For The Times I Feel Like A Mom Failure

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This past weekend I had a break through. My husband and I were chatting after we put our children to bed one night, and I was trying to verbalize to him why it feels so hard to be home alone with the kids for extended periods of time. When I’m home with them and he’s at work, our… 

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My Favorite Activewear

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This is the fifth and final post in my Calia By Carrie Underwood series. This was by FAR one of my favorite campaigns, and I truly fell in love with the products. If I had an unlimited budget, I’d have an entire wardrobe out of this stuff. I regularly now stop by Dick’s Sporting Goods… 

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Little Tikes Double Fun Slide ‘n’ Bounce Giveaway

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UPDATE: Winner of this giveaway is Kaylee Hulstein! This time of year, when we’re in the middle of the coldest part of the winter, I’m constantly on the lookout for things to do with my kids to help them get their wiggles out. Last year we purchased this Little Tikes Jump ‘n’ Slide Bouncer and it was… 

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6 Tips For Finding Balance As A Work-At-Home Mom

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If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know that I started out mom life as a stay-at-home mom. I had four kids in less than three years. They are my world. In many ways, I still consider myself a stay-at-home mom. But sometimes life has a way of surprising you.  The unexpected blessing… 

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KEEPing Perspective In The Midst Of Mom Life

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Today the kids and I drove down to my parent’s farm in northwest Iowa. It’s about a four hour drive from our house in the eastern side of the Twin Cities, which isn’t usually a huge deal. But today, it was. Jake was already down there on a business trip, so I had to pack up… 

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3 Reasons We Have A Love-Hate Relationship With Network Marketing

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(photo credit: rachel marthaler photography) These days it seems that everyone’s selling something. I can’t scroll through my Facebook or Instagram feed without seeing someone marketing something. From make-up to jewelry to supplements to a healthy lifestyle, you can buy almost anything through a friend. I used to be one who sort of rolled my eyes at… 

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Life Lessons From A 15 Month Old

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It’s the Monday after New Year’s, which means the kids have been out of school, we’ve been out of work, the holiday foods have been in ample supply, as have the attempts to diet and set new goals. All in all, it’s a struggle of a day. So, allow me to start your week off… 

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Kuiper Family Menu: January 4 – 10, 2016

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Tomorrow is the day I’ve been waiting for! January 4th brings so much excitement to my world! I’m so pumped for the new year and all that’s to come! And I’m MOST excited to get back into a regular routine and get into a good groove again. This past week I didn’t meal plan and… 

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What If Our Daughters Heard This?

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I always dreamed of having daughters. I thought about how fun it would be to dress them in adorable clothes, do their hair, and get manis and pedis together. I thought about all the girl talk we’d have and the shopping adventures we’d go on. It turns out my dreams came true. I was doubly blessed with… 

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Last Minute Christmas Shopping!

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Good morning! Can you believe it?! TOMORROW is Christmas EVE! Since I always like to keep it real on this blog of mine, I’ll be honest and tell you I’m a last minute shopper. There are a couple of reasons why I feel justified in this. First of all, I’m indecisive because I want to… 

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