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Monday, July 27, 2015

DIY Baby Wipes!

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Are you a do-it-yourselfer? This easy how-to for baby wipes allows you to control exactly what you put on baby's sensitive skin!

I love making my own household items because I can control exactly what is used in every product. In an era where just about everything has unpronounceable chemical names in the ingredients list, it's nice to be able to look around my house and see a plethora of homemade items that I know are safe.

This DIY idea was actually handed down to me by my mother, and I'm pretty sure she got it from one of the nice Amish ladies we live near. Not only is it inexpensive to make, but you can put the wipes in just about any container you have handy.

To make this recipe, you only need three simple items:

Monday, July 13, 2015

Easy 2 Minute Summer Salad!

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Easy & quick, this colorful salad is a hit whether you're grabbing a quick lunch for yourself or whipping up several batches to feed a crowd.

I love putting fresh ingredients into my meals, and this salad uses two great summer veggies: cucumbers & tomatoes!


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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Family Activity Idea: Make movie night special!

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For most families, pizza & a movie is a popular go-to for weekly fun...
With a few tweaks you can turn your regular movie night into the event of the month!

With summer upon us (and the kids all out of school), it can be difficult to keep coming up with fun activities that the whole family can enjoy. Instead of spending money on expensive destinations or new toys, recreate your usual activities to make them seem like an amazing event instead of a typical evening.

Read through the suggestions below to see our simple ideas for recreating movie night.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

5 Pet Peeves Every Good Blogger Has

I loved reading blogs long before I started writing them. When I started blogging myself, my eyes were opened to a whole new world that the average reader never sees.

I learned fast that a high follower count doesn't equal quality writing. A blogger that seems trustworthy is sometimes scamming their face off. And for some writers, a reader is nothing more than a shiny dollar sign.

It was both disheartening and annoying to learn these things, and I quickly discovered I wasn't the only blogger that felt this way! Read through to see the five pet peeves I hear the most often - what you learn may surprise you!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Five Steps to Save the Day During a Power Outage

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We've all been there. It's one in the afternoon.
You're scrambling to feed the kids & get caught up on the housework.
You think you might actually make some headway, but then - power outage.

Summer is a prime-time for brownouts in some neighborhoods, especially in areas where air conditioners are running full-blast all day long. Losing your electricity (regardless of the cause) can seem like the worst possible thing to happen; and a badly-timed power outage can definitely make you feel like you've lost the ability to get anything done. It doesn't have to be that way though!

Check out our suggestions to make your next power outage nothing more than a minor inconvenience:

Chorizo and Kale Soup Recipe

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Yum, I love this chorizo and kale soup when I'm craving comfort food!
It's easy to make and is a good recipe for serving a crowd.

I love throwing together casual dinner parties, especially when my main course is something simple enough to make that I can mingle with my guests while cooking. This particular recipe is great for a group to enjoy because it makes a large amount and can easily be doubled. Add a fresh fruit salad and some hot, crusty french bread and you've got the perfect meal!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Headstrong child? 6 Great Ways to Destroy the Power Struggle

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Do you have a child that always seems to answer "no" when you ask for help?
Check out this awesome list of strategies!

When I was younger I can remember my mom getting very exasperated with me for always going against what she asked. If she asked me to pick up my toys, I would lie on the floor and whine. If she wanted me to wear a blue dress, I'd insist on wearing the green one. If she wanted to put my hair up, I'd take it down. I was a difficult child.

Now that I'm an adult and have kids of my own, I'm in awe of my mother's patience with me. (By all rights, I should have been punished much more than I was!) Unfortunately, one of the biggest reasons I understand what my mother went through is because my son is turning out to be just as headstrong as I was!

My son is pictured in this article wearing a tee from Enjoy Essential that reads "My Mom Needs Caffeine." I was given the tee for free in exchange for my opinion and I thought that it teamed up perfectly with the theme of this article! Check out the photos & ideas listed, then connect with Enjoy Essential via the details at the bottom.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

LOL: Toddler Dictionary - Featuring Tee from @TheTalkingShirt

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Kids are probably one of the best sources of humor there can be.

My favorite thing about little kids is their adorable baby-babble. When my daughter was first learning to talk, my husband would say that she sounded like we downloaded her from The Sims.

After a while you get used to it, and you learn how to communicate with your child using their own personal dictionary. I've kept a log of some of the funnier words my kids have said over the years and it's probably the best journaling I've ever done!

The photos in this post are of my daughter wearing a cute tee from The Talking Shirt. We were given the tee to review & take photos of via instagram, but I really wanted to showcase the photos here in a blog post too! (As a matter of fact, this adorable tee got us so many compliments that we added The Talking Shirt to our M.o.M.my-Must-Haves list!)

Scroll through, have a laugh, then share a favorite memory of your child when they were young! More details on The Talking Shirt can be found below!!

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