As the saying goes, “your children will grow up in the blink of an eye.” One day there is a sweet baby sleeping in your arms, and the next thing you know, that baby is going away to college. Sometimes in the chaos of parenthood, it’s hard to take a step back and really savor the moments you have with your children. Between balancing schedules, meals, projects, activities, bath times and bedtimes, there are days you might feel like it takes all you have in you just to get through the day. But, your children will grow and change as quickly as the days go by. As difficult as it is to make time for everything in your daily life, the following is a list of the most important things you should be doing with your children today.
For some women the first trimester of pregnancy is a breeze full of happiness and the start of a pregnancy glow. But for many, it isn’t so easy. Some of us battle “all-day” sickness, exhaustion, constipation, headaches, and even acne. Read on for tips on coping with some of the more common symptoms of the first trimester.
Big sporting events call for big flavor! But so many of our game day favorites are full of fried, processed, packaged junk, they can leave us feeling rather unsportsmanlike after noshing on them all afternoon. Instead of reaching for the usual bag of potato chips or dialing up pizza delivery, aim to choose snacks made from real and wholesome ingredients.
Whether you’re cheering on Team USA in Sochi, or rooting for your conference in the Super Bowl, all five of these delicious snacks are perfect for fans of all ages. Bonus points: the fast and easy prep will have you out of the kitchen in time for kickoff!
It’s not always easy to find the inspiration to cook new and exciting dinners every night. We get stuck in a rut, making the same meals over and over again. Why not switch up that rotation and try some of our favorite vegetarian meals? Cutting down on meat has health benefits and it’s easier on the wallet too. Check out our favorites for Meatless Monday and beyond!
Is your child constantly irritable and continuously spitting up? Do they shriek from pain when they are laying flat on their backs? These may all be signs of something called gastroesophageal reflux (GER), and we’re here to reassure you that you’re not alone, and we have some suggestions and tips to help suppress the tears (yours, as well as your baby’s!)
The arrival of a new baby is such an exciting time in any woman’s life. But, it can also be overwhelming. Often we are so focused on making sure we have everything for the baby that we forget to take care of ourselves. There are a few things you’ll want to have on hand for after you deliver. Use this list as a guide so you can take care of yourself after the delivery.
It’s no secret that life changes in many amazing and challenging ways when a little baby arrives on the scene. Parents have nine months to stock the nursery, wash the onesies, and read the parenting books before bringing home their bundle of joy. However, not much is said about how Junior’s arrival will impact perhaps the most important relationship in the family: the parents’ marriage.
Lentils are a high-protein, inexpensive food the whole family can enjoy. They can be pureed for new eaters, cooked and stored in the fridge to be added to other dishes throughout the week, and are a great base for introducing infants and toddlers to various flavor combinations.
You have just found out that you’re pregnant, it’s a joyous time, a time to celebrate. However, you’re feeling anything but joyous. You’re anxious, stressed, sad and worst of all, guilty for all these feelings. Prenatal depression is not the blues and it affects 10-15% of pregnant women.
Within seconds of the arrival of your little bundle of joy, she was probably crowned with a traditional blue and pink striped cotton hospital hat. Her first photo, posted to all of your social media sites within hours of her birth, displayed her chubby cheeks and cherub lips protruding from that universal head piece. You proudly placed it on her head for her first car ride home, and then immediately removed it upon arrival and stored it in her memory box for safe keeping.
If you formula feed your baby, or plan to (or need to) in the near future, you’ll want to read this! If you’re a breastfeeding mama, but plan to introduce the bottle at some point, you’ll want to take note as well. When it comes to babies, there is so much gear and it can be confusing trying to choose what’s best for you and for your baby. Which bottles should you choose? How many do you need? How do you clean them? What else do you need to easily and comfortably feed your baby? Don’t worry–let us introduce you to the essentials for formula feeding and bottle feeding moms.
Though the number of breast feeding mothers is on the rise, it will not always be an option for every family. Thankfully, there are formulas readily available to help nourish or supplement your infant. Plus, there is even a Do-It-Yourself option for the family looking to customize their infant’s diet.
Taking your kids shopping can be an arduous and dreadful task. With proper planning, however, this effective chore can be transformed into a successful outing that builds your relationship with your young ones instead of breaking it down.
Take a deep breath, mama, and pat yourself on the back. You’ve officially made it through your first year of motherhood! That’s 365 days, 8760 hours, hundreds hours of feedings, and thousands (thousands!) of diaper changes.
Your year also, no doubt, included a few tears, some stressful moments with your husband, and a few panicked phone calls to your best friend to ask “what on earth have I gotten myself into?” In short, it’s been a year of hard work. However, we hope it’s also been a year of joy, happy surprises, and sweet snuggles as you’ve gotten to know the newest member of your family, refined your talents as a mother, and settled into your life as a mom.
You’re growing a baby. While you may want nothing more than to stuff your face with potato chips and ice-cream (or nothing if you are experiencing the much-dreaded morning sickness), now is the time when you should be thinking about what you put in your mouth more than ever. Everything you eat not only affects you, it impacts your baby’s growth and development. While there are tons of excellent foods for you to choose from over the next several months, here is a list of ten powerful pregnancy super foods to ensure that you and baby are getting the nutrients you really need.