Did you know that every 33 seconds a child under 13 is involved in a car crash in the United States due to incorrect or misuse of a car seat? No? I didn’t realize that startling statistic either. I also did not realize that over half of car seats are […]

Child Passenger Safety Week – What You Need ...


This back-to-school year is a bittersweet one for our family. It is the last back-to-school that we will have with our kids because they are starting their Senior year in high school. And as I sit and think about what we must do to prepare them for a fresh start […]

Are You Back-To-School Ready?


For generations, parents and caregivers have tried to teach children the value of a dollar. There are many tools at their disposal — allowances, chores, and of course, piggy banks! My kids, now teenagers, are truly learning the value of a dollar. And while we have always preached at them […]

My New Financial Secret Weapon: Yesterday’s Tomorrow



I don’t know about you – but in our house, we accumulate stuff fast. Or at least it seems that way. We have been in the same house for eight years now and every year when we embark on our spring cleaning adventures, it seems like we have more stuff […]

Clearing your Clutter Could Mean Jobs for Your ...


seniors
Do you ever look at yourself and wonder who that person in the mirror actually IS? I mean, where has the time gone? When I was younger, I would look at the people who are my age and think to myself, “that person is old!” Now, I AM that old […]

Seniors in High School? How did THAT happen?


If you have ever been in a vehicle accident, especially one where your kids were in the car, you understand just how scary that feeling really is. I know it all too well, unfortunately! We have been in a few accidents, and while none of them were any fault of […]

Do Your #KidsBuckleUp Like They Should?



Since April is World Autism Month, I’ve decided to #LightItUpBlue with Autism Speaks to increase understanding and awareness of autism. Each and every one of us is unique and special in our own ways. Being unique and understanding one another is important, especially today. Thankfully, knowledge is at our fingertips […]

#LightItUpBlue With Us For Autism Awareness and Education


Did you know that every 33 seconds a child under 13 is involved in a car crash in the United States due to incorrect or misuse of a car seat? That probably isn’t the first thing you think about when you are hauling your kids to school, the grocery store, […]

Is Your Child In Danger? Car Seat Safety


This post is sponsored by Forever Connected – all thoughts and opinions are my own.  I am known in my family as “the crazy photo lady” and “Do you really HAVE to get a picture of that?” I love my photos! But even with the 500 (million) photos on of […]

Forever Connected – Bringing Your Photos to Life



monkey music
Making my kids get up and MOVE has never really been an issue, thankfully. They have always been the type to get off their butts all on their own. My son cannot sit for more than 30 mins without moving – he comes by it honestly. But sometimes, even still, […]

Fun, New Monkey Music to Get the Kids ...


The Mom Village
One of my favorite projects each year is the book we do benefitting a different organization. Last year, we worked on a book together called the Mom Quilt. The proceeds from the book went to build a well in Kenya for the Mercy House. This provided not only clean drinking […]

The Mom Village – Encouraging Moms Through Stories


“How sad it is that we give up on people who are just like us.” — Fred Rogers (“Mr. Rogers”)  I don’t really remember what it’s like not being able to walk. As parental anecdotes recall, I was about two years old when I took my first steps. My parents […]

To Tanzania with Love | The Laurita Spina ...



Are you ready for Christmas? Just kidding. Or maybe not? Some people are wonderful at organizing, list-creating, and shopping throughout the year. Others still haven’t started – and may not start for another few weeks! For us – our kids have really gotten to the age where the big Christmas […]

Simple & Easy Way to Give Back This ...


#GivingTuesday
  Did you know that today (November 29th) is #GivingTuesday? I have partnered with Bloggin’ Mamas and Carter’s to promote Giving Tuesday, a pro-social movement that encourages manufacturers and other participants to support charitable giving on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year marks Carter’s first Pajama Program for Giving […]

Companies Give Back With #GivingTuesday


simply dresses
Simply Dresses is an amazing site! You can get beautiful dresses for every special occasion and the best part is, they are made with really great quality and are affordable. It’s simple and easy, you can find the perfect dress from the comfort of your own home and can even […]

Simply Dresses 30% Off Sale Happening NOW



November is national adoption month. That can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. But it holds a very special place in our hearts. If you know our story you will understand why. If not, you can read a little more about it in our small published […]

Why You Should Consider Adoption


Laura Ingalls Wilder Doll
I think that at least 90% of every person I know grew up either reading the Little House books or watching the Little House on the Prairie TV show. Some people love both, some had a preference of one or the other. But regardless of what your favorite was – […]

Laura Ingalls Wilder Doll Review & HUGE Giveaway!


Laser X Two Player Fun & Giveaway!
Is anyone really ever too old to play laser tag? No, I didn’t think so. I have always been a little fascinated with laser tag games, both in places like Locomotion and the like, and the ones that can be played at home. I cannot even count the number of […]

Laser X Two Player Fun + Giveaway!