How to Teach Water Safety at Bath Time

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It's far, far from swimming season, we know. (In fact, let us take a second to dry our tears.) But just because the neighborhood pool is iced over that doesn't mean you can't practice water safety all year long. I've always used bath time as an opportunity to teach water safety to my kids, so when …
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Who Fartleked? Funny Fitness Shirts for Kids

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We all need inspiration from time to time, don't we? Sometimes something as simple as putting on a fun piece of workout gear or getting new shoes can be enough to up our motivation ante. That's why we love Words to Sweat By. They've got motivational fitness jewelry and fun T-shirts and tons of …
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Tips for Surviving Colic

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So just what the heck is colic anyways? Well, it’s defined as severe, often fluctuating pain in the abdomen caused by intestinal gas or obstruction in the intestines and suffered especially by babies. You know it best as insane screaming by your little bundle of joy. But let's break colic down to …
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The Breastfeeding Experience I Didn’t Get the First Time

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I have nursed a child for a combined 10 months of my life --- about 7 months with my first, and I’m 3 months in with my second. And it wasn’t until recently that I nursed in a public place. In fact, I nursed in two different bars last week (don’t worry --- they were family-friendly establishments, …
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The Indoor Stairs Workout (Or, Trying to Get My Baby to Nap in Her Crib)

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I've got a workout for you to try. The only thing you need is a baby, a crib and a set of stairs. Now that we've passed the newborn-sleep-everywhere-and-anywhere stage, I'm trying to get my 4-month-old angel of a baby on a regular sleep schedule. She's falling into a pattern and getting …
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How Pregnancy Helped Me Make an Instant Resolution

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It’s that time of year again, when everyone has New Year's resolutions on their minds. We see numerous reminders at our local gyms, on the news, in magazines and circulating on Pinterest. My resolution for the new year came to me at my 20-week ultrasound, when my husband and I learned that we were …
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9 Tricks for Containing Toy Clutter

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We had an overflow of kids' toys before Christmas. Now, things are out of control. New gifts and toys have flooded our house, and I feel like I'm drowning in battery-operated gizmos and gadgets. Even though I feel toy claustrophobia, I have a hard time getting rid of things. It's a hoarder's …
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40 Weeks: A Must-Watch Documentary for all Mamas-to-Be

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I haven’t had the easiest of pregnancies, but I've learned that no woman really does. I swear pregnant women are like snowflakes; we all have our own special brand of pregnancy and the wonderful “gifts” that come along with it. This realization was both refreshing and alienating for me. You see, …
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A Letter to My Darling Second Baby

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Dear Baby Number Two, I have to confess to you, Darling Little One, that I am much less of a mother to you than I was to your big brother when he was your age. It’s true. When he was a tiny baby like you, he had my and your father’s full, undivided attention. And now here you are, having to share …
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I Went to Take a Shower. It Didn’t Work Out.

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I rarely dump my kids on my husband as soon as he comes in the door. Sure, some days I'm peeking out the window just waiting to see the headlights coming down the street, but I can count the times on one hand when I've been all "PEACE OUT, SUCKA" and left him to deal with the kiddos. Usually just …
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