Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

As a licensed aesthetician I am always preaching sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen!!!! All year long apply sunscreen to your hands and face. These 2 places are the most exposed and not only is the sun responsible for 80% of our aging (thats right) it is also responsible for the dreaded skin “C” word. Protect yourself!

Rant over lol. In all seriousness summer time means sunscreen time for our girls and I want to make sure what I am putting on their body is helpful and not harmful.

COOLA BARE REPUBLIC mineral sunscreen for kids and COOLA mineral sunscreen for BABY are hypoallergenic, PABA, Paraben and Phthalate free sunscreens.

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COOLA BABY sunscreen came out a bit oily but since it is not a spray the texture made it easier to apply  on a moving toddler. It absorbed quickly so those little eye rubbing baby fingers didn’t get any in their eyes.

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Most sprays go on clear which for myself is great however with kids its hard to know what areas I have missed.  BARE REPUBLIC kids spf 30 goes on white so you know what areas still need it.

Summer weather is still in full swing and what better way to enjoy that then with a GIVEAWAY!!!! Enter to win the products mentioned. Happy Summer everyone!!!

Rachelle is a wife, mother, photographer and blogger. She has 3 little girls. Her oldest 2 are home-schooled. Rachelle’s interests are fitness and health, furniture re-purposing and building, DIY decorating, sewing, learning and everything family. Click here to meet Rachelle

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received passes to some of the places mentioned  in exchange for my review.  The opinions are my own, based on my personal experiences.

This past May we visited Williamsburg, Virginia as part of our family vacation.  I wanted to share with you all the family fun in Williamsburg, Virginia that we found!  Williamsburg is steeped in history and historical events and happenings.  But even the youngest of kids will enjoy all there is to learn and discover here.  There is plenty to do for free and plenty of things that cost money as well.  One of the first things we did in the area was ti find a place for the kids to paint some pottery as that is family tradition we have. We discovered Paint on Pottery.

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This was a nice studio and they were able to finish our plates so we could take them home by the end of the week and avoid shipping charges.  The plates turned out nicely!

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Afterwards we had ice cream for lunch (you can do this on vacation)! We had never been to a Bruster’s so we tried them.  Everyone loved it and we were so pleased that little ones like Jack get a free cone!

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Little ones get a free cone here! Hurray!

Our first full day in town took us to Jamestown.

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Here we got to explore villages, boats and get some hands on experience in their colonial gardens!

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The kids loved the villages! They got to try on armor…

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and play Native American games (which really were fun)!

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They have beautiful grounds here, so we found a table in the shade and enjoyed a picnic lunch.  In the heat of the day we decided to check out the Yankee Candle Store.  We got to get free samples of fudge, watch it SNOW inside and the kids got to make candles.  I was pleased how affordable it was for them to do this! Under $10 for all 3 big kids to dip their own candles!

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Fun making candles at the Yankee Candle store!

 

Another day we explored Yorktown.  We loved Yorktown but were disappointed to discover that most of the main building was closed to renovation.

We explored the small camp set up outside and watched some demonstrations.  The folks here were awesome at getting everyone involved and finding our natural interests.  For example, I asked a few gardening questions and a lady started taking me around and explaining how they preserved food and such in those days.

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Since Yorktown was small we needed something else to do so we visited an awesome park for a picnic lunch and to let the kids play.

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Kidsburg is an awesome park!

Oh and another AMAZING place is Duck Donuts!

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You have got to visit Duck Donuts and try them out!

They make all your donuts to order…including icing and toppings! YUM!

On our last full day we decided to go to Colonial Williamsburg.

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I remembered coming here as a child and getting so much hands on experience and enjoying the costumes and everything.  But…we were hugely disappointed.  For our family of 6 to actually get into the real historical area it would have cost us OVER $150!  So basically we got to walk the streets and go into the shops where overpriced merchandise was sold.  I know many people don’t mind spending that money, and I am sure it is amazing, but we just could not afford it on this trip and it was a huge letdown for all of us.  It seemed so commercialized to us.  To ease the sting of this we treated the kids to a cool treat at Retro’s.

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This place is small, but so neat! They have custard and a really neat menu AND there is a huge chalkboard for kids to draw on.  Lots of fun!

We definitely had a lot of family fun in Williamsburg and look forward to visiting again.  Where are you going on vacation this year?

 

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

 

Trying to get my kids to keep their rooms clean is like pulling teeth.  I have to admit that I have flashbacks to my childhood and now feel my own mother’s frustration!  The boys’ beds are always a wreck.  Pillows and blankets end up on the floor.  Even their fitted sheets end up off the bed.  Add the fact that they have bunk beds, which aren’t easy to make in the first place, and you end up with a lot of frustration!  So, when I saw Zipit Bedding, I knew it would be perfect!

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This great bedding takes the hassle out of making the bed and even makes it fun!  Zipit combines the ease of a sleeping bag with the function of traditional bedding.  The set includes an all-in-one zippered comforter and fitted sheet along with a zippered pillowcase.  We received the Wild Animal print.

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It’s super cute and the colors work perfectly with their room.  We couldn’t wait to put it on the bed.  This is what it bottom of the set looks like.  You can see the coordinating camp print of the sheet part of the set.

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It was SO easy to put on the bed!  It took about a minute and a half.

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The fitted part went on easily but it was also snug enough that I don’t have to worry about it slipping off.  Here it is all zipped up.

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There are zippers on each side of the bedding that allow kids easily lower the top comforter.

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I loved how the pillowcase also had a zippered side.  Putting a pillow in the case can sometimes be a challenge for kids so I appreciated this feature.

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My 9-year-old couldn’t wait to cuddle up in his new bedding.

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He especially likes the little zippered pockets on each side of the bedding.  They’re perfect for holding his DS or a mini flashlight (he loves to read at bedtime!).

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The set washes up well.  The comforter is nice and cozy but the set also fits into our washer with now issues.  We didn’t notice an shrinkage and the colors stayed bright.  My son and I are both thrilled with the bedding.  He likes that it’s soft and he said he feels like he’s sleeping in a sleeping bag (which he loves!).  I am thrilled that he now thinks it’s fun to make his bed.  And it’s so easy!  It takes him all of about 5 seconds to zip up the blanket and he’s good to go!  No more blankets on the floor!  Zipit Bedding is great for any bed but it’s especially wonderful for bunk beds.  We no longer struggle with a bunched up comforter and sheet between the mattress and bed rails.

Zipit Bedding is available in both twin and full/queen sizes and comes in a variety of fun prints.  They even have glow in the dark sets! Zipit Bedding starts at only $49.99.  You can see the entire collection at zipitbeddingcom.

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

What little girl wouldn’t love a matching outfit for her and her doll?

My little one isn’t old enough to know how cute this is but she does love her baby dolls though and for now I get to enjoy all this cuteness!!

 

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I can’t wait to use this outfit for our fall pictures. Now just to find outfits for the rest of us lol.

I am a sucker for ruffles they are just the cutest thing and since my middle E has informed me she is too old for ruffles, baby E is going to have to fulfill all my ruffle dreams. haha.

This outfit is perfect! It has the ruffles but it is also very soft and comfy. I love cute clothes on little girls but if they aren’t comfy enough for nap time then forget it.

AnnLoren offers fun whimsical clothing in all different sizes, colors and patterns.

Don’t forget to enter to win a $30 gift certificate for your shopping pleasure at AnnLoren.

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Rachelle is a wife, mother, photographer and blogger. She has 3 little girls. Her oldest 2 are home-schooled. Rachelle’s interests are fitness and health, furniture re-purposing and building, DIY decorating, sewing, learning and everything family. Click here to meet Rachelle

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

With summer in full swing, it can be challenging to keep the kids occupied every day.  Thankfully, they all love to read so breaking out a new book is a great way to stave off boredom.  Little Bible Heroes Flip Over Books are extra fun because you get two books in one!  We received the Noah/Creation Little Heroes book.

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And then when you flip it over…

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My kids thought this was super neat!  This fun book is a great way for my younger kiddos to learn about some great heroes from the Bible.  My 2-year-old enjoyed having me read it to her and my 7-year-old was able to read it by himself.

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The illustrations were colorful and cute and really grabbed the kids’ attention.

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At the end of each story is a Parent Connection section which lists a Bible verse that goes along with the story and a memory verse.

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There are also two questions about the story.  I really loved this part!  They led to some really interesting conversations with my kids.  I asked my 7-year-old the question about what his favorite creation of God’s was and he said it was flowers and trees.  I agreed with him that they were pretty awesome :)

There are several Little Bible Heroes Flip books to choose from, including Joshua/Rahab, David/Esther, Joseph/The Good Samaritan, and more.  You can check them out at FamilyChristian.com.  Right now they are on sale for only $2.99!

One lucky reader will win a flip book for them selves!

 

 

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda