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5 Tips for Welcoming a New Puppy Into Your Home

Bringing a puppy into your household is one of the most exciting decisions you can make for yourself, your family, and the dog! That being said, there is a lot to think about to ensure that it goes well. From preparing the necessary supplies and pet grooming items to puppy-proofing your home and spacing out the introductions, keep reading for the five tips the whole family needs to know when welcoming a new puppy into your home. 1. Prepare the necessary supplies.  Before your new puppy arrives home, you want to ensure that you have stocked up on the necessary basic supplies that will ensure you have a happy and healthy pet. By having the essentials prepared, you and your puppy can focus on settling in together. Folding Metal Dog Crate In the beginning, you want to be sure to have a crate, food and water bowls, food (including some…

How to Keep Your House Clean With Little Kids

It never fails. You put laundry in a basket, and it ends up on the floor. You put toys in a basket, and it gets dumped out. You clean the kitchen, and someone comes in and makes a mess. You feel like the only way to keep your home clean is to clean it and then never enter it again. Your life officially becomes the meme that says, “I’ve cleaned the house, so if you could stop living here, that would be great!” We all know that is not going to happen, but there are some things that you can do to keep your house clean. Give them something to do while you clean—I once saw a mom who put her little one in a box with crayons and let them have at it! Make cleaning a game with a prize at the end—if they can walk, they can help…

Fun Indoor Activities for Your Kids

Kids need simulation. Childhood stimulation is crucial for a child’s brain development. One of the ways that children acquire skills they are going to need in life is via all sorts of activities. When kids play, they not only engage in doing things during their free time. Play also helps kids in other ways. A child can learn how to interact with their peers. Children also learn about the world around them. Kids who are given time to play also have a chance to exercise. That helps them get rid of their excess energy and become fitter at the same time. Many children love spending time in the open air. However, this isn’t always possible when there are difficult weather conditions. Mom life means figuring out solutions to problems and making great indoor activities for both cold and warming weather. Kids who can’t play outside should have indoor activities instead.…

10 Kids’ Gear Essentials to Keep at Grandma’s House (So You Don’t Have to Pack Them)

Babies love visiting their grandparents’ house for all the pure affection, cuddles, great food (and free rein) they offer. The challenge is traveling to their place with a baby who cries and poops a lot.  Mark my words. There will be times when you will inevitably forget packing a few baby essentials you noted down on your travel must-have checklist. It happens to the best of us.  Packing for a baby is a mammoth task. For the sake of your sanity and convenience, keep the following items at grandma’s house and thank me later: Playard or Pack ‘n Play A playard is basically an enclosed piece of furniture where babies can play safely. Also known as pack n plays, these things are foldable, making them an amazing option for travel.  Folded playards are lightweight and don’t take up a lot of space when stored away.  So if your grandchildren are…

3 Inappropriate Realities of Being a Boy Mom

“Another boy?!” “Were you hoping for a girl??” “Are you gonna try again for a girl??” These are the questions I get asked every day as we navigate through our activities. Our pictures show beautiful glimpses of our life. The pretty, happy moments are quite sporadic in between the messy toilets, batman pajamas, runny noses, fingers in noses, and hands in pants. Oh, the joys of being a boy mom! We clean up well for social events, but there are definitely confessions I can share. Here are my three reasons you might be pulling your hair out: 1. Underwear Unwanted Boys do not like underwear, or pants for that matter. They naturally find it more satisfying to throw their pants and undies to the wind whenever outside – not aware of any sort of indecent exposure laws. As soon as I let the boys outside, I’m prepared for them to…

Kid Friendly Finger Foods for NYE

Since New Year’s Eve is a special night for everyone, it can be fun to have some kid friendly finger foods, adult appetizers, and other special treats for everyone to enjoy. The fun of New Year’s Eve is to stay up so that you can ring in the new year. If you are planning on staying in and spending the new year with the kids this New Year’s Eve, having some tasty finger foods for kids is a must. These kid friendly finger foods are perfect for New Year’s Eve and for ringing in the new year. They are easy to put together and everyone will love enjoying them during the celebration. Garlic Chicken Pinwheels An easy kid friendly finger food that only takes a few ingredients to make, these garlic chicken pinwheels are a delicious New Year’s Eve treat. Basic Cauliflower Fritters Simple and tasty, these easy cauliflower fritters…

Tips and Must-Have Products to Pump at Work

Many mothers face the same worries as they near the end of their maternity leave. Frequently asked questions include: Where will I pump at work? How long of a break will I get? What do I need to buy?  I don’t want you to have to stress and worry. This post will help alleviate your worries and answer your questions as you prepare to head back to work.  What You Need to Know About Pumping at Work Know your rights  As you make preparations and plans to pump at work, notify your employer of your plans. There is a good chance they have experience with this and can help.  Even if your employer is up to speed on your rights and their responsibilities, it’s important for you to know, too. The Break Time for Nursing Mothers Law legally requires employers to provide time (and space) for employees covered under the…

Good Stress vs. Bad Stress in Children: What You Need to Know

Recently, there’s been a lot of talk about the detrimental effects of stress on children’s health. And it’s not surprising at all. According to the latest data from the CDC, the average weekly number of children’s mental health-related ED visits has been on the rise over the past year. In 2020 alone, the number of such visits was a shocking 44% higher than in 2019.  Moreover, we know that as many as 35% of American children experience stress-related health issues, which means that more than one-third of U.S. kids don’t have effective methods for coping with external and internal stressors. But is dealing with stress always a bad thing? Or could a surge in cortisol be helpful in some situations? This article aims to explore the difference between good stress and bad stress in children, along with everything parents can do to help their kids manage everyday pressures in healthy…

Christmas Guide for Toddlers

If you have a toddler, you know that there are way too many things out there to consider getting as a gift around Christmas time!  While your child tells the Santa at the mall what toy they want, you might be wondering what extra special thing is out there that you could surprise them with that they wouldn’t have even considered asking for.  Here are a few suggestions that could change everything in your search! Check out this delightful Xmas Gift Guide for Toddlers and surprise your favorite little one in a big way! 3D Lighted DIY Felt Tree Toy Set A felt Christmas tree for toddlers?  Yes, please!  This little Xmas tree is the perfect size for toddlers to decorate so they won’t be tempted to touch the adult Christmas tree.  It is lightweight so it is both easy to move around and safe for your toddler to…

Christmas Gift Guide For New Dads

So you want to shop for gifts for your friend who recently became a new dad and Christmas is right around the corner.  A gift card seems too basic, but you don’t feel like knitting a pair of Mandalorian socks all by yourself.  It can’t just be a generic box of chocolates, because where’s the holiday magic in that?  You want this gift to be special, or useful, or perhaps even funny.  You are looking for a gift that will stand out from the rest of the wrapping paper tossed across the living room floor.  What do you get for someone during such a unique milestone of their life, especially when it is the most wonderful time of the year?  Below are some generally well-rounded gift ideas put into this handy Christmas Gift Guide for New Dads so you can approach this shopping dilemma from a variety of angles.  If…