15 Must-Have Baby Items Essential for Life with a Newborn

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The baby registry lists provided to you when creating your baby registry in store are quite extensive - and overwhelming - for first time parents! Are all of these things really must-have baby items? If they aren't baby essentials, then what are they? When I was expecting for the first time, I was completely blown away with how expensive baby gear and newborn essentials were! There was no way I could afford every single item listed on my baby registry checklist, at least not in the quantities specified. This was especially true because A) I was having TWINS and B) We were poor college students. Thankfully, I have eight older ...

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14 Money Saving Tips for Moms Having a Baby on a Budget

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When you have a baby on a budget, you need all the money saving tips for moms that you can get! Great advice for having a baby with little or no money.

The cost of a baby is ridiculous, well, as long as you buy into those cost calculators online. You can totally have a baby on a budget and you and baby will be A-Okay. They may not be able to do everything celebrity babies do, but babies don't care, at all. They just want love and love is free and you have plenty of it!  I'm sharing my best money saving tips for moms. My husband and I had a baby with no money. Actually, twin babies. We were both in college, finishing our last semester as they were born. We didn't have jobs lined up after graduation, had credit card debt, and no employment. It wasn't quite the ideal financial ...

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9 Things You Start to Give Up on Once Baby #2 Arrives

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big family realities - give up on certain things

I’ve partnered with JOHNSON’S® on this sponsored post and all opinions stated on big family realities are my own.  Lucky or unlucky for myself, my baby number two arrived a mere two minutes after baby number one.  I've since added two more (singleton) kids to the fray, officially landing us in the "big family" categorization by a good majority of people. Once you have multiple young people, especially close in age, there are several things you don't have time for anymore and things you realize were never that important to begin with, beginning even with baby #2 (or #3 if you had twins first). Big Family Realities: 9 Things You ...

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What to Do When Your Kids Chew on Everything

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My twins chewed on everything! Even furniture! Guess I'll have to try this parenting tip to stop it.

When my twins were babies and toddlers they chewed on everything. Even after they were done with the baby teething stage, we would find teeth marks on things you wouldn't normally think a human would chew and bite. But, sure enough we'd find teeth marks on all sorts of objects around our home! Some were especially frustrating to find because they were on brand new furniture!  Like most babies our twins chewed on: Crib railings Board Books Regular Books Toothbrushes Paper Bibs Pens Pencils each other (here's how to stop twins from hitting and biting) shirts (which is why it's important to know how to ...

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How to Love on Your Baby Like a First Time Mom

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First time moms are all about doting and loving on their kids. This is a good reminder on how to do that after you've had a few kids.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Disney Baby for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. First time moms...  There's something magical about you, because becoming a mother for the first time takes you for a brand new thrill ride. Everything is uncharted territory: pregnancy, labor, birth, breastfeeding, diaper changes, night waking, sleep schedules, transitions, potty training, tantrums, weird rashes, communicating, and so much more. All brand spanking new. It makes the days long, as each is full of novelties, yet so completely rewarding. Honestly, I miss being a first time mom. When I look back at photos ...

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3 Tips for Helping a Teething Baby

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simple parenting tips to help baby teething

This post is sponsored by Orajel, but the opinions are my 100% my own. I don't care what the medical professionals say, there are certain very common signs that your baby is teething, including loose stools, a very mild fever, a runny nose, and irritability in addition to soft gums with a white tooth slightly visible underneath the gums.  Sometimes they are extra sleepy or conversely extra restless. It almost never fails that my husband and I will be frustrated with our child for a day or two, wondering why they are so crabby, only to check their mouth a day later and discover a new tooth and then exclaim "Oooooh." Why, at four ...

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How to Take Care of a Newborn Like a Veteran Mom {Giveaway!}

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How to care for a newborn baby - tips from a veteran mom on what to do when baby cries.

You waited nine long months for baby to come, and now you are wondering what do you actually do with a newborn? Don't worry, I was there once too as a new mom, and I had to do figure out how to take care of a newborn times two! It was not an easy feat to say the least. Newborns are really pretty simple. They only do a few things: eat, sleep, pee, poop, and cry. In the first few days, that's all you'll get. No smiles or coos or laughs. Those don't start to show up until around 6+ weeks. So enjoy any sleep smiles or gas/potty related smiles that may happen incidentally during the first few weeks, because you won't see them in full ...

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How Parents Prep for Baby Number Four {Giveaway}

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Prep for fourth baby now

This is a sponsored post by Proctor and Gamble and Acorn Influence. All opinions are my own. Prepping for a baby is going to be different for every family, and for every child, especially when that child is not your first, your second, or even your third. By the time a family is doing prep for a fourth baby, things are going to be easier, more relaxed, even if it's finally a child of a different gender. That is because parents of three kids already know what is really necessary for a baby, and what is not. A first baby is prepped for to the fullest extent. From over-the-top baby showers and nurseries to adorable layette, a ...

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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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How to Care for Sick Baby or Infant with the Common Cold

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It's hard caring for a sick baby or toddler because you can't give them a lot of medicine. So I love these parenting tips on helping your kid get back to full health sooner, or at least more comfortably.

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Zarbee’s Naturals. I received a product and a promotional item to thank me for participating. Oh no! Your baby has his first cold! What are you going to do? If you run to your local drug store you'll be in for a rude surprise when you realize that pretty much all the children's cold medicine is for children 2 and up, several only for kids ages 6 and up! So, what on earth are you supposed to do when your 9 month old or your 19 month old gets a cold? First, don't fret. Because, while you can't drug 'em, you certainly can care for a sick baby or infant with ...

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Apparoo App of the Week – Blinkbuggy

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Download Blinkbuggy and finally (and easily) create that baby book - It's as easy as all those Facebook updates.

This post is sponsored by Apparoo. How do we always find time to post super-adorable kid pictures on Facebook, but somehow never get that long-planned baby book done? Well, guilt-trip no more thanks to... This week's Apparoo App of the Week: Blinkbuggy Blinkbuggy is an online baby book that puts all your photos, milestones and funny stories in one place – and it’s as easy as a status update. You can keep it completely private, link to social media (it can even grab the photos you’ve already posted), or share with whomever you choose – great for grandparents! These precious years will disappear faster than that photo you posted ...

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What’s up Fagans? Fridays

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10 Months Old

1. Last week I didn't post on Friday because I didn't have much to share. We were sick all last week with Influenza A virus (despite my children all getting the shot/mist at the beginning of December). We still have some lingering coughs, but are all feeling much better overall. Josh always gets hit the worst with sickness, and he had a fever most of last week, poor guy. Michael still has a runny nose, but me and the girls are doing fine. Alison's burned hand is still recovering as well, but looking good. 2. Before the sickness hit (and this is where we believe we acquired said sickness), we had a small Pine Wood Derby at our ...

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