ThredUp Opened Its First Store. Here’s What You Need to Know about It

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Secondhand clothing store in San Marcos, Texas - First physical retail store for ThredUp. Consignment store | Fashion | Name Brand Clothes | Style

This post is sponsored by ThredUp San Marcos. All opinions are my own. I've been ordering clothes online from for over two years now. ThredUp is the largest online thrift store with some 20 million users and offers like-new secondhand name brand and designer clothing in women, plus, juniors, maternity, boys, and girls. They also sell secondhand shoes, purses, hats, belts, and other accessories. Thanks to their referral program, and low-price points, most of the clothes I've purchased were free! I've picked up some amazing new pieces for myself, some great new shoes for myself and my kids, and lots of clothes for my four ...

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How to Keep Messy Eating Toddlers’ Messes to a Minimum

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messy eater toddlers - meal time tips for moms of toddlers to limit messes

This post was developed in partnership with Similac. All opinions on messy eating toddlers are my own. Toddlers are adorable with the cute way they say things, the new things they can do each day, and their chubbiness. But, they are also ridiculously messy when they eat. Like, get out the hose (or at least the tub) afterward messy. It's nuts. And I know this is doubly true when you have twin toddlers.... At a certain point, toddlers develop this strong sense of autonomy and independence and will not let you feed them yourself. And when you have multiple children, taking the time to spoon feed or fork-feed everything they ...

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How to Get Young Kids Learning Math – Zap Zap Kindergarten Math App Review

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Zap Zap Kindergarten Math App

You'd think that with a husband who is earning a PhD in Mathematics Education our kids would all be budding math geniuses. But, that's not the case... And it's not because I hate math or wasn't good at math in school. I, too, enjoyed math and did fairly well in the subject. Teaching it to our kids in our homeschool has been slow going though. In order to give my now preschooler a little advantage and practice with some basic math concepts like number recognition, plus and minus, shapes, and measurements, I've been looking into some apps for him to play during our school hours. Zap Zap Kindergarten Math App Review I was ...

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Here’s What a 23andMe DNA Kit Will Reveal about You

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23andme DNA kit review

I received a free 23andMe DNA kit in exchange for this review. Opinions are my own. Knowing your family history is an important part of understanding who you are, why you are the way that you are, and gain some perspective. Understanding your own personal family history, and personal narrative is said to be a deciding factor in what helps make a person happy in life. But, some of us don't really know who we are, where we came from, or our ancestry, for various reasons. I am blessed to know much of mine thanks to my family keeping good records over the years. But, still, there is much to be uncovered. While knowing your ...

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What Foods and Drinks to Pack for a Long Family Road Trip

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Ultimate Packing list of Food and Drink to bring on a long family road trip! Little kids, preschoolers, babies and adults will enjoy the list!

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Tree Top. All opinions are my own.   At the beginning of June, our family went on a massive family road trip. We drove from Central Texas to Omaha, Nebraska and then from Omaha, Nebraska to Indianapolis, Indiana, and then back home to Central Texas, in a massive 2800 mile road trip with four children over the course of only six days. My oldest niece got married in Omaha and we wanted to go to her wedding. Coincidentally, my husband's grandmother, and our only remaining grandparent between us, would be visiting his parents in Indiana the same week as the ...

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16 Stitch Fix Alternatives for Women, Men, Plus, and Maternity

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Stitch Fix Alternatives - Stitch Fix competitors

If you love the idea of Stitch Fix but want to know what the Stitch Fix Alternatives look like, and who the Stitch Fix competitors are, you're in luck. Read on. Maybe it's how much it costs. Maybe it's the type of clothes they carry. Maybe it's just because you'd like to know what else is out there. I don't know. And I don't judge you for your reasons for looking into alternatives to - the popular online personal styling service that sends clothes to your door without you having to leave home and try on 10,000 pairs of pants in the pursuit of the one pair that will fit you and your style perfectly. I've tried out Stitch Fix ...

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What Texas Moms Need to Know about Auto Insurance

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Saving Money Tip - How to save money on auto insurance in Texas! Know the car insurance terms, policies, coverage and more so you know what you are paying for and what you really need!

This post is sponsored. All opinions are my own. Recently my husband and I have taken an audit of sorts of some of our recurring payments, looking for ways we can decrease our payments for various bills like phone, internet, and insurance. We managed to save $10/month on our rental unit cost after we submitted proof of our renter's insurance, which was great. My husband then decided to call around, asking about rates at various car insurance companies. The consensus was that we could get more affordable insurance, likely if we were willing to drop our coverage some. Honestly, I don't know enough often about car insurance ...

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What You Likely Don’t Know about SeaWorld’s Wave Breaker and Rescue Team

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riding Wave Breaker at SeaWorld San Antonio - 2

After our first visit to SeaWorld and my daughters' mixed reactions from riding a roller coaster (The Steel Eel) for the first time, I was a bit hesitant to accept Sea World's invitation for my family to attend the Press Event for their newest roller coaster, Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster. But, I love roller coasters and I desperately wanted to go back to Sea World, this time with my whole family, so we accepted their invitation. This post is written in exchange for passes to the park. Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster “Wave Breaker is an exciting and novel coaster for families to ride together, and adds to SeaWorld’s ...

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Get Ready for Summer with these FREE Summer Printables!

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summer-printable-pack-ends-June-9

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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Sea World San Antonio

"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 ...

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22 Genius Ways Moms Squeeze in Time to Read

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busy moms find time to read books - ebook and audiobooks

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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