How to Keep Messy Eating Toddlers’ Messes to a Minimum

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This post was developed in partnership with Similac. All opinions on messy eating toddlers are my own. Toddlers are adorable with the cute way they say things, the new things they can do each day, and their chubbiness. But, they are also ridiculously messy when they eat. Like, get out the hose (or at least the tub) afterward messy. It's nuts. And I know this is doubly true when you have twin toddlers.... At a certain point, toddlers develop this strong sense of autonomy and independence and will not let you feed them yourself. And when you have multiple children, taking the time to spoon feed or fork-feed everything they ...

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11 Costly and Messy Diapering Mistakes You Really Don’t Wanna Make!

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Great diaper tips and tricks all parents should know and read! Disposal diapering mistakes can be avoided! Great solutions that will save you money and your sanity.

I still remember one of my very first nights as a new mom when I made a huge diapering mistake.  One of my twin daughters, Alison, asleep in the pack n' play at the foot of our bed, starting pooping. I know because all newborns make extremely loud pooping noises. So, as a dutiful new mom, I sprung out of bed, picked up a few Pampers Swaddlers diapers (which are super soft and awesome for newborns with their mesh liner insert) and Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes which have a perfect soft texture and are perfume-free and hypoallergenic, and began to change her diaper in the diaper changing table insert that came with our Pack n' ...

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One of the Hardest Qualities to Instill in Kids Today

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This post is sponsored by SmartyPants Vitamins. All opinions are my own. I was born at the end of the 80's and was a child of the 90's and into the 00's. Thus, it may surprise you that I grew up like many generations before mine with rules like "come home when the street lights turn on" and frequently went to parks with siblings or friends sans any parents.I remember sitting in parked cars, with the windows rolled down, waiting for my mom to finish taking care of her business at the bank or post office. I don't ever remember riding in a car seat or booster seat, and sat in the front seat well before I was 12 years old. I ...

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The Thrifty Mom’s Guide to Basic Baby Feeding Supplies

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This post is sponsored by KUDL. All opinions on essential baby feeding supplies are my own. As a new mom, there were few things I stressed over more than feeding my babies. I read up on when to introduce solids to a baby (which varied based on the source), how to breastfeed a newborn, how often to nurse said baby, how often to feed them, when to stop feeding for the night, when to introduce finger foods, and how to introduce them. However, we were poor and had twin babies to feed. And other than bottles and bibs, no one had gifted us baby feeding supplies at our various baby showers. We didn't even have baby spoons, baby bowls, ...

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The Truth About Paying Kids 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 ...

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

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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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How to Prepare for Cold and Flu Season & Prevent Viruses from Ravaging Your Family

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Sure, Fall comes with its beautiful colors, pumpkin-flavored everything, fun holidays, and cooler sweater weather, but it also welcomes us to the less-than desirable cold and flu season. Even as a homeschool family, we are not immune to the spread of germs, viruses, and diseases this time of year. And it is the pits. We are currently on week two of croup in our home with the most recent victim my 14 month old daughter, who I was praying would be spared as it went from one person in our family to the next. My son had croup as a baby, at like 16 months of age, and had to be hospitalized overnight. It was not fun and I did not ...

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How to Get Even Stubborn Children to Smile Authentically for Pictures

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This post is brought to you in partnerships with Orajel. All opinions are my own. There is nothing that makes me enjoy motherhood more than my child giving me a big, fat, cheesy, whole-face smile. The one where their eyes turn almond shaped and sparkle with pure joy. The smile where you just want to pinch their adorable baby cheeks. Accompany it with their real laugh, and my heart has just melted into a puddle on the floor. How did I create such a beautiful, happy, child with a smile for days? A smile that is freely shared with me dozens of times each day? Some days, my child's smile is all I need to turn my grumpy, sad ...

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5 Tips for Getting Your Children Stoked to Go to Church

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Great Christian parenting tip for keeping children going to church week after week! You really need to explain the why.

It doesn't matter how awesome your church is: someday your child won't want to go. Keeping children going to church week after week, year after year is a daunting task if your child hates it or would rather do something else on Sunday mornings. It takes work to teach kids about church and why it is important in their life and their salvation. Simply attending church every week with your children will not magically teach them to like it, value it, or to even one day want to go on their own. As parents, we need to help our children going to church by explaining the “why.”  The "Whys?" Children Having About Going to ...

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6 Things We’re Doing to Ensure Our Daughters are Cyber-Safe

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If you are raising girls, you want them to be safe online - these 6 house rules are great tips for keeping kids cyber safe online using the internet.

This post is brought to you by CJ Affiliate’s VIP Content Service. Thank you Norton by Symantec for sponsoring this post. While this was a sponsored opportunity from Norton, all content and opinions expressed here are my own. Given that my current occupation is as a self-employed blogger, I spend quite a bit of my time on a computer, laptop, and cell phone. I am no stranger to technology, the internet, or social media. And neither are my kids. The other day, my six year old daughter Lisa informed us that she wants a cell phone. This statement came only a day after she informed us she wants her own laptop or tablet.  She ...

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5 Sure-Fire Ways to Stop a Tantrum Before It Starts

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One minute you're having a great day; things are going super-smoothly for you, your kids are behaving and it seems like it might just be a peaceful day after all. And then, out of the blue, your toddler throws a crying, screaming temper tantrum of epic proportions, and it seems like there's nothing you can do to calm him down except ride it out and hope for the best. I don't know about you, but my kids' favorite time to throw an atom-bomb-sized temper tantrum is when we're shopping. I've quickly learned how to expertly avoid the sugary cereal aisle in an attempt to ward off the begging and crying for their favorite colorful ...

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