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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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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 I Clothe 4 Kids for Under $200 Per Year

How I Clothe 4 Kids for Under $200 Per Year

Kids are expensive! Everyone who has one knows that the expenses are frequent and consistent.  There are ways to reduce those costs, and one of the ways I save the most is on kids clothing. I tend to plan my kids wardrobes from the start of school through the following summer, as I’m sure most of you do too.  The start of school seems the natural time to refresh things, update their sizes, and make sure they’re prepared for winter….

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Our New Plan for Summer Chores {and How It’s Working]

Our New Plan for Summer Chores {and How It’s Working]

Chores.  When it comes to my kids, I have a love/hate relationship with chores.  I recognize the value in teaching my kids to work hard, to pull their own weight and contribute to the family.  I appreciate the extra help around the house.  But lately it seems that I am spending more time organizing chore charts and reminding my kiddos to look at them then it’s worth. This summer, I decided to rethink chores altogether. When I decided it was…

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