My life as an Army wife

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I am originally from Chicago, I know. I am one of them. We live in Florida, and like many northerners say, "I am southern by the grace of God!" I invite you in to my world. It hasnt been easy, but I am warming up nice to the salt life!

What's the best part of raising a family in the South?

What's the biggest misconception about living in the South?

What do your kids love most about living in the South?

We moms know a good deal when we see one! What's your favorite deal website or blog for families and why? Please share the link.

Cydne Stewart

I will most often refer anyone yo the Dollar Tree if you haven't been YOU NEED TO GO. They now offer a manufacturers coupon program and as long as you keep mental notes of prices of common items at other stores you are golden. If you can find it for less then a dollar somewhere else it's not a deal. I find great traveling activities for the girls, snacks, and even crafting supplies for fun rainy day projects! I try to keep up with any good deals I can find and share with everyone. I get so excited when I find a good deal I can't help but to tell the world!
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How do you make money while staying at home?

Cydne Stewart

I am a stay at home/blog from home/small in home business owner of 2 gals under the age of 2! It gets crazy sometimes but the paycheck it on point and well worth my time. :)
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What are the best art museums in the country to take kids to and why? If you've visited one with your kids that they loved and you have a picture we can use, please also share a link to the photo.

Cydne Stewart

This is a great question. I am always interested to see what others have thought about some of the places I have. I am originally from Chicago. Of course I am partial to the The Art Institute of Chicago. I have been to numerous museaums and this on in particual numerous times. I would say at least 30 times I have been there the Museum has had new and exciting exhibits, and tons of things to capture the kids attention. Definatly a must see if you are in Chicago!
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What do you do with all your digital photos? Please share your best tip for rediscovering memories and de-cluttering your hard drive.

Cydne Stewart

For about 4 years I collected pictures and had all of these brilliant plans to scrapbook, and design an entire room around the memories we had created as a family. I never had time to actually follow through. In fact, I haven't even started my kids baby books, i have all of the supplies but no time to follow through. Because I am a nostalgic person and I love the story of my marriage and how my family came to be. It was important for me to capture exactly how we became Stewart and the Littles. I found a service that will do exactly that. All I had to do was send the pictures, highlight the importance of each event, and what I wanted to be featured, and SiennaJade Photography took care of the rest. A most exquisite and elegant digital scrapbook was made. Each Frame can be secluded and printed in the size and form that I want to hang throughout the house. I wasnt interested in paying a bunch to have it done but I am glad that I found her, she really captured everything I wanted with very low stress, and virtually hassel free.
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If you reuse the brightly-colored plastic tops from baby food pouches (also called "crushers") for play or other activities, let us know how you use them! Please share a photo we can publish if you have one.

Cydne Stewart

I bought a gallon bottle of water, (the clear plastic type, not milk carton) and put like 10 or 15! It's apart of the sensory development box I am building. The bottle is a hit with my 11 month old. My two year old on the other hand spends hours trying to get the cap off(I super glued it on there, for this very reason).
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What are your best tips for nighttime potty training, and are there any products or tricks you'd recommend that minimize night-time bedding changes? Please include a photo or a link if you have one.

Cydne Stewart

I believe it all ties back to routine. The kids are allowed half a sippy full of water to last from after dinner till bed. Obviously if they are really thirsty I give them more, but not to drink just because. Once they got that down they slowly got in the pattern of less fluid at night which leads to less out put, and thus a dry night and happy morning wake up!
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