6 Tips to Save Money for the Holidays

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Let’s be honest here. The season of giving is fast approaching and I can’t be the only one who has been trying to save a little cash since the fall began. This is our second Christmas as a family of four, and although the holidays aren’t about gifts, it doesn’t mean we don’t want to GIVE! Whether it’s to each other, to friends, or even to strangers, giving feels great. However, sometimes having the means to give, might entail being a little creative. So, I wanted to share with you guys a few ways to save

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DIY Baby Lotion (Supporting Smooth Skin & Comfort for All)

Finally! I have mentioned across social media that I’d eventually post some DIY recipes for you all, and lo and behold, it’s happening! To kick things off, I wanted to tell you all that I have never been much of a DIYer when it comes to skincare. It wasn’t until my son needed extra support for his skin (which wasn’t always so baby-soft), and exhausting all store-bought options, that I decided to make my own. He NEEDED a way to relieve his temptations to

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How to Perform the Perfect Deadlift (One of the BEST Full Body Exercises)

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the perfect deadlift

By now, you all know that I’m a lover of all things fitness, right? One questions that I hear frequently, is “what is a good full-body strength exercise?” While there are a few answers to that, I’m going to hit you with a simple, effective exercise, that you can learn quite easily! Ladies and gents, today we will discuss the deadlift! Whether you realize it or not, you’ve been deadlifting for your entire life. Every time you pick something up, you are

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5 Tips to Stay Healthy this Fall

This post is sponsored by iHerb, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are absolutely my own!

It’s that time of year again, friends! The weather is a little wonky, and depending on where you live, you might be in for a cool down pretty soon. Allergies are smacking you in the face, you’re frantically spraying down shopping carts, sanitizing hands, and wondering if the family needs new winter-wear. We live near Chicago, so I totally feel you. Because fall is officially here, I thought I’d share a few ways that we try and stay healthy through the transition from summer. Let’s get a few things straight first though. I’m not crazy about germs, my kids aren’t in school yet, and I’m a little “laid back” as a mom. STILL, that doesn’t mean

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The 4 Step Skin Care Routine

I’m not going to lie to you, here. I have NOT been taking care of my skin. Since becoming a mom last year and turning 30 this year, I’ve begun to reevaluate how I treat my skin. While I’ve always slapped on a lotion after I shower, I really had no skin care routine. In the interest of not appearing far older than I actually am, I’ve decided it’s time to get my act together! I might be trying to treat my skin better, but I might also be super afraid that my

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The Best Learning Toys for Babies

Greetings mamas, papas, or anyone caring for a little one out there! I’m here today to hopefully save you a little time, a little money, and a lot of sanity. There are SO many toys on the market these days, you can drive yourself absolutely nuts trying to research them all. For our family, having twins means that we have many “multiple” items, and are always trying to limit our clutter. Therefore, we like to choose our toys wisely! What do we look for?

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How to Get a Free Breast Pump Through Insurance

This post was sponsored by Aeroflow Inc, however all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. 

Hello, lovelies! It has been one hot minute since I’ve written anything regarding breastfeeding or pumping, but guess what? August is National Breastfeeding Month, and as luck would have it, I have some information to help out you mamas-to-be. If you’re expecting, you might be debating how you’ll go about feeding your new arrival. For me, I was hoping to at least attempt to breastfeed or pump, and wanted to be prepared. When I saw what a breast pump could cost

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How to Thank A Mom Friend

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Let’s put this simply: motherhood is rough. It’s beautiful and exciting, yet can also be isolating and scary (that will be a whole post of its own). During those less-than-perfect moments, it’s so helpful to have a mom friend to offer you advice, a shoulder, or even make a joke to lighten things up. As an introvert, I have difficulty meeting new people, let alone other moms. On top of that, our family moves every few years, which only adds to the challenge. Luckily, while living in Kansas a few years ago, I met a couple of amazing ladies who

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7 Tips for Life with Twin Toddlers

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“I have no idea how you do it with two!” I hear this phrase pretty frequently, and while it’s hilarious nice that people think I’m “doing it” with two, it often doesn’t feel that way. My twins are now almost 18 months, and while many things have gotten easier (like feeding them), some things have also gotten harder (also, like feeding them). Still, I’m often asked for tips on how to handle twins, or just two close in age, especially once they become mobile toddlers. Well, get ready, because here is my tip:

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3 Healthy Foods for Kids on the Go

If you’re reading this, you probably have kids, or maybe do a lot of care taking. So, you know how the days can go. Sometimes you get errands done, make it home in time to prepare a healthy lunch, and all is well. Other times, everyone has a diaper blow out at the grocery store, your dentist appointment runs an hour late, and you still have to pick up some essentials at the store. The morning has passed you by and it’s time to eat again, so you look for a quick fix. What do you do?

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