Strider Sport Balance Bike GIVEAWAY!

  Welcome to the Strider Sport Balance Bike Giveaway! Hosted by: Momma Lew Co-Hosted by: A Life In Balance Do you have a child who is struggling to learn to ride a bike? Did you know that a Strider Sport Balance Bike can help a child as young as 18 months learn to ride a two-wheeler? You can read Momma Lew's review here to find out all about this great bike to help your child gain the balance and confidence they need! One lucky reader is going to win their own Strider Balance Bike (ARV: $119) in the color of their choice! To enter, follow the steps in the giveaway form below. This giveaway is open to US residents, 18+, one entry per household. Giveaway will end at 11:59pm on 8/6 EST. Good luck! Entry-Form Disclosure: Momma Lew and participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Participating bloggers did not receive any compensation for this giveaway. If you would like to have your product featured in a giveaway such as this, email Momma Lew at … [Read More...]

10 Things To Expect as the Youngest Sibling

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10. Your white noise machine will run 24/7 because you will be so immune to hearing hooting, hollering, screaming and yelling that silence will totally freak you out. 9. You'll  learn to feed yourself your own bottle at an early age because your mom will have "her hands full"...... But, don't worry, she won't rush you into giving it up so fast. Your mom will realize that if you're happy, she shouldn't mess with a good thing. She knows you won't go to college with the bottle. She'll have other bottles to worry about then. 8. Your interactive books will probably look like this: ... but … [Read More...]

A Short(s) Story.

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If you can't beat em, join em. Right? My children refuse to wear shorts with buttons. No, my kids will never dress like this: Unless I pay them in ice cream. Its. never. gonna. happen. So I decided to see what all the fuss was about. Why wear shorts with buttons when you can wear shorts without them?.............. You guys. My kids were right. I'm not sure I can ever go back. It's like wearing air! And while the ones they make for my boys are, well, just gym shorts, they actually make cute pull-on shorts for women and you feel like you are wearing gym shorts but you're really not and … [Read More...]

It’s Not Always Pretty….

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I'm going to let you in on a little secret. A secret I am sure we all share. Heck, it's not technically probably not even a secret, but more of something the smiling, happy, doting, pictures our Facebook feeds seemingly conceal. In fact, it's a common topic of conversation at playdates among moms. A sentiment that we, at times, want to scream from the rooftops: "MY KIDS ARE DRIVING ME INSANE!!!!!!" So this isn't going to be one of those blog post where I stress about the hardships of being a mom and then end it with, "Oh, but we really love our kids" type of post. No. No it is not. It is … [Read More...]

Give One Piece a Chance

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Give One Piece a Chance I’m not really destined for a life of aquatics – I have a hard time accepting the fact that people apparently use the ocean as if it’s one big public restroom, I can’t exactly get over the instinct that everything that brushes my calf in the murky Jersey shore is a giant squid ready to take my life (have you ever thought about how gross squids are? Now you’re thinking about it. Sorry.) I have commitment issues that transpose themselves into little sand particles that will not leave me the heck alone from the second they touch my wet toes (how does so much sand make … [Read More...]

New Mom and Baby Essentials

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Apparently once you have a baby you become deemed an "expert" in the baby/mommy world. Pregnant moms-to-be (and their friends who want to buy them a nice gift) come flocking to ask "the" question. The  single, very important question: "Help! What do I need to survive". Well the short answer is is simple. You need to relax because you really don't need anything. Babies in third world countries survive without swings with bells and lights that vibrate and do figure 8's to lull them to sleep.. and please don't get me started on the wipe warmers. There are, however, a few things that I deem … [Read More...]

I Will Never Be This Loved Again?

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When my husband snuggles our babies up close on his lap, he squeezes them tight and says, "You're still going to let me hold you like this when you are 25, right?" And we look at each other, laugh, imagine what that would look like - a 180 pound man snuggling on his father's lap, and we believe it to be true. Why wouldn't we? Why would our kids ever love us any less than they do now? I am pretty sure that given the opportunity, my kids would crawl back inside of me and bunk out in my womb. You know, if that was in any way possible. They want us and need us and love us so much despite any fault … [Read More...]

Happy Fourth of July

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Here is a round up of my favorite things red, white and blue....Something for the kids, for you, and for all of your bellies. Happy 4th, y'all! Create     Wear shorts / dress / hat / track shorts / bikini / sandals / tank / (J.Crew 40% off final sale with code: SHOPMORE, J.Crew Factory Free Shipping today, Piperlime 25% off with code: SHOPFAST - those Joie white sandals that were once $145 are now $22... I know...) Eat Photo Courtesy of Lily Jade Co. Be happy. Be safe. Don't drink (or text) and drive.   … [Read More...]

Apple Rhubarb Crisp {Summer Foodie Series}

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I never volunteer to bring dessert. I am just not good at baking and, seriously, who wants to eat store-bought cookies? I'm an app girl and this recipe is always my go-to. The dessert recipe below, however, looks simple enough for all you non-bakers out there - myself included. So if you volunteered to bring dessert to this year's 4th of July BBQ, this is for you! Nothing says 4th of July like a good ole apple pie. I love this spin on a classic American favorite: Apple Rhubarb Crisp - submitted from this month's Sisters to Sons featured sponsor, Pam from Libby Wynn Simply! After you whip this … [Read More...]

Stepping Up My Summer Sole Game: The Ultimate Guide to Summer Shoes

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Hey guys. It's time for another guest post from the hilarious and talented Katylynn! This is it. Your one stop shop for every shoe you will need this summer. Happy reading....and shopping. Stepping Up My Summer Sole Game: The Ultimate Guide to Summer Shoes There are certain undeniable signs of summer that can only escalate your excitement for beach weekends and suntanned skin. Pulling your basic tee shirts and denim cut-offs out of winter retirement helps; the smell of fresh cut grass; sure, we could even argue that longer days filled with more sunlight is a pretty good indicator … [Read More...]

10 Things You Need to Know About Having a Baby, for men.

10 things you need to know about having a baby

 In response to my popular post, "10 Things You Need to Know About Having a Baby", a male reader submitted the guy's perspective..... Congratulations, you earned the right to wear this shirt and managed through the first 9 months. Its now almost go-time, so a bit of advice for when you’re about to hit the delivery room. Here are 10 things guys need to know about having a baby: 10. Preparing for labor: Your wife is going to do a bunch of crazy shit to go into labor. The most f*’ed up is when she asks you to massage her perineum with oil (see separate discussion on the perineum … [Read More...]