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Throwing a Great 1st Birthday Party

Posted: September 8th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Guest Post, Sponsored Posts | No Comments »

One thing that parents seem to look forward to with a new baby, is the big First Birthday.  For us, it’s not as much about the kid, as it is about surviving that crazy, sleep deprived, year full of other firsts.  With the twins, we went a little above and beyond what we would normally do (we went on a horse-drawn hayride), with Judah we just chilled at our house and had a BBQ with family.  Whether you are planning something simple or lavish, I think we can all relate to this guest post!

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Shopping for the Person who has EVERYTHING!

Posted: December 4th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Reviews and Giveaways, Sponsored Posts | No Comments »

Having three kids close in age, I cringe at this time of year.  Not that I am ungrateful for the generosity of family and friends, but we are literally tripping over toys at our house.  I really have to think outside the box to figure out what to get them because there is really so little that they *need* and they don’t have any specific wants.  We all have people like this on our shopping lists, here are a few tips from my favorite guest poster, Sam!

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Easy Shopping Solution

The holiday season is recognized as being one of the most stressful times of the year. After all, everyone has a lot to do in order to prepare for all the festivities and celebrations. Whether you plan to attend events and host holiday parties or not, you will certainly be involved in some aspect of the traditional holiday rush and stress. For most people the goal of finding great gifts is a cause for stress. However, there is an easy shopping solution.

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Tis the Season

Posted: October 6th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Reviews and Giveaways, Sponsored Posts | Tags: Guest Post, Shopping | 1 Comment »

I either love or hate gift giving.  If I have a great idea or theme to go off of I get excited and go all out.  If I have no ideas and no money, I tend tomail it in.  Here are some helpful hints for gift giving going into the holiday shopping season (less than 80 shopping days left!) from my favorite guest poster, Sam Peters.

Spread the Holiday Cheer from Home

Picking out the right gift for a family member or friend is not always an easy task. Even if you know your loved one well, you may have a difficult time finding just the right item to give them. During the holiday season, it’s even harder to spend time searching for the best gift. Choosing gift baskets for the upcoming holiday season may help you take the stress out of the gift-buying process.

Gift Basket Options

In the past, many gift baskets were limited to flowers. However, modern gift baskets can include candy, fruits, toys, stuffed animals, crackers, wine and more. It’s easy to find a gift basket that features your friend’s or loved one’s favorite snacks. Most gift baskets are built around a particular theme. For example, if your friend loves going to the spa, you can give her a gift basket full of lotions, luxury soaps and other skin care products to give her a spa experience at home.

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Mom’s Night Out: Dad’s on Duty {Let’s Dish}

Posted: October 2nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Reviews and Giveaways, Sponsored Posts | Tags: Food, Let's Dish | 1 Comment »

Hey there!  today we’ve got a guest post from my very own husband aka Yogi Dad!  I figured he would be a great person to talk about Let’s Dish (we all know *I* love it) since it’s so great for Dads and caregivers, it just makes dinner so simple.

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So my wife had an event a few weeks ago and I was in charge of the boys the second I stepped in the door.   I don’t have any issue watching the boys.   I’ve done all day with them many times and had no problems.   Breakfast isn’t difficult, I’ll throw them some waffles with peanut butter.   For lunch its PB&J’s or nuggets and tots.  The key here is that they are easy things with no prep work.

I like to cook but my area of expertise is usually around simple things like barbecuing or things that have relatively few ingredients.   Also, when I cook, I usually have the benefit of my wife or someone else wrangling the kids so I can focus on what I’m doing.

Trying to make a decent dinner when its just the boys and I is another story.

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It’s Good to Have a Nosy Neighbor

Posted: May 17th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Reviews and Giveaways, Sponsored Posts | Tags: City Living | 1 Comment »

It’s no secret that I live in the city. I love living in the city for it’s close proximity to pretty much everything but a Taco Bell drive thru (what’s that all about?). My neighborhood is pretty quiet, we know the neighbors and it has a fairly active neighborhood watch system.
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It’s the Little Things

Posted: March 15th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Reviews and Giveaways, Sponsored Posts | Tags: Tiny Prints | 1 Comment »

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Have you ever noticed how it’s the little, seemingly minute details that make your life just a little bit easier?

– Having all of your kitchen towels fold up to be the same size so they are easier to stack
– Reusable grocery bags that don’t need an origami lesson to fold back up
– Pot holders that aren’t too small or stiff to be practical
(Can you tell I am looking at my kitchen right now?)

There is (and probably always will be) one area that I constantly fall short- polite correspondence. You know,  Birthday cards, Thank You Notes, any kind of anything that doesn’t require me clicking “send”. Aside from having terrible handwriting, I always seem to get as far as addressing envelopes and then get distracted and then 6 months later find a pile of Christmas cards that never got sent out.

One step in remedying this was to switch over to pre-printed address labels.  (This would be the little detail that makes my life easier.)

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House of Books

Posted: February 20th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Reviews and Giveaways, Sponsored Posts | Tags: Reading | 9 Comments »

We have been slowly evolving our bedtime routine for the boys over the past 2 years. They still go to bed at 7pm and they still get stories and songs, but we’re starting to get to the fun part- the part where they make requests! I love that they love to read and be read to and it’s thrilling to have them fall in love with certain books.

Yogi Dad and I are both big readers and hope to foster that in all of the boys. Books continue to be one of the absolute favorite things in the house and we have a lot of them. I feel like we are constantly moving mountains of them from one room to the next. Trying to keep the “good” books (books with real pages) in one piece, tracking down missing dust jackets, repairing books that need a little TLC and removing books that really have no chance of survival at the hands of 3 little boys. This is not a bad thing in my eyes.
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I Love Valentine’s Day!

Posted: January 24th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Reviews and Giveaways, Sponsored Posts | Tags: Holidays | 12 Comments »

When I was a kid I loved Valentine’s Day.  I loved decorating my little shoe box.  I loved getting the tiny cards from everyone in the class.  I loved the conversation hearts, I even loved those heart shaped cherry flavored suckers.  I can still taste that distinct Valentine’s Day sucker taste.

I am kind of wondering at what point the boys will start to partake in Valentine’s festivities at school.  We sent a whole bag of party supplies on their birthday so they could have the typical school birthday experience.  (I admit I may have gone overboard with the hats and noise makers.)  Doesn’t Valentine’s Day fit into the typical school holiday experience?

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Oh Crap.

Posted: January 24th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Reviews and Giveaways, Sponsored Posts | Tags: Autism, parenting, safety | 9 Comments »

Lincoln figured out how to open doors.  And not just the ones with the long handles.  Knobs.  He can open doors with knobs!  Wyatt figured out how to remove the safety covers months ago, so now if they work in unison we’re kind of screwed.  I guess it’s good they don’t often work in unison!

Maybe this isn’t such a huge revelation, he is 3 after all.  But for us, this feels kind of huge.  Our entire safety plan revolves around containment.  If he can come and go as he pleases, I guess we need a new plan!  What if he wakes up, jiggles the bedroom door open, goes to the front door, springs the locks and then walks out?

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$20 Co-Pay

Posted: January 21st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Reviews and Giveaways, Sponsored Posts | Tags: Health insurance, Sponsored posts | 9 Comments »

Every year we sit down and look at our insurance when it’s time to renew and figure out what the plan is.  In years we are planning on trying to conceive (Don’t worry mom…we kept our normal plan this year!) we ratchet up our coverage a bit so we aren’t hit with a heavy out of pocket on delivery day.  In years we are not, we drop it down a bit.  We’ve been very fortunate to be healthy and in 3 years of having kids have only had a handful of visits outside of our wellness visits, we rarely hit our deductible in non-baby-making years.

Thankfully, for us, health insurance is little more than a few co-pays and a monthly premium.  We are lucky.

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