The Truth about Hello Fresh Meals and If They’re Worth It for Families

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Hello Fresh Review - Healthy Meals Delivered to Home

If you peeked at our dinner meals lately, there's a high chance you'd be disappointed with our limited variety and less than healthy choices. During the past semester, where my husband wasn't home to cook dinner (he's really the cook in the family) and me tackling four kids who like to stick up their noses at anything I cook other than pizza (everyone likes pizza in this house), I wasn't really in the mood to get creative, experiment, or figure out how to eat healthier. I just want us to all eat. Period. So, we rotated through the same handful of dinners - breakfast, tacos, pasta, pizza - by and large. I'm not proud of the ...

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Why the HP Instant Ink Program Makes Me Wish I Had an HP Printer

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If you want to save money on ink, consider buying an HP printer and using the HP Instant Ink Program. Read on to learn more. Copy. Print. Scan. I use all these features found on printers today. I scan items for work. I copy things for homeschool. And I print coupons, stuff for church, business documents, and more. I use my Canon printer every single week, which means I use quite a bit of ink regularly. Because of this, there is almost a constant pop-up on the bottom right of my computer screen that says "Ink levels low" every time I print something new.  I ignore it until it's so low that my printer refuses to print with ...

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The New Way to Reduce Kids Paper Clutter (And Still Keep Their Memories)

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This post is sponsored by Keepy. All opinions of the Keepy App are my own. I think I broke her heart the day I told her we had to get rid of some of her papers.As I pulled out armful after armful of random papers stashed in the back of the closet, all I saw was the clutter and mess. I asked both of my twin daughters to help me sort through the papers to help me figure out what we should keep and what we should toss. It quickly became apparent that my daughter Lisa thought everything was important and began "secretly" stuffing papers away in a binder and then shoving that into her backpack, stashing them away in her bedroom, ...

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An Honest Look at the Stitch Fix Pros and Cons

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In January 2017, I received my third Stitch Fix box to see if their clothing could finally make its way into my wardrobe, instead of just their jewelry. In this Stitch Fix review, I highlight what I consider the Stitch Fix pros and cons. What is Stitch Fix? In case you aren't familiar with Stitch Fix, it's a fashion clothing subscription box where a stylist handpicks items for you, based upon your Stitch Fix style profile that you complete before your shipment arrives (you can see my first September 2016 Stitch Fix review for a really good rundown of what's included in the quiz). The service costs a $20 styling fee, which can ...

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The Truth About Kids Getting Paid for Doing Chores

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions on should kids get paid to do chores and otherwise are my own. The other day we went to the grocery store and my 6-year-old daughter Alison brought her purse with her. As I'm loading up the vehicle to go home, she pulled out a $1 bill and offered it to me, to help pay for the groceries. While the offer was extremely sweet and kind, I didn't take my daughter's money. As the parent, I don't think it's my child's obligation or responsibility to help me pay for food for her and the rest of our family. That's my and my husband's job to provide. This same daughter has also been known to ...

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8 Perfectly Romantic Gift Ideas for Him for Valentine’s Day or Anniversary

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Want awesome and romantic gift ideas for him this Valentine's Day or for your anniversary? Read on for my top romantic items you can gift your husband!  It's crazy how I totally lucked out by marrying the man I did. He's a natural romantic and gift giver. He loves to show his love for me by his actions, words, and gifts, and not just for birthdays, anniversaries or other special occasions. No, my husband brings me flowers after we had a fight, or I had a particularly rough day at home with the kids. He'll buy me chocolates when it's the Time of the Month because he knows I'll want them. He'll pick me up my favorite soda, ...

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How My Homeschooled Twins Learned How to Read

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This post is sponsored by Bookroo. All opinions on teaching twins how to learn how to read are definitely my own. I never once thought teaching children how to learn how to read would be an easy feat, especially because I knew I'd be their teacher.I do not have a teaching certificate nor did I major in English in college. Sure, I enjoy writing and reading as I participate in a monthly book club (I actually started my current book club) and I write regularly for this blog. But, the English language is so complicated! Our vowels all make multiple different sounds, for various different reasons. A spelling rule doesn't hold fast ...

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Avoid Dinner Time Battles with Toddlers Using These 2 Critical Steps

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If your child refuses to eat, it may be time to take the following advice from my guest poster and blog friend Dr. Orlena Kerek when it comes to dinner time battles and struggles. I would love to tell you that my children had perfect table manners, ate everything they were given and cleared away the dishes without even being asked. I have four kids aged 8, 6 and twins of 4. (One of them is the toddler who won’t eat anything other than bread, bread, and bread.) As much as I’d like to tell you how perfect they are, I suspect you wouldn’t believe me. But there is one area of conflict that is missing from our family meal table ...

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

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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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