How Sky Diving Made me a Better MOM
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Be a Better MOM How could sky diving from a perfectly good plane make me a better MOM? I'm a wonderful mom and do everything for my girls and put them first. I'm one of the best moms going! Or so I thought. Everyone tells me this, including my husband, but they couldn't see the struggle behind the surface. Homeschooling, constantly running girls around here and there and everywhere, months without a break for even a simple manicure or dinner...

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How the Flu Cured My Family
The Onset of the Flu My eyes became itchier and itchier as a familiar flu feeling gradually encompassed my body from head to toe. "Nooooo. This can't be happening to me! Not now. I don't have time to be sick right now. Our family is in full swing. It's the holidays!" This is how the flu cured my family. I was sitting in a high school cafeteria for my daughter's chess tournament surrounded by 480 plus students, their parents, and...

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Sleep Through the Night
Bye Bye Sleeping Through the Night Have you said “bye bye” to sleeping through the night? Are you feeling exhausted or “running on stress hormones” all day? Do not fear, I have some great tips (and an amazing recipe) for you! The science of sleep is fascinating, complicated and growing. Sleep is this daily thing that we all do and yet we're just beginning to understand all of the ways it helps us and all of the factors that can...

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A Mom’s Mission for her Girls to Love their Curls
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I partnered with Dove™ Hair for this sponsored post to promote the campaign's social mission to create a conversation with moms on how & why they should share hair positivity with their daughters. As a little girl I had an ambivalent relationship with my naturally curly hair. Living in Houston, humidity was NOT a friend as it often left my hair a frizzy mess. Perms came in style and for awhile I was OK with it but soon the flat...

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40 by 40: #3 Travel to Seattle in the Fall & Rain
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38 days and counting to my 40th birthday. #3 on my 40 by 40 list: Travel to Seattle in the Fall & Rain. This post contains affiliate links which means at no extra cost to you I will receive a small commission on items you purchase. Thank you for supporting this mama's blog! I LOVED watching Frazier growing up. I was a little bit weird as far as loving witty banter and gravitating towards quirky characters like Niles and Alex...

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Kid-Friendly Make-ahead Meals for Christmas Break
The clock is ticking and before you know it your home will be filled with your excited and hungry kiddos.  I’m sharing a few kid-friendly make-ahead meals you can have for Christmas Break. This post contains affiliates which means I make a small percentage of sales from links at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting this mama's passion to help others. You likely already have a number of carry in dishes to make, dinners to plan, cookies...

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5 Steps to Remove the “Gimmies” From Your Child This Christmas
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The holidays are fast approaching and with them the abundant toy aisles begin to bulge at the seams with the newest, latest, fastest and coolest toys.   Are you looking to cure your child of the "gimmies" this Christmas? This post contains affiliates which means I will make a small commission from items purchased. Thank you for supporting this mama and her blog.  No matter where you turn there are sparkly, glittery, shiny and fast new toys that your child...

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Technology and Device Agreement for Teens and Parents: Social Media and Kids
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I delayed buying my girls any electronics (even an ipod) until 6th grade. I didn't have a technology or device agreement and thought it wasn't necessary because I thought them hearing my words about what others were posting or crazy things I saw online would be enough. I was wrong. I learned this lesson the hard way and our first year of devices and social media was a nightmare. Our new middle school/ pre-teen experience coupled with exposure of the...

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5 Lies Parents Believe about Kids and Social Media
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The negative side of parenting kids with social media isn't the easiest subject to talk about but I've had it on my heart to start the conversation because this whole device thing threw our family into complete chaos last year. Here are 5 lies parents believe about kids and social media. If you're a parent with a pre-teen or teen and struggling with this issue you are NOT alone. Lie #1 We don't need to have an actual device and...

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How to Organize your Child’s Closet
Looking for ways to organize your child's closet? I have three girls and it seems it's a never-ending cycle of going through outgrown clothes and changing with the season. This post contains affiliates which means I will make a small commission from items purchased at no extra cost to you. Keeping the closets organized makes it so much easier to find what they need and change it around when you need to bring out the passed out clothing from siblings....

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