11 Real Mom Rules for Introducing Solids

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With my first child, I was really excited to start solids. So excited in fact that I even read a book about how I was going to do it. The big 6-month mark came. I threw some avocado on her tray --- and nothing happened. She wasn't coordinated enough to really do much with it. Spooning it to her …
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Beachbody 21 Day Fix: Food Prep for a Week Is WORK!

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I have said it many times throughout my weight-loss and maintenance phases and then post-baby (both times): when it comes to eating, meal planning is key. After kids I’ve learned that meal planning is not only necessary but a means to survival! Like many mamas, I often forget to eat and remember …
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Freezer Meals, Slow Cooker Meals and Easy Recipes That Saved My Life As a New Parent

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If we could add another one to this hilariously true list, it'd be "every time you sit down to eat a meal together, you feel like you deserve a freakin' medal." Because finding the time to eat --- let alone cook --- is a monumental feat when you've got a newborn at home (especially your first …
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Liven Up Your Salad With This Creamy Avocado Ranch Dressing

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This post was sponsored by Hidden Valley® through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Hidden Valley, all opinions are my own. Who's a big salad fan? This girl! And who's an even bigger taco salad fan? Yep, me. There's just something about the …
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Eating Well: A Survey of Working Moms

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Once upon a time, I'd feel guilty for the occasional frozen pizza. Now? Not as much. Because as much as I'd like to cook homemade meals from scratch every night, it's just not feasible. Plus, I know that serving my family healthier meals most of the time means that the occasional pizza or …
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Double Chocolate Love Cake Recipe

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Last year, I convinced myself I could make a train cake for my son's birthday. This year I wanted to go the easier route, so when he requested cupcakes, I mentally high-fived myself. I can do cupcakes! Unfortunately, the little guy got sick later that evening (unrelated to the cupcakes, I'm sure), …
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