The SH!T No One Tells You About Toddlers
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The SH!T No One Tells You About Toddlers

They’re getting bigger. And you’re not getting any more sleep. Second in the Sh!t No One Tells You series, in The Sh!t No One Tells You About Toddlers Dawn Dais tells it like it is – again – offering real advice for parents of growing children. Filled with tips, encouragement, and a strong dose of humor, The Sh!t No One Tells You About Toddlers is a survival handbook for parents on the edge. Chapters include: You Suck at This. It’s not just your imagination. Walking Is Hard. Bruising is considerably…

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Kidz Bop Comes to Cedar Rapids IA Saturday, September 19!

KIDZ BOP, the #1 music brand for kids, is bringing the “Make Some Noise” tour to CEDAR RAPIDS! The KIDZ BOP Kids will take the stage to perform family-friendly versions of today’s biggest hits in this energetic and interactive live show. The “Make Some Noise” tour is the ultimate family concert experience that guarantees to get everyone singing and dancing along! The KIDZ BOP Kids have been named Billboard Magazine’s “#1 Kids’ Artists” for the fifth consecutive year. In 2014, KIDZ BOP released the “#1 Kids’ Album,” KIDZ BOP 25,…

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The Look Cookers by Jim Malloy
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The Look Cookers – A Children’s Book to Help Kids Overcome Fears

We LOVE books in our home, and I love children’s books that not only entertain, but also teach valuable lessons along the way. That’s why we loved The Look Cookers by Jim Malloy, a book that helps children deal with the common issue of shyness! Matthew is a normal boy in every way but one. He’s a secret agent. But not just any kind of secret agent. Matthew is an eye spy! The enemy: The Look Cookers! The mission: The first day of school! The goal: Make it to school…

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Boppy: A must-have for new parents!
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Boppy Announces Fabulous Promotion with Shutterfly & Tiny Prints!

Hey parents & parents-to-be! If there’s one thing that I just KNOW is on your baby registry list, it’s a Boppy pillow. This is one essential that I just couldn’t live without after my little ones arrived. Now, Boppy has announced an EVEN BETTER deal that you can’t live without! Boppy® understands that every little moment with your baby is precious.  From first smiles to first steps, they are all picture-worthy!  Boppy has teamed up with Shutterfly and Tiny Prints to make sure every stage, occasion and achievement is captured.…

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Card Ninja
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5 Must-Haves for Your College-Bound Kiddo

With back-to-school time here, and most college coeds already into the thick of classes and busy schedules, now is a good time to start putting together that first college care package! Here are five great ideas that will have your student thinking that Mom and Dad are actually pretty darn cool! 🙂 1. CardNinja My 18 year old was so excited when I showed him this slick little product, because he hates carrying a wallet. Moms, think Christmas stocking stuffers & college care packages! 😉 With CardNinja, they’ll never forget…

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Baby's Brillaint
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Baby’s Brilliant – An Awesome New App For Toddlers!

I recently had the pleasure of reviewing some amazing books and a “brilliant” new app for babies and toddlers…called Baby’s Brilliant! Do you know parents who are looking for a new and unique way to entertain their babies? The Baby’s Brilliant App offers a variety of educational and entertaining videos and music for the parent on the go. Created by a busy mother of three, the App introduces babies to the world around them in an enriching and playful way, teaching them concepts like letters, numbers, colors and relaxing them…

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Frugal Splurge: Ipsy Glam Bag August 2015

As you know, I’m pretty frugal. After all, it’s the subject of this blog! I love looking and feeling good, but I just don’t delegate much of our monthly budget to that. However, at only $10 a month, my Ipsy Glam Bag is one of my favorite little mini splurges. I’ve been subscribing to Ipsy for about 2 years now, and I just love the products I get every month. I’ve tried many different box subscriptions over the years, but Ipsy is now my one & only, because I feel…

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Fear of Flying …because I’m a Mom

This is the week I’ve been waiting for! In just 3 days I will be boarding a plane, destined for Scottsdale, AZ for what will most likely be a weekend that I will remember for the rest of my life. A weekend that I will look back on fondly when I’m a little 90 year old lady, feeling grateful for having had friendships that lasted (literally) almost an entire lifetime. A girls weekend. A MOM weekend. A TIRED mom/girls weekend. And not with just any girls… But the same girls who excitedly…

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kid-president
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Kid President Tells Parents What Kids REALLY Want This Summer!

Summer is half over (sad thought, eh?) What do you and your family have to show for it? Lots of insta-memories, cute profile pics, lots of “likes,” and fun-sounding Tweets? Well, Kid President Robby Novak has a message for us parents who are tethered to our devices: Put down your smart phone and start living IRL! That’s right. What kids REALLY want from us this summer is our undivided attention. A WHOLE-vacation, if you will. Time together where we are 100% present and undistracted by work, TV, and social media.…

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Sticks & Stones Can Break Our Bones, And Words Can Also Hurt Us: A Note To Adults Who Know Better

I don’t usually make blog posts like this that come straight from the heart. Which got me thinking, I’d really like to start being more candid with you guys. It feels good. Will anyone read it? Who knows. Still feels good. For a moment, I need to take a break from blogging about food and frugality, and talk about how annoyed I am today, and exactly what’s erking me. I’m mad at adults who should know better. In the past few weeks, I’ve heard adults throw around the terms, in…

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