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Parenting and Family

Uh oh, I got the WiFi is out tarot card? What sort of horrorscope is this? I see the possibility of lots of whining and pouting in my future… I admit to being a techie mom. My boys have many gadgets, games and tablets that work together in harmony, all

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back to school
creativeParenting and Family

I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing like thinking about GOING BACK TO SCHOOL that strikes fear deep in the pit of my heart. But it’s nonetheless something that I’ve considered time and time again. I’ve finally settled on Cosmetology school, an option that I’ll go into a bit

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3 clues you're a busy mom
Parenting and Family

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. Having two kids is about as much work as holding down five or six regular jobs. You are constantly moving from task to task, dealing

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Three Tips To Sleep Better At Night #WorldSleepDay
creativeParenting and Family

There comes a time in everybody’s life when they have to move from their cot – the very first place they slept at home – to a proper bed. The age at which this happens is different for different families, and there is no real rule about when the time

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easter prize
Current SweepstakesParenting and Family

I have always had a huge sweet tooth and I know who I got it from; my mom! I cannot get enough of anything chocolate, especially cakes, cookies or brownies. Oh and ice cream is good too!! The weird thing is my kids are not huge sweet eaters, which makes

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Through Baby's First Moments
Parenting and Family

There is no doubt that you remember your first positive pregnancy test. The joy, the happiness, the tears and of course, the fear. Then you hear that heartbeat for the first time and it all begins to set in. I am going to be a mom. This is really happening! Your world

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crib
creativeParenting and Family

Parents, especially new ones, spend countless sleepless nights worrying over the health and happiness of their children. One of the most important decisions you will make in regards to the early health and safety of your child is in choosing the right crib. Crib safety is of monumental importance and

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Night Terrors In Children
Current SweepstakesParenting and Family

When I became pregnant with my third child, I felt totally prepared. When I found I was having a boy after two girls, I was ecstatic. When my water broke at 6:30 AM and I delivered Henry at 9:57 AM, I knew I had given birth to someone special. Truer

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Leap TV
Parenting and Family

What are some of the activities you have at your parties for kids to play. Normally, I do non electronic ones like some of them listed below, but after playing with the Leap TV, I’v changed my tune. Kids Party Games Theater-Style Improvisational Games- My favorite is Mystery Props. Divide children into teams

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tozz football
Current SweepstakesParenting and Family

When it comes to holiday entertaining, I love to do it but do not claim to be an expert. I tend to get so busy with my shopping, cooking, wrapping gifts and the like that I forget the small details. When you throw a party, it is easy to send

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Family Friendly Holiday Party
Current SweepstakesParenting and Family

If you are a parent, you know that most of your holiday parties are going to include kids. You may have an office party or two which are adult only, but for the most part, the kiddos are part of the party package. I have been to my share of

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Family Friendly New Years Eve
EntertainmentParenting and Family

It is hard to believe Christmas is just around the corner. What is even more mind boggling is that we are about to ring in yet another new year. Crazy, right?! Once the Christmas gifts are opened, the wrapping paper is long gone and the tree is waiting for the

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Protect Kids When Bike Riding
Parenting and Family

As parents, we are expected to do a list of things for our children. Among them are to feed, clothe, school and house them. We are also supposed to keep them safe, which is sometimes easier said than done. When I was a kid, we were able to ride bikes

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How Much Is Too Much Sugar
Parenting and Family

As a parent, there is so much pressure on us to be the best we can be. A good parent wears an awful lot of hats to make sure their kids are well taken care of and provided for. We are a taxi driver, chef, nurse, teacher, police officer, referee,

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Outdoor Toys For Tweens
Current SweepstakesParenting and Family

For many families, they have made the transition from the lazy days of summer to the more hectic schedules of the fall. Our days in the summer are filled with trips to see my daughter, long days at the local pool and late nights of television and family time. When

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indoor fun with kids dino
Current SweepstakesParenting and Family

I’ve been in hiding for the last few weeks. Why? As you may recall from my last 9 months of  posts, I was pregnant with baby #2, a girl. Well, she was born just a few weeks ago! Avery Elizabeth made her appearance, which also means that we are on lockdown

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Winter Break Boredom Busters
Current SweepstakesParenting and Family

I cannot believe Thanksgiving is just a few days away! I guess I better get my butt in gear and get that turkey thawing! As much as I love the holidays, they can be super stressful with all the the things I need to do. Between shopping, cooking, entertaining and

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Interesting Facts About Skateboarding
Current SweepstakesParenting and Family

When I found out my third child was a boy, I cried! I had two girls before and I felt pretty confident about raising girls. Boys on the other hand I knew nothing about, at least not rearing them. Although it has been a huge learning curve raising Henry, it

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Protecting Your Child From Identity Theft
Parenting and Family

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. More than 50,000 children in Florida become victims of identity theft every year, and more than $100 million is stolen every year from children whose

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Parenting and Family

 Divorce is difficult, as a parent it is even more complex as you work to balance your needs and feelings with those of your children. We have all been told to be certain your child knows they are loved and that it this transition is not their fault. But I

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planning a memorable family reunion
Parenting and Family

How long has it been since your family got together? Chances are, it’s been too long. I come from a huge family and trying to stay in touch with everyone gets a bit tricky. Read my post on Spokeo to see how I have managed to stay in touch before

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rudolph the red nosed reindeer
Current SweepstakesEntertainmentParenting and Family

It’s hard to believe that one of my absolute favorite Christmas movies has been around longer than I have! That’s right, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer has actually been around for 50 years! I grew up in a household that cherished holiday traditions and loved creating new memories. My younger

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Hottest Toys For Christmas
Parenting and Family

Can you believe we only have about 6 weeks before Christmas is here? I know, I cannot either! What kind of shopper are you? The one who plans way in advance or the procrastinator? I am somewhere in the middle, because I like to wait and see what my favorite

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Toys For Gamers
Current SweepstakesParenting and Family

When I got married, I knew my husband was a huge sports fanatic and I would lose him to the big games, playoffs and college bowls when they were on TV. After 16 years of marriage, I have gotten used to his dominating the remote and his yelling and screaming

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Make Science Fun
Current SweepstakesParenting and Family

I am lucky to have kids who actually enjoy learning. For Caitlin, who is a sophomore in high school at a S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) academy, she is very social and likes to go to school. For Henry, we had such difficulty with bullying, we pulled him out

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jake and the never land pirates battle
DisneyEntertainmentParenting and Family

Do you live with a Jake and the Never Land Pirates fan? I know I do! Aidan likes to be sure that he leaves his mark on every room in the house. I can spot at least one Jake toy in just about every room in my house. You can

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love is a gift people that matter most
Parenting and Family

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the MassMutual. Who matters the most in your life? Since Aidan was born, my initiatives have changed drastically. Of course, he instantly became the most important person in my life. When you have a child, it takes more than

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Current SweepstakesParenting and Family

As much as I love my cable TV service, I sometimes feel so disconnected from my family. Because we have a TV in each room, all of which has cable, the four of us tend to go into our separate rooms to watch television. I cannot help but look back

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create a snack station
FoodParenting and Family

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Jif To Go Dippers. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating. It seems like the more pregnant that I get, the more difficult it gets to keep up with my

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potty training tips
Parenting and Family

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Pull-Ups Big Kid Academy. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. I could not be more thrilled that Aidan is finally potty trained. Well, I say potty trained, but

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