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March 31, 2016

Top 5 Spring Activities for Kids of Every Age

Spring is here and that means the flowers are blooming, the air is fresh, and you’ve switched from hot to iced coffee. Here are our top five favorite activities to do with your kids this spring, organized by age.

3 and Under

Spring is often accompanied by many rainy days. Use those days for some fun spring crafts with your kids indoors. We love this Footprint Flower Pot idea from Crafty Morning!

4-6 Years

Make play dough! If your kids are a little too advanced for the craft above, but you still need to entertain them on a rainy day, this is a perfect baking and crafting combo. Let them help you bake the play dough, and they’ll love playing with it even more. Get creative with this homemade play dough recipe from I Heart Nap Time.

7- 10 Years

Pick and press flowers. Take the beauty of nature home with you. Let your kids have fun picking flowers outside, and then go home to press them. Check out this guide to pressing flowers from 5 Minutes for Mom.

Spring activities for kids- spring flowers

10 and Up

Explore new passions. Photography is a fun way for your kids to experience the outdoors and get artsy at the same time. Phones double as great cameras these days, or you can go old-school and pick up a vintage film camera from a consignment shop. Either way, hand over the reins and let them have fun.

Spring activities with kids - photography

All Ages

Have a picnic. When the sun does come out, get outside and soak it in! Grab a blanket and some snacks, and enjoy the beautiful spring weather. Perfect for babies and older children alike. If your kids are school aged or older you may want to bring a ball or frisbee for them to enjoy too.

March 14, 2016

Fitbit Blaze Giveaway with Flayk App, Ends 3/29

Flayk Fitbit Blaze

3 Easy Steps to Enter to Win a Fitbit Blaze:

  1. Download the Flayk app on iOS or Android
  2. Create a Flayk Account for your family
  3. Tell Conservamom you’ve entered!


Originally published on: Conservamom

Welcome to the Get Organized + Fit with Flayk Giveaway!

Hosted by Conservamom

Being CEO of my house can be hard. With 5 kids keeping up with all their various activities is close to impossible at times. Although I get tons of help from my hubby it can be tough being on the same page all the time between all our schedules and day to day life. Thankfully I discovered Flayk, a free, family/life management app now available for free download in both the Google Play Store and the iOS App Store. It has become a lifesaver!

Flayk allows families to coordinate activities, assign responsibilities, share to-do and shopping lists and award points for completed actions in a single app that can be used by multiple families and groups. One of the app’s core features is the ability for users toflayk events, which alerts the group in the event of an unexpected conflict – from car trouble to a meeting that runs long –and allows someone else to quickly pick up the task and keep the day moving smoothly.

Flayk family management app


As detailed in ADWEEK, Flayk is the perfect solution for families looking to simplify life in 2016 as well as a technology “must have” for the new aged organized family.

Flayk Basic is free, and for a limited time, Flayk Premium, a seamless, ad-free experience with expanded features, is free for the first month. Flayk Premium is regularly priced at $1.99/month or $18.99/year.

Flayk is the only family management app on the market to introduce an innovative rewards system that lets families assign point values to specific activities. Family members can earn points for completing tasks and redeem them for specific rewards of the family’s choosing, for example, a raise in allowance, a curfew extension, dinner at a favorite restaurant or a pass on a chore.

Flayk recognizes that diversity with its customizable, central hub to organize all kinds of families, whether they live under one roof or are in multiple locations.

In spirit of holding on to those 2016 Mom Resolutions and preparing for the spring season ahead, Flayk is offering a chance to win an all new Fitbit Blaze™ – Fitbit’s New Smart Fitness Watch including a breakthrough features such as PurePulse™ Heart Rate Monitor, Connected GPS, On-Screen Workouts and Color Touchscreen.FITBIT-blaze

Make sure to enter by downloading the Flayk app (IOS or Android) and setting up a profile!

Disclosure: All opinions are 100% mine. This giveaway is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network.All opinions and experiences are Conservamom‘s. Open to US residents only , must be 18+. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted through email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor will be responsible for product fulfillment to winner(s) of the giveaway. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions or to see your product featured in an Event you can contact Elia At Conservamom

February 4, 2016

Why We #LoveWinter

Winter can feel never-ending, but it’s also the best time for cozying up with your family. This week we’re sharing the things we love about winter.

All the reasons we love winter. Family. Kids. Hot cocoa. Sweaters. Baking. Snow days. Cuddling.

1.  We love cuddling up with the kids and their furry friends in the living-room pillow fort.

All the reasons we love winter. Family. Kids. Hot cocoa. Sweaters. Baking. Snow days. Cuddling.

2.  We love sipping on drinks that warm the heart and soul.

All the reasons we love winter. Family. Kids. Hot cocoa. Sweaters. Baking. Snow days. Cuddling.

3.  We love wearing fun and silly sweaters and not caring if anyone judges you because it’s COLD.

All the reasons we love winter. Family. Kids. Hot cocoa. Sweaters. Baking. Snow days. Cuddling.

4.  We love finally diving into that book you’ve been meaning to read.

All the reasons we love winter. Family. Kids. Hot cocoa. Sweaters. Baking. Snow days. Cuddling.

5.  We love turning the kids’ snow day into a baking day and trying out a new recipe.

All the reasons we love winter. Family. Kids. Hot cocoa. Sweaters. Baking. Snow days. Cuddling.

And that is why we love winter. Tell us why you love winter!

January 21, 2016

With so many baby brands, how does an entrepreneurial mom stand out?

Be it trendy jumpsuits and rompers, hipster tees, or a bib line, nearly everyday I discover a new designer baby brand. Each product promotes one feature that makes it unique, and appealing to a certain group moms — I call this the mommy-magnet factor.

Some target DIY moms with their handmade quality, others the fashionista mom with their scaled down version of runway fashions, and others green moms with organic cotton and fibers. Yet the majority of these small businesses share one thing in common: they are designed and run by moms themselves.

The inherent advantage of a mom-designed and mom-targeted product lies in the fact that the product caters to what the end-user actually wants. These mompreneurs won’t encounter the common challenge product developers and marketers face uncovering “mysterious mommyhood.” After all, they wouldn’t have created the product if they didn’t see a use for it in a mom’s life in the first place.

Yet, they will face the challenge of finding a true differentiating factor. After all, how unique can one cloth diaper be from 100 others? Well, I’m here to tell you that moms are creativity machines! I’ve happened upon a few mom-owned children’s brands recently and have been thoroughly impressed.

Tired of only seeing pink dresses for girls and blue shirts for boys, a handful of mom companies have sprouted up in an attempt to redefine gender stereotypes for kids clothing. California-based company, Handsome in Pink, sells shirts that feature pink and purple firetrucks, tool belts, and phrases like “I love math,” made for both girls and boys. Similarly, Seattle-based Free to be Kids features gender neutral onesies and tees with positive messages for girls and boys. The messages these moms are spreading aim to empower children by what they wear, and not confine them to traditional gender cliches. If a boy wants to wear pink he should, and if a girl loves science it shouldn’t be hard for her to find clothing to express her passion.

Free to Be Kids Gender Neutral Tee

Photo Credit: Free to Be Kids

Another mom-inspired idea I love centers around the idea of upcycling. Like many environmentally-conscious clothing brands, NYC mom Karina Kallio was disturbed by the fact that 85% of textile waste ends up in landfills. To make her dream of conscious clothing a reality she started Kallio, a children’s clothing company made from reclaimed and vintage flannels, cotton and denim. Another environmentally friendly brand was inspired by a similar idea. California moms Melina and Rachel founded Petite Marin because they loved the idea of giving old clothes a new purpose, rather than throwing them into a landfill. The company allows customers to create their own custom children’s clothing by mailing in a beloved button down shirt, flannel, or military garment, and then transforms that item into a romper or dress crafted for kids. These moms are outfitting stylish children and reducing environmental waste all at the same time.

Petite Marin baby clohtes

Photo Credit: Petite Marin

Yet moms are getting creative even beyond clothing. Mom Mansai Gangan was exhausted by the long nights she stayed up getting her son to sleep by staying by his side, applying the touch of her hand to his chest. After doing her research, she learned that light pressure on a baby’s chest, whether by human touch or simulated, soothed them and resulted in a better night’s sleep. This inspired her to create the Nested Bean, which sells the Zen Swaddle and Zen Sack, both products replicate a mom’s embrace with lightly weighted pads and help babies sleep better.  

Nested Bean baby brand

Photo Credit: Nested Bean

These concepts subvert traditional baby brand powerhouses and challenge other moms to think differently about the products they are buying for their children. These mompreneurs are just a sampling of moms across the country who are using their experience and their noggins to up the mommy-magnet factor. What are some of your favorite mom-to-mom products?

Brands We Love:

Handsome in Pink


Free to Be Kids




Petite Marin


Nested Bean



Featured image photo credit: Emily May https://www.flickr.com/photos/emilysnuffer/16859530047/in/photostream/

December 9, 2015

Our 10 Favorite Instagram Pregnancy Announcements

Pregnancy announcements

Announcing your pregnancy to your friends and family is such an exciting moment. You are about to share the news that you will be bringing new life into the world! But how to do it? Pregnancy announcements have gotten more creative with the popular Instagram hashtag #pregnancyreveal. Photographers and new moms alike are sharing sweet, clever, and quirky photos announcing the bun in the oven to their social networks.

Here are our favorite Instagram pregnancy reveals:


A photo posted by Kayleigh Grinsted (@kayleigh_grinsted) on

Coming to a hospital near you. ??

A photo posted by Teresa Dalpe (@tdalpe) on

Have you seen a pregnancy announcement you love? Share it with us!