***GIVEAWAY ALERT***Win a Custom Water Color Family Portrait!!

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My 8th anniversary is coming up next week. I really wanted something special for my husband but didn’t know what to do! That’s when I stumbled upon Brushwork By Justine! I immediately fell in love with her Faceless Family Portraits! I knew right away that I wanted to have on made of our little family for my husband for our anniversary…(Secretly it may be a gift for me…shhh). Then I saw her Silhouettes and HAD to have one of each of my boys for their rooms!

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Add FLAIR to your Summer BBQ

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Summer is ALL about eating out doors, playing out doors and everything BBQ! Barbecues are one of my absolute favorite things about summer! They are easy, fun and fairly cheap! With a few simple upgrades you can add some extra Flair to your BBQ to really wow those guests!!! The best part is, you don’t have to have a lot of time or funds to add these quick upgrades! So all you Busy Mamas…check out these quick tips too add a little spice to any Summer BBQ!

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Who said food has to be on plates and platters? Throw out your typical plates and platters and pull out some fun items around the house and yard to really add a little something to the way you serve your food!

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25 Homemade “Super Food” Baby Food Recipes

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Introducing baby food is one of my favorite milestones to reach with my babies!  I love making my own baby food! I love knowing what foods I am feeding my baby and knowing I am not giving him a bunch of added preservatives! Each one of the recipes below is PACKED with one (or more) of the “World’s GREATEST super foods!” Plus, find out why these are super foods and what yummy benefits they provide for your baby!!

Try your hand at making homemade baby food! These recipes are SURE not to disappoint!

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10 Advantages of WEARING your Baby

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When I was pregnant with my second, I researched and researched all the double stroller options. In the end, I came to the conclusion that I would get a wrap or a sling. My 2.5 year old prefers to walk…no…RUN everywhere! So, I decided i would not spend the money on a double stroller. Instead, I would wear my baby when possible and have the stroller just in case my 2 year old wanted a break, or if I needed a break from “wearing” my baby! So far I am SO glad I decided to do this! I wear my baby EVERYWHERE! I started out with the Boba Wrap and absolutely LOVE It! Once I figured out how to tie it, it was a dream! I was recently given the Mamaway Ring Sling to try out and I am really liking it!! When I am around the house doing chores or moving around a lot i prefer the wrap. But when I am wearing my baby out at the park or on a walk the ring sling is quick and easy! Check out all these advantages of wearing your little babe! (Other than the fact that it is a dream to snuggle your baby all day!!)

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Dear Mom who told me I was Selfish and Lazy, I Forgive You.

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Dear Mom who called me selfish and lazy, I forgive you.

I forgive you for telling me it was selfish and lazy for “choosing” to bottle feed my baby.
I forgive you for that knife you stabbed into my heart.

You couldn’t have known that both of my babies refused me.
You couldn’t have known, I gave it everything I had until they refused me.
You couldn’t have known that bottle feeding was far from my choice.
You couldn’t have known what was in that bottle that I was feeding my baby.
You couldn’t have known that I spent my one hour of free time the night before pumping every last ounce I could possibly create just to have that 4 oz bottle.
You couldn’t have known that every time I give my baby a bottle my heart breaks.
You couldn’t have known the endless tears I shed when my baby started to refuse me.
You couldn’t have known that I questioned why my baby hated me every time he refused me.
You couldn’t have known that with every scoop of formula I give my baby the guilt eats me alive.
You couldn’t have known that my lack of ability to breast feed triggered my extreme postpartum anxiety.
You couldn’t have known the extreme jealousy I felt when I saw another mom flawlessly breastfeeding her baby.
You couldn’t have known the countless medications,interventions and other ridiculousness I tried to keep my babies breast feeding.
You couldn’t have known the billions of gallons of water I drank to “boost my supply”
You couldn’t have known the hours I spent on my knees praying, asking why I couldn’t do the one thing a mother is supposed to be able to do.
You couldn’t have known that I never wanted my babies to be classified as”formula fed babies”
you couldn’t have known the extreme guilt some mother’s feel when breast feeding doesn’t work out.

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