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

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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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What 30 Days on Jenny Craig Taught Me About Losing Weight

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Thank you Jenny Craig for sponsoring this post. -- Get serious about losing weight with Jenny Craig! A few weeks ago I decided to lose weight without dieting by changing my life. I jumpstarted this change with the help of Jenny Craig. I am thankful for the month I participated in the Jenny Craig program as it opened my eyes to a couple of things about being healthy. Jenny Craig members can expect to lose an average of 1-2 pounds per week, which is a healthy range of weight loss. However, I should warn this post won’t necessarily be about weight loss, though I did lose weight over the last month-and-a-half. No, instead ...

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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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TESTED: How to Actually Remove Yellow Sweat Pit Stains

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Yellow armpit stains on clothes are the pits! Here's how to remove yellow sweat stains from white shirts. I have a confession.  I’m one of those people that wear white shirts with and under everything, and I’m a girl who sweats.  There’s nothing like the perfect, comfy white T, am I right?  Confession number two…I’m also one of those people who develop really gross, yellow pit stains on all of my white shirts, and when they get bad enough, I throw them away!!!  Or at least, I have in the past.  What made me stop and research an alternative was going through my closet, pulling out my absolute favorite, most comfortable white ...

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Why I Am Losing Weight Without Dieting

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Thank you Jenny Craig for sponsoring this post. -- Get serious about losing weight with Jenny Craig! As a youth, I never thought to myself, “Man, I hope when I’m 36 years old I’ll struggle with weight issues.” The fact of the matter is that no one wants to stand on the scale and see an obscenely large number staring them back in the face.  But here I am, on the precipice of the rest of my life, and I must ask myself, "Do I want my life to be long and enjoyable, or short and painful?" In my mind, I’ve already made the decision as I want at least one more child, and hear how great grandchildren are and all of that. I want to ...

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