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Kristen

Kristen lives in Alabama with her handsome hubby and sweet son along with their cat who thinks he's a dog and pug who acts like a cat. Happily, she left behind the life of a Washington DC attorney to be a stay at home mama in the south. While her loves include music, writing and baking, thanks to her toddler she now knows more about trucks and construction equipment than she ever thought she would know.

Feed Your Brain in 15 Minutes A Day

You’re curious. You have always loved learning. Being a mom, especially to a demanding baby, can be mind numbing. Some days you go all day without an adult conversation, you watch more TV than you want, and you’re embarrassed about how much time you spend scrolling through social media feeds because all the baby wants to do is nurse. We’ve all been there. What happened to the woman who read interesting books and was always expanding her world view? Now all you think about is how much sleep you are not getting and you talk about poop more than you ever thought possible. Your brain feels like mush. It turns out there is a solution to “mom brain” that only requires a smart phone and 15 minutes a day. If you could continue learning and boost your brain power with your phone instead of letting social media suck the life out of you, wouldn’t you do it? 

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Dynacraft Wheels for Your Princess and Prince: Enter the #PrincessWeek Giveaway

If you are ready for a royally good time this spring, you need to get your princesses and princes out of the house, enjoying the sunshine and beautiful days. Turn off the screens and set out on adventures to far away lands where your kids rule (and burn off all that extra energy while using their imaginations). At Daily Mom, one of our favorite brands for bikes and ride-ons is Dynacraft. Dynacraft has an amazing selection for boys and girls in a wide age range. If you are looking for something for your son, we’ve got the coolest bike around to tell you about. If your daughter needs a sweet new ride, Dynacraft is celebrating all little princesses with a wonderful giveaway that we are excited to share with you as well.

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The Flexible Family Budget: Adjusting Spending Habits as Your Children Grow

If you are raising a family you won’t need to be told how expensive it can be, with seemingly constant demands on your cash for the various things they need and activities they want to do. Their needs change as they get older and your family budget needs to reflect that fact and keep pace with the changes. Here is a look at how to adjust your family budget and plan for future needs. There are some tips on how to slash monthly costs, plus a sensible and necessary suggestion to try and predict future financial requirements.

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Relief for a Family of Allergy Sufferers

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Seasonal and environmental allergies affect so many people all year long. You may end up snotty and coughing in the spring with everything outside blooming. Pet allergies can cause suffering all the time, as can allergies to dust and other stuff that hides in your home. Over 50 million Americans suffer from these kinds of allergies every year, and while we all experience allergies differently, we can all relate to the suffering that comes with the signs and symptoms involved. You are not alone. Here is the story of my family and how our different allergies affect us and how we learned to fight back and deal with the annoying symptoms.

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Owning a Bunny Beyond Easter

Every spring when Easter rolls around, many families decide to surprise their children with more than some chocolate and trinkets in their Easter baskets. A lot of children will wake up on Easter morning to find their very own, real life Easter bunny as a gift. Each year a lot of rabbits are purchased as Easter gifts and sadly, those rabbits are soon forgotten. It is estimated that 80 percent of bunnies purchased on Easter are abandoned. This is incredibly sad. Bringing a bunny into your family isn’t something to take lightly. Bunnies are not just fun for Easter. They require a big commitment and a lot of care. If you take on rabbit ownership with the responsibility it requires, a rabbit can be an amazing new furry family member.

Before you stop by the pet store on Easter weekend, here’s what you need to know about owning a bunny beyond Easter.

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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Seasonal Allergies

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Seasonal allergies cause suffering far and wide every spring and into the summer. So many of us suffer from symptoms like itchy eyes, a stuffed up nose, sneezing, headaches from sinus pressure, and more. Do you know what causes these symptoms? Can you tell the difference between allergies and the common cold? Are there ways to prevent allergy symptoms from ruining your life, and most importantly, is there a simple treatment that can actually help? We have everything you have ever wanted to know about seasonal allergies right here.

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A Makeover to Take Back Your Master Bedroom

The master bedroom easily becomes the family bedroom in today’s families. As moms, we may feel like our bedroom is set up for everyone but us. The kids are always in there, whether for middle of the night snuggles or some quiet time reading a book in the afternoon. Your master bath converts into a playroom the minute you need to do your makeup and hair. Is your husband’s idea of master bedroom decor his dirty clothes all over the room? Meanwhile, your vision for your bedroom is a peaceful oasis in the midst of the chaos in the rest of your home, but with many things in a mom’s life, your wants come last. Take back the master bedroom with a makeover from Lush Decor!

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Predicting Preterm Birth

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One common worry that haunts mothers throughout pregnancy is what will happen if the baby is born too soon. Premature birth (birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy) is frighteningly common. Premature birth is on the rise in the United States and globally is the leading cause of death for newborns. Besides the nightmare scenario of losing your baby to prematurity, premature babies face other risks such as health problems and delays like trouble breathing, jaundice, cerebral palsy, and/or intellectual delays. If you are currently expecting, predicting your risk for premature birth is now possible and we’re excited to share this news with you today.

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10 Tips to Power Your Active Lifestyle

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Are you giving yourself the fuel you need to get through your active days? You get the kids ready for school, you hit the gym, run errands, pick the kids up, and start the rounds in the afternoon of activities. On the weekends your family likes to take on adventures like hiking, swimming, biking, and more. No sitting around in front of the TV for you! Despite your best efforts to stay healthy and keep up with everything, you often feel low in energy and aren’t sure why. You may just need to adjust your lifestyle a little bit to power your active lifestyle naturally. You can fuel your body to take on anything. Here are 10 tips to help you take on anything you desire.

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Fuel Your Passions with Skillshare

Our Daily Mom team is full of incredible, intelligent women who love being creative and love to learn new ways to express ourselves and to improve our skills. We are writers, photographers, designers, and entrepreneurs in addition to our full time and favorite role as moms. When you have a lot on your plate like we do, it may seem impossible to continuing learning and try new things. Who has time to get your normal responsibilities handled, find childcare, and make it to a class somewhere when you want to learn or sharpen your skills in areas like photography, business, social media, writing, and more? We sure don’t. So when we found out about Skillshare and realized we could take courses in all the areas that interest us in a few minutes during the day, we jumped at the chance. You can enrich your mind and add new skills to your resume without finding a babysitter, and for a price anyone can afford.

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Naturally Inspired To Care for Yourself

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As moms, we usually put ourselves last. Our kids and husbands get the best of us. We just don’t take care of our bodies like we should. It seems like too much trouble, too much effort. Does this scenario sound familiar? You scour the Internet to find the best in all natural and organic personal care products for your sweet babies, but when it comes time for yourself, you just grab whatever is on sale with no regard for your own body. The baby’s bath time is gentle and nourishing. Your shower is full of skin drying chemicals. You don’t have to live that way. On a recent trip to our favorite Target, we were naturally inspired to afford ourselves the same kind of natural, healthy soaps and body washes we demand for our kids.

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Kitchen Fire Safety Tips

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We live in our kitchens. Your family may spend more time in the kitchen than any other room. We cook at home more and more, whether in an effort to save money or to eat healthier. Cooking is wonderful, but it is actually more hazardous than anyone realizes. According to the NFPA, cooking causes almost half (48%) of reported home fires and (45%) home fire injuries, one of every five (22%) home fire deaths, and one-sixth (17%) of the direct property damage from home fires. Follow these helpful tips to prevent cooking fires and the disaster that can result from these fires.

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How to Avoid Mold Mishaps in the Most Expensive Rooms of Your Home

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Homeownership is a wonderful thing, but it is a huge responsibility. Home maintenance is never ending. There are some problems you need to prevent at all costs, and one of those problems is mold. Mold, a fungi that can grow inside and outside, doesn’t just silently destroy your home, it puts everyone in your home at risk for serious health problems. If mold gets deep enough, you could end up having to evacuate your home completely while it is removed and portions of your home are repaired or rebuilt. Prevent mold with these tips, and avoid a lot of heartache, inconvenience, and money spent.

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What you need to know if your child has a rare disease

If your child was recently diagnosed with a rare disease, it may feel like you are alone, but there is a community of parents just like you ready to support you and share their experiences. Even though your child’s diagnosis is rare, there are others who are walking ahead of you on this road. These rare disease families continue to pave the way for those newly diagnosed with their selfless advocacy. One such advocate, Victoria Delano, reached out to Daily Mom to share her thoughts on what it is like to have a child with a rare disease. 

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How To Save Money On Designer Prescription Glasses

If you wear glasses, whether just for reading or all the time so you can actually see your kids clearly, you know how painful buying new glasses can be. The pressure from the salesperson, the high cost of the designer frames you desire, and the long wait for your chosen glasses to come in are enough to make anyone crazy. If you are in the market for new prescription glasses (eyeglasses or sunglasses), you now can save money and actually feel happy with the process of buying your glasses.

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