Introducing: Little Jacs, from Bil-Jac!

**PLEASE NOTE: While Bil-Jac DID provide me with this product to review at no cost, I was not in any way paid for my review. The following opinion is hereby my own.**

Hi, everyone! Taffy the White Doggie here!

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Mommy decided to let me take over the blog for today, since she’s been pretty busy. Actually, we’ve ALL been pretty busy around the house lately. The reason? I have two new baby sisters!

Well, they’re getting kinda big now. But not too big. Seems like they’re growing fast, though. I’m starting to wonder if I’m gonna get chased here pretty soon. Yeah, probably. But for now, I’ve been trying to help where I can. 

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The Ultimate Expiration Date Cheat Sheet!

There are some things in your fridge that leave no guessing as to when they expire. Cue the cucumbers and the applesauce, right? (Those seem to be the two things that are always going bad in OUR fridge!) And then there are others that I stop, smell, wonder if I’ve smelled something rotten and start looking for the expiration date. If it’s expired, you can bet your bottom dollar that it’ll go right into the trash can!

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Oh. And that’s just the FRIDGE! What about around the rest of your home? Cleaning supplies? Electronics? Beauty items?

Thankfully, the folks over at Quid Corner sent me this lovely piece to share with all of you! I think it covers the bases, don’t you?! 

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One Word for 2017

Have you heard of “One Word”?

The basic idea of the One Word movement is to lose the long list of New Year’s Resolutions we strangle ourselves with each year and pick one word to focus on for the next 12 months.

In 2014, the word I chose was PEACE. In 2015, I can’t even remember the word I chose (shows how much of an impact I made THAT year, eh?!) and in 2016, I chose the word WELL.

Enter 2017. To be honest, I struggled with choosing a good word to use this year, because I just felt like, since the arrival of the twins, life is just so FULL. It’s full of wonderful things and not-so-wonderful things, but it’s full nevertheless. How on earth could I get to a quiet place where I can focus on one word when there’s so much commotion?

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And then, it hit me. FULL. There’s my word.

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Why Declutter and Organize Your House?

I’ve heard folks talk quite a bit about their New Year’s resolutions in the past week or so – you probably have, too! And something I keep hearing over and over from people is, “I’m gonna declutter my house!”

I’m right there, too. I have a whole list of spaces in my home that need some major decluttering, and I’ve already started on a few of them. But the other day, someone asked me why I was even bothering with it at all! They felt as if clutter was what happened when life happened, and there was nothing that could be done about it. 

First of all, I don’t believe that for a second. Second of all, I know it’s not true in MY home, so I knew it couldn’t be true for everyone. And third, when Mackenzie  Fox contacted me with a guest post on this very topic, I then had the facts to back up my assumptions! She puts it quite well, and gives us some simple steps to follow to get the decluttering process going! Read on…

Opening image for article in AARP Magazine on the social and psychological effects of clutter in the home.

Do you live in a highly-organized living space, or can you just not be bothered about the “creative” chaos that surrounds you? If you belong to the second category, you might want to re-consider your fondness of clutter for the following, very important reasons (quite a few of them are related to your health):

  • Although you might think you are living in the perfect symbiosis with your clutter, the fact remains that it does cause stress and anxiety. Huffington Post conducted a survey which showed that a whopping 84% of people were worried that their homes were not clean or organized enough, while 42% feel anxious when their houses are unorganized and cluttered.

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Our Birth Story

If you haven’t read Part 1, Part 2 or Part 3 of Our Infertility Story, or Our Pregnancy Story…well, you may want to do that before you move on!

Our Infertility Story, Part 1 (<—CLICK TO READ!)
Our Infertility Story, Part 2 (<—CLICK TO READ!)
Our Infertility Story, Part 3 (<—CLICK TO READ!)
Our Pregnancy Story (<—CLICK TO READ!) 

All righty. On to Our Birth Story!

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It was Friday, August 12, I was 33 weeks and 4 days along, and I went in for a routine (well, routine for me!) doctor’s appointment. They wanted to do another test to monitor the babies’ heart rates, and I also had to turn in my 24-hour urine sample for them to test to make sure I wasn’t preeclamptic. It just so happened that Jerrod had taken off work to go in with me, as I hadn’t been feeling so great that week, and he was a little concerned for me to go by myself.

After the heart rate monitoring, with everything looking great, we sat and waited for the results of the urine test. My regular doc wasn’t in, so we were seeing his partner.

In a few minutes, the doctor came in, stated everything was looking good, and that he thought we were about a week or 10 days out from a delivery. “We’re not there yet,” were his exact words.

Perfect! The nursery was almost done, I would pack my hospital bag, wrap up some household projects, and get to see the two sweetest faces in the world soon!

Just after he gave us that news, he asked us to hold on for a moment, and stepped back out.

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