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


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...]

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

50 helpful potty training tips

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...]

Tooth Tunes Toothbrushes

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If you are new to this blog, I'll just say it:  my husband is a dentist.  Therefore oral hygiene is very important in our house!  We got the chance to review those new musical toothbrushes by Arm & Hammer--Tooth Tunes!  Yay!  The toothbrush we got was the "One Thing" song by the band One Direction (but I'm not gonna lie, I was super bummed we didn't get the "What Makes You Beautiful" one!) So basically it's a toothbrush with a button that … [Read more...]

Miss E’s Halloween Dress

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I haven't done a truly personal post in a long time!  This blog used to be a place where I could share my crafts and DIY projects but also a place where I could just talk about my life, my kids, and things I've been thinking about. Well today I have to share with you some pictures of the most beautiful little girl in the world. Seriously, my heart swells with love when I look at her.  Or think about her. But I have to admit, that even … [Read more...]

Eight Ways To Raise a Happy Toddler

8 ways to raise a happy toddler

I have a 4 year old, a 2 year old, and a 9 month old.  Though I have some experience, I am not really what one would call a 'seasoned' parent nor do I think I have all the answers.  I was originally inspired to write this post after responding to this letter: "I have a 4 year old daughter and she can be, shall we say, quite a handful! Don't get me wrong, she is very loving, but a lot of the time she is hard work and is very disobedient. I have … [Read more...]