The Barre Fitness Craze

Do you ever spend time flipping through photos of your pre-baby body, wishing you could return to the days of having an actual waistline? Or maybe you wish you could feel more fit, more comfortable in your own skin, but you just haven’t found a workout that you enjoy. Well, there’s a ballet-inspired fitness trend sweeping the nation with promises of sculpted thighs and lifted rears. Let’s take a look at some of the premiere ballet barre workouts that may be just what you need to get your pre-baby body back.

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10 Tips for Starting Preschool or Kindergarten

Beginning preschool or kindergarten is a milestone. Your “baby” is growing up! Naturally, you may be apprehensive for such a change. Take a deep breath, and on the first day of school as you let go of his or her hand, snap a few more pictures, and wipe a few tears (probably your own), know that you have done your part to prepare your little one for the next exciting steps in learning by getting ready for this transition.

Change can be unsettling for parents and children alike, but preparation can take the anxiety out of anticipation. Check out our ten tips for starting preschool or kindergarten!

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DIY Kids Art Lacing Cards

Not only are lacing cards great for your preschooler’s hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and concentration, but they are also a great way to buy yourself a little bit of quiet time! Here is a quick and simple way to make your own lacing cards utilizing your child’s artwork.

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Youthful Luxury from Party to Beach

We can all admit that one of the fun parts of having a little girl is going crazy with her wardrobe. Finding special, beautiful, unique things for her to wear is an ongoing source of fun and joy. We all love to see our little girls looking beautiful! Biscotti and Kate Mack offer dresses, outfits and bathing suits that will make your jaw drop. Bring out your girly girl side as you discover some of our favorite luxurious looks from Biscotti and Kate Mack!

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Packing Healthy Lunches for Your Kids

Whether your child is staying with your mother-in-law, at a daycare, or is in school, you want him to have the healthiest lunch possible. Often, the food that is available at schools, daycare, and summer camps are not nutritionally valuable and are nothing compared to the foods you serve at home. So why not pack lunches? Here are some helpful tips for packing lunches that are not only healthy, but good for the environment as well.

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Engaging Wall Art for the Modern Nursery

A modern nursery is one with clean lines, and unique finds. Engaging your baby with artwork that has been chosen just for them is a rewarding task! Choosing colors, themes, subjects and textures that baby can admire and relate to is important when giving them an environment in which to grow and thrive. Things like animals (not necessarily cute cartoon versions), nature images, contrast and texture are intrinsically familiar and interesting to look at. Here is a collection of engaging wall art to decorate your modern nursery.

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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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Our Healthiest Toddler Snacks

Finding healthy snacks for your toddler – and ones he or she will actually eat – can be a challenge.  We are bombarded with thousands of unhealthy snack options, and sometimes it just seems easier to cave and run to a fast food drive-through, or grab a bag of chips from the checkout aisle. We’ve all been there, and have broken down in stressful situations (starving toddler wailing in the supermarket, strangers staring and giving you the stink-eye) by grabbing whatever junk food is within arm’s reach, tossing it to your child, and then feeling guilty later.

With a little planning ahead, these situations can be avoided, and you can be prepared to have healthy snacks to offer your toddler at all times. 

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Natural Remedies For 5 Common Baby Ailments

natural remedies for 5 common baby ailments

No one likes to see their baby sick or in pain, and it can really be overwhelming for parents when something is wrong with their child.  We get loads of “how-to-fix-the-ailment” advice – some good, some bad, from well-meaning family members and friends, and other advice from pediatricians who may not be as natural-minded as we prefer.  So, we’ve broken down the five most common baby ailments, and put together our favorite, tried-and-true natural remedies that really work.  And, they work without creepy chemicals or toxins – just as nature intended! 

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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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Choosing Chiropractic Care for Your Kids

Chiropractic care is a natural way to help your kids lead a healthier life. While medical care is excellent, especially for serious illnesses and injuries after they occur, you want to be as preventative as possible to keep injuries and illnesses from happening in the first place! One way is to get regular chiropractic adjustments for you and your little ones! Read on for reasons why you should choose chiropractic care for your kids, even when they are healthy!

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Waldorf Naples Getaway: Affordable Luxury

Everyone wants a vacation in luxury, but not everyone can afford it. If you have a big family but a small budget, this next hotel in Naples, Florida is exactly for you.

If you hadn’t read about why you should absolutely take a vacation to Naples, click over to our Naples feature for things to do and fun to have there. If you’re already convinced, continue reading to find out how you can save money but live it up in a beautiful and grand Waldorf Astoria Naples.

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