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.

If there’s one thing I have learned since becoming a mom, it’s that I need play dates just as much as the kids do. While the kids are playing, it gives me time to unwind and have an hour or so of adult conversation…and what stay at home mom doesn’t want that?

But for some moms, it’s harder to find other moms out there with ...

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Pacifier. Paci. Binky. Sucky. Whatever you and your child call it, chances are that at some point it will occur to you that it just might be impossible to separate your child from it. It’s a source of comfort to them, much like a blankie can be.

All three of my children took a pacifier when they were infants, however only one of ...

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The other day, I was complaining to a friend about how much junk food my kids eat. Her reply? “Well, you’re the one that brings it home and gives it to them.” It was eye opening!

Don’t get me wrong, I know I’m the one who does the grocery shopping and meal planning. Unfortunately, I shop more for what the kids “want” than ...

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I regularly volunteer in my son Ethan’s kindergarten class, and what is so amazing to me is how the kids obey his teacher with little to no resistance. She has 26 students who do what she tells them to do all day long. I have 3 kids at home who I have a hard time getting to do what I say. What does she do differently than I do? What does she ...

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Cold season is definitely here and my kids all have the runny noses to prove it. I also know it's here because my hands are so dry from the endless hand washing I’ve been doing trying to keep myself from catching a cold. I know that I take lots of precautions to keep our home germ free, but how do you do it when you are in public places? Here ...

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Here is something I dread during any time of the year: traveling with young children. By plane, train, or automobile, the are-we-there-yets and fighting and arguing are all enough to drive even the best parents bonkers! But I have a few ways to help you keep your sanity and fun ideas for keeping the kids occupied (and they just might keep you ...

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With the holidays right around the corner, your kids are probably very excited about helping to decorate the Christmas tree and composing a letter to Santa about what they are hoping to receive this year. The day after Thanksgiving is when we decorate the tree, and our Elf on The Shelf named Fred has been out since the week before Thanksgiving. ...

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Christmas is less than a month away…can you believe it? I just finished up my shopping for the kids, and trust me when I say that I did a lot of research looking for fun – and educational – toys that they would love. After reading a lot of articles about the hottest toys of the season (and seeing even more commercials on TV), here are 5 ...

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Do you have a baby on the way? Or maybe you have a baby that's just starting to crawl or walk, a baby that is getting around and getting into everything! If so, now is the time to think about whether you are going to baby proof your home.

Baby proofing is one of those tasks you can do while nesting and waiting for baby to arrive. Here ...

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With the fall weather quickly turning into winter weather, I’m sure that you and your kids – like us – have spent more time than usual indoors. The kids experience cabin fever and I start hearing “I’m bored” more times than I can count. Here are five simple (and inexpensive!) ideas to keep the kids busy during those long dreary days ...

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