• Boxed.com

    Since school started, I realized just how hard it was to juggle 4 kids and work full time.  My time is stretched so thin, that I am looking for ways to not necessarily cut corners, but find easier ways to do a lot of my routine tasks. Shopping has been my biggest hurdle.  I find myself running to the store almost everyday because I ran out of something.  I make lists but still seem to not have everything I need.  I decided the easiest and cheapest way for me to shop would be online. I’m no stranger to shopping online.  Years ago, I only did my grocery shopping.  Then I…

  • Love Snax Cards

      The ability to express emotion, whether verbally or written, is important for a healthy social and emotional development.  From frustration to jubilation, we teach kids what actions or words are appropriate for those feelings.  Emotion talk is probably one of the hardest ways to convey a persons feelings because sometimes it’s hard to “find the right words”.  Supporting a child’s emotional understanding from day to day is a task that is not just important, but it’s necessary to help them as they grow. As I work to teach my children how to express themselves, imagine my surprise when I came across these LoveSnack cards the other day.  They are affirmation cards…

  • Baby’s First Dentist Visit

    Even though I have 4 children, each “first” is like a new experience for us all.  It’s like everything I thought I remembered from the first 3 flies out of my brain and I find myself scrambling for information on the internet.  Thank goodness for Google, and mommy online groups, and other friends with babies now. The most recent first that we celebrated was the first trip to the dentist!!  I heard that it was suggested to take your child to the dentist before their first birthday, but after talking to our family dentist we opted to wait.  We decided that closer to two was optimal for us.  The dentist…

  • Living on House Arrest

    Kids are amazing!! And when I say amazing, I mean they have this way of making you go crazy without realizing you’re going crazy.  This parenting thing is sooooo much more than you think it is.  From the outside looking in, it probably looks like cuddles, kissing booboos, making cookies from scratch and all that kind of stuff.  From the inside of the cell looking out, it’s really quite opposite.  I liken my time as a parent, as time spent in some correctional facility run by kids.  The the biggest and baddest wardens are the smallest in size.  YES, BABIES RUN THE WORLD! Don’t believe me?  Go on and make…

  • You’re Only Healthy Until You’re Not – Pt. 1

    HealthPlanUSA I’ve got a family of 6 that depend on me for health insurance. Because of my job, my husband and I decided it was best for everyone to be on the family plan offered by my employer. While I have really great insurance, there are still a lot of out of pocket costs that I incur due to the varying medical needs of my family. As parents, my husband and I know first hand how hard it is to keep up with the expenses of 4 children. Between school and extracurricular activities, it seems like we are always shelling out money to pay for something. When one our daughters…