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8 Things To Do With Lots of Links

Lots of Links or “link rings” or “linkies”…whatever you call them…are useful as all get out!  If you’re anything like me, I was thrilled to receive package after package of them when my little one was on the way.  I wanted to get Lots of Links, Stacking Cups, Stacking Rings, and Blocks…all of the essentials I had as a kid.  All the great toys that you can use your imagination with as opposed to the electronic junk that is dominating the toy market now…

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How I Earn Money From EBATES Every Day

Ahhh the lovely age of online shopping!  Raise your hand if it’s saved your life on more than one occasion!  (Every single person raises their hand)  When I was pregnant and on maternity leave, I was one of the laziest people on the planet.  It went from running out for a few things a couple times a week to hitting the grocery store twice a month and relying on Amazon Prime to get me anything I needed within 2 days delivered to my door.  THEN I found out about EBATES

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How To: Make Baby Hair Spray

It is inevitable.  Your baby’s hair will suddenly spring up like weeds and overnight, they will go from a balding Benjamin Franklin to a troll doll.  You want to tame the static, fly aways, and emo hair chunk in their eyes…but alas, your straightener and your hair products aren’t exactly designed for pure little baby hair…

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24 Diaper Changing Hacks All Parents Need to Know

By the time your child reaches a year old, you’ll be an expert.  You will have changed approximately 2,500 to 3,000 diapers (according to experts and many experienced mamas out there).  There will be horror movie scenes that you will live through.  You will get poop on you.  You will get peed on.  There’s really no escaping any of it…

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How To: Make Edible Yogurt Play Doh

You’re trying to get something done and your toddler is running after you, screaming for your attention… Sound familiar? No worries!  Take 5 minutes to mix together 2 ingredients that are already in your kitchen…

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Celebrate The Olympics With Your Family

The time is quickly approaching for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait the two years from the Summer games to the Winter games!  My husband and I plan out our watching schedule and root on our teams in our favorite sports.  The games will take place February 9th through February 25th.  While you’re rooting on your favorite athletes, why not get your kids up and moving? Nothing excites kids more for sports and competition than the Olympics…

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How To: Clean your Stainless Steel Sink

Nothing gives a kitchen a clean look like matching stainless steel appliances… but whoever came up with the name “stainless” steel is a liar!  You can wipe down your fridge and dishwasher… but when that sink gets dingy and stained… that clean, shiny kitchen suddenly turns to drab.  Walk a mile in your kitchen sink’s shoes…

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How To: Make Baby Food Purees from Fresh Fruit

A lot of people will get these foods prepared right before feeding time and do not freeze them which is just fine!  I had to leave work, pick baby up from day care and at that point she was usually starving.  I was not about to get out my food processor while she sat there and leave myself with the dishes afterward…

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How To: Make Baby Food Purees from Frozen Food

The thing I love about the frozen foods is that they require no prep and the re-freeze quick!  I was able to get through several bags of frozen food in one evening because they froze within an hour or two so I was able to wash my trays and start again!  These are larger quantities of fruit than you can get in the produce section and they are already prepared…and are a lot cheaper…

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How To: Make Baby Food Purees

I am not, nor have I ever been, an organic-y person.  However, I have always been a penny pincher!  So after months of nursing for free, it came time to introduce my little one to solid foods.  All I could see behind my eyelids at night was dollar signs!  I went to the internet for answers…

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A Very Harry Potter First Birthday Party

Let’s be real for a minute.  First birthday parties are not for the baby.  They have no idea what’s going on and they will not remember it.  It is all about celebrating the parents keeping their human alive for a whole year!  As our little bug was stacking on the months of life, my husband and I discussed what we wanted the theme of our “anniversary of bringing a human into this world” party to be…

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How To: Keep Baby Healthy in Winter

It is cold and flu season…and RSV…and Croup… and a ton of other awful sickness that can attack your little defenseless baby.  As a mom, I want to do everything I can to protect my little one from the terrible viruses, bacteria, and diseases that are looming out in the winter…

15 New Year Resolutions for Moms

Spend time with your husband.  Once the kids move out, it’s just the two of you.  If you don’t put the work into keeping your bond strong while the kids are around, you’ll have an awfully big hole in your marriage once you’re alone.  Get out for date nights.  Have date nights in with the kids.  Tell your kids about how you met, your funny dating stories, how the proposal happened, about your wedding…

Baby Safe Christmas Decor

Thanksgiving has passed and it’s time to decorate for the holidays…but you have some mischievous hands that can bring chaos to your festive decor. There are two obvious options…

76 Fun Winter Activities for your Family

So, you’re dreading pounding the pavement for Christmas shopping, family is arranging holiday plans, Christmas will be here before you know it.  Don’t get burnt out!  Grab the kids and make some memories!  Bring out the joy of Christmas!  38 Fun Fall Activities for your Family was such a hit, I had to go big for winter!…

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How To: Make Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

Santa Claus is on his way and it’s time to bake some cinnamon applesauce ornaments! Yes! BAKE ornaments!  This has become a staple in my Christmas decorating season each year…yes, it can take me a whole season to put up four trees, ten wreaths, multiple sets of garland, wall decor, thousands of ornaments and small touches all over… I have a problem, I know…

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How To: Make Borax Snowflakes

I’m from the beach cities in Southern California, so growing up, my Christmases were never white.  Every year at Christmas, I would hang up the sparkly snowflake ornaments in windows and even went as far as stringing lights and fishing line along the ceiling of the hallway and hanging snowflakes from there… I was determined to have “snow” for every Christmas!…

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Christmas Toy Guide

Here come’s Santa Claus! It’s Christmas morning and your spoiled rotten children are opening present after present… and they’re all toys… and they all make noise… thanks Grandma.  Isn’t that always the way?  The toys people get us as children make noise and drive our parents crazy and instead of ending the trend, they continue the cycle.  Can’t they get your constantly growing kid some clothes? Some books? No, of course not…

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How To: Make Butternut Squash Baby Food

So you want to try making your own baby food?  Great!  Welcome to the money-saving, clean-eating party!  It may seem daunting, but don’t you worry!  We’ll cover butternut squash today and see how we feel at the end…

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Toy Disinfectant Spray & Wash

My little one was diagnosed with Hand Foot and Mouth disease this week.  A week off of day care for her, a week at home with baby for me…and a house full of nasty germs continuously coming in contact with my sickly little one…

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The Ultimate Family Christmas Movie List

Here are the ratings, release years, running times, and descriptions for 38 Christmas movie classics. Yes. That’s right, 38!  If you don’t own these holiday staples and don’t want to research where they are or fight the crowds, simply click on the image of the movie and you’ll be directed to get your movies delivered right to your door (most of them for $5-$10!)…

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23 Products for the Germophobe Mom

By absolutely no means am I a germophobe mom, however, if my baby had spent months in the NICU or had a delicate immune system for any reason I’d be all about it!  If you ever get the heebie geebies thinking about how dirty something is, grab some of these things and sleep easy!…

Diaper Rash: 7 Causes & 11 Cures

Nothing hurts your heart more as a parent than your baby being in pain.  It’s even worse if you can’t help the pain stop.  No matter what you do to prevent it, every single baby will get diaper rash at some point or another…

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15 Amazon Products All First Time Parents Need

Oh my goodness!  This has changed my life! We had a diaper shower and filled an entire closet up with diapers…that barely lasted a few months!…

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21 Ways To Make Your Home Smell Great

Isn’t it interesting how we can go to other peoples’ homes and immediately pick up on the general smell of the place? But when you walk into your own home…nothing?  We become so acclimated to our homes, we don’t even notice it anymore… it’s almost physically impossible to smell your own home…

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How To: Clean and Disinfect Bath Toys

Very few children sit in a bath tub quietly and calmly waiting to be washed without a few toys floating around to keep them busy.  Unfortunately, a few toys turns into many toys and the task of squeezing the water from each one and setting them out to dry in fresh air becomes an impossible task while wrestling a wet baby that feels like a Vaseline’d watermelon…

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38 Fun Fall Activities for your Family

School bells are ringing, the air is still muggy from summer, and everyone is trying to figure out this new routine.  Why this is a surprise every year? We may never know…

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How to: Pack Baby for plane travel

It’s time to blast off into the wild blue yonder… but you don’t know how you’re going to fit your entire nursery into your suitcase?  Worry no more!  We’re going to simplify and organize the whole process…

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How To: Organize Baby Clothes

So, you’ve got a room overflowing with baby junk and you have no idea where to start.  We will get your baby’s room in order in no time!  It just takes 3 steps…

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How To: Make every trip to the grocery store a walk in the park

Even with a full time job, babies, spouses, pets, meals and sleep. We still need to squeeze some fun into our lives.  Unfortunately, we also have to squeeze in trips to the grocery store…

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10 Unique Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Please, oh please, do not be one of the people who shows up with 8 Newborn size outfits that weren’t on the registry.  People register for a reason…

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10 Tips for keeping a clean home

I adore cleaning.  I know… Who am I?  Where did I come from?  Who did this to me?  I am well aware that there are few people out there who hear, “it’s time to clean” and spring into action.  However, I know there are tons of people who have that ahhh moment when they sit down at the end of the day, look around, and see a sparkling home…

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10 Nesting Mistakes to Avoid

I am a cleaning and organizational fiend… basically nesting at all times.  When it came time for me to actually nest, I went to Pinterest for the tell-all stories.  I read hundreds of tips and lists of things not to forget.  I even read the things not to do and lo and behold… I am still guilty of some mistakes…

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How to: Get rid of that stubborn toilet ring

I know what you’re thinking… toilets?!  Why do you want to blog about this?!  That’s exactly my point!  They’re nasty and I have discovered a way to make them spotless!  No need to be embarrassed about those stubborn toilet rings anymore!…