• How To Make The Perfect Summer Clam Bake

    Warm weather, sunshine, long days and cool nights. Summertime is here! You’ve dusted off the patio furniture and fired up the grill. Now, you just need something to make for dinner. If you’re looking for something other than hot dogs and burgers for your cookout this weekend, we’ve got the best recipe that screams summertime... read more

  • 10+ Playground Exercises for Mom

    Finding the time to workout is a huge challenge for most moms. Time for working out often comes at the expense of much needed down time- either when the children are sleeping or during your precious evening hours after work. What if instead of sacrificing this personal time, you could squeeze in a workout while also hanging out with the family?... read more

  • Milk Options & Alternatives Beyond Babyhood

    A huge part of transitioning your child from an infant to a toddler diet is changing their source of milk. In our society many people are surprised to find out that a healthy child doesn’t actually need milk (gasp!). There are many children, and adults alike whose bodies are actually unable to process the lactose in milk as well as many who have chosen a dietary lifestyle that milk doesn’t fit into... read more

  • 10 Backyard Water Activities On A Budget

    Do you have a free day and want something new and fun to do with your child?  Why not stay at home and enjoy some backyard water fun?  Water play is such a great way to entertain your youngster.  It is a wonderful hands-on experience that can keep them occupied for hours... read more

  • Prenatal Genetic Screening: Is It For You?

    The moment you see that positive pregnancy test you are bombarded with a wealth of information. And for many of us, several health related thoughts immediately flood our minds. Am I doing everything I can to create a “perfect” environment for my baby? Is the baby growing?... read more

  • DIY Homemade Sunscreen

    The skin is your body’s largest organ. It protects you and you have to take good care of it.  You may not be aware of just how important it is to know exactly what you are putting on your skin day after day. Sunscreen, which is supposed to protect your skin, may actually be poisoning you... read more

Placenta Encapsulation and Tinctures

Placenta Encapsulation and Tincture
To eat or not to eat? That is the question! Some of us have probably pondered this question, and some of us may not even have the slightest idea why someone would want to eat their placenta. While most mammals on land consume their placenta following birth, humans are one of the few that do not regularly eat their placenta. More recently, placenta consumption has been discussed and researched, proving there may be several reasons why most mammals thrive from eating their placenta.

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Emotion by Babyhome + a Giveaway

If you are looking for the perfect durable but lightweight stroller, we have found it! Babyhome is a leader in the baby gear industry. Based in Spain, their products are the outcome of a sophisticated merger between functionality and design. Babyhome has truly broken the mold when they designed their newest product: the Emotion. Emotion stands out in the stroller world for its easy maneuverability, compact folding and lightweight design- and speaking of design- it’s truly a beauty!

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Tips, Tricks & Treats for Great Halloween Photos

Tips Tricks and Treats for Great Halloween Photos

What do ghosts, princesses, and superheros have in common? They will all be coming out after dark this Halloween night; you know, when our cameras struggle to capture decent photos. 

Halloween can present some challenges for photographers, but if you’re like us, you’re not going to pass up an opportunity to capture your kid looking cute just because the light isn’t right. Today we’re going to give you some tips, tricks and treats for great Halloween photos.

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Creating a Mom’s Group


Being a part of a mom’s group is an excellent way for children to begin friendships-learning skills and building their self esteem, as well as yours! In those early months of being a new mom, being a member of any group may just be exactly what you need. Not only is it a great way to have your child interact with other children, but it allows you to get out and interact with other adults. What should you do if no one you know holds one? Read on to find how you (yes, you!) can create your very own successful mom’s group that everyone will enjoy.

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Creating an Outdoor Playground with American Plastic Toys

      

Wouldn’t it be fabulous if you could create a private outdoor playground in your own backyard? Your kids could get outdoor time playing with toys while you enjoy fresh air and a cup of coffee. Most of us don’t dare to consider doing this, because play equipment and toys can be expensive. And when it comes to outdoors, those expensive toys can get ruined by the elements pretty quickly. What if we told you that there is a company that can not only create the most amazing indoor or outdoor playroom for both boys and girls, but allow you to do it on a budget? Introducing American Plastic Toys.

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DIY: Haunting Halloween Ghosts

DIY Ghosts

Halloween is just around the corner.  You have seen the decorations for weeks (sometimes months in some stores)!  Purchasing several things to decorate can add up.  It helps when you find a do it yourself idea that doesn’t cost a lot and still looks great!  We are here to share a great tutorial on how to make haunting Halloween ghosts.

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The Best Bassinets for Baby

The crib is set up and your baby’s room is all ready to go. While you may be anxious for baby to enjoy their new space, it isn’t always practical to have him sleeping down the hall from you in that big room all by himself. Instead, consider the cozy confines of a bassinet right next to your bed for those first few months. Not only will baby feel secure in a smaller bed space, but you won’t be far for those middle of the night feedings. Also, if you plan on traveling with baby, many bassinets on the market today are compact and perfect to take with you wherever you go! Here are four great bassinets to consider for baby’s first bed.

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How to Teach Generosity to Children

How to Teach Generosity to Children

Generosity: the habit of giving without expecting anything in return.  This is an attribute that we hope that our children learn from us or the people surrounding them.  This may not come as naturally as we hoped to a young child.  Many times, as parents (and other influences), we will need to take the reigns to teach children about these qualities.  Generosity usually begins with children sharing their possessions with other peers.  Not only can you learn this important quality from home, but you can also incorporate it at school.  We have 7 great ways to show your children what generosity is!

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School Year Fashions

Most parents look for a few important factors when shopping for school clothing: price, durability, style and versatility. It’s essential to find pieces that are going to hold up to the natural wear and tear of your child playing on the playground day in and day out, but we also want them to look cute, too! We found the best of both worlds here and have rounded up a great collection of unique school clothing and accessories that are not only stylish, but are also made well so they can be cute from the start to the end of the school year! These clothes and accessories are perfect for the school playground and beyond and are great to wear any day of the year.

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Back Button Focusing

Back Button Focusing

Several weeks ago, we talked about focal points and focusing. We introduced you to the idea of changing your focal points or using the “focus-recompose” approach to shooting.

So, for the past several weeks, you’ve been practicing the focus-recompose approach (because changing out those focal points on the fly turns out to be a nightmare) which means you focus on your child, recompose your shot, attempt to take a shot and then have to do it all over again, because your child keeps moving and your camera keeps re-focusing on wherever that focus point is now and you’re out of focus already. Whew. It’s exhausting!

If you’re like us, you’re thinking, “there’s got to be a better way,” and there is! Today we’re going to introduce you to back-button focusing. 

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Got Worms? All About Vermicomposting

Chances are you haven’t given much thought to worms as anything other than fish bait or on rainy days when they congregate on the sidewalk.  Did you know that worms can make tea??  No, not the kind of tea that anyone would want to drink, but a very useful and nutritious drink for your garden.  Read on to find out more about how you can put those little creepy crawlers to work toward beautifying your yard and making your garden grow.

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Car Seat Guide: Evenflo Symphony DLX

Car Seat Guide- Evenflo Symphony DLX

Choosing the best carseat for your family can be tough. With the endless possibilities on the market, where do you start? Some seats offer you impeccable safety but you may have to forfeit the comfort of your child. The Evenflo Symphony DLX is all about safety, comfort, convenience and affordability. With a weight ranging from 5 lbs up to 110 lbs harnessed booster, it is the first and last seat you’ll need. Evenflo is a company you can trust.

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Nesting With Flair

Nesting with Flair 2

Nesting: it’s that burst of energy you get sometime during the last month of your pregnancy. For some women it comes with the desire to cook, and for others it comes as the need to clean and organize, stock up on essentials, or “bed down” in preparation for the birth of your new baby. It can sometimes be hard to know where to start or how to use this great burst of energy to your best advantage. So, here are some ideas to help make your nesting period as productive as possible.

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Flame Retardants in Play Yards: The Facts, The New Laws and The Safest Options

With so many play yards on the market today, each boasting convenient, simple-to-use features, it might become a stressful feat to choose the right one for your baby. While your play yard needs might vary from use for the occasional overnight trip, a safe play space for your little one while you are completing household chores or your infant’s main sleep space for naps and bedtime, the most important features to consider are safety and toxicity

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