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Kristen

Kristen lives in Alabama with her handsome hubby and sweet son. Happily, she left behind the life of a Washington D.C. attorney to be a stay at home mama in the south. Her days are filled with writing, photography, and dance parties with her son. On a mission to use her life to love God and love others, you will also find her fiercely working on the many causes near and dear to her heart. She gets it all done thanks to Jesus, chai tea, dark chocolate, and wine.

20 Tips for a Positive Relationship with Social Media

It appears that social media is here to stay, whether we like it or not. While some choose to abstain, the overwhelming majority of us engage in social media in one form or another. Scrolling through facebook or instagram can connect you to people like never before, but it can leave you feeling disconnected. In fact, social media can leave you feeling totally crappy. You can choose to unplug completely but if you don’t want to go totally off the grid, there are ways to use social media without feeling awful. Here are 20 tips to have a positive experience with social media.

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The Only Advice New Parents Need

I have one piece of advice for expectant parents about to embark on the journey of brand new parenthood. Just one thing, and I will share it unsolicited because I think it is that important, and I am confident that if you can follow this advice, your first year of parenthood will be a lot less stressful for you, your partner and your baby. It is something I realized early on and it continues to guide my parenting today. Are you ready? Here it is:

The things you do to keep your baby calm today are not habits that will last a lifetime!

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My Only Isn’t Lonely – Thoughts from 2 Mamas

The number of families in America with only children is steadily growing. While you might have multiple children, you are sure to know some only children. Many people have strong opinions about only children and opinions about family size in general. One kid isn’t enough, four kids is too much! Ever wonder what it is like to be the mom of an only child? Here are some heartfelt thoughts and confessions from two of our Daily Moms with only children, Cindy and Kristen. 

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Creating the Best Basement on the Block

If you have a basement in your home, you may not be maintaining it as well as you can and you may not be utilizing that space to its fullest potential. The last thing you want is wasted space in your house! A great basement can make your home feel larger and can become the best room in the house for fun and for storage. Whether you have a finished basement or not, you can have the best basement on the block with the right tools and set up in this downstairs room that is often forgotten. 

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The Secrets to Gorgeous Countertops

 

Our ancestors gathered around campfires after successful hunts, cooking, eating, and orating tales of battle, while forming lasting, deep familial bonds. In today’s fast paced society, Americans consider themselves connected and “foodies” yet the statistics reveal a clearer realty – American families are 12th on the list of average time spent in a kitchen at 5.9 hours per week, compared to India’s 13.2. Judgement aside, family tradition, free time, and overcoming inertia are veritable obstacles which raise the barrier to entry of a sit-down, family style meal. One company, Premier Surfaces, is bringing back family time, one kitchen at a time.

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Pushing through the hell week challenge

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Erik Bertrand Larssen. All opinions are 100% mine.

This past week, after reading the book Hell Week: Seven Days to Be Your Best Self by Erik Bertrand Larssen, I undertook the Hell Week Challenge, doing my best to push myself and follow Larssen’s instructions to make improvements in all areas of my life. If you are curious as to what Hell Week is all about, read my first post, Take Back Your Life with the Hell Week Challenge. I wrote about the first three days of Hell Week here. Check those posts out if you haven’t already. I just wrapped up my Hell Week Challenge as a stay at home/work from home mom. Here is how I pushed through the Hell Week Challenge and why, after experiencing it all, I would do it again.

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A Mom’s Hell Week Challenge

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The content and opinions expressed below are that of Daily Mom.
Last weekend, we announced that one of our writers would be taking the Hell Week Challenge based on the book Hell Week: Seven Days To Your Best Self by Erik Bertrand Larssen. Well, I am that writer. My name is Kristen and I have been with Daily Mom for a year. I am a stay at home/work from home mama. I am checking in with you all to let you know how the Hell Week Challenge has gone for me so far. If you want to get ready to start your own Hell Week, order a copy of this book from Amazon and you can get started next week if you are ready! If you did not read our original post, check it out here. It explains how Hell Week works.

Hell Week has seven rules to follow every day, and each day has a theme that will challenge you in a different area of your life. And by challenge, I mean, force you to take a hard look at yourself and dig deep to be better! So, go check out the first post if you haven’t already and then come back here and see how the week has been for me so far.

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Take Back Your Life with The Hell Week Challenge

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If you often feel scattered, unproductive or out of control in your day to day life, you are not alone. Distractions slow you down, negativity leaves you frozen, and a lack of obtainable goals keeps you from achievement. What if you could change all that in one week? Sounds unbelievable, right? Wrong! There is a new book, just released here in the U.S., that can teach you to change your ways, create new habits and get control of your scattered life.

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10 Ways to Prepare Your Family for Natural Disasters

We all want to keep our families safe and we do our best to prepare for whatever comes our way. Even though meteorologists work hard to predict natural disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes, these storms often strike in unexpected ways, leaving everyone in their wake wanting for basic needs until things can be cleaned up and help can arrive. With some thoughtful preparation, your family can remain safe and taken care of no matter what Mother Nature throws your way. Here are 10 ways to prepare your family for natural disasters.

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Find Your Adventures in Gulf County Florida

This post was brought to you by Daily Mom on behalf of Visit Gulf County. All opinions are 100% ours.

It is no secret that we love to travel here at Daily Mom. New destinations and adventures are always calling, and we absolutely adore raising our kids to take on all that travel has to offer with enthusiasm and excitement. If you are ready for your next getaway and want something more natural and adventurous, check out all that Gulf County Florida has to offer.

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Eco-Friendly and Unique Ways to Garden

Even in an urban or suburban setting, you can have an amazing garden in your yard with minimal space. That garden can be eco-friendly and you can reap the benefits of caring for your garden. A garden in a small space like a backyard doesn’t have to be a few potted plants that you forget to water. You can have a garden that is full of life and that contributes to your life, your home and the planet in a positive way.

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100 Hobbies for Parents

Parents, do you take time for yourself? Do you have a hobby? Do you do what you love to do, just for enjoyment? You might not think you have time or that you shouldn’t take time away from your kids but having a hobby is actually highly beneficial. 

To get you started on your quest for a hobby, we have put together 100 Hobbies for Parents. You are sure to find something in this list that excites you. Set aside some time in your week and get yourself on the path to a better you with a hobby!

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Mother’s Day 2016: Top Fashion and Jewelry Gifts

We know that moms can end up in old sweatpants and a t-shirt a lot of days. Taking care of yourself just isn’t a priority with a pack of young ones under foot. Show the mom in your life how beautiful she is and treat her to something pretty to thank her for all she does for your family. If mama won’t treat herself, you need to spoil her this Mother’s Day.

Here are our top fashion and jewelry gifts for Mother’s Day.

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Why Parents NEED a Hobby

What is one of the first things to go when a baby arrives on the scene? Taking time for yourself! With the joy of parenting comes the sudden realization that your life is not just about you anymore. Time that seemed endless now disappears more quickly than you ever imagined. Even after the sleepless newborn nights have passed, many parents continue to sacrifice, leaving behind hobbies they once enjoyed regularly. However, having a hobby isn’t just a good idea, it is actually incredibly beneficial and can improve your life! Here are 4 areas of your life that will improve just by you enjoying a hobby.

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