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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.

The Online Village: Why Moms are Always on Their Phones

“Seriously, what are you looking at? Who are you talking to?”

“No one. I’m just on Facebook.”

“Facebook, Instagram. You’re always on there. I don’t see what could possibly be so entertaining.”

It’s true. I’m on my phone quite a bit. And in talking to my other mommy friends, so are they. In fact, I can see that they’re active on Facebook right now, or how long they’ve been inactive. I can tell that they were up with the baby at 4am or that it’s dinner time because social media is radio silence. So why are moms on their phones all the time? What exactly is your wife doing as she stares into that bright screen?

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8 Easy Things You Can Do in 8 Seconds

People often complain that they don’t have time to do what they want. And yes, this statement is very relevant for moms. How many times have you wanted to have a rest for at least one minute? But sometimes it seems impossible, because a mom should be a ninja and a superhero at the same time!

However, if you are a mom, you know how to do everything quickly, clearly, and without any problems. On top of that, there are things which you can do in several seconds. So, what are they?

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7 Ways to Model Fitness for your Kids

Anywhere you look – online, on TV, in the store – there are things out there telling you how important it is to stay fit and healthy. However, it can be difficult to incorporate a daily fitness regimen into your routine, and it can be hard to workout with your kids around. But it is important as parents that we model this behavior to our children early on so that it is engrained in their lifestyle as they continue to grow. So how do we do both – model a healthy lifestyle while balancing our busy schedules?

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Love Your Pet Day with Carrington Farms

We all want the best for our pets, and nutrition is key when it comes to making sure they are healthy. February 20th is National Love Your Pet Day, and what better way to show your pet some Valentine’s Day love than by making them a delicious treat that you know is good for them! Much like our own food, pet food often contains added preservatives, chemicals, and ingredients that can affect the health, energy, and livelihood of your pet. And much like humans, dogs can benefit from a few of the known superfoods – in this case, coconut oil – just like their two-legged owners. Carrington Farms Coconut Oil recognizes this, and they are celebrating National Love Your Pet Day with a special recipe that will be sure to make your dog – and you – very happy.

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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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