The holidays are synonymous with good food. Plates and bellies are always full – and thankfully, there’s at least one member of every family that knows how to put on a show in the kitchen. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect gift for that person that not only feeds your hunger, but also feeds your soul, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve created a great list of the perfect gifts for the home chef!
Stephanie is a military wife, currently residing in New York, and mama of two exceptionally curious kiddos – a rugged pint-size princess and a toddling Evel Knievel-in-training – and one sweet, easy going baby boy. When she isn’t exploring the family’s newest dwellings, running trails, farmers’ markets, and playgrounds, she spends her down time working from home, feverishly correcting “textspeak” in her college students’ essays as an adjunct English instructor for a local community college. Her passion for writing and photography can be found at Stephanie High Photography on facebook
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Pregnancy is an exciting time. Not only are you looking forward to the arrival of your baby, but shopping for all of the incredibly cute baby gear only adds to this excitement as you picture your new little one wearing the trendiest fashions or swaying side to side in the most up-to-date baby swing. If you’re an old pro already, you have probably noticed that baby gear and fashion has changed drastically in just a few short years. If you’re a new mom, you lucked out in entering into THE age of advanced technology and the push to make raising children not only easier, but a lot of fun! It seems that the market for baby products has become one of the hottest in recent years, and as moms, we aren’t complaining! Give me all. the. stuff.
Raising children is a full time job. Raising children on top of holding down a part-time job (or jobs!) from home means life is often chaotic, stressful, extremely fast-paced, but all around rewarding. For some, holding down a side job while being a stay at home mom means bringing in extra income needed for day to day life. For others, it’s a form of holding onto one’s self – the part of yourself that holds onto childhood dreams, career aspirations, and passions outside the realm of child-rearing. It’s a part of how we stay whole, and albeit sometimes arguably, sane.
While shopping for baby clothes, if there’s an outfit with a cute hood on the rack, it’s bought. There’s just something so undeniably cute about a baby in a hoodie. Maybe it’s the snuggly texture of a comfy outfit, or the look of their adorable chubby baby cheeks and big eyes peeking out, or the simple ease of throwing on no-fuss clothing, but whatever it is – we want it all! Which is exactly why we want everything Purl Lamb has to offer!
We can’t believe it either, but it’s time to start thinking about your child’s healthy lunchbox options – and not only healthy foods, but foods that can easily be put together in a minimal amount of time. Just in time for back to school, you can win a supply of Sweden’s favorite Felix Lingonberry Jam with a cool insulated lunch bag and spreader.
Every man needs at least one piece of beautiful luggage, Damnit! So, why not let it be something he can use every single day? A proper shave kit not only reinforces good hygiene (which us ladies love) but also lets a guy streamline his morning routine – whether at home or on the go. Keep everything you need for a good shave, nail care, and body care in one place and within reach, and do it in style with DamnDog‘s canvas and leather Shave Kit.
It’s the golden rule of weight loss: drink more water. It’s also the golden rule of most doctors, especially during the hot days of summer when dehydration can be a killer. But, if you’re like most of us, plain old water just doesn’t get our taste buds going. This is why we love SweetLeaf Water Drops, packed full of flavor without all the calories or carbs.
Packing for a summer vacation to Europe with kids can be daunting, to say the least. In fact, most responses to said summer plans come down to “Oh, how fun! Are you ALL going?” – to which you respond with a very hesitant “Yes” and briefly question your sanity. If the long flight isn’t enough to scare you away from planning a family trip to remember, then the thought of packing for multiple little people and all of their stuff just might. To make the most of your trip – and on the cobblestone streets of old Europe – you’ll want to pack lightly and pack efficiently.
The swaddle. It’s been a common practice among parents for hundreds of years, but since the semi-recent changes in sleep recommendations for babies, it’s become even more popular. When experts and doctors alike started the back to sleep initiative in the 1990’s, parents went back to the age old tradition of wrapping babies tightly in hopes of getting some shut eye. And while most babies love a good swaddle, recent news stories have highlighted some of the issues with swaddling – issues that are easily fixed with the correct technique and knowledge of safe swaddling.
Electric toothbrushes are quickly replacing the standard toothbrush in many homes as consumers fall in love with the fresh, deep-clean feeling of a strong motor versus their own arm power. It’s true, studies show that electric toothbrushes do clean your teeth, gums, and tongue better than the typical toothbrush, while also encouraging consumers to brush their teeth for a longer period of time than one normally would. And just when we thought electric toothbrushes couldn’t get any better, FOREO ISSA came along and created a game changer in oral health care for both adults and kids.
(Pssst… Mother’s Day is upon us! If you’re looking for a great gift for someone or yourself, listen up!) It’s one of the many scenarios that parents hate to encounter: a dirty diaper and absolutely no changing tables in the public restroom. Most of us have been there. We’ve questioned the least germ-y options and had to make some tough calls. It was exactly this scenario that got two dads thinking, and thus the best baby pit-stop of all diaper bags was born: Paperclip.
Bringing home a new baby is an exciting yet scary time in a parent’s life. The immediate intense love that you experience for such a tiny little human quickly brings to the forefront all of the worries and fears – is he getting enough milk, is she crying from pain, are their dirty diapers supposed to be that color? While all of those are legitimate questions new parents often wonder, worrying about your child while they sleep is consistently on the top of our list of biggest concerns. Thankfully, technology has long given us the ability to watch our baby as they sleep from anywhere in the home. Not only can we check in on baby with just the slightest glance at a monitor, but we can also talk to baby and even check the temperature of the room. While all of these functions have greatly aided in easing our concerns as new parents, Angelcare has taken baby monitors even further by adding a wireless motion monitor able to detect even the slightest of baby’s movements in the crib. We call this a major parenting win.
Balancing work and family is nearly impossible. Like juggling, only so many balls can be up in the air at one time. When another ball is picked up, another ball must drop. It’s a give and take. A constant ebb and flow. While some of us struggle to maintain both aspects of our lives, others have figured out the tips and tricks to keeping both family and career afloat, without sacrificing our sanity or relationships. Our guest contributor, a mother of three and an Advanced Practice Provider, provides some key insight into ‘doing it all’ after witnessing the success of a close friend.
We’ve all been on the hunt for a good doctor before. Whether we’re looking for an obstetrician who will support our birthing choices or a family care provider who is open on weekends, we all want top notch care that fits our needs. Instead of relying on word of mouth or your insurance company, do your research and find the best doctor in your area with CareDash.com
Keeping kids busy during the winter can be difficult and sometimes frustrating. Without the ability to send them outside to play, parents are left scraping together indoor activities to keep their children entertained and still learning. This is why we love Wee Work for Good and their innovative activity kits that keep kids creating, reading, and exploring, all for a cause, and all on their own.