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Kristin Depaula

Kristin is a native Floridian who loves warm weather and sunshine but owns too many scarves and boots. She lives at the World's Most Famous Beach with her husband, 3 boys and enough animals both warm and cold blooded to make up a zoo. She is a practicing attorney who spends her days working with at-risk and delinquent youth and her nights being a Montessori Mama to her independent, strong willed little humans. On the weekends you can find her at soccer games, chasing her boys at the Beach or cooking for her husband who suffers from Crohn's disease but is healing with a healthy diet. In her free time, Kristin loves reading and laying by the pool.

20 Instant Pot Recipes Guaranteed to Please the Whole Family

So the newest kitchen gadget that has become all the rave is the Instant Pot. This amazing machine has likely become popular due to the rise in working women, extracurricular activities for the kids, and basically the decline of the 1950’s housewife who had the luxury of slow cooking a delicious dinner all day. For some of us food lovers, the idea of being able to putter around in a kitchen preparing a meal, sipping on a glass of wine really would be the epitome of enjoyment, but for same said food lovers the reality might be wrangling three kids home from baseball with an hour til bedtime for homework, baths, AND dinner.

With constant specials on Amazon (our online shopping BEST FRIEND), Instant Pot has stepped in to save the day. Unlike the stovetop pressure cookers of old that our mothers guaranteed would blow up our houses, sending us to the hospital, this electric pressure cooker has all sorts of safety mechanisms, bells, and whistles making dinnertime easier than ever. 

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Whole 30 Summer Side Dish Round Up

As the days are getting longer and the kids are up later celebrating the season of summer, it is time for family gatherings, neighborhood barbecues, and eating outdoors. People are dusting off picnic tables and uncovering grills that have been hiding under tarps and snow for the last several months, but now it is time to enjoy the warm and balmy evenings with great friends and great food!

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Human (Sex) Trafficking and What You Need to Know

Recently, it seems as though every day there is an article in the news, on Facebook, or on television about a human trafficking operation and its victims. Most of us, well removed from the situation, simply glance at the media piece, thank God it’s not our children and move on never giving the issue a second thought. Unfortunately, this dark and discreet industry has become a part of our culture, a part of our country, and is much more flagrant and widespread than we may think.

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Exploring the Options for Your Graduating Teen Who Is Just Not Ready for a University

For some of us we still recall the fear and anticipation of the first day of our last year of high school. Our senior year was one of the first times in our almost adult lives where we were full of trepidation and excitement, anxiety, and aspiration… we were on the verge, at the edge of that precipice, that would determine where we would go, what we would do, and who we would become. As we looked down the barrel of our 12th grade year, we were eager for the thrill of our upcoming football season, but sad, because we would attend our last homecoming. We were elated to make our plans for prom, but poignant because this would be our final hurrah. And we were full of hope and enthusiasm as we walked across that stage to accept our diplomas, yet frightened at the same time watching our childhood slip away.

This incredible mix of emotions plagues every soon-to-be graduating senior and is basically a rite of passage – one of many into adulthood. For some, this journey is simpler, yet no less scary, as oftentimes these young adults have set plans, good grades, outstanding achievements, and a goal for their future. For others, this time can be absolutely terrifying as they have no direction, no set plans, and no idea of what they want to be when they grow up.

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10 Whole 30 Week Night Crock Pot Dinners

The Whole 30 can be a daunting challenge for those who are accustomed to swinging through a drive-thru, grabbing take-out, or just whipping up a pre-packaged meal for dinner. The thought of having to plan out and prepare 3 meals a day for 30 days can be discouraging. Add to that the busy lives we all lead, whether working 10 hour days or toting kids to and from school, doctor appointments, and soccer, the thought of having to cook a meal EVERY night is overwhelming. However, after completing one Whole 30 and now six more, this new, healthier way of eating has become a way of life for my family.

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Muffins & More Recipes for a Beautiful Mother’s Day Brunch

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and for those of us with littles, a day to ourselves is usually not in the cards. Our kids are more excited to celebrate us than we are, and just love showering us in homemade cards and gifts, breakfast in bed, or brunch with the family. Although you may be leaving brunch prep to the hubby this holiday, and knowing that the kids will want to help, leaving him with a few tips or easy recipe suggestions would be kind to say the least.

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Raising a family with a Spouse suffering from a Chronic Disease

As I sat breastfeeding my infant while entertaining my toddler, half-listening to a doctor (a gastroenterologist to be exact) tell myself and my husband that he was being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, I was overwhelmed to say the least. This made no sense. How was my 29 year old, strong, healthy, weight lifting, food-loving husband being diagnosed with a disease neither of us had ever heard of? A disease that in the middle of a cold night in January 2012 crippled my husband, sent him to the hospital, and resulted in him being admitted for over a week. A disease that would change the course of our lives forever.

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Responsible Reptile Ownership for Kids

Whether the critters creep, crawl, slither, or slide, our children – curious as they are – have all “oohhed” and “ahhhed” over the cool creatures of the cold-blooded class. The Wild Kratts aren’t the only ones who love reptiles, as these exotic animals appeal to many of our kids. Reptiles come in many different shapes and sizes, with neat rotating eyes, long curling tails, and all the bold, bright colors of the rainbow.

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Tips For Helping Your Child Adjust to a New School

As parents, we all want our children to be safe, happy, and healthy. We hope that as they start school, the first big step toward independence, they make friends easily, find a great group of peers, and excel in a fun, engaging classroom with a wonderful, caring teacher. During the transition from either home or preschool to the larger, educational environment of the public school system, we as parents worry that our children will be lost in a larger system, left behind, or bullied. This exciting (and nerve-wracking) time can be an adjustment period for everyone in the family.

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Child Abuse Prevention: Toxic Stress Response & Why We Need to Pay Attention

With April upon us, temperatures will rise and warm breezes will blow… spring is in the air. As we look around and see the flowers in bloom and the kids venturing back outdoors to play, we need to acknowledge another symbol likely on the lawns of some of our neighborhood centers or in the gardens of our social-activist neighbors, the blue pinwheel. Many people will see the pinwheel and simply notice the whimsical way it spins in the wind, but there is a deeper meaning behind this seemingly innocent child’s toy… it is the national symbol for Child Abuse Prevention.

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CAR SEAT GUIDE: GRACO SNUGRIDE 35 PLATINUM INFANT CARSEAT

With a multitude of options on the market, shopping for a carseat for your soon-to-be newborn can be an overwhelming experience for parents! Filtering information from others on birth and beyond, new parents are inundated with differing opinions and options, including on car seats, before baby is even born. Here to make at least one of your choices a bit simpler is the Graco SnugRide 35 Platinum Infant Carseat. Graco’s infant carseats have been quality tested for years as this company has made a name for itself in protecting the lives of babies and children every day.

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6 Engaging Book Series for Developing the Mind

“Read me another chapter, Mommy” is the nightly mantra in our house as I turn off lights and tuck in covers… there is no end to the creative ways my children will find to get me to read them more stories. And I know, this doesn’t seem like it should be a problem, and it’s really not, but as we already read at least five story books and two chapters of whatever series we are currently engaged in nightly, there truly isn’t enough time. As an avid reader myself, and the progeny of a lawyer and an educator, it is no surprise my children love books. My gift from my parents for my 1st pregnancy was a full-size crib FULL OF BOOKS… and I mean full. Since then I have carried on this collection as I too love children’s books.

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The Importance of Prenatal Vitamins: TTC through Breastfeeding Baby

 

Whether beginning to plan for baby #1 or deciding to add to your growing family, the importance of prenatal vitamins for mama and growing baby is essential to a healthy pregnancy and beyond. From the moment you make the decision to embark upon the journey that is parenthood, you need to start thinking and planning for both you and your baby’s health. Ensuring that your body has the necessary vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to conceive another human being and then to successfully sustain you both for the next 9 months is essential to a happy, healthy pregnancy and birth.

Once you are sure you are ready to start trying to conceive, the first thing you need to do is start taking a prenatal vitamin. A common misconception is that prenatal vitamins are only necessary once you become pregnant. However, the truth is that prenatal vitamins should begin as a part of your TTC routine and continue throughout your pregnancy. Prenatal or postnatal vitamins should then continue to be consumed to ensure the continued health of the mother and a breastfeeding baby until breastfeeding ends. At Mother’s Select, they have carefully crafted a vitamin regime to easily transition you through every phase of this journey from TTC through breastfeeding and infant care.

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Early Literacy and the Importance of Reading to Young Children

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

A child’s education begins at birth with external stimuli from the outside world. The impact of early childhood education on our children’s ever developing minds, especially between the ages of 0 to 5, is a huge factor in their continued successes throughout life. One area of significant development during these critical years is that of a child’s language and literary skills. Children who learn to love to read not only have a beautiful, imaginary world opened up to them, but also have measurably different successes in school, work, and life than others who do not possess proficient reading abilities.

As parents, teachers of our own children, and contributing members of the society in which we live, we need to become advocates for early and continuing literacy among our neighborhood children and adults.

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Daily Mom Book Club: A World of Babies: Imagined Childcare Guides for 8 Societies

From the moment you announce your pregnancy no matter where in the world you are living, as a new mother you will be offered tons of unsolicited and oftentimes unwanted advice. Every person seems to have an opinion on what to eat, how to birth your child, and of course, how to raise them once born. In many societies, in addition to the advice of others, you will also have a myriad of books to choose from, books on attachment parenting, books on raising independent children, books that tell you to breastfeed or to bottle feed. You will literally be inundated with information all of which you must filter through your own belief system and decide what is best for your child and your family.

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