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    July 30, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday

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    July 29, 2014
    Love Shak Baby

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    July 28, 2014
    Baby Medicine To Stockpile

    A sick baby is just about the saddest, most pitiful thing in the world. As parents, it can make you feel incredibly helpless and scared. However, if you’re prepared for common ailments in advance (colds, teething, rashes, etc.) it can make it a little less painful for you and your baby. So, what medications should you stock up on in case of emergency? This post at Get Your Baby To Sleep has a pretty good list. (Note: it is extremely important to consult a doctor if your child is sick, so you know the best thing to use).

    -Infant pain reliever

    -Saline nose drops

    -Boogie wipes

    -Baby nasal aspirator

    -Baby thermometer

    -Baby orajel / topical pain relief


    Photo Credit: Mat Honan 

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    July 25, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Twins Excited For Bed
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    How cute! If only it were always that easy, hahaha.

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    July 24, 2014
    Back To School Shopping? How To Save Money

    It’s that time again! In a week or two, must K-12 students will heading back to school. And that means back to school shopping. Some parents dread it, some love it. When I was younger, I LOVED back to school shopping! (Free) new clothes, new books, new paper, new pens, art supplies… It was almost as good as Christmas. But, that’s probably because I am a giant nerd. The only drawback for me was the crowds. However, now that I’m a little older, the prices are another snag. But, there are plenty of ways to save on school supplies. Where I live, we have tax free weekend. When you buy school supplies, clothes, and technology (laptops, calculators, etc.) you don’t have to pay tax on them. Of course, you have to be ready to brave the stores and fight off other customers, but the savings are often worth it. For more back to school savings deals, check out this post by Lynette at Cleverly Simple:

    -Have your supply list ready

    -Find out what items are on sale each week

    -Find out what is on sale specifically at your favorite stores

    Check it out! She has links and tools that you can search through to find deals near you.

    Photo Credit: Jonathan Garcia 

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    July 23, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Move The Clothespin Over When The Chore Is Done

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    July 22, 2014
    Child Discipline Blunders

    Raising a child is extremely difficult; the ups are amazing, but the downs can make you question everything you believe in sometimes. One of the hardest parts of parenting is discipline. You love your kids, hate yelling at them, but want them to grow into adults who can tell the difference between right and wrong. It’s especially hard for me: I hate confrontation, being aggressive (or even assertive), and I wish everyone could just get along. I’m a hippy-dippy feel-good idealist; and I’m extremely happy with who I am. The only problem is that it makes life difficult not everyone is on the same page as me. Honestly, I have no idea how to discipline kids. The idea of it makes me sick, but so does the idea of having spoiled, entitled, rude brats. For what NOT to do when disciplining a child, check out this post by Matt Jacobson at For The Family. It’s written from a Christian perspective, but I think parents of other faiths, or even secular parents can benefit from the advice:

    -Do not discipline in anger: it is extremely destructive in the long run

    -Do not discipline because of pride: punishing your kids to get a stranger’s approval is harmful

    -Do not discipline with continued condemnation after repentance: once they do the time, move on.

    -Do not discipline without listening: gather all information before handing out consequences.

    Photo Credit: Circa Sassy  (Isn’t it great?? Hahahaha!) 

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    July 21, 2014
    Raising Grateful Kids

    In my life, I’ve found that being grateful is a huge key to being happy. If you constantly focus on what is wrong with your life, wishing you had more money, more things, a different body, a different job– you’ll always be unhappy, and will never be satisfied no matter how much you improve yourself. Instead, I try to focus on what makes me fortunate: I have a roof over my head, a supportive family that loves me, food every day, my dream job, time to relax and create things, I’m relatively healthy– there are so many things I feel incredibly grateful for every day. In fact, just being alive is astounding. Do you know how nearly impossible that is? We’re the only planet (that we know of) with intelligent life– check out the Drake equation for all conditions that need to be met for a planet to support life– it’s almost impossible. Then, when you think about everything in the past that must have happened in order for you to be here: all your ancestors, all the decisions they made, all the chance encounters for thousands and thousands of years that has lead to you existing and being where you are now. It’s enough to make anyone grateful. There are plenty of ways to connect with your kids and make them understand feelings of gratitude as well. Teaching kids to be thankful for what they have will help them become happier, kinder people (and prevent them from becoming spoiled brats!) Check out this post by Debra Dane at Home Life Simplified for activities:

    • Create a gratitude journal – older children can write on their own / photograph things they are grateful for and younger ones can be part of a family journal
    • Reflect together on the best parts of their day – doing this regularly can help them pause and find the good in their days
    • Volunteer formally in your community if kids are old enough (preschoolers and primary kids can often get involved in  nature conservation or animal shelter assistance in many places)
    • Volunteer informally amongst your local community

    Photo Credit: Brianna Lehman 

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    July 17, 2014
    Unique Alphabet Teaching Idea

    Learning the alphabet is a pretty basic, albeit sometimes boring, process. First, you learn the ABC song. Then, you write and copy the letters over and over and over again, while sounding them out. You can’t do much besides repeat and memorize. However, there are ways to make this process more fun! Check out this idea by Jamie Reimer at Hands On As We Grow: A water letter lineup!

    Basically, she wrote a few random letters on a chalkboard.

    Then, she called out one of the letters.

    Her child would point to the correct letter on the board.

    If he got it right, he got to “erase” the letter with a squirt bottle of water.

    Apparently, he had a blast! What a great idea.

    Photo Credit: Phil Scoville 

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    July 16, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Sweet Newborn Photo Idea

    Photo from For The Love Of Megan

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