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Guest Post – How to Raise Decent Humans

This post was submitted by reader, Miranda DeFabio. It has been edited for syntax and clarity. Publication of opinion pieces does not necessarily mean this site endorses them. However, in this case, the editor is in agreement. Last week was Martin Luther King Jr. day, and it got me thinking about his “I Have A …

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78 Seconds – A Birth Story

“It’s just that there’s more blood than we would like to be seeing.” “Someone call the doctor in.” “She’s coming.” “What’s she dilated to?” “She’s at 5cm and about 80% effaced. She just started bleeding.” “Get peds in here. Get them ready. Let me check her.” “She’s complete.” “Oh that explains it.” “Get the team.” …

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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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Five Top Tips for Supplementing With Formula

New moms are often bombarded with advice about feeding a new baby. Well-meaning friends and family members will often try and guilt or shame you into their way of doing things. But the truth of the matter is that FED really IS best. Whether you are a die-hard formula mom who is confident in her …

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

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Walmart.com and Parent’s Choice. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 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 …

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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 …

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Big Pregnancy Update – 32 Weeks

I have been hesitating to publish pregnancy updates lately because all in all, this fourth baby has caused me very few issues (unlike his brothers!), and I didn’t really want to bore anyone with posts about random pregnancy things that most everyone deals with. But a few weeks ago, things changed up a little bit, …

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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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Planning For A New Baby – Monochrome Nursery Theme

Now that I’m more than halfway through this fourth pregnancy, and the kicks and prods in my belly are becoming more and more noticeable, I realized it was probably time to start planning for actually HAVING the baby. Since Chester is still using his crib right now, I have been trying to decide whether to …

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Should I Make My Kid Eat School Lunch?

School may not quite be starting yet, or maybe it is, depending on your area. But, school lunches have been a topic of increasing discussion over the years. Between food allergies, nutrition, childhood obesity, as well as feedback from students and parents, we’ve all started thinking a lot more about what our children are eating …

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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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Pregnancy Update! What The Hell Is Going On?

I know I’ve been quiet on this blog for a while. The truth is that I’ve been spending an exceptionally large amount of time in my bed during this pregnancy. I’ve been struggling with my usual antenatal depression, which has been a little trickier to navigate this time around. There’s been a LOT of personal …

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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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Well Who’d Have Thunk THAT Would Ever Happen!?

Well this is unexpected. I woke up yesterday morning, feeling rather hormonal and discouraged because my period was due the next day, and I was cramping pretty badly, had lower back pain that was killing me, and I had had my fifth night in a row of crazy vivid dreams. This current bout of PMS …

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The Picture I Hesitate to Publish

Lord knows that I am not the type to hold back from sharing “sensitive” photos. I got more than a little kickback the time I shared my “real motherhood” photo because it featured a hugely engorged breast exposed to my three kids. Apparently that was an unacceptable thing, despite the fact that I was exhausted …

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When You Want a Baby And Your Husband Doesn’t

When Mark and I first met, during our nine hour first date, the subject of kids came up. A weird first date conversation, I’ll admit, but as we had both just left long term relationships, it was on both of our minds that any prospective future might involve children. In the course of our conversation, …

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How To Tell Your Kids About Santa Without Breaking Their Hearts

Have you seen this awesome story going around? A mom explained how they teach their children about Santa once they’re old enough to start doubting. It’s one of the best ways I’ve ever seen to let your kids in on the secret without breaking their hearts. Right now, we’re in a good situation. Our kids …

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