15 Must-Have Baby Items Essential for Life with a Newborn {Giveaway}

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The baby registry lists provided to you when creating your baby registry in store are quite extensive - and overwhelming - for first time parents! Are all of these things really must-have baby items? If they aren't baby essentials, then what are they? When I was expecting for the first time, I was completely blown away with how expensive baby gear and newborn essentials were! There was no way I could afford every single item listed on my baby registry checklist, at least not in the quantities specified. This was especially true because A) I was having TWINS and B) We were poor college students. Thankfully, I have eight older ...

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Stitch Fix Review #2 – These Prices are Killing Me!

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December 2016 Stitch Fix Review - Honest talk about Stitch Fix Prices Costs and whether or not it's worth the expense, especially for cheap, frugal or poor people.

My styling fee was waived in exchange for an honest review of Stitch Fix. I received this box December 2016 in time for the holidays. I wasn't sold on Stitch Fix after my first box, and questioned whether the cost of Stitch Fix made it something frugal people (like myself) could really get behind and use, or if it is something solely for those with extra income because of the Stitch Fix prices. If you are unfamiliar with Stitch Fix, they are a styling service that handpicks fashion pieces - clothing and accessories - for you and ships them to your door how ever often you'd like. They use a comprehensive style quiz to determine ...

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Why These 8 Traditional Stocking Stuffers are Enough

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Traditional Christmas Stocking Stuffers - 8 things to include every year in your holidays for him, her and the kids.

This post is sponsored by Orajel. All opinions are mine own.  Every Christmas morning I woke up early, eager to get started unwrapping all the Christmas presents for me underneath our Christmas tree. But, I had to wait until the rest of my family was up and out of bed to do so. Thankfully, I always had a Christmas stocking hanging full of treats and other traditional stocking stuffer items that was free game to rummage through as I waited for my parents and siblings to wake up. I loved our family's Christmas stockings for the simple fact of where it came from: my grandmother. She hand-knit every stocking for myself, my eight ...

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One Crucial Way to Take Christmas to the Next Level

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Christmas Traditions for Family - How this one things will lead to a better Christmas Holiday - Real Christmas Tree

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Christmas Tree Promotion Board. My husband and I celebrated eight years of marriage at the end of November. Over those eight years we created memories, children, and traditions. It's been super fun having our own simple everyday family traditions, as well as holiday traditions. Christmas is my husband's favorite holiday and he wants to go big every year. Because of his attitude toward Christmas and the joy it brings myself and my growing family, it has quickly become my favorite holiday as well, even more than Thanksgiving, my old favorite holiday. But, for eight years my ...

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Learn How the ShopKick App Will Change the Way You Shop

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The ShopKick app is one of my favorite money saving phone apps because it is extremely easy to use and fun!  If you like being rewarded for shopping, then you need to learn how to use ShopKick! We currently live very close to a large Outlet Mall and other retail stores. Sometimes my husband and I like to head out with the kids to get some fresh air, exercise, and window shop over at the outlets. We chat, look around, let the kids play with some toys (that we don't buy), look at a few things, play at the playgrounds, and eventually head home. But, would you believe that during our fun little shopping excursion, I earn money? And ...

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How to Assemble Blessing Bags for Homeless People as a Group

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Great group service project idea - Blessing Bags - Homeless Gift - Giving to Homeless - Charity

This post is sponsored by Mormon.org. All opinions expressed are my own. This year as part of our homeschool, we participate in a local Christian Exploring Co-Op. We take turns planning field trips for our kids. In addition to the field trips we schedule a Moms Night Out, a Teen Night, and a Service Project each quarter too.  Our last service project was a few weeks ago and we collaborated as a homeschool group to make blessing bags for homeless people. I know many of us (myself included) are never quite sure what to do when confronted with a homeless person. Should we ignore them, look the other way, gesture that we don't have ...

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How to Limit Christmas Gifts to 3 or 4 Without Being a Scrooge

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This post is sponsored by Carter's; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.  I can't imagine Christmas morning without gifts.  It's like having a birthday without a cake or people singing Happy Birthday to you at least once. It just would not be the same. At all. No matter how tight money was when I was a kid, my parents, eight siblings and I all managed to have at least a few gifts under the Christmas tree every year.  Even though my greed at Christmastime sometimes prevented me from appreciating the gifts I received, I still received gifts! Of course Christmas isn't really about gifts, and birthdays will ...

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Bring the Scriptures to Life for Kids with an Epic Scripture-Themed Carnival

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Fun LDS Primary Scripture Carnival Game Ideas and snack ideas! Perfect for Primary Activity outdoor. David and Goliath. Walking on Water. Bow and Arrow. Fishers of Men. Planting Seeds. Archery.

This post is sponsored by Mormon.org. All opinions are my own.  One year ago I became the Primary President in our local church congregation. This means I've been responsible for overseeing the Sunday School, music, nursery, and sharing time of all children ages 18 months to 11 years old in our church. There are somewhere between 35-50 children in this age bracket. It can be a pretty overwhelming and stressful position to have, especially with a new baby, homeschooling, and a husband gone long hours with a PhD, oh, and working from home. The good thing is that I love children and find joy in this calling. To help motivate ...

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Top 6 Reasons You Should Still Mail Christmas Cards

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This post is brought to you in partnerships with Orajel. All opinions are my own. Every year I hear the same excuses as to why people don't mail Christmas cards to their family and friends via USPS snail mail. People often say things like: "Christmas cards are so much work!" "It's just another thing to do during the busy Christmas season." "Honestly, sometimes I just forget to do them until after Christmas is over, and then don't send them because I'm embarrassed to send them so late." "People just throw out the cards anyway, so why bother?" "They are too expensive!  There's the cost of a photographer and/or a ...

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The True Cost of Cloth Diapers and How Much You’ll Save

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Cloth Diaper Cost - How much cloth diapering really saves you - cloth diaper expenses - cloth diapers vs disposable diapers

Cloth Diapers Cost:  Can You Really Save 50% or more versus using disposable diapers? When I had my first child about six years ago, I had no idea what I needed to purchase for my newborn.  Some things were obvious, such as a crib, bottles, and of course – diapers.   Being the frugal savvy woman I am, I had no idea there was an alternative to the disposable diapers we find in every store and see on television commercials. I was first introduced to cloth diapers by my neighbor.  She's a huge eco-friendly person and was like me – she wanted to save money.  Being naive,  I thought cloth diapers would be a pain in the butt, a ...

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14 Fun & Needed Gift Ideas for New Gun Owners

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Gifts for new gun owners: Great Gun Gift Guide for all new firearms enthusiasts and gun lovers.

In America, about a third or more of the population owns at least one gun, with some polls suggesting that gun ownership is on the rise. Chances are you know a gun owner, or several, or are one yourself. It's exciting when someone purchases their first gun, but also scary if they are not very familiar with using one! If you want gifts for new gun owners that will help him or her know how to properly use, store, clean, and shoot a gun safely and accurately, this list of Christmas gifts for gun owners is for you! Whether male or female, this is the perfect new gun owner gift guide. The items on this list will improve their shooting ...

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5 Simple Ways New Moms Can Improve Their Health

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Simple, easy things moms can do to improve their health. It's all about the little things!

This post was developed in partnership with Tom’s of Maine. All opinions are my own. This past Monday I made a big mistake. I thought I was being awesome, heading to the gym to do my second round of a Power Pump class. Maybe the fact that my instructor was MIA should have tipped me off that something wasn't quite right about this day. But, when a different instructor invited the four women who had shown up for the Power Pump class to join her Silver Sneakers class (with modifications for us, since, well, we aren't 60+ year olds) in 15 minutes, we all agreed, myself included. So, we pulled out our weights and mats and did ...

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