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12 Ways to Hide the Christmas Gifts from Your Kids

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12 Ways to Hide the Christmas Gifts from Your Kids
We live in a super small house and it seems that every Christmas I struggle to keep the boys’ presents a surprise! So I asked a bunch of Happy Home Fairy followers to give me their best Christmas present hiding spots.  Here are 12 amazing ideas that I am excited to try this year! Neighbor’s […]

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25 Shepherd on the Search Ideas!

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25 Shepherd on the Search Ideas!
THIS POST CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE. THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THIS SITE AND MY FAMILY!  SEE MY FULL DISCLOSURE HERE. FAVORITE Christmas tradition is our Shepherd On the Search!  Do you know about this?!  It is the Christ-centered (WAY less creepy) version of the Elf on the Shelf.  You can read all about it […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Having a C-Section

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Everything You Need to Know About Having a C-Section
As I went through my most recent C-section with Zion, I could not stop thinking about how I wanted to write a blog post sharing practical details about the surgery, what to expect pre- and post-op, and an insider’s encouragement/tips.  I know how nervous I was to have one with our firstborn, so my goal […]

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How to Create Christmas Experiences Your Family Will Remember

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How to Create Christmas Experiences Your Family Will Remember
THANK YOU TO CHESAPEAKE BAY CANDLE FOR SPONSORING TODAY’S POST. ALL THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE 100% MY OWN! SEE MY FULL DISCLOSURE HERE! God created us with the ability to see, hear, smell, taste, and touch the world around us.  Our 5 senses work together to tell our brain what is happening to us and […]

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Everything You Wanted to Know about Christmas Markets in Germany

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Everything You Wanted to Know about Christmas Markets in Germany
One of the most magical experience we have ever had as a family was visiting Christmas Markets in Germany. While it might not seem like the most welcoming time of the year in terms of weather, I think after having experienced it that I would have to say that everyone should see the magic of […]

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Everything You Wanted to Know about Christmas Markets in Germany

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Everything You Wanted to Know about Christmas Markets in Germany
One of the most magical experience we have ever had as a family was visiting Christmas Markets in Germany. While it might not seem like the most welcoming time of the year in terms of weather, I think after having experienced it that I would have to say that everyone should see the magic of […]

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Mercedes-Benz Museum in Germany with Kids

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Mercedes-Benz Museum in Germany with Kids
My whole family- myself, my mom, Joe, & Lexi- all ventured to Stuttgart, Germany together. We love traveling together so it’s always an amazing time no matter what we decide to do. One of the biggest attractions in Stuttgart is the Mercedes-Benz Museum, as that is where the infamous automobile brand started. And it just […]

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Stocking stuffers for Kids and Babies

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Stocking stuffers for Kids and Babies
While you’re shopping Black Friday for some inexpensive stocking stuffers for kids and babies, consider these fun and educational gifts that would work for different ages. If you watched my Instagram stories about stocking stuffers for kids,  below are all the items featured: Stocking Stuffers for Kids Pals Socks Life is more exciting and fun […]

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20 Unique Gifts for Kids Who Have Everything

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20 Unique Gifts for Kids Who Have Everything
I love shopping for the holidays almost as much as I love seeing Lexi’s face on Christmas morning. I came up with a list of gifts that I think are just amazing for this holiday season.. Some we have tried and some we will be getting this year, but all in all these are some […]

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top 5 must-read books for kids: babies through teens

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top 5 must-read books for kids: babies through teens
Over the years, many readers and friends have asked me the about the must-read books for  kids. Every few weeks, I get asked the million dollar questions: What books should my kids read? What are the best books for 5-year-olds? Which books will my 12-year-old love to read? Please tell me how to spend my […]

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national youth science day: code your world kit giveaway

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national youth science day: code your world kit giveaway
Have you heard? You can celebrate National Youth Science Day all month long! HughesNet (America’s #1 provider of satellite Internet and a supporter of 4-H) is doing something totally awesome in celebration of NYSD. Something you don’t want to miss. 4-H has turned National Youth Science Day into a month-long celebration this year, with a […]

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Online PD for teachers: Advancement Courses

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Online PD for teachers: Advancement Courses
This year, I’m thrilled to be partnering with Advancement Courses, courses designed to be more engaging, meaningful, and enjoyable– with real feedback and application in today’s K-12 classroom. Continuing education can be one of the biggest challenges for us as teachers today. I feel like I’m always asking: Where are all the relevant, meaningful courses?  […]

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back-to-school eye exams: get kids ready for the school year

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back-to-school eye exams: get kids ready for the school year
This post was written as part of a partnership with MyEyeDr.   Did you know that kids should have their eyes examined each year before school begins? Did you know that back-to-school eye exams will help to ensure that children’s eyes are performing their best for academic success each school year? It’s true. And honestly, […]

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What I typically buy at the grocery store

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What I typically buy at the grocery store
  Okay so you’ve asked for it and I’m delivering! Y’all want to know what I buy during my weekly trip to Aldi so here’s the typical list.  Did you catch that? Typical. Meaning that this list doesn’t always stay the same but these are the things that I typically buy. I usually only shop […]

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Our Actual One-Income Budget for our Family of Five

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Our Actual One-Income Budget for our Family of Five
  To be honest, I really don’t want to publish this post. The thing is, I’ve loved sharing my family’s real (as in actual) budget over the years, but without fail, those posts receive some very harsh comments and feedback from others. Folks have literally ripped apart our budget and saying terrible things about our […]

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Life after debt. How one family found financial peace.

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Life after debt. How one family found financial peace.
Sometimes I think when people hear that we paid off over $55,000 of consumer debt in two years that we must be rich or at least make a six-figure income. But the truth is, we barely make $60,000 a year and back when we were deep in debt it was only $42,000 a year.  We […]

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5 Ways to get un-stuck and find the success you crave

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5 Ways to get un-stuck and find the success you crave
Stuck. Just stuck. Just flat-out, plain-old stuck and unable to move.  That’s exactly how I felt in my early adult life. I felt like I couldn’t move – I didn’t know how to “move up” in the sense of getting a better job or being able to afford a better life for myself.  Sure, I […]

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Skincare Review: Herbivore Pink Cloud Cream

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Skincare Review: Herbivore Pink Cloud Cream
As I scrape the very last remnants of cream from the bottom of the glass jar, I find myself missing Herbivore’s Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Cream before it has even reached the recycling box. Unusual for me, because quite a lot of the time I’m in a rush to try the next new product. Very […]

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The Classic Red Lip: A New Way To Wear It

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The Classic Red Lip: A New Way To Wear It
Here’s the classic red lip but with a new way to wear it. Which makes it the un-classic red lip, I suppose. It’s soft and diffused, the edges are patted down and blurry – it’s easier and more wearable than the traditional hard-edged, punchy red lip but still vibrant enough to make it a total show-stopper. A […]

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Christmas Gift Guide 2018: For Kids

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Christmas Gift Guide 2018: For Kids
Christmas Gift Guide for kids – a hell of a lot more enjoyable than compiling the men’s gift guide, I can tell you! Although sifting through the tonnes of plastic crap to find nice stuff is a bit of a mission – plastic pots of goo, plastic bags filled with plastic bricks, plastic balls inside […]

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Skincare Review: La Solution 10 De Chanel

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Skincare Review: La Solution 10 De Chanel
I had forgotten how much I like this rich, instantly-soothing face cream from Chanel. It contains just ten ingredients (hence the Solution 10) and has been carefully and cleverly formulated so that it’s suitable for even the most sensitive skin. No fragrance (a rarity in Chanel’s skincare line-up), no mineral oil and a preservative that’s […]

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Bittersweet Weaning and the End of an Era

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Bittersweet Weaning and the End of an Era
Breastfeeding my oldest son, TJ proved to be quite a challenge in the very beginning due to an undiagnosed tongue tie and a lack of professional support. Looking back, I find it a little surprising that I held on for so long, in so much pain, without giving up. I know that my husband’s unwavering […]

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Instant Pot Pork Carnitas

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Instant Pot Pork Carnitas
We make pork carnitas in our house at least a couple of times every month. My boys love the shredded pork in quesadillas, in tacos, with eggs at breakfast, and my oldest has decided he now loves nachos. I have been following a recipe I got from Serious Eats faithfully and it’s been amazing every […]

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My Journey to Fitness: Mary Ellen’s Story

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My Journey to Fitness: Mary Ellen’s Story
Mama Say What?! Mama Mary Ellen shared her Journey to Fitness with me. She is very inspiring and very relatable to my journey to fitness! Over two years ago, a co-worker of mine told me about a new fitness program that she was going to try called the 21 Day Fix and encouraged me to […]

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Matador Mini Pocket and 2.0 Blankets

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Matador Mini Pocket and 2.0 Blankets
I first discovered this brand when cruising the Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City this summer. I watched a video that promoted many of their products and I immediately thought, “what great products for parents!” They make backpacks, hip packs, blankets, wet bags, and more that can be scrunched and folded down into […]

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9 Ways to Partner with Your Child’s Teacher This Year

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9 Ways to Partner with Your Child’s Teacher This Year
A guest post by Anthony D. Fredericks. As a former teacher, I am well aware of the compelling research demonstrating how involved parents have children who 1) evidence very positive attitudes towards learning, 2) have higher levels of self-esteem, and 3) demonstrate considerable engagement in academic endeavors. That parental participation assures students a most vibrant […]

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The Gardening Metaphor That Will Make You a Less Anxious Parent

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The Gardening Metaphor That Will Make You a Less Anxious Parent
My husband will always remember 2011 as the year of the spinach miracle. We were living in Baltimore City, and he wanted to try his hand at growing vegetables in pots on our itty-bitty back porch. He planted spinach in the fall, with the intention of harvesting it before the bitter winter hit. But when […]

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You Are More Than Your Worst Parenting Mistake

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You Are More Than Your Worst Parenting Mistake
It’s 11:00pm.  You know you should be sleeping. But sleep seems impossible. Every time you shut your eyes, your mind flashes a reel of your latest shortcomings. You see the moment earlier today when your patience collapsed and you screamed at your kids. You see their little eyes grow wide at your unfettered anger and […]

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30 Hidden Signs of Anxiety in Children That You Need to Know

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30 Hidden Signs of Anxiety in Children That You Need to Know
Inside: Worried your child may have anxiety? Use this anxiety in children symptoms checklist. One of my children was recently diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, and I didn’t see it coming. I knew my child struggled in certain situations, but I didn’t think she had anxiety. That day we got home from the doctor’s office […]

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25 Best Big Sister Books to Get Your Child Ready to Be a Big Sis

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25 Best Big Sister Books to Get Your Child Ready to Be a Big Sis
Inside: With books about becoming a big sister, it’s important to strike a balance of touching on challenges but also pointing out the fun parts. Here are the most positive, heartwarming big sister books that your child will love. Becoming a big sister is a pretty big deal. Especially if you happen to be just […]

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