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The Top 5 Tips for Parenting An Introverted Child To Bring Out The Best In Him/Her

A child who is not outgoing and who does not seem to be keen on making friends can be a source of concern for his or her parents. Some parents react by labeling this sort of behavior as abnormal. This vocal labeling can alienate their child and even push them into depression. It is perfectly

The Sad Plight of Painter Rabbit and Understudy Duckling

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Quilted Northern for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. I’m a big fan of dry humor, sarcastic humor, and witty humor (as long as I can understand it). Basically, I like to laugh at clean jokes. When I saw Quilted Northern’s new short TV

How to Keep Your Baby Cool in Their Rear-Facing Car Seat

UPDATE- I have received both criticism and praise for this project on social media. I just have to say that the vent is made of a tin foil type substance that is very thin and light weight. I truly believe it poses no threat to my baby—even if we were to get in an accident

How to Start Your Own Business

Coming from a long line of entrepreneurs and having started three businesses on my own or with family, I know the benefits and freedom entrepreneurship can bring. If you are wondering if you should start your own business check out this post with 9 advantages of becoming an entrepreneur. If you know you want to

Simple Homemade Buttermilk Syrup Recipe

While I was on my mission in Hamburg Germany I had breakfast a few times in the Mission President’s home. His wife made the most incredible Buttermilk Syrup. It was truly so amazing that here 10 years later I still remember how good it was! She gave me the recipe. Unwittingly, I wrote the ingredients

How I Satisfy My Caramel & Cake Cravings in About 150 Calories

Many of you know that I recently had a baby. Throughout my pregnancy I tried not to gain too much weight. I did well as I just gained over 15 pounds. After having my 7 pound baby, I had lost most of that 15 pounds. What I was totally not expecting was gaining after my

How to Get 30-50% off Thrift-Store-Priced Clothing

My daughter just went through a MAJOR growth spurt. She went from a size 3 months to size 6 months being snug, so really from size 3 months to 9 months and from a size 2 diaper to size 4 in just a few weeks. Although I have tons of 9 month pants, shorts, skirts,

How to Make Homemade Ranch Dressing or Dip

When I started cooking and especially when I worked in fine dinning restaurants I found that things taste better (for the most part) when made from scratch. Fine dinning chefs (the good ones) make even staple products like ranch from scratch. Sometimes it can be a bit intimidating for me to make a food from

To Those Who Are Always Wanting to Buy More

Growing up I read a kid’s book called, “When You Give a Mouse a Cookie”. In it a mouse asks its owner for a cookie. The owner complied. Then the mouse wanted a glass of milk to accompany the cookie. Next, he wants a napkin. That doesn’t sound too ridiculous yet now does it? But

9 Advantages of Starting Your Own Business

Coming from a very long line of entrepreneurs I’ve always had the desire to start and own my own business. When I became a SAHM of one baby I had more time. I decided to start two businesses. One was a compost business with some family who were wanting to start it together. The other

How to Install an Inground Trampoline

Ever since I was a kid I’ve loved inground trampolines. We had them at my grandparent’s house and at their cabin. They were so easy to run on and off of, take turns on, and were super convenient for us as kids. When I was a teenager, we had an above-ground trampoline at our house. I

How to Get Stains out of Clothes, Even after They Have Been Dried—without Scrubbing

My daughter has been teething like nobody’s business! It is so bad, slobber even goes through her bibs. Non-stop slobber + staining formula is a recipe for horrendous looking neck-stained-onesies. She just grew into size 6 onesies (of which I have about 15). So when they all turned out looking like this picture I wasn’t

Top 5 Pregnancy Exercise Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

It’s amazing how being pregnant changes almost every aspect of your life—almost immediately. Where you’d once sit down to make detailed life plans for you and your partner, you now incorporate a little third person in the planning too. The news of your baby’s arrival impacts everything, from your thoughts to your actions. You religiously

The Best Slow Cooker Fajita Recipe

Recently, I’ve experimented making slow cooker/crockpot fajitas. The first time was not so great. I put the onion and peppers in too soon and they got too soft. This resulted in a soup-like consistency. The second time they turned out perfect! I made them for Cinco de Mayo for my family who all said they

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