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home gifts for spring

Spring is in the air which means it's time to dust off those pocketbooks and get ready for the sunny days.  Here are all of the things you need (okay, fine, no one needs a monogrammed wine stopper) to get in the mood for the season.

For Your Mama

Not sure what to buy your mama?  This list should get you started.

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These aren't your nurse's Crocs.  Check out their new styles that are cute and comfy for chasing grandkids in.

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Even though I am pregnant with my fourth baby (or maybe especially because I am) I try really hard not to be one of those parents. 

You know the kind I'm talking about, right?

The know-it-all parent? The one who exchanges knowing looks with other "experienced" parents when you mention your TV time limits or how you never, ever let your kid have sugar? The one that basically says, "how cute that you are a first timer who has no idea what you're doing ..."?

I really ...

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dear-daughters-main

Being a mom of girls has meant different things to me at every stage.

When I was pregnant, I imagined braiding hair and smoothing skirts, glittery clips and shiny ponytail holders, flip-flops and ballet flats, nail polish and lip gloss. All of these imaginings of my heart did, indeed, come true. 

A few turns of the calendar pages later, I hoped for whispered secrets and endless giggles, tied shoes and the passing of “I can do it myself.” (I’m still waiting for that ...

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Tips for DeCluttering Your Email Inbox

Clutter is not just the paperwork that comes into your home, but also the emails that come into your inbox. This post will show you how to create folders, unsubscribe from lists, and use a "deal with it once and move on" approach to email. The goal here is an empty inbox at the end of every day! You can do this! Here are our tips for decluttering your email box.

Think of April as "National Unsubscribe Month." (Yes, I am totally making that up!) Every single time you check your email, ...

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breastfeeding

Breastfeeding my babies has been one of my favorite parts of motherhood. I've been blessed with breastfeeding success: 18 months with my son and two months (and counting) with my daughter. However, we all know breastfeeding isn't for everyone, and not every mother has a positive experience with it.

Celebrity moms seem to love breastfeeding for many reasons (although I suspect many do it for the "weight loss" associated with nursing your baby!). Check out some quotes from a few ...

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how-to-cope-with-pregnancy-mood-swings

We all know the typical television plot line: You see a main character act out of character and she becomes more emotional than usual. She starts crying after watching a relatively tame commercial on TV or she starts yelling because the barista didn’t put the right amount of foam on her latte. The next thing we see – her standing in the washroom holding a pregnancy test with a surprise look in her eyes.

Yep, she’s pregnant and the key to knowing before that test showed the two ...

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happyfeet

Parental stress levels are on the rise. Although many people enter the world of parenting with preconceived notions about how wonderful and rewarding the experience will be, it doesn’t feel rewarding every single day. Some days are hard. 

Each stage of child development brings amazing new milestones, but each stage also brings new challenges. Just when you get that sleep thing under control, teething begins. Every. Single. Time.

And even though parenting is ...

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baby_birth

In a story I found to be a little more than shocking, it turns out that giving birth may not be the unpleasant, horrific sensation that I've been dreading doing again for the fourth time. 

Just kidding. 

It's still unpleasant. 

But surprisingly enough, giving birth 10 times may reduce your risk of cancer. 

I had a hard time believing this one when I read it, but the word is out: giving birth 10 or more times doesn't make a woman crazy, but it can make a ...

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With everything we have to do on a daily basis, family photo albums sometimes get shoved aside for a while. And by a while, I mean years at a time. With our smartphones and cameras constantly on hand, we also have more photos to sort through than ever before.

When my daughter was born, I had several goals for our family photos:

Capture and retain the milestones and “baby book” moments. Share some of our day-to-day life (good and bad) so my daughter, when older, would ...

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Maple cake on stand

Living in the Northeast, I always believed that maple syrup season happened during the fall, just as leaves began to turn from green to red and orange, the air grew cooler, and pancake making was in full swing, right? Not so! I just learned that spring is actually the time to harvest the syrup of the gods, which I guess makes more sense—trees begin to soak in the warmth of the April sun and weep out sap that has been stored after a long, cold winter. To celebrate this newfound knowledge, I ...

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