Why To-Do Lists are Overrated and What List You Need Instead

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Over a year ago I took this amazing course from Elayna Fernandez, The Positive Mom, called Stepping Into Balance. She really challenged me during the course as she pushed me toward a new way of thinking about goal creation, what a balanced life looks like, what my passions and purpose are, and how to deal with anger and frustrations in new ways. And a whole lot more. One part that was especially challenging to me was her insistence on getting rid of to-do lists! I love making a to-do list, feeling the satisfaction that comes with checking off each item once completed. More than anything, it feels great knowing that with ...

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One Crucial Way to Take Christmas to the Next Level

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Christmas Traditions for Family - How this one things will lead to a better Christmas Holiday - Real Christmas Tree

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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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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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 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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How to Keep the Semblance of a Bedtime Routine When Out Late

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Summertime bedtime routines get out of whack when you're keeping the kids up late! Great tips for managing bed time with different ages of kids - babies, toddlers, and gradeschoolers.

This post on summer bedtime routines is sponsored by Orajel but the opinions are 100% my own. Summer is the best season ever. Well, if you asked me my opinion. Even in hot Texas I love being outside, swimming, playing, tubing, eating Popsicles, going for walks, and letting my kids catch fireflies after dark. Add in the fireworks on the 4th of July, movies in the park after dark, travel, vacations, family reunions, and extra time spent with friends, and summer is the bomb!Unfortunately, these explosively fun and awesome activities often turn our little children into ticking time bombs as their sleep schedules are thrown off and ...

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What Happens When a Stay at Home Mom Leaves for Two Days

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We have four kids. Four young kids: twin six year olds, a three year old, and an 11 month old. I stay at home with them and have since giving birth for the first time six years ago. My transition into this SAHM role wasn't easy on me. I went from full-time student to mother of twins overnight, and then moved across the country six weeks later to a place where I didn't know anyone with zero money to our name. I think describing it as "rough" is an understatement. But, now I'm six years into this parenting thing and stay at home mom thing. Long gone are my days of hatred toward this "job" title. I embrace it and love it, poopy ...

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12 Essentials for an Epic Trip to the River with Kids

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Thank you Tampico Beverages for sponsoring this discussion. All opinions are my own. One of the greatest things about moving to Texas is the river running through our town. It's a spring-fed, crystal clear, 72 degree, river that is perfect for swimming, tubing, wading, or kayaking. Oh, and it's free to play in. However, taking multiple kids to the river, can be tricky, scary, and stressful. There are spots where the river flows fast and gets deep quickly. Due to spring rains this year, it's higher than normal too. There are no lifeguards either. But I am not one to avoid something just because it appears "hard." And what ...

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DIY Camping Lantern Hack

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How to make a DIY camping lantern. Very cool and easy camping hack tip!

Thank you Tampico Beverages for sponsoring this conversation. All opinions are my own. After another successful camping trip with four young kids, I stand by my 8 reasons you should take your kids camping.  It was a wonderful experience for all of us even with sunburns and a teething nine month old baby (who cut a tooth the second day into camping and had a fever most of the trip). Over the next few weeks I will be sharing even more great camping tips and tricks so that you can have a successful camping adventure with your family! One of those posts will be a nice camping checklist so that you don't forget to pack things. I ...

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13+ Fun and Meaningful Family Easter Traditions

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Great ideas on how to celebrate Easter as a family! Love these family Easter tradition ideas that are about DOING and memories.

The great thing about holidays is that they allow for some great family traditions, and Easter is full of great traditions. As a young family we are still developing and fine tuning and experimenting with different family Easter traditions both religious and secular. As a child, I greatly enjoyed Easter! Our family had only one, giant Easter basket, as opposed to one for each family member. The large basket was filled with fake grass and with candies, jelly beans, and large chocolate bunnies. You better believe we fought for the best candies and who would get the large bunnies as a large family. For years I didn't even ...

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The Colorful Craze Totally Worth Jumping on as a Family

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Great advice for getting your kids into adult coloring books and without scribbling all over them!

I love art. I grew up drawing and coloring. I won contests and scholarships through grade school, high school, and college where I majored in Visual Arts. It's no surprise that with my children I encourage them to express themselves artistically.  I am curious to discover if my kids have any natural talent in art too. With my twins it was apparent very early on that my daughter Lisa had very good fine motor skills as she wielded a pencil early and well. With that came adorable first drawings to the very detailed drawings of people and animals today.  The girl can draw. My daughter Alison was not refined in using her hands until ...

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29+ Ways to Celebrate Leap Year Day

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Such a great list of LEAP Themed activities and ideas for the family, couples, and individuals to celebrate Leap Year Day - February 29. A day that only happens once every four years should be fun and awesome!

Leap Year Day is a fantastic excuse to do extra fun things with your kids, your friends, your spouse, or by yourself! It's that one day a year that doesn't happen every year. In fact, Leap Day only happens once every four years when it is a Leap Year. If you have never done anything to celebrate this "holiday" before, Monday, February 29, 2016 is the perfect day to start. The last Leap Day was in 2012, and it was the first Leap Day my husband and I had officially been together (we started dating March 2008). I totally went all out for it, surprising my husband with a Leap-ful day after he got home from work, and treating our ...

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