Eco-Friendly and Unique Ways to Garden

Even in an urban or suburban setting, you can have an amazing garden in your yard with minimal space. That garden can be eco-friendly and you can reap the benefits of caring for your garden. A garden in a small space like a backyard doesn’t have to be a few potted plants that you forget to water. You can have a garden that is full of life and that contributes to your life, your home and the planet in a positive way.

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5 Ways to Better Organize Your Craft Storage

Many craft projects require purchasing items in bulk or tools that can be used for more than one project. After a few months of DIY projects, those small craft items can easily start to pile up in corners, closets and drawers.

If Pinterest project leftovers are cluttering your space, it is time to start spring cleaning early and organize your crafting stash before taking on your next home project. Here are 5 ways to better organize your craft storage space.

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6 Musts for Achieving a Beautiful Lawn

It wasn’t too long ago that the patriarch in the family was considered the go-to caretaker for all things lawn-related, as it was seen as one of the ways men offset the gendered imbalance present in housework. Many men still enjoy the rigors and pleasures of yard work, but more and more women are getting in the act, too. A beautiful lawn, however, requires more than just a gender-neutral willingness to fire up the lawnmower, work the edger, and dig up dandelions with the fervor of a suburbanite dad. Here are six musts that everyone should get behind on their quest to achieve a beautiful lawn. 

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The Best Flowers For Spring Gardens

Spring is in the air and as the weather turns warmer it is time to start planning what improvements you’d like to make to your yard. Starting with a spring plan will help ensure that your garden is bright and beautiful during the peak summer months.

Traditional spring flowers like tulips, daffodils and crocus are planted in the fall, but if you haven’t planned ahead it’s not too late to create a beautiful spring garden using other options that are best planted after the ground has thawed.

Today we’ll share some easy tips and plant recommendations from experts that you can use to improve your curb appeal and create a beautiful landscape you are proud of. 

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Moments of Marriage – A Letter to My Granddaughter

Wedding season is upon us. Many young women are proudly showing off their beautiful engagement rings and beginning their wedding preparations. It is a time of excitement for brides-to-be, their mothers, and if they’re fortunate enough to still have their grandmothers present, exciting for them as well. For many though, their grandmothers have passed on and it often leaves a void. Many years of wisdom from grandmothers could be shared and unfortunately won’t be.

For this reason, I want to be sure my granddaughter has tidbits of wisdom tucked into her heart, from my heart, before she walks down the aisle. I want her to know, even if I am not there with her physically, that my spirit and the moments of marriage I pass onto her will be remembered for always.

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Shopping More Naturally

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom’s of Maine for IZEA. All opinions are 100% of Daily Mom.

If you desire a more natural lifestyle for your family, a good place to start is to change the way you shop. When you sit your kids in the shopping cart at your favorite super store like Target, you can make more natural choices for everything on your list. Earth Day (April 22, 2016) is just around the corner so this is the perfect time to make some changes for your family and the planet. We have some great tips to keep in mind if you want to shop more naturally.

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How Olympians Handle Parenthood

Can you imagine the publicity, the rush of adrenaline, the excitement and the terror of competing in the Olympics? That is exactly what Kikkan Randall felt as she became the first ever female to score a World Cup victory in cross-country skiing.

As exciting as that was, her focus is now on her next venture – motherhood. Since this is no small feat for her, she is one woman who relies on wild seafood to fuel her pregnancy health that will not only take her to the finish line, but her unborn child is in the race too… and it’s a great start!

Join in on this exciting venture: interviewing Kikkan on her triumphs and why she has chosen seafood to fuel her next goal: a healthy pregnancy and baby.

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Houseplant Safety for Pets

You love your furry kids, your cats and dogs. When trying to add a little more life to your home with the help of some plants, you could be putting your animals at risk. Not all plants are safe for pets, and some can be deadly. Avoid vet bills or even worse, heartbreak from a lost pet, and make sure the plants around your home are safe! We’ve put all the information about plants here for you, including a printable of some common plants you will love and ones to avoid.

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Natural Rolled Oats Muffins

Pretty much every kid in the world is born with a genuine sweet tooth. Often times, it’s difficult to get your toddler to eat anything, let alone healthy snacks and meals throughout the day. When you have a picky eater, you might find yourself resorting to getting grains, protein and other nutrients in them any way possible. An easy solution is processed, store bought cereal bars. Even the healthier, natural options still have a lot of added sugar and preservatives.

If your kids love the taste of cereal bars, but you don’t love the unnecessary ingredients, give our Rolled Oats Muffins a try. Each “muffin” is packed full of nutritious rolled oats, organic applesauce, natural honey and just a tiny bit of brown sugar. Your entire family will love them, and the best part is, you can add any of their favorite fruits, nuts or chocolate chips to each individual muffin to make the entire batch customizable to every member of your family!

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Meet the Daily Mom Pets

This month, we are celebrating pets here at Daily Mom. So many of us have pets as important members of our families and we want to introduce them to you. Our pets fit into our families differently and while they might give us a little trouble now and then, we can’t imagine our lives without them. These are some of the Daily Mom Pets. 

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5 Tips for Taking Care of Your Chandelier

Chandeliers from Lumens of any style and size make a room look elegant and grand. But if you’ve owned a chandelier for any length of time, you might have noticed that their complex shape and position makes them harder to clean and maintain, sometimes causing dust to gather and the shine to fade, taking away the aesthetic you want from your chandelier. Cleaning and maintaining a chandelier doesn’t have to be a huge chore, even for large chandeliers or high ceilings, and it doesn’t have to take a huge amount of time. Here are some tips to keep your chandeliers looking shiny and new for years to come:

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From Choking Hazard to Safe Snack

You hear about food safety from your pediatricians, but sometimes you wonder if all the warnings are blown out of proportion. Is choking really that big of a problem for kids? Based on a little research, it turns out it is. According to studies by the American Academy of Pediatrics (The AAP), “choking is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality among children, especially those aged 3 years or younger.” Children under the age of 4 are at the greatest risk of choking. If you have thought to yourself that your toddler is good at eating and won’t choke, or that you only feed her certain foods while you are watching, you might want to seriously consider changing the way you approach food safety.

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Montessori in the Kitchen: 4 tips for making food fun

The kitchen. It’s the one place in a household that is usually off-limits to little ones. Ovens, knives, glassware… the list of fearful items goes on and on. Let us not forget the added mess that is inevitable when a child helps you prepare a meal. But, meal preparation and kitchen play is actually one of the best learning scenarios for your child, giving them a chance to learn not only how to prepare food (an important life skill), but also the importance of nutritional value and what to eat. Food manipulation – in all of its messy glory – is also one of the best ways to get your picky child to try something new! Thus, we’ve incorporated the highly sought out Montessori method, or learning through self-exploration, to make the home kitchen accessible and enjoyable for all. Check out our tips for making food fun!

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