• #ad Anyone else have kiddos obsessed with music? I am so impressed with how well Ben is playing his @babyeinstein Magic Touch Piano! The sheets of music are color-coded, so he matches the notes on the cards to the keys on the piano and it is so cute! I never played an instrument, but Jason played in the marching band through college and both of our kids love playing with instruments. I can’t wait to see if they decide to pursue an instrument as they get older! You can find this cute little piano at our favorite place, @target. #ignitecuriosity #babyeinstein #benjaminp
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  • #ad When your mom spends too much time in @target so you just jam out while you’re waiting. I usually make them put back whatever toy they’ve latched onto in the store, but this @babyeinstein Magic Touch Piano is so cute! It doesn’t have any keys or buttons – they actually press the wood and it makes noise. Ben keeps saying “Please open mama?!” so I can’t wait to get it home and let him jam out there, you know, with the sound on the lowest setting. 😂😂 #ignitecuriosity #babyeinstein
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  • Happy Prime Day!! I’m so excited to be shopping all the deals today, how about you?? #ad Lucky for us, my fave @kindsnacks are on sale! You can stock up just in time for the craziness of back to school. This Caramel Almond and Sea Salt bar is sweet and salty with just 5g of sugar! It’s keeping me going while I shop all day. 😉 #kindcollective #bekindtoyourself #primeday #amazonprimeday
  • Blaire cleaned her room and made her bed today. I think it’s so cute when she makes her bed and carefully arranges her animals! She usually cleans her room once a week, Sunday is the perfect day to start fresh. The majority of her toys are in there, she gets them all set up how she wants and I just feel bad making her put them away! Do your kids pick up their toys every night? #happilytristahome
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  • Well we don’t have a Nordstrom near us, but we do have an Aldi. Most of their summer items are on clearance and we scored this sweet pool for $7. Winner, winner. 🦄☀️ #blaireandben
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  • messy house, no makeup, and a kid who doesn’t want to wake up from his late car nap... meaning bedtime will be difficult. But what’s so different about that?! 🤪☹️ When your kids come out of your bed for the 1937 time tonight, just know you’re not alone. #happilytristahome
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  • this. kid. He just melts me with how freaking adorable he is. Then he will go and say something like “Mama I want my binky NOWWWW” and then I remember he’s just as crazy as he is cute. 😍😝 #benjaminp
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April 4, 2018

easy ways to help families in need

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Huggies Little MoversAs someone who has always been the member of a dual-income, middle class family, there are some things I take for granted. While I may be frustrated with the expensive hospital and doctor bills after the births of my babies, that stress is nothing compared to a parent who struggles to provide the essentials for their baby. Did you realize 1 in 3 families struggle to provides diapers for their baby? That’s 33.33% of families in the US who are struggling to provide diapers for their baby. And that is heartbreaking!

While it may seem overwhelming to see these numbers, so overwhelming that you may think to yourself “there’s no way I could even help make an impact.” And that’s simply NOT true! There are so many small ways you can help those in need.

Huggies Little Movers Huggies Little Movers Huggies Little Movers Huggies Little Movers Huggies Little Movers1| Buy Huggies from Walgreens.
From March 26, 2018 through April 29, 2018, for every purchase of Huggies® at Walgreens or Walgreens.com, they will donate a day’s worth of diapers to the National Diaper Bank Network. That’s HUGE! If you have a little one, chances are you’re buying diapers anyways, so this isn’t an added expense – just shop at Walgreens, instead! It’s nice to know you’re helping someone without doing more than possibly shopping somewhere else for your diapers. With your help, Huggies and Walgreens will donate 1.5 million diapers and 250,000 wipes nationwide to the National Diaper Bank.

2| Donate used items somewhere where they will be distributed to those in need.
Sure, we all know about the places where your items will be sold at a low cost. And I have nothing against those places. But, last year, a friend reminded me of a ministry that we actually toured as a part of a church group a few years ago. They have a few different components, a shelter for women and children, a housing program for single-parent families, and a warehouse where they sell items (that can’t be used by those in the shelter our housing program) to fund their ministry. I have donated everything from our clothing, to swaddling blankets, towels, blankets, curtains, etc. These items that I don’t need anymore, help someone to make the housing they’re receiving through this ministry feel like a home. The children’s clothing goes to someone who can’t provide that for their child. The women’s clothing goes to someone who may not have something appropriate to wear to a job interview. It makes me feel good to get these things out of our home and into the hands of someone who will use them to do great things!

3| Get your children involved.
Our favorite thing to do is go through old toys and clothes to donate. The first few times we went, Blaire would ask who we were giving these things to. After I explained there are others out there who don’t have as many clothes or toys that would be so happy to have hers. She also likes to collect change to take to church to give during the collection. 

4| If you’re cleaning out your cabinets and fridge, consider donating anything that’s unopened to a local food bank. 
Many will have lists online of items they’re in need of. If you have a can of soup or veggies that’s been in your cabinets and you haven’t used it, donate it! Get it out of your pantry and into the pantry of someone who really needs it.

5| If you can’t give money or items, give your time. 
Many charities have people who are happy to give their money or drop off items. Many need your time even more! Whether it’s helping to sort items, prepare packages of meals, etc. there are many tasks that are family friendly, too! Just call your local nonprofits and ask how you can help!

Huggies Little MoversHuggies Little MoversHuggies Little MoversHuggies Little MoversHuggies Little MoversThere are so many great causes and nonprofits out there that can use your help! Please remember nothing you give is too small. Even one item can have a large impact on someone’s life! I think you’ll find it’s addicting to give back. That feeling of knowing you’re doing good. The feeling of having an impact. It’s amazing! 

If I can have a positive impact on diaper need by simply purchasing a package of diapers for my little guy, then that’s the easiest social good I’ve even done.

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