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unusual ways to commemorate birth mommy gift

There are many ways to commemorate your baby's birth from those precious first footprints to saving your baby's hospital bracelet. But, some moms go the extra mile to honor their baby's arrival.

Check out 4 of the most unique and interesting ways to document and remember the birth of a baby.

A Milky Stone

Take a closer look at this lovely ring. It could be grandmother's antique moonstone but it's actually made from a mom's own breast milk. If the old-fashioned look is not ...

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Cooler weather and busy fall schedules call for a big batch of chicken noodle soup. Many of us don't have time to make homemade chicken noodle soup but there are many ways to amp up an average can or two of chicken noodle soup.

First of all you must buy a quality can of chicken noodle soup. We prefer Campbell's 100% natural Chicken Noodle Soup that has whole grain noodles. Once you've stocked your pantry with you soup of choice here are a few tips on how to boost your canned ...

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mom wearing baby in Maya wrap

When I became a mother for the first time, wanting to have my son close to me was a natural instinct. I was nursing him on demand, he slept in our bed from the first night on, and I couldn't have imagined it any other way, although we had a beautiful crib for him.

During the day I liked wearing him in a baby carrier. He was content in his Maya wrap, and I was able to move around the house with him and get things done.

The wrap was especially handy during my solo trips to ...

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swoon-worthy moments with children
Valentine's Day thoughts tend to swirl around cards and candy and hearts. But it's also the perfect time to be reminded that these kids of ours can be total and complete heart breakers. I found ten swoon-worthy moments that mothers captured of their kids. ...

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7 rules visiting newborn

You are about to have a baby.

Moment of silence for your awesomeness.

You are about to bring a new person into the world!

And that means... you are about to get a bunch of visitors.

Does that excite or terrify you?

I teetered between both emotions to be honest.

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For the 15 months or so that I've written for EverydayFamily, I've gotten a pretty good feel for what moms are passionate about. One thing that seems to be a common theme is the right to accommodations for breastfeeding and pumping. I think it's perfectly fine, but there are others who don't necessarily agree.

Like the department head and supervisor at a Nationwide Insurance branch. You know, the same insurance company that released the depressing Super Bowl ad about the dead ...

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loving-your-body-again-after-miscarriage

When it comes healing after miscarriage, stillbirth, or neonatal death, more goes into it than just physically healing. Sure the physical pain and signs may only last a few weeks, but the grief that can follow the loss of a baby, hopes, dreams, wishes, and moments take longer.

There is no timetable for grief because it's different for each person. Some may have complicated grief due to their own unique circumstances -- for me, I was grieving and at the same time, I blamed my body for ...

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newborn-best-valentine

There is no doubt that the love holiday is just around the corner; you can see the red, pink, and love everywhere you look. I don't have any plans this year other than hanging out with my four kids and watching their excitement as their daddy hands over flowers and candy.

If you don't have any big plans this year either, but you're hanging out with your newborn baby, that's all you need. While you may be a little disappointed that you're at home feeding a baby every hour with spit up ...

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valentine's day recipes

Valentine's Day isn't a huge deal in my neck of the woods. DudeDad has never been a fan, and The Dudes don't enjoy pink or hearts or girls at school getting the wrong idea about love.

Buuuuut, everyone loves an excuse to enjoy something yummy.

Here are some easy, edible treats to help you say "I heart you!"

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies. Because brownies and cookies were made to be eaten together.

Easy Cake Mix Cookies. Forgot to make something for the ...

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I am currently mother to a baby who is not fond of naps. 

You know the type, right? Your baby is energized with a refreshing assortment of 20- to 40-minute "cat naps," never sleeping for a longer session and just giving me a tantalizing taste of time that I may accomplish anything at all with more than one hand. 

It's a frustrating place to be, not only for doing anything crazy like eating or feeding my other kids, but also because napping isn't just a nice little indulgence ...

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