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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10 Ways Your Family Can Save Money This Summer

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10 great ways to save money in the summer! Because summer fun doesn't have to be so expensive.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #Save4Summer #CollectiveBias Summer is my favorite time of year! I was born in the summer and enjoy the heat and the outdoors and all the awesome adventures you get to have. But, I'm also aware that because there are so many fun things to do, that you can easily start racking up the bills! So, it is important find ways to save money on your adventures, and having a phone from Walmart Family Mobile can help! 1. Use Walmart Family Mobile Okay, if you have been following my blog for a while, you know that we are Walmart ...

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9 Ways to Speed Up Your Everyday Cleaning Routine

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9 tips for speeding up the everyday cleaning process for your home.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RealLifeClean #CollectiveBias I don't love cleaning my house every single day. I don't love sweeping up after just about every meal, or cleaning dishes, or scrubbing bathtubs. But, cleaning is a necessary part of life. In my experience, keeping your home tidy and clean is important not just so you can find whatever it is you are looking for and not accidentally step on a toy; no, keeping it clean also helps you fight off feelings of depression. Keeping a tidy, clean home makes it easier to relax. Doing the actual cleaning ...

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5 Tips to Prevent Messy Diaper Blowouts and Other Diapering Mistakes

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This is so funny! I love these honest parenting stories about diaper blowouts and diapering mistakes! Will try to remember these!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CVSHuggiesHeroes #CollectiveBias If you are a parent, then you know about diapering. Whether you use cloth or disposable, you are generally no stranger to diaper mishaps, learning curves, trial and error, and lots of time spent changing diapers! I have been diapering at least one child for the past five years, and for several years had two in diapers at the same time (twins). And I assure you I had a steep learning curve and dealt with some disgusting situations over the years. Thankfully, I'm going to share with you some of ...

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My Top 4 Money Saving Apps (And How to Use Them)

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Awesome tutorial of four money saving apps for smart phones: iBotta, Target Cartwheel, ShopKick, and Snap. I love that you can get cash back on things you buy anyway and even for just walking in a store!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #MyDataMyWay #CollectiveBias I am grateful for the chance to talk about my favorite four money saving apps for smart phones and how to use them! My affiliate links are used below. I feel like 2015 is our year, the year my husband and I really make financial goals together, discussing money without accusations, sitting down and creating a monthly budget side by side. For the first four months of this year that's been how things have been going. And it is awesome and also about freaking time. We are now talking about money ...

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What Your Kids’ Messes Really Say about Your Life

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Having kids is such a Beautiful Mess!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SweepTheMess #CollectiveBias One thing is for certain when you become a parent: life is going to get much messier. Despite any clean-freak tendencies, amazing organization, or constant hovering over your child, your kids are going to make messes. Often. But, I know that if I choose, I can see my children, my self, and my parenting as a beautiful mess. Because even though my home may be messy almost immediately after cleaning, these messes say something about my life, and that something is quiet beautiful. The ways children ...

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Top 10 Ways of Protecting Your Marriage

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10 Ways to Protect Your Marriage

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser Protective Life. All opinions are mine alone. #LoveAndProtect #CollectiveBias In November my husband and I celebrated six years of marriage!  Considering that 20% of marriages end within 5 years, we're are apparently doing pretty well so far, especially considering that many statistics have been stacked against us, from the age gap (8 years), to how young I was when we married (20), to being low income, to having multiple children including twins, to several big moves, and a major car accident. But despite stresses and difficulties, we have a pretty good ...

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5 Countdown Family Christmas Traditions {And Giveaway!}

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Here are five family Christmas traditions you can do this year! #NorthPoleFun #shop #cbias

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. #CollectiveBias and its advertiser #NorthPoleFun. All opinions are mine alone. It's early, I know, but I really have been thinking about the upcoming holidays, mostly because I am just so excited for Christmas! And my daughters are just as excited as I am! Between decorating the Christmas tree, our home, buying gifts, and this being our first Christmas in a warm place (and that my husband will have a month off of school), it just is so exciting! As a parent, I'm especially excited to start building real, regular family Christmas traditions. Because, I really believe ...

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10 Ways to Save Money During College

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College can be expensive with your limited income. Here are 10 smart tips on how to make life easier financially. #Phones4School #cbias #shop

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser #Phones4School. All opinions are mine alone and affiliate links are used. My husband just started his doctoral degree program and I couldn't be more thrilled for him. He'll be busy this semester for sure, with three classes, seminars to attend, and math labs to teach. And he again will have long days, needing to be on campus from about 8am to 8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in addition to classes the other days of the week too. As a family of five living off of his very modest graduate assistantship income (and unfortunately a bit of student loans), ...

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Do you have Summer Legs yet?

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Do you have summer legs yet? Learn how #SummerYourLegs! #cbias #shop

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias and its advertiser. #SummerizeYourLegs Confession: In the wintertime I only shave my legs once a week and that's because I go to church and wear a skirt. Sometimes I can pull off not shaving and just wear tights, making my leg shaving frequency even less. But, it's not winter anymore and I can't stand to have prickly legs while wearing my shorts and capris. That's why I'm making sure I have Summer legs. When I have smooth legs, I feel much more confident and empowered ...

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10 Ways Unlimited Talk, Text, and Data Make Navigating Post-College Life Easier

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Having a smart phone definitely makes post-graduation life easier! #familymobile #collectivebias #shop

I am a member of the #CollectiveBias Social Fabric Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser Walmart #FamilyMobile. He did it! My husband just graduated from Graduate School! He is now a Master of Mathematics! And this fall he will start work on a doctorate degree. As a college graduate looking for a new job and starting the next new and exciting stage of life, it can be very helpful to have a smartphone, especially one with the lowest priced unlimited plan. Thanks to Walmart Family Mobile you can get Unlimited Talk Text and Data for only $39.88 a ...

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Disney’s FROZEN: Anna’s Unconditional Love

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Disney's FROZEN is really all about sisterly love - Anna love Elsa despite everything. #shop #cbias #FROZENFun| whatsupfagans.com

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias and its advertiser #FROZENFun. However, all opinions are 100% my own. Over Christmas break, when I was visiting my brother Tyler, we all went out and watched Disney's FROZEN at the movie theater. And I thoroughly enjoyed it, as did everyone I went with. Afterwards I couldn't stop hearing about the movie, but especially the "Let It Go" song. It was everywhere, in more versions by more singers then a song only a few months old generally receives! It was awesome, and definitely ...

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