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Lauren Hardy

Lauren is a new mom living in Toronto, Canada. When she is not at home being a mom, she is working full time as a model, playing competitive baseball, and working on her personal blog. In her "spare" time, Lauren is aspiring to become a childbirth educator. You can find her at Lauren Hardy Blog

Eating Organic on a Budget

Eating Organic on a Budget

It seems now a days that more and more people are going organic when it comes to their food. If you have ever bought anything organic, you know that it can cost 50% to 100% more than regular foods. The cost of food is rising, but this doesn’t mean you can’t have an organic diet. It’s also no secret that non-organic food can contain cancer causing hormones, immunity destroying antibiotics, and dangerous pesticides. We understand that it may be impossible to eat everything organic all of the time, but we have dug deep to find some tips on how you can eat organic on a budget.

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DIY Body Scrubs

2 DIY body scrub recipes

Have you ever found yourself browsing through Pinterest to find the perfect, homemade gift for someone special in your life? Or, maybe you are looking to create something for yourself. Either way, look no further. We have come up with the most simple, easy and delightful gift that you can make at home in your very own kitchen. Put on your apron, and scrub up because you are about to make some pretty amazing all natural body scrubs. Read on to find out how.

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Get to know your running shoes

 

So, you’ve decided to take up running. That is the first step. The second step is finding the perfect pair of running shoes that are functional and cute all at the same time. Did you know that there is a science to the running shoe, and not just any old shoe will do? We want to help you understand your shoes and why they are important. Read on to take a look at the anatomy of the running shoe and how to find the perfect one for you!

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6 Must-Take Toddler Classes

As parents, surely we want what’s best for our children. We love to see them laughing, smiling and having fun. Isn’t it great when all of that is combined with learning and education or just plain old socialization? Toddlers (as you may know) are very active both mentally and physically, and although classes are not imperative, you and your child may enjoy some organized activities once or twice a week. It’s a great opportunity for you and your child to get out of the house and learn something new!

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Top 10 Beauty Items for Under $10

Make up and beauty products can be a girl’s best friend. This can also be a love-hate relationship since it can cost us a fortune if we want the really high-end stuff. Did you know that one tube of lipstick can range anywhere from one dollar to over one hundred dollars? That can get really expensive when you want the whole kit and caboodle. We want to help you out a little in the beauty department, so we searched high and low to find the top ten beauty products for under ten dollars. You can thank us later, but for now, read on to discover what they are.

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10 Foods to Fuel Your Run

10 foods to fuel your run

You can ask any runner if every run is easy. We can assure you there is probably not going to be one person out there who would say “yes.” Running is hard, both mentally and physically. In fact you’ve probably heard the saying “running is 90% mental, and the rest is physical,”  but there are certain things you can do to help yourself have a “better” or “easier” run. Having a healthy and balanced diet is important for any runner. Eating a bad meal could turn a potentially great run into a miserable, long, no good run. Read on to find out what the best foods are for runners.

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22 Fashion Tips You Should Know

Everyone you talk to usually has a fashion tip or trick that they swear by, right? Do they all work? Well, not exactly. While some fashion tips are great, not all of them are successful. We wanted to find some of the best fashion tricks (or treats) out there. We’ve dug deep and come up with 22 of the best fashion tips we could think of. These are going to be super helpful for everyday use, and they’ll even improve your style. Hopefully they’ll also get you feeling a little bit more creative with your wardrobe!

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Nourishing your child: Signs of nutritional deficiency

Nourishing your child Signs of nutritional deficiency

Before we even begin, we would like to note that when we speak about malnutrition we are not, by any means, talking about starving your child. What we are discussing is the fact that some children may eat a diet that contains an adequate amount of calories but lack the nutrients they need. With that said, this post is meant to educate parents on the vitamins and minerals that your children truly need.

As mothers and parents we do just about every single thing we can possibly think of to make sure our children are in a good, healthy environment. Sometimes things happen that we cannot control. Sometimes our children catch the flu, or fall and hurt themselves. Sometimes even with our best efforts put forth, our little children can suffer from nutritional deficiencies . Some of you may have already experienced this, but for those of you who have not, we want to educate you on some of the signs of nutritional deficiencies.

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DIY Easy Eggnog


It’s that time of the year again – the holiday season is here. You know what that means right? No, we are not talking about gifts, or holiday parties. We are talking about something so smooth and creamy, so scrumptious and delicious, so… okay, okay. Tis the season for your favorite little something to sip on – Eggnog! Sure, you can go to the grocery store and buy some, but why not impress your guests (and yourself) with some DIY eggnog made from scratch. Have we caught your attention yet? Good. Stay with us and read on to find how you can make your very own eggnog at home. PLUS we’ve added a special treat for the hardcore eggnog lovers!

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DIY Body Butter


Winter is here and you know what that means right? Dry, itchy, white, flakey skin. Rough, cracked, chapped, dry skin. Need we go on? Using a simple store bought moisturizer will do, but wouldn’t you rather know exactly what is going on your skin? There are tons of hidden chemicals found in your everyday moisturizer so we have come up with a simple and easy way to make your own body butter right at home in your own kitchen. Read on to find out how.

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Benefits of a Natural Childbirth

Benefits of Natural childbirth

A natural childbirth — meaning an un-medicated birth — has a number of benefits that we want women to know about. Pain medication and epidurals have become so normal in our society that doctors assume patients want one, and women completely expect one. Epidurals, cesarean sections and induction seem to be the norm these days and having an intentional natural birth is actually very uncommon. We are going to give you the breakdown on the many different benefits of an un-medicated birth. Read on to find out how you (yes, you!) can do it too.

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Know Your Breastfeeding Rights

Know your breastfeeding rights

Breastfeeding can be hard enough without the external pressures that can sometimes creep up on a new mother.  The news is full of stories of women being asked to leave public places or told to cover up for simply feeding their baby.  Having a basic understanding of your breastfeeding rights will help you become more confident and knowledgeable when faced with tricky situations.

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New Nursing Apparel Kickstarter Campaign

We are excited to tell you about an amazing new company that is designing apparel for the modern breastfeeding woman. The clothes are chic, stylish and flattering for every body type.

Kinwolfe is all about creating confident and contemporary nursing wear, for the everyday mom. Say good-bye to tops that don’t fit right and have awkward access holes. Kinwolfe’s line is made from quality fabrics only, 100% silk to be exact, and each garment is tested for breastfeeding mom’s by breastfeeding moms. Each piece is designed to take you from delivery, to the desk and even to date night. Kinwolfe believes that breastfeeding should be about moving your life forward, not getting your old body back. This is definitely fashion that meets your needs without sacrificing style.

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Posing Guide: Pregnancy Edition

Posing Guide Pregnancy Edition
As if you didn’t feel awkward enough when trying to pose for photos, now you are pregnant and surely feel a little more self conscious than usual. If you have been following our posing guides than you know we are posing fanatics and why shouldn’t pregnancy posing be included in this? Having a little (or big) belly can sometimes get in the way and be hard to work with. Read on to find out how you can pose and work that belly in your favour!

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Natural Childbirth: Coping with contractions

Natural Childbirth Coping with Contractions2

Contractions are perhaps the hardest thing to deal with during labor, and all of them are different, but we want to help you get through labor one contraction at a time. If you have been following our natural childbirth series, you will have already read our post Natural Childbirth: Your In-Hospital Options and Benefits of Natural ChildbirthWe want to take this to the next level and give you a little bit of information on how to deal with those painful contractions. Remember, when we are speaking about natural childbirth we are referring to a birth where no pain relief via drugs are administered. Read on to find out how to cope with your contractions. 

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