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Easy Tips to Make Potty Training Stress-free

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This post was sponsored by PAMPERS® EASY UPS, however all the opinions expressed are my own. The signs were all there. Wanting to sit on the potty. Tugging at his diaper while saying the words "pee pee" and actually going pee pee while on the potty! That's when I knew it was finally time to potty-train our recently turned 2 year-old boy. It's an often-dreaded journey that many parents want to avoid...and I don't blame them...especially with everything we went through while potty training our eldest son. But going through that experience helped us learn a thing or two when it comes to potty … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Teaching Your Baby & Toddler to Swim {#SwimWays}

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This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received products to facilitate my review. Memorial Day weekend, otherwise known as the "unofficial" start to summer is around the corner. And we all know what this means: more time spent outdoors to have fun and splash about in the pool or at the beach! So now that my 2 and 4 year-old have comfortably mastered basic pool and water safety, it's time to kick it up a notch and help them actually learn to swim.  Personally, I like the idea of introducing kids to the water as early as possible for … [Read more...]

5 Tips to Protect Baby’s Skin in Spring & Summer {Giveaway}

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This is part of a sponsored collaboration with DiMe Media and Dreft. All opinions are 100% mine. We've had a tough few months being cooped up indoors, waiting for Spring to finally arrive with the sun and warm weather. Our boys can never get enough of outdoor activities like exploring nature, splashing around with water, and simply running around to burn off energy. They just need that time outside to be kids! So we're thrilled that the days are finally getting longer and the sun is starting to shine. But with all the change of seasons, comes more allergens in the air and higher … [Read more...]

Words From a Nurse That Saved My Delivery #ThankYouNurses

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This review was made possible by iConnect and Pampers.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine. The room was cold and bright with fluorescent lights. So bright I could barely keep my eyes open. Everything felt so sterile. And indeed it was as I laid my eyes on all the medical tools and equipment surrounding me in the operating room. She took my hand and gave me a pillow to hold over my stomach, as the anesthesiologist instructed me to arch my back in cat pose. I was terrified of this moment, as years of chronic back pain filled my … [Read more...]

Kid-Made Picture Frame for Mom

DIY picture frame craft for mom! Trace your child's handprints to make a flower bouquet and add them to the frame for an adorable Mother's Day gift idea!!

Every mother wants to cherish those precious early memories with baby. From holding those tiny hands in her own, to marveling at the cuteness in front of her. So with Mother's Day around the corner, wouldn't it warm your heart to receive a (mostly) kid-made gift from your little one? Just pass along this cute picture frame tutorial to dad to help create a beautiful keepsake mom will forever treasure! Related: Handmade Jewelry Dish for Mom This post contains affiliate links. Handprint Flower Picture Frame Materials: Picture frame White card stock Pom poms Pipe … [Read more...]

How to Keep Toddlers Entertained in Public (Without a Phone!)

Great tips to prevent tantrums and keep your toddler entertained when you are out in public places like restaurants, grocery stores and department stores.

Toddlers. They're miniature people with ginormous attitudes sometimes. The problem is, occasionally you find yourself out in public with them; exposed to the elements and all the other mommies out there. We've all been at the store and witnessed tiny people languishing on the tile floor or demanding candy bars from the checkout upon pain of death (or just motherly embarrassment). We've even been some of those mothers who's little angels have just.had.enough. I once left a completely full grocery cart in the middle of the aisle when my 2 year old was losing it.  Yes, even frozen food. That … [Read more...]

10 Easy Activities Baby & Toddler Can Do Together

Need to find a way to entertain both baby and toddler at the same time? Our list includes 10 easy activity ideas the kids can do together!

That moment you bring home a new baby is full of joy and love, with all the feel-goods that make you ever so giddy inside. But then you remember the task ahead of you is real: dividing your time and attention between the baby, toddler and other kids. This is especially true when it comes time for entertaining the little ones ALL AT ONCE. It's not always easy to find activities that both baby and toddler can partake in. Typically babies and toddlers don’t have the same interests and aren't quite on the same skill level. That's when life calls for a little creativity. Read at home or … [Read more...]

Butterfly & Dragonfly Pom Pom Magnets

Create cute butterfly and dragonfly magnets using pom poms! An easy Spring craft to make with your toddler or preschool age child!

Guest blog post by Anika from Little Free Monkeys. I am so happy to be here at Ana's blog to share my fun Pom Pom magnet tutorial for the kids! I love doing crafts with my daughter -- especially the quick and easy type that provide tons of fun while my very naughty toddler boy takes a nap.  Some of our favorite crafts include this fun hairband and valentine's wreath. Anytime we're crafting, my goal is always to keep the number of supplies to a basic few and use them for multiple crafts. That way we don't end up buying a ton of supplies for every project we do. In the spirit of … [Read more...]

4 Easy Steps for Introducing Your Child to the Pool

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This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received products to facilitate my review. As a child, summer was the best time of the year with endless fun to be had. Hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill, kids chasing ice cream trucks down the road, weekly trips to the beach and little ones of all ages splashing about in the kiddie pool. Fond memories indeed! It was also a time many kids learned how to swim and got to enjoy many of the perks that come with being an avid swimmer. But unfortunately, I was NOT one of those kids who … [Read more...]

Your First Pregnancy vs. Your Very Last

Expecting your last baby? The differences in your first pregnancy vs. your last can be very emotional. See why.

It's a bittersweet moment. That precise point in time that you recognize this will in fact be your last pregnancy, for whatever reason that may be. And it is so vastly different from your first pregnancy. That very first time you realize you are going to be a mom, as a a new life forms inside your body...all the joys in the world filling your soul. For your very last pregnancy flies by, with little time to care for yourself, soak in every new baby movement or even take baby bump photos like you did the first time around. You are barely surviving life with a baby and toddler to wrap … [Read more...]