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Me with my two beautiful babies.  The bandana on my head means I didn't have time for a shower that day.  Don't judge me.

GratiTuesday #1

By: , August 25th, 2015. Posted in: Happiness, Musings

A weekly gratitude list of the small wonders that make this life grand. What are yours?

It’s occurred to me recently, as I’ve had minor frustrations with my lack of available time to get things accomplished around the house (or on this blog), that I need …

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Losing a Sibling is Always Too Soon

By: , August 19th, 2015. Posted in: Happiness, Parenting

This is the story of my relationship with my brother, our complicated childhood, and how I coped with his loss.

Jason and I have only been blogging for five months, which means that a large portion of you (our readers) are friends or family, and many of you knew my brother.  …

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The first time LB had a jump fest in his Go Wild Jumperoo

Our Baby Gear Picks

By: , August 11th, 2015. Posted in: Happiness, Money, Parenting

We take the guesswork out of selecting baby gear.

In addition to our Top 30 Baby Gift Ideas, we’ve also compiled a list of the larger-ticket baby items we researched, purchased, and have been thoroughly happy with.  While …

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This is not a race track.

Speeding on Residential Streets

By: , August 9th, 2015. Posted in: Happiness, Parenting

Your hurry could cost a life.

Last week I had a moment of clarity while driving through our neighborhood.  I had left home in a rush, which now seems to happen every time I leave the house no matter …

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Our Beautiful Little Girl. Photo Credit Ilana Natasha Photography

Our Top 30 Baby Gift Ideas

By: , August 5th, 2015. Posted in: Happiness, Money, Parenting

To assist our readers in finding the perfect baby gift, we've compiled a list of our personal favorites!

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while, since I’ve had so many people ask me for advice about what to buy for a new baby.  Whether you’re …

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Number of Diapers & Wipes

Baby’s First Two Years – How Many Diapers Do I Need?

By: , August 3rd, 2015. Posted in: Money, Parenting

If you've ever wondered how many diapers you'll need in the first two years of your baby's life, this post is for YOU!

A few months back, I investigated disposable diaper and wipe prices at major retailers’ so that I could find out how much money new parents would spend on them.  The read more

LB's Portrait turned out to be EPIC!

I Commissioned A Portrait of My Son, and it is Epic!

By: , July 31st, 2015. Posted in: Happiness, Parenting

A Photo + A Skilled Artist = One Of A Kind Awesome

If you’ve been to an amusement park or county fair, you’ve probably seen a caricature artist hawking their wares.  Well, maybe “hawking” is wrong.  I’ve never actually seen even the …

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Family Finances

10 Ways To Improve Family Finances: Living On One Income

By: , July 27th, 2015. Posted in: Happiness, Money

How we were able to take the leap from a double income family to a single income family.

Leaving my steady-income accounting career was incredibly scary to consider.  For most of my working life, I’ve been someone else’s employee.  It’s what most families know.  Before Jason lost …

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Safety Tip:  When helicopter parenting, avoid doing so at the base of the slide.

Helicopter Parent?

By: , July 20th, 2015. Posted in: Parenting

I Consider Myself More of A Dirigible Parent

My number one goal when I’m playing with my son is that he survives daily peril with no permanent damage.  He’s just over two years-old, so he actively seeks out …

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LB sees the Safari Train approaching

Our Milwaukee County Zoo Adventure

By: , July 17th, 2015. Posted in: Happiness, Parenting, Travel

The largest zoo in Wisconsin is a big win for family-friendly day trips.

I must admit, now that we have two children, leaving the house for a full day trip to the zoo can seem a tad daunting unless Jason and I are …

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