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

25 Things That Will Instantly Improve Your Mood

Need a pick-me up? Here are 25 Things the Will Instantly Improve Your Mood, should you choose to act on them.

Maybe you had a bad day. In fact, maybe you tried to go to the gym, but then you had to go home because the child care center was full, and then you sat and watched in horror while your two year old pooped his pants, and then you had to hose him down. And then you were nursing a baby and he bit you, full force, with his razor baby teeth. And you had a yeast infection. Hypothetically speaking. So maybe you could use a pick-me-up. Well, here you go. I hope you like it. If you do, I'd really appreciate it if you'd find one (or seven!) you like and pin them for me, that would be AWESOME! Thanks! P.S. If you like this, be sure to Continue Reading

Sleeping Arrangements for Newborn Twins and Beyond {Giveaway!}

Great sleeping arrangement ideas for twins! All the way from #Crib2College #ad

This post is sponsored by Mattress Firm and the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. All opinions are my own. Having twins makes for some interesting logistical challenges at times, from how to squeeze two car seats in a car, to how to transport them when out, to breastfeeding, to strollers, and of course how to manage their sleeping arrangements. Our twins have undergone various sleeping arrangements in their relatively short lifetime, and it has me wondering what is the best sleeping arrangements for twins from the newborn stage, the toddler stage, and beyond. Thankfully I know that Mattress Firm is supportive in every phase of a Continue Reading

10 Reasons You Can’t Wear White After Having Children Unless You Use This

Kids are messy, and unfortunately, a lot of times that means your freshly laundered clothes don't last nearly as long as they did pre-kids! Here's a great way to keep those whites white!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Clorox for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. For the longest time I could pull off wearing the same jeans for like a full week before washing them. But, then I had kids who become toddlers, and ruined my freshly washed jeans on that first day out of the wash. I actually needed to have more than like two pairs of jeans now to last me the week.And white clothing? Magnet for stains. So, if you aren't a parent, let me explain. Little people, beside being adorable, and also loud, are dirty, a lot, and they don't usually care what they wipe this dirt on, because they don't think Continue Reading

New Experiences We’ve Had Since Moving to Texas and Why We’re Thankful for Unlimited Talk Text and Data

Using a smartphone makes taking pictures with new friends that much easier! #Thankful4Savings #ad #cbias

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. #CollectiveBias and its advertiser #Thankful4Savings. All opinions are mine alone. At the end of July our family moved out of our Midwest home in Indianapolis to our current home in the South, in Central Texas. Moving here has presented us with some new experiences, some new challenges, and a lot of new memories. So, to celebrate NEWvember, I'm sharing the new things we've come upon since moving to the Lone Star State. We are thankful we have been able to record a lot of great events (and find directions) easier thanks to unlimited talk, text, and data plans from Walmart Continue Reading

After Dinner Clean Up: 7 Things to Do Before You Go to Bed

Great tips on some important cleanup to do before bed so you don't feel quite so overwhelmed in the morning!

Whether you're planning a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner for family and friends one thing is certain: when all the guests have gone you'll be left with a bit of a mess! While it's very tempting to just close the kitchen door and go to bed, it's really not nice to come back to that mess in the morning. Here's seven thing you can do at the end of the party so that you wake up to a clean and tidy kitchen the next day. After Dinner Clean Up: 7 Things to Do Before Bed 1. Store your leftovers. Put snacks and nibbles back into their packets and boxes, and store any leftovers in plastic containers in the fridge. This is one Continue Reading

When Preschool at Home Isn’t Going According to Plan {And FarFaria Giveaway!}

If you can't stand doing preschool crafts with your preschoolers at home for homeschoolilng, here are some suggestions on what to focus on instead.

I have been doing preschool at home with my twin daughters for over two months now. It's been quite the learning experience for both them and myself, and what the future of homeschooling will look like for our family. I bought the God's Little Explorer Preschool Curriculum. And I still think it's a great curriculum. I just don't think it's necessarily right for us, or rather for me. A large reason being that I don't like doing crafts (or spending money on crafting supplies), and my children also need something more advanced, as they already know colors, shapes, letters, numbers 1-10, sounds of letters, and so on. They need to Continue Reading

All Work and No Play – 8 Tips for Overcoming Your Inner Work-a-holic

Managing a home, children, and a job (blogging) is not so easy when you love what you do and have these work-a-holic tendencies!

Work, work, work all the time! When your "work" is your passion, your hobby, and something you want to do all the time, something you think about constantly, it is really hard to step back and make sure things really are balanced correctly in your life. This is especially true for work at home moms, like me. I am a blogger over at What's up Fagans?. A little over a year ago, I decided to officially make the leap of turning my blog into a business. I'm happy to say it has worked and I'm making a good part-time income now from my blog. However, to get to that point I spent more and more time each month on blogging-related Continue Reading

5 Ways to Save Money on Moving Costs

Moving is expensive! The costs are still high even if you DIY, often because of all the unforeseen things you need once you get to your new place. I love that this post has some great suggestions on how to save every step of the way.

Moving is expensive. Often you think it will just be the cost of the rental truck and some packing tape and boxes, but every apartment is different, and you suddenly need things you may not have needed before, like floor lamps, or extension cords, or curtains, and you have to pay for setting up new services. It all adds up. We recently moved from Indiana to Texas and knew it would be expensive so we prepped and saved, but we still spent quite a bit. However, there are some simple, easy ways you can save money on moving costs. *This post contains my affiliate links. 1. Get Free Moving Boxes I wrote an entire post on where to Continue Reading