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Category Archives: Parenting

Garage Sale Haul 3

My daughter just hit a growth spurt and grew out of her 18 month clothes. I was looking online for garage sales that were selling girl clothes and came across this one. When I arrived, I found that they were selling high-quality girl clothes for .25-.50 cents each!!! This is one of the BEST deals

5 Fun Playdates for Moms of Little Kids

I have a lot of friends with children who are around the same ages (18 months and 3). We love to get together for playdates and chat (or at least try to chat) while letting the children have fun. The following are a some of my favorite places to meet for playdates: 1- Go to the Park. Kids

How to Create a Streamlined Nighttime Routine

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EveryoneSleeps #CollectiveBias Our nighttime routine is pretty simple and streamlined. I understand the evening is not always when my kids and I have a ton of energy, so I try to make going to bed a positive and fun experience. Here’s

11 Preschool Crafts To Do at Home

Looking for fun preschool age crafts to do at home? Here are some great ones I’ve rounded up. They are simple, inexpensive, and fun for kids ages 2-5. Enjoy. 1. Cute Paper Plate Crab – This cute paper plate crab is suitable for all ages of children to enjoy making. 2. Toilet Paper Roll Cars – Easy and

11 Best Types of Books for Newborn to One Year Olds

I have always loved books and reading. When I was pregnant with my first, I knew reading was something I wanted to start early with my children. I’ve tried to read with my kids every day for 20-30 minutes a day since they were just a few months old. While I may miss a day or

Top 15 Family Board Games For Kids Under 5

Playing board games with my toddlers is so much fun. We usually play one together every few days. They love to make matches, learn to take turns, and learn to share. I’ve found that keeping games in the closet up high helps them to not lose their novelty. I’ve rounded up the top 15 family board

Stay-at-Home Mom Career Day Presentation

My sister, Karen Jensen, and I co-wrote a book, Living a Rich Life as a Stay-at-Home Mom: How to Build a Secure Financial Foundation for You and Your Children. She is an amazing mother and SAHM. When she told me that she had done a presentation at her children’s school for Career Day, I asked her to guest post

33 Ideas on How to Get Children to Love Reading

I’ve always wanted to raise children who love to read. I believe that reading and continuing our education are very important habits to develop and cultivate in life. Capabilities, knowledge, and skills are empowering—especially in this day and age. In our book, Living a Rich Life as a Stay-at-Home Mom: How to Build a Secure Financial

Babies Don’t Keep Cross Stitch

When my mom was pregnant with me, she read the poem/song called, “Song For a Fifth Child” and was very touched by it. She made a cross stitch of the last verse now known as “Babies Don’t Keep,” while pregnant with her fifth child (my little sister). She framed and hung it in our house near

Bubblegum’s First Birthday Party

My daughter Aurora is nicknamed Bubblegum (just for now, because she is so squishy and bubbly). She is so happy, sweet, kind, and a total momma’s girl. She loves her older brother and playing with his toys. She just turned one and I wanted to share her birthday party here on my blog. We held

How to Create a Memorable & Cherished Christmas for Children

Creating a memorable and cherished Christmas for your children doesn’t have to be overly expensive or complex. To prove this point, just take a minute and think back on when you were a child. What do you remember and cherish most about Christmas? As I did this, three main things game to mind: 1- Helping and

9 Steps to Take Before Conceiving

There are many things to do and consider before trying to conceive. When we were thinking about trying to concieve our first (who is now almost three) I asked my sister, friends, etc. what they recommended. Doing what they suggested made for a better pregnancy and experience. I now have two children and have learned a few other

9 Lessons Learned from a 7-Day-Labor

Aurora is our second baby (first daughter). Overall she was a much easier pregnancy than Denali (our first son). I wasn’t nearly as sick and I wasn’t sick for as long. Denali was positioned differently and gave me severe PGP (I was pretty much bed ridden). Aurora sat higher and despite some pain, I was

10 ‘Must-Do’s’ to Have Amazing Family Photographs

I love family photographs! It’s really fun to see family photos of my friends and of course have great ones too. We set out to get ours done, and let me tell you, getting it right can be a big production. But if you are prepared well, I think any family can get amazing family photographs. Here

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