The Truth about Hello Fresh Meals and If They’re Worth It for Families

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If you peeked at our dinner meals lately, there's a high chance you'd be disappointed with our limited variety and less than healthy choices. During the past semester, where my husband wasn't home to cook dinner (he's really the cook in the family) and me tackling four kids who like to stick up their noses at anything I cook other than pizza (everyone likes pizza in this house), I wasn't really in the mood to get creative, experiment, or figure out how to eat healthier. I just want us to all eat. Period. So, we rotated through the same handful of dinners - breakfast, tacos, pasta, pizza - by and large. I'm not proud of the ...

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Why I Am Losing Weight Without Dieting

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Thank you Jenny Craig for sponsoring this post. -- Get serious about losing weight with Jenny Craig! As a youth, I never thought to myself, “Man, I hope when I’m 36 years old I’ll struggle with weight issues.” The fact of the matter is that no one wants to stand on the scale and see an obscenely large number staring them back in the face.  But here I am, on the precipice of the rest of my life, and I must ask myself, "Do I want my life to be long and enjoyable, or short and painful?" In my mind, I’ve already made the decision as I want at least one more child, and hear how great grandchildren are and all of that. I want to ...

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5 Simple Ways New Moms Can Improve Their Health

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Simple, easy things moms can do to improve their health. It's all about the little things!

This post was developed in partnership with Tom’s of Maine. All opinions are my own. This past Monday I made a big mistake. I thought I was being awesome, heading to the gym to do my second round of a Power Pump class. Maybe the fact that my instructor was MIA should have tipped me off that something wasn't quite right about this day. But, when a different instructor invited the four women who had shown up for the Power Pump class to join her Silver Sneakers class (with modifications for us, since, well, we aren't 60+ year olds) in 15 minutes, we all agreed, myself included. So, we pulled out our weights and mats and did ...

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How to Prepare for Cold and Flu Season & Prevent Viruses from Ravaging Your Family

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Sure, Fall comes with its beautiful colors, pumpkin-flavored everything, fun holidays, and cooler sweater weather, but it also welcomes us to the less-than desirable cold and flu season. Even as a homeschool family, we are not immune to the spread of germs, viruses, and diseases this time of year. And it is the pits. We are currently on week two of croup in our home with the most recent victim my 14 month old daughter, who I was praying would be spared as it went from one person in our family to the next. My son had croup as a baby, at like 16 months of age, and had to be hospitalized overnight. It was not fun and I did not ...

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10 Firsts that Help You Believe You Are Indeed Pregnant

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It can be hard to believe you're pregnant, but these pregnancy firsts really leave no doubt or denial!

Every single time I see that positive sign on a pregnancy test, I can't believe I'm pregnant. Mostly because I haven't started feeling pregnant yet. It's also slightly unbelievable that my husband and I are actually capable of creating life and that that new life is now starting to grow inside of me! Yes, I know how it works, but it's still amazing. While I experience several early pregnancy symptoms, it still takes me a while to really feel pregnant, to feel like I'm not just gassy, bloated, and slightly nauseated. Those can happen to anyone, at any time! No, for a long time, despite fully knowing I am pregnant, I still ...

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10 Reasons to Stop Snubbing Cereal as a Valid Breakfast Option

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Breakfast cereals are amazing, and not just because they are sugary. Here are 10 REAL legit reasons why cereal makes the best breakfast meal.

This post is sponsored by Honey Bunches of Oats as part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. All opinions and love of cereal are my own.  If you believe breakfast is the best meal of the day, then you a wise man, woman or child. If you believe cereal is the breakfast of champions, then you are even smarter. I've been eating cereal for breakfast since I was a little girl. Almost every single morning. The mornings I didn't have cereal were the rare mornings my dad was home and cooked a hot breakfast of eggs, pancakes, and bacon. Now as a 28-year old adult with four kids, I still eat a big bowl of cereal with cold milk (and a ...

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Top 10 Scientific Ways to Prove You’re a Smarty Pants

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This post is sponsored by SmartyPants Vitamins. All opinions on how to be a smarty pants are my own. Although used as an insult, it's an insult many of us wouldn't mind coming our way. I mean, of all the things to be called, smarty pants isn't all that bad. Nothing like people feeling inferior to you due to your intellectual prowess. I don't get called a smarty pants very often (used to when I was in high school), but I happen to be married to someone who I definitely consider a smarty pants. In two years he can even be dubbed Doctor Smarty Pants and someday (hopefully) Professor Smarty Pants. I guess you could say I know a ...

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Tips for Mourning with Those Who Mourn: What to Say and What to Do after a Loss

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of DaySpring. The opinions and text are all mine. A few weeks ago a teenage boy from church passed away. The week before he passed, he struggled in a coma to overcome the severe head trauma he incurred after hitting a large boulder on his dirt bike while on vacation with family. After a week long battle, his body finally shut down and he passed into the next life. He was an outstanding young man, a joy to his family, and quite the charmer too. Our church congregation, his family near and far, and our local community all rallied together in prayer and fasting for his ...

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The Downside of Buying in Bulk {Giveaway}

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Buying in bulk often means lower cost per unit, but there are other hidden downsides of buying in bulk from club warehouse stores like Sam's Club and Costco.

I never shopped at a big club warehouse before I went to Utah for school and I shopped at a Costco for the first time. I thought it was both awesome - "Oooh! It's a better price per unit! And look at this jumbo package of toilet paper! We'll never run out!" - and crazy - "You have to spend money before you can spend money here?" I mean, what? You need to pay for a yearly membership in order to reap the discounted prices? Totally didn't seem like a win. At least not to my single college student self. Sometimes warehouse club memberships are not worth it for a variety of reasons. (But, there are many reasons they are totally ...

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How to Keep the Semblance of a Bedtime Routine When Out Late

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Summertime bedtime routines get out of whack when you're keeping the kids up late! Great tips for managing bed time with different ages of kids - babies, toddlers, and gradeschoolers.

This post on summer bedtime routines is sponsored by Orajel but the opinions are 100% my own. Summer is the best season ever. Well, if you asked me my opinion. Even in hot Texas I love being outside, swimming, playing, tubing, eating Popsicles, going for walks, and letting my kids catch fireflies after dark. Add in the fireworks on the 4th of July, movies in the park after dark, travel, vacations, family reunions, and extra time spent with friends, and summer is the bomb!Unfortunately, these explosively fun and awesome activities often turn our little children into ticking time bombs as their sleep schedules are thrown off and ...

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The Adult Consequences of Growing Up as a Picky Eater

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This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links. All opinions on picky eater adults are my own. "If you don't like what's for dinner, go make yourself something else or eat a bowl of cereal." My mother didn't want an argument at the dinner table so she took the path of least resistance. I can't say I blame her; after all she had nine kids to feed, plus herself, and she didn't want to spend all of dinner forcing kids to eat their vegetables and make the dinner table a war zone. As a parent, you have to pick your battles. This was one she didn't want to fight. Because I was never forced to eat my vegetables, or really, ...

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Why the Last Month of Pregnancy Sucks

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Appreciate the honesty on why the last month of pregnancy sucks. A read any woman nine months pregnant can relate to.

The last month of pregnancy is so hard. And when you know that you will likely go past your due date, that last month of pregnancy sucks even more. The last month of pregnancy is hard for just about every woman I have ever talked to.  Even if they have a fairly good or easy pregnancy, the last month is still killer for so many reasons. With the extra weight, the extra stretched skin, baby pushing their head and stronger limbs into sensitive areas, the endless waiting, the difficult time sleeping, the weekly doctor appointments, the stress of the impending birth and then actually raising a child all means that LIFE is hard when ...

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