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Fun First Birthday Party Ideas for your Son or Daughter

Fun First Birthday Party Ideas for your Son or Daughter

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of HotRef for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. My child turned one last fall and we had a fun time planning his first birthday party, decorating, and getting all the party favors. I tried to keep things simple and went with a jungle theme (kind of like we have in his room). I thought it came together wonderfully and that is definitely staying on my short list of birthday party ideas that are easy and fun. First Birthday Party Ideas for Boys Jungle Theme I loved that we did […]

Posted February 28, 2016 by Julie in Family, Sponsored, / 1 Comment
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Seasonal Wedding Trends

Seasonal Wedding Trends

After 2015’s season of trendsetters with intricate laces, minimalist, and multi-day weddings, along with rustic and natural appeals, you cannot help but look forward to this season’s trends. At least, we know we can’t! Well, get excited because the 2016 wedding season is shaping up to be even better than the last and that means it’s got to be good. From trends like outdoor wedding venues to the most glamorous of wedding venues, and everything in between, get ready to be wowed with what brides and grooms will offer their guests in 2016. 2016 Wedding Trends to Watch Out For […]

Posted February 27, 2016 by Julie in Bridal, Guest Posts, Sponsored, / 0 Comments
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Employee Recognition is a Powerful Motivator

Employee Recognition is a Powerful Motivator

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Havas Public Relations with Sverve. All opinions are my own. In this busy hustle-and-bustle world, employee engagement is vital. A great team is made up of co-workers who enjoy their projects and are enthusiastic in their efforts, and this is directly related to how much pride they take in their work. This is why employee recognition is so important. It isn’t enough to just have a paycheck and do your job – we want to feel like our work matters and that we are appreciated by our teammates and […]

Posted January 18, 2016 by Julie in Sponsored, Work, / 10 Comments
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Earning Income as a Part-Time Blogger

Earning Income as a Part-Time Blogger

I mentioned in my lessons learned during the past year of blogging post that I’ve been working on monetizing this blog and that I wanted to share my experience with my readers. So here I am sharing the different ways I monetize, and I will share my commentary on how successful (or not) I’ve been. I consider myself a hobby blogger, but people seem to hate that term nowadays so let’s go with “part-time” blogger instead. Since I have a full-time career job, this blog (and the book blog) are just my side projects. They started out as a hobby […]

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5 Smart Ways to Let Your Kids Have a Good Night’s Slumber

5 Smart Ways to Let Your Kids Have a Good Night’s Slumber

Just like adults, kids also encounter sleep trouble. There are times when your kids have a hard time catching their sleep and you don’t know what to do. It feels like you have done everything to make your child sleep, but to no avail, they still find it difficult to fall asleep on time. As a parent, it is your responsibility to make your kids sleep at the right time. You have to ensure that your kids always have a good night’s slumber so that they will have enough energy the next day. Sleep is essential for their health and growth, […]

Posted December 19, 2015 by Julie in Guest Posts, Parenting, Sponsored, / 3 Comments
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Gender-Neutral Baby Shower Themes and Gift Ideas

Gender-Neutral Baby Shower Themes and Gift Ideas

Planning a baby shower can be fun, and sometimes the baby’s gender is a surprise for the guests, and even the parents. Here are some fun ideas for baby shower themes and gifts to go along with them. There used to be a time when waiting to discover a baby’s gender meant loads of humdrum yellows. But if you or someone you know is having a “surprise” baby, it doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice style when it comes to planning the baby shower and gifts. We’ve put together a couple of great baby shower theme ideas that work for […]

Posted December 6, 2015 by Julie in Gift Guides, Guest Posts, Parenting, Sponsored, / 0 Comments
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Moving is Hard, at Least You Can Save on Utilities

Moving is Hard, at Least You Can Save on Utilities

Are you getting ready to move into a new home? When we moved into our new house, wow almost 2 years ago now, we stayed with our former providers since we were under contract and were still happy with our services. But it would have been nice to have a chance to shop around and see if we were able to get a good deal. One thing that is great about being a new customer is you can get the new customer deal. This usually lasts about a year, but then the rates tend to go up once that promotional […]

Posted November 8, 2015 by Julie in Home, Reviews, Sponsored, / 4 Comments
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How are you doing with your #BillionDinners challenge?

How are you doing with your #BillionDinners challenge?

Thank you BillionDinners for sponsoring this challenge. I signed up for the Billion Dinners challenge at the end of October. How did I do? I’m excited to say I’ve successfully completed my Billion Family Dinners Challenge! I’ve tracked more than 10 fully present family meals in 2 weeks. Did you do this challenge too? I’d love to hear your results. During the previous 2 weeks we have had some serious family fun time. Both my parents and some of our in-laws traveled to stay with us and help celebrate my child turning one! So with all the fun times we had, […]

Posted November 7, 2015 by Julie in Family, Sponsored, / 0 Comments
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Take the #DinnerCall Challenge and Enjoy Some Unplugged Family Meals

Take the #DinnerCall Challenge and Enjoy Some Unplugged Family Meals

Thank you BillionDinners for sponsoring this challenge. What is more important than spending time with your family? Family time is extremely important as it helps us be a stronger, healthier family unit. Sharing a meal is one of the best ways to foster these strong relationships, and yet nowadays we’re so busy that we’re always multitasking or are distracted when we eat. While my husband was deployed I basically ate my meals alone, unless I made plans with some friends. I tried to have a meal with friends at least once a week to have the benefit of company and […]

Posted October 27, 2015 by Julie in Family, Food, Sponsored, / 4 Comments
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Practice Postpartum Self Care with Cardinal Health

Practice Postpartum Self Care with Cardinal Health

Note: Cardinal Health sent me this product to try and donated to a charity of my choice. Giving birth does a number on our bodies and recovery introduces new surprises for first-time moms. I knew about and was prepared for the extended postpartum bleeding, but what I wasn’t expecting was all the perineal pain and discomfort. Like millions of other new moms, I experienced a postpartum period that lasted more than six weeks, but thankfully the worst of it was only maybe the first three weeks. That early time was also when I was healing from a perineal tear so it felt […]

Posted October 18, 2015 by Julie in Pregnancy, Sponsored, / 0 Comments
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