They Let Newborns into Kindergarten Now? #MeetMyFamily #BackToSchool #WalgreensPaperless #shop

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Several readers have written to me and expressed the desire to know more about my family. So today, I want to introduce you to my youngest son because he is about to embark on a great adventure … KINDERGARTEN! We’ve had so much fun getting ready for school and I have to share how to use coupons in the easiest possible way!

I’m still not exactly sure how it happened. The best I can figure is that he is still mommy’s baby boy, (a newborn even!), and suddenly, the schools decided to let newborns into kindergarten. I’m about 99% sure that is what is happening. There could be no other logical explanation for why he was born, then I blinked, and then (poof!!) he’s in kindergarten — right?!?

I mean, one morning he looked like this:



(yes, he does have his mommy’s hair…)

And then I blinked, and all the sudden he looks like this!


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Don’t Forget to Do This Before School Starts! #HealthyEyes #AOA #sponsored #MC

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for the American Optometric Association. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Pencils, backpacks, crayons, lunchboxes… the “back to school” checklist goes on and on. However, there is one VERY important thing to add to your list to ensure your child… 

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2 Months of NO blogging — I miss you!!!

Ah, the internet… I haven’t had it for two months and it’s really hard to be a blogger without it. I’m currently typing this post using one finger on my cell phone. Getting a little cramp, just a small one. I had to write to say I miss you and am praying I have internet… 

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Free Fourth of July Menu from eMeals

FREE Fourth of July Menu from eMeals!

I am SO excited about July 4th! Are you ready for great food and good times on Independence Day? Get inspired with eMeals’ FREE Fourth of July Menu!  This menu includes: Easy Baby Back Ribs Bacon Potato Salad Marinated Slaw Crunch-Topped Squash Casserole Watermelon Salad Berry-Topped Thunder Cake It is FREE with any eMeals subscription… 

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DETAILS for the “Secret Sister Encouragement Brigade”!

      #107908817 / WOW! God is doing a great work here, and I am so happy that we get to be included in HIS plan!!! THANK YOU to the approximately 250 of you who signed up to encourage other “secret sisters” — either through email or hand-written cards. I’m so excited to… 

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ONLINE Secret Sisters { and we need YOU! }

  So…. I had this crazy idea after reading some wonderful and fun suggestions on my Facebook page. I’m hoping YOU will join me because we need YOU! How many of you ladies would be wiling to anonymously send a secret sister (a total stranger!) a hand-written note with a simple, short word of encouragement?… 

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered {TV with a Bible Study!}

It is very rare for me to find a nice, clean, wholesome, non-cheesy TV show — and I am SO excited to have finally found one! “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” is a new Hallmark Channel original series that is enjoyable for the whole family. I can’t wait to share something really extra special about this series,… 

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Christian Working Moms Should Stop Apologizing

Christian Working Moms Should Stop Apologizing

Hi, I’m Melanie, and I’m a Christian, working mom… and I think it’s about time I stop apologizing for it. For many years, I’ve felt the need to somehow justify my 9-to-5, especially within the Christian community. When asked what I do, I often responded with “I’m a software developer.” But instead of leaving my answer… 

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Love At Last Sight {book review}

Next week is my 14th wedding anniversary, and it has me thinking about the past several years and how different marriage can sometimes be than we expect it to be. I have to say that I LOVE my marriage now more than I did when we were newlyweds. I appreciate my husband more, we have… 

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5 Things I Would Love to Learn

School is wrapping up soon, and it has me thinking back to school years. I can definitely remember planning my life around school semesters. To be honest, I’m getting a bit nostalgic about school (and conveniently forgetting the all-night studying, finals week, exhaustion, etc). I love to learn, and I miss it! Ever think about… 

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the one beautiful thing no one tells you about motherhood

The One (Beautiful) Thing No One Tells You About Motherhood

Sleep when the baby sleeps… Enjoy each moment because they pass quickly… Teach your children the value of hard work… These are all great pieces of advice that I received as a new mommy. Even before I held my sons for the first time, I had tucked away little nuggets of gold — mothering advice… 

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