spray nine cleaner - so tough on grime. it really helped me with this cleaning project.

My front door area was pretty gross… and I had ignored it for months. I FINALLY did a serious deep clean, and the difference is staggering!

Preparing for a new baby? Take this baby expenses quiz to see if you're prepared for the costs. I've been there and done that, and I can tell you that preparing financially for a new baby is SO worth it.

Worried about the cost of a new baby? Find out how much you’ll need here, and how to get ready.
YES, it’s worth the work and sacrifices necessary to get your finances in order, especially when you’re growing your family.
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Need a quick, easily-customizable paleo dinner? This beef and cabbage paleo bowl recipe is the perfect thing to make for a quick weeknight dinner everyone in the family will love.

This paleo beef and cabbage bowl recipe is perfect for an easy weeknight dinner. It doesn’t take long to make, and you can customize bowls for everyone!

Non-Food Halloween Treats: 11 Last-Minute Ideas

Coloring Books – My kids love coloring books, and they’re excited to share them with the neighbors too. This year we got these, which aren’t Halloween themed. That way, if we have leftovers we can use them for other times of the year too. But these Halloween ones are cute too.

SoundBub by WavHello is an awesome portable bluetooth speaker for kids. My kids cannot get enough! The perfect gift for music-loving kids.

My kids love music, but up until recently, I didn’t have a great solution for letting them have it with them wherever they go. THIS is the perfect gift for music-loving kiddos. They’ve absolutely been in heaven since we got it!

How to get more sleep when you have a new baby. MUST read for new moms and dads. All parents can use these sleep tips and tricks.

When you’re a new parent, you’re exhausted. I know. I’ve been there three times. And over the years, I’ve learned some great tips for getting more sleep. I don’t mean getting the BABY more sleep. I mean YOU, the new mom or dad, getting as much sleep as you can during this unpredictable time. You need these tips!

As I soothed my four year old son in the middle of the night, I realized I've come full circle in these wee hours. So many emotions and memories, and I'm so glad to be able to soothe him, as his mother.

The big kids were tucked away in their beds, and my husband and I were watching a movie on Netflix while I nursed Henry. We heard whimpering from the kids’ room, so we paused the movie so my husband could check it out. It was Joey, but he was still asleep. It’s about the saddest

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Need a great party salsa besides the typical tomato type? This corn jalapeno bacon salsa/dip is just the thing! Just a few minutes and a few ingredients, and you’re on your way to Yum-Town.

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We decided to take the kids on a surprise field trip! Check out our visit to the California Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Facility. We had so much fun feeding the horses carrots!

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When so much of our lives is scheduled, routine, or obligatory, it’s important to embrace the times when we can truly go with the flow. And outdoor play is one of those times.

Aug 28 2016
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What I learned from my kids’ playing, and from their discussion of what was going on in their minds as they played. What’s the Zen of Play? Read all about it.

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As the family sang to him, and I brought his cupcake to the table (chocolate zucchini bread with ganache-cream-cheese icing and sprinkles), his face lit up. A second later, I had to hold both of his hands, because he wanted to grab the flame on the candle. Fire is pretty amazing stuff, especially when you’re one…

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