Easy To Use Chalk, An Honest Review Of Chalkola

Are you tired of chalk dust? You draw one little thing and you leave behind so much dust and when you try to clean it off it leaves the whole surface area full of chalk powder. This perfectionist mamma just won't have it. But I've recently discovered the power of chalk markers with Chalkola. They don't leave a huge mess and are easy to wipe clean, lifesaver! Chalkola sent me their Chalkboard Easel and set of 30 Chalk Markers in exchange for this honest and unbiased review.  If you're considering their products, scroll down for a great discount. This post…

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Always Eat After 7 PM – Week 4

This is a sponsored post by “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed below are my own​. I recently started a new dieting method, based off the book Always Eat After 7 PM and have been sharing weekly updates here on the blog. Based on surprising science, Always Eat After 7 PM debunks popular diet myths and offers an easy-to-follow diet that accelerates fat-burning and allows you to indulge in your most intense food cravings: Eating the majority of your calories at night. If you missed my previous posts: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3. It's A Lifestyle Change…

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30 Greatest Father’s Day Gift Ideas Any Dad Will Love

If you're here, it's because you're looking for some great Father's Day gift ideas.Well, you're in the right place, because I've got several ideas for every type of dad in your life, and we know there are many! * This post includes Affiliate Links. Free Resource Library Get direct access to download freebies all at once in the Free Resource Library. Email First Name Free Resource Library Free Resource Library Your information will be kept safe and spam-free. Father Appreciation Like moms, fathers need appreciation.They're there for us our entire lives, guiding us through all our stages of life and…

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Personalized Socks: The New And Exciting Gift Idea

Father's Day is just around the corner and I have the perfect gift idea, personalized socks!! Okay, some people think gifting socks is totally lame and others love receiving socks. But with Printsfield, you can personalize them and give Dad, or really anyone, a really great gift. Check it out, I made one with my husband's face all over it. Everyone is asking me where I got them, asking for their own pairs, or planning Christmas their gifts in advance.* This post includes Affiliate Links. Free Resource Library Get direct access to download freebies all at once in the Free…

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Always Eat After 7 PM – Week 3

This is a sponsored post by “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed below are my own​. I recently started a new dieting method, based off the book Always Eat After 7 PM and have been sharing weekly updates here on the blog. If you missed my previous posts, you can find Week 1 here and Week 2 here. Bestselling author, Joel Marion, is a fitness expert and nutritionist debunking the myths underlying traditional dieting and offers a simple, highly effective weight loss program. The Always Eat After 7 PM plan consists of: The 14-day Acceleration Phase to kick-start…

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Always Eat After 7 PM – Week 2

This is a sponsored post by “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed below are my own​. Last week I shared my latest interest in the book "Always Eat After 7 PM" as part of a month-long journey. This week I'm diving in to explain a little bit more about the author, Joel Marion, and why this book and diet have captured my interest. If you missed last week's post, you can find it here. Captured My Interest I've grown up in a culture where our 'dinner' consisted of a small snack and had to adapt to the American…

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Always Eat After 7 PM – Week 1

This is a sponsored post by “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed below are my own​. I guess it takes becoming an adult and a mom to realize that we're not taking the right measures when it comes to our health and our bodies. For a few years now, I've been gaining weight and struggling with balancing my diet. But then I heard about "Always Eat After 7 PM." Bestselling author, Joel Marion, is a fitness expert and nutritionist debunking the myths underlying traditional dieting and offers a simple, highly effective weight loss program. How It Works The…

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How To Survive Social Distancing With Kids

It's already been two months and things are just starting to reopen. We are one step closer to normal. But it will be a long time until things will truly go back to our regular way of life. With a new normal headed our way my family will continue social distancing as much as possible this summer. So how will we, as parents, stay sane while we continue social distancing with kids this season? Some of the major things we've all taken from these crazy times is to take things more slowly, value the essentials, and spend time with our…

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Outstanding Free Resources For Kids While Social Distancing

Right now we are all struggling to maintain new lifestyles of social distancing. With kids, it's a whole new ball game. We're all looking for resources and ideas for keeping the kids entertained while continuing their education from home. For us stay at home moms, it's not much different than our usual routines, but now we can't take the kids anywhere. We can't take them to the store for a free cookie while we grab our groceries, we can't take them to the park to meet their friends, and we definitely can't take them out to eat at a restaurant.…

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How To Teach The Fundamentals Of Time With Simple Calendar Download

Teaching the concept of time to a child is not an easy task. However, with a daily routine, this interactive kid's calendar is the right tool for any parent. Free Resource Library Get direct access to download freebies all at once in the Free Resource Library. Email First Name Free Resource Library Free Resource Library Your information will be kept safe and spam-free. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Concept of Time I created this tool for my child when he started asking about his birthday. Every day he would ask "is it my birthday?" At first, it was funny,…

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70+ Kids Activities You Need At Home Right Now

Schools and workplaces have been closed for a week now and some of us are running out of ideas for keeping the kids busy and entertained while social distancing due to Covid-19. Compiled below is a list of the best toys, games, and kids activities on Amazon for toddlers and preschoolers. For us stay at home moms, these are our everyday tools to staying sane. It's not easy to find time to do things like showering, cooking, or cleaning. But I've managed independent playtime with the best tools and now we're cycling through all of them as well as enjoying…

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How To Find Perspective With A Strong-Willed Child

Sometimes dealing with the power struggles of a strong-willed child leaves us with that feeling that our child needs to be "fixed." But what really needs to be resolved is changing our parenting perspective and finding appropriate solutions to communicate with them. Free Resource Library Get direct access to download freebies all at once in the Free Resource Library. Email First Name Free Resource Library Free Resource Library Your information will be kept safe and spam-free. * This post includes Affiliate Links. What Is A Strong-Willed Child? A strong-willed child is often described as "difficult" or "stubborn." Some of the…

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Mom Stuff That Will Make Your Life With Two Under Two Easier

Women are pros at multitasking so, of course, we can handle two kids, but sometimes we need a little help. Being a mom of multiples, particularly two under two, is exhausting. That's why I've put together this awesome list of 'mom stuff' to make motherhood a little easier. Free Resource Library Get direct access to download freebies all at once in the Free Resource Library. Email First Name Free Resource Library Free Resource Library Your information will be kept safe and spam-free. * This post includes Affiliate Links. For Mom Parenting two under two is no walk in the park.…

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9 Astoundingly Ignorant and Revisited Things Said to SAHMs

Moms get a lot of judgmental comments and unwanted advice and sometimes it gets really irritating. A stay at home mom is constantly being mom shamed for "getting to be home" or not working a job. And just as equally, working moms also get mom shamed for "leaving" or "not caring" about their kids. A lot of times the shaming comes from ignorance of others, of not actually knowing what it takes to have a family or manage their career as a woman in this modern-day world. Other times it comes from another parent with a very different perspective and…

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Why ‘Push Presents’ Are Insulting To First Time Moms

These days, people have made an excuse to celebrate any tiny occasion. With pregnancies, there are multiple different announcements, parties, and showers. Now the father is expected to get 'push presents' for the mother? A 'push present' or 'push gift' is a gift given to a new mother to make them feel special or rewarded for a 'job well done' giving birth. To some, a 'push present' is a fun excuse to give a gift. But to others, it's insulting to reward a mother for doing something as normal as, well, giving life. It can also be disrespectful to mothers…

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How To Encourage Communication Development In Your Young Child

Raising a little human is a tough task for any parent. We are responsible for teaching our children how to walk, talk, and be overall good human beings. A young child, as young as infancy, already begins to understand forms of communication, both verbal and non-verbal. There are several ways parents can encourage communication development in a young child. Free Resource Library Get access to download all my freebies all at once. EmailFirst NameFree Resource Library Free Resource Library   Your information will be kept safe and spam-free. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Two Types of Communication Verbal Communication Verbal…

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Personalized Gift for Children with Hooray Heroes

I just did something for the kids and I'm so excited to share it with you. I ordered a personalized book on HoorayHeroes.com. It's a book with their names and personalized characters to look just like them full of beautifully written and illustrated stories. This is a gift we're going to treasure forever! This is a sponsored post by Hooray Heroes. All reviews and opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal view. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Making a Personalized Gift with Hooray Heroes Hooray Heroes offer personalized books for one child or two. Ranging between…

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Our First Preschool Experience – Finding Harmony in the Routine

This Summer I was a SAHM of two under 5. But this fall my oldest started Preschool and our daily dynamic changed. Transitioning to a part-time school routine while staying with my 2 year old has been a bit confusing. Granted, there are more positives than negatives, but we're all still trying to figure things out. Our first Preschool experience required a lot of emotional harmony between me and my two children. Free Resource Library Get access to download all my freebies all at once. Email First Name Free Resource Library Free Resource Library Your information will be kept safe…

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17+ Powerful Guaranteed Roles Acquired as a SAHM

Parenting is likely the most difficult job out there. Parents, moms and dads alike, take on many powerful, and sometimes unexpected, roles in raising their children. A stay at home mom takes on so many roles and responsibilities between raising her children and being a homemaker.A lot of people think that stay at home moms and dads get to “stay home all day” and “have a lot of free time.” But they don’t realize that raising a child, on its own, is more than a full-time job and that stay at home parents usually take on the majority of the…

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15 Surprising Things Moms Actually Hate Hearing

Motherhood is an exciting experience. Nearby friends and strangers love to approach mothers and their children but moms hate hearing the same things. We all know that motherhood is both exhausting and amazing, which entices everyone around us to say something about it and make us uncomfortable. People love to give their opinions and unnecessary feedback at all times without realizing how often moms hate hearing it. Free Resource Library Get access to download all my freebies all at once. Email First Name Free Resource Library Free Resource Library Your information will be kept safe and spam-free. * This post…

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The Truth About Tinkergarten, Our Favorite Mommy and Me Activity

We recently discovered Tinkergarten and have fallen in love. Tinkergarten is a program for educating children in the natural environment through outdoor play-based activities. Initially, I signed up for a free trial class with the kids and it was so much fun. It was wonderful being part of a tight-knit community, getting dirty and exploring nature with the well-designed activities.  So we signed up for Tinkergarten's summer session. At our first class, I started to realize how much we are benefiting as a family from this program. Free Resource Library Get direct access to download freebies all at once in the Free Resource…

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Mom Sense- Heightened Senses Throughout Motherhood

I bet you've never heard of mom sense, in fact, it probably sounds like nonsense to you. A woman goes through a lot of changes when becoming a mother, mom sense is part of that process. You hear of heightened senses during pregnancy but you don't always hear about them during motherhood. It is definitely true to say that motherhood changes you in every possible way. You just probably didn't think it would involve your senses too. During pregnancy, the heightened sense of smell is the most common. In fact, it is a major cause of nausea during the first…

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Raising a Polite Toddler: How to Teach Manners

Manners take a lifetime of learning because there are always more ways to apply them. That's why it's important to teach manners to children while they're young, so that they can develop them with time. When To Teach Manners The best time to start teaching manners is within the toddler stage. At this stage, children can follow simple directions and are more eager to please adults. It is also the time when they develop habits and patterns, and you'll want them to pick up on good ones. The toddler stage is when children begin to understand the meaning of right…

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DIY Days of the Week Wooden Peg People

I don't know about you but I absolutely love these little DIY wooden peg people. I started making them for my 22-month-old a few months ago and I just can't stop making them :)Wooden toys can get a little expensive so why not making them yourself? If your child is old enough, you can even make them together and it'll be an amazing rainy day activity.They are super easy to do and you don't need a lot of supplies. I am certain that you might already have some of these at home. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Hey everyone,…

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How to Have a Cheap Staycation

Many families invest a great deal of time and money planning their vacation, only to come home with memories dominated by dirty hotels and lost luggage. On the other hand, your hometown has restaurants, museums, and activities you never have time to explore on the weekends when life gets in the way. With the same amount of planning and half the budget, your family can enjoy a staycation at home. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Hey everyone, I've got a treat for you! This wonderful article was written by my friend Tamikia from BehindTheMomBun.com especially for you. Leave us…

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50 Creative Pool Noodle Uses for Toddler Activities

Living in the 21st century, pool noodles are no longer as exciting for their intended use. People have gotten more creative with this amazing invention, particular for use in fun toddler activities. There are tons of creative ideas for pool noodles nowadays. They're so affordable and easy to find in the summer, only $1 at the dollar store or in bulk online. When cut into smaller strips, the opportunities for their use become endless. With one main tool, the pool noodle, we can have loads of fun with exciting and educational toddler activities. In this post, I've included a list…

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21 Cleaning Tips And Tricks For Moms + Free Checklist Printable

Some people really enjoy cleaning but most of us dread it because of the amount of work it takes to manage our households. Even though sometimes it feels like we never have enough space, sometimes I'm overwhelmed by the amount of bathrooms and square footage in my home just because I have to maintain it all. Every mom needs a set of tricks up their sleeves, these are my best cleaning tips for moms.  Motherhood overwhelm As a stay at home mom, I'm overwhelmed with all my duties. Sure, I'm home but I'm not lounging on the couch watching TV all…

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Momxiety- Mom Anxiety As a Mom of Multiples

I'm a mom of multiples, well only two kids, and it definitely takes a toll on me because of my mom anxiety.A couple of years ago, when our daughter was born, I became a mom of two under two and everything changed. My desire to plan everything in advance, step-by-step, drove me insane because I had to figure out how to balance my new life with two small children.When I became a mom, I became anxious and paranoid and tried to have control over every possible situation. Having only two hands really stressed me out. This struggle is what I like…

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Struggling To Begin The Preschool Research Process

With my son turning four this year he becomes eligible for a free program called VPK, or Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten. I’ve been resisting the idea for months. Recently, I've come to the realization that I need to accept that my kid needs to go to school and I cannot delay it any longer. It's time for me to start the preschool research process. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Deciding Whether To Send Our Kid to Preschool My husband and I have always been in agreement that we didn’t want to put our kids in daycare or preschool. We wanted our kids…

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Practical Toddler “Chores” That Encourage Independence

As a stay-at-home-mom, I'm responsible for maintaining our home while taking care of our children. People don't realize that just these two tasks are full-time jobs. But I've learned that sometimes there's a way to implement doing house chores with your toddler or preschooler.  * This post includes Affiliate Links. Free Resource Library Get direct access to download freebies all at once in the Free Resource Library. Email First Name Free Resource Library Free Resource Library Your information will be kept safe and spam-free. Children Mimic Everything - Even Cleaning I often feel guilty when my kid asks me to…

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Being A Mom Is Remarkably Like Getting My Degree

People go to college to gain knowledge on different fields of study in attempt to get them into a career path. Unfortunately there ares no degrees for parenthood or being a mom.But that’s not to say that a college education doesn’t prepare you for life lessons. 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. Free Resource Library Get access to download all my…

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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 story,…

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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 have talks about having kids. We had goals of having our children before hitting our thirties 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…

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Kid-Approved Hidden Veggie Meatloaf or Meatballs Recipe

One of the biggest issues for feeding children is usually getting them to eat their vegetables. When kids refuse to eat their vegetables, parents have to pull out their super powers and come up with a good hidden veggie recipe.I'm super lazy when it comes to the kitchen and preparing meals so I don't often cook meals from scratch. But since having kids I want to make sure I'm feeding them right so I try to make an effort here and there. Free Resource Library Get direct access to download freebies all at once in the Free Resource Library. Email First…

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Potty Training Struggles and Tips + Free Printable

Potty Training a child is a huge milestone but it is also a huge hurdle. This article covers all things Potty Training, including common struggles, our long journey with my son, and some of my best tips and lessons learned.You're welcome to scroll down to the bottom for the recap and additional tips. Make sure you subscribe to get the Potty Charts in the Downloads section. The Potty Training Hurdle Potty Training a child is a huge milestone but it is also a huge hurdle. Here you'll learn about common potty training struggles, tips on determining readiness, methods of potty…

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Why Celebrate Halloween with Toddlers

Realizing Some People Do Not Celebrate This Halloween season I've been seeing some back and forth as to why people do or do not celebrate the holiday. In the past, I've always thought that not celebrating was because of cultural differences and for not condoning such a marketed holiday.Because I do not follow any religious affiliation, I wasn't fully attentive to those who do not celebrate or may even be outraged by the holiday due to religious reasons and "celebrating life and death" or "the devil." Having it Both Ways While I respect all points of view, please respect mine…

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