5 Countdown Family Christmas Traditions {And Giveaway!}

Here are five family Christmas traditions you can do this year! #NorthPoleFun #shop #cbias

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. #CollectiveBias and its advertiser #NorthPoleFun. All opinions are mine alone. It's early, I know, but I really have been thinking about the upcoming holidays, mostly because I am just so excited for Christmas! And my daughters are just as excited as I am! Between decorating the Christmas tree, our home, buying gifts, and this being our first Christmas in a warm place (and that my husband will have a month off of school), it just is so exciting! As a parent, I'm especially excited to start building real, regular family Christmas traditions. Because, I really believe Continue Reading

The Secret to Grocery Shopping with Kids

Awesome tips for grocery shopping with kids without tantrums or fits. Good advice from someone with three kids 3 years old and under, including a set of twins!

I have three young children, including a set of twins. Grocery shopping with twins, and then later with another child, has taught me a thing or two about handling the grocery shopping with kids, without any tantrums. Honestly, I don't remember that last time my child threw a fit in the grocery store. Grocery shopping is one of those chores that we have to do unless we have a self-sustaining farm we live on. Since I would wager most of you reading this do not, let's acknowledge that grocery shopping is an unavoidable part of life. Personally, I don't love it. I don't love making lists, checking them twice, pulling out the Continue Reading

The Benefits of a Levana Stella Video Baby Monitor Even When Your Baby Isn’t a Baby Anymore

Keep an eye on your kids, but also communicate with them from another room. So many advantages of a video baby monitor! #Levanaween #ad

New parents seem to have this fear of their new baby being alone in the other room, far away from them, where they can't see them, where they can't hear every coo and gurgle. We start to worry that our baby will stop breathing (or die from SIDS) or will cry and we won't hear them, so we use baby monitors so that we can always hear them anytime they make a sound. My husband and I use baby monitors until we work on getting baby to sleep through the night, then we turn it off. So, we haven't used one in months. However, we were recently sent a Levana Stella video baby monitor to review and it has been an awesome, extremely fun, and Continue Reading

What’s up Fagans? Fridays October 2014

Halloween Festival

Life sure keeps speeding by! I cannot believe that there is only a week left to October! We've been busy, as usual. Here's what we've been up to since our last family update. 1. I ran a 10k race! Unfortunately, my training fell off once Josh got into school, and then I hurt myself sprinting during a church softball game, killing my upper thighs, leaving them sore for a solid week. Essentially, it meant I couldn't go very fast during the race as my legs killed, so I couldn't sprint to the end. It still a lot of fun and I enjoyed having my buddy Chow along for the run. Made it so much better!  I finished in 1:19:42, with an Continue Reading

The Best Things to Eat and Drink Before a Workout and After

A great list of food to eat before and after a workout, as well as what to drink before and after exercising. #DrinkDripDrop #AD

I am not a regular exerciser, have never taken anatomy, and don't care much for anything medical-related. However, I do try to regularly exercise, and get a great workout in. Unfortunately, without a lot of knowledge on how food breaks down in the body or what happens as you exercise on a molecular level, I am often doing my workouts and my body an injustice. And one of the biggest things I do wrong but can easily fix is what I eat and drink before a workout and after a workout. So, I am thankful for DripDrop and SheSpeaks for sponsoring this post today and for providing me with product. Yesterday, I went to the gym and decided Continue Reading

I Don’t Regret Being a Young Mom

Love this response to common questions and concerns many people have to those who are young moms, or thinking about having their children while in their 20s instead of waiting until later in life. #LoveIsAGift #AD

Before my 25th birthday I was the mother of three kids, including a set of twins. My life is on a very different path from the majority of my friends that I hung out with in high school; at my age (I'm 26 now) some are starting to get married, several are working on advanced degrees, and a few are looking for that awesome job. Even a couple have bought their first homes. I, on the other-hand, am supporting my husband (of nearly six years) as he pursues his advanced degrees, spend my days chasing after my children, and am still living in apartments. My life is so far removed from theirs. But, I don't for a minute regret being a Continue Reading

Is your child safe in his car seat? Car Seat Safety 101

Is your child safe in their car seat? A great post full of awesome resources about car seat safety, as well as some tips on buying seats too!

If you are a parent, then car seats are a part of your life. And poorly installed and used car seats are not safe, but many of us simply don't know all the do's and don'ts of car seat safety! Today I am welcoming my older sister Brittany Roberts to share her researched knowledge on car seat safety, even including where to get your seats, how to install car seats, and all sorts of great tips! I hope you learn something to help you keep your little ones(s) safer while driving. My affiliate links are used in this post.When I first became a mother, I was completely oblivious of what was right or wrong when it came to proper car seat Continue Reading

Fisher-Price Little People City Skyway Review – Perfect Toddler Toy!

What a fun event for the kids to help you figure out what toys to get them this year! #ChosenByKids Holiday Toyland events at Walmarts! #ad

I was given this great new toy to try out thanks to Sverve and Walmart, but all opinions are my own. A couple weeks ago, on Saturday, October 4, 2014, my family and I headed to our local Walmart to check out their #ChosenByKids Toyland Event! There were two nice workers set up at a booth who showed us the toys, explained Walmart's layaway program, and they let our kids play with toys! All three of my kids loved the Fur Real Get Up and GoGo My Walking Pup Pet Plush, one of the two toys available for my kids to play with. They all also really liked the Fisher-Price® Little People® City Skyway.  We went ahead and picked it up for Continue Reading

Instill These 10 Qualities of a Princess in Your Daughter; Princess Costumes Required

Such a cute list of Princess qualities and characteristics! Love the idea of taking my girls to Princess school, Disney style, with princess costumes! #DisneyBeauties #shop #cbias

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. #CollectiveBias and its advertiser #DisneyBeauties. All opinions about Princess qualities are mine alone. My four year old daughters always pretend to be princesses and absolutely love dressing up in princess costumes. Disney's Sleeping Beauty was recently released from the Disney vault, so I picked up a copy of the Diamond Edition Sleeping Beauty Blu-Ray/DVD Combo pack from Walmart. Halloween is coming up soon too, so we picked up some fun Disney Princess costumes at Walmart while we were there. My daughters love their new dresses and crowns and camera. It was really hard Continue Reading

When you feel like an Island

Being a mother changes things, including sometimes how alone you feel.

I recently read a post from Motherhood and More (one of my favorite blogs) called It Takes a Village to Raise a Mother and this post resonated with me so much. I cried. And I am not one to cry easily. But, it brought up so many emotions from my past, and made my heart full in gratitude to the women who reached out to me during my initiation period to motherhood. I wrote about my high dive into motherhood and its trials originally on August 1, 2012 (more than 2 years ago) and am sharing it for the first time with everyone today.Growing up I loved being with people and definitely considered myself a “people-person.”  I wasn’t happy Continue Reading

Late-Night College Snacks and the Amazon Wish List

A good list of some late-night snack ideas, perfect for college students who are cramming and studying into the wee hours of the morning!

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community and have been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias & #AmazonWishList #AmazonHasIt  College feels like it was forever ago. Like forever. It's such a far distant removed part of my life now that I am a mom to three kids. But, did you know I technically graduated from BYU in April 2011? Like a little over three years ago! However, I finished my on-campus studies in April 2010, you know, the same time I also had my life turned upside down with the birth of our twin daughters. But, I loved college, and Brigham Young University is an Continue Reading

I am a Mormon. I Know It. I Live It. I Love It: Come Meet Me and Other Mormon Bloggers!

I am a Mormon! And this is why I am.

Today I am teaming up with 65+ other Mormon bloggers to share with everyone our testimonies of faith and encourage you to watch a film coming out in theaters across the country, starting today, October 10, 2014, called "Meet The Mormons." Meet the Mormons is not meant to be an in your face, you must join our church, film. It is simply designed and produced with the purpose to uplift and inspire you through six stories of Mormons from around the world who have followed the promptings of the Holy Ghost to follow Jesus Christ more fully in their lives. We hope you take the opportunity to view and enjoy this film. We hope your hearts Continue Reading