How to Limit Christmas Gifts to 3 or 4 Without Being a Scrooge

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This post is sponsored by Carter's; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.  I can't imagine Christmas morning without gifts.  It's like having a birthday without a cake or people singing Happy Birthday to you at least once. It just would not be the same. At all. No matter how tight money was when I was a kid, my parents, eight siblings and I all managed to have at least a few gifts under the Christmas tree every year.  Even though my greed at Christmastime sometimes prevented me from appreciating the gifts I received, I still received gifts! Of course Christmas isn't really about gifts, and birthdays will ...

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10 Smart Ways to Lose the Baby Weight Postpartum

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10 weight loss tips to help new moms lose the baby weight fast! Including the last few stubborn 5-10lbs. Bye baby belly!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sunsweet Growers for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. "Mom, your belly is getting big!" Those are the words my five year old daughter said to me as she rubbed my tummy, six months after having my last baby. My two year old son then asked "Baby in Mommy's Tummy?" Nope kids. I just need help losing weight after pregnancy number three. It finally happened. I didn't instantly lose baby weight fast after giving birth this last time around. Blame being older (27 is sooo old...), metabolism slowing down, sitting around a lot more as I work from home, another large baby ...

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How You Can Get In Your Cardio and Have Fun Too

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Such a great way to get your cardio exercise in! Hook up the Goji Play 2 on your aerobic cardio machines and play your way through it! Fun!

Cardio equipment and the aerobic exercise they provide are great for toning your body, burning calories, and strengthening your heart. We all know it. So many of us dutifully climb aboard one of them at the gym or in our own homes, but man do we kinda hate how repetitive, monotonous, and generally boring it can be to get your sweat on for 30 or more minutes doing the same motion over and over and over. For the last few weeks I've been hitting up the gym and using a treadmill or an elliptical machine to get in my cardio exercise.  Thankfully, I've had a Goji Play 2.0 to use to help pass the time. Blue Goji understands people like ...

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The Easiest Way to Get Your Home Clean When You Have Kids

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All great reasons why you should hire a maid service to come clean your house for you.

I have four kids. Four young kids. My house is very rarely completely clean top to bottom all at the same time.I bet the number of times it has occurred I could count on one hand. And chances are my children were not actually in my home for part of that cleaning process. But, I like a clean home, or clean-ish. I like being able to step two feet in any direction and not step on or over something. It's the simple things in life, you know? While we work hard to maintain a clean kitchen, and pick up the main living area at least once a day, the rest of the house, the black hole that is the upstairs, does not see the same ...

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Potty Training: What Really Happens After You Ditch the Diapers

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Potty Training in 3 Days? Talk about a pipe dream! Love this honest and humorous post about what happens after your child leaves diapers behind.

This is a sponsored post by Charmin and Acorn Influence. All opinions are my own. As I walk past our children's bathroom, I see it. I see that I am a failure. I see that I clearly suck at potty training my kids. Because inside the bathroom sits the unflushed toilet, the all-too-dry towel, and toilet paper squares spread all over the floor. Again.My potty-trained children are five and a half years old and still many of the finishing touches of potty training escape them. Honestly, I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to do to help them at this point. They've been without diapers for over two and a half years. It's not like they ...

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10 Safety Tips for Worry-Free Water-Fun

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10 Tips for worry-free water-fun this summer at the pool, river, or wherever with young kids. Great water safety tips for families!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stearns Puddle Jumpers® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Pools and little kids tend to stress even the best parents out. Drowning is a real concern for all parents. And no one wants that to happen to their kids. So, how can a parent ever take multiple young children to a pool and get to relax at all herself? Why even bother? I am not an expert at this, and am still trying to figure out the best way to keep an eye on all of my kids and still be able to do a little socializing or swimming myself. But, here are a few tips to make pool time safer for you and your kids. Swimming ...

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How to Exercise During Pregnancy – Tips, Advice, and Resources for Doing it Right

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Great tips, advice, and resources on how to exercise during pregnancy safely and correctly so that mom and baby can be healthy. Definitely want a fit pregnancy!

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group and DripDrop, but all opinions are my own. #pmedia #DrinkDripDrop #DripDropHydrates http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV When I was pregnant with my twins, I did marching band at Brigham Young University the entire first trimester and into the second. I had to march and run, and play, and get moving!  With my son's pregnancy, I tried to take my twins on walks to the park and back until the weather got too cold. With my current pregnancy, I had been running (up to three miles) and going to the gym a few times a week, and continued to go and run and ...

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Revisit Your Budget This Tax Return Season with Walmart Best Plans

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When tax return season comes and you are presented with an influx of money (and often a clearing of debt) it's really important to reevaluate your budget, especially the expenses.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MaxYourTax #CollectiveBias Money: that beautifully wonderful and horrible thing. The thing that we love but also hate. My husband and I have for pretty much all of our marriage faced the reality of never having quite enough money. From being students, to all of a sudden having twins, to a low-paying job as a teacher at a private school, to back for more education, and me being a stay at home mom, we are not very wealthy monetarily. That's why over the years, we have always greatly looked forward to those large lump payments, ...

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The Truth About the If and When to Move a Child to a Booster Seat

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Chicco. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating. When do you move a child up to a booster seat? When are they ready? What the suggested ages, weight, and heights for a booster seat? What are the laws nationally and in your state regarding booster seats? You likely have these questions if you are a parent or caregiver of a child between the ages of 3-8. There seems to be a lot of conflicting information out there on booster seats (as well as lots of mommy guilt if you transition to a booster before your mommy peers moved their child). ...

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What Second Time Moms Actually Need on their Baby Registry List

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When you're expecting a baby that isn't your first, there are still things you will need on your baby gift registry. And these 10+ items really are all items a second time mom needs for a new baby.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walmart for IZEA. All opinions on what second time moms need on their baby registry are 100% mine. I am now pregnant with baby #4. And while it is not traditional for women past their first pregnancy to have a baby shower, it doesn't mean that these second time moms don't need a few things for their latest additions. Even with baby #4 there will be several things we'll need. So, I put together a baby registry list for ideas of what to both put on a registry, so others will know what to gift to a second time mom, and what you'll need for baby number two. Create a Baby ...

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Money Can Buy You Happiness When You Give Forward

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 This post is sponsored by GiveForward and Find Your Influence. All opinions are mine. There have been a lot of times in my life where I have been on the receiving end of another's generosity, and I'm not just talking about holidays and birthdays. My family wasn't very well off while growing up, and bags of (hand-me down) clothes would often show up on our doorstep, among other gifts of kindness. After getting married, my husband and I faced several financial hardships, from paying for the wedding itself, to paying for college and expenses, to becoming parents to twins, moving, going through a major car accident, and not making a ...

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The Best Places to Donate (or Sell) Your Old Clothes

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This is a good list to have for the next time I'm cleaning out the closets and doing some organization. I like having more options of great charity and causes to donate my clothes to (or where I can sell them).

Burlington Stores  sponsored this post. The opinions and text are 100% mine. When we were preparing for our big move from Indiana to Texas, I wanted to go through every closet, every box, and everything we own and declutter our lives, downsize, and get rid of us as much as possible. Not only would it make it easier to move, but easier to live. Among the possessions we purged were clothes. I got rid of lots of my old high school and college T-shirts. I live for a T-shirt, so this was a very big deal for me. I also got rid of pants, skirts, dresses, and coats and jackets. I did the same for my husband's clothes. However, knowing ...

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