Morning friends! Can we talk about food today? Specifically, snacks? Margsy’s at an age now where she’s constantly eating. She’s an awesome eater which we are so incredibly grateful for. She’s really only shown a distaste for eggs and cheese but will gladly eat any veggie, fish or protein we give her. This kiddo isn’t picky and has a healthy appetite which makes cooking and preparing meals for her super fun! Now that she’s snacking more and asking for food (Momma eat!) when she’s hungry we’ve had to start incorporating more snack foods into our weekly shopping trip. Although she’ll gladly eat fruits or veggies for snacks I’ve challenged myself to try different snack combinations and recipes to keep things interesting. I’ve blogged about our 100$ weekly limit before and have had to tweak it a little to allow for some healthy snack ideas. I’ve been experimenting and found quite…

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Did I ever tell you folks that I was a teacher? I’ve taught everything from first grade through 11th and every summer when I drafted my school supply list I struggled with trying to keep costs down for parents and including everything kiddos would need for the entire school year. In my last three years of teaching I actually came up with a system where I’d call each and every kiddo’s family on my class list and arrange for parents to give me money so that I would buy all the school supplies for my entire classroom for the entire year. I’d essentially create a school supply fund that I’d use to purchase everything from pencils to Kleenex boxes so that every kiddo in my room had exactly what they would need. In order to do this I’d shop deals and scour for the best prices so I could come…

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This post is sponsored by Andy Pandy. As always all opinions are my own. Raise your hand if you’ve ever had to deal with an unfortunate case of diaper rash? Awful stuff right? If your kiddo is anything like my Margs, diaper rashes just seem to pop up out of nowhere and they cause a ton of discomfort and fussiness. In the early weeks and months when she was just a wee infant we struggled with redness and chaffing and other uncomfortable diaper rash related issues. We were totally new to the whole parenting thing and despite thinking we were on top of her diaper changes we somehow were clearly missing the boat because no matter how well we cleaned her, how much diaper cream we applied and which diaper brand we used baby girl seemed to be constantly dealing with irritation on some level. And, as most of you…

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One Sunday morning during Margsy’s  weekly swimming lesson a fellow swim mom (is that even a thing?) stopped to tell me how cute she thought my daughters bathing suit was and to find out where I bought it because she’d like to purchase a similar one for her kiddo. Now, I’m pretty open about my frugal lifestyle choices and will gladly tell you that x, y or z is used with great pride but that doesn’t mean that I don’t feel judgement from time to time.  You see the judgement I often face is not necessarily about our choice to live this way but more about the perception or maybe assumption that by living frugally we’re somehow parenting our kiddo incorrectly or depriving her in some way. I was met with a little- okay a lot – of judgement that day and to be frank, it sucked. It didn’t suck…

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When I was pregnant with Margsy I abruptly stopped working. I had no choice really because I knew that the moment I hit 12 weeks I’d get my cerclage and then be put on long-term home bed rest. This was the plan. We knew about it and I had zero reservations about it. When she was born Mer and I discussed how we wanted to manage her childcare. We both felt comfortable with me staying at home full-time because I wanted to spend as much time as possible with her and childcare can get extremely expensive. In some respects I think we naively assumed that raising a kid was easier than it’s turned out to be. I’m not saying it’s unbearably hard but as Margsy ages we’re realizing that our current lifestyle (single child, one and done family) isn’t necessarily ideal when it comes to her social development and general…

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This little girl turned 18 months old! She’s walking, running, spinning in circles and trying to talk up a storm. I say trying to because although she says quite a few words most of her “talk” is still baby babble. She’s gotten to the point where her babble is continuous and she babbles right to me assuming I understand! Here’s a recap of what our life looks like right now. I wrote a similar post a couple of months ago when Margsy was 15 months old and after rereading before writing this one I was floored at how much has changed in only a few short months! 6:00 am – My alarm goes off and I head downstairs to start practicing my morning routine. The first thing I do is pop on a pot of coffee and do some reflection and meditation before I start my day. I’ve taken to…

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This is a sponsored post courtesy of Exceptional Life Institute. All opinions are my own. Wellness and self-improvement have really been my focus since Margsy was born. As soon as we got the opportunity to meet our precious miracle I became focused on my own wellness, happiness and over all well being because I want my little girl to grow up in a peaceful and safe home environment where her mamma is centered, happy and engaged. I’m pretty open about my struggles with anxiety here on the blog and so, when Exceptional Life Institute offered up the chance to review Universe 101: Learn, Grow, Evolve by Monica Ortiz I jumped on the opportunity because after reading a brief synopsis of her book I knew that it would be something I’d absolutely love. My anxiety has always been “there” but during my pregnancy with Margs it really took on a different…

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