How to Afford Childcare – 5 Tips to Drastically Cut Costs + Save Money
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How to Afford Childcare – 5 Tips to Drastically Cut Costs + Save Money

How to afford childcare and/or cut down on childcare costs. Strategic ways to make childcare more affordable for your family.   With my letter of intent deadline hanging over my head, I sat down to call daycares. It turned out the only daycare with an opening, would cost $2,700 a month for my infant and…

How to Make a Simple Monthly Budget That Will Save You Money
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How to Make a Simple Monthly Budget That Will Save You Money

How to make a simple monthly budget for moms. An easy way to save money and track your spending. I opened up my budgeting spreadsheet and clicked through the tabs. Only two were filled out. Month after month had gone by and I hadn’t recorded a single expense. I sighed. I guess I’d have to…

How to Choose a Daycare – Examining the Characteristics of a Good One
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How to Choose a Daycare – Examining the Characteristics of a Good One

All of your options for choosing a daycare by examining the characteristics of a good daycare. Choose the best daycare for your child. Handing my son the measuring cup, I helped him dump chocolate chips into the mixing bowl. I turned on the mixer and he shouted, “I see the cookies!” I laughed. This was…

How to Reap the Benefits of Transforming Your Finances by a Mom on a Budget
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How to Reap the Benefits of Transforming Your Finances by a Mom on a Budget

Mom on a budget starting out. Figuring out the best ways to budget and save money as a mom. “What’s one of the things you think we could do better this year?” I asked my husband.  I knew his answer before he said it, “Finances. We’ve been hemorrhaging money on a regular basis and ignoring…

The 10 Absolutely Best Dinosaur Books for Toddlers
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The 10 Absolutely Best Dinosaur Books for Toddlers

A list of the absolutely best dinosaur books for toddlers. Recommendations for building your child’s dinosaur library from a librarian and mom. My toddler handed me a book and bounced on his heels to show me that he wanted up. I dragged him onto my lap, relishing this perfect moment that he wanted to spend…

A Guide to Buying The Perfect Dinosaur Books for 3-Year-Olds
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A Guide to Buying The Perfect Dinosaur Books for 3-Year-Olds

Dinosaur books for 3-year-olds. Recommendations from a librarian and mom. The perfect list of dinosaur books to build a library for your 3-year-old. My 3-year-old grabbed his favorite dinosaur books and pulled himself into my lap. Some moms enjoy doing activities with their kids, playing with them, or taking them to crowded theme parks. But…

10 Potty Training Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make (I Made Them All)
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10 Potty Training Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make (I Made Them All)

10 potty training mistakes you don’t want to make, written by a mom who’s made them all.   I laid my sleeping newborn down and left the room to a quiet house. I descended the stairs slowly, dreading what I might find. What was my toddler doing that had him so quiet? As I turned…

Agonizing Over Childcare Options? Everything You Need to Make the Right Choice
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Agonizing Over Childcare Options? Everything You Need to Make the Right Choice

Make an informed decision about childcare, considering a nanny vs. daycare. Explore all of your childcare options to choose what’s best for your family.   I finally got ahold of the third daycare on my list, my last choice. “Do you have any openings for an 18-month-old?” I asked hesitantly.  I wanted the best school…

12 Interactive Board Books That Will Engage Your Baby With Reading
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12 Interactive Board Books That Will Engage Your Baby With Reading

A list of some amazing interactive board books to help you build an engaging collection of books for your baby. My baby jumped and laughed in anticipation as I turned to the last page of the book. “Is he in the basket?” I asked enthusiastically. He quickly grabbed the flap and pulled it back to…

11 Books to Get Your Toddler Excited About Christmas
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11 Books to Get Your Toddler Excited About Christmas

Use this list of librarian-recommended Christmas books for toddlers to build a Christmas collection for your little one. I slowly closed the book and reached for another, immediately feeling that settling feeling of disappointment. Why are so many Christmas books poorly written? Christmas is a great time to bond with your family, create new traditions,…