What’s up Fagans? November 2014

Thanksgiving

I so did not get this Fagan Family update on the blog in November... and now it's already half-way through December. Not normal for me, but in some ways I'm trying to do less blogging/writing, and in other ways, I've been swamped with sponsored posts and life. So, without further ado, November 2014 for the Fagan fam: 1. Michael finished getting in all of his canine teeth, completing his mouthful of 16 teeth. Thank goodness teething is done until this 2 year molars start to come in. 2. November was the month of Family Pictures. Our family had to have our family pictures taken not once, not twice, but three times. My friend and Continue Reading

4 Smart Ways to Get Cash Back on Purchases You Are Already Making

Wow! Who knew it was so easy to get cash back on purchases you are already making! Love the idea of saving it too!

This post is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chase Ultimate Rewards for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mt own. Post contains my affiliate links.  We all have to make purchases, as much as we sometimes wish we didn't. But, I like to try to have my purchases work in my favor then as much as possible when I do have to spend money, because I'm frugal like that. That's why I love knowing how to get cash back on purchases I am already making everyday. It makes it easy to get some money back in my pockets. Cash Back Websites Whenever I am buying something online, I have to see if I can get cash back through using websites like Continue Reading

The One Thing That Stole My Christmas Joy Each Year

Christmas is usually a joyous happy occasion. But, if you have this one thing, it will likely ruin your Christmas Day.

My affiliate links are used in this post. I have had mixed emotions about Christmas over the years. For a very long time it was not my favorite holiday. And that's because Christmas wasn't always so magical or jolly. There were many Christmases where I was very disappointed. In fact, a few times I cried alone in my bedroom on Christmas night. Something had stolen my Christmas joy. Was that something a lack of Christmas traditions? Our family did not have a lot of traditions, let alone Christmas traditions. We may or may not get a tree (always a cut one from some lot in town) up in time for Christmas Eve. And my parents would Continue Reading

How to Prevent Yourself From Getting Sick

I hate being sick! I love these tips on how to avoid getting sick. Preventing it can be a pain, but getting sick is worse! #SickWeather #MC #Sponsored

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Sickweather. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Opinions are my own. Being sick is one of the least enjoyable parts of mortality. Yet it happens repeatedly to various levels of severity over and over again, particularly during the cold and flu seasons of the winter months. With a husband as a teacher/student at a university, and with kids who touch everything and then stick their fingers in their mouths or rub their eyes, we are no stranger to illness. Some winters have been very difficult for us. That's why I'm grateful that Continue Reading

What Makes Someone an Inspiring Mom?

what makes a mom inspiring

I am totally one who doesn't take a lot of compliments. Not because I'm rude, but because I'm generally a fairly humble person. I don't want these compliments to get to my head in any way. I want to be reminded of my shortcomings, even though it is nice to hear someone praise you sometimes too. So, when I was recently approached by Elayna Fernandez-Bare - The Positive Mom - and told by her that I was inspiring, it was hard to agree. Me? Little, young, immature, and imperfect me? A simple, down-to-earth girl who hasn't gone through anything too crazy in her life, seen as inspiring? It made me ask myself, What makes a mom inspiring? Continue Reading

How to Get Children to Take Medicine Without a Fight

Tips for getting a child to take medicine, especially if they don't like doing so. Great parenting tips! #DrCocoaReliefWithASmile

There are some things that you are never told you will have to do once you become a parent. One of them is that you will have to hold down and force medicine down your child's throat, because they don't want to take it. Luckily, I've gathered some tips on how to get children to take their medicine, even if they hate taking medicine. As we approach the "cold season," which is generally considered to start in September and last until April, the same time span our children may be in school, it is important to know how to help our children avoid and treat the common cold symptoms. Colds are annoying in how adaptable they are. In Continue Reading

The Great Big List of Toys that Your Children Will Play With for Years

Love the idea of this gift guide! It's a toy list full of classic toys, games, and equipment that are kid-tested and proven to be played with over and over again.

This post is sponsored by SheSpeaks and Duracell. It also contains affiliate links. My husband and I carefully select the toys and gifts we give our children. And it's especially true during big gift giving times, like Christmas and their birthday. We always want to give our children gifts that will last, that will be cherished, that will be played with countless times. We don't want to waste our money, or limited apartment space, on the wrong gifts and toys. Nor do we want to regret buying a certain toy.  Most often, we give our children classic toys as gifts, things like balls, puzzles, books, dolls, coloring books, crayons, and Continue Reading

Teaching Preschoolers to Read with Rosetta Stone Kids

Teach preschoolers and young kids how to read with the new Rosetta Stone Kids Reading Program! It's an awesome app and you can try it out for free! Love this honest product review. #MC #RSKids #sponsored

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Rosetta Stone. I received a product and a promotional item to thank me for participating. I am teaching my twin preschoolers at home this year. And sometimes I struggle knowing exactly how I should be helping them learn to read, as I do not have an English degree nor an Early Childhood Education background.  So, I am grateful for their patience as I've experimented some with different things. Recently, we experimented with the Rosetta Stone Kids Reading Program. The Rosetta Stone Kids Reading Program is a digital reading product for kids aged 3-7 to Continue Reading

55 Ways to Be the Silly, Fun, Playful Parent You’ve Always Wanted to Be

Love this list of parenting tips on how to be a playful, silly, goofy parents! I totally need to have more fun with my kids.

We all have at least one characteristic about our mothering that would have many calling us a Super Mom.  It could be your constantly cheery disposition even in the face of epic meltdowns, or your ability to potty train your child in a day, or getting your kids to eat their vegetables with a smile on their face. I tend to feel like a super mom for how I am not afraid of playing with my kids in public and being a goof. I'm a super mom for being a fun parent.  Maybe it's because I'm a young mom, am (relatively) fit, or my personality, but I love playing with my kids. Of course every mom does. But, I'm talking about active, wild, Continue Reading

Cultivating a Thanksgiving Heart – Book Review

What an awesome ebook! It is so important to cultivate a Thanksgiving heart in ourselves and our children!

We are entering the crazy rush of the holiday season soon. Next week marks Thanksgiving and then immediately following is Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and countless sales from now until forever. With so much spending, with so much buying, with so much emphasis on things, it's hard to remember what we should truly be grateful for in life. Never before has there been a need to cultivate a Thanksgiving heart in yourself and in that of your children and home, and not just for the month of November, or on Thanksgiving day, or perhaps just on Christmas Day when we get a bunch of awesome new stuff, but year round. That's why I'm excited to Continue Reading

How to Care for Sick Baby or Infant with the Common Cold

It's hard caring for a sick baby or toddler because you can't give them a lot of medicine. So I love these parenting tips on helping your kid get back to full health sooner, or at least more comfortably.

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Zarbee’s Naturals. I received a product and a promotional item to thank me for participating. Oh no! Your baby has his first cold! What are you going to do? If you run to your local drug store you'll be in for a rude surprise when you realize that pretty much all the children's cold medicine is for children 2 and up, several only for kids ages 6 and up! So, what on earth are you supposed to do when your 9 month old or your 19 month old gets a cold? First, don't fret. Because, while you can't drug 'em, you certainly can care for a sick baby or infant with Continue Reading

Get Your Messy Home Company Ready in Just 40 Minutes with a Spray Mop

Wow! This family cleaned their entire (messy) downstairs, including spray mopping, in just 40 minutes! Love these cleaning tips. #CleanForTheHolidays #cbias #ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.#CleanForTheHolidays #CollectiveBias The holidays are coming up fast! Next week Thursday it is Thanksgiving already, and then Christmas quickly follows. Chances are you will at some point need to get your regular messy home (I'm assuming you're normal and not an OCD cleaning freak) company ready. So, aren't you so glad that I am going to share my secrets on how I turned my mess of a downstairs (sorry, just focusing on the main entertainment areas today) to a clean, guest-ready space in just under 40 minutes?! The best part came Continue Reading