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5 Ways You Must Pay Attention To Your Middle Child

It’s a special place to be the middle child, and there are some important ways you can give your middle child some special attention. First, Read Them Special Books Just as you maybe did with your oldest having a new sibling, your middle child can really benefit from being some books in being in the middle. Here are some great starters: My Middle Child, There’s No One Like You You’re All My Favorites The Middle Child Blues Little House on the Prairie Second, Give Them A Special Toy I remember getting a small toy when my younger sister was born. I’m actually the oldest, but the idea is great for the middle child. I gave each of my boys a special gift from our third baby in the hospital, so they could feel special. Some great ideas for this type of toy is a toy they can care for like…

10 STEM Toy Gifts for Kids that Make Them Smarter

I can’t tell you all the toys I’ve purchased that sit un-played with just hours after they’ve been opened. Or, the toys I surprised my boys with, only to find that I was totally wrong, and they aren’t fun. I don’t buy many toys now, and this year for Christmas, I don’t plan to either. This is what’s on the list because they are toys that will challenge their minds, keep them quiet, help us engage as a family, and more. These aren’t toys at all, yet offer so much entertainment! This post contains affiliate links.  Guess Who? We’ve been playing this ever since I found it at the Goodwill. A super simple game that we can play together. The 4.5-year-old plays one side, and the three-year-old helps me on my side. I can literally see my 4.5-year-old’s mind working as he tries to guess my card and sound out…

9 Essentials You Forgot In Your Diaper Bag

Oh, the diaper bag. I’ve had a few now that I am a mom of three boys. I put together a list of nine items I have NEEDED at some point but never remembered to pack. This isn’t your usual diaper bag essentials list of diapers, wipes, binkies, and bibs. These are items you will want, that nobody mentions! I get bored of carrying a diaper bag, so I often switch back and forth between purses, backpacks, and diaper bags. It depends on my mood and where we are going. A backpack is often my go-to because I need to be hands-free with my little ones. this post contains affiliate links Packing the diaper bag is always the harder part. When you are a first-time mom, everything goes. Clothes, extra socks, and shoes, wipes and more wipes, extra bottles, toys, hats, burp clothes, 20 diapers…you know just the whole nursery.…

7 Tips To Have A Fixer Upper Holiday from Joanna Gaines

Well Joanna of HGTV’s Fixer Upper is really somebody I look up to. She is insanely creative, completely humble, and totally successful. In my attempt to be a better creative, I’ve put together a tutorial to decorate your home with all the Fixer Upper feels. Let’s let the obsession roll, and I hope this helps you achieve your inner Joanna dreams. This post contains affiliate links.  First Tip: Create A Focal Point HGTV writes about how one of Joanna’s favorite tips is to create a focal point. When talking about the holidays, this usually means the mantle or where the Christmas tree is. Then, you can decorate around the focal point to tie the rest of the home together. Take a look at this set up Joanna did for the Magnolia House B&B: photography by Rachel Whyte What I love about this area is the simplicity in colors. The tree…

Beautiful + Simple Herb Holiday Wreath

I’ve been so excited to decorate this year for the holidays, but you know what?? I can’t decide on an aesthetic!! I’m struggling to take a direction on whether I do a modern, minimal look, classic Christmas or soft and elegant. I was itching to do at least something, so I made these super simple wreaths. They are part natural and part artificial. I used natural rosemary as the main greenery, so they smell amazing and faux berries and flowers. Here’s what you need: Macrame/Hoop Rings: I grabbed mine at Walmart, which were the wooden for the more bohemian/natural look, and Amazon has the pretty metal ones.  Get the wooden ones on Amazon too. If you want to use the traditional wreath wires, the dollar store has them! Floral Tape: I actually grabbed mine at the dollar store, and it was not that sticky, so this one is probably way…

How To Maintain, Not Gain Weight Over The Holidays

Many mamas just accept weight gain during the holiday season, and plan on losing that way once January hits. It is much easier to enjoy the holidays if you want to be able to eat all the cookies, all the comfort food and just live in stretchy pants. If that works for you, then go for it! But, you don’t have to go one way or the other. If you aren’t losing weight, you don’t need to be gaining weight, you can just maintain your current weight! And, it actually isn’t that hard because your are already set at that weight, so if you kinda stay in your routine and caloric intake, you don’t have to go through the weight gain and weight loss roller coaster! If you are a breastfeeding mama, it can get super easy to binge on all the cookies, choclates and sweets because we know breastfeeding…

Hidden Reasons Your Morning Coffee Habit is Benefiting Your Health

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Peet’s Coffee. The opinions and text are all mine. Coffee is seriously one of the most important relationships I have right now as a busy mom of three boys. As soon as I wake up, coffee is on my mind. My day starts with coffee and my mid-afternoons continue with a little more coffee. Coffee can be considered a vice because of the extra caffeine boost, but there are many health benefits to drinking coffee according to science. Lately I’ve been choosing Peet’s Coffee Big Bang™ and Peet’s Coffee Major Dickason’s Blend® from Publix for my morning cup. Peet’s sources the finest beans from across the globe, chosen for their quality, and roasted by hand in small batches. Peet’s hand-delivers their coffee to grocery stores to ensure you get the freshest, roasted cup of coffee every time. The fresher…

Nutritious Spins Of Foods Both Kids + Moms Love

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Conagra Brands#ad #goodeats Staying healthy can be more difficult as the fall and winter approach, and all the cravings for the best comfort foods start hitting us. Pumpkin spice is already here before September! It is also a busy time of year with school, drop offs and pick ups, after school activities and home work. I am new to the school schedule, after homeschooling, and I thought with the kids gone a few hours I would be in HEAVEN! But, there is a lot to do, with a less time after school. We are still struggling with getting our reading and writing practice in, as well as some computer work, so quick and nutritious dinner or meal options for myself and the kids are a lifesavers! Frozen food options have come a LONG way from TV dinners. I am personally a…

Why This High-Protein Pizza Is My Go-To Lunch Staple For Picky Eaters

This post is sponsored by Sweet Earth, but all opinions and thoughts are my own! #ad #SweetEarth #ConsciousbyChoice Back-to-school season is officially here in Florida, which being a Pacific Northwestern, it seems a little crazy to be starting school the beginning of August. This means I have to wake up early, pack food and get everyone dressed in one, quick swoop. In order to accomplish this with all three of my boys, I HAVE to have lunches and snacks packed the night before. My children are also not big eaters and very picky. This makes packing a lunch they will actually eat very challenging. I made the mistake of packing two cookies for dessert, and of course he ATE NOTHING but the cookies. That was a fail on the first day, so I needed to get smarter. My first-grader also won’t eat a tuna or turkey sandwich because it gets…

6 Easy Tips To Keep Your Pet Safe During Summer Adventures

Thank you Hartz® UltraGuard Pro® for sponsoring this post. Complete and trusted flea and tick prevention starts with Hartz! Summer adventures create the best memories, and now that we have our dog, Theodore, he gets to spend a lot of our adventures with us. We decided to adventure in the Pacific Northwest this summer, where most of our family is. There are hikes, beaches, parks and lots of mountains to climb (literally). There are many off-leash dog parts, pet-friendly trails and out door seating and concerts we can bring Theodore to, but there are also some safety and precautions that are important to consider when traveling and adventuring with your pet. I thought it would be helpful to go over some of those that I’ve learned along the way! 6 Easy Tips To Keep Your Pet Safe During Summer Adventures: Extra Protection Against Ticks, Fleas, Mosquitoes: With the added hikes,…