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Lauren Lomsdale

Lauren is a full-time mom of three girls, who also happens to run her own in-home preschool. She loves to write, run, yoga-it-out, and keep fit. She’s kind of crunchy in her homeschooling, cloth diapering, and natural products sort of way, but she also loves Starbucks and trashy tv. For more about her internal judgments of herself and hilarious quips about motherhood, follow her on IG and Twitter @thescoopmama, fb.com/thescoopmama, as well as her website theSCOOPmama.

Car Seat Guide: Britax Advocate ClickTight ARB

When it’s time to shop for a new car seat for your growing baby, the options can seem endless. There are so many different brands that have so many different features, it can be hard to decipher which one is the best for you and your family. The first and foremost thing on any parent’s list is safety. They want to be ensured that their baby, toddler, or older child is safe in their seat. After that, parents often look towards other factors – comfort levels, ease of installation, and the ability to grow with your child. Britax is one company that is synonymous with safety, and their line of car seats have all those features and more, in their convertible car seats. They have several different collections, but their newest – the Advocate ClickTight ARB Convertible car seat – takes those features to a whole new level. 

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The Gaga Epidemic And Ignoring the Body Shamers

Although it seems like it’s been around forever, body shaming is a relatively new issue facing our young girls today. The age of social media and reality television has taken the act of critically looking at women’s bodies away from scouts of runway models and puts it into the hands of every person who has a smartphone. Even before this new generation of technology, women were praised looking a certain way, but the era of photoshopped magazine covers and edited Instagram photos have given us regular folks a false sense of what a person’s body – no matter their size – actually looks outside of staged shoots.

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Cold Weather Running: Tips and Gear

The colder weather is beginning to make a steady and continuous presence this season, and if you are a runner this means a change for your regular routine. Some runners take these few months to get to know their treadmill, hoping for a random warm day to pop up. Others, however, do everything they can to avoid the “dreadmill”and make their way to hit the pavement each day, even if that pavement is covered in snow. Cold weather running calls for special precautions, special gear, and new training plans. But if you’re new to the winter running thing, you may need some guidance on what you need and how to do it.

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Stories of Powerful Women: Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls

This past year our nation experienced an unprecedented turn of events as we elected our 45th president. Not only was this election season a tumultuous one, it also marked the first time a female could be elected President of the United States. Despite the outcome of the election, parents of little girls all across the country noted the significance of this event. Little girls now know that becoming President of the United States can be a goal within their reach. They have a figure of a woman who they can use as a model for overcoming sexist boundaries in a male-dominated profession. They have a role model of a female who worked hard to get to the top, and gracefully bowed down when it wasn’t her turn. In this day and age, it’s stories about women like Hillary Clinton that will help our little girls continue to break glass ceilings. 

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Beyond 6 Months: Benefits of Nursing Until One Year

It is no surprise to most that breastfeeding is beneficial to both baby and mother. But many are not aware of exactly how breastfeeding can improve the health and cognitive abilities of mothers and babies, especially when nursing is extended to at least one year of age. Dr. Rachel Borton, the director of Bradley University’s Family Nurse Practitioner program, has conducted extensive studies in the benefits of increasing the length of time women are advised to breastfeed. She is currently working to educate other doctors, mothers, and the community as to why extended breastfeeding is so important and to remove the social stigma against nursing, especially in public. 

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7 Healthy Airport Eats and Tips to Stay on Track

The holiday season is one of the busiest times for traveling. Whether you are traveling by plane, train, or automobile, one thing is certain – your options to eat healthy will be limited. Even if you are the healthiest of eaters, many of us tend to forgo our regular diets during the days in which we are traveling because of limited options, limited time, and a limited travel budget. Airports are known for having notoriously unhealthy foods for patrons like over-priced convenience store snacks, fast food joints, and greasy restaurants. However, there seem to be more and more healthy alternatives popping up – if you know how to find them. Below are some popular restaurants and food spots you might find on your next layover, and some of their healthier options. 

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Anatomy 101: Big Words for Little People

When you have your first child something strange happens to your use of language. Your voice goes higher. You start adding -y’s to the end of your words. You make silly sounds and you make up ridiculous nicknames to call your baby. Your voice goes into singsong mode and you can’t seem to make it stop. But is all this baby talk good for the language development of your child?

The latest research says yes – extending your vowel sounds and making your sentences into more of a song help a child develop their own language skills. The caveat? You should still be using real words – not made up, nonsensical words. One of the most common areas of discussion that parents like to use euphemisms for when speaking to their children are body parts. Many parents feel uncomfortable using the formal terminology when discussing a person’s most private areas, but experts say that isn’t the way to go. 

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Gifts for the Home Chef Holiday 2016 #DMHoliday16

Cooking is a huge part of the holiday season, and having the right gear and gadgets is key to making sure you have a successful meal. Between roasting turkeys, baking pies and holiday cookies, and getting little tummies fed in between, sometimes it can feel like we spend all day in the kitchen. Our gifts for the home chef cover the bases for every person who loves to cook – whether it be large dinner parties, like for the holidays, or for everyday cooking and baking. We are sure you will be able to find something perfect for the chef in your life, so check out some of our favorites below. 

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The Dos and Don’ts of Sending Holiday Cards

The holiday season is rapidly approaching and that means families everywhere are rushing to get everyone dressed in coordinating outfits, find the perfect backdrop, and set the scene for the perfect holiday cards. But every family knows that pictures rarely go as planned, and oftentimes there are a few tears involved. Despite it often feeling like an arduous task, we still gather the troops to send a smiling card to friends and family every year. 

So why do we put ourselves through the torture during an already hectic season? Below are some of the reasons you should send holiday cards, along with some dos and don’ts, and a few companies who strive to make your holiday card ordeal run a little bit smoother. 

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Allergy-Free Halloween Treats

Halloween is a wonderful day for both kids and parents alike. Kids enjoy nothing more than dressing up as their favorite characters, walking around the neighborhood with friends, and getting treats. As parents, we love to see our children’s eyes light up as they transform into their latest obsession and we stand proudly on the sidewalk as they walk up to each door exclaiming, “Trick or Treat!” We have fond memories of doing the same things as a kid, and it’s a joy to watch our children follow in the same traditions. 

But if you are a parent of a child with allergies, you often become the villain to their superhero inspired costume. You have to carefully inspect all packaging to be sure the contents don’t include any harmful allergens, reading ingredient lists and “processed in facilities” lists before they can dig into their loot, throwing away delicious contraband that might make them sick. Luckily, with the growing knowledge of allergies and sensory issues, there are now more and more options to ensure that there are treats out there for everyone to enjoy. 

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Bicycle Built for Two: Choosing the Right Child Bike Seat

The weather has finally started to cool down, and that means it’s the perfect time to get the kids outside for some active play. Summer was spent in the sprinklers, at the pool, or at the beach, but the crisp fall air allows you to be active without the need to cool off in the water. One great family friendly activity for this time of year is bike riding. And being prepared with the right gear can make for a much more comfortable and fun ride for everyone. For your littlest riders, a bike seat is a key accessory needed. But how do you know which one is the right one for you?

Hamax is an innovative child road safety company that offers high quality, safe bike seat products for your family. They have several different options depending on your needs and the needs of your child, and it’s important to look at the features of each seat to ensure that it works for your bike and for you. Below is a list of key features to look for when you’re transitioning your bike from a one-seater to a two-seater. 

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In-Home Preschool Fall Activities

And just like that summer is over and parents everywhere are gearing up for fall. For many families this means getting the kids out of the summer slump and back into the school routine. Even for homeschooling parents, this change in season comes with a change in their daily lives as they begin to lesson plan, integrate curriculums, and scour the Internet for activities that everyone can enjoy. In order to help with the arduous task of searching Pinterest and Google for fun things to do for your preschooler, Daily Mom has come up with some fall-inspired activities for your homeschooling days. 

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How I (didn’t) Heal after Miscarriages and Secondary Infertility

One in four. That’s how many women will experience a miscarriage in their reproductive lifetime. There are so many women out there that share this difficult, painful, and scary experience yet the discussion around it is minimal. Luckily, many women go on to have successful pregnancies after their losses, bringing a rainbow baby into their lives. There are others that have difficulty conceiving or keeping a pregnancy who are left grappling for answers. No matter what, for those who have experienced miscarriage or infant loss, the pain can still be found even years later. 

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Ending the After School Grumpies

If you have a school aged child, you know what we are talking about. You are eager to hear all about your child’s day as you pick them up from school or as they get off the bus. Your smiling face, excited gestures, and open arms are met with grunts, groans, snippy tones, and all around bad attitudes. What’s the deal? Haven’t they missed you? Didn’t they have a good day? Are they sick? Was someone mean to them?

Take a step back mama. No need to panic! It’s just a case of the after-school grumpies. Coming home from a busy day at school can make many kids cranky, snappy, and all-around exhausted especially if they are just beginning their school careers and not used to this change. Luckily, there are ways to combat the after school grumpies as long as you have the right ammo in your arsenal. 

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Let Them Fight: Teaching Siblings to Work It Out

Parents have a rough job. Not only do they have to keep their kids healthy, fed, clothed, and sheltered they also have to teach them to be good people. If you have more than one child you know that often times some of your greatest tests of patience and use of parenting skills are used when your children are squabbling with one another.

A parent’s first instinct when they hear their children arguing in another room is to run in and help resolve the issue. However, research shows that allowing your children time and space to work out their own compromise is beneficial in many different ways as long as they have been taught the skills. Parents need to play both an active and passive role when it comes to disagreements between siblings – help them work through issues and show conflict resolution, but then step back and let them do it themselves once they have the knowledge base. 

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