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Stephanie

Stephanie is a military wife, currently residing in North Carolina, and mama of two exceptionally curious little ones; a rugged pint-size princess and a toddling Evel Knievel-in-training. 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, photography, fitness, and health can be found on her personal blog, https://livingourhighlife.wordpress.com.

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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AngelCare Wireless Baby Movement Monitor Gear Guide

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.

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The golden mean between work and family

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.

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Win It: Fitbit Flex 2 and Fleece from CareDash.com

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

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Win It: Activity Kits from Wee Work for Good

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.

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Win It: Paulk’s Pride Gift Package

If you are from the south, you have most likely enjoyed a Muscadine grape wine or juice. If you’re not from the south, you’re missing out! With its soft aroma and a sweet flavor, it’s a favorite amongst those in the hot, humid states of the southeast. And while the taste is usually what attracts people the most, it’s the crazy number of health benefits that keeps people coming back. That’s why we love Paulk’s Pride, the premier producer of Muscadine juices, jellies, and supplements.

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Win It: Modern Mezuzah by Apeloig Collection

With the last day of Hanukkah right around the corner (January 1st!), family plans are being made and final touches in holiday decor are being displayed. And on the spiritual side, items of great importance and significance have been carefully selected to adorn our homes. For many, the addition of the Mezuzah Scroll affixed to the doorway serves as not only a great reminder of the importance of faith, but also a faithful greeting to our friends and family who may enter. For this reason, we love the modern twist that Apeloig Collection has taken on the traditional Mezuzah

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Protecting your Oral Health During the Holidays

Candy cane infused sugar cookies. Hot chocolate laden with mini marshmallows. Tiny gingerbread men coated in sweet royal icing. Mulled wines and Christmas cocktails. Did we mention wine? The holidays are notorious for the amazingly decadent desserts and spirits that accompany the most special time of year. So, we indulge – and while most of us wait until after the new year to worry about the damage done, there’s one aspect of our health that shouldn’t wait until the clock strikes 12: our teeth.

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Win It: Rain Gear and Toys from Stephen Joseph

As parents, we tend to cringe when we see a rainy day ahead of us. Finding something to do with our children indoors, or finding the right rain gear to keep them dry while out and about always seems to be a little bit of a task. With Stephen Joseph, all of the above is taken care of with their adorable rain gear for kids, and fun toys, too!

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Gifts for the New Mom Holiday 2016 #DMHoliday16

Becoming a mother is the most magical time in a woman’s life. We may be sleep deprived, hungry, and in need of a long, hot shower, but the second we get a whiff of that little one’s head, everything else fades away. If you have a new mom in your life, this holiday season is a great time to give her the goods that will help her enjoy those sweet moments while getting through the day to day trudge of having a newborn. We scoured the registries and have put together our list of must-have gifts for the new mom! 

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