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Being a mom has been something I always knew I wanted. It may seem corny, but it's the truth. Most people have practice acting out the role of a mom or dad throughout their lives.

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Every morning, no matter how crazy the day has started, I give both my boys a hug and an "I love you" as they walk out the door to school. I know it's not always going to be this way. In more recent years, if the front door is open, my older one will insist on saying his goodbyes in the kitchen where no one who might be driving by can see his mom show him affection. Both boys know that I will always say this at the beginning of every day, even if I don’t get an "I love you" in return. And that's okay.

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When writing a birth plan, you have to remind yourself and your partner that it's just a "plan". Things aren't always going to turn out perfect or exactly how you want them to go. BUT with that being said, I have always felt there is no reason to panic, worry or be negative about your birthing experience. 

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For someone who has an opinion on just about everything, I have to admit, the whole bullying topic makes my head bounce around. It seems that every day I read another tragic story about some poor kid who has killed himself because he/she was bullied and it just makes my heart break. I want to reach out to these kids and let them know that life is never that bad and that what ever they are going through is just temporary. I want to reach out to the parents, school administrators and social media and give them a firm "How did you let it go this far?" I want to know if the message we are sending to our kids about bullying is actually sinking in.

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Just because you are having a boy, doesn't mean you have to skimp on fashion. My husband actually likes fashion and enjoys dressing nice. So why not dress your little dude just like dad? How cute would it be to see a little mini me walking next to dad. I know I will be very tempted to dress our son just like his dad. No matter what kind of duds dad is into, there should be a little stud outfit to match.

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Megan of OmahaHa! is guest posting for us today! She's fairly new to the Omaha area and has populated her blog with the things she has discovered here and the magic of Costco. Be sure to check out her blog and say hello.

I felt the need to explain. "I'm moving to Omaha." I glanced down at the well-worn souvenir Nebraska plate I had just discovered in a stack of similar and equally kitschy souvenir plates. I looked back up at the young man behind the counter and clarified, "Omaha, Nebraska."

"Oh!" He looked amused. There was a pause. "Are you excited?"

I got that a lot.

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Today's blog was originally published in my personal blog, 1redsock.com, in January of 2011.

In typical Nebraska fashion, the weather forecasters got us all hot and bothered about the big snowstorm heading our way at least a week in advance of the actual expected arrival. Oh, it's gonna be bad! Better go get those groceries! Make sure your car is ready! Heed the winter weather warnings! Storm tracker radar will be there for you when the storm hits! The storm was expected to arrive Saturday and last through Tuesday. Well, also in typical Nebraska weather forecaster fashion, Saturday came and went with maybe 12 flakes of snow. How are we supposed to believe all they hype when they can never seem to get it right?

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Kids are gross. I'm not being mean, they really can be. Just this morning, I walked past my boys' bathroom and noticed that the toilet paper was out. I made a mental note to myself to get a new roll, and then completely forgot.  It was only after I got home from work and walked past the bathroom that I remembered. Mind you, both kids had gotten ready for school that morning (and presumably used the bathroom in a way that might need said sanitary cleaning product.) Who knows what they substituted for that missing roll of paper, if they used anything at all.

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Show your special someone how much you love them this Valentine's Day. Click on the images below to download a FREE printable Valentine's Card. 

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Show your child how much you love them with these fun and easy printable coupons. Throw one in their lunchbox on Valentine's Day or make it a 'just because'. Your little one will love these personal kid coupons.

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There is a new kind of party that is becoming contagious to moms, dads and families all across the nation; gender reveal parties. You probably have heard of them by now and maybe even attended one. These parties reveal the sex of the soon-to-be-born baby to family and friends in fun, creative and surprising ways. The examples below didn't spare any details and can inspire anyone to create their own gender reveal party. You don't have to be a party planner or an expert crafter to have fun with this new party trend.

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People who know me know that I have a special place in my heart for the amazing things that vinegar and baking soda can do. Really, the way I look at it, these things might as well be set in front of the Pope for canonization. They truly are miracles.

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Today we have a guest post from Julie over at Omaha's familyfuninomaha.com. Do you have any suggestions to add to her list?

Got cabin fever? Staying active and finding fun activities to do with your family can be a bit more challenging in the winter, especially when there is very little snow on the ground. Fortunately, Omaha is a wonderful place to live and visit and is full of family-friendly activities and events, including many that are free!

Check out these 10 Fun and Free Cabin Fever Relievers in Omaha!

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Finding an OB seems like an easy task; find a hospital that is close to you, find an OB that seems nice, BAM done. Well, in all reality it isn’t that easy. In my experience it is something that each woman should take very seriously to really make sure she is getting what she wants.

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I'm very thankful that I was born with all of my five senses. These kids and their families have had to go through a learning process that I've never experienced. The creativity of the doctors and scientists to come up with the technology to allow people to hear is extraordinary. There's something amazing about watching someone hear for the first time, and I challenge you not to tear up a little bit as you watch these videos.

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