Depression, Anxiety, and Me {Part Two}

October 19, 2013

{{READ ME FIRST}} Our seventh baby was born. He was beautiful and healthy, just like the rest of our children. To the world, I seemed happy. After all, I was the “super mom” of seven kids, with a loving husband. The one who seemed to have it all together. But, I was slumping further in [...]

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The Importance of a Second Opinion

October 15, 2013

Just last week, I had an incredibly painful infection in a tooth that I should have had filled ages ago. I dragged myself to the dentist, feeling miserable, only to be told I needed a root canal. My first thought was to get it done asap, but I had to stop myself. I remembered what [...]

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Chinese Chicken Salad {recipe}

October 11, 2013

I’m a fan of the rottiserie chicken. Our quick and convenient, go-to meal for the entire family consists of a couple of garlic rotisserie chickens, veggies, and fresh bread. We can feed our entire family for less than $20, and that’s a steal for a growing family of nine! With any left-overs, I like to make [...]

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A Day Made Better

October 8, 2013

Last week OfficeMax surprised 1,000 teachers across the country with a total of $1 million in classroom supplies, thanking them for their hard work and dedication in the classroom. To the average American teacher, “back to school” means spending approximately $1,000 out of their own pocket for essential classroom supplies.OfficeMax founded A Day Made Better [...]

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Don’t Miss Out on Spa Week!

October 2, 2013

I am so excited about Spa Week. Spa Week’s bi-annual event takes place every spring and fall. That means that October 14th through October 20th, hundreds of spas across the US and Canada will offer full-service, signature spa treatments at the major discount of just $50 each! In the Austin area alone, I can choose from massages, facials, pedicures [...]

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Easy Weeknight Meals {With Homemade Lasagna Sauce Recipe}

October 1, 2013

Our kiddos have been back to school for three weeks now. I feel like we’re just getting in to a good routine. Well, it’s a routine anyway. Home.   Snack.   Homework.   Playtime.   Dinner.   Chores.   Showers.   Bed. Every night. The same thing. There is one thing that is generally not ever the same (in the same week, [...]

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Shaken Not Stirred

September 26, 2013

Contigo has some brand new Shake & Go tumblers and we all love them! So easy for the kids, they can make their own chocolate milk without any help and without making a mess. Pull the straw out of the lid and it takes just a few shakes for a super-easy one-handed drinking solution. Make it and [...]

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Raising Independent and Responsible Children

September 18, 2013

I recently saw a meme making it’s way through Facebook recently that basically illustrated how children are constantly asking for things to be done for them. Children who are capable, physically and mentally, to know where and how to dispose of their own garbage, and perform other simple tasks on their own. I totally relate [...]

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It’s Child Passenger Safety Week

September 15, 2013

It’s Child Passenger Safety Week {Sept 15-21, 2013}, so Safety 1st and I wanted to offer another great giveaway! Did you know that car crashes are the leading cause of death for children age 1 through 12 years old.? Based on NHTSA crash data in 2010, almost an average of 2 children (age 12 and younger in a [...]

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Kids In The Kitchen :: Chocolate Puddin’ Pie

September 14, 2013

The other day, Ben begged me to make him a Chocolate Pie. I had never made one before, but knew it couldn’t be too difficult. With some help from Ben, we found a recipe and made a list of needed ingredients. Off to the store we went and before long we had everything we needed. [...]

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Trying to Stay Cool?

September 12, 2013

Are you looking for something to do with the little ones in the Austin area these next couple of weeks? If you have small children and want to stay cool, the Quarry Splash Pad in Leander at Southwest Williamson County Regional Park is just the ticket! At just just $1 per child, it’s a super [...]

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Home Safety Tips for Baby Safety Month

September 11, 2013

It’s Baby Safety Month and I’ve teamed  up with Safety 1st, as a compensated Ambassador, to bring you some tips on safe guarding your home accompanied. I also get to give away a fab prize package to help make your home more safe for baby. Home Safety Tips From Julie Vallese, Safety 1st Consumer Safety Expert Give [...]

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Take Advantage of Early Layaway at Walmart for the Holidays

September 9, 2013

I can hardly believe that I’m about to mention the holidays, but they are just around the corner! Are you thinking about them yet? Well, to make these upcoming holidays stress and worry free, Walmart is offering access to Early Layaway via their Facebook offer. If you claim the offer, you get access to Layaway Sept. 11 & [...]

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Turning Aggression in to Calm and Loving Responses :: A Lesson in Expression

September 8, 2013

Noah is all boy. He showed his aggressive nature quite early, and as soon as he could stand on his own he assumed an offensive football stance. He was born tough, has always been loud, and is afraid of nothing. Over the years I tried to work with Noah to express his frustrations in more [...]

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B2S :: 1st Day

August 27, 2013

Sending five of my kids off on the first day of a new school year, in a new school, was bittersweet. This will be Noah’s very first year away from home, and I know I will miss him in a different way than I will miss the others. This morning, as I said goodbye to [...]

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Summertime Fun At The Austin Ice Cream Festival

August 17, 2013

There are certainly no shortage of fun things for the whole family to do in Austin… We were excited to discover that this weekend was the 7th Annual Austin Ice Cream Festival. Ray and I thought it would be a great way to spend one of the last Saturdays before school starts, so we decided [...]

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Travel With Little Passports {without ever having to leave your home!}

August 16, 2013

Have you met Sam and Sofia? These two travel the world and send your kiddos goodies from a new place every month. With Little Passports you can inspire a love and understanding of the world as your child learns about a geography, history, culture, and language in a fun and memorable way. Little Passports sent [...]

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Disney Family Movies

August 14, 2013

Disney Family Movies is a subscription video on demand service for one very low monthly price! Gain access to great feature movies, shorts, featurettes and bonus materials, all at your fingertips. Get more information about Disney Family Movies and find it in your area. What is Disney Family Movies? The only video on demand subscription [...]

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Hppy 6th Birthday, Noah!!

August 12, 2013
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Goodbye Crowded Teeth. Hello Beautful Smile!

August 8, 2013

Do you remember when I told y’all about Ethan and Zach’s upcoming Invisalign treatment? At the time we had just had the initial consulation with our orthodontist. Whom we love, by the way! There were many reasons why we decided to go with Invisalign aligners instead of braces, to straighten their teeth, not the least [...]

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#WordlessWednesday :: Texas Lightening Storm

August 7, 2013
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The Ultimate Road Trip

August 5, 2013

It will be two weeks tomorrow since we pulled into our new driveway. While we sorely miss our friends and family back in Cali, we are well on our way to feeling at home in our new place. But, to get here we had to take the mother of all road trips… Ray, two of [...]

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