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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

The Hair Guide Part II: How to Braid Your Hair

I’m continuing with the hair series – with today’s post being focused on an easy way to braid your hair. French braids are gorgeous and totally in, they’re just not the easiest to do. It’s easy to french braid the hair on the top of your head, but once you get behind your sight lines things can get messy. So this quick braiding guide will give you a gorgeous braided work without the time intensity that a full french braid requires. And I know –…

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Added by Cortney Galster on November 13, 2012 at 5:49pm — No Comments

New Mama: Ten Tips for Taking Care of a New Baby

I’ve been a new mom for about two months – so I am, by no means, a complete expert on mommyhood. But with that being said, there are some tips and tricks that I’ve learned over the last two months that have made my life with a babe much, much easier. And I’m going to share them with you. Because that’s just the kind of gal I am.

1. There’s no such thing as spending too much time at home with your baby. I figured that by the time the baby had arrived…

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Added by Cortney Galster on November 12, 2012 at 6:09pm — No Comments

OMG Deliciousness: Pumpkin Cookies

If you’re like me, you have a serious obsession with anything that includes the word “pumpkin” in it. Especially at this time of year. So the other day I was sitting here giving my little guy a bottle and I realized: pumpkin cookies sounded like the most delicious thing to pair with my coffee EVER. And since they have pumpkin in them, I can justify them as being healthy. Right? Yep, thought so. And then began my quest for an amazing pumpkin…

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Added by Cortney Galster on November 12, 2012 at 10:59am — No Comments

A Little Sunday Night Reading For Ya

If you’re living anywhere near me in the frigid tundra, you’re probably realizing that the weather has gone for seasonably fall like to…well, the start of winter in the frigid tundra. This morning when I woke up (at six am with la babe), it was raining. By noon when I let the dog out, that rain had frozen on my deck, leaving behind a lovely sheet of ice – and leaving me terrified that my moose of a pooch was going to fall down. Thankfully,…

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Added by Cortney Galster on November 11, 2012 at 7:49pm — No Comments

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