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  • National Dog Day – Step2 Style

    Protector, companion, and best friend are some of the job titles that dogs fulfill each day.  Every August 26th, we honor our furry friends with their own holiday, National Dog Day!  The dog days of summer are winding down and we are treating one of our

  • 15 Back To School Hacks That Make Life Easier

    The end of August means busier schedules and more items on our to-do lists so I wanted to share 15 hacks to make this school year the best one yet. From making mornings run smoother to helping kids become self-sufficient to spending less time running erra

  • Boy’s Sporty Looks {For Less!}

    Thanks to Marshalls for sending me a gift card to do some back-to-school shopping. When shorts weather came around a few months ago, Jacob began to ask if he could wear basketball shorts as opposed to the jean shorts and plaid shorts he normally wore. Alm

  • Celebrating Baby’s First Birthday

    Baby’s first birthday is such an exciting time for parents and one of the biggest celebrations during childhood. Today I’m partnering with Babies“R”Us to share about a baby’s first birthday celebration they are hosting in their stores this week

  • Step2 Employees Run and Walk to Make Children’s Dreams Come True

    This summer, Step2 teamed up with Believe in Dreams, a non-profit organization that was created to help fulfill dreams for children who are economically disadvantaged and have suffered from a non-medical hardship. They provide joy and happiness to kids, g

  • Autumn Snack Mix For Happy Snacking

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MixMatchMunch #CollectiveBias In preparation for back-to-school I decided to come up with some new after school snack ideas. I wanted to make someth

  • Tips To Prepare For Your Child’s Fall Sports Season

    Disclosure: I’m proud to partner with MinuteClinic as part of their Back to School #GoBackHealthy campaign. As part of my involvement, I have received sponsorship from MinuteClinic for my posts and activities, but all opinions expressed are purely my ow

  • First Day of Kindergarten!

    When you are in the thick of things....like watching your kids breathe with the help of a ventilator, milestones like Kindergarten seem so far away. Untouchably far away and bordering on the... (This is a content summary only. Please click on the title t

  • First Day of Kindergarten!

    When you are in the thick of things....like watching your kids breathe with the help of a ventilator, milestones like Kindergarten seem so far away. Untouchably far away and bordering on the... (This is a content summary only. Please click on the title t

  • Ghostbusters Themed College Care Package

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BTSSpirit #CollectiveBias This year my little sister will be a junior in college. It’s hard to believe because I can still remember the morning my

  • "Day Dreaming" Among Students May Not Be All Bad

    As school begins across the country, you may remember back on your own days as a student. I bet many of us recall sitting in class and our mind began to wander or "day dream." Or maybe it wasn't you, but a classmate you (or the teacher) could tell was "da

  • Preparing For Sleepovers With A DIY Personalized Pillowcase

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RestEasySolutions #CollectiveBias  Read on to learn why we love GoodNites products and how they will help my bed wetter feel confident enough to go

  • Powering The Dreams Of My Little Gymnast

    This is a sponsored post through SheSpeaks for P&G. About a year ago, Lucas told me that he wanted to try gymnastics. Since we had tried a few different sports that just weren’t the right fit for his special needs, I was excited that he wanted to do gym

  • Kindergarten Prep...Quad Style!

    So here we are. Three days before Kindergarten starts, and I'm so nervous!! I really thought I'd be good to go with this since we've already done two years of full-day Pre-K, but.....ahhh!!!! I... (This is a content summary only. Please click on the titl

  • 5 STEM Toys and Apps That Teach Thru Play

    5 STEM Toys and Apps That Teach Thru Play STEM toys and apps are all the rage. Get your kids learning the latest with science, technology, engineering and math with these fun gadgets and apps. STEM Toys and Apps Science Technology Engineering Math – h

  • Step2 celebrates 25 years!

    1991 was a great year. Michael Jordan was the MVP of the NBA, Michael Bolton’s “When a Man Loves a Woman” was a must on any mix tape, and we were introduced to “more power!” from Tim “the Toolman” Taylor on Home Improvement. Another great ev

  • Minecraft Mine Chest Unboxing – August 2016

    Minecraft Mine Chest Unboxing – August 2016 It’s here, our August 2016 Minecraft Mine Chest unboxing video. Minechest is a subscription service from the people at Minecraft. This is a subscription that originally started as a birthday gift to our son

  • Staycation at the Hilton Anatole – Jade Waters Review – Travel Thursday

    Staycation at the Hilton Anatole – Jade Waters Review – Travel Thursday A few weeks ago, we enjoyed a staycation at the Hilton Anatole here in Dallas, TX to review the new Jade Waters pool complex. It was amazing, stress-free and close to home. All th

  • Wordless Wednesday: Culinary Fun

    Tots can master their culinary skills with the Little Cooks Kitchen! The post Wordless Wednesday: Culinary Fun appeared first on Step2 Blog.

  • Support Teachers This Back-To-School Season

    Thanks to Staples for sponsoring this post and supporting teachers in our community. With the new school year around the corner many parents are busy buying school supplies. I know sometimes as a parent I look at the list of supplies needed and wonder why

  • Cereal Coated Fruit Pops Recipe

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RealDelicious #CerealAnytime #CollectiveBias We love cereal for breakfast but one of the best things about cereal is that it’s really perfect for

  • Angry Birds Movie Night Party Ideas

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #AngryForSavings #CollectiveBias Our family loves having movie and game nights as often as we can. We enjoy spending time toget

  • Pokemon Baby Name Ideas

    Pokemon Baby Name Ideas Looking for a Pokemon baby name? I just read over on Today that Pokemon baby names are all the rage. That’s right folks, people are naming their precious little babies after the newest not new trend. HOW DARE THEY?  Actually, t

  • Making Exceptions To Your Parental Rules

    Parenting is hard.  I like to teach my children to take responsibility for their own actions as much as possible, but once in a while I find it necessary to break that rule.  My son was supposed to go to High Adventure on Thursday morning.  Throughout

  • DIY Decorative Scissor Holder For Your Homework Station

    I just went out and bought all of my boy’s school supplies and the aisles were packed with other moms doing the same. Since back-to-school season is upon us I wanted to share a fun craft that you can do with your kids. Thanks to Fiskars for sponsoring t

  • California Pizza Kitchen’s New Menu

    My family loves going out to eat. Not only is it a time to relax together but it means no dishes to clean afterwards. We were hosted for lunch at California Pizza Kitchen in Oakbrook, IL to check out their recently expanded menu and I wanted to share abou

  • Making Memories At Brookfield Zoo

    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. One of the great things about the Chicago area is that there are so many fun family-friendly things to do. One of the places we enjoy going as a family is the Brookfield Zoo. Some of my fav

  • How to Cheat at Pokemon Go

    How to Cheat at Pokemon Go How to cheat at Pokemon Go – if you have searched for that and landed here – don’t worry you are SO not alone. Judge all you want, but this is what people are searching for and who am I to not provide answers? I’ll use t

  • Alienware Alpha R2 Unboxing

    Alienware Alpha R2 Unboxing Our friends at Alienware sent over the brand new Alienware Alpha R2 and Dell 27 inch monitor over for us to review. No one is more excited than my 11-year-old Elijah (well, my husband was pretty stoked, but he knew this machin

  • Teaching My Son About the Olympics

    Written by Tena as a part of the We’re Moms Too series. Who remembers the 1984 Summer Olympics hosted in LA? I can tell you who doesn’t remember them; David Lardakis, the Step2 eCommerce intern who so innocently scoffed when I asked if he was even ali

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