My Personal Breastfeeding Journey

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Did you know that August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month? I thought this would be a great time to share my personal breastfeeding journey with all of you. My mother breastfed me and my grandmother breastfed my mom, so from what I know (or as far back as my grandma can trace) every mom in my family line has been a breastfeeder. So it was never something I … [Read more...]

How to Whiten Your Teeth with Activated Charcoal

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Like most moms of little ones, I drink coffee like it's going out of style. It's my life's blood, the nectar of the gods. I love it almost as much as I love my kids, and some days, more. But my teeth don't love it so much. The years of sleepless nights and coffee guzzling haven't been kind to my pearly whites (now, more like pearly yellows). An expensive professional teeth … [Read more...]

Baby Gizmo Must Have Monday | Episode Two | Dr. Browns

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So, we made it to another Monday! Yes, technically Saturday and Sunday are over (boooo!) but you never know what this week is going to bring. Something fabulous, I'm sure. That's at least what I'm telling myself. This is going to be a great week and we are starting out with another episode of Baby Gizmo Must Have Monday! (In case you missed EPISODE ONE, HERE it is!) We are … [Read more...]

The 5 Parenting Books You Must Read

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I'm a reader. Always have been. When I don't know something or want to learn more about a certain topic I head to the library and stock up! Facebook has also been a great resource for adding books to my reading list. Whether it be a request for fiction or a parenting book, my friends always seem to come through with great recommendations. So, that brings me to today where I … [Read more...]

DIY Ruler Growth Chart

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I can barely believe it, but my baby boy is turning 4 next week! He is growing so fast, I don't know what to do with myself. I've been meaning to get a growth chart for a while now, but all the ones I really like are way out of my budget. Nothing sparks a crafty fire like a lack of funds. I scraped together some supplies, got organized during nap time, and cranked this baby … [Read more...]

12 Backpacks For Back To School

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A new school year is approaching and you've probably got your school supply list in hand. All those school supplies need to go into a stylish, practical, and useful backpack so today we've rounded up 12 great backpacks for you! Jansport- $30.99 Fossil- $198 Target- $19.99 J World- $29.99 Target- $39.99 Skip Hop- $19.99 Amazon- $31.99 TOMS- $79 Nike- … [Read more...]

Mom Hack! 4 FREE, Simple DIY Car Trash Cans

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I can't adequately explain to you the disaster that is my car. Well, maybe I don't have to. I mean, after all, you're a mom. You get it. Food wrappers, toys, shoes, crumbs, craft projects, hair bands, and everything in between. With three little ones riding in back, I just end up with so much trash. I used to just have one large trash can in the back, but that doesn't … [Read more...]

How to Support a Breastfeeding New Mom

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I won't lie- breastfeeding wasn't the easiest thing I've ever done. I definitely faced a learning curve and it took me almost 6 full weeks before I felt confident and comfortable nursing my son. Some moms take to breastfeeding almost instantly while others struggle to nurse their new baby. If you have a new mom in your life that may be having a hard time breastfeeding, here are … [Read more...]

My Breastfeeding Relationship

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Just like every new mom has their own unique birth story, every mom has their own unique breastfeeding experience and story to share. In honor of National Breastfeeding Week, I wanted to share my personal experience today. Some moms aren't able to breastfeed or choose not to. I want to get it out of the way to say that I don't think one is better than the other. As long as … [Read more...]

7 Breastfeeding Terms You Need To Know

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Before I actually started breastfeeding I had a pretty limited knowledge of what all it would entail. I recalled my mom breastfeeding my two sisters and there was mention of it in my Bradley birth class. I really wanted to nurse my baby, and do it well, but the actual logistics of breastfeeding were a bit of a mystery to me. Now, with 48 months of breastfeeding in my past … [Read more...]

A Trip to Meet Vanity Fair

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*I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Vanity Fair. No matter what your job is, how many kids you have or where you live, women are always doing. We are raising families, running businesses, taking care of others, taking care of ourselves and so much more. With the stress of busy lives and raising kids, I’m a big believer in celebrating … [Read more...]

11 Great Breastfeeding Accessories

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In honor of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, I wanted to share a few breastfeeding accessories that I felt extremely helpful during my 13 month run breastfeeding my son. I am also currently expecting my second child, who I plan to also breastfeed, so this list will serve as a great reminder of what accessories I need to stock up on ahead of time! This list isn't all … [Read more...]

How To Have A Successful Breastfeeding Relationship

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One thing I am most proud of is that I breastfed my son for three whole years. The journey was beautiful, but it wasn't always easy. I experienced pain, soreness, and three cases of mastitis. Along the way I'd like to think I became somewhat of an expert and I learned when to ask for help and where to get said help! Because breastfeeding should be a beautiful and natural thing, … [Read more...]

Live, Love, Latch! 2015

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It's August, which means it's National Breastfeeding Month! Odds are, if you're reading this blog, you have at least heard of La Leche League. It is an international organization aimed at helping new mothers breastfeed through support, information, encouragement, and education. They also work hard to promote a better understanding of the importance of breastfeeding as an … [Read more...]

7 Ways To Keep Your Child Busy In A Restaurant

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Remember when date nights at restaurants used to be calm, cool, and collected? Even dare I say it, romantic? Ya, I hardly remember those times either. Things sure do change once you have kids. While going to restaurants might be a lot more challenging once you have children, it's still possible to have a great dinner out with your children in tow. Today I'm sharing some fun … [Read more...]