10 Ways to Washi: Birthday Edition

Washi tape is not only great for the holidays and for organizing, but it’s a birthday party essential these days, especially for the DIYer! There are countless ways to put your personal touch on the birthday parties you throw simply with a roll or two of washi tape. Don’t limit yourself to the 10 ideas we’re about to show you, let your imagination run wild, and see what else you can come up with.

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10 Things You Rarely Hear About Divorce

Divorce is so commonplace. Right now you can immediately think of a hand full of people in some stage of the divorce process. Of all of those people, is there one couple who are both better off in a great place, happy that they divorced or are divorcing, with bright, happy, healthy, balanced children? For being such an everyday occurrence, there is a lot of hush-hush and shame about it. The job of your family is to love and support you. The job of your friends is to rally around you and help you tune your war cry. The job of your children is to be kids. Here are a few details of divorce none of them know or will be bold enough to say.

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How to Grocery Shop with a Toddler (or two!)

Do you remember the joy of strolling through the grocery aisles at your leisure, sipping on Starbucks, flipping through your organized coupon book, price comparing peanut butter for a good 10 minutes, and picking out the most expensive, hours-spent-researching bottle of wine? Yup, those were the days. The good ‘ol grocery shopping days that you won’t get back for the next 18 or so years.

Any mom out there knows that you can never simply “go grocery shopping.” The whole process from getting the kids out the door to the store and home again becomes an epic battle, complete with tears from everyone, lots of yelling, and many a forgotten item. This is compounded when you add a toddler or two to the mix. But don’t despair, there is a way to grocery shop with toddlers in tow and come out of the checkout line alive, complete with your bottle of wine (some things never change). Here’s how!

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8 Ways to Inspire a Love for Reading

8 Ways to Inspire a Love of Reading

Children naturally love to read. Unfortunately, with so much media available, kids are much more apt to watch television (or an iPad) than they are to pick up a book.

In fact, according to a recent report published by Common Sense Media, reading rates are dropping among adolescents at an alarming rate. We believe it has little to do with entertainment value and more to do with what is grabbing their attention first. While we realize that reading has a lot of competition as children age into adolescents and teens, we believe a strong foundation in reading at home has the ability to overcome the statistics.

Research has proven that reading aloud to your kids on a daily basis is one of the most effective ways to encourage children to read. That encouragement goes a step further when you make reading accessible and fun by providing reading-friendly spaces in your home.

With that said, today’s tips aim to build your child’s literacy skills AND inspire a love for reading that will last a lifetime! 

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10 Ways to Garden with a Toddler

You’ve been waiting all winter long to whip out your green thumb, to visit the nursery and pick out your favorite flowers and seeds, to feel the cool soil between your fingers, and to let the sun warm your back. It’s finally time, and you’re just about to drop the exact number of microscopic seeds into a perfectly measured hole when you’re startled by a happy yell and an ice cold stream of water pummeling your back, knocking you over and sending the organic seeds flying through the air. In your garden zen, you forgot for a moment that you have a toddler.

Whether you have a half acre garden or a raised square foot bed, one toddler or three, you can still happily tend to your garden this year with your toddler underfoot. Here are some ways to garden alongside your little one with less stress and less mess.

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Tea for Two: Best Teas for Breastfeeding

When you’re pregnant, you know how important it is to watch every little thing you put in your mouth and to be aware of things in your environment. Many women are shocked to find out that what they can ingest is still somewhat limited, however, if they choose to breastfeed following pregnancy. While you can go back to eating sushi, have an occasional drink, and take a few more medications that were off limits previously, you still need to watch what goes in your system and may come out in your milk. Herbal teas are great for soothing nerves, tummies, and a sore throat–but did you know there are many teas that help boost milk production and can even help a colicky baby? Continue reading for some tea ideas that are compatible with breastfeeding and even have extra benefits.

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10 Ways to Survive Two Under Two

You look down at the precious face in your arms, having already fallen completely in love with the surprise of your new baby daughter. As the nurse pries her out of your arms to take her to the nursery for regular newborn testing, you lean back on the hospital pillow, still inhaling her sweet baby scent and dreaming of pink, lace, and bows. All of a sudden, the door opens and in walks your husband and 15 month old son who is here to meet his new sister. Reality and panic hit you in the face as you realize, that yes, you now have two babies, you have two kids under two years old. Oh boy.

~~~~~~~~~   Welcome to the two under two club mama   ~~~~~~~~~

Even though you’ve spent the last 9 months preparing for this time, it’s still scary knowing that as soon as you get home, your already full hands are about to become twice as full. That’s why we’re not only here to help you prepare for the journey of having two under two (read 10 Ways to PREPARE for Two Under Two), but we’re also giving you some ways on how to actually survive day to day life with these two babies.

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Spring Break Cocktails with a Twist

Spring Break Cocktails with a Twist

Ahhh Spring break: drinks in hand, beach sand between our toes, a teeny swim suit on. Oh wait, that was Spring Break, pre-kids. Now-a-days it’s sprinkler time, noodle crafts, and play dates, but just because we have babies now doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a warm spring evening cocktail! For this Spring Break, we have taken three classic drinks: the cosmopolitan, a bloody mary and the margarita and changed them up a bit. We have taken some of our favorite mixers and liquors and combined them with a twist to each drink and made them unique, and more suited for spring break! So after the kids are in bed, try one of these unique drinks and just imagine you are on the beach instead of in your backyard.

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5 Rules For Safe Co-Sleeping

5 Rules For Safe CoSleeping

Co-sleeping (defined as sharing a common sleeping area with your  child – whether it be the same room, bedsharing, etc.), offers a wide array of benefits to mom and baby.  For our ancestors, cosleeping was a matter of survival, and this traditional sleeping practice is catching on again with today’s modern mamas.  If you’re contemplating co-sleeping with your baby, read on to learn more about the benefits you’ll reap, and how to practice safe co-sleeping

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Easy Snow Ice Cream: Two Ways!

snow ice cream

When life gives you snow, make ice cream! This cool treat will turn a snow day into a very sweet memory.  It tastes delicious and only takes about 5 minutes to make. There’s no need for an ice cream maker, blender or food processor, heavy cream, or refined sugar.  This ice cream has a soft-serve consistency that will make you and your kids want to peek out your window and wish for more snow.  

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Spring Hairstyles for Little Girls

Spring Hairstyles for Little Girls

Having a little girl is so much fun, and part of that is seeing her turn into a little lady.  When your little girl begins to have choices when it comes to wearing her hair, it may be difficult as a mom to choose that perfect hairstyle that fits all of her activities. Here are a few simple Spring hairstyles that can be used on all types of hair–thick or thin, long or short (just under the ears)–and we think all of these styles look very sweet.  

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Homemade Personal Pizzas

homemade personal pizzas

Are you searching for something to make for dinner that is fun and unique? Maybe you have a pizza night each week and just can’t agree on toppings that everyone is happy with?  Personal pizzas are fun to make and easier than you might imagine–not to mention, delicious! These pizzas have a delicious thin crust that will have you reminiscing of the famous personal pizzas from your favorite pizzeria in Florence.   

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Introducing Tea To Toddlers

For centuries, people have been drinking tea. Aside from the titillating flavors of the masterfully crafted blends on the market today, there’s no denying the immense amount of health benefits attached to tea. There are specially blended herbs, flowers, spices and leaves that aid in just about every ailment or situation you might find yourself in- from a stuffy nose to achy joints to sleepless nights. 

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