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Stephanie

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

Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Outdoorsy Type

There’s something about being the great outdoors that makes a relationship stronger. Whether it’s simply the fresh air, the feeling of being that much closer to nature, or the result of actively engaging in a passion together, couples report feeling more in love with their partner and happier in their relationship. That’s why this Valentine’s Day, we’re encouraging you to give a gift that will keep the fire in your relationship ignited. Forgo the jewelry, and get your partner’s heart pumping – literally – with a gift that you can enjoy together in the great outdoors!

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Cool Finds: From snow to the classroom, the most versatile winter boot for children

They reign in the children’s footwear industry as a company that cares about your child’s feet, so naturally this winter, See Kai Run produced a boot that will not only keep your child’s toes warm, dry, and comfy – but also incredibly cute! While most boots built to withstand freezing temperatures, wet terrain, and snow-covered sidewalks are big, bulky, and made of all rubber, See Kai Run’s new waterproof/insulated (WP/IN) boots are anything but!

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10 Tips to Designing a Small Organized Playroom

Playrooms. They are the epitome of a double-edged sword; A must have if you have any hopes for a (somewhat) toy-free living area, but yet the amount of upkeep and energy that goes into keeping one organized is a never-ending battle. Pinterest fills your head with dreams of colorful play spaces, oozing with educational activities, bright, happy children, properly labeled bins, and perfectly crafted wooden blocks stacked neatly on table in the corner – or perhaps, made into the most elaborate of castles. We can barely contain our excitement until we look around our own home and notice two major things: 1. Our kids love the gawdy, noisy plastic toys, and 2. We have no space. Where are these bright and airy play spaces of Pinterest land? If you are tight on space, but still hoping to create a fun (and organized) space for your children to play freely, we have 10 tips to get you started!

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Daily Mom’s Guide to Gifts for the Home Chef

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!

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Preparing for Baby: Registry and baby shower tips to get you started

This is a sponsored post written by us on behalf of Gymboree. All opinions are 100% ours.

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.

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WAHM: 5 Tips to Surviving Back to School Stress

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. 

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Win It: $50 Gift Card from Purl Lamb

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!

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Win It: Shave Kit Package from DamnDog

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.

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Win It: SweetLeaf Water Drops Prize Pack

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.

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Traveling abroad with kids: 3 things to include on your packing list

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.

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10 Common Swaddling Mistakes

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.

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Win It: Issa Mikro Toothbrush for Babies by Foreo

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.

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Win It: Diaper Bag by Paperclip

(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.

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