Letting tweens express themselves

Letting tweens express themselves- This Mama Loves

This is a sponsored post about letting tweens express themselves written by me on behalf of DOLE Fruitocracy. Having a tween is a lot of fun. It can also be stressful.  It's also the time when kids really want to start expressing themselves in a lot of new ways, and maybe as parents we aren't ...

Why we chose a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine for our family

Why we chose a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine for our Family- This Mama Loves

When we were expecting our first child, choosing a pediatrician was super simple. I was managing a psychology practice one floor above a really amazing pediatrics practice in the town we lived. It was ridiculously easy. One item on the "parents-to-be checklist" was knocked off quickly.  This post about why we chose a Doctor of ...

Easy Valentine Lunch Ideas {with a sweet surprise}

Easy Valentine Lunch Ideas- This Mama Loves

Compensation for this easy Valentine lunch ideas post was provided by Hershey via MomTrends.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hershey or Momtrends.  Doing fun things for holidays doesn't have to be a big thing. It doesn't have to be expensive.  It doesn't really have ...

The best games for Family Game Night

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Friday nights in our house are Family Game Night (sometimes, Family Movie Night too- depends on how late dinner goes and how much fun we're having with games). Today's family schedules are hectic.  People work later than ever before, kids activities go later and later, and honestly, it's really easy to let together time fall ...

Cuties Fruit is back once again!

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One of my most favorite snacks for all happens to come in it's own packaging, it's super easy to bring places and it's really rather healthy.  It's also got a fun name AND is back in stores. It's America's fave fresh fruit brand, Cuties! Either way, their sweet, tiny little delicious selves are back in ...

Giving to others together with Caboodles

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The connection between mother and daughter is so special.  From the special moments and fond memories I have of time with my own mother to the moment I held my daughter in my arms for the first time, her first steps, her first day of school, and the days of first dances and dates that ...

Fairy Tales at Bedtime with NIVEA Fairy Tins

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If your kids are anything like mine, they can be pickier about certain products than I am.  For some reason they've never really liked me to put lotion on them.  They are super active kids though and their soft skin can easily dry out and chap; especially now as the weather changes and things get ...

Mom’s Sickness Fighting Basket for Cold & Flu Season

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It's 11 p.m. and we're home snuggled in bed, 25 minutes from the nearest store that is open.  I hear the whimpering from the kids' rooms and I know one of them isn't feeling well.  I can't count the number of times I've put everyone down for bed, seemingly happy and healthy, only to have someone ...

Until Every Child is Well- Stories from patient families

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I think they are probably some of the words that every parent dreads the most.  I know for me, the mere thought of hearing that one of my children has cancer (or any serious illness) brings me to my knees.  Before I was born my aunt and uncle lost a daughter to cancer when she ...

Having the Smart Talk about Smart Technology Use

Having the Smart Talk about Smart Technology Use

Last year for Christmas Ella received a smartphone.  She’s an awesome kid and it was an awesome gift.  She’s been really great this last year about how she’s using it and what she uses it for but she is getting older.  While she’s still an awesome kid, as kids get older they get more curious ...