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Tea Collection : Fall is in the air

This post is sponsored by Tea Collection, where you can save 10% off your order now.  Can you believe fall is almost here?! I’ve already enjoyed a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks and will be bringing down my sad little box of fall decor this weekend. If I hadn’t moved 11 times in 10 years, […]

POSTED BY ON September 8, 2012         |           Comments { 0 }
Turquoise Stone Necklace

Giveaway: Turquoise Stone Necklace

 I like pretty things– a lot, especially when they are bold, beautiful colors that make me smile. The color turquoise is one of those colors. That’s why Family Sponge is happy to host this giveaway in partnership with Ali Cortez of Island of Ali Jewelry. This down-to-earth mama (she has an adorable son named Dominic) has […]

POSTED BY ON September 3, 2012         |           Comments { 34 }

The perfect gift to buy an awesome newborn baby

  I recently moved to a city just east of the San Francisco Bay Area called Walnut Creek where all of my favorite places are within one mile of my home– including a little local gem called giggle (yes, with a cute lowercase “g”). giggle is a one-stop-shop for new and expecting parents, and the […]

POSTED BY ON August 22, 2012         |           Comments { 12 }

Why we love Kiwi Crate

Have you heard about Kiwi Crate yet? I’m all for creativity, but sometimes I just don’t have it in me to Google an idea or go out and get the supplies from Pinterest. Being creative is sometimes a lot of work! Kiwi Crate is delivered right to your doorstep, with everything you need inside. It […]

POSTED BY ON June 23, 2012         |           Comments { 0 }

Top 15 Must-Have Baby Products

Jasmine Carr-Edmund has the sweetest little 19-month-old daughter named Aubrey. Jasmine and I have known each other since we were nine-years-old. And now we are mommies immersed in the world of all things parenting. I asked Jasmine to share her list of favorite must-have baby products that she used as a first-time mommy. These are […]

POSTED BY ON June 14, 2012         |           Comments { 2 }

3 World-Changing Gifts for Father’s Day

Need a last minute gift for Father’s Day? Maybe craft ideas aren’t cutting it this year (I’ve been there). Why not get him something that not only looks awesome, but is a world changing gift like these three below that I personally love. TOMS sunglasses  |  $159 : Get your awesome hubby some TOMS sunglasses to […]

POSTED BY ON June 13, 2012         |           Comments { 1 }

Mother’s Day Wish List

Time to spice up your Mother’s Day wish list?   We compiled a list of things that we would be excited to have on Mother’s Day— not so expected, but very meaningful. Hope you enjoy and find some inspiration for yourself as well. Ideas for Mother’s Day Vegan Cookbook: Fall in love with vegetables in an exciting […]

POSTED BY ON May 4, 2012         |           Comments { 0 }
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Top 12 things to bring on a road trip with children

A road trip with kids should be fun! My husband and I have done thousands of miles on the open road and just started adding kids into the road trip mix. These 12 items will help keep the fun level high and also help keep sanity along the way. My hope is that you make […]

POSTED BY ON March 30, 2012         |           Comments { 4 }
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My Top 12 List for Parents with Preschoolers

Raising a preschooler can be so much fun. Your tiny explorer is not so tiny anymore. They are truly a “mini-you” having full on conversations about everything they see and do. Preschoolers are ready to play and learn while they explore the world around them through independent learning and gentle guidance. Here is my personal list […]

POSTED BY ON February 29, 2012         |           Comments { 16 }
Let's Talk About Race Picture Book by Julius Lester

Top 10 Children’s Picture Books About Diversity

We celebrate different cultures and diversity in our home. I think it’s an important lesson for our children to understand how people are all different but all the same too. People always ask what race my daughter is. I get the same question a lot too. I calculated Zoe’s ethnicity today. She is definitely a […]

POSTED BY ON February 20, 2012         |           Comments { 15 }
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My Top 12 List for New Parents

A friend from college is having her first baby and asked a couple of us who already been initiated into the parenting tribe for suggestions on baby products. There are so many baby options out there— some are a waste of money, and some are totally worth the money. Here are my top 12 sanity-savers […]

POSTED BY ON February 10, 2012         |           Comments { 5 }

Capture the moments

I grew up with a dad who captured almost every day of my life on camera. That was what he did— took pictures and videos of his three kids and wife every moment he could. He documented my comedic temper tantrums, my awkward ballet recitals, graduating from college after six long years with two degrees, […]

POSTED BY ON December 6, 2011         |           Comments { 7 }

Holiday postcards: Save a tree and look good

It’s December, which means it is time for the mailbox to be filled with festive cards and letters from family and friends around the world. I absolutely love looking at the pictures and reading the stories that shape and transform a family’s lives in a year. And I also love sharing my own family pictures […]

POSTED BY ON December 5, 2011         |           Comments { 2 }
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Chore Chart Ideas: Making Chores Fun

My kids have entered “chore territory.” They can follow directions (most of the time) and are eager for rewards like quarters, high fives and hugs. So chore time has begun in our home! I struggled with making it fun and also making it productive. There has to be a balance, and over these last few […]

POSTED BY ON December 1, 2011         |           Comments { 14 }
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A New Spin on a Classic Christmas Tradition

I introduced the Elf on the Shelf to my daughter last year a few days after Thanksgiving. I first heard about the The Elf on the Shelf from my friend who bought it for her three year-old daughter. It wasn’t until she told me that her daughter’s temper tantrums for the holiday season had ceased […]

POSTED BY ON November 24, 2011         |           Comments { 4 }