Restaurant Kit - Toddler Busy Bag Ideas! https://fantabulosity.com
Organization, Parenting, Review

Restaurant Kit: Toddler Busy Bag

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone, promise! #MARVELSnackBar #CollectiveBias Sometimes I wonder what in the heck we were thinking when we decided to go out to eat with two little boys.  Forcing them to sit still for a long period of time, is almost a cruel joke.Since the majority of the time, we decide to eat out at the last minute, I may not have time to round up toys & snacks for a restaurant trip.  So the new trick up my sleeve, (thanks to Blue I Style) is my...

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DIY Moss Covered Arrangement Tutorial! https://fantabulosity.com
DIY & Crafts, Parenting

Lunchbox Love Notes

It is so good to be back today. If we haven’t met before, my name is Bethany and I hang out at Southern Couture blog. It is my pleasure to be back with y’all again today and share something fun. I can’t wait to hear what you think.Pretty much by now everyone is back to school and getting in the routine again. Hopefully you had a relaxing summer with your kiddos and made lots of memories. All that fun can make it hard not only for the little ones but also for you Moms to see them go back...

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Parenting, Real Life, Self Improvement

The SAHM’s Guide to Staying Active

I'm a Stay at Home Mom {SAHM} ... well... Kind of.  I guess you could call me a, "Work at Home Mom," {WAHM} too.  I'd say it's a healthy mix of both.  Lucky you, I don't hide A THING, and show you a reality video clip of my typical mornings, below. No matter what abbreviation you are...if you're a mom, who is in her home most of the time, you may find it a challenge to stay active.  Trust me when I say,I HEAR you.  Loud and clear.A few days a week, I have someone come to my house and watch...

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End of Summer checklist! https://fantabulosity.com
Parenting, Printables, Real Life

End of Summer Checklist – FREE Printable!

It seems like this Summer has FLOWN by, and I was so scared it would slip away without doing some of the things I've been dying to do all season! I'm one of those, "If I don't see it, I won't do it kind of people.  So... I decided to make an end of summer checklist for myself, so I can hang it on the fridge and be reminded of the things that I want to do before school starts. Here's what's on my End of Summer Checklist: Are you cracking up at some of my checklist items?  I am.  Some of...

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A Story of Parents who were told they couldn't have children. What a miracle. https://fantabulosity.com
Parenting, Real Life

“I’m Sorry, But You May Not be Able to Have Children”

I'm getting COMPLETELY personal with you today.  But I've struggled for so long wanting to share our story with you, because it means so much to me. I told you back in June, during my post "An Afternoon of Bonding," that I would share with you one day how my husband and I were told that we would more than likely not be able to have children. Today is that day. My husband and I had been dating for 10 years, and we finally tied the knot in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  It was absolutely the best way we could have gotten married.  Our...

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Back to School, Summer Fun. Get outside! https://fantabulosity.com
Parenting, Real Life, Review

A Day Outside, A Day in my Shoes

School will be starting soon, and we've been fortunate enough that the last of our Summer days haven't been unbearably hot.  {At least here in Missouri} If you've been hanging around here long, you've probably seen that I have boys.  Little boys.  You know, the kind that can't sit still, and are constantly on the go? Some days are dedicated to just heading out of the door as soon as they wake up.  Let 'em roam, and wear themselves O-U-T! I'm not gonna lie.  I take my phone with...

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Parenting, Real Life, Travel

Missing Mom and Dad: Preparing your Child for when you Travel

My husband and I travel a lot.  It may be for either business, or pleasure...and sometimes we have to leave our kids at home. I'd take them on every trip if I could, but as you probably know, sometimes there's not an option, and they have to stay home. We are blessed to have family that will stay with them, and care for them while we are gone, and we have wonderful caregivers that help us out too. But although we have fabulous people to stay with them, our kiddos still miss us.Preparing Your Child when you Travel & They Miss You   We know...

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DIY Picnic Boxed Lunch Idea https://fantabulosity.com
DIY & Crafts, Parenting, Review

DIY Boxed Lunch Ideas

I am SMITTEN with boxed lunch ideas.  Anytime I see one on Pinterest, I have to pin it, because the options are ENDLESS.  Birthday parties, Baby Showers, Bridal Showers, play dates, girls lunch, etc. Grabbing a boxed lunch, is easy and convenient for your guests, as well as pretty precious too. ;) You can even make a boxed lunch for your kiddos, for an afternoon picnic this Summer, like I sometimes do!DIY Boxed Lunch IdeasThese are incredibly easy, and is WAY better than grabbing the same ole cheeseburger at a fast food...

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Febrile Seizures. What EVERY parent needs to know. https://fantabulosity.com
Parenting, Real Life

Febrile Seizures, What all Parents Should Know

Disclaimer: I am NOT a health/medical professional.  I am simply telling the story of what we experienced as parents, with our little boy that day. Scariest day of my life.  Still.  Three years later, still the scariest day of my life.  As a mom, as a human.It was Thanksgiving, 2012.  My 17 month old toddler was safely strapped in to his carseat,  in the back of our Yukon, as we were traveling down unfamiliar highways, on our way to Alabama for a first time Thanksgiving celebration at my sister's house.  The tv was playing his favorite Thomas the Train movie, and I would...

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I Took a Nap with my Toddler Today... fantabulosity.com
Parenting, Real Life

I Took a Nap with my Toddler Today…

I took a nap with my toddler today.Ok... I didn't fall asleep.  But I had every intention of taking a nap with my toddler today. Have you ever done this?  Have you ever laid down with full intentions of stepping in to this heavenly thought of,I'll just lay down with him, we'll both take a beautiful long nap, and then we'll both wake up, staring in to each other's well-rested eyes, saying to each other, "Let's get up and enjoy the rest of our day!"Yeah.  Me too.The Reality of Taking a Nap with a Toddler Yeah... look at him laying all...

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Caught You Being Good Ticket! A teacher's way of rewarding kids who behave! This mom uses it for her kids at home too! So fun! https://fantabulosity.com
Parenting, Real Life

Caught You Being Good Tickets – Another Positive Parenting Idea

I completely owe this idea to my fifth grade teacher.  I don't remember a lot from elementary school, but I DO remember this.  "Caught you Being Good," Tickets:{If you were in her class, I can hear you snicker a little bit as you read that.  As a matter of fact, leave a comment below if you had her for a teacher, and you REMEMBER these things!} I can still "see," what her tickets looked like, and I can STILL remember how amazingly awesome it was to receive a "Caught you Being Good," ticket. So what are they? Well, every once in a while......

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Spring Activities for Kids - Random Act of Kindness https://fantabulosity.com
Parenting

Spring Activity for Kids – Random Act of Kindness

Spring activity for kids: A fun and easy random act of kindness that the kiddos can learn from, all while having fun at the same time! A perfect Spring activity.I'm always looking for an activity that will entertain my kids, where I can incorporate a lesson to be learned too.  Like, when we grew our own wheatgrass, or when we worked on the grandparent's day craft for their maw-maw & paw paw... they may not have realized it, but they were taught some life lessons.  {Sneaky sneaky.}Every Spring, I can't WAIT to get these kids out of the house,...

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Turn your crib in to a dress up, dressing room! https://fantabulosity.com
Decorating, DIY & Crafts, House + Home, Parenting

Turning a Crib in to a Dressing Room- Let’s Play Dress-Up!

My sister and her husband are the most creative people that I know.  With her creative brain, and his mad handy-man skillzzz... the two of them together, blow my mind.If you saw the crawfish boil party that I had for my son, you already know how awesome my sister and brother-in-law are.  Seriously... go look if you haven't ----> Crawfish Boil Party Turning a Crib in to a Dressing Room I can't exactly remember how the conversation came up, but when I found out that my sister and her husband took a crib, and transformed it in to a "dress-up," area...

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Parenting, Real Life

Toy Time Out – A Positive Parenting Tip for Toddlers

I have a three, and a one year old.  {Can that be the end of my post?  I mean, no explanation necessary, right?}  Kidding... I really do have GREAT kids.  But of course there are times when their sweet little minds are learning, and they try to test me as a parent.So to help with this thing we call "Parenting," I wanted to share with you my latest; Toy Time Out - A Positive Parenting Tip for ToddlersIf you read my post on "Why I had a Yes Day for my Kids," you know how I talked about always having to say...

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Why I Had A Yes Day For My Kids https://fantabulosity.com
Parenting, Real Life

Why I had a “Yes Day,” for my Kids

After having a Yes Day for my kids, I was completely shocked at what they requested. I learned a huge lesson as a mom too.My husband looked at me like I was crazy. "A yes day, for the kids, Jessica?  Why would you do that to yourself?" "I want to see if I can do it, and see how spoiled the kids really are."  :)Why I Had a "Yes Day," for my Kids   A while back, I had heard of another mom having a "Yes Day," for her kids, and I thought it was the coolest thing.  I do remember thinking:Holy...

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Lessons I've learned as a mom
Parenting, Real Life

4 Takeaways to be a Better Mom

You all.  I'm the luckiest ever.  But yet I'm so stupid.  I rarely talk about my sisters on here, and that could quite possibly be the stupidest thing I have ever done.  (Well, I did post a picture of three of us at my sons 3rd birthday party here, but that's all I've managed to accomplish.  Insert "shame" emoji here.) There are no words to describe, so today I found the PERFECT opportunity to show you just how genuine and fabulous, one of the two fantabulous sissy's I have... really is. Today I received a notification on my phone that my sister...

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Parenting, Real Life

I Wish I Didn’t Have to Tell my Toddler…..{Part 2}

You all loved Part 1 of, "I Wish I Didn't Have to Tell my Toddler..." and low and behold, I've had my toddler do enough since then to create a part 2!  Not hard to believe, right?  What's even better?  My second little boy is turning in to a little toddler man, and he's pulling some ah-mazing stuff as well.  Perfect timing for "I Wish I Didn't Have to Tell my Toddler... Part 2." Now, although I've been known to be the "Helicopter Mom," I find myself saying the oddest things, when my eyes aren't on them every second.  It's those...

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4 Must Have eBooks for kids
Parenting, Real Life

eBooks for Kids, on the iPad!

I'm ecstatic to have Bethany from Using Educational Technology, here, sharing brilliant eBooks for kids, for the iPad, today!  She's not only a teacher, but a lady who's up on the up and up, on technology for education and children.  Love using her resources.  So without further ado, here's Bethany:"I swore I would never become the parent that allowed their toddler to use an iPad. I definitely never, in a million years thought I would be the parent that allows EACH of her TWO toddlers to use an iPad.However, as I began to use my iPad more and more in...

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I wish I would have known about this years ago! Online courses for Mom's in those areas we question most! httpfantabulosity.com
Parenting, Real Life

The Ultimate Resource for Moms

I've stumbled upon an amazing resource you all.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE sharing great new finds with you. How do I even begin to tell you about this.  Ok here... So you know that point in motherhood when you think, "I wonder if anyone else has been through something like this?"  Or you're faced with something that you're not sure of, so you ask every single friend that you have, what their opinion is?Or maybe there is something that you've been wanting to know how to do, but finding someone to teach you, or the right person to talk to...

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Dear New Mom of Two... https://fantabulosity.com
Parenting, Real Life

Dear New Mom of 2…

I was exhausted.  Some days I'm still exhausted.  Being a new mom of 2, can definitely make you want to hide in the panty some days and cry your eyeballs out.  (Insert my memory of the Sex and the City 2 movie, where Charlotte goes in the pantry and cries for just a moment, because her kiddos are stressing her out.) Dear New Mom of Two...The Ages: I'll begin by saying that my two boys are 2 1/2 years apart.  Moms with kids that have a bigger age gap may be completely different.  If so... I'd love to hear about it in...

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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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