A Child’s First Phone

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This post is sponsored by Tracfone, all opinions are my own. There was a day when my six year old boy walked over to his friend's house, just around the corner, by himself.  When it was time to come home, I texted my friend to send him home.  He didn't show up.  I walked around the entire neighborhood searching for him.  Finally I went home and he was there.  He had stopped at another friend's house which caused him to be late.  This was a … [Read more...]

Getting a Flu Shot

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'Tis the season of getting sick.  I feel like I've been struggling with some sort of sniffles/sore throat for the last month!  And especially when you have little kids around you, they bring home everything and just spread it around.  And last week my daughter was throwing up so much she ended up having to go to the hospital to get an IV.  I did not want anyone else to get that sick or get the flu, so I decided it was time for us all to get our … [Read more...]

DIY Dirty Diet Coke

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If you don't know what Dirty Diet Coke is, here's what it is:  the most delicious form of Diet Coke you have ever tasted.  There's a couple of new stores/restaurants (I'm not sure what to call them since they serve nothing but treats) around my town that serve a dirty Diet Coke.  They don't cost much, so why the need to do my own?  Because every time we wait in the 10 minute line, my kids will be begging for cookies, ice cream, or their own … [Read more...]

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...]

5 Minute Blackout Curtains

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Well Daylight Savings is back, and that means the sun is rising earlier and setting later (in case you've been living under a rock and didn't know that.)  If your kids are like mine, that means they get to stay up later and get up early--right??  No.  That's not so much okay with me.  My kids go to bed pretty early, around 7:30.  We've tried having them stay up later and they still wake up early and are extra cranky.  So the early bedtime has … [Read more...]

My Trip to Leapfrog

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I've been working with Leapfrog for a couple of years now.  We love their products and have enjoyed reviewing them.  So I was super excited when Leapfrog invited me and four other bloggers out to visit their headquarters in San Francisco!  It was my first official 'business' trip (if you don't count blog conferences) and I felt so grown up.  It was awesome to fly on a plane without three wild children to entertain.  It was awesome to only have to … [Read more...]