Thursday, February 23, 2017

10 Baby Hacks to Save Money

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 1. Try Amazon, hand me downs. It is fast shipping with Amazon Prime they have great deals on baby related items and you can order from your home in your PJs with Free shipping right to your door! No getting the baby in and out of your car or walking isles during nap time! 
 2. Shop Clearance sales! Buy a year in advance during sales and holiday clearances. My friend has her daughters winter clothes for next year...including boots for $3 and $1!
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Mclachlan's Birth Story

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Today I am going to do something a little different. I am going to talk about something very personal to me. My son's birth story. First, I need to give you some background leading up to it. I will go into some details not meant for every viewer! At the age of 23 I was faced with, what I would consider a horrific decision on where I would ever have a child of my own. I had for years been battling cancers in my "lady parts" and was faced with the reality it just may never happen. I was in such a horrific place in my life because it was my ultimate dream to one day carry and have my own children ( yes, I know I could have adopted). Talk about "GET YOUR CRAP TOGETHER AND GROW UP"!!
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My life just had not taken that road in stead it was a mess of failed relationship attempts, several serious operations and health complications really preventing the right time to have a child. I was in no condition to conceive on my own and was faced with the tough decision to in fact schedule a hysterectomy. As I sat in the Doctors office I remember thinking this was it, I was going to be left with an empty place. After discussing this with my doctor we both felt that at the time insemination would in fact help balance my hormone levels to help with some of the "lady problems" I was having. I would love to say that road was easy and fun and end the story right there. We tried for one and a half years to have a child. I had a miscarry and an ectopic pregnancy which landed myself with serious complications and I almost died! 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Organize Kid Artwork & School Papers with Keepy

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 I often express how busy I am in my posts. This is not an understatement. I can pretty much guess most parents feel the pressure to fit everything in one day. To me there just is never enough hours to do all the things I want and need to do! I have stacks of my sons artwork, school papers and skating achievements laying around the house in piles and or in shoe boxes. I promise myself I will get to them but it just never seems like I do. I had so many visions of scrap-booking and or displaying them throughout the house and updating them but then life happened.
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Friday, February 17, 2017

Guide to Red Rock Canyon, Nevada

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The first trip to the Las Vegas area, was without my son and more work related. Back then, we spent our time on the Vegas strip and in convention rooms. This trip I had my whole family along and we had more free time to explore. If I could give you some great advice take the 17 mile-ish drive to Red Rock Canyon (that was the distance from our hotel)! I wanted to visit it on our first trip and just did not have the time. 
Once we landed at the airport, we got our Mazda CX-3 rental. It housed all our luggage without any issue. We were super excited to explore and set off after a quick stop at the hotel. I simply typed in "Red Rock Canyon" into the GPS point of interest feature and it immediately had the route we needed to take. 
As we started to get closer I saw this rock and HAD to stop for a photo. We do not live by mountains and seeing them up close is so surreal! I wish I could explain how the views make me feel but words escape me. I can say I would take them over a beach any day. Something about them are simply majestic and make me giddy inside!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Planning ahead for College

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 Seems like just yesterday, I was telling my Mom, this was finally it. I was going to have a baby and she would be a grandmother for the first time. I remember her holding my hand and helping me through a rough labor. Just a minute later we were picking out my son's first school backpack and his first day of school outfit. He was ready to go to school although I was a bit concerned. He tested ahead for his age and I remember thinking he was a year younger than most of his classmates. Would he fit in? 
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A second later it seemed, my son entered second grade and already started to plan for his future. What job he wanted as a grown up. A grown up? Where have the years gone? They say as you get older they slip by you but lightening speed just pails in comparison once you start actually living them. Now, is the best time to think ahead for his future. I have always been a very savvy person when it comes to fiances. I wanted to have a nest egg, a "rainy day fund" because in these economic downfalls it is smart business to do so. I am after all not just in-charge of myself but also the little soon-to-be twenty something year old going off to college, second grader! Let's talk College savings plans specifically a 529 College Saving Plan we are setting up for our son.