eCollegeFinder Parenting Blog Award

Being a student isn't an easy job, and neither is being a parent. Despite how tough it may be, many of the students who visit our site are the courageous parents who are pushing limits, working hard, and returning to school. The Top 115 Parenting Blogs Award was created especially for you, student moms and dads, and includes a large collection of helpful and encouraging blogs from other parents. Our award winners include blogs that address how to thrive raising children, through thick and thin, while keeping a sense of humor, remaining green, healthy, frugal, crafty, working, going to school, or just staying sane! Let us know which of the Top 115 Parenting Blogs Award recipients is your favorite by emailing awards@ecollegefinder.com!

Congratulations to our award winners and thank you to everyone who participated!

Top 115 Parenting Blogs

"I Am Not a Volcano!" and Other Such Stories

My blog takes a very honest look at everyday parenting. The good, the bad, the sarcastic. And oh, there is a lot of sarcasm. I offer humor, empathy, engaging discussion, and Friday giveaways!

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
I wasn't a parent in school, but I am a mother while my husband works and attends school. It's rough. And really, sometimes you'll sail through. Sometimes, you'll just want to sit down and cry. The important thing is to remember that we're all in this together. Parenting takes sacrifice. Everyone wants to make the RIGHT sacrifices for their children. Sometimes, going to school keeps us away from our children, and we feel guilty about that. But it's a huge sacrifice on both yours and your children's parts that will make a much better future for both of you. On top of that, you are teaching your children a valuable lesson. There are SO MANY easy ways out. But they're not usually as lastingly effective as a degree. They may not see it now, but someday, you children will admire you for your endeavors.

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(Our) Life's Adventures

I use my blog to document my family's adventures in travel and home schooling. We are an American family living in the UK. We are going on many trips throughout the UK and on the continent. We are experiencing the European culture and enjoying learning the history of Europe. We are having an amazing adventure here. I am also a home schooling Mom of 2 children and I document our learning activities on my blog. Whether it is an amazing field trip that we took to better understand what we are learning or just our day to day accomplishments and sometimes struggles.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
I gave up a 20 year career to begin home schooling my children, something I never thought I would do. However, sometimes things happen and it is all for the best. You only get one chance with raising a children and you need to do the very best that you can. I make mistakes, but I try my best to learn from them and move forward and onwards. The greatest life experience is being a parent, but it is without a doubt the hardest and most under appreciated job on earth! Your children's hugs and kisses make it all worthwhile.

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10 Years Later...

10 Years Later is a lifestyle blog centered on the good time that is raising Ellie. I blog about parenting, cooking, friends & family, and every day life!

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Keep at it! I like to call myself a professional student and one of my top goals in life is to finish my Bachelor's Degree. Best of luck to you!

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A Little Tipsy

Creative tips and ideas for those on a time and money budget. Projects you can do during nap time for less than lunch out. Come join our weekly DIY under $5 party!

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
You don't need a lot of time or money to be creative and it is a great stress release. Everyone has a creative talent whether it be sewing, or writing, or knowing how to make people smile. Find your talent and share it!

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A Slice of Smith Life

I am a Catholic homeschool mom of 4 whose one of many passions is creating and decorating birthday cakes for my "cupcakes". A Slice of Smith Life was started in June 2010 as a way for me to document my cake creativity. My blog also covers a wide variety of other topics that are important to me including my love for my faith and family, and I also enjoy sharing homeschool ideas/resources that I have used with my children.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
The following quotes inspire me and I hope they will be inspirational to others:

"The most important person on earth is a mother. She cannot claim the honor of having built Notre Dame Cathedral. She need not. She has built something more magnificent than any cathedral-a dwelling place for an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby's body... Even the angels have not been given such a grace! What is more glorious than this - to be a mother." -Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty

"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle." -Author Unknown

A Slice of Smith Life wrote an entry especially for our student readers. You can check it out here.

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A Spicy Boy, a Cat, & my Fat Ass

My blog is where I share my every day thoughts on my struggle to lose weight, my problems with PCOS, my anxiety disorder, and depression. I like to include poetry, videos, recipes, product reviews, giveaways, and any information regarding the health problems that I suffer from.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." -Eleanor Roosevelt

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All Things Lovely

My blog is my creative outlet. I'm a new mom, I'm an esthetician, I'm obsessed with fashion and beauty products, I love food, love my family, and I'm shamelessly addicted to Target. This is a place where I share beauty tips, recipes, fashion inspirations, and brag about my baby boy!

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
The best thing you can do for yourself and your family is to gain an education. It will open doors and provide opportunities you otherwise would not have had. It is hard and never easy... but it will always pay off!

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And Here's to You, Mrs. Robinson

My blog documents my life as a woman, student, wife, and mother with all the ups and downs that have come with it. In a way, it shows my journey of self-discovery. It definitely is not always easy, but it is always worth it.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
You may feel like giving up a million times, but in those moments you will find strength that you didn't think you had. It may seem impossible now to try and balance so much, but you will look back and be proud of how far you've come!

And Here's to You, Mrs. Robinson wrote an entry especially for our student readers. You can check it out here.

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Aspiring New Moms

Aspiring New Moms is a blog that features fashion that flatters a new mom, beauty products that deliver results, wine reviews, and items that add a little luxury to your day.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Looking glamorous does not have to take a lot of time! You can look pulled together by investing in effortless, chic basics and by spending a few minutes each day on a skincare routine. Spending an hour getting ready in the morning is highly overrated!

Aspiring New Moms wrote an entry especially for our student readers. You can check it out here.

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Ava Grace's Closet

I'm Susan and I blog at Ava Grace's Closet, a space inspired by my daughter and muse Ava Grace. I'm an avid fashionista and mama to 3 who is just trying to keep it all together. I share stories of our little family with a healthy dose of fashion inspiration and LOTS of pictures!

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
No parent is perfect and it's in the mistakes that we make along the way that the greatest memories are formed. If I had it to do all over again, I wouldn't change a thing other than to make sure I enjoyed every.single.minute - they grow up far too fast.

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Baby Bags & Briefcases

Just a Disney lovin', full-time working, goin' to college, southern raised couple with a family of one spunky yorkie and a miracle son that never ceases to show us God's glory and test our faith.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
God doesn't always give us what we want, when we want it, but He will provide comfort to us while keeping our best interests at heart.

Baby Bags & Briefcases wrote an entry especially for our student readers. You can check it out here.

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Barbara's Beat

Our site promotes MOMtrepreneurs and DADtrepreneurs. We blog about family/parenting issues. We do reviews and giveaways and find coupons and resources to save money and make life easier.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
We are grandparents, so we've been there. Everyone needs helps these days. We're here to answer questions when we can about lifestyle and parenting. We try to offer a lot of ways to win things to brighten your days. And, coupons are a must to stretch the dollar, so we try to provide them. If you have a hobby or an at-home business you can get free publicity here daily. Mostly we're here as a friend. We hope to help make your life easier.

Barbara's Beat wrote an entry especially for our student readers. You can check it out here.

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Barefoot in Paradise

Barefoot in Paradise is a place to find inspiration on creating fun, frugal and memory making activites with children, while saving money and teaching our future generations to be resourceful. At Barefoot, the goal is to find ways to incorporate these activities into everyday life to not only help enhance lives but help parents create a balance so they are able to have and enjoy their lives as well.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
My biggest piece of advice is to find what works for you and your family. What works for me, might not for you and that is ok. The idea is to find ways to enjoy life not make it a bigger hassle.

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Becoming SuperMommy

My husband and I always believed that when the going gets tough, the tough go back to school - so when we found ourselves the newly unemployed parents of twinfants, that's just what we did. Being a student and a parent at the same time is always a challenge, and combined with the trials of raising twins, it makes our lives pretty much a nuthouse. Happily, we're both nearing the end - M getting his Master's in just another couple of classes (while working again full time no less!) and me in pretty much the same boat after nearly 13 years of working towards my bachelor's (I started at 15). Our solution is to always find the humor in our lives - which is pretty easy when you're dealing with absurd group projects and potty training at the same time!

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Always remember why you're doing it. Why you're putting in all the work, all the effort, no matter how frustrating or difficult it might seem. Unlike so much in life, there's a definite end to your struggles - a light at the end of the tunnel. And that light is a better future for your children. And don't stop laughing. If you take school OR parenthood too seriously, you miss out on all the best parts of both.

Becoming SuperMommy wrote an entry especially for our student readers. You can check it out here.

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Blessed Again

My blog, Blessed Again, is meant to not only to show the world that children with Down syndrome are a blessing, but it is also meant to be a positive resource for parents receiving a new diagnosis of Down syndrome for their child, either pre- or post-natally. I want to encourage, educate, enlighten, and hopefully change society's outlook on Down syndrome, one mind and one heart at a time.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Children with Down syndrome are more alike than different! They are a blessing not to be missed! My advice to parents, first and foremost, would be not to listen only to what the medical professionals are telling you about Down syndrome. Chances are, most of them do not know anyone, personally, with Down syndrome, and accurate education of our medical professionals on this topic is sorely lacking. Get the other side of the story, from people who know about Down syndrome... parents! We love our kids, and babies with Down syndrome choose life too!

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Blue Velvet Chair

Blue Velvet Chair is dedicated to the transformation of ordinary into extraordinary through recycled, repurposed, and upcycled design. We love the idea of green and sustainable living, so we take the 'show and tell' approach to DIY arts and crafts creations that add whimsy and unique character to your daily life - with a heavy dose of creativity and thriftiness thrown in for good measure.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Passing the message of green living and environmental awareness to our children can be done creatively. It's not only about recycling paper and plastic, it's about creating designs and decor in your home - with existing materials. Our children are clever, and they'll pick up the message simply by your example. My 10-year old son has already subconsciously picked up the 'reuse and repurpose' message from me every time he suggests we stop by the side of a road to pick up a lost hubcap to make garden flowers, or to reclaim some old wood because "we can make something from that". That's when I know I'm establishing a legacy of environmental awareness in my children, without the textbook preaching.

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Brookie's Baby Bargains

Baby related bargains, giveaways, reviews, make your own, how-to's and about my journey as a first time mom. It is a place for parents to find great deals on baby related items, read reviews about those items, and maybe even win some! I also give tutorials on projects you can do to save money and share my journey as a first time mom.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
I know as a student, it is our instinct to research, research, research! As a parent, this has given me a lot of great information, but also caused a lot of un-needed stress. As with anything that we research, keep your source in mind. Don't use google! This is not a scholarly source, anyone can post whatever they want on the internet! Make sure to consult doctors and trusted websites only so that you don't freak yourself out and convince yourself that you are doing something wrong. Trust your instincts and do your best, that will be more than enough for your child.

Brookie's Baby Bargains wrote an entry especially for our student readers. You can check it out here.

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Building Our Story

Building Our Story is about our life and how it is continuously changing and growing. I would label this blog as a Mom Blog with a lot of great parenting tips, guest bloggers, product reviews, and even some great giveaways. Parenting is hard at times, I hope we can bring our readers some tips and laughs.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Everyone questions themselves while parenting. Parenting is a hard but at times we as mothers and fathers just need to laugh and get through it. The kiddos are so worth the hardships.

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Completely Eclipsed

My blog chronicles my life as a full-time mom, a full-time teacher, and a part-time student. It offers insight and advice, both serious and humorous, into the balancing act that needs to happen when we have so many balls in the air.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Keep your eye on the prize. It's really difficult to be a student parent, but not losing sight of what that degree will reward you with in the long run will help keep your head above water.

Completely Eclipsed wrote an entry especially for our student readers. You can check it out here.

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Confessions of a Magnolia Mom

Confessions of a Magnolia Mom is a satire of sorts which chronicles my journey in motherhood while maintaining a career, marriage, and our home. Most days are spent attempting to maintain my sanity.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
In the last year, I've found the saying "it takes a village" is far too true! Create a support system for yourself and don't be afraid to ask them for help.

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Crazy for a Deal

I post deals for moms with elementary age kids down to infant. My kids are in elementary school so I post what I know they'd like. I also post deals that I would like, as a deal seeker! I like to post deals for Nashville, TN and Memphis, TN as I have lived and have family in both cities. I love coupon codes, I love finding great coupons, and I love to deal shop. It's truly addictive. I love to enter contests and win things. My readers love deals and don't have all day to scour the internet for deals, so they subscribe on facebook or by email mostly to hear the ones that I post.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
It gets better. Right now I know times are very tight - I hope that the thrifty life you're living now helps prepare you for the future! Keep it up even when you don't have to - being thrifty will help you to retire with more! Pay cash for things, only buy what you can afford, etc. You can do this - get ready to win with money!

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Critters and Crayons

The Critters And Crayons Blog is about humor in parenting and finding ways to bond with children through activities, education, and experiences. It seeks to find wonder and laughter in the world around us.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
My goal is not to teach my child as much as it is to develop and nurture a thirst and love of learning itself. If we can do that, our children can thrive in a learning environment and in the world on their own.

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Do Sweat the Small Stuff

My blog is mostly about my ramblings, musings, innermost thoughts, and lifelong dreams. It is life as seen through my eyes, the "me" who is a woman, a mother, a housewife, a daughter, and a friend. It is me at my most vulnerable and also strongest. It is a testament that although ordinary by any standard, I can, and have, made a difference through my experiences and my writing.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Know that you are stronger and braver than you think you are. No one ever says that juggling life, parenthood, and studying is easy, yet you've made it so far and you WILL make it to the finish line. I am proud of you, I believe in you, and am always here to cheer you on.

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Dreams to Do

Even moms (& dads) can dream... can't we? Hi, my name is Ariel and I'm a dreamer, just not much of a doer. Dreams To Do is my blog - a place where I journal about the craziness of life and attempt to knock out some of my "dreams" along the way... all while juggling a full time job and two small kiddos. My hope is that Dreams To Do can be a place of inspiration for not only myself, but for you, too.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Hang in there! And take life one day at a time. Know that what you are doing by going to school and raising children is not going to be easy, but the end result will be totally worth it. Don't feel guilty if school and/or work is taking time away from being with your children. Instead, make every second that you have with them count. I totally live by the motto, "it's not about quantity, it's about quality."

Dreams to Do wrote an entry especially for our student readers. You can check it out here.

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Eco-Babyz

Eco-Babyz is one family's journey to raising healthy kids close to nature. We share our experiences as well as seek out the latest information to help you in parenting naturally. You will also find the latest products and innovations to help you in your parenting journey.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
We all strive to be the best parents we can be for our children. For each of us it may mean different things. Through educating ourselves about parenting choices we can have the peace of mind knowing we are doing what is right for our family and our circumstances.

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Everything Under the Moon

I am a Mommy blogger who is an aspiring photographer and professional dabbler! I blog about photography, crafts, food, hair, and of course, motherhood!

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Smile through the hard times and never stop fighting. What more do we have if we don't have hope?

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Five of My Own

Five of My Own is about my experience as a biological and adoptive mom. I write about adoption, orphan issues, and my STILL GROWING, multi-ethnic, globe-trotting, bio/adoptive, working mom/stay at home dad, "we ALL have special needs" sort of family. It won't take long before you feel like you know me.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
I realize now that I am a much better parent the second time around not because I've read more child care books or because I have more experience with kids... it's simply that now I'm taking the time to enjoy the experience.

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Growing Up Geeky

Hi! I'm Mama G. I recently became a stay-at-home Mommy to my 11-month-old daughter Carina, and I am wife to M - a mad scientist who just graduated with his Ph.D. I am a former Math-lete and self-proclaimed domestic failure. I think it's safe to say that our baby girl won't have a prayer at being cool. My blog celebrates our quirks and outright geekiness and provides you with a healthy dose of super cute baby.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Let your children be your strength, energy, and inspiration. Someday, they will be so proud of your accomplishments, and appreciate all you went through to further your inspiration.

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He Sows, She Sows

I'm a mother of 4 children. My husband is a farmer and I home educate our kids. I love to write, read, sew, knit, and teach. This blog is about our journey and faith as a family.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
I'm the daughter of a single mom who put herself through through college. To this day she is my greatest teacher and inspiration. Seeing her work as hard as she did for herself and for our family truly molded me into the person I am today. She modeled working hard, took time to teach us, and talk about her struggles and victories with us. I'm 30 years old and can tell you about each of my mother's research papers and group projects that she did when I was 5. Your ambition will change your family and show them how much is possible if they work hard.

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Her Little Mister

Her Little Mister initially began as a way to stay connected with family and friends who are not close by; a place where they could gather individually for updates on the latest milestone, activity, and event in our ever changing lives. Blogging now also serves as an outlet for creative expression all the while documenting my journey into motherhood. I look forward to sharing my personal stories, reviews, and finds with all of you out there following along.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
The only advice I can offer to courageous student parents out there is to keep your head up and do your very best. Though simply put and seemingly cliche, those are the exact words of encouragement I offer my husband who is currently working a full time job and just started school at a local university. It's a difficult feat but one that can be accomplished with hard work and determination. I applaud each and every one of you.

Her Little Mister wrote an entry especially for our student readers. You can check it out here.

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Holistic Mamas

My blog is about how I use holistic remedies from the disciplines of aromatherapy, herbalism, homeopathy, flower essences, and other natural healing modalities to maintain my family's health. I started blogging to let people know about the alternatives to the medical establishment that is prevalent in our country today, and that these alternatives really do work. As wives and mothers, we women often serve as the "healthcare CEOs" of our families, so it is particularly important to me to empower my fellow "natural moms" who are interested in raising "natural children," using holistic nutrition and natural, non-invasive remedies to keep them in optimal health.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
I know it's not easy going to school and being a parent at the same time. After a full day of classes and homework and studying, your brain is probably too fried to give much support to your little ones. So if you want to stay on course with your studies, keeping your kids healthy is of paramount importance - because there is nothing like a sick child to distract you from your schoolwork! This is where the proverbial quote, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," really applies. Obviously, nutrition is the best way to promote health in kids, so feeding your children a balanced diet that gives them the right mix of fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals is essential. To help support their immune system, have them take a sugar-free pediatric multivitamin year-round. Then, during the cold months, you can add the following to give their immune systems an extra "boost:" half to one teaspoon of Elderberry syrup daily, 250 to 500 mg of Vitamin C, and 1 to 5 teaspoons of liquid bioflavonoids, depending upon their age. Here's to your (and your family's) health!

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I Overthink Everything

Wanna know what happens when a family of 5 becomes a family of 6 via adoption? Life is forever changed.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Live well within your passion and encourage your children to find their own and live it out as well.

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I Was Never the Girl Next Door

I am a frugal, crafty, couponing, tattooed, creative, first-time Mother. I am learning the do's and don'ts of parenting as I go. My blog is about my adventures in photography, parenting, planning my wedding, and weight loss.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. Never take life too seriously and never regret a thing you've done.

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In the Know Mom

Our website is an ode to modern parents. We research and filter through the mountains of parent/child products available, only to resurface with the best options. We focus on what is modern yet functional and eco-conscious.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Our only advice we feel we can give new parents in school is to keep your priorities in order. So much of our adult lives is merely preparation for our kids. Once you expand into a family, your main priority is giving your child a better childhood than you had. With that thought in mind, you've already been successful as a parent.

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Irish Italian Blessings

My blog shares the every day adventures of my life as a Mommy, Wife, and Student. I'm fluent in sarcasm and often share the blessings of laughter in my posts.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Just do it! We have to teach our kids that anything is possible and they hold the keys to their future. Parents need to model the importance of education to our children so we can inspire them and motivate them through our successes.

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Jen and Joey Go Green

I am a realistic environmentalist meaning that I know that we can't all be perfect but there are small things that we can each do day to day to reduce our impact on the environment. Our blog is about what we are doing to reduce our impact and show how it can be fun and economical.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Being 'green' does not have to mean it costs you more money. In most instances it can actually save you money (ie: using vinegar to clean)! Being a student parent means you most likely do not have a lot of spare time on your hands. Look for alternatives to the cheap and easy pre-packaged meals or fast food by making easy meals at home (ie: pita bread pizza). Food is a fantastic place to start when you are looking to reduce your impact.

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Kids Creative Chaos

Welcome to Kids Creative Chaos, a blog about the chaos that comes with raising children in the great race for sanity in this chaotic world. We're learning to navigate together while blogging about our chaotic life with kids and trying to establish a our niche in society. Find crafts, free stuff to do with kids, children's books/authors/how to become one, crazy life... and so much more. We love comments and new friends!

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
There's is no try, only do. We have to keep on keepin' on for the sake of our families. When it gets tough, take a deep breath, a 15 minute break from obligations and do something silly with your kids.

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Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons

Our blog is full of fun and silly snacks, breakfast, lunches, dinners, and treats mostly for kids that are created with my little boys. We make things quick and simple, but fun enough to get kids to eat about anything!

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Student parents have such a busy schedule and it's very hard to find time for anything! However, taking the time to spend with your kids in the kitchen will give you and them so much enjoyment, as well as introducing your kids to a variety of new foods.

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Laugh with Us Blog

Laugh With Us Blog is full of happy, sad, goofy, scary, but mostly funny stories. I enjoy sharing the humor in our everyday lives!

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Parenting is a gift and every child a blessing, but sometimes it sure doesn't feel like it! I stay sane by looking for the humor in life and have found so much joy in sharing that humor with others. If you're pulling your hair out, you need to know you're not alone, but why not laugh instead? It's much more fun!

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Let Me Start By Saying...

Being a stay-at-home-mom, wife and wannabe writer would be easier if life would stop chucking things at my head. Like lemons. And poop.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
It takes hard work to succeed in your goals, your relationships, your life, even just to make it through the day. But laughing at the stuff that tries to drive you crazy and knowing you're never alone really, really helps.

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Life According to a SAHM

In our household... there is never a dull moment. There is always chaos. Someone is normally tattling on someone else. One of the kids will complain about what I cook... even if they asked me to make that meal 2 days prior. There is never enough money in the checkbook. Never enough hours in the day. Join me as I take you with me on my semi-organized chaotic journey.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Start blogging... it is much cheeper than going to therapy once a week. Oh!!! And no matter how many times you try to hide in the bathroom... so you can have an adult conversation on the phone... they will always find you.

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Life with the Baxtrons

Life with the Baxtrons is a lifestyle blog about a family of three living in New York City. Here you will find ample pictures of a beautiful little tot named Zion, swoons about a husband named Jerry, likes and loves, rants and critiques, music, books, recipes and yummy coffee drinks, a deep love of Jesus, and all sorts of other random things thrown into the mix.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Don't worry about taking seemingly small steps towards your dreams, the main thing is to start and then not stop taking those steps. Eventually, in perfect timing, you will arrive, having not given up. You will realize that more value came from the journey to get there, than you ever realized possible.

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Listen to My Words with Your Heart

My blog "path" was not what I had originally planned. Then again, is anything in life that way? What started as a way to keep my family up to date on what was going on with my children quickly changed. I was soon faced with a myriad of obstacles that were affecting my daughter, both academically and medically. Because of this, my blog turned into a way for me to share our journey down the road of special needs and special education. Because of this, I am now able to reach out to other parents with children with special needs, medical professionals, and therapists to share our story and celebrate in the small victories!

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Be true to yourself and your family... and look out for number one! In my case, "number one" is my children. Raising a child is difficult in itself. Add some special needs and special education to the mix, sprinkle in an IEP or two, mix in some administration, and you have one heck of a cocktail! But never lose sight of the big picture. Don't burn any bridges. Don't settle for second best. Be the best advocate that you can be. Educate yourself, and when you are done, educate yourself even more. And when you walk out of any room, make them say "Now that's a parent who fights the good fight for their child!"

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Living My Life on Purpose

My blog is about my life. I'm an on-the-go mom of two toddler girls. We love to share the fun we have creating different things along with our day-to-day fun!

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
I would tell student parents to take time for themselves. As a mom, I know how easy it is to put my own personal needs on the wayside for the benefit of spending time with my girls. We sometimes forget how important it is to step back every now and again to make sure we are mentally and physically well.

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Lollygag Blog

Lollygag Blog is "that thing you do when you should be doing that other thing." It's a thrice-weekly dose of humor, parenting, and all of the wacky moments that make life so great. Sometimes we have pictures. But we always have sweatpants.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Parents are a pretty magical bunch; they can pack 48 (or more!) hours of kids, work, school, and life into a mere 24. I've learned that - above all else - being in the moment with my children is the single most rewarding thing I'll ever do. That's why we do the other trillion things in our lives; to facilitate those all-too-brief and wonderful times just "being" with our kids.

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Love Stitched

Love Stitched is all things creative and crafty. From my life, outfit posts, tutorials and recipes. One creative mommy living life one stitch and a time. ;)

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
As a step mom to 3 active boys I can tell you it is possible to do what you love and make money doing it! There are going to be tough times but stick with it, it will pay off in the end!

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Luv Saving Money

In general my blog is about saving money through many different means whether it be coupons, sales, freebies, etc. I've also found that often taking steps to live greener ends up saving money too, either right away or over time. I do reviews to let people know if a product is worth spending their hard earned money on. I also love giving back to my readers through giveaways and the newly installed rewards system.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Never feel guilty for setting time aside for yourself. Your mind and body need it. If it's an hour a day, a full day a week, or 20 minutes here and there take advantage of it. Working, taking care of a family, and taking classes can be hard work, but it'll be worth it in the end.

Luv Saving Money wrote an entry especially for our student readers. You can check it out here.

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Mamas Like me

Mamas Like Me is a blog documenting my life as a former Elementary School Teacher turned SAHM. I share our learning activities, recipes, budget ideas, and lessons I've learned about the trials of being 'Mommy' to my 3 boys. Some people would say I'm wasting my masters degree by not working in a paid position, but I can't imagine anyone I'd rather benefit from my education than my own children.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
All parents are working parents. Those who also attend school are really working three jobs: parent, student, and employee. It's a tough situation, but know that you are doing the best you can for your children. Every moment you spend with them is precious - make the most of it and always remember to be the person you want them to become.

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Memoirs of a Mama

Memoirs of a Mama are the stories of a working, crafting, cooking, laughing and loving Mama. It is my parenting outlet, where I share all of my "What were you thinking?" moments and my successes through the journey of raising my daughter.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
We are the biggest day to day example our children have. From infants to adults they watch every action and listen to every word. Because of this it is our responsibility to put in the work required of every parent. To be the bigger person in every situation and to strive to be the best person we can be. By continuing your education you are putting in that work. You are setting the foundation for not only yourself and your life but for your child's life as well. You are showing them that an education has value and is worth working and fighting for. There is no greater gift you can give yourself then furthering your education and no greater example that you can set for your child than to watch you do so.

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Methodical Musings of an Unbalanced Woman

Methodical Musings of an Unbalanced Woman is a conglomeration of "deep", and sometimes not so deep, thoughts. I write about coping with depression, anxiety, life, stress, God and Jesus Christ, self-esteem, MTHFR, faith, finding help, and HOPE. What can I say... vulnerability at its best!

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Never give up HOPE. Sometimes life seems too hard.... goals seem so far from being reached. All is not lost. There is always HOPE to overcome any trial... any obstacle. Have faith and fight for what you want.

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Mom Swim Bike Run

My blog is a true, very candid account of what it's like to have three children and still stay on track training for big events (marathons, triathlons, etc.). I feature stories about my children, the things we do together, and all my training and race shenanigans.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
It's possible to be a mom AND maintain a healthy/fit lifestyle. Like anything, it takes dedication and a certain balance. Knowing when to skip a workout and knowing when you're just making an excuse. In the end, it's best to take care of yourself so that you can take care of others. What's the saying? If mom ain't happy ain't nobody happy.

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MomatLast.com

Mom at Last is a celebration and sharing of the various journeys leading to and through motherhood as well as a resource for those starting on their path towards becoming a Mom, At Last!

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
While every journey to motherhood is different, some have similarities - please take comfort that you are not alone in what you may be experiencing and feeling. Some of our Mom's journeys have wonderful endings while others are more heartbreaking along the way. But no one is alone. Your story may include a pregnancy loss, adoption headaches, or an IVF story, but, take comfort in being part of a group that understands your plight and may have had similar experiences and outcomes.

MomatLast.com wrote an entry especially for our student readers. You can check it out here.

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Momma May Be Mad

My blog is the continuing story of my journey of recovery from bipolar disorder, anorexia, self-injury, and alcoholism, at the same time that I am trying to be the best Momma, wife, and friend possible, learning from the mistakes I make on the way into a life that is beginning to fill with the light of hope, the joy of laughter, and the healing power of love - the love of family, of friends, and of myself. I write this blog with absolute dedication to honesty and integrity, believing that the power of my truthful storytelling can release me from the shame and loneliness that I have often felt in trying to recover on my own, believing that the power of sharing my experience with others, with my readers, can create a community of people who no longer feel isolated, who no longer feel ashamed, who can find courage to heal, to hope, to hold "virtual" hands with the family of my blog readers.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
As a former college teacher, I am an advocate for the transformative power of higher education. Practically, a college degree is a path to more desirable job opportunities and hopefully a better salary. But pursuing your educational dream is much more than achieving the official degree. It is a gift you give yourself - it is an investment you make - in time and money - in yourself, telling yourself that you are worth pursuing your dream, that you matter, that your dreams matter, that you have, within you, the power to transform your future. Through dedicated effort and long nights in front of the computer writing papers, pouring over books, studying for tests, often giving up time with family, you have been telling yourself that you are working to achieve that dream you have been holding close in your heart for all these years - that dream you have for the future that will change the lives of your family members, and change your life. That is what achieving that degree will mean to you. You have potential. You are fulfilling your potential. You dreamed big and your life is all the bigger and more magnificent for it!

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MommaWords

MommaWords is a blog for parents. I have tried to post information that will help make parenting easier so that you don't have to reinvent the "parenting wheel". I focus on green living, cloth diapering, and quick tips to simplify life with babies/toddlers.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
I think one of the most important things to remember when you are a parent is that being organized can make all the difference in the world. If you preplan meals, know what you need at the grocery store, know when assignments are due and space out the hours you spend completing them, then you will have more time available to soak up the precious moments with your child that you can never get back!

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Mommy Chic

Mommy Chic is a blog about style, design, kids, and life in general. Keeping her budget and lifestyle in mind, Mommy Chic is the busy mom's guide to keeping her whole life styled.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
No matter how tired you are, do your best to put on a little make-up, even if it's just lip gloss. When you take those extra minutes for yourself, to feel a little pampered, it makes a difference in the rest of your day. And it may be the only bit of "you time" you get all day!

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Mommy Katie

Mommy Katie is a blog about life and whatever life might bring my way. I also blog about family friendly products and services that members of families may find a interest in!

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
I was a student parent. I went to nursing school full time, worked at the hospital full time and I took care of my daughter as a single mom. It is not easy, but everyday you get just a little closer to that goal of providing a better future for you and your kids!

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Mommy of Two Little Monkeys

I'm a mommy of two children, ages 4 and 1, and daily I share my real life from parenting downfalls to parenting triumphs. Also tossed into the mix are yummy recipes, fantastic deals, product reviews and fun giveaways.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
I found out I was pregnant just shortly after starting college, this was a scary time but also a time to show my strength. You find what you need to do to make things work, it may seem scary or even impossible at times but if you keep your goals and dreams a priority you can make them happen. I pushed my classes into full time mode after finding out I was pregnant and graduated two weeks before my first born came into the world. Things always work out for the best. It's your dream, only YOU can make it happen.

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Mom's Crafty Space

With a house full of boys, you can expect lots of messy craft fun, experiments and good times at Mom's Crafty Space (and lots of creative stuff for Mom to do too!) Getting creative doesn't have to mean spending a lot of money and we specialize in activities that use recycled and inexpensive materials you probably already have around the house!

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Balancing parenting and being a student is a difficult job, but it's also incredibly commendable and inspirational. Setting a good example for your children is a parent's #1 responsibility, and showing your children the importance of continuing education is one of the greatest ways to lead by example. When times get stressful, remember that there is no such thing as a perfect parent, but there are a million ways to be a good one.

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My Adventures in Mommyland

It's not just another "happy" mommy blog. While I do feature giveaways, activities, recipes, and reviews (ya' know the usual mommy blog stuff) I give you the real truth of all my adventures as a newly single mother. I write about the struggles of juggling work, school, parenting, and life in general. I give you it all the good AND the bad no matter how ugly it may be.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
All your hard work will pay off in the end. Don't be afraid to accept or ask for help from others.

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My Heart's Desire

My blog is a personal record of my experiences homeschooling my son, my walk with Christ, and my caring for my mother in her final years. Life has been hard for me, due mostly to bad decisions and unfortunate circumstances of my upbringing. I share my insights as a way to offer hope to others who are struggling, but also as a way to shed light on misconceptions of what you can do to pull yourself out of the downward spiral you may find your life going.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
There is always hope and a way to make it in this world. What you have to say and do in this life is just as important as the next person. Never hide your talent and potential from yourself or others. Keep striving to do the best you can. Accept your failures as a stepping stone to the next level of discovery of who you are. You are wonderful in every way. There is One who sees you, hears you, and will listen to you. All you have to do is believe. Believe in Him, yourself, and the goodness of mankind.

My Heart's Desire wrote an entry especially for our student readers. You can check it out here.

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My Messmerized Life

My blog is sort of a dump for all of my thoughts. I use it as a diary or journal to gather my thoughts. I use it as a baby book for my 9 month old baby girl to remind me, several years from now, when she crawled for the first time. I use it for recipes I've tried out, craft projects, and DIY projects. It's a place where my readers can find out what I'm up to and see how I get through challenging and, often times, stressful situations as a working mother with a new baby in the house.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
My favorite inspirational quote came from an instructor of a spinning class I used to take. The instructor was 8 months pregnant and would yell at us, "nothing changes if nothing changes." At the time those words and her presence as a very pregnant instructor were my inspiration to get on the bike and ride hard. This quote can apply to every situation in life, whether its while working out and getting in to shape, career motivations or pushing yourself through school. Nothing changes if nothing changes. Keep hard at the work you put in and the reward in the end will be worth the journey.

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My Name is Snickerdoodle

My blog is something I like to describe as "random goodness"! I absolutely love to share those ideas, recipes and stories that inspire me to be a little better.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Everyone needs a positive boost in their daily lives so I try to create my entries with that in mind. Even if it's one good random thing you get in a day, it's worth sharing it with my readers.

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Natural As Possible Mom

My blog is an honest, candid look at what it means to be a parent today. I tackle all things green and healthy, but I also explore what it means to be a natural parent from an emotional standpoint as well. I do reviews, analyze news and new research, and write about myself and my family.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Being a parent is both the hardest and best thing I have ever done. Once you've cared for a sick child or watched someone make your child cry everything comes into perspective. (Research papers or studying are cake once you've done either of the above!) If you are a new parent or parent-to-be: Enjoy it and revel in it! It really does go far too fast!

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Not Just Another Mother Blogger

My blog is my way of keeping my sanity as a parent, while recording some of the events of my son's childhood. It is a little bit of everything, just like life.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
To new parents who are trying to attend school, I would say to always keep the goal in mind. The end result of a good education is a better life for yourself as well as your children.

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Not Winning "Mom of the Year"

Not Winning Mom of the Year is a cocktail of my real life adventures with my husband and kids, as well as my honest (sometimes too honest) thoughts, opinions, and ramblings in my head. Since joining the "mommy blogging" community it is so refreshing and somewhat of a relief that we all are stumbling through, and have an outlet to connect with other moms.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Well, being a parent is hard enough, and even harder when you add student to the list of things to keep on top of, so congratulations to all of you. My advice is to laugh and not take yourself too seriously. This is an ongoing mantra I have to remind myself of daily when things don't go as planned, when I am starting to lose control, or I am simply too tired. Everyday is a new start and I try again. Not Winning Mom of the Year allows me to document these "crashes" and laugh and reminds me why I am not winning any awards for parenting this year, but trying for next year.

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Nurse Loves Farmer

I'm a nurse, I married a farmer, we have an adorable toddler tornado named Braden, we love our country life in our dream home. I love to take pictures, bake, cook, I have a passion for cloth diapering... and I blog about it all!

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Hang in there! I found getting my nursing degree difficult when I was single and 18 years old! I cannot imagine having to be a parent, raise my child(ren) and maintain a household at the same time. It is worth everything and more that you put into it though, having a degree is one of the most rewarding accomplishments I've ever achieved in my life. That... and becoming a mom!

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Obsessively Crafting

I found that crafting is the perfect way for me to keep my hands and mind busy enough so I can fully enjoy being at home all the time. By tapping into my creative side, I've been able to learn a lot more about who I am which, in turn, makes me a better mother and wife. I love a challenge. If I see something cute and challenging I automatically wonder "Can I make that?" I love trying new projects and tapping into my creative energies. I've tried sewing, quilting, crocheting, painting, woodworking, scrapbooking, photography, jewelry making, and many other things. I've found that it helps me relieve stress, heal, and work through other issues in my life. My goal with my blog is to have the opportunity express myself through art.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
I feel like I can't offer too much advice because I'm a young parent myself. My husband and I also just finish school so we're are still learning how to balance everything. The only advice I have to offer is to put your family first. Find time to spend together. Even though life is so incredibly busy, I find that spending quality time with my family helps me remember why my husband and I work so hard. We want our children to have a happy home and to have the means necessary to provide them with everything they need.

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Open Hands

I would describe my blog as a place for moms (or dads) to find fun activities to do with their children, read about my life's lessons & learn with me, learn some new recipes and discover new products, what I thought of them, and have a chance to win one of your own!!

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
As the wife of someone who recently did some schooling while working full-time and fathering 2 young boys I can say that I fully understand how hard it can be at times to be a student, spouse, and parent.... but being on the other side of it I also understand how rewarding it can be. My husband finally has a job that he loves and opportunities that he would not have had he not gone back to school. It is most definitely worth all of the time and effort.

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Organic Mommy Today

Organic Mommy Today is a blog that provides reviews, giveaways, and deals that promote an eco-friendly lifestyle to individuals and families alike. While much of the items and information on my blog is for eco-Minded people I also provide reviews, deals and giveaways that are interested to not just those that interested in going green, but interested in learning more about family and mommy friendly products and services.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
As a student parent and work at home mom of two toddlers I can understand the struggles that you are going through trying to balance your life with your children and your potential career. I can definitely say that it will get better as long as you keep your head up and keep telling youself that all that you are struggling to achevive now will make you and the life of your children even better. Good Luck!

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Our Journey as Rookie Parents

Come follow our journey as rookie parents, where we make our share of parenting mistakes, but do it with a smile on our face and a few laughs along the way.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
I would encourage them to stay strong. I cannot even imagine how hard it must be to participate in classes and raise a child(ren). I give them a lot of credit for taking on such a challenging task. They are teaching their children the value of hard work, dedication, time management, and to value education before they may be old enough to even understand those concepts. Parenting is the most difficult job out there, but it is also the most rewarding, if they can parent while going to school, they can really do just about anything!

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Our Pregnancy Roadtrip and Beyond

Our Pregnancy Roadtrip & Beyond is a blog inspired by the birth of my first child. The roadtrips through pregnancy and everything thereafter is included along with recipes for your family and friends, reviews and giveaways of items I love and use, photographs to boot of my little one and our family, and, overall, the life experiences of raising my very first child.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
I believe that being attuned to yourself and being who you really are, are key factors in life and in parenting. Don't let anyone tell you that you are parenting incorrectly or what you are doing isn't the "right way". There is no "right way" in parenting, it's "your way". Just remember to always be yourself and your little one will flourish with just that.

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Penny's Parade

My blog is the humorous point of view of a pregnant mother who just tries to make it through the day. My 2 year old is convinced she is an actual princess. This is her world and I just cater to her (or so she thinks).

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Getting an education is key in becoming a great role model for your children. Imagine the life you want them to have. Following your dreams isn't always easy but it teaches our children that no matter what they want to do in life, to never give up on their aspirations. Dreaming big can lead to big things.

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Pine Creek Style by NeeCee

My blog was started after my daughter's encouragement to record my recipes, home decor, my rambling advice, thoughts and stories. My only real talent (in my mind) is striving to be the BEST Wife, Mom and Grandmother I can to my family. Pine Creek Style by NeeCee reflects who I am; a Mom who likes to cook, decorate, be with, and do for my family. I am an untrained, unofficial foodie, wanna be interior designer who shares the funny, silly, serious things that life brings us.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
PRAISE as you RAISE; set standards, rules, and boundaries for yourself and your family. DISCIPLINE with LOVE; don't wavier, stand strong in your decisions and guide your children on their path of life. Instill a YEARN to LEARN; guide them to believe in themselves so they may achieve their dreams. We have choices in life, RIGHT and WRONG; choose what is right, correct the wrongs, and always remember... we are only human!

Pine Creek Style by NeeCee wrote an entry especially for our student readers. You can check it out here.

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Pink and Green Mama

I am a stay-at-home mother of 2 children and former elementary art teacher of 500+ kids! I share simple "craftivities" so you can CREATE, PLAY, and EXPLORE with your own family or classroom. You will find over 600 activities, play ideas, and art projects on my blog to do with your kids... bring a smock!

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
I went back to school to earn my masters degree as a full-time stay-at-home mom. I attended classes in the evenings and on the weekends over the course of 3+ years so my husband could watch our daughter after work. It was hard to stay motivated to go to class and write papers late at night or during nap time. But, the time I spent earning my degree was a gift to myself and worth it in the end. It sends a message to my two daughters that just because you're a full-time parent, does not mean that you can't still achieve your goals or fulfill a dream! Never give up.

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Pink Dryer Lint

Today I've clipped sixty fingernails and toenails, changed five diapers, moderated three sibling rivalries, folded two baskets of laundry, swept thirty-seven soggy Cheerios off the kitchen floor, read one board book aloud seven consecutive times, played a lengthy imaginary game involving three plastic dinosaur figurines, and wiped an indistinguishable, sticky substance off of our hallway wall. I've also taught three college lectures and graded fifteen student papers. On the other hand, although we are rapidly approaching the dinner hour, I have no leading on what we'll be eating for dinner tonight. Pink Dryer Lint is a blog that tells it like it is - all while finding great pleasure in the ordinary and real humor in the mundane.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
As an instructor of college writing and public speaking classes and a mother of three young girls, I recognize how many demands are vying for your attention on an hourly basis! Given this, learn to find rest in whatever ways you can. Discovering what recharges you will make you a better student, a better parent, and a better (read: balanced, healthy, happy, sane, enjoyable-to-be-around, less-frazzled, non-snarling) person. Tap into this regularly!

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Plaiditudes

When your children are on the spectrum, you learn to see new colours. You find a pattern amid the disorder; mine is plaid. As a mom of two school-age children on the autism spectrum (with ADHD and an anxiety disorder thrown in), I know parents of unique children are pushed, pulled, and judged by everyone from their pediatrician to the guy at the meat counter. Plaiditudes is a place to laugh, learn, hope - and to know you're not alone.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Choose the parenting methods, routines, schools, medications, and therapies that help your child succeed, regardless of what others tell you never/always to do. Find other parents who face similar challenges for mutual support and problem solving. And be patient with yourself and your child. You're stronger than you think.

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Real Army of Moms

Real Army of Moms has taken the humorous approach in relaying real-life parental experiences that moms and dads can relate to. We offer our readers great stories, product reviews, fashion tips and a ton of laugh-out-loud content.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
In parenting, things change on a regular basis and it is your duty to figure it out. Most parents fight the fact that they need to roll with the punches and conform to the change necessary to establish the perfect balance in that magical relationship... Don't be one of them...

Real Army of Moms wrote an entry especially for our student readers. You can check it out here.

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Roots & Wings Co.

Our blog is a great place to find inspiration on many things and even tutorials on most of them! We believe in celebrating life and our blog helps other people do the same, from traditions to parties to crafts and everything in between! It's about living life to the fullest and making every day magical!

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
I am a student parent myself. I have been going to school for 5 years now and am the very proud mother of three amazing kids! I have just finished my student teaching and am working towards finishing off the little things I need to do in order to get my own class to teach! YAY! So, I fully understand being a student parent! My biggest advice would be to always put your kids first! The rest will fall into place (with LOTS of hard work)! Don't give up on your dreams and your education because you will be teaching your kids those important values by living them yourself!

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Shawn Ann's World

Shawn Ann's World is the rants and raves of a wife and mother with a twist of product reviews and giveaways. Shawn Ann blogs about anything from family life to sports to complaining about the government, all while keeping things interesting by tossing in product reviews and giveaways for her readers.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Even though times can get tough, you need to strive for what is best for you and your family. Enjoy your family time while putting some time aside for yourself. Educate yourself and your family and be the best you can!

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Smashed Peas and Carrots

Smashed Peas and Carrots is a DIY crafts and sewing blog that shares my passion for creating pretty things, delicious recipes for your family, projects for your little ones, and my life as a momma to three little ones 4 and under!

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
You can do anything you want to achieve. Just keep up the hard work, focus, and determination and you will reach all of your dreams!

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Speak Jane Speak

Speak Jane Speak is written by a wife and mother whose aim is to provide ideas and inspiration to busy parents like herself. Earning her BA and MA while raising her family has given her quite the insight into the good, bad, and ugly of parenting on the go. She promises, it won't always be pretty, but it will always be honest!

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
I was told once, while struggling to memorize terms for my undergraduate Spanish class, "This too shall pass". It has become my motto, that no matter what the obstacle, no matter how high the mountain in front of you seems, you will get through it, you will succeed. Have faith in yourself and know that you are capable!

Speak Jane Speak wrote an entry especially for our student readers. You can check it out here.

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Stinker Babies

Stinker Babies is the ramblings of an exhausted woman with a death grip on the last shreds of her sanity. I blog mostly about life as the wife of a nursing student and mother of two amazing kids - one with autism and one with a bad case of the Terrible Twos. Life is a journey and there are many ups, downs, and curves. One of the most important lessons I'm continuing to learn each day is to enjoy the journey!

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
You are NOT ALONE! I think our biggest struggle as my husband returns to school is that we feel so isolated, especially with our kids' ages and different challenges, until we really begin to feel like we're living on the edge of society! My advice would be to connect with other student parents and their families, whether it's at your school or online. Having people in your life who truly get it might help you save on your therapy bills!

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Sweet Caroline

My blog is about finding the sweet things in life. From family, friends, good food, great books, and anything that's inspiring for everyday life. I share my sweet things and hopefully readers get to find theirs.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Parenting is hard work but is absolutely rewarding! The love you give, you receive triple the amount back. Making a child learn and discover new things is a unique experience and along the way you also learn more about yourself and what you are capable of doing. Like I said: parenting is a reward both ways.

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Table for More

My blog is a look into the real life of a mom of 2 under 2 and another on the way! ALL BOYS! I give tips and tricks on how to handle everything that comes with becoming a parent. There is never a dull moment with kids and I love to share our fun adventures with my readers!

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
My husband was in the middle of working full time and finishing his MBA when our first son was born and also through the pregnancy and birth of our second son. We had a lot of trying times but keeping the goal in mind of finishing his MBA for our family is what helped him pull through during the tough times! It may be hard when you are in the thick of it (kids and school) but the end result is worth it! Your kids will also have a great role model to look after, giving them an example of not letting anything stand in your way!

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Tatter Scoops

My blog talks openly about the challenges of going through divorce, juggling single parenting, co-parenting and the importance to survive.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Life is a never-ending, no-walls classroom, where we are constantly learning. And no matter how hard we try to make it on our own, we need others in our lives, so it's important to realize that there are times when we need to accept the helping hands from others. Our teachings may come in different shapes and source. I know my son teaches me to live in the moment. For yesterday is history, today is a blessing, and tomorrow is a gift.

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Testosterone Overload

Testosterone Overload is a running journal of my life with a household of boys (1 hubs, 4 male offspring). I share funny stories, "not so funny" stories, frugal ideas (that help me keep my growing family fed and clothed), cheap recipes, and hot deals.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
It's okay to scrimp and save. It's more than okay to do without. Being frugal is the new "cool". There is no shame in it. Make it a game. The more you save now (while you are in school)... the less you have to pay back later. Trust me... it's better that way.

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The Adventures of JAMC

The Adventures of JAMC is the story of my family and our daily adventures and challenges. We have two boys, both with Asperger's, and one also diagnosed with Becker Muscular Dystrophy. We homeschool, work on various therapies, and just try to enjoy life, chaos and all! I'm very honest and try to see the more positive and humorous side of things!

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Being a parent is challenging enough, but adding school to all that makes it all the more difficult. My husband and I have been through doing school while being parents, and, while challeging, we also learned a lot about managing time and getting our priorities straight. It's not about perfection or being the best in everything, it's about doing all you can and letting go of the smaller, less important things. We continue to use what we learned during our school and parenting years as we face daily challenges of raising two boys with special needs.

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The Busy Budgeting Mama

TheBusyBudgetingMama.com is a place to find budget friendly inspiration! A glimpse into my attempt at Super-Mom-Motherhood while living on a budget; finding ideas to entertain & live pretty, trying out new recipes, and staying stylish! I'm a full-time wife, mommy to 2 girls, author of TheBusyBudgetingMama, graphic designer, and party stylist, all while keeping busy making our house a home, raising babies & working on DIY projects. Stop on over!

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
We are all on tight budgets these days, but you can still surround yourself with things that you love and express who you are! Decorating wherever you are living is so important for being relaxed and organized in your space. I'm all about the look for less, so my strategy for decorating is...
1.) Know or have an idea of what you are wanting... and go on the hunt for it! Marshall's... Target... Ikea... garage sales...
2.) DIY ideas... there are so many fun ideas out there; I try and showcase as many as possible on my blog.
3.) Paint. That is the best bang for your buck when it comes to decorating a space.

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The Chronicles of Ellie Bellie Bear

The Chronicles of Ellie Bellie Bear is a parenting blog written by a pediatric nurse practitioner and mother who is striving hard to be the best parent that she can be to her daughter Ellie, who happens to have Down Syndrome and Sensory Processing Disorder. The Chronicles of Ellie Bellie Bear illustrates day-to-day living and includes medical information, inspiring stories, and the amusing antics of a toddler, a DIY husband, and 3 frisky pets.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
My advice is have reasonable, but high expectations, as you are much stronger than you think, so do not sell yourself short. When I received Ellie's diagnosis of Down Syndrome and later on Sensory Processing Disorder, I was lost, confused, and overwhelmed. However, I rallied and tried to be the best parent that I could possibly be. Watching my daughter as she worked so hard to hold a toy, to crawl, stand, and then walk, I learned, from her great determination and motivation, that she and I can do anything. Try your best, have high expectations, and you just might be surprised by all you can and will accomplish.

The Chronicles of Ellie Bellie Bear wrote an entry especially for our student readers. You can check it out here.

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The Cooks Next Door

We share creative, seasonal, delicious, and easy recipes for any cook! We seek to inspire through photos and our own experiences. All of the recipes are tested by us!

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
You can provide great meals for your family even in the midst of a busy school load. Eating well can also improve your school performance! We are delighted to provide recipes for any level of cook so that you can be successful!

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The Epic Adventures of a Modern Mom

My blog is about my epic adventures with my two kids under three. My readers can expect me to post content from the ridiculous to the sublime and everything in between. I like tackling real issues, but most days, I just want to showcase what a wonderful adventure being a mom truly is.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
To me, every good parent deserves to feel truly epic. We love our children and want the absolute best for them. When our children achieve their milestones, we are elated and overjoyed. We are cheerleaders, coaches, tutors, and support team. Yet, we are so much more... because we are parents.

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The Fabulous Baby Striblings

This blog is a virtual baby book of my twins, as well as lots of entertainment for readers. It's full of tips for raising children, sample schedules, DIY projects and tutorials, and photography.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
If I can do it, you can do it!! Becoming a parent is the hardest and most rewarding thing you can ever do. It is very hard work, but just prepare yourself to be the best parent you can be!! I applaud you for choosing to educate yourself to provide a better future for your child!

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The Family that Reads Together

The family that reads together is full of great book ideas for kids, as well as activities designed to increase comprehension and bring you and your child closer through meaningful conversations about literature - even if that "literature" is a cartoon about animals! The blog also includes funny parenting stories and the occasional giveaway.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Everything we do as parents, we are modeling for our children. As a student parent, you are modeling the importance of education, hard work, perseverance, and dedication. I always encourage parents to read with their kids - but you are taking it a step further. Don't be afraid to show your kids when your work is hard: when your child gets stuck on a math assignment later, they will remember the times you were stuck on your homework - and they will keep trying just as you did.

The Family that Reads Together wrote an entry especially for our student readers. You can check it out here.

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The Gentrys - Party of Four

This blog is about our day to day family adventures of raising two girls under two with a husband that is in the military, all while trying to go back to school to get my master's in education. It is an upbeat, uplifting blog about how we as women can make the best out of situations in which our husbands are gone so much of the time, and how to find time to "do it all."

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
My first piece of advice is to prioritize the little time that you have as well as try to make school an everyday habit. If you make time for your schoolwork each day, whether that be during your children's nap times or after you put them to bed, you will be set up for success. Half the battle of completing school after becoming a parent is finding the time to devote to your studies. Schedule school in your daily calendar, just as you do each activity for your child, and follow through with your studies.

Another piece of advice that I can give to student parents is to not be afraid to ask your professors for help. I know that we moms think that we can and have to do everything ourselves, but that is just not the case! Your professors are there to help you succeed, and please do not be afraid to ask them to explain something in a different way or to clarify what they are going over for that day.
Lastly, good luck and congratulations for making the decision to go back to school!

The Gentrys - Party of Four wrote an entry especially for our student readers. You can check it out here.

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The Inklings of Life

The Inklings of Life is a humor blog about the everyday happenings of a single mom with 2 kids. Lessons learned, advice given, personal experiences are all found there, with keeping the humor of life a top priority. Tatted Mom keeps every post as real as possible with honesty, being matter-of-fact, and covering the areas of single motherhood that most bloggers won't touch, making you laugh every step of the way.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Find your happy place. Being a parent is hard enough, and going back to school to better yourself and your family is one of the strongest things a person can do. Through the stress of returning back to school with the full time job of being a parent, finding the little things in life that make you happy is of utmost importance. Revel in your child's laugh, the moments when they are entertaining themselves so you can get that paper written, cuddling with them on the couch with a movie after you aced that big test, and looking forward to the day when you graduate and know that life will be the best it can be for you and your family.

The Inklings of Life wrote an entry especially for our student readers. You can check it out here.

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The Life of Jennifer Dawn

This blog is full of snapshots of my life, an assortment of crafts and sewing projects, tutorials, recipes, and, of course, tales from mommydom.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Being a parent is not easy - especially when you add the responsibilities of work and/or college. Being a parent is one of the most rewarding things I have ever experienced, though. At times when I find myself pulled in a million directions, I just remember that all my children need is for me to love them. The rest will all fall into place.

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The Mielke Way

My husband and I are in our 20's, are full time teachers, have been foster parents to 8 children ranging from ages 4-13, and 13 days ago, we gave birth to our first child - an insanely gorgeous little boy named Graeson Royce. The Mielke Way blog was originally started as a diary for our baby, beginning the day we saw the pink plus sign on a pregnancy test. It has since turned into so much more. We have attracted the attention of readers from all over the country that now look to us for reassurance and advice. We don't claim to know the answers, but we invite you to learn alongside us, through the good times and the bad.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
It is easy to be swallowed up by stress and worry. I remind myself every day that each person defines their own reality.

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The Mommy Files

I am a single mom of 3 boys and I talk about parenting, cooking, and traveling. I also conduct product reviews and host giveaways. I have been blogging for 3 years.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Don't ever give up. When times get tough, focus on your babies and keep your chin up. Show them you love them and will always be there for him. Realize that there is NO perfect parent and if one claims to be, he or she is lying. LOL.

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The Mommy Therapy

As a stay at home Mom of three young kids under six, I often write about the challenges of being in this role. My days are simultaneously mind numbingly boring and relentless with activity. I make a lot of peanut butter and jelly and have way too many discussions about the restroom to remain sane for long, which is why I find myself writing posts about my anger toward Craigslists and convoluted recipes to celebrities I believe need my help making things like popicles. It's pretty exciting.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
It might sound overly simplified, but don't give up. School can and will take you places, open doors, and gives your kids an amazing example of how to perserve and work for what you want in life. It also totally gives you a break from the kids!

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The Reverie

The Reverie blog is Truthful tales of a girl in her dreamy Denver life with a gentleman of a husband, a little baby bean, and the cutest Australian Shepherd pup you ever did see. I'm a writer and I love it, so I love to capture our life, memories, and all of my deep thoughts through anecdote, and I'm happy to share that with friends, family, and other readers that we've picked up along the way. Our blog has a little something for everyone: glimpses of our life, projects I've taken on, cute online finds, and the haps in Denver!

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
When I was a student, school was extremely important to me. Sometimes it was hard to balance schoolwork and internships with everything else going on in life; but I knew in the long run, it would be worth it. And not only that, but school is an experience. It's a little sliver of time in our lives when we're learning and engaging in incredible ways. It takes sacrifice to make the most of it, but you'll look back on it as the best decision you made and one of the best times of your life.

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The Robot Mommy

I created this little blog because one day my son wouldn't listen to me. He refused to eat and I was at my wit's end. Once I started talking like a robot, he started to eat, we had an amazing conversation and I had a brainstorm for a blog. Encouraging his imagination while teaching him about life. This blog documents his and his sister's stories.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Parents who take the step to further their education don't do it for themselves. They do it to make a difference in their family's lives. The time, the dedication, the drive all stems from the same heart that makes them parents; that which fosters the determination to finish their schooling. Being a mommy or daddy requires that kind of discipline as well.

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The Steady Hand

The Steady Hand Blog is where you can find great deals, reviews, and giveaways of awesome family-friendly products. Crochet and sewing crafts are also shared and you can always find inspiration from the many Guest Posts and Feature Posts that are featured weekly.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Keep going! You are showing the children of the future that it is never too late to achieve your dream.

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The Teeny Tiny Mommy

Teeny Tiny Mommy is the world of a 4'11", 25 year old stay at home mother to two toddlers. Life is crazy, and I don't hide that. It's an honest view into how loving, fun, tiring, and hectic parenting can be!

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
While I was pregnant with my second child I took classes to become a veterinary assistant. It was my dream to continue my education even after children and I fulfilled it without letting anything get in my way. It felt so amazing to know I was doing something that not only bettered myself but my family as well. Education is so important to me.

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TheMommyInsider.com

I write about the fun times I have as a parent, the bad times, and everything in-between (aka daily life). I enjoy sharing tips and tricks I've learned about teaching and feeding my children, ages 12 and 5, too!

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
The advice I would give to student parents is that your kids will appreciate the time you spend with them more than the time you spend cleaning your home. I used to spend so much time cleaning thinking that was making life better for my kids, but I wasn't spending time with them! I switched it up and now I spend time with them first, then clean and the kids are happy and the house is clean. Building memories is so important when kids are young, they won't remember if you kept the house clean or not but they will remember if you spend time with them or not.

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These Four No More

My blog started off as a way to update my friends & family during my high-risk twin pregnancy. In the past three years, I've blogged about babies, divorce, single parenting, dating, re-marrying, blended families, and finally - having a new baby.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Raising children doesn't necessarily get easier, the rules just change! Try to remember that the time flies by so quickly, so slow down and enjoy it.

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This Little Blog of Mine

This Little Blog is a creative outlet for our little family. I blog about life with my little babycakes, healthy living, life as a transracial family, photography, and anything else that strikes my fancy. It's our way of sharing our lives with our friends and family, and also with our new friends that we've met through the blogosphere.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Parenting is tough! Throw school and studying into the mix and your home will most likely turn into crazy town, but it's worth it and I know you can do it. My advice to student/parents is to wake up early or stay up late, so you can carve out some alone time to study. Waking up at five isn't something I love to do, but those two hours to myself are productive and important, and they allow me to have family time later in the day.

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Three Haute Mamas

We left the fashion industry to start families. Now we're back, high heels on, and ready to talk about anything. There isn't a topic we won't discuss or a shoe we won't try on. We are three haute mamas, a lifestyle blog geared towards women, 20 something to forever young.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
When things get overwhelming as a student parent, don't think in years, think in months, or weeks, or just day to day. Just put on that pretty outfit, a smile, and get through the day.

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Tired Mom

Tired Mom chronicles the experiences, struggles and little victories that come with being the mother of two children with autism spectrum disorders, as she herself copes with the chronic pain associated with fibromyalgia. Her posts convey the frustrations and joys of raising special needs children to live in and relate to a challenging world.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
The only foolproof way to be defeated is to give up. Success is what you overcome, not what you achieve. Adversity will teach you things about life and about yourself that you can't learn any other way.

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Twinsomnia

Twinsomnia is a blog that looks at the humorous side of parenting, marriage, and life in general. You'll find stories describing the antics of my crazy three kids (including identical twin boys), my saintly husband (who is a stay-at-home dad), and the various pickles that I find myself in way too often. Like the time I almost got peed on by a monkey. True story.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
I'm a working mom and my husband is a student, so I know how hard it is to balance family, work, and school obligations! The best advice I can give is to let the little things go. And remember that your family's happiness is more important than anything else. Life goes by so fast - enjoy it while you're living it!

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Utah County Mom

My blog has tutorials of stuff you can make for your children, things you can do with your children, and things you do with kids around my community. I also post low-entry giveaways, and crafty things you can make for your home.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Your kids aren't going to remember if the floor was always vacuumed or the dishes were always done. They are going to remember the times you got down on their level to play with them, or the times you took a minute to teach them a skill. My little girl is my everything, and I try every day to do something fun with her to give a bunch of good memories.

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We Like to Learn as We Go

We Like to Learn as We Go is a blog for moms and families. It's a place where you can come to learn new crafts and recipes, share experiences you have had with raising your children, get ideas for activities to do as a family, and a place to find great deals! This blog is written by a mom of one whose husband is still in school and how they learn day by day how to live life to the fullest.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Being in school while you have children can be really hard. It's hard to find time to spend time with them and also get your homework done and work to put food on the table. The best advice I can give is to make sure you take time each day to spend with your children even if it's only being able to read them a bedtime story or to ask them how their day went. They just need to know you care.

We Like to Learn as We Go wrote an entry especially for our student readers. You can check it out here.

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We're Finally Three

Just your average late twenties couple learning and exploring the world of parenthood. All while dealing with two children diagnosed with an extremely rare genetic condition. Follow along as we navigate the road of chemotherapy, bone marrow transplants, recovery, and now a surprise pregnancy after years of infertility and pregnancy loss while maintaining our faith and dedication to the Lord.. All done with my camera around my neck to capture sweet memories of these precious times!

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Keep fighting for your education and remember, no matter how hard it gets, or how stressful life becomes, you are bettering yourself so you can better the lives of your children. Anything is possible when we have our sweet kids as motivation!

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You are the Roots

My blog is my journey through first-time motherhood, depicted through photographs, anecdotes, and the occasional giveaway for products I couldn't survive motherhood without! Motherhood is rewarding, challenging, and all about expecting the unexpected. My blog is my glimpse into it all.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Totally cliche, but always follow your dreams. Student parents should feel so proud of themselves for continuing their education, following their dreams and showing their little ones that you can do anything you set your mind to. I recently saw an old rerun of "Boy Meets World" where Corey decides his father must be Superman after he works all day and spends all evening doing house and yardwork. Student parents, you ARE superman/superwoman!

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Your Organic Child

My blog is a resource for parents who are looking for natural ways to keep their children healthy and happy. I also offer recipes, art and craft ideas.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Follow the natural route when feeding and raising your child and you will never go wrong. Your family is who has to live with the decisions that are made in your home so don't feel pressured from outsiders to change your beliefs. Go with your gut, you're most likely never wrong.

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Zolligirl

Zolligirl is a blog that looks at life and says, "Oh, bring it ON!" Well, as on as it can be considering it's written by a bridge playing, Christian mom, who blogs family details for fun and profit.

What inspirational words or advice can you provide our student parents?
Keep your sense of humor and relax. You can't possibly do it all, so let the stupid stuff go. And by "stupid stuff", I obviously mean housecleaning. Who has time for THAT?

Zolligirl wrote an entry especially for our student readers. You can check it out here.

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