Shoelace Parenting Hack

Shoelace Parent Hack

Kids and their shoelaces – am I right? Always tied and untied, and if they’re small and have trouble getting their shoes on their feet, they loosen the shoelaces to get them on, leaving you to have to rethread them. BLEH! My trick? Tie a knot at the end of the shoelaces on each side […]

Kitchen Cooking Hack – Counter Space Saver and Easy Clean Up

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I posted this image to Instagram tonight, and I thought I might share it here with you as well (in case you like to pin household tips and tricks like this). Whether your kitchen is big or small, working effectively in the kitchen is essential when trying to get food on the table for your […]

Reasons to Get a Business Pinterest Account

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Publishers, did you receive an email saying your account qualified for a business Pinterest account? Are you wondering what the difference is from the regular? Here’s a few of the more important reasons why having a Business account is worth it! Analytics – Analytics are always a useful tool, but in this case, it shows […]

The Time We Lived at The Hampton: Our Hamptonality Story #HamptonHoliday #Giveaway

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The following post is sponsored by MomTrends on behalf of Hampton Hotel. I’d love to share with you a little story about a dislocated family searching for a forever home. We were traveling 6+ hours from Fort Polk, LA to San Antonio, TX every weekend, packing the car right after school let out on Friday […]

My Trick to Ending Backpack Clutter

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After getting SO TIRED of seeing my kids’ backpacks and stuff sprawled all over my front entry way area, like this: I tried using a storage ottoman at the front. While it hid the kids’ backpacks nicely, it took up way too much room, as it was too wide and stuck out pretty far from […]

My Must-Have Baby Gear for Baby’s First Six Months

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of NUK. The opinions and text are all mine. Having a baby is a miracle in itself, but sometimes those to-do lists and shopping/packing lists from all the parenting books, magazines, and websites can seem quite overwhelming. Do you really need eleventy-billion spit-up rags, a […]

Instagram Etiquette 101 – 6 Tips You Shouldn’t Ignore

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Guest post by Katja Presnal, the author of “Instagram as your Guide to the World”. Instagram has changed the way I plan my travels, and in fact Instagram is nowadays my travel guide when I travel to new places. I discovered new ways to search Instagram and use it as a reference after using the […]

Holiday Travel and Shopper Safety #lifelock

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I love LOVE the holidays. Between the holiday decorations, family visiting, and scrumptious food, it is most definitely my most favorite time of year. I am dreading taking it all down, packing away the holiday decor and spirit with the excess wrapping paper and proceeding on with the new year with this holiday in the […]

Instagram Changes TOS – 3 Tips For You with Instagram Alternatives

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Instagram’s change to its Terms of Service (TOS) happens to be a very hot topic right now, and even though Instagram issued a statement regarding it’s changes and changing the legal mumbo-jumbo because it caused “confusion,” a lot folks everywhere are leery, wondering what to do, and considering Instagram alternatives. While discussing this change on Facebook yesterday, […]

Tips for the Perfect Holiday Turkey

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When I was a child, watching my mother fix our holiday meals for us with ease, I never realized how daunting it was to attempt to cook a turkey for your family until I became the cook. (And then subsequently screwed it up a time or two. Ahem. And whoops.) Over the years, I’ve done my […]

Flashback Friday – Fitspirational Posts, Sites and Bloggers for Fitness Inspiration

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Happy TGIF! I’ve been working pretty hard to try to get back into shape after having a baby, and I thought I might showcase some of the websites, pictures, and posts I use as “Fitspiration.” Firstly, in front of my elliptical is a my inspiration/motivation tack board. I have a few cutesy things from my […]

Big Families: How Do You Do It? {Grocery Shopping}

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“How do you do it?” Series hosted by Lolli from Better in Bulk, Lisa from Crazy Adventures in Parenting, Christine from From Dates to Diapers, Kadi from Our Seven Seeds, and Kate from The Guavalicious Life. Join us each week for more tips from moms of big families! Grocery shopping is a seemingly monumental task whether it’s for yourself, your family, […]

Big Families: How Do You Do It? {Summer Break}

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“How do you do it?” Series hosted by Lolli from Better in Bulk, Lisa from Crazy Adventures in Parenting, Christine from From Dates to Diapers, Kadi from Our Seven Seeds, and Kate from The Guavalicious Life. Join us each week for more tips from moms of big families! Oh, friends. It’s summer. It’s exciting, because you dream of lazy days at […]

Weight Loss Update & Summertime Tips #grabaspoon

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When I went in for my four-week postpartum check, I was happy to find I’d lost a lot of the baby weight, but having been inactive towards the end of my pregnancy, I knew I had a long ways to go. Couple that with the stressful move and lots of fast-food eating that did me […]

Blogging Inspiration from SARK

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When you’re in college, you go through that self-discovery phase – who am I? What am I doing on this Earth? What am I going to be when I grow up? Am I ready to take on the world? I loved my college campus, sitting underneath the beautiful trees, soaking up the sun, reading a […]

5 Tips to Throw an Awesome Halloween Party (Post Sponsored by Kmart)

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My husband leaves this Sunday to go away for two weeks, and will miss spending Halloween with us. We decided not to let this news get us down, so we threw our own Halloween party this weekend, before he leaves, complete with Halloween costumes, Halloween decorated house, and Halloween party snacks out of this world. Tip #1: […]

Office Live Workspace Freakin’ Rocks!

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You already know how big of a list-maker I am. There’s something rewarding for me about creating, and checking-off, a to-do list. I love finding new ways to create them, easy ways to keep track of them. I mean, that’s how my To Do Tuesday began in the first place, y’know? But I’ve always had […]

Laundry Ball System Review

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Today we’re celebrating MomDot’s big birthday celebration for Trisha, and I wanted to showcase a few of my favorite organic and all-natural product choices, and give some away, too. I hope you don’t mind at all, or anything (NOTE: There are 3 total giveaways here, be sure to visit all 3!) I gotta level with […]

Tutorial – Indent Without Numbers or Bullets

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There comes a time in which you have to list some things in a blog post, and you don’t need to use bullets, or to list them numbered. For those with rich text editors, there is no other option to indent, then. So what do you do? This tutorial will show you how to indent […]

Tackle It Tuesday – HTML Checkboxes to “Check Off” and Strikethrough for “Cross-Outs”

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I’ve had a few people reach out to me with HTML questions in the past. One common question has been “How do you cross words out in your posts?” You know, like this? Or how do you make a check box, like this? To answer that question, while it’s a simple answer, it isn’t as […]

Reminder Fox

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Do you use Firefox or Thunderbird (or, like me, both)? If so, there is this great add-on tool called Reminder Fox that allows for you to set alerts to remind you of appointments, birthdays, anniversaries, to-do lists and more. I was just discussing this with Steph from Adventures in Babywearing on Skype the other day […]

Arm Yourself this Cold and Flu Season

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First it was the God-awful Stomach Bug agony we were in. Then we arrived to my parents only for all heck to break loose when the stomach bug popped up there, as well as a massive mucus-infested, booger-filled Christmas that had arrived uninvited. Ugh! I could not WAIT to get home, and not because I […]

Secure Your Identity, Just Not With “Identity Secure”

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How’s this for irony? Spent the past 2 hours on the phone trying to track down the origination of an almost-authorized charge to my second checking account, USAA, which has a Visa Debit Card attached to it, for $119. For a supposed “Identity Secure” service. (my hindside..) They tried to charge me thirty-four (34) separate […]

Holiday Money Saving Tricks

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- Are your lights bad from last year? Don’t throw them away! Check the fuses first! It could be just as simple as a fuse needing to be replaced. Most light-makers have a baggie of spare bulbs and fuses taped to the strand, so check your strand or visit your local store to pick them […]

FYI: Bankrupt Stores Still Issuing Gift Cards

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With the economy being what it is, please look over the following list and keep in mind when giving gift cards this season, some of these stores might not honor those gift cards after the holiday season is up. Even if the store you plan to purchase from is not listed here, do investigating into […]

Garden for Success

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I had to share this, I thought it was the cutest thing ever! First, plant four rows of peas: Promptness Patience Politeness Perserverance Next to these, plant three rows of squash: Squash Gossip Squash Criticism Squash Negative Attitude Next, plant five rows of lettuce: Let us be Compassionate Let us be Truthful Let us be […]

Tackle it Tuesday – Christmas!

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My “Tackle It Tuesday” is a little bit different than normal. Today I’m beginning Christmas and playing Santa. Yes, you read that right. I do know today is only September 16th. But if you were to count, today is officially 100 days ’til Christmas. The countdown is officially on. Scary, huh? You’re thinking ‘Christmas? Already? […]