How Do I Love My Dyson? Let Me Count the Ways

You may remember that I recently had to forgo my cleaning lady as part of our new one-income journey. It didn’t take long for us to realize we needed a new vacuum; the one we previously had was a wedding gift and nearly 8 years old. Honestly, the first brand that came to mind was Dyson. I had heard such great things about the brand that I knew I wanted to give it a try. Although I don’t have any pets, I decided to try the Dyson Animal Ball 2 because my full head of hair sheds a lot and I have two [messy] daughters who take after their mama’s hair. What I wasn’t expecting, though, was how much I would be in love with a vacuum. Weird, right? I guess that’s what being an adult is: getting excited about a new vacuum and writing a heartfelt ode to it on the Internet.

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Enjoying the Simple Firsts of Motherhood

Two nights ago, my youngest, last baby slept in her “big girl” bed for the first time. Not long before, she started demanding to sit at the kitchen table instead of in her high chair. My little baby isn’t such a baby anymore. She’s growing up. As much as I tried to keep her a “baby” as long as I could, time (like the thief it is) swept in and turned her into a little girl. I know I say that a lot. I’ve come to realize that I really struggle with the passing of time.

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Take the Stress Out of Naptime and Create Your Own Personal Paradise with Trefiel

There’s a lot of pressure to be productive during naptime these days, isn’t there? I remember seeing my mom do chores and whatnot while we we played; watching her at a young age taught me how to keep and manage a home. When I was old enough, she made us help. But these days, moms save up all of the “to-do’s” for the short time period during the day when the kids are napping. And on days when the kids don’t nap? Forget it. Day over. That’s so stressful! Well, I’ve teamed up with Trefiel to help you take the stress out of naptime and turn it into your own personal paradise. Let’s all take some time and relax. It will make us better moms.

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Trick Your Kids With Veggie Treats from Garden Lites

I don’t know about you but sometimes it is just plain hard to get my kids to eat anything, much less vegetables. It’s like they go on a food strike and I don’t even know how they function on so few calories those days. Sometimes they love their veggies and are great eaters and other times… well, not so much, especially with my 2 year old. It’s those “not so much” times when I bust out the big guns. By “big guns” I mean lies and deception, of course (insert evil laugh). I like to trick my kids into thinking that they’re eating treats by giving them veggie muffins from Garden Lites.

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Must Have Items for Baby #2

One of the great things about having a second baby (when it comes to “stuff,” that is) is that you don’t need nearly as much new stuff as you did with the first one, right? If you bought gender neutral equipment the first go-round, you really don’t need much of anything, right? Well, maybe. The transition from one to two wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be and there were a few things I found myself needing with Baby #2 that I didn’t with Baby #1. I’m 2.5 years into being a mom of 2 and so I thought I’d round up what we actually used, some of which we still use. Here are my Must Have Items for Baby #2.

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5 Reasons You Should Consign at Pop-Up Consignment Sales

Ah, consignment sales. There seems to be a ton of them in multiple locations, usually in the spring and fall. It’s perfect timing: Spring Cleaning and Christmas Prep. I personally am a huge fan of the pop-up sales as a shopper; I tend to get the best deals there vs. the consignment stores that are open all year long. Now, I typically consign my girls’ clothes at a local family-owned store in my community; I love being able to just drop it all off and let their staff sort and label it all. Then, I just pick up a check whenever I feel like. Easy peasy. This year, though, I had a bunch of big equipment-type stuff that I wanted to off-load and knew I could keep a higher % of the sales at a pop-up (70% vs 50%). So, I decided to do the pop-up sale in addition to my normal store-consigning. Mistake. Now that I have that experience under my belt, I have some thoughts. Here are 5 reasons you should consign at pop-up consignment sales.

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Advice for the New Mom from a Mom Who’s Been There

Motherhood is hard. Social media has done so much good in how it connects women and creates a virtual community but I also feel that it’s done some harm for the new mom, too. When you’re a tired, desperate mama who spends her middle-of-the-night feeding sessions scrolling through everyone else’s highlight reels, it’s easy to compare yourself to everyone else and feel like you’re doing something wrong. Well, Mama, I’m here to tell you that you’re not. Inspired by a new mom who is very close to me, today I’m sharing some wisdom, truths, and advice for new moms from my own experience.

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How I Save My Clothes & My Money with this Fool-Proof Laundry Solution

Laundry. You hate it. I hate it. We all hate it, right? But it’s a necessary evil unless you can afford to have someone do it for you full-time. I’ve always been weird about laundry, though, and evn if I could afford my own personal laundry maid, I’d probably still do it myself. Weird, I know. Anyway, even though we’re (thankfully) long past the days of washing boards and clothing lines (yay, technology!), laundry is still such a drag, am I right? But, luckily for me (and now you), I’ve found something that saves my clothes and my money

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