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Your Number One Job As A Parent

When you become a parent, there is no manual. There is no one to tell you what’s right and what’s wrong. Not much is black and white; there are many questions that result in different answers for different families. But in my time as a mama, I’ve learned two things about child raising that are universal truths.

The first: you have to make decisions that do right by your family – not your sister’s family or your cousin’s family or your best friend from high school’s family. And…

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Added by Cortney Galster on May 29, 2013 at 11:20pm — No Comments

A Beach Vacation for Mommy and Daddy

So we went on vacation, just me and my hubby. Four days of sunshine, walks on the beach and sleeping in. These are the things that beach vacations are made of. The only problem? Ricky and I have forgotten what it’s like to not have RJ around. We’re so used to playing with him, listening for him, planning our days around him and justbeing with him that …

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Added by Cortney Galster on May 27, 2013 at 1:07pm — No Comments

Seven Months Old: Our Five Favorite Toys

There are different toys that my little guy has loved as he goes through different phases. Right now, we’re going from the sitting to the mobile phase of babyhood – and his favorite things are becoming much more interactive. Here are our top five faves {right now}.

1. Fisher Price Brilliant Basics Rock a Stack. I got…

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Added by Cortney Galster on May 18, 2013 at 9:25am — No Comments

Just a Typical Day in the Life of a Working Mama.

The life of a working mama. Aka a typical working day. Aka today. Literally.

Up with the babe.
Change the babe.
Let the dog out.
Make coffee.
Feed the dog.
Feed the babe.
Clean up the kitchen.
Get ready for the day.
Change the babe again...Continue reading at The Mommyhood Project

Added by Cortney Galster on May 14, 2013 at 10:39pm — No Comments

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the mamas out there. I actually got a lovely little surprise from the hubs yesterday:

mothers day, moms day, mothers day gift, best mothers day, best present for mom, present for mom, flowers for mom, gorgeous orchid, orchid plant, orchid photo

Gorgeous, right? I have a fabulous husband. And baby boy...Continue reading at The Mommyhood…

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Added by Cortney Galster on May 12, 2013 at 10:15am — No Comments

Seven Day Cleanse: Day Seven and Beyond

I didn’t want to post a follow up to the seven day cleanse immediately. Why? Because I knew that even though day seven was the final day of the cleanse, the product hadn’t finished it’s effect on my body. So here I am, ready to tell you all about day seven and beyond.

I felt the cleanse continuing to pull toxins out of my body for about a week after day seven. It’s strange – you can feel it from your muscles to your toes. But you feel it in a really good way. Your body…

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Added by Cortney Galster on May 11, 2013 at 1:44pm — No Comments

Arbonne Seven Day Cleanse: Days Four, Five and Six

It’s official: I have ONE day left on my cleanse. Five things I’ve learned:

1. Seven days on a toxin cleanse is not as hard as it sounds. I thought I was going to be really pushing for this to be over by this point. In reality, I will probably do this cleanse every couple of months – my body is really feeling great!

2. Drinking lots of water is a really good thing...Continue reading at …

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Added by Cortney Galster on April 29, 2013 at 9:24pm — No Comments

Arbonne Seven Day Cleanse: Days Two And Three

I figured that by day two – and for sure by day three – that I’d be really feeling the effects of this cleanse. That I’d be hungry, not feeling like myself and be really sick of drinking this stuff day in and day out. But I have to tell you guys the truth: I’m not hating it. I’m actually really enjoying it. With the fizz sticks, I can honestly say that the cleanse is actually tasty. When was the last time you…

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Added by Cortney Galster on April 26, 2013 at 10:51pm — No Comments

Arbonne Seven Day Cleanse: Day One

If you didn’t already know this, I’m doing the Arbonne Seven Day Cleanse. And I just finished day number one.

Yesterday evening, I mixed the squeeze packet full of antioxidants and healthy cleanse-y things with 32 ounces of water. Tasted it. And almost spit it out of my mouth. Alone, the cleanse tastes terrible. But I knew this going into it – so I invested in a…

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Added by Cortney Galster on April 24, 2013 at 9:05pm — No Comments

We Had a Blast AT The Blast for the White Cloud Diapers Event

RJ and I went to The Blast – a rocket ship themed indoor playground – last week for an event sponsored by White Cloud Diapers. And I have to tell you…that place is pretty dang awesome. It’s got everything a kid could ask for – it was like a McDonald’s playland on steroids. And I felt like I belonged on a kid version of American Gladiators. Not.Joking.

See what I mean? Awesome.

Anyway – there were a bunch of mommy bloggers there with their kiddos. And RJ was definitely the…

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Added by Cortney Galster on April 23, 2013 at 9:50pm — No Comments

My Age Is Finally Catching Up With My Body.

The past few nights have been strange: I’ve been so dang exhausted that I feel like I could just fall asleep on my living room floor. And then when I wake up, my body creaks and groans and feels like it needs about twenty minutes just to limber up enough to go downstairs and make coffee. Speaking of coffee, if I don’t have some, forget it. I am utterly unproductive {and have a major headache} for a good two hours...Continue reading at …

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Added by Cortney Galster on April 17, 2013 at 5:47pm — No Comments

It's Time. I'm Doing A Cleanse.

I have this problem. Ok, more than a problem – it’s a really bad habit that I’ve gotten into over the last couple of months. I am absolutely, positively addicted to sweets. I think it’s from all of the carrying around of la babe. Because he has been a bit of a monkey lately. And lord knows it’s not easy to have an extra 20 pound person strapped to your chest. So this extra workout {can I call it that? I think I can…} makes me extra hungry. For sugary goodness that…

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Added by Cortney Galster on April 10, 2013 at 8:47pm — No Comments

Things I Love: Finish Quantum Dishwasher Cleaner

So I have a confession for ya’ll. I am absolutely in lurve with the Finish Quantum dish detergent pods. In full disclosure, it makes me feel incredibly old to be talking about how much I love a cleaner for my dishwasher. But I also realize that sharing this little piece of domestic happiness is probably something that you guys want to know about. Right? Right.

Anyway. We’ve been really unhappy with how our dishes have been coming out of our…

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Added by Cortney Galster on April 8, 2013 at 11:10pm — No Comments

The Baby Products Every Newborn Mama Needs: Part II

Last time I posted I gave you a list of products every mama needs for their baby. And there were obviously some things that I left off of that list – but it was for good reason. Because some things that you’re going to buy really do depend on what you’re going to use them for. And some really depend on your child. So for all of ya’ll that were…

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Added by Cortney Galster on March 26, 2013 at 10:34pm — No Comments

The Baby Products Every Newborn Mama Needs

A few weeks ago I found myself running around Babies R Us with my little man when I ran into a couple that looked like they were registering for their first babe. They looked totally overwhelmed. So being the super nice nosy mama that I am, I offered a little advice. And asked if they wanted some help figuring out what they really needed right away on their list and what they could wait to get until they figured out if they…

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Added by Cortney Galster on March 23, 2013 at 11:55am — No Comments

I Finally Had My First Encounter With “That Mom”

This weekend I went to a baby shower. It was lovely - from the decor to the games to the food, the ladies that put it on did an amazing job pulling the event together! My pregnant girlfriend is absolutely adorable. It’s funny – before you’re pregnant, you don’t really register the preggo ladies unless it’s pretty much staring you in the face. Then when you’re actually pregnant, especially at the end of your pregnancy, you feel ginormous. You…

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Added by Cortney Galster on March 20, 2013 at 10:47am — No Comments

WAHM: The Do’s and Don’ts of Sponsored Posts

Continuing the WAHM Blogging series, this week’s topic is all about what you should and shouldn’t do in regards to finding and posting sponsored content. It’s meant to be an easy to use comprehensive list and some of these points may or may not have been mentioned in some of the earlier posts in this series. Think I’m missing something? Tell me in the comments section below – I’d love to…

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Added by Cortney Galster on March 16, 2013 at 11:29am — No Comments

Month Two With Arbonne: I Promoted to District Manager!

Wow – I can’t believe it’s already been a month since I last updated you guys on this crazy Arbonne journey. Time sure does fly, doesn’t it?

If you’re wondering where things are at, well…I promoted to District Manager in February! It’s super exciting and I have to thank my amazing team, two of you girls will be going district in March, too! I’m right…

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Added by Cortney Galster on March 10, 2013 at 6:16pm — No Comments

WAHM: How to Write Content That Blog Sponsors Will Love

I’m continuing the conversation about finding and writing sponsored content on your blog. This week’s topic is about what to do after you’ve secured the sponsored post – aka how to write the kind of content that won’t just please this company, but showcase your skills so that other sponsors want to work with you, too.

First: Clarify what they want the post to be about. Do they want a product review? A product plug? Or do they just want to sponsor a giveaway on your blog? The first step…

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Added by Cortney Galster on March 8, 2013 at 10:26am — No Comments

The Great High Chair Debate

Back when I was pregnant, choosing all of the gear that came along with having a baby was fun. And then as my pregnancy progressed, it went from being fun to being crazy overwhelming. Everyone had an opinion and everyone thought that we needed to choose all of our baby gear right.in.this.very.second. So one day, Ricky and I were registering for all of our baby stuff. And I found myself standing in the high chair aisle…

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Added by Cortney Galster on March 6, 2013 at 7:03pm — No Comments

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