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Wild Mint Makes it Easy to Find Natural Products

A few years ago, I was THAT mom: The one who was militant about making sure everything I bought had some sort of eco-friendly story behind it. It had to be organic, or made of recycled materials or FSC-certified wood, or acquired secondhand, or made by Fair Trade artisans. I'm not that mom any more. I still care deeply about [...]

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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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