5 Tasty Spices And Their Potential Health Benefits

We’ve come a long way from the simple days of enhancing our meals with salt and pepper. Today, it’s not uncommon to find elaborate spice racks in the decked out kitchens of top chefs all the way down to the 600 square foot apartment of a budgeted college student. In a day and age where food is not just a necessity, but an art form, and cooking shows rule the airwaves, unique spice combinations have become the focal point of dishes not only in upscale city restaurants, but in family homes across the country.

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Tips for Introducing Your Dog to the New Baby

Long before having babies, many people are already parents to their beloved four-legged friend. Are you the proud parent of a fur baby? If so, once you’re expecting, you may find yourself with concerns over how your dog will react to the new addition to the family. Will you still be able to give him/her the attention you always have? Will your pet feel neglected? We have several tips to prepare your dog for baby’s arrival and that first introduction.

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Skip Purees with Baby Led Weaning

Is your baby ready for solid food? If so, did you know that you don’t have to spoon feed your baby jarred food or make your own purees? Instead, skip ahead and go straight to finger foods with baby led weaning. This increasingly popular option fosters healthy eating habits by encouraging your baby to take the lead and experiment with different foods on his own terms. Here’s what you need to know about this alternative way to introduce solids.

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Channeling the Competitive Kid

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They have the “eye of the tiger,” as the song lyrics say. Your child was born a competitor who strives to be the best at all things at all times, and so help whoever or whatever gets in the way! These traits are strengths when channeled properly, but can pose challenges when your child is pushed, tested and possibly bested by a challenger. Help to direct this determination in positive ways. Whether the contest for your child is in classroom, in the dance studio, the Tae Kwan Do dojo, on the baseball the field, or in a chess match, learn how to channel your competitive kid!

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Is Your Diaper Bag Poisoning Your Child?

Diaper bags have come a long way in terms of fashion and functionality. Today, there are literally hundreds of companies marketing chic, stylish diaper bags in all shapes and sizes to suit the needs and style of every type of person. When searching for the perfect diaper bag, you might become completely overwhelmed with your options. Should you chose the carryall, the tote or the backpack? Should it have a waterproof coating or be machine washable? Will you need 6 exterior pockets or just 3? While all of these questions might seem important, the biggest question you should be asking yourself is: Is this diaper bag non-toxic?

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Bye Bye Binky! 5 Ways To Get Rid of the Pacifier

Pacifier. Binky. Soothie. Plug. Mute Button. Whatever you call it, this little plastic contraption has become a staple in your little one’s life, comforting them since infancy. Now that they are getting older, you’re finding that the pacifier isn’t a convenience any more, it’s actually becoming a nuisance. Have you ever had the joy of tearing apart your house mid-toddler tantrum to try to find a pacifier?  Or the pleasure of deciphering your toddlers already confusing vocabulary with a binky hanging out of their mouth? If so, it’s probably time for it to go. You can always just go cold turkey, tossing all pacis in the trash and winging it, but here are some fun ideas that make the loss a little bit easier on your child.

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Tips & Tricks for Preparing Freezer Meals

Whether you’re a working mom or a stay-at-home mom, preparing meals can be a daunting and time-consuming task. When you or the kids are hungry, and you’re short on time, it’s easy to grab something not-so-healthy just because it’s quick. But, by spending a few hours a week preparing meals and freezing them, you can eliminate much of the stress related to meal prep. The end result is that you’ll eat better as well as save yourself so much time and money! But, what kinds of foods freeze well? How should you store them in the freezer? We will give you the low-down, along with some favorite recipes!

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Potty Training Product Guide

Potty training isn’t always the easiest process, in fact it may be one of the toughest things you’ve had to deal with in parenthood thus far! Luckily, there are a variety of awesome potty training products available to help you along the way. Here are our picks for some of the best of the best when it comes to potty training your toddler, from potty chairs to travel seats to training pants.

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Creative Ways to Display Kids Artwork

It’s that time again! Back to school means back to routines and schedules. It also means your little artists will be bringing home drawings and paintings galore. Most kids love seeing their creations displayed throughout the house, but how can you do that without the artwork taking over every last inch of fridge and wall space? We’ve found a bunch of creative and cute ways to display your little one’s masterpieces!

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