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    Shoe Shopping Made Simple with EasyKicks

    Disclaimer: I received this service in exchange for review. All opinions are my own. Visit my disclaimer page for more information.

    One of the many reasons why raising kids gets so expensive is because they grow so darn fast. I just spent $90 on 3 pairs of shoes 2 months ago and now none of them fit?! It’s horrifying. And sure, maybe you can pass them down to your next child or sell them discounted on Craigslist but it’s still money you’re never getting back for shoes that were worn a total of maybe 10 times each.

    It’s madness.

    Luckily, I found something to make it easier. EasyKicks club will send your kiddos new shoes every month! You send the shoes back when you’re done with them, which brings the cost down from buying a regular pair of shoes. EasyKicks works exclusively with Nike and Converse and there are so many to choose from!

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    Target Trips Made Easy with Snap and Shop Tray

    Disclaimer: I received this item in exchange for review. All opinions are my own. Visit my disclaimer page for more information.

    I was going to do a full Friday Favorites today, but then I decided this product needed a post of it’s own. It’s one of those things that’s so simple, and yet so smart you wonder why no one has thought of it before.

    Lately, my kid is not so great in stores. Or strollers. Or the car. Or anywhere that requires him to be confined. Long gone are the days of wrapping him in a carrier or sling and going about my errands. Long gone are the days where the grocery cart was new and exciting. Long gone are the days where he’ll relax and fall asleep in the stroller. Long. Gone.

    And so begin the tantrums, the fits, and the escapes. So begins the bribing with snacks and new toys if he’ll just be quiet and sit still for 5 more minutes. So begins the letting him drink all my starbucks just so he’ll shut up and dashing through the store like a madwoman so we can be out as soon as possible.

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    Mama Stress by Tabitha Lane

    Hello and Happy Wednesday! I know my absence has not gone unnoticed. And while I do have some energy back, and a lot of fun projects in the works, this pregnancy is still getting the best of me and my little corner of the internet sometimes gets put on the back burner. I though a good solution to that would be starting to have some guest posts!

    Today, I want to introduce you to another local Colorado Blogger, Tabitha Lane of tabithalane.com. I love her blog because she offers advice on Motherhood in addition to gorgeous style pieces, and thrifted finds (my fav)! She also keeps it real because we all know that Motherhood isn’t all cupcakes and rainbows. It’s the hardest job out there and it comes with a lot of unwanted stress.

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    Baby Brown #2

    If you haven’t already heard the news…I’m pregnant!

    I’m about 11 weeks along. We waited to announce due to the fact that we lost our last one, so we wanted to wait until at least the first ultrasound to make sure the pregnancy was viable and going well. We didn’t wait the full 12 weeks most people usually wait to announce, because I’m already showing and couldn’t hide it anymore! I got a little bump probably around 8 or 9 weeks that rounded out by week 10. They sure aren’t kidding when they say you show earlier with your second! I wasn’t expecting this at all! I know it’s a minuscule bump compared to what it will look like 20 weeks from now, but I feel huge. I waited to tell my coworkers until we knew everything was okay and I had to hide it at work, that was stressful.

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    Friday Favorites- Okie B and Jack Jack and Co

    Merry Christmas Eve, Eve! Can you believe it’s already the 23rd? Where has December gone?

    I can’t wait for Christmas this year! While I’m especially excited to take the next 2 days off, I also can’t wait to see Sawyer’s face on Christmas morning. Last year he was only 6 months old and while he appreciated his new toys (he mostly appreciated the wrapping paper), this year should be a lot more fun for him.

    But I have a few fun things to share with you today so let’s get started.

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    Hey Mama, You Need a Time-Out

    Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Chai Leaves Premier Tea Club. All opinions are my own. Visit my disclaimer page for more information.

    This time of year is crazy.

    It’s crazy and I can’t seem to slow down and enjoy it. I want to so badly. Sawyer is 18 months old. He is the perfect age to enjoy the lights, the decorations, the sweets, opening presents, and being with family. I want to be present. I want to enjoy every moment. I want to remember it all.

    But there’s so much to do! I have to decorate, shop, bake, wrap, clean, host, attend, and so much more. Don’t you wish we got a few weeks off for the holidays even as adults? Like we used to with school? If I had 2 weeks off of work, maybe it wouldn’t be so stressful. But then again, maybe it still would.

    The holidays are so busy, and motherhood is so busy. It never stops.

    But maybe we should.

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    Let’s Talk About Car Seat Safety (Featuring Graco Car Seats)

    Disclaimer: Thank you to Nakturnal Agency for sponsoring this post. All opinions expressed are my own. Visit my disclaimer page for more information.

    As parents, we have a responsibility to keep our children safe. I know, as a parent you love your child more than anything. And if you love your child, I encourage you to take the time to research car seat safety.

    Sometimes I am shocked at what people don’t know about car seat safety. But then I remember, when Sawyer was just a few weeks old how little I knew about car seat safety. In fact, someone (very kindly) pointed out to me on Facebook that the head support insert I was using with our car seat, wasn’t ideal for safety. And rather than be offended, I was thankful. I was a brand new parent and how would I have know otherwise?

    So when someone stops you on the street to offer advice, a friend pulls you aside, or a well-meaning aquaintence messages you on facebook, to correct you or offer advice, please take it an do not get offended. Most likely, they are doing it out of concern for your child, because we all want children to be safe. They are not trying to embarrass you or tell you you are a bad parent. We are all just trying to help. It takes a village, right?

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