Dining out with unplugged kids

October 21, 2014

We don’t go out to eat too often. It’s can be expensive and crazy. But, we also want to raise children that know how to behave in various social settings. It’s never even close to perfect, but we like to try. It’s never been outright stated, but we have an unplugged at the table rule. […]

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The Three Worst Mistakes You Can Make During Open Enrollment — And How To Avoid Them

October 20, 2014
hsa piggy

Football is in full swing, Fall breezes are in the air, and the ubiquitous pumpkin spice flavoring is showing up in everything from lattes to candles to donuts. So, that means … Open Enrollment time is coming! Ok, I’ll curb my enthusiasm. Mr. Serious gets a little excited about this stuff because he likes all […]

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The Pumpkin Festival | Mommy and Me Monday | 244th ed

October 20, 2014

It was a beautiful weekend in Atlanta. It screamed fall, and even though we got a little sunburned, it was amazing! The girls had recently heard a commercial on the radio for Stone Mountain’s Pumpkin festival and asked if they could go for their birthdays (maybe those 8 and 6 posts will come soon). We […]

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The after school hunger pains cure

October 19, 2014

The girls get off the bus at 2:22pm. At approximately 2:25pm, they start asking for snacks, raiding the fridge and pantry and scheming to see how they can get the most snacks in their faces in the next 10 minutes. You wouldn’t know that they both have lunch and a snack within the 6.5 hours […]

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Eye Care

October 18, 2014
The Doss and Don'ts of Eye Care

I’m one of those lucky people that has been wearing contacts for way more than half of my life (since 7th grade). Admittedly, I’ve done some pretty stupid things with them in the past and thankfully, haven’t had any issues. One time, I thought it would be fun to get a trial pair of colored […]

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How to do the “I Love You” Baby Massage for Gassy Tummies

October 16, 2014
How to do the I love you massage for baby

All of our babies make it to about the two week mark before experiencing the dreaded gassy tummy. With the first, I had no idea what I was doing. With the second, I did a little research and decided to cut dairy from my diet. It made a difference, but her poor tummy was still […]

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These are a few of my favorite things | OSB

October 15, 2014

Way, way, way back in elementary school I was in the school choir. Which looking back is pretty funny because I’m not really a singer. Or even vocally inclined. But one thing I will never forget about that experience is our crazy music teacher. She had big hair, a southern drawl and was rail skinny. And […]

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Turn cardboard boxes into dollhouses inspired by Creative Galaxy

October 14, 2014
Using cardboard boxes to create dollhouses

Last year I was sitting in a meeting, open-house style for my oldest daughter and her newest teacher. Once a week, I learned, she would go to this new teacher and have her mind “stretched” in her TARGET class. This new teacher also told us to encourage their creativity and not to stifle it, even […]

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B’s first Halloween is almost here | $75 Babies R Us Gift Card Giveaway

October 14, 2014

For every first Halloween, there has been a little pumpkin. We even loaned out our pumpkin to my niece last year. It’s sort of a funny thing…the traveling pumpkin. But it works. Of course, we should be thinking about costumes for this year. A spooky ghost? A cupcake? A bee? Because our oldest two will […]

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5 Easy Ways to Ensure a Healthy Pregnancy

October 13, 2014
pregnancy crop

Whether you have always been naturally health-conscious or have had to work hard to improve your longevity, pregnancy is a great time to focus on your well-being. When you become pregnant, your body needs plenty of extra TLC. In addition to helping your baby grow and develop, you will be relying on new muscles to […]

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