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  • Birthday Shopping at Walmart!

    I’ve been feeling like things have been too busy lately, with work and meetings and volunteer activities and kids activities. Because of that, I decided to back out of a conference I was planning on attending, and it’s a good thing I did. Instead, we

  • Take part in the Teal Pumpkin Project!

    Halloween is such an exciting time for kids. They get to dress as their favorite character, participate in school parties and run from house to house to get tasty treats! For some children, however, the tradition of trick or treat can be potentially life

  • A New Product That Cat Parents Will Love

    This post is sponsored by ARM & HAMMER™ and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about ARM & HAMMER CLUMP & SEAL™ available at PetSmart®, but Making Time For Mommy only shares information we fee

  • Preparing Your Outdoor Toys for Winter

    Fall has arrived, and we hope you are able to squeeze the remaining days of joy from your outdoor Step2 toys! Depending on where you live will determine when it is time to prepare your toys for storage until warm weather once again returns. Cleaning and m

  • Giving Kids Choices: The Parent's Guide

    If you are the parent of a young child you know that choices make up a big part of your parenting vocabulary on a daily basis. All the parenting “advice” out there says to offer your toddlers a choice between two options to help them feel empowered

  • Tips For Organizing Toys In Small Homes

    This post is a partnership with Nakturnal. Are you overwhelmed by toys? Many parents are and I believe that those who live in small homes have even more toy storage problems. We live in a condo and I was overwhelmed for so long until I came up with some s

  • Aterian Investment Partners Acquires Step2 to Create the Largest Outdoor Toy Company in North America

    Aterian Investment Partners announced yesterday that one of its affiliates has acquired Step2. Together, with Aterian’s affiliate, Backyard Discovery, the combined entity creates the largest outdoor toy company in North America, with leading market shar

  • Big Gaping Hole in our Foundation!

    It poured buckets this week, and it caused a minor flooding incident in our basement … again.  We finally discovered the cause, and we can’t believe the builders did this to our house!  Side note: the company that built our house went bankrupt a few

  • Essentials For Swim Lessons In The Fall And Winter

    Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Speedo USA but all thoughts are my own. My boys take swim lessons pretty much year round. In the summer they enjoy the lessons outdoors but during the colder months all of the lessons are moved indoors. I’ve discove

  • 10+ Free Halloween Apps That Your Kids Will Love

    10+ Free Halloween Apps That Your Kids Will Love Free Halloween kids apps – because we have kids and are always on the look out for good apps, why not download seasonal apps for something new. We searched high and low to find both apps for kids that are

  • Why Our Kids Don’t Go Trick-or-Treating

    We had some time to kill while waiting to meet our friends for dinner, so we drove around for a bit, and then ended up at Value Village (of course!). We found some great Halloween costumes and every “— for Dummies” book known to man. Oh, and did I m

  • Football Party With A Baked Potato Bar

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AD #Tailgreatness #CollectiveBias Football season is one of my favorite times of year and it’s a great excuse to get together with friends and fami

  • Honour Drum Book Launch Event!

    A friend invited me to the Book Launch of Honour Drum, a brand new children’s book by Cheryl Bear and Tim Huff. This is an amazing book that all families and classes should read together, to pave the way for further discussion about Indigenous Culture,

  • Three Visits To The Work Site in One Day!

    Well … we were expecting to receive the building at our new building site today, but things didn’t really go as planned. But, they did find some wood on the site that the geologist says could be 10,000 years old!  

  • Over A Million Dollars In Donations To Schools

    This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. I love companies that give back so it’s been great partnering with Staples this year to help share about their Staples for Students program. Staples, with their partner Katy Perry, teamed up to help

  • Hawaiian Pork Sliders

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Marinated Pork. The opinions and text are all mine. With the nights getting even busier as the school year continues, I’m trying to add more easy recipes to my menu plan. I normally make m

  • Kick Your Halloween Up a Notch with a Digital Costume!

    Kick Your Halloween Up a Notch with a Digital Costume! Kids and Technology: Let’s check out how you can use an app to make a digital Halloween costume that is extra gory! Are your kids into gory Halloween costumes? Our little kids are still into innocen

  • My Fall Style

    This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. The ChapStick® product, information and gift have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. I’ve been loving this cooler weather we’ve been having lately because it means that I can finally

  • Christmas Season! … Too Soon? [Vlog]

    Is this just a Canadian thing? Getting the Sears Christmas Wishbook in the mail always signaled the beginning of the Christmas season for us as kids. So many toys, so little time! But this Wishbook … somehow it’s just not as great as the ones I rememb

  • Step2 Wins Three Awards for TTPM’s Holiday 2016 “Most Wanted Toys”

    We’re excited to announce that we have received three awards from TTPM (toys, tots, pets & more) as part of the Most Wanted Toys 2016 list. The awards span three product categories – role play, arts & crafts and riding toys – and the winners are the

  • How to bring baseball to your backyard!

    Every professional athlete’s career had to start somewhere. A love for their sport most likely started at a young age and for baseball players, it probably started in their own backyard. At Step2, our mission is to bring family together and whether you

  • Texas Truck Rodeo Winners Announced! – And the Winners Are….

    Texas Truck Rodeo Winners Announced! – And the Winners Are…. As a member of TAWA – Texas Auto Writers Association, I have exciting news to announce from this week’s Texas Truck Rodeo. This year was the 26th Annual Truck Rodeo. Held in Dripping Spr

  • The Great American Milk Drive

    My boys love drinking milk and they have since they were little. We are lucky that nowadays we can purchase a gallon of milk whenever we are running low but we were not always so fortunate. When we first started our family and lived off one small income,

  • Thanksgiving #2 [Vlog]

    We traveled to the city for Thanksgiving #2, tried out some new hairstyles on one kid, and discussed Andy’s costume ideas for next year’s Comic Con (spoiler: it’s Jayne from Firefly!). So a full day, all told.

  • An Interview With ‘Timeless’ Actress Abigail Spencer

    This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network but all thoughts are my own. One thing you all may have learned about me is that I love tv. In the fall there are so many great new premieres and my DVR is set to record them all. One new show t

  • 25+ Ultimate Science Kits for Kids – Get The Kids Loving STEM

    25+ Ultimate Science Kits for Kids – Get The Kids Loving STEM Science kits for kids? YES! STEM is all the rage, as it should be. As parents we should be actively helping guide our kid to learning, and what better way to learn than thru play. A few years

  • Turn A K-Cup® Pod Into A Flower Pot

    This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. This post was sponsored by Starbucks as part of an Influencer Activation. I received compensation and complimentary products to facilitate my review.

  • How Online Grocery Shopping Saved My Sanity and Saved Me Money

    How Online Grocery Shopping Saved My Sanity and Saved Me Money Online grocery shopping is the real deal people. Grocery shopping with kids? Just stab me now. I love my kids, cooking and shopping – but not my kids while grocery shopping, nope. never. nuh

  • Share Your Hero

    When I was growing up, a trip to the mall meant a freshly baked cookie was in my future. The smell from the Mrs. Fields’ cookie shop was mouthwatering and I loved stopping by to get a freshly baked cookie. Now, as an adult, I can still enjoy that specia

  • 9 Ways to Brighten Someone’s Day

    October 5th is National Do Something Nice Day! Here are some fun ideas for you to use to brighten someone’s day. Feel free to use them today or any day! 1. Reconnect with someone you haven’t seen in a while. A quick note, a phone call, or text just to

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