Natalie Hoage

Natalie is a wife, mom of a five year old son and three year old twin girls, wannabe foodie, lover of wine and of all things social media. She is the author of Mommy of a Monster and Twins, her personal blog where she writes honestly about the good, bad, and ugly of parenting. In her free time, which she rarely has anymore, she reads, cooks, gardens, works as a freelance writer and social media consultant, and drinks wine…lots of wine.

Natalie is a wife, mom of a five year old son and three year old twin girls, wannabe foodie, lover of wine and of all things social media. She is the author of Mommy of a Monster and Twins, her personal blog where she writes honestly about the good, bad, and ugly of parenting. In her free time, which she rarely has anymore, she reads, cooks, gardens, works as a freelance writer and social media consultant, and drinks wine…lots of wine.

My almost-6-year-old is getting to the age where he wants to get on our desktop computer to play games and look things up by himself. He’s learning about how to use computers at school, and is gaining confidence in learning about the magic of what they can do. While I love that he wants to learn and explore, the Internet can also be a very ...

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One of my favorite things about spring is that I get to start planting herbs and veggies. Throughout our small backyard, we have a plum tree, white peach tree, avocado tree, lemon tree, and lime tree. There’s mint that I planted years ago that still pops up as well as blackberry vines that we can’t seem to get rid of. And now that I’m ...

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Now that I’ve been sharing my words here at EverydayFamily, I think that you might know that I really like tips. I’ve given you tips on easy healthy living, tips for how to make mommy friends, and tips for streamlining your morning routine…not to mention tips for getting rid of the pacifier, potty training, and bath safety tips for kids. ...

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It’s family date night, and everybody has decided to play a board game or two while sitting around the kitchen table. You’ve gotten everybody’s favorite drinks, a bowl full of popcorn, and now you just have to decide what games to play.

Sometimes it’s hard to find games for all ages that the little kids will enjoy just as much ...

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I am looking forward to going on our first “big” family vacation within the next year or so, and I am already researching our options. I have a couple of different ideas in my head – I know I want to hang out as a family, but I would also like to find a place that will allow my husband and I some couple time without the kids. But where to ...

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With money tight and the cold weather looming over us, I know that we are spending a lot of time at home as a family. Watching an endless stream of TV isn’t good for anybody, and the kids get bored playing with the same toys over and over. But there are some family activities that will make having a family date night in not only affordable, ...

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If your house is anything like ours, trying to get out the door in the morning is just crazy. It seems that it doesn't matter how far in advance I start preparing for the day, the last 15 minutes before we head out the door is frantic. I’m a firm believer in routines and schedules, and while we still have mornings that are still quite hectic, ...

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Last week, the stomach flu hit my family. It came with a vengeance, and all of the kids and I got sick within a couple of days of each other. Somehow, my husband escaped unscathed. After a major cleaning to help kill any of the bug that may still be lingering, I wondered what exactly is the stomach flu and how can we avoid "catching it" ...

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January is National Bath Safety Month, and I thought it would be important to share some safety measures with you to make bathing your babies and toddlers a breeze, while also keeping them safe. Some of these bath safety tips may seem like common sense, but they are so important to keep in mind every time you step into the bathroom to bathe ...

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Potty training time is one of those rites of passage that most parents fear. We've all heard the horror stories and frustrations of other moms, and if your child is getting ready to potty train, you might be stressing out. But don't! Keeping your cool throughout the process is half the battle.

One important thing to remember is to ...

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