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Giving Birth 3 Ways: Hospital Labor and Delivery

Giving Birth 3 Ways: Hospital Labor and Delivery

Three hour into my labor with my fourth baby, I was still in my shower.  As in, at home, in the master suite I share with my husband.  I was hibernating, and trying to put off going to the hospital for as long as possible. Why?  Because after giving birth twice and in a birthing center, I was really nervous about a hospital birth. Like, really, really, nervous. Labor and delivery in the hospital felt scary, and out of my…

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Giving Birth 3 Ways: My Birth Center Experience

Giving Birth 3 Ways: My Birth Center Experience

So, I should probably start by telling you that baby #3 was born in a birth center.  That birth center happened to be overseas, in Bulgaria.  So, there way be some things that aren’t quite the same as in the USA.  Giving birth, however, is universal! Having a baby overseas was an adventure into the unknown!  It was also my first labor and delivery in a birthing center. First up, a quick definition.  A birthing center is a medical facility…

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Giving Birth 3 Ways: My Home Birth Story

Giving Birth 3 Ways: My Home Birth Story

I remember the first time I was pregnant.  I was 24, and while the idea of having an infant wasn’t worrying to me, the idea of labor and delivery was fairly terrifying.  The unknown was definitely looming large! When I finally went into labor, I remember being out in my neighborhood, walking the blocks because I didn’t know what else to do. Anyone relate?  If you’re expecting your first baby, I’m willing to bet you know exactly what I am…

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How to Prepare for Selling at a Kids Consignment Sale

How to Prepare for Selling at a Kids Consignment Sale

***Live in Indiana?  Check out the giveaway at the bottom of this post!** You know those days when you get a check in the mail?  Like, an actual check.  If the checks in the mail are bigger than the bills, that’s a really good day!  Am I right? Of course I am!  I have a knack for that.  Ok, just kidding on that one. But I AM here to show you how to get a check in the mail, by…

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9 Ways to Clean with Toddlers So You Can Get More Done

9 Ways to Clean with Toddlers So You Can Get More Done

It’s 4pm.  There is nothing clean in the entire house.  In fact, it’s a billion times worse then it was at 8am, because everyone is tired, cranky, and still making messes.  Toys are dumped out in every room, and several drawers  have been “helpfully” emptied in the kitchen.  The table is buried under a mountain of ungraded homework and homeschool books, and dinner isn’t started. This has been my story more then once.  Every now and then, by the time…

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Helping Kids Appreciate Veggies: Whole30 With Kids

Helping Kids Appreciate Veggies: Whole30 With Kids

“Mom, I want more bread!”  This was the refrain of my toddler today at lunch.  He said this at least 8 or 9 times in the 30 minutes we sat together at the kitchen table.  Clearly, the carrots, cucumbers, and chicken on his plate just weren’t cutting it.  He wanted bread with butter, stat. “Another bite of cucumber, and you can have more bread,” I said at least a dozen times.  Then he would eat a teeny-tiny piece of cucumber…

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How to Reduce Cleaning Time But Make a Bigger Impact

How to Reduce Cleaning Time But Make a Bigger Impact

Let’s be honest.  Have you ever taken a moment to look around at all the housework piling up around you and wondered where the heck to start cleaning?  Of course you have.  So have I.  Well, as I was loading the dishwasher and putting clothes in the dryer today (for the first of several times) I realized that I have learned something very valuable over the years. No, it’s not to hire a maid.  Or wave a magic wand.  Both…

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How To Declutter Kids Artwork Without Throwing It Away: Greeting Cards

How To Declutter Kids Artwork Without Throwing It Away: Greeting Cards

If you have kids, you probably also have kids artwork.  Piles and piles of kids artwork.  My 2-year-old can produce masterpieces unbelievably quickly.  He’s also aware anytime I try to discard any of them.  Sound familiar?  Well, I’m on a mission to use that artwork in ways other then wallpapering the fridge. This post is the first in a series of ideas for using up all that artwork.  I’m starting with my personal favorite- greeting cards. If you’re not a…

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My Top 5 Board Games for Ages 7-11 (and Their Families)

My Top 5 Board Games for Ages 7-11 (and Their Families)

Somewhere around the time that my oldest reached age 7, my husband and I overdosed on Candyland.  It was a horrible experience.  The shakes, night terrors, knee-jerk reactions to anything brightly colored or gingerbread-man-shaped…  awful, I tell you.  And, we still had a 5-year-old that liked the game.  It was a scene straight from every parent’s worst board games nightmare. How did we recover?  Well, my friends, first we had a bonfire.  Just kidding.  Kind of.  I may have dreamed…

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All About Food Dyes Part 3- Practical Tips for Shopping

All About Food Dyes Part 3- Practical Tips for Shopping

This post about food dyes contains affiliate links.  If you click one of them and make a purchase, I will earn a small commission.  See my full disclosures here. Hi again! If you’re still reading, then you’re at least considering going dye-free, right? Either that, or you’re just really curious.  Works for me either way, I’m glad you’re here! I will be honest. The first time you go to the grocery store to shop dye-free, it will feel completely overwhelming….

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