What Foods and Drinks to Pack for a Long Family Road Trip

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Ultimate Packing list of Food and Drink to bring on a long family road trip! Little kids, preschoolers, babies and adults will enjoy the list!

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Tree Top. All opinions are my own.   At the beginning of June, our family went on a massive family road trip. We drove from Central Texas to Omaha, Nebraska and then from Omaha, Nebraska to Indianapolis, Indiana, and then back home to Central Texas, in a massive 2800 mile road trip with four children over the course of only six days. My oldest niece got married in Omaha and we wanted to go to her wedding. Coincidentally, my husband's grandmother, and our only remaining grandparent between us, would be visiting his parents in Indiana the same week as the ...

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Get Ready for Summer with these FREE Summer Printables!

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The first day of summer is Wednesday, June 21, but the end of school comes even sooner, meaning summer break starts very soon! We have a trip planned in a couple weeks to attend my niece's wedding and then go on to visit my in-laws and then come back home, driving each leg of the trip, for a combined distance of 2700 miles. In a car with four children. In less than a week's time. Yeah, we're probably nuts. It's okay to think that with us. I do know we'll listen to several audio books (Harry Potter among them),  have the kids watch movies on our portable DVD players, and pack lots of snacks, drinks, toys, games, and to ...

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How to Make a Tasty Super Hero Potion with Your Kids

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This post is sponsored by Tampico. All opinions are my own. Pretend. It's a word my kids say constantly as they play with each other. They tell each other to "Pe-tend" that they are in various situations, that they have various powers, that various things are happening around them, sometimes in quick succession. "Pe-tend I'm an alligator and pretend that the floor is a swamp and pretend that you are walking through it and don't see me." As a mom, I love hearing my young children pretend together as they tend to get lost in their pretend worlds and end up getting along for long stretches of time without any ...

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Curing My Depression Took More than What Self-Help Books Recommended

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This post is sponsored by Mormon.org. All opinions are my own. Last year, for the first time in my life, I felt depressed. I'm not talking about for a day or a week at a time, but persistently. Like most days sucked. I didn't mope, stay in bed all day, or cry endlessly, but I sure was angry. Mad even. Unhappy. And most of my ire was directed at my family. For the first time in my life, I understood the term "Mom guilt" and definitely felt like I was failing my children, and failing my husband by failing our children. I sucked at homeschooling, at running a household, at earning enough money, at being Primary President, at ...

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The Easiest and Best Way to Save Money for Christmas All Year Long

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Even though Christmas comes but once time a year, it's a big expense. That's why I'm excited to share what I think is the best way to save for Christmas in partnership with Sears Mastercard.  I used to really not like Christmas, but it's grown on me a lot since having my own children. And, like my husband, I want to make it magical for our kids. It's the one time of year that I want to give them all-the-things. I want to spoil them rotten because I love them and I don't spoil them hardly at all during the year. But this seasonal desire clashes hard with my ever-present frugal inner self who hates spending money, hates going into ...

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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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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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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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12 Scriptures Worth Your Time to Memorize in 2017 {Printables}

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If 2017 is your year to find verses to memorize, the following 12 scriptures to memorize are good ones to learn. I hate to admit it but I need to step up my spiritual game. I lost my way a bit last year.  It was a hard year, personally.  But I feel like I'm finally back on the path.  I just need something fun and exciting to keep me going.  I need a way to focus my gospel learning. And preferably a way that includes my kids. We made huge strides this year towards regular family prayer and scripture study, even if many included fidgeting while Dad read a few verses from the Bible or Book of Mormon every night. But I was ...

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6 People You Forget to Thank All Year and Gifts They’ll Appreciate

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Great appreciation gift ideas to say thank you to various service industry providers like the mailman, stylist, teacher, military personnel, etc.

Once again, the Christmas holiday is upon us and I’m looking around wondering where the year went!  The older I get, the faster it seems to go.  Part of getting older means hopefully getting wiser too, right? As I get “wiser” I try to focus more and more on gratitude – all of the things in my life that I take for granted and how much they bless me: my car, my “day” job, this blogging opportunity, comfortable shoes, macaroni-and-cheese…okay, okay, I digress, but it’s all true! I also like to use this time of year to remember all of those people who give to me all year long and bless my life as well, and that’s really the focus ...

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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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