Busy Mom’s Guide: $5.00 Gallery Wall

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I did it. I finally did it! I gave in to the Pinterest-mania ‘must-do’ and found myself absolutely in love with a zillion Instagram brag posts on Facebook… and found within myself the desperate need for a Gallery Wall. My only opposition? Money. So, my husband and I teamed up and in one afternoon put together the most amazing gallery wall I could dream up! And the best part? It cost less than $5.

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Five Words That Changed My Marriage {Part One}

changedmarriage2Many people have expressed the sentiment, ‘I married my best friend’. I would have to agree with that statement, although perhaps much more literally than it’s usually intended. I -actually- married my best friend. My husband and I were fortunate enough to grow up together; he was my first and last crush – I was in love with him at four years old. Although we had our ups and downs, there is something utterly binding that accompanies a connection like ours. It’s always been there, and always will be.

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Busy Mom’s Guide: How To Beat A Cold (With Shopping List!)

howtobeatacold1So you’ve got cold. Of course you do, it’s wintertime and it’s nearly impossible to avoid the sniffles from November-March (or September-June if you live in New England…). You stock up on vitamins, eat clean, and steer clear of the coughing lady in Walmart, but you still find yourself succumbing to the sore throat/icky chills combo.

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Five 15-Minute Family Meals

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My Absolute Best (and Worst) Pin Experiments

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Pinterest has revolutionized my world. For someone that has never been ‘craft-inclined’ or ‘artsy’, to be able to search for a detailed tutorial on every DIY imaginable is like having a brain transplant. I’ve had some very positive results since hopping on the Pinterest train, and yes, 99% of them come in burlap.

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5 Baby-Must-Haves You’ll Wish You Had

aNEA4F1Lrq11ZzN_aJGGTGBAxv-xzgPi8jtsaNcE0bwContrary to popular advertisers’ opinions, there are many, MANY baby products you can absolutely do without! This list, however, is not one of them. As a first time mom I was the ultimate sucker for a good commercial. I bought the Boogie Wipes (fantastic but not necessary), the wipe-warmer (my husband literally laughed me out of the room on this one), and the most expensive diapers…. for the first two weeks. Then I smarted up and realized there must be a better way to be a good mom besides stocking up on every product in the Target Baby isle.

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So You’re Having A Baby…. (5 Must-Do’s in the First 7 Days)

2014-11-02 11.01.13-1 (1).jpgThe first week of your baby’s life is perhaps the most amazing and awe-inspiring as you watch them slowing begin to awaken to the world they have arrived in. But let’s be real – those first 7 days are perhaps the most intimidating, terrifying and ultimately the hardest you’ve ever experienced to-date! And instead of getting easier things tend to get harder, at least for a time. Although my husband and I both came from big families and had lots of experience with babies, when we brought our firstborn home from the hospital, many nights I would begin crying as the sun went down, so dreading the long night ahead. True story. And, no matter what you do or don’t do, transitioning into life with a newborn is as painful as growing a limb. Or so I can imagine.

But as we all know, it’s well worth it, so here are a few tips to get you through those first beautifully precious – albeit hideously scary – first days.

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