Minted Birth Announcements and $75 Giveaway

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My little girl will be two months old on Monday! Time has flown and just a few weeks ago I finally took her photos and ordered her birthday announcements from Minted. If you've never shopped at Minted before, you're in for a treat. They have THOUSANDS of invitations and announcements to choose from! For my daughter's birth announcement, I wanted something very sweet and pretty like I think she is...so I chose this Mint Flower Announcement and customized it. The cool thing about Minted is that you can customize the wording of your invitations or announcements, as well as the shapes, the photos, the envelopes and more! I wanted the invitation … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Families with New Babies + Recommended Vitamins

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I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This content has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias and its client, Walgreens for the #WellatWalgreens campaign. All health related suggestions and opinions expressed in this post are all my own. It's been four years since we've had a baby in the house and it's all slowly coming back to me how important it is to focus on myself AND the baby during our first few weeks and months of life together. I've been off on maternity leave now for three weeks and I find it SO easy to skip meals and not take care of myself the way I should be in … [Read more...]

The Cards We Drew on Maternity Leave

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Well, this week is my last week before baby and tomorrow officially kicks off my first guest poster  for maternity leave! AHH! Where did the past 38 weeks go my friends?? I'm having the baby on Monday (assuming she stays in throughout the rest of the week) and I'm trying to finish up some stuff in the meantime! I'll still be around popping in, posting little things here and there...but I'll also have daily guest posts for the next six weeks that will give you some amazing new bloggers to check out and get new ideas from! I honestly can't wait to see what they all come up with! So here's a little looksy about how popped and ready to go this … [Read more...]

The time we dumped turkey brine all over the basement…and other NickMom funnies

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I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and its client. Today I'm going to share with you a little story from last year's Thanksgiving Day ordeal and what NOT to do when brining your turkey...as well as a little NickMom humor as the story progresses! Last year was my first year doing Thanksgiving at my house. My husband and I prepared for months...we (let's be honest...I) started scouring Craigslist for a an expandable kitchen table I could makeover before the big holiday. I bought chalk paint and spent hours making over … [Read more...]

When I found out I was pregnant….

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Do you remember the day you found out you were pregnant? I’m on my second pregnancy now and I can remember each day I found out like it was yesterday. With my son, in 2009 we were trying, so it wasn’t a HUGE shock to find out we were pregnant, but there was still that “WHAT THE HECK…” feeling when I confirmed what I already knew. Knowing that there is a little tiny being inside of you is pure joy, as well as pure terror for the first time mother. I was shocked, excited, overwhelmed, scared…a whole range of emotions ran through me those first few hours, but the nice thing was that there was no doubt in my head I was pregnant. I could FEEL … [Read more...]

A Quick Note…

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Hello all, it just recently dawned on me I haven't posted in well over a week now. I apologize. If you don't follow me on Facebook {first of all you SHOULD :)} but if you don't, you didn't know that we found out recently we're having a baby GIRL this time around! Obviously, we're elated. We always have hoped for a little girl, so we're kinda loving this exciting new stage coming in our lives in about 20 weeks. Did I say 20 weeks?! We're over half way through the pregnancy, in the middle of completing our son's room, and even though I'm out of 1st trimester, I'm still pretty tired by about 8 p.m. each night, which used to be my blogging … [Read more...]

Huggies Every Little Bottom Campaign and Your Chance to Help Your Local Food Bank

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**This post is sponsored by Huggies Diapers. I’d like to preface this post by saying…I know that I do different sponsored posts on a regular basis, but this post is different and very important to me. If you’ve already clicked over, please stick around and read about how my experience, even if it’s “sponsored” in nature, is different and how you can make a difference in your community too. There will also be a way for you to make even more of a difference below. Thanks for your time.  As an expecting mother, I think we all have our own sets of worries we go through as we prepare for another little life in our household. Personally, for me, … [Read more...]

A BIG Announcement!

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This summer has gone SO fast for me and if any of you follow me on Facebook you’ve probably seen my apologies for being a bit absent these past few months. But I do have a good reason for it all…. ... .......... ........................ ........................................ ........................................................... We’re expecting Baby #2 come February 2014! Wahoo!  We’re so excited to be finally sharing the news with everyone. I’m going on 14 weeks now and it feels like time is flying this pregnancy. Luckily, I really don’t get much morning sickness during pregnancy, which is quite a blessing seeing what many of … [Read more...]

Summer Camp Ideas for Kids by Age

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{source} Finding the right summer camp for kids can be difficult, especially if you have children that are more than a few years apart in age. While you want your kids to have fun, you also want them to continue to learn new things even though they’re not in school. Here’s a list of summer camp ideas for kids, meant to provide a balance of stimulation, education, activity and fun for kids based on their age: Toddlers (ages 3-5) For young toddlers, you want a camp where your child will have fun and learn new things, but won’t be overwhelmed by too much activity. Since toddlers are working through developing fine motor skills, these three … [Read more...]

Our Family Vacation Part 2: Disney

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Last week I shared Part One of our family vacation from a few weeks ago when we visited Clearwater Beach and Caladesi Island. Today I'm sharing Part Two of our trip when we visited Disney for four days before we headed home. I'd be lying if I didn't say that Disney was by far the best part of the trip. We had a blast there and it TRULY was magical. I think seeing the joy on my three year olds face really made it that much better for my husband and I. He was SO excited everywhere we went...his face LIT up on every ride and meeting every character. So today I wanted to share with you a You Tube video I took of him after watching the Disney … [Read more...]