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Laura

Laura is a wife and a new mom living on the East Coast. She and her husband welcomed their first child in September 2013. She has a passion for photography and an incurable case of Wanderlust. In her spare time she enjoys blogging about photography, travel, married life, and motherhood at The Whimsical Photographer.

Dining for Foodies with Families: San Antonio Edition

If you and your partner were foodies pre-children, it might seem like the fun of new food and dining experiences is something you need to retire until the children are older. But not so! There are plenty of family-friendly restaurants that can still satisfy a foodie’s palette, and in this new series we round up our favorite restaurants for “foodies for families” on a city by city basis. Exploring new venues, new tastes, and new experiences is something the whole family should be able to take part in. Read on for our top restaurant picks in San Antonio.

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Baby Monitor Guide: Ovia Video Monitor by Levana

When it comes to baby gear and the essentials, many of us moms find that a quality video monitor is one piece of gear that truly makes a difference in our day (and night!). We want something that’s easy to setup and use, offers a clear view of our child day and night, is reliable, and has all the extra features that make life easier. The new Ovia monitor by Levana is sure to fit the bill! The Ovia is a video monitor system with an LCD screen, pan/tilt/zoom functions, the ability to expand up to 4 cameras, and many more great features to love. Read on for a look at all of the great features of this wireless video monitor by Levana.

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10 Tire Tips for Moms

As busy moms, shuttling kids from activity-to-activity with an ever-growing to-do list, it can be easy to neglect maintenance on your car. The integrity of your tires is arguably one of the most important aspects of keeping you and your family safe on the road. New brakes, suspension upgrades, the latest crumple technology all become trivial when you’re riding on a worn set of tires. Luckily, your car’s tires are one of the easiest parts of your car to monitor and maintain (no need to poke around under your hood or stain your hands with motor oil). Below we’ve got tips on tire safety moms can easily and quickly follow to ensure your family’s safety on the road, as well as some basic tire information you should know.

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Tires 101: Understanding Sizes & Options

When you think of car safety and your children, what comes to mind? For us moms, it’s probably car seats. But what about something as seemingly basic as tires? After all, they are your vehicle’s point of contact with the road, and every move you make in the car—from braking to steering to accelerating—is transmitted to the road by your tires. Outfitting your vehicle with a set of quality tires can make the difference when it comes to keeping your family safe on the road. However, choosing and buying tires can sometimes be intimidating if you don’t know what to look for. Expensive tires do not always translate to better tires for your particular vehicle and lifestyle. Below we offer a guide to understanding the characteristics and sizing of tires, the ‘why‘ behind each, and some information to help you make an informed decision when it comes to choosing the right tires for your car and your family’s needs.

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The Ultimate Family Getaway in Mexico

If you’re thinking about taking a family vacation then look no further than Club Med’s all-inclusive resort in Cancún, Mexico. Leave the small hassles of normal vacations behind and let Club Med staff take care of you while you enjoy time with loved ones. Club Med’s Cancún Yucatán location is ideal for families looking to get away to a tropical paradise. With an intimate atmosphere, brand new family suites, programs for kids as young as 2 (babies are welcome too!), beautiful vistas, and a large menu of activities, you and your family can create the perfect day every day of your vacation.

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Driving Distracted: How’s YOUR Driving?

September is National Child Passenger Safety month and while ensuring that your child’s car seat is properly installed, this is only on part of the equation when it comes to ensuring the safety of your family. Today we’d like to address driving while distracted, something most of us are guilty of at one point or another. We also offer some tips on staying focused while driving so that you keep not only your children safe but yourself as well.

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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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End Your Summer With A Splash: 4 Family-Friendly Water Resorts

Summer is coming to a close and kids are heading back to school. But vacation season doesn’t have to end! Below we profile four family-friendly water resorts across the country great for one last summer-fun experience before getting into full-on school mode. These resorts are also a perfect destination any time of the year. Below we profile two scenic resorts in Florida and an Arizonan resort perfect for big families which all boast great weather year-round, as well as an indoor water resort located in New Jersey!

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Family Fun at Penn’s Cave, Centre Hall, Pa

If you’re visiting the beautiful state of Pennsylvania, we think a trip to the centrally-located Penn’s Cave deserves to be on your family’s to-do list. The Historic Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park is located near State College and offers a breathtaking boat tour through the country’s only all-water cavern. Kids will also enjoy the miner’s maze, gemstone panning, and wildlife tour. Adults and older children won’t want to miss the opportunity to take an off-road mountain tour by Jeep that takes you from “the cave rock to the mountain top”. Read on for more about these attractions and a glimpse of the beautiful cavern.

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25 Strategies to Beat Teething Pain

Whether your baby sprouts his first tooth at 4 months or 12 months, teething can be difficult not just for your baby but your entire household. Teething pain can keep some babies up at night and leave them super-cranky during the day, while some babies aren’t phased at all. What’s more, depending on the specific tooth coming through, your baby may have relatively more trouble tolerating the pain (first year molars, anyone?). We’ve rounded up 25 ways to help your baby (and you!) cope. We begin with a look at teething symptoms and then round up 25 options to treat this pain, from traditional treatments to all-natural remedies.

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Toys for Teething Tots: A Roundup

When your little one is in agony from teething pain, you want to do everything you can to soothe them. But it can be hard knowing what will work for your child, especially when that very first tooth starts to make its appearance. Finding the perfect teething toy that’s just right can be hit-or-miss. We’ve rounded up 9 of our favorite teething toys and take a look at some of their features to help you choose a teether when that first, or next, tooth starts coming through.

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