How Much is Your Sugar Addiction Costing You?

Let’s just be honest, y’all. Sometimes it hits mid-afternoon around here and I just NEED something to HELP ME OUT. Can I get an amen?!

Normally I’ll grab a nice ice cold Diet Coke from the fridge…which, I know…those nasty artificial sweeteners. I tell myself that I just need a little boost! And some days I grab a REAL Coke – sugar and all. Anybody with me?

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Either way, sugar (real or fake) can be addicting. Bad for our bodies, for sure. But it can also be bad for your wallet! Amit from Pound Place sent me over this infographic that isn’t quite as yummy as I thought it would be. Check it out! 

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On the Road to Conception

This is a sponsored conversation from Mums the Word Network and The Stork OTC. All opinions are my own.

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By now, most of you have seen me reference our twins, Baby G and Baby M, here on the blog. Seven months old they are now – I can hardly believe it!

But if you are fairly new to the blog, you may not know the story behind our sweet girls. (If you want the FULL story, just look up at the tabs along the top of the page you’re on and select the “Our Infertility, Pregnancy, Birth Story & Resources” tab – you’ll get all the details! (Or just CLICK HERE!)

In a nutshell, my husband and I tried for three years to get pregnant. One of those years we devoted to trying everything “medically” possible to get pregnant – which made for an EXTREMELY rough year. If you’ve had a similar experience and tried some of the same things we did, you KNOW just how hard it can be! You know the conversations you had to have with your partner were uncomfortable enough, but to have to have those conversations, with your doctor(s), too? It’s not for the faint of heart!

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And then there are the conversations that you have to have with those around you!

You’re familiar with the questions. “How long have you guys been married now? When are you planning on having some kiddos?” “So, do you ever want to have kids? Or do you plan on being one of those people who just focuses on their career?” Or the famous comment, “You’re not getting any younger, you know!” (Thanks. I wasn’t aware of that at all. I’m so glad you pointed that out!)

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Fantastic Lego Ideas for Your Kiddo’s Bedroom!

Did you play with any fantastic Lego toys growing up? I did, but they weren’t nearly as big of a deal then as they are now! I mean, my goodness – not 45 minutes away from my house there’s a theme park called Legoland!

Here are some fun facts about Legos for ya:

There are 2,200 different elements of Legos (or types of pieces)
Approximately 19 BILLION Lego elements are manufactured each year, or, 2 million per hour, or, 36,000 per minute
Lego elements come in 55 different colors
Lego bricks are made in Billund, Denmark

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Interesting, eh? I know a LOT of kids who are VERY interested in Legos these days, and I’m sure mine will be soon enough, so when Jenny from Terry’s Fabrics contacted me with an infographic full of ideas on how to turn a kid’s bedroom into something magically Lego-themed, I figured you all would want to see this!

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Preparing Your Garden for Spring

I love Spring! Well, other than the incredibly high pollen count that sends my allergies into a frenzy, that is.

This young woman sneezing into a tissue either has a cold or really bad allergies.

This year I’m still a bit preoccupied with two tiny humans, so I won’t be doing a Spring Garden, but when Morgan from Craig Manor sent over this infographic, it was almost enough to make me reconsider! I think by the time I have everything ready it would probably be Summer, which isn’t at all helpful!

All the same, I figured I’d share it with all of you! I’ll just have to follow it myself next year!

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The Essentials of Backyard Sun Protection

Before his 30th birthday, my husband had three skin cancer surgeries. THREE. Now, we’re both pretty fair-skinned and pretty sensitive to the sun, but mercy, that’s a little bit of an overkill eh?

As a result of those skin cancers, he’s awful cautious about anything having to do with the sun. He’s religious about sun protection for himself, and we both have now focused in on making sure the twins are well-protected from the sun, as well. 

But what we’ve run into is: the twins LOVE to be outside! Which is great! But we have NO shade in our yard. Which is not great. So we’ve been looking at ways to change that.

In the midst of our search, Lillian Connors sent me over the PERFECT guest post! She sure did! Essentials of Backyard Sun Protection! It’s a nice follow-up to last week’s “6 Beautiful and Family-Friendly Backyard Ideas”!

Perhaps the greatest perk of owning a house is having a backyard. It makes a perfect chill out zone, especially during the summer. Relaxing after a hard day at work, having a party with your friends, or grilling a Sunday lunch for your family – a backyard has multiple purposes. However, you’ll need something to protect yourself from the sun and the harmful UV rays. Of course, sunscreen is a must, but creating a shade is even better so here are the essentials of protecting your backyard from the sun.

Go creative

If you’re into the interior and exterior design, you’ll probably see your backyard as an extension of your home and you’ll want it to be just as trendy as your living room and kitchen are. Do you practice yoga and meditate? You can make your own meditation pavilion as a getaway from the everyday buzz. All you need is a wood or steel construction and some colourful sheer fabric to provide protection from the sun. Vertical gardening is a major hit lately and flowerpots hanged around your backyard can provide you with some shade, too. The simplest version of this is to purchase a pergola and train vines to grow over it. Decorate with string lights or lanterns and your backyard will look amazing even when the sun goes down.

Play it safe with permanent structures

For a good, old sun protection, purchase a patio umbrella, an awning or any other protective structure. Look for dense materials since they block more UV rays and provide a better protection. Hard materials like metal or timber provide 100 percent protection, but various kinds of textiles will do just fine, too. Permanently installed structures are more durable and can withstand outdoor elements. Besides, if you opt for an awning, it will provide shade not only for your backyard but also for some parts of your house and help control the temperatures in the dog days of summer.

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