Traveling With Kids: 8 Activities For the Airplane

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Remember when I polled ya'll for my recent trip across the country? Well, I'm back and so excited to share some of the things I learned while traveling with a 2 and 4 year old.The first leg of our trip included our adventure to the airport (we were almost late for our departure!), 2 1/2 hours on the plane, a layover, and then another 2 1/2 hours. None of which corresponded … [Read more...]

Recovering from a C-Section

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I recently wrote about my unplanned C-section recently on here, and today I wanted to share a few tips on how I had a good recovery from the surgery. Remember - your body is recovering from major surgery, as well as adjusting to caring for a newborn, so have realistic expectations! It will take a week or two to feel some semblance of normalcy.1. Stay on top of your … [Read more...]

An Unplanned C-Section

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The birth of your child is extremely personal and unique- and yet, somehow, very much the same.The CDC says that in 2013, Cesarean sections accounted for 32.7% of all births in the United States. That's a lot- approximately 1.2 million, give or take.Talk to any mom, seasoned or rookie, and at some point they'll probably tell you how birth plans never go the way you … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Decorate with Instagram Pictures

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If you're like me, your Instagram pictures reflect some of the sweetest moments and memories your family has shared. It may seem silly, but Instagram pictures really do serve as a sort of time capsule, perfectly capturing that moment in time. Plus, with the fabulous filters, each photo is turned into an amazing piece of art. Well, why not use those artistic Instagram pictures … [Read more...]

What Exactly is Attachment Parenting?

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When a woman becomes pregnant and jumps into the world of babies, she will probably stumble into the world or at least hear a lot about "attachment parenting" from friends, family and online. If this is your first time on the baby block, you may have no idea what attachment parenting actually means. To help explain this part of the parenting world, we turned to our expert … [Read more...]

New Study Finds Babies Breastfed Longer Are More Intelligent

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We know that breastfeeding your baby has an abundance of benefits including increasing your baby's immunity, reduced ear infections, lower risk for asthma, lower chance of developing type 1 and type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol later in life and much more. Bottom line - it's good for your baby.However, there has long been a debate about how long an infant should be … [Read more...]

Cute Pregnancy Announcements!

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Who doesn't love a good "We're Expecting!" announcement? They can be hysterical, heart warming, or just plain cute, but they all have one thing in common: making everyone so emotional! Whether it's your first or your fifth baby, we've rounded up some cute announcements that would be fun to duplicate!All you need for this is some chalk, a wall, and good handwriting … [Read more...]

Third trimester Pregnancy Nausea? Yes, it’s possible

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When you hear from friends or family members who have experienced pregnancies, you may find that morning sickness is a recurring topic. It’s an unfortunate side effect that many women go through during the first trimester  that sometimes makes waking up in the morning a less-than-desirable prospect. However, you might not have heard tales of nausea rearing its ugly head during … [Read more...]

Feeding A Picky Toddler

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Please refer to your pediatrician or nutritionist before taking the advice expressed in this article.At my son L's 15 month well visit, I casually mentioned to the pediatrician that I've been having a bit of trouble getting a well-balanced meal into my picky toddler. He suggested that I make an appointment with the nutritionist they have on staff, as it's covered by our … [Read more...]

Dear TV, iPhone and iPad- I’m Sorry I Judged You

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Dear Tv, iPhone and iPad,I'm sorry I wronged you.I'm sorry in the past I saw kids glued to your screen and scoffed "I will never be that mother!"I'm sorry I questioned how hard it was for parents to keep their kids entertained that they had to resort to using in while in restaurants, checkout lines or at the post office. My arrogant mind kept thinking- "How hard can … [Read more...]

Saving for College

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So while cruising Pinterest, I came across this awesome idea. The parent had written a letter every year to their child on their birthday and stuck a twenty dollar bill in it. It is a gift for a high school graduate, which I thought was a cute easy way to give them a chunk of cash. But for me, I kept thinking I want to be able to give my kids MORE. I want to be able to not just … [Read more...]

New Study Finds Women Gain More Weight Than Recommended During Pregnancy

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It’s the one thing that inevitably happens to all women during pregnancy, we gain weight. But a new study has found that almost half of all pregnant women gain more weight than is recommended by their physician.Study co-author Andrea Sharma, an epidemiologist with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Maternal and Infant Health Branch said, “This is … [Read more...]

5 Things (This Mom) Never Needed (And 5 things I couldn’t live without)

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I remember stepping into Babies R Us during my first pregnancy and feeling giddy with the anticipation of laser gun mania. We picked a mountain of sh*t (we thought) we needed for our first child. We went totally overboard (okay, so it was mostly me who went overboard). I would encourage anyone who is a first-time mother to take along someone who has at least two kids so she can … [Read more...]

Want to make labor easier? Exercise during pregnancy is the answer!

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By the editors of Pregnancy Magazine.You're going to gain weight during pregnancy, its inevitable, but you can exercise to help keep you in shape, make labor easier and avoid packing on too many pounds.According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise during pregnancy can help to ease or even prevent back pain as well as other discomforts youre bound to experience, boost your … [Read more...]

Ways For Pregnant Women To Keep Fit

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I'm pregnant with my second child and I am doing this pregnancy a little differently. When I was pregnant with my son four years ago, I didn't do a whole lot of exercising. Unless you count making brownies and then eating the entire pan of said brownies as exercise ;) . This time around I'm making a point to stay more active, so today I wanted to share some great exercises for … [Read more...]