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Stay at Home Moms Thriving Not Just Surviving
Posted By Samantha 

When I began my blog a year ago I kind of knew where I wanted it to go, but nothing was solid. I wondered around writing about things that interested me, but nothing stuck. A few months ago, I worked through a workbook that helped me define my passion and purpose. My passion and purpose came down to ONE THING, helping stay at home moms. You, who are reading this

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14 Frugal Healthy Snacks that Fit in Your Budget
Posted By Samantha 

Snacking is where I always go wrong with losing weight. I tend to grab whatever is easy and appealing now. This leads me to emotional eating and that is NEVER a good thing. In my quest to keep my weight gain at a minimum during my pregnancy and to be as frugal as possible, I went to Pinterest. I was only looking for 14 recipes that I loved, this way

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Top 5 Most Important Needs of the Third Trimester
Posted By Samantha 

This is baby number 7 for me. I'm not a doctor, but I would consider myself experienced at having babies. You could say this isn't my first rodeo. I know every pregnancy is different, but many things will be the same. There are things that almost every woman faces in her 3rd trimester. I'm sharing my Top 5 Most Important Needs of the Third Trimester. Why is the 3rd Trimester

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6 Secrets to finding extra money Hiding in your budget
Posted By Samantha 

I know how it is to live on a tight budget. My husband makes a good income, but we are a family of 8 soon to be 9. I have one that will begin several therapies soon, and he is also on a pretty strict diet. Money certainly doesn't grow on trees, well at least I haven't found that tree yet. It was only after writing out a budget and

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How to Have the Perfect Family Valentine’s Day Party
Posted By Samantha 

I love Valentine's day and all the meaning behind it. It is a wonderful time to show and receive love. When I was first married, we'd buy nice gifts, go out to dinner, and the night was magical. Throw in 1 or 6 children and things change. Money doesn't grow on trees. (If you find one, please let me know.) Taking this crew out to eat on Valentine's day isn't

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How to Love Yourself When You Are Desperate
Posted By Samantha 

I used to think that positive people were born that way. Those people were the blessed few who knew how not only to be positive towards others but themselves. They had the elusive self-confidence that seemed to evade the rest of the world. They were the chosen ones, while I was left lacking. I've never been a positive person, but I found myself almost clinging to positive people hoping they

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14 Dirt Cheap Dinners for When You Are Broke
Posted By Samantha 

Well, I'm not really broke, but if we are going to save up for Disney, the money must come from Somewhere. The only thing I can really control is my grocery spending. We have cut back our spending just about everywhere else. This is the final frontier for our family. Time to tighten our belts and really save. It won't be cheap to take a family of 9 to Disney

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Top 5 Money Saving Tips for a Magical Disney World Vacation
Posted By Samantha 

I've been blessed with many people in my life, but none have stuck with me as long as my friend Carmen. When I wrote 5 Tips to Start Planning for Disney, it was Carmen who gave me all the great advice. We will be taking our road trip to Disney later this year. I'm so thankful she as a Simply Magical Vacations Specialist, is giving us her Top 5 Money

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4 Amazingly Simple Tips to Lose Weight
Posted By Samantha 

I don't know many women who don't want to lose weight. The amount depends on the woman, but we all want to fit into that seeming mythical size 6. Ok so maybe it isn't mythical, but I haven't been a size 6 since grade school, so it just seems that way. I've always been the kind of mom to either eat what I fixed my kids or nothing at all.

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Planning to Achieve Your Goals: Write it Down
Posted By Samantha 

You can set goals, resolutions or dreams all day long, but unless you have a plan on how to achieve them, you won't go anywhere. How do I know this? Because I did it for YEARS! I would never make my goals and would consider myself a failure. I didn't ask for help, I didn't even know what to ask, honestly. Now that I'm older, have bigger goals, and I've

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