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Top 10 Fall Slow Cooker Dinners

With fall in full swing, I love slow-cooker meals that allow me to enjoy extra time with my family. What I love the most about using a slow cooker is that I don't have to worry about what to make for dinner when I get home from work. I also love that my preschooler and kindergartner can help me prepare the meal the night before. They love dumping ingredients into the cooker. Here are my favorite fall slow-cooker meals.

I love a nice hot bowl of chicken tortilla soup. This ...

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During my pregnancy with my fourth baby, I decided that it was time to explore hiring a babysitter. But, as a stay-at-home/work-at-home mom, I struggled (a lot) with the decision.

Was I ready for a babysitter? Did I really need one? Could I even afford one?

Here are a few of the questions I asked myself about hiring a babysitter and how I made the best decision for me.

Can I make more money with a babysitter?

I struggled a lot with the decision to hire a ...

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Once your child has entered the world and you have decided that you will keep this little person, you are 100% responsible for diapering, wiping, feeding, burping, kissing, snuggling, clothing, and caring for him or her (or, sometimes, him and her!). And in order for your to be able to stock up on diapers, food, and clothing, you've got to get out there and get yourself a job.

I get that.

Breaking down why jobs are obtained, it could be said that the purpose of getting a job is ...

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Cravings go hand in hand with pregnancy, and it's one of the first questions people tend to ask pregnant ladies: What are you craving?

If you're still on the hunt for the perfect baby name, why not focus on inspiration that's all around you, like those pregnancy cravings? Think of the adorable story you can tell your child when they're older about why you chose the name you did for them.

If you're all about ice cream or chocolate or one of the other top pregnancy cravings, there ...

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Language Learning with Scarecrow Buiding

I have fond memories of building scarecrows with my mom as a child. At the beginning of October, we would collect old clothes we no longer wore. Then we would spend the entire month building a scarecrow family. Since my mom is very allergic to just about anything that grows outdoors, we made our scarecrows inside. We stuffed the clothing with newspaper, so we couldn't actually display them outside. I enjoyed pretending they were my playmates and would often have tea parties with them. ...

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I am a night owl, never going to bed before the night turns to day, and I think I have always been this way. I can remember as young as 5 years old wondering why I had to go to bed so early--sometimes when it was still light outside--and telling myself it would be so different when I was older.

Now that I have my own kids, I can totally see why my parents put me to bed "early." It was not what I would consider early enough now that my kids have run me out of energy before 9 p.m., but ...

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The ultrasound tech pressed the wand firmly against my belly as a look of surprise came over her face. 

"Wow!" she exclaimed. "That's a big baby!"

Pregnant with my fourth child, I was no stranger to hearing that my babies were "big." My son had weighed in at over 9 pounds at birth, and this baby, a girl, was estimated to be close to 11 pounds at full term. 

But what exactly does the diagnosis of having a "big" baby mean? If you have this experience, should you be ...

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moms want sons to learn about being men

Raising sons is mostly about fun and being OK with really bad smells, but it's also about helping these dirty-handed dudes grow into spectacular men.

Trustworthy, hardworking, compassionate, intelligent men (who are also crazy good looking and funny, too) who can lead happy, independent lives. And if one of these men so desires, he can find a really wonderful (and by wonderful, I mean open to mother-in-law sleepovers) woman to marry and make lady babies with.

I asked some of my ...

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Parenting brings so many emotions along with it because we all want to do the best we can, but without that all-knowing handbook that doesn't exist, there are so many unknowns. The decisions can be huge and could affect our children for the rest of their life and well, who wants to mess up parenting?

Parenting a newborn has many responsibilities that are new: from learning their sleep cycle to understanding the different reasons they're crying, and if you're breastfeeding, that's ...

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7 things you should say every day

When my husband, Jason, and I were on our honeymoon, we kept running into a sweet older couple at the beach, in line, on tours. The woman took to giving me marriage tips each time we saw each other. Hold his hand. Be nice to his mom. Have lots of sex. On our last night, I wondered if we’d see each other again when she appeared behind me. She put her arm around my shoulders and said, “Keep talking to each other.” At the time we were so young and so carefree and so focused on each ...

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