Archive for Parenting

The Importance of Play

Tired of seeing your kids on their devices constantly?  Wondering how to break free from them?   A new Play Report from IKEA found that the importance of play is undervalued in our modern society so in order to get our kids back to discovering play we need to encourage their inner creativity. The Importance of Play This is a sponsored post by IKEA U.S. The content and opinions expressed below …continue reading

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Potty Training Made Fun for Everyone

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Squatty Potty.  All opinions are my own. Potty training.  It’s probably the most frustrating part of parenting that you’ll EVER deal with. You have to teach a toddler how to understand the signs that they need to use the bathroom.  Yet, that very same toddler doesn’t even like to stop playing to eat lunch or FaceTime with grandma.  It is a battle …continue reading

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Self Care & Better Health Without Guilt- A Guide For Mothers

Ah, summer. The days are long, the nights are short, and the parties never seem to end. In fact, as a mother, summer might possibly be one of the busiest times for your family. Dropping kids off at camps, making endless summer plans, going on trips, and trying to find a way to keep everyone cool, fed, and entertained. It’s so exciting and exhausting all at the same time. Self …continue reading

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Connect with Your Child With Autism in 6 Actionable Steps

Are you wondering how to connect with your child with autism? As the owner of a learning center for children with autism in Paris, I have the joy of coaching families to better connect with their children each and every day. Increased connection with your child will lead to more communication, better eye contact and more learning opportunities daily. It will decrease difficult behaviors and frustration, both yours and your …continue reading

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How to Organize Yourself as a Busy Mom

All winter long we dream about summer and how great it is going to be.  We think to ourselves, “there’s going to be so much time” or “we are going to get so much done.”  Then a week into our “summer vacation” has turned into a black hole of who knows what?  We find ourselves putting out “fires” all day long, entertaining our bored kids, and thinking to ourselves, “I …continue reading

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5 Wear Sunscreen Activities

As someone who burns easily, I am very cognizant that my girls are often exposed to the sun during activities that I wouldn’t ordinarily think to have them wear sunscreen for.  Which is also why I am so thankful to Neutrogena for partnering with us to bring this content and issue to light.  Sunscreen isn’t only needed for while swimming.  It’s needed more often than you think! 5 Wear Sunscreen Activities …continue reading

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8 Mealtime Strategies for Busy Parents

Have kids? You’ll love these 8 Mealtime Strategies for Busy Parents! If anyone tells you running a multi-kid household is easy, step back because their pants are probably on fire. It’s not easy, it’s hard work! Meal prep alone is a full-time job so today we are sharing 8 mealtime strategies for busy families. These will help save you time and might go a long way to preserving your sanity. …continue reading

Tips for Higher Education Success as an Adult

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Ashworth College . The opinions and text are all mine.   Are you thinking of returning to school for a professional pivot in your career or just wanting to finish something you started, but never finished?  Both my husband and I went back to school as adults and we definitely learned a thing or two along the way, which …continue reading

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Meal Planning with Healthier Choices

Are you excited for the new year?  I tend not to make resolutions, but rather I set expectations for myself.  This year I intend to stick to meal planning while still giving my family the flexibility that it often needs. Over the years I’ve come to realize that everyone’s idea of meal planning is different. The most important thing is to make sure that it works for you and your …continue reading

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How to Keep the Magic in Christmas

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Toys“R“Us for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Have you had that moment yet where your baby asks with big eyes and brows furrowed, “Is Santa real?”  My oldest just turned seven and like clock work she came home from school and asked me that question.  I say like clock work because thirty years ago I asked my mom …continue reading

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Date Night Hacks

This is a paid post written by me on behalf of P&G.  The opinions and texts are all mine. One of the most important and most difficult things to find the time for are date nights.  Your marriage is largely dependent upon the time that you get to relax and enjoy each other’s company, but when it’s so expensive between a sitter and a fancy dinner it’s hard to justify …continue reading

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Making Sense of Healthcare for Families

Are you baffled by healthcare?  Wondering what certain terms are talking about?  I totally understand!  I used to set aside our health claims hoping that they would magically take care of themselves.  Luckily, it doesn’t have to be so difficult because UnitedHealthcare is working to help make sense of it all. This is a sponsored post written on behalf of UnitedHealthcare. Making Sense of Healthcare for Families Premiums, co-payments and …continue reading

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