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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One Crucial Way to Take Christmas to the Next Level

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Christmas Traditions for Family - How this one things will lead to a better Christmas Holiday - Real Christmas Tree

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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The Best Things about Living in Texas Hill Country

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This post is sponsored by Ozarka Water. All opinions and love for Texas Hill Country are my own. When we looked into places we'd like to move for my PhD, we considered Colorado (my home state), Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan (as my wife is from the Midwest) and our far-fetched choice of Montana.  Texas wasn't even on my list. I held a lot of common misconceptions on the State of Texas, thanks mostly to the proud Texans I met during college, things like: “oh, it’s all dessert except along the Gulf Coast where it’s a billion degrees AND humid”; or “oh, Texas is full of cowboys, hicks, and rednecks and they all have the worst ...

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What Happens When a Stay at Home Mom Leaves for Two Days

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We have four kids. Four young kids: twin six year olds, a three year old, and an 11 month old. I stay at home with them and have since giving birth for the first time six years ago. My transition into this SAHM role wasn't easy on me. I went from full-time student to mother of twins overnight, and then moved across the country six weeks later to a place where I didn't know anyone with zero money to our name. I think describing it as "rough" is an understatement. But, now I'm six years into this parenting thing and stay at home mom thing. Long gone are my days of hatred toward this "job" title. I embrace it and love it, poopy ...

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Am I Becoming a True Texan? Our 10 New Favorite Texas Foods

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Am I becoming a True Texan?

When my husband and I were in college, we knew quite a few Texans, and it was apparent that they all had quite a lot of this thing called Texas Pride. And we both kinda thought it was a tad obnoxious. What was really so great about Texas? My husband swore off Texas as a place that he never wanted to live... and now here we are one and a half years into living in Texas. We moved to Texas for my husband to get his PhD. It was between Texas and Colorado, and, surprise of all surprises, we choose Texas over Colorado, a state we both loved since childhood. We chose Texas when neither of us had spent much time here before. My only ...

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16 Smart Things To Do Before Vacation So You Won’t Dread Coming Back

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My mother couldn't leave the house without making sure that all the lights were off, the stove wasn't on, a load of laundry was put in the dryer and the washing machine, and the dog had been let out. It's a big reason why she was late to everything. She had to get the house in order before she left.When an extended trip away from home approached, she was extra attentive that every little detail was seen to before she left home. And she insisted that she not come home a mess. As a child I didn't really get it. As an adult I realize she's absolutely right. No one wants to come home from a nice vacation (or time with family in ...

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4 Essentials for a Better Family Road Trip

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Want to score a great deal on your next vacation? Use Groupon Getaways. Check out the app on your Walmart Family Mobile phone when planning your family summer road trip.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #Tips4Trips #CollectiveBias Summer has always been my favorite season. Blame it on the fact that I'm a summer baby myself, or that I hate being cold, or looked forward to not having school. I love it. And one of the best parts of summer is traveling! As a child I would often go truck driving with my father in the summers, or we'd make our once every 3 year road trip from Wisconsin to Utah for a big family reunion. Traveling is just better in the warmer months and schedules (like no school) often allow for it. If you are ...

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Will You Dare to Compare So You Can Save?

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If you need new tires on your car, then you have to #DaretoCompare local stores with Sam's Club! They have such a great deal on tires and the service fees to install them.

This is a sponsored by post written by me on behalf ofSam’s Club for IZEA all opinions are 100% mine. A few months ago my family received our tax returns, and like many Americans, we were thinking about big investments and purchases that our money needed to go toward. One of those big expenses were new tires for our large Chevy suburban.Paying for four large SUV sized tires is not a small investment, and my husband is pretty picky about the tires we put on our cars, so not just any old tire would do. So we looked around, held onto rebate offers and special discounts from local tire shops and tire manufacturers that came in the ...

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Indianapolis is the Best {Giveaway}

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Ultimate Indianapolis Giveaway

We no longer live in the Crossroads of America, Indianapolis, IN, the place we've called home for four years! And we miss it! Indianapolis is the best city! It was our daughter's first real home, their first real memories.  It was where my husband worked his first post-college job as a high school teacher. It was where he went on to earn a Master's degree and where our son was born.  It was also where we struggled through difficult accidents and misfortune. We have come to love this city and its people. It has a fabulous downtown, world-class museums, great parks, and a wonderful library system. It's fun to drive throughout the ...

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Hunger in America – The Monkey Do Project

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Monkey Do Project

Today Jacqueline Wilson, the founder of The Monkey Do Project, and fellow Indianapolis blogger, is guest posting about something very important - Hunger in America. This is especially a problem as many children no longer have school lunches and meals. Find out how you can help end child hunger right here in the United States of America. Shocking Facts about Hunger  in America A family of six lives in a shed without a door, sharing two cans of pasta for dinner. A child falls asleep in class on Monday because she hasn't had any food to eat since last Friday's school lunch at school three days before. People have to walk ...

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6 Tips for Taking Long Road Trips with Toddlers in Tow

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Great parenting tips for people traveling with young kids! These 6 simple tips work on long road trips with toddler and babies on board! And they're so simple.

One of the biggest concerns I had about taking a vacation to Chincoteague, Virginia, last summer was the long road trip with our three young kids - a baby and twin three year olds. Traveling from Indianapolis, IN to Chincoteague, VA is a 12 hour drive, without any stops.  And when you have a baby who is exclusively breastfed and doesn't take a bottle, you know there will have to be some stops.  Fortunately, on the the way there we stopped in West Virginia, at one of Josh's uncle's houses, and didn't have to drive the whole thing in one.  However, we decided that we'd drive the entire thing in one go on the way back home.  And it ...

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Whale of a Sale Spring Event Giveaway! #Indianapolis

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Win two pre-sale passes to this year's Whale of a Sale in Indianapolis!

Good news Indianapolis readers! The Whale of a Sale Children's Consignment Spring Sale Event is coming to the Indiana State Fairgrounds April 28 - May 3, 2014! Whale of a Sale: Children's Consignment Spring Event WHAT: Courtney O’Neil and Jennifer Hare, Butler University alums and Carmel moms, are the founders of the sale, started in 2009. O’Neil says they enjoy being able to provide local families a, “fun, fashionable and clean bargain-hunting experience," and that Whale of a Sale is "...NOT a garage sale – expect upscale finds.” In fact, Whale of a Sale was voted the #1 consignment sale in Indianapolis form Indy's Child ...

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