My secret weapon to keep my toddler busy
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Lifestyle, Parenting

Toddler Approved, Clothespin Activity

Clothespin activity for toddlers: This simple activity keeps my kiddo's attention, when I really need to get some things done as a mom! Now that baby #2 is here, I have to keep ideas on hand for toddler activities, to keep my 2 year old busy for times when I'm feeding the newborn, washing bottles, etc., instead of sitting him in front of the TV.  I can't exactly remember where the idea came from {I THINK a friend told me}, but I'm forever thankful! Instructions: It's totally simple!  Grab an old wipes container, and some clothespins, and pop open the little lid {like you would...

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Halloween cupcakes, cookies n cream cupcakes,
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Halloween, Holiday

Halloween Cupcakes – Cookies N Cream

I had a sweet tooth the other day, and I wanted to make something since my hubby was coming home from being out of town for a week for work.  I like to show him my appreciation when he gets home by baking some treats, to let him know that we love and missed him while he was working so hard.  (Don't let me fool you.  I'm a mom of two young boys, so I don't ALWAYS make this happen.) Halloween Cupcakes - Cookies N Cream I'm a fan of making cupcakes, and I was in the cupcake mood... so that's what...

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Toddler Halloween Craft, Ghost Halloween Craft for Kids
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Halloween, Holiday

Toddler Halloween Craft… BOO!

My toddler has an attention span of about 2 seconds.  So when "craft time," is next on our "to-do" list for the day, I always know it has to be quick, easy, and QUICK! {Yes, I know I said "quick," twice}.  I also want it to contain materials that I have on-hand, because let's face it... I'm not packing two kids in the car to run to the craft store for a toddler craft that will last only a few minutes. With Halloween just a couple of days away, a Halloween craft was a MUST!  So the brainstorming began, (and the...

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Breakfast, Drinks, Recipes

Healthy Smoothies for Busy Moms

Healthy Smoothies for Busy Moms: Because being a busy mom doesn't leave a lot of time to think about healthy options for ourselves.  Smoothies to the rescue! I am THRILLED to welcome my friends from "Healthy Vegetarian Pregnancy," as a guest contributor today!  Since I was recently pregnant, their site caught my attention and I thought my "expecting" friends and followers would love to know about them too!  Check out their amazing smoothie recipe they are sharing with you all today, and read below, how you can get a copy of their recipe ebook for FREE! "As a busy parent are...

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Pumpkin Painting Fun For Kids, Fall Activity For Kids, Finger Painting Pumpkins
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Halloween, Holiday

Pumpkin Painting Fun For Kids

This morning I was trying to think of something fun for my toddler to do, to "shift," from the normal, "Play with trains after nap," routine.  I wanted to do something "Fall" related, and I thought finger painting a pumpkin should be it!  I mean seriously, I'm 30, and I want to do some pumpkin painting.  Who wouldn't? Pumpkin Painting Fun For Kids Washable Paints for Sure! If you're looking for a quick and EASY Fall, toddler activity, look no more!  All you have to do is throw an old sheet down, put some WASHABLE (Trust me... use washable) finger paint on paper plates, and...

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DIY & Crafts, Gift Ideas

New Neighbor Gifts *Pumpkin Bread*

I absolutely LOVE the subdivision that we live in now.  I'll sit on the back patio in the morning, drinking my coffee, and it's SUPER quiet, with maybe a runner or biker, trolling by.  (Notice I'm not the one running by...lol, but rather sitting on my rear drinking coffee.) Neighbors That Deserve a Treat... I love our neighbors even more.  Yes, we've only lived here about 2 weeks, but through the whole building process, our neighbors were so friendly, and understanding of all of our construction tasks.  Big trucks, loud machinery, I'm sure trash blew in to their yard at least...

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Items to always keep in the car, and how to organize them, Car Organization
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Organization

Car Organization, Always Prepared

I can't BEGIN to tell you how many times this little car organization project has come to my rescue.  While browsing Pinterest one day, I ran across a lady who did something like this in her mini van, and I fell in LOVE with the idea.  I have to admit, I'm EXTREMELY jealous of her space that she has in her mini van, and what she had to work with.  Although I do drive the longest SUV they make, a mini van tends to just have more car organization capabilities, and cooler features.  {Speaking of... have you seen the new...

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New Home Construction Part 2-Living area
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Home Tour, House + Home

Wrapping Up Our New Home Construction (Part 2)

Hey All! I wanted to share one last post on our new home construction.  If you missed "Part 1" of our new home construction, check it out here: Our New Home Construction (Part 1) Wrapping Up Our New Home Construction (Part 2) We are now moved in, and are finally getting some things put together!  We are FAR from being finished, but it's at least livable, and comfortable!  All of the baby things are pulled out of storage, washed, and eh hm... Organized.  Ok ok... maybe not organized... but it's at least clean and in eye sight! Here's our living room!  I'm in LOVE!  We have...

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Grandparent's Day Craft for Kids
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Holiday

Grandparent’s Day Kid’s Craft

Grandparent's Day: Grandparent's can play such an important role in kid's lives and a fun little kid's craft is a great way to say thank you, and I love you! Grandparent's Day Kid's Craft I was so excited that my little guy was finally big enough this year to make something for his grandparent's for Grandparent's Day.  Ok ok... so I helped a little, but he was able to do WAY more than he was last year. Doing a little craft like this as a gift, means WAY more than running to the store to buy something. Besides, it's something that can...

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Home Tour, House + Home

Wrapping Up Our New Home Construction {Part 1}

I'm so fortunate to be married to someone that is so talented in new home construction.  We've been married for 5 years {together for 15}, and we've never built a home to call "ours."  We've always built a spec home, moved in, and moved out as soon as someone bought it.  So to move in to a home that doesn't have a "For Sale," sign in the yard... well... I just don't know what that will feel like! Baby #2 is due any day, and we are down to the wire on this house.  Normally, I wouldn't care so much...

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Pregnancy Must Haves,
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Lifestyle, Parenting

9 Pregnancy Must Haves

So, as I near the end (and I mean "END") of my 2nd pregnancy, I thought it would be a good idea to think back and compile a list of pregnancy "must-haves," to share with all of you "Momma-To-Be's," and even those of you that may be looking for something to get a "Momma-To-Be." 9 Pregnancy Must Haves If you're also wondering what items you may need to include in your hospital bag, for when you go in to labor, check out my post of my "Hospital Bag Must-Haves."  This would also be a good list to checkout, if you're looking for...

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White or Wheat Bread? Which is Healthier?

White or Wheat Bread? Which is healthier and a surprising fact about what some wheat bread may actually be?   I usually go to the grocery store once a week.  Each time, I pick up a loaf of bread.  However, every time I walk in to the bread isle, I'm faced with, "White or Wheat?"  White... Ok, grab the good ole staple, "sandwich style" bread (not the "twist."  I DESPISE the "twist" for some reason.)  But other times, I'll walk up to the bread and think, "Ok, I'm going to be healthy this week and go for the wheat." Now, do I...

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