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What Do You Need in a Summer Diaper Bag?

I participated in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Wet Ones, to share my favorite summer diaper bag must haves. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating….

Spring has sprung, and summer is coming up just around the corner. Around here, the warmer weather brings a ton of changes! We’re getting ready to open the pool {I’m in Central Washington, and it’s already 90 degrees – woah, right?} – and we’re out of the house so much more often, running around to visit the park, outdoor festivals, camping, and other fun stuff in the sunshine. Which means having a well-stocked diaper bag filled with great essentials is super important at this time of year.

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Why Women Aren’t Good With Money…

Wooo boy! Did you click through to this post, just because you read that headline, and wanted to prove me wrong? Well – I hope you can. Because I consider myself to be very good with money – I’m a frugal mom, grew up in poverty, and learned a lot of creative ways to stretch a dollar from my own mom. But still – studies have been showing lately that while many women are great at making those dollars in the family budget go farther by doing things like clipping coupons, searching for deals, and doing DIY projects – women are seldom as skilled at handling their financial life when it comes to “big picture” stuff like retirement, investments, or college savings. Which means – I definitely don’t think that all women are bad with money, that women can’t be good with money, or that we’re somehow not smart enough to handle it all. But I do think it’s an area where most women can use some new info, some extra help, and some tips to make them more independent. So ladies – let’s chat.

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How to Blend Functionality and Fabulousness for Fantastic Savings

Fab exists for one simple reason: To make you smile…. Sounds good already, right? Well, it’s going to get even better, so hold on to your handbags, fashionista mommas….

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Motherhood Tips Series: From Baby to Toddler Years, What You Really Need

“Having a child is surely the most beautifully irrational act that two people in love can commit.” – Bill Cosby… Getting ready for a new baby can be expensive – and overwhelming! I remember the first time I walked into the baby section to shop for my new baby-to-be… I had NO idea where to even start. How many tiny socks and onesies did I really need? How do I choose which type of bottle from the 30 options available? And which one of those “must-have” products did I truly need? If you’re not careful, you can quickly get caught up in the frenzy of excitement when shopping for a new baby – and find yourself surrounded by piles of things you never used, didn’t need, and now need to get rid of, around the time your bundle of joy turns 6 months old.

What do you really need to buy for a new baby?To help make your life a little easier, I’m going to share some of the tips and tricks that I’ve learned during the past two years of motherhood – which products you really need, and what you can skip. Great alternatives to some traditional items, that will work from infant to toddlerhood. Ideas on what to do with baby gear that you no longer need – how to reuse it, recycle it, or sell it to help build a budget for the things you need later on.

Trust me – you need a lot less than you think!

When I was getting ready for Abby to arrive, my life had suddenly changed drastically – in the space of 3 months, I’d gone from living on my own with a cat, to having my boyfriend and a dog move in, my mother come to live with me in my spare bedroom, and my brother and two nephews remodel my basement to move into too! Whew, right? {Read the whole story here – Why Bloggers Have Messy Homes.} All of that change meant that Abby wasn’t going to have room for a nursery – she’d be sharing a room with Daddy and I. I had to redo a hall cupboard and create a new closet space for her. Our room was small, so there was only room for a changing table and small shelf – no changing table. But this all turned out to be a blessing in disguise, since it made me really evaluate each new purchase, since space was limited. And I learned how lucky I was to not have purchased so much stuff when I saw friends later on donating bags of unused gear and clothing that they never even needed.

Motherhood tips - baby to toddlerSo – stay tuned! I’ll be posting at least once a day for the next few weeks, with the best products to take you from baby to toddler, so you invest in the pieces that will last you the longest. I’ll share some great tips that I’ve learned, brands to watch for, trends in kids style and decor, and those ideas on reusing baby pieces into later childhood years too.

And of course – we’ll have some fun giveaways too!

If you have any great tips to share, leave me some comments – What would you say the Top 3 Must Have’s are for new moms, that you still use into the toddler years? What do you wish you’d skipped? Share your advice below!


Celebrity Baby & New Mom Faves – Win a $200 Prize Package!

Welcome to the Mystery Box Giveaway!… For this giveaway, one lucky winner will get this big grand prize – $200 worth of Celeb-Driven Goodies can all be yours! This Mystery Box of celeb goodies will be tailored to Boy or Girl depending on the winner’s preference, to make sure that it’s just perfect for you and your little one – or a special kiddo in your life.

Introducing Celebrity Baby Trend Expert, Rachel Florio-Urso

Behind every brand is a public relations specialist who works the magic that makes a campaign memorable. On our radar is Celebrity Baby Trend Expert, Rachel Florio-Urso. She’s an in-demand expert whom over the past decade has worked with top editors and stylists worldwide, placing her clients in the spotlight with brand placement in shows like SEX AND THE CITY and in publications such as PEOPLE and the NEW YORK TIMES. If the brand has anything to do with maternity, baby, child or family travel, Rachel Florio-Urso is (or should be) behind the scenes giving it the coverage it deserves!

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Thanks to Rachel Florio PR (AKA Celebrity Baby Trend Expert) and Elegant Baby for sponsoring this great giveaway!

Hosts Mommy’s Memorandum and I Love My Kids have teamed up with few awesome bloggers to bring you this great 24-HOUR Event…

Mystery Box of of Celeb-Driven Goodies FLASH Giveaway

ONE LUCKY WINNER will receive a Mystery Box of Celebrity Driven Goodies (Valued at $200).

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All you have to do is enter to win using the super simple Rafflecopter below and check your email Wednesday morning to see if you won! Easy peasy, right? So Have Fun & Good luck! RULES: Contest is open to USA Residents. $200 Value. No purchase necessary. The winner will be selected by and notified by email, and will have 24 hours to reply back before a new winner is selected. Giveaway ends Friday, August 17, 2012 at 8:00 PM EST. You Must be 18+ to enter this contest. Contest is no way associated with Facebook.

Enter for your chance to win using the form below: Only Mandatory entry is to leave a blog post comment answering “Why you want to win a box of celeb-driven goodies valued at $200” All other entries are OPTIONAL and may give you better chance All entries will be verified.

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My Mommy on My Mind: Toddler Humor

Toddler Humor: Mommy on My Mind… This cracks me up. Love a little bit of toddler funnies on a Sunday morning, right? This pic is from my new favorite way to waste time – It’s a Tumblr site called Absolutely Madness, and it’s filled with the funniest graphics around. {Warning, it’s also got some somewhat inappropriate humor. Nothing too bad, but not for the easily offended. Just sayin’.} Check it out, and if you find a fave too, come share it with me on my Facebook wall today!

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Find more Mom Humor on my Pinterest board too!



Infographic: Women, Children, and Debt

As women, we may not always be the main income earners in our household, {even though many of us are.} But usually, we are the ones doing most of the family spending in our homes. From picking out the newest school clothes, cool decor and accessories to make our houses a home, and the food and gear to keep our families lives running smoothly – even the women who don’t earn all the money are usually the ones doing the basic household spending. But, a big problem is that so many of us moms don’t really want to think about our “real” financial picture. We’re good with our basic budget – but don’t always focus on our debt level, or other “big picture” financial facts. But – since we’re all such savvy shoppers, and know what’s truly best for our own families – it’s time that those of us who are not focusing on debt and long-term finances get involved!

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What do YOU Think?

Do you handle the household spending in your home… Or do you organize all of your families financial info? Do you have any great tips or resources to share? What are your biggest challenges? I love hearing from you guys – so leave some comments…