Posts Tagged ‘family’

Mommy Moments: Cruising to Disneyland with Mazda

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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The Bucket List for a Family Friendly Vacation through Arizona

Road trips are one of the best ways to vacation, especially when you’re towing along a couple kids. Whether you’re flying cross country and picking up an RV for a week, or just venturing out your backdoor in the minivan for a long weekend of local adventure, seeing what this country has to offer out the windows of a vehicle is a satisfying experience, for both young and old. We recently road tripped through the state of Arizona, from top to bottom, and along the way found great bucket list stops, everything from nature and landmark viewing to museums and aquariums, all kid-friendly, yet still fascinating and fun for adults. So whether Arizona is hundreds of miles away or right in your backyard, load up the car and the kids and get road trippin’. Leave the to-do list to us!

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Why Moms Need Sleep: Too Tired to Mom

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.

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Scientific Proof Why You Should Read to Your Baby

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.

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The Online Village: Why Moms are Always on Their Phones

“Seriously, what are you looking at? Who are you talking to?”

“No one. I’m just on Facebook.”

“Facebook, Instagram. You’re always on there. I don’t see what could possibly be so entertaining.”

It’s true. I’m on my phone quite a bit. And in talking to my other mommy friends, so are they. In fact, I can see that they’re active on Facebook right now, or how long they’ve been inactive. I can tell that they were up with the baby at 4am or that it’s dinner time because social media is radio silence. So why are moms on their phones all the time? What exactly is your wife doing as she stares into that bright screen?

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Crafts for 10 Favorite Children’s Books

Reading can take us on imaginative adventures great and small with a few simple words, and, in some cases, with a few pictures or illustrations too. Want to bring the fun even more “to life” with your kids and help encourage their love of reading?

Here are 10 favorite kid’s books, and crafts perfect for pairing with them.

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Stroller Strides: More than just a Workout

Motherhood is busy, making it hard to find time to bathe, eat lunch, or brush your teeth. Sometimes the possibility of working out crosses our minds, but then it quickly retreats with each cry for Momma. However, we’ve got to take care of ourselves. What if there were a workout that could help you both emotionally and physically, all while stimulating and socializing your baby? Stroller Strides is the answer.

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The Ultimate Family-Friendly Camping Gear Guide

With 13,000 public campgrounds in the US and Canada (and that doesn’t even count private ones or go-pitch-a-tent-in-an-abandoned-field ones), we have good reason to believe that the oftentimes thought of extinct act of camping does still, in fact, exist. That there are still families who own a sleeping bag and a canteen and aren’t afraid to put down the smartphone for a night or two warms our souls. So, as the temperature starts to thaw, the kids begin to remember what grass and trees are, and Mom and Dad are finally ready to tackle that New Year’s resolution of “spend more time together as a family”, it’s time to circle a weekend on the calendar and go good ol’ fashioned camping!

We won’t let you take ol’ fashioned camping too literally, though. In this day and age, even basic camping gear comes with bells and whistles. We’re excited to show you what the camping gear industry looks like today, and what essential – yet oh so cool – products are out there to give your family-friendly camping excursion a modern and just-like-home feel.

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Exploring the World with Science

Children are naturally curious. They find wild delight in tiny ants crossing the sidewalk, they take pleasure in pulling out all the contents in your kitchen cabinets, and they love sticking their hands into gooey mud and rubbing it all over themselves and the dog. Children want to learn and explore the world around them – and it is our job to foster this creativity by encouraging them to think critically about the how’s and why’s of the world. It is your job to enlighten them in the world of science.  

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When You Aren’t Ready: Freeze Your Eggs

When You Arent Ready Freeze Eggs

It’s time; your biological clock is ticking, you are single and you want a baby, now! However, there’s one thing missing… the father.

Meet Rachel Lehmann-Haupt, a woman who was ready to have children, but she had yet to meet the father. Unfortunately, as life continues, so does the age of her viable eggs. In such a fast-paced atmosphere called life, the options available to you through technology are so diverse, you simply have to choose which one. So what did she do? She froze her eggs, of course! 

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Need The Love Spark Back In Your Marriage?

Arguments, misunderstandings, the kids, and overall busyness of life are the makings for a strained marriage if left unchecked. So what do you do if this has been left unchecked for way too long? Tolerate it? Live in it anyway and hope that things will get better just going through the same mundane motions day after day? If you are expecting a different outcome while relying on hope alone, continuing through the motions… let’s face it, you could use a bit of the love spark in your life. How about 30 days of LoveSparkMe? 

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Finding the Right Physicians for Your Family

At the beginning of every year, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions to diet and exercise more. While losing weight and eating healthier are key to working towards a healthier lifestyle, most people overlook the importance of staying in touch with their doctor to help meet that goal. Your relationship with your doctor should not only be when you are not feeling well. The best time to visit your doctor is actually when you are feeling great.

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Car Seat Guide: Britax Advocate ClickTight ARB

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. 

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