What I Wish I Had Known Before Having A Second Child

When I learned I was expecting my second child, I took an hour or two to myself before telling my husband. I basked in this secret, letting it trickle through my body. Slowly, it made its way to each and every limb – spreading a tingling sensation – awakening my entire body, and releasing endorphins I hadn’t felt since my early days of college, standing on a stage in front of hundreds of people, exposing my soul in theatrics. 

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Workout Essentials #DMGETSFIT

For the last couple of months we have been bringing you fantastic “DM Gets Fit” posts. There has been a little bit of everything from ways to workout at home, health tips and of course we have introduced you to some amazing activewear brands. You will definitely continue seeing more of these #dmgetsfit posts throughout the coming month. Here at Daily Mom we want to help you live your best life and what better way to do that than encouraging your health and wellness! Today, we are bringing you some great “accessories”  to complement any workout.  

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Fostering Relationships with Family Far Away

Living far from your extended family can be tough, especially when raising kids. The majority of parents want their children to have close relationships with their extended family, but because of work or other circumstances, it isn’t possible to actually live close.  Living far away doesn’t mean your kids can’t have amazing relationships with everyone in your family. Here are 4 ideas to guide you in fostering relationships with family far away.

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All-Inclusive Family Luxury at the Azul Sensatori Mexico

There are a dime a dozen hotels and resorts in Mexico, but if you’re going to be traveling in the near future to this popular vacation destination, why not choose the best of the best for your stay? We’ll make it easy for you to choose from the hundreds of options, by narrowing down your resort choice to ONE: an all-inclusive, AAA Four Diamond, luxurious, and oceanfront family-friendly resort in the highly desirable Riviera Maya area. Welcome to Azul Sensatori Mexico! It’s time to start planning the vacation of your dreams.

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Make Your Own Mayo

Mayonnaise is a staple in most every American household. From a simple turkey sandwich, to pasta and tuna salads, to snack foods and dinner entrees, mayo is a crowd pleaser and a palate pleaser. Instead of settling for the unwanted and mysterious ingredients in major mayo store brands, don’t you think something with a bit less sugar and preservatives and made with real ingredients sounds more enticing? We’re here to give you a healthier mayo fix by showing you how to whip up your own homemade mayonnaise in 15 minutes with 5 ingredients!

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31 Days of Halloween Family-Friendly Movies

We’ve all been there: set out the Halloween-themed snacks, turn out the lights, get halfway through watching a Halloween movie with your young children only to realize that it’s way too scary for their innocent eyes. This list of family-friendly Halloween movies will help you maintain Halloween spookiness while also giving you a heads up of which movies will make the kids creep into your bed after watching them.

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5 Rules to Help You Be a Better Stepmom

If you grew up within a stepfamily, then you already know the unique perspective you have going into the role of being a stepmom. In many ways, it can give you a helping hand in better understanding the feelings your children and stepchildren are experiencing. After all, you felt those same feelings when you were a child.

These five rules are never-break laws that can help you navigate your life and become a better stepmother.

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Pen Pals: Get Your Kids Writing

Pen Pals

If you ever had a pen pal as a child, you might remember the excitement of seeing a letter with your name written on it.  Even if you never had a pen pal, just think of how fun it was to receive a piece of mail that was addressed to you during the holidays or for your birthday.  Surely it made you feel special to know someone far away was thinking of you and it might have even inspired you to write a letter in return.  Writing letters is not only a way to show someone you are thinking of them, it is also educational and instills a little thoughtful discipline, too.  All in all, the practice of letter writing reinforces good manners, friendships, and develops your child’s character in a positive way.

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Halloween Costumes that Stand Out by Chasing Fireflies

Do you have a habit of holidays and birthdays sneaking up on you? Where does the time go? We all have the best intentions of pulling together the most clever Halloween costume of the year for our kids. The problem is that those intentions don’t start until November 1st and they fizzle out by Thanksgiving!

Spend an afternoon with your child and have a conversation with them about what they (and you!) would like to reap from Halloween this year. Is the goal simply for your toddler to look adorable? Do you want to wow the crowd with a dynamic family costume this year? Are they studying a particular era in social studies class that interests them? Find all of this out, then head over to Chasing Fireflies to find costumes that truly stand out from the rest. 

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10 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

We are all guilty of participating in a yo-yo diet at one point, and there is no doubt that the end result was less than satisfying. There is a common misconception that, as we age, our metabolism starts to slow down making it harder for our body to break down food which in turn can make it hard to lose or maintain a healthy weight.

Metabolism is defined as thephysical and chemical processes in an organism by which its material substance is produced, maintained, and destroyed, and by which energy is made available.

Not only is that claim of ‘as we get older our metabolism slows down’ not true, but in fact there are several ways to boost your metabolism:

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Win It: Tottigo Pack n’ Potty

One of the biggest obstacles parents face with potty training is getting their toddler to use the public bathroom. Between the unfamiliar layout, adult-sized toilets, and loud noises, public restrooms are very intimidating for kids.

There are several portable potties and disposable seat covers on the market, but only Tottigo’s Pack n’ Potty includes everything you need in one convenient travel bag. It’s both a seat and toilet cover, so you won’t have to hold your child over an unsanitary toilet seat. You simply pull the Pack n’ Potty out, cover the toilet — and go!

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Keepsake Bins: Organizing Your Child’s School & Art Work

Masterpiece after masterpiece has been posted to your refrigerator door. Second grade poems of “Roses are red, violets are blue, you’re my mom, and I love you!” and finger painted butterflies have been strewn on intricately designed clotheslines on your walls (thanks, Pinterest!), or placed in frames to be displayed for a short while until the next A+ comes along. While it is so important to display your child’s hard work and creativity, we know the question on every parent’s mind when another piece comes home stuffed inside their backpack — Am I supposed to save e v e r y t h i n g? The answer is no, but there is an efficient way that you can save the important pieces all in one place where they will be kept safe and organized for you and your child to look back on for years to come. 

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