Surviving and thriving as we head back to (home)school

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Famous Footwear. All opinions are 100% mine. The other day this picture popped up on my On This Day page on Facebook. It was our very first "official" day of homeschooling seven years ago with a kindergartener, preschooler, toddler, and a baby on the…

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Getting that dentist clean every day

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A little Snapchat fun! Last month we spent almost $1500 at our dentist office. Crazy, right? We didn't have any cavities to fill, but there are a lot of us, and cleanings x 6 (the boys aren't going yet) are expensive. Plus our youngest daughter got sealants on her molars. And then our 11-year-old gut…

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Celebrate your baby’s 1st birthday with Babies “R” Us

It's hard to believe that we're already counting down to Lucas' first birthday! When our oldest was a baby, we moved back to the East Coast from Utah to live with my parents while we considered other options for where we would live. Because my mom is an amazing party planner and because I only…

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One simple rule for simplifying your kitchen

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This post is brought to you by Braun's Household lineup: On Sunday we spent the day out and about—a quick errand before church followed by a family birthday party, grocery shopping, and a stop at our favorite ice cream shop on the way home. As soon as we got home, I ushered the boys upstairs…

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How *this* mom is putting her best foot forward for summer

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Famous Footwear for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. I have a love/hate relationship with fashion. On one hand, I like to think of myself as fairly low-maintenance: I wear makeup occasionally, but I'm not afraid to show up for a meeting or go…

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Special breakfasts & mango-peach smoothies

This post is brought to you by Braun's Household lineup: I've been thinking a lot lately about what I want my kids to remember from their childhood. Is it the trips to Disney World? The once-in-a-blue-moon field trips? The momentous occassions? More than any single moment or special event, I want them to remember their…

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A special bonus just for you (hurry, today only!)

When it comes to your home and family, you could go it alone: you could figure out your own systems, methods and ways of doing things and see how it works. But you have to ask yourself...do you really have the time to figure it out? As we began making plans for this year's Ultimate…

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Travel the safe & green way with Megabus.com

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With four girls who are quickly approaching the age of driving, I think about safety and what it will feel like to send them out on the road often. (And truthfully, this is one of the biggest catalysts of our upcoming move, because we just can't imagine our girls driving the mountain roads regularly as…

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Take the Read2Me Tonight Challenge with Orajel and Scholastic

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World Read Aloud Day is coming up on February 24th, and Scholastic.com and Orajel™​ have partnered together to encourage families to make reading and teeth brushing part of their bedtime routine. I always hesitate to admit this because it feels like I'm the only one, but we really struggled to make brushing teeth a regular…

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Beating financial stress and gaining a life well spent

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Over 70% of Americans are financially stressed. 12% of Americans skip going to the doctor because of financial concerns. 80% of people admitted that their personal finances keep them awake at night. 21% of couples who rate their financial stress as at least "somewhat high" are arguing more. 32% of adults say their finances keep…

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