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Sarah is a yoga practicing, mostly vegan, coffee chugging, Jack White-loving, stay-at-home-mom to three kids 4 and under in Cincinnati, Ohio. In her free time, she does freelance work for Cincinnati Parent, Dayton Parent and Indy's Child, and blogs about her adventures with three kids in the Queen City.

My Secrets to Breastfeeding Success

The night my husband and I were supposed to take the hospital’s breastfeeding class, I wasn’t feeling well. I was exhausted, uncomfortable and felt like I was coming down with a cold. So, we skipped it.

24 hours later — I was holding my first-born, baby boy in my arms.

In hindsight, I probably should’ve taken the breastfeeding class. From the start, I had trouble breastfeeding Julian. We had to use a nipple shield, and Julian constantly fell asleep at the breast. I was told to pump and supplement, so we started on bottles almost immediately. Bottles were much easier than breastfeeding, which literally had me sitting at the couch for hours on end. (Looking back, I really should’ve embraced those long hours full of E! and Twilight marathons!)

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The Germ-Free Guide to Entertaining Kids at the Doctor’s Office

Happy cold and flu season!

Just kidding. Hopefully, you’re able to stay healthy this winter, by diligently washing your hands, eating healthy foods and staying active. But your kids are another story. Kids are cute little germ spreaders — picking up viruses at school, the children’s museum and pretty much everywhere they go!

So it’s inevitable that your kids, and perhaps even you, will get sick this season… and need to go to the doctor’s office. In addition to being breeding grounds for germs, doctor’s offices are boring, and often feared, places for kids. Here’s what you should avoid at the doctor’s office — and what you should do instead to keep your kids entertained!

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Debunking the 5 Second Rule

Picture this: it’s lunchtime, and you just whipped up grilled cheeses, pretzels and ants on a log for your hungry kids. Your 4-year old grabs his plate a little too eagerly… and the food falls everywhere.

You:

  • A. Rapidly place the sandwich, logs and pretzels back on the plate for your kiddo — five second rule!
  • B. Place the pretzels and sandwich back on the plate after dusting them off. The logs, meanwhile, have little fuzzes and specks of dirt on them, so you toss ’em.
  • C. Throw everything away, and remake the entire lunch.
  • D. Remake lunch — as you scarf down the from-the-floor lunch — five, er, fifteen second rule!

You’ve probably heard of the old “five second rule,” and wondered, “Is it valid?” “Is it safe to eat food that’s been on the floor?” Does where the food fall matter? Is food that falls outside safer than food that falls inside? What are the exceptions?

Well, today we’re answering these questions — and more!

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Win It: Performance Sheets from SHEEX!

Picture this: you sent the kids to Grandma’s for the night, and you and your partner are all geared up for some Valentine’s Day fun.

You head to the bedroom, where candles are lit and brand-new sheets cover your finally-kid-free-King-size bed. As you and your partner take to the sheets, you find yourself getting all hot and bothered — and not in a good way! This Valentine’s Day, stay cool as things heat up, with SHEEX®!

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I Tried It: The 48 Hour Potty Training Method

My daughter, Mary, will be 3 at the end of November. She’s a strong-willed, stubborn-as-her-mama kind of gal who likes to do things on her own timeline.

For example: Mary started crawling at 5 months. I was shocked, and assumed she’d be able to trick-or-treat with her big brother when she’d be 11 months. Nope. She got really good at crawling; deftly maneuvering across the room on her bottom with her legs propelling her forward (think: ninja-gorilla).

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5 Ways to Save Big on Car Insurance

There are several non-negotiable items in our monthly budgets — things like housing, car payments, student loans and insurance. And let’s face it, most of us aren’t exactly thrilled to shell out a portion of our hard-earned money for insurance — especially car insurance.

The fact of the matter is, many of us pay our car insurance diligently (and automatically) every month — and never actually have to use it. We don’t get into any major accidents — and small scuffs from taking a curb too close simply aren’t worth filing a claim for.

The good news is, there are probably a few things you can do to save yourself some money — without sacrificing anything! Here are five tips to help you win big when it comes to car insurance.

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Win It: Owlet Baby Monitor!

Being a new parent is the hardest job in the world. Caring for a tiny newborn is terrifying — especially once they’ve fallen asleep and are no longer cradled safely in your arms. While video monitors are pretty high-tech nowadays, they don’t tell the whole story — and many of us have probably pressed our faces to the pixelated screen to check on baby’s breathing, only to end up sneaking into the nursery… just to double triple-check.

For new parents, we highly recommend the Owlet Baby Monitor.

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Win It: Pretty Pushers Labor & Delivery Gown!

Congratulations! You’ve made it to the third trimester! As you pack your hospital bag, you’ll notice that you don’t need many clothes for you… because you’ll be spending the bulk of your time in that fashionable, über-sexy garment known as a hospital gown.

Ah, the hospital gown. Do yourself a favor and BYO-Gown to the hospital this time around! Get something that’s flattering and a little more photo-friendly than the duds from the maternity ward. We love the Labor & Delivery Gowns from Pretty Pushers!

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3 Reasons to Keep Your Baby Close

We’ve all been there: you’re at the first big family event since having your baby, and everyone’s eager to meet the newest addition. Well-meaning family members touch your baby’s chubby cheeks and stroke your baby’s mop of fuzzy hair — and then come the requests to hold your bundle of joy.

Maybe you’re fine with this — but maybe you’re not. And however you’re feeling is completely okay.

Now, we aren’t faulting your family or friends — it’s natural to want to hold and snuggle a brand-new baby. But there are lots of reasons why it’s okay to politely ask that your family admire your baby from your arms instead. Call it “attachment parenting,” call it “high-touch parenting,” call it simply just wanting to hold your baby; here are three reasons why it’s okay to want to keep your baby close.

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Win It: Posh Play Mat

Baby gear can be such an eyesore: bright neons, crazy prints and Disney characters galore. Many of us worked hard to decorate our homes before baby — and aren’t exactly thrilled to add a bunch of, well, ugly baby gear into the mix. Posh Play believes that baby gear can actually compliment your home décor!

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