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Its never too early to start planning a birthday party

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One of the best things about being a mama to a boy and a girl is getting to explore the different sides of it when it comes to planning a party. With boys, you enjoy things like cars, boats, legos, ninjas, etc – and boys are always so easy to please.. With a girl in the house now, I’m excited to begin enjoying the girly side of throwing parties! Now it’s all about princesses, faeries, rainbows and unicorns. In this case, I’m looking at you Elsa.

From the moment I found out I was carrying a girl, I knew it would only be a matter of time before I’d have some Disney FROZEN stuff laying around the house. When JP was just a baby, Disney Cars was still the “it” thing and Lightning McQueen had been a permanent fixture for much of his toddler life. It won’t be long until Melody turns 1 and we will kiss infancy goodbye and say hello to being a toddler. Since its never too early to start planning, I’m thinking her 1st birthday will have a Disney FROZEN theme.

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This royal little party will likely be a small gathering of family and friends, so I’ve been picking up things here and there when I find them so it doesn’t cost me much when the time finally arrives. Last time I was at Walmart, I found some great deals on FROZEN themed party supplies and I snapped up a few things…

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Some of the things I’m tucking away are plates, cups, napkins and some table decorations. I’ve still got a good amount of time to prepare, but it’s never too early to begin!

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Try visiting your Walmart’s party section next time you have a child’s party to plan because American Greetings has many themes to choose from. For under 50$ you can have it all from plates to goody bags for all your guests.

Saving and budgeting for bigger and better things with help from the Prepaid Visa® RushCard

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I got the opportunity to try the Prepaid Visa® RushCard for compensation. All opinions are 100% my own.

Being a stay at home mom can definitely have its set of challenges. Since our family has grown again, I’ve been forced to learn how to do more with less in the financial department. When you operate on one sole income, it can feel like money practically evaporates the moment you receive it. Curious about where it all goes, I did a little investigating, and I discovered that the problem was me going a little over the budget at the grocery store.

I kinda knew that already, because I’m the worst offender in the world when it comes to impulse purchases!
I hate to admit it, but I’m that person who can go into a store with a short list and come out with things I had no intention of purchasing. It’s probably never a good idea to go grocery shopping hungry! This got me thinking about what would be the best way reign in our spending allowance for groceries, and I ordered a Prepaid Visa® RushCard to help get my budget in check.

Out of the multiple card designs they offer, I chose this pretty, sparkly one!


I feel like if I have an allowed amount to spend, I won’t be buying the frivolous stuff I don’t need when I’m out shopping. By doing this, I might even be able to save for a vacation or some home renovations!

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There’s plenty of advantages to having a Prepaid Visa® RushCard – part of the Visa Clear Prepaid program – like a low monthly fee that’s easy to understand. If you’re a frequent card user, you can opt for the flat rate fee or go with the “per transaction” fee if you are not going to use it that often. There’s also a lot of other great card benefits like zero liability fraud protection, deposit or share insurance to protect your funds, and no overdrafts!
The Prepaid Visa® RushCard does a great job at making the card fees simple to understand. The flat monthly fee plan includes purchases, point-of-sale cash back, and in-network ATM withdrawals, and other potential fees – like re-load and out-of-network ATM withdrawals – are clearly communicated.
I can’t wait to see how well I can do using only this card for grocery buying. Who knows – maybe I can afford a little treat for myself with all the money I save!
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What to expect now that she’s here



This second go-round of care for baby has been so much easier thus far. Most all moms I’ve talked to on the subject of having multiple children told me that I’d be a lot more relaxed this time – and they were right. When I was a new mom with JP, I freaked out about e v e r y t h i n g only to learn that most of it was normal occurrences with babies. I’m not sure what I would have done without my What to Expect® The First Year book to reassure me that everything was A-Ok. Reading definitely makes the idle time spent rocking in a chair go by so much quicker!


I’m back reading What to Expect® The First Year again because it’s been awhile and it helps me feel prepared when something out of the ordinary happens with the baby. Bright orange poop? Projectile spit up? Crying all night? This book has an answers for it all. Before baby, I loved having the book What to Expect® When You’re Expecting because there’s sooo many strange and wonderful things happening to your body when you’re pregnant. Some are pleasant (fuller breasts) and some not so pleasant – like morning sickness. Either way, when I noticed something change I was able to find a passage that reassured me everything was normal. Towards the end of my pregnancy, I turned to the book’s expertise because my fingers were tingling and found that it was a very common occurrence for mamas in the 3rd trimester.

As time goes on, and my baby morphs into a toddler I have “What to Expect the Second Year” to look forward to reading. It will definitely help give me perspective on understanding toddler meltdowns and the aggravating “no” stage.

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The beauty of these books is not only are they relevant now, but they will be relevant to our daughters someday. Even though my little peanut is only 4 months, One day she will be a grown woman with all the same questions about her pregnancy should she decide to have children. One day these books will be hers and everything between the covers will still hold truth as it did today.

Plus they look cute on her bookcase for now!

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Topping the New York Times Bestseller list, What to Expect® When You’re Expecting has become a longstanding favorite among pregnant women for over a decade. It is the book recommended most by moms and doctors alike to help women understand their bodies and our babies

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.





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