Sweet & Simple Bedtime Routines

Gone are the days of rocking your baby to sleep, but even now that your little one is a “big kid” snuggled into his or her own bed, having a nighttime routine is just as important as ever. Establishing a routine helps set the stage for a good night’s sleep for your child and for you. At its best, bedtime is a calming ritual. At its worst, it’s bedlam. Learn how to avoid chaos and bring on the calm.

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Simple Strategies to Support Creativity at Home

In such a rapidly developing world, creativity is quickly becoming a sought-after trait.  Did you know that creative thinking promotes self-actualization, independent thought, and problem solving?  Even though everyone already has some level of creativity, it is something that can be encouraged and developed.  In other words, it does not matter whether or not your child has demonstrated a strong sense of creativity in the past.  You can still help to encourage creative behaviors in your daily life.  Not sure where to start?  Here are a few ideas to get the creativity flowing in your home.

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Keeping The Romance Alive After Kids

Once you become a parent, your primary focus shifts from your spouse or significant other to your children. Gone are the days of spontaneous, drawn out date nights and hours of privacy. While having children can form a new, deep bond in a relationship, it can also send romance to the back burner. You need to realize that it is going to take some work on your part to keep the spark flying between you and your partner. Here are six tips to help amp up the romance in your relationship.

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Toddler Travel Essentials

Whether you’re flying cross-country or embarking on that dreaded 8 hour drive to grandma’s house, one thing is certain: traveling with a toddler is rarely easy. Packing for a trip can be overwhelming enough when it’s just for yourself; but trying to decipher every little need your toddler might have and fitting it all into your luggage is a daunting task.  Clothing, diapers and toiletries are a no-brainer; but the following is a list of helpful hints and toddler travel essentials that might slip your mind in the midst of the chaos of preparing for your trip:

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50 Summer Bucket List Ideas

It’s summertime: the weather is nice, the kids are out of school, and there is a world of opportunity for fun. It’s the perfect time to make a summer fun bucket list to get your family’s summer adventures heading in the right direction. Here are 50 ideas to get your bucket list started.

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Mommy Bloggers Turned Authors: Their Inspiring True Stories

From daily photos of toothless smiles to written woes of potty training… through the captured snapshots of joyous milestones to the life changing moments of parenthood; “Mommy Bloggers” are taking over the internet and sharing their lives in an effort to connect with others and capsulize their daily memories to one day share with their children.

Some Mommy Bloggers’ stories have become so inspirational (or just plain hilarious) that they’ve amassed world-wide followings. And some have even gone as far as to take what started out as a simple daily blog and become authors of their own autobiographies. The following are some of the most acclaimed Mommy Bloggers turned authors and their must-read books:

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Tips for Transitioning Your Toddler From Crib to Bed

Maybe your toddler has learned how to crawl out of the crib or they’re just so long that their arms and legs are always sticking out through the crib slats. Or maybe, you have another baby on the way and don’t want to buy a second crib. Whatever the reason, you’ve determined that it’s time to move them into a big kid bed. So, how do you actually go about making the switch?

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The Coolest New Baby Books

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Baby books are all the rage these days. You can find them in bookstores, grocery stores, Amazon  – most airport magazine stands even have a designated baby book section now! It’s so hard to resist building your baby’s reading collection early on when there are more options out there than ever before. While you’ve probably received classics like “Goodnight Moon” and “The Cat In The Hat” at your baby shower, the following are just a few of the coolest new baby books on the block. Snag some for your little one today!

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