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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.

Reading Nonfiction with Your Toddler

On your next trip to the library, don’t just stop at the picture book aisles, wander on over to the nonfiction for kids or juvenile nonfiction. Nonfiction reading for kids does not have to be boring. In fact, we’ve found that toddlers love it! Their little brains are sponges just waiting to absorb all the information about the world that they can. Fill that brain with more than just stories. Fill it with knowledge. It is never too early to start a love for learning and a desire to obtain new information. As you will see, the benefits of nonfiction reading are priceless and there are some simple and fun ways you can encourage this type of reading in your toddler.

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Man Up for Movember

Ladies, are you wondering why your man has developed a scratchy face or a silly mustahce? Men, are you looking for a good reason to stop shaving or get that beard going to keep your face warm this winter? Fear not! Movember is here! What is Movember you ask? Movember is a men’s health awareness movement that takes place in November and yes, it involves facial hair and lots of it.

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5 Ways to Make Veterans Day Count for Kids

Every year on November 11th, the United States celebrates Veterans Day. Yes, schools are closed and the government is closed as well. What if you and your kids made that day really meaningful? It doesn’t just have to be a day for running extra errands. It could be a fun day where you can all learn a little about the heroes who served our country and celebrate those amazing men and women together. Here are 5 ideas to help you make Veterans Day count for kids.

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Pretty in Pink: Shopping for Awareness

In 2015, an estimated 231,840 women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. Sadly, it is also estimated that 40,290 women will lose their lives to breast cancer. October is set aside as Breast Cancer Awareness month. The whole country goes pink to spread the word and raise money to help those who are already sick and to increase research to save more lives. One way to help give a little to this cause that hits so close to home is to shop for brands that have pledged to donate all or some of the proceeds from certain items to breast cancer causes. We have put together a few amazing brands that are doing just that. These products are incredible and if you buy them this month, they will leave you feeling pretty in pink, knowing your money has gone to help save the lives of women today and women in the future.

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Breast Cancer and Your Career: What You Need to Know

You’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer. There are so many incredibly difficult decisions to make and some tough times to come. It is scary and you feel confused and vulnerable. Do you have the best doctor? What’s the best way to beat this disease? How do you explain this to your kids? If you work outside the home, you also have concerns about how everything you are about to undergo will affect your employment. You do have legal rights at work and there are some steps you can take to ensure that you get full access to those rights and don’t just lose your job because you have breast cancer.

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Fun in Fall with Little Tikes

Fall is here! While everyone is rejoicing over the return of all things pumpkin spice and busting out their ugg boots and sweaters, moms are remembering that fall starts the transition to playing indoors more than outdoors. Summer spoils families with all the sunshine and warm weather but playing inside on a cool fall day can be just as fun with the right toys.

Your kiddos won’t mind staying in if they are playing with some of the new toys released this fall by Little Tikes. Little Tikes is well known for making wonderful toys that encourage activity and creativity. You can trust that these toys are safe, as Little Tikes designs all their toys to exceed safety standards. Their toys are regularly tested and retested for lead and other heavy metals and they do not use BPA, latex or harmful PVC and/or phthalates. The best part about the new fall line is that even though you will be playing inside, these toys will keep your babies and toddlers on the move. Colder weather doesn’t have to mean more screen time. Keep things fun in your house with one of these new toys from Little Tikes.

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Fostering Relationships with Family Far Away

Living far from your extended family can be tough, especially when raising kids. The majority of parents want their children to have close relationships with their extended family, but because of work or other circumstances, it isn’t possible to actually live close.  Living far away doesn’t mean your kids can’t have amazing relationships with everyone in your family. Here are 4 ideas to guide you in fostering relationships with family far away.

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Everything You Need to Know About Monogramming

Monogramming and personalized items keep gaining in popularity. Embroidery shops are not hard to find. You can get personalized stuff from local shops, on Etsy and from popular chains like Pottery Barn or J.Crew. Almost anything can be branded with your monogram or name. People are even monogramming their cars!  

Let’s take a look at the history of the monogram, monogramming etiquette and how you can use monograms and personalization in a fun way today.

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5 Ways to Raise Money for Your Kid’s School


This is a sponsored conversation written by us on behalf of Tyson®. The opinions and text are all ours.

As a parent of school aged children, you are well aware that every year school’s run short on funds and have to raise money for things needed to educate your children. We hope you are involved in your child’s school. If you are not, consider getting involved with raising money for the school. Here are 5 Ways to Raise Money for Your Kid’s School to help get you started.

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3 Ways to Teach Your Child to Grocery Shop

This is a sponsored conversation written by us on behalf of Tyson®. The opinions and text are all ours.

Parents and kids have been grocery shopping together for as long as there have been grocery stores. Parents and kids also struggle to grocery shop together. The parents feel like they can’t get what they need in a timely manner and kids act like crazy people when they get bored going from aisle to aisle. Shopping for food is such an important task to keep the family functioning and there are skills involved in shopping that ensure that you have all the food you need and stay within your grocery budget. Why not start teaching your kids those skills right away? We think you will find that you and your kids will enjoy working together as a team turning a mundane chore that you dread every week into a fun learning experience for you all. Here are 3 ways to teach your kids to grocery shop.

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The Scoop on School Supplies

Every year parents face the tasks involved with the start of school. Kids need to be registered. You have to prepare your family to get out of summer mode and back into the school schedule. And then there is the shopping; new clothes, new backpacks, and school supplies. It can really add up and take a toll on your bank account. Parents report spending anywhere from $100 to $1,000 in one year on items requested by schools to aid the education of their children. According to the National Retail Federation, total spending on back to school and college will reach $68 billion dollars in 2015. The high price tag of back to school seems to be getting higher, and more and more parents are getting frustrated.

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Gently Weaning a Toddler

When and how to wean your breastfed child is a loaded question and the answer will be different depending on who you ask. Deciding to wean, however, is a deeply personal issue that you have to work through within your family.

The majority of mothers wean before or by the time their child is 12 months old. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics officially recommends “exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months, followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced, with continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant.”

Nursing your child out of infant-hood is referred to as natural term, full term or extended breastfeeding. If you have chosen this path, your child is over 2 years old, and if you are ready to wean, here is one strategy for weaning gently over an extended period of time. This suggested process can take weeks or months depending on how ready you and your child are to stop.

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3 Conflict-Free Ways to Discuss Infant Feeding

As a new mom, we’ve all had that awkward moment where we are not sure if we can ask another mom for advice about feeding because we are afraid to start a breast vs. bottle debate. 

If you feed your infant formula, breastfeeding moms think you don’t care about the health of your baby.  If you are a breastfeeding mom, formula feeding moms think you are an exhibitionist that feels superior to them.  A few extremely negative people may hold those opinions.  However, the overwhelming majority of moms just do the best they can and spend more time feeling judged themselves rather than actually judging others. 

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5 Tips to Get the Most out of a YMCA Membership

Many of us have joined a gym and not taken advantage of the membership we paid for, and we are left feeling frustrated at wasted money and unmet fitness goals. The problem may be that a regular gym doesn’t provide all the resources necessary for a family to successfully meet their fitness needs.  Instead of joining a gym, joining your local YMCA as a family can help you create a healthier lifestyle.  If you are thinking of joining the YMCA or are already a member, here are 5 tips to help you get the most out of your valuable membership.

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