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    10 Toddler Hacks Every First Time Parent Needs To Hear

    Some days I’ll think to myself, wow, I’m doing pretty good at this parenting thing and other days I’m running for the door as soon as my husband gets off of work. I know most Mom’s understand this feeling–especially if you have toddlers that have started throwing tantrums. My son is almost 3 and around 2.5 he started going through those developmental changes of wanting to “test Mom and Dad.” I’ve learned that as you go through different stages, there are different tips and hacks that can help make your life so much easier. Here are some of my favorite parenting hacks for the toddler stage. As you read through these,…

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    Overcoming The Tough Stuff: Burnout/Anxiety/Sickness/Etc.

    Yikes. The last month has been tough. Actually Fall through Christmas was tough and during Christmas my body literally just said enough. I experienced some total mom burnout, anxiety, some family losses, a major job change for my husband (a great one, but still a big change), and we were dealing with getting random weird little bugs all Fall and then covid. My son, Luke, also turned 2.5 during this time, and let me tell you what, that is no joke lol. The 2’s started lovely and then bam, threw me for a major loop with learning how to navigate the tantrums and how to discipline and all the other…

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    Stay-At-Home Mom Schedule With a Toddler

    Wondering what a SAHM (stay-at-home Mom) does all day? Before I became one, I wondered the same thing. I was really looking forward to slow, relaxing days, sipping coffee and baby snuggles, but reality set in quick and I realized it was a lot more challenging than I thought. At first, to be honest, I really struggled. I was dealing with some postpartum anxiety from lack of sleep and just in general the major change that motherhood brings, and was having a really hard time being alone everyday. When you leave a career to stay home, it is almost like your whole life as you know it completely flips upside…

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    Homemaker Series: Get Your Home Ready for Fall

    Once September hits in my hometown, the air starts feeling crisp in the early morning and evenings and you know that Fall is only a few weeks away. Sometimes I have a hard time letting Summer go. Sunshine is the best. As much as I love a good pumpkin spice latte, seasonal changes can be hard on your mood when it is going from warm to cold. Here are 5 things you can do to get in a festive mood and get your home and minds ready for Fall. Add warmth to your home:–Beeswax candles-Real beeswax candles clean your air instead of emitting toxins and they also give off a…

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    6 Natural Cold Remedies For Adults and Kids

    We’ve had a couple of little colds/weird viruses try to come at us this year. Thankfully, we’ve been able to take care of them pretty quickly at home. Here are a few things I like to do when I first feel a cold or a virus coming on. -Pray- I recently heard a Pastor say something that was extremely good. He said “Get spiritual first and then natural. See prayer as the most important response of our life. Prayer invites God into the situation.” I thought that was so good. Prayer shouldn’t be an after thought. We can do all of the things, but if we don’t invite God into…

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    5-Minute Healthy Pumpkin Dip (GF, DF, Refined Sugar-Free)

    Fall is just around the corner and if you are anything like me, you are already craving all things pumpkin, warm soups, and cozy food. We are about mid-August in my hometown right now, and today was a blistering 92 degrees, but yet, I still wanted pumpkin. Even with the hot weather, you can still feel Fall starting to creep in through the air. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it just feels different. KID APPROVEDAs a Mom, I’m always looking for healthy, fast recipes that pack some nutrients in and are low in sugar. This pumpkin dip does just that and my 2 year old toddler…

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    Baby Registry Must-Haves

    There are SO many options when it comes to all of the latest baby gear and things you “need”. As an expecting new mom, or even someone shopping for an expecting mama, it can feel overwhelming sifting through all of the stuff online. Here are my top 10 favorite must-haves that were great quality and the things that actually got used a ton (besides the typical nursery furniture, diapers, wipes, bottles, etc.). All the links for the items are in the titles. TRIED AND TRUE PRODUCTS Hatch Rest Sound Machine—This thing is one of our top used items from day 1. We still use it every single day. It is…

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    Top 5 Essential Oils For Pregnancy

    I had a lot of different products that supported a smooth pregnancy, but some of my favorites were essential oils! I have been using Young Living oils for about 6 years, but used them SO much while pregnant. Here are my top 5 favorite oils for pregnancy. Disclaimer: Consult with your OBGYN and do your own research before using essential oils during pregnancy. They should be used only after research and study on how to use them properly. They are medicinal and should be used that way. Essential oils from a random store are not the same as essential oils from a reputable company. The essential oils market is not…

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    5 Simple Tips To Make A Road Trip With A Toddler Easier

    We took a long road trip with our 2 year old last week. I was not super excited to drive a long distance because past trips have not been fun–lots of whining and crying. During this trip, we had a very short crying spell on the way there because he only napped for 10 minutes, but other than that, he did wayyy better than past trips. On the way home, there was almost zero whining or crying (and still no nap). I chalk this all up to lots of activities and snacks. Before this most recent trip, I wouldn’t have called him a great traveler, but we took lots of…

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    How To Get Your Toddler To Sleep Through the Night

    Sleep is the thing that new Mom’s will do anything for, pay any amount for, and spend half the night googling. Why? Because sleep deprivation is a form of torture lol. My son is currently 2 (almost 26 months). So here are 14 things that have ACTUALLY worked for us. Yes 14.Toddlers are intricate little humans. 1. Go up in diaper size/use diaper booster pads-This was one of the craziest things we learned that was interrupting sleep. First of all, half the time diapers don’t fit correctly if you go by the child’s weight on the box (diaper makers—get it together, this is SO confusing)! It’s like a guessing game.…