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.As a stay at home mom, I'm overwhelmed with all my duties. Sure, I'm home all day but I'm not lounging on the couch watching TV all day! One of my biggest lessons has been to do prioritize my duties into small daily and weekly shifts so…

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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 Accept That My Kid Needs To Go To Preschool

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.I found out, in some more detail, about this program back in December. Basically any child that meets the age requirement can attain a VPK voucher, in which they can use towards any accepting preschool for three hours a day. I've come to the realization that I need to accept that my kid needs to go to school sooner and I cannot delay it any longer. It's time for me to start researching preschools. Deciding Whether…

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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 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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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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Becoming Parents of Two Under Two

My husband and I always wanted to have kids close in age. We had a set goal of having about three kids with an age gap of two to four years.Even after our first child was born we still agreed we wanted a second baby at some point soon.When our son was just a few months old, I had the crazy thought to have our second child right away. Our baby was so calm and easy that we felt like we could handle another baby.Within a few months, we agreed to try for our second and suddenly we became a…

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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 – Top Tips to Plan Your Trip

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 and…

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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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Visiting Zoo Miami with the Kids

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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Mom Struggles With Two Under Two – Grocery Shopping

As a parent of two young toddlers, I've faced some serious mom struggles when it comes to grocery shopping.  I've been lucky to not have had any major issues or disasters, other than a few embarrassing moments here and there. But with two kids under two, the logistics of grocery shopping got very complicated for a while and I serioulsy struggled.  Subscribe to Email List Email * First Name    Your email will be kept safe and spam-free. Main mom struggles of shopping with two under two Here were some of the issues I've encountered shopping with two kids so far:…

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Toddler Screen 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 one 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…

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Finding My Motherhood Support Group and How You Can Too

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.  Being a parent is drowning on so many levels. We are pushed and pulled in all sorts of directions with no time to even process our own thoughts. So finding the right motherhood support groups is essential for any mom to survive.  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. But I was able to find my way out,…

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