ToysRUs grants wishes early: Sponsored Video #WishinAccomplished

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I am Christmas crazy. I won't lie. I love it all.  Decorations, shopping, wrapping, carols, the spirit of giving, goodwill, smiles from strangers, well wishes...the holiday cards.  I do.  It's genetic- my mom was Christmas crazy, and my grama before her. While I love the excitement of everything the holidays bring, I always have been ...

Tools to build self-esteem and self-confidence

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Ladies, remember when you were little and anytime you saw a camera, you hammed it up?  I know I did, for years.  And then... somehow, some way, I stopped. I began to hide from the camera.  I'm too (insert negative here) or I'm not (insert adjective here) enough.  My hair's not done, my makeup's not ...

We made the most of the shutdown #domore

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Yesterday, my husband returned to work after almost 3 1/2 weeks of being home for the government shutdown.  It was very bittersweet to see him head out the door to go to work.  I joked a lot about him driving me crazy and "cramping my style" but in reality, we had a pretty good time ...

Join us for the #FPOverjoyed Twitter Party! #Win Prizes including a CRIB

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I will be compensated for hosting the #FPOverjoyed Twitter party. Opinions are my own. Join us on Sunday, October 20th from 8-9pm EST for the #FPOverjoyed Twitter party! We'll be talking about the obstacles that new moms face when baby finally comes home and how to get through that important first year. We'll also be giving away ...

Fun and Crunchy Snack Ideas: Mini Tacos and Nacho Bites #JoseOleMoms

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This is a sponsored post about fun and crunchy snack ideas.  We're in full fall mode here at our house- soccer, dance, gymnastics, and school, and when my kids get home from school they are HUNGRY.  My little one is home at 11:45 so she has her "after school snack" as a lunch...but she's been ...

Peg + Cat Preschool Series Debuts 10/7 on PBS Kids

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PBS Kids has a whole new show and it's full of girl power (and kitty) that they've asked me to share with you.  Peg + Cat premieres on Monday, October 7 and with adventures, jokes and songs, the characters solve problems using foundational math skills and concepts. It's a pretty sneaky way to get kids ...

On being a Girl Scout Leader #ICantWaitTo

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You know that feeling when you just can’t wait for tomorrow? When you’re with friends, and you’re talking about all the fun things that could happen? We love that feeling! So let’s do all the cool stuff you imagined – like trying a bunch of new things, making new friends and sharing what makes you ...

Girls Unstoppable Event 10/5: Don’t miss it!

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When I was a little girl, I had so much confidence.  Somewhere along the line, I lost it.  For far too long.  Really, it's sad I lost it at all.  So many girls do.  I look at my kids- all three of them, so FULL of confidence in their ability to learn, master and succeed ...

Share What’s Good with Welch’s and win $5000 #Sharewhatsgood

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Welch's “Share what’s good” photo contest. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. Welch’s believes in the magic of “kitchen table” moments, and has been helping families enjoy them for generations. I’m also a believer in everyday moments being ...

How to install stair gates

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This is a guest post from Ryan, dad of 2 and owner of Safe Nest Babyproofing Atlanta.  He's written this article about how to install stair gates for my readers. One of the most common questions I get as a professional babyproofer is about how to install stair gates. Once the excitement of a child starting ...