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    The Reality Of Family Life

    We think that for many different reasons, the reality of family life can be a bit misleading to an outsider. It’s easy for families to put on a ‘show’ as it were in front of people, but you never truly know what’s going on behind closed doors. It might be due to the movies giving a misconception just like they do with love, or it could just be down to the fact that as humans, we like to hide what’s really going on. Now, if you don’t have your own family at the minute, then your version of what a happy family is will be a lot different to reality. For all of you with a family, it can be easy enough to think that you’re the only ones going through what you’re going through, simply because you see other families looking so perfect. But just like you, they could be putting on this show to the public. So, we want to share with you what the reality of family life is like, so that you know what you’re getting yourself in for if you’re starting one, and to know you’re not alone if you feel like you’re struggling.

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    The Arguments

     

    The arguments are something that just becomes a way of life. As much as a family is going to be happy as a whole, it doesn’t mean that your relationship is going to take its toll. Sometimes you become so wrapped up with being a family, rather than being in love. When the love dies and the arguments come in, a family can so easily break apart. A family lawyer will see so many couples coming to them because they just can’t handle the stress of being together, and the stress of family life, so their only option is to get a divorce. But the arguments could be over the most silliest of things, such as who needs to do the washing up. Plus, you have to think, it’s not just family life that’s going to cause some stress. Stresses outside of the family, such as work, can easily boil over into the personal life of a family, and only put more strain on life!

     

    The Daily Struggles

     

    There definitely are some daily struggles that families have to go through, especially with young children. Trying to get everyone up, dressed, fed, and ready for the day is a task on its own, and that’s only the morning routine. For those with young children, the struggle continues throughout the day to keep them entertained, and maintained. So you see, it’s a job on its own to run a family, but it’s the daily struggles that you come to enjoy. The funny things that can happen whilst you’re getting them changed, the giggles they’ll give you, and the memories you’ll make will be more than worth it.

     

    The Amazing Times

     

    Which leads us nicely to finish off with this. The amazing times you’ll have as a family with be some of the best of your life. You’re able to watch your children grow, take them around the world, teach them new skills, and just generally get the most out of life with them!

    #momlife Health Product Reviews Reviews

    9 Healthy Cereals That Kids Will Love

    It’s hard to find a cereal that tastes good and is healthy. I have brought cereals and had to throw them away because my kids didn’t like them. I decided to create this list of cereals to help moms avoid the same mistakes that I made. 

    1. Cascadian Farms-Fruitful O’s
      Organic
      100% Whole Grain
      8g Sugar 

    2. Cascadian Farms-Berry Vanilla
      Organic
      100% Whole Grain
      7g sugar

           3. Moms Best-Crispy Cocoa Rice
               13g sugar (a bit higher in sugar) but not a lot of chemicals 

           4.  Kashi-Dark Cocoa Karma
                100% Whole Grain
                9g sugar
                6g fiber 
               Good Source of iron

            5. Kashi-Berry Crumble 
                Organic
                7g sugar
                 3g fiber

            6. Kashi- Honey Cinnamon
                Organic
                 7g sugar
                 3g fiber

             7. Kashi-Sunshine
                 100% Whole Grain
                 7g sugar
                 4g fiber

             8. Annie-Berry Bunnies
                 100% Whole Grain
                 8g sugar
                 80mg calcium

             9. Annie-Fruity Bunnies
                 100% Whole Grain
                 8g sugar

    My kids have tried all of these cereals and love them. They have organic ingredients but remind of my childhood favorite like frosted flakes and Trix. With the onset of kids developing diabetes I want to make sure my kids are eating real ingredients and not a lot of sugar. 

    Have you tried any of these cereals? Do you have any other recommendations?

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    Dispelling the Myths Behind NY 529 College Savings Plan

    There are a lot of myths about NY529 college savings plan and I am happy that I was able to be educated at the NY529 event hosted by MomTrends. I got information about how to get started, what are the benefits and why do it.

    What is a 529 College Savings Plan

    • It’s a type of investment account you can use for higher-education savings. 529 plans are usually sponsored by states.

    With the rising costs of college tuition you want to have something set aside for your kids to help them not have to take out huge loans (when you graduate they want their money). Whether you or grandparents set it up a NY 529 plan helps you save money for your children.

    One of my own misconceptions I had was that it can only be used at a 4 year institution and if your child does not attend college you lose the money. The truth is that your 529 account can be used to pay for qualified higher-education expenses at any eligible educational institution. Higher education expenses include tuition, books, supplies, equipment, computer equipment, and certain room and board fees. The 529 plan can you used at postsecondary, vocational schools, 2 and 4 year colleges and postgraduate programs.

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    What I also love is the fact that you can open up an account with as little as $1.00 and contribute as much or as little as you want. Contributions up to 10,000 are deductible from your taxes if married and single taxpayers 5,000. Are you worried if they want to attend school outside of NY they can’t use it? No problem because you can use the 529 plan in any other state.

    There is really no reason not to set up a NYS 529 College Savings Plan. When birthdays and holidays come around instead of requesting toys, you can ask them to make a contribution to your account by sharing a special U gift code on Twitter or by email.

    For more information about New York’s 529 College Savings Plan, obtain a Disclosure Booklet and Tuition Savings Agreement at www.nysaves.org or by calling 1-877-nysaves. This includes investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses and other information. You should read them carefully before investing.

    Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by NY529 Direct via Momtrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of NY 529 Direct or Momtrends.

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    #momlife Beauty

    Hydrate Your Skin With Evian Spray

    Hydration is extremely important especially when you have dry skin like I do. I apply rose-water to my face before I apply my moisturizer  which helps to hydrate the skin.

    When given the opportunity to review Evian Spray I said why not and I am pleased with the results for one it’s better than just pouring water on your skin for its mineral water that gives your skin the right Ph balance on top of a cooling sensation on your skin.

    How I Use It

    1.Before applying my makeup or moisturizer I use it on my skin to hydrate and give my skin a nice glow.

    2. Workouts: After working up a good sweat your skin can get dry so I wipe the sweat off of my face and use Evian Facial spray to rehydrate my skin and keep it cool.

    If you want to know more information about Evian Spray find out here.

    I received this post for free in exchange for my honest opinion.

    #momlife Family

    Stunning Kids Birthday Party Ideas

    There are a lot of things you need to keep in mind when you make the decision to throw your kids a birthday party. This is a rite of passage for both children and parents alike, and something that you need to make sure you focus on right away. This is something that you need to make sure you sort out, and there are a lot of great ideas you can refer to that will help you with this. There are of course some classic kids birthday ideas that you could put into practice, such as a bounce house. You can find a rental bounce house from somewhere like junglejumps.com if your kid is set on having their own bounce house for their party.

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    When you are trying to arrange the ultimate children’s birthday party, it is absolutely essential that you focus on getting the planning stage right. This is something that you need to make sure you sort out in advance because it can really make a big difference for how the days unfolds. There are a lot of things you need to bear in mind, and these are some of the stunning kids birthday party ideas.

    Themed Party

    Themed parties are very often the perfect choice when you are trying to arrange a kids party. They can base it on their favorite thing at the time, or something that is of interest to them. And it is amazing how much you can find on the internet these days to fit in with the different themes available. There are so many wonderful things you can achieve with a themed party, and this is a simple way of giving your child an unforgettable day. So, you have to make sure you focus on giving your kid the best themed party you can possibly think of. It is really easy to do goody bags for the kids to take home with them, just put in some candy, buy some cheap, personalised, Bulk Sunglasses and some items to go with the theme and you’re good to go!

    Activity Party

    Sometimes the best parties you can possibly throw for your kids are activity parties. These allow you to come up with some of the best ways to keep your children active and give them a great time as well. There are a lot of things that play a role in helping children have a great birthday party, and you need to consider something like Stratum Laser Tag parties. These present a fun and strategic game that the kids can play, and they will stay active at the same time. The perfect choice for anyone wanting to have the time of their lives.

    Fancy Dress

    The classic kid’s party choice is to throw a fancy dress party. This is something you pretty much can’t go wrong with these days and is something that all the children can get involved with. There are a lot of things that play a part in the way the fancy dress parties work, and you may decide on a themed fancy dress, such as superheroes. Or, for some people, it might simply be a case of allowing the kids to come dressed as whatever they want to. This is something you have to keep in mind and make a decision about before you actually arrange it.

    There are so many ideas you can try out, and it largely depends on what you want to try out for the kids. Speak to your child and find out what sort of thing they want to do or are looking for. Planning their birthday party along with them is so important, and a definite plus point for parents. So, make sure you think hard about the party, and that you plan it out well in advance.