Disney’s FROZEN: Anna’s Unconditional Love

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Disney's FROZEN is really all about sisterly love - Anna love Elsa despite everything. #shop #cbias #FROZENFun| whatsupfagans.com

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias and its advertiser #FROZENFun. However, all opinions are 100% my own. Over Christmas break, when I was visiting my brother Tyler, we all went out and watched Disney's FROZEN at the movie theater. And I thoroughly enjoyed it, as did everyone I went with. Afterwards I couldn't stop hearing about the movie, but especially the "Let It Go" song. It was everywhere, in more versions by more singers then a song only a few months old generally receives! It was awesome, and definitely ...

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What Lactation Consultants Should be Teaching at Breastfeeding Classes

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I love breastfeeding, but it's not always easy. Here are 7 things I wish lactation consultants and breastfeeding classes would teach. | whatsupfagans.com

I am very appreciative of all the comments and shares that my previous post 11 Common Breastfeeding Myths and Lies received. Many were grateful that I was sharing the "truth." Because, the truth of the matter is many moms have heard those well-meaning lies from doctors, nurses, lactation consultants, and even friends and family. Breastfeeding is promoted as the best and so natural, that when it hurts way more than a woman knew it was going to, and brings never-discussed complications and realities, moms get discouraged, feel guilty, and very often completely overwhelmed by the prospect of breastfeeding.  Because, what they have ...

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Breastfeeding hurts!: Uncovering 11 Breastfeeding Myths and Lies

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Here are eleven common lies of breastfeeding and the truth from everyday nursing moms. This is the reality of breastfeeding. whatsufpagans.com

I breastfeed my children. I breastfed my twins for 13 months. Currently I am exclusively breastfeeding my 10 month old son and plan to continue nursing him for several months still to come. And I love it! I think breastfeeding is better than formula (though I am not anti-formula at all. I supplemented my twins with formula), and love the close bond it allows with my children. I also love not having to deal with bottles! I hate bottles (said the women who supplemented twins without a dishwasher)! However, I didn't always love breastfeeding. Breastfeeding hurts! And it's awkward at times. I struggled through the first several ...

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Parenting Book Review Theme Week and Giveaways!!

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Parenting Book Review Week and Giveaways!

I love reading parenting books. And I love sharing parenting book reviews with my readers.  This week over at How do you do it? - Where Mothers of Multiples Tell It Like It Is - we are having a parenting book review theme week! I'm so happy! I'm hoping it will help me find my next great parenting book to read. *My affiliate links are used in this post.* Parenting Book Reviews: Yesterday I put together a post highlighting all the parenting book reviews I've shared here on What's up Fagans? over the years. I would definitely check it out! Today, I shared my book review of Be the Mom. Later this week I'm reviewing Twin ...

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The Age of Imagination – Pretend Play

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Age of Imagination - The importance of Pretend Play..

It's here: The age of imagination. My twin daughters have been pretending and imagining for a while, probably since about their third birthday, but now at 3.5 years old, they are in a full-blown imagination stage. And I love and hate it. The Importance of Pretend Play I have read many articles and books boasting the benefits of imaginary play. Studies have shown that kids who play pretend do better socially and academically. They gain emotional strength as well. Children who are given more time to independently play, pretend, and imagine turn into smarter, friendlier, and more emphatic children and adults. Not only is pretend ...

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What’s up Fagans? Fridays

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Kids getting ready to go trick or treating

Sorry I didn't put one up last week! The previous two weeks I had so many other posts going up, I just didn't have the time or energy to put together a What's up Fagans? Friday post. But, here it is for this week! 1. My son is pulling up on everything! It's his very favorite thing to do.  He can pull up on the ottoman, his walker, boxes, stools, chairs, crib, TV stand, and more. He wants to be standing up! He can climb up a stair or two. He's a full on crawler and  is getting faster and faster. Oh, and he's still only 7 months old! 2. Michael has been pretty sick lately however. We've missed two Sundays of church in a row due to ...

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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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Strong Mom Series – Guest Post

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I am a Strong Mom - I carried twins full-term as a full-time student. I adjusted to life as a SAHM in a new place. I suffered a miscarriage. And then delivered a 9.5lb baby via VBAC almost 2 weeks overdue. I am a Strong Mom. And I bet you are too.

This last Friday I was featured as a guest poster on the blog called "The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a Second Time Mom for her new "Strong Mom" series. In the post I talk all about my pregnancies, how I preserved through huge bellies, big babies, and adjusting to a new life as mom. You can read the whole post here.  Here's a sample of what I wrote: My body and my life have forever been changed by my pregnancies, miscarriage, births, and difficulties of newly-wed life.  But, I’ve handled them like a champ.  I’ve stayed strong and preserved through the hard times, and been so richly blessed and rewarded for it.  I now have ...

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How to Afford Twins Giveaway!!

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twins giveaway

How do you do it?'s money-saving theme week "How to Afford Twins" is over!  And it was crazy awesome week and super busy for me, as I was the who organized it.  I ended up writing or co-writing eight posts (if you could the intro post), some of which I rushed to write this past week.  In order to celebrate our awesome theme week and end with a bang, I and two other writers for How do you do it? decided to put up some gift cards!  And since we all write over there for free (there is no advertising on hdydi.com), we are cross promoting each others' blogs, Facebook pages, and twitter accounts.  This means that my readers of What's up ...

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How to Afford Twins Theme Week

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how to afford twins theme week

I am so very excited!  This week, Sunday, September 22 to Saturday, September 28 I have organized a money-saving theme week on How Do You Do It? a mothers of multiples blog that I contribute for.  It became clear that many of the writers for this blog were passionate about ways to make ends meet, especially as they had to find ways to afford twins, triplets, or more!  So, I decided we should have a theme week on how to afford twins. I compiled a list of different topics that people could address, assigned them to various authors, and scheduled them throughout the week.  I hope that, even though most of my readers here probably ...

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Meeting Cousins

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Children playing with bubbles

Josh's nieces stayed with his parents for two weeks this summer, and we were able to visit with them.  The last time we saw them was for Christmas at his sister's house when I was still pregnant with the twins.  So, most of his nieces (one came and stayed with his parents last summer and met our girls then), hadn't met our kids, and eventually Josh's sister flew in to join her kids at Josh's parents' house as well, so she finally got to meet her nieces and nephew too. Needless to say, we were very excited that we got to see our California family members.  We had originally only planned to visit them one weekend, but extended our ...

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Twin Advantage – Best Friends and Playmates!

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fraternal twin girls

I am posting again this morning over at How Do You Do It?  But, today I am posting about the awesome twin bond, twin connection that my girls and many twins share! And I have to say this ultra special sibling connection is one of the greatest blessings and advantages about having twins.  While twins are especially demanding in the first year or two of life, part of the reason I think they get easier with the passing days and months and years is that they have each other.  As a parent, I don't have to entertain them myself all day long.  I don't have to come up with things to do for them.  They can play with each other.  They can ...

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