We are just wrapping up 4 birthdays at our house and I am exhausted! Planning a party, scheduling a family dinner, and searching for the perfect birthday present is a little stressful for this already stressed out mama. But...
My twin daughters are big kindergarteners now, but I remember the days where I thought I would never make it their first birthday.  For the most part I have forgotten these memories of life being tough from birth until...

Peachy Teacher Gift

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My baby starts school in two weeks. I'm so excited for him to learn and grow. My children both go to special education PRE-K, so we met his teachers last year when our oldest first started. We love their...
Once kids come into the picture it can be tough to prioritize dating your spouse. We all know we should, but sometimes life just gets busy and we forget the obvious. I'm definitely at fault in this category, and...
Having a new baby is such an exciting time. I remember spending hours dreaming about finally holding my baby after 9 months of pregnancy. I probably spent just as much time researching exactly what I would need once my...

Green Smoothie Recipe

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Over the summer I started making these smoothies when I noticed my son started eating everything but his veggies. I want to make sure he eats well, and I while I will always offer veggies with meals, I also...
I always enjoy when my children's grandparents, whether it be my parents or my in-laws, come into town for a visit.  In our family, visits from grandparents include chatting and catching up of course, but also a chance for...
I'm not a dieter and I'm not really into resolutions. I just don't feel like I can ever make either work for me.   So, here are a couple of my tips, that I try to practice, for eating better all...
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The Power of a To-Do List

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Our lives are beyond overwhelming with the constant juggles we face: managing a home, raising our kids, being the shuttle bus, working, trying to squeeze in quality time with our spouse, oh, and maybe make some time for ourselves...

Potty Training is a Mess

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Potty training is a mess. Literally. It's one giant ball of different emotions. It's smelly. It's exhausting. It's sticky. It's absolutely flipping horrible and I've gotta say...I hate it. If I could hire someone to come over for the...

The Perks of Owning a Pet

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I have always had a love for animals and luckily grew up always having a pet or two....or three. All of them had such different and unique personalities, but the one thing they all had in common was giving...

Medical History Freebie

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As mothers, we do some pretty incredible things; but perhaps nothing is quite as impressive as the mental load we carry. We coordinate appointments, manage medications, plan schedules, recall addresses, phone numbers, friends’ names, and even house a complete...
Wow, isn’t it amazing how fast money seems to go these days, especially when you have kids?  Our family is currently watching our pennies very closely, and sometimes it seems like the effort to save money is another part-time...
About one month ago, Malka Rodal and I started speaking about possibly organizing a space in my home. Immediately, the master bedroom closet jumped out as what I wanted to tackle. I know that we all have busy lives...
My kids are loud. Really loud. They're the kind of kids who start talking the moment they wake up and don't stop until bedtime. And I'm pretty sure at least one of them talks in his sleep. They're loud....
Halloween festivities are officially in full swing! Costumes are being bought or made, candy is being stock piled, and spooky decorations are all over. While Halloween festivities are always a treat, there is one truly scary thing – the dangers...
Who says you can't garden in the desert? I planted my first fall garden in Phoenix in 2011. I honestly didn't do much research, just went to a local nursery, picked up some small plants according to what sounded...

Got Behavior Problems?

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Life tends to have its ups and downs. Just when you think everything is great, you may be thrown a curve ball. My oldest is 5 and he has just entered his first year of elementary school. He tends...

Straw Bale Gardening

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Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, my family like most families who "lived in the country" had a garden. The garden was about an acre right in our front yard. It was a ton of work, but definitely rewarding. I...

Juicing Is The New Black

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      Heather Stevens, mommy of two and co-founder of the glittering Gleamsters, is talking to us today about the benefits of juicing for their family. So I’m sure you’ve seen the juicing and smoothie trend as another here today gone tomorrow fad! I...

Farming Up a Good Time

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Well, I've reached another first as a mom. You know, first time baby laughs, first steps, first time kid barfs on you in public, etc. This week's first was my older daughter's first preschool field trip. I was lucky...
My baby just started preschool (insert tearful emoji here).  He is nearly three and we have been fortune enough to be able to have him home with my husband, me, or an entrusted nanny for all of his life....

thrifty threads.

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When it comes to dressing myself and my toddler son, I seldom pay full price. I am extremely frugal when it comes to this area, to the point where I am almost embarrassed to share this post with you...
There is nothing like cuddling with your little one in your lap or next to them in bed and reading a good book. My two-year-old twin boys adore books, and I hope this is a habit that they carry...
There is a lot that goes through a pregnant woman's mind...well, at least in my experience as a pregnant woman. Do I have everything I need for these little humans that are about to become a part of this...

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