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Tough Mudder’2018

Tough Mudder’2018

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Tough Mudder’2018
This year was different, very cool! Still the same team, still the same place, but our little boys enjoy daddy’s run as well. They visited Tough Mudder as spectators with me, we fallow map – waiting on each obstacle for our superhero – daddy! Let run and shine – it’s Tough Mudder Time  
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Practical Christmas Presents You’ll Love All Year Long

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Practical Christmas Presents You’ll Love All Year Long
All those hubbies who want to get practical Christmas presents for your wife… look no further. I had a friend who got really mad at her husband one birthday. He got her an ironing board. Boy… she didn’t like it. I remember sitting there going…. “But you constantly complained about your current ironing board and […]
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How To Be A Confident Parent With Extended Family: 8 Do’s + Don’ts

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How To Be A Confident Parent With Extended Family: 8 Do’s + Don’ts
How to be a confident parent in front of your whole family… even if your kids act wild.  I’ll never forget the first time my oldest threw a complete fit in front of others. I was so shocked I didn’t respond for like 10 Mississippi’s.  She didn’t want to come to the table because she […]
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8 Things To Do The Same Time Every Day, Every Week

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8 Things To Do The Same Time Every Day, Every Week
Here are 4 things to keep on your weekly routine and 4 to add to your nightly.  I am, apparently, a creature of habit.  If you ask me to tell you about my entire day, and then compare that to other days – I probably seem like a robot. Predictable. Maybe even, extremely self-disciplined. But […]
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How To Have (Or Be) Flexible Houseguests Without The Kids Losing It

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How To Have (Or Be) Flexible Houseguests Without The Kids Losing It
Being (or having) house guests isn’t as easy once you have kids. Here’s how you can maintain the benefits of your normal routine while being flexible and having great time with family and friends. This holiday season we have some visitors coming. My mother and father-in-laws…  And my sister and brother-in-law… and their 3 kids […]
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Best Snowsuits for Toddlers

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Best Snowsuits for Toddlers
Updated November 2018 Looking for a warm hard working toddler snow suit? This is the list for you. My kids believe snow play should be a full body experience. They delight in rolling through it, building with it, and burying each other. I shiver just thinking about it, but I know they’re warm and dry […]
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Board Games Preschoolers Love – and you will too.

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Board Games Preschoolers Love – and you will too.
Updated October, 2018 Our Favorite Board Games for 3, 4 and 5 year olds The board games for preschoolers that we’ve listed here are some of our family favorites as well as the top games for preschoolers recommended by parents. The best thing is that we’ve chosen games that everyone likes to play, including parents. They’re fun, […]
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Problem Solving for Parents – How to Ask Questions That Will Get You Better Help

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Problem Solving for Parents – How to Ask Questions That Will Get You Better Help
Problem solving as a parent sometimes fills me with confusion and overwhelm. I find myself seeing all of things going wrong and despairing at figuring anything out. One of the things I’ve always had difficulty with is asking for help. Not because I don’t want it, but because I get confused and overwhelmed when I […]
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10 Phrases to Encourage Resilience

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10 Phrases to Encourage Resilience
At the beginning of my parenting journey I unknowingly passed by hundreds of opportunities for me and my kids to develop resilience. In my book Bounceback Parenting I explain that I made the mistake of thinking that my job was to make everything easy or comfortable for my kids. I often offered help in the name of […]
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8 Casualties of Parenting an Explosive Child That No One Tells You About

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8 Casualties of Parenting an Explosive Child That No One Tells You About
(Inside: When you are parenting an explosive child, there are casualties from each and every explosion whether you can see them with your eyes or not.) One-one thousand, two-one thousand, three-one thousand, four… Breathe. Just breathe. He doesn’t mean what he says. He’s not trying to hurt you. Five-one thousand. Six. Sigh… You’ve got this.  Stay […]
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Why Your Kid Can’t Just Sit Still | The Real Reason You Should Know

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Why Your Kid Can’t Just Sit Still | The Real Reason You Should Know
(Inside: Why can’t my child just sit still?! Have you tried everything and nothing seems to help your child sit still for five minutes? This will change your life!) Do you feel like you are constantly repeating yourself with your kid? “Sit up, don’t touch that, get off the couch, put that down, quit wiggling.” I […]
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What You Should Know About Meltdowns… From a Tween on the Spectrum

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What You Should Know About Meltdowns… From a Tween on the Spectrum
(Inside: Meltdowns aren’t fun, but there are a few things you should know about meltdowns, from a tween on the spectrum who just wants people to understand.) I knew who was calling before I even reached my phone. He had another meltdown. Sure enough it was another call from the school. “Your son is out of […]
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Struggle or Behavior… Where Do You Draw the Line?

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Struggle or Behavior… Where Do You Draw the Line?
(Inside: Is it a struggle or a behavior… Where do you draw the line? Is your child’s behavior your child’s fault or out of their control?) How do you know when to draw the line? When your kid is talking back to you, how do you know if they are just pushing all of your buttons […]
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The REAL Reason Your Child W-sits, Toe-Walks, and Wets the Bed

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The REAL Reason Your Child W-sits, Toe-Walks, and Wets the Bed
(Inside: Find out the real reason your child W-sits, toe-walks, and wets the bed. The underlying cause that you’ve never even heard of…) Does your child w-sit? Or walk on their toes? Does your child struggle with bed wetting, or a lack of focus? You’re not alone. But have you ever wondered what’s really causing those […]
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10 Things You Can Joyfully Miss Out On This Holiday Season

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10 Things You Can Joyfully Miss Out On This Holiday Season
At first I wanted to write 3 things we can joyfully miss out on. Then I realized that after I wrote three, I was just getting started. Hence 10 Things You Can Joyfully Miss Out On This Holiday Season. In this week’s Abundant Mama Show episode on the podcast, I’m getting into a really fun […]
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How to Be a Gratitude Role Model for Your Child 

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How to Be a Gratitude Role Model for Your Child 
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero Sometimes children seem ungrateful. There, I said it. It’s true. Actually, it’s that’s not true. Children often seem ungrateful. But guess what? That is totally normal. And, guess what else? It doesn’t mean they ARE, actually, ungrateful. […]
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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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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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10 Really Easy Kids Crafts For Christmas

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10 Really Easy Kids Crafts For Christmas
This time of year is all about cosy evenings and weekends at home. It’s also all about the festivities and getting ready for Christmas. The build up to Christmas is as exciting as Christmas Day itself, and none more so than for the kids. Over the past week I’ve been scouring Pinterest looking for some […]
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They Say That Time Flies..

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They Say That Time Flies..
They say that time flies, that you’ll grow so quick and to make the most of it before the years fly past. And I think that they might be right. Ethan, you’re five and a half and Logan you’re now three and yet here I am still feeling like a new Mum because, despite us […]
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How to Survive Moving House Fast Whilst Pregnant

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How to Survive Moving House Fast Whilst Pregnant
Moving house at any time is stressful. But, even more so when it’s time-limited and you’re pregnant. But as we all know, life doesn’t always go to plan. And, if you have to sell and move home quickly during your pregnancy (maybe for a new job or before the baby arrives)—don’t panic. There are lots of companies […]
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How to Add a Touch of Romance to Your Marriage

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How to Add a Touch of Romance to Your Marriage
Look at a woman’s Pinterest boards and you will see how she hopes to achieve perfection in many areas of her life. You will see boards detailing how to decorate your home for St. Patrick’s Day cleverly. You will see boards advising what type of shoe to wear with tapered jeans. And you will find […]
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9 Tips For Throwing A First Birthday Party

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9 Tips For Throwing A First Birthday Party
I always look back on my boys first birthday’s with a smile. It’s an emotional day when your baby has his or her first birthday and officially becomes a one year old. For both of our boys on their first birthdays we decided to have a little party at our house and we invited family […]
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5 Simple Toddler Activities for Thanksgiving

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5 Simple Toddler Activities for Thanksgiving
It’s that time of year again, time to celebrate Thanksgiving! These 5 Simple Toddler Activities are perfect for entertaining your kids just long enough so that I can finish up dinner without undercooking everything or burning down the house (kidding!). The kids and I tried out a few quick and easy thanksgiving toddler activities with […]
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Christmas Wish List Ideas You Can Count On!

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Christmas Wish List Ideas You Can Count On!
I’ve talked a lot recently about how this is such a busy time of year for us. With fall sports and dance keeping us busy before the holiday season, sometimes it creeps up on me. The kids both also celebrate birthdays in November and December so there’s a lot going on but when it comes […]
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STEAM Holiday Gift Ideas: Sphero BOLT & Sphero Mini Review

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STEAM Holiday Gift Ideas: Sphero BOLT & Sphero Mini Review
This post was sponsored by Sphero as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. We were excited to experience the Sphero products and some of the best STEAM holiday gift ideas this year! Our Sphero BOLT and Sphero Mini Review will show you why it […]
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Elf on the Shelf Letter: Printable Arrival & Goodbye Letters

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Elf on the Shelf Letter: Printable Arrival & Goodbye Letters
It’s that time again! Time for your family’s friendly elf to arrive! Some choose to let him or her arrive on Thanksgiving night, while others wait until the first week of December. Generally, the elf comes during the night after you put your Christmas tree (which would be crazy at our house since that’s usually […]
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Easy Ways to Enjoy the Holidays at Home

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Easy Ways to Enjoy the Holidays at Home
The holiday season is in full swing and while it’s one of my favorite times of the year, it can also be one of the most stressful times of the year. There are so many places to go and people to see. Everyone seems to be out and about too. We’ve been trying to slow […]
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7 Easy Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

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7 Easy Ways to Beat the Winter Blues
There are a lot of things I love about winter, especially the holiday season. But there are also things that I find challenging. As the days get shorter, the festivities end, and the colder weather sets in, the winter blues tend to settle in. But there are some easy ways to beat the winter blues no […]
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