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Meet Kristen~ on Homeschooling

Meet Kristen~

Hi! My name is Kristen. I am a stay at home, homeschooling mama to three wonderful children. I have a degree in psychology but find my time is better spent raising these kiddos and focusing on their education. My husband is my safe place and without his unwavering encouragement I would be nothing. I long for a farmhouse where my children can run free with our chickens, goats, and pet pig.

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Meet Kim ~A Blogging Mama~

  My name is Kim and I am a busy mama of two little girls that are 2 years apart in age. We do a lot of character role playing at home, as well as going to the park and attending storytimes and playdates when we can. I quit my job in the corporate world exactly 1 year ago to stay home with my kids. It was a big adjustment but I feel like I have it down now! My husband has a long commute for work, so i watch the kids for 12-13 hours before he comes home.

One of my biggest strengths as a mother has to be my ability to multitask. We have our routines most days and they include me doing some work on my blog and my LipSense business, as well as making sure the kids get out to play. Since we live in the midwest, the weather isn’t always conclusive to playing outdoors. We make a lot of trips to Children’s museums, libraries, indoor mall playgrounds and other people’s houses to play.

In my spare time I love to watch reality tv shows and comedies, train for marathons, and go out for drinks with girlfriends!

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Mama Interview with Juliet on Apraxia


Meet Juliet

Hello! I am a 32 year old mom to three of the most energetic, wild, playful, loving, sensitive, curious, adventure seeking boys ever born! I’ve been married to my husband for almost 12 years, and have been a stay at home mom for the past 10 1/2  years. I have recently moved my family from the mountains of Utah to the beautiful island of Oahu. We don’t know a single soul on the island, so we have created a really unique bond with each other because we’re all we have out here! My day-to-day routine totally opened up mid October when ALL my boys started going to the same school–at the same time– Changed. My. Life. So when my boys are at school I go to the beach with a good book, hike, run my errands without my wild animals, and most importantly, spend quality time with my husband! I think my biggest strength as a mom is my “go with the flow” attitude. It takes a lot for me to get stressed out or angry. I’m pretty easy going and can adapt quickly to all the spontaneous events that happen in my life!

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The need for nothing.

As I sip on my delightful glass of wine, exhausted and overwhelmed with life, I start to realize the majority of things I am exhausted and overwhelmed by I have totally brought on myself. I’m not talking about the givens, care for my children, feed the family, pay bills,  and keep a somewhat put together house (I’m really bad at that last part). It’s the extra, not necessary stuff I keep adding to my plate. That first world problem kinda crap. Projects, remodels, new business, gymnastics lessons, special events, etc. Read more

Interview with Tamara on Placenta Encapsulation.

Meet Tamara, the Placenta Mom!!


Who are you?

I strive to be a good wife, momma, friend, and member of society, but acknowledge that I am not perfect and neither is the rest of the world. I try my best and remember to breathe deep along the way. My husband and I have been married since 2000 and he is everything I ever wanted in a partner. We are best friends and soul mates, which I know sounds all too clique, but if you know us you know it is true. Together we have two bambinas who make our family happily complete & keep us on our toes with their antics and unbridled creativity and humor. Outside of family, placenta encapsulation is my passion and I consider myself so lucky to be able to serve the local greater Sacramento, CA area community as ‘The Placenta Mom’.

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Outing Tip: Activity Bag.


I love eating out. LOVE IT!!! To be honest, I wish I could eat out everyday and never cook again. But lately when I go out to eat I have been seeing an increasing number of kids bouncing off the walls and out of control at restaurants, and the parents looked frustrated and stressed. Going out to eat as a family should be an enjoyable experience! Then I noticed they all have one thing in common. No activity bag. Parents please, you can’t expect your little ones to just quietly sit still through your entire dining experience. It’s just not fair. Their curious little minds and hyper little bodies aren’t made for it yet. If your little one has no problem sitting still at a restaurant, well then you’re one of the lucky ones. Soak it up! Read more

Discipline Tip: Praise More

Do you ever have those days, or weeks even, when it seems like your kid is constantly testing boundaries? When they are saying “no” to everything you ask?  Blatantly ignoring your calls or requests. Arguing with everything you say.  When this happens, we as parents often fall into a rut ourselves. We get stuck in “reprimand mode.”  Patience is gone and it seems like we’re living in “time outs.” It’s those times when it seems like nothing you’re doing is getting through. It’s the worst. I just finished living one of those weeks with my almost-3yr-old. She was stuck in mean mode so I was stuck in angry mode. I missed my awesome little girl and was wondering if she would ever come back. Read more

My Top 5 Gear Picks!

I wanted to share with you my favorite and most used baby/kid gear. Because I’ve been working with kiddos for 10 years I have used A LOT of gear! I will tell you that I research things to death before I purchase them so this list is legit. Enjoy.

  1. Let there be ERGO! If you have a baby that likes to be your barnicle than the Ergo is a life saver! Even if they’re not a cling-on like my little guy, the Ergo provides an easy and comfortable way for you to be hands free all while providing the closeness that our littles need. This carrier will take you through the toddler years. I recently had the pleasure of using the newest edition, the Ergo Baby Four position 360. You can wear your babe on the front, both sides and back! It was a dream! Read more

I can’t adult today…


Today was one of those totally overwhelming days. To be honest I’ve had a string of them. House is still a disaster from the Easter party I threw, apparently I need to do laundry since my daughter is out of underwear and both my kids are out of pj’s, bills are stacked high and my room looks like I just moved in yesterday. Just to name a few things on my list of too many. Deep breath. Today was going to be my “catch up” day, but I got called into work so there’s that. Oh ya, and my almost 3 year old thinks it’s awesome to say no to EVERYTHING. Why does she do that?!?! Read more

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