Oh, Mommy Guilt. No one told you that it came with the baby! Whether working out of the home or staying at home, “mommy guilt” manages to rear its ugly head. Think: Where is your guilt stemming from? Is the source of your guilt something that you can easily change? Decide what you can do to make a positive change to rid yourself of these feelings, take a step in that direction, and send that mommy guilt packing.
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.
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.
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.
Whether it’s your first baby or your fourth, the month before the little bundle of joy arrives can be a hectic one. There are so many things to do and you don’t want to forget a thing. Keep our list handy and you’ll be prepared with time to spare!
As you prepare for your second child’s upcoming arrival, a very popular trend is popping up – sibling gifts! We’re here to share with you our favorite gift ideas both to, and from your new arrival, sure to delight their older sibling as well for years to come.
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!
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?
You feel your biological clock ticking. Scratch that. It’s all you hear, every second of every minute of every day. This ticking might have been the rhythm you’ve been marching to for years or it might have crept up on you unexpectedly one day as you were holding your best friend’s newborn for the first time. Either way, you want a baby. And you want one now. This overwhelming need fills every inch of your body; and you just know it’s time.
While your heart might be ready, however, there are some important questions you need to ask yourself – and your partner- before you jump headfirst into trying to conceive.
Are you of the mindset that each child is deserving of their own baby shower, regardless of their birth order? Check out our suggestions for creating a simple and streamlined baby registry.
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.
Now that your baby is One, they’re more mobile, more vocal, and want more engaging playtime. They are outgrowing the teething toys and rattles from their infant days and are capable of manipulating more detailed playthings. We are delighted to feature a few of our favorite toys for one year old tots – why we love them and why they love them too!
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!
Getting active as a family is a wonderful bonding activity that is both fun and healthy for everyone! We have put together a full guide of gear from bikes to baby seats to accessories that will get you on the road to a family biking tradition, in style.
Are you trapped indoors because of rainy weather, or are your kids simply bored with their vast selection of playroom toys? Luckily, an easy and fun activity is doable, with materials that are probably lurking in your junk drawer as we speak!