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5 Tips for Making Your Favorite Jar Candles Last Longer

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I first discovered Yankee Candles when I was 16 years old, spending a good chunk of my weekly McDonald's paycheck on new scents. As you might have already guessed, I've always been drawn to food scents, with Buttercream, Pumpkin Pie, and Macintosh being among my favorites. If only I could go back in time and […]

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Budget-Friendly Day to Night Picks for Moms On The Go

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Now that my kids are back in school, I have to say it's tempting to stay in my yoga pants and comfy tees all day long. But I've been making a concerted effort to get up and ready for the day right along with them -- and by "ready" I'm talking barely a step above […]

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10 Preteen Morning Routine Essentials for Back To School

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This sweet (and sometimes sassy) girl will turn 11 in just under a month. It seems like just yesterday I was watching her chubby little toddler legs climb the ladder to the spiral slide on our swing set, squealing the entire way down with blond curls streaming out behind her. Forever chasing after her big […]

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5 Simple Snacks to Pack in Your Pool or Beach Bag

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Though this summer hasn't exactly been conducive to lounging at the local pool, we've still managed to use our pass several times... As you can imagine, loading up 5 kids and all of their gear to hit the pool for a few hours is no easy feat, but I've become somewhat of an expert over […]

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7 Sanity-Saving Essentials for Road Trips With Kids

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I won't lie... I love my kids, but spending 13+ hours in the car with them en route to our vacation destination pushes me to the very edges of my sanity. Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating just a bit, but all of the "Are we there yets?" and "He's/she's touching mes!", not to mention the bickering […]

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7 Healthy Cooking Gifts | Give The Gift Of Health This Holiday Season

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I don't know about you all, but I definitely feel like I *may* have gained a pound or two over the last week with all of the wonderful holiday food we've been partaking in. 'Tis the season... right? I believe in everything in moderation, though, and as long as we balance the sweets and treats […]

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Stock Your Kitchen With These Budget-Friendly Holiday Baking Essentials

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I love the holiday season for so many reasons, not the least of which is that I have an excuse to bake cookies any day of the week... By the way, did you know that you can freeze cookie dough? Freezing individual portions means that you can easily bake a small batch any time, even […]

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