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Ashley Wells

Ashley lives in North Carolina, with her husband, 4 year old little girl and infant son. She has dreamed of being a SAHM since she was a little girl and now enjoys living out this dream by making everyday adventures with her two tiny sidekicks. She loves yoga, fitness, dark chocolate, and wine. She's an organizer of playdates, preschool happenings, and girls night outs. She's an encourager of making messes, finding passions, and dreaming the impossible.

RSV 101: What Every Parent Needs to Know

As summer winds down, we begin bracing ourselves for the cold: thick coats, gloves, winter boots are all moved to the forefront of our closest.  While we may have a love/hate relationship with Old Man Winter, we can all agree that the illnesses that present themselves during this time are by far the worst part.  One potentially serious illness that affects our young children is Respiratory Syncytial Virus, also known as RSV.  RSV is a very common virus, but has the potential to do some serious damage to infants.

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Vegetarian Meals Recipe Round Up

Monday, October 1 is World Vegetarian Day, kicking off Vegetarian Awareness Month which takes place all of October.  You’ve read the research – vegetarians are less likely to get cancer, live longer, are slimmer, and have better heart health.  It’s also been proven to be healthier for the environment – the Food and Agriculture Organization says that livestock farming emits 18% of all the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Many scientists agree that by cutting down on meat consumption, it can help halt climate change. There is no better time than the present to jump on the vegetarian bandwagon. Don’t worry, you don’t have to go all in just yet.

Confused on where to start? Maybe you are a long time vegetarian and just in a food rut? Or you kids won’t eat anything you make? Whatever the reason, no need to worry, here are seven perfectly scrumptious recipes your whole family will love.

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The Burden of Overspending

Today, many families are burdened with confusing their best intentions to give kids all that they want with what they need.  Nice cars, the newest gaming systems, the best clothes, the newest electronics – all to help keep their kid “with the times”. But do our kids really need all of this? Are these necessities, or are they taking over our lives, deepening our debt, and adding to our stress level? The saying goes, “we were born with nothing and we will die with nothing,” so, what is the point of overworking ourselves to provide every possible thing to our kids? What happened to kids working for what they wanted? Why do parents feel the need to stress over providing the biggest and best, when really the moderately priced off brand works exactly the same? Why can’t parents say no?

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7 Ways to Prevent Bully Behaviors

We spend a lot of time encouraging our children to do well in school, make good grades, study hard, and to prepare for the future. But sometimes we forget that the most important lesson for our children is to teach them to be good humans. The most important lesson we can teach them is to be kind. We hear the horrific stories of bullying and the sad consequences. We spend a lot of time talking about teaching middle schoolers and high schoolers not to bully, when bullying is at its forefront. Perhaps, we should spend more time at home when our children are young, teaching and showing them how to be kind from the very beginning.

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Exploring the World with Science: The Basis of Our Food Chains

Plants are the foundation of our food web. Every living thing depends on them. Plant growth is stimulated by the sun and rainfall. We must understand the importance of plants and how they are of vital importance to our planet – plants clean our air, help prevent erosion, they provide habitats, help keep our environment steady, and they can even provide important medicines. We must protect our earth, and we must teach our kids how and why plants are important early on. Start simple and explain the very basics so our kids grow up learning the importance of plants in our world.

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Plastic Oceans: The Epidemic That is Ruining Our Oceans

Think of items you use everyday: toothbrushes, baggies for your lunches, packaging… you’ll be hard pressed to think of something that isn’t made out of plastic. We are producing 30 million tons of plastic each year, half of which is for just one use. We have created what is called a “disposable lifestyle”- half of the plastic we use is for a single use. The problem is that many of the characteristics that make plastic great for everyday life also cause it to wreck havoc on our environment. We’ve traded environmental responsibility for convenience.  

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Why Moms Need Exercise

The research is clear pertaining to the many benefits of exercise. Yet, as moms, we tend to push off the need for exercise – or basically anything that involves ourselves. We make excuses – no time, too tired, we don’t know how, we can’t afford it – you name it, we’ve said it. But the truth is, excuses are just excuses – they don’t make us better, they don’t make us stronger – the only way to get better is to work harder, work better, and try harder. The excuses for exercise become our excuses for life; if we continue to not put ourselves first, we will fall into a habitual routine of never taking care of ourselves. It’s more than just exercise, it’s who we are – if we are truly important to ourselves, we’d make time for us, to be the person we want to be. 

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Collagen and Gelatin: Why You Need Them

Collagen is the protein that forms connective fibers in tissues such as skin, ligaments, cartilage, bones and teeth. Collagen also acts as a kind of intracellular “glue” that gives support, shape and bulk to blood vessels, bones, and organs such as the heart, kidneys and liver. Collagen fibers keep bones and blood vessels strong, and help to anchor our teeth to our gums. The repair of blood vessels, bruises, and broken bones require the use of collagen. As the most abundant protein in the body, collagen accounts for more mass than all the other proteins put together. But, is collagen something that we should be concerned with having to replenish on a daily basis? Read on to learn why it’s important, and how you can have a leg-up to a little known health crisis that is becoming more common, every day.

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Exploring the World with Science: A Water Pollution Experiment

The earth is remarkable; the only planet in our solar system to hold life. However, our planet is also changing at an alarmingly fast rate. It is our duty to teach our children how to love and cherish the environment we’ve been gifted. The best way to do this is through education. The best time to do this is when they are young. It is hard to narrow down all the topics that go into protecting our earth. This experiment isn’t designed to impose all the woes of the environmental issues on young minds, but more so they can think critically about the importance of our environment and the world that surrounds us.

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How to Organize and Throw the Best Bachelorette Party Ever

What is the first thing that pops in your mind when you hear bachelorette party? Budget? Organization? Creating a plan? Maybe these aren’t your first thoughts, but if you are the maid of honor or designated organizer of a bachelorette party, you will soon realize all the details don’t just fall into place. Well, not without hard work, planning ahead, and careful attention to detail. Lucky for you, moms are natural planners, organizers, and master party creators, so we’ve compiled some tips to help you plan a “hashtag worthy” awesome bachelorette party.

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Kindergarten: The First Steps in Understanding the World is Bigger than Ourselves

Sending my first baby off to kindergarten is a huge milestone for our family, finally concluding the end of toddlerhood, the first test of how well did I prepare her for the real world. Perhaps sending her to kindergarten is more than just a milestone: it’s her first flight in the big world. The biggest lesson she needs to learn doesn’t have to do with numbers, letters, or sight words – it is understanding this world is bigger than ourselves. A world that isn’t protected by Mommies and Daddies, where big sisters don’t chase all the monsters away, and little brothers aren’t always there to play – a world with confrontation, beautiful songs, and great sadness – a world that is hers for the taking.

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Fostering Skills That Will Last a Lifetime with Homework

The benefits of homework are debatable. The National Parent Teacher Association recommends 10 minutes per night for first graders, then adding 10 minutes per grade level for each succeeding year. High schoolers taking advanced or college classes may have more. Homework amounts vary per teacher and per school. And sadly, many teachers and schools do not follow the recommended guidelines put forth by the PTA; instead, even kindergartners are spending 20+ minutes a night on homework.

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Don’t Judge Your Motherhood

It seems like more and more moms are bombarded with perfection. The need to portray this picture perfect life – partly it’s our own fault – unfollow, unplug, delete social media – but yet we cannot. For one reason or another we love social media too much to get rid of it. It does serve a purpose – it allows us to connect to those we love, share memories, pictures, and videos across the miles. But it also can bring us down. Don’t hate the player, hate the game. Right?

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