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

Be rewarded for your hard work and for meeting your health goals with #BalanceRewards #shop #cbias

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

How to Remove Pee Stain from a Mattress

How to Remove Pee Stains from your mattress, and remove the smell!

One of my daughters unfortunately has an issue with wetting the bed at night. While she's been potty trained for over a year, and doesn't wet her bed all the time, it's still a fairly regular occurrence. And despite putting waterproof mattress protectors under our daughter's sheets, their twin mattresses got pee stains on them. Which stank (literally) because they were new mattresses. And I really wanted to remove the stain and the smell. So thanks to a post from the Inspired Housewife, I got to work on removing the stains (and then bought a better waterproof mattress cover). Before: First, I want to show you just how bad my Continue Reading

How do you do it? Parenting Link Up #35

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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

God’s Little Explorers – Our Home Preschool Curriculum for 2014-2015 {And Giveaway}

This is such an awesome At-Home Preschool curriculum!! I will be doing this with my preschoolers starting this fall! #homeschooling

My affiliate links are used in this post. I have personally purchased this item and intend to use it! Opinions are my own. It is Back to School time for a lot people, if your child isn't already in school! I still can't believe that my friends' kids back in Indianapolis are already in school. Most started July 30! That's crazy to me because it is still very much summer! I grew up in Wisconsin where we didn't go back to school until after Labor Day. I love summer and think it's important for kids. But, I digress. This post is about what I will be doing with my twin preschoolers this coming school year. We are again planning on Continue Reading

Sunshine, Liebster, and Versatile Blogger Awards

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I was nominated for the Sunshine Award by Probably Crafting and Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter. And then I was nominated by Katy of Chaos and Kiddos for a Liebster Award, and then she again just nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. So, I thought, well, why not? If three people want to nominate me for this little fun little game, then I suppose it is time for some random Fagan Facts to be shared about me, Katelyn.  Thank you ladies for the nominations! I feel very honored. I will now share some random facts about me, answer some questions and nominate some other awesome blogger for what I'll call the Awesome Blogger Continue Reading

Breastfeeding Past One Year – Are you Up for the Challenge?

Breastfeeding Past One Year is a challenge. Come learn about one mom's story of extended nursing.

August 1-7, 2014 is World Breastfeeding Week (and August is National Breastfeeding Month) so today I am thrilled to have my very own sister and best friend, Brittany Roberts, guest post about extended nursing. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) only recommends breastfeeding "until at least 12 months of age, and continuation of breastfeeding for as long as mutually desired by mother and baby." While the World Health Organization (WHO) encourages "continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond." My sister is a breastfeeding advocate but also knows all about the fun challenges Continue Reading