How my faith is necessary with social media
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Parenting, Real Life

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I've hesitated sharing this old journal entry, due to all of the "room," for someone to bash me, put me down, and tell me what they think of me.  But really, I share this, because when I shared it with a few of my closest friends, they responded with feedback of "I'm so thankful I'm not alone." That was the moment that I realized there may be others that would love to hear that they're not alone.  Life can be hard, no matter what society classifies you as having.  But no matter how "good," you have it, life can be...

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Making a to-do list every morning has changed my life!
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Real Life, Review

Find a “Break” in your Everyday

“This post was sponsored by Cafe Breaks. I received compensation and complimentary products to facilitate my review.”  #LoveCafeBreaksYou all... I'm exhausted.  Like, everyday exhausted.  Being a wife, working-mom, and someone who loves to entertain on a weekly basis... I'm constantly feeling overwhelmed. Can you relate?  I know you can, or you probably wouldn't have popped over here to read something on how to find a "break," in your everyday, right?There was a time that I literally felt like I was on a hamster wheel, each day I'd wake up.  I work at home, and my two littles are both under...

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Late Night Wishes Baby Advice Cards for Baby Shower Free Download Printable Boy, Girl fantabulosity.com
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Adult Themes, DIY & Crafts, Entertaining, Printables

Free Printable Baby Shower Advice & Best Wishes Cards

Free Printable Baby Shower Advice Cards: "Late Night Wishes..." for the Mom to be!  Free download printable for a new mom, or a multiple-time mom!I recently helped cohost a baby shower for a dear friend who was expecting her second little bundle of joy. With the mindset of keeping it laid back and casual, we decided to keep everything low key, and do a little something that would be meaningful... rather than play baby shower games. Free Printable Baby Shower Advice Cards Instead of GamesThe idea of each guest writing a little note to the mommy, came to mind.  So......

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I'm a Mom, and I Forgot. fantabulosity.com
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Parenting, Real Life, Review

I’m a Mom, and I Forgot.

“This post was sponsored by Starbucks as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received compensation and complimentary products to facilitate my review.” Pardon me, while I get a little personal here.  Perhaps it's because my counselor says it's best for me to "write," it out.  (Which, by the way... making a monthly visit to a counselor or therapist does wonders for me, and I highly encourage it for anyone.) Or because I'll often read posts by others, sending encouraging thoughts to one another, and I'm hoping by sharing my story, it could help encourage someone else today.I'm a Mom,...

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Halloween Activities for Kids
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Halloween, Holiday, Parenting

Halloween Activity for Kids: Candy Apple Decorating

If you're like me, I'm always looking for activities for my kids to do, especially around the holidays.Granted, you can make candy apples any time of the year, but there's just something special about whipping them up in the Fall. Get ready to get sticky...Halloween Activity for Kids: Candy Apple Decorating  Let's face it.  Creating candy apples isn't rocket science.  However, giving you the idea is what I'm here for. :)Items Needed: • Apples {we used small apples, for our little kiddos, but huge apples can be FUN} • Caramel candies • Baking Candies, Sprinkles, Candy • Water for melting caramel • Wooden skewers or lollipop sticks •...

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These belts are sooo cute, and my kids can actually fasten them, themselves! Myself Belts https://fantabulosity.com
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Parenting, Review

“I Can Do It Myself!” — Myself Belts

So have you seen the show, "Shark Tank?" My hubby and I watch it all.the.time. Watching it one night, I saw a lady walk on "stage," with an invention that made me think:Now why didn't I think of that?When I see something that could potentially make my life easier as a mom, I'm hooked. If you read my post, "Monday Night Football," you probably saw the photos of my little guys.  My youngest, was wearing a pair of jeans, with a onesie tucked in them.  My dad even asked,Jessica, where is his little belt?  He needs something.He was right.  He needed a...

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How to make your husband want to come home
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Marriage, Real Life

5 Simple Ways to Make Your Husband “WANT” to Come Home…

WHEW! There are some brutal people out there! Ever since I published this post, it has gone crazy viral and some of you are NOT afraid to speak your mind. So I feel I must explain my intentions with this post, to explain where I'm coming from. My husband is very good to me, and does extremely nice things for me. So in return, and out of respect, I like to do nice things for him.Have you ever heard someone say,Be the wife your husband can't wait to come home to at night?No? Yes? I've heard it a million times, and...

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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
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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
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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
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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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Easy Clean up in the Car! https://fantabulosity.com
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Cleaning, House + Home, Review

Easy Clean Up in the Car & On the Go!

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Wet-Nap®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #ConquerTheMess http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV I'm a mom of toddlers.  Little boy toddlers.  Let me give you MY definition of that.  Definition: Woman constantly cleaning up ooey-gooey, funny smelling, foreign..."don't-wanna-know," messes, off of my boys hands.  Being that they wake up every day with a tremendous amount of energy, we are always on the "go," and I'm constantly making sure I'm prepared for easy clean up in the car.Some days we make unexpected stops at the park......a creek...

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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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Stitch Fix Review
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Stitch Fix, Style

Stitch Fix Review June 2015 – 2nd June Fix

It's that exciting TIME!!! It's Stitch Fix Review June 2015 (2nd Fix) TIME!!!  Two weeks ago, I did my first June Stitch Fix review and HOLY MOLY it was a good one.  If you haven't watched that one, make sure you go check out all that I got!  Ya'll, I about DIED, waiting to open this box for a day.  I came home one evening (after dark), and saw the box sitting on my dining room floor.  I wanted to rip that box open, but I had to wait for better lighting.I don't like to record a Stitch Fix...

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Entertaining, Kids

Nautical Birthday Party – AHOY MATE!

Nautical Birthday Party Ideas: An outdoor summer party for a water-loving kiddo, and all of his friends for a party play date! Nautical Birthday Party IdeasLast year, we hosted a Crawfish Boil party for his 3rd birthday, and this year... we finally decided on a theme about 3 weeks before the big day.  My little guy went back and forth:A "Dino-Thomas," birthday party!A "Superhero," birthday!I know!  A Lego birthday party! ...there were a few more ideas in there, but he just couldn't make up his mind. (So I took matters in to my own hands.) I knew he loved water, and with his...

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Febrile Seizures. What EVERY parent needs to know. https://fantabulosity.com
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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
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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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Sharing a Coke, with the guys
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Family + Friends, Real Life, Review

Sharing the Simple Moments

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone, promise! #ShareAtSchnucks #CollectiveBias  My boys love... I mean... LUUUUV... hanging out with their paw paw.  Hanging out with their paw paw means there are TONS of fun things in store.  You see, "Paw Paw," lives {and operates} a beef farm, and a short trip to see him, usually includes seeing big, four-legged creatures that say "moo," a tractor ride, and a "wade," in the spring.So the other day, we set out on an adventure and headed to Paw-Paw's with a surprise in store...

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Modern Day Nursery Essential Video Baby Monitor! https://fantabulosity.com
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Review

A Modern Day Mom’s Nursery Essential

You know I'm a mom of two.  So that makes me a pro, right?! {Ummm totally kidding on that.} But it does give me a little experience in the nursery/baby/must-have, department.  I have friends that are becoming moms for the first time, 2nd time, 3rd time, and even 4th time. {I even met a woman a couple of months ago that was getting ready to have her 7th. Bless that woman.} As moms, we like to bounce ideas off of each other, and tell each other about fab, new things.  So whether you're having your first soon, or having your seventh,...

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Holiday, Mother's Day

What Does Mom Really want for Mother’s Day?

Mother's Day is right around the corner, and for some reason it always sneaks up on me.  Then, when I realize that I still need to get something for my mom & my husband's mom, I don't even know what to get. So... after asking my blog friends on Facebook, what they {as moms} REALLY want, I've come to realize that it may not be what you think it is. Mother's Day Gift Ideas {ideas from Mom's themselves}To have all of my children {and grandchildren} in one place.  Dinner, family gathering, etc. To have my house cleaned.  Dishes washed, laundry done, just cleaned!A...

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My Style, Style

Why I Stopped Buying Clothes from the Clearance Rack

A while back I did a post on "Clothing Stores for Moms,"  I must admit... I've changed a lot since then, when it comes to my clothes shopping escapades. Back then, I was just trying to find that bargain.  Which, what would end up happening would be that I would grab about 5 shirts that had a cute pattern, had an orange clearance tag on them...take them home, and yep... you guessed it.  Never wore them. I can't tell you how many times I have cleaned out my closet, and put clothing in a bag for charity that still had the price...

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