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creative pregnancy announcement ideas

Whether it is your first or your fourth, a baby on the way is a big, exciting deal!

Everyone loves babies (okay, most everyone) so it's pretty much a guarantee people will be super happy for you and anxious to snuggle the new bundle. There are also grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins who will have an outpouring of love at the thought of a new addition. Making the announcement in a fun way can help make your big news feel even more special.

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November is officially upon us, and you know what the means -- the season of gratitude begins now! It is the time of year when we attempt to slow down and express our gratitude as much as possible.

Classrooms focus on American history, and kindergartens and preschools craft turkeys and thankful leaves to decorate their classrooms before sitting down together for a big classroom feast. Yes, November brings acts of kindness and thoughts of gratitude as we roll into the holiday ...

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Over the years, I've definitely changed as a mother.

I'd like to think I've grown older and wiser, more Martha Stewart-y (minus the prison part), and definitely more patient.

But when it comes right down to it, I know the truth about my evolution as a mother. It has a lot less to do with any of my own abilities and everything to do with the children that I have been blessed with. With four of them in my life, I have to say that there are a few differences from how I parented my ...

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Congratulations on your pregnancy! It's an exciting time full of a lot of changes ahead, but you'll be amazing. Whether you're single and pregnant by choice or circumstance, there is no reason you can't love this journey and take the time to pamper yourself for the next 40 weeks.

Pampering yourself during pregnancy is something I think all pregnant mamas should make time for! It's good for your body, and your body is doing a lot right now. Growing humans is no joke!

So, single ...

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When I was pregnant with my first daughter, I remember my husband (ever so thoughtfully, I should add) commenting on how he thought I must be faking my morning sickness. 

"I mean, really," he said. "It has to be all in your head. No one can puke that much." 

I responded by promptly throwing up on his shoes. 

Yes, my husband really was that rude, and, yes, I really was that sick, but luckily, he did get a little more thoughtful with my next pregnancies. Actually, I take ...

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Fall Science Experiments

When the cooler weather arrives, I just want to curl up on the couch with a cup of hot tea and a good book. As a mom of three very active little boys, this is not ever possible. Instead of going stir crazy in the house with them this fall, I have stalked Pinterest on more than one occasion and found some pretty fun fall science experiments. They have been learning about exploding ghosts, floating apples, and more. Here are the details:

Have you ever microwaved marshmallow Peeps? The ...

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When I hear the term "maternal mortality," I assume that the term is being used in reference to describing birthing conditions in either the time of the Dark Ages or in underdeveloped and impoverished countries. 

Turns out both of those assumptions are not quite correct.

In an interview with EverydayFamily, Michael Rosenblatt, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Merck & Co., Inc., said that "we tend, in the US, to think that maternal mortality is a ...

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In the postpartum stage of parenthood, your days are filled with pleas of"Why is he still crying?", diaper changes, doctor's appointments, and a whole lot of missed sleep. It is no easy stage of parenting, as you're getting your footing and learning about this new person, and all that stress and extra stuff can have a real effect on the relationship with your partner.

If you're looking for ways to keep your relationship with your partner sexy and healthy after welcoming a new baby into ...

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When I think about all of the things I love about raising my boys, the top of that list for sure is their brotherhood.

The idea that these three dudes will get to grow up together and not kill each other in the process as lifelong besties brings tears to my eyes.

I know sometimes they hate on each other hardcore, but that doesn't mean I can't keep hope alive and make them be brothers even when they don't really want to.

They will thank me one day, for sure.

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Christmas is just around the corner, and everyone is probably starting to think about the holiday and all the festive fun that comes with it. One of the common traditions these days is the very popular "Elf on the Shelf" idea. It brings a cute (well, I personally think they're creepy) Elf into your house that you get to do daily fun things with (like hide him in funny places). He's used to help keep your children in the spirit, and he's said to bring the happenings back to Santa -- that's ...

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