Saving Money During College with the Cheapest Wireless Plans

Go back to school with the cheapest wireless plans from Walmart Family Mobile - $34.88/month for unlimited talk, text, and web! #shop #cbias #Phones4School

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser #Phones4School. All opinions are mine alone and affiliate links are used. My husband just started his doctoral degree program and I couldn't be more thrilled for him. He'll be busy this semester for sure, with three classes, seminars to attend, and math labs to teach. And he again will have long days, needing to be on campus from about 8am to 8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in addition to classes the other days of the week too. As a family of five living off of his very modest graduate assistantship income (and unfortunately a bit of student loans), money Continue Reading

Tips for Balancing the Work-At-Home Life with T-Mobile Free Data Tablet

Balancing Work with Play with Free Data Tablet

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. I am all for balance to life. I want to make sure I am well-rounded in all aspects of life. I want to have a relationship with God, be an awesome mom, a supportive and loving wife, a great homemaker, an awesome preschool teacher to my kids, fit and in-shape, a social butterfly, a bookworm, and also a successful blog owner. With the start of our school year, I am making some pretty serious goals for myself. I don't know if I will meet them 100% but here is to hoping that my new T-Mobile free data tablet will help!I'm shooting up Continue Reading

Teaching Kids How to Load the Dishwasher

Teach kids how to load the dishwasher and load it too with a few simple tips.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias  #SparklySavings In our new apartment we have our dining table in our kitchen. Our kitchen is huge and fits our large table just fine. In fact there's even still room to run around it, as long as the chairs are pushed in. It's actually pretty awesome. It then frees up the "dining room" space for just space. It's generally used as our dance floor. With the dining table right in the kitchen I feel like there is no excuse anymore for not teaching my four year olds kids how to properly take care of their dirty Continue Reading

How do you do it? Parenting Link Up #37

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Skip to this week's links | Skip to featured posts | Skip to linkup rules Welcome to the How Do You Do It? parenting link up party where you have an opportunity to share your posts with other parent bloggers and the followers of How Do You Do It? and What's up Fagans?. How do you do it? is a community of mothers of multiples that believes in supporting each other, in sharing our experiences and questions, in friendship, and in encouragement. The link up is open to all of our readers, whether you have multiples or not, where you can share your wisdom, your favorite posts, your insights, with our online community here at HDYDI Continue Reading

What’s Up Fagans? Fridays August 2014

Kate's 26th Birthday

My affiliate links are used in this post. Thanks for your support! 1. We moved from Indiana to Texas! You can check out all the fun details of that experience and some pictures of our new place HERE. I decided to devote an entire post to the big move and have a separate What's up Fagans? Fridays post the following week. 2. I had a birthday! I turned 26! And we went and celebrated by going bowling with our new friends and then eating at the Salt Grass restaurant overlooking the river. It was pretty fun, and the bowling alley is the most out-dated bowling alley ever! And I totally forgot socks and wore the bowling shoes without Continue Reading

Staying Dry While Exercising – Poise Microliner

Love Poise Microliners! Takes care of my light blatter leakage issues when exercising. Oh! Oh, and you can get a FREE Sample right now! #ad

Thank you Poise and Linqia for sponsoring today's post and keeping me confident as I run. I laughed at my friend a little bit when she was telling me that while exercising she sometimes had Light Bladder Leakage problems, especially since giving birth. But, then my other girlfriends all chimed in that yeah, after their deliveries they had this issue too! Little did I know at the time that they were right. After my Vaginal Delivery after a Cesarean (VBAC) to a 9.5 lb, sunny-side up, baby boy, I too would have a little issue with this while exercising and after. Thank goodness for Poise Microliners! These shockingly thin and Continue Reading

My Health Goals – Balance Rewards Makes it Easy

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser #BalanceRewards. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias I worked really hard after Michael was born (17 Months Ago) to exercise and eat right and because was able to lose all the baby weight. It was awesome! But, then life happened. After we cancelled our YMCA membership in March, I didn't get like any exercise. And then I started a part-time job, my husband graduated, and then he worked full-time all summer, which meant his health goals of biking hardcore again this summer , and mine of running, were smashed. Combine that with the stress of Continue Reading

Fun Ways to Introduce Farm Animals to Kids

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Today's post is sponsored by I See Me! thanks to Moms Affiliate and includes affiliate links. But all opinions are my own. Hee-Haw! Baaa! Moo! Animal sounds are just so much fun! Seriously. Even as an adult I love trying to make authentic animals noises, and really get into grunting and braying and cock-a-doodling. Okay, so maybe I'm a little goofy, but I love it. I love going all out for dumb things like animal noises. And my kids love it too. I have found that introducing farm animals to my kids has been one of the funnest experiences of motherhood. My husband and I love singing "Old McDonald had a farm" to the kids and let Continue Reading

Stop Paying for Preschool!: DIY Preschool Alternatives

Alternatives to preschools - Because while early education is important, paying for it isn't.

Today I am excited to be contributing my first contributor post for Clarks Condensed! I have been friends with Katie Clark for a while and am happy to be an on-going once-a-month contributor to her blog, writing about parenting and thrifty living. Today I'm sharing a little more about my early childhood education philosophy. I don't believe having your kid attend a traditional preschool is necessary for a child's future success. At least not when you do some of the following preschool alternatives. Preschools can be expensive. Very expensive if it is a private preschool or offers a full-day option. I have found most of my Continue Reading

How do you do it? Parenting Link Up #36

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Skip to this week's links | Skip to featured posts | Skip to linkup rules Welcome to the How Do You Do It? parenting link up party where you have an opportunity to share your posts with other parent bloggers and the followers of How Do You Do It? and What's up Fagans?. How do you do it? is a community of mothers of multiples that believes in supporting each other, in sharing our experiences and questions, in friendship, and in encouragement. The link up is open to all of our readers, whether you have multiples or not, where you can share your wisdom, your favorite posts, your insights, with our online community here at HDYDI Continue Reading

The Cross Country Move to Texas

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We did it! After months of preparing to move from Indiana to Texas, it finally happened. And it was quite the adventure! Finding an Apartment Since we were not able to come down to Texas to look for an apartment firsthand, in the flesh, we had to rely on our computer, word-of-mouth, and internet pictures and virtual tours. It was also hard to apply for places long distant as we couldn't just hand over our important documents, and some places, because they are income-restricted, wanted us to get documents notarized. Others needed us to fax everything, and little did I know that would cost me $50 at FedEx! Finding the right Continue Reading

Forgive Your Child. Extend Them Grace.

Extend Grace to Your Child - Forgive them and move on

Imagine this: Your child sneaks upstairs to play with his toys in the sink, which he has promptly filled to max capacity with water, and dumped his entire, brand new, bottle of shampoo in it to make bubbles, and that now the toilet paper roll is now completely wet and utterly useless for any and all future uses, and that water is all over the counter, the child's clothes, and the floor. Now imagine that when your guilty child sees you coming, he tries to run away and then he slips on the wet floor and starts to cry? What is your reaction? Do you pick them up and comfort them? Or do you yell or lecture as your pull them off Continue Reading