When Preeclampsia Steals Your Family Plan

Isn't it amazing how you can make all the plans you want, but everything can turn out so differently? Nothing is ever guaranteed.  There are days when I'm so thankful for the life I have, but I still feel a bit of an emptiness over things that weren't meant to be. That's hitting me especially hard now that my last baby is closer to 3 than 2. When Ben and I were newlyweds in our very early 20's we would often sit down and discuss our "family plan". There were talks about how many kids we wanted to have. We began planning for 3, but knowing that there has only been 1 boy in each … [Read more...]

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Bright Starts #BabyLOLL Play Date Lots of Fun

[color-box] I received free products in order to host the Bright Starts sponsored Play Date. The opinions expressed here are my own. [/color-box] My girls are growing up way too fast. My 2 year old wants to do whatever her older sister is doing, so I didn't realize just how few "baby" toys we have around here these days. The realization hit me when I was preparing for a friend to bring over her 13 month old, and I thought I would put a basket of toys in the living room he could play with. I pulled the few toddler aged toys we have out, and I watched as Aubrey happily played along side him … [Read more...]

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Dine at Red Robin to Earn Money for Your School

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of VolunteerSpot and Red Robin* As a mom of a child who is now in school I am constantly looking for ways to help out or earn money for my child's school. I have signed up for all volunteer lists, donated to PTO, chaperoned field trips, and passed the fundraiser booklet around...and it's only November. Still, I feel like I could be doing more to support the school financially. Many schools across our nation are on tight budgets that are stretched extremely thin. The education of our children... our future doctors, lawyers, business owners, and leaders, … [Read more...]

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5 Reasons You Should Rent Toys from Pley Instead of Buying

This post was made possible by Pley.com.Toys provide more than just a fun activity for our children. Toys teach our children valuable lessons like sharing, build motor skills, and develop little brains with imaginative play. Unfortunately, most toys aren't cheap, and buying toys can add up to an expensive hit on the wallet. If your kids are anything like mine you probably spend hours begging them to clean their rooms so you can finally see the floors again. My daughter is obsessed with Legos, so I know exactly what it's like to stumble across a minefield of Lego pieces in the middle of the … [Read more...]

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Promote Creativity & Educational Play with Magformers Magnetic Blocks

I was provided with Magformers for a review and giveaway. All opinions are my own. Affiliate links included for your convenience.  Do you have kids that love to build things? My girls love any type of building set they can get their hands on. They've even been known to turn all the scrap pieces of wood their Dad leaves in the garage into building blocks, and I love watching their little imaginations come alive as they work on new creations. We had the pleasure of testing out a couple Magformers sets, and I already knew they would be a hit before handing them over to my 6 year … [Read more...]

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