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Best Breastfeeding Necessities

Basking in the glistening sunlight as it peeks in through the window, I sit in my glider rocker gently rocking my sweet little one to sleep after a quiet time of nursing and bonding together. Sipping on my water, I smile as I gaze down at the adorable little face falling asleep in my arms as he lays on the nursing pillow that I received as a gift at my baby shower. What an incredible feeling, I think to myself, this endless bliss of love for such a tiny person I just barely met, yet the desire to love, care and protect this sweet child is filling my entire being with immense determination and joy. This was not my first time having a baby, and may not be my last. I do, however, feel it is somewhat different each and every time we have a child and I choose to…

Friendly Freezer Meal Ideas

Freezer meals come in so handy throughout the year and are perfect for keeping on hand for various reasons. Whether it’s for days where you don’t have much time to cook or to help save money, there are many benefits to stocking up on freezer meals.  One of the biggest reasons to keep a stock of prepared freezer meals is to save you time when it comes to cooking. You can easily just choose something out of the freezer, thaw, and you have dinner figured out in no time without all the work. Many will spend a day or two prepping their freezer meals for the next few weeks or even months. Always be sure to write down the dish so that everyone knows what it is. Another pro tip would be to write the baking or cooking instructions on the pan itself to help save even more time. Freezer…

Best Jobs For Stay-At-Home Moms

“Hey, Ladies! I want to know what you do to earn money. I am looking for ideas. TIA!” How many times have you seen that question come up in a Facebook group or MeetUp? Like you, many moms are looking to earn extra income to help supplement the home, have a cushion, or pay for extracurricular activities. You scour old articles, ads, pages, and search results that make your eyes cross and your head hurt. There are so many things out there! Here are some work-at-home jobs that you may not have thought of for yourself. Writing Services Bloggers, editors, copywriters, and proofreaders are in high demand! Not only does it allow you to lend the flare that you have for communication, but you also glean tips, tools, tricks, and practices that you can use in your home. It can also be very entertaining and give you the creative outlet…

How to Organize Your Homeschool + Free Homeschool Supply List!

I would have to say that the question I get asked most is, “How do you organize your homeschool?” And this is such a great question! I want to take a few moments to offer you tips, tricks, and ways for organizing your homeschool.  An organized teacher is an organized learner  We all come to homeschooling with different intentions, purposes, and reasons, and I love that! We each get to bring our own teaching and learning philosophies to the table. However, I think the one thing we can all agree on is the importance of being organized.  Make no mistake, an organized teacher is an organized learner. You’ve likely heard the phrase, “More is caught than taught,” right? Being an organized teacher is essential for raising and teaching an organized learner. Children watch adults’ every move and almost always mimic what they see, so it only makes sense to do…

Superfoods for Breastfeeding Super Moms

There’s an enormous amount of information available these days on the world wide web to help moms learn about how to feed their baby, how to bathe their baby, even how to burp their baby, but what you may struggle to find are articles on how to take care of and properly feed and nourish the mommy – especially moms who breastfeed. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a handy cheat sheet where some of the best superfoods available are all listed in one place for you to review and choose from whenever you wanted to enhance your milk supply and build up production, or ensure your milk is full of the utmost important nutrients your child needs? Well, have no fear, help is here!  Looking for courses to help you? Take a look at this Ultimate Guide to Increasing Milk and Eating For Breastfeeding Mini Course! Superfoods for Breastfeeding …

Clever Gift Ideas for the New Dad on Father’s Day

Becoming a Dad is a huge milestone in a young man’s life! The new father-to-be is probably both nervous and ecstatic all at the same time. Learning to navigate the rising waters of financial burden, late night feedings, and diaper changes, providing loving care and support for his spouse or partner and meeting the daily demands at work to provide for his family while silently wishing he could curl up and take a nap due to exhaustion from all those late night walks bouncing the baby to sleep. Settling into this new position as a father comes with unique and complicated questions for the father-to-be … what should the baby call me? Dad? Father? Daddy? Papa? Pops? Figuring out how to keep some romance or spice in his life with his spouse/partner, but worried about how to support her needs as her body is still recovering and changing after having…

Spring Cleaning Tips for Moms of Infants and Small Children

Every mom with young children knows it’s important to Spring clean your house once in a while if you don’t want to wake up one day and realize something really gross is lurking under your refrigerator. For us moms, it can feel impossible to find the time or focus to get it done. However, there are tips for moms with young children that will help you get your Spring cleaning done in record time, and with your sanity intact. You can learn to make it easy with the right shortcuts, tools, and products. For example, just wait till you learn all the things that are safe to clean in the dishwasher, and how a single appliance can practically clean your whole house! This is going to amaze you.  Make It Easy and You Won’t Put It Off The big secret to making Spring cleaning manageable is to regularly clean in…

Fitness Gear For Moms Who Love The Outdoors

Don’t you just love getting outside in the fresh air and enjoying the beauty of nature all around you? Isn’t it sad thinking that many people are stuck indoors all day working at jobs in an office without so much as even a view of the outdoors? If you are the kind of gal that jumps at the chance to get outside on your own and breathe in the wholesome goodness of that fresh air and sunshine, and maybe even get in a quick work-out to shape and tone your body, then you’re in luck. This post is just for you! Whether it’s running, golfing, snowboarding, hiking, biking, or mountain climbing, you’ll find a bunch of affordable fitness gear products to assist moms (like you) who love the outdoors!  Fitness and Sports Gear for Moms Who Love Outdoor Workouts  Invincible Fitness Agility Ladder Training Equipment Set This equipment set help…

The #FITMOM Trend: Why Its A Good Thing

Recently, the “What’s Your Excuse?” Mom was re-circulating through social media and the news with her recent weight-gain admission. It brought me to thoughts on the whole #fitmom trend, and where we go as mothers with it. My immediate  reaction was, “how brave of her, to be honest, and brave to admit her mess when she subtly shamed mothers for not losing the weight.” She became humble and honest. We are all well aware of the #fitmom trend or dare I say pressure to be our own version of a #fitmom. Social media rewards and celebrates images of mom’s post-baby, looking fabulous and fit just days after giving birth. But, there are many moms also posting their scars, marks, and skin folds – triumphantly celebrating the birth of their baby. I think the whole #fitmom movement is fabulous because it encompasses so much of our desires as women, not moms.…

Gift Ideas for a New Mom’s First Mother’s Day

You might wonder what the best Mother’s Day gifts are for the new mom in your life. You know her best. She may not really need another coffee mug, even if it says something cute. But I bet she’d love it if you put some thought into what might make a new mom’s life more liveable right now. The best gift ideas for new moms on Mother’s Day are things that address the struggles of exhaustion, fear, loneliness, doubt, and anxiety. Also, anything that makes her feel pretty. Some good ideas are flower subscriptions, spa gift sets, Mani/Pedi gift certificates, a pendant with the baby’s birthstone, a fun t-shirt that advertises new-mom status, paid membership in a new mom’s group, or a class that will teach her everything she needs to know about infants, sleep cycles, and breastfeeding.  Pampering or Wearable Gift Ideas: Here are some gifts that will go…