A MOTHER’S PROMISE TO MY CHILDREN

(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.5”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’)); I believe one of the greatest gifts I could ever give my children is a sibling. I am so fortunate to have two siblings myself, and I am thrilled that my little lad and lass will have each other in this crazy journey called life. Having siblings can sometimes be difficult, as many of…

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NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS: 2016

Tis the season for resolutions, and reflecting on things that worked last year and what didn’t. We are finally starting to feel settled in our home, we welcomed our second child into the world and into our family, and we also learned that we needed to tighten our wallet a bit more since I am staying home to raise our babies. So, even though it is mid-January – here are my 2016 resolutions. 1. Be grateful every day We have…

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MY FAREWELL FOR 2015

I was glancing through a “Top 10 Gift Ideas for 2 year olds” blog post the other day, when I asked my son what he wanted for Christmas. I expected him to say something about Thomas the Train, Dragons, or books. Instead he said he wanted a candy cane on Christmas. For he believes that on Christmas, everyone gets candy canes. He did not mention presents at all. It was then that I realized that this may be the last…

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WHAT TO GET THE MAN WHO HAS EVERYTHING?

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone. #GiftofPhilips #CollectiveBias I am a Christmas Elf.  Seriously – if there was a “Christmas lover” ranking, it would be Santa, Buddy The Elf, and then me.  But here’s the issue, I am terrible at buying gifts for people.  Especially Tall Dad.  What the heck do you get the man that has everything?  Jeez, what do you get any man?  Well, I’ve honestly given it some…

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My Maternity Photo Session: Pregnancy Pictures with Agroterra Photography

A Zebra. A big, huge, horizontally striped zebra. That’s exactly what I felt like recently at a friends wedding. I was seven months pregnant, had gained some weight, and stupidly fell into the trap of wearing horizontal stripes while being pregnant. (Why?!?! Why make us pregnant women look larger than we already are?) I hid from the photographer and videographer as much as I could, but found one photo of me from behind, and I was mortified. I wanted to…

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Halloween 2015: I Laughed and Danced The Night Away

Last night was epic as it was amazing. It was our first Halloween as a family of four!  We were a family full of Star Wars characters. Tall Dad was the dashing Han Solo, our kids were Chewbacca and Yoda, and I was Princess Leia from A New Hope. I love dressing up – for any reason – and am so excited that my oldest child is now old enough to go trick-or-treating…so that my family can have a reason…

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Why I’m Not Giving Out Candy This Halloween

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Wendy’s for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. My family is gearing up for Halloween in many ways. The house is decorated, costumes are being finalized, and we have also picked up some treats for our Trick-or-Treaters…except this year we are not giving out candy. We are instead giving out Jr. Frosty coupons from Wendy’s® . I remember some houses giving these coupons out for the holiday when I…

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Halloween Astromech Droid Eye Makeup Tutorial

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone. #HallowCleanFaceOff #CollectiveBias I really like to dress up.  A lot.  Well, for special occasions.  (Otherwise I’m a favorite t-shirt and pajama bottoms kinda girl.) But, going on vacation, gala’s, or the random date night definitely requires a nice touch. But, here’s the issue – I’ve got kids. So, it’s pretty much always a favorite t-shirt and pajama bottoms kind of night.  Which is…

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Right now, at this very moment, I am lonely.  My husband is out with some guy friends, and my two kids are asleep. One in the room next-door, and the other in my arms as a rock in my rocking chair. The crickets outside my window are chirping away a beautiful symphony, accompanied by the white noise machine in my sons bedroom. My cats are tumbling around downstairs, their bellies full of delicious meal of canned fancy feast. I am…

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How I Erase Stress

This blog has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone. #EraseStress #CollectiveBias Being a human is hard.  Being an adult is even harder.  Being a parent, on top of being an adult and a human is kind of the hardest thing ever.  Not only are you responsible for yourself, but now you have spawn that is totally dependent on you too.  Wait a sec, I can barely clean my own room – who…

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