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10 Important & Practical Things To Do Before Baby #2

Before my son was born, I had many evenings where I researched everything “new mom” related. I spent many evenings on the couch Pinteresting and Google searching what exactly I was in for. Now, with baby #2 coming, it’s an entirely new ball game.  What do you exactly need to do to get ready for your baby #2 when you already are a mom? Do I reuse everything? Is it the same thing all over? Well, here is a list of important and practical things to do before your second bundle of joy arrives. This list has truly helped me, so here it goes!

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How To Choose The Best Vehicle For Your Family

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Parents have a multitude of options when choosing the best vehicle for their family. With all the available vehicles currently on the market, finding the best vehicle can be an overwhelming task. Thankfully, the internet can make researching vehicles and features that are important to you and your family much easier. When my husband and I were in the market for buying our new family vehicle, we used the internet and sites such a as for comparing options, pricing, features, safety and fuel efficiency.

By using, a user friendly website with an abundance of vehicle information, you can easily navigate vehicle options and determine the best vehicle that meets the needs of your family. They make car buying easier by housing unbiased reviews, a variety of research information, service and repair details and even vehicle model review videos.

The following are a list of questions that you can ask yourself to determine what vehicles are best for your family. When thinking about these questions, you should consider what your family’s needs currently are and how they could potentially change during the lifespan of your ownership.
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Important Questions If You Want To Be A Stay At Home Mom

Well, here you are embarking on a new journey of important motherhood decisions! Let me be the first to congratulate you and to also tell you that this decision is not an easy one. The decision to be a stay at home mom comes with many possible questions and scenarios that play in your head. All the “what ifs, how will I, how will we, can we even?” questions were swimming in my head when I made that decision myself. After months and months of contemplating, the same important  questions kept popping back up for discussion. So here you go mama, the most important questions you must answer to help you decide if you should transition to becoming a stay at home mom.
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Top 10 Toddler Road Trip Travel Items

We are a family that travels quite often. When we travel, we usually have a loaded SUV which includes my husband, myself, our family pug (along with everything that goes along with traveling with a pet), and our toddler which in itself is very gear intensive as well! If you have ever traveled with a toddler for more than an hour, you know these little humans don’t like long road trips. The car meltdowns an average toddler has is one that many parents know. So since we travel a lot, we have compiled a list of our necessities we take on every trip to save our sanity. These ten items have saved our sanity many, many times!

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5 New Christmas Family Traditions

As the holiday season coming to a close and everyone is starting to box up the ornaments and Christmas decorations, new memories that will last a lifetime have been made. Our family decided that we would like to start some holiday traditions each year to look forward to and to make Christmas time just a bit more fun. 🎄
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DIY Handprinted Keepsake Ornament

‘Tis the Season, the holidays are here again! If you are crunching all holiday activities in the last week like me, pour a glass of wine because this one is pretty easy to do and you can have this keepsake ornament in your family and on your Christmas tree for many years to come.🎄
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Family Day- Austin Aquarium

Are there any places in your city that you have always wanted to visit, but simply haven’t yet? Well, for us it was the Austin Aquarium. It’s been in town for a couple of years now and we have always said we would go, but life just gets in the way sometimes and we haven’t. Well, we decided over Thanksgiving break to go, and I’m so glad we finally did! 🐙😊🐠
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A Fun Day, Play For All Abilities Park

One thing I didn’t anticipate when I became a mom was how much we would be going to different parks! While we have a neighborhood park in our neighborhood, it is not toddler friendly. The slides are for big kids, the swings are not the toddler swings, the play bridges don’t have guard rails and in general it’s for bigger kids than my son who is just shy of two years old. So, we like to go to different parks. One park that I have been hearing about is a Play for All Abilities Park. These types of parks have activities for children of all ages, including even special activity areas for children with disabilities. The closest one was about 45 minutes away from our home, but I decided to take our son there anyway since it was this park’s grand reopening.

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Dear Overwhelmed Mom, You’re Not Alone

Last night’s dishes still in the sink, laundry that’s been in the washer for three days, clothes that were supposed to be hung up in the closet but instead are sitting in a perfect pile in the entry room and a home that would make an episode of Hoarders look nice and tidy. You don’t want anyone visiting because you feel like such a failure. You are exhausted, overwhelmed and you think you don’t have it together. At the end of the day, you creep into bed exhausted from the hustle and bustle of keeping tiny humans alive, changing diapers, making lunches, reading the same favorite book for what felt like 30 times in one day. Tearing yourself apart because you burned dinner while you were saving your toddler from eating a new piece of god knows what they found while reaching underneath the couch. Depressed because you haven’t showered in three days but are too exhausted to give a shit. I see you, mama. I know how you feel. I truly do because I have been there too.
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My Couponing Journey

Once we decided as a family that I would stay home for the first couple years to be with our son, I knew that my financial footprint on our household would have to adjust. I will say that I am lucky to have an opportunity to even stay at home at all, and that many new mothers (or fathers) don’t have that opportunity. Although it was something that took a lot of thought and was not an easy choice, it was the best decision for our family.
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