Teaching Children the Importance of Work – Instilling Values

Instilling Values in our Kids - How to Teach kids the importance of work even when they're young.

I'm excited to be writing a post for the "Instilling Values in Our Children" series here on What's up Fagans?.  Thanks Katelyn for having me here today! I'd like to share with you something my friend posted on her Facebook wall.  She is a store manager for an upscale retailer. "I seriously can't believe the work ethic of people any more. I got called a nasty name by a new employee (right before she quit) because I, her boss, told her that she needed to show up to all her shifts. I'm over it! I need people that actually want a job and will show up every time, not cause drama and actually care about how they perform at their Continue Reading

How Kids Can Play Doctor: Get a Shot. Give a Shot.®

What happens when kids play doctor get a shot give a shot

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser #GiveaShot. All opinions are my own. #CollectiveBias With twins it is often "You first then me" for anything unpleasant that must happen. When it comes to getting a shot at the doctors office, it's definitely YOU first!  Getting shots is not usually a very pleasant experience for kids, but it's necessary in order to immunize kids against things like whooping cough or meningitis.  At Walgreens clinics for anyone who goes first to get a shot they will donate a shot to a child in need. It's Get a Shot. Give a Shot. ® allowing you and your kids to really play Continue Reading

How to Run a Successful Playgroup

Tips for running an awesome and succesful playgroup. #pmedia #ad #showusyourmess

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Wet-Nap but all opinions are my own. #pmedia #showusyourmess http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV Playgroups are just one of those great things for kids and for their parents. Everyone gets to play, socialize, have fun, and connect. It also provides a scheduled activity to help stay at home moms get out of the house and for their toddlers and preschoolers to be active and wear themselves out. It's such a win! I have been blessed to part of a great, active, successful playgroup for the last three years. We've had regular playgroups year round Continue Reading

What’s up Fagans? Fridays July 2014

Britt's visit 3

1. On the night of Friday the 13th (with a full moon of course), we were awoken a little after 3am by someone banging on our front door and ringing our doorbell. As we opened the door we saw our neighbor's car on fire right in front of our apartment building. Huge, consuming, orange flames were rising from the front of the car. It was straight out of an action movie. The neighbor told us to get our kids and move them to the back of the house in case the car exploded. So we rushed into our kid's room, woke them up, freaked them out, and took them out on our back patio. Thankfully, we live down the street from the fire department and Continue Reading

17 Places Where You Can Get Free Moving Boxes

17 Places where to find and get free moving boxes

We are moving soon and the question of where to get free moving boxes always becomes a number one concern as you need moving boxes in order to pack up your home or apartment. Four years ago, my husband went to U-Haul to buy moving boxes, and I tried to hide my shock that he was spending money on moving boxes especially when I knew that we could find free moving boxes otherwise. But, since we packed quickly, and for a move across the country, the uniform moving boxes were nice as well as the boxes and other moving supplies that were specially designed for things like our dishes. Even though we have kept these U-Haul boxes now for Continue Reading

We All Scream for National Ice Cream Day!

Yummy Cold Stone Creamery ice cream is what I want for National Ice Cream Day!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cold Stone Creamery for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Did you know there was a National Ice Cream Day? There is, and, of course, it's in the hot month of July. In fact, President Reagan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream month in 1984! And each year, on the third Sunday of July it is National Ice Cream Day, making it July 20, 2014 this year.I, personally, love ice cream. A lot. While we don't usually buy it, when we do it makes it that much more special, and we tend to splurge on really delicious ice cream. Growing up in my large family, my parents always seemed Continue Reading

How do you do it? Parenting Link Up #32

hdydi link party #9

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

Chores – Do your kids do them? #MomsCheckIn

5 Moms give their answer to the question "Do your kids do chores?" #MomsCheckIn

As parents, as moms, we often want to know how other moms do it. How do they handle life's challenges and parenting dilemmas? I'm no exception! Sometimes I really wish I could be a fly on the wall in other people's homes and see what really goes on, how they really handle those tantrums, disciplining, attitudes, and bedtimes, among many other parenting headaches! So, I'm super excited to be a part of a brand new series that poses the same question to 5 different moms who then weigh in on what they do in their homes, or what they think or believe on a given topic which is submitted by our readers. Today, I am co-hosting as the Continue Reading

Why I invite people over to my small apartment anyway

Sometimes I am really self conscious about living in a small apartment, so I love this post about why you should just do it anyway!

Life as a family of five in a 1200 sq. foot apartment townhome can get kind of crowded. One of our three bedrooms is a split baby room and storage room. Really, it's a storage room with a crib, changing table, and glider. Everything else in there is storage because we lack a garage and shed. Our kids' bedrooms are less than 100 sq. feet each. With closets and a bunk bed, their room feels cramped to say the least. There isn't a designated "play room" or area in our house.  Our kids have to play in our twin's bedroom or downstairs in our living/dining area. But, with a large sectional couch, TV stand, large computer desk and chair, Continue Reading

Why do Moms Need a Break? Reevaluating Mommy “Me” Time

Kids totally stress me out as a mom. Love this post about reevaluating the time I take for myself. So many great points! What am I doing to better my mothering, not just get away?

It is so common place to meet stressed out Moms, whether a stay at home mom, working mom, or single mom. Moms are stressed today! And many Moms need a break, some Mommy me time, Mommy quiet time, Mommy alone time. I'd bet you've heard a Mom say things like "I need a break!" or "I need a night to recharge," or "I just need a night out"? Perhaps it came from your own mouth! The general sentiment behind such things is that moms get stressed out carrying the load of their family and homes on their shoulders and need to escape from that load with something, well, less stressful than screaming, fighting, moody, destructive Continue Reading

Storytelling with Kids – The Fun Lost Art

Lost Art of Storytelling

One year of high school I spent several different weekends telling stories to a group of people, and they in turn told me stories back. We had them memorized, and we animated them, doing voices, and dramatic pauses, all while sitting in a chair. And we not only had one story memorized, but five eight minute stories. This was the art of storytelling as part of my High School Forensics speech competitions. It was at times stressful, trying to recall each of the five stories at the drop of a hat, but it was fun! Since having my own children, I have come to appreciate the seemingly lost art of storytelling even more. There is Continue Reading

9 Ways You Can Share the Gospel Online

9 Ways you can be a missionary online - Small and Simple Ways to Share the Gospel through Social Media.

I am honored to be guest posting on my friend Camille's website - Chicken Scratch n Sniff - today! Camille previously guest posted here at What's up Fagans? about how her children plan and organize their own birthday parties and I am excited to return the favor! She's been a great supporter of me and my blog, and I am grateful to her for that. As Chicken Scratch n Sniff is an LDS/Mormon resource blog, I wanted to share some ways you can be a missionary online, especially through small and simple ways. The following is an excerpt: Social media and the internet at large are the new workplace water coolers, or neighborhood block Continue Reading