A Snack Solution for the Road (or Wherever Your Kids Take You)

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During the warm-weather months, I was so excited to be able to spend so much time outdoors with my mister. He was so much more active and interested compared to last summer. As much as he loves a long walk in the stroller, he’s quick to take me up on the offer to play at the park or the pool. My kid …
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Hitting the Books With Little Pim

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My two kiddos are in school two days a week, and after hemming and hawing for so long about having them be in --- gasp --- daycare, I've been able to see the benefits of them attending a truly awesome school. They have a lot of fun, get new experiences I can't give them at home, and make little …
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Dealing with Death: 7 Tips for Coping with Kids and Grief

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I'm in all-new parenting territory right now, and it's not fun territory to be in. Our sweet pug, Marti, died in early July from a short-but-swift illness. I've discussed her countless times here (most recently calling her our perfect family dog) and over on Fit Bottomed Girls, because she has been …
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Funny Reactions to the ‘You’re Getting a Sibling!’ Announcement

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Both of my kiddos have been too young to get much of a reaction from any pregnancy announcement we've made. My daughter was only 12 months when I got pregnant with No. 2, and both kids pretty much shrugged and went back to playing with Legos when we told them they had another sibling on the way. As …
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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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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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9 Ways to Make Allergy Season Less Miserable

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I haven't noticed my allergies much this spring. They're hiding behind two of the worst colds I've ever had. Both of the colds had the rest of my family sniffling for a day or two, but they knocked me out. My superhuman immune system of my two previous pregnancies is clearly on vacation, and the …
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