Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for the Foodie

You know what they say about food being the way to a man’s heart? Well, we believe that should be broadened to include the way to EVERYONE’S heart. And not just food, but beverages too.  Whether you will be sipping wine with your best gal pals, snuggling up with a nice warm cup of joe, or looking for ways to mix up your love life, we know you will love our foodie suggestions on what to get your love for Valentine’s Day.

Continue Reading No Comments

What I’ve Learned From Loss

Grief, although a natural part of life, is a topic most people avoid. At least I used to, until my sister died. The words still sound unfamiliar. She died unexpectedly three years ago at age 26. At the time, a lot of people told me to embrace the “lessons” from grief. The “lessons” were unwelcome then. How could there possibly be a lesson in the wake of tragedy. Now, that I’ve learned to live in her absence and with my grief, I recognize that grief changed me. Upon reflecting, I realized the lessons were always there, I just did not realize them until I was forced to.

Continue Reading No Comments

The reality of Living With a pet with a chronic illness

“Cats are so easy to take care of. All you have to do is feed them and clean out their litter box once a day.”

I smiled, quietly walking past two women in the middle of a conversation in the feline section at the local pet store, and grabbed two bottles of Nature’s Miracle carpet cleaner and a 50 count pack of large pee pads before heading to the register. These items are a monthly purchase in our home, if we’re lucky. We have had one cat for the last 13 years. And it’s been anything but easy.

Continue Reading No Comments

How to include your kids in your wedding

It’s no surprise that men and women both are waiting until later in life to tie the knot. With childhoods full of the negative impact of divorce and concerns about the necessity of the institution, millennial families are taking a more unique path to marriage than their parents.

A 2013 study found that the average age for marriage is 27 for women and 29 for men, up 5 years from the average in 1990 and 7 years since 1960. While the age of marriage has consistently increased with time, the age of first child has not, staying stable at 25 years old. 

As a result, more and more couples are celebrating their vows alongside their children, giving them a fun story to tell for years to come!

Continue Reading No Comments

A family Vacation at Dreams Riviera Cancun

Winter isn’t coming people. It is here and it is cold! If you and the kids are suffering from cabin fever with frozen toes and runny noses, pack your bags and take a vacation to somewhere warm and perfect and stay at a kid friendly hotel. There is a kid friendly hotel in Mexico that is the cure for the winter blues for your whole family. Dreams Riviera Cancun is an all-inclusive resort near Cancun, Mexico that has everything you need and then some for a perfect, kid friendly vacation to get away from the cold, ice, and snow. If you aren’t sure if you should book a flight, just keep reading and see why a family vacation at Dreams Riviera Cancun is exactly what you need.

Continue Reading No Comments

All You Need to Know about a Vegetarian Child

So, your child wants to be a vegetarian or maybe was never really into meat from the start? No worries, being a vegetarian is very healthy and a relatively easy adjustment into your lifestyle. While your whole family doesn’t have to become vegetarian, you can all benefit from participating in “meatless Mondays” or simply learning more about new foods. Vegetarianism is a healthy choice; instead of fighting it, embrace your child’s wishes.

Continue Reading No Comments

Cool Finds: From snow to the classroom, the most versatile winter boot for children

They reign in the children’s footwear industry as a company that cares about your child’s feet, so naturally this winter, See Kai Run produced a boot that will not only keep your child’s toes warm, dry, and comfy – but also incredibly cute! While most boots built to withstand freezing temperatures, wet terrain, and snow-covered sidewalks are big, bulky, and made of all rubber, See Kai Run’s new waterproof/insulated (WP/IN) boots are anything but!

Continue Reading 1 Comment

The Safe Teether Guide

As a parent, it’s hard not to feel helpless as your baby gnaws anything and everything during the teething process. The sleepless nights make this teething-time a challenging one. One thing parents can do is give baby something safe to chew on. But, with so many choices available, what do you need to know about your teething safety? Here are some tips to helping baby through the teething process.

Continue Reading No Comments

Please Stop Telling Me I Need a Boy

“Oh, are you going to try for one more to get your boy?”

“I bet Daddy would like a little boy, right?”

“Your poor husband!”

“Your high school years are going to be rough.”

These are a few of the most frequent comments our family gets when people see us out in public. With three girls, we often get comments on how a boy is needed for our family to be complete. How my husband won’t be happy without a boy to teach how to throw a baseball or watch the Seahawks game with on Sundays. They give us their condolences for the fact that we haven’t had a boy, and then ask about our plans about expanding our family as if they plan on watching the show. Every time I get these comments I give a smile, all while gritting my teeth and squeezing my shopping cart a little harder. For the love of God, please stop telling me I need a boy.

Continue Reading No Comments

The Benefits of Karate For Kids

If you have watched any of the old karate movies, you may think that karate for kids is a terrible idea, fearing it will encourage violence and aggression. But, the movies got it wrong. Getting your child involved in karate, or any of the martial arts, will improve many areas of your child’s life. Practicing martial arts teaches kids respect, mind-body awareness, self-defense, confidence, and encourages physical fitness.

Continue Reading No Comments

10 foods you can regrow in water

Gardening doesn’t have to be as complicated as you may think. It actually can be as simple as putting a stalk of lettuce in water and letting it grow, with very little effort aside from that. If you’ve always wanted to grow your own vegetables but you don’t have room in your yard (or any spare time, can we get an amen?), read on to find out which vegetables you can grow right in your kitchen using only water!

Continue Reading No Comments

Tips to Calm the Chaos in Your Home

No one wants a home and family life that is out of control. We don’t wake up in the morning and think “I hope I lose my mind and yell at my kids all day today. You know what would be great, an unexpected trip to the store and a big mess all over the whole house!” Chaos in your home is unnerving and sets you up for a day that ends in stress and discouragement. Life with kids can feel inherently chaotic but there are some tips and tricks you can apply to your life to calm the chaos and bring peace to your daily routine.

Continue Reading 1 Comment

10 (Very) Awkward Things To Say To a New Mom

Motherhood is a beautiful new thing. You join a new community of “mothers” that offers so much advice and help. Although most people celebrate in your joy, unfortunately, whether intentionally or unintentionally, many people offer very awkward comments to new mothers. It becomes a rite of passage for new mothers that you aren’t officially a “new mom” until you received an awkward comment. Most of the comments are well-meaning, but that does not make them any less awkward! 

Continue Reading No Comments

To the New Breastfeeding Mom Who’s Struggling To Get Through The Day

I am a seasoned breastfeeding mother. I have been through the trenches not once, but twice. I have spent hours trying to get my babies to latch correctly, silently clenching my teeth, tears streaming down my face as stabbing pain shot through my raw, bleeding nipples. I’ve rocked hysterical babies through the wee hours of the night as they struggled with reflux, and sat in a zombie-like state for days, during marathon cluster feedings. I have a permanent scar on my left nipple from a newly sprouted tooth. I spent hours attached to a machine, urging my body to produce milk via pump, often with very little luck. I’ve compressed clogged ducts in the shower, painful to the slightest touch, and have woken up to rock hard breasts and drenched sheets. I’ve been there, Mama. I’ve been through it all. And I just want you, the new breastfeeding mom who’s struggling to get through the day, to know, it’s all going to be ok.

Continue Reading No Comments