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The Latest Portraits of the Kids!

This post brought to you by Picture People. All opinions are 100% mine. I absolutely dread getting family portraits, or even just the kids portraits, taken. I don’t know why… maybe its just trying to figure out what to wear… or getting everyone to smile. It just drains me. Last weekend, the whole family headed to […]

ABCs of Being a Hands on Mom

ABC Guide to be a Hands on Mom

We’re going to walk through what it means to be a hands on mom, from A to Z. I’ve talked previously on how to become a hands on mom by overcoming some common hurdles, or excuses, that we make for ourselves. But there’s more to it than that. In fact, I’ve put together an entire […]

10 easy tips to keep messy play - CLEAN!

10 Tips to Keep Messy Play Clean

Some tips for keeping it clean while having lots of messy play fun from Growing a Jeweled Rose. A messy way to play in the new year! Hello, my name is Crystal, writer and creator of the play based website Growing A Jeweled Rose. We share lots of sensory and messy play activities on Growing A […]

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What I Wish Moms Would Say: Parenting Is…

If you could go back to when you had your first baby, what would you tell yourself? Summing it all up and quoting my husband, I’d tell myself to… Read everything you can on being a parent… and then adjust to fit ‘shop conditions’. I’ll elaborate on my husband’s quote from my “mom” point of […]

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Stains. How do you get rid of them? #MaytagMoms

  Laundry stains. For the most part, I don’t do much with stains. I let the washer do what it can do, and leave it at that. I accept that my kids will stain their clothes with spilt juice… or while doing our hands on activities, such as with shaving cream, or playing in the […]

12 Things to Do Before Baby Arrives

12 Things I Gotta Do Before the Baby Arrives!

I’m finally to the point of counting down the weeks left in this third pregnancy. 5 weeks and counting. [Take a stab at guessing when the baby will get here!] And reality kind of hit over the weekend that I’m not at all prepared for the baby to actually be here. My husband was diligently […]

Once-a-week Laundry

Once-a-Week Laundry System #MaytagMoms

I tried doing once-a-week laundry a while back [I guess it was probably a year ago]. I did it successfully for a while. But it was tough with my old washer and dryer. I was rushing to get it done. I rarely got it all done in one day. And eventually, my one day a week […]

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Laundry That’s Dependable Enough for Lovies! #MaytagMoms

I got my new Maytag Bravos XL washer and dryer! Yipee!  I listed off quite a few reasons before about why I am so excited about this opportunity to be a Maytag Mom! [a.k.a. Why my old washer sucked.] The top of the list was that my washer always stopped mid-cycle and beeped at me non-stop. […]

8 ways to prepare your child for preschool

8 Ways to Prepare Your Child for Preschool

Welcome to Katie of Mommy with Selective Memory and Susan of Kindergarten & Preschool for Parents & Teachers.With school starting just around the corner, they’re sharing some ways to prep your child for preschool! Perfect timing for Henry! Mommy’s Dilemma My daughter is a social little girl. She is always on the prowl for new […]