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Walmart’s New Baby Box: Try It for Just $5

New motherhood can turn a person into a product junkie. With my oldest daughter, there was a lot of trial and error. I was a first-time mom and was learning by experience. Plus my daughter had a sensitive stomach and sensitive skin. If I could go back and do it over, I would breastfeed her for longer than 2 days [...]

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For Me, USA Kids Sippy Cups = Freedom

I love breastfeeding. Really I do. Baby Juliza and I have been at it for almost 10 months now with no sign of stopping soon. I can honestly say that it has been one of my best experiences as a mother. So what's the problem? Well...this nursing relationship has left baby Juliza really, really attached to me — day AND night. This [...]

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AutoVantage Gives My Family Peace of Mind on the Road

I'll never forget the morning I got a flat tire on my way to work — on the Interstate, no less. I was riding along one second at (or near) the 70 mile per hour speed limit, and the next thing I knew, I was clopping along on my rim trying to get out of traffic before anyone hit me. [...]

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Halloween DIY: Frankenstein Front Door & Pumpkin

Unlike the past few years, it appears that this year, my babies really will wear store-bought costumes. They're cute, of course, but I still had the desire to make something for Halloween. Not quite as elaborate as two costumes, but something nonetheless. So when Walmart challenged me to make DIY Halloween decorations, I couldn't wait to dive right in. My [...]

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I’m in the Mood for Something Shiny…

As much as I love picking out a great outfit, that's only half the fun. Picking a top and bottom that look great together gets the process started, but I never feel like I'm full "dressed" until I add some great accessories — and that usually involves shiny things. And one can never really have too much jewelry, right? One of [...]

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Recipe + Contest: Crock-Pot Caribbean Stew Chicken

I keep promising myself that I'm going to modify more of my recipes to make them crock-pot friendly, but somehow that never happens. Because that would require starting dinner hours in advance — and I'm not exactly good that planning meals ahead. Still, this is a habit I really need to establish, because it would make dinner time a lot [...]

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Outfit: Comfy Fall Perfection with #PureJill

Fall fashion makes me happy. The warmth, the comfort, the layers — all of it makes me actually want to get up and get dressed every day. Which is saying a lot for someone who may or may not regularly work in her pajamas. The thing is, I often want to get dressed without having to think too much about it. [...]

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Outfit: Earth (Footwear) Inspired

I don't know that I'd consider myself to be a "fashionista" per se, but I am definitely a lover of fashion and a believer in finding my personal style. That means taking into account all the things that I find to be beautiful and important. The thing is, it can often be difficult to reconcile my love of fashion with [...]

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Make Halloween Easy with Affordable Costumes for the Kids

For the past three years, I've made my daughter a DIY Halloween costume. In 2011, there was the peacock costume; the mermaid costume came in 2012; and last year, she was a wind-up doll. In my heart of hearts, I'd really like to make her costume this year too. Alas, Hurricane Juliza is in town. Costume-making is awesome, but it's [...]

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Victorinox I.N.O.X. watch is made to last

My husband's birthday is coming up, but he is a tough guy to shop for. We've been married for more than 11 years, so I know what he likes, but it's not very easy to give him something that he actually needs. Every year, however, one of the items that's always at the top of any gift-giving list for him [...]

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