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DIY Christmas: Garlands Add Some Sparkle to Your Life (The Indoor Version)

Yesterday, I showed you guys our outdoor garlands. Well – I showed you one of ouroutdoor garlands. Since I still don’t have an extension cord to plug them in, I really don’t have a completely finished project to show you. But all in due time, my friends: the hubs is working on re-organizing the garage. Which means that I should have an…

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Added by Cortney Galster on November 24, 2012 at 2:58pm — No Comments

Happy Day After Thanksgiving - From the Eyes of a Baby Mama

Happy day after Thanksgiving! Yesterday, we gave thanks. This morning, I sat around and appreciated two of the things I’m thankful for (besides my amazing hubs): my little moose and my big moose. Aka RJ and Lucy. The three of us sat around – well, these two slept and mama worked, but still: we did it from the couch. My plan was to brave Black Friday around ten – because there were some awesome little shoes I wanted to pick up for the little guy – but then it snowed last…

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Added by Cortney Galster on November 23, 2012 at 7:38pm — No Comments

DIY Christmas: Time to Hang Some Garlands - The Outdoor Version

Now that Thanksgiving is over and you’re home from all that Black Friday shopping, you know what you want to do. No, not take a nap. Not wrap all those holiday gifts. You want to decorate for Christmas, duh! And where better to start than by putting up some garlands. Right? I thought so.

Let’s start with the outdoor ones first – since it’s freezing in the frigid tundra today, you probably want to get these out of the way first!

I have two banisters on our front…

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Added by Cortney Galster on November 23, 2012 at 1:08pm — No Comments

DIY Christmas: An Artsy Entryway Tree

Every entryway needs a little holiday cheer. But not every entryway has a lot ofspace for an full on Christmas tree. Which is where sticking some sticks in a vase can come in handy. Ok – this is a little more involved than just tossing some sticks in a vase. But to be honest, it’s not that much harder than it sounds! Before you start, you’re going to need a variety of “sticks” from the floral section of the craft store (all of mine other than the skinny gold ones…

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Added by Cortney Galster on November 21, 2012 at 10:10pm — No Comments

Lose the Baby Weight: Ab Exercises to Tone Your Tummy

So yesterday I told you guys that I’ve become an abdominal exercise fiend: not because I actually enjoy doing these workouts, but because they’re totally necessary to getting rid of that spare tire that appears after the baby makes his way out of your belly. So I’ve taken some ideas from my barre dvds and turned them into their own little workout – for integrating with my living room circuit or after doing some cardio. Feel free to interchange the…

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Added by Cortney Galster on November 21, 2012 at 3:31pm — No Comments

Help The Victims of Hurricane Sandy by Hosting a Touchstone Crystal Jewelry Party

Thanksgiving is almost here. And while we’re all giving thanks – and thinking about all of the awesome Black Friday sales to take advantage of after the turkey’s been eaten – there are people on the East Coast whose lives have been devastatedby Hurricane Sandy. These people are struggling to just get their lives back to some kind of normal – much less worrying about what presents they can get at a discount on Friday.

I got an email the other day…

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Added by Cortney Galster on November 21, 2012 at 11:32am — No Comments

Pulled Chicken BBQ Sandwiches - Super Duper Easy!

I am starting to think of myself as slightly obsessed with my crock pot. Oh well. Myobsession is your gain, my friends! This is one of my go-to recipes, because wealways have the ingredients on hand and it’s super duper easy to make! You’re going to need a total of three things: your crock pot, some chicken and your fave bbq sauce. We go through a lot of the stuff at our house – and tend to buy in bulk.…

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Added by Cortney Galster on November 20, 2012 at 7:21pm — No Comments

Two Months Post-Partum: Getting Back to Pre-Pregnancy Jeans

I feel like getting back into my “normal” jeans is a never ending task. Basically, I fit in them. But I fit differently in them. My tummy is getting flatter by the day (thanks to the much hated ab work I’ve been doing), but everything still feels like it’s in a different place than it was before I got pregnant. And I still feel that little pooch below my belly button. BUT: I do feel a lot better and – at least I can fit into my jeans again…

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Added by Cortney Galster on November 20, 2012 at 2:36pm — No Comments

How to Know When You've Turned Into THAT Mom

So life with a baby starts. And some time goes by. Suddenly, your (my) baby is two months old. And while you (I) said that there was no way that you’d become thatparent – the one that you can tell is a total MOM from a mile away – you find that…you were wrong. You are TOTALLY that mom. And here’s how to figure it out:

1. You realize that you’ve started referring to yourself as “mommy” all the time. Like – even when…

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Added by Cortney Galster on November 20, 2012 at 10:31am — No Comments

Things I Love: GroupGel Group Management System

One thing that makes me happy: programs that make my life easier. So when I heard about GroupGel – a totally free website that groups can use to streamline their operations and communications – I was intrigued. And now that I’ve had a chance to check out all of the features for myself – I’m in lurve. And I’ve totally recommended that my Mom’s Club (yes, that’s a real thing) uses it! Let me tell you what…

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Added by Cortney Galster on November 19, 2012 at 8:27pm — No Comments

WAHM Guide: Getting Technical on Prioritizing

We’ve talked about this before: prioritizing - well, we’ve discussed why it’s important, but not how to do it. After getting several emails from readers about this – and a bunch of tips from several WAHMs, including my blogging friend Aleta fromAleta’s Arty Facts – I decided it was high time we broached this topic. Here are some tried and tested tips on learning…

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Added by Cortney Galster on November 19, 2012 at 2:11pm — No Comments

DIY Christmas: How To Decorate a Large Vase for the Holidays

This weekend has absolutely flown by. Although yesterday while my little guy was napping, I did get a little more Christmas decorating done! One way to add a little holiday flavor to your house is to add some Christmas cheer to the decorative vases and bowls around your house. And if you want to do this with a larger vase, you might be thinking that it’s going to take a LOT of Christmas balls to make that happen! In reality –…

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Added by Cortney Galster on November 18, 2012 at 1:39pm — No Comments

The Hair Guide: Hydration Therapy for your Hair

No matter what type or color of hair you have, one thing is universal: hydration is key. It’s also the one thing that’s overlooked by most women! There are a few ways that you can make sure your hair stays moisturized throughout the driest months of the year. One way is to sleep with conditioner in your hair once a week – just rinse it out in the morning and you’ll have silky soft hair. To be honest though – that’s a little time intensive, especially when…

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Added by Cortney Galster on November 17, 2012 at 11:25am — No Comments

The Great Poop Debate

I don’t think I’ve ever told ya’ll about the “deal” that Ricky and I made waaaay back last winter when we first found out that we were having a baby. Lucy was still a wee pup and we were talking about potentially moving to a small farm just outside of the city. The whole “small farm” thing might sound funny if you don’t already know the back story – let me give you the short version: Ricky wanted a horse. And a pair of reindeer – basically so that he could build a sleigh for…

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Added by Cortney Galster on November 16, 2012 at 4:04pm — No Comments

Real life with a baby: I'm skipping the mall to go to Menards. Oh how times have changed.

1. It snowed. Seriously – Monday morning there was snow covering my yard. I was freaking out a little – because of the whole we-do-snow-removal thing. And the fact that plows haven’t been checked, tires need to be swapped and all that jazz. I talk about these things like I actually do them myself. Oh no – that “we” is loosely used: the hubs runs the snow. I offer emotional/administrative/website support. I know that you might…

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Added by Cortney Galster on November 16, 2012 at 12:23pm — No Comments

The Perfect Side Dish: Fresh Cheesy Broccoli Pasta

love side dishes. They add extra color – and flavor – to every meal. Obviously. What I don’t love is side dishes that take a million years too long to prepare. Which is why I love this cheesy broccoli pasta! Now don’t confuse this with the processed cheesy broccoli stuff. This is all about the fresh cheese. The best part about this dish? Pretty much everything is…

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Added by Cortney Galster on November 15, 2012 at 9:11pm — No Comments

Things I Love: Etsy Finds (featured on CupcakeMag!)

In case ya’ll didn’t notice this already, I have a column on a fabulous duo of sites that are geared towards stylish mommas and their kids: CupcakeMag andCupcakeMag Littles. If you are already a fan of these two sites that feature real fashion and accessories for…

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Added by Cortney Galster on November 15, 2012 at 2:11pm — No Comments

Thankful for my life. That's all.

Today I got to thinking about how much things can change in a year. I always say that at New Year’s, by the way – that you never know where you’ll be a year from now. Love it or hate it, over the course of a short 365 day span things in your life can do a total 180. And in my life, they certainly did. Over the last year I married the love of my life. Had an amazing baby boy. Watched my little Lucy turn into a miniature moose. Quit my job. Got a new job.…

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Added by Cortney Galster on November 14, 2012 at 9:07pm — 1 Comment

How to Attach a JJ Cole BundleMe to Your Carseat. It's Harder Than it Looks.

Earlier today I posted on CupcakeMag Littles about how much I love my JJ Cole BundleMe. And while that’s definitely true, I do have to admit that I utterly failed at putting this thing on the bean’s car seat the first time that I tried. I felt like such an idiot – I mean, how hard can it be to install what’s essentially a…

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Added by Cortney Galster on November 13, 2012 at 9:16pm — No Comments

Five Reasons Why You Should Invest in a Car Seat Cover for Your Little

Saturday in Minnesota, it was a balmy fall day at fifty-five degrees. That would, of course, be the day that I chose to stay home and relax with my little man all day – leaving all of my errands for the following day. Sunday rolled around and I got ready to head out the door with my little guy covered in his usual car seat blanket. Which I soon found out was going to be no match for the blustery day that had appeared out of thin air! So I realized it was…

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Added by Cortney Galster on November 13, 2012 at 8:46pm — No Comments

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