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Master Spring Cleaning with the ‘New School Laundry’ Routine

Thank you to Gain at Walmart for helping me with these “new school” laundry tips. All opinions are my own.Ahhh, laundry. It never stops and most of us are stuck in a laundry rut. A seemingly endless spin-cycle of pre-treaters, liquid detergents, fabric softeners, dryer sheets… it never ends. And when it does end, sometimes […]

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Why Do I Get Crap For Having ‘Only’ One Child?

I get this question a lot — I’m sure many of you do, too. Mainly by strangers, but sometimes by acquaintances who don’t know me well enough. “Do you have other children?” I normally respond with, “No, he’s my only one.” Which is usually followed by the inquisitor to frown or give me some other sympathetic […]

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The Night Our Son Had a Febrile Seizure

All parents wish their children came with an Operator’s manual. After we had our first child, we felt super confident going into the birth of our second son, Griffin. Within moments of Griffin’s birth, we realized how different each child truly is and that we had absolutely no plan. Watching your child be sick, in […]

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Why Every Mom Should Get Their Babies Vaccinated

Each year in April, the CDC partners with health professionals, community leaders, and parents to promote vaccination, improve health of children ages two and under, and encourage greater access to life-saving vaccines through National Infant Immunization Week. Unfortunately, vaccines have become controversial among many parents. This is largely due to a now-discredited report from a doctor who […]

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Screen Safety: What Every Parent Needs To Know

Protecting our children is every parent’s most important job, but many feel outmatched when it comes to the virtual world. We struggle to keep up with all the apps available, let alone the updates that seem to be released the second we finally understand something. We try to be vigilant about snooping through our children’s tablets and phones, only […]

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Conquering Homework Battles and Other Common Parenting Concerns

This post on conquering homework battles is brought to you by Proactive Life Skills. I have a confession to make — I hate homework. Don’t tell my former students or my kids, although I doubt my kids would be surprised. We’ve all suffered through battles over finishing homework. After a busy day at work, driving […]

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The Day My Daughter Thanked Me for Letting Her Clean Her Room

When I was pregnant, I remember I was terrified of parenting. Of course I knew all the stuff I should know, like how to change a diaper, swaddle a newborn — so on and so on. What I didn’t know was how to parent that bundle of joy. But do any of us? 
My first […]

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Launch Day :: Jacksonville Dogs Blog

Happy April Fool’s Day! The love for our pets is real, and while the thought of an all dog blog sounds brilliant, we didn’t want to offend any cat lovers out there. Here are a few of our favorite blog posts for all of you animal lovers. Why Your Kids Need a Mutt Pets and […]

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Girl, Let Your Hair Down – Birthday Party Fun at MYDRY Blowout Bar

Thanks to MyDry Blowout Bar for helping us let our hair down and celebrate! All opinions are my own!I love birthdays. I love the cake, the ice cream, the cute swoon-worthy Pinterest-inspired decorations, but birthday party planning for kids? It’s overwhelming to me. Our house is small. My kids birthdays are in the winter (granted […]

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