How My College Degree Prepared Me For Motherhood

People go to college to gain knowledge on different fields of study in attempt to get them into a career path.Unfortunately there’s no degrees on motherhood or parenthood.But that’s not to say that a college education doesn’t prepare you.Architecture School definitely played a major hand in preparing me for motherhood. It even gave me some really cool skills I couldn’t possibly have had without my degree. Disclosure: All of what you are reading here is mostly completely and totally true. * This post includes Affiliate Links. ARchitecture School vs. Motherhood Struggles College students like to party all night, it’s a common…

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Educational Printable for Kids – Easter Theme

For this post, I've teamed up with Education.com to provide you with a great set of educational resources for Pre-K through 5th graders. Their website is full of printable worksheets, online games, lesson plans and more for parents and teachers. A lot of their resources are totally free but they offer a lot more with their monthly, annual, and lifetime membership options. They provided me with this awesome free worksheet for young toddlers to match words to images with an awesome Easter theme. They send me the free download to share with you guys as well! How cool is that? Download Printable…

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Where’d The PACI Go?

Sometimes when it's quiet and I feel a bit of boredom I grab my phone and browse through my most recent pictures. I do this for many reasons, mainly to absorb these moments but also to remind me of my blessings- my beautiful family. The other day I stumbled upon a picture I posted on Instagram a few months back, of my daughter playing peekaboo with her pacifier on her face. I decided to repost it and got carried away writing a caption that turned into the story behind her bond with that pacifier. This isn't your average pacifier addiction…

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8 Things I Swore I Wouldn’t Do As a Parent

Within three months of dating, my husband and I would talk about having kids. We had goals of having our children before hitting our 30's so that we could still feel youthful by the time they would graduate from high school. It's a goal that most people set but later find more complicated due to schooling, career paths, having the right partner, and especially "being ready". My husband and I were lucky enough to have found each other at a young age and having kids just after college so we've achieved this goal twice so far, maybe even a third by the…

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Pão De Queijo Recipe

What is Pão De Queijo? Pão de queijo is a very popular Brazilian food. It is, in essence, a baked cheese bread/ball.Its not your average piece of bread, nor is it anything like a mozzarella stick.It is both soft and crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. This is due to the main ingredient, tapioca, a type of starch.It is often served for breakfast or a snack. Sometimes for dinner as well since the Brazilian culture doesn't have large meals before bed.The balls are usually about 1.5 inches in diameter, however some bakeries make much larger versions. Some people…

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Raising 2 Kids Under 2

I always wanted to have kids close in age and I was lucky enough that our first child was very calm and easy going as a baby that we could try for our second. Our son was just 15 months old when our daughter was born. With the exception of my pregnancy symptoms and getting a few illnesses at the end of my pregnancy, raising my son had been a breeze. Suddenly we became a family of four with "2 kids under 2." So what did we go through being parents of two so close in age? Well here's how…

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Why I Narrate To My Kids

I often narrate what I'm doing or what I'm about to do to prepare my kids for what to expect. I usually break things down into steps. I started this to prevent a tantrum when something happens out of their expectation but it helps tremendously in enlarging their communication and vocabulary. Talking To Myself When we had our son, our first, I was told to talk to my child often but once dad went back to work and and I was alone with him we were usually in silence. I always felt awkward talking to him because he couldn't talk…

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15 Things to Know Before Going To Disney

My family and I planned a trip to Magic Kingdom over the summer that was extremely exciting, yet very overwhelming. If you're interested in our story, you can read it here. 1. Buy Your Tickets in Advance If you plan on buying at the park, that's an extra line you don't want to be in that day. If you purchase online in advance you can reserve FastPasses a minimum of 30 days in advance. 2. Download and use the my disney experience app Do this as soon as you get your tickets so you can study the park map, attractions…

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A Day at Disney World With Toddlers

For our son's 3rd birthday we planned a family trip to Magic Kingdom for one day as a family of 7. This post is how I planned for our trip for 5 adults and 2 toddlers under the age of 3 and how our day actually went.  Also see: 15 Things to Know Before Going to Disney -as I have recently split this post into two. Both my husband and I have been living in South Florida since we were kids, so Disney has always been fairly close to where we live. I have always been in love with theme parks and…

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Favorite Everyday Activewear for Moms

As a human being, we all need to stay fit. As a mom, who birthed two children, I gained some weight that I'm working on losing. Having the right type of clothing for working out is ideal. My favorites are leggings and comfortable and flexible shoes, and I use these ALL the time, not just to work out. Activewear is so comfortable and adaptable that it has become my everyday mom-wear.I wear it at home, I wear it to Zumba classes, I wear it to the playground, and I especially wear it to go to the Zoo (because it's super humid…

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Our Trip to Zoo Miami

Last week I took the kids on a day trip to Zoo Miami with a couple of friends and their kids. This was our second time there and we were in a hurry that time with no idea what to expect. For this trip we had a few things in mind to try differently. I also have some tips for anyone planning on going to Zoo Miami or planning a trip to any zoo with kids. The park is huge and there's a lot to see! It's well designed but everything is spaced out so if you're on foot you…

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Shopping for My Kids at Target

When you have kids, you find yourself often buying clothes for your growing children.Target has such cute stuff that it can easily become an addiction that leads you to spend hundreds at a time for clothes that might be outgrown in a matter of months.I've fallen in love with Target for this reason, their prices are reasonable and their clothing quality and selection is great.Everyone jokes about their trips to Target being for one or two items and walking out with a full cart, and it's so true!I love taking the kids for a stroll around Target when we have…

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Multilingual Parenting – Benefits of Raising Bilingual Children

My husband and I come from mixed backgrounds and both migrated to the United States. as young children. Our children were born here but we're raising them to be multilingual with the combined three languages we speak on a regular basis. People have warned us against teaching our children more than one language at first but we didn't listen, and thank goodness for that. Even though they're still very young, they're pretty good at speaking English, Portuguese and Spanish.We never doubted wanting to raise our children to learn our languages. My husband and I were both raised bilingual and we love…

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“Styles” of Parenting

I recently read an article about the six styles of parenting and it really got me thinking about my own parenting and what is really best for our children. The article focused on the pro's and con's of six parenting styles: Helicopter, Free Range, Authoritarian, Permissive, Authoritative, and Uninvolved. "The 6 Styles of Parenting" Helicopter Parenting A common term used with parents who are overly involved in their children's lives. Children raised with this style have higher chances of going to college however sometimes the parent can be too extreme and accidentally sabotage job positions or personal relationships, as shown in many…

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Wholesale Budget Hack for Buying Frozen Meats

For the longest time I was shopping for two (me and my husband) and had no need, nor space, for shopping wholesale. Now that we're feeding a family of 4 and still using diapers for 2 I'm finding there's a handful of things from wholesale stores that I've discovered to be of major savings. One of the biggest ones being buying frozen meats in bulk. Several Portions of Chicken Thighs, Tenderloins, and Ground Beef for Much Less $$ Disclosure: I have included some affiliate links throughout this post. At no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if…

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Grocery Shopping with my Babies

As a parent of two young toddlers, I've faced some struggles when it comes to grocery shopping. I'll admit they weren't as disastrous as some stories I've heard over the years. But with two kids the logistics of it got a little complicated for a while, and some days one or both kids drove me nuts, especially with the way my worried mind works. Main Struggles Here were some of the issues I've encountered shopping with two kids so far: How do I seat an infant (in a carseat) and a toddler into a shopping cart? Where do I put…

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Toddler Screen/TV Time

Hi, I'm Paula. I'm a stay at home mom of two children and I abuse screen time. If you do too, welcome to Screen Time's Anonymous! * This post includes Affiliate Links. Mom's Addiction to Toddler Screen Time For me, the addiction started when my second child was born. I started putting the TV on for my 1 year old to keep him distracted so that I could keep an eye on him while I nursed the baby. Since then I've put it for him when he starts getting too grumpy or jealous, while I cook or clean, or when his sister is…

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Mom Groups

When you're a stay at home parent with a child (or children) you start to get lonely even though you're not physically alone at all. I'm going to be totally honest and tell you that I've fallen into depression a couple of times because I was living in a cocoon. Home Alone And Miserable I was helping out part-time with the family business, just shadowing and learning the ropes, when I got pregnant with our first child. The "morning" sickness hit me real hard, I was throwing up all day and worried I wasn't keeping anything inside for months. I…

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