Discover Great Products with the #Summertime #WhatsinYourBag Giveaway #HylandsBagPicks

When my girls were babies I packed everything knowing you never leave home without something because it will be the one time you need it! The diaper bag packing skills I learned have carried over to the older years. I still carry a bag of essentials and emergency items in my car at all times including many of the Hyland's Bag Picks I was chosen to share with you today. What's in my bag? I keep a change of clothes for each of my girls, snacks, drinks, and extra medicine in my bag. I also have essentials like sunscreen and lotion. I was introduced to the Hyland's brand shortly after I had my … [Read more...]

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You Don’t Think It Will Happen to You, Then it Does

I sat down to write this post so many times over the last few weeks, and each time I found myself struggling to move my thoughts from my head to the keyboard. The 6 saved drafts and countless deleted posts are a testament to where my mind has been. The last month has been a struggle for us as we were hit with unforeseen news that changed not just our Summer plans, but our family's life plan. My wonderful husband, Ben, walked into our doctor's office in the middle of June for a routine followup on a blood pressure medication change and pulled abdominal muscle. Neither of us could have ever … [Read more...]

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Turning 3 with a Rock Star Party

*Oriental Trading supplied me with discounted or promotional products in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.* This month my little one turned 3. This was the first year Aubrey was really old enough to join in the birthday party plans, so I let her pick the theme. I wasn't the least bit surprised when she declared she would be having a "rocks 'n rolls" rock star party. At a young age she is already showing a huge love of music. Then again, she comes from a musical family. My father-in-law is a drummer, my husband plays the bass, and I play the violin. I'm not a fan of pre-made … [Read more...]

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How to Protect Your Family from Mosquitoes with Thermacell Products

Mosquitoes are a major nuisance for us during the Summer months. In the "Golden Corner" of Upstate, SC, we are surrounded by lakes, rivers, and creeks, so mosquito breeding grounds are plentiful. I live in a really beautiful rural area on an old family farm with acres of pasture, woods, and a creek running through the property. When the mosquitoes come out to play, they often become so unbearable they chase us back indoors in the evenings. We work hard to keep the little pests from ruining our fun. On a typical Summer evening you will usually find us surrounded by citronella candles and … [Read more...]

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When my Anxiety Makes Me Feel Like I’m a Bad Mom

My life over the last week has been very befitting of my blog title. I feel like I'm living in a constant brain fog that I just can't seem to break free from at the moment. I haven't been able to concentrate on much of anything lately, my anxiety has been brewing up a nasty storm inside me, and my list of things I had planned for the girls and I went straight out the window. Some days have been harder than others, but I have tried my best. When the smallest things become the biggest worries... My daughter's last day of Kindergarten was on Thursday of last week. I printed out the cute little … [Read more...]

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