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Wondering what really happens behind closed doors of the labor and delivery unit?

Oh, sure. You know that a pregnant mama comes in and a baby comes out, and perhaps your childbirth education classes gave you some insight into what to expect during your labor and delivery, but who isn't curious about that behind-the-scenes action that happens every day at a hospital? Satisfy your curiosity about a birth center with some inside secrets from a former labor and delivery ...

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A funny thing happens when you're busy birthing babies, pushing through sleepless nights, and changing diaper after diaper--

All of those "it goes by so quickly" admonitions that everyone tells you with a wistful shake of their heads suddenly become 100% true. 

I had a grand plan for our childrearing years: After having three kids back to back to back, almost every two years to the day, I declared that we were on a baby break. My husband and I had hit our stride, so to speak -- ...

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chanukah stories for kids books to read

As a dual-holiday family, we enjoy carrying on traditions with our boys. My boys have a lot of Christmas stories and just a few Chanukah ones. Even a quick search on Pinterest brings up very few Chanukah crafts and games, yet I find the search results have grown a bit more each year. Here are a few of our favorite Chanukah books and activities.

How do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague:

It's often difficult to find easy-to-read and relatable Chanukah ...

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affordable family gifts

The holiday gifting season can quickly get expensive if you're a family with a lot of gifts to buy.

We have a number of friends with whom we exchange gifts and, as awesome as it would be to purchase an individual something (or even DIY something, but who has the time?!) for each individual family member, doing so can get costly and time consuming to create quickly.

Instead, consider a family gift that everyone will be able to enjoy together.

Here are 10 easy to obtain and ...

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Common Problems Parents Encounter When Potty Training Their Toddler

Potty training: the moment all parents look forward to -- to when we can say goodbye to the diapers and experience the freedom of having a child who can handle their bathroom business all by themselves.

You have already researched the signs and cues to watch for that will alert you that your toddler is ready to begin the transition from diapers to "big kid," which include having words for their body functions, wanting to be more independent, and having dry periods throughout the day. ...

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Just over one year ago, I was in the hospital holding my fourth full term baby, a tiny little boy who weighed just slightly over six pounds. After the struggles we had to get pregnant and the scary pregnancy itself, I can't even put into words how it felt to have him in my arms - safe.

I am shocked to say that just a few days ago, we celebrated his first birthday. One whole year has gone by with four kids, getting to know this new little person, and our family feels complete. It's been ...

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As the new year is just around the corner, you might be tempted to claim goals, to-dos, and wants. But we want you to take a breath -or two- and make time for those things that may not be "productive" but that make life a whole lot sweeter. Ten fabulous women share exactly what they'll be making time for in 2015. ...

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When people see me out and about in public with my four young kids, or when it comes up in casual conversation how many children I have and their ages (6, 4, 2, and four months), I will get one of two responses:

1) Wow! You know what causes that, right? [hearty chuckle]


2) Wow! You've got your hands full, don't you? 

There are all kinds of articles written in response to this oft-uttered phrase to parents. Heck, there are even actual blogs with the title because ...

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Holiday Gifts from Kitchen Collage

Homemade holiday gifts from your kitchen are a great way to stretch the holiday budget and give a gift from the heart. These 10 holiday gifts from your kitchen are simple to make, easy to prepare in bulk for gift gifting, and make great gifts for teachers, babysitters, coaches, and co-workers.

Butterscotch Sauce

Made from just five ingredients, on a stove top, in 20 minutes, this homemade butterscotch sauce is delicious!

Homemade Vanilla Extract

All it takes is ...

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Growing up, I never had anyone in the same class with my same name. Actually, my whole school experience, from grade school through college I never experienced the issue of being called by my first name and last initial. Devan is not only unusual, but more so for a female and with a unique spelling as well, I have never had to worry about being confused with someone else.

I love unique names - all my children have then and it's partly because of my own experience growing up as a Devan. ...

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