Water Beads Make for a Fun Sensory Play Experience

While looking for something different to play with, we ran across these water beads that make for a neat sensory play experience. They can also make a big mess if you have a kid who likes to squish them! But it is still neat to watch them grow and then stick your hands in a … Continue reading Water Beads Make for a Fun Sensory Play Experience

Dealing with Anxiety, a Pandemic and Quarantine

A pandemic is enough to stress out anyone. Throw in a possible quarantine and a lot of unknowns, and it's easy to fall into the anxiety spiral. Here in Jacksonville we aren't on total lockdown yet, but you can feel it coming. Every morning I check the news and see it creeping closer and closer … Continue reading Dealing with Anxiety, a Pandemic and Quarantine

The Boy Who Only Ate Plain Noodles

My son loves noodles. Just plain spaghetti noodles with a little butter or olive oil. He doesn’t like to spoil it with any sauce. I keep trying to encourage him to try them differently- marinara, cream sauce, maybe some meatballs... but no, just noodles. It makes me think of a photo of me as a … Continue reading The Boy Who Only Ate Plain Noodles

A Day of Play at the Greenhouse Playhouse in Jacksonville

There's a new place to play for the under five set, at The Greenhouse Playhouse in Jacksonville Beach, FL. We checked it out last week and had a pretty good time, from jumping in the ball pit to racing boats at the water table. It's a good place for the little ones to explore and … Continue reading A Day of Play at the Greenhouse Playhouse in Jacksonville

A Reminder of My Little Miracle from Giving Tree Gallery

"When you need a miracle, just look at your child and realize you created one." This is the quote wrapped around the edges of a beautiful piece of art known as a Spiritile, gifted to me for review by the Giving Tree Gallery. I don't normally do full review posts involving just one item, but … Continue reading A Reminder of My Little Miracle from Giving Tree Gallery

How to Host a Vision Board Party

After a few months of feeling unfocused and uninspired, I was in desperate need of something to get my mind back on track and help me focus on good things. So my friend Heather and I teamed up to host a Vision Board Party. A vision board is a collage of words and images that … Continue reading How to Host a Vision Board Party

Keane Interest: Happy Valentine’s Day 2020 Edition

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! The holiday this year is pretty special for me, since my husband has just returned from a very long deployment! I got my hair color touched up, picked out a new dress, reservations are made a favorite restaurant and there's a bouquet of beef jerky roses on the way (for him, … Continue reading Keane Interest: Happy Valentine’s Day 2020 Edition

How Do You Break Your Child of Your Own Bad Habit?

I have always picked and bitten my nails. It's a terrible habit that often leaves my fingers bloody and hurting. So when my son's teacher mentioned how badly he'd been picking his nails in class, I cringed a little and put my hand in my pockets. I had been doing the same thing for at … Continue reading How Do You Break Your Child of Your Own Bad Habit?

10 Ways to Help a Mom When Their Spouse is Deployed

I felt so alone and overwhelmed when my husband was deployed. He was suddenly gone and my world changed and I was the solo one in charge of the house, the yard, the kid, the EVERYTHING. We've been through several deployments before, but this one was different because we had a child and had recently … Continue reading 10 Ways to Help a Mom When Their Spouse is Deployed

January 2020 Children’s Book Round-up

Welcome to the new monthly children's books round-up post! This month we are featuring three books: What's Making Walter C. Laugh?, Wizard and the Lizard, and The Adventures of Ninja and Luche – The Great Piggy Rescue. What's Making Walter C. Laugh? by Ginny Jordan What's Making Walter C. Laugh? is a fun and colorful … Continue reading January 2020 Children’s Book Round-up