5 beauty products that make you look like you slept in

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I never get enough sleep. How about you? Although my kids are finally going to bed at an appropriate hour, I'm not. The silence and solitude are luxurious. I spend it catching up on crappy TV, reading books, or messing around on Pinterest. You name it and I'm doing it when I should be sleeping.I pay for it the next day and it shows all over my face. Thankfully there are … [Read more...]

5 simple ways to get some alone time

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I love my kids. You probably love yours too. They're great but sometimes you need a few minutes to yourself. Everyone deserves a little peace and quiet but its common knowledge that young kids loathe peace and are the bitter enemy of quiet.Sigh.Had a long day? Need a few minutes to wolf down some candy in the forbidden solitude of your linen closet?Here are 5 simple … [Read more...]

Nap Time Workouts. Get fit while the kids sleep.

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Before I had kids I was a bonafide gym rat. One hour of cardio in the morning and one hour of weight lifting during my lunch hour. Sometimes I'd throw in a swim, run by the beach, or some Pilates. Times sure have changed. I rarely have a second alone and when I do find a bit of solitude I have a million things I want to accomplish. Exercise was at the bottom of my to do … [Read more...]

Sneaking veggies to your kids. Yay or nay?

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Know what drives me completely crazy? When people say things like "Well, that's what my mom/grandma/auntie betty did and we turned out okay". That's great that your mom let you run around a rusty junkyard wearing paper bags as shoes but I choose not to do the same. Thanks. Nice feet by the way.Anyway.In this instance it might be appropriate. I am talking about the … [Read more...]

5 DIY Popsicle recipes to beat the heat

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I'm in Indiana for the summer and it is HOT. So hot. It's taken me a month but I'm slowly getting used to it. Eighty-degrees used to feel downright intolerable to me but now? I'll take it! We've had some ninety degree stretches and while it is very welcome (sure beats winter) I'm always looking for simple ways to cool off.What's better than a homemade popsicle? Nothing. … [Read more...]

Sanity Saving Road Trip Tips for Traveling with Kids

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After logging over 20,000 miles in less than two years, I am ready to call myself a subject matter expert on taking road trips with kids. My husband and I have suffered through bouts of projectile vomiting, toddler bickering, and hours of Yo Gabba Gabba music listening so that you can save your sanity next time you travel with your kids. These are our family's guaranteed, tried … [Read more...]

Father’s Day Gift Ideas – Part 1

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My husband is a little difficult to shop for. He will pine and drool over the latest tech gadget for months but when he gets an inkling that I am about to purchase the toy for him he puts his responsible Dad hat on and talks me out of it. It's pretty noble and grown up of him but once the gift I have been planning and saving for is off the table I'm stuck. Now what!?! This year … [Read more...]

Mom Habits You Need to Break NOW!

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If you're a mom you know exactly what I'm talking about. Those little habits that nag at you and wear you down every single day. They're preventing you from reaching your maximum potential, productivity, and happiness as a mother. I am a (self-proclaimed but in some circles that totally counts) bad habit breaking expert and here are my tips.Staying up too late.Well, if … [Read more...]

All natural ways to keep your home smelling fresh

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I am a recovering candle addict. Before I had kids I spent a shameful amount of money on candles. Fresh linen, summer breeze, honeysuckle rain, it did not matter. I loved infusing my home with the latest fresh scent. Once our little ones arrived I quit cold turkey. I didn't want to risk irritating their little lungs with smoke and heavy perfumes. It was then that I began my … [Read more...]

Homemade Mother’s Day

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My husband spoils me rotten. Obviously, I love it but I am a tad greedy. A Rolex would be great. Hey, a girl can dream sparkly, extravagant dreams right? When we made the decision to devote two years to my husband's pursuit of an MBA we decided that all big ticket gifts would have to wait until post graduation and subsequent employment.It doesn't bother me a bit. Although I … [Read more...]

Perfect recipes for baking with a toddler

My son is almost three. Like most toddlers he is curious about everything. The kitchen is his new wonderland. He loves rummaging through the refrigerator and cupboards and exploring for snacks. Our kitchen is as small as most people’s closets so cooking with more than one person in there is not a simple feat. After some trial and error I found some recipes my son and I can make … [Read more...]

Mom Jobs I’d Like to Outsource

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Becoming a mother has changed me in many ways. I have never been happier. I adore it BUT if I could outsource a few of my mom jobs my life would be nearly perfect. I’d frolic in meadows and twirl around under the setting sun with a huge smile on my face. There are some mom jobs I just do not want a part of and I don’t care who judges me for it. Nail TrimmingI’ve been … [Read more...]

Cartoons that Embrace Diversity

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We are not a TV free household and I do not feel guilty for admitting that. My kids are bright and well adjusted. It doesn’t bother me if they spend some time watching age appropriate programming. I am selective about what they can watch and am partial to cartoons that embrace diversity in all forms. It is important to me that my children be exposed to a variety of cultures, … [Read more...]

Play Dates with Dads. Yay or nay?

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I love the diversity of modern parenting. I’ve met same sex parents, multiracial couples, and families of different faiths. I think it is great for kids to be exposed to a variety of backgrounds in all facets of life. For my family it’s a no brainer. Everyone is welcome to play as long as they’re nice.There is an issue my husband and I once had to tackle: play dates with … [Read more...]

Creative Easter Basket Ideas

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My son is two and a half and sort of understands the concept of the Easter Bunny. A giant bunny is leaving him gifts and candy in a few weeks because he is a good boy, as is his understanding. I am a big kid at heart so I am outlandishly enthusiastic about gift giving opportunities. I like to make things as magical as I can within our means. I’ve been planning creative and … [Read more...]