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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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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“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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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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Family Life Unfiltered with Burrow

When you set up your living spaces, are you setting them up for real life with your family? Do you let your kids live on your furniture, or do you find yourself constantly fretting over stains and rough play? Is your home a place where everyone is comfortable, or does it feel more like a museum? It doesn’t make sense to fill our homes with stuff that we feel the need to tip toe around. Why do we let our furniture control us? Your sofa shouldn’t be the boss of you. However, until now we have had two choices when buying a sofa: buy something cheap and replace it every few years once your family wears it out or buy something expensive and fret over every movement around that sofa knowing you can’t afford to replace it anytime soon. You can have a sofa you love and you can live your family life unfiltered, thanks to a super cool new company called Burrow

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What You Do Not Know About Coil Spring Mattresses

As it’s estimated, we spend a colossal 26 years of our lives sleeping; it’s surprising most of us don’t take sleep as seriously as we perhaps should. In fact, few of us make a conscious effort to keep our bedding and mattress up-to-date and to optimum quality, simply because we forget! But a bad mattress can have hugely detrimental effects on your sleeping pattern and overall quality of sleep, which can result in serious symptoms throughout the body over time if not rectified. But luckily, there is one universal mattress renowned for its variety and composition, and that’s the coil spring.

Due to the various sizes of springs available when manufacturing a range of mattresses, coil spring forms can offer different degrees of support dependent on your preference. So, if you’re looking for a new coil spring mattress or simply want to learn more information about them, below you’ll discover where they originate, different types, and the best methods of shopping for one!

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A Makeover to Take Back Your Master Bedroom

The master bedroom easily becomes the family bedroom in today’s families. As moms, we may feel like our bedroom is set up for everyone but us. The kids are always in there, whether for middle of the night snuggles or some quiet time reading a book in the afternoon. Your master bath converts into a playroom the minute you need to do your makeup and hair. Is your husband’s idea of master bedroom decor his dirty clothes all over the room? Meanwhile, your vision for your bedroom is a peaceful oasis in the midst of the chaos in the rest of your home, but with many things in a mom’s life, your wants come last. Take back the master bedroom with a makeover from Lush Decor!

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Monitoring your Home with LG Smart Security

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

In the past, home security meant locks and alarms. It was all about keeping the bad guys out and keeping our stuff safe while we were gone. The meaning of home security has definitely evolved, and keeping our homes secure isn’t just about the stuff anymore. Home security is staying up to date on the status of your home, and the people in it, while you’re away. Up until now, tracking the status of your home was a little complicated (and expensive). You could have professionals install cameras and sensors, and pay a monthly fee for monitoring, or you could go the DIY route, but lose out on the professional monitoring service. With advancements in technology, there is a new solution for home security that will keep your home safe without breaking the bank.

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Daily Mom Spotlight: Beddy’s: Fashionable & Functional Bedding for Kids

Teaching your children about responsibility and tidiness can seriously be a full time job for many of us. If you’re anything like us, we prefer an orderly and picked-up household. Lots of times, that is a pipe-dream for many parents. Keeping their rooms tidy is like pulling teeth for many children, and that’s just keeping the toys off the floor. We cannot rave enough about this fashionable and functional bedding for kids from Beddy’s (Bed-Ease.) Read on to learn all about this innovative product that will make your child’s bedroom instantly feel more organized.

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