Toddler Firsts – I Love You

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There are three little words that can melt a grown man's heart. There are three little words that can melt a mommy's heart. There are three little words that make every moment of parenthood worth it. I love you! Just two days ago my 2 year old daughter, Kaydence, said those three little words to my husband and I for the first time. I know my children love me, it's a given, but to hear them express that love in words makes all the … [Read more...]

Holidays Made Simple More Joy for Your Jingle

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With the recent launch of the Holidays Made Simple online center from Sam's Club  comes a host of exciting events over the course of the next few weeks. This season, Sam's Club is bringing it's members new holiday entertainment ideas along with some special features like Deal of the Day, Gifts Galore and Holiday Helper, all of which will bring you lots of savings and maybe a little joy to shopping this year. We all know the holidays can be … [Read more...]

Aftermath of the Accident

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It's now been two days since our accident in the van but we're still feeling the after effects of it. Rather than dwelling on the injury and fear it caused I should be thankful that my family is safe and sound but I can't. Emotionally, I'm rattled, my daughter is rattled. Getting into the car with my husband yesterday and driving to the hospital was incredibly hard. Every intersection felt like an accident waiting to happen, every car that … [Read more...]

We’re Not Crash Test Dummies

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...but we sure felt like them last night. It was a typical evening. We ate dinner, got the kids bundled up and packed everyone into the van to make a trip to the grocery store. Here we are just driving down street, having a conversation as we go along and it happened. Just seconds after entering the intersection a large SUV hits the gas to make a turn right in front of us like we were completely invisible. It all happened so fast, yet so … [Read more...]

Holidays Made Simple with Sam’s Club

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Toss the pumpkins, put away the costumes and hide the candy because the winter holidays are here! Kicking off the holiday season is the launch of the Holidays Made Simple information center at Sam's Club online. This holiday portal brings together everything you need for the holidays including meal plans, gift ideas and special features like Deal of the Day, Gifts Galore and Holiday Helper, all of which I'll be sharing more details on in the … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday – We’ve got Baby Steps

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From the moment my kids were each welcomed into my arms I've experienced some of the most proud, tender and loving moments that money just can't buy. But the one that really just takes the cake for me...their first steps. It's such a powerful and emotional experience for me as a mother to be there to see my little ones make this transition. While I'm never quite ready to have my last baby grow up so quickly, I'm so proud of her for hitting this … [Read more...]

Invasion of Privacy or Proactive Parenting?

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I realize this topic could spark a debate but I feel it's a parenting issue worth talking about - your child's right to privacy. I suppose the question that must first be answered is does anyone under 18 living at home have an expectation of privacy? and how much? For our kids this is a tough one. On one hand, I know how it feels to have my personal feelings that were only meant for me, to be seen by my parents, unleashing a web of secrets … [Read more...]

Trick-or-Treating with the Kids

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I hope everyone had a very happy Halloween.  Ours was very chilly and tiring but a night to remember. The afternoon was filled with last minute pumpkin carving, costume preparations and of course the trick-or-treating. During our 3 hour venture into the neighborhood I made some very odd observations. Maybe it's the economy or lack of community involvement but I have noticed a trend of non-participation more so this year than in any other year. … [Read more...]

Gerber 8 Grains Yogurt Review

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Gerber 8 Grains and Yogurt Cereal adds variety to your baby’s diet while introducing her to the taste of yogurt. It is made with 8 natural grains (Wheat, Barley, Rye, Corn, Sorghum, Rice, Millet, Oat), real yogurt and Live and Active Cultures. 8 Grains and Yogurt has no artificial flavors and is an excellent source of iron for healthy mental development. In addition to real yogurt and contains Live and Active Cultures, GERBER® 8 Grains and … [Read more...]

Cuisinart CleanWater Review

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Cuisinart has introduced the latest in innovative, convenient and affordable ways to providing healthier and cleaner filtered water for families. The CleanWater® Countertop Filtration System is ideal for large families thanks to the 2 gallon water tank system or for the smaller household that doesn't want to refill the tank frequently. The unit’s GF-80 filter ensures the safety of your family by significantly reducing contaminants such as lead, … [Read more...]