Father’s Day: What he really wants!

Buying things for Father’s Day can be tough. Here are some items that dad’s actually want this year! Information was given by tons of dads! A new grill or grill set.Steaks, hamburgers, and bratwurst are great eats and grilling them are even better. Have an old grill? Get him a new one. This gas grill is great and decently inexpensive. If he is more of a charcoal grill kinda guy ( like my hubby is) this is the one we have and it was the best grilling investment we have made. If he already has the coolest grill ever, get […]

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Disneyland: Free stuff!

  When it comes to Disney, let’s just say things can get pretty expensive. This post is exclusive to Disneyland and California Adventure. Here are some freebies at the Disneyland park and California Adventure you may not know about. Water There is no need to spend three dollars on a water bottle that will just get warm in an hour. You can go into any counter service dining location at Disneyland and they will give you a free glass of ice water. (Ask politely for a large cup!) Kids 3 and under If you decide character dining/ buffet character dining is right for […]

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It’s okay to not be okay.

Not everyday is going to be a good day. The kids may not be listening and you are at your wit’s end. You and your spouse may be fighting. Maybe that promotion at work went to someone who doesn’t work near as hard as you do. Or maybe the laundry is piling up and you are so tired of trying to be the house superhero. It’s okay to not be okay and it is okay to have a terrible day. After a bad day we have to fix it and move on to begin a new day tomorrow. Here are […]

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30 FREE things to do with your kids this summer.

I often hear “sticking to a budget and having fun doesn’t work”, and I would have to disagree. I have found numerous FREE activities for my kids to participate in. Fun is what you make it. Children thrive while being active and learning through play. It isn’t always about going to the movies or to a theme park. Get the whole family involved in these free activities this summer. Saving money is wonderful, but spending time with family is even better. Happy summer ya’ll. Now go make memories you and the kids won’t forget! I actually made paper caterpillars recently […]

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Insect week: Paper Chain Caterpillar.

  This week we have decided our theme is bugs/insects. We decided our craft would be a paper chain caterpillar.       Materials we used:  Construction paper  Scissors Tape or glue Marker (for mouth)  Googly eyes (Please excuse his dirty face. He just had chocolate. Haha!) How to:  Cut strips of construction paper about 1 inch wide.  Turn the strips of construction paper into a ring and then tape the ring or glue the ring.  Continue with the next strip and go until all strips have turned into a chain.  Antennas:  Cut two small strips of construction paper.  Use […]

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Top 10 Newborn Essentials.

When I had my first son there were so many items I was told I needed. By the time I got to my third child I feel like I have a good idea of what I need and what I don’t. These are the items I use the most with my newest little one.    Owlet Baby Monitor is a heart rate and oxygen monitoring sock. The baby wears it just like a sock and it interacts with an app on your mobile device that displays the baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels in real time. After having a premature baby […]

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Dear preemie parents…

I want to start off by saying you’re doing a great job. You are probably overwhelmed with machines, and tubes, and IV lines connected to your tiny and extremely fragile baby. You are most likely running on very small amounts of sleep and large amounts of caffeine. Calling the NICU every time you can’t be there to snuggle your precious baby. You are scared to death when you hear the words brain bleed, acid reflux, Ng tube, spells, episodes, emesis, surgery. I remember walking rolling into the NICU for the very first time and seeing my small baby connected to […]

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Strep throat, really?

  So for the last two years my hubby has gotten strep throat at least six times. He is what they call a carrier. He even has an appointment in a week to see the ear, nose, and throat specialist to remove his tonsils. Out of all the times he has contracted strep throat. I have never gotten it… until yesterday.  One long ER trip later with princess ( to ensure she didn’t have anything bothering her) it was confirmed that I sure enough have strep(but she was fine!). A penicillin shot in my ass and two Percocets later, I’m still […]

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My Journey to Motherhood.

First Pregnancy In 2012 at the age of 17, I gave birth to a 6lb 11oz baby boy. My pregnancy was the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through. I was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum, an extreme illness that made me not able to keep food down. Keeping water down without vomiting was a challenge. I ended up in the ER to replenish my fluids about once a week. My diet consisted of Phenergan (an anti-nausea prescription) and Pedialyte, and I lost a total of 30 pounds throughout my pregnancy. I didn’t start feeling better until 20 weeks. I delivered on […]

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