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Baby Items That Waste Money

There are entire stores dedicated to baby's needs. Diapering, feeding, playing, travel, and safety all have their own gadgets and gizmos designed to (hopefully) make a parent's life a little easier. And each item always declares itself the must have item. But are they really? There are a few truly useless items out there, ones that are a complete waste of money. They either never work quite right, or are just a pain to use. Most of these items are cute, but just are not worth it.

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How to Save on School Supplies

If there is one cost of raising a family that constantly gets overlooked it would be school supplies. Those small essentials like pens, pencils, paper, and backpacks add up quickly. Throw in a few must have clothes or shoes and you've got a budget about to blow. So what's the best way to get everything your kids need for school without ducking for financial cover? Here's a few tips to help you save big on school supplies.

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The Kids Left At Home

Thursday August 30, 2012

As all parents of school age children know, August is one of the busiest months of the year. So much time is spent finding school supplies, going shopping for new school clothes, and trying to find a way to transition from the lazy days of summer to the new school year schedule. If you are one of the millions of parents who have finally gotten the kid (or kids) back into the school groove: congrats! This is no easy feat, go ahead and take that guilt free sigh of relief.

And if you are one of the millions of parents who have not only gotten those kiddos off to school but still have toddlers and pre-schoolers at home: congrats to you too. This is a great opportunity to get some one on one time with your little ones before they too go off to school. And now is the time to introduce some new responsibilities which can help a little with the need to be as responsible as their older siblings. Try starting with these chores that are perfect for toddlers to help get them ready for the big responsibilities that will come when it's their turn to go to school.

Back to School

Friday August 17, 2012

It's that time again. And I just wanted to give a bit of a shout out to all the parents out there scrambling to get everything and everyone prepared for the new school year. Scores of parents are trying to find a way to give their kids the right clothes, equipment, and supplies in the wake of a recession. We're all pulling it together by the skin of our teeth (or the skin of our wallets). Remember that we are all in this together, reach out to other parents for that back to school support you may need.

And a special nod to those parents of kindergartners. What a big year! Don't worry about the tears, give lots of hugs, and take lots of pictures.

Hey Veteran Moms - What's the best advice you've ever gotten (or given) when it comes to the back-to-school grind? Let us know in the comments below!

If you are having trouble paying for all those much needed school supplies here are some great organizations that can help:

Boys and Girls Club of America

United Way

Finding Time for Family Fitness

Tuesday July 31, 2012

Summer is almost over and when the cooler weather begins to set in the motivation to get fit might start to slide. Don't let it! There is motivation everywhere still. The Olympics is a great way to motivate you and your family to aspire to reach your personal goals.

Still trying to work out the logistics of your workout time? Since most of us are probably not Olympians, I'm guessing we're all saying yes to that question. Here's a few tips and tricks to help you reach your fitness goals.

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Olympic Inspiration

Monday July 30, 2012

The Olympics have hit full force this year and it seems a lot of people have Olympic fever. There is something that is so inspirational about watching your country stand up together and cheer for our athletes. Even the commercials are inspirational.

If you and your family have a little Olympic fever, take that and turn it into motivation for your own fitness. I know, I know. You may not become an Olympian, but that does not mean you and your family can't go for the gold in your own lives. Set those goals and use some of the more unusual sports to get there. Or if you're not really into synchronized diving or equestrian events, try swimming and track. A lot of community centers can give you great access to these types of sports, and they usually have great exercises and sports for kids too. Getting fit is not about gym memberships and weigh-ins. It's about becoming the best you that you can be. So use the Olympics to get both you and your kids off the couch.

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