Six Ways to Use Shelf Liner When Living With Kids

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This post brought to you by Duck Brand. All opinions are 100% mine. Sometimes I pretend that I'm an adult. Wait no--I AM an adult. But often when I look around my house I think "Why is my house so messy? I didn't make that mess. Those aren't my things." It's obvious that I live with kids. When you live with kids, your life is taken over by them. And so are the messes. I try my hardest to have a clean and beautiful home, but after cleaning up … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas & Giveaway!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of RedEnvelope. Being a mom is hands-down the hardest thing I have ever done.  I've been doing it for a little over six years now.  I may not be as seasoned as all y'all but I do have plenty of those true MOM moments where you know you deserve like a million dollars just for being a Mom. I was thinking about the most recent MOM moment.  It occurred on a family trip to San Diego we just took. … [Read more...]

25 Ways to Make Your Child’s Birthday Special

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So today is my eldest-born's sixth birthday.  It got me thinking about my own birthdays as a child, and how my mom always tried really hard to make them special.  Now my mother dearest has eleven children.  Eleven!!  It still boggles my mind.  She had many routines to survive parenting her eleven.  We had a breakfast schedule (Mondays--Oatmeal, Tuesdays--Scrambled Eggs, etc), we had a job chart of weekly chores, and every night dinner at 6:00 pm … [Read more...]

Why Huggies Swimmers are the BEST

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This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Huggies, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #HuggiesSwimmers  http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO. When I was single, going swimming was THE. BEST.  I barely did any actual 'swimming' it was more like 'laying out' with my best friends for hours talking away.  I miss those days.  Because going swimming now for me does not necessarily conjure images of … [Read more...]

50 Potty Training Tips from Real Moms

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We are at the end of Potty Training Week 1 for my 3-year-old, my second boy.  I think I speak for everyone when I say that potty training suuuuuukkksss!!!  Truth be told, it's not THAT bad but it's a lot more exhausting than I think we expect.  You have to spend a LOT of time and vigilance, staying on your child, helping him/her go to the bathroom every 10-30 minutes, staying super positive, and cleaning up yuckiness.  My house is actually … [Read more...]

How I {don’t} Do it All

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I love being a blogger.  I really do.  I have ups and downs, times when I'm super burned out and other times when I'm really gung-ho about blogging and all my projects.  I have times when you can't drag me away from my computer and other times when I have to force myself to get on and answer emails.   I was recently in a 'burned out' phase.  But then I attended SNAP! Conference and got reinvigorated again.  I have so many fun things in … [Read more...]

Win a Year’s Worth of Method Laundry Detergent!

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You might remember this little gem of a picture.  My kids are 1) adorable, and 2) very, very messy.   They can't even eat a few crackers without making a giant mess. That being said, my least favorite chore is doing laundry  And what do you know, messy kids=lots of laundry.  It is the most daunting and endless chore in my house...it's never done!  Even if you work all day to be completely caught up, you are behind once again as soon as the day … [Read more...]

Praying For Peace–in Memorium

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Today, you might have noticed a large number of bloggers observing a "Day of Silence" in honor of the Sandy Hook shooting victims.  When I first heard about the event, I decided to participate.  However then I thought about some of my friends who couldn't participate due to commitments to sponsors and I would feel like maybe they would be looked down upon for not participating.  So here is my own way of observing the Day of Silence...by sharing … [Read more...]