Instill These 10 Qualities of a Princess in Your Daughter; Princess Costumes Required

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Such a cute list of Princess qualities and characteristics! Love the idea of taking my girls to Princess school, Disney style, with princess costumes! #DisneyBeauties #shop #cbias

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. #CollectiveBias and its advertiser #DisneyBeauties. All opinions about Princess qualities are mine alone. My four year old daughters always pretend to be princesses and absolutely love dressing up in princess costumes. Disney's Sleeping Beauty was recently released from the Disney vault, so I picked up a copy of the Diamond Edition Sleeping Beauty Blu-Ray/DVD Combo pack from Walmart. Halloween is coming up soon too, so we picked up some fun Disney Princess costumes at Walmart while we were there. My daughters love their new dresses and crowns and camera. It was really hard ...

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15+ Awesome DIY Princess Anna Costume Tutorials for Little Girls

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15+ DIY Princess Anna Dress and Cloak Tutorials! So awesome! My daughters wants to be Anna for Halloween thanks to Disney's Frozen movie.

I know Queen Elsa is more popular than her sister, Princess Anna, from Disney's Frozen. Which is a shame because I love Anna's deep sisterly love! But, what are you going to do about her lack of super power, and long awesome capes? If you want to DIY an Elsa Dress, see my previous post. This post though is featuring my favorite Princess from Frozen - Anna! Here's a collection of DIY Anna Costumes you can make yourself. And if you end up running out of time, or not really wanting to DIY, there's always Etsy! If you pin from this page, please pin the first, main collage image. DIY Princess Anna Costumes Anna Costume DIY from ...

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20+ Awesome DIY Elsa Costume Tutorials for Little Girls

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Love this list of DIY Elsa Costume Dresses! It's giving me some inspiration as to how I want to make my daughter's Queen Elsa dress from Disney's Frozen for Halloween.

Looking for some Homemade Elsa Costume Tutorials and Inspiration? Then read on! My daughters love the movie Frozen! I don't know a little girl that doesn't. And Queen Elsa, with her awesome ice powers, beautifully long flowing cape, snowflake decals, and beautiful braided hair, is many little girls favorite princess. I'm sure a Queen Elsa costume will be on the top of the Halloween costume idea list this year. I hate forking out a bunch of money on poorly made Halloween costumes (especially when I have twin girls to outfit). So, I wanted to put together a huge round-up of DIY Elsa costumes to give you some inspiration to ...

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Stop Paying for Preschool!: DIY Preschool Alternatives

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Alternatives to preschools - Because while early education is important, paying for it isn't.

Today I am excited to be contributing my first contributor post for Clarks Condensed! I have been friends with Katie Clark for a while and am happy to be an on-going once-a-month contributor to her blog, writing about parenting and thrifty living. Today I'm sharing a little more about my early childhood education philosophy. I don't believe having your kid attend a traditional preschool is necessary for a child's future success. At least not when you do some of the following preschool alternatives. Preschools can be expensive. Very expensive if it is a private preschool or offers a full-day option. I have found most of my ...

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Top 10 Backyard Activities for 4 Year Olds

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TOP 10 Backyard Activities for 4 Year Olds #StuntHunt #ad

Thanks to Fruit Shoot and Linqia for sponsoring today's discussion. All opinions are my own. We moved relatively blind to our new home in Texas, as in, we never took a physical tour before applying, saw only a handful of pictures online, and ultimately left our home in Indianapolis to move into this one. But, we definitely lucked out as to what town-home we moved into! We are at the end of a row of townhomes and our backdoor literally opens up to a giant grassy field with a small playground at the far end. I love it and so do you my four year old twins! We have a giant backyard! I no longer have to worry so much about them going ...

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Why I invite people over to my small apartment anyway

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Sometimes I am really self conscious about living in a small apartment, so I love this post about why you should just do it anyway!

Life as a family of five in a 1200 sq. foot apartment townhome can get kind of crowded. One of our three bedrooms is a split baby room and storage room. Really, it's a storage room with a crib, changing table, and glider. Everything else in there is storage because we lack a garage and shed. Our kids' bedrooms are less than 100 sq. feet each. With closets and a bunk bed, their room feels cramped to say the least. There isn't a designated "play room" or area in our house.  Our kids have to play in our twin's bedroom or downstairs in our living/dining area. But, with a large sectional couch, TV stand, large computer desk and chair, ...

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The Terrible Fours and the Impossibility of Handling the Attitude

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The Terrible Fours - Because it's at four that you start having the attitude and strong-will behavior!

We've hit the terrible fours It's here. At long last the "terrible" age has struck my once sweet, relatively obedient children and turned them into bi-polar terrors. There's tantrums, name calling, extremes, screaming, door slamming, hitting, slapping, jumping, climbing, door locking, unbuckling, and whining coming far too frequently from my four year old daughters. In fact, for three days in a row, we couldn't even make it through breakfast without Alison throwing a fit, because I did something wrong, like got her the wrong spoon, didn't pour in enough milk, or got her the wrong cereal. End of the world type stuff, ya know? ...

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What’s up Fagans? Fridays

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Attack of the baby!

Welcome Friday! 1. My baby boy is 8 months old today!! I can't believe he's so old already! Wasn't he just born? And he's so smart and active already. He's pulling himself up constantly, loves crawling, and moving. One of his favorite things to do is grab your face, especially your lips and eyes and and then pinch them to death! He also enjoys slapping faces and chests and tables. He gets up once every night, still doesn't eat a lot of baby food (due to my laziness), and is just a happy baby generally.  We all love him like crazy around this house. 2. We've been hitting up the YMCA four times a week. It's been so nice ...

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Developing Girls’ Positive Self-Image

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Girls Empowerment Network Infographic: Girls need positive role models to develop positive self-image.

I am excited that I get to work with The Girls Empowerment Network (GENAustin) through Sverve to talk about developing girls' positive self-image! The Girls Empowerment Network surveyed 2,000+ U.S. adults to find out what are the biggest threats to girls' positive self-image, what is the biggest asset to a positive self-image, and which women in the public eye are the best role models for girls. Here's the infographic about the results of that study (click to see footnotes/original source): After looking at the data and information they collected, the one thing that comes to my mind is that looking at numbers and statistics is ...

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Instilling Values in Our Kids: Making Good Choices

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It is so important that we teach our children how to make good choices. Kids aren't evil, they just make bad decisions sometimes... don't we all? Part of a "instilling values in our kids" series | whatsupfagans.com

Once upon a time I was sitting in the waiting area of a WIC office with my young twins.  My children were toddling around, playing with the cheap plastic table and chairs in the room, doing their normal thing.  Another child was running around and being a little crazy.  He was probably about two years old.  While he was acting up a bit, it was his mother's words that still haunt me... She told her son that he was pure evil and mean. I was horrified.  I do not understand how a (loving) mother could call her two year old son evil.  While I know firsthand that children don't act like perfect angels as they age and they can be mean ...

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Instilling Values in Our Kids | Faith in Jesus Christ

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instilling values in our kids

I don't think it's much of a secret that us Fagans are church-goers and that we believe in Jesus Christ.  We're Mormons and we know it, we live it, and we love it. As religiously passionate people, my husband and I of course like instilling values in our kids about faith, about God. In our home, we try to make faith and belief part of our every day life, not just a thing we do on Sundays, or only at certain times. How we are instilling values in our kids {Faith in Jesus Christ} Go to church every Sunday (for three hours) Pray over every meal Read from the Bible (Old Testament currently) every morning at breakfast as ...

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Someday and Sometimes

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Someday and Sometimes

I love my daughter Lisa.  I love her growing sense of the world around her.  Lisa is such a bright kid.  Her memory astounds me, her focus is intense, and her talking never ends. And it is what she often talks about that leaves me with a huge smile on my face. Lisa's favorite things to talk about?  'Someday' and 'Sometimes.' My daughter seems very intent on understand this thing called life.  She wants to understand what happened to her before, as a baby, and what she will experience later, as a big person, you know, big like Mommy. Lisa informs others that she will be baptized someday, when she is eight years old, which ...

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