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Putting the Pop in Pillow Forts

When was the last time you made a pillow fort for your kids? I’m embarrassed to admit that we have never made one. Well, that was until last night!

How to Make a Poppin Pillow Fort

Honestly, it was rather fun to build even though I’m 40 weeks pregnant. It only takes a few steps to assemble a fort that instantly creates tons of fun and laughter. There’s even a secret step that I will share with you at the end that will make your fort “pop”! Trust me if I can do it while 40 weeks pregnant, anyone can! ;)

We started off by selecting the couch sectional as the back wall of the fort and adding wing chairs to the sides for our supporting walls.

Set Up Furniture for Pillow Fort

Then we grabbed a broom to stick in between the couch cushions to add lift to our fort once we placed the sheets on top.

Use a Broom For Center of Fort

Next it was time to connect the sheets together with a few clothes pins.

Combine the Sheets with Clothespins

After we had our fort roof in place it was time to add the pizazz to the fort…lots of lights!

Setting Up the Lights in the Fort

Before I could even get the blankets and pillows in place two boys and a pug made there way in the fort and started laughing!

Start Laughing in the Fort

Even though good times had already started, the fort was still missing the secret ingredient…..Popcorn! Everyone got into their jammies, we put in a DVD and then we popped a bowl of Pop Secret Popcorn.

Enjoying Popcorn in the Pillow Fort

Now this is how you put the perfect “Pop” in a pillow fort! Of course one member of the family has been in the best pillow fort in the house for a whole nine months. I got your pillow fort right here, baby! ;)

The Pillow Fort Mama

Want to join in on the pillow fort fun? Pop Secret would love for you to send them your pillow fort stories and pictures on Facebook. You can upload them right to the Pop Secret Timeline and tag them #PopSecretForts. They might just share a little something back ~ like mystery prizes and rewards! And just to help you get the fort fun started, you can download a $1.00 off coupon, along with a customizable flag to name your pillow fort!

 Let’s get those pillow forts poppin’!

Thank you to Pop Secret for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try building a pillow fort!

Moms Win on Wednesdays ~ Giveaway Linky Party


Inspiration for Moms Giveaway Linky Party

It’s time to party! I am hosting a giveaway linky party every Wednesday on Inspiration for Moms. If you or someone you know has a giveaway you think my readers would love to know about, please link up. Now….on to the party!

Lily Jade ~ The Ultimate Designer Diaper Bag

When my little man was a baby we had the classic diaper bag. It was made of cotton, had a busy print and was quickly out grown.  I remember never really liking it but hauling it around out of necessity. It’s amazing what can change in eight years. I just discovered the Lily Jade ~ a designer diaper bag that is not only functional, it’s also incredibly gorgeous. I’m so giddy that I get to use it everyday!

Lily-Jade Elizabeth Designer Diaper Bag CollageEach Lily Jade bag includes a removable and washable “Baby Bag” organizer and a changing pad.  The “Baby Bag” organizer has over 14-pockets! I’ll never look frantically for an item again. Everything will always be in its place and I’ll be super organized mom of the year! ;)

Lily Jade designer diaper bag

Once my baby boy has grown out of the diaper bag stage, the Lily Jade can transform into a super stylish handbag. I can simply remove the “Baby Bag” and be left with plenty of space for my wallet, iPad, phone or whatever else I may need to carry with me.

Lily Jade designer diaper bag with strap2

I have the Elizabeth in Camel. It comes as a shoulder bag but can quickly convert to a backpack or cross body bag as pictured above. Those large front pockets are perfect for my keys and cell phone. I also love that it’s lined with a signature red, silky fabric. You know me and how much I like “pops” of red! ;)

The Elizabeth bag runs around $335.00 but right now it’s on sale for $295.00. So if you’re thinking this costs more than the average diaper bag, you’d be right. But to me, with it’s superior quality this diaper bag is worth the price and is going to used for many, many more years to come!


Thank you to Lily Jade for sponsoring this post. I was provided with a diaper bag in exchange for this review. As always, all opinions are 100% mine.

Make Reading Fun with Reading Eggs

Thanks to Reading Eggs for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are 100%  mine. Tracking Pixel

Books have always been my sons favorite way to enjoy quiet time. When he was a toddler, I kept a box of books in the car to keep him entertained when running around town. Even though he wasn’t actually “reading” he loved looking at the pictures. As he grew, he soon discovered the world of the computer. Wanting to combine his love for computers and reading, I searched for online reading websites. I was introduced to Reading Eggs a few weeks ago and I’m happy to report…my little man loves it!


Reading Eggs is a website for children 3-13 years old that uses fun games, catchy songs, golden eggs and other rewards to make learning how to read fun. As a former kindergarten teacher I know the secret to learning is never let the children know you’re teaching! ;) That’s why Reading Eggs is such a great website, my son loved “playing” the games and I loved that he was learning.

Of course, the first thing my son did when he signed into Reading Eggs was change his avatar. lol (He totally cracks me up sometimes!)

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