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14 Things You Can Have People Help With Before Baby Comes

So, time for some real truth here: I hate having people clean my house, I hate having them in my kitchen and I can barely stomach the thought of any of it – not because I don't think other people do a good job, but because I am very prideful and I like...

9 Things to Do to Help You Adjust and Heal After Baby is Born

Coming home with a new baby, everything is different. It's going to be wonderful and it's going to be hard no matter how many clever parenting hacks you found on Pinterest when you were pregnant and had blissful dreams of having it all together when...

Estimating Hospital Costs for Labor and Delivery

One of the things I think about most when I’m pregnant is being prepared. I stockpile, clean like crazy, organize like someone is going to come and do a thorough inspection of every closet, cabinet and clutter hiding place, and then of course, there are the...

Belly Button Body Band Review

  I was really excited about the Belly Button Body Button from Mother’s Lounge because their products are pretty fantastic as a general rule. I got their reusable breast pads and loved them and I figured I would love this too. My initial reaction I am...

The Cost of Breastfeeding: It’s Not Free

It drives me crazy when people say that breastfeeding is free. Unless you have teeny tiny boobs and you're happy to wear a sports bra all the time to accommodate little one when they want to nurse, you're going to need a nursing bra. And realistically you...

Lactation Smoothie Supplement Mix

One of the things I wanted to do before Logan came was to have everything I might need on hand, which is why I did all of the stockpiling for our household things (I wrote more about that here and here), convenience items and spent a lot of time doing freezer...

What I’m Packing for Second Baby’s Natural Hospital Birth

While I’ve been working really hard on simplifying and paring down, I know I tend to overpack for things. I’ve tried to make sure I have as many multi-purpose items as possible, to save on space while still letting me feel prepared. There are a lot of...

3 Simple Tips for Having a Successful Pancake Freezer Cooking Day

The past few weeks I have been exhausted. I am sure I probably felt like this during my pregnancy with Autumn, but I seriously don’t remember it being like this at all. It seems like every time I do something on my feet for a long time I either start having...

Mess-Free Fingerpainting in a Bag for Toddlers

The last few weeks I’ve been really feeling this third trimester exhaustion, so I’ve been trying to keep all messy activities to a minimum. Knowing your energy levels are prone to drop at any time makes things like cleaning up paint far more daunting, but...

5 Ways to Save Money by Maintaining Your Freezer

Keeping your freezer maintained is one of the best ways you can keep your freezer foods safe, and extend the life of your freezer. Here are a few ideas and ways to keep your freezer running in tip-top shape. Keep the temperature at or below 0 degrees F.(-18 degrees...

5 Strategies for Saving Money on Food without Cooking from Scratch

I love the wonderful mommies and blogger who make everything from scratch and save tons of money by making everything themselves. Sometimes, I am one of them and the rest of the time- I’m just not. When my workload increases or I go through a very busy season...

Saving Money 101: Saving on Books and Curriculum

In our house, it’s a constant balancing act to keep ourselves well-stocked with books and staying in budget and not have our shelves completely full at the same time. Over the last 10 years I’ve had a lot of experience shopping for the best deals on...

6 Simple Ways to Save Money on Meat

So, can I just level with you? I tried to do the vegetarian thing for my husband. I mean, not entirely vegetarian because I don’t believe that’s a healthy choice. Growing up, my mother in law had bad reactions to beef and apparently they burned out on...

Word of the Year 2016: Progress

This year, I have chosen progress to be my theme. Last year I did a lot of great things with making my family’s life simpler and healthier, so this year I want to focus on maintaining those systems. Why I picked progress as my theme this year I struggle with...

Easy Red Bean Taco Soup Recipe

  So, earlier this week I had my realization that I needed to do more freezer cooking and general nesting to prepare for baby, so I grabbed some easy meals to throw in the freezer that are easy to heat and eat. One of the recipes was one I’d had in my head...

Freezer Chicken Enchiladas

I realized this week that as of the 14th I only have 2 months until baby Logan is supposed to be here. So, of course, my first reaction was to go back to the crazy cleaning and organizing – then when I went grocery shopping I may have gone a little over budget...