Costumes Done Right!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nickelodeon and Party City. All opinions are 100% mine.

With Halloween just around the corner, I wanted to be prepared ahead of time now that my son is a little older. I’ve never dressed my son up in any costumes! I see kids running around in in different costumes all the time, regardless if it’s Halloween or not. Kids these days even have dress-up closets with different costumes to choose from. I’ve always thought those were the cutest things but never took it upon myself to try to get my son into dressing up.  Continue reading “Costumes Done Right!”

Co-Sleeping Revisited: Pros & Cons after Year 2

Co-sleeping is one of the character traits of attachment parenting. If you’ve followed me along on my journey through motherhood, you would know that I practice this parenting lifestyle.

To make things clear, co-sleeping is just another word for bed sharing.

Related: The B’s of Attachment Parenting.

In the beginning of his bed-sharing/co-sleeping stage I wrote a piece about it, which you can read here. We are now almost approaching our 3 year mark and I thought his subject needed an update.

From birth to about 4 months of age my son would sleep in his bassinet next to me. Easier for night-time feeding. When the time came where he was getting too big for his bassinet I hesitantly tried moving him into his crib in his room. Continue reading “Co-Sleeping Revisited: Pros & Cons after Year 2”

City Guide: Historic Savannah with the Family

First of all, I’m obsessed with old cities. It’s been a few weeks (months?) since we’ve been back from Historic Savannah but It took me awhile to get these photos out of my phone.

I’ve always wanted to visit Historic Savannah but never got around to it. Savannah is Georgia’s oldest city, surrounded by historic homes and beautiful town squares. The architecture and the feel of Savannah is breathtaking for an architectural fan like I am.

My parents live just a couple of hours away from Savannah. We woke up that day and decided Hey, LET’S GO VISIT SAVANNAH, consequently these are my favorite types of trips.

If like myself, you are a fan of old buildings and history, Historic Savannah is definitely your place. Combine that with all the delicious restaurants they have and I could easily live there all of my life 🙂

savannah-historic-riverfrontWe arrived at about lunchtime, so obviously we were searching around for a restaurant to stuff our faces, not going to lie. There are lots of restaurants to choose from in Savannah.

A good idea would be to have a restaurant in mind before going (this was a spur of the moment decision)


We walked a couple of blocks down the River, saw some really interesting shops & buildings. Continue reading “City Guide: Historic Savannah with the Family”

Planning Successful Play dates That Wow!

“This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.”

Planning successful play dates isn’t difficult. It does take a little bit of planning ahead but with these tips you’ll be rocking your next play date like the rockstar mama or dad that you are. Parenting is overwhelming as it is, these tips will let your breeze by these play dates.

I’ve noticed more and more how much my son craves interaction with other children. He truly loves being around other children and asks me to take him places to play with other kids. He says hi to every single child he sees, he’s so eager to play with them.

I invited a few children for a messy artsy play date and these are the steps I’ve followed. Not to brag or anything but the kids had to be dragged out crying cause they wanted to stay. I’d say that makes for a very a successful play date.

Tip 1: Decide on a few activities

Little ones get bored easily and will leave an activity as quickly as they picked it up, only to go back to it a few minutes later. Having multiple play options will hold their attention better/longer and make for more successful play dates.

successful play dates

For this play date you’ll need:
  • Watercolor Paints
  • Regular Paints
  • Play-doh or modeling clay
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors (I’m teaching my 2.5 year old handle scissors early, but can be used with older children)
  • WaterWipes (For easy & safe clean-up)
  • Old or new plastic shower curtain

TIP 2: Pick up supplies and set up ahead of time.

This includes any snacks you might be serving. I had a variety of snacks laid out, pão de queijo(Brazilian cheese bread) and juice. I have to say snacks were overlooked with the cheese bread laid out. The kids were fed first and during play time. Fed kids always behave better in my honest opinion.


TIP 3: Downtime & Clean-up

This goes back to my first tip. Toddlers have an attention span of a fish, so having something to divert their attention from the messy play and easing into closing credits is a must. I wipe all of their little hands, arms, legs and faces with WaterWipes.


WaterWipes contains only two ingredients, 99.9% pure Irish water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract. Safe and effective for cleaning up even the fun messes. Natural ingredients safe from harmful chemicals.

We then set them off to Water play. Kiddie pool and or Water table will work or even a pouring station (Large recipient and smaller recipients to transfer water to and fro)


** Extra tip: The shower curtain is to make your life even easier. Can be easily thrown if too much of a mess was made or can be washed and re-used for the next play date.

And Voila! You have just delivered a successful play date mama! Congrats to you for rocking it. Here’s to many more successful play dates in your near future. Thanks to WaterWipes to keeping the safety and well-being of our little ones in mind.

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