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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How to Clean Your Dishwasher with a Steam Cleaner

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The dishwasher is for cleaning your dishes, but how do you clean a dishwasher? Is there a dishwasher washer you've overlooked somewhere the help you know how to clean a dishwasher? When your dishwasher itself isn't very clean, it doesn't do as great of a job sterilizing, cleansing, washing, and rinsing your dinnerware. You need to clean your dishwasher periodically, maybe once a year at least, in order to keep it running like the beautiful, wonderful machine that it is. I recently received a Dupray ONE Plus Steam Cleaner and accessory kit to test out and review here on the blog, and to give one away to my readers (giveaway ...

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The Easiest Way to Get Your Home Clean When You Have Kids

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All great reasons why you should hire a maid service to come clean your house for you.

I have four kids. Four young kids. My house is very rarely completely clean top to bottom all at the same time.I bet the number of times it has occurred I could count on one hand. And chances are my children were not actually in my home for part of that cleaning process. But, I like a clean home, or clean-ish. I like being able to step two feet in any direction and not step on or over something. It's the simple things in life, you know? While we work hard to maintain a clean kitchen, and pick up the main living area at least once a day, the rest of the house, the black hole that is the upstairs, does not see the same ...

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The Chemical Free Baby Wipe – WaterWipes {Giveaway!}

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UK based Waterwipes - chemical free baby wipes - have come across the pond to the US and Babies "R" Us! How awesome.

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for WaterWipes. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. My due date for baby number four is just a little over a week away. People keep asking me if I'm ready, and honestly, I don't know! It was only last week that we finally stocked up on diapers and wipes, and only yesterday that I opened the boxes of girl baby clothes my mother-in-law mailed us (we had left them at my in-laws house in Indiana) and organized them and hung some up or put some in drawers. I just washed some nursing ...

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How to Prep Your Vehicle for a New Baby Like A Pro

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How to prepare for a new baby - make sure you prep your car!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PERK for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Oh my word. Can you believe I have less than a month now until baby number four arrives?! With another babe on the way, I'm trying my best to finish up some last minute checklists and prep for the new baby, or what many would call nesting. And one area that I really need to prep is my car. Sure, creating a nursery is fun and exciting, but prepping your car for a new baby is about safety and convenience when away from the home. 4 Things You Need to do to Prep Your Car for a New Baby 1. Get needed car maintenance. One of the most ...

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How Sunshine Benefits Everyone in the Family

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Do you know the benefits of being outdoors are? What about the benefits of quality family time? I love knowing how to combine the two for some epic summer family fun!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Quaker Oats for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. As the weather warms up, so does our desire to play outside! We've already ventured to the river, taken family walks, gone camping, and the start of summer isn't even officially here yet! Getting outside, especially with our families, is beneficial to our health and happiness. In fact, sunshine and being outdoors will improve your family life, especially as you take full advantage of summer family fun and keep playing! Benefits of Being Outdoors Getting outdoors, especially in the summer time is so great for you! The natural ...

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3 Simple Ways to Live a Little Greener

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3 Simple, Easy ways to live a littler greener, more ecofriendly, that are totally doable for anyone!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BringingInnovation #CollectiveBias I do not consider myself an Environmentalist, tree hugger, or hippie, but I do consider myself a steward of this earth and the resources on it. I believe this planet with its abundant resources, and all of our modern conveniences, are a gift from God for me to use wisely and judiciously. So, I do think about my and my family's carbon footprint, and how I can respect this Earth I call home. While I still can do much better in so many areas (most of us can!) there are several things we do in ...

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Sleeping Arrangements for Newborn Twins and Beyond

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Great sleeping arrangement ideas for twins! All the way from #Crib2College #ad

This post is sponsored by Mattress Firm and the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. All opinions are my own. Having twins makes for some interesting logistical challenges at times, from how to squeeze two car seats in a car, to how to transport them when out, to breastfeeding, to strollers, and of course how to manage their sleeping arrangements. Our twins have undergone various sleeping arrangements in their relatively short lifetime, and it has me wondering what is the best sleeping arrangements for twins from the newborn stage, the toddler stage, and beyond. Thankfully I know that Mattress Firm is supportive in every phase of a ...

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When Preschool at Home Isn’t Going According to Plan

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If you can't stand doing preschool crafts with your preschoolers at home for homeschoolilng, here are some suggestions on what to focus on instead.

I have been doing preschool at home with my twin daughters for over two months now. It's been quite the learning experience for both them and myself, and what the future of homeschooling will look like for our family. I bought the God's Little Explorer Preschool Curriculum. And I still think it's a great curriculum. I just don't think it's necessarily right for us, or rather for me. A large reason being that I don't like doing crafts (or spending money on crafting supplies), and my children also need something more advanced, as they already know colors, shapes, letters, numbers 1-10, sounds of letters, and so on. They need to ...

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27 FREE DIY Homemade Christmas Stockings Patterns and Tutorials

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27 Awesome Homemade DIY Christmas Stockings for beginners on up! I love handmade stockings.

I love homemade Christmas stockings! They are just so much better (and fairly easy to make) than one you buy from a store. Growing up my grandmother hand knit all our stockings with our names on them. Unfortunately, my grandmother has passed, and both my mother and myself don't knit, so my kids haven't received the awesome stockings I had growing up. So, I am always on the lookout for easy, but awesome, Christmas stockings I can make for my family and friends. Two years ago I made Christmas stockings from a sweater for my twin girls. I have since found some awesome tutorials for DIY Christmas Stockings that you can make for your ...

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The Benefits of a Levana Stella Video Baby Monitor Even When Your Baby Isn’t a Baby Anymore

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Keep an eye on your kids, but also communicate with them from another room. So many advantages of a video baby monitor! #Levanaween #ad

New parents seem to have this fear of their new baby being alone in the other room, far away from them, where they can't see them, where they can't hear every coo and gurgle. We start to worry that our baby will stop breathing (or die from SIDS) or will cry and we won't hear them, so we use baby monitors so that we can always hear them anytime they make a sound. My husband and I use baby monitors until we work on getting baby to sleep through the night, then we turn it off. So, we haven't used one in months. However, we were recently sent a Levana Stella video baby monitor to review and it has been an awesome, extremely fun, and ...

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God’s Little Explorers Preschool Curriculum – Explore God’s Word and World

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This is such an awesome At-Home Preschool curriculum!! I will be doing this with my preschoolers starting this fall! #homeschooling

My affiliate links are used in this post. I have personally purchased this item and intend to use it! Opinions are my own. It is Back to School time for a lot people, if your child isn't already in school! I still can't believe that my friends' kids back in Indianapolis are already in school. Most started July 30! That's crazy to me because it is still very much summer! I grew up in Wisconsin where we didn't go back to school until after Labor Day. I love summer and think it's important for kids. But, I digress. This post is about what I will be doing with my twin preschoolers this coming school year. We are again planning on ...

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