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Christy has three children. She has over 22 years of parenting experience, including parenting as a young mom, a single parent, and dealing with chronic illness/pain. When she isn't writing, you can find her coloring, playing Candy Crush, and listening to Taylor Swift.

6 Proven Benefits of Eating Meals Together as a Family. How to Stretch Your Grocery Budget. With the cost of living rising faster than wages in American, many families are struggling to make ends meet.

How to Stretch Your Grocery Budget

Even if you were lucky enough to get a raise this year, it is still possible that you are making less money than you did the previous year because of soaring prices. Just in our area alone, we have seen a huge hike in rental prices, cost of food, electricity, and more. The soaring prices can cause financial problems for families whose budget was already stretched to the limit. 7 Legit Virtual Jobs for Teenagers.

Is your teenager currently looking for employment opportunities or a side hustle that will allow them to work at home or remotely?

7 Legit Virtual Jobs for Teenagers

Work at home opportunities are on the rise and it is expected to continue to grow as employees are demanding jobs that are flexible. Whether your teenager finds the perfect work from home opportunity or creates their own side hustle, the opportunities are endless in the virtual world. Teenagers are no longer forced to work in fast food, retail, or other dead-end jobs.

In the beginning, most of the work from home job that available usually was a scam; however, employers are starting to see the benefits offering alternative working environments to their employees. Remote jobs improve productivity and lowers operating costs so it is a win-win situation for employers. 6 Ways to Spend Your Federal Tax Refund Wisely. Are you anticipating receiving a federal tax return this year?

6 Ways to Spend Your Federal Tax Refund Wisely

Most people who receive a federal tax refund, as additional money that they didn’t expect to have in addition to their monthly take-home pay. The average IRS federal tax refund in 2018 was $3,000. This is a huge chunk of extra money that people can use in several different ways. Hackers are Accessing McDonald’s App Accounts Place Fraudulent Orders. Are you using the McDonald’s app to save money or to place mobile orders?

Hackers are Accessing McDonald’s App Accounts Place Fraudulent Orders

We have and we love it; however, it isn’t as secure as you think it is. Yes, you heard me correctly. The McDonald’s app has security flaws and you should be monitoring your account closely. In the last 6 months, one of our accounts associated with the McDonald’s app had been hacked twice. Valentine’s Day Monster Treats. Do your kid’s love eating rice crispy treats?

Valentine’s Day Monster Treats

They were one of my favorite snacks growing up and my kids love them too. So far this year we made some festive Valentine’s day treats. made heart-shaped cupcakes and chocolate covered strawberries. Last week, when we made the chocolate covered strawberries, we also created these super cute Valentine’s day Monster Treats. Push Presents: Yay or Nay? What in world is a push present?

Push Presents: Yay or Nay?

The idea of a push present isn’t a new idea. However, the term is fairly new. A push present is a gift that is given either before or after the birth of their child. 3 Ways To Eliminate Your Child’s Fear of Going to the Dentist. Does your child hate going to the dentist?

3 Ways To Eliminate Your Child’s Fear of Going to the Dentist

You are not the only one. Many children fear the dentist because of the strange noises and, oftentimes, pain that accompany their visits. There are a few things that you, as their parent, can do to help make there experience more enjoyable. Listed are three suggestions to consider. Carefully Choose Your Words When preparing for your child’s visit to the dentist be aware of the words you use. Easy Valentine’s Day Chocolate Covered Strawberries. Do you love chocolate covered strawberries?

Easy Valentine’s Day Chocolate Covered Strawberries

They are one of my favorite treats. It has been several years since I have indulged in this decadent treat. With Valentine’s day just a few weeks away, these chocolate covered strawberries are the perfect treat to make for your spouse or significant other. Tonight was my very first time to try making chocolate covered strawberries and I was so surprised at how easy they were to make. If I can make them, so can you. Shopping List. How to Host a Beyblade Tournament at Home.

Does your little one love Beyblades?

How to Host a Beyblade Tournament at Home

Every afternoon when I pick up my son from school, he always tells me that his friends are going to come over so that they can have a Beyblade tournament. Of course, my son and his classmates planned this Beyblade tournament during recess and none of the parents are aware of it. Haha! Thankfully, none of his friends have shown up at our house unannounced. How to Cope with Extreme Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy. Is extreme pelvic pain normal during pregnancy?

How to Cope with Extreme Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy

How to Conquer ADHD/ADD Homework Struggles. At some point during your child’s school career, as a parent, you will run into a few homework challenges with your child. But when a child has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or attention deficit disorder (ADD), homework struggles and challenges are likely a sore subject in your household. Daily work and homework are a huge part of the daily curriculum and is a requirement in order to pass. The kids often come home from school and doing homework is probably the last thing on their mind. After a full day of they are tired and lack the focus to sit down to complete their homework without being hounded. With a bit of consistency, homework struggles no longer have to be a constant struggle with these ADHD/ADD homework tips. Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. What Are the Best Ways You Can Help a Single Parent? A majority of single parents never imagined being forced to raise their children on their own.

Many of them were forced to step up to the plate and raise their children as a result of their circumstances, such as abandonment, divorce, or even the death of their significant other. Single parents are responsible for daily care, nurturing, juggling activities, chores, financial support, sacrificing their career, giving up their own needs, giving up vacations for sick kids, and everything they have for the sake of their commitment to the kids.

How to Make Heart-Shaped Cupcakes. Valentine’s day is about a month away. Whether you want to make heart-shaped cupcakes for your child’s classroom or to take to the office to share with your co-workers, they are the perfect Valentine’s day treat to whip up. My favorite part about these cute heart-shaped cupcakes, they don’t require a special pan or cookie cutters. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. To make these cute heart-shaped cupcakes, you will need the following items: Valentine’s Day Cupcake LinersMuffin TinChristmas Red Wilton Gel Based Food Coloring Glass MarblesBox Cake Mix2 Sticks of Unsalted ButterPowdered SugarClear Vanilla FlavoringValentine’s Day SprinklesWilton Pastry BagWilton Decorating Tips (aff link) How to Make Homemade Buttercream Icing for Heart-Shaped Cupcakes Making homemade buttercream icing is super easy and tastes delicious compared to the icing that you buy at the grocery store.

Homemade Buttercream Recipe. How to Pay for Your Child’s College Expenses Without Going Broke. Are you stuck wondering how you are going to pay for your child’s college expenses? Going to college is expensive but for some occupations, it is a requirement to have a degree in order to get a job. Each year college rates are steadily increasing at least 6 or 7%, which is twice the rate of annual inflation. With rising costs, it is important to start saving for your child’s future at an early age.

We want to help you come up with some ways to help fund your child’s education in order to avoid taking out student loans unless absolutely necessary. Open a 529 Account New parents are so focused on meeting their child’s immediate needs that they don’t think about things too far in the future. Even though the contributions aren’t tax deductible, the earnings that you pull out for college expenses are tax-free Plus, there is no penalty for withdrawals for educational purposes.

The 529 college fund account is flexible and you are in complete control of your account. How To Pull a Stubborn Baby Tooth. Losing teeth is a normal part of childhood and it usually is an exciting milestone for them, especially if a classmate has told them about the tooth fairy. Most kids begin losing their baby teeth around the age of 6. Remember that every child is different and they may not lose their baby teeth on a set schedule.

Top 5 Christmas Hidden Dangers To Avoid This Year. After Thanksgiving, many families climb up the attic stairwell and find the Christmas decorations that were carefully packed away from the previous year. As you are coming down the attic stairs, the last thing that you are thinking about is slipping and falling down the attic stairs. The holidays are filled with family gatherings and no one things about the dangers that can crop up without warning. As we get busy, safety is probably the last thing on many people’s minds. How to Help a Nicu Family. How can you help a new mom who has a baby in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), especially around the holidays? Nothing has prepared her to leave the maternity ward empty-handed.

She is likely feeling pretty crummy as she watches other new moms being rolled out of the hospital with a brand new baby while hers is struggling in the NICU. Those feelings are normal but they can be overwhelming. Parents with babies in the NICU are usually very stressed out. 6 Awesome Benefits of Reading to Your Kids. 10 Healthy Treats to Get You Through the Holidays.

Holidays are so fun with family and friends gathering from near and far. There’s gift giving, movie watching, fun games, baby cuddles, and of course, the food! Half the fun is in the delicious foods that we center our gatherings around. How to Set Up a DIY Christmas Photo Booth. This year set up a DIY Christmas photo booth to capture the fun and silly photos of family and friends at your next holiday gathering. How to Host a Polar Express Movie Night at Home. 5 Things You Can Do to Help Your Teething Baby. There is nothing harder and sadder for both parent and baby than the teething stage, so here are a couple of things to help ease some of the pain. Disclosure: We aren’t health care providers and shared these tips based upon on our experiences. 10 Easy Ways to Deal With a Tender-Headed Child. The Best Grinch Themed Desserts. After Thanksgiving, we always pull out all of the Christmas decorations, get a visit from our Elf on the Shelf, and we curl up on the couch to watch our favorite Christmas movies together.

Of course Home Alone, Polar Express, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas is on the top of the list of must-see Christmas movies. The Grinch is one of my personal favorites. 17 Christmas Traditions to Share with Your Kids. How to Talk to Your Child About Avoiding the Flu This Winter + Checklist. How to Talk to Your Child About Avoiding the Flu This Winter + Checklist. 8 Household Chores That All Teenagers Should Know How to Do. Ice Cream n Sticky Fingers. Top 10 Kid-Approved Halloween Treats.

8 Smart Reasons to Give Your Teenager a Smart Phone. 7 Easy Ways to Decorate Your Home for Fall. Making the Switch to Cloth Diapers. How to Protect Your Kids From Mosquitoes This Summer. 14 Things Your Child Needs to Master Prior to Starting Kindergarten. How to Add Farmhouse Chic Design Elements to Your Home. 5 Natural Ways to Relieve Pregnancy-Related Constipation. 18 Outdoor Spring Break Activities for the Entire Family. The Best Kid Approved Easter Bunny Peeps Desserts. Top Kid-Friendly Easter Bunny Butt Desserts.

Learn Why I Am Saying No to Buying Easter Baskets. 10 Easy Ways to Give Your Living Room a Makeover Without Breaking the Bank. How to Save Money on Maternity Clothing Without Breaking the Bank. The Best Baby Accessories for a New Mom. 15 Ways to Save Money on Children’s Clothing. 9 Fun Water Games to Keep Your Kids Entertained This Summer.