15 Must-Have Baby Items Essential for Life with a Newborn {Giveaway}

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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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Great group service project idea - Blessing Bags - Homeless Gift - Giving to Homeless - Charity

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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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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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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16 Practical Genealogy Gifts for Modern Family History Lovers

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Genealogy Gifts Ideas for Modern Family History Lovers, memory and record keepers. Gift guide for people who love preserving their family's histories now and in the past.

Looking for awesome genealogy gifts for Christmas for the Family History lover you know? Keep reading for great genealogy gift ideas. According to USA Today, Genealogy is the second most popular hobby in the United States. I can understand why as I've spent time doing my own genealogy and family history research - it's addicting! You want to keep digging deeper into your past, into understanding who you are, who your ancestors were, for better or for worse. It's a great mystery worth investigating and discovering! It's the fulfillment of Malachi's promise that Elijah the prophet will come and turn the heart of the the fathers ...

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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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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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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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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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