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Have you been thinking about camping with your kids? What are you waiting for? Camping can be an affordable and fun way to hit the road as a family.

Heading out with young kids doesn't have to be a big undertaking. Here are a few tips to make your family camp out a success:

1. Know your kids and their limits.

Sleep: If your kids are like mine, they turn into walking train wrecks when they are overtired. Being outside all day, hiking, and sleeping in a tent wear them out in ...

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You might say that my daughter has her own special way of keeping her things organized. It’s not that her room is a complete mess. You can always see the floor and you’re not likely to trip over anything (or step on a Lego) in the dark. It’s just that her method of organization seems to lack reason. No matter how many toy bins I purchase, they all seem to overflow with stuff. I scan the bins of stuff and wonder how she manages to find anything, but she always seems to know exactly ...

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I'm pretty sure that every new mother feels like she could use a hand when it comes to navigating the incredibly vast world of pregnancy and parenting. 

Heck, I'm about to give birth to my fourth child, and I feel like I could use a hand again. Do I remember how to hold a baby? Should I breastfeed? What if the baby never sleeps again? How on earth can I do this?

So while we may all feel like we could use our own personal pregnancy assistant, I'm not sure many of us would ...

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Sometimes, in the blink of an eye, life changes. As the United Cerebral Palsy organization articulates so well, “when an infant or young child is diagnosed with a disability, the family’s lives are changed forever. Confronting and living with the challenges brought about by disability requires families to draw upon the strengths within themselves that they often did not think existed. Parents and families have to adjust to a life different than they imagined.” This sentiment is ...

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EverydayFamily has a delicious little secret.

It actually might not be a secret to you, but it was to several friends and family members that I talked to, which made me wonder how many others aren't privy to this expansive recipe collection. So today, I am going to show you where to find it in two easy steps. Ready to follow along?

Step one: Hover over the Lifestyle tab.

Step two: You'll see a dropdown with many awesome sections, but stay with me—just click Recipes for ...

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There's a reason why nurses are in such high demand these days: there simply aren't enough of them. Which is precisely why my husband and I knew we could never leave our newborn son in the NICU alone; one of us always needed to be there with him. 

That's not to say they don't take care of him when something is wrong. If his vitals are dropping, they are immediately alerted and will rush to his side, but what if he's just fussy or scared or lonely and his crying isn't enough to set off ...

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The Dish on Germs

I'm a mom of three boys, so the never ending battle to keep my house clean is no joke. The bathrooms are forever needing a good wipe down, my kitchen floors are swept at least twice a day, and the windows typically have little handprints all over them. Like most moms I know I try my hardest to keep my house tidy and free from germs, but there are many days when I just can't keep up. On these days I am okay with letting the germs win. My boys attend daycare so their immune systems are pretty ...

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pregnant job hunting

When I was about seven-months pregnant with my third child, I got called for an interview for a job that I had applied for before I was even pregnant. 

Over the phone, the manager sounded very enthusiastic about meeting me, explained that I would be undergoing a "panel-style" interview, which basically meant that one manager from every department of the hospital area that I would be working for would be interviewing me (not nerve wracking at all), but not to worry too much because my ...

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As soon as my children are old enough to follow simple directions, I teach them about chores. This usually happens sometime in the second year of their life. At that point, I start a chore rock-jar system, where they are assigned one chore for each age. My 3-year-old is responsible for three weekly chores, and my 5-year-old five chores. When they complete a chore, they are awarded a rock that they place in their rock jar. When their jar is complete, they choose a reward, which could be a ...

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The summer season means kids are off from school, the humidity has us all going crazy, and the wedding season is in full swing. If you're not attending a few weddings this summer, chances are you've gotten wind of a few that will take place next summer.

Gone are the days where it always holds true that marriage comes first and then the baby carriage, and with that change many wedding gown designers are making their gorgeous dresses wearable by the pregnant crowd. You don't have to ...

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