She Says tackles ear piercing! What age is ok?

 What age is okay for ear piercing?

This week I asked our staff to tell me how they felt about parents who decide to have their young children’s ears pierced. As the mother of two boys, who have no desire to wear earrings this is pretty much a non-issue in our home. I wouldn’t dream of piercing an infant boy’s ears as it is already hard enough for folks to tell if a baby is a boy or a girl. Not that gender identity is of any importance when it comes to babies. However, I will chime in briefly to say that if I had an little girl, I don’t know when I would decide to get her ears pierced or even if I would at all. But I do know that I often wonder why when I see babies as little as two months old or younger even with their ears pierced. Megan and Amee have agreed to share what they think and I hope you will comment and tell us how you feel as well. Is it okay for a tiny baby to have pierced ears, why or why not?

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Monkey Bread Recipe with Cream Cheese

This monkey bread recipe with cream cheese is great to serve for breakfast and one serving is only 4 weight watchers points.

This monkey bread recipe with cream cheese is great to serve for breakfast and one serving is only 4 weight watchers points. It is so good I could not stop pinching off pieces every time I walked past it on the counter throughout the day. So I would recommend either dividing it into serving sized amounts and putting them into containers or serve to the whole family right away so that you are not tempted to eat more than your four weight watchers points worth.

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Books to Read in 2015

Books to Read in 2015

books to read in 2015

These are the books I would suggest you read. These are some of the books we have read and love. I hope that you take the time to open a book and open your mind to new ideas and experiences. In our home we read together for 30 minutes. We take turn reading to our littlest who is in the emergent reader stage. Then we model reading by pulling out a great book to read. I know that my children will also fall in love with books because we make sure that we have books everywhere and we encourage them to read with us.

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Valentine’s Day I Heart Recipes

I Heart Recipes

Even though I do occasionally wear a cape, I do not consider myself to be a supermom. I am just a mom trying to make memories and share special moments with my children. They are only young once so I say make even the littlest moments special. However, like I said I am not supermom so I try to find super easy quick ways to make our moments special. Today I want to share 3 Valentine’s Day I Heart Recipes with you that I have done to make Valentine’s Day sweeter with my children.

Valentine’s Day I Heart Recipes

Cool whip hot cocoa heart for Valentine's Day Treat

Hot chocolate with a touch of  love

This looks so sweet and is so easy. All you do is grab a heart shaped cookie cutter, put it on a baking sheet or plate lined with parchment paper. Spoon cool whip into the cookie cutter and freeze. Once frozen pop out the heart and float it on top of your hot cocoa. My sons loved this treat and now want floating cool whip shapes every time we have hot cocoa. If you need a recipe for amazing hot cocoa, check out this copycat recipe.

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How to Plan a Wedding on a Budget

How to Plan a Wedding on a Budget

How to Plan a Wedding on a Budget

$3,000 Beautiful and Elegant Wedding for 200

Did you know that in 2014, the average cost of a wedding in the US was $28,671? In New York City in 2010, the average cost of a wedding was $70,730! Isn’t that crazy? Many young couples go into debt to have the wedding of their dreams, and many of them are still paying off their weddings 7 years later!
When my oldest daughter got engaged on Christmas Eve four years ago, my husband and I put $5,000 into a checking account for her wedding. We gave her the checkbook and wished it were more, but with 6 kids in the family; it was all we could do. Rather than being disappointed, she made it a challenge to only spend $3,000 and be able to save the rest! We talked about some ideas over Christmas break and by the time her classes started at the University for her last semester of college, we had some plans. I’m going to share with you some tips we found that helped us make her wedding and reception truly special while staying within our budget. [Read More…]

It is time to end the pajamas mom trend

pajamas mom

There are ten great reasons why pajamas are for sleeping and not for public consumption. The definition of pajamas involves sleeping in. That means you relationship with your pajamas should be shared with the person in your bed and the bed itself. It should not be shared with people at the store, school, and dining establishments.

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