Going Au Natural With Beauty Products

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When I get pregnant, I always become hyper aware of the chemicals surrounding me on a daily basis. I don't go overboard in avoiding them or anything --- it's pretty much impossible to avoid all soaps and detergents and shampoos and cleaning products --- but there are certain chores I don't do …
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10 Backyard Must-Haves to Help You Survive the Summer

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Now that it's nice and warm, my kids and I have been outside as much as possible. After way too many months of being cooped up indoors, we're pretty much always slathered in sunscreen and enjoying the sunshine. We eat on the back porch, play on the swing set, splash in the water table. We ride bikes …
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10 Things to Do Before Trying to Conceive

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When you know you want to have kids, it can be so exciting to start the countdown to when you're going to start trying to conceive. But when you're not actively trying, it can feel like you're twiddling your thumbs, just waiting for time to pass until you can try. But even if you're not actively …
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Crazy Kids: Universally Messy and Making Us Laugh

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My cousin Leslie is a mom to two cute boys under 3 years old. We text back and forth frequently, regaling each other of our children's mishaps and misadventures. She makes me feel way more sane. Hearing her stories doesn't keep my house any cleaner or make my crazy kids any more manageable, but it …
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When Is It Time to Expand Your Family?

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When is the right time to think about having a baby --- again? I am almost positive that there is no right answer to this question. There are families expanding all around me, even our own Fit Bottomed Mama Erin is expecting! This announcement got me to thinking more about my little family and …
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The COOLIT Takes Food From ‘Too Hot’ to ‘Just Right’

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Evan dropped a bowl of oatmeal --- hot oatmeal --- on his lap. He wasn’t wearing pants, because that’s how he rolls at breakfast, and he burned his thigh. I was absolutely horrified that this happened; I just could not believe he pulled it down on himself. I was so upset, and he was in so much pain. …
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