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Note: There are affiliate links in this post I am expecting my third child pretty soon. I’ve been amazed at how much less stuff I feel like I need for this child. Granted, part of that is because I already have a lot of stuff from the other two kids, but a lot of it is the fact that I’ve realized that babies don’t really need all that much stuff. Diapers, wipes, a way to eat, a car seat, some clothes, somewhere to sleep, and arms to hold them. Babies really don’t NEED swings and toys and bottle warmers and all...

Note: I am going to post some links in this post, however, they are NOT affiliate links. Just so you know 🙂 Anyone else live stinking far away from family? Haha, I love where I live, and I love enjoying new places, but taking my kids on long plane rides {or car rides!} and sometimes both! Gives me a GINORMOUS tummy ache. I may not be the most experienced flyer, but I am definitely experienced when it comes to flying with little kiddos. We lived in Florida for two years, and I took my sweet 18 month old from Gainesville, Florida to...

During the month of October, Traci & I are sharing posts on how to help your family grow closer together. Today, I want to talk about date night.  I’ve always been told that it is important for a husband and wife to continue dating each other after they are married. It is important to be able to spend some time together, without children, and continue to get to know each other. My husband and I have been married four and a half years and there is still SO much I don’t know about this man. We are currently on a two...

I wanted to share something with you that we have implemented in our family to make sure that our kiddos get more one on one time. When we had our first child, we felt like we got a LOT of time with our son, and didn’t ever feel like we didn’t get one on one time with him. Then we had little sister, and we felt a little bit like we weren’t getting much one on one time with our oldest. {babies are needy, yah know!?} So we started doing dates with our son on his birthday day of every month. SO toward the middle of the...

This month, we’re sharing 30 different ways to grow closer as a family. You can see the other ideas we’ve shared here.  Family counsel is something that I’d never really heard of before I married my husband. It is a weekly ritual in his family. It is a tool they used each week to keep the family on the same page. It is different from Family Home Evening, although it could be combined into the same night if needed.  Basically, family counsel is a time for the whole family to get together and plan the week, talk...

This is part of the 31 ways to a closer family series going on right now. Be sure to check out the other posts that are a part of this series as well! Family Home Evening, of FHE, is a suggested practice by the LDS church. Family Home Evening is a great way to grow closer as a family, even if you aren’t religious. Family Home Evening is just a time set aside each week for uninterrupted family time. It could be an activity, a lesson, performing some kind of service, even going to a movie. Obviously some things help build unity more...

One of the things that a lot of people have asked me since I started cloth diapering is how my daughter doesn’t get diaper rashes with that wet fabric right next to her. Many people assume that rashes would be worse with cloth than with disposable.  Not true. At least not for us. Since we started cloth diapering, my daughter has only had one rash, and I wouldn’t really call it a rash. Just a little irritation. While there is no compelling evidence that cloth keeps rashes away, here is my theory: many people wait too long...

  My little girl just turned one in May. Ever since her older brother was born, I toyed with the idea of using cloth diapers. They are so stinking (pun intended) cute, and I had heard tell of how they can save you a couple thousand dollars during the diapering years, plus the whole they-are-good-for-the-environment thing. But, I never actually did it. My first was in disposable diapers for his entire diapering career. When my little girl was born, my first was still in diapers and just barely over a year old, so cloth diapering seemed...

Today I just wanted to share a SUPER simple {and cheap} Project that will keep your toddler busy for hours {okay, maybe not HOURS but at least one hour, for sure}. When our little family first moved to Florida, we moved into a two bedroom apartment. Which was just the right size for our family of three. But moving a one year old across the country when he is used to having tons of cousins and a yard was a hard thing to adjust to. Plus, Florida is HOT. We moved in August which is about as hot as hot can be! So, we were stuck inside a little...

I know that a lot of people focus on teaching their toddlers how to sing the alphabet and how to recognize shapes and colors, but I feel like there are WAY more important things to teach little kids. While we do plenty of the alphabet singing and color saying, I like to try and teach my little ones practical life skills as much as possible. I am always looking for...

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