The Importance of Being Reese

5 All Natural Kitchen Cleaners That Actually Work

The kitchen is where I spend most of my time cleaning. For such a small space, it tends to get dirty fast. And since there's a baby in the house again, I'm especially mindful of all the chemicals in store-bought cleaners. Some of that stuff is enough to keep you awake a night, or at the very least, inspire you to make some changes in your cleaning habits.

Recently I've started mixing up my own cleaners and now I'm a bit obsessed. Not only are these cleaners chemical free, but they do just as good as job as the store-bought cleaners, and they're much cheaper to make. If you're looking to save a buck, or cut down on chemicals in your kitchen, try these 5 All Natural Kitchen Cleaners:

DIY Cardboard Creativity Box


A/N: This post is sponsored by Paper & Packaging-- How Life Unfolds® campaign. However, all thoughts, opinions and ideas belong to me and Little J. Enjoy!

When I was a kid, summer was like a mythological creature. I spent all school year eagerly awaiting it's arrival. The anticipation would build and build, until finally, it appeared. And then two weeks into summer, I was already bored and anticipating the arrival of the new school year. This went on for years. Rinse, recycle, repeat.

So I wasn't the least bit surprised when Little J started complaining about being bored last week and started to ask for more screen time. In fact, I was already two steps ahead of her and ready with a plan-- A creativity box.

It was perfect for two reasons: one, it allowed her a creative outlet. I've noticed in the more recent months she's started to form an interest colors, style and even a bit of decorating. Designing her own creativity box gave her the opportunity to tap into those new found interests. And two, it would give her the opportunity to occupy herself with something other than a tablet, or tv.


Lessons in Motherhood

"And the little prince said to the man, 'Grownups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always explaining things to them.'" -- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

6 years of motherhood has made me realize that children are capable of teaching us more than we could ever imagine. I thought Little J had taught me everything I needed to know about motherhood. But now I'm starting to understand that every child that comes into your life has a new lesson to teach you. And sometimes, you have to relearn old lessons to create space for the new person in your life.


Going Back to School in Style with Justice #LiveJustice


This post is sponsored by Justice, however, all thoughts and opinions about how insanely cute their clothing is belong to me and my girl. Enjoy! 

I have a terrible habit of waiting until the last minute to kick things into Back-To-School gear. Every year, the first day of school sneaks up on me and catches me off guard. For that entire first week I'm typically completely in a haze, unorganized, and frantic. Especially when it comes to back-to-school clothing for Little J. By the time I actually get around to shopping, all the good stuff is gone.

Build-A-Bear: Pay Your Age Day


Now normally I'm not a deal blogger, but every once and a while a deal so good comes along that I feel compelled to share. Especially after having such a wonderful experience recently at the Build-A-Bear Workshop in Concord recently.

Tomorrow, July 12th, Build-A-Bears all across America will open an hour early for a special day called Pay Your Age Day. This means, your child can build a stuffed animal for the price of their age. So, if your kids are 3 and 6 for example, you’ll only pay $3 and $6 respectively for each of their furry friends.

This is a HUGE deal because if you've ever been in a Build-A-Bear store (which let's face it is basically a requirement for parenting) then you know certain bears can be a bit pricey. Tomorrow, however, that will change.

5 Ways Great Wolf Lodge is Perfect for the Whole Family



A/N: This post is sponsored by Great Wolf Lodge, however, all thoughts and opinions about how awesome it is are truly my own. 

I admit, we've  lived in Charlotte for nearly 5 years. In that time, we've driven past Great Wolf Lodge hundreds of times. We've even seen the Groupons countless times. We've visited the website several times. And at least once a year, we get incredibly close to actually booking a night. Only to change our plans at the last minute in favor of the beach or mountains. After being invited to spend the day At Great Wolf Lodge in Charlotte this past week, I'm kicking myself for not going sooner.
The cool thing about Great Wolf Lodge is that once you're there, you're there. You don't have to do much planning, or even set one foot outside the lodge to have fun. Once you walk through the doors, and into the lobby, your vacation begins.

So if you're like me and have had your doubts about whether or not Great Wolf Lodge is worth it, this post is definitely for you! Here is what you need to know about Great Wolf Lodge.