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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25 Genius Steam Cleaner Uses

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steam cleaner uses walls and doors

A steam cleaner uses only water to clean a variety of things inside and outside your home. I recently received a Dupray ONE Plus Steam Cleaner and enjoy how great it is at cleaning a host of different tough-to-clean areas. But, not only does a steam cleaner clean without chemicals, but it also disinfects, sanitizes, and deodorizes! Check out all the awesome ways you can use a steam cleaner around you home and then be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom for your chance to win your very own Dupray ONE Plus Steam Cleaner. Many of the following tutorials shown below use a different steam cleaning machine, the HomeRight ...

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3 Best Online Consignment Shops for Buying Used Clothing for You and Your Kids

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I didn't know about these three online consignment shops that sell thrift store used clothing and toys for women and kids! This is such a great money saving tip!! I know where I'm shopping for clothes from now on.

There are many great reasons to buy used clothing online.  But, not all online consignment shops are created equal, especially when it comes to buying used clothes. Some have some pretty great perks and incentives and great selections. Others, not so much.I have recently started buying more secondhand used clothing online for my kids. While I still do buy some clothing new (usually on clearance), buying secondhand for us is just a great way to save oodles of money on outfitting four children and even ourselves! With twins, the biggest on-going cost (besides food) is buying new clothes for them as we always need double the amount of ...

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How You Can Get In Your Cardio and Have Fun Too

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Such a great way to get your cardio exercise in! Hook up the Goji Play 2 on your aerobic cardio machines and play your way through it! Fun!

Cardio equipment and the aerobic exercise they provide are great for toning your body, burning calories, and strengthening your heart. We all know it. So many of us dutifully climb aboard one of them at the gym or in our own homes, but man do we kinda hate how repetitive, monotonous, and generally boring it can be to get your sweat on for 30 or more minutes doing the same motion over and over and over. For the last few weeks I've been hitting up the gym and using a treadmill or an elliptical machine to get in my cardio exercise.  Thankfully, I've had a Goji Play 2.0 to use to help pass the time. Blue Goji understands people like ...

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8 Best Educational Subscription Boxes According to a Homeschooler

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Great list of fun educational subscription boxes for kids. Children love receiving mail, so why not gift them something they can learn from too! Perfect for homeschooling families.

Looking for an educational subscription box for kids? The following are among the best and most popular options out there today! One of the greatest things my dad did was send me postcards in the mail. My dad was an over-the-road truck driver. He was gone the majority of the week, and occasionally for multiple weeks at a time. Receiving a postcard from him in the mail was great. I got to see a cool image of some place he's been before, and get a personalized message from him, just for me, letting me know he thought about me. I don't know a kid that doesn't like to receive something just for them in the mail. My kids love ...

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33 of the Best Gifts to Get Kids Outdoors

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Awesome list of 33 outdoor play equipment and outdoor toys for kids. Great gift guide and ideas to get my kids outdoors.

A large majority of my best memories as a kid happened outdoors. And I grew up in the age of video games, TV, and computers. I'm only 27 years old. I did indeed play a gross amount of video and computer games growing up, in large part because I had six older brothers who were really into them as well. Our family bought a Windows 95 computer right as it came out, and we paid for our internet usage via a coin jar. Before that computer we had a green screen one that we also played games on. We had the original Nintendo and every Nintendo Gaming System (and a few others) through the years. We owned lots of VHS and eventually ...

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The Cool Way for Kids to Spend Time Outdoors

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5 very good reasons to get your kids into archery! Bows and arrows are so cool!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Genesis Bows for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. From the very first moment that I shot an arrow from a bow, I thought it was pretty much the coolest thing ever. It was at Girls Camp for church, and that year's girls camp was the bomb in large part because I got to do archery for the first time. My first arrow? Completely missed the target. But my second one? Bull's eye! The rest of my arrows all at least hit the target. I felt like a million bucks! I'm pretty I bragged about that for a while (and I guess still kinda am 10 years later).Unfortunately, we were only able to ...

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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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6 Moments That Will Make You Cry Like Your Baby

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6 Things that will make you cry like your baby. So sad!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Balmex for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Babies cry. A lot. And sometimes these crying sessions escalate, and their face becomes all red as they cry such big unhappy tears. As a parent you want to help soothe your child when this happens because it is just so sad and breaks your heart as a mom. They are moments that often make you cry like a baby yourself! You really want to do everything you can to end those tears and turn that red unhappy face into a happy one again. As soon as possible. Unfortunately, we can't always fix everything or avoid such sad moments from ...

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Are Your Memories at Risk? The Best Way to Store Digital Photos Forever

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the best way to store digital photos and pictures forever!! The M-DISC photo archive!

This is a sponsored post on behalf of M-DISC, the best way to store digital photos forever, and the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. All opinions are my own.  Don't you wish that our ancestors had the technology that we have today? Don't you wish that there were thousands of pictures of them doing everyday things? Don't you wish you could have videos or audio recordings of them living, singing, celebrating so you could hear what they sounded like, if they were funny, or how they spoke to others? I certainly do! But, unfortunately, many of us have very little to remember our ancestors of past centuries by beside a handful of ...

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How Taking Play On-the-Go Just Got Easier

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This is such a great product for kids! It really makes taking play on-the-go so much easier, which is great for summer roadtrips, errand running, or just general playtime or quiet time.

Summer time is in full swing. Living in Texas now and being pregnant for the first time in the summer, has left me very aware of several things. One, that I am tired, hot, and sweaty all the time. And two, I don't have a lot of energy to keep up with my kids or keep them entertained. So, it's never been more important to me to have toys that are easy to take on-the-go and are able to be played with both inside and outside.Having something for my five year old twins to do every day during their brother's naptime can be a bit, well, taxing on this hot pregnant momma. I am not really a mother who believes I need to entertain my ...

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5 Things Big Families Need to Consider When Buying Car Seats

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When you have multiple children to put into car seat cars, it can get tricky. Love this tips for buying car seats for large families.

When it comes to having a big family, one of the concerns you have is logistics. Where is everyone going to sleep, eat, and sit in the car? Putting more than two children in a vehicle, mean there are definitely something you have to some things to consider when buying car seats for large families. Things to Consider When Buying Car Seats When You Have a Large Family 1. Seat Width and Car Equipment If you are expanding your family, it doesn't always mean you can afford to expand other things, like your vehicle size. Buying a new car, minivan, or SUV to contain your growing brood just isn't an option for everyone. So, it is often ...

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