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Setting Nutritional Goals for the Whole Family

This post was written in partnership with Evivo. All opinions are my own. We are well and truly into the holiday season now, and if you’re anything like me, you’ve been overindulging in all sorts of holiday treats! Who can resist those delicious baked goods this time of year, eh? But I must admit that …

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Trying Out a More Natural Baby Product – Young Living Seedlings™

Now that I’m four kids deep in this parenting lark, I’ve got to think that by now I’ve tried most baby products on the market. I’ve been very lucky to discover some real gems along the way, but I’ve also been left with some real stinkers! For instance, there was a particular brand of baby …

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Explaining The Dramatic Decline In International Adoption

International adoptions have decreased at an extraordinary rate over the last decade. Since 2004, the number of children adopted by US families from other countries has been cut in half, as nations across the world revise their guidelines to restrict overseas adoption. In 2016, only 5,370 children from other countries were adopted by American families. …

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Easy No Bake Lactation Cookies for Nursing Moms

If you have ever breastfed your baby, you will know that at times it can seem impossible to produce nearly enough milk. Even those blessed with an abundance of breastmilk can sometimes feel like they’ve been sucked dry – especially during a growth spurt! Luckily, there is a ton of science showing that there are …

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Guest Post: How to Create Inclusive Kids

Most adults can remember at least one instance of bullying or exclusion they experienced as a child. For some, exclusion defined their lives, impacting how they learned to relate with others into adulthood. In an effort to keep their own children from becoming victims of bullying, these scarred adults inadvertently teach their children how to …

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20 Fun Summer Activities to Do With Your Toddler + Free Printable!

Summer is here, the kids are at home and the excitement is in the air! You have to keep the toddler occupied, somehow. Here are 20 fun activities you can do with your kid this summer. Plus, download the free printable Summer Bucket List for even MORE ideas! 1.    Build a bonfire Go to the …

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The Truth About Postpartum Depression | My PPD Story

When it comes to Postpartum Depression, I feel like I’ve been through it all. Not only have I dealt with it after each of my children’s births, but I also suffered from traumatic Perinatal Depression, which is depression during pregnancy. Somehow, though, this time around, it took me a while to realize that I was suffering …

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Guest Post: The Importance of Reading With Your Child

When it comes to reading, the earlier you can start with your child, the better. Reading books to your little one is not only fun, but it also is important for growing developmental skills. By reading to your child, you reinforce basic sounds, encourage language acquisition, teach your child about enunciation and more. Why is …

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Top Tips for Surviving Slumber Parties

Let’s face it, bedtime can be a challenge. Routine can help, but it’s not a fix-all. It never fails that your child, or children, will complain about having to stop whatever activity they’re involved in. Sometimes they’re overly tired and cranky. They may inexplicably develop a sudden aversion to the same toothpaste and toothbrush they’ve …

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7 Ridiculous “Rules” to Ignore As a New Mom (And Three You Should Definitely Follow!)

Whether you are a first time mom, or you’ve been around the block a few times, people can’t help but offer you “helpful” advice for dealing with the newborn stage. In actuality, the advice never really stops. At every stage of your kids’ lives friends, family and strangers are going to offer you lots of …

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Nursery Makeover – Our Monochrome Nature-Themed Baby Nursery

I’ve been working on this special monochrome nursery with a nature theme for MONTHS, and I am FINALLY able to reveal it! Come and take a look. I’ve included some links to some of the products I bought so if you are inspired by any of it, you can easily find them. I’m so excited …

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Polyblox Totems Are the Next Big Thing in Early Childhood Education

Back in June of this year, I had the pleasure of attending the BlogHer 2017 conference in Orlando. It was my second year attending, and I knew that I would be exposed to some amazing experiences. While it is full of inspiring stories, incredible women from all industries and a ton of learning, what I …

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Things You Should NEVER Say to a Mom Battling Depression

Depression before, during and after pregnancy is all too common. Whether you have longed for a child for years or you’ve been through it all before, depression can hit at any time. Sometimes it is expected because the mother has a history of mental illness, and other times it comes out of left field and …

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A True and Accurate Account of Every Online Interaction Moms Experience

It seems that whether we ask for it or not, moms are subjected to advice from well-meaning third parties, hoping to impart their knowledge and be congratulated on their own parenting prowess. The problem is, half the time, those dropping their so-called expert advice don’t even have children of their own. Ironically, this doesn’t stop …

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So Your Child’s Friend Sucks…

In the beginning… As babies and toddlers, we, as parents, get to pick our kids’ friends. It’s cute at that age. There’s an abundance of cherubic smiles. There’s the melodic giggles that come from a child who is still at the age where they’re learning to crawl, then walk—both literally and metaphorically. There’s the adorable …

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The Unbearable Itchiness of Being

Oh help me, OB-GYN Kenobi! You’re my only hope! I can’t believe this is happening again. And so early! That’s right – my body has gone into super crazy overdrive with the unbearable itchiness associated with Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP). As you may or may not know, I’ve dealt with this in every single …

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Giving Thanks For the Kindergarten Teacher

I don’t give a lot of thought to my own Kindergarten experience, if I’m honest. It began with Mrs Purillo, at Lacy Elementary in Warren, Pennsylvania – a school that hasn’t even existed since just after I finished there. I learned my alphabet. I learned Humpty Dumpty and Little Rabbit Foo Foo. I had to …

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