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Mommy New Year's Resolutions - Share Yours Here

Here are six New Year's resolutions that I play to implement into my life this year:

1)  To layout my outfit for the next day and my child's outfit for the next day the night before.  I want mornings to be easier and go smoothly.

2)  To stop using my Pack N Play as a gigantic laundry hamper and actually stay on top of laundry. (This will be my greatest challenge.)

3)  To get my mommy first-aid inventory prepared for my growing, curious toddler by stocking up on all of the necessary first-aid items that kids need (band-aids of all sorts, disinfectants, wraps, etc.).

4)  To throw away mysterious Tupperware lids and free up my kitchen space.

5)  To utilize my slow-cooker crock-pot more often - it makes yummy food, saves time, and makes the house smell awesome.

6)  To take a relaxing bath at least 3x a week (at night, after kids are asleep).  A glass of Chardonnay may or may not be there with me.

What are your New Year's Resolutions this year?  Share with us by commenting on this post!


Thank You Cards Made Easy

Thank You Cards Made Easy, for Those Post-Baby Presents

Throughout my pregnancy and after my little one was born, I was blessed to receive baby gifts from many people in my life - from my friends, to from my parents' friends, to people at work. My list of people to write Thank You Cards to grew quickly, all the while I could barely keep my eyes open and hadn't slept for longer than a 2-hour period for weeks, thanks to my hungry little newborn baby. I was lucky to sneak in a shower (as I often chose sleep instead).

Front of Card

Back of Card

Do You Type Faster Than You Hand-Write?

If you're like me, you are faster at typing than you are at hand-writing.  I am of the generation where the art of hand-writing has been lost.  That's perfectly fine with me.  I became stressed at the long list of Thank You cards that I needed to write after the baby came - I realize that may sound ungrateful and that may sound like a rather bratty thing to say, but I was so exhausted from the demands of my newborn and breastfeeding.  I was so tired.

Solution to Your Thank You Card Problem:  

Personalized Photo Cards With Typed Message (Shipping Included)

How To Do It: 

I used to send my thank you cards (as low as $0.69/card from Hallmark), but there are dozens of other websites out there that offer the same service.
  1. Create an account at (or another e-card website)
  2. Choose a template for all of your Thank You cards
  3. Upload a cute photo of your newborn to the cover of the card
  4. Edit the the custom message on the front of your card template
  5. Add a thoughtful "Thank You Message" to each person
  6. Add each person's address
  7. Mark that you would like Hallmark to pay for your postage (if you want this)
  8. Hallmark (or other card company) will make your cards for you!
You use the same template for each of your cards.  All you have to do is add a custom message and address for each person.  What's also great is that Hallmark saves each person's address to your "Address Book," so there is no need to fish for that person's address the next time you need to send them a "thank you."

The website doesn't exactly have the most user-friendly format ever (you may get annoyed but only a little), but Hallmark does have cards for as little as $0.69 each (the best price I could find for this service).  Here is a link to their website: Hallmark Cards.


Some people (including my mom) think it is tacky to send a hand-written thank you card.  Personally, I disagree.  Plus, a typed thank you card is better than no thank you card (or a late one).


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How to Find Your Cell Phone Around Your House When You Don't Have A Land-line Phone to Call It

When you lose your cell phone around your home, do you ask people to call it for you so you can find it when it rings?

What if no one else is home?  And what if you don't subscribe to a land-line service?

This website ( has saved my butt so many times.  

If you are a scatterbrain like me, you've probably misplaced your cell phone around your house (couch cushions, bathroom drawers, the refrigerator, etc.) every once in a while (for me, this happens almost daily).  I don't have a land line at our house, so my phone is my only method of communication with the outside world, outside of the Internet of course.  

The worst is when no one in my family is home for me to ask them, "Hey, I can't find my cell phone.  Will you please call it?"  I would find myself constantly digging through the couch cushions.  This website,, has been my saving grace ever since I was in college and living in a single-bedroom apartment by myself. Just pull up this website, type in your cell phone number, and they will call your phone for you.  The ringing of your phone will help you locate it! (Just keep your fingers crossed that your phone isn't on silent.)

Click Here to View Their Website, or go to

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