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How to Splurge on Yourself without Spending Extra

How to treat yourself without spending an extra dime

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chase Ultimate Rewards for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Are you a gift giver? Second to quality time that’s totally my love language. I’m always thinking ahead and trying to find those perfect items for those I love! Sometimes I go a little overboard buying for others that I then have to go on a strike and not buy anything at all for myself, so I don’t break my bank. Until recently, that is, when I had this brilliant idea which would allow me to treat myself, too,

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Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Holiday Entertaining Tips

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Thank you Mr. Clean Magic Eraser for sponsoring this post.

I remember when I was a kid and my mom bought Magic Erasers for the first time, I could not get over how cool they were. They were so cool in fact I would do extra cleaning just to watch the magic happen! But what I didn’t know then, that I do now, is how much else they can be used for! For example, check out this holiday trick: champagne flute video.

Draw names and/or fun designs on your wine glasses with bright colored Sharpies at the end of

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Homemade Laundry Detergent Borax-Free

Homemade Borax-Free Laundry Detergent

Looking for a homemade laundry detergent recipe but concerned about borax? One of our readers shared this recipe for Borax-Free Laundry Detergent and I was instantly intrigued! Honestly, I’m not really sure where I stand on the whole is Borax safe or not issue. I used to make a homemade recipe with Borax, then I had read somewhere that it could be harmful and at the time I was pregnant so I immediately stopped, just to be safe. Here’s a link from EWG on borax, if you’re looking to read up on it. Either way why not try a Borax-free

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Capturing Memories from Bump to Baby Giveaway

This post brought to you by Similac® StrongMoms®. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Realistic Mama.

Calling everyone in baby mode to check this out! Believe me, it’s worth your time! Whether you are still in the baby bump stage or already snuggling your little one you will want to check out this AH-mazing Strong Moms Giveaway from Similac . The grand prize includes everything from professional photo shoots, to your own camera — so you can snap and keep all the upcoming memories, not to mention the $500 Shutterfly Gift Card to put those memories

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Too Much Screen Time: Am I Bad Mom?

Too Much Screen Time - Am I a Bad Mom

There are so many “great debates” in motherhood: Breastfeeding vs. Bottle feeding. Co-sleeping vs. sleep training. Hospital birth vs. home birth. Why does it have to be “versus” — can’t we use the term “or” instead? Is there really only one “right way” to parent? The fact that there isn’t may be the one thing we all can agree on!

For those of us who were raised in hyper-critical households, we may have inherited a very rigid sense of the “right way”. Sometimes, this can create in us a very judgmental and short-sighted adult, particularly once

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18 Kid-Made Gift Wrap Crafts

18 Kid-Made Gift Wrap Crafts

Looking for the perfect personal touch to your gifts? You can make your own gift wrap for any holiday, birthday, or any gift giving occasion. I’ve rounded up some of the best kid-made gift wrap crafts from some of my favorite bloggers to give you some fun and inexpensive ideas to do this holiday season! I’ve included some for Christmas, Hanukkah, Birthdays, and more!

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1. Upcycle Newspaper Into Wrapping Paper – From Liz Ohsiek Designs

2.Interactive Gift Wrap –

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Easy Cookie Recipes

Easy M&M’S® Cookie Recipes

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Glad & M&M’S®. All opinions are 100% mine.

Looking for easy cookie recipes? You came to the right place! I have a weakness in life, and the name of that weakness is M&M’S®. So when M&M’S® asked if I wanted to share some cookies recipes with you I of course screamed yes! You’ll love these recipes:

“Cheater” Cookies — for busy moms

Frosted crackers with M&M’S® toppings — it really doesn’t get any easier than that! So easy the kids can make them themselves!

You’ll need:


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