11 Paleo Sides and Desserts You’ll be Thankful for this Holiday

For some, Thanksgiving is a day of football and food. For others, more is gained from spending time in the kitchen preparing a meal for and with those we love. No matter what your Thanksgiving traditions look like, for some, a healthier diet and lifestyle is something they carry with them everyday, holidays included. Whether you have joined those of us eating a paleo diet for medical reasons, weight-loss goals, or simply because it is the food you enjoy, we want to help you enjoy the holidays just as you used to as child. Here to join your Thanksgiving turkey is an array of delicious sides and desserts that will make you wonder why you ever thought a paleo lifestyle would be difficult.

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15 Fabulous Fall Recipes

Fall recipes represent comfort, warmth, family, flavors, and YUM. Pinterest is a great way to find those recipes. In fact, the word “recipes” is one of the top 10 most pinned words within Pinterest. We’ve picked 15 of our favorite fall recipes to inspire you to add new dishes to your cooking repertoire.

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Not Your Mama’s Sloppy Joes

It’s no wonder busy parents have been whipping up batches of Sloppy Joes for their families for ages. They’re tasty, inexpensive and easy to make, creating the perfect meal for busy nights filled with after-school activities throughout the year. But what if we told you we’ve created the perfect Sloppy Joe recipe – not from prepackaged spices, but with fresh, healthy ingredients? With just a few more ingredients and a couple of extra minutes of your time, you can make mouth-watering Sloppy Joes that your entire family will love – AND feel good about the ingredients you’re using. Filled with fresh veggies, herbs and spices, these are definitely NOT your Mama’s Sloppy Joes!

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6 Things You Can Do to Set Up the Perfect Homework Station

Now that the school year is in full swing, you have probably found yourself trying to organize the perfect homework station for your kids. Creating a homework station that is functional and stylish is no small feat, either. As a parent you want something that works for your child- a place that is quiet and where they have enough room for all their necessary tools. Outside of parenting you want something that looks good, keeps things organized, and works well for your overall home decor. And as an adult you also want something that’s within your budget. Here are six things you can do to help you set up the perfect homework station for your kids, no matter their ages, your personal style, or your budget.

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Creating an Educationally Stimulating Playroom

After you’ve had a child, you become bombarded by all the necessities. From diapers and cribs to baby proofing and bottles, there is a lot more to parenthood than adorable clothes and stuffed animals. While it is tempting to exhaust yourself with cute things for your baby and get lost in the endless diapers and laundry, make sure that you set your child up with a strong educational base. Thankfully, this base is created in thoughtfully selected educational playtime that will foster a love of learning from the beginning.

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Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Must-Haves For Your Home

When thinking of the safety of everyone living in your home, here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you have a smoke detector and a carbon monoxide detector in your home?
  • Are the detectors in working condition?
  • Are the detectors located in the proper place?
  • Do your children know what the alarm sounds like?
  • Does your family have a plan for what to do when the smoke or carbon monoxide alarms go off?

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7 Ways to Pamper Your Pooch: Dog Activities

A dog is your most trusted companion, so there’s nothing wrong with pampering your loyal pooch every once in a while. They do so much for you unconditionally, from protection to their mere presence, as any of the millions of dog owners will tell you. Just in case you’re short on ideas, here are seven ways that you can show your dog your appreciation.

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The Importance of House Numbers

Every house has an assigned identifying number that displays your home address. Although these numbers are important for the mailman and guests visiting you, house numbers are crucial for emergency personnel when responding to the location of an emergency.

When 911 is called to report an incident or emergency, dispatchers receiving the call have a key job to do by determining where the emergency is taking place. The call takers must then relay the location to the proper emergency responder such as law enforcement, the fire department, or ambulance. While emergency personnel are responding to the location of the incident, they are relying on accurate information from the dispatcher to ensure that they are going to the correct address.

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Momtrepreneur 101: Businesses You Can Run From Your Home

With varying maternity leave and the high cost of childcare, the decision to leave the workplace after kids isn’t an easy one, but a reality for many families. Sticking with a 9 to 5 might not be feasible, but home-based employment is becoming easier to access.

Working from home is never easy, and managing a business with little ones underfoot is more challenging than even the sternest board members. Once you’ve found the schedule and business that works best for your family, staying at home can be a rewarding (and compensated) way to spend your time.

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite work-from home mom jobs that are making it more accessible for families to maintain a two income household throughout childhood.

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Fifteen Decor Projects for the Fall

It’s officially fall. The leaves have begun to turn color and pumpkin flavored everything hits the shelves. Fall also means family time and the holidays are just around the corner; and in many households, it is now the perfect opportunity to deck your home in creative crafts. We’ve picked fifteen of our favorite fall decor ideas to help inspire you to add some festive fall decor to your home.

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The Burden of Overspending

Today, many families are burdened with confusing their best intentions to give kids all that they want with what they need.  Nice cars, the newest gaming systems, the best clothes, the newest electronics – all to help keep their kid “with the times”. But do our kids really need all of this? Are these necessities, or are they taking over our lives, deepening our debt, and adding to our stress level? The saying goes, “we were born with nothing and we will die with nothing,” so, what is the point of overworking ourselves to provide every possible thing to our kids? What happened to kids working for what they wanted? Why do parents feel the need to stress over providing the biggest and best, when really the moderately priced off brand works exactly the same? Why can’t parents say no?

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How to Manage Your Caffeine Intake

There is so much out there about the benefits of caffeine, but there are also the harmful effects of caffeine. Like everything else… if it is in moderation, people can utilize the benefits and avoid the bad effects. To learn more about if caffeine is right for you or if you are intaking too much, try testing your body off caffeine. Learning to read your body when on and off caffeine is a good idea to make sure your body is functioning well without the caffeine and also when on caffeine.

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20 Tips for Surviving a Whole 30

So, you’re thinking about doing a Whole 30, huh? You know the one: the diet where you eliminate all sugar, dairy, legumes, grains, and alcohol, all while following a strict 3-meals-a-day regimen with zero snacking. Doing so for 30 days claims to reap countless amazing benefits, anywhere from headache relief and clearer skin, to weight loss and joint health, not to mention the fact that you might pinpoint any particular foods to which you may have an intolerance. There are dozens of reasons for wanting to try the Whole 30, but actually completing a W30 is a true feat of willpower, and not something to be rushed headfirst into without full knowledge of what to expect. We recently finished a second W30 in January, and learned some things along the way that you might want to consider if you think the W30 is right for you. Here are our biggest takeaways, in no particular order:

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