thebusybudgetingmama Grandma gave Sienna one of my old dresses. Micah couldn't resist running over for a good photobomb. 16h

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thebusybudgetingmama I just need to brag on my sister for a minute! @valeriedarragh and sabina of @blanqigirls are pregnancy miracle workers!!! Wearing my High Performance Highwaist Maternity/Postpartum Leggings and I'm so in love. I could dance through the @target aisles. I might have. They smooth your hips and support your bump. Perfect for active mamas chasing jolly mischievous flirty 2.5 year old boys. Go grab these leggings in every color on blanqi.com! And then grab this poncho at target. This isn't an ad, just proud of my sister...Val drop off all the colors please lol. 21h

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thebusybudgetingmama I blogged today on how I use essential oils and on learning where to start! Using oils is everywhere but sometimes it can be overwhelming and you don't know where to even begin! So I tried to break down the basics and share what I'm doing! Hope it's helpful. 1d
  •   skinbykayla @meg_pelt you are so right research first i didnt realize how potent essential oils can be so pure...totally toxicate your system...there helpful but with the right dilution /mix 1d
  •   meg_pelt I'm sorry that happened to you, I feel your pain! I made the same mistake girl!! Don't let it scare you away, just ease yourself into it if you're interested in it. Peppermint is one of those oils to definitely use with caution. And find the best company for yourself and your family, find a certified aromatherapist as well! @marievilla 1d
  •   meg_pelt @skinbykayla yes! Just think how many lemon peels it takes to make a 10ml bottle! 1 drop is way more than 1 lemon, and then ask yourself if you would consume over 100 lemon peels. Citrus is acidic and can not only eat away your stomach lining but damage your tooth enamel. I'd like to keep all my teeth!! 1d
  •   eshahart Thank you so much! I want to learn. My friend gave us some tonight to try on my littles. They have been sick with the crud the past couple of days. 1d
  •   deeannsikes I've been using YL oils for over a year now and love them! You have to do your research. I use it now for everything: heartburn, fever, cold, cleaning, toothpaste. The options are endless. We incorporate them into our lives all day long. 1d
  •   cwork2bfit @mswiseman99 thought this might help you 1d
  •   lweeks6213 I'm at this point! thanks for info! 21h

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thebusybudgetingmama We busted out after dinner for girl time. They talked my ears off. Completely off. 2d

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thebusybudgetingmama Today is the LAST DAY to grab a March Box! Our March Care Packages were filled with cute items! Each box was a little different but all received a necklace from @paigeprocknow, 2 journals from @printstitchandpaste, and nail polish from @lovebriproducts! They also received 2 randomly placed bonus items from some of our awesome small businesses! A headband from @gertiebaxter, a grape cutter from @oxotot, a scarf from @saffronandnutmeg, granola from @nothinbutnola, a free 8x10 canvas from Easy Canvas Prints, an upcycled notebook from @mettaville or lavender soap from @ramblingcreations! Our featured print was by @oneworddesigns and our kid items were fun temporary tattoos from @threelittlenumbers! We still have a handful of March Boxes left if you want to gift one to yourself or a friend! But near the end and today is the last day! #happymommybox #celebratemotherhood 2d

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thebusybudgetingmama I'm filling out my @happymommybox tee! I live in this! Wanted to hug the girl who gave us the kid cookies at publix today...for commenting on my bump. I was feeling a little "is she bloated or pregnant?" looking) haha. It seems fitting that my bump shots happen via bathroom selfies during these sick days! 13 weeks today (ultrasound updated my due date) Moving in a week and I'll start my weekly photos for the baby book like I did with Micah! Love having that weekly letter to him all in one book. (You can find it on my blog!) 3d

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thebusybudgetingmama It's crazy looking back at these little ones... I love having baby photos up everywhere. Helps me appreciate the stage in in while I'm in it. They keep me on my toes. Each age has it's own challenges and areas that become easier. (That cutie on the beach isn't Micah, its Ben! Clones.) I love how the girls already planned our 2015 Christmas card with baby #4. They want to be angels, me as Mary and Ben as Joseph haha. They started plans for a stable in the backyard. geez kids grow up so fast. 3d

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thebusybudgetingmama A much needed at home date night with @blesnefsky! Target popcorn and walking dead on netflix. No throwing up kids. It's a great night. 3d

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thebusybudgetingmama I'm back to my normal queasy pregnant self and Micah is better too! So thankful for healthy days and seeing the kids play. Love how Micah calls his sister ophie and e-enna (Sophie + sienna) I walked into the family room to a play food explosion.. What happened in here?? Sophie: " well.. Sienna made tea..." I'm so happy no one is throwing up I could care less about toys everywhere. 4d

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thebusybudgetingmama Micah is on the mend and these "guys" as he calls them couldn't have arrived at a better time this week! (They came with the cute frozen masks and capes shared earlier) Thanks @justduckieblankies for thinking of our little guy. These felt ninja turtles are so cute! 5d

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thebusybudgetingmama Yesterday I caught Micah's bug and it was game over. Violently throwing up all day and ended up in the ER at 11pm. Two fluid bags, blood work, zofran and ultrasound later headed home at 6 am. YUP. Worth it for the IV's which immediately helped with the nausea.. But also seeing our baby on the ultrasound! I hadn't had one yet with this pregnancy and usually have one at 8 weeks where it's so tiny.. Looking up at the screen and seeing the full body and profile (like Sienna's from that angle) the tech said the baby was posing for her so she could get perfect measurements. 12 weeks 5 days! I'll take those extra days. thankful for my hubby and mom for their help. Ready for nap time and so is the crew. 5d
  •   mary.pellie Oh I'm sorry for the rough time:( So happy for that baby! 5d
  •   makesomethingbeautiful So sorry friend! 5d
  •   britegrey Sorry to hear! Praying for a speedy recovery and that the rest of your pregnancy is healthy. 5d
  •   sarahornbacher Praying you feel better soon!!!! 5d
  •   michele_ava So sorry you had to go through all of that! I caught Mikey's stomache bug too and it so awful, especially being pregnant! So glad that it's behind us all now. Hope you continue to feel back to normal! 5d
  •   myhouseofgiggles Awwww. Natalie! That's so awful . You poor thing!! Mamas should not be allowed to get sick!! Hope you get some rest and feel better very soon 5d
  •   wjsully2 I'm sorry, feel better! 5d
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thebusybudgetingmama Such a great night at @sheencounters!! So proud of my friend @hooversnextgen and the way she is letting God work through her to bring together women of all ages and races to pray and lift each other up and join together as daughters of Christ. Tonight was a breath of fresh air! If you are in Charlotte check them out and come next time! (Every 3rd Friday of the month) It's important to have community to do life with. So often we can feel isolated as moms, but you are not alone. We are all in this together and my prayer tonight is that women can see past their brokenness and weary burdened hearts and see the amazing gift that they are to their families and to the world. See what God sees when he looks at you. He is so in love with each of you. You are not alone. You got this. 6d
  •   abbiecamfam Thank you. Just what I needed to hear tonight. 6d
  •   hooversnextgen Aah! How beautiful, friend. Love you so much. Amen and amen. 6d
  •   momof4martinez So beautiful!!! Amen! 6d
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  •   dunlaplove So sad I didn't get to officially meet you tonight! Next time! So happy you could make it!!! 😀 6d
  •   lordslady I'm so encouraged by this tonight. Weary, broken, burdened,... I feel these so often. Thanks for voicing them, bringing out of isolation. 6d
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  •   jessicabarnadyn Beautiful woman 6d

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thebusybudgetingmama ...and then she fainted from pure joy. a sweet blog follower I met recently, sent a package of goodies from her etsy store Just Duckie, and my kids went wild over them! Both Sophia and Sienna received Anna and Elsa masks and capes. We are on a super hero phase so it was a dream combo for them. Thank you Sara!! @justduckieblankies They are obsessed and have been playing frozen super heroes for hours!! Mama is overjoyed. haha. 7d

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thebusybudgetingmama Sometimes we do apple taste testing. Serious business. Frozen accessories required. (Ps Micah is looking so much better! ) 7d

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thebusybudgetingmama I so wish Micah was back to his normal sugar donut hand licking self, but he's not. Still on the sofa with this sickie. I feel like he's improving but we still have another day of this. Yesterday put thieves oil on the girls and myself trying to keep from catching it. Hoping he turns the corner today! Thanks for prayers. Sick kids are so sad. 7d

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thebusybudgetingmama If you need me I'll be here. All day. Holding a throwing up Micah. It was a LONG night with many loads of laundry and wake ups. Hoping it's a short bug because at this point we are taking turns throwing up. Morning sickness and cleaning up throw up is not a good combo. Prayers please for this little guy! 1w
  •   ive_overcome Praying for you and your family 1w
  •   beba270 Oh no! Hang in there! You need to ask your pediatrician to send you Zofran for Micah! Keep the extras for future bugs. It cuts the vomiting instantly which makes everyone feel better. 1w
  •   sarahornbacher Praying for you all!!!! 1w
  •   lindsayssweetworld Prayers for you guys! That stuff is just everywhere right now. 1w
  •   sara.j.bridges I'm so sorry! Hope he is feeling better soon and everyone else stays well! 1w
  •   arisacavern Put thieves on your girls feet and up their spine several times to prevent them from catching the bug and diffuse purification. Hope it passes quickly! 1w
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thebusybudgetingmama Sorry baby #4 that your first bump photo is a bathroom pajama selfie. But in my defense, you have been keeping me busy being sick. Woah belly. 11.5 weeks and ginormous. Just like Micah man, you are getting cozy in there. We can't wait to meet you! #thebbmbaby4 1w

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thebusybudgetingmama I have a house full of puppies. One doesn't want to take off his Spider-Man pajama pants. (They give him super hero powers. or at least super hero poses. It's a thing.) 1w
  •   morristl Hope you are feeling better! I too am pregnant and expecting in October, we found out we are expecting twins! We have a 3 year old and 6 year old. I was also really sick so I was feeling your pain. 1w
  •   srundle Cute! @morristl I have a 5 yr old, a 3 yr old, and 8 wk twins. Quite a shock, right?! It's a madhouse, but a fun one ;) 1w
  •   morristl It was quit a shock and will be quit the adventure, I feel like there is so much to do in such little time! 1w
  •   morristl @srundle do you have any good survival tips?! Lol 1w
  •   srundle @morristl accept all the help you can for as long as you can so you can just relax and love on your babies! It's great. Having newborn twins is WAY easier than being pregnant with them! @thebusybudgetingmama sorry to hijack your post! 1w
  •   thebusybudgetingmama @srundle I love baby talk! 1w
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thebusybudgetingmama The blog and social media world will always be one I'm thankful for and fascinated by! How it can be the tool to bring people together! (Like @houseofrose and I!) Grateful to be able to dream big with a best friend and use our talents and time to impact people and work to make a difference. I think deep down we all want to leave a mark on the world even if it's exhausting! 😛 Love being a part of brightening our mamas days! Our March @happymommybox is available online and getting close to selling out. (The largest shipment for sale yet!) This is the last monthly @happymommybox before we start promoting the new direction. I'm beyond excited to share more and where we feel led to go with our business. It's what we are passionate about and that's so important when you are working hard at building something. Would love to have you be a part of the last Monthly @happymommybox! #celebratemotherhood#happymommybox 1w

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thebusybudgetingmama I love hearing Micah call for sienna... "E-enna E-enna!" These two make a funny pair. They will battle it out "I pick I pick" then cuddle up for a netflix show. Both fans of snuggles. They share a love for the seesaw and winging. Sienna usually doesn't say hi or make eye contact with people while Micah waves and says hey to anyone he passes until they make eye contact and wave back. They complete each other. I see lots of trouble happening involving these two as they get older. Loving 2+4. 1w
  •   amberleefoster My littles love this park!! perfect weather today too!! 1w
  •   pamajam This is a great park! Love those teeter totters 1w
  •   tiffany_barsotti My two are at that exact age, it seems like they are either best friends or worst enemies. But when BF's it is the most adorable/fun thing we have ever seen 1w
  •   vegetariangfmama I have 3 kids and it still amazes me how they are so incredibly different from each other, their own unique personalities, and how special it is to see those personalities fit together and create the best team 1w
  •   suzehines91 My brother and I have been best friends forever! So much so that people usually ask if we are dating/married. Uhhhhh...no. 1w

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