How to Have a Fantastic Summer Day at the Local Swimming Hole

How to Have a Fantastic Summer Day at the Local Swimming Hole

Summer weather is finally here, friends! And it is wonderful! And beautiful. And makes us want to be outside playing and splashing. That’s exactly what we did these past two weekends, starting with our first swim of the season on Mother’s day. I love living here in the Austin area. Just love it. I thought I loved Houston, but this is a whole new experience for us. I’ve never lived somewhere with a local swimming hole. And Austin is full of swimming holes! When we lived in the Houston area, we were always about an hour and a half drive […]

Posted May 23, 2018 by Julie in Entertainment, Family, Parenting, / 4 Comments
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Patriotic Star Toddler Craft

Patriotic Star Toddler Craft

After our Father’s Day craft fiasco, I applied my lessons learned to the next craft. Between Memorial Day and Fourth of July, and simply being a military family, patriotic crafts are a wonderful thing to do with kiddos. Especially toddlers and preschoolers who just love to paint. I started this craft up after nap time Sunday afternoon. I asked my son if he wanted to paint and SURE he said. Then I backed up a bit and said wait do you want a snack? (Cause, you know, no one wants to have a hangry toddler) and he said, “not yet, […]

Posted May 22, 2018 by Julie in Military, Parenting, / 0 Comments
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6 things you should try if your toddler is coughing non-stop

6 things you should try if your toddler is coughing non-stop

  Here are the 6 things you should try if your toddler is coughing non-stop Your child falling sick can be your worst nightmare. While we may all be okay when we’re hit with the occasional flu, the sight of your ailing child will almost always make you feel depressed. One occasion where you’ll feel this sense of desperation and anxiety is when your toddler is coughing non-stop, especially when they can’t sleep during the night. Unfortunately, you can’t offer them over-the-counter medicine as well because according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children under 4-6 years shouldn’t be given […]

Posted May 21, 2018 by Julie in Guest Posts, Health, Parenting, / 0 Comments
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Surviving as a New Military Mom

Surviving as a New Military Mom

This is a sponsored conversation on behalf of The Breastfeeding Shop via SoFluential Media. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Being a Military Mom is a unique challenge because, in addition to the life-altering changes that having a new baby means for a family, you also tend to live far apart from the rest of your family, and your spouse may be away for long periods of time. Read some tips to help survive as a new military mom.     Find your Mom Tribe The military lifestyle makes us more nomadic, which pulls us from our extended families and […]

Posted May 18, 2018 by Julie in Military, Parenting, Sponsored, / 6 Comments
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5 Reasons Your Baby is not Sleeping (and How to Cope)

5 Reasons Your Baby is not Sleeping (and How to Cope)

  Most new moms and dads don’t realize that there are various things that can help you and your baby create a sleeping routine so that your entire family can get some proper rest. Let’s take a look at the five most common culprits of sleep troubles and how you can tackle them to finally get some shut-eye! Photo by Carlo Navarro on Unsplash Is your baby not sleeping? Here are some underlying causes of a baby that won’t sleep. 1.      Too much fuss As parents, we often spend most of our time overthinking every step of the baby-care process, […]

Posted May 15, 2018 by Julie in Guest Posts, Parenting, / 0 Comments
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5 Tips for Shooting Your First Stress-free Family Photography Session

5 Tips for Shooting Your First Stress-free Family Photography Session

Tips for Shooting Your Family Photography Session   Shooting family pictures isn’t so easy. Having photography sessions with kids requires a lot of patience and effort. The only way you can make a family photography session fruitful is by changing your own attitude to shoot. Most parents are not satisfied with the pictures they receive from the photographer after long tiring poses in daylight. The pictures do look good but they make you feel like you and your family just posed for the camera. If you want the best moments with your family captured most beautifully, I have 5 simple […]

Posted May 11, 2018 by Julie in Guest Posts, Parenting, / 0 Comments
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A Bedtime Routine with Baby you can take on the Road

A Bedtime Routine with Baby you can take on the Road

I have been compensated by JOHNSON’S® Baby for this post; however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own.   Becoming a parent is a wonderful and chaotic journey, where everything changes day-to-day but you do your best to keep your life as normal as it was before. This means continuing your regular family trips and visits, even though you have an extra passenger (with quite a bit of extra luggage). Developing a good bedtime routine with your baby is key, and important to establish at home while schedules are normal. Then this established routine can be […]

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Father’s Day Toddler Craft (or how to salvage a craft gone wrong)

Father’s Day Toddler Craft (or how to salvage a craft gone wrong)

Do a Father’s Day craft with your toddlers they said. It will be fun they said. So here I am trying to do something simple and enjoyable with my son – a craft. He loves them. He loves to glue. He loves to paint. He loves to cut. I try to play into that with our activity ideas. So here I am trying to do a fun craft for Father’s day so I can share it with you lovely readers in plenty of time to do one yourself, and we hit a major Pinterest fail. You see, I started out […]

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Easy Overnight Breakfasts for Busy Working Moms

Easy Overnight Breakfasts for Busy Working Moms

Working moms tend to have rushed mornings. I know, mine can get very crazy. Having a good, healthy breakfast ready to go when you have enough other things to do in the morning helps make the morning run smoother. Here are some great ideas for easy overnight breakfasts that “cook” in the refrigerator overnight. Overnight Oats for Breakfast Overnight Oatmeal for Lactation (from me) – doesn’t have to be just for lactation as you can change up the ingredients (like leaving out brewer’s yeast).   Strawberries and Cream Overnight Oats from Living Sweet Moments Chocolate Chia Overnight Oats from Mama Likes to […]

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Hello Sunshine and Mother’s Day Giveaway: Win Wine Socks

Hello Sunshine and Mother’s Day Giveaway: Win Wine Socks

Please note that I may be compensated for sharing some items on my gift guides, but opinions and the decision to feature the items are my own! Affiliate links are used in this gift guide to share these product ideas with you. Should you make a purchase, I will earn a commission at no additional charge to you.   Welcome to our Mother’s Day Giveaway #2. This hop is hosted by MamatheFox.   Today I’m teaming up with Cavertin Enterprises to share this lovely gift they idea for the wine-loving mamas! These socks are a funny and fun gift idea. What wine-loving mama doesn’t […]

Posted May 1, 2018 by Julie in Giveaways, / 0 Comments
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