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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.

Baby Bump and Nursing Style: What you Need to Know

Pregnancy is a beautiful magical time. Our bodies show great strength as the grow to accommodate and nurture the tiny human we carry inside of us.  After the birth of our sweet babe, our bodies yet again go through great changes.  They once were equipped to sustain our child while on the inside, they now are able to do the same thing while they are in our arms. Sometimes, dressing our ever growing belly and nursing body can be a difficult task.  Jo Jo Maman Bebe makes styling your ever changing- awe inspiring- mommy bod effortlessly easy. 

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The Benefits of Building Toys

Kids are curious little creatures, they love to explore the world around them. They are constantly touching, evaluating, guessing what is this, why does this happen, how do I do that? And the all time favorite- “but why?” questions. This curiosity and zeal for life can be curated to build natural learners – kids that love learning and want to know more about everything.  Building toys, such as Magformers , helps kids to cultivate this curiosity by hands on learning.  

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Top Picks: Gifts for the Active Family

The holidays are full of so much family time. Sometimes, our days are jam packed with visiting in-laws, Christmas shows, and holiday festivals.  Other times, we are left with more time to savor the moment.  In these moments, it is fun to get out and get moving with your family.  Exercise not only benefits your physical health, but also your mental well-being.  If partaking in a healthy lifestyle is something you value, then you will love our top picks for the active family below.

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The Correlation of Music and Learning

Music elicits many different emotions within our minds. It stirs happy memories and helps to cure us when we are in a funk.  Music holds so much power.  Everyday the brain is overloaded with sensory information that one has to pick and choose what is relevant to that moment.  Music helps to prime the brain to listen and decipher patterns better acclimating one’s brain on the decision making process.  A young child’s brain is especially susceptible to the benefits music has to offer. 

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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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