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How to Find the Best Back-to-School Bargains

School is upon us again, and we are all faced with the annual task of getting the supplies on our children’s back-to-school lists. My oldest is about to start kindergarten! Even though she went to preschool, getting ready for back to school this year feels different. Like it is OFFICIAL and kind

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To All the Moms Who Are Worriers – You Are Not Alone

My experience with anxiety has been life-changing over the past 17 years. One day it just hit me like a ton of bricks and boom it’s been here to stay ever since. If you were anything like me and already a natural-born worrier, the ton of bricks might have felt more like

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Fun Outdoor Sandbox Toys for Toddlers

You know when your toddler is being too quiet you get suspicious? He was right by me as I pulled weeds from the small garden bed next to our house. It was sorely neglected, and I was determined to get us all outside, digging in the dirt. Except, I didn’t expect my

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Should You Feel Guilty Spending Money on Baby Products?

Do you ever feel guilty spending money on baby products? I know I sometimes felt guilty buying brand new baby gear and baby clothes. Evelyn of Mommy Stroller shares a few things for you to consider when purchasing baby items. Should You Feel Guilty Spending Money on Baby Products? Every parent knows

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20+ Father’s Day Gift Ideas to Make, Buy, or Do

Do you find it hard to shop for Father’s Day gifts? Every year, Father’s Day rolls around and it’s time to celebrate dads of all kinds – including granddads, expectant dads, and stepdads. You want to do something special for the men in your life, but it can be a challenge deciding

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10 Different Uses for Aquaphor Healing Ointment

We were provided with Aquaphor healing ointment and other products to try out for our various skincare needs. Being a mom and living in Wisconsin, my skin needs different care throughout the seasons.  In winter, I battle dry, cracked skin(which can be very painful!).  In warmer months and increased outside activities, I

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10 Mother’s Day Gifts for Moms Who Love Wine Plus Free Wine Label Printable

Being a mom is one of the most difficult jobs ever. For many mothers (myself included), winding down after a long, hard day with a nice glass of wine is relaxing. Two of my favorite activities to pair with wine are painting and reading. As you’re looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift you might want

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10 Funny Coffee Mugs for Moms

There are a lot of coffee cups out there, so I partnered with Zazzle to share my selection of their funny coffee mugs for moms. I sought out the funniest of the bunch so you don’t have to! Drinking java from one of these will definitely perk you up in the morning. These make

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How To Create Free Baby Shower Invitations

Everyone wants to make sure their baby shower is budget friendly, and our tips for how to create free baby shower invitations are going to be just what you need!  There are so many fun ideas for making baby shower invitations without spending a ton of money, but I especially love the

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How to Use Groupon Coupons to Stretch Your Budget

This money saving post on using Groupon Coupons to stretch your budget is sponsored, but all thoughts and opinions are mine. Being Realistic About Your Budget One reason family budgets often fail is because they’re just not realistic. It’s great to cut down on expenses, but sometimes we tend to go too

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When Is The Best Time To Get A Small Pet For Kids

Every parent faces a moment when their kids ask for a pet, but when is the best time to get a small pet for kids?  This is no set answer but actually depends on a few factors in your kids lives.  A small pet can mean a number of things to individual

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5 Post Baby Self Esteem Boosters

If you’ve ever had a baby, you know how much you are in need of a few self-esteem boosters in those first few weeks and months. Your body has undergone a drastic change, and you may have extra weight, loose skin, bags under your eyes from lack of sleep or milk dripping

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The Day My Son Made Me Slow Down

Disclosure: We received the book Hands Free Life to review. The Amazon affiliate link for the book is included in this post to make it easier for you to order if you’d like to read it too. Today my little guy insisted on walking all the way home after dropping his sister

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Sorry To My Second Child

You get the hand-me-downs, the seconds on the toys and the previously-used bibs, blankets and diapers. I haven’t kept up with your baby book the way I should have. And that photo album I made for your older sister’s first year of life, well I’m still hoping to get around to yours.

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Things All Moms Need to Hear, Refusing to Let Body Image Ruin My Sex Life & More

Being in the trenches of motherhood is rough some days. It always goes in streaks too. Several days will be extremely tough, making me rethink why I ever thought I could raise tiny humans. Then a switch is flipped and I’m granted several days in a row that go well with children

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Sharing My Feelings and Fears on Trying to Conceive and Parenting

Hey all, I’ve been writing my heart out over at mom.me this month. I hope you’re enjoying the posts my friend A. Hager is writing and sharing with you. I have lots of updates coming soon. But in case you missed these posts, here’s what has been going on. Unloading the Weight of

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I’d Appreciate It if You Would Shut Up (because I’m trying to raise children with a healthy body image)

“I’m sick of being fat” is what she said. I knew she meant ‘I’m sick of feeling like crap’. You know the feeling – no energy, short of breath, can’t keep up with the kids kind of crap. But that’s not what she said. What she said was ‘I’m sick of being

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The Importance of Supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post to share information about supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The Walmart gift cards and information have been provided by P&G.   All moms worry about their children. Some worries are small, others carry an enormous weight. Right from the beginning, I’ve worried about the health and wellbeing

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Dear Mom, I’m Sorry #PutYourHeartToPaper

This is a sponsored conversation challenging me to think beyond a simple “I love you” for Mother’s Day. So, I sat down to think about my relationship with my mom and want to share my thoughts with you. Dear Mom, First of all, I want to apologize. Only now do I realize

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Mom Confession: I Didn’t Make My Own Baby Food

This is a sponsored conversation about transitioning babies to solid foods. All thoughts and experiences shared are my own. Before I had kids I had lots of ideas about the type of mother I wanted to be. I don’t want to say I’m not the kind of mom I used to imagine,