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Month: July 2016

Everything But The Car Seat: The Best Gear For Your Vehicle When You Have Kids

With our family vacation looming nearer, I got more and more anxious about having such a long drive with two littles. I have a sensitive, active three-year-old; I also have a feisty, demanding nine-month-old who still breast-feeds. We were going to have a 5 hour drive ahead of us, and I did not want to turn it into an excursion full of stops and screaming.

Read on for my best suggestions and gear when going on a road trip with kids! Continue reading

Choose Kindness

I admit it. I got into a power struggle with my three year old the other day. I know it’s the “easy way out” and it doesn’t really help anyone, but I was tired and looking for the quick fix. Plus… he was being such a jerk!

There I go. Making excuses for not parenting the best way I know how. I just KNEW that trying to corner him into doing what I wanted wouldn’t work. But I did it anyway. It lasted about six minutes before my fatigued mind and exhausted heart said, “Enough.” Continue reading

Review: Diaper Genie vs Dekor Pail Comparison!

As a parent, diaper duty is just one of the things that you have to suffer through. We usually try to do diaper changes as quickly as possible, and get the filthy thing (the diaper, not the baby) into quarantine as soon as we can. But let’s be honest: there’s only so much air freshener you can use. You really should use a diaper pail, and be as civilized as possible while cleaning other people’s bodily fluids.

I’ve got two diaper pails: the Diaper Genie, and the Dekor. I love one, and I hate one. Here’s my honest review in the hopes that you spend your money as wisely as you can! Your nose will thank me. Continue reading

Working vs Stay-At-Home: An AP Mama’s Experience

Being a stay-at-home mom has been the best, most difficult job I’ve ever had, or will ever have. And yet, I absolutely love it. Not a moment goes by when I think “I wish I was working instead of being home with my babies.” However, going from a working mom (Kid #1) to SAHM (Kid #2) was a challenging transition. Here I describe the good, the bad, and the ugly of both… all from an attachment mom’s perspective. Continue reading

The Best Pet For Toddlers!

Growing up, I felt like the spawn of Dr. Doolittle. We had everything from dogs to birds to rats and saltwater fish (plus a bad experience with some anoles… Don’t ask). Now that I have kids, I’ve been impatiently waiting for the day that they’re ready for a pet of their own. Here are some great tips for getting your small child a pet which is easy and low maintenance! Continue reading

What IS An Affiliate Link, Anyway?

You’ve probably seen some verbage about affiliate links and disclaimers on various websites. But what is an affiliate link? What’s a disclaimer? Briefly, I’ll tell you what each of those terms means. Continue reading

Review: Piperoos Basic Changing Pad

In the real world, us parents are not always in the comfort of our own home. When we take our baby out of our house, it seems like everything becomes ten times more difficult – from diaper changes to feeding to tummy time. If only there was a comfy, portable, easy-to-use product which would make life easier to take Baby on the go.

Oh wait. There is. And it’s called the Piperoo. Continue reading

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