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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

ParentCast - Episode 18: Financial Planning For Baby w/ Special Guests: Derek & Carrie Olsen

Mary and Blake talk all about how to plan financially for a baby with super special guests Derek & Carrie Olsen from the "Better Conversations" podcast!  They were excellent guests and we learned A TON!  Hit the jump to find out how money can be a force for good in your marriage.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Moccasins Rock - Especially Hand Made Moccasins From "Freshly Picked"

I love my son.  He loves me.  But you know what he hates?  Shoes.  Can't stand them.  Every chance he gets, those shoes are coming off his feet faster than I can put them on.

Before he was walking, this wasn't a big deal.  Shoes were only there for decoration.  If he kicked them off, who cares, right?  But then the walking began...

Hit the jump to find out how a company called "Freshly Picked" helped save my kids feet.

Becoming A Better Parent In A Better World With An Iced Tea In Hand #BrewOverIce #BrewItUp #shop

It's funny how having a kid can change your perspective of the world. I always wanted to be good person, but now that I have a pair of tiny eyes following me, I've realized that I need to be a role model day in and day out. Itty Bitty watches every move I make, whether it's drinking my iced tea in the morning, brushing my teeth, or even how I treat my friends and loved ones. He is my little shadow, my Padawan, and he's made me a better Tall Mom.

Saving Time Money And Your Sanity With Paperless Coupons #WalgreensPaperless #shop

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Tall Dad and I are at the age when our summer is consumed by weddings.  Weddings, weddings and more weddings.  Celebrating love on it's most important day is great.  Especially in the summer. The weather is perfect, and each wedding seems like it's own mini vacation. Heck, it gives Tall Dad and I a night out and a reason to have a few adult drinks together :) With Itty Bitty, there are very few opportunities for a night to get dressed up nowadays, so I look forward to these weddings with great enthusiasm.  While I love celebrating love on these very special days - my wallet does not.  They get expensive, right?  Nevermind if you're in a wedding!  Then it triples in price. It's a lot of money, and a lot of pressure.  You have to shop for new dresses, scour Pinterest to get ideas of what to do with hair and makeup, and then go searching for the perfect wedding card. Add a kid to this whole mess and, well, that's what you've got - a giant mess.  But, I've found out how to help combat some of the downfalls of love's best day.  Hit the jump to find out my ways to save money and manage my kid by using paperless coupons.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Padsicles - A Carefree Way to Survive Birth - How To Make Padsicles #FreeToMove #shop

A perfectly sweet southern mother in law came into town a few days before her granddaughter was born. She was tidying up the soon-to-be new parents house, and began to put away some frozen items she had bought at the supermarket. She opened the freezer and was shocked to find feminine care products in bags, clogging up the freezer

The mother in law carefully approached her pregnant daughter in law, wondering if pregnancy brain had truly taken over. She was convinced that if she were to look, she would find Ben and Jerry's "Cherry Garcia" underneath the bathroom sink. When she asked her pregnant daughter in law what was in he freezer. The mom-to-be turned around with a smile and said, "Padsicles!"  (This story is completely true btw - the names have been omitted to protect the innocent :) )

Thursday, July 17, 2014

ParentCast: Episode 17 - WE HATE COLIC

I am sorry for the delay on putting our ParentCast episodes up here!  To be honest, I completely forgot to do it.  You'll be seeing our latest episodes being posted here once every few days.  We're already up to 20.  So - get ready for some awesomeness.

My God, we hate colic.  This was an episode that was fun to talk about because it felt like a minor therapy session where we got to complain and complain and complain.  It was more cathartic than anything.  In this episode, Tall Dad and I discuss Colic with special guest Jean Twomey - a clincal social worker at Women and Infants Center For Children and Families, and assistant professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at The Brown Alpert Medical School.  In this episode you'll learn that, yes, colic is very real, and very hard.  Also, we talk about some tips to get through your colicky day and night, blue human manure, our most touching listener feedback yet, how Han Solo may not be as tough as we thought, and our BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!  Check it out!

We did have a lot of fun doing a lot of complaining in this episode.  But, in all honesty, colic is nothing to joke about.  You already know about our trials of colic with Itty Bitty.  Trust me, we get it.  So this is actually an extremely great tool for those who have babies with colic - or if you know someone who has a colicky baby.

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How have you dealt with Colic?

Friday, July 11, 2014

My Experience With NovaLash Eyelash Extensions From Calma Salon

You know that phrase "The eyes are the windows to the soul?" I believe this to be true. Looking into another person's eyes, making true genuine eye contact - rather than our facebook messages or texting hellos - is such a REAL experience.  Hit the jump to find out how the staff at Calma Salon made this experience that much more vivid for me.