Family Adventures that Help Us Connect

Family traditions are so important to me. Some of them are big like annual vacation but some of them are small. We do special things as a family throughout the year to bond and connect. One of our favorite family traditions are Mystery Days. Mystery Days are basically a full day of fun activities. The best part is that they are a mystery!! Every stop is a surprise for the kids. My husband and I plan the itinerary and don’t give any hints. Mystery Days are so great because they are an easy family tradition that you can start this year.

52 Ideas for Quality Family Time

We are in need of some serious quality family time lately. When we are travelling we always have a great time and it feels so good to be connected. Sadly we can’t travel year round. There is school and work. We end up getting into a routine and life becomes busy. Our weekends are full of chores and obligations. Unless we plan something, we end up sitting around doing house chores or playing on electronics.  I was inspired by a recent article and put together 52 ideas for quality family time to help me schedule our weekends with a better family focus.

How to Plan the Ultimate Ice Cream Sundae Party

My daughter turned nine this week.  Nine is an age when character birthdays are almost over but you still want to have a fun birthday party.  This year I wanted to keep it small so she invited a few friends over for an Ultimate Ice Cream Sundae Party. It was easy and fun to plan and the girls had a great time.

Disclosure: I received product from Oriental Trading Company in exchange for this review.  As always my opinions are authentic and honest.  You can read more of my Disclosure.

Family Fun Activities to Countdown to Vacation

Taking time to plan your vacations creates excitement and quality family time before you even leave your house. I love to plan family fun activities to countdown to vacation. We do countdown to vacation calendars, research our destinations together, and create special activities for our trip. We countdown to Disney vacations, beach vacations, and even little weekend getaways. Spending time counting down to vacation creates family time and excitement for the trip and brings us closer as a family.

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