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As parents it is important to guide your children as much as possible.  Ensuring that they are getting the proper knowledge and life experiences. To do so make it a priority to engage in open and candid discussions. From laid back conversations to important ones. There is always the opportunity to support and lead your child. These discussions will evolve as they grow up and your children start to become more independent. Below are four examples of essential conversations to have with your child. It is also important to note how to have them at different ages.  The Self Care Talk Self care is essential at any stage of life. Encouraging your child to engage in self care will create healthy habits. It is good for relieving stress and monitoring emotions. For younger kids self care can be as simple as quality time with family and friends. Spending time outside,…

There are few things in life sweeter than the feeling of holding your baby close.  However when all you really want to do is hold your sweet little one yet there is so much to do around the house, what is a mom to do?  Thankfully there is this wonderful thing called “baby wearing”.  This has been done for centuries throughout the world by women of all walks of life.  There are many companies out there that produce multiple styles of baby carrying products.  Hopefully by the end of this article you will have an idea of which style baby carrier you feel will work best with your baby and lifestyle as well as the pros and cons of baby wearing. Pros to Baby Wearing When it comes to the pros of baby wearing, one of the first things moms tend to think of is having their baby as…

The life of a mom with toddlers can be hectic, and sometimes feels like we are constantly running behind schedule! From the constant toy clean-up to the meals that require special prep to ensure the foods are safe, tasty, and healthy, and everything in between. A mother’s work is never done! Many “life hacks” can save you time throughout your day.  Prepping your toddler’s lunch meals for the week is one of these such hacks. You can do it in about the same time it takes you to prep their lunch once! Here are some tips for practical meal prep for your toddler’s lunches to make your week easier. Bento Box The Bento Box is one of the most effective tools for creating school lunches full of flavor, color, and nutrients. This is a way to keep your toddler happily eating healthy foods! With multiple spill-proof sections, they are easy lunchboxes…

Halloween is an exciting holiday for many, but it can be stressful for pregnant moms to find the costume that fits their personality as well as their growing pregnancy belly. Pregnant women already have a hard time finding the perfect costume for their baby bump. It is a great idea to get one that is not only unique and creative, but also comfortable for their mid-section carrying their precious cargo. There are plenty of costumes that pregnant mamas can consider. To make this process easier, here are some of the best Halloween costumes we could find for expectant mothers. You want to enjoy the festivities and have a spooktacular time until sweet baby bundle arrives. Check out these ideas for where to start looking for affordable yet fun Halloween costumes for pregnant women! 15 Best Pregnancy Costume Ideas for Halloween The Gumball Machine Maternity Halloween Costume This is easily…

One of the most bonding things between a mother and baby is breastfeeding. This can be one of the easiest ways to feed your baby. However, many women reach a point where they need to begin pumping their breast milk. Sometimes it is because their body produces more milk than the baby needs.  Or they may need to return to work and want to provide the liquid gold for bottle feeding. For some mommas, keeping a stored supply of breast milk is done because they want to resume date nights with the hubby. Whatever your reason for pumping and storing your breast milk, we have compiled a few tips to help you get started. Organizing Your Pumped Breastmilk One of the most important things to remember when you are storing breast milk is to label your milk!  There are many different types of storage bags you can purchase. Most of…

Fall is the favorite season of many people throughout the world. Not only is it the season of everything pumpkin, but even nature also celebrates this time! From the cool, crisp breezes filling our lungs with refreshing air to the palette of colors on the trees as the leaves change, fall is a time of wonder and beauty. What better way to celebrate the changing seasons than by engaging in some fall leaf activities with your kids and family? Below are just a few ideas to help you and your little ones fully delve into the joy that fall and autumn leaves can bring! Leaf Art Projects There is nothing to soothe the soul like creating something artsy! One easy and fun leaf art project to do with your kids this Fall is to make a picture of leaf rubbings. Let your little ones collect their favorite leaves from the yard and lay them…

We’ve all heard postpartum horror stories—hair loss, postpartum infections, difficulty breastfeeding, and the infamous “baby blues.” Among these common challenges include pelvic floor disorders (PFD).  According to a 2021 study published in the International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, almost half of women suffered symptoms of at least one kind of PFD, including bladder, bowel, and sexual dysfunction during and after pregnancy.   There is a lot to learn about childbirth injury, and this article aims to shed light on pelvic floor dysfunction and how women can overcome it.  What Happens to the Pelvic Floor Muscles Postpartum  One of the key pelvic floor muscles, called the levator ani, is responsible for supporting and raising the pelvic floor and maintaining urinary and bowel functions. As a woman goes through pregnancy and delivery, this muscle becomes strained to support the process.  Since the levator ani holds the pelvic organs together, the…

Hiking is a favorite pastime for people of all ages. It is a wonderful way to absorb some natural vitamin D and get tons of fresh air. Added bonuses are getting exercise while enjoying the beauty of the natural world around us. Going hiking with kids however can be somewhat challenging if you have never done so or are not properly prepared! We have compiled a list of some of the most important things to do in preparation.  Also, there are some ideas for keeping the hike fun and engaging for everyone no matter their age! Length of Your Hike When planning out your hike with kids, one of the first things to determine is the length of the hike. While young kids always seem to have a limitless supply of energy, hiking may use different muscles than they are used to. A good way to decide how long your hike should…

It is almost that time of year to celebrate our children’s grandparents!  We may know them as Mom and Dad, but to our kids, they are the beloved Grandma and Grandpa (or whatever other adorable names they may call them).  The ones who are always ready to let them get away with just a little more sugar than Mom and Dad do and who love to spoil our kids rotten!  So what can we get for these cherished family members for the Grandparents’ Day holiday?  What could possibly express the love that your children feel for their grandparents?  Thankfully, there is a wonderful company called Minted with many unique photo gifts.  These are sure to bring warmth and joy to the hearts of those who receive them.  Here are five of the best gifts for grandparents available on Minted! Heart-Shaped Collage While we all enjoy flipping through a…

Side hustles for moms have exploded in the past couple of years mainly due to the pandemic. The latest data from the United States Census Bureau found that over 10 million moms lost work due to the pandemic or because they had to stay at home with their children. Moms however are generally good at side hustling so it’s no surprise that many have explored new ideas to get paid whilst taking care of their families. Side hustles offer moms flexibility, and they allow you to work based on your schedule and terms. Your rate of success and income will be based on the amount of effort and investment you put in. Starting a side hustle can be daunting, with lots of unknowns to be discovered. However, with enough commitment, motivation, and resources, you can turn a hobby or idea into a successful side hustle that generates enough income to…