Why We Have Little Under the Christmas Tree and the Kids LOVE It! #BayouTravel

Why We Have Little Under the Christmas Tree and the Kids LOVE IT! #BayouTravel

Before anyone mentions the true meaning of Christmas, we know it. Promise, it's something my family is very aware of. Ever since my children were born, Christmas has been the one holiday where we have "spoiled" them. When I was a kid, my family was considered low income. Let's face it, we were poor but when we opened our presents on Christmas morning, we felt like every other child regardless of how many presents we received. My husband also has fond memories opening Christmas Continue Reading

Creative ways to Encourage Children to Budget in 2016

Creative ways to Encourage Children to Budget in 2016

If you have kids then you know that managing money is not a phrase that always mixes well with the offspring. Encouraging your kids to budget their money this year will help them learn to be responsible for the future. Check out these ideas for helping your kids budget their money this year. Set Up Three Savings Banks Help your kids to understand the importance of saving as well as giving to others and spending wisely. Set up three savings banks for each child to use. One bank will be for Continue Reading

Fall & Halloween Activities for Children – Holiday Inspired Printables

Fun, Fall  Crossword Printable for Kids

I love this time of year! You can start to feel the crisp air on your face and observe nature as it takes its course over the next few weeks. Aside from perfect temps, the holidays are just around the corner. Fall fun like hay rides, fairs and family reunions are among us as well as spooky Halloween activities. Whether you're in the car traveling to your next holiday party or spending the afternoon indoors on a wet afternoon, having a selection of printables on hand can keep your little ones Continue Reading

We Need S’more Teachers Like You Printable + Hershey’s Pudding Cups #ReadySetSnack {ad}

We Need Smore Teachers Like You - Teachers Appreciation Sign

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ReadySetSnack #CollectiveBias Kids are not the only ones that can benefit from a quick, go-to after school snack! I have a bad habit of not eating during the day. I might have a light breakfast and then get straight to work and by pass lunchtime. Next thing I know, it's almost 3pm and I'm "hangry"! My kids are will be home from school soon and time to start dinner. But I desperately Continue Reading

Have Active Teens? 3 Recipes for Natural Energy Drinks

3 recipes for natural energy drinks
 - Recipes and Instructions - Healthy Breakfast  _ Workout Options

I have a very active family! We're not at the gym everyday (I try to go a few times a week) but we are always on the go and shuttling our kids to sports venues, after-school practices and/or games and spending our weekends outside. My husband & I have purchased energy drinks very scarcely over the years. Although I don't have a problem with energy per say, with energy drinks being a newer product (in the last 10 years) I also don't know the long term side effects it will have on me or my Continue Reading

Looking for an Easy P.M-A.M Transition? Bedtime Routine Checklist Printable #FuelforSchool {ad}

My Bedtime Routine checklist - Free Printable

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FuelForSchool #CollectiveBias I can almost hear my mom, "!Tiempo para la cama!". Every night before school we had to be prepared for school the next day before bedtime. There was zero fussing in the morning. No whining, complaining or crying before we left for school in the morning. It's not just because we knew better, but it's due to having the proper bedtime routine and morning Continue Reading

Step Back In Time With Your Family This Summer & Into Fall #BayouTravel

Step Back In Time With Your Family This Summer #BayouTravel

Taking a trip through history with the family is an exciting and unique adventure that doesn’t come around often. Living history events take place all over the United States each year, some just celebrating the rich history of a region, others commemorating battles or events of significance that took place. Attending one of these events with your family, or even participating in the reenactments yourself is an exciting way to vacation and step back in time with the entire family this Continue Reading

Lil’ Yat’s Adventure Book Spotlight-NOLA Author Rhonda Johnson Valladares Hardback @YatsUnlimited

Lil’ Yat’s Adventure Book Series Book 9 by NOLA Local Author Rhonda Johnson Valladares

Since 2012 Blogging, Babies and the Bayou has been friends to several local children's book authors including Lil’ Yat’s Adventure Book by Rhonda Johnson Valladares. We are thrilled to announce that book 9 in the Lil’ Yat’s Adventure Book Series will be available in HARDBACK! Lil' Yat's followers have been asking for hardback for quite sometime with a book titled "Oh give me a home where the WHO DATS roam". Who Dat fans of all ages can enjoy family favorite Lil' Yat characters (Lil’ Yat is a Continue Reading

Planning Your Upcoming Family Cruise – Cruise Ship Printables #BayouTravel

How to Plan for your upcoming family cruise - Cruise Terminology  #BayouTravel

Carnival Sunshine is pictured above. Isn't she a beauty!?! Last week I was reunited with Carnival Cruise Lines for a Carnival Dream event in New Orleans. My family & I have been on Carnival Dream as well as other cruise ships multiple times. Cruise ship travel is my family's favorite way to travel. I'm not kidding, the kids have picked traveling by cruise ship over Disney World several times. But how do you plan your first family cruise? I have touched on the subject many times. In fact, Continue Reading

Turning Sweet Moments into La Merienda + Bilingual Snack Bingo Printable #FunSizeMerienda #Ad

Bilingual Bingo - Spanish Snack Food Bingo

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FunSizeMerienda #CollectiveBias Although it's into the 100°F outside, summer is technically over! My kids went back to school and for the first time in years I am strictly working from home. It's going to be a adjustment for the entire family mostly the kids. We normally review our day during dinner time but now I can enjoy La Merienda when the kids get off the school Continue Reading

Shop & Give Back with Campbell’s Labels for Education® Program #1Millon4Edu #CollectiveBias {ad}

Meal Planning Shopping List -

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #1Millon4Edu #CollectiveBias Educar es como intentar mantener 35 corchos bajo el agua al mismo tiempo - Mark Twain Educating is like trying to hold 35 corks under water at the same time - Mark Twain I spent half my childhood in Los Angeles area and then in a small rural school system in Southeast Louisiana. Both had one common denominator - budget restrictions. I suppose all Continue Reading

Sailing Away with Dr. Seuss & Carnival Dream Seuss-a-Palooza in New Orleans #CruisingCarnival

Sailing  Away with Carnival Cruise  & a Dr. Seuss-a-Palooza in New Orleans #CruisingCarnival  #BayouTravel

Disclosure: My family & I attended the Dr.Seuss Palooza event as a media guest. In my previous post I mentioned how excited I was to be able to board the Carnival Dream in New Orleans to attend their Dr.Seuss Palooza to celebrate the release of the new book, "What Pet Should I Get?" Given the fact that one of my beloved childhood authors hadn't released a new book in over 25 years, I was pretty excited that I was getting a chance to cover the event and attend as a special guest. I was Continue Reading