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holding baby River
Posted on 03/09/2017

What They Don’t Teach in Birthing Classes: 7 Tips to Read Before You Deliver

Baby/ Family/ Parent Life/ Pregnancy

You’ve prepped baby’s bed, the car seat’s in the car and your hospital bag is packed (or birthing pool is set up at home). Everything is ready for when baby is born . . . but are you? One of the most important things that parents-to-be don’t learn in birth education classes is to expect the unexpected. Even if you have all the items you’re told you’ll need when baby arrives you could not be ready. Becoming a parent adds a whole new dimension to a person emotionally, physically and psychologically — you won’t be the same. So before you give birth, there are just a few more tips you need to read. Seven, actually, and I hope that these help you with one of the most magical events to take place — your child’s birth. Read more

Posted on 02/23/2017

5 Tips For Choosing a Family Photographer

Birthing/ Dad/ Family/ Mom/ Parent Life/ Social Time

Finding the perfect photographer for your family photos can be daunting — these once in a lifetime moments with the kids pass quickly so it’s important that it’s photographed the way you would like to remember this time. Even as a photographer I find this hard – I am so persnickety! There are so many different aspects to a great family photo that’s different for each family, but there are some simple steps to help you choose a photographer that works for everyone. Keep reading for my top 5 tips for choosing a family photographer. Read more

Posted on 02/09/2017

How To Get the Maternity Photos You Want at a Price You Can Afford

Baby/ Birthing/ Family/ Mom/ Parent Life/ Pregnancy

Maternity photos aren’t for everyone, but if you decide to get some taken (nude, funny, or with the whole family), why not have them be the best they can be? Your body will never look this way again since no pregnancy (or pregnancy body) is quite the same. Maternity photos are a beautiful way to capture how your pregnancies were different, and how your body has changed. Parents are crazy about baby photos once baby is born, but with maternity photos you can start the photo book at the beginning! Keep reading for 6 tips that will help you get the affordable maternity photos  you want. Read more

Alice in Wonderland un-themed nursery
Posted on 02/07/2017

Dreamy Un-Themed Alice in Wonderland Nursery

Baby/ Design/ Home/ Pregnancy

After two years trying to conceive and an IVF journey, Cleveland mama Kristin Moore and her husband brought home their little miracle, Alice, in July. They never planned on naming her Alice or being inspired by Alice in Wonderland for this super sweet un-themed nursery, but they did, and the result is beautiful.
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S jumping in leaves
Posted on 02/02/2017

3 Simple Tips For Fun Unstructured Time After School

Big Kid/ Family

School started months and months ago, but we’re still adjusting to the new schedule. My kiddo went from 3-hour school days just three days a week at a child-led Montessori school to full-day Kindergarten classes five days a week at an achievement-centered elementary school with strict rules. S reminds me a lot of myself at her age. She needs a sense of control and understanding in her own world. She needs to participate in choices that affect her and be a part of decision making. So allowing her unstructured time to decompress and unwind after school has been pretty important for us. Here, I’m sharing 3 tips for creating fun unstructured time in your own home to ease the transition for your own kiddo. Read more

Black Friday shopping sale
Posted on 11/20/2016

Black Friday Week Offers for Families

Family/ Kiddo Carries/ Pregnancy/ Social Time

There are a ton of deals happening between now and Cyber Monday, but which options are really the best for families? Keep reading to see a roundup of offers perfect for the whole family happening now through Black Friday (and some even after)! This list will get updated as new deals come in so check back often. Read more

mother and daughter making Thanksgiving apple pie together
Posted on 11/10/2016

5 Meaningful Ways to Spend Thanksgiving as a Family

Family/ Social Good/ Social Time

My family has always celebrated Thanksgiving as a time to come together and enjoy a meal — to be thankful for our time together and all that we have to eat (despite the holiday’s painful past). Though it’s also a family tradition for my mom, sister and I to go shopping the day after Thanksgiving that was never the focus of the holiday, but many stores seem to have shifted that direction. This shift has taken all the focus of the holiday from caring for others to buying things for Christmas. So in the spirit of actually celebrating Thanksgiving as a day of togetherness this year, here are some fun things you can do together as a family for Thanksgiving. Read more

mommy and daughter yoga
Posted on 09/22/2016

How to Create a Wellness Routine With Your Kids

Family/ Health

Yoga was vital to keeping calm, centered and in shape during my pregnancy with S so I recently started practicing yoga again to avoid being buried in stress this pregnancy. The best part? S can do the yoga with me! Making time for a wellness activity together has allowed me time to workout (finally!) and show S how important taking care of her own wellness really is. Keep reading for a few quick tips to get your family started on their own wellness routine. Read more

Willy Wonka Family Costume
Posted on 09/12/2016

Over 11 Clever Pregnancy Costumes

Baby/ Birthing/ Family/ Mama Style/ Pregnancy/ Style

There aren’t many options for pregnancy costumes at the store — let alone unique ones— so we’ve rounded up a list of some of the best preggo costumes we’ve seen around social media. Whether you’re looking for an elaborate Halloween costume you can wear out to a party with your partner, a simple outfit for going out solo, or a cute costume to wear while taking the kids trick-or-treating there are plenty of options in this list. Take a peek!  Read more

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