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Mom Poll: What Is the Right Age For a First Visit to Disneyland?

I grew up visiting Disneyland often. Not because we lived in California, but because my half sister did. Oh lucky stars!!! Visits to see her always included a trip to the Magic Kingdom. I remember when Toon Town launched and the first time I was actually excited to ride Pirates of the Caribbean rather than […]

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Babywearing Twins for the Non-Babywearing Mom

I love babywearing, but I’m not really a babywearer. See, I tend to subscribe to the MacGyver school of parenting. A little gum, a little duct tape, a couple bobby pins, whatever you got on you to get the job done. As a “MacGyver Parent,” I’m a little vegan, a little carnivorous, a little homemade, […]

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Petunia Picklebottom Hideaway Hobo Diaper Bag (VIDEO)

This week I am in Southern California speaking at the Best of Baby Products events with Club MomMe! While I’m away showing off the latest, greatest and some of my favorite products for babies and toddlers, I thought I’d take a minute and show you a brand new diaper bag (that looks like a purse!) […]

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Mom Poll: What Is the Right Age For a First Visit to Disneyland?

I grew up visiting Disneyland often. Not because we lived in California, but because my half sister did. Oh lucky stars!!! Visits to see her always included a trip to the Magic Kingdom. I remember when Toon Town launched and the first time I was actually excited to ride Pirates of the Caribbean rather than […]

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Fancy Apple Water

I’ve got a parenting faux pas to confess — my daughter loves juice. It’s not the end of the world, obviously, but I do regret introducing juice when I did. We’ve been slowly cutting back and I’ve been promoting water to help her stay hydrated during these warmer months, but girlfriend thinks water is lame […]

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Petunia Picklebottom

Petunia Picklebottom Hideaway Hobo Diaper Bag (VIDEO)

This week I am in Southern California speaking at the Best of Baby Products events with Club MomMe! While I’m away showing off the latest, greatest and some of my favorite products for babies and toddlers, I thought I’d take a minute and show you a brand new diaper bag (that looks like a purse!) […]

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Mom Poll: What Is the Right Age For a First Visit to Disneyland?

I grew up visiting Disneyland often. Not because we lived in California, but because my half sister did. Oh lucky stars!!! Visits to see her always included a trip to the Magic Kingdom. I remember when Toon Town launched and the first time I was actually excited to ride Pirates of the Caribbean rather than […]

Petunia Picklebottom

Petunia Picklebottom Hideaway Hobo Diaper Bag (VIDEO)

This week I am in Southern California speaking at the Best of Baby Products events with Club MomMe! While I’m away showing off the latest, greatest and some of my favorite products for babies and toddlers, I thought I’d take a minute and show you a brand new diaper bag (that looks like a purse!) […]

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Activities For The Family In The Beach Town Of Ventura, California

Ventura, California is a gorgeous, laid back, beach town that my family and I adore. It is the epitome of relaxation: from Farmer’s Markets to strolls on the pier, to that perfect ocean breeze that is always present, this is a great place for adults and children alike. If you’re wondering what to do in […]

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Tips On Keeping The Kids Busy And Entertained During Summer

Well, it’s still summer and the kids are still home from school. In case you’re all getting bored and cabin fever, I’m here to share some tips on keeping those kids busy and entertained until the school bells ring again!       -Connect with other friends and family members. Just because your kids aren’t […]

fancy apple water

Fancy Apple Water

I’ve got a parenting faux pas to confess — my daughter loves juice. It’s not the end of the world, obviously, but I do regret introducing juice when I did. We’ve been slowly cutting back and I’ve been promoting water to help her stay hydrated during these warmer months, but girlfriend thinks water is lame […]

babywearing twins (large)

Babywearing Twins for the Non-Babywearing Mom

I love babywearing, but I’m not really a babywearer. See, I tend to subscribe to the MacGyver school of parenting. A little gum, a little duct tape, a couple bobby pins, whatever you got on you to get the job done. As a “MacGyver Parent,” I’m a little vegan, a little carnivorous, a little homemade, […]

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A New Mommy Must-Have – the Halo Bassinest (VIDEO)

  The brand new Halo Bassinest is quickly becoming the new must-have for new moms. Trust me on this one! If you are looking for a bassinet for your new babe, this is the one you HAVE to look at. Halo has taken the traditional bassinet and made it more convenient for mom and given her […]

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How to Make a Starbucks Yogurt Parfait (VIDEO)

  My kids are always begging for the yogurt parfaits when we stop by Starbucks. While they are delicious, I’m not real big on spending $4-$5 for a parfait for each of them. Instead, I make them at home as a breakfast treat and they end up being twice as yummy because we put in […]

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The Top Ten Educational Toys for Toddlers

For young children, learning is done through play. That’s how they grow. And toys are the tools they use to build their future selves. Why do you think toddlers are so active? They want to discover things. And the more they discover, the more they develop their minds. Toys can act as catalysts for intellectual […]

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Our New Summer Fave – Lollipop Cookies!

My kids love to help me in the kitchen. Is that a good thing? I guess but I am always torn between “This is so fun!” and “This is so annoying!” My goals are usually to keep them entertained for a short while, to end up with something yummy that makes us all happy, and […]

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Cast Iron Enchilada Bake

Once upon a time I was low on grocery money and high on random pantry ingredients and fridge leftovers. Often times this will result in breakfast for dinner or a mix and match meal. But, one night, the magic must have flew into my kitchen because something truly wonderful occurred. It’s called Cast Iron Enchilada […]

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Hop a Ride with the Kid-Sit (VIDEO)

If you have a toddler and a baby, there are times that the older one doesn’t want to ride in a double stroller but is too tired to stand on a ride-on board either. Sure, you could get a sit-and-stand type of stroller but let’s say you already have a single stroller that you absolutely […]

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Baby Shower Games And Activities

My best friend is expecting a baby and I am in the beginning stages of planning a baby shower for her. Baby showers are a lot of work but so much fun! So long as you plan ahead and have some great food on hand, you’ll be golden. So if you’re about to throw a […]

The Best Beach Toys

The Best Beach Toys

At just shy of 2 years old, my son experienced the beach for the first time. It was love at first sight and he’s been chattering about the beach ever since! I totally overgrammed our trip, but it was absolutely beautiful – if you haven’t visited the Washington Coast – get it on your bucket […]

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35 Steps to Riding a Train with a Toddler

  It was a bright, sparkling summer day. My toddler and I hadn’t spent much time alone since the twins arrived, so I thought I’d treat him to a special date with mama. Nothing too ambitious, just something “quick” and “easy.” “I know!” I thought to myself, “Let’s go ride the train!” Poor, sweet, naïve […]

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Simple Photo Memory Keeping With Project Life

I take thousands of photos of our family. Well, mostly my children. So far this year, we have a huge 8,000 according to iPhoto. They’re all priceless snapshots of memories we’ve made and moments that I’ll cherish forever. But, they don’t do a lot of good sitting in iPhoto and I probably print 1/100th of […]

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Disney It’s a Small World Doll Collection

When we were at Disneyland a few months ago, we picked up an adorable singing Disney doll that has become a new fixture in my daughter’s room. Unfortunately, it has also become the main attraction for my 5 year old to annoy anyone who is trying to concentrate on anything in the house during the […]

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Sh*t Mom Bloggers Say (VIDEO)

Mom Bloggers. The past decade has brought the world a flood of moms who make us laugh, cry and sometimes shout and shake our fists at people we cannot see, all while sitting in their pajamas in the comfort of their own home. Instead of ladies who lunched in the 50s, 60s and 70s, the […]

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Summer Bucket List

Summer is here and every family needs…. a summer bucket list! What is that, you ask?  It’s simply a list of things you and your kids want to do before the summer is over and the kids are back in school! So we’re sharing tips on making one, what should be on yours, and what’s […]

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Moms Who Inspire V.4

It’s been much too long since I introduced a round of Moms Who Inspire . This series is a glance at those mamas who encourage, create, love life and show the ins and outs of true motherhood. Even the messy, real stuff. It’s easy to relate to them and share an internet smile — they’re […]

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