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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 02/09/2017

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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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

Posted on 08/03/2016

My Simple Trick For Sticky Kiddo Situations

Baby/ Pregnancy

It’s inevitable that 8 out of 10 times when I get my kiddo out of the car or from school her hands are sticky and covered in some sort of goo. I’m not about to have her spread the stickiness and germs, but I’m not confident giving her a wipe with chemicals that could hurt her, either, so I’ve come up with another solution. Keep reading for my parent hack, and to win a Target gift card! Read more

Posted on 10/14/2015

21 Awesome Kids Raincoats to Keep in Your Car

Autos/ Baby/ Big Kid/ Family/ Kiddo Style/ Preschooler/ Style/ Toddler

It’s going to rain eventually, maybe not much, and no one is quite sure when . . . but it will rain. Right? Usually, it’s when you’ve rushed the kids out of the house to get them to school on time only to arrive and notice that the sky looks a bit cloudy and something just dropped on your head. Now your nose. Full on sprinkling starts and the kids don’t have a jacket of any kind because the weather’s been fluctuating between 76-90 degrees the last few weeks. This is when keeping a raincoat (along with all the other junk useful kids items) in the trunk is a huge help. You look like a super prepared parent who of course knew it would rain, your kids aren’t constantly complaining about being drenched all day when you pick them up and you don’t have to deal with them getting sick from the little no coat fiasco. Need some help getting started? Check out the adorable raincoats for toddlers, preschoolers and big kids alike in the slider below to find the perfect car coat(s) for your family. Once you see one you like, click on the image to be directed to full details.  Read more

Posted on 10/12/2015

The Complete List of 2016 U.S. Pregnancy and Kiddo Fairs

Baby/ Family/ Pregnancy/ Toddler

Keeping track of where and when the next birth, baby and kiddo events are can be a bit cumbersome when also trying to track baby’s feedings (or your own if you’re pregnant), and well, life! So to make things just a tad bit easier for all you mamas-to-be, new moms and moms who just love going to these events, here’s a list of some great pregnancy, birth and kiddo fairs happening in 2016 by state! Each of these events are great to attend, but really offer something different for families. I recommend trying them all at least once, or at least one of them! Read more

Mom talking to baby
Posted on 10/08/2015

4 Simple Ways to Read, Talk and Sing More With Your Kids

Baby/ Family/ Preschooler/ Toddler

When Savannah was a baby I’d sing her to sleep and read her books all day long. I was so good at making sure that we Read. Talk. Sing. (and do baby yoga), just like First 5 California recommends, every day when she was a newborn, a baby and even a toddler. But now that she’s 4, I’ve gotten so busy with work on the computer that she’s usually making messes around me while trying to occupy herself with creative activities until mommy can play tea party or make a blanket campsite. This isn’t something I’m proud to admit, but I know I’m not the only parent to realize that this is happening. That though they’re only little for so long and the first 5 years are most important for brain development, I’m simply not as involved as I used to be (or want to be) as a parent . . . which is exactly why I was excited to work on this simple list of ways to incorporate Read. Talk. Sing. into daily life. Read more

six babies wearing costumes
Posted on 09/23/2015

37 Absolutely Adorable Infant and Baby Costumes

Baby/ Family/ Kiddo Style

It’s almost October, which means all the DIY moms are well into their Halloween costume creations and the rest of us are starting to think it might be time to figure out the kiddo’s costume this year. Baby’s first costume is a lot of fun though. Not only because it’s one of the few times you get to pick what your child wears before she’s old enough to be so picky that she changes her mind on which costume she wants at least three times before Halloween, but because it’s her first Halloween! How exciting! Whether your loving nickname for your baby is stinker, little astronaut or none of the above, there’s a costumer for that. Click through the slider below to check out a variety of costume ideas for infants and babies to wear on a cold or warmer Halloween night this year. Read more

Posted on 08/31/2015

​10 Questions to Stop Asking New Parents

Baby/ Breastfeeding/ Family/ Pregnancy/ Social Time

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It’s no secret that new parents can get a bit defensive when you’re talking about their babies, and sometimes the most well-meaning comment can turn into a serious problem, but there are some things you simply do not say — ever. Here are a few so you’re prepared next time you meet up with fellow parents and friends who just had a little. Read more

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