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23 Best Tips to Survive a Family Road Trip with Toddlers & Preschoolers

Today I’m going to share about how to survive a road trip with toddlers. We had 4 kids in 5 years, and always lived out of state from one side of our extended family. We love to visit them, and we sure as heck aren’t going to load a baby, a toddler and 2 preschoolers onto …

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Marriage & Motherhood: 6 Practical Tips for Enjoying Marriage After Babies

Becoming a parent can be hard on your marriage. There’s a big learning curve, trying to figure out your new roles as parents, and how to communicate with each other. You don’t want to talk about your kids all the time, but when you finally get a quiet moment alone, you kinda can’t help it. …

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Wondering how to teach your 1 year old no? How to tell your 1 year old no and have your 1 year old learn to obey? There are 4 phrases we've used with all 4 of our 1 year olds that really help! #parentingtips #parentingtoddlers #1yearold grace based parenting; gospel centered parenting

4 Simple Phrases To Help You With 1 Year Old Discipline

Today I’m going to outline a very effective plan for consistent 1 year old discipline for you to use with your toddler. From our experience of having 4 kids in 5 years, it’s never too early to start setting expectations and training your little ones. 1 year olds understand WAY more than we realize. It might …

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7 Top Things to Do When You’re Preparing for Baby for First Time

Let’s be honest. The title of this post is ridiculous. Nothing could ever totally help you with preparing for baby. But, should you find yourself expecting a baby (or hoping for, adopting, or fostering a baby), there are a few things that might make the transition to mommy life just a tad bit easier. 1. Find …

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How to Track Your Grocery Spending | 2 Methods That Work Every Time

4 Easy Ways to Track Your Grocery Spending [SPREADSHEET]

Whether your food budget is $100 per month or $1,000 per month, if you want to stick to the food budget you’ve decided on, you have to know how to track your grocery spending. After all, if you have a budget, but don’t know how much you’re spending, then do you really have a budget? …

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Infant Sleep Training: A New Mom’s Guide to Newborn Sleep!

I originally wrote this post several years ago after we got our first two babies sleeping through the night by 12 weeks. Since then, we’ve done the same thing with two more babies and thousands upon thousands of people have read and shared this post. I’ve also written a more detailed infant sleep guide that …

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Morning Routine for a Stay-at-Home-Work-at-Home-Homeschooling Mom

Before I had children, back when I was a perfect mother, I subconsciously imagined that our mornings would be slow and cozy… I thought it would be fun to have the kids come crawl into bed with me, and we’d all wake up slowly together. There were also unicorns jumping through rainbows in this figment of my imagination. But here’s the …

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Everything You Need to Know About the 4 Month Sleep Regression

There is an infamous 4 month sleep regression that happens sometime around when a baby is 4 months old. Coupled with typical postpartum exhaustion and/ or depression, it can be exhausting and overwhelming for even the seasoned mama. You can help your baby through this sleep regression and I plan to offer some explanation and …

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70 Aldi Products, Features, Warnings & Hacks: A Complete Aldi Review

Confession: I’ve use to think Aldi was gross. I thought that you would only shop at Aldi if you had to. And if you could possibly afford to shop anywhere else, you obviously would, because ew, Aldi. I don’t know why I thought that, and seeing as how I’ve done most of my grocery shopping …

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21 Easy DIY Toddler Toys & Activities from Stuff You Have at Home

Our zero-degree-freeze-the-snot-inside-your-nose midwestern winters are in full swing, and we are officially hibernating. I bought 3 months worth of food and we’re not leaving the house until April. The freezing months of winter here cause us to get a little bit creative with our indoor activities. And by creative, I mean, my kids play with our …

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OMG! If you have a second baby on the way, read this!! Such good ideas for helping older siblings cope with the new baby - espeically if you'll have 2 under 2 or want toddler and newborn tips! #momlife #motherhood #parenting #toddlers #baby #newborn

11 Tips for Helping Older Siblings Cope with the New Baby (from a Mom of 4)

There’s an ongoing poll in my mom-friend circles about which transition is the hardest: Having your first kid, going from 1 to 2 kids, 2 to 3 kids or adding more kids after 3. Each transition is different but going from 1 to 2 kids is REALLY REALLY HARD! If the first child is a …

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Do you have a fussy newborn who has their days and nights mixed up? A baby schedule will make your baby so much happier? The secret is...

4 Simple Reasons Why Creating a Baby Schedule is Life Changing

After having 4 babies with totally different personalities and varying levels of “easy baby” to “hard baby,” (is that a spectrum??) I’m convinced you can get almost any healthy baby trained to sleep through the night and on a predictable schedule during the first few months (even weeks)… if you want to. I’m also convinced …

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Want to keep toddler busy while nursing your newborn? Here are 28 ideas to help you manage a toddler and a newborn. You can do it! #momlife #toddler #newmom #2under2 #momof2 #motherhood

31 Awesome Ideas for How to Entertain Toddler with a Newborn

In this post, you will learn 31 tricks and tips for coping with a toddler and newborn. We had 4 kids in 5 years, and the hardest part of every newborn (after the first) was always the toddler. The clingy, confused, barely verbal, highly active toddler who does not understand why it takes you 45 …

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Creating your first baby registry? Here is a complete checklist of baby registry must haves! Tons of details about baby things to buy before birth from a mom of 4.

100 Minimalist Baby Registry Must Haves [Printable Checklist]

In this post, you will get all the details on each baby item and whether or not it’s a “must have” for your baby registry. Creating a baby registry is understandably overwhelming because, well, you’ve never had a baby before! It’s so hard to know what you’re really going to need or want. Plus, it’s …

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How to Get Baby On a Schedule… ASAP! (Plus sample schedules for the whole first year!)

In this post, you’ll get sample baby schedules for various ages from your baby’s first year since it’s helpful to see what most babies need. And I’ll help you think through how to get your baby on a schedule… and ASAP! You can truly start our method from the very beginning. We start with the basics of …

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This post has principles and practical tips to help you simplify your life - ways, simplify your life as a stay at home mom, tips for minimal living.

Simplify Your Life: 9 Tips for Eliminating Errands, Notifications, Clutter and More!

I googled “simplify your life mom” as I was writing this, and got over a million results. So why one more post about simplifying life? Because, I read a few, and they weren’t simple! The top result had 72 tips to simplify your life… 72! 72 isn’t simple. Here’s the hard truth. You might have …

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10 Surprising Reasons to Start Sleep Training Your Newborn ASAP

There are a million articles, books, and blog posts about sleep training on the internet. With a million different thoughts and opinions. Much of parenting boils down to personal preference, and our personal preference has been to sleep train our 4 kids from birth. We recommend sleep training your newborn! (Good thing we did… because …

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