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    Summer Series: Must Do’s In My State, Michigan!

    Thank you to Becca from Mom Cave for giving her Must Do’s for Michigan. I have been to Battle Creek in the winter and let me tell y’all that is the coldest I have ever been in my life! Michigan is gorgeous however and hope that you find inspiration from a native. I am from Michigan and honestly, the things that I love about Michigan are not necessarily what others will recommend but here you go. I think that our greatest treasure is the Upper Peninsula. It is beautiful and unpopulated. But be warned, cell service is spotty at best. Visit the ghost town at Fayette State Park in the…

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    Summer Series: Must Do’s In My State, Maine!

    Greetings from the Great State of Maine! I grew up here and I’ve lived away and I sure am glad we moved back. Maine has so much to offer! Here are a few things I highly recommend you check out when you come up to our corner of the US. This post may contain affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase from my link I may make a small commission at no cost to you. Top Things To Do In Maine by Melissa Author of One Maine Mama Shopping: LL Bean– the flagship store in Freeport is great for shopping or just looking around. Be sure to bring…

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    Overexposed

    When someone says the word overexposed I think of film, a bad picture. The film was exposed to too much of something that made it bad. Do we live in a world that is overexposed? With so many social media outlets news of the world travels much faster than when I was little. Instead of the five o clock news or major headlines in the Sunday paper, we now know of happenings within minutes of the event. We are constantly inundated with the good, the bad and the ugly. What are we doing to ourselves mentally by being that advanced in the know? I once read a book on plants…

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    Terrible Two’s Or Unrealistic Expectations?

    Ahh Terrible Two’s what every parent dreads.  Just kidding that is when they are teenagers right? I personally don’t believe in terrible two’s. I believe that adults have unrealistic expectations how they think a child should act and the adult’s response is what magnifies the child’s terrible behavior.  I read a piece recently by Dr. Laura Markham recently on discipline vs. teaching and it was a real eye opener for me. I am a soft one on disciplining Cooper and I may or may not let him get away with more than he should. He is two however and I am realistic in his understanding of how things should and…

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    For Shame For Shame

    Parenting, one of the toughest jobs you will ever have. There is no handbook or Dial A Parenting Coach Hotline, and you will undoubtedly do things wrong a gazillion times. Wonderful thing is, you will also do a lot of things right. The right things will not receive near the attention nor get the kudos deserved but let someone catch wind of something that is wrong in their eyes and let the Parent Shaming begin!  I’ve even had perfect strangers threaten to kidnap my infant daughter because I happened to have her in a car-seat in her stroller (asleep) rather than in my arms, while I was in a checkout…

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    The Perfect Customizable Baby Shower Invitations! Baby-Q or Giraffe which to choose!

    This is a sponsored post for Basic Invite. However, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.  Everyone that knows me knows I love a good party! No not the rowdy type, but a well-organized and planned event. From the invitations to the food I love to plan! We are excited to welcome another little bundle of joy into the family this year and it’s a girl! My niece & her fiance will welcome their Rainbow Baby in May. This of course is an aunt’s time to shine with a baby shower! I am a theme party planner type. Some of you may remember for Coopers 1st birthday it was all…

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    What Does Your Name-Tag Say?

    There are so many names we can be given and give ourselves. The positive names are what we strive for and what God wants for us. The negative names are what we get when we take control and put God in the backseat. I personally have been guilty of this several times. I get it in my head that I can do a better job and navigate life without his help. This is when my life gets out of balance. My relationships begin to falter, depression sets in and doubt takes over. At times it takes me a minute to figure out the missing piece, God. When I do have…

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    The ABC’s of Me

      I was recently nominated by The Mom Blog WI, (you can find her blog here,) to do the ABC’s of Me! You can find her blog post about her here! It’s a cute little post all about you, which is a fun way for your readers to get to know you, and for fellow bloggers to get to know each other!     She was nominate Our Chaotic Mess (link here). This has been a fun discovery and I will also nominate three of my fellow bloggers! So for what you are anxiously waiting for , haha, here are the 26 ABC’s about Me! A- Age: 43 B- Biggest Fear: Something…

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    D Is For Holiday’s! Wait, What?

    Dysfunctional: a : not functioning properly : marked by impaired or abnormal functioning b : characterized by abnormal or unhealthy interpersonal behavior or interaction Since the 1980’s the word dysfunctional has been used to describe family dynamics. Talk show hosts paraded family members on screen for entertainment and the more obnoxious the better. With the holiday’s fast approaching I see many people talking about their family and using the word dysfunctional. I used to look at people and think wow they really have it together and their home must be amazing! Then they start telling me stories and I sit back and think holy smokes my family almost seems normal,…

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    The Gift Of Awesome!

    I struggle every year with what to get my nieces and nephews for Christmas. They are all fortunate that if they have a need it is fulfilled so gift giving tends to be well, boring. So now I am in the search for unique gifts that will hopefully wow vs. a gift card blah. Here are a few I have come up with! Kidstir– Teach your child to cook with this monthly subscription box that includes kid-sized cooking tools, kid-friendly recipes, a cookbook binder to keep all the recipes, and more. This subscription box is more affordable than some others, and you can turn the cooking into a fun family…