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Reading to your child is such a great bonding activity and a wonderful way to connect after a busy day. In our house, we start reading to our children as newborns. Newborn babies love to feel the warmth of your body and hear the cadence of your voice as you read to them. At 3 months old, an infant begins to notice colors and shapes and starts to focus briefly on pictures. Between 6 and 8 months, babies will begin to explore a book by touching, turning, and tasting pages.

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breastfeeding fashion style nursing wear

I've nursed three of my children and I knew I was in trouble when the main criteria had for getting dressed in the morning was how easy it would be to access my boobs throughout the day. Needless to say, I wore a lot of not-very-cute outfits for a while. The thought of needing something even vaguely dressy was problematic. But, I've learned that nursing my baby and being fashionable aren't mutually exclusive thanks to a combination of cute covers, cute nursing clothes, and some wardrobe ...

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My Toddler Climbed Out of His Crib

My youngest son is now 20 months old and is a little climber. I can't take my eyes off him for a minute without finding him on top of some surface. Just the other day, I found him trying to climb up onto our kitchen counter with the assistance of a chair and a stack of books. My other two boys didn't go through the climbing stage, so this is all new territory for us. I will not be surprised if he is the first of our kids to climb out of his crib.

My husband and I transitioned our two ...

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postpartum-girdle

When I was pregnant with my fourth child, an entertainment story about a celebrity was all over the news, sharing her secret to losing weight after having a baby. I was worried about how I was going to "bounce back" (side note: I hate that phrase), and so I gave it a read.

Apparently, she touted the use of a girdle for getting her shape back quickly. This celebrity wore this compression garment day, and night, for the first 40 days following her second child's birth. During an ...

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new mom help

Everyone experiences new-motherhood differently. Some people have great support at home, some not so much. Some new mothers have babies with special circumstances or just really big personalities and well-developed lungs that they enjoy using to their fullest capacity. Some newborns adjust more easily to their new environment and sleep and eat easily while finding little reason to cry.

Regardless of the particular nuances of your new life as a new mom, having a friend or a family ...

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For couples trying to conceive, there may be one alternative therapy that may help them to get pregnant, and it has nothing to do with shots or fertility clinics.

Instead, it's a much more tasty option:

Ice cream!

Long the butt of many a pregnancy-craving joke, ice cream is one of those foods that kind of goes hand in hand with pregnancy. And it may be that there's a scientific reason for that natural combination of ice cream and pregnancy. According to one study, eating ...

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10 DIY Cleaning Products You'll Love

Rather than spending tons of money at the store stocking up on ten different cleaning products for every area of your home, why not create your own cleaning solutions for less money, using natural ingredients that will do the job equally as well? Here is a round up of 10 DIY Cleaning Products from some of our favorite bloggers!

Product #1: DIY Dishwasher Tablets

As a fellow Mom to a large brood, I especially loved this explanation as to why this blogger has gone DIY,

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receipts

Some days, it can feel hard to even keep up on all of the latest warnings and precautions for pregnant women, can't it? Soft cheese, no cheese, lunch meat, coffee is bad, coffee is kind of bad, coffee is bad again. 

Like any mother, I try to wade through the latest health information with caution--taking studies seriously that could affect my health or the health of my children, but also remembering to take it all with a grain of salt because it's enough to drive us all ...

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Babies are expensive. When you're pregnant and planning it all out - the expense can seem utterly overwhelming. But, when you really look at what you need to have a baby, by planning smart and using some easy tips, you'll find that saving enough money to have a baby isn't as impossible as it may seem.

Check out these 5 tips for saving enough money for your baby, plus ways to cut costs.

Buy Secondhand

You don't need to have all new everything - and secondhand shops are great ...

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weight lifting

For years I was a cardio-only kind of gal. I prided myself on the ability to run for as long and far as I could before dropping. I reveled in the fact that I could run multiple days in a row without rest or that I could run and then get on a bike and pedal and then get in a pool in swim.

I never lifted a weight.

I had a fear of lifting. I tend to bulk up quickly in the arms. I didn’t want to look like a body builder. I felt, too, strength training in general, and ...

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