Have you ever been so overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done that you feel somewhat paralyzed and do nothing? If you saw my Instagram stories this week, you know that I was in that place. It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes I get super overwhelmed. I think all moms do, right? The source of this week’s anxiety stems from our stuff being returned from our house fire and needing to be put away/organized plus deadlines, appointments, emails, and regular home-keeping things such as grocery shopping and whatnot. Life is crazy sometimes, am I right?! Thankfully, my mental paralysis didn’t last long and I was able to snap out of it. I’ve teamed up with Perrier to share how I deal with being overwhelmed.

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I should have written this (super long) post a week ago. But life got in the way. We had a small fire. It happened on Friday, July 28 around 12:30 pm. We’re all okay and made out with minimal damage to our home.

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There’s something about the beginning of a school year that gives me a sense of nostalgia. It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address (name that movie). I remember being a kid and getting so excited about picking out my new school supplies and outfits – carefully planning my first day of school ensemble. Needless to say, since A is heading to pre-school this year (today was her first day), I just couldn’t help myself. She’s been in preschool for 2 years but this is the first year she’s held to a school calendar and schedule. So even though she’s still at the same school, this year feels different and we’re all taking it very seriously. While she doesn’t actually need any supplies for the classroom, we wanted to be sure to have everything we need to support and reinforce her learning at home. Thankfully, Walmart.com’s everyday low prices and smart rollbacks made it convenient and affordable (I saved 15% compared to a competitor!). Here’s what we did to prep for A’s first day of Pre-K.

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Have you ever tried on a piece of clothing and thought, “Oh my goodness, this is perfect” and fallen in love immediately? If you’re like me, that’s happened to you way more times than you can count. My latest “Oh my goodness” piece is the Black Surplice Back Tie Tank Top from Filly Flair. Priced at less than $35, this super flattering blouse has some of my favorite elements: v-neck, draped front (because mom gut), flowy material, and it’s transitional!

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My husband has tried to convince me to get rid of the old rocking chair that sits in my 4.5 year old’s bedroom many times. He says it takes up too much space. We bought it from a yard sale group on Facebook before she was born and I have spent countless, priceless hours in it with her. We definitely got our money’s worth. That old chair doesn’t see much action these days but I just can’t part with it. Not yet. See, the moments in that chair are rare, but they’re so special. Last night was one of those rarities; one that brought me to joyful, nostalgic, bittersweet tears. I’m running out of time.

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I’m 3.5 months into my new gig as an at-home mom (I purposely remove the word “stay” from “stay at home mom”) and I have learned a lot about myself and my kids in that amount of time. While it still feels like a vacation compared to the rat-race of my working-mom-life, I can easily see how and why many stay-at-home moms become lonely, exasperated, and frustrated. I have already had my fair share of days where I felt at least one, if not all, of those emotions. Being home with my children is one of the best gifts I have ever received. But just like any valued treasure, their is maintenance and care that comes with it. One of the things I quickly figured out is how important it is for my girls and I to get out of the house every single day. Here are 5 benefits I’ve found.

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Eek! It’s finally here! I’m so excited to be able to share Part 2 of my girls’ dream playroom makeover. If you haven’t seen Part 1 yet, stop reading, go take a look, and then come back here. If you have seen Part 1 then you know that I had so much fun creating this space and am so proud of myself for having conjured it all up in my head without being able to see it live. That’s a huge win for me. So, I know you don’t want to hear me blab about it anymore so let’s just go take a look, shall we?

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Toddlerhood has it’s fair shares of ups and downs. The ups of raising toddlers are way up and the downs are way down. The terms “terrible twos” and “threenager” (who are technically “preschoolers” but I still call toddlers) exist for a reason. Life has a way of slowly conditioning us moms to brave the tantrums and battles and embrace the snuggles of toddlers, even if they seemingly sneak up on us. Toddlers are forming their own (strong) opinions and pushing limits. They’re exploring the world in a new way and testing your patience while they’re at it. They’re the perfect combination of sugar and spice and find a way to make you love them uncontrollably while wanting to sell them to the circus all at the same time. Today I’ve teamed up with Cottonelle Mega Rolls and the convenience of Wal-Mart’s Grocery Pick-Up (Save $1!) to let you know you might be a toddler mom if…

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