A Stranger’s Simple Words Were My Biggest Motivation

When I was pregnant with my son, I was amazed at how quickly my body was changing. I had always been curvy but thin, so I wasn’t surprised that I had a very belly-centered pregnancy. But while I wasn’t gaining a lot of weight in other places, I was definitely expanding. My hips were expanding, my butt was expanding – even my breasts were expanding!

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Ready to Get Fit 2015? Throughout the next few months we’ll be posting regularly about fitness and nutrition. All of us here at Daily Mom will be right alongside you, taking steps to be healthier and offering each other encouragement. Be sure you keep up with our initiative for some great tips, recipes, ideas, activewear fashion, family fun activities, and inspiration on getting fit and being healthy. And remember–this is Daily Mom so we understand the responsibilities that come with having children and families as top priorities. We are here to help each other incorporate fitness and healthy choices into our everyday life.

Get involved with your fellow moms and keep us updated on your progress! Tag us with @dailymomtweets or @dailymomig and don’t forget our hashtag #dmgetsfit!

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Moms vs. Non-Moms: How did they stack up?

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As moms, we’ve all felt the sting sometimes. Maybe your newborn will only fall asleep when Daddy is bouncing them? Or your toddler suddenly behaves angelic for Grandma while you’re away, and saves all their pent up frustration for an epic tantrum twenty minutes after she leaves? Let’s face it, raising tiny humans is hard. So today, we’ve decided to “test” moms against non-moms, to see who comes out ahead in some minor parenting tasks. You may be slightly jealous at how chic and professional your single girlfriend looks on a daily basis, but will she be able to hang doing your job?

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A Day in My Life: Sarah

Have you ever looked at someone and wondered what a typical day in their life is like? We bet most of us have. We wonder sometimes if our days are similar to others, especially people who are in the same season of life as us. Or we are curious how someone who is the complete opposite of us spends their days. How many times as a new mom have you scoured the web to find other mom’s feeding, sleeping, and daily schedules for their baby, just to be sure you’re on the right track and to feel a sense of camaraderie? Have you wondered how working mothers juggle it all? Do you really think stay at home moms sit on the couch and eat bonbons? Do you ever ask your friends how they spend their days or what they do on the weekends? We all want to know what the other person is doing. We’re curious by nature. Social media has certainly helped us out in this area, so thank you Facebook and Instagram.

We at Daily Mom are jumping on the bandwagon of getting personal with you. We all come from different backgrounds, have different careers, personalities, and daily lives. We all come together virtually to provide you with the content you love to read everyday. But, if you ever wondered how we spend our day to day (more than just the short bio you see at the end of our posts), then you’re in luck.

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My Stepson Calls Me Mom, and Here’s Why

In the step-family community, there is heated debate on what stepchildren should call their stepparents. True, a child can have only one bio-mom, but does that mean a stepmother isn’t a mother? Can a child be loyal to both dad and stepdad without hurting either parent?

People are passionate about their children, and when you factor in a blended family, it can be difficult for a child to decipher what he should or shouldn’t do and say. Parents in a blended family all have their own opinions; they each genuinely believe they know what is best for the child; and they all come from very different backgrounds. With these opinions comes polarizing debate on what exactly stepchildren should call stepparents. 

Whatever the case, my stepson calls me mom. Here’s why.

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Mommy Moments: Getting Fit During Deployment Changed My Life

There are times in our lives that define us. Moments that either pass us by leaving us feeling defeated, or moments where we are forced to grow and strengthen ourselves. As a mother, those moments seem to come almost daily as we are faced with decisions that leave lasting marks on the littlest humans we love so dearly. With such a huge task on our hands, we are often left to use our own experiences, hoping they will provide our children with the tools we gained in our own moments of success, or strife, so that they may be equipped to handle their own challenges when they arise.

#DMGETSFIT

Ready to Get Fit 2015? Throughout the next few months we’ll be posting regularly about fitness and nutrition. All of us here at Daily Mom will be right alongside you, taking steps to be healthier and offering each other encouragement. Be sure you keep up with our initiative for some great tips, recipes, ideas, activewear fashion, family fun activities, and inspiration on getting fit and being healthy. And remember–this is Daily Mom so we understand the responsibilities that come with having children and families as top priorities. We are here to help each other incorporate fitness and healthy choices into our everyday life.

Get involved with your fellow moms and keep us updated on your progress! Tag us with @dailymomtweets or @dailymomig and don’t forget our hashtag #dmgetsfit!

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Want to Write for Daily Mom?

Have you ever been reading one of our posts and thought to yourself, “I could totally write for Daily Mom,” or “If I had written that article, I would have written it completely different”? Either way, if you’ve ever wanted to write for Daily Mom, this post is for you! The Daily Mom team is growing and we are looking for talented women who love to write. 

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Parenting A Toddler With Unrealistic Expectations

Parenting a Toddler with Unrealistic Expectations

It comes as no secret, especially to those who have experienced or are experiencing it, that parenting is really hard. Actually, really hard probably doesn’t even begin to break ground on how difficult this parenting thing is. There are many days that I wish it came with a solid reference manual. However, there certainly is not. This year I decided on the single best New Year’s Resolution that I have ever made. I have dropped all of the expectations I previously had about parenting and all of the expectations that I had for my toddler.

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A Day in My Life: Dani

Have you ever looked at someone and wondered what a typical day in their life is like? We bet most of us have. We wonder sometimes if our days are similar to others, especially people who are in the same season of life as us. Or we are curious how someone who is the complete opposite of us spends their days. How many times as a new mom have you scoured the web to find other mom’s feeding, sleeping, and daily schedules for their baby, just to be sure you’re on the right track and to feel a sense of camaraderie? Have you wondered how working mothers juggle it all? Do you really think stay at home moms sit on the couch and eat bonbons? Do you ever ask your friends how they spend their days or what they do on the weekends? We all want to know what the other person is doing. We’re curious by nature. Social media has certainly helped us out in this area, so thank you Facebook and Instagram.

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A Healthy Me: The Journey Starts Today

A Healthy Me The Journey Starts Today

My name is Megan. I’m about to turn 31 years old, and I feel like I am the walking epitome of the word tired. Being a mother to a three year old daughter and an 14 month old son with, shall we say, “less than stellar sleeping habits” typically lends itself to being exhausted. But that’s not what I’m talking about right now. I’m tired of making excuses. I’m sick and tired of being overweight. Not just overweight, obese. That’s what the doctors call it, and I’m done making excuses and sugar coating things. 

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Posts We Love: A Letter from a Working Mother to a Stay-At-Home Mother, and Vice Versa

Being a mom is hard – no matter if you are a working mom, or a stay-at-home-mom, or something in between.  Today, we are sharing a unique perspective from a mother who has seen both sides of the fence and knows what it’s like to work full-time outside of the home and what it’s like to be at home with her children all day. 

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 Following My Heart: Nursing Two Children

following my heart nursing two children

When my 25 month old daughter came flitting through the hospital room door with my husband, I had no idea how she would react to her tiny, four-hour-old brother. During my entire pregnancy, I had been wondering anxiously how the first few days would go, and along those lines, how breastfeeding two children would be. I wondered if I was cut out for it and how we would manage.

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Editors’ View: Hotel Living

After our recent adventure to Las Vegas for the 2104 ABC Kids Expo, we shared with you some of our editors’  hand picked, favorite, time tested travel products. Now, we’re diving in a little deeper with the awesome items that keep us from feeling homesick when on the road. Here are some of our favorite products to make any hotel room your home away from home – for both you and your children! 

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Editors’ View: Favorite Travel Products

We recently showed you the Insider’s Look at the ABC Expo, where you learned that two of our editors traveled to Las Vegas to attend the ABC Kids Expo. We scouted out the best of the best products to feature on Daily Mom in the future, and are so excited to share those items with you. During our traveling adventures, we got to test out, first hand, many items that ease the burden of traveling for you and the kids, and make the process more fun.  These are our hand picked, favorite, time tested travel products that really made our lives easier and our kids happier.

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The Root Of Mommy Wars: A SAHM’s Perspective

Mommy Wars seem to be all the rage lately. The passive aggressive battle between stay-at-home moms and moms who work out of the home litters our Facebook feeds with blog posts whose “in-your-face” titles beg for our camaraderie in the form of “likes.” SAHMs want to convince their working friends that they have it so much better, while moms who work out of the home fire back that they have two 24 hour jobs to balance instead of just one. The truth of the matter is none of it is easy.

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