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House of Shyba: Decking The Halls

This blog post is written in partnership with and sponsored by Big Lots. Often I find that the anticipation of an event, a trip, or a major holiday is the most stressful part of the entire experience. As my family grows, this kind of anxiety also...

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GIVEAWAY: Veer All-Terrain Cruiser (the coolest wagon around!)

Well, I never thought I'd be a wagon person.     Until, that is, I was introduced to the Veer All-Terrain Cruiser. Demi and Evvie both love riding around in it, to soccer games, the beach, Christmas tree hunting, big-kid drop offs and even walking the dogs...

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Preparing For Christmas: In The Kitchen With My Kids

This blog post is written in partnership with and sponsored by Big Lots. I am learning quickly what it means to be a parent of five children during the holidays. Celebrating, planning, preparing, and organizing everything from food to events to shopping is a very layered...

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Well Equipped: Multitasking During the Holidays

As Californians who spent four winter seasons on the East Coast—still relatively recently—you would think that we’d be prepared for cold weather, or at least less whiney about it when the temps dip into the forties! The truth is, we are never prepared when it...

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Managing My Health + A Chance To Win

This post is sponsored by Med-IQ and supported by an educational grant by Teva Pharmaceuticals. All opinions are my own. With Thanksgiving freshly in our past and December launching the final countdown of the quickly approaching festivities, we are in full preparation mode. I will be...

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Managing the Mess

Some days our busy life, full of many moving parts, feels like a well-oiled machine. Those days are few and far between, but they do happen and I make sure to take mental note of that wonderful feeling. Most days Justin and I are so...

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Kindness Matters Most

It took awhile for us to narrow our family motto, the single core value that not only brings us together as a family but also connects and bonds us to our pets, our peers and acquaintances and even strangers. There are a lot of things...

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Lead With Love

This post was developed in collaboration with P&G as part of their Love Over Bias campaign.  The last couple of summers, my daughter Zoe elected to sign up for a baseball camp organized by our local World Series champion major league baseball team. This particular...

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Everything I’ve Learned From Potty-Training My Four Kids

September is a big month for the Shyba family, and this year is no exception. All of the kids besides baby Demi have started school, with Jack in 5th, Zoe in 4th, Beau in Kindergarten and Evangeline began attending preschool. Though we were already on...

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Healthy and Hearty at Mealtime

Though it’s already been a couple of weeks, I’m still slowly coming to accept the reality that I have four children in school. Three of them are, for the first and last time in their young lives, attending the same school. Evvie is going to...

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