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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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 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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14 Money Saving Tips for Moms Having a Baby on a Budget

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When you have a baby on a budget, you need all the money saving tips for moms that you can get! Great advice for having a baby with little or no money.

The cost of a baby is ridiculous, well, as long as you buy into those cost calculators online. You can totally have a baby on a budget and you and baby will be A-Okay. They may not be able to do everything celebrity babies do, but babies don't care, at all. They just want love and love is free and you have plenty of it!  I'm sharing my best money saving tips for moms. My husband and I had a baby with no money. Actually, twin babies. We were both in college, finishing our last semester as they were born. We didn't have jobs lined up after graduation, had credit card debt, and no employment. It wasn't quite the ideal financial ...

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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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8 Reasons Public Restrooms are a Parent’s Worst Nightmare

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Public restrooms are terrible when you are a parent. The stuff of nightmares. Chances are that before having kids you never thought very hard about the restroom you frequented when out in public. Your worst fear often was that a stall wouldn't have toilet paper, or someone hadn't flushed the toilet, or that you had to stand in line. But, once you have a child, you realize how terribly designed and poorly thought out a vast majority of restrooms are for small children and babies. In fact, many are downright cruel. One of the less-talked about parts of potty training is the fact that you have to teach your child how to use a ...

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Forget Peek-a-boo; Let the Kids Play Speakaboos! {Giveaway!}

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This post is sponsored by Speakaboos, but opinions are mine. Enjoy. My daughters just turned six and we are heading towards the end of our first homeschool year. As kindergartners we've been focusing a lot on reading, writing, and books. But, my daughters are still not fully reading books on their own (yet). They can read books with simple words and such, but they lack major confidence. One of the things we are trying to do to encourage their love of books, and of reading, is to surround them with stories. I recently became an Usborne Books & More Independent Consultant and have been reading story books to them out loud. ...

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Green Kid Crafts: The Crafty Way to Get Your Kids Into Science

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Green Kid Crafts Review - Detective Science Kit

Green Kid Crafts may be my favorite educational subscription box for kids to date. Green Kid Crafts is a highly rated monthly subscription service full of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) activities and experiments. As a homeschooling mom who doesn't really like science, I was so thrilled with the Green Kid Crafts box they sent me to review as an affiliate, that I have since subscribed to receive even more boxes. Keep reading to find an exclusive discount promo code for my readers!When I first heard about Green Kid Crafts, I totally thought it was going to be some nature filled box of poorly made crafting ...

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4 Instinctual and Emotional Benefits of Breastfeeding Your Baby

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Cool post on breastfeeding benefits! Good to know why it's so emotional and natural for both mom and baby.

I have breastfed all of my children, including twins. It's something I truly love. Today, my guest poster Zyana is sharing some of the emotional benefits of breastfeeding your baby, because I know it isn't always easy.  Embracing motherhood involves accepting all the natural changes that occur to your body and forming secure attachments in your baby's infancy, ensuring an emotionally stable personality to be mirrored in an individual. Breastfeeding is a powerful symbol of motherhood and a highly emotional time for mothers, as they can feel that their hormones are all over the place. Emotions and cognition form a deep ...

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4 Easy Way to Remove Baby Poop Stains

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So have had this happen! Great baby stain remover tips for poop stains in clothes.

You would think by baby number four I would be a diapering pro and know exactly how to prevent diaper blowouts and remove a poop stain. But, she wanted to make sure I (finally) figured out the best method how to remove poop stains from baby clothes, so she frequently does things like this:I know that the best way to treat any stain is to treat them right away, run them under water, scrub them, pre-treat them with the proper baby stain remover solution, start them soaking, yadda yadda.  But, despite my desire to keep my kids' clothes free from stains, sometimes life happens. Sometimes the baby oozes poop all over herself when we ...

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