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 We've all heard of the middle-child syndrome, right? You know, the one where the kid who was unfortunate enough to be born right in the middle of the sibling lineup has the most difficult life out of anyone in the family?

Well, "Second-Baby Syndrome" is somewhat similar to that, and it's disconcerting enough for one mom that she decided to put her ideas down and express her worry about how the babies that are second in line get the short end of the stick (and sometimes not even a ...

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You could say I have a (healthy) obsession with baby names, because even though the chances of us having another child are super slim, I still love thinking about the perfect names.

If you're planning to expand your family, are in the process of it, or are like me and just love names, there are a lot of considerations to be made when choosing the perfect name. For me, I don't care much for names that can be shortened--nicknames aren't my thing. Not everyone is me, though, and some of ...

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Grocery shopping is a necessary chore that every family needs to do. But if you take the time to get yourself organized before you head out to the store, you'll save yourself time on this weekly errand and you'll save money too because you will only buy exactly what you need! In this post I am going to share with you my favorite tips on how to organize grocery shopping- as well as a free printable grocery list that you can download!

Tip #1: Use An Organized Shopping List

I print ...

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Get royally excited -- there's another little prince or princess on the way!

Early last week, Prince William and Princess Catherine announced they are expecting their second baby. The new royal baby, who will join 18-month old Prince George, will be fourth in line for the throne (knocking poor Prince Harry to fifth!)

Princess Kate is believed to be about three months along. The announcement came as a necessity of sorts; Princess Kate is experiencing the same acute morning ...

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My daughter wants nothing to do with sleepovers. She likes her routine. She likes her bed. And she likes the overflowing pile of stuffed animals that line the foot of her bed. Truth be told, she likes predictability. In her own room, with her own stuff, with her brother in the next room, and with parents down the hall, she feels safe. She's just not ready to venture out of that comfort zone just yet, and I support her 100%.

A lot of her friends, however, are into sleepovers. ...

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Babies are hard work. I have four children, and you would think I would be used to how much work kids under 1 year old are, but here I sit with my 8-month-old and am still surprised. Yes, he wants my attention at all times of the day. If he gets sick or doesn't feel totally 100%, he will scream unless he's held--it's to be expected sometimes when you have a baby, but what does that mean for your older kids?

I have heard so many times over the past few months from my kids just how bored ...

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When we had our second daughter baptized, it was the picture-perfect ceremony I had been envisioning. The white dress, the serene baby, the smiling family members looking fondly on.

Until we all posed for the big family photo and the second before the shutter snapped, my daughter picked that moment to completely fill her diaper with the loudest explosion ever. The entire family burst out in laughter as the camera captured the moment in digital perfection forever.

Not exactly the ...

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We make plans like we actually have any control over our lives. Even when we are confronted with the reality of change, we, as a society, still continue to make plans.

This is going to happen, then this, this, and this.

It truly doesn’t work like that.

Some readers may remember that I had trouble breastfeeding my first born, and I had prepared myself better to give a stronger push for breastfeeding with my second—my now 4-month-old son. 

I had the names of ...

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cleaning supplies

Moms who just don't have the time or energy will be happy to hear that maintaining clean floors that you can eat off of is over rated and just not necessary even when you have a tiny baby. Results from a recent study published by the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, showed that a newborn who lives in a house that is extremely clean will not be as resistant to germs, bacteria and other allergens from rodents, roaches, and cats. In turn, the lack of exposure to these germs may lead ...

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After leaving my husband to tuck the kids into bed one night, I headed downstairs to indulge in my secret "me" time–walking on my treadmill at the lowest possible speed setting and watching trashy reality shows on my phone.

After about an hour of my "workout," I heard the distinct sounds of my two-hundred-and-then-some pound husband sprinting full-speed upstairs.

Never a good sign. 

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