Friday, July 31, 2015

Back To College with a Little Help from Protective

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As many of you know I have an older daughter who started college last year. It seemed like just yesterday that she started kindergarten. Where did my little one go? I remember packing the trunk of our minivan with all her dorm room supplies and we got on our way. This is her second year and boy were we shocked when we started her first year and saw how much money we would be spending. Luckily for us we had prepared but not soon enough as I would have liked to. I still have three other children who will be starting college soon themselves and while I have a bit of knowledge of how this all works, I wish I had known it sooner. If you have a child on their way to college yourself here are just a few tips that we would love to share with you.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Oven Roasted Balsamic Mushrooms with Fresh Herbs‏

We're back from vacation and it's back into the kitchen for us. I've recently discovered that having a weekly menu works so much better than just winging it. For the past two weeks we have been doing a menu planning as an experiment and it has been working out great. Each child gets to choose one special meal that they would like and while it means more time in the kitchen, it also means that we get to spend more time together as a family. They get to help out with their dish and I've found that when kids help in the kitchen, they actually eat more. I have very picky eaters and it's always a struggle getting them to eat, not any more. You can give it a try and see if it helps you as well. One of the things that we like in our family is Oven Roasted Balsamic Mushrooms with Fresh Herbs and today I want to share the recipe with you. If you're a lover of mushrooms then you'll love this.

This is what you'll need:

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Back to School Shopping with OshKoshBgosh - #backtobgosh #BgoshJeanius

I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

In just two weeks schools here in Colorado will be back in full swing. It seems like just yesterday the kids got out on vacation. This summer we decided as a family that we were going to do a lot more than usual and that we did. There were no rules, no regulations, no bedtime, no schedules, it was just straight up fun. Now with school about to reopen very soon it's time to wind down. It's also time to start shopping for our back to school needs. When it comes to shopping I usually prefer to shop online to be honest, but when it comes to buying clothing, I prefer to try them on see how they fit, I like to feel the quality and I also like to see them in person. I've had so many experiences where the clothing does not fit or even look like the photos when you get them in your home. Luckily for me I've never had a problem with OshKosh B'gosh clothing and I have been shopping OshKosh B'gosh for almost 19 years. My only regret with OshKosh B'gosh is that their clothing only goes up to age 12 but luckily for me I have a pre-schooler who still has 9 years to go.

Is It a Good Idea to Have a Sleepover?

Do your kids want to invite their friends over for a sleepover? As a parent, it can be difficult knowing if it’s a good idea to have a sleepover. When deciding what’s right for your family, you’ll want to take into consideration how old your kids are, as well as if they’re ready for a night with friends.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Summer Fun for Your Secret Agent

One of the things I loved when growing up was movie time with my dad. Some of his favorite films happened to be the James Bond franchise and to this day I can't get enough of 007. I remember wishing that I had all his cool gadgets and oh how fun it would be to actually use them. His cars were amazing and he was oh so super cool. No matter which actor plays the role of James Bond, there's just something about being a great spy and he's one of the best. Today I have a guest poster who is now like a regular on Growing Up Madison. Whitney Hollingshead knows that kids just love the idea of being secret agents, and today she wants to share some summer fun for your secret agent. Take it away Whitney!

Has your child expressed interest in becoming a special agent, a spy, or a detective? Perhaps you’ve noticed that your child has a gift for observation, or maybe your child has natural curiosity

that seems to run wild. While these interests and abilities can lead to many challenges in parenting, you can use your child’s natural inclinations to help them learn, explore, and enjoy the world around them this summer.

Here are just a few fun examples of simple activities that will catch the eye of any junior spy:

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Universal Studios Orlando Superstar Parade

As most of you know I just recently came back from visiting Orlando Florida. Mommy decided that we were doing a road trip and what a road trip it was. From my state of Colorado to Florida, it took us 28 hours just to get there but what fun it was. One of the highlights of my trip was visiting Universal Studios. It was my brothers choice of vacation highlight since they're older and they've never experienced Universal before. At first I wasn't sure how much fun I would have there because Universal isn't generally known for it's toddler/pre-schooler activities but boy was I surprised. You better believe that if I'm definitely doing Universal again. Now today I want to share with you the Universal Studios Orlando Superstar Parade. If you're ever in Orlando, it's one of the things you don't want to miss if you're ever at Universal Studios. Guess what? My big brothers and sister did miss it though, while they were enjoying the Transformers ride, I got to see the parade with mommy and today I want to share it with you.