Tips to Surviving the Holidays with a Baby #TisTheSqueezin

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Happy Family Products for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Tips to Surviving the Holidays with a Baby Being a parent can be so overwhelming, especially when it happens for the first time. Kids do not come with an instruction book, so when they ...

7 Winter Driving Tips

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Arrive Safely With These Seven Winter Driving Tips This post brought to you by Kelley Blue Book. The content and opinions expressed below are that of thismamaloves. As the kids transition from their summer to their school routines, our weather does a major transition of its own. Those dog days of summer are replaced by that cool crispness ...

Teaching Kids To Accept Others: Let Rudolph Open The Discussion! #ShineBright

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For many of us, the holidays are about spreading joy, giving back, and loving others. We see the bell ringers at the red kettles all over town and see this as an opportunity to show our kids how to share what we have with others.  We see the trees with paper angles asking us to ...

Shop Kmart & Support St Jude

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When the unthinkable happens and your child is ill, gravely ill, it's devastating.  This little being who you love more than yourself is sick and you want to just be with them, taking care of them, advocating for them, spending time with them. For many families, this can't always happen.  Why?  In a word? Money. ...

Rudolph teaches acceptance, diversity, respect #ShineBright

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One of my favorite things about the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas as a kid has always been the holiday specials on TV.  Each was on just once per year and NO ONE ever wanted to miss it.  I'm 40 years old and I still settle in to watch all of my holiday favorites from childhood, as ...

Homeopathic cold and flu remedies

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I’m not a big fan of pumping my kids up with medicine. I’m always hearing something on the news about how dangerous medicine X is, or medicine Y causes the following side effects, etc. etc. At the same time, I don’t like to see my children suffer if I can help it. It almost seems ...

40 Weeks movie follows 15 moms through pregnancy #40WeeksMovie

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Being pregnant is one of the coolest, weirdest, amazing, awe inspiring, scary, blissful, terrifying things that a human being can experience. It's like nothing else and really, there isn't much that can prepare you for it.  When you think about it, it SHOULD be that way.  We are growing tiny human beings, after all!  I've ...

Getting kids to have healthy habits

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You know the saying "You get more flies with sugar than vinegar?" Of course you do. Well, guess what? It works with children too! When it comes to getting my children to do something, I have a few options. I can scream until I'm blue in the face (done that)… Threaten punishment and loss of privileges (happens more often than ...

Date Night at Outback #OutbackBestMates

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Outback Steakhouse is on a mission to help couples steak out more time for one another by declaring itself the Official Sponsor of Date Night and offering a special weekend deal they can’t refuse.  Naturally, we couldn't refuse, because we LOVE Outback Steak (and the Ahi Tuna appetizer) so after 3 nights scheduled and delayed, ...

Playing at mealtime isn’t just for kids #Fandamonium

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When I was a kid, my absolute FAVORITE part of shopping was picking out the cereal.  This was not a task to be taken lightly… but instead, a major decision that had to be made carefully and precisely. While the cereal itself was important, since I’d have to eat it throughout the week… that was ...