Creating a Kickass Backyard For Open-Ended Play

Summer is almost over and a lot of us are finally dreaming about the cooler season of fall. Pumpkin spice everything, boots, scarves, and warm apple cider are just a few of the daily daydreams you may be having as you pack up your inflatable pool and pull out the fire pit. For many places in the United States, fall is one of the few times during the year where everyone actually wants to be outside. And even though you probably spent a fair share of time outside this summer, this time you don’t have to worry about bugs, humidity, or sunburns. Fall is the time to get the kids outside before it gets too cold, so why not create a backyard that both you and the kids (and probably some other kids from the neighborhood) can enjoy before winter cabin fever sets in!

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How to Shop the Farmers Market

As summer wraps up, so will the growing season for most produce throughout the country. Now is the best time to hit up your local farmer’s market to experience the freshest fruits and vegetables you’ll get all year round.

Shopping at the farmer’s market during the summer supports the local community and lowers your carbon footprint, ensuring that the items you bring home came from a nearby farm instead of being shipped halfway around the world.

We’ve all been to the market and come home with a bag of artisan pasta, fresh banana bread, and little to no produce. Before you grab your market bags and head out the door we have a few tricks you should know to help ensure your trip is fruitful.

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Preventing Ticks the Natural Way

Most of us across the country have been sucked into the yearly hysteria involving ticks: who they are, what threats they bring, and how this year is the “worst year” thus far. While the threat of Lyme disease is a very real and dangerous thing for those of us who venture outdoors on a semi-regular basis, we really feel that fear shouldn’t cripple you, or discourage you from exploring the great outdoors during the beautiful and warm summer months with your family. So we’ve put together everything you need to know about ticks, from the different types out there, to how to prevent them from ticking you off (see what we did there?), and preventing them from sucking the fun from your outdoor lifestyle. (We’re full of puns.)

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20 Instant Pot Recipes Guaranteed to Please the Whole Family

So the newest kitchen gadget that has become all the rave is the Instant Pot. This amazing machine has likely become popular due to the rise in working women, extracurricular activities for the kids, and basically the decline of the 1950’s housewife who had the luxury of slow cooking a delicious dinner all day. For some of us food lovers, the idea of being able to putter around in a kitchen preparing a meal, sipping on a glass of wine really would be the epitome of enjoyment, but for same said food lovers the reality might be wrangling three kids home from baseball with an hour til bedtime for homework, baths, AND dinner.

With constant specials on Amazon (our online shopping BEST FRIEND), Instant Pot has stepped in to save the day. Unlike the stovetop pressure cookers of old that our mothers guaranteed would blow up our houses, sending us to the hospital, this electric pressure cooker has all sorts of safety mechanisms, bells, and whistles making dinnertime easier than ever. 

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Whole 30 Summer Side Dish Round Up

As the days are getting longer and the kids are up later celebrating the season of summer, it is time for family gatherings, neighborhood barbecues, and eating outdoors. People are dusting off picnic tables and uncovering grills that have been hiding under tarps and snow for the last several months, but now it is time to enjoy the warm and balmy evenings with great friends and great food!

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“Fun In The Summertime Sun” Facebook LIVE VIDEO + Giveaway

If you’ve been loving our Facebook LIVE bashes and giveaways, well, we’re back for more! This time, we’ve embraced our summer lovin’ and showcased some of the coolest, most unique, and practical items for making summer safe, stylish, and fun. Partnering up with our favorite brands, editor Dani and her sister Liz are LIVE today on Daily Mom’s Facebook page, giving you the nitty gritty on their summer faves, including products for everyone in the family, which you can now enter to WIN! See all the details below…

If you didn’t tune into our Facebook Live video event, then go ahead and watch the replay now to learn more and see the products in real life – and scroll all the way to the bottom of this post to enter to win something from each of these amazing companies!

And if you shared our LIVE video, RSVP’ed to the event page, and shared the LIVE video on Facebook, you can also gain extra entries – and you’ll want them after reading about all the items that are up for grabs!

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9 house plants you won’t kill

House plants add greenery while helping to clean the air and remove toxins from your home, but at first glance, adding a plant means extra work. Some days it’s hard enough to take care of the things in the house that make noise (kids and pets), but plants will silently suffer until one day you notice a pile of brown leaves in the corner.

If that sounds like you, have no fear! We’ve put together a list of our favorite house plants that will make even the newest gardener look like the top green thumb on the block.

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Creating the Perfect Outdoor Space with Plow and Hearth

With summer in full swing, we are all excited to get outdoors with the family and spend quality time together. All winter long, and most of the spring you spent cooped up indoors through bad weather and bitter temperatures. Now, it’s finally time to get outside and soak up the sun. The best part? Getting outdoors brings enjoyment through the summer and far into the fall. What better place to enjoy all of the beautiful weather to come with the family than from the comfort of your own backyard? Now, all you need to do is create the perfect outdoor family space. Sound overwhelming? Let Plow & Hearth help!

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Making Summer Cleaning Fun with Casabella

Keeping a clean house is a challenge, even in the best of situations. With warmer weather bringing more outdoor activities and full days of the kiddos home without school, balancing cleaning with making summer memories can be difficult. Using cleaning tools that make keeping the house together can free up time, allowing you to focus on what’s important this summer.

Today, we want to share some of the tools from Casabella that will take the work out of cleaning your home. Be sure to tune into our Facebook Live video event on June 29th at 9 pm EST (or watch the replay later on) to learn more and see the products in real life. 

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Eating Organic Foods With 9 Children To Feed? Absolutely!

How in the world do you feed nine children!? AND organic foods at that? Prioritize. It really is that simple. Whether the children were planned or not, they’re here now, and beyond breastfeeding or formula, it’s now time to move them onto solids. Perhaps you’re one of those crunchy mommas who want nothing but the most naturally grown and chemical free foods to ever touch your child’s lips – or you’re just good with wholesome food, organic on occasion is fine. Either way, you really do want organic, but let’s be real. Organic foods are 40-100% MORE expensive than their conventional counterparts, so let’s set aside feeding one child organic, but NINE!? Yes, and with a budget most families are on for a family of 4-6!

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How to Cut the Cable Cord

If budget living has you looking to cut expenses, doing away with the $100+ cable bill might be a great item to remove from your monthly cost list. Do you really need all 300 channels, or are you just regularly watching only 5-10 of your favorites?

We’ve outlined the steps you need to go through to cut your cable bill for good, and still have access to everything your family wants to watch.

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9 Signs That You Need A New Mattress

There are some big purchases that we all have to make. Some things are just necessities, and even though we might not like opening our wallet up for these big ticket items, at some point we have to do so. One of those purchases is a mattress. You have to sleep, and unless you want to start sleeping on the floor, you need a mattress. Here’s the problem many of us have when it comes to mattresses: we don’t know when to buy a new one. We hold onto an old mattress long past its usefulness, and we suffer because of this. Mattresses aren’t designed to last forever, and just like everything else in our world, technology is making mattresses smarter and more comfortable. As parents, we already are lacking in the sleep department. Make the sleep you do get count by replacing your mattress. Not sure if you need to start shopping for a new bed? Here are nine signs it is time to upgrade to a new mattress.

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5 Unique Ways To De-Stress As A SAHM

STRESS – let it go, and we’ll say it again – let it go! A world where you live (yes, the home with the little relaxation-suckers, aka your kids) – without stress actually does exist. If you have the theme song from Frozen in your head right now, you’re in the perfect place! It’s a place where you can magically create through your mind, fingertips, and choose to intentionally take the leap of de-stressing yourself in your own home. Stress can save your life or destroy it, and since there aren’t any saber-tooth tigers in your living room, we’re giving you five unique ways to make the bad stress – never really bother you anymore.

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9 Activities to Enjoy with Your Baby and Dog

Almost half of the households in the United States have a dog. Adding a new baby into the family can change the dynamics and the routines in your home. Sometimes it can be traumatic for your first furry love, but it doesn’t have to be like that. You always can find ways for your dog to be an active member of your child’s development.

Today we will talk about nine activities that your dog will enjoy with your baby.

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