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Family Fun in Las Vegas

You wouldn’t think conservative Southerners who don’t drink or gamble would have much of an affinity for “sin city” but Hubs and I enjoyed our visit since there are plenty of things to do in Vegas other than gambling. We spent a week in Las Vegas with my parents before Sweet T came along (and before good digital cameras were affordable so pardon … [Read More...]

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Newborn and Postpartum Essentials

Of course a car seat and diapers are “must-haves” but since I’m currently in the postpartum period I thought I’d share a few of those little extras that have been particularly helpful for us during the past few weeks. For Baby: Zipper sleepers – Carter’s is my favorite brand of comfy play/sleep clothes for both kids. For newborns I prefer … [Read More...]

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Guest Post: Easy Peasy Strawberry-Peach Smoothie

As kids get older, the crafts and recipes you do together don't really change. What does change is the ratio of how much they do versus how much you do. Little by little, I've had my daughter increase her participation in preparing our food. Now, at 11 years old, there are several dishes she can make totally on her own. One item she's been making … [Read More...]

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@TheTLCKitchen Meal Delivery Giveaway – Ends 10/23

All moms remember the early days and weeks of having their newborns at home. Somehow we endure sleep deprivation, physical recovery from childbirth, a messy house, sibling jealousy, and not showering for days on end and live to tell about it! Gus is three weeks old so I’m kind of reporting live “from the trenches.” Thankfully I have an excellent … [Read More...]

Our Bedtime Routine #SleepytimeSongs

Hubs and I are both routine-oriented people so it makes sense that our kids would prefer a schedule as opposed to free-styling each day. Gus is too young right now, but Sweet T has been on a sleep schedule since she was 5 months old. At 7:45 each night we start our bedtime routine which includes brushing her teeth, reading a book, singing a song, … [Read More...]

Try Nopalea

Have you tried Nopalea yet? Nopalea is a drink derived from the fruit of the Nopal cactus. The healing properties of the Nopal cactus have been relied on for centuries by native peoples, and they’re now available in Nopalea. Nutrients in Nopalea have been proved to: Reduce inflammation and pain Help the body cleanse itself of daily toxins … [Read More...]

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Feathering our Nest this Fall

Fall is here for most areas of the country. I joke that here in the hot, humid South we have to just pretend that it’s fall by creating delicious seasonal treats and surrounding ourselves with fall fragrances. I don’t decorate for fall per se, but during this time of year I like my home to smell like apple pie, cinnamon, and spices even if it is … [Read More...]

Baby Milestones

It's amazing how much I've forgotten since Sweet T was a baby! Learn about infographics software.   … [Read More...]

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Guest post: 10 Things I Never Expected to Learn From My Kids

  I have a confession to make. In my 40 years on this Earth, I have yet to try a glass of Sweet Tea. I hope Jenn won't hold that against me. It's just not really all that common up here in New York. I do enjoy Iced Tea though. Does it count if I add like 90 spoonfuls of sugars? Anyways, since Jenn's a little pre-occupied at the moment, … [Read More...]

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Root Beer Cupcakes

Today I'm featuring a guest recipe from Sara at SensiblySara.com. Since root beer is once of Hubs' favorite things I'll be trying these out myself as soon as we find the "new normal" around here. Cupcakes: 1 box White Cake Mix 1 box Chocolate Fudge Instant Pudding Mix 4 eggs 1 1/2 cups Barq's Rootbeer (or whatever brand you like) Mix the … [Read More...]

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International Delight National Coffee Day Twitter Party#IDcoffeeday

Are you a coffee lover? Join me on twitter tomorrow morning for a National Coffee Day celebration! Details below: 9/29/12 10-11am ET Hashtag - #IDcoffeeday 5 blogger co-hosts: Brett - https://twitter.com/brettbmartin Amanda - https://twitter.com/AFewShortCuts Liz - https://twitter.com/HoosierHomemade Jenn - … [Read More...]

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It’s Open Enrollment Season

Healthcare is a hot topic right now and we happen to be one of the millions of Americans without coverage of any kind. While health insurance is available where Hubs works, the premiums, deductibles, and copays are high and the coverage is low. We're in that awkward income bracket in which we make too much to qualify for government aid, but can't … [Read More...]

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Wordless Wednesday: Eggs Schmeggs

If you didn't get to lick the batter from the bowl you didn't have a childhood. Sweet T and I will come chase you with potential salmonella until you learn to enjoy the little things. ;)   … [Read More...]

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Cooking With Kids: Making Homemade Freezer Jam

  Guest post by Susanne - The Hillbilly Housewife Author of Homemade Jelly and Jam Recipes I love spending time in the kitchen with my daughter. It’s a great way to bond, teach and just spend time together making delicious food. This summer, we made some jams and jellies together and I thought I’d share a simple kid-friendly recipe with … [Read More...]