How to Organize your kids printables
House + Home, Organization, Parenting, Printables

Printable Organization for Kids

If you're like me, you see TONS of free lesson plans and printables on Pinterest that you want to print out for your kids to work on. Drawing, coloring, matching, shapes, and the list goes on. For a while, I struggled with printing something out on a whim, and I'd cross my fingers that I'd remember to pull it off of the printer for my toddler to work on the next day. In the meantime, we'd make it about half way through the stack of printables, life would happen, and then I'd find the other half of the printables ripped in...

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5 Mom Bloggers Worth Following
Blogging

5 Bloggers to Follow Today!

5 Bloggers to Follow: Fabulous sources for creative ideas, delicious recipes, down to earth & relatable stories, and so much more!  You know I love you all for following me on my crazy adventures, right? Well, I do. It BLOWS my mind when I run in to someone and they say, "I follow you on your blog and I love (fill in the blank.)"  Or when someone new signs up to receive new posts by email, I get all giddy inside with flattery. 5 Bloggers to Follow I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that if you follow me, I can...

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Parenting

Favorite iPad apps for Toddlers and Kids

I'm SUPER excited to share with you, a list of Favorite iPad apps for Toddlers and Kids, from Amy at "A Cup Full of Sass!" I consider her one of my "blogging sistas," and rank her in my "Top 5 Favorite Bloggers," {I'll be sharing  the other 4 bloggers with you VERY soon in an upcoming post, so stay tuned for those!}  I think Amy is right on with theses apps, because my kiddos LOVE them too! So without further ado ===> "Let’s face it. Today’s world is all about technology. It is our present and our future. We are...

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Parenting, Real Life, Recipes

Baby Food Recipes

Last week I shared "How to Make Baby Food," where I told you my normal process for making, and storing baby food. Today, I thought it would be a fun idea to share Baby Food Recipes, that I have created in the past, that you may find helpful too!   As I mentioned last week, when you're first starting out with feeding your baby, baby food, it's best to stick with one food for a few days to make sure he/she is not allergic, or can tolerate that certain food item. If you feed multiple different types of food, and you notice...

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How To Make Homemade Baby Food. Pictures and description to walk you through how this busy mom does it!
Parenting, Recipes

How To Make Baby Food-Learn to Make Homemade Baby Food for your Baby

Remember my post the other day about how I taught my baby, Baby Sign Language, and how I pretty much said I wanted my baby to be the smartest little thing anyone ever knew, and how I wanted only the best for him? Well it was no different when it came to making homemade baby food. But I had the same question that may have brought you to my post today: "How to make baby food?" I'll start off saying that anything that I recommend is NOT approved by a doctor, and I DO NOT consider myself an expert in this field, so hear me...

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Parenting, Real Life

All Time Favorite Baby Learning Tool: Baby Sign Language

I'm surrounded by women producing babies. I guess it's the stage of life that I'm in, because it seems like so many of our friends are having little precious bundles lately.   You know, before you have kids, you think to yourself how you'll do this and that, to make your baby the smartest, and most well behaved baby that anyone knows? Yeah, I had those thoughts too. I told myself I'm going to make homemade baby food, he'll be speaking Spanish by the age of two, and that he will NEVER act like those other kids in public that scream and...

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Parenting, Real Life

10 Mom Fails I’m Guilty Of

I've been referred to as the "helicopter mom," {check out my post about that here: "The Helicopter Mom"}  But I'm here to tell you, even though I "hover," over my children as much as I physically can, it still leaves room for "mom fails," and let me tell ya... I've got 'em and done 'em. I'm just not going to tell you about all of them. I need to keep some of those "oops," to myself. No particular order. They're all "mom fail," equal, I'm sure. 1. The "mom fails," started before we even left the hospital with our first son....

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15 Things I've Learned as a Mom
Parenting, Real Life

15 Things I’ve Learned as a Mom

Being a mom comes with a lot of surprises, and teaches us new things no matter how old our children get. These are the 15 things I've learned as a mom so far! Photo Credit: Roussin Photography 15 Things I've Learned as a Mom Oh the things I've learned as a mom... here we go! One. I CAN survive and function on little sleep. I may look a little rough some days, and may not make exact sense when I come up with a new way to make the business plan more efficient at the office... But I survive. Two. Shopping alone feels weird. I'm excited...

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I wish I didn't have to tell my toddler...
Parenting, Real Life

I Wish I Didn’t have to Tell my Toddler…

Oh the joys of raising kids. Boys... the joy of raising boys. When I first became pregnant back in 2010, I secretly wanted a baby girl. Looking in the stores at all of the pink frilly tutu's, flower hair accessories, and pink EVERYTHING! But I'm telling you, when my little boy was born, my world and attitude changed. I all of a sudden didn't care if he was a boy or girl, he was PERFECT. {Still is}  :) Now, if someone were to ask me, "Don't you want a little girl Jessica?" I almost get this rush of anxiety thinking...

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Real Life, Travel

Hubby and I Getaway-Avon Colorado

Whelp, you know I love to travel. Thank goodness the hubs does too, or I'd be traveling by myself. This was the second time we had been to Avon Colorado, and both times were outstanding! We visited once when it was warmer {you know, sitting outside having dinner on the patio}, and this time when you better have your heavy coat handy or you'll lose a limb due to frost bite. Ok ok... not that cold, but cold. I HATE skiing. Yeah, we were going to a HUGE ski area, but I hate skiing. Why do I hate it? Because I...

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How To Start Potty Training
Parenting, Real Life

How To Start Potty Training

5 tips and tricks for how to start potty training, may just be the thing to get your little one out of diapers and on to being a big boy or girl! Any Tips on Potty Training? My good friend messaged me last night and asked if I had any good tips on how to start potty training her son. When she asked, my mind started flowing with ideas, and she replied, "You should do a blog post on this." Well... heck. Ok. I guess a toddler will have accidents from time to time, and at least I may be able...

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helicopter mom
Parenting, Real Life

Yeah, I’m the “Helicopter Mom”

Ohhh... yeah. I'm THAT mom. The "Helicopter Mom." What's a Helicopter Mom? Well according to Wikipedia, it is: "A helicopter parent (also called a cosseting parent or simply a cosseter) is a parent who pays extremely close attention to a child's or children's experiences and problems, particularly at educational institutions. Helicopter parents are so named because, like helicopters, they hover overhead." The only thing that definition is missing is a picture of my profile right beside it. Here... this is better: Why do I KNOW this? Last week I took my 2 1/2-year-old to an inflatable play center (aka: "indoor...

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Health + Fitness, Real Life

Get Fit Quick (and at home)

I know I have a ton of mommas out there that love to workout. Ok... Maybe not LOVE to workout, but DO workout. But how in the world do you fit in time to get "fit," with kids running around, wanting every second of your attention... A husband saying he's hungry and ready for dinner... Getting the kids ready for the next day.... Just so you can "hit" the repeat button and do it all again the next day? {Whew... That was a workout in itself for me thinking about all of that} WELL... I reached out to Alison from Fearlessly...

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Surprise 30th Birthday https://fantabulosity.com
Birthday, Holiday, Real Life, Travel

Surprise 30th Birthday for my Husband

Surprise 30th Birthday Ideas for Him: A trip full of little surprises, and secret missions for my husband's 30th birthday! A celebration we will NEVER forget! If you're looking for gift ideas for your husband's 30th birthday, you'll want to see THIS post! Or, if you're thinking of planning a surprise trip along with other fun secret surprises, keep reading below! You may find it hard to believe that I kept all of this a secret for a year. Click Here for Gift Ideas for Him Surprise 30th Birthday Trip for Him We LOVE to travel. Even though we recently visited Avon Colorado, we have...

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A New Roommate-How To Help Toddler Adjust To New Baby https://fantabulosity.com
Parenting, Real Life

A New Roommate: Tips To Help Your Toddler Adjust To The New Baby

How to help your toddler adjust to the new baby! Easy tips and tricks to make the transition a bit smoother for everyone! Tips To Help Your Toddler Adjust To The New Baby I couldn't believe the response from my post on Tuesday, "Preparing Toddler For New Baby." So what did this mean? It means that a lot of you must be, or plan to be, expecting a little bundle of joy in the future! How fun!!! Well I'd LOVE to help you prepare your toddler for a huge life change. As I've said before, "I am no expert," but I do hope my life experiences may...

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Preparing Toddler For a New Baby https://fantabulosity.com
Parenting, Real Life

Preparing Toddler For A New Baby

"Preparing Toddler For A New Baby." Ahhh, I remember searching that phrase in my toolbar just months before my second little bundle of joy was to arrive. I knew life was about to change for my husband and I, but I also knew that my toddler's life was about to be flipped upside down, overnight. I was scared that my son would be in total shock when Mommy and Daddy had to share their love with this new little "thing" that moved in to his house. I was AMAZED at the transition my son made when we brought the new baby...

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Blogging: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Blogging

Want to Blog? Here’s My Best Advice.

I remember when Jessica emailed me to ask how to get started blogging. I was so excited! I thought, “This is so cool! Someone I know wants to blog!” Which leads me to my first piece of advice. Your family and friends will think that you’re nuts. You’ll be staying up late or getting up early to write your blog posts. Kids will be sick. Your website will crash. You’ll need grit, but you absolutely can do this! Decide now to do it and don’t give up. There are two roads to blogging. So let’s say you’ve just bought your first domain. How...

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How to Start a Blog, in 5 easy steps
Blogging

How to Start a Blog: In 5 Easy Steps

  How to Start a Blog: A quick and easy to understand blueprint of how to become a blogger and the first step to get paid to blog, write, and even make money from home!  I'm ecstatic to be creating this tutorial on how to start a blog! I've had a lot of followers contact me recently, asking how they would go about starting a blog like I did. So, to best answer your questions, I came up with FIVE quick steps to get you started....

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Secret weapon in marriage - family photos
Marriage, Real Life

Marriage Advice & Tips: The Secret Weapon in our Marriage

Marriage Advice & Tips: The Secret Weapon in our Marriage. This opened up the communication, spiced up, and helped with so many problems in our marriage. Marriage Advice & Tips: The Secret Weapon in our Marriage Are you looking for that emotional connection with your husband? Don't get me wrong, I do NOT consider myself an expert in the marriage department, and we do NOT have a perfect marriage (who does?) but I do know what has worked/works for my husband and I, when...

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We've Moved & Birth Announcements, We've Moved and New Baby Announcement
Real Life

Moving and Birth Announcements

I've  been told a lot, "Only you guys Jessica," and "Why can't you guys ever do anything the normal way?" Well, when I had 2 weeks left of my second pregnancy, we moved in to our new house. Yes, I know that's not the ideal time to move in to a new home, but when all of our baby items were in a storage unit, waiting on our house to be completed, it HAD to happen. So, here I was, HUGE & pregnant, trying to move in to the house and set up for a baby all at the...

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My secret weapon to keep my toddler busy
Parenting, Real Life

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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