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Abby Kowalik

SAHM & Blogger

Mom to 4

St Louis, MO

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Hacks to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy
October 3, 2016 4:34 pm | by

If you think it takes FBI-level negotiation skills to convince a toddler to eat their vegetables – you’re completely right. However if you’re up to the task, here are a few mom hacks that you can use to create healthy meals for your family. Breakfast Spinach Smoothies: Add frozen bananas, frozen strawberries and frozen blueberries with spinach and unsweetened coconut or almond milk for a yummy AND healthy smoothie. The frozen fruit will overpower the blended spinach and your kids will have no idea they are “drinking a salad.” Egg Casserole: Gather all of the unused produce that hasn’t made it into this week’s

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Summer Playdates
August 17, 2016 2:55 pm | by

Summer may be coming to an end, but there’s still time to fit in some outdoor fun! Throughout this summer, I had to think about what I was going to do everyday to entertain all four of my children. For me, it’s a balance of finding budget-friendly activities that will entertain all age ranges of my girls, and keep us away from our life-sucking devices. So here is my list of summer playdates with older and younger children. Take a Nature Walk. Head to your local state park and pick a path. Your child can create a nature journal and take sketches of his findings or pretend he is

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Put on Love Travel Mug Review
February 11, 2016 8:31 pm | by

  Last night, I made myself a piping-hot cup of tea to take with me while I ran some errands. I poured the tea into my brand new Put on Love Travel Mug, which I adore. But guess what? I left home without it! As you can imagine I was mildly annoyed. But, when I returned home after two hours of shopping, the tea inside the mug was still hot. True story. If you’re looking for a mug that stays hot for hours, this is it. The mug also has double-walled insulation, which keeps your hand cool when you do

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Valentine’s Day Traditions
February 9, 2016 8:08 pm | by

Valentine’s Day for a third-grader means decorated shoe boxes filled with chalky hearts.  At age 13, it means carnations from secret admirers and awkward dances.  At 21, it means a LBD and a fancy restaurant. Now, 4 kids and mortgage later, it doesn’t exactly mean the same thing and those Valentine’s traditions vary. When a “real life” mom plans a Valentine’s date, these things typically come to my mind: Finding a babysitter who doesn’t have plans, the cost of said babysitter, making dinner reservations, crowded and overpriced restaurants, and then the feeling of disappointment because my expectations didn’t hit reality.

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You Know You Have Kids When..
January 31, 2016 6:30 pm | by

Kids. They’re fun. But also a handful at times. Since I’ve been a mom, there have been a few instances that TRULY defined what it meant to have kids. From bathroom retreats to spilled Cheerios in your backseat, you know you have kids when..? You know you have kids when… Going to the movies means a Redbox and pint of ice cream. You can’t remember the last time you went to the bathroom without someone sitting on your lap or crying outside the locked door. You feel obligated to tip the guys at Waterway $100 because you know how dirty your backseat was. You also

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Real Mom Talk: Mommy Pick-me-ups
November 10, 2015 8:03 pm | by

Every now and then, you need a little something to make you feel better and give you a boost of cheer. Whether it be a compliment, a piece of chocolate or even a nap, a little pick-me-up can go a long way, especially when you’re a mom. Here are some of my tips to make any mom feel good. Tackle the Difficult Task: Have you been dreading organizing your daughter’s closet? Spend a couple hours and do it. It feels amazing to get something done that you have been putting off. Be Grateful: Write a gratitude list in your journal or spend

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REVIEW: bumGenius 5.0 Cloth Diapers
November 5, 2015 5:52 pm | by

The geniuses behind bumGenius have delivered another home run when it comes cloth diapering. The new and improved bumGenius original 5.0 is PERFECT — for my family. Let me explain. First off, the 5.0 is easier to stuff, thanks to the updated elastic that’s been developed exclusively for cloth diapers. The updated suedecloth adds a bit of stretchiness to the diaper for an improved fit on baby. This is especially helpful if you’ve got a squirmy little one who loves to wiggle their way out of the diaper. The new suedecloth also creates a trimmer fit across your baby’s back, so say

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Real Mom Talk: Cloth Diaper Mistakes
September 21, 2015 7:40 pm | by

Directions are for idiots —  or so I thought. As a general rule, I like to figure things out for myself without the help of instructions. This has typically worked for me except for when I started cloth diapering. After a couple months into it, I was so frustrated and I thought cloth diapers didn’t work. They always leaked, had horrendous stains and smelled awful. Then, I decided to get on the Cotton Babies website and read some directions. Little did I know I was making some common cloth diaper mistakes. Mistake #1: Follow the “before use” instructions on the diaper label. I

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Review: BumGenius Liquid Laundry Detergent
August 27, 2015 7:52 pm | by

If bumGenius laundry detergent had a #1 fan, it would be me. When I first started cloth diapering,I didn’t think it was necessary to use laundry detergent that was formulated for cloth diapers. Instead, I just used my homemade version. As a result, I would get so frustrated by the constant cloth diaper leaks. Then, I used a store-bought laundry soap, thinking it would help with the leaks. It didn’t. At that point, I educated myself on how to properly wash cloth diapers and found that cloth diaper detergent wasn’t just a marketing technique. Since these detergents are free of the additives that often clog

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Real Mom Talk: Baby Sprinkle Gifts
August 25, 2015 6:07 pm | by

Finding a thoughtful gift for a baby shower is hard. But finding a thoughtful gift for a parent who has seemingly everything is even harder. If you’re going to baby shower or sprinkle, here’s our roundup of the most fun, creative, practical gifts that every mom loves! Hospital Bag.  Fill a cute bag with chocolatey snacks, hair ties, Sudoku/games, PJ pants, classical music, water bottles, magazines and anything else she could want or need pre or post-delivery. My girlfriend made me a bag like this for my fourth child. I used everything in the bag during my long labor and post-hospital

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