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Tag Archive: Parenting

Real Mom Talk: Kids & Pets
April 27, 2016 6:56 pm | by
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Our baby and fur baby are almost exactly three years apart. Asher came along when Melvin (the pup) was just three and it's been an adjustment since. Melvin was pretty good when it came to getting used to Asher being around, but I can tell he isn't always interested in playing when Asher is eager to have some fun. On occasion he will entertain Asher, but Melvin is pretty laid back and would rather be napping on the couch or hiding out somewhere. Melvin is a smaller dog, a Shih-Tzu, and his demeanor is just easy. He's a very well-behaved dog

 
Real Dad Talk: How I Became a Babywearing Dad
April 21, 2016 6:30 pm | by
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 I was first exposed to babywearing through the movie “The Hangover." And to this day, every time I see a dad with his baby strapped to him, I think of Zach Galifianakis’ character Alan. I always chuckle to myself because seeing his character with a baby carrier brought a comedic cool to men participating in the practice.Last summer, when my wife and I were in the market for a baby carrier (we welcomed our first son, Everett, in October), I couldn’t help but do my best Alan impersonation while testing out an ERGObaby 360 at our local store (sunglasses inside

 
California Baby Bubble Bath
February 22, 2016 6:18 pm | by
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I'm a sucker for good bath products — especially those that are natural, gentle and good for my little guy's skin. That's why California Baby Bubble Bath is a favorite in our house. Not only do I love the fact that a bubble wand is included in every bottle of California Baby Bubble Bath, but I love that the formula is soft, smells heavenly and lasts FOREVER! Seriously! This bubble bath is a must-have for both kids and adults. Quality - California Baby Bubble Bath is perfect for delicate skin. It's free of harmful chemicals and contains just the right amount

 
Valentine’s Day Traditions
February 9, 2016 8:08 pm | by
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Valentine's Day for a third-grader means decorated shoe boxes filled with chalky hearts.  At age 13, it means carnations from secret admirers and awkward dances.  At 21, it means a LBD and a fancy restaurant. Now, 4 kids and mortgage later, it doesn't exactly mean the same thing and those Valentine's traditions vary.When a "real life" mom plans a Valentine's date, these things typically come to my mind: Finding a babysitter who doesn’t have plans, the cost of said babysitter, making dinner reservations, crowded and overpriced restaurants, and then the feeling of disappointment because my expectations didn’t hit reality.After all

 
You Know You Have Kids When..
January 31, 2016 6:30 pm | by
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Kids. They're fun. But also a handful at times. Since I've been a mom, there have been a few instances that TRULY defined what it meant to have kids. From bathroom retreats to spilled Cheerios in your backseat, you know you have kids when..?You know you have kids when…Going to the movies means a Redbox and pint of ice cream.You can't remember the last time you went to the bathroom without someone sitting on your lap or crying outside the locked door.You feel obligated to tip the guys at Waterway $100 because you know how dirty your backseat was.You also feel obligated to tip the

 
Real Mom Talk: How I Put on Love
November 30, 2015 9:18 pm | by
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It’s easy to show love when I feel loved. It's also easy to show love when I'm full of love. But when my love-tank is on “E," whether it's because I’m stressed out and over-booked, work is crazy, or everyone in the family is tired and crabby, well, it’s just not as easy.I know I am loved. And for this, I am so blessed and grateful. My husband is affectionate and a true partner. He knows the way to my heart is through acts of service — doing the dishes, picking up the house, or cleaning out the cars.I feel

 
Real Mom Talk: Mommy Pick-me-ups
November 10, 2015 8:03 pm | by
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Every now and then, you need a little something to make you feel better and give you a boost of cheer. Whether it be a compliment, a piece of chocolate or even a nap, a little pick-me-up can go a long way, especially when you're a mom. Here are some of my tips to make any mom feel good.Tackle the Difficult Task: Have you been dreading organizing your daughter’s closet? Spend a couple hours and do it. It feels amazing to get something done that you have been putting off.Be Grateful: Write a gratitude list in your journal or spend time talking

 
Real Mom Talk: What I Love About the Newborn Stage
November 1, 2015 6:52 pm | by
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My sweet baby boy is nearly a week old, and I can't get enough of this newborn stage. There's just something extra sweet about having a tiny little human around who just made their debut on this planet. Since this is my third baby, I know all too well that the days seem long, but the months are short. This phase of his life is just going to fly by so I'm taking in all my favorite things about having a newborn while I still can.My favorite part of the newborn phase is cuddles. There is no better feeling than having

 
Real Mom Talk: Sending My Daughter to Preschool
August 31, 2015 7:28 pm | by
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Last week, I sent my oldest daughter to preschool. This was the first time I've ever turned her over to a "stranger." I've been a stay-at-home mom for most of her life and before that, I was lucky enough to work somewhere that I could take her with me. Other than staying with grandparents or aunts and uncles, she's always been under my care. Naturally, I was nervous, but she was super excited!  Here we are, a little over a week into this whole school thing and it's going pretty great. My daughter attends school for 2.5 hours and has so

 
Real Mom Talk: Tips for Moving with Kids
August 11, 2015 8:51 pm | by
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 year my husband and I went through a huge undertaking in our marriage: we moved! It was a long-anticipated and exciting time. But it was not without challenges! With 3 kids, our jobs, and an underwater mortgage, at times it felt insurmountable.We were living in our starter home: a tiny, 75-year-old bungalow about 5 minutes from where I grew up. We brought our first baby home, then the recession hit, which meant a loss of equity and lots of sweat and tears! A couple years later we brought home our second baby and started experiencing true growing pains that come with