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5 Best Apps To Capture Baby's First Year Main

There are four pictures of me when I was a baby. I suspect it was the third-child syndrome, but it was also 1976 -- before the existence of smartphones, the Internet, Instagram, and a myriad of other photo and memory-capturing apps.

As mothers in this tech-riddled time, we really have no excuse to miss out on capturing all those lovely, big, and small moments of our baby's first year. However, we have another problem: How do we keep ...

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holidayEF

The holiday season is full of reasons to smile. The lights are bright and cheery. Candy is everywhere. Kids sing happy tunes and craft adorable projects at school. Yes, the world feels just a little bit brighter during the holiday season. But if you take a closer look, the world also seems a little bit more stressed.

Patience wears thin. Cars drive a little faster. Lines seem a little longer. To-do lists feel never ending, and commitments seem to pop up every weekend. The holiday ...

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preg-milestones

From the moment I see those two tiny lines on a pregnancy test, I start a mental countdown in my head.

Nine months until baby. How many weeks until morning sickness ends? How many minutes until labor?

It's a journey that can seem to last forever and yet fly by in the blink of an eye. Here are the milestones that you need to know about along the way.

By the time you miss your period and take your pregnancy test, you are already considered four weeks pregnant, but your baby ...

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best gifts for fathers that dad might actually like

They act happy because they know you spent half of the week working on them with your kids, but those dad favor coupons you've been making for three straight years are not the hit you think they are.

Dad doesn't want the kids to wash his car, because he uses the chore he actually enjoys a little to get out of doing that never-ending list of stuff you have for him wants it done right the first time. And he doesn't need coupons for hugs and kisses, because he gets smothered in those ...

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top 50 baby names last 100 years

There are many classic baby names that have seen a revival in recent years, and there are some that should just stay in the past. Join me on a walk through memory lane as I review the top 25 baby names for each gender over the past 100 years. ...

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elf mission Christmas giving EverydayFamily

It is the happiest time of the year.

Or is it?

For some kids, the holidays mark a time of breathless anticipation, hope, wonder, and joy. For other children, winter break is a letdown -- a time to wonder where their next meal is coming from with no school lunches and no presents under the Christmas tree. The holidays are a time of stark contrasts. While some children live with abundance, 22% of U.S. children, or one in every five, live in households with incomes below the federal ...

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tips-protecting-pics

When I read an article that one of my editors wrote about how her child's photo was stolen and used as a meme online (someone even swiped the picture and turned it into a product that is sold on Etsy!), I was shocked.

As a writer and a blogger, I am constantly worried about putting images of my children out there in the online world for people to see/steal/stalk. It's kind of like a workplace hazard -- part of the job sometimes. You know it's a reality, but hope it never really happens ...

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what-to-know-about-third-trimester

This time last year, I was nearing the end of my pregnancy -- huge, excited, nervous, and almost over being pregnant. The third trimester is something I remember looking forward to when I was in the very early first trimester, filled with worries and wonders. But once I was in it, I wondered why I wanted it to come so quickly.

The third trimester is an exciting time for a few reasons. If you don't like being pregnant, there's light at the end of the tunnel. If you do like being ...

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angry santa claus christmas

Let's do a quick review.

Santa lurks all year long (Creep!), most likely with the help of the NSA, to find out whether you've been naughty or nice, right? You're either one or the other -- no gray areas here.

If you're lucky enough to find yourself on the nice list, you are automatically qualified to receive gifts from Mr. Claus himself. If you had a rough year behaviorally, and you find yourself on the naughty list, you render yourself exempt from any gift that Santa may have ...

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easy rotisserie chicken recipes

My two least favorite household chores are laundry and grocery shopping. Since I despise grocery shopping, I typically put off going until Sunday afternoon. By this time, I'm tired, my kids are cranky, and I have no desire to cook dinner. More often than not, I pick up a rotisserie chicken from the store and serve it for dinner.

When we get tired of chicken dinner, I love using the rotisserie chicken to prepare a chicken dish. Skipping the step of cooking the chicken really makes ...

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