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Toys Matter. Why your children NEED Open-Ended toys.

What are open-ended toys and why does my child need them? It seems anyone and everyone are talking about the importance of open-ended toys these days, myself included. While I am not a child psychologist or a degree-holding child educator, I am a mom. A mildly informed mother who had ...
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Minimize Kids Clothing? The Reasons Why Might Surprise You.

Surprising Reasons to Minimize Kids Clothing A few years ago I was certainly not a mom who thought I could ever minimize kids clothing. One of the things I loved most about having little girls was dressing them up in cute little outfits. Ruffles, bows, sparkles. I shopped a lot ...
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Reindeer in Here an Elf on the Shelf Alternative

A Nicer Christmas - Elf on the Shelf Alternative Christmas is my favorite season of the year.  I start getting the itch to decorate in early October each year.  I honestly just love the happiness I get to see my children experience as everything turns red, green, and magical. My ...
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DIY Wooden Kids Kitchen Makeover – Easy, Simple, Realistic Play Kitchen Update

Finding the perfect play kitchen is kind of hard when you are looking for something functional, beautiful and inexpensive.  Instead of spending a small fortune buying a perfect play kitchen I decided to just makeover the wooden play kitchen that we already owned. I have Pottery Barn taste but more ...
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Anxiety Medication during Pregnancy – A Personal With and Without Comparison

Pregnancy is presumed to be this magical time for every mom. Anyone who has been pregnant knows this is generally not the case. Pregnancy is long, uncomfortable, messy and emotional. If you are a mom who suffers from anxiety pregnancy can get downright crazy. With hormonal changes and the pressure ...
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Free Digital Halloween Books for Preschool aged Children

Overwhelmed by children's books? Fall is in the air and Halloween is right around the corner! Each season, in our nice little organized playroom I create a little corner for books.  I love it.  The kids know right where to go to find books specific to this particular time of ...
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5 Foolproof Steps to Designing a Simple Morning Routine for Moms

All Moms, Stay-at-Home, Homeschooling and Working Moms need a morning routine Don't you hate when you wake up, realize its way later than it should be and you are running around, half-crazed trying to get everyone out the door? Not only does this make for a hectic morning, but it ...
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The Best Pregnancy Subscription Box – A Mama Bird Box Review

For a mother with anxiety subscription boxes are an awesome treat!  We often forget to take care of ourselves so when a subscription box arrives its a nice reminder that we are important too! Pregnancy is a fantastic time to get a subscription box.  Now more then ever it is ...
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Fun and Easy Kids Halloween Footprint Art – Plus Free Printable Templates

Halloween with kids is SO MUCH FUN, isn't it?  Trick-or-treating, pumpkin patches, costumes, cookies, decor, and crafting! My husband and I are kids at heart and we love doing it big for all the kid holidays.  Yes, Halloween is for kids!  Whoever decided that it was okay for adults to ...
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DIY Halloween Dollhouse

How to Create a DIY Halloween Dollhouse So I love the holidays.  Like really love holidays!  I love the smells, the decorating, getting all the "feels" from the season. Halloween was always one of my favorites.  I just loved dressing up, trick-or-treating in the crisp fall air and watching Hocus ...
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These Halloween Ghost Cookies are super easy to make, extra tasty and a great way to get your kids into the kitchen this holiday season! One of my favorite Halloween treats to make each year!

Kids in the Kitchen – Halloween Ghost Cookies

As a child, I spent a good amount of time at my grandparent's house.  It was one of my favorite places to be.  I was the first grandchild and the only girl for a good long while.  I have such great memories of sleepovers, popcorn, and hot chocolate before bed, ...
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How to create an evening routine?  Who needs one of those? Who has time for one of those when you are a mother?At the end of a long crazy day with kids, the last thing on my mind is anything but self-care.  Typically I just want to get comfy, in my bed, and turn some kind of mindless garbage on the TV.  That's relaxing, right?  That will help me process and deal with the stress of today, right?Well, no.  Not really.When you throw your evening routine out the window you are doing several things that aren't actually so good for you.

How to Create an Evening Routine for Tired and Anxious Mamas

How to create an evening routine?  Who needs one of those? Who has time for one of those when you are a mother? At the end of a long crazy day with kids, the last thing on my mind is anything but self-care.  Typically I just want to get comfy, ...
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Outrageously Easy Handcrafted Pumpkin Pie Garland – Classic Autumn Home Decor

Fall is the best time of the year! Pumpkin Pie is my all-time favorite dessert I just couldn't help turning it into some decorative garland this year! Living in Florida, fall just isn't the same. There are no bonfires, hot chocolate is sipped indoors in the air conditioning and boots ...
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The Comparison Game – Get over your Inferiority Complex

Do you have an Inferiority Complex? I often feel like I should be farther along in life, or should have better fashion sense, or take better photos... I could seriously go on and my list would be a mile long. The issue here is that I only feel insecure about ...
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Sneak Peek Test Results – The Anticipated and Shocking Gender Reveal

Sneak Peek Test Results - Is Worth the Money? A byproduct of our plugged-in, high-tech, social media-focused life is we have become accustomed to is instant gratification. We don't wait for much of anything anymore, including finding out the gender of our babies before they are born. The Sneak Peek ...
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Make Yourself a Promise- Tips for Sticking to Your Goals

One of the hardest parts about setting goals for yourself is keeping them!  Isn't it?  I mean even simple goals.  Why is sticking to your goals such a hard thing for us?   We, as mothers and wives and caregivers always seem to be putting ourselves last.  When we set a ...
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Anxiety and Fear – Stop giving power to the What If’s

How often do you let your anxiety and fear play the "what if" game with you? Weekly?  Daily?  Multiple times a day? How much of your life do you think you spend worrying about things that are never going to happen?  Or even if the things do happen, what did ...
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Be a dreamer… and then follow your dreams!

How to Follow your Dreams. When was the last time you were honest about your goals in life?  Like really honest? I mean, sure we all want our kids to be well mannered, to be more organized, to exercise more.  Yes, those are goals, ones we can for sure work ...
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With school either starting back for some of your kids or just officially starting for others, it's important to establish a morning routine.A morning routine will allow your child to feel ready and prepared to learn each morning.  More than just feeling prepared they will actually BE prepared.  Wide awake, well fed and eager to learn.  In addition, a morning routine will allow you to keep your sanity and start your own day on the right track.

How to create a back to school morning routine

Back to School Morning Routine With school either starting back for some of your kids or just officially starting for others, it's important to establish a morning routine. A morning routine will allow your child to feel ready and prepared to learn each morning.  More than just feeling prepared they ...
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Road trips with kids can actually be quite enjoyable if you plan them correctly. The key is to maximize the items that will keep your kids entertained for long periods of time and minimize the loud, obnoxious and messy items. Creating an Electronic free road trip bag is so easy! #roadtrip #travelwithkids

Electronic Free Road Trip Bag for Kids under Five

Road trips with kids are not as stressful as we may automatically assume.  Like anything, the best way to avoid a stressful situation is to plan ahead as best as you can. I tend to avoid electronic devices in general because I personally feel they put my children into a ...
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Homemade Face Mask with Basic Kitchen Ingredients

Ladies, I love a good face mask.  Probably more than I should. With my latest pregnancy, I have had the absolute worst breakouts which are entirely new as my previous two blessed me with immaculate skin. While facemasks aren't really helping my hormonal breakouts they are at least helping me ...
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Functional Playroom Organization – Preparing A Room For Imagination & Learning

Functional Playroom Organization. Is that even a thing? Having a clean, functional, and organized home is an ambitious goal for most people and but then you throw kids into the mix and it seems like an impossibility. Functional Playroom Organization can be done though, and it's not as hard as ...
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Car Organization with Kids – What you Should and Shouldn’t Keep in your Car

Pinterest is flooded with images of super mom car organization with kids.  Shoe organizers in the trunk stuffed full of every possible thing that you might ever need for any child type "emergency". These moms should have a TV show, like Extreme Mom Preppers or something.  I'm certainly not knocking ...
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Grief and Anxiety – Why you need to address grief head on

Grief and Anxiety If you have been dealing with anxiety and depression for any length of time you have likely discovered you have triggers which make these feelings intensify. Like any normal sufferer of anxiety and depression, you probably do everything you can to avoid those triggers. I know my ...
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Benefits of Buying Local Produce | Start Shopping at a Local Farmers Market or Produce Stand

Yall.  If you are still shopping at the regular old grocery store for your produce you have got to stop!  Find a local farmers market and go there.  Like today! There are so many benefits of buying local produce and once you know them all you will kick yourself for ...
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DIY Necklace For Girls with Wooden Beads and Leather Cord – Summertime Crafts

I'm always on the hunt for fun crafts to do with my girls.  However, I only have so much fridge space to display finger painting and tissue paper art.  At this point, we are getting like 3 of those projects for each kid during Sunday school each week too! So ...
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Family Night Activity Cart

Remember all those goals you set at the beginning of the year?  I bet one of them was something to the effect of "spend more time together as a family". How are you doing with that? What steps are you taking to make sure that is happening? If you are ...
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Safe Sunscreens for Kids based on the 2018 EWG Safe Sunscreen Guide

Here's the deal.  Last year I put out a post on the EWGs 2017 sunscreen guide and a ton of moms slammed me for it.  So to be clearer this year I want to state right up front that ANY sunscreen is better than no sunscreen.  My purpose in writing ...
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9 Meat-Free Easy and Quick Summer Meals

Meal Planning is a great way to save time, money and the headache of trying to figure out what to make for dinner every night.  Meal planning in the summer can get a little tricky though.  Its super hot and most nights my family doesn't want a huge hot meal ...
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Celebrate the 4th of July with a few kinda healthy, super fun, kid-friendly, homemade snacks. If you have picky eaters one of the best ways to encourage healthy foods is by letting the kids help prepare the foods.  These 4th of July snack foods are perfect for all aged children to help make!

4th of July Snack Foods for Kids – Red White and Blue Smoothies, Cookies and Kebobs

Celebrate the 4th of July with a few kinda healthy, super fun, kid-friendly, homemade snacks. If you have picky eaters one of the best ways to encourage healthy foods is by letting the kids help prepare the foods.  These 4th of July snack foods are perfect for all aged children ...
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What to Pack in a Kids Summer Pool Bag with BBLittles Reuseable Swim Diaper Review

What to Pack in a Kids Summer Pool Bag Living in the sunshine state I stay prepared for pool and beach weather year round.  You never know when a water opportunity might present itself.  Don't be that mom who has to say no because you weren't prepared!  Keep a water ...
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Today I want to introduce you to three of the easiest, cheapest, and cutest DIY 4th of July garland. When I say easy I mean I did all three projects in about an hour WITH my kids in the room with me! By cheapest I mean I spent about $8.50 for ALL my supplies. Cutest... well you can see for yourself!

DIY 4th of July Garland – Three Cute, Easy and Cheap Garlands to Make This Fourth of July

Decorating for the holidays always makes me feel extra festive.  How about you? I'm totally that person who decorates for fall at the beginning of August and Christmas decor is going up November 1st.  Sorry, Thanksgiving but your turkey decor just isn't for me... however I will still show up ...
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There are times where it's fine and normal to hide our stress, anxiety, fears and hurts from our children.  Yet there are other times when hiding these feelings from them could cause more long-term damage then we realize.I DO hide certain pain points from my children and I recommend you do the same. Children and Grief

Children and Grief – Why you SHOULD Let your Children Watch you Grieve

Children and Grief - We Should Teach them How to Process their Feelings, Not How to Hide Them There are times where its perfectly fine and normal to hide our stress, anxiety, fears and hurts from our children.  And yet there are other times when hiding these feelings from them ...
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Homemade Popsicles for Kids – Healthy, Happy, Treats for the Whole Family

Summer is coming. In our house, that means Popsicle season. My kids and I have a serious case of the sweet tooth. What kid doesn't though? During the summer iced treats become more of a daily indulgence. This means I become a little more diligent about making sure I am ...
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It is so easy to fall into the trap of complacency as a stay-at-home mom. We don't have a set dress code and our coworkers have no fashion sense.Why bother even getting out of your PJs? Because you are a grown up. Grown-ups get dressed. Stay at home mom style doesn't have to be stylish, you just have to get dressed.

Why you NEED to get dressed every day – Stay at Home Mom Style

It is so easy to fall into the trap of complacency as a stay-at-home mom. We make our own schedules. We don't have a set dress code and our coworkers have no fashion sense. Why bother even getting out of your PJs? Because you are a grown up. Grown-ups get ...
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Most moms complain that we can't accomplish the things we want due to time. We need more time in the day or fewer things to fill up all that time. When you plan your week ahead of time it can really help free up some of that much desired time and help you get a jump start on the goal you want to accomplish.

How to plan your week in advance to save time and reduce stress

Organized moms get more done. Organized moms are also a lot less stressed. It's more than just having an organized silverware drawer that reduces the stress. It's having a plan in place for each day. It's knowing what you want to accomplish and creating a plan to make it happen ...
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People are always telling busy moms that they need to take time for themselves. Honestly though, who has the time? Taking time for yourself is important so how do we find the balance? As busy moms, we do have the ability to include our children into our routines. Here are a few simple solutions for self-care with kids

Simple Solutions for Self-Care with Kids with Teeth Whitening Review

People are always telling busy moms that they need to take time for themselves. Honestly though, who has the time? We are busy with life and life doesn't have built in self-care breaks. Taking time for yourself is important though so how do we find the balance? As busy moms, ...
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Couponing seems so confusing and time consuming. And it can be if you let it. Luckily there are easier ways to coupon and still manage to save a ton of money. Wouldn't it be nice if someone else did all the planning for you? If you only had to visit a single store once a week? Check out this guide to Easy Couponing!

Insanely Easy Couponing at CVS for Moms Who don’t have Time to Coupon

Have you ever watched those extreme couponing people? I am always amazed at the dedication they put into shopping for their deals. Me, I don't have the time or patience for all that planning and clipping. I also find that a lot of these extreme couponers are getting food items ...
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Easy Self care ideas for moms who like to read #selfcare #momanxiety #sahm

Easy Self Care Ideas for Moms Who Like to Read

Looking for Easy Self Care Ideas? Taking care of your own emotional well-being seems so simple. Then you become a mom. Your time is no longer your own and you find yourself lost when you do have moments of solitude. I'm fairly certain that in the moments of quiet you, ...
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How bringing plants into your home decreases anxiety – Houseplants for Anxiety

Always on the lookout for ways to make your home feel more serene and calm? You've tried lightening it up with textiles and paint. You've added some special fragrances. But still, something is missing. Have you missed bringing a bit of nature into your design? Perhaps it's time to start ...
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Easy Breakfast Meal Plan for Kids from Basic Pantry Staples

Are you tired of scrambling to create a healthy breakfast that your kids will eat in the morning? Do you end up staring blindly into your pantry only to reach for cereal once again? What if I told you with a few simple staples you could create endless options for ...
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Self-Care is a trendy topic these days. As very busy stay-at-home-moms I also realize that in this season of life we won't always have time in our days to check self-care off our to-do lists.When we do have days to fit some "me" time in, a self-care box is a welcome addition. You need to create a self-care box to help

Creating a Self-Care Box

Self-Care is a trendy topic these days. While I seriously hate the term "self-care" I do see its benefits. As very busy stay-at-home-moms I also realize that in this season of life we won't always have time in our days to check self-care off our to-do lists. That's okay. When ...
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Dealing with anger, or feelings of hurt in an improper way can actually increase your anxiety! Those of us suffering from anxiety know that we are always looking for ways to decrease not increase our anxiety. These tips will help you work through and process negative feelings in a healthy way.

Why You Shouldn’t Let Your Anger Hold You Hostage – Dealing with Anger and Anxiety

Anger and Anxiety Punishing others for a perceived wrongdoing feels good, doesn't it? It gives us a feeling of power and control over someone who hurt us. We feel that being mad or upset is a useless emotion and punishing that person gives us a purpose. A way to deal ...
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Best Tips to Make Housekeeping NOT so Painfully Awful – Easy housekeeping Tips

Anyone who says they love cleaning is crazy, or at least a little bit crazy anyway! Like who actually looks forward to laundry and scrubbing the lasagna pan? I can promise you it's not me! I am always on the hunt for cleaning tips to help make housekeeping better, easier, ...
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Being a mom is hard. Being a mom with anxiety can be even harder. Anxiety seems to creep in and steal your time, your joy, your life. But it doesn't have to. Learn how to Conquer your anxiety with one simple change to your daily routine.

How To Use A Planner to Conquer Your Anxiety

Do you have days where its all you can do to just make it to bedtime? Days where the anxiety never lets up and you feel like all you do is wallow in the "what if's?" As you are finally closing your eyes at night you regret that you let ...
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The Busy Moms Guide to Amazon Prime Savings

As a stay at home Mom,  we are responsible for almost everything.  From meals to budgets, dance practice to housekeeping.  I'm pretty positive that your schedule probably looks as crazy as mine. We don't just have all the time in the world to get our endless to-do lists accomplished.  We ...
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Take the pressure and stress off meal planning with these tips and tricks. Meal planning is already done for you, no matter what your diatary needs or restrictions. Quick and easy, Paleo, Gluten-Free, vegan and more. #mealplanning #busymoms #feedmyfamily #happyhealthywealthy

The Busy Moms Guide to Epic Savings on Groceries

Am I a broken record or what?  I feel like every post I write is teaching you guys to save either time or money.  Really though, aren't those two of the most important aspects staying sane while running a household on one income with little kids?  I think both commodities ...
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How to create intentional and actionable goals with FREE Goal setting workbook

Anxiety likes to steal a lot of things from your life.  It steals your joy, your potential for happiness and your time.  The amount of time lost to anxiety in my own life is heartbreaking. This post was originally written as a new year, new start, kind of post, but ...
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Playroom inspiration for little girls. Seating can be so hard to pick out! Check out these designs that are functional, durable and perfeclty girly!

Playroom Seating Roundup for an Inspired Girls Play Space

We are currently getting the opportunity to basically re-do the entire interior of our home.  We had a tree fall into our home during Hurricane Irma and cause A LOT of damage. (More on what we've been learning from that disaster here) Now, as excited as I am to make ...
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There are times where it's fine and normal to hide our stress, anxiety, fears and hurts from our children.  Yet there are other times when hiding these feelings from them could cause more long-term damage then we realize.I DO hide certain pain points from my children and I recommend you do the same. Children and Grief

When the Holiday Season is Hard to Handle

As a mom, some days are just hard. Most days have hard moments, but sometimes it feels like the whole day is filled with the hard moments. It's easy to let yourself fall into the pit of self-loathing,or self-pity when you have one of these days. Like every insecurity that ...
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Give Generously this season. Be Kind, be thoughtful, be generous. Charitable giving doesnt have to be hard or expensive. Check out these ideas and real life experiences of how charitable giving really affects the recipients.

Give a Charitable Gift this year.

When you decide that you want to start living more intentionally, and "gracefully", things start to look and feel a bit different in your life. Material things and "me" things get pushed further and further down the list. Doing for others, having experiences and making memories bubble up to the ...
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These easy, natural orange slices make great holiday decor. They smell amazing too!

Natural Christmas Decorations – Dried Orange Slices

To appease my mother this holiday we are trying to downplay all our Christmas décor. You are a scrooge Mama! Not really, she is just much more of a minimalist then I am. And since I've got my stinky old dog, snore-a-holic husband and two wild-thing children living here over ...
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Subscription services you need to survive this mom life – Time management for moms

Time is vital as a mom.  It is always in short supply and we are desperate to have more.  While I can't magically make your day have more than 24 hours, I can give you a few easy ways to gain a few "lost" hours back. You know, lost hours ...
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Christmas Gifts from the Heart

Christmas is the ultimate time of giving.  Yet sometimes giving gets a little hard.  It seems like this day and time people either fall into two categories the "have-nothings" and "have-everythings". The have-nothings The have-nothings are the children whose nameless profiles hang on the Angel Trees in the lobby at ...
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Super Easy – 2 Ingredient – Christmas DIY – Cinnamon Ornaments

Christmas is my season! I adore Christmas décor. However, I am a bit particular about how I want things to look. While I want my whole house to look like Christmas threw up all over it, I also want it to look tasteful. I'm not really sure if those two ...
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101 Non-Toy Stocking Stuffers for Kids

This guide is a follow-up to the Non-Toy Christmas Gift Guide for Kids. Check out the Non-Toy Gift Guide Here. Stocking Stuffers for kids I love stockings, I really do.  It is the only "gift" that my husband and I have really done for each other since we have had ...
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How to Effectively Deal with A Toddler Tantrum in A Public Place

Terrible Two's.  Threenager.  Four going on Fourteen. Parenting a little human is both amazing and horrible all at once.  Your child's ability to communicate is growing so much and yet the moment something doesn't go their way they suddenly forget it all.  They forget that they can talk and reason.  ...
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Looking for an better solution to meal planning? Need a way to save money and get all your time back? Check out this easy meal planning solution with The Dinner Daily. This service does all the work for your and even offers customized dietary preferences just for your family! A must have tool for any busy mama!

Easy Meal Planning That Will Save You HOURS

We all know that meal planning saves time right?  And that's what busy moms need more of right?  Time. So why does meal planning to save time have to take SO LONG?? Honestly by the time you pick out meals, look up coupons, double check your staples, write out your ...
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Non-Toy Gifts – The Christmas Edition for Kids 12 and under

Christmas!  Already!  I seriously can't believe it! I LOVE Christmas (I mean who doesn't??)! My absolute favorite thing about Christmas is getting to share it with my two little girls. I love getting to talk to them about Baby Jesus and seeing their eyes light up in the glow of ...
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Little Black Cat – A Quick and Easy Last-Minute Halloween Costume for Toddler

This last-minute Halloween costume is super easy and cheap to make! When I was growing up my mom ALWAYS made our costumes. I honestly can't ever remember going to a store and picking one out. I like to keep with the tradition of making my own but these days I ...
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How are you, mama? Feeling like you are in a rut? Underappreciated? Tired? Devalued? It's common for stay-at-home moms to feel this way and there are several contributing factors. Wondering how to deal with mom stress? Use these 5 efficient strategies and take your happiness into your own hands!

How to banish the mommy blues – Pick yourself up when you are feeling down

How are you, mama?  Feeling like you are in a rut? Underappreciated? Tired? Devalued?  Do you have the mommy blues? I think its pretty common for stay-at-home moms to feel this way.  I also think there are several contributing factors going on here.  A few we can control and a ...
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25 Free Christmas Ebooks for Kids under 5 – Christmas Books for Kids

Christmas is my favorite.  I love the decor, I love the traditions, I love celebrating the birth of Christ.  I love the colors, I love the food, I love the movies and the books.  I love it all. I loved Christmas before I had kids, and now that I get ...
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Eco Friendly Rugs

My whole life I always heard that my brothers and I were the reason we couldn’t have nice things. Harsh right? I didn’t understand how my parents could possibly make this statement until I had children of my own. I get it, mom, I get it. Kids are messy. So, ...
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Is the Dockatot worth it?

Is the Dockatot worth it? Absolutly. My original post was from 2017 when I only had two toddlers and we were obsessed with our Dockatot Grand.  Fast forward and we added another babe and we of course added the Deluxe.  Three kids later and the Dockatot is still worth it! ...
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Elf on the Shelf Alternative

This post does contain affiliate links.  This means if you make a purchase through a link I provide I may be compensated.  This does not change the price for you and I only recommend products and services that I believe in and trust. Christmas Tradition Overwhelm I talk a lot ...
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9 Reasons The Stay At Home Mom Planner is a MUST for Surviving the Toddler Years

Why do you need a stay at home mom planner? Have you made any excuses today because you just didn't have the time?  Or because you forgot? How about having to apologize again, as you rush your daughter into dance class, for being late because you forgot it was dance ...
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Temporary home decor. Create a "home" even if you are in a temporary situation.

The Ultimate Guide to Organizing and Decorating a Tiny Home

Do you need help with your temporary home décor?  Or maybe you are living in an extremely tiny space? I recently wrote about leaving my home to prepare for Hurricane Irma.  I described that it felt so amazing to leave my home and all of my possessions behind and be ...
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Super easy and super cheap DIY Prayer board. Great to have a beautiful visual reminder for the things you want to pray for.

DIY Prayer Board

To be honest, I don't have the best memory.  I didn't have a great one before kids and its way worse now.  You know what I mean right?  Most days I cant keep track of what I ate for breakfast and where I left my cell phone. My solution?  Organization! ...
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Being happy isnt about what you have or dont have. Its not about the possessions that you have or dont have. It is about embracing the people, the moments that you can't buy.

How to Let Go Of Your Possessions and Find Real Happiness

Possessions define who we are in society. What we drive, where we live, what we wear, what our kids wear.  We always want more.  Upgrades, new styles, highest tech. We plug ourselves into the rest of the world and unplug from our physical lives.  We are filled to bursting with ...
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Fall is one of the most festive times of the year. Check out this roundup of activities, DIYs, recipes and places to visit.

Fall Fun – Fun Things To Do In The Fall

Fall Fun in Florida In Florida, we don't have seasons.  We have summer and we have "brown" season.  The "brown" season is what we consider winter but it would surely not be considered winter anywhere else.  The brown season is when the grass starts to be a little less vibrant ...
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How are you, mama? Feeling like you are in a rut? Underappreciated? Tired? Devalued? It's common for stay-at-home moms to feel this way and there are several contributing factors. Wondering how to deal with mom stress? Use these 5 efficient strategies and take your happiness into your own hands!

How to tell if you are you a selfish mom?

There is nothing that gets me going more than a selfish mother.  One who ignores her children.  A mom who sees herself as more important.  Her time, Her patience, Her things.  Who decided this type of motherhood was okay? When did we as a society make it socially acceptable to ...
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7 thoughtful ways to help a family fighing pediatric cancer

Cancer is a scary word that no one likes to talk about yet everyone is affected by it.  Pediatric cancer seems like one of the ones that no one EVER wants to talk about because it's probably the saddest cancer of them all.  A St. Jude commercial comes on and ...
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Fall Activities For Kids – Creating a Social Calendar

Something about the changing seasons is so exciting right?  Even in Florida where the weather never really changes I get so excited for Fall.  My kids in turn get excited for all the fun fall activities for kids that they know mom will be planning. It's the feeling in the ...
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Road Trips with kids can be horrible. If you prepare ahead of time they can be a little less horrible. Save yourself the heartache and check out these 7 super easy tips for your next roadtrip!

7 amazing tips for a stress-free roadtrip with kids

Moms wear lots of hats.  Driver, Chef, Entertainer, Nurse, Dry Cleaner, Maid.  As moms we try our best to do our best at every single job.  It's totally impossible to be the best at one thing, much less everything yet we keep on trying day after day.  One of the ...
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Get Rid of The Toys – Infinite Benefits For Children

Get rid of the toys! Simple Solutions to be clutter-free I know every parent has thought at least once about how much easier life would be if they could just get rid of the toys. I mean, they are everywhere, right? Our kids must have loads and loads of toys ...
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Stop Waking Up Before Your Kids

I feel like I should write a disclosure every time I post my opinion on my own blog.  SO here it is!  This is my OPINION on MY blog.  You do not have to agree with everything I say and I am in no way judging anyone whose opinion is ...
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Fun ways to let kids help with chores

How many times have you been asked: "so what do you do all day?". At least 100 right? Yea, I am so over it. I just answer that question with an eye roll these days. I mean we do EVERYTHING all day! If they only knew what a stay at ...
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7 Effective Ways to Fight Mom Anxiety and Fear

Mom anxiety creeps up on you like an invisible beast, cutting off rational thought, normal body functions and altering your personality. It is one of the hardest things I have ever battled.  The battle isn't over for me and it probably wont ever be over for you either. I might ...
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Have a clean home in an hour a day with this epic cleaning schedule

Is it possible to have a clean home in an hour per day? It is totally possible to have a clean home in an hour per day. My cleaning schedule works for even the most hectic households. As a stay-at-home mom with three kids at home all day long I ...
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Stop Calling it “Self-Care”

**Disclosure** This is MY blog.  These are my OPINIONS.  I am not judging any mom in any way.  I have NOT had an easy road in motherhood.  Read my bio before you leave a nasty comment about how I just don't understand how hard you have it.  I am not ...
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Say NO to the summer emergency car kit

Okay, I'm going to get real today and some of y'all might not like it.  I want us all to protect our kids and ourselves to the best of our ability.  No,  I don't want you to have to go completely out of your way to buy fancy, expensive products ...
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Summer Activity Schedule – Organize Your Fun

My kids are not in school yet, so just because its summer does not mean that our schedule is any different.  However, its summer and there are so many things that I want to make sure that we take advantage of in this season. I also know that as a ...
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We are not bad moms, and we don't have bad children. OUr children are smart, and vibrant, inquisitive and strong.

Raising a strong-willed child

I gave birth to what most people would describe "a strong-willed child".  I personally hate this term.  It's just a nice way of saying that my daughter is out of control.  Sometimes she is, but she's also only three.  She hasn't learned how to properly express the emotions that she ...
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Use Eco friendly reuseable swim diapers this summer. Beau and Belle Littles fit 8-36 lbs so they grow as your child grows. No chance of an allergice reaction and no need to keep spending money on diapers you are throwing in the trash.

Save the planet and your pool this summer – buy a reuseable swim diaper

This post may contain affiliate links.  See my full disclosure policy here. We went to my parents house recently.  It was a beautiful day, the kids were excited about swimming in the community pool. ( We purposely bought a house without a pool because it freaks me out way too much to ...
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Your sunscreen could be poisinging you – A guide to safe sunscreen

This post may contain affiliate links.  See my full disclosure policy here. School is out.  Summer is almost here.  It is time for the season of being outside, in the water and in the sun.  Sunscreen should be a staple in your day-to-day at this point.  Even if you are ...
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Stop Losing Your Stuff – Create a Front Door Organization Plan

We are a family of lost items My bother is always loosing his car keys.  A few years ago he was living about an hour and a half from me.  He and a friend came to visit and after they left he made it all the way back to his ...
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I am not buying flowers for my daughters first recital. Why I am not raising entitled daughters.

We are not raising entitled children

Back Story My Little E was our firstborn, the first grandchild, niece and great-grandchild on both sides.  She went through chemo at 9 months old.  She was loved by her family, her nurses, random strangers.  She was spoiled rotten.  She wasn't really around many other children for the first few ...
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The best shower gifts for a new mom who plans of breastfeeding

The Best Gifts for A New Breastfeeing Mom

Breastfeeding a tiny little human is the most rewarding and challenging thing I have ever done.  One might assume that breastfeeding is this harmonious, natural thing that both mom and baby will instinctively know how to do.  Sometimes it is.  And yet very often it is not. Breastfeeding is a ...
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Cosleeping is a hot topic these days. Some claim it is safer and yet others say that co-sleeping could cause your baby to be injured or even die. How do you know if co-sleeping is the right thing for you and your baby?

How to know if you should co-sleep with your baby

Co-sleeping is such a highly debated topic these days.  I'm admiting right up front that we have been co-sleeping with our girls since they each came home from the hospital and we LOVE it.  We now have a 3 year old and a 14 month old in our  bed every ...
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Must Know Tips for Nursing Moms Traveling Without Baby

How to be a breastfeeding mom and still travel without baby! As if traveling without your baby isn't hard enough it gets even harder when you are breastfeeding. I avoided leaving both of my girls anywhere without me until they were over a year old. I missed out on several ...
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Moms need to recharge and rest to every so often in order to be the best mom they can be. Vacations are a great way to do this but sometimes the anxiety that comes along with leaving your kids behind gets pretty intense. Here are a few MUST KNOW tips for taking a vacation without kids!

Must know Tips for Vacationing WITHOUT Your Kids

It's finally happening!  The first adult vacation without kids you have taken since becoming a mom.  You are excited and terrified.  Deep down you know you need and deserve time alone but the guilt is overwhelming. From experience, I'm going to give you a few steps you can take to make ...
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About Zhade

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I’m wife to my high school sweetheart, and mama to three little girls: Everleigh, Magnolia & Juniper. I LOVE motherhood, holidays and hot chocolate. I crave efficiency and NEED to figure out the easiest and best way to do EVERYTHING. Life is short & I refuse to waste it on being boring.

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