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My husband and I were talking the other night after a day of Christmas shopping, grocery shopping, and paying bills. We were looking at the checkbook and finally came to the conclusion that something is going to have to give for 2015. We want to make sure that we have enough money to pay our bills, and yet, have money to live on comfortably  — you know — financial peace. These are the steps that we are taking to set ourselves up for financial success in 2015.

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My family and I will be venturing out at 4am on Friday morning to get our Black Friday shopping on. Now, I will tell you that we are NOT amatuers when it comes to shopping on Black Friday. We have been doing this for a few years and while the first year was a learning experience, every other year afterward, we have been more prepared than ever.

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I have been on the Internet and so have my kids long before social media was a thing. In fact, we celebrated the day that Facebook and Twitter were created. We high fived when Instagram hit the scene, and my kids LOVE SnapChat. However, there are certain things that I made sure to teach them when they became a part of social media. It’s called respect for themselves and for others. Today — I thought I would share with you how you can teach your kids about social media respect as well.

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My daughter has the shiniest, silkiest hair I know. She gets more compliments from people, always asking her how in the world she gets it to look so gorgeous. There are 5 things that she does to get smooth and silky hair and today I am going to share those with you.
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When I was in middle school, I did not care about school at all. In fact, I almost flunked out of 8th grade math. That mentality stayed with me all throughout that year and I also carried with me into my first year of high school. I remember sitting in that Intro to Algebra 1 class thinking — “I hate school. I hate math. Why do I even need to be here?”. It was then, that my math teacher — Susan Scott– saw something in me that I did not see in myself, and she pushed me to do better,  to be better – to try to succeed. It is because of her that I learned to love math and found myself making straight A’s in her class. Yes — teachers change lives.

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I just finished watching a cute 38 minute short film created by Disney about Blank — a white Vinylmation character who falls in love with Bow — another white Vinylmation character. After watching the film, I have a few thoughts I wanted to share with you on love, being different, and learning to love yourself.

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I can remember when my children were little. Amazing playdates for them would be to pack a picnic lunch and head out to the nearest zoo, or head to the lake for fishing fun. Now that they are much older — 18 and 15 — those playdates are few and far between. So what makes for an epic playdate these days for a teenager?

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My son has been driving now for 2 years. When he first started, I prayed that he would be a safe driver. My husband and I taught him many things that we were concerned about. I hoped and prayed that those teachings would stick when he finally got to venture out on his own. Only time would tell if it would.

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Thank you to Aunt Jemima Frozen Breakfast for being a sponsor. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.

We are always on the go here at the Sikora household. My hubby and son are usually out the door by 7:00 o’clock in the morning, and when I wake up, I hit the ground running. With that being the case, we always try to have quick and yummy breakfast foods that can be eaten on the go. Here are my favorite 5 quick breakfast foods for families on the go.

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