Baby Gender Reveal with Siblings – 8 Fun Ideas to Involve the Kids

Baby Gender Reveal with Siblings - Ideas for involving the kids in the announcement!

Next week I am having my 20-week ultrasound and we will be finding out the gender of our baby!  We don't really have any strong opinions on whether baby #4 will be a boy or a girl. Even after looking over this infographic featuring some old wives tales about gender predictions, we're still pretty evenly split!  And there are seriously pros and cons to have either gender. If we have another boy, it will even things out with two boys and two girls, and perhaps give Michael a better playmate. If it's another girl, then we can go through all of the hand-me down clothes we've kept from our twin girls and purge them down finally. We have Continue Reading

Tips for Doing Laundry Quicker, Smarter, and Cheaper!

Tips for Doing Laundry Better: Awesome list of posts full of ideas and laundry tips for better managing laundry systems, plus save money!

Not too long ago I shared my tips for speeding up laundry days, and how in our home we really only do laundry about three days a week, choosing to segment the laundry process over three days. But I know that my system is not going to work for everyone! Some people need to go to the laundromat, or only have a clothes line for drying items. Others work full-time and don't really have a full day to devote to changing out loads of laundry. Some need to wash their clothes sooner than just once a week because they don't have as many clothing items or only have a few specific work clothes. Others have older children who can help more. Continue Reading

How did baby get in your tummy? 6 Tips for Having “The Talk” with a Preschooler

How did baby get in your tummy mommy preschooler

We are trying to keep open dialogues in our house, and to answer questions as they come up from our children. But, this sometimes makes for awkward conversations and lots of talk about private parts and maturing into adults with my kids. Now that I am pregnant with baby number four, we've had to have a certain talk with our inquisitive four year olds. My daughter Lisa, the more observant, thoughtful, twin, asked me twice about "how did baby got into your tummy?" The first time she asked we were in the car, about five minutes from our destination, so I told her we didn't really have time to talk about it, but that it was a good Continue Reading

Should we really tell kids they can be whatever they want to be?

Should we really be telling our kids they can be whatever they want to be when they grow up? Here's maybe what we should be saying instead.

We all want the best for our children. We have high hopes and high expectations and truly think these little people are incredible and amazing. We believe they are talented and bright. So, often we tell them not to limit themselves or their potential because they can be and do whatever they want to be or do when they grow up. And we make sure our children are exposed to all sorts of different activities, pasttimes, hobbies, sports, and academia. We want to open their horizons and have them test the waters in hopes that they will find something that they truly love. And while I believe that being well-rounded is great, and opens Continue Reading

How to Gift Proper Prenatal Care and a Safe Birth

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central and Kangu. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Getting proper prenatal medical care when you are pregnant is pretty important. A lot of things can go wrong during a pregnancy that can threaten the life of the baby or the mother, many of which can be prevented with proper monitoring and care throughout your pregnancy. However, in some places in the world, mothers cannot afford, or do not have the means, to get the proper prenatal and postnatal care they need in order to have a safe birth. We need to be aware of those who can't, and Continue Reading

Protect Your Kids (and Your Car!) by KidProofing Your Vehicle

Kidproof - protect kid protect car

Buying a car is usually costly, no matter if it is used or not. And most of us would like to see our cars last a long time, in every way possible. However, many of us tote around little mess makers, I mean, children, with us, who do not know how expensive the car's interior is, nor that the bottom of their muddy shoes will leave a mark on the carpet and seats, nor do they really care. It's why kidproofing a car is pretty important. But, kidproofing a vehicle also means keeping your kids safe in the car. You know, it is interesting to me the term baby proofing, because I feel like it's relatively easy to keep babies safe, whether Continue Reading

The Parent’s Guide to Teaching Moral Values: 138 Ways to Raise Great Kids

Parents raising kids with values and morals

A long time ago I started a series on this blog called Instilling Values in Children.  The point of this series was to guide parents on their journey of teaching moral values to their kids, which is of more importance than raising academically capable children, or, at least, it should be. As parents we want to raise great kids, kids who know how to show respect, who have confidence, who are compassionate and service-minded. As parents, we want to instill values in children like faith, integrity, reverence, and perseverance. But, sometimes we just don't know how to go about doing it! We don't know how exactly to instill or teach Continue Reading

How to Exercise During Pregnancy – Tips, Advice, and Resources for Doing it Right

Great tips, advice, and resources on how to exercise during pregnancy safely and correctly so that mom and baby can be healthy. Definitely want a fit pregnancy!

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group and DripDrop, but all opinions are my own. #pmedia #DrinkDripDrop #DripDropHydrates When I was pregnant with my twins, I did marching band at Brigham Young University the entire first trimester and into the second. I had to march and run, and play, and get moving!  With my son's pregnancy, I tried to take my twins on walks to the park and back until the weather got too cold. With my current pregnancy, I had been running (up to three miles) and going to the gym a few times a week, and continued to go and run and Continue Reading

Tips for Making Date Night Happen Despite Time or Budget Constraints

Great tips for making date night happen!, whether date nights out or date nights at home, or even with the whole family. And good suggestions on how to make dating happen even with time or money constraints.

Happy Valentine's Day! To celebrate, my contributor post for Clarks Condensed this month is all about finding ways to carve out some time for date night! Here's a snippet, but be sure to head over to the post on her site for all of my tips for making date night happen, despite time or budget constraints.  Adventure. Romance. Bonding. Dates are so fantastic for relationships! They are often this needed respite from the daily tolls of life, and a time to reconnect with your spouse without distraction. But, it is often life, our situation, and time restraints that prevent date nights from happening, or happening regularly. But I Continue Reading

Sweet! Earn Money Just for Having an Opinion as an Expecting Mom

Mattel is looking for expecting Moms to join their exclusive online community! Earn Amazon gift codes for sharing your unique journey and opinions. (sponsored)

This is a sponsored post. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. My affiliate links are also used. Are you an expecting mom like me? Then you might be interested in this simple way to earn a little money, simply for sharing your opinion. Right now you can join other expecting moms in a private online community to discuss the joys and challenges of motherhood, as well as advise Mattel about their toys and games! Mattel, a familiar brand in our homes and a worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing, and marketing of toys and family products, has created a private online community of about 300 expecting Continue Reading

Revisit Your Budget This Tax Return Season with Walmart Best Plans

When tax return season comes and you are presented with an influx of money (and often a clearing of debt) it's really important to reevaluate your budget, especially the expenses.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MaxYourTax #CollectiveBias Money: that beautifully wonderful and horrible thing. The thing that we love but also hate. My husband and I have for pretty much all of our marriage faced the reality of never having quite enough money. From being students, to all of a sudden having twins, to a low-paying job as a teacher at a private school, to back for more education, and me being a stay at home mom, we are not very wealthy monetarily. That's why over the years, we have always greatly looked forward to those large lump payments, Continue Reading

Top 10 Ways of Protecting Your Marriage

10 Ways to Protect Your Marriage

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser Protective Life. All opinions are mine alone. #LoveAndProtect #CollectiveBias In November my husband and I celebrated six years of marriage!  Considering that 20% of marriages end within 5 years, we're are apparently doing pretty well so far, especially considering that many statistics have been stacked against us, from the age gap (8 years), to how young I was when we married (20), to being low income, to having multiple children including twins, to several big moves, and a major car accident. But despite stresses and difficulties, we have a pretty good Continue Reading