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Danielle is a Pittsburgh native who has been warming her “black and gold” blood in sunny Northern California for the past 6 years. On any given day, you can find her arranging ridiculous photo shoots of her one-year-old son Graeme and cat Gizmo, or working on any one of her 27,000 writing projects. She enjoys daydreaming about becoming a famous actress and starting a handful of different businesses with her husband over glasses of wine in the evenings. Someday, she hopes to travel the country in an RV with her family… but she needs to sell that novel first. You can follow her journeys through her blog With A Red Bird On My Shoulder

Top Picks 2017: The Ultimate Gift Guide

If you’re on the hunt for something extra-special this holiday season, we’ve compiled the “Ultimate Gift Guide” to make shopping a breeze! There’s something grand for everyone, from a computerized sewing machine for the crafter in your life, to a home espresso machine for the person who enjoys specialty coffee beverages. Check it out, and don’t be surprised if you end up adding some of these ultimate gifts to your own wish list this year!

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Not Your Mama’s Sloppy Joes

It’s no wonder busy parents have been whipping up batches of Sloppy Joes for their families for ages. They’re tasty, inexpensive and easy to make, creating the perfect meal for busy nights filled with after-school activities throughout the year. But what if we told you we’ve created the perfect Sloppy Joe recipe – not from prepackaged spices, but with fresh, healthy ingredients? With just a few more ingredients and a couple of extra minutes of your time, you can make mouth-watering Sloppy Joes that your entire family will love – AND feel good about the ingredients you’re using. Filled with fresh veggies, herbs and spices, these are definitely NOT your Mama’s Sloppy Joes!

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A Mother’s Perspective In the Wake of The Las Vegas Shootings

As my husband carried our sleeping 5-year-old son up the stairs and into his bedroom from the car late last night, I breathed a motherly sigh of relief. He had just returned home from his first fishing and camping trip with his daddy and his uncles. While I trusted those three men full-heartedly with the safety and well-being of our little boy, I have to admit, I was a nervous wreck all weekend thinking about all of the things that could go wrong in that state park, 4 hours away from home in a remote area with little to no cell phone coverage. But they brought my baby home, safe and sound, freshly bathed and in his footed fleece dinosaur pajamas, surely dreaming of the campfire stories that were told, the marshmallows they roasted and the rainbow trout he caught and reeled in all by himself. I could rest easy that night. My child was back in the safety of his home, his memory bank as full as my jittery heart.

He bounced right out of bed early this morning, eager to tell me stories about his weekend adventures as he got ready for the start of a new week at school. I groggily sat down next to him on the couch, coffee in hand, and turned the TV on to catch bits and pieces of the news through his animated stories.

“Over 50 Dead and 200 Injured In Largest Mass Shooting In US History” 

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The Woes of a SAHM With a Work-From-Home-Husband

I love being a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM). I really do. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely have my struggles with it and it presents its own unique stresses and issues. But, when it comes down to the nitty gritty, it really does float my boat. However, this post isn’t about the joys of being a SAHM. It’s about the tongue-in-cheek woes of being a SAHM with a work-from-home-husband (WFHH).

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Real Life Texts From A First-Time-Mom

Mommin’ isn’t easy – especially for first-time moms. In the few short days (or day) to follow the birth of your fresh, little bundle, you have a handful of round-the-clock doctors and nurses peeking their heads into your room every 10 minutes, changing pads, taking temps, primping and pruning, and answering all of your questions. But the second your OBGYN clears you and your new babe, you’re patted on the back and gently pushed out the door with a “farewell” and “good luck.” Now what?

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3 Things Keeping You From Being The Mother You Want To Be

Have you ever heard the saying, “When Mama’s not happy, nobody’s happy”? While it’s meant to be a witty catchphrase, it couldn’t be more true. In most cases, mothers are the heart and the hub of their families. They’re the planners of everything – from weekly meals to the minute details of birthday parties to kick-ass playdates and bi-annual dentist appointments. They’re the executers of the 20,000 daily tasks that go into maintaining and running a home. They’re the boo-boo kissers, the midnight snack-getters, the lunch packers, the laundry doers, the dog poop cleaner-uppers, the homework helpers, the endless huggers, the school drop-off and pick-uppers, the dreamers, the planners, the worriers, the warriors – they are their families’ multi-tasking, masterminded wonder women. Just thinking about how “a mother’s job is never done” is exhausting.

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An open letter to my introverted son as he enters Kindergarten

I don’t remember ever feeling as alive as I did the moment you were placed into my arms. Everything before you – experiencing every first, momentous occasion during my childhood, my first awkward kiss in high school, falling in love (not once, but twice) in college, standing at the church alter in a breathtaking couture gown and marrying your Daddy in front of all of our loved ones, spotlights shining down on me as I stood on countless stages throughout my life in front of hundreds of people – none of it compared to the day you were born, my baby boy. You made me a mother, the greatest role I’ll ever play on life’s stage. And since that day, motherhood has ignited a flame in my soul and has let me truly feel emotions I never knew existed.

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Celebrate The Flavors of Winter With New England Coffee & Win a Keurig Coffee Brewer

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Every season comes with its trademark flavors. Winter is no exception. Whether you celebrate the holidays or create your own winter traditions with your friends and family, the flavors of winter are somewhat universal. 

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5 Things To Consider Before Adopting A Pet

“I want a puppy for my birthday!” 

… words that every parent will inevitably hear at some point during their children’s youth. While visions of your children growing up with a puppy in tow – living out the childhood American dream – dance through your head, it might be a bit easy to forget that someone will have to take care of that puppy… for the rest of its life.

Adopting a cat or a dog might seem like the next natural step in your family’s timeline, but there are some important things to evaluate before you open your heart and your home to a fur baby. Below, you’ll find 5 things you need to consider before adopting a pet.

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Dressing Up For Drop Off Part 2

We recently introduced you to our top picks for just about every type of mom out there to rock her own style this school year at the drop off line. But we had so many awesome finds, we had to split it into two parts. In Part 2 of Dressing Up For Drop Off, we share styles for the Mom of Multiples, the Comfort First Mom, the Pregnant & Breastfeeding Super Mom, the Yoga Loving “Zen” Mom, and the Simply Accessorized Mom.

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Real Life Confessions of a SAHM

Nobody said marriage would be easy. And you certainly don’t hear people tossing around phrases like “it’s all rainbows and butterflies” when describing those first few years of parenthood. I’ve been married for 8 years, and a mother for 4 and a half of those years. The first 4 years of our married life were full of self-discovery and growth as individuals and as husband and wife. Then, just as we were getting comfortable in our new roles, our first child was born, and life became a series of chaotic days turned to months turned to years that sent us down the path of self-discovery once again.

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Spooky Spaghetti: 2 Healthy Halloween Dinner Ideas

With Halloween right around the corner, dinner ideas might be the last thing on your mind. With last minute costume alterations, stocking up on treats to hand out to trick-or-treaters, planning snacks for classroom events and purchasing decorations for your own party, you probably haven’t even thought about what you’re going to serve for dinner on Halloween night.

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Micro-Fashion Tips That Won’t Break The Bank

With North West and Penelope and Mason Disick ruling the toddler tinsel town these days as mini fashion icons, you might find yourself a little discouraged when you look into your own child’s closet. Fashion-forward toddlers are taking over social media; coining terms like “micro-fashion” and “mini-fashionista” before they ever hit the terrible twos. But what’s a non-celebrity mama to do with a tight budget and the poison from the bite of the fashion bug flowing through her veins? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered – or at least your little one, anyway. The following is a list of rules to live by if you want to fill your own toddler’s closet with fashionable threads without breaking the bank!

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The Flavors of Fall With New England Coffee

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Sprinkling an ever-so-subtle chill into the late evening breeze, fall is shyly peeking through the leaves atop the highest branches of the trees, as they fall freely, dancing in the wind down to the golden tips of the dying grass below. 

We busy ourselves with back-to-school chaos, as the season changes right beneath our feet, almost oblivious to the subtlety of it all. Soft chunky sweaters and velvety leather boots replace swimsuits and flips flops on the shelves at our favorite stores almost overnight, football jerseys find their way out of the backs of our closets, our kids begin the search for the perfect Halloween costumes, and our Pinterest feeds are taken over by pumpkin decor, pine cone wreathes and homemade apple cider recipes.

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