How to Throw a Moms Only Pool Party

Photos taken by Short & Sweet Photography.

if you’ve never had a moms only pool party, TRUST ME. you. need. to.

moms are often neglected when it comes to pool parties. during summer, us moms spend all our time packing-up the kids for swim playdates, swimming lessons and pool parties. when we get there, we have to try to put sunscreen on wiggly, whining kids…mulitple times. then during the pool time, we spend the entire time making sure that none of the kids drown, fight or run on the pool deck. if we are lucky enough to get in the water, we spend the whole time getting splashed and watching kids show us their mediocre tricks in the pool. so much fun for the kids….but not always as much fun for the moms.

Time for a Moms Only Swim Party

at a Moms Only Swim Party, you don’t have to worry about anyone but yourself! no wrangling kids, no whining, no kids begging for food, no crying, no fighting…talk about AMAZING! last year i went to my first Moms Only Swim Party and had such a blast, i knew i had to get more moms onboard with having one at least once a year.

How to Throw a Moms Only Pool Party

rule #1 – no kids allowed. unless it’s a baby…and even then, try to get a sitter. you will be glad you did.

rule #2 – have your Moms Only Pool Party BEFORE the end of the school year, during school hours. 11:00am is the perfect time to have it. that way you can enjoy lunch at the pool party and still have time to have fun before it’s time to pick up the kids.

rule #3 – invite all your mom friends. send out an evite, or start a Facebook event. this way everyone will be on the same page and can start chatting with each other to make plans. make sure to be inclusive of everyone…its the perfect time to invite a mom who may be shy or in need of friends. i can’t tell you how many times i have heard a mom tell me that she’s been lonely or doesn’t have any friends.

rule #4 – everyone must wear a bathing suit AND go swimming. no party poopers here. leave the bathing suit shaming at the door. us moms know how it is. so put on a bathing suit and enjoy yourself.

rule #5 – food. you must have yummy food. making the pool party potluck is even better. that way you get to experience a little bit of food from everyone. which equals – different tastes, different cultures, and different varieties.

rule #6 – drinks. you need lots of drinks…non-alchoholic and alcoholic are great! you can even mix drinks or make soda floats.

rule #7 – be silly. there is no shame in playing pool games and acting like kids. when is the last time you jumped off the diving board or slid down a waterslide.

rule #8 – take lots of pictures and video. with your phone is just fun. have your heard of Boomerang app? make sure to take some Boomerangs too. They are so much fun, and everyone will have a ball reminiscing over your fun photosafter the party is over.

rule #9 – chill. use this time to enjoy your mom friends. there will be no interruptions since the kids are at school, and you don’t have to worry that someone is going to drown.

rule #10 – most importantly…HAVE FUN. this is your time…and most likely, the ONLY time you will have to yourself with your friends between now and the end of summer! school is almost out….the kids will soon be around all. the. time.

last years Moms Only Pool Party was one of the best times i had with my friends. we are still talking about it now. and you can bet we already have this year’s scheduled. too bad the kids will still be in school…NOT!  now…go plan your own Moms Only Pool Party! trust me, you’ll be glad you did.

Baby Baths and Pampers Pure

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pampers at Sam’s Club

as a mom of a baby and three older children, i always like to share with other parents about the products i feel are great for babies. i often have parents messaging me for advice on good products i use on my kids, so today, i’m happy to share with you some happy news about Pampers. they now offer a new collection of diapers and wipes called Pampers Pure. this is great news for me, because when it comes to products i use on my children, i want them to be safe and without things like parabens and unnecessary fragrance. Pampers has always been one of the diaper brands i trust for its high quality and performance…which is pretty important as a parent. we just don’t have time for leaks and messes.

with Pampers Pure, i get to use a great diaper that is high quality and performs well and features thoughtfully selected materials! Pampers Pure diapers still offer that 12 hours of leak protection but are free of chlorine bleaching, fragrance and parabens. they have been clinically proven hypoallergenic and are cotton- and plant-based.

plus, they have the feel that parents and babies love, that Pampers-level softness and adorable prints!

and Pampers Pure offers wipes, too. Pampers Aqua Pure wipes are made with 99% water and contain 0% alcohol, parabens, dyes and fragrance. this is a biggie for me because i have babies with sensitive skin. they are also cotton enhanced, so they are nice and soft.

luckily, Pampers Pure diapers and Pampers Aqua Pure wipes can now be found at Sam’s Clubs nationwide and on samsclub.com. i say luckily because Sam’s Club packs are 14 percent larger than at other retailers, offering a greater value.

this is the first year i’ve had a Sam’s Club membership, and so far i am really enjoying it. there are different brands available that I can’t get at other warehouse stores and new products that are really cool…plus the prices are great too. last weekend we went as a family and the boys loaded up our cart with all sorts of goodies for their lunches, and i loaded up the cart with supplies for the house and family including Pampers Pure Diapers and Pampers Aqua Pure Wipes.

i am so excited that Pampers has raised the bar with Pampers Pure. throughout the years of being a mom, i’ve become more concerned about the products i use with my children. having a diaper company that i trust take the steps to make their products more “pure” makes me very happy. and Miss Dani Kat too!

{This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pampers at Sam’s Club. The opinions and text are all mine.}

Dani LOVES Spencer by Jaclyn Smith – New Baby Collection at Kmart

This is a sponsored post.

a few weeks ago, Miss Dani Kat and i were invited to check out Jaclyn Smith’s new baby wear line – Spencer by Jaclyn Smith. the entire line was designed by her and her daughter Spencer Margaret, and inspired by her new granddaughter Bea…who is super adorable BTW. and it is NOW available exclusively at Kmart.  you didn’t have to ask me twice to go shopping for baby clothes. that is one of my favorite things to do! plus, after having three boys, shopping for a girl has been a dream.

so Dani and i headed off to Kmart in Burbank to meet Jaclyn Smith and her daughter Spencer, and also see her new baby wear line in person.

well “HELLO” Kmart!

the store was filled with fans excited to meet Jaclyn. if you aren’t familiar with who Jaclyn Smith is, she is known for her role as Kelly Garrett in the television series Charlie’s Angels. she is a mom, grandmother, actress, philanthropist, and the woman behind the brand Jaclyn Smith which is found at Kmart. this is her very first baby line though.

i made sure to dress Dani up in Spencer by Jaclyn Smith for the occasion. she looked so cute. and when it was our turn to meet Jaclyn, her and Spencer were so excited to see her in their designs.

it was really fun to meet them. they were very sweet, and oooooed and ahhhed over Miss Dani Kat. they even played with her and wrote her a special autographed message. i talked to them about the new baby wear line, and they told me how fun it was to design it. Jaclyn is a new grandma, so this was a special experience.

now let me introduce you Spencer by Jaclyn Smith….

look at how adorable these baby clothes are – the colors and prints are classic and timeless. just perfect for fall, and they look like they belong in an upscale boutique. each piece is designed with high-quality fabrics, ultra-soft 100% cotton and cotton blends, making the pieces as durable as they are adorable. the best thing about the line, is that it’s affordably priced from $19.99 to $29.99 and includes many layette essentials. there are onesies, pajamas, hats, blankets, outfits, and the cutest little sweater with animal ears. just my style. it truly celebrates the magical moments of childhood.

 

Spencer by Jaclyn Smith ranges in sizes from newborn to 12 months. all of the items in the collection come beautifully packaged in gift boxes, and even include a cute signature fox ribbon with a gift tag ready to address for gift giving. this makes it easy for Kmart members to find the perfect gift for baby showers or to welcome a new little bundle of joy. PLUS, there are even more cute styles online.

before we left, i took some pictures of Dani in the special “Spencer” set up inside K-mart. Dani wants to whole line LOL!!!

Dani and i had so much fun shopping for cute clothes. even though she is still just a baby,  it kind of gave me a glimpse into the future. i have always dreamed of spending time shopping with a daughter and in just a few years my dreams will become a reality! can wait to share some more photos of Dani wearing “Spencer”,  so stay tuned!

{Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. }

Photo credit: PRNewsfoto/Kmart

Back to School with OshKosh B’gosh

finally…the kids are back to school. it was no easy feat getting them ready for school this year. having a new little one and a son going into high school for the first time, left my middle boys getting less attention than previous years. as a mom, i try my best, but things don’t always go smoothly. luckily, i was able to sneak each of them out individually to do a little back-to-school shopping. they were very excited to get a few outfits for the school year…ones that show their personalities…because boy, they both have big personalities. so, i have partnered with OshKosh B’Gosh to share with you my back-to-school shopping trip with little Vann.  (make sure to enter the giveaway below!) i love OshKosh B’gosh for many reasons….first the quality, but also that they make clothing that is easy for Vann to mix and match and create stylish outfits. he loves to be fashionable with a quirky twist. graphic tees are alway his go-to. so i let him browse the tees while i picked up some of the essentials he will use all year long. i was excited to see all the jeans on sale…plus i signed up for emails. so i received a great coupon to use with my purchase. the prices are awesome. and i was happy to pick up two pair of skinny jeans…each under ten dollars! PLUS a pair for the B’gosh Jeanious campaign.

B’gosh Jeanius

in 2014, OshKosh B’gosh launched The B’gosh Jeanius Campaign as an annual effort to support their customer’s local communities with donated clothing and school supply needs. Since then, they’ve partnered with DonorsChoose.org, Delivering Good (formerly K.I.D.S. fashion delivers), OshKosh Moms, families and friends to collect over $1.1 million and distribute more than 66,000 articles of clothing to impact the lives of over 260,000 students. you can join the effort by donating a new pair of jeans in-store or making a cash contribution in-store or online at oshkosh.com/bgoshjeanius from July 25 through September 18. And, share your “shop to give style” on social media using #BgoshJeanius. need some style tips? OshKosh B’gosh has you covered. just check out the cuteness. we left with a great new fall wardrobe…and shhhh! i couldn’t help myself from stopping by the little girls section to pick up Miss Dani Kat a few goodies. wanna see what we got? next stop was the park, for a little fashion photoshoot.  we got so many great pieces to mix and match!and not to forget Miss Dani….i am in love with her little dress. and this fall we can pair it with some leggings and a little sweater for a nice transition piece.the detail! ooops! i bought one more outfit for her. she’s celebrating back-to-school too.

OshKosh B’gosh Coupon Code

OshKosh B’gosh is one of our favorite stores. have you been lately? here is an OshKosh B’gosh Store Locator to find a store near you. and to make your shopping trip even more successful, here is an OshKosh B’gosh coupon code for 20% off! either print, or us code: OKBG3352   Happy shopping! hope your back-to-school shopping trip is as fun as our was. now we are off to school!

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How to Have an Awesome Backyard Campout!!!!

This post is sponsored by Energizer.How to Have an Awesome Backyard Campout

Summer is here…and passing by quickly, so it’s time to power up for a little summer fun with some outdoor adventures. and those outdoor adventures don’t have to take place far away. they can be in your very own backyard. as i have mentioned many times this summer, it has been much harder having a little baby, so we’ve had to make due with staying around our neighborhood. we haven’t gotten to go camping at all, which is sad since we usually go a ton during summer. so to make it up to the boys by having an awesome backyard camping adventure….all thanks to Energizer.

having a fun backyard campout doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or take a lot time to set up. i just grabbed a bunch of things from the house and set up a tent. i wanted to share with you some of the items i used to make the evening extra special for the whole family. we really had the best time.

first off, i set up the backyard with a tent, blankets and pillows from the house, some books, snacks and flag banners i had left over from a party.

i brought out these giant dominos that are meant to be played outdoors and layed out a quilt with pillows on the lawn. this way the kids could lay out and read books under the stars.

i made sure to have my Energizer Fusion All-in-One Lights ready to brighten up our campout as soon as it started to get dark. the great thing about these Energizer lights is that they are super portable and super bright. just a few of them can light up the backyard. plus they are battery powered, which makes them easy to use anywhere. there is no need for a campfire which would be dangerous with the kids running around the backyard. they would be great for all kinds of outdoor entertaining throughout the summer—from holidays to family barbecues.

what i really like about the Energizer Fusion All-in-One Lights is that you can use them in a bunch of different ways. you can use them as a regular flashlight, and they have a stand so that you can use the flashlight as a spotlight. they also have a floodlight portion that you can use to light up a tent or area of the backyard, plus they have hooks to hang them up where you need them.

once everything was set up, it was time for dinner! i decided it would be fun to have Walking Tacos. walking tacos are basically tacos in a bag of chips. it put all the taco toppings in cute bowls and set them in a tray with some bags of chips.
all you do, is open the bags of chips and put your favorite toppings into them. then, hold the top of the bag shut and shake. now you can either pour the walking tacos into you mouth to eat, or use a fork to eat them out of the bag. yum.i also bought some special sodas and lemonades for the dinner to make the dinner extra fun.

next up was crafts….

we took some 12 x 12″ pieces of wood and hammered 1″ nails into them making a shape. we chose to make kitty cats, but you can do any shape you would like. you want to place each nail about 3/4 to 1″ apart. next, you take string or floss and wind it around the nails to make your shape more distinct.

it’s a really easy craft, but the kids love hammering the nails and stringing their shapes…i high recommend this activity. here is how ours turned out.

you can’t have a backyard campout without s’mores

so i set up a DIY tabletop s’more station. but instead of roasting them on sticks, we had s’mores in waffle cones. just put marshmallows and chocolate in a waffle cone, wrap with foil and place on the campfire for a few minutes until warmed. in our case, we didn’t have a campfire. instead, i took terra cotta pots and lined them with foil. i then placed 5-6 charcoals in them and light them up. they stay hot enough to cook on for about an hour.

did i mention that we also roasted fruit chews?!!!!!! we did

we took fruit chews, stuck them onto wooden sticks and roasted them over the coals. then we put them onto graham crackers to eat. soooooo YUMMY. YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS!

as it got dark, we played on the blanket just outside the tent and looked up at the stars. we had a fun app on our phone that helps fin the constellations in the sky. they we used the flashlights to read some books.

finally, it was time to head to bed in the tent. we took our lights into the tent so that we could settle down and tell some ghost stories. then it was lights out. i can’t imagine a better backyard campout…it was so fun and relaxing hanging out together.

who better to help power the busy and the fun night than Energizer®? and it definitely was a fun night….even if mom and dad didn’t get much sleep. the key to having a successful backyard campout is to just have fun, lots of snacks and food, a few games and of course a comfy place to sleep. hopefully you can have a fun backyard campout too…with these easy tips, having a family campout is just a backyard away! have fun.

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