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holiday gift idea

The holiday season is upon us, and when you're a festive lover-of-everything-about-the-holidays-aside-from-the-weather person like me, that means celebrating!

I don't mean the buying of material goods and commercialized celebrations (although I do find that element fun, too), I mean the spreading of joy and cheer to all of those around you.

It is the season of giving, and I make it my goal to give to as many people in my life as possible.

Not one with a hefty budget, I had ...

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I am not a fan of the winter because snow, ice-cold temperatures, and I just don't mix. A few years ago I wanted nothing to do with this season, but now that I am a mother and all four of my kids just happen to be winter-born babies, it's hold a special place for me now.

I get the warm-fuzzies when I think about this time of year when in the past I was heavily pregnant, anticipating the arrival of a much-loved member of our family. I still don't care for the ice-cold temperatures and ...

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Remember the good ol' days when a woman would get pregnant, give birth, and have a baby and that was all there was to it? (OK, so there was probably more than that involved, but you get my drift ...)

These days, however, finding out you are a pregnant starts you on a mission impossible for learning and making choices about all of the ways you want to parent.

Starting with where you want to give birth to your baby. 

With so many different options out there, I spoke to Leah ...

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non-toy gift ideas for grandparents

It happens every year -- usually a few days after Halloween -- I get the call. You know what I am talking about -- the call from one of the grandmothers, asking what her grandchildren might like to receive for Christmas this year. And aside from the fact that I am still recovering from the candy stupor, I have not yet even figured out for myself what my husband and I plan to give the kids (ahem ... or should I say ... what Santa will deliver), let alone come up with ideas that I can give to ...

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crib bumper ideas reuse repurpose DIY

We've all heard the safety recommendations that include a warning to stay away from using crib bumper pads. Yet, despite these warnings, the baby stores are fully stocked with crib bedding sets that include - what else? - bumper pads. Confusing much?

Well, in the name of safety, it's definitely best to avoid using the pads in the crib with your little one. But if you have your heart set on a particular bedding package, what are you going to do with that extra, unused piece of baby ...

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milk allergy

Does your infant cry uncontrollably? Do you wonder why he or she is never happy? Believe it or not, most infant fussiness is just normal behavior and completely unrelated to their diet. Milk allergies only occur for around 2 or 3 of every 100 infants, and milk intolerance is very rare in infants. But what is the difference? According to the Mayo Clinic, "Unlike a milk allergy, intolerance doesn't involve the immune system," so while the two share some symptoms, there are ...

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There is something so magical about the few weeks before you're about to give birth -- the anticipation about your new bundle, what labor will be like, and the getting on to the next phase of your life (i.e., raising a child).

Just like any huge event, preparation before the big moment can go a long way, and that's so true for birth as well. You've probably read up on what to expect during labor, but make sure you're taking time to get a little peek into what healing after birth will ...

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Pregnancy is a time of ups and downs (mostly ups on the scale), triumphs and disappointments, and struggles and joys.

Love it or hate it, pregnancy is one of the most transformative experiences in a woman's life, but that doesn't mean it is easy. I've often heard childbirth compared to running a marathon or climbing Mt. Everest, but can we be honest for a minute? Not every mom wants to push herself to the limit of her physical endurance.

Which is why some of us need a little help ...

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I love running, but probably not for the reasons you might think. Yes, I love feeling strong and healthy and I believe it’s important to show self-care to my children. Yes, a good run sets the stage for a good day. But the biggest draw for me is that when I’m running, it’s only thing I’m doing. I’m alone with my thoughts and I can’t do anything other than that one thing. It’s a beautiful single task.

Multitasking is not my thing. In fact, I’m such a disaster when it ...

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I have a dirty little secret: my kid gets all of her vegetable servings from v8 Fusion juice boxes. 

I know. I hate myself. 

When it comes to her fruit servings, she is golden. Seriously, she will eat everything from bananas to oranges to apples to kiwis to mangoes to strawberries; she's a lot like me. I'm a fruitaholic. 

Yet, I like my veggies, too. Some sautéed bell peppers? YUM. Lightly salted and browned cauliflower and broccoli medley? To die for. 

My ...

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