Teaching children the importance of giving back #GivingTuesday

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When my friends at The Motherhood asked if I'd write a post about #GivingTuesday and share a little about how I go about teaching children the importance of giving back, I had to agree.  How could I not? Giving back to others and paying things forward is something we place a lot of emphasis on ...

5 Reasons to Send Your Kid to Preschool

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This post brought to you by Creme De La Creme. All opinions are 100% mine. Allowing your child to get a head start in preschool has many benefits. Preschool doesn't  just prepare your child for kindergarten 1. Nearly 80 percent of brain development occurs before age five. Choosing a high-quality preschool program will give you the head ...

Internet Safety with Kids

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The internet is an amazing source of information. It can give people who use it information about anything in a matter of seconds. When it comes to kids and the internet, it does cause parents some concern, and rightly so. This post about internet safety with kids is sponsored.   Most kids should be taught how to be internet ...

Sponsored Video: Baby’s First Christmas

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Christmas is one of my favorite times of year. I can't even explain it. The magic of it all almost overwhelms me. Seeing it through the eyes of children just makes my heart sing. And part of that magic for me is how much kindness and goodwill there is in everyday life. If only it ...

Rice Krispies wants to know what’s hard for your kids to digest #HardtoDigest

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What's hard for your kids to digest?  Around here, the things that are hard for my kids to digest, in no particular order: This is a sponsored post, opinions are my own. 1. Film cameras.  Blank stares when we showed them. 2. The concept that no, mommy was not around the week God created the earth. 3. Wearing underpants EVERY ...

McDonald’s adds books to Happy Meals! #HappyMealBooks

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One of my favorite past-times has always been reading books.  This month, McDonald's restaurants are dedicating  the month of  November to making reading "happier" in Happy Meals and including a children's book in each Happy Meal.  There are 5 books to choose from and I have to tell you, I'm really happy about this new ...

FUN Halloween Safety Tips

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Halloween is just 2 days away.  Kids everywhere will be doing what we don't let them do any other night of the year- head out after dark, in costume, to go to stranger's houses to accept candy.  Halloween is just plain F-U-N but it's also important to keep safety in mind.  Here are some (sort ...

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 ...