Eating Organic Foods With 9 Children To Feed? Absolutely!

How in the world do you feed nine children!? AND organic foods at that? Prioritize. It really is that simple. Whether the children were planned or not, they’re here now, and beyond breastfeeding or formula, it’s now time to move them onto solids. Perhaps you’re one of those crunchy mommas who want nothing but the most naturally grown and chemical free foods to ever touch your child’s lips – or you’re just good with wholesome food, organic on occasion is fine. Either way, you really do want organic, but let’s be real. Organic foods are 40-100% MORE expensive than their conventional counterparts, so let’s set aside feeding one child organic, but NINE!? Yes, and with a budget most families are on for a family of 4-6!

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Couple’s Weekend Get-Away at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

It’s a rare occasion when Mom and Dad get the chance to sneak away alone to enjoy each other’s company, without the children in tow. If you’re anything like us, those moments don’t happen often (or, ever?) and that’s why we’re here today to bring you an amazing destination for a romantic couple’s getaway, that is quaintly charming, yet stunning and relaxing: Traverse City, Michigan. 

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Heat Related Illnesses: Preparing for the Summer Heat

The official period of summer for 2017 is from June 21 to September 22. As we approach the summer months, it is important to consider the danger of the heat. If you plan on enjoying the outdoors this summer, you will be at risk of heat related illnesses. Throughout the entire United States, forecasters are predicting above-average temperatures for the summer months, and with this in mind, it is important to take certain precautions when spending time outside.

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From Studio to Street with Haven Collective

If you are shopping for new clothes, you likely have a set of requirements in your head. And if you are a busy mom shopping for new clothes, there is no doubt that one word pops right to the front of your mind: VERSATILE! With summer comes hectic schedules and long, hot days. Haven Collective Yoga makes it simple to head from your morning yoga class to running errands and meeting friends for lunch. Today, we need you to see and experience their amazing line of athleisure wear. From the company’s reason for inception to its mission statement and the gorgeous collection itself, it is quite simply a brand that NEEDS to be on your radar. And no need to worry – if you’ve never stepped foot in a yoga class, this clothing is still for you.

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Making-LoveTalk: Communication Made Easy With Your Spouse

Communication. It’s either pleasant, misunderstood, loving, hurtful, or just down right dirty! Any way you spin it, you have much more control over the conversation than you may realize. Consider how a response to certain words can be controlled through conscious, intentional thoughts, or a fly-by-the mill reaction I’ll-probably-regret-this-later-but-oh-well kind of response. Love talk – it’s keeping it real, honest, respectful, simple, and easy, especially with those you love the most.

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Why I Redshirted My Child

Getting ready to send your baby to kindergarten is an emotional process for both the parents and the child. Many parents with summer or early fall babies, or “early” kindergarteners, often wonder if their child is in fact ready to head off to big kid school. There are many factors that a family may take into account when trying to decide to academically redshirt, or hold back, their child from entering kindergarten when they are of the appropriate age. Their child may not be academically or socially ready, they may be of small stature, or the parents may believe their child will have an advantage if they wait another year. Many experts believe that there is no benefit to academically redshirting children but each parent needs to make the best decision for their family and their child. Below is the story of one mom who decided to redshirt her child, and why she thinks it was their best decision.

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7 Unique Ways to Make the Most of the Summer Before Kindergarten

There is a lot of information out there about kindergarten readiness, or what to do the summer before kindergarten. But what about just enjoying the summer and making the most of the last few months together? The last few months of your babies being babies. (Well, let’s be honest they will be your babies forever). This summer is your last before kindergarten, but before you know it, it will be your last before college. Make it count.

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How To: BST on Facebook Like a Pro

Online shopping has taken on a new form when it comes to buying that Persnickety dress your 3-month old is sure to grow out of as soon as she wears it once, or even the essentials such as cloth diapers and baby wearing gear. Facebook has its very own underground world of Buy/Sell/Trade groups (BST) for just about anything you can think of. An added bonus is that most items are marked down by 70-80% off the original price, and still in excellent condition. But, buyer beware: here are the top 10 tips for completing smooth transactions with other mama’s in these groups.

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Momtreprenuer 101: Free Apps for Bloggers

Getting started as a blogger can be a hard and expensive process. Building a website from the ground up, paying designers to create a logo or customize a blog template, purchasing stock photos… the list goes on and on. As you build your brand, free tools and apps can help you establish your website without breaking the bank.

Our list of free tools will help you get started as a blogger by making many of the things you might need to pay for initially, a little bit more accessible. Most of these tools start free, but as you progress into their advanced features, may require a small monthly fee.

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Top Sports To Help Kids Stay Fit

Child obesity has reached some very alarming heights in the past few years, and it’s the job of every concerned parent to make sure that this doesn’t happen to their kid. Childhood is great because most mistakes can just be wiped off clean with a sponge, given the proper sponge is used. What that means is that even chubby kids can play sports to lose weight and maintain their health. It’s the most effective treatment you’ll find anywhere. In that respect, here are some of the best sports to practice based on the learning curve and how easy it is to get into them.

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How to Use Color Correcting Makeup

It may seem odd to put colored creams on your skin before applying makeup — colors like bright orange, green, and lavender. We know it sounds scary, but hear us out. If you have dark circles, hyper pigmentation, or blemishes you are missing out big time when it comes to color correcting. Although using colored makeup may seem intimidating, we’re walking you through which colors target which problems, how to choose colors based on your skin tone, and most importantly how to achieve natural looking makeup.

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Exploring the World with Science: A pH Experiment

Education is the most important tool we can use to change the world around us. In today’s world, science plays a huge part in the future of the world. The sad part is that not all schools promote science in early education. That is why parents should help to bridge the gap and educate our children on the vast world of science. Young children learn by hands-on activities and by naturally exploring their world. Experimentation can help foster their learning. Below is a simple pH experiment to help get things rolling.

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7 Hidden Gems of Florida

A trip to Florida doesn’t have to be a week long, over the top, theme park extravaganza where you go home sun burned and exhausted. Maybe you’ve avoided traveling to Florida because you don’t want to spend your time uncomfortable in a crowded tourist trap. However, not all of Florida is like that. In fact, there are some sweet spots in the sunshine state that offer quiet little weekend getaways. No huge crowds, no theme parks, just beautiful scenery, relaxing destinations, and natural outdoor adventures. Here are seven hidden gems of Florida.

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How to Cut the Cable Cord

If budget living has you looking to cut expenses, doing away with the $100+ cable bill might be a great item to remove from your monthly cost list. Do you really need all 300 channels, or are you just regularly watching only 5-10 of your favorites?

We’ve outlined the steps you need to go through to cut your cable bill for good, and still have access to everything your family wants to watch.

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