Preventing Ticks the Natural Way

Most of us across the country have been sucked into the yearly hysteria involving ticks: who they are, what threats they bring, and how this year is the “worst year” thus far. While the threat of Lyme disease is a very real and dangerous thing for those of us who venture outdoors on a semi-regular basis, we really feel that fear shouldn’t cripple you, or discourage you from exploring the great outdoors during the beautiful and warm summer months with your family. So we’ve put together everything you need to know about ticks, from the different types out there, to how to prevent them from ticking you off (see what we did there?), and preventing them from sucking the fun from your outdoor lifestyle. (We’re full of puns.)

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Low Maintenance Beauty Products for Summer

Summertime is for backyard barbecues, beach days, vacations, enjoying the beautiful weather, and spending time with your kiddos — not spending time in front of the mirror with an over the top beauty routine. There’s an easy way to get ready this summer using low maintenance products that don’t suck up the time that we could be swinging in a hammock. Whether you’re the ‘brush your teeth and go’ type, or you want a full face of makeup, there’s something for everyone on our list of must-have low maintenance beauty products for summer.

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Baby Monitor Guide: Motorola MBP36XL-2

Many of today’s parents feel that video baby monitors are an expensive, unnecessary luxury that they can live without. Truth be told, if you live in a small apartment or one-floor home, you can probably hear your baby down the hall without a monitor. So do you need a video monitor? Do you need most baby products? No. However, a family that has a 3,000 square foot home with 2+ floors will benefit greatly from placing monitors strategically throughout the house.

Whether you are checking in on your sleeping baby, or panning around the room to locate your mischievous preschooler as you get ready upstairs, the Motorola MBP36XL-2 offers a number of advantages that will grow and adapt with your family’s needs.

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7 Must-Haves to Make Your Workout (with Kids) More Do-Able

Ah, summer time. Time to be outside. Time for fun in the sun. Time where the kids are home all.the.time.

If you are a self-proclaimed #fitmom, trying to find time when you can workout is seemingly more difficult in the summer than it is during the school year. Even though you don’t have the busy-ness of the regular school year, summer time seems to be more busy instead of less busy. Swim lessons, pool time, vacations, summer activities, summer camp shuffling, and never-ending playdates can make getting your workout in difficult. So sometimes you have to improvise, and that improvisation will come in the form of “What can I do to keep the kids occupied and outside long enough to actually get my heart rate up?”

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20 Instant Pot Recipes Guaranteed to Please the Whole Family

So the newest kitchen gadget that has become all the rave is the Instant Pot. This amazing machine has likely become popular due to the rise in working women, extracurricular activities for the kids, and basically the decline of the 1950’s housewife who had the luxury of slow cooking a delicious dinner all day. For some of us food lovers, the idea of being able to putter around in a kitchen preparing a meal, sipping on a glass of wine really would be the epitome of enjoyment, but for same said food lovers the reality might be wrangling three kids home from baseball with an hour til bedtime for homework, baths, AND dinner.

With constant specials on Amazon (our online shopping BEST FRIEND), Instant Pot has stepped in to save the day. Unlike the stovetop pressure cookers of old that our mothers guaranteed would blow up our houses, sending us to the hospital, this electric pressure cooker has all sorts of safety mechanisms, bells, and whistles making dinnertime easier than ever. 

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#IMOMSOHARD Judge Me Not

#IMOMSOHARD – we mean, what mom doesn’t?? Well, a couple of moms decided to grab a camera, set the stage in the playroom, and talk about how they were screwing it all up – hard! Meet Jen Smedley and Kristen Hedley who discuss the ongoing cycle of criticism, whether real or perceived, that causes moms to lose their confidence. They paired up with Yoplait yogurt to discover new research that suggests moms are internalizing the judgment and even changing the way they are parenting as a result. To judge or not to judge, what’s funny about that? Well, if it has anything to do with these two… you might be surprised! 

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Half Year Resolutions: There’s Still Time to Achieve Your Goals

Ok, so we are halfway through the year. Can you believe it? We can’t either. Let’s rewind and talk about those promises you made to yourself at the beginning of the year. Lose weight, be financially responsible, have new experiences, and so on. Looking back, can you say that you have fulfilled those New Year’s Resolutions? If not, can you say that you are certain those resolutions will be achieved within the next six months? Maybe you are on track to check those goals off your list, maybe your plans have become a bit derailed, or maybe you keep telling yourself you’ll “get to it”. No matter how fast the months are flying by, there is still time to make those changes you vowed to uphold through the year when the clock struck midnight on January 1st. Six months down, six months to go until we make a whole new set of resolutions or give the one’s we made in 2017 another try.

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Grand Palladium: Making All Inclusive Fun for the Whole Family

Grand Palladium Resorts are a very special place in Riviera Maya, Mexico. What makes this all-inclusive resort so sweet is that it is fun for your entire family. Plan a trip here with your kids, and even bring the grandparents along. You can have a destination family reunion and create memories together that will last forever. Your family will love that you just book your trip, check in, and enjoy all the all-inclusive details in this picturesque tropical paradise. 

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Whole 30 Summer Side Dish Round Up

As the days are getting longer and the kids are up later celebrating the season of summer, it is time for family gatherings, neighborhood barbecues, and eating outdoors. People are dusting off picnic tables and uncovering grills that have been hiding under tarps and snow for the last several months, but now it is time to enjoy the warm and balmy evenings with great friends and great food!

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Stroller Guide: Highly Compact and Highly Fashionable: BabyZen YOYO+

Nothing makes us more giddy here at Daily Mom than finding new, amazing products and brands that make living in our fast paced world with kids more convenient, fun, and stylish. So naturally, when we stumbled upon the Parisian brand Babyzen, and their super unique stroller, the YoYo+, we had to snatch up all the accessories and put together one photo heavy post for you to check out. The YoYo+ is the epitome of travel-friendly and compact strollers, with versatility and luxurious, modern design all rolled into one. Here’s why we fell in love…

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A Day In The Life Of A Family of 11

“Are you done yet?” After a cordial hello how are you, greeting, we’re then met with that direct and curious question my family hears quite often. Who in this day and age has a family with 9 children?! Sure, you could watch the amazing families on TV who are famous for their multiple children and the lives they lead, but what about the families in your own home town? We’re just like the neighbors next door, but we happen to celebrate more birthdays, more chairs around the dining room table, and believe it or not… more love and compassion to feel for each other.

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Best Swimwear of the Season 2017

If you are still wearing your old swimsuit from two years ago, now is the time for a new suit! With all the amazing swimwear brands offering styles for everyone, there is no reason not to order some swimwear right this minute. Find your dream bikini! Your swimwear should suit your body and your personal style. You can have high fashion combined with comfort, support, and quality if you shop in the right place.

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“Fun In The Summertime Sun” Facebook LIVE VIDEO + Giveaway

If you’ve been loving our Facebook LIVE bashes and giveaways, well, we’re back for more! This time, we’ve embraced our summer lovin’ and showcased some of the coolest, most unique, and practical items for making summer safe, stylish, and fun. Partnering up with our favorite brands, editor Dani and her sister Liz are LIVE today on Daily Mom’s Facebook page, giving you the nitty gritty on their summer faves, including products for everyone in the family, which you can now enter to WIN! See all the details below…

If you didn’t tune into our Facebook Live video event, then go ahead and watch the replay now to learn more and see the products in real life – and scroll all the way to the bottom of this post to enter to win something from each of these amazing companies!

And if you shared our LIVE video, RSVP’ed to the event page, and shared the LIVE video on Facebook, you can also gain extra entries – and you’ll want them after reading about all the items that are up for grabs!

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Momtreprenuer 101: Paid Apps for Bloggers

Starting off as a new blogger can be free, but as you grow your blog and expand your business you’ll want to consider extending beyond complementary tools to paid products developed to make your life easier.

We’ve selected a few of our favorite paid resources for bloggers. Many of these start out with a free option, allowing you to test their features before making a bigger commitment.

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