Recently my family took a trip to Southern California. While we currently live in the Detroit area of Michigan, I was born and raised in Southern California, and half of my family still lives there. With my two young children, we make it a point to travel as a family to visit the area at least once every couple years. This time though, it was different. We didn’t really feel like we were traveling with babies any more, since my youngest is three years old, and my oldest is five. We didn’t have to schedule anything around naps, or breastfeeding breaks, or diaper changes, and that (in and of itself) was amazing. We did, however, get the opportunity to test drive a Mazda CX-9 for the week, as well as visit Disneyland with the children, and I’m here to tell you all about that experience today.
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Momming ain’t easy, and being tired is fo’ real. Moms spend so much of their days taking care of someone else, hardly thinking of themselves. Cutting up fruit to the precise angle in which your child will eat it. Worried that we aren’t reading to them enough, teaching them enough, giving them enough encouragement, while also letting them find themselves independently… We are always pushing ourselves to the limit. And we are often doing so on very little sleep, leaving us too tired to mom.
It’s no secret that children often learn by our interactions with them. We may think that cuddling, singing, and playing with our babies are just simple bonding activities, but they are so much more than that. Many studies show that the more we talk to our babies, the more they learn. Communicating with your child is pivotal for his/her growth and development. One of the best ways to promote aural learning is to simply read to your child.
So, while it may seem silly to walk around Target humming songs, pointing out colors, or simply reading to an infant with no verbal communication skills of their own – do it. Babies learn about speech, language, and reading skills long before they actually begin to speak and read on their own.
Teaching your children about responsibility and tidiness can seriously be a full time job for many of us. If you’re anything like us, we prefer an orderly and picked-up household. Lots of times, that is a pipe-dream for many parents. Keeping their rooms tidy is like pulling teeth for many children, and that’s just keeping the toys off the floor. We cannot rave enough about this fashionable and functional bedding for kids from Beddy’s (Bed-Ease.) Read on to learn all about this innovative product that will make your child’s bedroom instantly feel more organized.
When it’s time to shop for a new car seat for your growing baby, the options can seem endless. There are so many different brands that have so many different features, it can be hard to decipher which one is the best for you and your family. The first and foremost thing on any parent’s list is safety. They want to be ensured that their baby, toddler, or older child is safe in their seat. After that, parents often look towards other factors – comfort levels, ease of installation, and the ability to grow with your child. Britax is one company that is synonymous with safety, and their line of car seats have all those features and more, in their convertible car seats. They have several different collections, but their newest – the Advocate ClickTight ARB Convertible car seat – takes those features to a whole new level.
The cold weather has begun to draw in for much of the country and gone are the nights of sleeping in oversized tee-shirts and shorts. Now is the wonderful time of year where you get to snuggle your kids in and make sure they are all warm and cozy. With the holidays just around the corner you may even want to read them heartwarming stories to ensure that they have visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads. With the new Winter and Holiday collection from Skylar Luna you can make sure that they are wearing comfortable pajamas that are crafted from 100%-organic cotton, free of any fire retardant chemicals.
When you have a baby on the way, the most important thing to think about is which car seat will ensure your precious newborn’s safety. Infant car seats are a necessity, required to take your new bundle of joy home from the hospital, and for traveling. So when you start looking, you will quickly realize there are many options available. For those of you who want a top of the line luxury car seat, then head straight to Cybex. This car seat company takes your infant car seat to another level with their Cloud Q seat. Cloud Q has features like none other on the market, has been rigorously tested for safety, and can be used for children weighing up to 35 lbs, making this car seat one they can stay in much longer than the average infant car seat.
You walk into school orientation – slightly excited, slightly overwhelmed. You salivate at the thought that kids going back to school means a little more time to yourself. Fist pump. And then you slowly lower your fist, sadly recognizing time to yourself means those chores you left by the wayside all summer; well now you’ve gotta tackle them. So much to do, so little time. Story-of-your-life.
Pretend with us, just for a moment, that your family has adopted a new pet. You bring her home and anxiously set her down on the floor, and watch her adapt to her new surroundings. You may giggle at her as a family, and spend a better part of your day watching her run around your kitchen floor. Then you put her to bed and retire for the night. When you wake up, you gently give her a pat, and thank her for the cleanest kitchen floors you’ve ever seen.
Wait, what? We’re clearly talking about our newest member of the family; our sleek and suave robotic floor cleaner named bObi. Read on to hear about a game changer in the automatic vacuum world.
Are you thinking about cloth diapering your new baby? Or, maybe you’re tired of buying boxes of expensive diapers only to see them go into the trash. Cloth diapers have made a huge comeback in recent years and for many reasons: they are environmentally friendly, relatively inexpensive, and chemical-free. They are also incredibly cute on a little baby bum and come in a variety of colors, patterns, and designs. While cloth diapers have their definite pros, any small amount of research will show you that it can easily become an overwhelming and sometimes confusing world of diapering, sending your mind in circles and wondering if you should make the leap. If you are considering cloth diapering, here are some simple things that any veteran cloth diapering mama will tell you to help you start and adjust to this new venture!
The sun has started to peek out and warm up the air. The days are longer. Last day of school photos are plastered on your Facebook feed. Dare we say it; it’s beginning to look a lot like summer! If you’re in the market for some new summertime swim suits that are the perfect marriage between UV protection for some fun in the sun time, and cute and practical for romping in the surf, look no further than the 2016 line from Platypus Australia.
While moving across the country as a family unit may not be at the top of anyone’s “most fun things” list, sometimes it is mandatory, due to job relocation, changing family obligations, or military reassignment. We don’t guarantee that your move will be completely seamless, but with the following tips and tricks, it can at least take some of the burden off your plate.
Many craft projects require purchasing items in bulk or tools that can be used for more than one project. After a few months of DIY projects, those small craft items can easily start to pile up in corners, closets and drawers.
If Pinterest project leftovers are cluttering your space, it is time to start spring cleaning early and organize your crafting stash before taking on your next home project. Here are 5 ways to better organize your craft storage space.
Whether you’ve been on the healthy path for a long time, or you’re just starting to eat healthier, you’re sure to love this recipe, because, who doesn’t love a good, healthy snack? Here’s a yummy recipe that is sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free… and best of all, it’s delicious!
Inspiration for this creation came in the form of a Chocolate Coconut Chew Larabar. They’re delicious, but at about $1 per bar, they can get expensive. With a little bit of experimentation, we found the perfect combination of ingredients that is even tastier than this popular flavor!