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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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Categories: parent-stories, lifestyle,


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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Categories: parent-stories,


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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Categories: parent-stories,


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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Categories: lifestyle,


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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Categories: lifestyle,


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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Categories: pregnancy, lifestyle,


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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Categories: lifestyle,


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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Categories: pregnancy, parent-stories,


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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Categories: lifestyle,


I'm getting to that age where most of my friends have kids that are school-aged and beyond. Some have one, some have many, and I have two. For the first 5 years of my older son's life, he was an only child. We treated him like an only child. We moved around the country and he came along, experiencing new places and things, and lived the blissful life of being the only apple of our eyes. And then. Boom! Guess what, kid? You're going to be a big brother.

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Let's be honest, we all had our picky food moments. I did grow up loving broccoli and spinach and many foods that kids would turn up their noses. On the other hand, I would not eat brussel sprouts or tuna noodle casserole. Now that I'm an adult, I am proud to say I will still not eat tuna noodle casserole. But I did embrace the brussel sprouts, as long as they're fresh and roasted - none of this frozen stuff for me. They get squishy... yuck.

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Categories: nutrition,


Just because you are pregnant doesn't mean you have to give up your own unique style. Maternity clothes are easy to come by these days and pretty stylish. Once you get over that "awkward stage" of pregnancy where you don't look pregnant but you sure don't fit into your pre-pregnancy clothes, it's time to embrace your belly and all the changes your body is making.

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Categories: pregnancy, lifestyle,


I got a call from a friend who is pregnant for the first time. She is excited, a bit scared, and trying to ingest so much information about what to expect over the next eight or so months that her head is going to explode. She’s been trolling parenting sites, reading books, making lists of questions for her OBGYN, and all the other neurotic things we do when we find out we’re about to become a parent. So, since I love to tell a story, I decided to share my first time experience.

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Categories: pregnancy, parent-stories,


According to media outlets such as TV commercials and Facebook, it's time to evaluate where we are at personally and professionally so that we can decide who we want to be before the calendar officially flips to 2013!

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