Natural Cold Remedies that Work

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My little guy is home sick with me today, and he's feeling miserable. I hate it. He's got flushed cheeks, feels awful, and we've been cuddled up on the couch watching Harry Potter most of the morning.  As moms I think we feel worse than our sick little ones because it seems like there is ...

Cord Blood Banking

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Pretty much everyone is aware of the importance of donating blood for use by hospitals.  Less widespread is the knowledge of cord blood banking and what the advantages of it are.  Cord blood banking involves collecting and preserving the stem cells from your newborn’s umbilical cord at birth.  These immature, undifferentiated stem cells can be ...

Tips that Make for a Happy Baby

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We've had babies in our house for a lot of years and know how sensitive their skin can be.  From new baby skin to the dry, chapped skin of sweet chubby cheeks in winter, and from scraped knees of learning to walk to the diaper rash that comes for so many unknown reasons, a baby ...

Ways to Keep Kids Healthy

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Back to School season, isn't it fun?  New classrooms, new teachers, new friends, new learning, new supplies, new germs... Um, what now?  Listen, it's a fact.  Leaving home means exposure to other germs.  Germs make friends with other germs.  Kids share those germs like nobody's business and then they share some more. I like to ...

Fitness Challenge for Toddlers

Fitness Challenge for Toddlers

We have three VERY active little boys running around our house almost all the time.  Our older children were a bit more spaced out than these three who are 1 1/2, 2 1/2, and 3 1/2.  I never really had a problem with running in the house or indoor voices with the older kids but ...

5 Ways to Sneak Indulgences Without The Kids

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I love my kids like crazy as most moms do- but as we all know they have the ability to also drive us crazy!  The key to keeping your sanity is to steal a few minutes of indulgence- without the kids.   This is usually much easier said than done of course, because they can ...

Family Homework Station

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We just redid our kitchen. Well, everything except the ceiling. The floors were redone, new cabinets, counters, kitchen sink...it's all new, it's all freshly organized...and we have so much more cabinet space. Tons more. Enough that I was able to save some space for a family homework station to have everything the kids need for ...

College Survival Kit Care Package

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I remember my college days as some of the best years of my life. I loved venturing out on my own, discovering a new sense of independence and meeting new people. But I went to school far away from home, and I admit – there were times that I felt a little homesick. (This is ...

New Beginnings, Clean Shave

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This is a guest post today from my friend Lolli at BetterinBulk.  Today marks the first day of a new school year for us. It's hard to believe that my oldest daughter is beginning her second year of college today. It seems like yesterday that I was walking her to the elementary school across the ...

Get Kids Out to Play

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I grew up outside- probably one of the last 'generations' to do so.  Most of my childhood memories are with neighborhood kids, climbing trees (I always went higher when I got scared and couldn't get down), playing in the old coal bin, and making forts in the forsythia shrubs that seemed to be in mass quantity ...