Our Five Ring Circus: March 2018

Friday, March 30, 2018

Egg-cellent Easter Sensory Bin

Egg-cellent Easter Sensory Bin

Liam and Lily love sensory bins! We have a big collection of sensory bin fillers, and I try to rotate through themed bins twice a month. Sensory play is my secret weapon for those inevitable "I'm bored" moments! Our current Sensory Bin encourages egg-cellent Easter sensory play!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Easter Basket Fillers for Toddlers, Kids, Tweens & Teens

Easter Basket Fillers for Toddlers, Kids, Tweens & Teens

With Easter just days away, I, like many other parents, am scrambling to fill those Easter Baskets! We accumulate plenty of junk between four kids, so we try to make sure that almost every item in their baskets is useful or meaningful. And with a toddler/preschooler, a 6 year old, a tween and a teen, we have a lot of ideas to come up with!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Kids Fashion: The 5 Best Small Shops That Promote Positivity and Awareness

Kids Fashion: The 5 Best Small Shops That Promote Positivity and Awareness

I love to shop! I mean...who doesn't?!? One of my favorite things to shop for is kids clothing. And with four kids, that can be VERY dangerous! Although my tween and my teen have strong opinions about what they want to wear, I shop small for most of Liam and Lily's clothing. There are so many amazing small shops that promote positivity and awareness, which is EXACTLY our mission.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

World Down Syndrome Day: 21 Things You May Not Know About Down Syndrome

21 Things You May Not Know About Down syndrome

This post is sponsored by the CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities in collaboration with The Motherhood.

Happy World Down Syndrome Day! Today is a BIG day in the Down syndrome community. Today is a day in which we unite to raise awareness about Down syndrome, and to show the world that people who have Down syndrome really are more alike than different and have so much WORTH!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Life Lately Weekend Edition - Liam's Hospital Visit, The World's Largest Candy Store & St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day

Happy Monday! Our entire weekend was busy, and there was no time to rest. It kicked off with a VERY long day at the hospital, included a trip to the World's Largest Candy Store, was filled with St. Patrick's Day fun, and ended with a day full of errands. I feel like I need just one more day to recover from the weekend!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Deliciously Irresistible Vanilla Bean Shamrock Shake

Deliciously Irresistible Vanilla Bean Shamrock Shake for St. Patrick's Day

With St. Patrick's Day just a few days away, I figured it was time to whip up a festive treat for my family! Milkshakes are always a quick and easy option! My family loves Shamrock Shakes, but I'm not a big fan of mint flavored milkshakes, so I made a milkshake that we all would love. Vanilla Bean was the winner!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

I Scream, You Scream, We ALL Scream For Ice Cream!


This post is sponsored by Graeter's

Life with four kids can only be described as noisy, chaotic, and busy! It often feels like I'm frantically juggling every aspect of motherhood, and will never be able to slow down. There are days that are amazing...and days that are not. Some days are filled with so much joy that I honestly consider adding another kid to the mix, and some days are filled with so much bickering that it makes me wonder if my kids ever got along. That's just the reality of motherhood! But even on those rough days (like today), there's one simple thing we can all agree on: Ice Cream!

Friday, March 9, 2018

A Tisket A Tasket, A Chick In A Basket - A Fun & Rewarding Easter Tradition for Kids

Chick in a Basket - A Fun & Rewarding Easter Tradition for Kids

DISCLOSURE: This post is sponsored by Chick in a Basket.

Easter is one of my favorite holidays! It feels like a new beginning, and it's the light after a long, dark, cold winter. I look forward to it every year! The preparations have already begun, and my kids are ready to celebrate. Holidays with kids are a lot of fun, and this year, we're starting a fun new tradition: Chick in a Basket!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Dear Hollywood Screenwriters, Please Reconsider Your Use of the "R" Word

Dear Hollywood Screenwriters, Please Reconsider Your Use of the "R" Word

Dear Hollywood Screenwriters,

I tend to be an open minded person. I don't get offended about much, I don't get caught up in controversy, and I try to understand both sides of an issue. But today, I need to bring light to a very serious topic that affects millions of your fellow human beings, including my own family: the overuse of the word "retarded" in the entertainment industry.

The word "retard(ed)" isn't just a casual word to toss around in everyday conversation. It has one particular meaning, and it's directed at an entire community of people who have a disability. It's derogatory, it's hurtful and it's extremely offensive. Did you know that "retard" was voted the most offensive word related to a disability? So why do so many of you continue to use it so freely?

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Life with Littles: February Moments & Memories

Life With Littles: February Moments, Memories & Snapshots

I love the month of February! It arrives with the promise of Winter being halfway over, and is usually full of fun events for my family. This February was even more exciting than usual! It began with a fun mini getaway for my family, and ended with a new puppy!

Friday, March 2, 2018

7 Awesome Ways To Build Language and Early Reading Skills with Dr.Seuss


We are celebrating National Read Across America Day today, which is the birthday Dr. Seuss! Between four kids, we have an expansive book collection, and some of our favorite books were written by this beloved children's author. Reading is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, so it's essential to encourage this habit while kids are young. Boosting language and early reading skills will help kids become confident and successful readers for life!