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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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tips-for-healing-after-vaginal-birth

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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9-months

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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run

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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veggies-necessary

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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5 thanksgiving pregnancy announcement ideas

Thanksgiving is so close, I can almost smell the turkey now … and the mashed potatoes, and the gravy, and the green bean casserole. (Hey, a pregnant girl has to eat!) Of course, the best thing about Thanksgiving is the time you spend with your family and friends, celebrating the joys of life and the blessings of the year.

If this year’s blessing happens to be a bun in the proverbial oven, Thanksgiving can also be a great time to announce your pregnancy to the world: you’re ...

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woman and little boy

Last November I had the privilege of doing a writing workshop at Camelot Community Care for homeless and unaccompanied youth in the Tampa Bay area. I met some of the most beautiful, thoughtful, and intelligent young people I have ever taught who were working so desperately hard to overcome life’s challenges. Their life stories and innate talent were deeper and more strikingly compelling than those of any young people with whom I had worked. Having lived through such hardships and having ...

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baby-shower-gifts

Uh-oh. You just woke up this morning and realized that your friend from high school that's now your sister's second cousin, who married the football captain, is having her baby shower today.

Of course, you're out of time to go hunt down her registry and pick the last, scant remaining items on it, so what's a girl to do?

Pick up one of these tried-and-true "go-to" baby shower gifts, that's what! And trust me, you really can't go wrong with any of these. In fact, if you feel like ...

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common-problems-for-new-parents

Marriage is not easy and when you add in added responsibilities, change, and chaos - it can be even more challenging.

Parenting is not easy either and getting used to life with a newborn can be hectic and add in an unhappy coupling, it just makes for a miserable postpartum period.

There are many challenges that face couples who welcome a new baby into their life and learning how to navigate those common issues and problems can mean a big difference for the strength of your ...

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