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Ashley Sisk

Ashley lives in North Carolina with her husband, two children and Kitty Paw. She's a work-from-home mom with a natural light photography business and a passion for sharing everything she knows. Since leaving the corporate world, she now spends her time chasing her preschooler, nursing her new baby, writing and finding ways to enjoy life. You can find her on Facebook, Google + or on her website.

Organized, Uniformed, and Ready for Kindergarten

I’ve been mentally preparing myself for this day for years. My oldest child is finally old enough to go to kindergarten.

With so many schooling options in our area, choosing where to send my daughter to school hasn’t been simple. However, I’ve ultimately decided to send my daughter to a public charter school. With that decision, I’m heading into this school year with a much more organized and uniformed approach than I’ve used over the past five years. However, I think it’s safe to say that we are both super excited to see where this year will take us.

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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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10 Ways to Master the School Carpool Line

When your child heads to elementary school, you have two choices when it comes to transportation: the big yellow school bus OR the family school bus, also known as YOU. We’re going to guess that you’ve decided to drive your child to school, but why do we discuss ways to master the carpool line now with only a few weeks until summer break?

Well, if you’re like many moms, your child is about to graduate preschool and will be going to kindergarten for the first time. While you may be an expert when it comes to stocking up on new clothes and fulfilling a school supply list, chances are that you have little to no practice when it comes to dropping off your kid at the curb. Furthermore, if your child attends a year-round school, you only have a few weeks off until the new year, and there are things you need to know before school starts. Which is why now is a perfect time to give you 10 brilliant ways to help you avoid dirty looks from other parents at your child’s school.

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Car Seat Guide: Pria 85 Max by Maxi Cosi

Of all the decisions we have to make as parents, choosing a good car seat for our child is one of the most important ones we’ll make. In fact, you legally need a car seat from the moment you take your baby home from the hospital until he or she is big enough to safely fit into adult seat belts. Up until recently, this requirement would have most parents spending hundreds of dollars on infant carriers, convertible car seats, and boosters. But what if you could buy one car seat that would fit your child for as long as they needed to be in a car seat?

Today we’ll look at Maxi-Cosi’s Pria 85 Max and how it is changing the way we approach car seat safety from 5 to 85 lbs.

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10 Tips for Working On-the-Go

These days, most of us find that whether we work out of an office or stay home with the kids, we’re all doing some form of “work” beyond parenting. Between blogging, shop-from-home retail shops, and various other endeavors, the modern mom is keeping busy to make extra money to support her family. Unfortunately, that often means that we must find creative ways to get the job done without a permanent work space. A mobile office is no longer just an option, it’s the norm.

With that in mind, today we’re unpacking 10 tips for making the most out of our time and space while working on-the-go.

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8 ways to calm Psoriasis without a prescription

Do you have a dirty little secret? One that you’ve been hiding for years underneath long sleeves and turtle necks? Or do you just keep to yourself to avoid the embarrassment and anxiety caused by the visible sores on your face and neck? Rashy skin doesn’t typically get welcomed with open arms, even if that rash isn’t contagious.

Whether your psoriasis is mild or severe, you don’t necessarily have to use a prescription to calm the symptoms. 

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4 Signs You’re Ready to Turn to Adoption

Many couples undergoing fertility treatments wonder how they’ll know it’s the right time to stop trying for a biological child and start the adoption process. It’s not a simple answer, and for every parent it is different. In your marriage, you may find one spouse arrives at this place before the other, which is completely normal.  

We suggest for you to seek in your hearts whether now’s time to transition from fertility treatments to adoption. As a fertility patient herself, Mardie Caldwell has experienced seven pregnancy losses. Once she and her husband decided it was time to pursue adoption as their route to parenthood, they were blessed with the adoption of a son.

Today, Mardie shares four signs that it might be time to consider your options through adoption.

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10 Tips for Starting & Finishing Project 365

Did Santa leave a shiny new camera or lens under the tree? Are you excited to learn everything there is to know about photographing your kids but don’t know how to get started? Or have you been a photographer some time and need something to re-spark your passion for photography? Why not give Project 365 a try in 2017 to improve your skills and capture some amazing moments. Here are some of our best tips for starting and finishing!

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Daily Mom Spotlight: Smart and Natural Baby Solutions by Natursutten & Fridababy

Remember your first pregnancy? If you were like us, you were so excited to create a baby registry in preparation for the multitude of showers being thrown for you, but that excitement quickly turned into anxiety as you stepped into the baby store. Who knew that there could be so many baby products, and why are they all so necessary? Or are they?

The truth is that much of what we had to have the first go round wasn’t really necessary (useful, but not necessary). In fact, as we prepared for baby #2, we realized that much beyond milk, diapers, and a car seat, babies don’t need much. That said, it doesn’t mean that we all don’t still enjoy buying baby products. However, having a little experience goes a long way towards choosing smarter, more natural, higher quality products. When you know better, you do better. Period.

With that in mind, today we’re thrilled to introduce you to Natursutten and Fridababy. 

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8 Things Every Mom Needs for her 2nd Baby

Whether you are pregnant with your first or pregnant with your tenth, babies are a blessing. However, we’ve found that after your first child, people rarely gift anything to subsequent children. While most would assume that you’ve got everything you need, we find that there are still a few things that moms would really love for their second kid. Here’s our list of 8 things every mom needs when she has another baby. 

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The Best Thing I Ever Did for my Sanity

The Best Thing I Ever Did for my Sanity

The decision to be a stay at home mom was not made lightly. For eight years, I enjoyed all the perks of being a traveling management consultant including trips around the globe, employer-paid health insurance, and the financial freedom that allowed us to do whatever, whenever we pleased. But, I strongly believed that being at home with my kids while they were young was far more important than my bank account. 

I knew that my life would forever be changed, but I had no idea that by leaving the workplace I would be giving up my main connection to an adult life. 

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16 Items Every Mom Needs in the Car

Soon after you become a parent, you quickly realize that surviving life with children is going to require “stuff” beyond what your home can hold, especially if you ever plan to leave the house. In fact, much of our time is spent driving junior around town, be it to school, the grocery store, the playground, the pediatrician, or wherever else you need to go. 

Sure, you can try to carry everything you need in your diaper bag, but that could get heavy. Rather, why not create an organized space within your kid-mobile that has everything you need. Based on our personal experience, here’s a list of must have items for every mom to have in the car.

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Daily Mom’s Facebook Live Breastfeeding Giveaway

The early days of breastfeeding can be a challenge. Achieving a proper latch, learning how to nurse your babe in public and making sure you’re getting enough to eat can be almost as overwhelming as your list of Do’s and Don’ts when you get pregnant. This guide, in conjunction with our Breastfeeding Bash on Facebook Live, provides you with some of the best breastfeeding items out there. From nursing covers to skincare, we’ve got you covered. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to enter for a chance to win something from our $1,500 worth of giveaways! 

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August 30, 2016: Breastfeeding Bash with Facebook Live and a $1500 Giveaway

The early days of breastfeeding can be a challenge. Achieving a proper latch, learning how to nurse your babe in public and making sure you’re getting enough to eat can be almost as overwhelming as your list of Do’s and Don’ts when you get pregnant. Our Breastfeeding Bash on Facebook Live provides you with some of the best breastfeeding items out there. From nursing covers to skincare, we’ve got you covered. Be sure to enter for a chance to win something from our $1,500 worth of giveaways! 

We have partnered with several brands to bring you some of the things you need for ultimate breastfeeding success, and we are bringing them to you LIVE on our Facebook page on Tuesday, August 30th at 11:30 AM EST. Check out the information below to learn more so you don’t miss out on some cool gear and amazing giveaways!

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Car Seat Guide: Recaro Performance Sport Combination Car Seat

Choosing the right car seat for your child once you’re ready to forward-face isn’t always as easy as you’d think. You can certainly ride out the life-expectancy of your convertible car seat; but at some point, you’ll need to promote your child to a booster seat. Of course, it’s gotta be safe, but you also want a car seat that is relatively easy to install and comfortable for your child. Furthermore, considering we don’t love the idea of moving any kid straight into a belt-positioning booster seat, you’ll want to look for a high-back booster seat that offers an internal 5-point harness with the option to move to a belt-positioning booster as your child gets bigger. 

With that in mind, Recaro’s Performance Sport Combination Car Seat is for children that are at least 2 years old and over thirty pounds. We love it for a variety of reasons, but we especially love that it will likely be the last forward-facing car seat your child will ever need. Read on to discover more about this incredible combination car seat. 

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