• 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

Shooting in Manual: Step-by-Step

Shooting in Manual: Step by Step

Have you made the move to manual or are you hanging onto one of the auto modes? As you’re probably realizing, shooting in manual mode isn’t always easy (at least not at first), but the control it gives you over aperture, shutter speed and overall exposure is well worth it.

With that said, today we are finally pulling together all the pieces we’ve been building over the past month or so. In fact, we are going to walk you through the steps we take to shoot in manual. If you’ve been following along, this may be nothing more than a review. On the other hand, if you’re just now joining our photography series, this is a great time to catch up on the basics.

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What you need to know about Bullying

What you need to know about Bullying

Bullying is a term that has had a profound impact on school systems, especially in more recent times because the internet. It is a serious problem that needs to be addressed before it starts. Ultimately, it is up to us, as parents, to ensure our kids safety and security. But what exactly can we do about it? Let’s discuss a few alarming statistics and explore ways to prevent bullying.

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Our Favorite School Gear

If you ask any kid what their favorite new items to get when school time comes, new backpacks and lunch boxes will top the list! All kids love showing off their  backpacks to their friends on the first day of school and “Oooooh check out that cool lunch box!! Where did you get it?” is a hot conversation in the lunch room. As most seasoned moms of school-aged kids know, certain backpacks and lunch boxes may look fun and have your child’s favorite character on them, but often these bags will NOT last the school year. Constantly taking books and binders in and out of bags wears on the pockets, zippers and bottoms of bags and many a parent that has been suckered into buying one of these cheaper bags, often are buying a new one mid-way through the school year. This year, we have gathered some pretty awesome looking backpacks and lunch boxes that not only are super cute, but are made with quality and safe materials that will last through out the school year!  These backpacks and lunch boxes are great for not only school time but for any time! They are so well made, you kids will be begging you to take them to sleepovers, to their sports activities or even just to tote all of their gear to visit a friend.

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Cord Blood banking: The facts

Cord blood banking the facts
The moment you realize you are about to become a mother, or a parent, everything changes. You suddenly become second, and the amazing miracle growing inside you quickly becomes number one. Before you know it you have to make a million different decisions and some are much harder than others. One of those questions that may come is whether or not to bank your baby’s cord blood. This can be a complicated and confusing question, but we are here to help you find an answer. Read on to see the facts and weigh the pros and the cons of cord blood banking.

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Britax Affinity Stroller Giveaway

High fashion meets high function with Britax’s newest stroller, the Affinity. This innovative stroller is available in a variety of colors and takes safety and functionality to a new level with it’s adjustable seats, forward and rear facing capabilities, and Britax’s patented CLICK & GO integrated adapter system that makes it ideal for carrying infant seats. Read on to enter for a chance to win one yourself!

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Stroller Guide: Britax Affinity and Giveaway

Stroller Guide Britax Affinity

With all of the strollers out there to choose from, it can be difficult to pick the right one for your family. Are you in the market for a new, more versatile, luxury stroller? Are you searching for an ergonomic design that grows with your child and has an amazingly smooth ride?  If so, the Affinity stroller by Britax has some brilliant features that will whisk you and your child away. Literally.

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Pacifier Pros and Cons

Binkies, nubbies, pacis, soothies, dummies–however you refer to them, pacifiers can be one of your baby’s favorite objects. But there are some caveats when it comes to pacifiers. So, should you give your baby a pacifier? Below we take a look at some pros and cons.

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3 Easy Canning Recipes: Jam

3 canning recipes jam

Want to savor the flavor of summer by bottling it up for the rest of the year? Do you have an abundance of fruits you don’t know what to do with? Look no further. We can inspire your inner summertime Goddess whether you are a master chef or just a pasta and eggs kind of gal. With these simple recipes canning jam is as easy as 1-2-3!

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6 Ideas for Mom’s Night Out

6 Ideas for Moms Night Out

Becoming a mom is the best thing that ever happened to you, right? It’s like they say; girls are sugar and spice and everything nice, and boys are frogs and snails and puppy dog tails. All things warm and fuzzy, right? WRONG! Being a mom is not like a 9-5 job. It is being “on-call” 24/7. It is comforting your daughter when she breaks a crayon and it won’t go back together. It is calming your son after the batteries die in his favorite toy. It is hard work. And you deserve a night off! Being able to get together with a group of girls who can relate to life’s daily antics can be a life saver. But you want to make the most of your time away. Here is a list of some fun ideas to make your next Mom’s Night Out a memorable one.

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Mommy & Me: Coordinating Clothing for the Entire Family

Fall is here and before you know it, it’ll be time for family photos, holiday parties and other festive events. These events call for thoughtfully planned and coordinated outfits for the entire family. Finding such outfits can often create unnecessary stress during a time of year that should be joyful. Today we introduce you to several unique clothing companies that offer looks that you and your family will enjoy all year long. So, if you love to match or coordinate styles with your family, but don’t know where to shop, this post is for you.

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Portrait Photography Basics

Portrait Photography Basics

One of the most common requests you’ll receive as a photographer is to take a friend or family member’s photo. Heck, even if you aren’t a photographer, you’ll get this request. You may find that you’re quite a natural with regard to taking portraits. However, if you’re not, we’ve got some great tips for you. 

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Everyday Nursing Styles with NOM by Belly Dance Maternity

Discovering comfortable clothing you can seamlessly transition from pregnancy to nursing can be time consuming and daunting. Luckily, we have come across a beautiful line of clothing with exactly that in mind, NOM by Belly Dance Maternity. NOM offers some of the most attractive everyday nursing apparel for mothers. Who says everyday attire for breastfeeding moms can’t be beautiful?

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Bringing Books to Life: ABC’s

Bringing Books to Life-ABCs

When we read, we often find ourselves so engrossed in the story that it’s like we’re part of it! The book comes to life around us and we really feel as though we’re living the story. And isn’t that what makes reading awesome? When it comes to children, they’re no different. But to take it a step further: imagine their excitement when the story actually comes to life. In this post, we’ll discuss books your kids will enjoy as well as break down a corresponding activity to bring them to life!

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How to Boost Your Child’s Vocabulary

How to Boost Vocab

We know that every child develops in his or her own unique way and may or may not follow the developmental milestones outlined in books. However, something that is always helpful for every child is giving them opportunities to grow, explore, and allow their minds to expand so they can ask questions and learn. Here are some simple tips for helping your child build his or her vocabulary in a stress-free and positive way.

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