5 Important Things I wish I’d Done Before My Baby Had Arrived

{Disclaimer: I received compensation to share this post and my thoughts about cord blood banking with you guys. But- this is my story, and all opinions are my own.}

One of these days I’ll get around to writing the full story about my unexpected journey to motherhood. But let’s just say – I’d never planned to become a mom. I didn’t feel comfortable holding a friend’s new baby. I knew nothing about babies. Then, after 5 years of dating, we unexpectedly found out we were expecting. Oh my.

Holding hands with a new baby

I tried to prepare for Abby’s birth. I bought baby clothes. Set up a crib. Stocked up on supplies like diapers and wipes. But there are a few really important things I really wish I’d done before she arrived. {Especially because she surprised me by coming 3 weeks early!} [Read more…]

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Earn Money by Surfing the Web

{This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are always my own.}

The economy is improving, but many of us are still on a tight budget. Maybe you’ve been laid off, or had your hours cut. Maybe you’re a stay at home mom who wants a way to earn extra money while still being home with the kids. Or maybe you just want some simple ways to earn extra cash in your free time. My post, 10 Ways to Make Money from Home is my most popular post ever, of all time – it’s been pinned over 280k times! So, I figured since frugal tips seem to be pretty popular with you guys, once a week I’ll share a new way to get free or super cheap stuff, or how to save money.

This week, I’m talking about earning with Neilsen. Neilsen is a huge company – They have a lot of different branches to what they do. But they’re main focus is on collecting opinions and data from people across the country, so that they can use that info to help companies develop products, marketing plans, and more. So they have programs that reward people for helping share those opinions. Think about it – years ago, brands had to spend big bucks to bring people together for in-person focus groups. Now, with everyone on the web, it’s easier than ever for tons of people to share their thoughts to help brands create the best products. And they pay you for it!

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Small Victories Sunday Linkup – 7/4/2012

Small Victories Sunday Linkup

Welcome to our Small Victories Sunday Linkup, now partying on 9 blogs!

This weekly linkup is designed to linkup your BEST posts to inspire others to read, cook, craft, live well and blog well. Share with us anything that will help others live a happier and healthier life. Sunday is the perfect day to reflect and celebrate the week that passed and look forward to the week ahead. Our linkup is open all week long so feel free to stop by anytime, it’s never too late to linkup with us. If you need writing prompts or to see past linkups, visit our main Small Victories Sunday Linkup page. [Read more…]

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Small Victories Sunday Linkup!

Hi guys! It’s been a LONG time here that I haven’t posted anything new. There has been SO much going on my life – I’ll be writing an update soon to let you know where I’ve been. Some good, some bad, but… ’tis the way life goes, right? But, I’m excited to joining this great group of blogs each week now, and I hope you’ll join in the fun. Check it out…

Small Victories Sunday Linkup

Welcome to our Small Victories Sunday Linkup, now partying on 8 blogs!

I am very excited to be a part of this great group! This weekly linkup is designed to linkup your BEST posts to inspire others to read, cook, craft, live well and blog well. Share with us anything that will help others live a happier and healthier life. Sunday is the perfect day to reflect and celebrate the week that passed and look forward to the week ahead, right? Our linkup is open all week long so feel free to stop by anytime, it’s never too late to linkup with us! If you need writing prompts or to see past linkups, visit our main Small Victories Sunday Linkup page.

Ways You Can Follow Your Hosts:

Small Victories Sunday Linkup hosts [Read more…]

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Enter to Win in the Karina Dresses #Frockstar Huge #Giveaway!

I received a complimentary dress from Karina Dresses. The Frockstar™ Nation Event will show how Karina Dresses truly are a dress made for every body. Keep reading to check it out. Too much awesome.

Love dresses, #fashion #Frockstar [Read more…]

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