I’ve never considered myself to be a crunchy mom but I do pride myself in label reading and trying to find the best products to use for my family. I’ve tried a few different organic brands and to be honest, haven’t been that impressed. Enter, Raise Them Well. First, let me tell you the reasons I am a fan of this company, and then I’ll highlight the products I’m loving right now.

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I often get asked, “How do you do it all?” or something similar, and I also often hear that I appear to have such balance. Well, I must make it look really easy because 1. I don’t do it all and 2. I have zero balance. Some one actually used the word “glamour” recently and as sweet as the comment was, I laughed out loud. That said, I thought it might be a good idea to share what a typical workday looks like for me lately.

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One of the advantages of having my girls’ birthdays be two days apart is that I can throw them a joint party every year until they’re too old to allow it. Since I wanted E to have her own party for her 1st birthday last year, this year was the first time we did the joint party thing. I had it all planned out in my head until A decided she had a theme in mind: Hello Kitty. She mentioned it months before her birthday and never gave up on it despite my attempts at convincing her. Why would I try to change her mind, you wonder? Because A has like 2 Hello Kitty things and I still have no idea where she got that idea from and/or why she was so dead-set on it. The problem is that E is obsessed with Minnie Mouse. A likes her, too, so that seemed like the easy choice. But, nope. A wouldn’t let up. So, I had to figure out how to do both in one party. Here’s how I did it.

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I love fall. I won’t deny it. I love the way the leaves turn colors and fall away from the trees, symbolizing how we have to let go of the old and dead to make new for the new and fresh.I love the way A jumps through piles of leaves, laughing and giggling. I love the way that families come together to give thanks for everything in their lives. I love the cool weather, nestling up by a fire with warm cider and homemade chili. I love pumpkins, scarecrows, trick-or-treating, and apples. I love the colors and the flowers and the excitement in the air. I just love it all. But do you know what I love most? The clothes!

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Anyone who knows me knows that I have a serious punctuality problem. It was bad before I had kids and is just hopeless now; I’ve pretty much resigned myself to it. That’s why I’m so glad we found a unique wood watch by JORD! Once I saw them online, I knew that Todd had to have one; it’s perfect for him and it helps him keep me on time!

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It’s been 365 days since the worst day of my life. It’s been 365 days since the best day, too.

It’s been 365 days since I woke up in a hospital room with my baby after hearing the word “tumor” in relation to her brain the day before. It’s been 365 days since I held her tight, not knowing what to expect.

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If your kids are anything like mine, they’ll snack all day but refuse to eat an actual meal. That’s why I’m so glad I found Gerber® Lil’ BeaniesTM snacks! My girls love snacks but it’s not always easy to find some that are actually healthy.

The first bean-based snack in the baby aisle, Gerber® Lil’ BeaniesTM is made from the goodness of navy beans to deliver 2 grams of protein (9% Daily Value), 1 gram of fiber, and 10% Daily Value of Vitamin E per serving. A delicious and nutritious treat, your little ones will love it for its taste and you’ll love it for its nutrition. Gerber® Lil’ BeaniesTM Snack is baked, not made with genetically engineered (GM) ingredients, and is naturally flavored!

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I don’t know when it happened, but at some point in life I became that mom. I don’t mean the perfect Instagram mom whose kids are always dressed and smiling perfectly. Or the mom with perfect hair, make-up, and clothes who can seemingly do-it-all, or even the Pinterest mom (I kinda hate the Pinterest mom). Despite my highly curated social media feed, I’m not that mom at all. Rather, I’m the mom that the internet sanctimommies talk about. I’m the one who I read about while saying to myself that I’ll never be that way. I’m the mom the internet hates. I’m that mom.

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