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Open Beds & Open Hearts

Oh friends, how I hoped three months ago, that by now (mid-April), I would have more to tell you about our foster care story. I hoped and prayed that our empty bedroom would be full by now, that we would be settling in with a placement and really … Continue Reading

Review: Snipe Hunt Game

A good ole fashioned game of hide and seek is just FUN, isn't it?? Who doesn't love the thrill of the chase, the challenge of hiding where you cannot be easily found? Ever since my boys were young, they've loved the game of hiding items around our … Continue Reading

Review: Fazoli’s Italian Style at Home!

I've always enjoyed eating at Fazoli's, and now I can make Fazoli's snacks in my own oven! Fazoli's recently introduced Fazoli's Italian Snacks, which can be found in the frozen food section of your favorite supermarket! I was given the … Continue Reading

No More Trash Bags in Foster Care!

Our family has some amazing people in our lives! One person I'd like to tell you about today is Tracy. She read on my Amazon Wish List this quote about kids in foster care: In the world of foster care moves can happen quick...Often a trash bag ends … Continue Reading

Hurry Up and Wait

It has been an exciting time at our house since my last post! We completed our Foster Care Certification classes on Thursday, January 15th and then had our final pre-certification home visit on Monday, January 19th! After that, we waited for my … Continue Reading

Review: Levana Keera Video Baby Monitor

Over the years, I've used quite a few baby monitors. It's safe to say that the technology used in monitors has definitely improved since their genesis several decades ago. Whereas you could at one time only hear garbled sound from your baby's room, … Continue Reading

Preparing a Bedroom for Foster Care (Part 2)

Brandon and I have done more work since my last post, preparing a bedroom for foster care, and I wanted to share it with you! We are so excited - only 9 days until our home study will be finished! At that time, on January 19th, our home study will be … Continue Reading

Preparing A Bedroom for Foster Care (Part 1)

It's hard to believe, but if all goes smoothly the next few weeks, our home will be certified as a foster home by the end of the month! We have two more classes to complete and a few more T's to cross and I's to dot, but it looks like it's going to … Continue Reading

Guest Post: What Level Swim Class Is Right For My Child

Today I have a guest post from Kaitlin of An Apple Per Day! Enjoy and welcome her in the comments! When we started a family, I wanted to make sure my sons were well schooled when it came to swimming. I wasn’t sure how soon to start them in … Continue Reading

Healthy Eating in 2015 with eMeals!

Happy New Year! Like many of you, I'm starting the new year with lots of hopes and dreams for the days ahead; we have a lot happening in our family soon, and in order to stay on top of things and be my best self, I need to get better control of my … Continue Reading

Listen-Read-Watch: December 2014

As I ease back into writing more frequently here at Playdate Crashers, I figured an easy thing to do that would update you on my state of mind and being these days is to tell you what things I'm listening to, reading, and watching. I'm a big consumer … Continue Reading

The State of the Blog Address

Once upon a time, I started a blog. I had big plans for the blog and spent many hours devoted to it. It was my third child and I was determined that it would grow up into a big girl project with many readers and sponsorship deals. Then one day … Continue Reading

Review: Strider Bikes

If you're looking for a Christmas present for your young child that will teach them something, keep them active, and provide hours of fun, look no further than Strider Bikes! I was given the opportunity to review a Strider 12 Sport Bike with my 4 … Continue Reading

Review: Firefly Star Wars Ready Go Brush

Who would have thought that my kids would enjoy brushing their teeth so much? But with the new Firefly Star Wars Ready Go Brush toothbrushes, brushing your teeth is fun! So long, begging and cajoling when it toothbrushing time! My boys are … Continue Reading

Review: Boogie Mist

If school hasn't started in your district yet, it soon will, which means that the season of sickness is upon us. Runny noses and crusty noses are in your future, mamas! But thanks to Boogie Wipes and their new Boogie Mist, saline mist featuring their … Continue Reading

Review: Master Lock Safe Space

We all want to be able to protect our things, and now you can have a Safe Space wherever you go with Master Lock! Whether you're on the beach or at work or school, the Master Lock Safe Space can keep your valuable possessions safe! I had the … Continue Reading

Review: COOLIT

Tell me if this sounds familiar, parents: You make a meal for your child, but because most foods have to be heated, it's too hot for your precious child's plate! Those chicken nuggets are now as hot as burning embers! That macaroni and cheese … Continue Reading

Review: PlayTape

Every once in awhile, a product comes along that I think "It's so simple, but so brilliant!" PlayTape is one of those products -- it's tape that looks like a road, perfect for boy moms!   I was so excited to get some samples of PlayTape … Continue Reading

Answering Your Disney Questions

Oh hi! *waves like a dork* It's been awhile, huh? Yeah, I've been the worst kind of blogger-slacker in the past year, the kind that says "Y'all I'm gonna change my ways and really get my act together" and then never does. So sorry 'bout that. I … Continue Reading

Krogering to Disney!

In honor of our upcoming Disney World vacation being paid off in full as of today (54 days before we arrive), I want to share the simple way we paid off our trip and how it wasn't as painful as it might have been otherwise. A little background: … Continue Reading