Being a prepared mom #MomsFirst

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pampers. All opinions are 100% mine. When I was an expectant mom for the first time, I read anything and everything. I joined forums. I educated myself (ad nauseum). I was prepared.  Then the baby was actually outside of my body and I realized, I wasn't ...

Shortcuts for Moms #Motts

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Mott’s via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Mott’s.   As parents, we all have our shortcuts we take, for good and for bad.  Our confessionals can be the cause of many a laughter-filled gathering.  I’ll even ...

24 ways to keep your house running smoothly

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There are 24 hours in each day. Sometimes that seems like a LOT of time, and other times, like it's not possibly even close to long enough...but most days, well, they are in between. As a mom, wife, Executive CEO of running this house... there's a lot that happens every day to keep this place ...

Teaching Teens About Finances

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As parents, from the moment we have that precious bundle placed into our arms, we take on a huge responsibility. We are charged with taking care of this little human, teaching them right from wrong, educating them, keeping them safe from harm and doing what we can to raise them to be the best people ...

Four Tips to Make Reading Fun for Kids

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If you were to ask a teacher, they will tell you one of the hardest things they see is kids who are not reading at their potential. I had a lengthy conversation with one of my kid’s elementary school teachers about this subject. He said it was heartbreaking to see kids coming into his classroom ...

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 ...

Parenting Teen Drivers #STSafeDriver

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No matter how mature they are; or how well you’ve raised them… parenting a teen comes with a whole plethora of worries. One of the main worries comes hand in hand with the age-old rite of passage… the driver’s license.   Once your child has their license, it’s like they are unleashed into a great big world ...

Ways to Stretch Your Budget for Children’s Clothing

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It seems like no matter what you do, your kids will outgrow their clothes at twice the speed you buy them. Always. The younger they are, the faster they outgrow their things! The most important aspect for a child's clothes, however, is comfort. If your child is in clothes that are outgrown, and no longer ...

National School Lunch Week #NSLW

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Happy National School Lunch Week!  Did you know that we've been celebrating NSLW since 1962? Those who work to organize, plan and prepare school lunches have a tough job to do, especially with funding being so tight across the country.  Take the time this week (PLEASE!) to say THANK YOU to those who do work ...

New game teaches responsibility and respect

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Besides protecting our children from harm and keeping them safe, perhaps the most important job as a parent is to teach our children to fare well in the world alone, once they’ve outgrown our care. This doesn’t just mean teaching them to survive; but to contribute- To be decent human beings, and give back to ...