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How to Break Through the Smog of Daily Routines and Drink In Life’s Beauty

Some days pass in almost a haze. Sometimes I’ll sit back and think about what I did during the week and wonder where the time went. Often, I don’t even remember what I did in specifics. And sadly, if I do remember what happened, it is usually how stressed out I was about this or

8 Ways to Save Money, Lower Calories and Provide a Tastier Lunch for Your Kids

Written by my sister Karen Jensen Bagel hot dog Popcorn chicken and fries Nachos w/ beef French toast sticks with chicken sausage Pizza  These are actual lunches our local grade school is serving this month. As appetizing as they might sound…(or not), they sure don’t seem very healthy. And my kids probably wouldn’t eat much of

Pedialyte Recipes for Babies and Kids

  Recently my son got the flu. He couldn’t keep anything down until I put him strictly on Pedialyte. I had tried coconut water  multiple times but he wouldn’t drink it plain. Coconut water (not to be mistaken for coconut milk) is a much healthier electrolyte replacement than Pedialyte and safe for babies and kids.

11 Secrets to Have in Your Labor Bag—For Women Only

In my third trimester I was practically bed ridden (read story here) so I was able to do A LOT of research on pregnancy related topics. Yet, even after reading over 15 different hospital packing lists I still didn’t know about these  ’11 secrets to have in your labor bag’. I first found out about these ‘secrets’

How to Discipline and Comfort Your baby

Although my son is just the sweetest and usually happiest little guy, sometimes he does things that he shouldn’t do. He pulls my hair HARD! He will reach and try to grab friends’ glasses. He will pick things up and throw them. Sometimes he will even scream at us and hit us. I’ve heard people

Doing This One Simple Thing Will Help Your Children Avoid Misbehaviors

Today our families are under attack from about every walk of life. Full schedules, media, computers, drugs, etc. are all taking away from family time and diminishing bonds of unity. How do we combat this constant onslaught of the family? There are multiple ways, but one of the most influential things we can do is

When and How to Say, “No”

I hear the phrase all the time, “You need to learn how to say no” (I think women hear this a lot). Yet, I didn’t know when to say no. I didn’t have any kind of objective guide so I just kept on saying, “Yes”, and “Ok”, and continued to pile responsibilities on myself. Many

Why, “You Can’t Do It All” is Actually A Compliment

The other day I was stressed out. I had a birthday party to plan, Christmas to decorate for, a big family dinner to help make, a service project I had volunteered for, shopping to get done, cleaning, and a host of other day to day activities going on. And someone said, “You can’t do it all…And

23 Unique Ways to Save $10,516.37 on Your Baby’s First Year… Part 2

In Part 1  (Click here to read) I mentioned that I was able to save $10,516.37 on my baby’s first year. Let me clarify. That number was from my list of things that I bought for our first baby. I took what I paid and subtracted it from what I would have paid by just ordering

Your First-Baby CheckList

First-time parents-to-be… Here is a list of pretty much everything  you’ll need for your upcoming baby. Keep in mind all of these things are not necessary. When you see the word ‘SUB.’ I am meaning…  You could SUBSTITUTE IT WITH _______. When you see ‘MUST HAVE’ it is an item I feel very passionate about.

23 Unique Ways to Save $10,516.37 on Your Baby’s First Year… Part 1

People always say, “Babies are expensive!” When I got pregnant, I couldn’t wait to meet our little guy. I was ecstatic about everything ‘baby’… all except the costs associated with having a little one. After some research, I found multiple studies that show that the first baby can run you anywhere from $12,000-$26,000 for the first

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