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10 Things I Want My Daughter To Know As She Grows | #PlaytexMoms #ForBetterBeginnings

January 12, 2018

This conversation is sponsored by Playtex Baby™. When I was growing up, I always wondered if I would have my own daughter someday. I wondered if I would have a little girl to dress up, braid her hair, or take shopping with me. I dreamed about having a mini-me to put in a tutu and take to ballet and have late night talks with. When I found out Charlie was a girl, I internally squealed with excitement. I had my…

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2017 Blog Report + Reader Survey

December 29, 2017

My grandmama always said “the older you get, the faster time goes” and she couldn’t be more right. It seems like every year flies by faster. 2017 marked the second full year of having my blog. It was no easy feat keeping it going while managing a household, two cross-country moves, a pregnancy, then three kids… BUT. It happened. We stayed afloat. I posted when I could and worked harder than ever. I am so proud of my community here,…

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6 Postpartum Problems No One Told You About with Tom’s of Maine

December 4, 2017

Thank you Tom’s of Maine for sponsoring this post. The postpartum period comes with a slew of uncomfortable side effects. If you are a mom, you’ve been there. Tom’s of Maine deodorant is currently helping me battle my very favorite and number six on this list: body odor. Yep, body odor. B.O. is a perfect example of something veteran moms just casually leave out of conversation when telling you about the beautiful and magical weeks after your bundle arrives. Not…

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Go Home 2017, You’re Drunk.

December 3, 2017

Everyone has personal challenges and hiccups along their journey, whatever it may be. There will always be an emergency, an unexpected bill, an illness or a sudden change of direction. We aren’t the first people to have a wrench thrown in to our “well thought out” plan and we won’t be the last. Having made that disclaimer, I am very much over the sh** show that was 2017.…

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Holiday Gift Guide For Dad

November 30, 2017

Tyler and I don’t do much for each other at Christmas. We usually spend our money on the kids and other people, and that’s fine with me. I’m keeping the suggestions comin’ with a little list of ideas for the Dad in your life! These are all super affordable. Obviously, I write what I know about, so these are all things that my husband would love to get for Christmas. Several of these things came from Uncommon Goods, which is…

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Grayson’s Christmas List | Holiday Gift Guide for Boys

November 28, 2017

I’m going to be honest with you. This was NOT Grayson’s entire list for Santa. Yep. Eight year olds are very imaginative and very… well… let’s just say they think presents grow on trees. Or, in my case, sleighs. I am getting tired of video games and the like, so I was hoping he would have lots on his list that promoted learning, tactile sensation exploration, and critical thinking. Lucky for me, he totally did. Since we are in an…

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Charlie’s Christmas List | Holiday Gift Guide for Toddler Girls

November 28, 2017

Ok, so Charlie isn’t exactly old enough to make a list, so I helped her out. These are things she is getting from Santa this year based on what she is loving in life. I am already loving the holidays this year with her because she has a minimal understanding of what’s going on and is SO excited. There is nothing better than Christmas through the eyes of children, am I right? Let’s get to it.…

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Two Ingredient Allergy-Friendly Apple Cake

November 27, 2017

This post was sponsored by SAFE + FAIR. All opinions are mine. One of the struggles of having such a variety of food products at our fingertips, is not knowing what’s IN the food. This can be especially hard for allergy moms when trying to come up with something that is safe for their children. Not only allergy moms, but moms like me, too! When my kids need to bring a treat for a party to school, it’s SO important…

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Small Business Saturday Deals

November 25, 2017

Happy Saturday! Have you spent all your money yet? I hope not! Small Business Saturday is my favorite day of sales. There’s something about buying from another hustlin’ mama that just makes the gifts mean more. When you shop small, you are putting food on someone’s table. Most of the shops are a one-woman show and I can personally vouch for hard they work. All that said, I’ve got a huge list of small shops I love and their stellar…

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Napa Valley Film Festival 2017 Recap

November 18, 2017

The ultimate film, food, and wine experience, the Napa Valley Film Festival lights up Wine Country during the most colorful time of the year. Thank you Napa Valley Film Festival for sponsoring this post. One of the coolest parts of having a blog with a dedicated audience, is that I get the opportunity to enjoy some amazing experiences so that I can then share it with you. Most recently, I was able to attend the Napa Valley Film Festival. I…

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How To Make A Small Apartment Patio A Cozy Place To Entertain

November 17, 2017

This post was sponsored by Jasco via Acorn Influence. All opinions are mine. As most of you know, we moved into an apartment this summer. Less space has definitely been an adjustment. One of the trickiest things for me was reworking all my decor and furniture. Without getting rid of too much, I had to figure out how to decorate a much smaller space and not simultaneously clutter it more. I truly love having cozy gathering spaces in my home.…

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Best of Napa | Hair and Lashes

November 16, 2017

One of the hardest parts of moving to a new place is finding replacements for beauty services like hair stylists and lash specialists. I came from Atlanta, where it already took me what feels like forever to find a stylist, so I was not excited about being on the search again. After scouring social media, Yelp, and local referrals, I found two AMAZING gals that I just had to come on here and tell you all about. If you are…

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My Mental Health Journey and When I Decided To Stop Suffering

November 14, 2017

A large part of my DNA and my journey through life revolves around my history of sub-par mental health. It’s taken a few months of courage building to hit post on this one. Nevertheless, I hope at least one person needs this story. My first panic attack was in the fourth grade. I was nine years old. I vividly remember the trigger, then my heart rate starting to rise, then an inability to swallow, then clammy hands and ringing ears.…

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