Celery Logs with Hummus: Back to School Snacks with Summer Fresh #FreshBTS

I’ve really enjoyed our summer, but I have to admit I’m looking forward to getting back into our school routine. It’s good for the kids, and it’s good for me! What I’m not looking forward to though, is the daily chore of packing lunches and snacks again. I always intend to get everything ready the night before, but well… life happens, you know? Anyway, that’s why I’m always looking for quick and healthy lunch ideas and snack solutions I can put together on the fly.

Update your classic ants on a log snack with Summer Fresh hummus. Easy, healthy, delicious, and safe for peanut-free schools!

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7 Tips for Road Tripping with Young Children

There’s still some summer left and that means there’s still time for a road trip! Maybe you’re excited about the adventure, but not so excited about the trip with young children. Road tripping with babies, toddlers, and even preschoolers can be challenging. They get hungry, tired, cranky, and they just don’t know how to deal. Whether you’re going north or south, these tips are sure to come in handy if you’re planning a road trip with your young children.

Road tripping with babies, toddlers, and even preschoolers can be challenging. These tips are sure to come in handy if you're planning a road trip with your young children.

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#Travel Peek: Adventures in Las Vegas

Bad blogger! Somehow I forgot my DSLR camera at home when we jetted off to Las Vegas for our tenth wedding anniversary a couple of weeks ago, which meant I had to make do with my cell phone on our trip. Photo ops abound in Las Vegas though, so even though they’re not quite the quality I’d like, I still wanted to share a few of the photos I got. If you’re planning your own Vegas getaway soon, check out my tips for saving money in Las Vegas.

We stayed at the New York, New York Hotel & Casino. The hotel exterior recreates the New York skyline with miniature versions of the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Grand Central Station, and a 150 foot tall replica of the Statue of Liberty. Yep, that is a roller coaster on top!

New York New York, Las Vegas

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Carolina’s Birth Story: My Unplanned Home Birth

Editor’s note: We believe that all birth stories and all birth experiences matter. This post is part of an ongoing series of birth stories submitted by readers and fellow bloggers, featuring a diverse range of women and their birth experiences. Carolina of Mama Instincts has kindly agreed to repost her unplanned home birth story here. If you would like to share your own birth story, please visit this post to learn how. ~Olivia


It was Saturday, one of my favorite days because my husband is home and I get to sleep in. However this Saturday I was woken up at 6:30am with a contraction. I didn’t think much of it since I’ve been having contractions that led to nothing for weeks. I went back to sleep but about 10 minutes later another contraction woke me up. I was 40 weeks and 3 days pregnant and I’d been having prodomal labor for a couple of weeks, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up in case this wasn’t the real deal.

For those of you that don’t know, prodomal labor is just like real labor. It starts with contractions you can time and that can dilate you but after a few hours it stops. In my case I had been having this every night for the last 3 weeks and this is why I was already dilated to 5cm and in +1 station before I went into actual labor.

My unplanned home birth

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Shop Limeapple’s Back to School Sale August 18 & 19

I can’t believe August is already half over. The summer seemed to run away with us, and all of a sudden the new school year is just around the corner. Both my girls will be back in school in less than three weeks! Fortunately, Limeapple’s Back to School Sale is going on right now August 18 and 19. For two days only, get 15% off new items, 15-50% off existing items, and 50% off sale items to get ready for September!

Limeapple Back to School

As I was browsing the new site, I saw so many new fall items I wanted to get for my girls so I thought I’d share a few of my faves with you!

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Our Favourite Bummis Cloth Diaper Accessories {Win a Bummis Cloth Diapering Prize Pack!}

If you’re ready to accessorize your cloth diaper stash, or even build a starter stash, you’ve come to the right place! Welcome to the 5th Annual Accessorize Your Stash in August Giveaway Hop, hosted by Lindsey Blogs and Viva Veltoro! I’ve joined a fabulous group of bloggers to bring you some great cloth diaper and cloth diaper accessory giveaways. After you enter mine, scroll down to the linky at the bottom to visit all the other giveaways and the Grand Prize from our hosts!

Tampa All in one

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7 Tips for Saving Money on Your Next Las Vegas Getaway

Hubby and I just got back from a Las Vegas getaway. We had tons of fun, but we definitely suffered from sticker shock while we were there. Vegas is expensive! But don’t let that put you off the idea. There are lots of ways to save money on your next Las Vegas getaway.

7 Tips for Saving Money in Las Vegas
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Stop-Motion Epic Adventure Kubo and the Two Strings Hits Theatres August 19 {Win #KuboMovie Tickets and Swag}

Remember that trip I took to Los Angeles last month when I was lucky enough to attend advance screenings of Bad Moms and Kubo and the Two Strings? I loved Bad Moms (and I hope you’ve all had a chance to see it!), but now I’m really excited about Kubo and the Two Strings hitting theatres next Friday, August 19th. Mark your calendar for this gorgeously animated and uplifting family-friendly film, and read on for your chance to win a movie night out and some fun movie swag.

Kubo and the Two Strings Official Poster

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Stephanie’s Birth Story: Gentle C-Section

Editor’s note: We believe that all birth stories and all birth experiences matter. This post is part of an ongoing series of birth stories submitted by readers and fellow bloggers, featuring a diverse range of women and their birth experiences. A Cesarean section doesn’t have to be a cold and impersonal experience. Today’s birth story is from Stephanie from Happily Homegrown who has graciously agreed to share the story of her family-centred, gentle C-section. If you would like to share your own birth story, please visit this post to learn how. ~Olivia

Stephanie's story gentle c-section

Leading up to d-day, I would have moments where I couldn’t believe that I was pregnant again let alone that our baby boy was on his way in just a few days. Monday morning was no different. As my husband and I drove to the hospital early Monday morning, I did a final check on Facebook, and sent a few text messages to family to let them know that our son was going to be born in a few hours. I was a little anxious, but was doing everything I could to remain calm and collected while we drove down the Interstate.

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