Monitoring driving habits #StraightTalkTesters #giveaway

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The Safe Drive Car connection by Straight Talk is a really great device, which greatly decreases the worries of having a driving aged child. As part of Straight Talk’s new product category “connected life” the Safe Drive Car Connection helps you keep up with your teenager when they’re on the road, and allows them to ...

On colic and babies #ReducedCrying

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4:00am and I'd been up for more than 24 hours. Sleep wasn't anywhere in the near future either. My body had begun to operate in autopilot, and I'm sure that even my reserve tanks of energy were exhausted. How did this used to be so easy to do when I was in my college years? ...

Solutions for distracted driving #giveaway

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I consider myself a fairly cautious driver. About as much as possible with a little one in the back that constantly wants my attention. The older two usually don't really want to do anything but hear "awesome" stuff on the radio. By the time we reach our destination, I've usually explained at least 11 times ...

5 Things to Know About School Nutrition Programs

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Last week I was invited to attend the School Nutrition Association's National Conference for a day. Having three kids in school full time this year for the first time means I'll have three kids who may buy lunch at school. I like to be informed about what my family is eating. Attending the conference was a great ...

What do real dads do? #RealDadMoments

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What do real dads do? They do a lot. There's a discord in our society that shows men not doing much with kids far too often.  Most of the men I know (and none are imaginary) are pretty involved in the care and emotional well being of their families. Real men do hug. Real men do kiss. Real men do ...

Trista Sutter on family, gratitude and the great outdoors

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Earlier this week I had the chance to sit down (via Skype) and chat with Trista Sutter.  Yes, "that" Trista Sutter.  Which is kind of ironic, because I'm fairly certain I've never watched The Bachelor nor The Bachelorette. (I have no reason why, although if they are all like Trista, I would love to watch....) ...

Little Life Lessons from Mom #KeepGoodGoing

My mom and me, circa 1979? and probably the last photo taken of us together.

This post brought to you by New York Life. All opinions are 100% mine. Did your mom have little bits of wisdom that seemed so small when she said them, but later in life you realized were just profound truths?   My mom did.  Be the friend you want to have. A smile can make a BIG difference. There's always ...

8 Reasons to Garden

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  Growing up, my dad had a garden. I can't remember anything he grew in that garden except for rhubarb, I guess because we used to munch on the rhubarb while catching fireflies in our Underoos.  As I got older, I was away at summer camp for 8+ weeks each year, and wasn't really around for ...

Date Night at Home

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When you don’t have family around to babysit for you, and don’t have a lot of disposable income, going out for date night isn’t always feasible. I mean, it sure is fun, but there is the cost incurred of paying a sitter and whatever you actually do for your date night. That can add up ...

Affordable diapers that don’t leak DO exist #WellBeginnings #AD

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This is a sponsored post about affordable diapers written by me on behalf of Well Beginnings. Having reliable diapers that don't leak is kind of a MUST for parents.  Often times, that means spending top dollar with the hopes of a coupon to bring the cost down a little. With everything else in the world costing ...