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Since it's no longer the 50s and my kid's now in grade school people are starting to wonder why I became a SAHM and what the heck I do with my time all day. Aren't you? Well, being a housewife AND a stay at home mom still takes A LOT of time. Plus, there's so many benefits to becoming a SAHM that I'm dying to share with you. #SAHM #Housewife

The Benefits of Being a Stay-At-Home-Mom

By Melissa Uhles

When my husband and I bought our first house together, our son was two. I was entrenched in my role as a stay at home mom (SAHM) and a 1950s Housewife, minus the jello molds.

When we filled out the paperwork at the title company, under occupation I wrote “homemaker”. It felt weird. There was now a paper trail stating that I was a “kept” woman. But I’d always thought of myself as an independent feminist woman. What happened? Why did I become a SAHM and housewife?

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Cheap and Easy Valentine’s Day Gifts for Kids and Partners

 By Melissa Uhles

Looking for cheap gifts for your kids, spouse or partner this Valentine’s Day? We’ve got you covered.

Grocery stores are brimming with chocolate heart confections. When you add flowers and dinner to all that, Valentine's Day can be hard on the wallet. Here's a solution: 12 gift ideas that will put a smile on your husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend or child’s face for under ten bucks.

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Are you trying to figure out how to hold a baby, wrangle a toddler and write a few hundred words a week? A follower of our blog had this issue and asked if we’d we'd give some time management writing tips for parents with kids. So that’s what we’ve done. Check out the how these writing tips that will make you more productive while navigating the wilds of parenthood. FREE WRITING GOALS PRINTABLE #WritingTips #TimeManagementTips

How to Write Consistently with a Baby, Toddler or Grade-Schooler Around

By Melissa Uhles and Amber Roshay

Are you trying to figure out how to hold a baby, wrangle a toddler and write a few hundred words a week? A follower of our blog had this issue and asked if we’d we'd give some time management writing tips for parents with kids. So that’s what we’ve done.

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Minimalism with kids is a practice that not only teaches families to live with less toys and stuff, but also creates a mindful mindset about consumerism. Check out these minimalism tips that will help you not only create a home free of clutter, but help you to raise mindful kids that appreciate experiences over toys. FREE KIDS WRITING PRINTABLE! #MinimalismWithKids

How to Practice Minimalism with Kids

by Katie Ashton

Are you still recovering from the avalanche of gifts your children received over the holidays? Are you already dreading Valentine’s Day and Easter? If you answered yes to these questions, Katie’s story and tips below will inspire you to practice minimalism with kids.

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Did you know that healthy dark chocolate has many health benefits for everyone, but even more so for parents and writers. Parents need quick snacks on-the-go and writers are sitting all the time. Check it this great article. Free dark chocolate recipe. #HealthyDarkChocolate #DarkChocolateRecipes

Dark Chocolate Makes You a Healthier Writer/Parent

By Melissa Uhles

It’s that time of year when some of us writer/parents are trying to eat healthier. Recovering from holiday splurges may have you leaving things like chocolate in your rear-view mirror.

But wait! Save yourself some squares of healthy dark chocolate and you’ll thank me later.

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What do you say to a child when a pet or a person they love dies? These tips will help parents provide support to their grieving child. Dealing with death is difficult, but teaching your kids how to grieve will make the process easier. #GrievingChild #DealingWithDeath

How to Grieve and Support Your Child’s Grief

By Melissa Uhles

Have you or your child lost a loved one? Are you grappling with what to say when a grandparent, sibling, parent or even a pet dies?

If so, I imagine you want to support your child by letting them know what grief is and that it’s a normal process for all of us when we lose someone we loved.

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Are you looking for more focus when it comes to blogging? Check out these tips for more organized blogging and make 2018 your year of success! Comes with a FREE PRINTABLE - Viral Blog Post Cheat Sheet. #OrganizedBlogging #MakeMoneyBlogging

How to Become an Organized Blogger in 2018

by Brigitte Evans

Becoming well-organized can be a challenge for any blogger regardless of how experienced they are. This is even more difficult when working from home, as there are so many distractions.

Sometimes no matter how many awesome ideas you have, you yearn to have more time to bring them to life. So how can you make this happen?

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One of the best pieces of advice I got as a writer was to set my personal writing goals every year. Setting creative goals is easy with your FREE writing goals printable for 2018. Click through to read now or save to read later. #WritingGoals #WritingGoalsPrintable

Crushing Your 2018 Writing Goals

By Amber Roshay and Melissa Uhles

Everywhere you turn this time of year people are talking about the importance of writing down your goals for the new year, 2018 in this case.

Guess what, Amber, my Pen and Parent co-blogger and I are going to help you feel brave by sharing our personal writing goals with you.

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Are you looking for the best blogging websites to help you make money blogging in 2018? You'll find the best blogging tips and strategies for growing your email list, increasing traffic, affiliate marketing, and more. FREE PRINTABLE Create and Promote Your Blog Checklist. Click to save. #MakeMoneyBlogging #BestBloggingWebsites

The Best Websites for Bloggers Right Now

By Melissa Uhles

Are you a new blogger hoping to increase your traffic and income? Is 2018 the year you plan to make your blogging goals a reality? In our own quest to achieve success as bloggers we’ve come across some terrific websites that share their secrets to blogging success.

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So you keep seeing all these gorgeous Pinterest pins, but you have no idea how to make them. I can tell you the secret to making beautiful Pinterest pins in PicMonkey that will increase traffic to your website. You don't need any design skills and creating the pins will take minutes. Most blog posts will give you only basic design elements, but I'll give you easy to follow yet detailed instructions with quick video tutorials. Plus, lots of freebies. #howtomakepinterestpins #howtocreatepinterestpininPicMonkey.

How to Make Beautiful Pinterest Pins

Are you having trouble creating a gorgeous pin for Pinterest? I know I did. You’ve spent hours crafting a perfect blog post with amazing content, only to have it go nowhere. The only sound on your blog is internet crickets. Well, I'm going to tell you the secret of how to make a beautiful Pinterest pin in minutes. You have to check this out. 

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