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Growing Up Without a Dad

I grew up without a dad or father figure.  My dad is still alive but he has been absent most of my life.  Just in the last couple of years, I’ve made an effort to pursue more of a relationship with him.  I can count on one hand how many times I’ve seen him when I was younger.  Half of those times I didn’t even know he was my dad.   It’s still difficult to form a relationship because I don’t know this man.  I listened to God and he told me to keep trying.  I’ve never celebrated a Father’s Day until my husband came along because I didn’t have one to celebrate.  Thank God for blessing my girls with such and amazing dad.  Total opposite of what I had growing up.

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Peyton’s Bedroom Update & Mouse + Magpie Giveaway

It’s not often that Peyton’s room is photo worthy but once my items from Mouse + Magpie arrived, I was motived to bring her room back to life.  Mouse + Magpie is a carefully curated decor and furnishing company for kids with big imaginations.  Mouse + Magpie collections consist of artwork, throw pillows, lamps, clocks and sherpa blankets.  Peyton has a big personality and the only thing that is bigger than her personality is her imagination.  Peyton sees everything as an adventure ready to explore.  I’m happy that her room now reflects her big imagination and encourages her to dream big.  Mouse + Magpie has been so kind to allow me to give away a few items to one lucky reader.  Keep reading for giveaway details and more photos of Peyton’s room update.  Continue Reading

Sharing is Caring, Give a Box of Cheerios

This post is sponsored by Cheerios.  Thoughts and opinions are my own.

Growing up, having a box of cereal in the cabinet was a must.  My mom worked a lot so my go to meal was always cereal.  Breakfast, lunch or dinner, If I was hungry I would make me a bowl of Cheerios, with or without milk.  I also remember waking up on Saturday mornings and making myself a big bowl of cereal and watching cartoons.  I probably remember it mainly because it was my only chance at watching cartoons for the week (Yes, I’m that old). Even though my girls can watch cartoons and videos on demand, I love when Peyton take the initiative to shares her Cheerios with her baby sister.  With the help of Cheerios my girls can share a special moment with family near and far and so can you.  Keep reading for details.

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21 Free Things to Do This Summer with Kids

Peyton’s last day of 1st grade is next Thursday.  That means I will be home around the clock with two kids for 8 weeks!  I can’t say that I’m overjoyed, but not having to wake up at 6 am every morning softens the blow.  Because of the way my bank account is set up, Peyton will not be attending any camps.  She will still be on the gymnastics team and that will take up a good part of her time.  Outside of gymnastics, it’s going to be Camp Baby Shopaholic.  I’ve been working on a list of things we can do this summer that free or doesn’t cost much.  After putting the list together, I’m pretty excited about the summer.
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Your Questions. Mister’s Answers

Last week Mister and I celebrated 9 years of marriage.  I can’t believe how fast these 9 years have flown by and we’re still madly in love.  When people find out we’ve been married 9 years we usually get questions.  People will ask how we make it work or that we’re #relationshipgoals.  Marriage is a lot of work.  It takes a lot of love and communication.  Instead of hearing from me, I let readers ask the Mister the questions.  He surprised me and opened up more than I thought he would.  Watch the video to hear relationship answers from a mans perspective.

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