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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.

8 Apps Every Busy Mom Needs

Parenthood is busy. From school to extracurricular activities to playdates, moms and dads always seem to be on the run. Luckily for our generation, technology is at our fingertips making it easier than ever to keep us organized. Between our own schedules and our kids’ schedules we are now able to have everything at our fingertips – a quick glance or an alarm can remind us of what we need to be doing. But none of that does us any good if we don’t utilize the different tools available to us!

Searching through your App Store to find a program that works for you can be overwhelming. There are apps for scheduling, for grocery shopping, and for list-making. There are apps to remind you to pay bills, compare prices of products, and for recipes. If you need it, it’s out there. The hard part is, that it’s often hard to fish through them all. But worry no more! Below is a list of 8 apps that will help keep you organized and a little less stressed. 

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Feeling all the Feels: Sending My Girl to Kindergarten

I don’t know how it happened. It’s cliche but it’s true. It seems like yesterday the nurse placed her in my arms for the first time and boom – I was a mom. Now here we are, nearly five years later, and we are getting ready to send this bright eyed little girl who loves to change her clothes 18748324 times per day to a school, all day, with a uniform. We are taking this tiny being, who just yesterday it seems was a squishy newborn and pushing her out into the real world.

I have all sorts of doubts about this. I’m nervous. I’m excited. I’m worried. I’m scared. Is the world ready for this fierce little girl with a sassy attitude? Is she ready to stand up for herself when people tell her she can’t? Am I ready to take a step back – to let her follow her own path, be her own person, and let her out of this bubble I have created for her? 

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Homeschool Preschool: Getting Started

Daily life with a toddler is never boring. They love dumping toys, making messes, and constant movement. They love tactile environments – whether that be the cereal they just dumped on the kitchen floor or the dirt from the garden – because it helps them learn about the world around them. Toddlers love exploring and experiencing new things, but sometimes all that learning can be… exhausting. 

Trying to harness that constant drive to explore can be difficult, especially for moms who aren’t sure exactly how to do it or what to do. But it can be done. By setting up your own in-home preschool for your little one, where you have planned activities for each day, you will be able to grow your child’s love of learning while letting them have the ability to explore freely – without wanting to pull your hair out. Check out some of our tips and activities below to get started. 

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Feeding Baby on the Go: 6 Healthy Snack Options

This post brought to you by Sprout Organic Foods. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Daily Mom.

Every parent wants to make the best choice when it comes to providing their children with a healthy and wholesome diet. But busy lifestyles often take over, and parents find themselves packing their kids with easy-to-grab processed snacks and foods. For babies and young toddlers, this often means expensive snacks with little to no real nutritional value. As parents, we all want the option to give our children healthy foods with ingredients we can pronounce, especially when we are on the go. But there are so many different options out there it can be hard to decide which ones are best.

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Talking to Your Kids about Tragedy

Parents strive to shield their children from painful situations. We want their childhoods filled with laughter, joy, and a sense of being carefree because we all know that one day the inevitable will happen – our children will see, experience, and feel the pain from tragedies. Many times these horrible situations will be far removed from our children. It will be something they hear about at school, see on television, or read about online. There are times, however, where our children experience the unfathomable. They may still be little or they may be adults, but as parents one thing never changes: we don’t want them to ever feel that pain.

Nonetheless the world is a scary and unforgiving place. It is our job as parents to do our best to teach our children how to cope with such horrific events such as the massacre in Orlando, and how to reach beyond the initial scope of pain and hate to one of empathy and love for those most affected. 

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Finding Your Mom Tribe

Motherhood can be one of the most isolating jobs on the planet. You are never alone – not even to go to the bathroom most days – yet sometimes the weight of loneliness is so heavy you can barely move. Our minds are racing, our bodies are tired, and our hearts are full. Even if you venture off into the “real world” each day, your most important job is a 24/7 gig. And those tiny bosses sticking their hands under the bathroom door are relentless and unforgiving. Sometimes us moms need someone to talk to that understands how we feel and who has been in our shoes. Every mom needs a mom tribe. 

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Moving & Long-Term Transition Tips from Military Families


Moving, with or without kids, can be exhausting.
Oftentimes when you arrive at your destination, you don’t have any of your household goods with you – the comfort of your home is missing. For kids, this transition can be even harder. Children thrive on routine and structure, so taking them out of their element can be daunting for both parents and kids. 

When you are making the transition from one home to another, it is in everyone’s best interest to have a few things in your arsenal to help make everyone feel a little more comfortable while you’re on the move and at your destination. 

Military families are all too familiar with traveling and moving; often times being stuck in hotels or temporary quarters for months without access to their belongings. As a result, they are quite experienced in keeping kids happy in unique situations to say the least! And that is why they are the experts.

With that in mind, today we offer some of our top moving and long-term transition tips for getting there, settling in and keeping everyone happy including our favorite gear, gadgets and activities! 

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8 Skills to Practice with Your “Almost” Kindergartener

Every year millions of parents around the country gear up to send their little ones off to kindergarten. Before you know it preschool graduation is over and everyone is talking about what school their child is attending the following year. It’s an exciting time for both the parents and the child, but there are always a few friends that end up staying in preschool one more year, either because they just miss the kindergarten cutoff or because their parents decided they weren’t quite ready for the rigors of “big kid” school.

Either way, kids who are in this limbo of actually ready, but aren’t quite old enough/almost ready for kindergarten sometimes get bored with the concepts taught in preschool. And any teacher will tell you that a bored child is not always a joy to have in the classroom! Children who are turning five at the beginning of the school year are often developmentally ready for higher learning concepts that may not be taught in the preschool classroom since many of their peers are not at that level. So, what is a parent to do in the meantime to keep their child engaged and continually learning while they get ready for the next school year? Below are 8 key developmental areas designed for preschoolers to work on kindergarten readiness skills that will help keep your child excited to learn!

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18 Family Fun Things to do in Washington DC

When traveling to the Washington DC area, most people think of museums and monuments, history and relics, and shops and buildings. Although those types of attractions can be fun and educational, they can sometimes get a bit tedious and boring for young children – and even some adults! There are so many more things around the DC/Metro area that families can do and enjoy that don’t involve reading plaques on walls. The surrounding area of Virginia and Maryland hold so many special places to visit, both historical and not. There are hiking trails, presidential homes, playgrounds, lakes and rivers, outdoor concerts, and more! Here are a list of some of the best kept secrets of things to do in and around Washington DC with your family.

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Maternity Leave vs Me-Ternity Leave- It’s No Vacation

It’s no secret that the United States’ maternity leave laws are some of the worst in the world. New mothers barely have time to get settled into their new lives as sleep-deprived and exhausted parents before they are shuffled back into the working world. Oftentimes their partners get very little to no time away from work to help the recovery process, leaving the vulnerable state of a new mom’s physical and emotional well-being at stake. It is a stressful time in which many parents feel goes by way too fast.

During those six to eight weeks that women are generally given by employers for maternity leave in the US, most parents are struggling to stay afloat. Sleep is rare and spit-up is aplenty. You are eating standing up while bouncing a baby, hoping that a shower is in your future. Your entire routine has been shaken up, and nothing is about you anymore. It’s about this tiny little person you are holding, who is possibly screaming in your ear that he/she wants to eat for the twelfth time that day. Any new parent on maternity leave will tell you it’s stressful, exhausting, overwhelming, and scary. No one thinks that maternity leave is a vacation from work. Well, no one except this woman. 

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Summer Lessons for Your Preschooler

Another school year has come and gone, and it’s summer time already. When you made that last preschool run you may have been thanking your lucky stars that you don’t have to rush everyone out the door so early. But soon the dust settles and you realize you have your child home now – and they are bored. Every day at preschool they were playing with well-coordinated activities in a place designed for messes. Home is a bit different, and now you’re stuck trying to figure out what to do to keep your preschooler’s mind and body just as active as they were at school. 

You may be amazed at how much your child learned throughout the school year. But remember how when you were in school your mind would somehow lose much of what you learned during the school year, and your teachers would spend the first few weeks reviewing that material? It is the same for your preschooler – if they don’t practice the skills they learned this year they may forget them over the summer. Just because the school year is ending doesn’t mean the learning has to stop! Here are some activities for you to do at home with your preschooler to keep their learned skills sharp throughout the summer. 

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How I Rescued My Morning Makeup Routine

Every mom dreams of peaceful mornings: a hot cup of coffee, a warm shower, and a relaxing start to her day. For most moms, however, that is rarely the case. Many times we are rushing ourselves out the door with our kids underfoot. Maybe you are a stay-at-home mom whose morning routine consists of hair in a messy bun, yoga pants on, and a quick brush of some makeup and you are out the door. Or you are a working mom who is expected to do more than the bare minimum to get ready each day and need something that is fast, easy, and provides the coverage needed to cover up those tired eyes and less-than-luminous skin. 

As a mom of three young girls, I am no exception. In fact, I’m more like the rule. Getting myself ready is usually low on the totem pole of the list of responsibilities I have in the morning, but I still like to have a decent amount of coverage before I head off to take my oldest to preschool or run errands. I want something that is light and easy to put on, looks natural, and helps to make me look fresh instead of the dead-tired exhaustion that I actually feel. That is where BareMinerals Complexion Rescue comes in to help me with my morning routine. 

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An Open Letter to My Family about My Postpartum Depression

Depression has been something that has clung to me like an unwanted acquaintance, and it became more prevalent after my first daughter was born. It has taken over significant chunks of my life and ruined times that I should have been reveling in the magic of our growing family. I wish it wasn’t a part of me, and I have done my best to keep it batted down from affecting those I love the most. But there are times where it rears its ugly head and there seems to be nothing I can do from stopping it. 

I have had some level of postpartum depression with each subsequent birth of my three daughters. However, after my last child was born in November of 2015 my postpartum depression took a dive into the darkest parts of my soul and brought out a person I did not recognize. I am now able to look back from the other side, and this letter is to the people most affected by those negative days.

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The Other Side of Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

Postpartum depression and anxiety are mood disorders that occur after a woman experiences childbirth. Anyone can experience postpartum depression or anxiety – it does not discriminate based on age or ethnicity. It is a hard disorder to pinpoint because there are several other variables in which people may think are the cause of the sudden change of mood, such as exhaustion and sleep deprivation, lifestyle change, possible issues with breastfeeding, and physical recovery.

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Being a Dog Mama – Keeping My Pup Fit and Healthy

This post brought to you by Iams. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Daily Mom.

Our family is one of health and fitness. I am a runner, a yogi, and an avid fitness lover. My husband is an active duty Marine, and fitness is in his daily regime. Frequently our family goes on runs, hikes, and bike rides together. I take my three daughters with me to workout groups and they sit in the jogging stroller on long runs. We love to be active and healthy, and our dog Pendleton is no exception to this. 

When my husband and I first adopted Pendleton we would take her to the dog park or the dog beach almost every weekend. I would come home during my lunch break during the week and take her on a long walk around the neighborhood or let her play in the field behind our apartment complex. As Pendleton got older and our family grew, our outings became less frequent but her love for the outdoors never ceased. But we stopped taking her on our long adventures out because she would become visibly weary, and we didn’t want to exhaust her. This continued for years until recently when we made the switch to Iams quality dog food.

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