Get Ready for Summer with these FREE Summer Printables!

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The first day of summer is Wednesday, June 21, but the end of school comes even sooner, meaning summer break starts very soon! We have a trip planned in a couple weeks to attend my niece's wedding and then go on to visit my in-laws and then come back home, driving each leg of the trip, for a combined distance of 2700 miles. In a car with four children. In less than a week's time. Yeah, we're probably nuts. It's okay to think that with us. I do know we'll listen to several audio books (Harry Potter among them),  have the kids watch movies on our portable DVD players, and pack lots of snacks, drinks, toys, games, and to ...

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Why Moms Need to Take Their Kids to Sea World (It’s Not Why You’d Think)

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"Today is the best day of my life!" My daughter said, beaming at me, as we walked away from riding her very first real roller coaster ride. What made the day extra special was the fact it was her and her twin sister's 7th birthday, and we were at Sea World San Antonio together, just the twins and I. I received free tickets in exchange for this review, and I so thankful for them! Because, it was one of the best days of my life too. A couple months ago, my husband bought JAWS on Blu-ray from Target when it was on sale for $4 and decided it would be a great one to watch with the kids. I was less than thrilled about doing so, but ...

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The Best Modest Swimsuits for Moms of 2017

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Great list of websites that sell fashionable modest swimsuit and swimwear for moms and teens who value modesty during the summer poolside. Tankinis, One-Pieces, Halter tops, tanks, boy shorts, swim skirts and more are available in great colors and styles.

Looking for the best modest swimsuits of 2017 that are great for moms? Here are four great online stores that sell modest swimsuits that are still very chic! I live in Austin, Texas, so that means swimsuit season starts in April. No joke. It can get up to 100 degrees toward the end of April, which means there’s nothing else to do to beat the heat but put on your swimsuit, take the kids to the pool, and jump in. However, for the past three summers, I have either been pregnant or nursing for more than half the time, which makes it hard to justify buying a new suit. This summer will be the first one where I can wear a non-maternity ...

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22 Genius Ways Moms Squeeze in Time to Read

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This post is sponsored by Deseret Bookshelf. All opinions are my own. I haven't always loved books. Or reading. Blame it on all the stuff I had to read for school sucking the joy out of reading for me, or a lack of family members who liked to read while growing up. Okay, my mom did read: she read the newspaper and magazines. Only on occasion did I see her with a physical book in her hands that wasn't the scriptures. My father mostly listened to books. Lots of books - on tape and eventually on CD. As an over-the-road truck driver, he had a lot of time on his hands to sit and listen, so he would pick up great new books from ...

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An Honest Look at the Stitch Fix Pros and Cons

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In January 2017, I received my third Stitch Fix box to see if their clothing could finally make its way into my wardrobe, instead of just their jewelry. In this Stitch Fix review, I highlight what I consider the Stitch Fix pros and cons. What is Stitch Fix? In case you aren't familiar with Stitch Fix, it's a fashion clothing subscription box where a stylist handpicks items for you, based upon your Stitch Fix style profile that you complete before your shipment arrives (you can see my first September 2016 Stitch Fix review for a really good rundown of what's included in the quiz). The service costs a $20 styling fee, which can ...

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How My Homeschooled Twins Learned How to Read

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This post is sponsored by Bookroo. All opinions on teaching twins how to learn how to read are definitely my own. I never once thought teaching children how to learn how to read would be an easy feat, especially because I knew I'd be their teacher.I do not have a teaching certificate nor did I major in English in college. Sure, I enjoy writing and reading as I participate in a monthly book club (I actually started my current book club) and I write regularly for this blog. But, the English language is so complicated! Our vowels all make multiple different sounds, for various different reasons. A spelling rule doesn't hold fast ...

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Stitch Fix Review #2 – These Prices are Killing Me!

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December 2016 Stitch Fix Review - Honest talk about Stitch Fix Prices Costs and whether or not it's worth the expense, especially for cheap, frugal or poor people.

My styling fee was waived in exchange for an honest review of Stitch Fix. I received this box December 2016 in time for the holidays. I wasn't sold on Stitch Fix after my first box, and questioned whether the cost of Stitch Fix made it something frugal people (like myself) could really get behind and use, or if it is something solely for those with extra income because of the Stitch Fix prices. If you are unfamiliar with Stitch Fix, they are a styling service that handpicks fashion pieces - clothing and accessories - for you and ships them to your door how ever often you'd like. They use a comprehensive style quiz to determine ...

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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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Learn How the ShopKick App Will Change the Way You Shop

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The ShopKick app is one of my favorite money saving phone apps because it is extremely easy to use and fun!  If you like being rewarded for shopping, then you need to learn how to use ShopKick! We currently live very close to a large Outlet Mall and other retail stores. Sometimes my husband and I like to head out with the kids to get some fresh air, exercise, and window shop over at the outlets. We chat, look around, let the kids play with some toys (that we don't buy), look at a few things, play at the playgrounds, and eventually head home. But, would you believe that during our fun little shopping excursion, I earn money? And ...

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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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How Adults Can Get in a Mindfulness Break {GIVEAWAY}

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Greetings again! This is the second time Katelyn let me create a guest blog post on her amazing site. My previous post was over Veterans Day, where I remarked on the incredible (and necessary) support that families can provide to those who serve our military. Much credit is due to those who aren’t called to fight, but who bear the greater burden of support. I’m writing this post as a follow-up to one Katelyn wrote a few months ago about enjoying coloring books as a family. She wrote that post fresh off a trip to my house in Alabama, where I had several early pages of my adult coloring book completed. We had a great time coloring ...

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Is Stitch Fix Right for Frugal People? My Honest Review

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Great honest Stitch Review from a cheap frugal person like me! I've always wanted to try out their styling services but wondered if it was really worth the expense.

Though I was given a $20 credit to try Stitch Fix for free what follows is my honest Stitch Fix Review as a frugal, simple person. Fashionable is not a word I use to describe myself. Now or ever. I think I can look nice, but fashion-forward or stylish are not qualities I seek out in my life (while modesty I do seek out). It's not really me, especially because I am a stay-at-home mom with kids that frequently wipe boogers on my shirts, pull my hair, break my necklaces, and ooze out poop from their diapers onto my lap. Thus, fashion-forward clothes are not a big priority in my day-to-day life. However, I no longer want to ...

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