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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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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DIY Solution to Remove Poop Stains and Smells from Carpets

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Got poop stains on your carpet? Follow this cleaning tutorial to learn how to remove poop stains from carpets as well as get rid of the smell! If you have a baby in diapers, about the worst thing that can happen is them getting a bought of sickness that gives your baby the runs. Yes, I mean diarrhea. Sorry, it's not very glamorous to talk about. Actually, it downright gross and it stinks. But, it is an unfortunate and common reality for all parents, at some point. I have already shared what to do to remove baby poop stains from clothes (and bedding or whatever) but if your human baby gets some of their nasty feces mess onto ...

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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 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 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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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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One Crucial Way to Take Christmas to the Next Level

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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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How to Assemble Blessing Bags for Homeless People as a Group

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This post is sponsored by Mormon.org. All opinions expressed are my own. This year as part of our homeschool, we participate in a local Christian Exploring Co-Op. We take turns planning field trips for our kids. In addition to the field trips we schedule a Moms Night Out, a Teen Night, and a Service Project each quarter too.  Our last service project was a few weeks ago and we collaborated as a homeschool group to make blessing bags for homeless people. I know many of us (myself included) are never quite sure what to do when confronted with a homeless person. Should we ignore them, look the other way, gesture that we don't have ...

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Top 6 Reasons You Should Still Mail Christmas Cards

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This post is brought to you in partnerships with Orajel. All opinions are my own. Every year I hear the same excuses as to why people don't mail Christmas cards to their family and friends via USPS snail mail. People often say things like: "Christmas cards are so much work!" "It's just another thing to do during the busy Christmas season." "Honestly, sometimes I just forget to do them until after Christmas is over, and then don't send them because I'm embarrassed to send them so late." "People just throw out the cards anyway, so why bother?" "They are too expensive!  There's the cost of a photographer and/or a ...

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