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15 toddler approved fall activities

"Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons." ~Jim Bishop

Fall is my absolute favorite season. The smell of burning leaves. The crunch of a freshly picked apple. The warmth of a hand-knit hat. The golden hue of yellow, orange, and red that falls upon the trees. What is there not to love about fall? Fall is even better when spent with your family, making lasting memories. Here are my favorite toddler-approved fall activities.

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epic pregnancy meltdown

With huge levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) , follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), hCG, estrogen and progesterone coursing through your body for 40 weeks, it's no wonder that pregnancy can sometimes cause a few hormone-induced temper tantrums. During my two pregnancies, I had my fair share of brain hiccups, violent screaming spells, inane arguments, and buckets of tears. Buckets!

Looking back, they are funny. At the time? Not so much.

My worst pregnancy meltdown happened when my ...

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Super hero room DIY

The Dudes are obsessed with super heroes.

I know, totally cliche: little boys who like super heroes, big surprise.

But, whatever, they are fans of all things Marvel (and, to be fair, many things DC too) at the moment.

I think it's awesome because it's still such a boyish thing to love. And I fully support anything that keeps them young and childlike.

Plus I love coming downstairs to one (or all) of them clad in a super get up of some sort. It reminds me that, even ...

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15 perfect bedtime songs

Of course you can stick with the standards - Twinkle, Twinkle and Hush, Little Baby still work just fine - but sometimes it's nice to try something a little different. Heck, my oldest daughter's secret to calm the colicky screams was repeated refrains of the Oscar Mayer songs (My baloney has a first name ... AND Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Mayer wiener ...). Sometimes you need to mix it up. So next time you're singing your little one to sleep, or trying to calm those fussy cries, why not try ...

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Starting solids with my baby is not my favorite milestone for a few reasons: people food versus breast milk makes diaper changes more offensive to the nose; babies are learning how to eat, which is messy to say the least; and it means my baby is growing up, which is a good thing, but it's strange how fast it comes.

My 8-month-old started really eating solids just a few weeks ago. I didn't really anticipate starting as early as this (though doctors say it's OK to start solids at 6 ...

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How to Create An Evening Routine

One of the best ways to feel organized as a mom is to have in place a set of routines for the morning, afternoon, and evening. When you have these routines in place for yourself as well as for your family, it becomes so much easier to get the things done that you'd like to accomplish--prepare healthy meals, get ready quickly and easily so as to get out the door on time, keep an orderly home, get the kids to bed at a reasonable time with minimal fuss, etc.

I've shared with you my ideas ...

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By now, most of our kids are officially back to school. We've sent them off with freshly brushed hair, rosy cheeks, and picture-perfect outfits--at least on the first day. But what we do keep sending them with every single day is nothing more than crossed fingers and a hope that ... what? What do you really want (more than anything) for your kids' school year?

When I was a classroom teacher before I was a mother, I assumed that what parents really wanted to know about was their kids' ...

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"Do you want to hold her?"

"Um ... no, it's okay. I don't want to drop her!" I said, hoping I hadn't offended my cousin, who had just given birth to her second child. I had stopped by to visit on my way to the airport, after a business trip. I was 28 years old, single, and pursuing a fulfilling career in public relations and marketing. 

My dream, growing up, was to be a journalist, a writer, a ...

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4-things-4th-pregnancy

You might think that after having four pregnancies and working as a labor and delivery nurse, I might be just a little smug about my vast repertoire of pregnancy knowledge.

But you would be absolutely wrong.

It's precisely because I've worked in the field and have had so many kids, that I know when it comes to pregnancy, you can't ever be too prepared. Even my fourth pregnancy taught me a thing or two, like ...

Every pregnancy is different

I went into my fourth pregnancy ...

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Here comes the bride ... and her kids!

The world was shocked last Wednesday with the news that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, the ultimate "till death do us part" couple, officially tied the knot after almost a decade and six children together. Those six kids had a big part in their mom and dad's big day, and they aren't the only kiddos who enjoyed the wedding spotlight with their parents.

Check out some of the cutest celebrity-kid bridesmaids and groomsmen in Hollywood.

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