Rear Facing: Just The Facts

Did you know that September is Child Passenger Safety Month? Every day we get into the car with our children. We may be headed to bring them to school, run errands, visit family and friends or to just grab a bite to eat. Whether it be a short trip to the store, or a longer day trip we want to be sure that we our traveling with our children in the safest manner possible! Unfortunately, statistics state that car crashes are the leading cause of death and injury to children in the United States ages 1 to 12. As parents it is our job to ensure that they are protected to the best of our ability! Is rear facing and extended rear facing (ERF) the safest way to strap them in? Let’s take a look at the facts.

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Top Breastfeeding Myths and Tips from Shari Criso

Shari Criso is a woman that to many people, needs no formal introduction.  She is a nationally recognized parenting educator, entrepreneur, and most importantly, loving wife & proud mother of two amazing breastfed daughters.  Her credentials include: Registered Nurse, Certified Nurse Midwife, and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She knows her stuff! Read on to find out all that she has learned in her years as a breastfeeding educator and advocate as Shari busts the top myths about breastfeeding and shares her top tips on how to make breastfeeding work for you.

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Female Problems? There’s an herb for that!

Women face an array of unpleasant health issues which can range from managing their monthly cycle of hormonal ups and downs, to menstrual dismay, struggling with their libido and everything in between. The good news is that you don’t need to deal with these problems lying down — on a heating pad, of course. Before you open your medicine cabinet and routinely reach for ibuprofen, sleeping pills or other drugs try turning to the plant world for natural, non-toxic remedies for common complaints.

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Treating a Headache without Pills


We sure know how hard dealing with headaches can be, especially when you are trying to be a mom at the same time. The pain can leave you feeling tired, stressed, and unproductive, but not everyone likes to pop open the medicine cabinet and take a pain reliever. In this article we are going to give you some tips on how to alleviate headaches with a more natural approach. Read on to find out how.

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Dads: 20 Ways to Bond with Your Baby

You’ve been looking forward to this day for the last 9 months. You’ve assembled the crib, painted the nursery, and taken the childbirth classes. Now she’s here. You’re finally holding your new baby girl in your arms. It’s everything you thought it would be, until you get home from the hospital and all of a sudden, your new baby seems to have forgotten about you. She’s constantly nursing and being soothed by Mom. How are you supposed to compete with Mom’s delicious milk? Don’t worry, you can still bond with your new baby! Here are 20 ways to get you and your baby off on the right foot to a long-lasting, loving relationship.

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What you need to know about Bullying

What you need to know about Bullying

Bullying is a term that has had a profound impact on school systems, especially in more recent times because the internet. It is a serious problem that needs to be addressed before it starts. Ultimately, it is up to us, as parents, to ensure our kids safety and security. But what exactly can we do about it? Let’s discuss a few alarming statistics and explore ways to prevent bullying.

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Our Favorite School Gear

If you ask any kid what their favorite new items to get when school time comes, new backpacks and lunch boxes will top the list! All kids love showing off their  backpacks to their friends on the first day of school and “Oooooh check out that cool lunch box!! Where did you get it?” is a hot conversation in the lunch room. As most seasoned moms of school-aged kids know, certain backpacks and lunch boxes may look fun and have your child’s favorite character on them, but often these bags will NOT last the school year. Constantly taking books and binders in and out of bags wears on the pockets, zippers and bottoms of bags and many a parent that has been suckered into buying one of these cheaper bags, often are buying a new one mid-way through the school year. This year, we have gathered some pretty awesome looking backpacks and lunch boxes that not only are super cute, but are made with quality and safe materials that will last through out the school year!  These backpacks and lunch boxes are great for not only school time but for any time! They are so well made, you kids will be begging you to take them to sleepovers, to their sports activities or even just to tote all of their gear to visit a friend.

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Pacifier Pros and Cons

Binkies, nubbies, pacis, soothies, dummies–however you refer to them, pacifiers can be one of your baby’s favorite objects. But there are some caveats when it comes to pacifiers. So, should you give your baby a pacifier? Below we take a look at some pros and cons.

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Bringing Books to Life: ABC’s

Bringing Books to Life-ABCs

When we read, we often find ourselves so engrossed in the story that it’s like we’re part of it! The book comes to life around us and we really feel as though we’re living the story. And isn’t that what makes reading awesome? When it comes to children, they’re no different. But to take it a step further: imagine their excitement when the story actually comes to life. In this post, we’ll discuss books your kids will enjoy as well as break down a corresponding activity to bring them to life!

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How to Boost Your Child’s Vocabulary

How to Boost Vocab

We know that every child develops in his or her own unique way and may or may not follow the developmental milestones outlined in books. However, something that is always helpful for every child is giving them opportunities to grow, explore, and allow their minds to expand so they can ask questions and learn. Here are some simple tips for helping your child build his or her vocabulary in a stress-free and positive way.

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Simple & Healthy School Lunch Ideas

Back to school is here and that means back to packing lunches! If you a health conscious parent, you know that some school districts lunches can be laden with high sodium and heavily processed foods so packing your child’s lunch is often the healthiest option. Most of us parents begin the year with all sorts of delicious combinations and ideas and soon those fade away when as the days pass on and on and on. We want to help out with that by giving you some healthy options from each food group that you can pick and choose from to create simple and healthy lunches for your kids for each day of school.

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50+ FUN Ways to Practice Spelling Words

Spelling words are apart of every child’s curriculum and can be a challenge to study at home. Between tired kids, sports, extracurricular activities, reading logs and other homework, kids can be overworked as it is- but these words are important to study, so what’s a parent to do? When we were kids the common way to practice our new lists was to write them. Over and over and over again. Sure, this may have done the trick but it was B-O-R-I-N-G boring! Did we ever look forward to that? Probably not. These words are no less important to practice now then they were wayyyyy back then, but now -a-days we can come up with more fun and interesting ways to practice them!

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Treating Childhood Fevers Naturally

For many parents discovering that their child has a fever prompts a call to the doctor and immediate action to lower the fever as quickly as possible, often using over the counter fever reducing medication. However, is your child’s fever really a cause for concern? Is lowering it the best choice? A fever is your body’s natural response to infection or illness and, believe it or not, it is actually your child’s friend. A fever is a sign that the body’s immune system is working at its best. Depending on the circumstances, lowering the fever could not only be unnecessary, it can hamper your child’s recovery process and prolong their illness.

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