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How I Survived Flying Alone with 3 Small Kids

Just over a week ago my family moved from NJ back to FL. Things were a little more expensive this time moving to FL versus 2 years ago when we moved to NJ, so we opted to go the rental truck route and drive it down. There was no way we were going to make such a long road trip with 3 kids, especially the 2 month old, and keep our sanity at the same time. So daddy drove the truck down with a friend and I flew with the kids – All. By. Myself. Turns out, it actually wasn’t as challenging as I thought it would be, but I was also prepared. Here’s how I survived flying alone with 3 small kids.

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The flight from NJ to FL was to last around 3 hours. From gate to gate it was a little longer than that, but we were only in the air for about 2.5 hours, which isn’t that bad. I knew the kids would be pretty occupied while walking through the airport, so it was just the actual sitting time – waiting to board and the actual plane ride – that I needed to keep them busy.

As for the baby, I knew as long as he was fed and content that he’d be fine. What I worried about with him, though, was getting through the airport and security with all 3 kids, and then how to keep myself comfortable while on the plane since I was holding him as a lap infant. Three plus continuous hours is a long to time hold a baby, so I had to think about how I could keep the both of us comfortable.

Here’s everything I did to manage it all and ease my concerns!

Limit Carry-Ons

One of the first things I did was plan the number of carry-ons we were going to have. Whether that meant checking a bag or limiting what we actually took with us, I wasn’t going to stress myself more than I had to by having multiple carry-ons. Between the 4 of us, we had just 2 carry-ons and didn’t even check a bag, which saved time.

My son carried his backpack and I carried a bag that had enough clothes for us all for just a couple of days. Daddy would be there in time for clean clothes or we could wash what we had with us if we needed to. The only other thing I needed was baby supplies (diapers, wipes, supplemental formula, burp cloth). I knew I could buy more once we got there, so I only carried enough to get the baby through a day or so.

With just 2 carry-ons, there was absolutely no stress ensuring we had all our bags with us.

Stroller

To get through the airport fairly hands-free with all the kids I opted to check my Doona car seat/stroller at the gate. Since the wheels literally fold up under the car seat, I was able to get my son out of it at the security check and with the help of a fellow traveler behind me (because I was holding the baby at this point), we folded the wheels up and put the car seat on the belt. Once through security I was able to release the wheels and put my son back in the stroller without a hitch. Getting through security was a big relief.

 

 


Not only did the Doona help me through the airport, but because it can be used without a car base, it also helped with travel after the flight. I had originally planned on just traveling with our Lillebaby carrier, but then I started thinking about how we’d get around once we arrived. If I didn’t take a car seat with us, the baby would have no seat for the car. So again, Doona to the rescue!

Baby Carrier

Even though I took the stroller, to keep me and baby comfortable during the flight, I decided to use a sling carrier. I actually put him in the carrier before we boarded the plane and prepared the Doona for gate check. With baby already in the carrier, once we got to the plane my hands were free to fold the wheels under the car seat and give it to the staff. Then we continued right onto the plane and to our seats. I was able to feed my son while he was in the carrier and he rested well in it too. I did have to take him out for takeoff and landing (per the flight attendant), but aside from that he was in his sling during the flight.

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You may be wondering why I didn’t use my Lillebaby carrier since I recently raved all about it. Since I decided to travel with the Doona, I wanted a carrier that fit in my carry-on without taking up too much room. That’s exactly what my sling offered. If I hadn’t been traveling with the Doona, I definitely would have opted for our Lillebaby.

Seat Arrangement

We had 3 seats and as previously mentioned, the baby was riding along in my lap. I decided it would probably be best for me to sit in between the 2 older kids because they have their moments. I was not about to referee unnecessary kiddie arguments during the flight.

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How I Survived Flying Alone with 3 Small Kids | #flyingalonewithkids #flyingwithkids

From there I felt better having my older son in the aisle and my toddler by the window. I knew she’d be a wiggle worm, want to stand, do this and do that, and if she were by the window I could at least keep her contained and not running up/down the aisle. This seat arrangement worked perfectly for us!

Tablets

The night before we were to leave, I charged the older kids’ LeapFrog tablets and I even bought them 2 new games, figuring something new would keep their attention longer. And it did. While waiting to board and then on the plane, one kid was on the LeapFrog Epic and the other was on the LeapFrog Platinum.

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How I Survived Flying Alone with 3 Small Kids | #flyingalonewithkids #flyingwithkids

Blankets/Jackets

Having flown before, I knew it gets pretty cold on the plane. So in my son’s carry-on backpack not only was he carrying their tablets, but he also had a jacket for each of them and a small blanket for their legs just in case. It just so happened that my son was pretty exhausted (our flight left around 5 pm and we didn’t sleep much the night before) so shortly after takeoff he fell asleep.Ā  He slept pretty much the whole flight and I actually had to wake him up just before we landed. He didn’t even wake up for the drinks and snacks.

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Snacks

Did you know when traveling with small kids you can bring your own drinks and snacks from home? We didn’t have any snacks left at home since we were trying to eat everything before moving, but I did have some small cans of apple juice. And you better believe I packed them in my carry-on. We then bought some snacks before boarding.

I was a little concerned about giving my kids too much to drink because that means more potty breaks. Being by myself, I’d have to take all 3 kids to the plane bathroom if someone needed to go, and just thinking about that is too much. I made sure everyone went, or tried to go, before boarding, just to be on the safe side. Luckily, my older son slept most of the flight and the toddler was pretty occupied with her tablet, watching the TV on the plane, and looking out the window. We made it through the whole flight without needing a potty break. Phew!

That’s it! I can’t think of anything else I did to prepare for what I thought was going to be a grueling flight alone with 3 small kids. This was my infant son’s first plane ride and he did great. The other 2 kids did great, too. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience and think my preparation went a long way.

Have you ever flown alone with multiple kids?

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Alex & Me Blu-ray Giveaway #AlexandMe

As the FIFA Men’s World Cup continues, there’s no better way to keep the soccer fun going after the games than watching the new movie,Ā  Alex & Me,Ā starring Olympic Gold Medalist and FIFA Womenā€™s World Cup champion, Alex Morgan. Don’t have a copy of your own? No worries because I’ve got your chance to win a copy on Blu-ray!

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If you’re a soccer fan, you probably already know all about Alex Morgan. She’s one of the top soccer players on the planet and I had the chance to see her play a few months ago in the She Believes Cup. In her new movie, Alex & Me, she’s helping one soccer hopeful accomplish her goals (no pun intended).

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Teenager, Reagan Willis, has one dream ā€“ to play soccer like her hero, Alex Morgan. Her bedroom is a shrine to all things Alex, including a life-size poster of the Olympic gold medalist. Yet in the Willis house, Reagan lives in the shadow of her prep football superstar brother, Logan. When Reagan fails to make the cut of the premiere local soccer club team and is humiliated by her rival Claire, sheā€™s certain her ship has sailed. But after accidentally hitting her head, Reaganā€™s poster of Alex Morgan suddenly comes to life and everything changes!

Soccer Emoji Creator

Want to have a little fun before watching the movie? Use the app below to have your kids create their own soccer emoji (scroll down to see mine) and share it with their friends! They’ll be able to pick their player’s look, signature move, and fun tagline. And you can download the Family Goal Chart, having your kids set and mark off goals as accomplished. Setting goals is key to success and the sooner kids learn that, the better they’ll be prepared for life.

 

Here’s my soccer emoji! I’m a bit of a wimp so if I really used my head to hit a soccer ball, I’d probably cry (and have a headache for days). That’s why I chose this position; I can live vicariously through my soccer emoji.

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One lucky winner will receive a copy of Alex & Me on Blu-ray!

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*I received a free copy of Alex & Me on Blu-ray, compliments of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blogā€™s full policies and disclosureĀ here.

Life Insurance: Pay a Little Now or Cost Your Family Later

Have you avoided getting life insurance because it’s too expensive? Cost happens to be the number one reason people don’t get life insurance, but the reality is, it doesn’t cost as much as one may think. In fact, 80% of consumers think life insurance is more expensive than it really is (source). Let’s clear the air about the actual cost so you can make the decision to pay a little now, or cost your family a lot later.

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According to a study from 2015, people were asked about how much they thought an annual life insurance premium would cost for a healthy 30 year old. Most estimated the cost would be between $400 and $1000. Reality? It would only cost around $160 a year (source). Astonishing, right? But the truth is, I would have expected the same.

When looking at your financial situation and determining whether it’s worth getting a life insurance policy, it’s important to understand that it’s actually more expensive to not have life insurance. In my previous post on The Truth About Death Bills of the Stay-at-Home Mom, I talked about what expenses I would be leaving my family with if I were to die today.

Those expenses included funeral costs, personal school loan debt, credit card debt, childcare expenses, and even “costs” of being a stay-at-home mom. I estimated I’d be leaving my family with upwards of $250,000 in expenses, with a good chunk of that being incurred annually for years to come.

Life Insurance: Pay a Little Now or Cost Your Family Later | #lifeinsurance #JennyLife #adWhen comparing that cost to what a life insurance premium would cost now, there is no question life insurance is the better option. Jenny Life has policies that start as low as $5 per month. That’s just $60 a year. Say I live for another 50 years (just a realistic figure). Life insurance would only cost $3,000 and once I die, life insurance would take over a lot of the expenses left behind. I’d much rather spend the 3 minutes it takes for approval and pay a life insurance premium now, than leave my family in financial stress after I’m gone.

Even if my annual premium were $160, like I previously mentioned for a healthy 30 year old, that’s $8,000 over the next 50 years. Compare that to $250,000+ in debt and expenses, and it’s still a no-brainer.

It just simply makes more sense to pay a little now than cost your family a lot later.

How much would you have guessed a life insurance policy cost?

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Photo a Day: Weeks 50, 51, 52

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It’s finally the end of the year! At least for my Photo a Day series. And if you’ve been following along, you may have noticed I’m a bit late with this post. Okay, I’m a few weeks late, but it’s for the best reason ever. The newest addition to our family arrived! With that being said, I lost track of my daily photos so this last post will be filled with lots of kiddo shenanigans and baby pics from the past several weeks.

On top of adding to the family, we’re moving in about 3 weeks so we’ve been preparing for that too. Once we’re all moved and settled in, I’ll be taking a look back at all of the photos in this series and giving you my final thoughts on the year. I can’t wait to really see how much my family has changed (more so than just our new addition).

Photo a Day: Weeks 50, 51, 52 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear

Photo a Day: Weeks 50, 51, 52 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear

Photo a Day: Weeks 50, 51, 52 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear

Did you miss a previous week? Check them out here!

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11 | Week 12 | Week 13 | Weeks 14 & 15 | Weeks 16 & 17 | Weeks 18 & 19 | Weeks 20 & 21 | Weeks 22 & 23 | Weeks 24 & 25 | Weeks 26 & 27 | Weeks 28 & 29 | Weeks 30, 31, 32 | Weeks 33 & 34 | Weeks 35 & 36 | Weeks 37 & 38 | Weeks 39 & 40 | Weeks 41, 42, 43 | Weeks 44, 45, 46 | Weeks 47, 48, 49

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What’s in My Hospital Bag? From a Mom of 3

Here we go again. We’re heading to the hospital because it’s time to meet baby #3. But this time I didn’t pack anything extra and only what I know I’ll need or want. So, what should you pack for the hospital for labor and delivery? Here’s what’s in my hospital bag and what’s not!

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For Mom

Loose PJ’s

While this isn’t an absolute must-have item, it’s one you’ll definitely want. If delivering naturally, you’ll be in the hospital for at least 2 days. And if delivering via c-section, you could be in the hospital for up to 3 days. While you can wear a hospital gown during the whole stay (I did this with my first 2 babies), you aren’t going to want to.

Yea, it’s okay for the actual labor and delivery, but after that you want to be comfortable and feel as much like yourself as possible, so pack some loose PJ’s. It doesn’t matter if it’s a gown or pajama set, as long as it’s loose you’ll feel much more comfortable and more like yourself in your PJ’s than a hospital gown. I opted for one of my favorite night gowns that is loose fitting and has easy access for nursing.

Toiletries

The hospital typically provides toiletries for mom, but they aren’t of the greatest quality. I packed travel size body wash, shampoo, conditioner (the hospital didn’t provide conditioner and my hair is near impossible to brush without it so thank goodness I brought some), and brought my toothbrush and toothpaste from home. And don’t forget a brush and hair ties. After pushing out a baby, my hair is the least of my worries and I just want it out of the way. Oh, and deodorant too.

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Phone & Charger

Obviously, you’re going to want to tell the world (or at least the important people in your life) that your new bundle of joy has arrived. Be it phone calls, texts, social media posts, or the hundreds of photos you take, it’s only a matter of time before your phone dies. As it is, you probably never leave home without your phone anyways so that’s not really to worry about, but don’t accidentally leave the charger behind. I think I checked about 3 times before leaving home to make sure I had my phone charger.

Nipple Cream

If you plan to breastfeed your baby, you’ll want some nipple cream on hand in the hospital. I’ve breastfed two of three of my kids, and the first week is always the most painful. I had dry, cracked nipples the first week and it makes it difficult to continue breastfeeding. I won’t lie, quitting and switching completely to formula crossed my mind more than once, but with the help of some nipple cream and temporary pumping every now and then, I’ve been able to continue breastfeeding. And once you and baby figure out the breastfeeding thing, it gets much better.

Paperwork

Even if you’ve preregistered at the hospital, you still want to have your ID, insurance card, and a copy of your prenatal records with you when you arrive at the hospital. Sometimes the medical providers don’t have access to your prenatal records and if they do, there’s a good chance they haven’t had time to look at them. By having a copy with you, it makes things move a little quicker. And even if no one verifies your insurance, you’ll still need that information when filling out paperwork for the baby.

For Baby

Clothes to Wear Home

This has always been my favorite thing to pack in my hospital bag. Baby’s first outfit! I went through and separated baby’s clothes by size, and then picked my absolute favorite newborn sized outfit (that also fit with the current weather).

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Blanket for Baby

When baby #3 was born, the weather that week had been up and down. It was hot one day and cold the next, so I wasn’t sure what the weather would be like when we were discharged. I decided to pack a blanket for baby just in case it was cold outside and he needed some warmth.

On the same topic, you don’t have to keep your baby swaddled in the hospital blankets. You can bring your own and swaddle baby in his own blankets. I didn’t do this, but if it’s something you would prefer, by all means do it.

That’s it! I wasn’t weighing down my hospital bag with unnecessary stuff this time. Besides, I knew the hospital would be sending me home with diapers and possibly other baby supplies (formula, pacifiers, circumcision supplies) and supplies to care for myself post-delivery, and I would need room to carry it all. But this doens’t mean there aren’t other things you can take. I just personally didn’t find them necessary.


Optional Items

Change of Clothes for Mom

Like PJ’s this isn’t an absolute must because when discharged you can easily wear home the same thing you were wearing when you arrived at the hospital. That being said, I was induced so everything was planned. If you spontaneously go into labor, you may not necessarily be wearing the most comfortable clothes or even clean ones at that. You’re not going to want to wear those same clothes home, so having a loose fitting change of clothes in your hospital bag will be helpful in this instance.

Snacks

The hospital will provide you with 3 meals a day after the baby is born (you can’t eat while in labor), but as you probably know, hospital food isn’t that great. And even if you do eat it, you’ll probably still want some snacks in between. There’s no reason you can’t pack some snacks and munch on them between meals.

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Do Not Take These Items

Computer

You will not have time to be on your computer! While in labor you’re going to either be focused on breathing and getting through the pain, relaxing and sleeping before baby comes (thank goodness for epidurals), or will be too nervous to focus on anything else. And once baby arrives he’s going to need a lot of attention and you’ll be sleeping whenever you can. You will not have time to be on your computer so leave it at home.

Baby Supplies

While in the hospital, you will be supplied with everything you’ll need for baby – diapers, wipes, formula, etc., and can even take home the extras. There’s no need to bring any of that from home. In fact, I suggest you take home as many baby supplies as you can from the hospital. Don’t be afraid to ask the nurse for extra diapers or formula. Most of the time they’ll say yes and the worst they can say is no.

Breast Pump

Even if you plan to be a pumping mom, there’s no need to bring a breast pump to the hospital. If you want to pump, the hospital will have a pump on hand for you to use (just ask) and will also store the milk in a fridge until you need it.

Purse

Look, you’re not going ANYWHERE until you’re discharged. You don’t need anything in your purse, aside from your ID and insurance card, but that can be placed in your hospital bag. Leave your purse at home. It’s one less thing you have to keep up with.

What are your must-have hospital bag items?

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When Reading Practice Becomes Sibling Bonding Time

When you have one kid who loves to be read to and one kid who’s learning to read, reading practice becomes a great time for sibling bonding. Even more so when the book being read is all about groups or families of animals. When Fur and Feather Get Together is the newest addition to my kids’ home library and it’s one I love seeing my son read because it teaches how beautiful family really is. I’d say that’s a pretty great way for my kids to bond.

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When Fur and Feather Get Together by David Margrave is a fun rhyming book that teaches kids what groups of animals are called when they get together. For example, a group of fish is called a school. A group of rhinos is called a crash. A group of geese is called a gaggle. But the overall takeaway is that no matter what group you’re a part of, family is everything and each family is beautiful in its own rights.

The book gives readers the chance to teach their kids many things, like

  • Animals have families too, and have fun spending time and playing with them.
  • Learning doesn’t have to be serious – it can be silly too.
  • Although people and animals may be different from each other, they also have many things in common.
  • How ideas and stories are brought to life through art and creativity.
  • Why it’s so important to build memories through spending time with family and learning from one another.

This last point is exactly what I see when my son reads to his sister. Memories for us all and they’re both learning from each other. He’s getting in his reading practice and sounding out new words, while she listens to a fun rhyming story and starts learning from him. It makes my heart melt.

Do your kids love reading together?

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The Truth About Death Bills of the Stay-at-Home Mom

While no one likes to think about dying, have you considered what type of financial strain you may be leaving your family if you were to die today? This isn’t something I’d ever thought of, especially considering I’m a stay-at-home mom, but after some research I discovered it’s something I really NEED to consider. And the more I think about it, the more appealing a life insurance plan becomes. The truth about death bills of the stay-at-home mom is eye opening.

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Let me hit with you a shocking fact – Americans die with an average debt of $62,000 (source). Thinking about your own debt, do you meet this average? Is your debt less than this? Or is your debt more than this? For me personally, I have $90,000+ in school loan debt alone and not all education loans are discharged when one dies. That doesn’t even take into consideration anything else and this is one scenario where I don’t particularly strive to be above average.

Even as a stay-at-home mom with no tangible income stream, I still have my own debt and would be costing my family a lot if I were to pass away today, or even in the next several years for that matter. I’d be leaving behind not only my school loan debt, but my credit card debt as well.

On top of that, the actual cost of a funeral continues to rise and as of 2017 the median cost was $7,360 (source). My family doesn’t even have that much in savings right now, so what would happen to me if I did die today?

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And it doesn’t stop there. I have three small children that I care for day in and day out. I AM a stay-at-home mom after all. If I were taken out of the picture, my boyfriend would most certainly incur childcare costs. Want to know how much that is? In my state (NJ), the average cost of a childcare center is more than $22,000 (source) and I have 2 kids who would require childcare during the day! My oldest is in school, but even for an after school program it would cost more than $10,000 per year. Add it all up and my family would spend $54,000 annually in childcare alone. That’s an entire person’s income and THIS is the prime reason I’m a stay-at-home mom in the first place.

Add to all of this a stay-at-home mom’s value to the family in terms of cooking, housekeeping, chauffeuring,Ā  doctoring, teaching, etc. I’m already upwards of $250,000.

So let me ask you, stay-at-home mom, still don’t think you need a life insurance policy? A life insurance plan will help cover the cost of your debt, help cover the cost of a funeral, and help cover the cost of childcare.

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Life insurance goes even further than that and will help cover the cost of the your children’s education. I’ve already told you my own school loan debt exceeds $90,000 for a master’s degree and just like everything else, the cost of college is continuously on the rise. By the time my kids are old enough for college, they’ll incur costs much higher than mine were. Why not leave your children some financial assistance to put towards an education?

If you don’t have a life insurance policy, there’s no better time than now to get one and Jenny Life Insurance makes it easy. There’s even an app for simple applying! Don’t wait until it’s too late.

How much financial debt would you be leaving your family if you were to die today?

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Mom is the Queen This Mother’s Day at Medieval Times + Giveaway

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and this year it’s never been easier to make mom feel like a queen. Just head to Medieval Times and enjoy a fun-filled evening of medieval tournament and a feast fit for any queen. Oh, did I mention mom is free?!

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My family absolutely loves when we go to Medieval Times, me included. From our first family visit, to our most recent visit where we got to see the new queen (#AllHailtheQueen), the entertainment and feast never let’s us down. What has me excited about our upcoming trip is that this time I get to feel like a queen.

For all shows between May 1st and May 13th (Lyndhurst, NJ Castle), mom is free when accompanied by one full-paid adult admission (promo code MOM18). And if you want to make the evening even more special for mom, when you upgrade to the Mother’s Day Package (extra $20) she’ll get her very own queen sash, framed photo, and souvenir glass of champagne or mimosa. What a great way to celebrate mom!

To sweeten the deal, I even have a chance for you to win 2 tickets to the Lyndhurst, NJ Castle (for use at a later date). Simply enter using the giveaway form below!

How are you celebrating mom this Mother’s Day?

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One lucky winner will receive 2 tickets to enjoy the new Medieval Times show at the Lyndhurst Castle in NJ!

By entering the giveaway you are opting in to occasional emails from Medieval Times with exclusive discount codes and events. This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on May 13, 2018 at 11:59 pm est.Ā  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

 

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Photo a Day: Weeks 47, 48, 49

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Week 47

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This week it finally started to feel a little like spring, so one day after picking my son up from school we went to the ice cream shop (luckily it’s open again from the winter months). He also attended a soccer parade, marking the start of the new soccer season (it was freezing out that day). And I’d say the silliest thing I saw all week was my daughter eating her Apple Jacks right off the table top like an animal. Kids are wild, what can I say?

Week 48

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This week we actually got 2 whole days of spring weather before it turned cold again. That meant washing the car one day and just enjoying some time outside on the other. My son also got a cool new lunch box and look at that wild thing he drew at school. I have no idea what it is, but it’s a big step up from his usual.

Week 49

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Woohoo! First soccer practice of the new season! My son could not have been more excited. There was also a lot of coloring happening this week and of course, all the time I spend with my daughter resulted in some pretty funny shots.

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Life Insurance – There’s an App for That

Moms, I have a very serious question for you.

Do you have life insurance?

For many moms, me included, the answer is no. The answer could be no for many reasons – it’s just not something you’ve thought about, maybe you’re a stay at home mom with no income and don’t feel like it’s necessary, applying for life insurance is time consuming, etc. It’s time to put all of that aside and get the life insurance you and your family deserves. It is something you need to think about, even if you’re a stay at home mom, and with Jenny Life Insurance the process is quick and easy.

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~This is a sponsored post with Jenny Life Insurance andĀ BraVoMark. All opinions are mine.~

Let’s first start by establishing a few things. Every parent needs to think about getting life insurance. If something were to happen to you, what all would you be leaving behind for your spouse and/or kids to take care of? Why wouldn’t you want to leave your family financially stable?

Stay at home moms, that goes for you too. Even if you don’t have an income stream, you are worth A LOT. According to Salary.com stay at home moms work close to 95 hours per week and are worth an annual salary of $113,000 (show me the money!). Besides, I’m pretty sure my boyfriend wouldn’t know what to do if I left him with 3 kids and all my debt.

And while the typical life insurance application process can be a daunting one – shopping around for quotes, completing an application, getting a medical exam and blood work, waiting weeks for the approval process, and then finally getting an answer, maybe even an unfavorable one – itĀ  doesn’t have to be that way. Skip the weeks and months of waiting, and even the medical exam. Because let’s be real, those of us with small kids don’t have the time or patience to haul them to our own doctor’s appointment. How do you avoid all of this? With Jenny Life Insurance.

 

Jenny Life has modernized the life insurance buying process by allowing us busy moms to apply right through the Jenny Life mobile app (iOS | Android). Yeap, there’s an app for that. And guess what? There’s no medical exam and no long wait times for an answer. Just download the app, complete the application, and get an answer in about 3 minutes. Now that, I have time for.

While Jenny Life isn’t just for moms, it was made with moms in mind. Founders, Lief and Chirag, saw firsthand just how daunting the life insurance buying process was for their wives and knew it was time for a change. The Jenny Life mobile app is that change.

Moms canā€™t live carefree. Your whole life is built around caring. Weā€™re making it easier for you to care.Ā  ā€”Chirag, Founder

Fellow moms, do you currently have life insurance?

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*This is a sponsored post with Jenny Life Insurance and BraVoMark. As always, opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blogā€™s full policies and disclosureĀ here.