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Jessica N.

Jessica lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband, spunky 3 year old daughter, and 10 month old son. Her favorite things include sewing/crafting, reading, and hearing her children giggle. She is a huge fan of Pinterest, Etsy and reality tv. She currently works as a school counselor and is very passionate about advocating for children in order to help them succeed in school. For her, the best gifts in life have been the love of her family, the support of her husband, and becoming a Mom.

Optimize Every Workout: The Big Body Benefits of Exercise Benches

Aside from a range of exercises, athletes must decide upon the proper equipment, which includes benches, dip bars, or chairs.  Some prefer to invest in one major piece of equipment while sculpting a routine around it. Why should you invest your money on a workout bench? There are plenty of reasons why a workout bench could be the right tool to add to your workout routine!

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Car Seat Guide: Recaro Roadster XL Convertible Car Seat

As parents, we know that it can’t always be easy to get your child into a car seat. Sometimes they are not happy to go in the car and complain about being uncomfortable while riding. We have all faced the sad looks and the whiny voices, many times even before strapping them in. It can be a battle! One company knows these challenges first hand and they have constructed a car seat that can handle almost any fussy car rider. 

Not only are these car seats comfortable, but Recaro makes sure that they are tested very carefully for safety. Recaro has just released its new convertible car seat, the Roadster XL, and provides three amazing elements to its passengers – safety, comfort and convenience!

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Gear Guide: Baby Jogger Summit X3 Double Stroller

As a first time mom, you buy everything that your little one could possibly need. You have all the big ticket items – the car seat, the crib, a swing, a bouncer, and a stroller (or two). Now, fast forward and you are a mom of two or perhaps recently pregnant with your second child. Yes, you have everything that this next little baby could need except maybe one little item – a stroller that will fit both of your children. It can be a difficult process when you need to choose a double stroller. Well, look no further! We have found a stroller that not only holds two precious kids, but that you can easily do daily errands, day trips to museums or zoos, or even jog around the block in.  

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Prepping Dinner for the Week Ahead

Prepping Dinner for the Week Ahead

What are we going to make for dinner?  Your stomach may be rumbling, you hear this question in your head, and then maybe from your husband or child.  You have worked hard all day long and DINNER is the last thing you want to think about.  You are not alone in this thinking and we have been there!  Instead of worrying about your weekly meals, use the following suggestions and take the stress out of planning dinner throughout the week!  

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8 New Ways to Celebrate Birthdays

8 New Ways to Celebrate Birthdays

We all know that planning a birthday party can be a lot of work and not only that – it can be very expensive!  Some women are naturally the creative, Pinterest-loving, Etsy buying Moms that we envy.  But some Moms roll their eyes and laugh at the thought of spending days or weeks on making crafts and booking cutesy characters.  If’ planning a big party is not your thing, don’t worry! That is where we come in.  We are here to help!  Here are 8 great new ways to celebrate birthdays.

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6 Tips for a Hassle-Free Move with Children!

6 Tips for a Hassle-Free Move

You have dreamed of this day. You have found the perfect house and are ready to make it your own. There is just one huge thing standing in your way – MOVING. The thing that every person dreads and it is like a dark cloud looming over you. And now you’re not only moving yourself, but you’re moving with a baby, toddler, young child, or multiple children. Well don’t worry! We have a list of 6 ways to make moving with children hassle-free!

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Choosing the Right Daycare

 Choosing the Right Daycare

Leaving your child at daycare can be the hardest decision in parenthood. You are entrusting your child’s welfare to another person. It can feel overwhelming and emotionally draining, to say the least! We are here to help! Here are 9 things to take into account when you are choosing the right daycare for your child.

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DIY: Haunting Halloween Ghosts

DIY Ghosts

Halloween is just around the corner.  You have seen the decorations for weeks (sometimes months in some stores)!  Purchasing several things to decorate can add up.  It helps when you find a do it yourself idea that doesn’t cost a lot and still looks great!  We are here to share a great tutorial on how to make haunting Halloween ghosts.

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How to Teach Generosity to Children

How to Teach Generosity to Children

Generosity: the habit of giving without expecting anything in return.  This is an attribute that we hope that our children learn from us or the people surrounding them.  This may not come as naturally as we hoped to a young child.  Many times, as parents (and other influences), we will need to take the reigns to teach children about these qualities.  Generosity usually begins with children sharing their possessions with other peers.  Not only can you learn this important quality from home, but you can also incorporate it at school.  We have 7 great ways to show your children what generosity is!

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Recall: Simply Right Baby Wipes

Sam’s Club (a Walmart owned and operated company) voluntarily recalled a baby product called Simply Right Baby Wipes from all stores.  These wipes have been tested and found to have B. Cepacia bacteria.  This bacteria can be harmful to children with weakened immune systems or chronic health concerns.  

This recall is not being issued by the FDA; Sam’s Club has voluntarily recalled all wipes dating back to June 30, 2014.  Sam’s Club stopped selling the wipes as soon as their manufacturer, Nutek Disposables, Inc., found the packages contained this bacteria.  A spokesperson was quoted as saying “We’re communicating with members who have recently purchased the item so they understand the quality concerns and can return their product to Sam’s Club for a full refund.”   

Parents of children are urged to ask their day care facility if they use this brand of wipe to be sure they also are aware of the recall.  Any reader who has purchased the Simply Right Baby Wipes is asked to follow the instructions from Sam’s Club website.  You can find those in their press release regarding the recall.


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Coping after a Miscarriage

Coping after a Miscarriage

Why did this happen? These are usually the first thoughts of a woman being given the news about one of the most horrible situations that one could possibly go through during pregnancy. The first thought goes to what you could have done differently. Your mind races about what could have been and what never will be for THIS baby. Whether it is your first or fourth, it will never be easy. It will never be the same. We are here to try and help you through this process of grieving and give you some ways to try and cope after your miscarriage.

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Autism linked to time interval between siblings

There is a new study from Columbia University that has found that children who were conceived less than one year or more than 5 years from their previous sibling are more likely to be diagnosed with autism. Researchers analyzed the records of over 7000 children born in a 18 year time-span in Finland and almost a third had an autism diagnosis.  This study does not confirm that the interval of time between conception is a cause of autism, but there is merely a relationship between the factor and the diagnosis.  The analysis factored in many other relationships including parental history of psychiatric disorders, parent’s age and prior number of children.  

The chance of an autism diagnosis was one and a half times more likely for those babies who were conceived within 12 months after their sibling. Those who were born 60-120 months after their sibling had a 30% chance of having the diagnosis. For the children who were born more than 120 months were 40% higher.  

What are your thoughts? Is this a surprising factor to consider? 

You can read more at:  Higher risk of autism found in children born at short and long-term intervals interpregnancy intervals.


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Biker miraculously survives collision between a truck and car

This video gives new meaning to the phrase “seeing your life flash before your eyes”. This biker was in the middle of this horrible accident and witnessed a car and truck careening together. He walked away unscathed and lived to tell his story. Not only that, but he was able to go and help the man that almost ended his life. It is a true heroic act after a near fatal collision.

In an interview with the man, he told reporters that the red car was going at such a fast speed that when it collided with the truck, it was sent sideways nearly missing the biker.  If the car had been going a tad slower, it would have surely killed him.  The man had commented that he saw this whole scenario in slow motion and was actually able to think and make adjustments that saved him from injuries.  When the red car sped by him, he put his arm up to protect his head, got off the bike, and crouched down in anticipation of the collision.  His arm was the only part of his body hit by the truck, the rest of his body came away from this unharmed.  Working as an EMT had prepared him for situations like this and his first thought was to be sure the other driver was okay.   

After watching this video, you just may re-think the idea of miracles. It is most definitely an eye opening experience and I am sure this man looks at life in a whole new light. 



 

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DIY: Baby Washcloth Bouquet

DIY Baby Washcloth Bouquet

Everyone wants to be the one with the handmade gift that the expecting mom can’t stop gushing over!  But, you also want to bring her something useful for her new little bundle of joy.  We have come up with the perfect solution – make her a baby washcloth bouquet!  You will only need several other small items (besides the washcloths) to make this beautiful gift.  And, even better, you don’t need to be an expert crafter to do this!  There are a few simple steps and you will be on your way to being the envy of everyone at that baby shower.

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