Recipes

Fried Onion Rings with Matzo Bread

Fried Onion Rings with Matzo Bread

My aunt came to visit us back in May, and with her she brought a case of matzo bread. Not a box. A case! What on earth am I going to do with all of this, I thought. Well, I’ve been using it here and there. Sometimes I like a piece with some butter on […]

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Strawberry Pound Cake Ice Cream Sandwich

Strawberry Pound Cake Ice Cream Sandwich

{This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SilkAlmondBlends #CollectiveBias} One of my new (to-me) favorite shows on Food Network is Kelsey’s Essentials. I just love her personality, and of course the food is always fun and delicious. Last week, we watched a dessert episode, where […]

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Food Safety Tips for Your Summer Gatherings #FoodSafe4th

Food Safety Tips for Your Summer Gatherings #FoodSafe4th

Because warm weather events often present an opportunity for bacteria to thrive and high temperatures cause bacteria to multiply more rapidly, the summer months typically see a spike in reports of foodborne illness and outbreaks. Something we don’t tend to think about, huh? So what can you do to keep your family safe?? When it […]

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The Simplist Way to Create the Perfect Father’s Day

The Simplist Way to Create the Perfect Father’s Day

Father’s Day is just around the corner and now’s the time to get prepped for the PERFECT Father’s Day for your dad, husband, or any other special dad in your life. First things first, the food. The most important thing you can do, is to offer their favorite foods. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, […]

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3 Delicious Blue Diamond Recipes for Memorial Day

3 Delicious Blue Diamond Recipes for Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend is here (already?!) and now’s the time to get outside and enjoy the start of summer! Yay!! Whether you’re celebrating the holiday with a backyard BBQ or a family picnic, Blue Diamond, the maker of Nut Thins & Almond Breeze, has the perfect recipes for your weekend, and I’m happy to share […]

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Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

It took a little over 5 weeks of craziness, but this momma’s finally feeling “it”. I guess lack of sleep and staying too busy will do that to you. I’ve got some peppermint with honey tea to my left, a sleepy baby on my chest, and sadly I’m struggling to even write this post. I keep […]

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Crafts & DIY

DIY Button Earrings

DIY Button Earrings

Let me ask you a question. If you have a daughter, when did you (if ever) decide to get their ears pierced? When my husband and I had our first girl, I wanted to get her ears pierced right away, as a baby. However, my husband was against it. He felt that it should ultimately […]

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Make Fabric Covered Flip Flops for the Summer

Make Fabric Covered Flip Flops for the Summer

I’ve got another fun craft for you today! This time we’re tackling kids sandals. I LOVE finding inexpensive flip-flops for the summer. You know? The ones you find for a dollar at Old Navy or The Childrens Place. However, every time my girls wear them, they complain about the rubber part hurting their feet in-between their […]

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Science Experiments for Kids: Floating Grape

Science Experiments for Kids: Floating Grape

It’s summer time, and school’s been out for a couple of weeks now. That means now my kids are starting to get bored with you know…that basic home and park stuff. *rolls eyes* What better time than now, to break out the Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments? We got this book to review last […]

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8 Fun & Easy DIY Patriotic (4th of July) Shirts for Girls

8 Fun & Easy DIY Patriotic (4th of July) Shirts for Girls

With having four girls now, it’s nearly impossible to find them matching shirts or dresses. Either I can find ones for the older three, but not the baby, or the younger three but not my oldest, or any other combination. That, or when I do find something they can all wear, it gets costly. So […]

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“Love You To Pieces” Father’s Day Gift Idea {From the Kids}

“Love You To Pieces” Father’s Day Gift Idea {From the Kids}

Father’s Day is this weekend, and I wanted to share this fun gift that the girls helped me make for my husband (their dad). Without a doubt, he’s the best guy I could have prayed for to be the father of my children. He’s always worked hard for this family, both at work and at […]

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Three-Ingredient DIY (non-toxic) Hand Sanitizer with Essential Oil

Three-Ingredient DIY (non-toxic) Hand Sanitizer with Essential Oil

I’ve never been a huge germaphobe. The 20 second rule is an art form in my house. Heck, let’s be honest, we’re good with the 20 minute rule at times! But there are some situations where extra germ fighting power is just plain necessary. You know, like those moments in a public bathroom where your […]

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Pregnancy

Chocolate Peanut Butter + Banana Lactation Smoothie #BreakfastEssentials

Chocolate Peanut Butter + Banana Lactation Smoothie #BreakfastEssentials

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Nestle, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BreakfastEssentials http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV My sweet Everly is three weeks old already, which seems crazy to me. I swear, I just gave birth to her yesterday. At least it feels like it. Many of […]

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Our {Second} Home Water Birth Story

Our {Second} Home Water Birth Story

I’m so excited to share with you guys Everly’s birth story! This was my second home (water) birth, and THANK GOODNESS, it couldn’t have gone better. I had my 41 week midwife appointment on Thursday, April 10th. Since I was overdue, and had already tried many things (walking, dancing, spicy food, pineapple, etc.) my midwife […]

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3 Things You Should Do to Prepare for a Great Childbirth Experience

3 Things You Should Do to Prepare for a Great Childbirth Experience

Special thanks to Chelsea, who’s filling in for me here today while I take care of our new baby girl! Pics on Instagram!! Whether you are pregnant with your first child or your third, your birth story is important. Each birth is unique and the day that your baby enters the world is an event […]

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Welcome Baby: Over $600 in Must-Have products for Mom & Baby! {Giveaway}

Welcome Baby: Over $600 in Must-Have products for Mom & Baby! {Giveaway}

I’m just weeks away from baby’s (estimated) arrival. Can you believe it? I can’t! This pregnancy has gone by incredibly quick. I guess when you’re busy taking care of three other kids, everything just goes by more quickly. This weekend, my wonderful friend Ashley is throwing a small baby shower for me, along with our […]

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Why I Choose a Midwife Over a Doctor

Why I Choose a Midwife Over a Doctor

I’ve used a doctor for two of my pregnancies, and a midwife for the other two. I will tell you without a doubt, that I’d choose a midwife over a doctor ten fold. A trip to the OBGYN would include paying for parking, getting there about 20 minutes early, filling out paperwork and/or signing in, […]

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Postpartum Must Haves – For Mom & Baby!

Postpartum Must Haves – For Mom & Baby!

Two years ago, I gave birth to my daughter at home (well, my mom’s house). My first home & water birth. This time around, I’m also planning to have this little girl at home, in the water. Just because I’m not planning on giving birth at the hospital, doesn’t mean I don’t want to be […]

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Parenting & Relationships

How Do You Know You Are Done Having Kids? #GoodNeighbor

How Do You Know You Are Done Having Kids? #GoodNeighbor

When my husband and I first started dating, we were 19 years old. After just a few months together, he told me he wanted us to have a child together. I was madly in love with him, and the idea of starting a family. In June of 2006, we found out that we were pregnant! […]

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4 Ways to Encourage Independence in Your Toddler

4 Ways to Encourage Independence in Your Toddler

{This post is sponsored by VTech Baby. All thoughts after having four crazy kids, are all my own. Connect with VTech on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and on Pinterest.} My two year old thinks she’s much older than she really is. I blame that mostly on the fact that she has two older sisters, and mimics them more often than not. […]

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Children Being Forgotten In the Car, Justified  ?

Children Being Forgotten In the Car, Justified ?

I’m not saying it’s in all the cases of children being forgotten in the car, but I’m starting to feel like I understand why MEN (aka DAD’S) have done it. As a mother, I could never fathom forgetting my girls in the car….just like I can wake up from a dead sleep with just a peep […]

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Summer Bucket List Idea: Try a New Sport

Summer Bucket List Idea: Try a New Sport

One of our summer bucket list ideas is to try a new sport. And that sport will be… Tennis! Growing up, my grandfather loved watching and playing tennis. I even remember watching my aunt play too. I learned to play a little while visiting them, but it’s been a decade since I’ve last played (which was […]

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Schools Out! Here’s Our Summer Bucket List

Schools Out! Here’s Our Summer Bucket List

School’s out for us over here, and I just HAD to share my girl’s first and last day of school photos! Now, I have a preschooler AND second grader! Man, oh man. Until school starts once again, we’re going to enjoy as much of this summer as we can. Last year, I made a bucket […]

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Learn How @JohnsonsBaby & @Walmart are raising $ for @CMNHospitals to help keep kids healthy! #JohnsonsBabyCares

Learn How @JohnsonsBaby & @Walmart are raising $ for @CMNHospitals to help keep kids healthy! #JohnsonsBabyCares

I’m helping co-host another great Twitter party with The Motherhood, and I’d love for you to join us! JOHNSON’S® Baby CARES, the brand’s charitable platform, is dedicated to improving the lives of moms and babies, and has partnered with Walmart to raise money for babies and children in need. From now until June 30, when you purchase […]

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Reviews

Why You should #ShopCartons to Save Trees this Month!

Why You should #ShopCartons to Save Trees this Month!

I know we are all busy this time of year, with summer and kids, and trying to keep our kids alive. Oh wait, is that just me?? But I wanted to share this great initiative going on this month! During the month of July, you can help donate a tree just by tweeting. The folks […]

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Social Networking Can Help Raise Money for Your Child’s Soccer Team

Social Networking Can Help Raise Money for Your Child’s Soccer Team

I know it’s still summer, but I’m so excited that we just registered the girls for soccer last week! My oldest started playing last Fall. At first she was super excited to learn to play, and did great all season. Then this last Spring she played again, and it seemed like she was not as interested in […]

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What’s In My Diaper Bag?

What’s In My Diaper Bag?

Little Miss Everly will be three months old on Friday. What?! She’s no longer a newborn, but turning into an infant. She smiles, giggles, grabs for her toys, loves to sit up on your lap, and loves kisses! I thought it would be fun to do a little link-up post! Join the linky below with […]

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5 Reasons To Make Your Own Baby Food

5 Reasons To Make Your Own Baby Food

With my first child, I knew nothing about introducing solids, what to give her, or any of it. What can I say, I was totally clueless. Thankfully, over the years I’ve learned a lot. Mostly from researching different baby food brands, learning about baby led weaning, and of course personal experience with my children. Hands down, […]

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Your Kid, and Every Kid, Is Extraordinary. Let’s Celebrate #YourExtraordinaryKid!

Your Kid, and Every Kid, Is Extraordinary. Let’s Celebrate #YourExtraordinaryKid!

Each one of my girls is amazing, but my oldest will always be “my first.” To me, she is the one of the most amazing kids I know. She’s incredibly smart, both with school and with everyday life occurrences. She’s always been able to catch on quickly, and I know how well she relates to older […]

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For The Clean Shaven Man – Philips Norelco Shaver 8800 {A Dad Review}

For The Clean Shaven Man – Philips Norelco Shaver 8800 {A Dad Review}

Working in a field where I may have to don a fitted respirator in an emergency, I am required to stay clean shaven. As most men would agree, this stinks, though for me it is primarily because I am not a fan of electric razors, meaning I have to take the time to lather up […]

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Health & Beauty

Check out These 10 Camping Hacks Before You Leave This Summer

Check out These 10 Camping Hacks Before You Leave This Summer

It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been camping. Mainly, because of having babies. Two summers ago, we went the weekend of my birthday. I was 5 months pregnant with my third, my then 1.5 year old refused to sleep in her playard, and we forgot the air mattress. Wouldn’t have been too horrible, […]

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5 Ways to Make Brushing Fun! #Orajel #Smilestones

5 Ways to Make Brushing Fun! #Orajel #Smilestones

Did you know…most kids don’t develop the proper motor skills or coordination they need for tooth brushing until well into elementary age? Until then, your child really needs your help brushing and flossing on a daily basis. Brushing is usually a fun experience for young children, however, they may start to dislike it overtime. Don’t worry […]

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Fun Way To Teach Kids How To Blow Their Nose This Allergy Season #SneezingTime

Fun Way To Teach Kids How To Blow Their Nose This Allergy Season #SneezingTime

It’s allergy season, friends. My kiddos have already began to show signs! Runny nose, clear snot, and sneezing. All that fun stuff. Not. One thing that’s not the easiest, or fun at all to teach, is how to get little ones to blow their nose. I’m talking, we’re past the age of being able to […]

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Peppermint White Chocolate Popcorn with doTERRA Essential Oils

Peppermint White Chocolate Popcorn with doTERRA Essential Oils

Remember last month, when my oldest got pink eye? We started with eye drops from the doctor, but it only got worse. Instead, I turned to homeopathic medicine and essential oils. Essential oils are not completely new to me, but they are something I’m learning more about and wanting to add into our household on […]

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Encouraging Good Oral Hygiene with Music #ToothTunes1D

Encouraging Good Oral Hygiene with Music #ToothTunes1D

I am part of the Mom It Forward blogger network. Mom It Forward and ARM & HAMMER™ Tooth Tunes™ partnered in support of this campaign. So we’ve talked about toothbrushes before. We love trying new toothbrushes. I think because they are so much cooler now than when we were little. Toothbrush obsessed? Maybe a little. Case in point, these fun new ARM & […]

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Bedwetting Solutions for Kids #WhiteCloudSleepPants

Bedwetting Solutions for Kids #WhiteCloudSleepPants

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of White Cloud Sleep Pants. All thoughts are my own. Bed wetting is actually pretty common in kids, and very normal in kids under six. Nighttime dryness is the last part of toilet training, and can sometimes take the longest. We started potty training my […]

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Family Travels

Outback Steakhouse – Limited Time Only Moonshine BBQ Menu

Outback Steakhouse – Limited Time Only Moonshine BBQ Menu

Outback Steakhouse just introduced a limited time only Moonshine BBQ menu - made with real moonshine. Last night we got the chance to try some of the Moonshine items as part of my participation as an #OutbackBestMates – and let’s just say we were NOT disappointed!! First up on the Moonshine menu, three Moonshine cocktails including: the Huckleberry […]

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Our Little Trip to Lake Chelan #TreeTopGetaway

Our Little Trip to Lake Chelan #TreeTopGetaway

This past weekend, I was truly honored to be invited to go on a getaway with Tree Top brand. We were invited to tour one of their fruit grower’s ranches – Keystone Ranch. Truly beautiful to see exactly where your food comes. Not only that, but to see who is growing it for you. A […]

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Dreaming of a Spring Break Beach Vacation {Carter’s Giveaway!} #CartersSpringStyle

Dreaming of a Spring Break Beach Vacation {Carter’s Giveaway!} #CartersSpringStyle

I participated in this program on behalf of Carter’s and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own. Baby is due any day now, which means our coming Spring Break will consist of diaper changes and late nights. We’re most likely staying home, and finding crafts for the girls to do. Hopefully it will at least […]

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15 Easy Holiday Hosting Tips From Entertaining Expert Jenny Steffens Hobick #HamptonHoliday

15 Easy Holiday Hosting Tips From Entertaining Expert Jenny Steffens Hobick #HamptonHoliday

Christmas is just days away now, and I’m sure many of you are planning on entertaining house guests. There’s so much about the holiday season that is exciting, but hosting guests for the holidays is usually more stressful and overwhelming, than exciting…even for the most seasoned hosts! For that reason, Hampton Hotels has partnered with […]

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An Event to Remember – Disney On Ice: Rockin’ Ever After!

An Event to Remember – Disney On Ice: Rockin’ Ever After!

We just got back from Disney on Ice: Rockin’ Ever After, here in Spokane. It was such a fantastic show! This specific Disney on Ice features four very popular princesses, including: Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Merida from Brave, Rapunzel from Tangled, and Belle from Beauty and the Beast. It was great because my girls […]

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The Girls Are Back In Town – Disney on Ice Returns!

The Girls Are Back In Town – Disney on Ice Returns!

Disney on Ice returns next month to Spokane, and we couldn’t be more excited! This year, the theme is Disney on Ice: Rockin’ Ever After! Get ready to rock out with some of the most magical idols of all in a musical showcase that features the hottest tunes and talent from across the kingdom in […]

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Blogging

Best Gaming Headset {A Dad Review}

Best Gaming Headset {A Dad Review}

Like many husbands and fathers, who are really still adolescent boys in disguise, I am a gamer. As a gamer, I love the prospect of immersing myself into the art of a well made game and escaping to another, magical world. It can be the calm in the storm of a long week in, *gasp*, […]

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Insomnia, Babies & Tips for Getting More Sleep

Insomnia, Babies & Tips for Getting More Sleep

This is a Type-A Parent paid post to discuss sleep issues, and to share a new insomnia resource from the National Sleep Foundation. According to guidelines from a physician group, insomnia is difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, even when a person has the chance to do so. People with insomnia can feel dissatisfied with […]

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Wearing white (w/ some color) for summer? Learn about Clorox #SmartSeek Bleach to make laundry easier.

Wearing white (w/ some color) for summer? Learn about Clorox #SmartSeek Bleach to make laundry easier.

I’m co-hosting a Twitter party with The Motherhood, and I’d love for you to join us! Memorial Day weekend is behind us, which means one thing: it’s time to wear white again! While breaking out your favorite white clothing is an exciting sign of summer, it can also make laundry day more complicated. Questions about […]

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4 Steps to Managing Our Money #GoodNeighbor

4 Steps to Managing Our Money #GoodNeighbor

No words are truer, being an adult is hard. I remember wanting so badly to “grow up” and be out in the world on-my-own. However, you’re never fully prepared for the rush of responsibility that comes with it. Thankfully, my momma raised me pretty darn well. Right out of high school, I was working full-time […]

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Create Your Own Outdoor Theater This Summer #OshKoshSummer

Create Your Own Outdoor Theater This Summer #OshKoshSummer

My earliest memories of dressing my girls (starting with the oldest) in OshKosh was this adorable little jean skirt overalls with a red, white, and blue madras style shirt. Too darn cute. Summer Essentials from Oshkosh Today, OshKosh is still every parents destination for baby and kid essentials. Since it’s just about summer time, I thought I’d feature […]

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Craft this Summer with Kiwi Crate #KiwiSummerFun

Craft this Summer with Kiwi Crate #KiwiSummerFun

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kiwi Crate. What sort of parent would you consider yourself? The one who loves doing crafts with their kids, or maybe the one who just likes looking at the end result? Either way, Kiwi Crate takes all the fuss out of trying to figure out what […]

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