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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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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What is an Usborne Facebook Party and Should You Attend?

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There are so many direct sales companies inviting you to attend their parties, so if you want to know what an Usborne Books & More Facebook Party is, and why you should attend, read this!!

What is an Usborne Facebook Party? How can you "party" on Facebook? And what is Usborne Books & More? These digital online parties, especially via Facebook, seem to be all the rage, with various companies and direct sales people hitting you up all the time for you to attend them, companies like Usborne, Norwex, Paparrazzi,  Tupperware, Pampered Chef, and so many more. Before these types of direct sales parties were only in-person events, and you would have to actually put on a happy face, and clothes, and schedule babysitters. The Facebook Party is the lazy way to party with all your direct sale friends and hostesses. ...

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10 Reasons You Should NOT Buy Books from Usborne Books & More

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If you have been invited to an Usborne Books & More Facebook Party from a friend then you will love this post!! These are 10 reasons people should NOT buy books from Usborne Books & More for their kids as a gift or to build their library.

"Hey Katelyn! Have you heard about Usborne Books & More? They are a great company that sell high quality and affordable children's books. I would love for you to attend my Usborne Books & More Facebook Party on Thursday, May 12, 2016 @8:30pm Central time..." Oh great. Another friend is messaging you on Facebook about another party for Usborne Books & More! What is it with these people? Why are so many people obsessed with Usborne Books & More? Don't they know that you have 10 perfectly legitimate reasons to not want to buy books from Usborne? 10 Reasons You Should NOT BUY Books from Usborne Books & More 1.) ...

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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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The Problem with Entitlement Is that it Begins With Us

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Wow! This is an eye-opener about my entitled attitude as a parent! I didn't even realize I was showing entitlement and ingratitude.

One of the almost constant struggles of 21st century parenting is the battle against children's entitled attitudes. Article after article discusses how kids are more entitled than ever today, doing less around the home, being padded from failure, and given awards for just showing up.  How children think they somehow deserve a free college education (paid for by mom and dad or the State), to get paid $15/hr to take someone's food order, and to have the latest gadgets and toys free of limitations and monitoring. When children don't get what they think they deserve, they cry it's unfair, unjust, and plain wrong. Most sensible ...

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What Pregnancy is Really Like and What You Should Expect

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I love her explanation of what being pregnant actually feels like! And knowing what to expect when your expecting and dealing with a pregnancy is so helpful!!

When I first became pregnant, I was married, in love, but also young and unsure. I wondered what I should expect when expecting.  What the heck was this pregnancy going to do to my life? How was I going to handle it? Would I get sick? Would I get gestational diabetes? Would I carry to full-term? Would I be super uncomfortable the whole time? How would my body change? Would I get stretch marks and varicose veins? Would I still be able to attend school full-time while pregnant? Every time I have seen that positive sign on the pregnancy test, there has been fear mixed with joy, especially after I had a miscarriage. Because, one of ...

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The Art of Family Storytelling and Why It’s Important

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Family Storytelling - Both sharing family history stories and telling fun bedtime stories - are SO great for your kids! Love all of these ideas and research as to why and how to do it.

Lately there has been something pressing on my mind, something that I feel I need to do for my children. I feel this way because I am understanding more and more the importance of family storytelling, both good bedtime storytelling and the telling of family history stories. There is power is in stories, especially true stories, and magic in their telling. The thing about stories are that they are memorable. You can read a textbook all day, but won't remember much of the facts, because they aren't particularly remarkable or engaging. Just as doing something physically, hands-on, is more memorable than reading about or seeing ...

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It’s Never Too Early to Talk About Sex with Your Kids

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It's never too early to talk to your kids about sex, and these "30 Days of Sex Talks" look like an awesome, easy way to talk to your kids. | Book Review | parenting tips

Parents today have a greater responsibility than ever to talk to their children about sex, intimacy, proper body images, privacy, sacredness, and what is right and wrong at young ages. While I don't necessarily believe the world is full of more child molesters and sexual predators than ever before, it is teeming with people who do not have a correct or healthy view of sexuality, intimacy, marriage, relationships, boundaries, privacy, and pornography. Our media is over-saturated with messages and images that support incorrect views on sex. And since our world is consuming and more media in larger quantities, children at younger and ...

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Transform Your Home Life with Knowledge – Ultimate Homemaking Bundle Deal

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This is a limited time deal, but it's 100 awesome homemaking resources on topics like marriage, finances, meal planning, homeschooling, working from home, motherhood, DIY, Decor, and so much more. And it's all just for $29.97!! It's 30 CENTS per resource and there's even a 30-Day money-back guarantee! Spread the word cause it ends Monday, April 27!

I have been a stay at home mom now for five years, and a wife for about six and a half years so I have been "keeping home" or homemaking for quite a while. And learning how to keep a home clean, manage the finances, stay on top of laundry, come up with something for dinner (my absolute least favorite part!) and raise three wonderful children and still be an awesome wife and individual has been a juggling act many times. And it's why on What's up Fagans? I have two whole sections of my site devoted to sharing homemaking and frugal living tips! I want to help other people live a little better, so I share my tips and tricks I pick ...

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The Amazing Benefits of a Kindle eReader

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Even if you love real paperback and hardcover books, there are some awesome benefits of a Kindle ereader, especially the Kindle PaperWhite. This really makes me want one now!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of eBookArrow.com. All opinions are 100% mine. I have never been one to be up on the latest gadgets and technology, so when my husband asked if I wanted a Kindle a few years ago I was hesitant to jump on this newer technology, especially because real books are so great! With real books, you get to hold them in your hand, feel the pages between your fingertips, crack open that spine, underline and make notes (if you own it) as you want, and get that satisfaction of closing a book once it's over. Why would I want to give those up? We decided I would give it ago anyway, and my husband ...

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How to Start a Book Club: Tips and Suggestions for an Awesome Group

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Great post on how to start a book club! Lots of great tips and suggestions for how to set it up, host, pick books, and more. I so want to start my own book club group now! Who's with me?

Moving to Texas meant I would be leaving some pretty great groups of people behind, and along with them, the regular activities we had, like our monthly book clubs. In Indianapolis I was actually part of two book clubs for years, and most of the time was able to attend them both groups each month. It was so nice to leave the kids behind, read new books and genres, eat some yummy treats, but also to have a little girls night, staying up late into the night (and on a school night!). I loved these nights and I was determined to start a book club myself after we moved if our church congregation wasn't already hosting one. And guess ...

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