Why Working from Home as a Mom Is So Much Harder than You Thought

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Work at home mom life is the best of both worlds, except it isn't always as picture perfect as you thought. Real look into a WAHM, WFHM life with kids.

This post is sponsored by BBVA Compass but all opinions are my own. Sometimes I try to imagine what my life would be like if I had never started working from home. What would I fill my days worried about? What would my parenting look like? How happy or not would I be? Would we be able to afford our current family size, doctorate tuition, and lifestyle?And I have no idea, because my work-at-home business of running this website has transformed our life in phenomenal ways, and I know, for a fact, that the decision to turn my hobby blog into a source of income was the right choice for our family, and the vehicle by which we escaped ...

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I Think It’s Time for You to Meet a Wonder Woman (or Two)

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dr Pepper®. The opinions and text are all mine. We've all met someone like her before. #WonderWoman Someone who is quite honestly amazing. Where seemingly everything she does is fantastic. Someone we often call a "Wonder Woman." Dr Pepper wants you to appreciate the Wonder Woman in your life and has asked me to share my story. Wonder Woman MaryDawn In college, it was my freshman roommate, MaryDawn. I have never met anyone like her before or after. She's truly a unique breed of awesomeness. During college, she usually took between 17 or 18 credit hours ...

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Why To-Do Lists are Overrated and What List You Need Instead

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To do lists are overrated

Over a year ago I took this amazing course from Elayna Fernandez, The Positive Mom, called Stepping Into Balance. She really challenged me during the course as she pushed me toward a new way of thinking about goal creation, what a balanced life looks like, what my passions and purpose are, and how to deal with anger and frustrations in new ways. And a whole lot more. One part that was especially challenging to me was her insistence on getting rid of to-do lists! I love making a to-do list, feeling the satisfaction that comes with checking off each item once completed. More than anything, it feels great knowing that with ...

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The Best Modest Swimsuits for Moms of 2017

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Great list of websites that sell fashionable modest swimsuit and swimwear for moms and teens who value modesty during the summer poolside. Tankinis, One-Pieces, Halter tops, tanks, boy shorts, swim skirts and more are available in great colors and styles.

Looking for the best modest swimsuits of 2017 that are great for moms? Here are four great online stores that sell modest swimsuits that are still very chic! I live in Austin, Texas, so that means swimsuit season starts in April. No joke. It can get up to 100 degrees toward the end of April, which means there’s nothing else to do to beat the heat but put on your swimsuit, take the kids to the pool, and jump in. However, for the past three summers, I have either been pregnant or nursing for more than half the time, which makes it hard to justify buying a new suit. This summer will be the first one where I can wear a non-maternity ...

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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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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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Practical and Thoughtful Gifts for Expecting Moms She’ll Absolutely Love

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Gifts for pregnant women don't have to focus on the baby! What a great list of thoughtful gifts for expecting moms that are just for her! I would have loved these type of pregnancy gifts.

Sometimes when you're pregnant you want attention and gifts that are just for you, the expecting mom, not just for the new baby. You want to receive gifts for pregnant women that say "I'm thinking about how this little bundle of joy is going to change your life - and I want this gift to help." Or, maybe that's just me. Many of the pregnancy gifts I suggest are things that will make life for the momma-to-be easier, more manageable, but also more enriched. These go far beyond baby registry items! These are items first time moms, or second time moms (and beyond) to help them enjoy carrying a new life inside of her and outside of ...

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How to Choose a Baby Name Without Regret (or Going Insane)

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FREE Printable to help you choosing a baby name by yourself and with your husband. Will definitely help me know what to name my baby!

Choosing a baby name is difficult! I mean, all of us have heard names that we find hideous, hilarious, stupid, or boring. Some of us hate our own names, wish we had a more unique name, or whatever. Yet very few people actually change their name for reasons other than legal ones like adoption, marriage, or divorce. This means new moms and dads have to pick a solid, awesome baby name, instead of something they or their child will regret later. Knowing what to name my baby is always a thoroughly thought out endeavor between my husband and I. We look over the list of baby girl names and their meanings. We look over the list of ...

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10 Firsts that Help You Believe You Are Indeed Pregnant

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It can be hard to believe you're pregnant, but these pregnancy firsts really leave no doubt or denial!

Every single time I see that positive sign on a pregnancy test, I can't believe I'm pregnant. Mostly because I haven't started feeling pregnant yet. It's also slightly unbelievable that my husband and I are actually capable of creating life and that that new life is now starting to grow inside of me! Yes, I know how it works, but it's still amazing. While I experience several early pregnancy symptoms, it still takes me a while to really feel pregnant, to feel like I'm not just gassy, bloated, and slightly nauseated. Those can happen to anyone, at any time! No, for a long time, despite fully knowing I am pregnant, I still ...

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26 VBAC Success Stories That’ll Empower Your Trial of Labor

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Great list of VBAC success stories! And it's broken down by whether or not they were induced, had an epidural, were home births, were after 40 weeks, and so on! So helpful for pregnant women who want to have a vaginal birth after a C-section!

When you are debating C-Section vs VBAC, chances are you want to know what to expect before, during, and after your VBAC delivery. You want to  know that other people had a successful VBAC without major scary complications. You want to hear positive VBAC success stories to boost your confidence going into your trial of labor after a Cesarean (TOLAC). So, I am delivering these amazing delivery stories to you. And because many of us have various situations and desires for our VBAC delivery, I've included details and categories so that you can read these real success stories, from real women, from those you identify most with, and ...

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8 Ways to Up Your Odds of Having a Successful VBAC Delivery

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Great advice for all pregnant moms who want to have a successful VBAC birth!

Like many women, I never wanted to have a C-Section, but ended up with one anyway with my first pregnancy. I had breech twins so my babies were born through my abdomen instead of my vagina. When I became pregnant again, I knew I wanted to avoid another C-section; I wanted to have a successful VBAC or Vaginal Birth After Cesarean. Due to this strong desire I went about educating myself about C-section vs VBAC, labor, childbirth, VBAC risks, VBAC success stories, hospital's VBAC policies, and other VBAC facts. When it comes to pregnancy and childbirth, education is fundamental. I am now one of the fortunate VBAC success ...

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9 Things You Start to Give Up on Once Baby #2 Arrives

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I’ve partnered with JOHNSON’S® on this sponsored post and all opinions stated on big family realities are my own.  Lucky or unlucky for myself, my baby number two arrived a mere two minutes after baby number one.  I've since added two more (singleton) kids to the fray, officially landing us in the "big family" categorization by a good majority of people. Once you have multiple young people, especially close in age, there are several things you don't have time for anymore and things you realize were never that important to begin with, beginning even with baby #2 (or #3 if you had twins first). Big Family Realities: 9 Things You ...

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