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    The Top 5 Teacher Gift Mistakes to Avoid

    When it’s time to pick out a teacher gift, do you ever have trouble deciding what to give? How do you adequately honor the person who spends hours educating and caring for your child each day? Teachers I have talked to don’t seem to expect anything, and they appreciate any gesture a parent makes to recognize them during Teacher Appreciation Week, the holiday season, or the end of the school year. But when I asked them what they really did and did not want to receive as teacher gifts, they were not shy about speaking up, and certain patterns became very clear! Before you solidify your choices for your next…

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    12 Tips for Achieving Work-Life Balance as a Working Mom

    Work-life balance is the concept that a person feels comfortable with the amount and quality of time spent on their job versus their personal life. Sarah Buckley Friedberg recently shed light on the elusiveness of this concept in a Facebook post that went viral. She outlined the contradictory set of demands placed upon working moms and the difficulty of living up to society’s standard of work-life balance. As a working mom, I agree that it can be a challenge to find work-life balance. I love my job and normally enjoy going to work, but it can be really hard to leave my kids in the morning. And when I’m at…

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    Your Guide to Coasting through a Long Road Trip with Kids

    Guest Post by Ashlee Gecewich I grew up going to the beach each year and knew I wanted my own children to have the same experiences I had as a child. However, living in Central Ohio, there isn’t exactly a beach close by. Knowing I wanted my kids to get to the beach and create their own memories, I knew we had some long road trips with kids in our future. Road trips get me excited! A dream of mine is to take my family of five on a cross-country drive. I want to see everything, and I want my kids to see everything! I want to drive from coast…

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    6 Reasons to Embrace Being a Working Mom

    I argue with myself on a regular basis about being a working mom vs. a stay-at-home mom. We are in the category of family that could “make it work” if I decided I wanted to step back from my career and stay at home full-time with our four kids. At this point, my take-home pay is not much more than the cost of childcare, so it would not make a huge financial impact on our family if I decided to resign. But if a woman has the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom, this does not mean she should necessarily take it. No one arrangement is definitively better for the…

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    6 Benefits of Quitting Your Job and Becoming a Stay-at-Home Mom

    I have a Master’s degree and have been working a professional job in my field for eight-and-a-half years. I also have four children ages seven months to seven years. Although I’m passionate about my career and love the university job I work for 30 hours a week, I often find myself torn. It is difficult to juggle work life and home life, and the thought of resigning and becoming a stay-at-home mom crosses my mind frequently. In fact, now that we have had our fourth baby and are paying nearly as much in childcare as I take home in my paycheck, we are contemplating it even more seriously. Plenty of…

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    How to Organize Your Life: 10 Simple Tips for Busy Moms

    Do you ever feel like you just need to figure out how to organize your life? With four young kids, I often feel like I’m in survival mode, barely holding it all together. But I found a collection of resources this week that has truly sparked a change in me. I have begun to fill my mind with strategies, systems, and tools that can help me organize my life and manage all aspects of my household. Disclosure: As an affiliate for Ultimate Bundles, I may earn a commission if you click through the links below and make a purchase. The Ultimate Productivity Bundle is a collection of electronic resources designed…

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    Minimalist Lifestyle Tips from Moms Who Live with Less

    I recently asked my Facebook followers about what they do to make parenting less stressful. Many of the helpful responses made their way into this post, which I suggest you bookmark to read later. But there was one answer that I thought warranted its own post altogether: living a minimalist lifestyle. A minimalist lifestyle is far from how I would describe my family’s way of life. Our playroom is overflowing with toys and our closets are overflowing with clothes. I know I should be grateful for my family’s abundance, and I truly am. But sometimes I feel like our house is suffocating us. Maybe that’s why I am so intrigued…

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    14 Secrets to Making Parenting Less Stressful

    Parenting is certainly one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done, but also the most stressful. There are so many demands on my time, energy, and emotions each day. I love finding ways to make things simpler, more efficient, and ultimately less stressful. Here is a collection of some tricks you can try to make your own parenting less stressful. Hopefully, these will make it a little easier to enjoy your family! Many of these ideas were suggested by the fabulous moms on my Four to Love Facebook page. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission if you click through and make…

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    7 Baby Formula Feeding Tips to Make Your Life Easier

    Baby formula is a safe and easy alternative to breastfeeding, chosen by many parents at various stages of their babies’ infancy. If you’ve chosen to formula-feed your baby, prepare to make it both easy and more affordable with these tried-and-true formula feeding tips and products. Moms on my Four to Love Facebook page shared many of these ideas! This post contains affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I may earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. Formula Feeding Tip #1: Choose generic baby formula brands. Generic brand baby formulas are nearly identical to their name brand counterparts. You can feel confident that the generic…

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    7 Tips for Overcoming Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

    I am pleased to feature this guest post about postpartum depression and anxiety written by author Bridget Croteau. When I was a first-time mom, I experienced the baby blues for several weeks. I was weepy, detached, and forlorn. I found myself overwhelmed by even simple tasks, often neglected to eat, and worried about everything. Eventually, I started to come out of the darkness, find myself again, and enjoy motherhood. Bridget is committed to shedding light on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders such as postpartum depression and anxiety, and supporting and encouraging parents who are experiencing such disorders. –Jennie Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn…

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    The Ultimate List of Fourth Baby Gift Ideas Experienced Moms will Love

    Fourth baby gift ideas are not always the easiest to come up with. After all, the experienced mom having a fourth baby probably has everything under control and has all she needs to take care of this next child, right? Wrong. As a recent fourth-time mom, I can tell you that I have needed and appreciated all the support I received from family and friends. Here is a list of fourth baby gift ideas sure to please even the most experienced of moms. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, meaning if you click through and make a purchase, I may receive a commission for referring you (at no additional cost…

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    15 Easy Family Dinner Ideas Your Kids Might Actually Eat

    Easy family dinner ideas that please all three of my non-infant kids and are not pizza, hot dogs, or peanut butter and jelly are hard to come by. But every once in a while, we’ll find a winner that gets integrated into our meal rotation. The best family dinner ideas in my book are ones that are easy to make, use ingredients I am relatively likely to have on hand and are met with little to no resistance by at least one of my kids (because you can’t win them all!). Bonus if it dirties only one pot or pan! Here I share 15 of my favorite easy family dinner…

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    10 Perfect Gifts to Make Life Easier for Mom

    As a mom, I am always looking for ways to make life easier. There is no room for inefficiency when you have to care for four kids, cook meals, keep a house reasonably tidy, work a job or two, and sleep sometimes. I embrace any gifts to make life easier or item I come across that somehow frees up some of my resources to allow me to more easily accomplish all I need to. If you are a mom looking for ideas to put on your own wish list, or you are hoping to pick out gifts to make life easier for a mom, I have put together a list…

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    10 Ways to Get Kids to Clean Up After Themselves

    I wish that I could say I had trained my kids from the get-go to clean up after themselves. I wish I could say they were born neat, or that I have successfully implemented a chore system (which I really should try to do soon). On the contrary, I have raised super messy kids. It feels like I can have a room all picked up, and then in a matter of minutes, everything will be everywhere once again. Like shoveling in a snowstorm, people say. It’s not just the toddler — the preschooler and first-grader are just as guilty. However, every once in a while, I will decide that I…

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    A Day Well Spent Printable Checklist for Kids

    Have you ever wondered how to keep kids busy at home when you’ve got a whole day stretching ahead of you? If I’m not careful, days with my kids can quickly turn into marathons of their favorite streaming shows and incessant begging for snacks. When I’m on my game, I help my kids come up with ideas to craft their own day well spent. Although it’s important for kids to come up with their own activities, sometimes they need a little guidance about where to start. That’s why I have created a checklist for kids called “A Day Well Spent.” It includes a balanced mix of creativity, social skills, physical…