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Shortly after I joined the blogging world, it seemed like everyone I knew was pregnant. And not only were they pregnant, but they were showing off their baby bumps in gorgeous, glowing maternity photos that almost made me wish I was pregnant again.

As they say - be careful what you wish for. Before I knew it, I was pregnant with my third child and debating if I too should venture down the pregnancy photography path. I had my concerns though. ...

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breastfeeding a newborn

The only thing you really need to breastfeed your baby is, well, your breasts. When you breastfeed exclusively (not counting pumping the occasional bottle), you don't need anything extra. That doesn't mean there aren't a few things that are great to have on hand while you're nursing your baby, especially during the first few weeks when your baby will be nursing constantly (or at least it feels like it!). Here are a few of my favorite must-have accessories to have on hand while you're giving ...

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How to Clean Out and Organize Your Junk Drawer

Ah ... the good 'ole junk drawer. Admit it. You have at least one--we all do. But should we? A junk drawer by its very name implies that it is a place where we stuff everything that we don't know quite what to do with. But maybe it's time to figure out if we really need it or not. And if we do need it, let's give this stuff a permanent assigned home so that we can eventually find it again when we want to use it!

Every drawer should have a purpose and every item a destination

So ...

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These eight photos prove exactly who a girl’s best friend really is. See for yourself! ...

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Skin is the largest organ in the human body and accounts for about 15% of your body weight. Your skin holds more than 11 miles of blood vessels and has more than 30 million skin cells. Your skin is an amazing organ.

Except during pregnancy.

There are many beautiful things about pregnancy. Unfortunately, your skin usually isn't one of them.

From stretch marks to excess sweat, your skin goes through the ringer during pregnancy. Here are some of the common (and some not so ...

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Forget the required hand-washing of old when you come to visit a new baby. 

Well, actually, don't forget the hand-washing, that's still super-duper important, but instead of simply sticking to the soap-and-sink or sanitizer routine, add this to your arsenal of staying healthy tricks:

Infant cocooning. 

You may, as I first did when I heard the term, mistake infant cocooning for something that resembles the popular method of swaddling an infant for comfort and soothing, but ...

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using adhd medication for toddlers

I once worked with a preschool boy who was positively full of energy. He had a lot to say, loved to move, and rarely sat perfectly still. He also had trouble making friends, but that didn't have much to do with his energy level. He ended up in my office to work on social skills, but it was clear from the start that his mom had big concerns about his non-stop energy.

There were three other kids in the family, and this little boy was the youngest. Week after week, the mom described the ...

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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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Top 10 Fall Slow Cooker Dinners

With fall in full swing, I love slow-cooker meals that allow me to enjoy extra time with my family. What I love the most about using a slow cooker is that I don't have to worry about what to make for dinner when I get home from work. I also love that my preschooler and kindergartner can help me prepare the meal the night before. They love dumping ingredients into the cooker. Here are my favorite fall slow-cooker meals.

I love a nice hot bowl of chicken tortilla soup. This ...

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During my pregnancy with my fourth baby, I decided that it was time to explore hiring a babysitter. But, as a stay-at-home/work-at-home mom, I struggled (a lot) with the decision.

Was I ready for a babysitter? Did I really need one? Could I even afford one?

Here are a few of the questions I asked myself about hiring a babysitter and how I made the best decision for me.

Can I make more money with a babysitter?

I struggled a lot with the decision to hire a ...

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