Children’s Art Display

Children’s Art Display

With our fridge taken over by our family command center, the kids’ art needed to go someplace. With a minimal number of tools, this is what we created on our wall.

What Do You Need


  1. Prepare the wood by trimming it to the appropriate length. Be sure to sand the edges and then wipe them down prior to the next step. The smoother edges will minimize splintering.
  2. In the color of your choice, paint the boards. If you are painting over another paint job, sand it first and apply primer. You can also use a wood stain.
  3. Using the hot glue gun, place your metal clips on the wood. Don’t be shy with the amount of glue that you use. It’s transparent and will make sure that the artwork stays in place.
  4. With another color of paint, use the stencil to paint in the letter or design of your choice. Or you can use a decal.
  5. Place the double-sided tape on the back side of the board and place it on the wall. Using a level with help make sure that it isn’t crooked.
  6. Hang up your kids’ artwork and make sure to take it down so the display doesn’t get crowded.

Thanks to Hip2Save for the idea.

Chance to Choose Q&A

Chance to Choose Q&A

I thought this was an interesting program for those who breast feed and might be interested in looking to upgrade the pump that they received through insurance. Plus the pumps get donated


An innovative breast pump “trade-up” program which allows moms to trade-in their current or insurance-provided pump in exchange for a brand new pump of their choosing at a heavily reduced price. The traded-in pumps will be donated and distributed to moms across the globe via our charitable partners.


Moms are constantly faced with making decisions – especially early on when it comes to their baby’s nutrition and well-being. But what if you didn’t have a choice? What if you didn’t have access to clean water to mix formula or a
breast pump to leave milk for your growing baby while you work to provide for your family?

We want every mom to have the chance to choose better for themselves and their baby. We want every mom around the world to have access to a breast pump in order to establish and maintain a healthy breastfeeding relationship. That is the foundation of the Chance to Choose trade-up program.


Any mom who is unhappy with her current pump provided through her insurance. Did you know that several moms that receive an insurance-provided pump often purchase a premium pump at full price, leaving their insurance-provided pump collecting dust or thrown in the trash? Often times, insurance-provided pumps are very basic and do not fulfill moms’ every need. That’s where we come in – mom gets the premium pump she wants at a great price AND the donated pump is distributed to a mom who
would otherwise not have access to one.


No. We will ship and send out your new pump along with a pre-paid shipping label. Once you receive your new premium pump, you can ship us your donated pump.


You can learn more or trade-up your pump at

Traveling with Kids: My Packing List

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For many years I have numerous Google Docs that I have put together for keeping an idea of what we need to pack. I haven’t included quantities as those always change depending on where we are going and how many days, but this is a starting point. I am sure there are things that I have left off the list.

No matter how many times I look at the weather, I am always off on what I pack. I think it’s because 50 degrees in Cleveland feels much warmer than 50 degrees in Los Angeles or New Jersey. Perhaps because it gets so cold outside. Or I always forget to pack an appropriate jacket for the weather and we need to end up borrowing.

Traveling with three kids on a plane can be overwhelming with luggage and since I don’t rent car seats and bring my own it just adds a layer of complexity while traveling through the airport. But we have been pretty efficient on our last three trips with the kids and have minimized to 2 Large Suitcases, 2 Bags for (Three Car Seats), 1 Stroller, 3 Carry On Bags, 1 Diaper Bag, 1 Purse.

Another thing we have done the last couple trips is flying out of a smaller airport, we always use the sky cap. My husband parks the car and the sky cap helps me check all the luggage in. By the time my husband gets back from dropping off the car we are all checked in. When we flew to LA, we used the Curbside Checkin and they were even able to deal with the infant boarding pass and saved us tons of time in the check-in process.

Here are a few things that I have found useful when traveling:

They are great for helping contain the mess of a baby who loves eating, but gets food all over the place. They easily stick to the table and I can peel up the mess.

I find that often when we are staying in a hotel, the outlets are often hard to get to and there aren’t enough places to charge all the electronics. The mini shelf for the phone has been great when we couldn’t get to any of the outlets next to nightstand in the hotel room.

I saw on Pinterest a couple months ago to make bracelets with your phone number on it and have the kids where them in case they get loss. The only problem is when I went to Michael’s or any of our general arts and crafts stores the number beads were nowhere to be found. So my older two and I made bracelets before we went away last summer for them to keep on them at all times. I keep the Tavel ID Bands on me, just in case we are somewhere and I didn’t think about the bracelets so I can quickly put them on.

The Shrunks Indoor Toddler Travel Bed, Blue – $58.99

  • Signature sheet-tuck feature – fits all standard crib-sized sheets
  • Our trademarked security rails helps prevent your child from falling off
  • Inflates quickly in 30 seconds
  • Includes a convenient carrying bag, repair kit and the compact yet powerful Jetaire Electric Pump
  • Phthalate-Safe, BpA-Safe and Lead-Safe
  • Signature sheet tuck feature fits all standard crib-sized sheets
  • Phthalate Safe, BpA Safe and Lead Safe

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Amazon: Children’s Bikes on Sale

Huffy 12-Inch Girls Disney Princess Bike (Shimmer Pink/Glitter Pink) for $55.00

Product Features

  • Features include a steel diamond frame and steel unicrown fork with pressed dropouts.
  • Rear coaster brakes; piston cup racing kit bag including 4 racing cones, 2 finish line cones, checkered flag and label sheet.
  • Seat decorated with a glossy finish.
  • 17 spoke steel rims and a 1-piece crank.
  • Crossbar pad and training wheels.

Huffy 12-Inch Girls Disney Cinderella Bike (Starlight Magical Blue) for $55.00

Product Features

  • Features a steel curved “Y” frame and steel unicrown fork with pressed dropouts.
  • Rear coaster brakes and a Jr. padded seat with graphics.
  • Tires have Princess hearts and crowns and are 12″ x 2.125″.
  • Includes a removable enchanted doll carriage on handlebar, Princess grips, bell, and streamers.
  • Alloy quick release seat adjustment and graphic training wheels.

Huffy Disney Cars Bike with Training Wheels (12-inch) for $62.57

Product Features

  • Features include steel “Y” frame and unicrown steel fork with pressed dropouts.
  • Includes rear coaster brakes, Piston cup racing kit bag including 4 racing cones, 2 finish line cones, checkered flag and label sheet.
  • Seat is a quick release adjustment and decorated with a glossy finish.
  • Rims are 16-spoke steel with a 1-piece crank.
  • Training wheels with graphics.