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Kristen

Kristen lives in Alabama with her handsome hubby and sweet son. Happily, she left behind the life of a Washington D.C. attorney to be a stay at home mama in the south. Her days are filled with writing, photography, and dance parties with her son. On a mission to use her life to love God and love others, you will also find her fiercely working on the many causes near and dear to her heart. She gets it all done thanks to Jesus, chai tea, dark chocolate, and wine.

Sail Away with your Family on the Carnival Fantasy

Taking a cruise on a vacation is a popular way to travel and we understand why. Cruising lets you travel internationally without a lot of the hassle normally associated with travel, and you save a lot money. A cruise is all inclusive, you sleep well, and have a ton of fun. This is a family friendly way to travel and show your kids the world. There are a lot of cruise lines to choose from when booking a trip for your family but you need to find the perfect one for you and your kids. Carnival  has an amazing option for families to cruise to the Caribbean. The Carnival Fantasy is always ready to set sail and take your family along for an adventure of a lifetime. 

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Selecting the Right Hair Care for your Type

You worry about your skin. You invest a significant amount of your time and money into caring for your skin as best as you can. Preventing damage, signs of aging, and dryness are all things that we associate with skincare. However, your skin isn’t the only part of you that needs some TLC. Why don’t we give our hair the same attention? Hair care is just as important and our hair is subject to aging, damage, and dryness as well. Our hair and our skin are both subject to the same environment and we want to keep them both looking amazing no matter how old we are or what we have going on in our lives. It is time we love the hair on our heads and care for it like we care for our skin!

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How A Vacation Can Reconnect Loved Ones

When friends or family live far apart, it can be hard to stay truly connected. Of course you can text, Facetime, or follow each other on social media, but as the weeks and months go by, that helps less and less, and you feel further and further apart. This summer we discovered how powerful a beach vacation can be when it comes to reconnecting with loved ones you haven’t seen in a long time. We took the perfect vacation to bring together kids and adults, families and friends, and it left our hearts so full that we just have to share with you the secrets we learned to reconnecting by getting away together.

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Life Lessons Learned On A Carnival Cruise

Going on a cruise with your family is a stress free and extremely fun way to show your children the world. Traveling is life’s greatest classroom. Our kids grow and learn with each new thing they are exposed to and travel exposes them to new people, new sights, new sounds, new tastes, and new adventures. Many parents are reluctant to jet set around the world with young children and who can blame them? Travel can be tough on little ones. However, travel opens their little minds up to the great big world and taking your family on a Carnival Cruise let’s you show them the world outside your home and town without all the stress you might expect from international travel. My family just went on a Carnival Cruise to Cozumel and throughout each day my eyes were opened to all the lessons my son was learning. Really, we all learned a lot about life. I guess boarding a ship, letting go of the control and routine we are so used to, and leaving our comfort zones for the high seas taught us more than we imagined. 

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The Best Beach Vacation in Bradenton Florida

On Florida’s west coast you will find a little pocket of paradise just waiting for your family. The Bradenton area is a sweet beach community where everything you could ever want and then some is close by. Come here to relax, come here for adventure, come here to eat, come here to learn, laugh, and love every minute with your family. You can visit here year round, and we have all the details you need for a fun and fulfilling trip. This is the Daily Mom’s guide to Bradenton, Florida.

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A Song of Motherhood

Do you have songs that take you back to another time or place in your life? We all do, I imagine. My life has a soundtrack. And while it may only play in my head, it is always there, and just a few notes from a song can instantly transport me right to where I was when that song became a part of me. I feel all the feelings again. Memories, no matter how distant, become crystal clear when a song plays. One song will forever hold the space in me for when I was a new mother, Home by Phillip Phillips.

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Demystifying Prenatal Vitamins

When you are trying to conceive and when you are pregnant, you have a lot of important decisions to make. You will also have a lot of opinions thrown your way whether you want them or not, so you’ll have to sort out what is helpful and what isn’t. One of the first things to think about even before you are pregnant is which prenatal vitamins to take, but with so many options on the market, how do you choose what is right for you? Decisions you make when trying to conceive and when you are pregnant are actually your first parenting decisions, and with a baby in your future, you want to start off right. You can totally nail the decision about prenatal vitamins if you focus on quality, research, and what is important to you.

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Editor’s Top Picks from the JPMA 2017 Baby Show

This spring, JPMA, the Juvenile Products Manufacturer Association, put on its first ever baby show. Incredible brands offering the newest and greatest products for babies and young children all came together at the Anaheim Convention Center for a trade show that also included a consumer day! Daily Mom editor, Elena, went there to check out all the exciting innovations happening in the world of prenatal and baby care. She met with so many brands, manufacturers, and designers. She asked the questions we all want to ask. She looked for products that really make life with a baby easier and shared what she found with us. Here are our Editor’s Top Picks from the JPMA 2017 Baby Show.

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A Southern Christian Mama’s Response to Charlottesville

As the events in Charlottesville unfolded, I know mothers everywhere wondered how to respond. Do you talk to your kids about what you believe? Do you talk to your kids about what those marching believe? How do your kids see you behave toward people different from you? What values are they tucking away in their little hearts? Is this something you even need to address with a child as young as five years old? I can’t answer those questions for you, but I can tell you how I responded as a southern Christian mama in an effort to try and process it all for myself. 

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Bring Your family to Box Elder County, Utah

In the north of Utah, there is a naturally beautiful little corner of the world where nature and history have been protected and preserved. Here you can bring your family for some old fashioned fun. This is a place to unplug and connect with the world and each other in a wonderful way. Doesn’t that sound amazing? It is not too good to be true. Just say no to screen time! In Box Elder County, Utah, your family will look everywhere but at your screens. Look to the skies, glimpse to the past, and take in the fun all around on your next family trip. 

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Family Time In Tallahassee

In North Florida, there is a city just waiting to welcome you and your family. If you want a quick getaway with your kids that will give you all the opportunities to unplug from the busyness of real life and reconnect with each other, Tallahassee is the place for you. Florida’s capital city is the perfect destination for a long weekend. In just three days you can slow down and make the kind of unique memories that last a lifetime, and all without breaking the bank. We want to share with you our favorite family friendly fun in Tallahassee.

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9 Signs That You Need A New Mattress

There are some big purchases that we all have to make. Some things are just necessities, and even though we might not like opening our wallet up for these big ticket items, at some point we have to do so. One of those purchases is a mattress. You have to sleep, and unless you want to start sleeping on the floor, you need a mattress. Here’s the problem many of us have when it comes to mattresses: we don’t know when to buy a new one. We hold onto an old mattress long past its usefulness, and we suffer because of this. Mattresses aren’t designed to last forever, and just like everything else in our world, technology is making mattresses smarter and more comfortable. As parents, we already are lacking in the sleep department. Make the sleep you do get count by replacing your mattress. Not sure if you need to start shopping for a new bed? Here are nine signs it is time to upgrade to a new mattress.

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The Daily Mom Father’s Day Unboxing and Giveaway 2017

Father’s Day is less than 2 weeks away! If you’re like us, you are still trying to decide what to get for the dads in your life. Let’s face it, dads are notoriously difficult to shop for, and because of that, they often end up with some classically boring and predictable gifts like socks and ties. We can do better than that. We can thrill every dad on our shopping list this year with a gift that is unexpected and will be well loved. Think outside the tie box and explore some new Father’s Day gift options by joining Daily Mom for our first ever Father’s Day Unboxing. We’ve got all the details below to set you on the path to totally nailing your shopping for Dad this year.

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How to Choose A Perfect Party Dress

From the moment you get an invitation to an event that requires a party dress, you get excited, like a little girl, ready to pick out a new pretty piece to add to your wardrobe. Nothing makes a woman feel like royalty than a new dress! Whether you are dressing for a charity event, wedding, or cocktail party, you want to find a dress that will be perfect just for you. There are some factors to consider when purchasing a new party dress. Follow these tips to get the right dress for the right occasion. 

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Family Life Unfiltered with Burrow

When you set up your living spaces, are you setting them up for real life with your family? Do you let your kids live on your furniture, or do you find yourself constantly fretting over stains and rough play? Is your home a place where everyone is comfortable, or does it feel more like a museum? It doesn’t make sense to fill our homes with stuff that we feel the need to tip toe around. Why do we let our furniture control us? Your sofa shouldn’t be the boss of you. However, until now we have had two choices when buying a sofa: buy something cheap and replace it every few years once your family wears it out or buy something expensive and fret over every movement around that sofa knowing you can’t afford to replace it anytime soon. You can have a sofa you love and you can live your family life unfiltered, thanks to a super cool new company called Burrow

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