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    Potty Training

    I remember when I was pregnant with Alexander. I had all of these plans of what he would be doing by a specific age. Most of these plans were not realistic and did not work out. Specifically thinking that I could have him potty trained before 18 months. A baby brother and crazy work schedule later, he was 20 months and not potty trained. At this point I decided it would be best for everyone to just wait until he was ready. By the time Alexander turned 2, each diaper change required strong arms and a gas mask.  It was like he learned new acrobatics with each passing diaper change.…

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    Newborn Freebies

    Whether you are expecting your first 0r 6th baby; freebies are always a must! I remember scouring the internet and youtube for all of the stores and companies that have freebies. Here is a consolidated list to make it a little easier for you!    Amazon This is the only freebie that isn’t completely free. First, you will need to be an Amazon Prime member or sign up for a 30-day free trial here.  Next, you are going to head over to Create a Baby Registry    From here you will select Registry Checklist      Now you will go through the registry checklist; adding the items you wish to…

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    Alexander’s Monster Truck Birthday Party

    Somehow between last year and this year, I forgot how much it really takes to pull together a birthday party. We were about a month out from Alex’s 3rd birthday when I started to figure out the theme and send invitations. Of course this year Alexander is obsessed with Monster Trucks, so the theme was not very hard to determine. I was on Pinterest a lot finding all of these great games and decorations that I had yet to start on 2 weeks out. When we got down to the final week before the party I was constantly putting something together for it. Goody bags, decorations, photobooth, etc. All in all, it…

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    Disciplining and Preventing Toddler Tantrums

    Discipline is one of the most important, yet most difficult responsibilities we have as parents. When you find your toddler doing something they shouldn’t be, what do you do?  Here are some options that I’ve found helpful with my boys   Discipline   Redirection Redirection is quite honestly my favorite, it’s discipline in it’s friendliest form. Let’s say you are outside playing with your toddler and they find an anthill that they just have to mess with, you catch them and show that you have bubbles! Now your toddler has completely forgotten about the fun anthill they found and is excited about the bubbles. This can be applied in daily scenarios, making…

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    Put your phone down, Mom

    At any given moment you look around you, how many people are on their phone? How many of those people are with their kids? There are so many moments we miss as parents when we are looking at our phones, mindlessly scrolling through Facebook, Instagram, looking at DIY projects on Pinterest, whatever the case may be, put it down.  Your babies grow so quickly, don’t miss more than you have to. When we sit there staring at our phones, we are sending a message to our children that whatever is happening on that phone is more important than what is happening there with them. We reinforce this when our kids…

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    Best Remedies to Soothe your teething baby

    When your baby is teething it can throw your entire life off track. They may wake up throughout the night, no longer be in the same happy moods that you have grown used to and it can be a tough adjustment for everyone. Unfortunately there is no one size fits all solution, however there are plenty of different methods to try and you are sure to find one that works! To make it a bit easier for you I have compiled a list of methods that I tried and used when my boys were teething.  This post may contain affiliate links As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases  …

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    Ditch the Pacifier without ditching your Sanity

    My son loved his paci from day one and kept it for longer than I care to admit. Alexander was 2 1/2 when we finally braved the storm. With a little brother that still has a paci, this was definitely an adventure. We knew the day was coming, he was too old and we didn’t want him to have any dental or speech issues because of it. It all started when we were all laying in the bed one night and I noticed Alexander was so sleepy he was about to fall asleep without the paci in his mouth. I didn’t think much of it, we’d had quite a day…

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    Quick tips for 2 under 2

    Going back to when we first found out we were having #2, it was early October 2015 and we were in the worst of Hurricane Matthew. Our power had been out, the bridges were closed, we had sustained winds over 40 mph and then I got sick. So we ventured a few miles away to the Emergency Room, where they ran some tests, and the Nurse told us without a doubt, I was pregnant.   Social Links:

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    Road trip Must Haves for Toddlers

    We recently took a road trip down to South Florida with the kids. This trip typically takes us about 5 hours depending on how many stops we have to make. As I’m sure you know, or can imagine, kids get restless on long road trips. My boys are no exception. To battle this I have come up with a bag of activities to take along for the ride.     Social Links: