TOUCHDOWN! A few weeks ago, we threw a football tailgate party for our friends. Anyone who knows our family, knows football season is taken quite seriously around here, so I took this task seriously. Having three kids though, makes my party planning technique a little more difficult these days, so I turned to my friends at BJ’s Wholesale Club for the best options. BJ’s recently completed a survey to find out favorite tailgating snacks in the NC region. I took these stats and created my spread based on what I knew our guests...

Having two big kids in school full time this year has its perks. It’s nice to have both kids in the same schedule and in the same school district. It’s definitely fun to have some one on one time with the littlest, and our girl is loving being at the big school with her big brother. But… along with all those perks comes the crazy school schedules, juggling a kindergarten day versus a second grade day, and remembering who has what classes and tests each day. We like to keep things simple when it comes to wearing the right...

        This is one of my absolute all time favorite times of the year! Fall is closer than we think regardless of the still hot temperatures, but it’s about to get a lot colder around here as Disney On Ice Presents : Follow Your Heart hits the Time Warner Cable Arena in a few weeks!!   Follow your heart straight to adventure at Disney On Ice! Just keep swimming with Dory and new pal, Hank from Disney/Pixar’s “Finding Dory” as they set out to find her parents. Cheer with the Emotions from Disney/Pixar’s “Inside...

We’ve been back to school for several weeks now and the never-ending chore of packing your kids lunches has begun. Since my husband and I both despise packing lunches, we’re trying a new approach this year and getting the kids involved! I let them come with me to pick out their favorite back-t0-school lunchbox items at BJ’s Wholesale Club. This way, they’re getting what they like. The assortment of allergy friendly and healthy items is endless and when we shop in bulk, I only have to go once every 3-4 weeks. With...

    As my kids get older; I can’t help, but wish they could stay small forever. Isn’t that every mom’s wish? I try to savor the time with them we have at the end of each day more and more everyday. Even more now that Lavery is in Kindergarten. Even though I love to give each child their own one-on-one time, our family has had to get really creative and intentional with our family time together to really make the most of the little hours we have as a family each day. Dinnertime is one of the only times we have...

Well its official.. school is in session here at the Crowe’s Nest! Our little man started second grade yesterday and our girl heads to Kindergarten tomorrow! Where has the time gone!? Both over the years and this summer.. it flew by! I know we start back earlier than others, so I wanted to share something fun we started this year in prep for heading back to the books so you guys can use the idea in your homes in the upcoming weeks! In an effort to get into routine around here (and get our son reading to us nightly,) I thought we...

A few weeks ago, our girl turned FIVE! Time sure does fly! I wrote about our experience at the American Girl Store a few weeks ago and shared our girl’s excitement into venturing into the wonderful world of AG. BUT… we also had the privilege of having Robin Winningham of It’s an Art Party! in Charlotte join us for some fun too. My daughter invited her favorite girlfriends to join us for a few different art projects that Robin and I discussed and decided on several weeks prior to the party. Robin, being a mom herself...

Our big girl turned five this past week – – FIVE! If you’ve followed along long enough, you may remember reading about my pregnancy journey with her, then sharing in our happiness after her birth, to celebrate her First Birthday, (It was Guess How Much We Love You themed,) & many more amazing and exciting milestones. And, whether you have followed along a while or not, you may have recently checked out our fun Lavery Says announcement, so go take a little funny look at what our girl is like now later! But, all that...

If you’re like me and you loving bringing a little bit of Hollywood into your life, you might try to find a little bit of glitz and glam in everything you do… am I right? Living in Charlotte definitely has its perks. We get to see filming for exciting TV shows and movies every once in a while, spot a Carolina Panthers player or two while out on date night, and have the occasional run in with a 6ft+ tall basketball player for the Hornets. But, last week the Jonas Brother’s now officially have ties to good ole’ NC...

The “Middle of the Nest” – Lavery has been begging to have her own YouTube Channel FOREVER. This mom finally gave in! – – With my management of course, she’ll be sharing all sorts of fun things for kids. She’ll be showing off her favorite gymnastics moves, showcasing her favorite hot new games for families and kids & so much more. Let Lavery introduce herself! And she would love it if you’d head to YouTube & give her a thumbs up! OH! – And Lavery says “you should subscribe...

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