Summer Lovin' & Giveaway!

Summer Lovin' & Giveaway!

While Lorelai Gilmore "smells snow," "I smell... FALL. It's coming. I can feeeeeel it coming."

*Cue all the la la la la la la la la's

Okay, but before we jump into fall stuff, let's recap this past summer. I haven't done any monthly recaps this past summer, so as kids as heading back to school, it's just a good time to remember the highlights. Oh! AND! Stay tuned for a GIVEAWAY at the end!

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Gift Guide For the Book-Loving Toddler

Gift Guide For the Book-Loving Toddler

Someone's turning two soon! Ahh! I know I say this all the time, but I can't believe how fast the year has gone! It seems like we were just celebrating Elli's first birthday! *sigh* Anyways, I can't wait to start planning her birthday party! Part of planning Elli's party includes trying to figure out gifts for her that are NOT toys. Because good gracious, she's not even two and it seems like Toy Story seems to explode and take over my living room.

So what better gift is there than a good book? One can never have too many books! Elli loves her little books! And I am a firm believer in reading books to your child. Some of these books are "Elli-approved" and others I thought would be fun to add to her collection.

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When It's Hard to Have Faith

When It's Hard to Have Faith

July 24, 2015 will forever be etched in my memory. That was my husband's last day of work at his comfortable, yet very stressful manager job. For several months, we had prayed for direction in whether or not he should continue this job and the Lord just kept leading us to no. It was a giant leap of faith as we were expecting our first baby that September. The plan was for Dan to go back to school and get an RN degree to become a nurse. However, those plans fell through. So, Dan started searching for a job.

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Four Ways to Survive the 2 AM Feeding

Four Ways to Survive the 2 AM Feeding

As I was preparing for baby #2, I also mentally prepared myself for the dreaded 2 AM feeding. While I had always been a night owl, I was not mentally prepared for the round-the-clock feedings with Elli. I was absolutely miserable and tired and hormonal and I just felt like a hot mess. Not to mention, I was terrified that I would fall asleep with her in my arms from exhaustion. The first couple of months were pretty rough-- not going to lie. I finally started getting into a groove by scrolling through Facebook, watching Netflix, or something on TV just to keep me awake. She finally started sleeping through the night around 3.5 months which was right around the time I went back to work, so hallelujah!!!

This time around, I feel a little more mentally...

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How I Saved $40 Using Amazon

How I Saved $40 Using Amazon

After I became a mom, it seemed as though there were never enough hours in the day to go shopping. With commuting 90 minutes a day back and forth from work, my days would begin at 6:30 AM and I wouldn't get home again until 6 PM. And by that time, all I wanted to do was eat, play with my baby, hang out with my husband and go to bed. Sometimes, we'd get out on Saturdays, but sometimes, taking our daughter out wasn't always the easiest, especially when we had to work around her eating and napping schedule. Shopping got a little easier when my oldest was a little older, but now that we have two under two, I haven't even tried to go shopping with the both of them. (Actually, I shudder to think about shopping with both of my littles at this point in time!)

Enter Amazon Prime. Best $99 I've ever spent....

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