Who had it Worst? The Pregnancy Debate I Love to Avoid

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Pregnancy Debate of who had it worst

I am one of those lucky "unicorn" women who have relatively easy pregnancies. I never throw up, ever, during my pregnancies. I'm one of those fortunate women who doesn't have to pee every 15 minutes, who sleep through the night all nine months, who carry their babies like a cute basketball (or mini torpedo) stuck under their shirts, who don't go into preterm labor, who has never been on bed rest (yes, even with my twin pregnancy), who hasn't had gestational diabetes or high blood pressure, or wobbled hopelessly like a duck. My C-section was also planned and I was well prepared for it. My vaginal delivery went off without any ...

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Tips for Making Date Night Happen Despite Time or Budget Constraints

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Great tips for making date night happen!, whether date nights out or date nights at home, or even with the whole family. And good suggestions on how to make dating happen even with time or money constraints.

Happy Valentine's Day! To celebrate, my contributor post for Clarks Condensed this month is all about finding ways to carve out some time for date night! Here's a snippet, but be sure to head over to the post on her site for all of my tips for making date night happen, despite time or budget constraints.  Adventure. Romance. Bonding. Dates are so fantastic for relationships! They are often this needed respite from the daily tolls of life, and a time to reconnect with your spouse without distraction. But, it is often life, our situation, and time restraints that prevent date nights from happening, or happening regularly. But I ...

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Cultivating a Thanksgiving Heart – Book Review

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What an awesome ebook! It is so important to cultivate a Thanksgiving heart in ourselves and our children!

We are entering the crazy rush of the holiday season soon. Next week marks Thanksgiving and then immediately following is Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and countless sales from now until forever. With so much spending, with so much buying, with so much emphasis on things, it's hard to remember what we should truly be grateful for in life. Never before has there been a need to cultivate a Thanksgiving heart in yourself and in that of your children and home, and not just for the month of November, or on Thanksgiving day, or perhaps just on Christmas Day when we get a bunch of awesome new stuff, but year round. That's why I'm excited to ...

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The Secret to Grocery Shopping with Kids

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Awesome tips for grocery shopping with kids without tantrums or fits. Good advice from someone with three kids 3 years old and under, including a set of twins!

I have three young children, including a set of twins. Grocery shopping with twins, and then later with another child, has taught me a thing or two about handling the grocery shopping with kids, without any tantrums. Honestly, I don't remember that last time my child threw a fit in the grocery store. Grocery shopping is one of those chores that we have to do unless we have a self-sustaining farm we live on. Since I would wager most of you reading this do not, let's acknowledge that grocery shopping is an unavoidable part of life. Personally, I don't love it. I don't love making lists, checking them twice, pulling out the ...

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Intensifying the Presence of God in Your Life

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Do you desire to feel the presence of God more fully and richly in your life? Make sure to find out how!

If you are looking for some ideas and resources for improving your spirituality and your connection to heaven, be sure to check out my contributor post for my friend Katie over on her blog Clarks Condensed. I have put together some awesome links to help you intensify the presence of God in your life. Here's a little sample of what you'll find: I have a hard time really focusing on my Savior throughout my day, with blogging, household duties, homeschooling, and three little ones, I often feel like I am falling short of remembering Him always. And part of that is that I am not feeling that strong, burning passion for Christ in my ...

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Stop Paying for Preschool!: DIY Preschool Alternatives

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Alternatives to preschools - Because while early education is important, paying for it isn't.

Today I am excited to be contributing my first contributor post for Clarks Condensed! I have been friends with Katie Clark for a while and am happy to be an on-going once-a-month contributor to her blog, writing about parenting and thrifty living. Today I'm sharing a little more about my early childhood education philosophy. I don't believe having your kid attend a traditional preschool is necessary for a child's future success. At least not when you do some of the following preschool alternatives. Preschools can be expensive. Very expensive if it is a private preschool or offers a full-day option. I have found most of my ...

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