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

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Smart People Traits according to Science - Smarty Pants characteristics qualities - smart people

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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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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4 Simple Ways to Better Balance Your Life While Pregnant

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How to better manage life while pregnant with three other kids, working, and taking care of a home.

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and healthy mama® , but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #gethealthymama  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV A pregnancy lasts for nine months and, unfortunately, life doesn't just stop during that time but soundly marches on as you march slower and slower. Managing a pregnancy while continuing to manage life is not always easy. Many pregnant women battle morning sickness while trying to work or go to school. Some of us have multiple other children to tend to as well. We can't just put parenting, laundry, cooking, cleaning, or shopping on ...

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The Key to Creating a Successful Stay At Home Schedule

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Yes! I couldn't agree more! The secret to a successful stay at home schedule really is sleep! I love all the supporting reasons she has for it, and even tips on how she's made it work with twins and a third child, all in the same room! Great parenting advice!

Today I am thrilled to be guest posting for my good friend Lauren of The Military Wife and Mom. Her blog is fantastic for new parents as well as those in the military! However, she really wanted to know how I created a successful stay at home schedule while I had multiple kids to manage. So, I wrote this guest post for her, sharing how the basic element, the key, to my good schedule all revolves around one simple thing.... When you have multiple young children at home, a good stay at home schedule is pretty important, at least if you want to have order and not lose your sanity.  This schedule will look different for every ...

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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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How to Get a Child to Nap Until Four Years Old and Beyond

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How to get a child to take a nap every day until 4 year old and beyond! Great advice from a twin mom.

Sometimes I feel like a unicorn after I tell people that my four year olds still take naps. They cock their heads, mumble something about how their 2 year old stopped napping already, how they actually like the freedom of not having nap time, or how they implement a quiet time every day instead. It seems to me that many don't know how to get a child to nap every day. *My affiliate links are used in this post. Thank you.* In my daily interactions, it seems I'm the oddball who has children who still take naps, most days, as four year olds. While one of my daughters, Lisa, is much more hit or miss on taking naps, and has always been ...

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The Terrible Fours and the Impossibility of Handling the Attitude

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The Terrible Fours - Because it's at four that you start having the attitude and strong-will behavior!

We've hit the terrible fours It's here. At long last the "terrible" age has struck my once sweet, relatively obedient children and turned them into bi-polar terrors. There's tantrums, name calling, extremes, screaming, door slamming, hitting, slapping, jumping, climbing, door locking, unbuckling, and whining coming far too frequently from my four year old daughters. In fact, for three days in a row, we couldn't even make it through breakfast without Alison throwing a fit, because I did something wrong, like got her the wrong spoon, didn't pour in enough milk, or got her the wrong cereal. End of the world type stuff, ya know? ...

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The Truth About Buying and Caring for a Mattress

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How to care for your mattress

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Better Sleep Council for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Affiliate links are used. When my husband and I got married five and a half years ago there was one thing that we knew we were going to buy for ourselves, and buy brand new - a mattress. After years of sleeping on college apartment, used mattresses, and growing up sleeping on used mattresses, I wanted something that would be great for sleep and great for my back. Back problems tend to run in my family. My dad had back surgery more than a decade ago and still has lingering back issues to this day. Pretty much ...

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Breastfeeding hurts!: Uncovering 11 Breastfeeding Myths and Lies

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Here are eleven common lies of breastfeeding and the truth from everyday nursing moms. This is the reality of breastfeeding. whatsufpagans.com

I breastfeed my children. I breastfed my twins for 13 months. Currently I am exclusively breastfeeding my 10 month old son and plan to continue nursing him for several months still to come. And I love it! I think breastfeeding is better than formula (though I am not anti-formula at all. I supplemented my twins with formula), and love the close bond it allows with my children. I also love not having to deal with bottles! I hate bottles (said the women who supplemented twins without a dishwasher)! However, I didn't always love breastfeeding. Breastfeeding hurts! And it's awkward at times. I struggled through the first several ...

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What’s up Fagans? Fridays

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Baby Sitting Up

1. On Saturday, Josh and a few other people biked from our bishop's house up to the Indianapolis temple grounds.  It was a 30 mile ride that took about 2.5 hours.  And it was the perfect weather for the trip.  I'm still a tad angry with myself that I forgot to bring the camera!! If I can snag a picture from someone I'll come back and post it. After the ride, we went to a nearby park with another family and ate a quick lunch. 2. I love it when my Sunday school lessons go well.  I teach the 6 year olds, and no matter how many are in there, it can be a bit crazy.  But, despite the normal craziness, we went on a great tangent all ...

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What’s up Fagans? Fridays

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Plaid Shirt Baby

1. In case you missed it, we went on vacation, to the Atlantic ocean of all places, and enjoyed the beach.  It was marvelous!  Read all about it HERE. 2. I turned 25 at the end of July!  I am now a quarter century old.  And I still feel ridiculously young, especially considering I already have three kids!  Good thing about being 25? I can now rent a car without crazy insurance costs, and I'm in a new age demographic. 3. I am so excited about things to come for this blog!  I feel really good about the changes that will be coming soon!  I bought my domain name (there's nothing there yet), and am looking into hosting sites and ...

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Friday Favorites – Happy Birthday Josh!

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1. This has been a great week.  I pretty much am spoiled right now with my husband home by 11am most days, and no work on Fridays.  We are definitely taking advantage of that and trying to get out and enjoy our summer!  This schedule won't last for too much longer, so we're soaking it up now.  Love it.  2. Last Saturday, Josh woke up early and went and played basketball at the church with two other guys.  He even won two of the five games they played.  Go Josh (who is not a bballer)!  We then spent some time hanging out with one of our friends later that night.  We played some board games - Scattergories - while the kids ...

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