Great Time at the Greatest Show on Earth!

As usual, we had a great time at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS. The performers were outstanding, the lights, the costumes, the special effects – all wonderful.

ringlingsnipRingling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS will be in Dayton, OH until September 27, 2016.

Kid’s tickets $12 – No code needed! Adult discount – Adults Save up to $4 with promo code FAMFUN.  Purchase tickets at Wright State University’s Nutter Center website. (Discount does not apply to Front Row or VIP seats.  No double discounts.  Child discount applies for ages 2-12.  Service charges, handling, and facility fees may apply.)

Get there about an hour early to enjoy the preshow! You’ll get up close to the performers and get in on the fun.

2015_09_24_Clockwork_1011aThen sit back and enjoy the show!


Visit my last Ringling post for more information about this show.

*I received tickets in exchange for sharing information and my honest opinions.


Military Spouse Wellness Summit – FREE Online Event!

Calling all military spouses! InDependent, The Army Wife Network, and The USAA Educational Foundation bring you the first-ever Military Spouse Wellness Summit: Invest in Yourself 2015. They have put together a group of ten health, nutrition, fitness, and financial experts who are all eager to help you thrive as a military spouse.


All summit registrants will get a FREE one-year membership to Thrive Market. PLUS, one week of virtual, online health training by Fit. Active. Toned. Everyone who registers for the event will also be eligible to win exclusive giveaways by MetLife Dental, MSB New Media, SpouseBox, Elva Publishing, QALO rings, Lucy Activewear, and many more, including a wellness themed grand prize offered by SpouseBox! The grand prize has a retail value of $500!

The Summit begins Monday, October 19 and ends Friday, October 23 with a bonus day Saturday when we announce our big-prize winner! Listen online! Join us while on a walk enjoying the fall weather or tearing it up on the treadmill at the gym. The recordings will available during the week of the event (Oct. 19-24).

What are you waiting for? Register for this FREE online summit today by clicking here. Then, join the group on Facebook for information as the event gets closer.


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Fox and Finn Silicone Teething Necklaces

2015_08_21_9999_1I love how stylish silicone teething necklaces have gotten over the past few years. Fox & Finn necklaces are no exception. I had the opportunity to try one out for myself recently.

Fox and Finn Silicone Teething Necklaces, available on Amazon, look like statement necklace pieces but are made with 100% premium food grade silicone and BPA free. Each necklace features a safety knot in between each bead to ensure that, if it should break, only one bead will break free.

The colors Fox & Finn uses throughout it’s line on completely on trend right now and match a variety of outfits and occasions. I even wore mine to work one day and got compliments on my new necklace. Everyone was surprised to find out it was really a teething necklace.

You’ll want to see the details, like the satin cord, for yourself. These make a great shower 2015_08_21_9999_5present for the mom that wants to look good while keeping her little one’s hands and mouth occupied. Does it need a wash? Just wash with warm soapy water or toss in the dishwasher.

Pick one up for yourself or a friend today. Check out the one I tried, the “Isabella”, or browse the entire line. You can also visit their website. Which one caught your eye?


*I was provided an item to review in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own. Post contains affiliate links.*



Letters Make Words


My 4 year old doesn’t turn until 5 until January so we have one more school year before Kindergarten. At daycare, she has been moved to a Pre-K class but even before this move, her teachers have been doing a great job of getting her interested in writing and reading more and more.

It still impresses me when she points to a word and can tell me what it is. Wasn’t she just learned how to walk yesterday?! I have been trying to work in ways to encourage her to practice identifying words at home.

When we were practicing recognizing letters I came up with this fishing game. I revisited the idea with words she knows. When she catches one, she has to say what it says, maybe find a matching fish, etc. I plan to make more of these using sight words to reinforce those as well.


Words used: hat, bee, mop, pop, map, dog, top, fun, bat, log, tap, sun (Dr. Seuss’ Hop on Pop provided some inspiration on word choices.)

I was fortunate to get to review these Bath Toy Organizer with 36 Alphabet Letters and Numbers from Brilliant Babyz. Almost immediately, my 4 year old started trying to make words with the letters she was wading through and it has continued to be a popular activity.

In the video below, you can see what we talk through swapping letters out and sounding words out to get to a new word. My almost 2 year old participates in playing with the letters by putting them on and off the wall and I name the letters and numbers as she picks them up.


The foam letters, once wet, stick right on to the shower wall and side of the tub without any damage to the wall grout, etc. The best part is the organizer it came with sticks right on to the wall so all the letters can dry out between uses. My girls can also put them away by themselves.


You can see I am all about the bath toy storage. My Pinterest-y solution was putting a shower curtain rod across the back of the shower and attaching a couple of dollar store bins to it. They slide across, I can add more if I need it, and it only cost a couple bucks.

With summer, incorporating word practice into water activities has been an easy way to make it interesting. I’m going to have to work on some other ways as we head into the cooler months.

How do you encourage kids to practice letter recognition, letter sounds, and sight words?

*I received a product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Ringling Circus Back in Town

Behold the living legends! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey brings the unbelievable to Children Of All Ages in all-new show – – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS.


Experience unimaginable family fun as amazing performers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and the mysterious visions that have only existed in your imagination and now materialize before your eyes: the Unicorn, Pegasus and a Woolly Mammoth! Join us for an unforgettable family night of legendary proportions at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS!

My girls can’t wait to see the circus again. The pre-show activities are so much fun and, of course, the performers are all amazing. I will definitely be checking out some Pinterest ideas and the Fun Zone for some fun ways to get ready to see the greatest show on earth.

circus fun snipMaybe we’ll even wear our tiger and ringmaster costumes from last Halloween!


Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS across the country but they’ll be in Dayton, OH September 24 – 27, 2016.

Kid’s tickets $12 – No code needed! Adult discount – Adults Save up to $4 with promo code FAMFUN.  Purchase tickets at Wright State University’s Nutter Center website. (Discount does not apply to Front Row or VIP seats.  No double discounts.  Child discount applies for ages 2-12.  Service charges, handling, and facility fees may apply.)

Follow Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Here’s your chance to win a Family Four-Pack to opening night at Wright State University’s Nutter Center, September 24, 2016 at 7:00 PM. Don’t forget the pre-show entertainment starting at 6:00 PM! Answer this question below and then enter to win!

Which toy company once owned the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus?
Enter Giveaway Here!

Enter by September 15, 2015, 11:59pm. Winner will be notified by email and have 24 hours to claim their prize. Good luck!


*Tickets are only for September 24, 2016, 7:00 PM show. I was provided free tickets for my honest review. All opinions are my own.