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Tag Archive: Real Mom Talk

Raising a Fiercely Determined Child
November 22, 2016 12:10 pm | by
Raising a Fiercely Determined Child

I have a fiercely determined child.  She’s smart, beautiful, creative, and once she puts her mind to something, there is no stopping her.  You can try to slow her down, but actually stopping her from what she has set her heart on is highly unlikely.  Raising Avianna Marilyn has been a learning process for me. Avianna was born 5 years ago on a beautiful October morning.  Her birth was the easiest out of my three girls.  I was at the hospital for only 45 minutes before she was born, and the entire experience was amazing.  I pushed three times, and this

 
Why I Love Cloth Diapers
November 1, 2016 8:00 am | by
Why I Love Cloth Diapers

I love cloth diapers. I’m sort of a cloth diaper addict, if you will. I enjoy purchasing them. I enjoy having the cutest new prints and the classic colors that match my baby’s outfits. They’re not viewed as “poop catchers” to me. Sure, that is what they’re intended for and that is their primary function…. But I just see them as something more. My love for cloth diapers began shortly after discovering bumGenius cloth diapers. The colors were adorable and the prints were just beginning. I noticed them when Jules and Carroll had just come out and at the time –

 
5 Simple + Natural Household Cleaning Recipes
October 28, 2016 8:00 am | by
Natural Household Cleaning Recipes

I love a good homemade, natural household cleaner. Not only because it’s safe to use around my little guy, but also because they are much more affordable than pre-made cleaners. I’ve almost completely tossed my store-bought cleaners and replaced them with ones that are safe and easy to make! With that being said, here are a few of my go-to everyday household cleaning recipes that I love to use! To make these recipes, you will need a few different products. All are natural and affordable and most you probably already have around the house! Spray Cleaning Bottles –  Plastic or

 
Why I Love Breastfeeding My Baby
October 25, 2016 4:21 pm | by
Why I Love Breastfeeding My Baby

When I became pregnant with my first baby, I thought I had everything planned out. I wanted to cloth diaper, wear my baby and breastfeed for at least the first six months. I hadn’t been around breastfeeding mothers before I had my daughter, but I figured it would be easy. After all, it was natural, right? Little did I realize… babies don’t necessarily follow your plans and unfortunately, breastfeeding my baby wasn’t going to be as easy as I expected. With my girls, I had some difficulties. I dealt with cracked nipples, low supply, and a baby with horrible reflux. Our breastfeeding relationships lasted a

 
Fall Activities Bucket List
October 24, 2016 11:18 am | by
Fall Activities Bucket List

It’s officially that time of the year… The leaves are changing, the air is crisp, pumpkin spice is everywhere and you can officially break-out all of the sweaters and cardigans! Fall is, hands down, my most favorite time of the year. It’s such a lovely little transition from the warm summer months into the holiday season, so I always try to soak up the amazing weather and take my little one to do some of the fun activities that come with the season! So far, we’ve already made it to our local Apple Orchard and picked more apples than we could

 
How I Overcame Depression
October 5, 2016 8:00 am | by
How I Overcame Depression

I’m not sure how to start a conversation about depression, but I know it’s a conversation that needs to happen. It’s not something people like to talk about, but it’s important we do so – especially us mamas. Depression seems to create a lonely vacuum that makes us think that we’re the only one experiencing it and that no one would understand. So we stay quiet – suffering in silence – but I know first hand that the darkness of depression begins to lose its grip when we simply talk about it. For me, stress began to build when our family faced

 
Camping with Baby
October 4, 2016 10:29 pm | by
Camping with Baby

I’m going to start this off by saying… I’m not an “outdoorsy” kind of girl. I’ve only recently started camping with our kids because well, they like it, and I like to see the smiles on their faces from experiencing new adventures. So now, we go camping. This summer, we went camping four or five times. I guess you could say we kind of became pros at it! Traveling with a baby can be stressful – especially if it isn’t something you’re used to doing. But it can be fun! Here are 8 simple tips to make camping with baby a

 
Hacks to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy
October 3, 2016 4:34 pm | by
Hacks for Healthy Meals

If you think it takes FBI-level negotiation skills to convince a toddler to eat their vegetables – you’re completely right. However if you’re up to the task, here are a few mom hacks that you can use to create healthy meals for your family. Breakfast Spinach Smoothies: Add frozen bananas, frozen strawberries and frozen blueberries with spinach and unsweetened coconut or almond milk for a yummy AND healthy smoothie. The frozen fruit will overpower the blended spinach and your kids will have no idea they are “drinking a salad.” Egg Casserole: Gather all of the unused produce that hasn’t made it into this week’s

 
Introverted Mama Musings
September 13, 2016 7:00 am | by
Introverted Mom Musings

Let’s chat for a moment about being a mom and an introvert.  I often feel that in a culture that caters more to extraverted people, it’s a little more difficult for us introverted mamas to chat about our lives.  Talking may not be the easiest thing for us introverts, but there is another way.  Writing, on the other hand, is  has always been by outlet (easier than talking), so let’s start a dialogue about being an introverted mama.  Before Kids I used my mornings to recharge and get ready for my days full of children and parents.  I used to teach early childhood special

 
Back to School: The Second Time
September 12, 2016 11:09 am | by
Back to School

This summer flew by! One day, we’re hanging out by the pool and the next thing I know, it’s time for the kids to go back to school! This may be our second year of “school life,” but I have to say – it does not get any easier leaving them on that very first day.  This year is a little more of an adjustment for me because I not only have a child in full-day kindergarten, but also one preschool half the day. I must admit – my routine is starting off pretty hectic. I’m basically a chauffeur half the day, driving back and