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    September 30, 2014
    Nursery Checklist

    We’ve all seen the picture-perfect nurseries on Pinterest: personalized monogram art, luxury cribs, and high end baby gadgets are the “must haves” for new parents if you check there. If your child’s nursery isn’t a color-coordinated fantasy pirate ship with crystal chandeliers and a free-range, organic, gold plated changing table- you’re probably going to be the worst parent ever (according to Pinterest). Now- I love Pinterest, and I love all the creative ideas they have on there- but sometimes, you just need to know the basics of a room before getting too fancy with your design. If you’re an expecting parent, and need a checklist of (actually essential) nursery items, read this post by Casa Diseno:

    -Crib or bassinet

    -Crib bedding: sheets, mattress, blankets

    -Dresser

    -Nightlight

    -Baby monitor

    Photo Credit: Tabitha Blue 


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    September 29, 2014
    Ways To Have Fun This Fall

    Fall is the perfect season for outdoor family fun. It’s not too hot or too cold- and the colors are absolutely gorgeous (perfect for photos and making lifetime memories). The best part is, most of the activities are free or very cheap- and don’t involve being cooped up indoors. Read this post by Alea Milham at Premeditated Leftovers for inspiration:

    -Go apple picking

    -Go to a pumpkin patch and carve pumpkins

    -Visit a fall festival

    -Go hiking

    -Make a wreath or do other crafts

    Photo Credit: Dan Zen 


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    September 26, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Amazing Project- Kid’s Bedrooms Around The World
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox266gtz

    It’s amazing to look into the lives of others- and see the differences (but similarities) all over the world.


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    September 25, 2014
    Kid Yoga: How and Why

    I absolutely love yoga! I took a class in college, and that’s all it took. I still do it on the Wii Fit whenever I get a chance, and I watch videos on Youtube for new routines. My favorite thing I learned was how to stretch my wrists- since I’m on the computer all the time, and I also crochet a lot. It feels great, and there are tons of health benefits. The great thing about yoga is that anyone can do it: poses can be adjusted for all body types, and amounts of flexibility. Even kids can do it! This article at Parents.com says that yoga can even help hyper children calm down:

    -Many poses are active and playful, which helps children cope with their emotions

    -The poses may help your child release extra energy, handle frustration, or relax before bed.

    Be sure to check out the full article for all the poses and how to do them!

    Photo Credit: sunchild123


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    September 24, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Fall Photo Idea

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    September 23, 2014
    Post-Partum Needs For The New Mommy

    The period of time right after the new baby is born can be the hardest and most trying for the family. If you’ve never had a baby, you have to learn how to respond to all his needs. Though it’s rewarding, it can be emotionally and physically exhausting. Plus, on top of all of that, Mom is recovering from major surgery. When my nephew was born, my sister had to have an emergency C-section. It was a pretty traumatic event for her, and taking care of her for the next few weeks was MUCH more difficult than adjusting to life with the new baby. When you’re pregnant, or when your partner is pregnant, it can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of the baby. You plan for every detail of his arrival, and forget that Mom will need just as much care as well. For how to prepare to be a post-partum mommy, read this article by Whitney Gustafson at the We Are Gustafson blog. Here are some of the things you’ll need. Be forewarned, it’s an honest post that discusses all the gory details of the “after” birth process:

    -Poise pads

    -Tuck’s cooling pads for hemorrhoids.

    -Pain relieving/numbing spray

    -High waisted granny panties that you can dispose of later

    -Tailbone donut or folded towel for baths

    -Bra pads

    -Motrin or other pain reliever

    Photo Credit: fruitymonkey 


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    September 22, 2014
    Toddler Activities (That Are Totally Not Distractions)

    Babies and toddlers need constant supervision! You never know what they are going to get into, even if you have the most baby-proofed house in the world. But, there are also important things that you need to get done. House work, cooking, working with older kids on homework, working from home, taking care of pets- the list never ends. So, you need a way to keep an eye on the younger kids, while also being able to multitask and get other things done. Keeping them busy with educational and fun activities is the way to go! Set your toddler up in the same room as you with one of these activities from Amanda at Dirt and Boogers, then go about whatever else you need to get done. Of course, never leave your child alone- and always supervise (especially if they’re playing with water).

    -Clothespin drop- have your child drop clothespins into an empty container (like a milk jug), dump them out, then do it again. It helps with hand-eye coordination.

    -Water play- lay down some towels, put water in a large plastic bin, and fill it with balls, cups, and other toys.

    -Put together a sensory bin- fill it with large items with bright colors, different smells, and different textures- let your child explore.

    Photo Credit: Philippe Put 


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    September 19, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Origami Box Craft
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videoxzgu0t

    I used to make these all the time when I was a kid! This is a fun activity for children who are first learning origami.


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    September 18, 2014
    Painless Dentist Visits For Kids

    I hate going to the dentist- who doesn’t? I try my hardest to maintain good dental hygiene. I brush twice a day, use mouthwash, and floss…..occasionally. Okay, my dental health could be better. Next week, I’m finally getting my wisdom teeth out, because my dentist thinks it will help. Needless to say, I’m extremely nervous. I’ve had plenty of bad experiences with my teeth, and I’m sure I would have had less if I took better care of myself. I never want my kids to have to deal with the kind of tooth pain that I have-so this is something I’m going to be very strict about. Good dental practices start at home! But, dentist visits are crucial- good teeth or not- and every child has to go at least twice a year. And sometimes, this can give kids (AND adults) some serious anxiety. For ways to make the dentist visits more palatable, read this article by Devan McGuinness at Babble.com:

    -Find a pediatric dentist who is good with kids

    -Explain often the importance of oral health- talk often about brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist.

    -Make dental visits often (at least every six months) so it seems less unknown.

    -Explain to your child what is going on, in terms they understand, again- to ease the fear of the unknown.

    Photo Credit: Loren Kerns 


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    September 17, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Fierce Little Fashionista!

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