Affordable Vacation Souvenir

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This January we took our family to San Diego. I've shared how the trip was a Christmas present and a few of our experiences: Sea World, the beach and taking 3 kids 6 and under on an airplane! When we were at Sea World, Eleanor wanted to get a snow globe. I quickly noticed a sign that said they were not allowed as carry-ons. It was at this point that we realized we needed a plan. We decided that the kids would each get to pick a pin. Relatively inexpensive and super easy to fit in our suitcase. When we got home. I went to Hobby Lobby and picked up these felt banners. They come in 2-packs ...

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Mint Chip Cheesecake Dip

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Thank you to Nestle Toll House for sponsoring today's post. If I am going to be honest, when I'm expected to bring something for an event, you can be sure I wait until the last minute. Always. I'm a big fan of simple crowd pleasers that can be whipped up in about five minutes. One of our party favorites is cheesecake dip. It was a big debate as to whether I wanted peanut butter chip cheesecake dip, caramel chip cheesecake dip or mint chip cheesecake dip. I ended up picking mint, because with St. Patrick's day right around the corner I thought it would be a fun choice. Throw ...

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Boy’s Room Gallery Wall

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So by now you realize my, must-switch-all-the-rooms-right-now-chaos, stems from finding out we are pregnant. Barely pregnant, but all of the sudden it just made sense. I mean, does lugging furniture and bending, sorting, and mass chaos sound like a good idea at 8 months pregnant? I think not. So the boys took over our room. The room is a work in progress, but today I wanted to share the one part that is kind of done. The pictures frames came from Hudson's room. Quinn told me he wanted them filled with pictures and not art. Each of the boys already had a lamp in their room. ...

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What to Expect

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I'm officially doing this a fourth time. I know, he doesn't look to happy about it. He is though! Sure, he has no idea what is going on, but he happily points at my stomach and says baby. He mostly thought it was fun to run from me and since he knew I wanted a picture of his shirt... Eleanor wants to know how Hudson can be a big brother if he still poops in a diaper. I'm hoping that this summer we will be able to potty train Hudson and that wont be the case. We already broke the news on social media, but I wanted to be sure that my readers who don't follow me on ...

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Establishing Good Habits

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Thanks to hello® a naturally friendly™ toothpaste for sponsoring this conversation. Sometimes establishing good habits for my children feels really hard. I feel like I'm barely keeping everything afloat and fitting in a shower for myself feels like an accomplishment. I'm not entirely sure why, but my children act like they are being punished when we say it is time to brush your teeth. Then there is the-- I cannot reach my toothbrush. I cannot reach the toothpaste. I don't like this flavor. They get the lecture, but man, I could use a night without the struggle. Did ...

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Out of Order, Crazy Real Life

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This post is sponsored by Bona, but the mess and opinions are all my own. Heading into this last weekend, I had two goals: attack the mountains of laundry and clean my floors using my new Bona Hardwood Floor Mop. The laundry in and of itself was probably more then a weekend job. I always promise myself that I will not let it pile up and then I let it pile up. Because honestly, doing it all is just so freaking hard. Our laundry system is pathetic. It piles up in our room, because the laundry area is a dungeon in the basement. This is part of the problem, I hate going down there. It ...

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That Giant Space Above the TV

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I'm kind of an obsessive re-arranger. It is one of those things I do. I've been that way as long as I can remember. Me and my bestie would rearrange our rooms and make plans to decorate it on a shoestring budget monthly. Oh, and I was 11. So it comes as no surprise that the living room just got rearranged again. Love this gallery wall surrounding the TV. With a few tweaks, the gallery wall stayed, but the TV left. I picked up this giant frame at Goodwill. I popped out the art, painted the frame and used the staple gun to attach chicken wire. I found the chicken wire at ...

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Boy Room Updates & Locker

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gladiator® GarageWorks for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. It is no secret that we are big Badger fans around here. Both my husband and I met at Wisconsin (check out our first "date" here) and graduated from there. My sports-obsessed Badger fan HAD to have this locker from, Gladiator® GarageWorks in his room. It is pretty sweet. It has a shelf, and hook inside. Quinn's room was ground-zero of my "get rid of all the things" rampage, which you can check out here. It got a fresh coat of white and a few other updates along ...

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Dr. Seuss Bingo Printable

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It is no secret that we love Dr. Seuss. We helped throw a Dr. Seuss themed baby shower for my brother and SIL. We offer these printables: here here here Talk about a flashback! Way back in 2012 we talked about celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday. I know how much they like to celebrate Dr. Suess's birthday in the schools and while this is an awesome classroom activity, it can also be fun for a family. My kids started begging to play the second we printed off the cards. The husband laid out 24 different cards so that not everyone is yelling bingo at the same ...

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Flying With Children

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Santa brought the kids plane tickets. You can read more about that here. Quinn has been begging for plane tickets for as long as I can remember. In fact, I'm a little unsure if it was that he wanted to travel to far away places or he really wanted to fly. We were leaving bright and early in the morning. Since we were flying out of Chicago, we had to allow an hour and a half drive time. Quinn came down a million times wondering if it was time to go yet. I'm not entirely sure he slept at all. We woke up the gang at around 4 am and headed to my parents. We dropped off Harry ...

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