Gift idea for Boys

Do you have a kid that’s always asking for a robot?  Well- my kids are and they got the Miip for Christmas!  It has been SO MUCH fun!  It dances, (fights with other Miips), has a tray to take people things- and is really cute!  It’s around $80, but it has been totally worth it around our house!  My youngest son named his “Pappa J” (not sure where that came from) and it cracks me up every time I look at the Miip!

To control the Miip you download a free app to your phone.  Check it out on Amazon!

Best Bath Seat

There are so many bath seats on the market.  After three kids and lots of slippery plastic- I feel like hospitals should send new parents home with this bath seat.  I am still grateful that I found this bath seat with my second child- seven years ago!


Best Scooter

Hands down I believe this is the best scooter around! I have three kids, and we have gone through about 9 scooters in the last 6 years.  The Mini Micro scooter is amazing.  It has smooth wheels and and TWO in the front!  My 6 year old is on his second one and has asked for flame stickers to put on it for Christmas.  My two year old could not imagine life outdoors with it!

If you are looking for a scooter- trust me- this is it!  I would buy this for any child over the age of 2!

*I have never received one of these for free, but have bought 3 because they are AMAZING and my kids ride them ALL. THE. TIME!!!


Perfect Gift for a friend, Hostess Gift

One of the greatest gifts you can get is something you wouldn’t buy for yourself! And let’s face it with all the things we doing day to day- who has time to go out and by themselves a nice casserole dish? Sure, you might stumble upon one- but if you have a woman in your life that hasn’t had time to do that I think this is a great gift idea.

Some stores to look at are Sur La Table {they have a great Italian Baker for 24.99}, Crate & Barrel, Williams Sonoma or Red Envelope. Red Envelope even has a casserole dish you can personalize! You don’t have to spend a fortune either- these Italian Onda Bakers under $15 at Sur La Table.


Birthday Present Ideas for 3-5 year old girls

My daughter just turned four and I thought I would share some of her favorite presents from her friends.

Learning Resources Pretend & Play School Set

You can find this great set on Amazon for under $15!  This really is worth ordering ahead of time because it is $25-$30 in the store.

LEGO Friends

My boys love legos so much and we have so many lego sets for boys- so of course she loves the Lego Friends ones…  Really she has spent the last 3 days playing with this, so it maybe a fun birthday present for your birthday girl! (3 might be too young for this, but age 4-5 seems to be great)


Frozen Dress

If you have time to order online- this dress is under $15!


Perfect Gift

This is the perfect gift for your girlfriend, mother, mother-in-law, teacher or boss- the Scout Pleasure Chest Cooler.  The patterns change each season, and it is perfect for holding the kids food and a bottle of wine for the pool or things for a picnic.  I use this cooler for going to friends, going to the pool, car trips, picnics and as gifts ALL the time!  So happy I stumbled upon it when looking for a birthday present!

This cooler is carried at lots of local retailers (look on Scout for a list near you), amazon or just google it for different patterns.  Check it out I think you will you will like it!



Recipe my whole family loves- Chicken Bacon

I have three kids and to find something everyone likes for dinner is a challenge (to put it nicely)!

Chicken wrapped in bacon and dipped in brown sugar…. winner, winner chicken dinner!

What you need:

Chicken tenderloins
Chili Pepper
Brown Sugar

1.  Lay your chicken tenderloins out.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper and chili powder.  Keep in mind a lot of this cooks off, so add to taste, but add enough chili powder.


2.  Wrap each chicken tenderloin in bacon and dip in brown sugar.


3.  Place in a casserole dish (spray the dish), and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.



I have started using this recipe when other kids are over for dinner.  No one has complained yet! Hope you enjoy!


Flying with small children

I recently flew on 4 flights in one week with my husband and two small children (ages 4 and 11 months). Now, when flying with children you expect people to groan to themselves, roll their eyes when they see you coming and then run from you as they get off the plane. But at the end of our 4th flight we were waiting for our gate checked items and FOUR different passengers came up to me to tell me how great my kids were! So, while I am not an expert- I figure I should share what worked for us…

1. Come up with a snack that you know they love. For us it was pretzel rods. I don’t know why but my children love these and my 11 month old is very content while holding this and feeding himself!

2. New toys! I let my 4 year old pack his own carry on bag the night before we left, but after he went to sleep I added a few new things- card games, crayons, stress balls and activity books. He was so excited that just looking at the stuff got us through the first flight. For my 11 month old I bought a few toys that made noise and had them in my bag.

3. The Star System. You remember the little stars you earned as a kid. My 4 year old had a fire truck that he REALLY wanted before we left. We told him that he needed to earn 15 stars while we were gone to get the fire truck. He could both earn and lose stars as the trip went on (we were gone for 9 days).

If you aren’t sure what will motivate your child- go to the toy store the day before you leave and explain to them they can earn it. Keep in mind this will not work with a really young child.

4. Accept the fact that you are going to be working the entire flight to keep your kids occupied. At the first sign that their moods are taking a turn- change up the activity, snack or pace of what you are doing. With my 11 month old we would pass him back and forth, hold him up to the air that blows, give him a pretzel rod, give him a bottle, let him play peek-a-boo with the people behind us, hold him upside down (my child loves this) and let him play with the cups our drinks came in – this actually ended up being his favorite toy on the plane.

Just go into it with an open mind. Try your best to keep your kids in an up beat mood- and if they start to scream and lose it- then order a glass of wine (or two).