Fun and Learning with Online Summer Camps in #Minecraft {Plus 30% Off Coupon!}

By now I’m sure you’ve heard of Minecraft, the popular video game that lets kids (and adults!) build their own virtual world from 3D blocks.

Connected Camps offers online summer camps in Minecraft so anyone, anywhere, can participate.

I’m planning to introduce my oldest daughter to Minecraft this summer. She’s really into LEGO and gaming on my Nintendo 3DS so I know she’s going to enjoy the merging of these two concepts into this fun game. Minecraft isn’t just about playing around and using her creativity though. There’s a lot she can learn about basic programming and the back end of gaming by playing Minecraft, and that’s why I’ve been reading up on Connected Camps’ Online Summer Camps in Minecraft.

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Bethany’s Birth Story: Going with the Flow

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. Today Bethany is sharing the story of her doula-attended hospital birth and how she felt empowered to make the choices that were right for her. If you would like to share your own birth story, please visit this post to learn how. ~Olivia

I had a rocky start to my pregnancy, as I surprisingly got pregnant with an IUD. I also was spotting, my hormones weren’t doubling, and the baby measured small on my initial ultrasound. It was a very emotional time – I went from not expecting to have a baby to desperately wanting this baby. Thankfully, each subsequent ultrasound confirmed that our baby was growing as she should! I quickly came to learn that this baby had a mind of her own and did things in her own time.

I did a lot of research while I was pregnant on how I wanted to give birth. Since I had an OBGYN, I knew I would be delivering at a hospital and I decided that I wanted the extra support that a doula would provide. My birth plan was to have as much of a natural birth and as little interventions as possible. Knowing that I could only control so much during my labour, the biggest proponent of my birth plan was to go with the flow and strive for my choices but accept that I may need interventions for mine or my baby’s health.   

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LittleWins Giveaway: Win a Soothing Baby Prize Pack

Little Wins Giveaway
Sometimes, motherhood can be downright exhausting! Between juggling errands, nursing, and feedings on little to no sleep, just finding 10 minutes to shower could be considered a little win to a new mom. Little Remedies® is on a mission to help moms celebrate the Little Wins they experience each day with their #LittleWins Challenge, which gives entrants the chance to win amazing prize packages valued at $350!

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Homemade Strawberry Lime Frozen Yogurt

Last fall when we were flying home from our family vacation in the Dominican Republic, we had a longish layover at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. All of us, kids and adults included, were overtired, hungry, and all kinds of cranky. I prowled up and down the airport concourse looking for anything that seemed appetizing before finally settling on some fast food Chinese and two big containers of strawberry frozen yogurt. The Chinese food was meh at best, but I swear that was the best frozen yogurt I’d ever had. Until now that is.

This healthy, homemade Strawberry Lime Frozen Yogurt is made with frozen strawberries and lime zest and tastes like my favourite margarita - the perfect blend of sweet and refreshingly tart! With only four ingredients, this beats anything you can buy in the store.

A few days ago I was struck with a craving for some of that frozen yogurt. We didn’t have any in the house, and I really didn’t want to drive from store to store hunting for just the right thing to satisfy that craving. So I made my own!

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Introducing Hasbro’s Disney Princess Merida {Plus a Giveaway} #DreamBigPrincess

This month we’re featuring Princess Merida from Brave. Unlike pretty much every other Disney Princess, Merida has no love interest. Rather, Brave is a coming of age story that focuses on the relationship between strong-willed Merida and her equally strong mother. As the mother of two determined little girls of my own, I appreciate that Merida has a spirit as vibrant as her untamed hair, determined to take the reins of life and forge her own fate.

Here’s Hasbro’s version of this fiery princess: the Disney Princess Royal Shimmer Merida Doll. With a pretty sparkly blue dress, large blue eyes, and long curly red hair, it’s clearly Merida. I did notice they’ve given her freckles though, even though Merida doesn’t actually have any in the movie.

Disney Princess Royal Shimmer Merida doll

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Baby’s 1st Birthday Bash Giveaway


Welcome to the Baby’s 1st Birthday Bash Giveaway, hosted by The Monarch Mommy. Here’s your chance to win The Monarch Mommy’s top FIVE gift ideas for baby’s first birthday! The grand prize is valued at over $150 and packed with the perfect items for the soon to be toddler in your life! One winner will receive this epic grand prize from our generous sponsors!

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Sneak Peek: That Time I Met the Bad Moms

Some of you may have noticed I was away for a few days last week. If you missed it, I was invited to Los Angeles to attend advance screenings for two upcoming movies, Kubo and the Two Strings and Bad Moms. I can’t tell you how cool it was to be invited! I’d never been to LA before, and the entire trip was incredible. I’ll be talking about it more as we get closer to the release dates, but I wanted to share a few highlights of my trip with you in the meantime.

After a 3D showing of Kubo and the Two Strings, we trekked over to the iHeartRadio Theater for a party and screening of Bad Moms. The entire cast was there to welcome us, and then we were treated to a surprise Flo Rida concert! No, it’s not my usual style of music, but man, he puts on a high energy show! Being right there was tons of fun and an amazing experience!

Surprise Flo Rida concert at iHeartRadio

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Fabulous Fitteds Cloth Diaper Giveaway

Welcome to the Fabulous Fitteds Cloth Diaper Event!

Fabulous Fitteds Giveaway
Hosted by Mixed Bag Mama
Co-Hosted by Tales From a Southern Mom and Mama Banana’s Adventures

Hey folks! It’s finally time for the big giveaway! If you love fitted cloth diapers or are looking to try them out, you’ve come to the right place! One lucky winner will receive the huge prize pack of fitted diapers and wool covers listed below:
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Jill Yoga’s Spring/Summer 2016 Catalogue {Plus Giveaway}

My girls and I have been fans of Jill Yoga’s fun and comfortable activewear since we were first introduced last year. Ever since then, my kids love getting their yoga gear on. It’s not that my 3-year-old is doing a lot of hatha or Bikram’s, but let’s be honest, most of the rest of us wearing yoga pants aren’t doing a whole lot of yoga either. We wear them because they’re versatile, flattering, and oh so comfortable! Jill Yoga does all that and more!

We recently received a couple of outfits from Jill Yoga’s Spring/Summer 2016 catalogue. Since the girls learned some yoga poses in school this year, they couldn’t wait to show off their moves. I’ve also got a fun little giveaway at the end of this post too, so make sure you scroll all the way down.

Here they are, working on their tree poses.

Jill Yoga active wear is colourful, comfortable, and fun!

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